July 27 Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Municipal COVID-relief funding announcement
will benefit the town, taxpayers
Today the Provincial Government, in partnership with the Federal Government, announced that municipalities will receive up to $4 billion in COVID-relief funding.

The one-time payments will be made to all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities that have a revenue shortfall due to closures, deferrals of fees and the cost of additional safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the exact details of allocation will be announced in the coming weeks, what we do know is that the funding will help the town maintain the critical services people rely on every day, including public transit.

This is welcome news as I, my mayoral colleagues and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario have been advocating for it since the very early days of the pandemic. Within days of the province’s declaration of a state of emergency I formed my Economic Task Force and began work on our recovery knowing the COVID-19 pandemic would be an economic pandemic as well as a health one.

The Province's emergency order is set to expire on Wednesday and the economic recovery is beginning, but the pandemic is not over. 

As I encourage you to shop local I also encourage you to follow the advice of public health and my three Cs of COVID-caution: Avoid crowded places, closed spaces and close-contact settings.

For the updated timeline, please scroll to the end of this email.
Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • Tam tells young adults to stop spreading COVID-19
  • Canada Day barbecue at centre of Calgary COVID-19 outbreak serves as warning of easy spread
  • 30-year-old Toronto man who spent eight weeks on ventilator, lost 130 pounds warns others 
  • Hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine may run in these front-line workers' veins
  • Welcome Back, Oakville campaign continues
  • Midtown and improvements to Highway 403
  • The Visit Oakville Guide is here
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • Agreement delivers up to $4 billion to support municipalities and transit
  • Indoor visits to Ontario long-term care homes stymied by rules and enforcement
  • Cineplex request to boost capacity in Ontario theatres 'on the table': Ford 
  • Government of Canada announcements
  • The Canada Revenue Agency announces extension to the payment deadline and offers interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The Government of Canada is investing to safely restart the economy, while protecting the health of Canadians
  • Six months after Canada's 1st COVID-19 case, hospitals 'better prepared' to help sickest patients 
  • COVID-19 outbreak declared at third Ottawa daycare
  • Coronavirus pandemic by far WHO’s worst global health emergency: director-general
  • South Korea sees spike in new cases as U.S. states tighten controls
  • Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic
  • Around 80,000 people flee Vietnamese city after new coronavirus cases emerge
  • Two MLB games postponed as Marlins deal with coronavirus outbreak
  • In related news
  • ‘It would be devastating’: If Canada gets hit by a second COVID-19 wave this fall, government money could run out and some sectors may not survive
  • How a Toronto hospital handled Canada’s first COVID-19 case: ‘We didn’t know this was a moment in history’
  • Europe’s post-lockdown rebound bodes well for global economy
  • Officers clear out ‘disheartening’ Brampton house party with 200 attendees
  • How risky is it to get a haircut, go to the gym? New gov't site has the answers
  • Is there a polite way to ask someone to practice good COVID-19 etiquette?
  • Coronavirus report card: Experts give Canada a B, U.S. an F
  • Jobs lost at airlines during coronavirus pandemic total 400,000
  • Schools scrambling to plan safe reopening
  • Google to let employees work from home until June 2021 amid coronavirus
  • Anti-masking groups draw from anti-vaccination playbook to spread misinformation
  • Portraits from a pandemic: Toronto photographer documents daily life
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opts out of NFL season, saying he won't risk spreading COVID-19
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COVID case counts
Today’s Halton update includes data from Saturday and Sunday.

Confirmed cases in Halton increased by +2 from 824 to 826 with 0 new confirmed cases in Oakville, total remains at 270.

There are currently 2 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH and there are 9 active cases in Oakville.

There was +1 reported recoveries in Oakville, from 285 to 286 and +6 recoveries in Halton Region from 849 to 855
Ontario reported 119 new cases today bringing the total to 38,799, 34,461 of which are resolved with 2,764. There are currently 82 COVID patients hospitalized in Ontario, 30 of which are in ICU, 18 are on a ventilator.

