Town switching to high-efficiency LED streetlights

Complete light conversion, resulting in significant energy and cost savings, expected by 2017

The Town of Oakville is shining a spotlight on its environmental leadership by upgrading streetlights to high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LEDs) beginning this month.

LED streetlights use less energy and last four times longer than existing high pressure sodium light bulbs. The new lighting system will reduce the town’s annual electricity consumption for streetlights by an estimated 40 to 50 per cent. A full conversion to LED fixtures will result in an estimated $1.3 million in annual hydro and maintenance savings.

“Upgrading to LED streetlights reflects Council’s commitment to environmental leadership and sustainability,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “It’s an exciting change that will result in significant energy and cost savings for the town.”

A total project budget of $12 million is included in the 2016-2017 capital budgets and is projected to be fully offset in ten years by the savings achieved through LED conversion.

Phase one of the project will include all town-owned streetlight fixtures except decorative streetlights. Work will be completed by El-Con Construction Inc., a subsidiary of Oakville Enterprises Corporation (OEC). Crews working from bucket trucks will park underneath each streetlight to swap out the fixtures, resulting in minimal disruption to residents.

The town expects to have a total of 16,200 town-owned streetlights converted to LEDs by 2017.

For more information visit the LED streetlight conversion program page.

Steve Levinson “Selected Works” Opens at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

February 26 – March 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Feb 28 from 2-5pm

In a world of technology, Steve Levinson feels strongly that there is still a place for simplicity and natural beauty in photographs. Steve’s photographs are represented in over 200 private and corporate collections, and were all taken spontaneously, printed without extensive digital manipulation.

About Steve Levinson

Besides being a professional Fine Art Photographer, Dr. Steve Levinson is a physician, psychotherapist, medical business consultant, media personality, lecturer, educator, and professional facilitator.

“Levinson has used his camera as cameras often want to be used: as creators of dreamscapes, as traps for fugitive weathers and atmospheres we can hardly see, but only sense.” — John Bentley Mays, National Post

Steve Levinson’s Exhibition at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre will be his seventh solo show, and will be followed by an eighth in June at the Engine Gallery in Port Hope. His most recent exhibit was in the summer of 2013 at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg’s historic Victoria Hall, and his 2012 show, “Outer Beauty,” was a major 65-piece exhibit at the ARTA Gallery in Toronto’s prestigious Distillery District.

Steve Levinson originally took up photography in the 1970s, and won awards in his first two competitions. He later produced and exhibited a number of multi-media photographic presentations, but then put his camera aside in order to follow other artistic pursuits.

In 2001, Steve returned actively to the art of photography. Since then his images have been on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gallery at First Canadian Place, Painted City Gallery, the Art Gallery of Northumberland, the ARTA Gallery, Roche Bobois Gallery, and the Left Bank, Michel Thomas, A.K. Collings and Engine Galleries in Port Hope, Ontario. His work is represented in over 200 private collections and has been selected for private and corporate clients by a number of prominent designers such as Brian Gluckstein, Roche-Bobois Paris Design, Greta Valen, Michael Doyle, Judith Copeland, Angela Amlani, Lili Krnic, Kari Andersen Art Consultants and Aurelie Collings.

Steve is a photographic purist. Aside from adjusting the natural color saturation and contrast of his images, his photographs are just as they were captured; the images have not been achieved through digital alterations. His photographs are spontaneous, candid, and painting-like, and have been called “atmospheric, romantic, and abstract.”

Steve Levinson has an eclectic background in the performing arts. A former professional jazz dancer and choreographer, Steve has also performed as a musician, actor, wine educator, lifestyle lecturer and magician.

For years, Steve was a fixture on Canadian television and radio both locally and nationally as a writer and host of medical and lifestyle features and as a regular commentator on a wide variety of shows, including CBC Newshour, CBC’s the Journal, CTV’s Canada AM, CBC Radio’s As It Happens, Radio Noon, Metro Morning and many others. He has taught at the primary, secondary and university levels, has been a newspaper and magazine columnist and has written and hosted a number of educational videos.

Currently, Steve is in private medicine and psychotherapy practice in Port Hope, Ontario, and, prior to that, co-founded the Rosedale Clinic on Yonge St. in Toronto and served as Medical Director of the Rosedale Wellness Centre on Bloor Street. At present he is the chairman of a Continuing Medical Education group in downtown Toronto and is developing a lifestyle workshop series with an accompanying book.

Steve lives just north of Port Hope, and, at last count, had two sons, one grandson, two Wheaten Terriers, and three cute but extremely neurotic cats, one of whom Steve is convinced must be an alien.

“Some of the best work I have seen in years.” — John Reeves RCA

 “Genius!”— The Distillery Historic District Blog       

 “The selected work… has the “Wow!” Factor” — The Jury, Northumberland Art Gallery Juried Show

“Steve’s exhibition is a must-see!” — Selena Forsyth, The Port Hope Evening Guide