Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre JURIED SHOW OF HALTON AND PEEL

December 9th – February 6th

There is nothing more thrilling then when you see your art hung on a gallery wall. The mandate of JCHAC is to provide exhibitions for emerging artists.

Our newly hung Juried Show for the Artists of Halton and Peel is extraordinary, not only for its diversity, but for the artistry of the paintings. Paintings vary from tiny exquisite watercolours to large colourful canvases, from extraordinary portraits, to landscapes and digitized photographs. On one wall a giant bird flies toward a seascape of the Outer Hebrides. Another is a pastel of our valley, fields, and sky.

36 artists participated with 118 offerings. 68 were hung, 
The jurors tried to select one painting from each artist and did their best. Colour is key, too bright can be a problem and size is a factor as well. Hanging the show was crucial. We are confident that this is one of our best.

Visit our virtual exhibition and experience the extraordinary!

 

Oakville moves to modified Step Two of the provincial reopening roadmap

In line with Ontario’s response to a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the province, the Town of Oakville has entered a modified Step Two of the province’s roadmap to reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 

A number of measures will be in place to help reduce the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant and its impact on the health care system. The province will remain in this temporary step for at least 21 days (until January 26) while province-wide vaccination efforts continue. 
As a result of the new restrictions, town facilities are closed. Registered recreation and culture programs scheduled to start between January 5 to 26, drop-in activities and indoor rental permits are cancelled. Refunds will be automatically issued to impacted customers. All memberships (including payment plans) will be placed on hold and restarted when programming is able to resume.

Oakville Public Library remains open at 50 per cent capacity, and opportunities for outdoor recreational activities are available throughout the town. Review the news release for details.
Updates to town programs and services as a result of the province’s modified Step Two Roadmap to Reopen will be posted on our COVID-19 Information page and the town’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

More Halton residents eligible for third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 

Starting Saturday, November 6, the following Halton residents are eligible to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine provided it is at least six months after their second dose:

  • Halton residents 70 years of age and older
  • healthcare workers
  • designated essential caregivers in congregate settings
  • individuals who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members

Eligible individuals can book appointments at a Halton Region Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic through Halton’s online booking system, starting Saturday, November 6, 2021. Learn more>>

2022 Budget process

What’s the process and who is involved?

The budget process is about offering valued programs to the community, making strategic investments in infrastructure and keeping property taxes as low as possible. It ensures the town’s resources are spent wisely as well as brings the town’s Strategic Plan to life by providing the necessary funds to move action plans forward.

The Budget Committee is a Standing Committee of Council. Members include the Mayor and four councillors. The 2022 Budget Committee members are Mayor Rob Burton, Ward 6 Town and Regional Councillor Tom Adams (Chair) as well as Ward 3 Town and Regional Councillor Dave Gittings, Ward 5 Town and Regional Councillor Jeff Knoll and Ward 7 Town and Regional Councillor Pavan Parmar.

The Budget Committee receives an overview of the town’s finances and a draft plan on how we will deliver our programs and services for the coming year. The town’s Commission (business area) staff will present highlights of their proposed budgets. The Budget Committee reviews the plans, makes recommendations to the proposed budget, and approves requests to ensure appropriate funds are allocated for program and service delivery for that year.

Once the Budget Committee approves the proposed budget, it goes to Town Council for a vote.

Budget Committee meetings

Due to COVID-19, attendance at Town Hall is restricted and public meetings are being held by videoconference only. Meetings will be available to the public on our Live Stream page and the Town of Oakville YouTube channel.

June 21, 2021 – the first meeting of the 2022 Budget Committee was held to commence the budget process. At this meeting, Councillor Tom Adams was appointed as a Chair of the 2022 Budget Committee. For more information, please review the June 21 staff report.

June 21, 2021 – staff provided an overview of the 2022 budget process as well as the preliminary budget forecast. For more information, please review the June 21 staff report and June 21 staff Budget Overview presentation (pdf).

November 16, 2021, 1:30 p.m. – overview and release of the 2022 budget book and rates and fees. Review our news release for more information. 

November 23, 2021, 9:30 a.m. – Commissioner presentations to review program budgets in more detail

November 30, 2021, 9:30 a.m. – public delegations

December 2, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – public delegations

December 14, 2021, 1:30 p.m. – Budget Committee deliberations and recommendations

2022 Budget Virtual Open House

Join us on Thursday, November 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. for an opportunity to ask questions about Council’s key budget priorities and the 2022 Budget.

This open house will be hosted by Councillor Tom Adams, Budget Committee Chair, who will be available, along with members of the town’s finance team, to answer questions from residents.

How to join the meeting

Please email budget@oakville.ca to be provided with the Zoom link.

How to submit a question

You can submit your questions to budget@oakville.ca in advance of the open house, or ask your questions live during the meeting by using Zoom’s question and answer function.

Council meeting

Monday, December 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Council Chamber, Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Road

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Oakville rolling out new protected bike lanes on Speers Road

Fittingly during Bike Month, Oakville’s first fully protected bike lanes are set to open making it easier, safer, and more enjoyable to bike along this major connector road. Phase One (Third Line to Fourth Line) of the Speers Road reconstruction project is nearly complete and the protected bike lanes will be open for use at the end of June.

The bike lanes run one-way on both sides of this section of Speers Road, separated from traffic by concrete curbs and painted buffers. The design aligns with the town’s Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP).

“Launching Oakville’s first on-road protected bike lanes is a great stride forward in building a cyclist-friendly and pedestrian-friendly environment. It’s part of our commitment to Oakville’s Active Transportation Master Plan and the Community Energy Plan to make active transportation a viable and convenient option for getting around town. It’s one more way we’re making a more livable Oakville.”

Mayor Rob Burton

The bike lanes feature a unique shared transit stop that doesn’t require buses to pull into the bike lane when picking up or offloading passengers. Buses stop in the roadway adjacent to the raised green transit platform. When a bus arrives, cyclists stop behind the white “shark’s teeth” line and yield to passengers boarding and exiting the bus.

How to use the shared protected bike lane / transit stops

If you are cycling:

  • slow down as you approach the raised transit stop
  • if a bus pulls up to the raised platform, come to a complete stop behind the white “shark’s teeth” pavement markings to allow passengers to board or exit the bus
  • be prepared for buses lowering and raising the accessible ramp into the bike lane for transit customers to board or exit the bus
  • after passengers have boarded and exited the bus and the doors have closed, you may proceed

If you are using transit:

  • wait for your bus behind the tactile surfaces on the transit stop platform. Do not wait in the bike lane
  • once the bus has pulled up to the raised transit stop, look for any oncoming cyclists
  • if there are no cyclists, or if the cyclists have stopped, you are safe to cross the bike lane and proceed onto the bus
  • if you are getting off the bus, make sure to look right for any oncoming cyclists before you cross the bike lane to the sidewalk

If you are driving a car:

  • always yield to cyclists and pedestrians
  • pay special attention and look for cyclists when turning left or right at an intersection or into a business or parking area

More information and a how-to video is available on our Speers Road Bike Lane page.

To accommodate all active transportation users, this section of Speers Road has improvements for pedestrians as well, including:

  • two new pedestrian signals
  • new sidewalks
  • upgraded street lighting
  • new traffic signals at Third Line and Fourth Line intersections
  • 14 Mile Creek bridge widening and rehabilitation

Phase Two (Fourth Line to Dorval Drive) of Speers Road reconstruction, including extended protected bike lanes, will begin in 2022.

For more information on cycling and walking in Oakville, visit our Cycle, Walk Oakville page.