Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Monday, June 22 COVID-19 emergency
Saturday, a disturbing report of a Halton police officer pushing and shoving a youth in Oakville surfaced. The treatment of the youth by the officer does not fit the policies and standards of the Halton Police and I deplore the unprofessional and undisciplined behaviour displayed in the video.

Police Chief Steven Tanner has suspended the officer and begun an investigation.

I’m glad that the Chief suspended him. Currently, the province's statutes don’t allow Chiefs to suspend without pay and we're waiting to see what was going on with the other officers in the video. There’s no audio in the video so we don’t know what their position was or what they were saying, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it and it’ll be a full public affair.

It is an important part of our Peelian Principles that the police are the community and the community are the police, as such, it is important that these types of incidents are reported for the safety of everyone.

Please read the Oakville Beaver story on the incident below, along with Chief Tanner's full statement.

Also below you'll find the updated timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic. It shows how far we've come and looks into the future of the recovery.
Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases
  • What countires did it right and wrong in responding to the pandemic
  • Town of Oakville announcements
  • Tentative reopening dates for splash pads and pools
  • Students begin working on sports fields
  • OPL goes fine-free for the rest of 2020
  • Council passes motion to honour Veronica Tyrrell
  • Halton's police chief suspends officer seen shoving youth in Oakville
  • Burlington men arrested in largest fentanyl seizure in Ontario history
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • Ontario moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2
  • Ontario announces members of new Indigenous Women's Advisory Council
  • Ontario supporting Indigenous-owned businesses during COVID-19
  • Pandemic has provided chance to reshape Canada's future says PM
  • Feds lay out guidelines for returning public servants to workplaces
  • Mexico to resume sending farm workers to Canada
  • COVID-19 to leave some lasting economic damage, Bank of Canada
  • Seoul mayor fears virus resurgence
  • New Zealand continues to report new cases
  • In other COVID-related news
  • More Canadians refusing work due to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 is worse than a bad flu season
  • Nursing homes begin refilling beds
  • Four-day work week with fewer hours, same pay could become a reality
  • The physical office isn't going anywhere
  • How often should I get tested for COVID-19?
  • Survivors face daunting, unknown aftermath
  • Twenty nine one mundane activities ranked by COVID-risk
  • Doug Ford rejects proposal to cut holidays for retail workers
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COVID case counts
Total confirmed cases in Halton increased by 4 from 716 to 720 with +2 new confirmed cases in Oakville, from 242 to 244.

There were 0 reported recoveries in Oakville, total remains at 246 and 1 recovery in Halton Region from 708 to 709.

Oakville’s community transmission rate decreased from 37 per cent to 36 per cent since the last surveillance report.
Ontario reported  161 new cases on Monday , bringing the total number of cases to 33,637 with 2,647 deaths.

Canada has 101,567 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with the majority in Quebec and Ontario. Of those cases, 64,284 of the cases were listed as resolved or recovered. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial information, regional health data and CBC's reporting stood at 8,471.
Visit for the U of T COVID-19 data aggregation map
COVID-19 deaths per million
WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases
The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours.
The UN health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the U.S. next at 36,617. Over 15,400 came in in India.

What countries did right and wrong in responding to the pandemic
Why were some countries better able than others to control the spread of the coronavirus despite having similar measures? CBC News breaks down the numbers and speaks with some top experts to find out.

Oakville and Halton
Town of Oakville announcements
Tentative reopening dates for splash pads and pools
All of Oakville's 16 splash pads are tentatively scheduled to open starting this Friday, June 26.

The Town is also preparing to open some pools with a tentative date of Monday, July 13 to align with the start of summer camps. Lions, Falgarwood and Wedgewood outdoor pools as well as the indoor pool at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre are the pools selected for reopening under the extensive health and safety requirements mandated by the Province.
Students begin working on sports fields
Today a group of students have begun working on some Oakville sports fields. This includes grooming fields, painting lines and detailing. Staff are currently working with local sports organizations on the list of sports fields the groups require, expecting 60-75 of the 135 fields will reopen.
OPL goes fine-free on all library materials for the rest of 2020
Beginning June 17, 2020 no overdue fines will accumulate on library materials at OPL for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. This initiative is in effect until December 31, 2020.
What qualifies as an overdue fine?

Overdue fines – also called late fees – accumulate on any material not returned on or before its due date. This initiative does not apply to fees related to lost or damaged items, holds expired, referral fees, or any administrative fees.