As of today, Canada had 114,175 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 99,531 of the cases as recovered or resolved.
Visit https://art-bd.shinyapps.io/covid19canada/ for the U of T COVID-19 data aggregation map
COVID-19 deaths per million
Tam tells young adults to stop spreading COVID-19
Canada’s chief public health officer rebuked young adults Friday for their role in spreading the coronavirus and driving the daily case count higher, cautioning them that they are not invincible and will make loved ones sick.

Canada Day barbecue at centre of Calgary COVID-19 outbreak serves as warning of easy spread
Attendees of a Canada Day party in Calgary who became infected with COVID-19 say the virus "spread like wildfire,” affecting more than a dozen people — about half of those invited.

30-year-old Toronto man who spent eight weeks on ventilator, lost 130 pounds warns others 
"I open my eyes and I hear the doctor say, 'Mr. Noble, we're taking you to go operate on you and there's a two to ten per cent chance you're going to survive.'"

Hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine
may run in these front-line workers' veins
In the corner of a COVID-19 ward in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman cleaning the mouth of an intubated patient carries an extraordinary hope for pretty much all of us. Slipping a mouthwash-soaked brush into an elderly woman's mouth, at great personal daily risk, dentist Denise Abranches has something more than courage in her veins.

Abranches was the first of an expected 5,000 Brazilian key workers in the healthcare system to receive a trial coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and multinational drugmaker AstraZeneca, along with volunteers in the UK and South Africa.

Oakville and Halton
Welcome Back, Oakville campaign continues
This morning I popped into the newly opened ecofillosophy in Bronte Village while visiting the neighbourhood as part of the Welcome Back, Oakville campaign.

Many of Oakville’s local businesses have returned to service with safety measures in place. I hope you’ll choose to shop local and support businesses in your neighbourhood as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Midtown and Improvements to Highway 403
Midtown, the area around Oakville GO Station, has long been recognized for its potential for redevelopment due to its location and several underutilized properties nearby. Midtown will not only transform and bring vital improvements to infrastructure to Oakville, but it will also help the Provincial government achieve its goals of providing affordable housing, high quality jobs, and new revenue streams to pay down the debt.

Putting provincial funding towards transforming Midtown will bring 8,000 jobs, 12,000 new residents, and help the local and regional economy recover from COVID-19. Plans for Midtown include connections to the Lakeshore GO network as well for transit, cycling, and walking. Improvements will also be made to interchanges at both Royal Windsor Drive and Trafalgar Road which will ease congestion, help the movement of goods and services, and achieve growth targets.

The Town of Oakville has worked closely with the Provincial government and Metrolinx in order to realize the potential of Midtown. Residents are encouraged to contact our local MPPs to call for provincial funding for Midtown, which will help bring local jobs and move Ontario’s goals forward. 
The Visit Oakville Guide is here
Because travel looks a little different right now, we've put together a digital visitor guide to help residents and regional visitors navigate Oakville safely. 
Learn more about staying in Oakville, shopping, dining and exploring our town's natural wonders during this time.  
Can't visit us just yet? Browse through the pages and start planning your next trip with our can't-miss featurettes. 

Click here to download the digital guide and begin planning your next adventure. 
Weather permitting, stone work completion is scheduled for end of next week, followed by the installation of street furniture.
Ontario
Provincial Government announcements
Agreement delivers up to $4 billion to support municipalities and transit
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing up to $4 billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities. This funding will help local governments maintain the critical services people rely on every day, including public transit, over the next six to eight months. Details on specific allocations will be provided in the coming weeks. This funding is part of the province's made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth and economic recovery.

The announcement was made today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

"By working together, we have united the country in the face of the immense challenges brought on by COVID-19 and secured a historic deal with the federal government to ensure a strong recovery for Ontario and for Canada," said Premier Ford. "I want to thank Ontario's 444 local leaders who supported us through our negotiations with the federal government and through each stage of reopening. We will continue to be a champion for our municipal partners as they safely reopen their communities and ensure people can get back to work."

Premier Ford worked collaboratively with municipal partners, fellow Premiers, Prime Minister Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Freeland to reach this historic agreement, which includes $777 million from the federal government and $1.22 billion from the province in support for municipalities. Ontario will continue to work closely with its municipal partners to ensure this funding provides the support they need to address budget shortfalls related to COVID-19.

