Oakville boutique celebrates all things ‘Made in Canada’

Learn a new skill and go home with something handmade this summer

When isn’t Dove + Arrow boutique (131 Lakeshore Road East) hosting experiential pop-up events? This summer is no exception, for the months of July and August, in addition to shopping for quality handmade goods, the space will open its doors to DIY enthusiasts looking for fun and interactive experiences right in the heart of downtown Oakville.

When the boutique opened last year, “I wanted to help people who are making things in Ontario connect with the community,” says owner, Iva Ouzonova.  To that end, her mission has since the beginning been to support local makers and make it easy for people who love to shop local to do so year-round.

Dove + Arrow is dedicated exclusively to handmade in Canada. From unique jewellery to small housewares, apothecary to prints and stationery, it is a thoughtfully curated collection of beautifully crafted wares from across the country.

Specializing in gifts and gift boxes – both pre-selected and custom-made, and DIY experiential workshops – Dove + Arrow is a great place to get a housewarming or bridesmaid gift, a unique souvenir, or something for that hard-to-shop-for someone.

What’s more this summer, you can stop by to shop, enjoy treats, learn a new skill, and go home with something handmade.

Confirmed schedule for July:

JUL 5 Thu 6:30 PM: Custom Make 2 Mala Bracelets
JUL 6 Fri 6:30 PM: Hand Stamp Your Own Cuff Bracelet
JUL 13 Fri 6:00 PM: Midnight Madness in Downtown Oakville
JUL 15 Sun 10:30 AM: Paint Your Own Furniture (Fusion Paint)
JUL 20 Fri 6:30 PM: Custom Lettering on Wood Plank
JUL 21 Sat 9:30 AM: Create a Farm House Clock
JUL 27 Fri 6:30 PM: Essential Oils 101

Limited spaces available for workshops. All prices include material. Reservations can be made online at www.doveandarrowshop.com.

August schedule will be released soon.

New Animal Control By-law, effective June 4, 2018

The town has updated its animal control by-law. In March 2017, town staff held a public consultation meeting to discuss various topics relating to animal control, licensing, standards of care, protective care and enforcement. Staff presented a report and draft by-law to the Community Services Committee on January 22, 2018 and to Council on January 29, 2018. Council requested staff to amend the proposed by-law and to report back in March 2018. Council approved the by-law in April 2018.

Animal control services

Animal control services, including the enforcement of the animal control by-law, are provided by the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. Animal control services include:

  • Pick up of stray animals
  • Removal of dead wildlife on town property including town roads
  • Removal of dead animals on regional roads
  • Enforcement of leash requirements
  • Investigating animal welfare concerns
  • Responding to biting and aggressive dog concerns

Oakville Town Council appoints Peter Longo as Ward 4 Town Councillor

At a special meeting of Council last night, Peter Longo was appointed as the new Ward 4 Town Councillor. The appointment is effective immediately and Councillor Longo will remain in office until November 30, the end of the current Council term. Councillor Longo was also appointed to the Administrative Services Committee and will attend the May 22 meeting.

Councillor Longo, a 16-year resident of Oakville, is the current chair of the Halton Region Natural Heritage Advisory Committee, past chair of the regional Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee and was a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for Official Plan Amendment 198. He holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (M.E.S.), Environmental Planning from York University and has over 22 years of experience in the health care, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries. Continue reading Oakville Town Council appoints Peter Longo as Ward 4 Town Councillor

Community Spirit Awards – Nominate a Community Champion today!

We’re looking for Oakville’s shining stars! Every year Oakville residents spend countless hours volunteering their time to make our town a better place to live, work and play. We want to hear about these outstanding individuals and groups, share their stories, and celebrate their success.

Nominations are now open for the 17th Annual Community Spirit Awards recognizing outstanding individuals, groups and businesses. Nomination forms are available at all town recreation facilities, Town Hall and Oakville Public Library branches, or complete the online 2018 Community Spirit Awards nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in the following award categories:

Award Categories

Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities

Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations that have made or are making a significant or ongoing voluntary contribution, beyond legislated requirements, to the well-being and advancement of people with disabilities.

Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver

Recognizes an individual or organization that, through their volunteerism, has contributed to nurturing and enhancing the arts in Oakville.

Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by the Town of Oakville

Recognizes a group of three or more individuals who have come together to volunteer their time toward a shared goal/activity or event involving leadership, innovation and creativity. Activities or events can benefit all ages.

Heritage Award – sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada

Recognizes an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Oakville by aiding in the preservation and celebration of Oakville’s natural, built or cultural heritage.

Individual Volunteer Award – Sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant

Recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution towards improving the well-being of Oakville residents of any age group.

Senior Award – sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence

Recognizes a senior individual or group (65 years and older) that has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Oakville community.

Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Recognizes a youth individual or group (18 years and under) that has made positive contributions towards enriching Oakville’s quality of life. Continue reading Community Spirit Awards – Nominate a Community Champion today!

Council approves final design for Lakeshore Road reconstruction

Council approved the final design for Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project at a special Planning and Development Council held on Tuesday night.  Reconstruction between Navy and Allen streets is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019 and will be delivered in two phases:

  • Phase 1 in 2019 (spring to fall) – between Navy and Dunn streets
  • Phase 2 in 2020 (spring to fall) between Dunn and Allan streets.

“Downtown Oakville is essential to the cultural and economic well-being of our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We will be working closely with the Downtown Oakville BIA and individual businesses to implement measures that will encourage residents to continue visiting downtown throughout the reconstruction.”

Work on revitalizing the downtown streetscape began last year with the reconstruction of the Lakeshore Road Bridge. The bridge incorporated the new streetscape features such as granite curbs and light standards that will be included for the Lakeshore Project. This year the town will also be undertaking the conversion of existing one-way streets to two-way operation including the resurfacing of Navy, Randall, Church, George, and Dunn streets.

“With Lakeshore Road East, (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities,” Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction, reported to Council. “This undertaking will improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown.”

Council also heard about potential mitigation efforts to ensure sustainability of the commercial district through the construction period.

“We have examined similar projects in other communities,” Dorothy St. George, director of Economic Development stated. “Further consultation with businesses, Downtown BIA and other stakeholders will help ensure that we have the right plan for Oakville.”

Visit our Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project page for more information, including a map and timeline.