From Town Council
Council passes motion to honour Veronica Tyrrell
As a long-time leader of the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, Veronica Tyrrell was involved in several local community and political organisations such as serving on the Halton Multicultural Council and partnering with Community Development Halton. She worked tirelessly to help others to make Oakville and Halton Region a more inclusive and vibrant community by working with disadvantaged youth, promoting Caribbean culture and performance arts, spreading awareness of Black history, particularly Oakville’s role in the underground railroad, and helping new citizens from the Caribbean settle in Canada. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for her endless efforts for fostering reconciliation, cooperation, and participation with each other in our community.
Veronica Tyrrell was honoured in today's Council meeting by the passing of a motion to dedicate the square on Buttonbush Trail in North Oakville in her name to remember her and as a call to action to carry on her work in our every day lives.
Veronica Tyrrell and I before her passing.
Halton's police chief suspends officer seen pushing and shoving youth in Oakville
A Halton police officer who was seen in a video making direct physical contact with a youth has been suspended from duty with pay.

Video of the altercation  surfaced on social media Saturday , showing the officer pushing and shoving a young male in the Little Caesars Pizza and Bank of Montreal plaza at  Third Line and Dundas Street West  in Oakville. 

Burlington men arrested in largest fentanyl seizure in Ontario history
Two Burlington men are facing charges following what Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are calling the largest seizure of fentanyl by law enforcement in Ontario.

Det. Insp. Jim Walker of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau said the massive police operation took place on May 30 and resulted in the seizure of 123,700 fentanyl pills following raids at industrial buildings in both Oakville and Burlington.

Provincial Government announcements
Ontario moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2
The Ontario government is allowing more businesses and services to open and getting more people back to work by moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health. It is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to do rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health will enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. They will join the  31 other public health regions that entered Stage 2  on June 12 and 19, 2020.

Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1 and the situation in the region will continue to be assessed on an ongoing basis. To ensure the region is able to move forward as soon as it is safe to do so, the province is building on the work completed by Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to date and collaborating with federal and local authorities to support the implementation of a targeted and collaborative response that includes:
  • Continuing with proactive targeted testing for agri-food workers, including enhanced on-farm testing;
  • Conducting more than 200 Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development on-farm inspections and investigations;
  • Starting new joint inspections of farms with federal authorities to review current working and living conditions of temporary foreign workers with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and local public health officials;
  • Providing $15 million through the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection program, which provides cost-share funding to improve employee and workplace health and safety on farms and in processing facilities. The funding can be used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), put up physical barriers, make housing modifications, or provide alternate housing or other measures;
  • Translating COVID-19 health and safety guidance documents into Spanish and posting them on Additional resources, including webinars and helpful posters, are also available, and will help farmers and other agri-food employers provide safe and healthy workplaces;
  • Providing specific funding to Workplace Safety and Prevention Services to deliver resources and consulting services to help farmers and other agri-food businesses provide safe workplaces; and
  • Continuing to press the federal government to provide new funding to support priority sectors impacted by COVID-19, including the agricultural sector, as the province reopens and charts a path to economic recovery.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has also strongly recommended that local medical officers of health use their authority under section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act to issue class orders to ensure that employers of temporary workers take actions to decrease the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on farms. These actions will ensure:
  • All foreign workers self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival, with the resources and supports they need to avoid any contacts with others and notification to public health unit if they have any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • All workers coming from any area where there is community transmission have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to beginning work;
  • Daily active screening;
  • Accurate and updated contact information of permanent, temporary and contract employees available to the public health unit within 24 hours and ensuring employees are assigned to the same group to support effective case management and contact tracing;
  • Physical distancing maintained between workers as best as possible and personal protective equipment to be provided based on risk assessment; and
  • All legislative requirements to protect worker health and safety are followed.

With this enhanced response, and continued support from the entire Windsor-Essex community, the government is confident Windsor-Essex County Health Unit region will proceed to Stage 2 soon.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation in all regions of the province to advise when public health restrictions can be gradually loosened or if they need to be tightened.