"Ontario's municipalities are the backbone of our great province," said Minister Clark. "Our government is committed to working hand in hand with our municipal partners to help them emerge stronger and enable them to lead economic recovery in every community. And the funding we are announcing today will play a critical role in that."

"Ontario municipalities told us they are dealing with a $4 billion shortfall as a result of COVID-19," said Minister Phillips. "Failing to act could result in cuts to services and higher taxes.

That's why, under Premier Ford's leadership, Ontario was a strong advocate at the negotiating table to ensure municipalities and transit systems were supported as part of the Safe Restart Agreement. This is a historic level of support that's being provided during unprecedented times."

Through Ontario's leadership, a deal for public transit funding was also secured as part of the federal-provincial agreement. Up to $2 billion will be shared equally between Ontario and the federal government. Transit operators that have seen steep declines in revenues will receive the support they need to help address the financial impacts of COVID-19 and continue their operations in a safe manner.

"Transit operators across Ontario have done an incredible job ensuring that people who need to get around, including our frontline workers, have safe and reliable transit service during the outbreak," said Minister Mulroney. "This funding will help ensure transit services continue to be there so people can get where they need to go as our province reopens and people return to work."

The Safe Restart Agreement will help ensure a strong and safe recovery for Ontario through investments in testing, contact tracing and data management; health care capacity and mental health; protecting vulnerable populations, including people experiencing homelessness and seniors in long-term care facilities; securing personal protective equipment (PPE); child care for returning workers; and support for municipalities and public transit systems.
Indoor visits to Ontario long-term care homes stymied by rules and enforcement
The provincial government has said that physical distancing is not necessary for indoor visits, but many homes are playing it safe and have taken it upon themselves to enforce the rule in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 anyway .

Cineplex request to boost capacity in Ontario theatres 'on the table': Ford 
Ontario Premier Doug Ford says health officials are considering Cineplex's proposal to increase the number of people allowed inside multiplex theatres.

Canada
Government of Canada announcements
The Canada Revenue Agency announces extension to the payment deadline and offers interest relief on outstanding tax debts during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and is committed to supporting Canadians throughout it. The CRA understands that individuals and businesses might be dealing with difficulties in meeting their financial obligations, including paying tax debts they may have incurred prior to the crisis. In addition to  measures already announced , the CRA is extending the payment deadline and applying relief to interest on existing debt.

Payment deadline extension
The CRA is extending the payment due date for current year individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020. Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 30, 2020. This includes the late-filing penalty as long as the return is filed by September 30, 2020.

Interest on Existing Tax Debt
The CRA is also waiving interest on existing tax debts related to individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns from April 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020 and from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, for goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) returns. While this measure for existing tax debts does not cancel penalties and interest already assessed on a taxpayer’s account prior to this period, it ensures that a taxpayer’s existing tax debt does not continue to grow through interest charges during this difficult time. This measure provides immediate relief to impacted taxpayers.

Filing returns
The previously extended filing due dates for individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns remain unchanged. However, recognizing the difficult circumstances faced by Canadians, the CRA will not impose late-filing penalties where a current year individual, corporation, or trust return is filed late provided that it is filed by September 30, 2020.
The CRA encourages everyone to file their individual, corporate and trust returns as soon as possible, even though payment deadlines are being extended. This is particularly important for individuals receiving credits and benefits, such as the Canada Child Benefit.

To ensure Canadians continue to receive their benefits and credits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRA temporarily suspended interruptions for those who were unable to file their income tax and benefit return by the June 1 deadline. Currently, if a 2019 individual tax return has not been assessed, the CRA is calculating benefits and/or credits for the July to September 2020 payments based on information from 2018 tax returns. However, if 2019 individual tax returns are not received and assessed by early September 2020, estimated benefits and/or credits will stop in October 2020 and individuals may have to repay the amounts that were issued as of July 2020. The CRA has  helpful information  and a  step-by-step guide  to help Canadians complete their taxes. The CRA tax processing system is fully operational and returns are being processed quickly to support Canadians in getting their refunds and ensuring continuity of their benefits.

