Police Warn of Drug 100 Times More Potent than Fentanyl

Another synthetic opioid has appeared and is making headlines. The drug is known as W 18. It’s a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent as Fentanyl.  Reports from other jurisdictions state that W 18 is being found in pill form and marketed as Fentanyl or fake OxyCotin. Both Fentanyl and W 18 are powerful and highly addictive pain killers. Taken incorrectly, a single dose of Fentanyl can be deadly. With W 18 being 100 times more potent the loss of life increases exponentially.

The Halton Regional Police Service Integrated Drugs Guns and Gangs Unit (IDGGU) have been and will continue to monitor this trend closely. The IDGGU has advised they have not yet come across W 18. However, Fentanyl is still a high priority.

Halton Police have one recorded incident with Fentanyl. In 2015 two males were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance – Fentanyl, after receiving reports of an unresponsive male lying on the ground.

When narcotics are misused, they can be extremely dangerous, even deadly.  Please be cautious about what you are ingesting and for what reasons. Police are also reminding the public of the “Patch4Patch” Program – legitimate Fentanyl patients return their used patches to pharmacies to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Anyone with information on the possible emergence of W 18, un-prescribed use of Fentanyl  or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Switch off your lights this Saturday for Earth Hour!

Earth Hour begins at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Join the town and take part in the global movement to shine a light on climate action this Saturday. Earth Hour reminds us of the importance to reduce energy consumption by turning off the lights from 8:30–9:30 p.m. Energy conservation and environmental stewardship is a year-round priority for the town and staff will be joining the Earth Hour campaign by turning off all non-essential lighting at town facilities.

“Earth Hour is a great reminder of the importance of energy conservation,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to participate in Earth Hour and energy conservation efforts all year long. This is one of the many ways we are creating a cleaner, greener Oakville.”

Non-essential lighting and marquee signs at town facilities and parking lots will be turned off where possible, without compromising public safety or interfering with services, to reduce energy demand during the hour.

Turning off your lights is an easy way to get involved, but you can also turn down the thermostat; unplug the TV, microwave and computer. Why not enjoy an hour of no power with a candlelight dinner, board games by flashlight, an unplugged jam session, or a stargazing walk.

Take a picture of yourself showing how you participated in Earth Hour 2016 and tweet @townofoakville or post on the Town of Oakville Facebook page for a chance to win a prize.

Have some free time during March Break? Head over to the Oakville Public Library to learn how you can be part of the Earth Hour global movement and try out our “Rock the Bike” pedal-powered bike-charging station. Participating libraries include Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, and Central locations.

The town’s environmental programs and policies ensure the Oakville community continues to be a leader in managing our ecological footprint. Visit oakville.ca for information on a number of energy conservation initiatives including:

  • Keep Calm and Adapt Emergency and Extreme Weather Preparedness event on April 30, 2016
  • Annual Oakville Conserves Energy Fair on May 28, 2016
  • Oakville’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
  • Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan
  • Participation in the Partner’s for Climate Protection program
  • Implementation of high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LED) streetlights

Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint. Earth Hour 2015 took place in more than 7000 cities and towns in 172 countries and territories across all seven continents. Residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to register their Earth Hour event on the Earth Hour website.

Eleven candidates certified for Ward 2 By-election on April 11, 2016

Eleven candidates are running in the upcoming Ward 2 By-election on Monday, April 11. The nomination period officially ended at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 26. The Town Clerk certified papers for the following candidates:

  • Shiba Anjum
  • Ray Chisholm
  • Fraser Damoff
  • Hart Jansson
  • Chris Kowalchuk
  • Ruth Anne McAuley
  • Cheryle McCullagh
  • Julie McLeod
  • Sean Neville
  • John Pilcher
  • Dirk Soeterik

Eligible voters unable to vote on April 11 are encouraged to cast their ballot at one of the advance voting opportunities:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Sir John Colborne Seniors Centre, 1565 Old Lakeshore Road West
  • Oakville Seniors Recreation Centre, 263 Kerr Street

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sir John Colborne Seniors Centre, 1565 Old Lakeshore Road West
  • Oakville Seniors Recreation Centre, 263 Kerr Street

For more information about the by-election or to find out if your name is on the voters list, visit the town’s election website or call 905-815-6015.

Nominations now open for Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards

Recipients to be honoured at celebration event on June 8, 2016

The Town of Oakville is once again honouring community champions who positively contribute to the life and spirit of the town. Nominations are now open for the 15th Annual Community Spirit Awards recognizing outstanding individuals, groups and businesses in seven categories.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 11, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the following award categories:

  • Access Award, sponsored by Access Abilities
  • Arts Award, sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
  • Group Volunteer Award, sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Heritage Award, sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
  • Individual Volunteer Award, sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
  • Senior Award, sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Youth Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

This year’s annual Community Spirit Awards presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at Oakville’s Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). The 2016 Community Spirit Awards will be designed by local artists Joseph Bauman and Dayna Gedney.

Nomination forms are available at all town recreation facilities, Town Hall and Oakville Public Library branches, or can be completed online. For more information about Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards categories and nomination requirements, please visit the Community Spirit Awards page.

Town of Oakville and CUPE Local 136 settle new collective agreement

The Town of Oakville and CUPE Local 136 (the town’s outside workers) have concluded their bargaining on a three-year agreement. A memorandum of agreement was signed by the town and the union on February 22, 2016 and was ratified by the Union and Council at their respective meetings on Monday night.

The new collective agreement is in effect from February 16, 2016 to February 15, 2019 and provides members with wage increases of 1.5% per cent in each of the three years. CUPE Local 136 represents 275 full time and temporary employees who are skilled in various trades and provide key services in maintaining the town’s facilities, parks, roads and vehicles.

The town remains committed to renewing collective agreements that are fair and reasonable to employees and residents. This successful negotiations process and ratification of the collective agreement ensures the continued provision of high quality services for Oakville residents.

To view the report review the February 29, 2016 Council agenda.