Although restrictions are being gradually relaxed in Stage 2, the government is strongly recommending that everyone in Ontario follow public health advice, including physical distancing, wearing a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, washing hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Ontario announces members of new Indigenous Women's Advisory Council
Today, the Ontario government announced members of the new Indigenous Women's Advisory Council. The Council includes First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and LGBTQ2S leaders on violence prevention who will provide input on issues impacting their communities such as human trafficking and child, youth and family well-being. Today's announcement is being made on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Council will be co-chaired by Cora-lee McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women's Association. The other co-chair will be selected at the Council's first meeting in early July 2020.
Other members of the Indigenous Women's Advisory Council include:
  • Sylvia Maracle, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
  • Sandra Montour, Six Nations of the Grand River
  • Lyndia Jones, Independent First Nations
  • Jennifer St. Germain, Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Teresa Sutherland, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • Amanda Kilabuk, Tungasuvvingat Inuit
  • Marina Plain, Union of Ontario Indians/Anishinabek Nation
  • Tracy Antone, Chiefs of Ontario
Ontario supporting Indigenous-owned businesses during COVID-19
The government of Ontario is providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium sized businesses to help them with much needed capital as the province begins to safely and gradually reopen the economy. 

Loans of up to $50,000 will be available to businesses that are either ineligible for, or unable to access, existing federal and provincial COVID-19 response initiatives for small businesses. The funding is being delivered through the Support for People and Jobs Fund.

Loans will be available through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Up to 50% of each loan will be in the form of a non-repayable grant, with no interest due on the loan portion until December 31, 2022. Businesses may use these funds to cover general expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities and taxes. They may also be used towards increasing production capacity, developing new products, moving to online marketing, or to make improvements to accommodate social distancing requirements, such as the installation of plexiglass barriers. 
Pandemic has provided chance to reshape Canada's future, PM says
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that, while the COVID-19 pandemic has been an “unprecedented challenge,” it’s opening up opportunities to rethink and reshape Canada’s future.

“If this pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for our country, it has also been an important opportunity to figure out what really matters in our communities, to have meaningful conversations about how we can take care of those around us, and perhaps above all, to think about what kind of future we want to build together,” Trudeau said during his Rideau Cottage address. 

Feds lay out guidelines for returning public servants to workplaces
Canada's roughly 250,000 federal public servants are being primed for an eventual return to their workplaces, though many are expected to continue working remotely for the foreseeable future.

Mexico to resume sending farm workers to Canada after COVID-19 safety agreement
Mexico will resume sending temporary farm workers to Canada after the two countries reached an agreement on improved safety protections for labourers on Canadian farms during the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican government said on Sunday.

At least 3 Mexican workers have died after outbreaks on 17 Canadian farms.

COVID-19 to leave some lasting economic damage, Bank of Canada chief says
Canada's top central banker says there will be long-term economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic as the country charts a 'prolonged and bumpy' course to recovery.

International news
Seoul mayor fears virus resurgence
The mayor of South Korea's capital fears the country is losing control over a virus resurgence and said Seoul will reimpose stronger social distancing measures if the daily jump in infections doesn't come below an average of 30 over the next three days.

"If Seoul gets penetrated [by the virus], the entire Republic of Korea gets penetrated," Park Won-soon said Monday in a televised briefing, referring to South Korea by its formal name.
He also lamented what he described as complacency of citizens in social distancing, citing an increase in public transportation usage that he says has been approaching last year's levels in recent weeks.

Citing research by health experts, Park said the country could be possibly reporting as many as 800 new cases a day a month from now if it fails to stem current trends in transmissions. He said the basic reproduction number of virus carriers, which measures the number of infections caused by an individual, has reached nearly 1.8 for the period between April 30 and June 11. Any number above 1 indicates a growing epidemic.
New Zealand continues to report new cases
New Zealand has reported two new cases of the coronavirus as a trickle of infected people continue to arrive at the border.

The country of five million people now has nine active cases after having none at all earlier this month.

Health officials said Monday that all those cases involve people who have recently arrived and are in quarantine, and there's no evidence of community transmission.

Still, many remain anxious that community transmission could return, especially after health officials admitted making a mistake by allowing two women who had arrived from London to leave quarantine before they had been tested because a parent was dying. The women later tested positive and have since isolated themselves.

The latest two cases involve people returning from India and Pakistan.
In other COVID-related news:
More Canadians are refusing work due to COVID-19 — but it's tough to get authorities to agree
As more workplaces open up, Canadians are faced with the challenge of going back to work after being told for months that can be dangerous. 
Data on work refusals reported to provincial labour authorities shows there's been a spike in the number of people who have formally refused to work citing dangerous conditions. But virtually none of those work refusals is being upheld, which may illustrate just how unprepared existing labour laws are for dealing with COVID-19.