COVID-19 measures
The Government of Canada previously announced  fiscal measures  to help Canadians during this period, some of which affect tax-filing and payment deadlines. Below are some of the important changes that were announced:
  • Extensions to tax-filing and payment deadlines
  • New emergency credits and measures (Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB))
  • A one-time special payment to the GST/HST credit and a one-time increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment in May
  • Reduced minimum withdrawals for Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs)
  • Electronic signatures for authorization of certain forms
  • Deferring GST/HST remittances and customs duty payments until June 30th, 2020
The Government of Canada is investing to safely restart the economy, while protecting the health of Canadians
All levels of government are working in close collaboration to keep Canadians safe as we gradually restart our economy. Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, provided more details on this funding provided by the federal government to support health priorities and address Canadians’ immediate needs.

The Government of Canada will provide $4.28 billion to further expand testing and contact tracing capacity, and the associated data management and information sharing systems. This funding will ensure a national capacity to conduct 200,000 tests per day to help manage COVID-19 outbreaks over the coming year. Canada will also provide $7.5 billion towards personal protective equipment.

Part of this funding will be used to help ensure availability of testing components like reagents, swabs, point-of-care kits, and promote innovation in developing new testing components and equipment. It will also help support contact tracing, including by making federal human resources available to provinces and territories, and help modernize data management and infrastructure to accelerate reporting on cases and access to these data by public health officials.
Six months after Canada's 1st COVID-19 case, hospitals 'better prepared' to help sickest patients 
Six months after Ontario officials announced the first COVID-19 case in Canada, critical care teams caring for the sickest patients feel better equipped to save more lives.

COVID-19 outbreak declared at third Ottawa daycare
In Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard update on Saturday, the health unit said an outbreak has been declared at Renée Tassé Daycare.

The outbreak at Renée Tassé comes just days after outbreaks were reported at  two local daycares : the Pinecrest Queensway Headstart program on Ahearn Avenue and La Clementine Michel Dupuis daycare.

International news
Coronavirus pandemic by far WHO’s worst
global health emergency: director-general
The new  coronavirus  pandemic that has infected more than 16 million people is easily the worst global health emergency the  World Health Organization  (WHO) has faced, its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world be able to beat it, Tedros added at a virtual news briefing in Geneva.

South Korea sees spike in new cases as
U.S. states tighten controls
South Korea on Saturday reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four months while South Africa announced a surge in infections and some U.S. states tightened anti-disease controls.

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic
Australia has suffered its deadliest day from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, with authorities reporting 10 fatalities Sunday and a rise in new infections despite an intensive lockdown effort.

Around 80,000 people flee Vietnamese city
after new coronavirus cases emerge
Vietnam, widely seen as a success in dealing with the coronavirus, reimposed a social distancing order in Da Nang following the confirmation of the cases, the first known to be locally transmitted in the country in over three months.

Two MLB games postponed
as Marlins deal with coronavirus outbreak
Two major league games scheduled for Monday night have been postponed as the Miami Marlins deal with a coronavirus outbreak that stranded them in Philadelphia.

In other COVID-related news:
‘It would be devastating’: If Canada gets hit by a second COVID-19 wave this fall, government money could run out and some sectors may not survive
How a Toronto hospital handled Canada’s first COVID-19 case: ‘We didn’t know this was a moment in history’
Europe’s post-lockdown rebound bodes well for global economy
Officers clear out ‘disheartening’ Brampton house party with 200 attendees
How risky is it to get a haircut, go to the gym? New gov't site has the answers
With both COVID-19 case counts and the number of risk-heavy activities open to Canadians on the rise, the government has set up a new tool for Canadians to gauge the risk levels of their plans outside the home.

Is there a polite way to ask someone to practice good COVID-19 etiquette?
Adjusting to new social norms in the midst of a global pandemic is no easy feat, especially as rules and recommendations surrounding COVID-19 evolve.
Encouraging friends or family to practice good pandemic etiquette can be a touchy subject. But asking a stranger to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines can be particularly challenging.
So, how do you approach the person failing to maintain their distance or the store employee who has let their mask slip without inciting conflict?