COVID-19 is worse than a bad flu season, despite online claims to the contrary
A widely shared meme claims the COVID-19 death rate without a vaccine is lower than the flu death rate with a vaccine, but that assertion is incorrect, say epidemiologists.

Coronavirus: Nursing homes begin refilling beds emptied by pandemic, worrying families
'I think we need to wait a little longer,' says a union representing long-term care workers.

Four-day work week with fewer hours, same pay could become a reality in some workplaces post-COVID-19
The compressed four-day work week has gained renewed attention since COVID-19 changed the way people work. But some experts say employers should consider another type of four-day work week, one that allows employees to work fewer hours and get paid their same weekly salary.

The physical office isn’t going anywhere, experts say — and tech firms will have to learn that the hard way
Recent surveys show a majority of workers want to go back to the office, at least for part of the week.
How often should I get tested for COVID-19?
COVID-19 survivors face daunting, unknown aftermath
Toronto experts rank 29 once-mundane activities by their COVID-19 risk
Doug Ford rejects proposal to cut holidays for retail workers
Upcoming events:
Celebrate Pride
June is Pride Month, and OPL is teaming up with other Halton region libraries to virtually celebrate our 2SLGBTQ+ community!

Share with OPL your artwork, poems, stories or videos that showcase what Pride means to you on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram and tag #OakvilleLibrary and #HaltonPrideExpo.
We're bringing the party to you, eh
The Town of Oakville is excited to bring you a full day of virtual entertainment and activities you can do from the comfort of your home on July 1, 2020.

We invite you to enjoy musical performances, Canada Day themed challenges, a town-wide singing of O Canada, virtual fireworks display, and more!
What's on at the OPL
Visit for details and registration of these virtual offerings
Tuesdays & Thursdays • 10 am
Family Storytime on Instagram Live
Get moving with stories, songs and fun during Family Storytime! Hosted virtually on Instagram Live. Follow @oakvillelibrary on Instagram .

Tuesdays & Thursdays • 2 pm
Kids Library Club
Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays as we explore fun activities in the fields of science, technology, art and more! Tuesday's session will be Biodiversity and Thursday is Virtual Tourism . Limited spaces.

Wednesday, June 24 2 pm
In Conversation With ... Camilla Lackberg
On June 24, best-selling author Camilla Lackberg will join us over Zoom to discuss her newest release, The Gilded Cage. Hosted by Hannah Mary McKinnon, author of Sister Dear. This is a free event.

Wednesday, June 24 6:30 pm
Laws Protecting Older Adults
Learn more about laws that protect older adults in Ontario. Representatives from the Ontario Bar Association will be hosting a virtual discussion all about the rights and responsibilities of older adults and those who care for them.

Thursday, June 25 11 am
Let's Talk About Books, Movies & More: Audiobooks
This week, we'll discuss our favourite books, movies and more that relate to audiobooks. "Let's Talk About" are weekly, virtual sessions that explore different themes in arts, culture and literature.
Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 937 0382 6217) or call 1-647-558-0588.

Friday, June 26 • 10 am
Virtual Crafty Bees Meetup with The Hive
An informal, weekly craft meetup to share what you’re working on, and gather inspiration from fellow craft enthusiasts.
Join us on  Zoom  (Meeting ID: 936 5905 6875, Password: 756445) or call 1-647 374 4685. 

Friday, June 26 • 1 pm
An Afternoon for Kid Book Lovers
Join our book loving librarians for an hour of book recommendations aimed at school-aged children. We will even have time for a few questions. 

Fridays and Saturdays • 10 am
Family Storytime on YouTube 
Follow OPL on YouTube and enjoy pre-recorded Family Storytime on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 am. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube page so you don't miss out!

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Staff Book Recommendations on YouTube
Listen to over 100 short book reviews from OPL staff, uploaded weekly on YouTube .

Virtual Tech Help
Book a virtual one-on-one session for basic technology assistance. Limited sessions.
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

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

The Salvation Army Oakville: Donate online
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.

Downtown Oakville Instagram live series
On Wednesday, May 6 Downtown Oakville will be launching a weekly Instagram Live Series hosted by different Downtown businesses. The live events will allow you to purchase products, participate in fitness classes, attend workshops, and more!

Follow @oakvilledowntown on Instagram to learn more and tune in. 

June 24 at 7 p.m. - Dr. Adrienne, Naturopathic Doctor 
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