Coronavirus report card: Experts give Canada a B, U.S. an F
Half a year after COVID-19 first showed itself in Canada, CTVNews.ca asked seven prominent epidemiologists, public health experts and infectious disease specialists to look back at the pandemic responses of Canada, the United States and the world as a whole, and put together a report card for each – assessing their strengths and weaknesses thus far, and assigning them a letter grade.

Jobs lost at airlines during coronavirus pandemic total 400,000
About 400,000 airline workers have been fired, furloughed or told they may lose their jobs due to the coronavirus, according to Bloomberg calculations.

Schools scrambling to plan safe reopening
At two of the larger schools in London, Ont., staff are spending the summer testing directional arrows pasted onto hallway floors, installing portable hand-washing stations, rearranging furniture and erecting protective barriers for front office workers.

Google to let employees work from home until June 2021 amid coronavirus
It is one of several other companies that have allowed most of their employees to work from home for the foreseeable future to safeguard them against COVID-19.

Anti-masking groups draw from anti-vaccination playbook to spread misinformation
As more regions across the country adopt mandatory masking policies in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, some anti-masking groups are joining forces with anti-vaccination proponents and adopting their techniques to spread misinformation and amplify their message.

Portraits from a pandemic: Toronto photographer documents daily life
From two Tibetan monks strolling down a busy city street wearing blue disposable masks to a couple posing for a photo while holding hands and wearing matching fashionable black masks, a Toronto photographer has captured glimpses of how life has changed in Canada’s largest city during the coronavirus pandemic.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opts out of NFL season, saying he won't risk spreading COVID-19
Montreal native and Super Bowl champion Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has decided not to play in the 2020 NFL season. Duvernay-Tardif, 29, who famously disrupted his medical school training to play pro football, has been working with Quebec patients during the pandemic.
Upcoming events:
Celebrate Emancipation Day with a free BBQ picnic
Celebrate Emancipation Day from home this year with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton's free Emancipation Day BBQ.
Register now for a free lunchbox and play pack, and pick up your mouthwatering meal at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre on Aug. 1, 2020. 
Take it all home and tune into the CCAH YouTube channel for the premiere of their documentary, Legacy Voices.
Halton Environmental Network is launching Pop-up Clean-ups! The socially distanced clean-ups are a safe and fun way to enjoy the outdoors while making a difference in your community. Not only will you be cleaning up litter, but you’ll be tracking the waste you find. The collected data will empower our community to make informed decisions on how to protect our environment.
 
You can either lead a clean-up or take part in one! Students also have the opportunity to gain volunteer hours for school credit with each clean-up they do. If you are interested, please register   here .  
Sign the CN intermodal e-Petition now
This e-Petition is a collaborative effort between Milton RAIL, Milton Says No and Halton Region, to serve as the response from Halton residents during this last, vital public consultation period in the environmental assessment process.

The Review Panel Report states that the Project (CN intermodal terminal AKA Milton Logistics Hub) is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects on human health caused by air quality.

The Federal Government can still determine that the environmental effects to human health - 1,600 transport trucks on the roads every day plus the operation of a dangerous industrial facility - are justified. This would be set a devastating precedent for Canadian municipalities.

This petition is meant to ensure the Federal Government understands that significant adverse effects to human health cannot be justified.

Instructions:

1. Sign the petition
  • There is no minimum age to sign
  • Every signature, however, must have a unique email address (an email address may only be used once on the petition).

2. Watch for an email from the House of Commons! You must verify and confirm your signature, it will not count unless you complete this step.

Food Banks experiencing record demand
Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville: 905-847-3988 or email  oakvillefoodbank@gmail.com

Kerr Street Mission: 905-845-7485 or donate online at kerrstreet.com

The Salvation Army Oakville: Donate online https://salvationarmy.ca/
Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures. I f you know or are aware of someone who is struggling, call 211 and get help to navigate the network of health, community and social service programs. This service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and has interpretation for over 150 languages. And, if you are able, please consider supporting the Meals on Wheels effort by making a donation.

Testing in Oakville
Call the COVID-19 hotline
For the duration of the pandemic, if a member of the public wishes to report an incident of non-compliance with the emergency orders, they may contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722

It is critical that our residents use 911 for emergencies only.
Coronavirus timeline