Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Tuesday, June 23 COVID-19 emergency
The Town of Oakville has adopted a new Coyote Education and Response Procedure. Yesterday, Municipal Enforcement Services presented the procedure, which is the result of the transition of Municipal Enforcement taking over the town’s coyote management and requests from residents for clarification on town responses to various types of coyote interaction.
Council spent a fair amount of time discussing the plan, which has the town playing a role in education, awareness and investigating reports of coyotes being within two metres of residents.
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Despite resident concerns, relocation and trapping are not the answer to our coyote problem.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act states that within 24 hours of capture, wildlife must be either euthanized or released within one kilometer of the capture location.

As such, it’s best to keep coyotes away with hazing, a process that helps establish boundaries between humans and animals. Raise your voice, quickly open and close an umbrella, snap plastic bags, use a whistle or spray coyotes with water. And, should you encounter a coyote, please report it at

Read more about the new program in the complete news release below.
It is this type of regular town business that continues despite the current COVID-19 emergency. For an update on where we are within that emergency, please visit the updated timeline at the end of this email.
Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • Ontario records first death of a child with COVID-19
  • Expect more COVID-19 cases as Toronto moves to Stage 2
  • Fauci says 'it will be when not if' for a COVID-19 vaccine
  • COVID-19 immunity might not last long for asymptomatic carriers
  • Town of Oakville announcements
  • Oakville implements new Coyote Education and Response Procedure
  • An update on parking lots
  • Some public washrooms now open
  • Oakville honours Veronica Tyrrell
  • Police investigating vandalism at Oakville cemetery
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • Ontario introduces new elementary math curriculum
  • Ontario appoints new Chair for the Minister's Patient and Family Advisory Council
  • Premier shocked by packed beaches
  • Sauble Beach to close
  • Government of Canada announcements
  • Government temporarily extends time periods for employers to recall employees laid off due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Feds to return to competitive bid process for PPE
  • CERB extension to cost $17.9 billion
  • Poll suggests Canadians don't want to relax physical distancing rules
  • Boris Johnson unveils big lockdown relaxation
  • In other COVID-related news
  • Health Canada recalls three more hand sanitizer products
  • Some services adding COVID fees
  • Companies that require face masks in Canada
  • How Pearson airport is planning for post-shutdown crowds
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COVID case counts
Total confirmed cases in Halton increased by 7 from 720 to 727 with -1 new confirmed cases in Oakville, from 244 to 243.

There was +1 reported recoveries in Oakville, from 246 to 247 and +5 recoveries in Halton Region from 709 to 714 .

There are 18 active cases in Oakville and two patients at OTMH being treated for COVID-19, a number which includes patient transfers from other regions.
Ontario  reported  216 new cases of the novel  coronavirus  on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 33,853.

Ontario is reporting its first COVID-19 death in a patient under 20 years of age.

According to provincial data, the patient was female from Toronto. She was tested on June 18 and the data says she acquired the virus from community spread.

More than 95 per cent of the more than 2,600 fatal cases in the province have been patients over the age of 60, with only a handful of deaths among much younger Ontarians.

As of 10:40 a.m ET on Tuesday, Canada had 101,853 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 64,508 of the cases listed as resolved or recovered. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial data, regional information and CBC's reporting stood at 8,481.

As of Tuesday morning, there were more than nine million reported coronavirus cases worldwide with more than 472,000 deaths, according to a tracking tool maintained by U.S.-based  Johns Hopkins University.
Visit for the U of T COVID-19 data aggregation map
COVID-19 deaths per million
Ontario records first death of a child with COVID-19
Expect more COVID-19 cases as Toronto moves to Stage 2 reopening, public health chair warns
Fauci says 'it will be when not if' for a COVID-19 vaccine
The U.S. government's top infectious disease expert told a House committee on Tuesday he believes 'it will be when and not if' there will be a COVID-19 vaccine and that he remains 'cautiously optimistic' that some will be ready at the end of the year.

COVID-19 immunity might not last long for asymptomatic carriers: study
New research out of China suggests that the COVID-19 antibodies needed for immunity to the virus do not last as long as many similar respiratory viruses, particularly among asymptomatic carriers.

Oakville and Halton
Town of Oakville announcements
Town of Oakville implements new Coyote Education and Response Procedure
At yesterday’s meeting, town staff provided Council with an update to the town’s coyote management program, which includes a newly developed Coyote Education and Response Procedure and Coyote Response Strategy . The new procedure addresses community concerns regarding the presence of coyotes in residential neighbourhoods and provides a clear strategy for how the town and community partners will respond to situations involving coyotes.

“The Town of Oakville has had a coyote management program in place since 2012 when the Oakville Wildlife Strategy (OWLS) was approved by Council. Coyotes are part of our natural environment and they are here to stay. The new procedure creates a better understanding of coyote behaviour to help residents to feel safe and understand the appropriate responses to coyote encounters. It also provides protocols for the town when responding to coyotes in residential areas,” said Mayor Burton.

Coyotes are commonly found in urban areas such as Oakville. They are usually wary animals and are not considered to be a significant risk to people. However, intentional and unintentional feeding and allowing pets to roam freely contribute to coyotes losing their inhibitions towards people and becoming attracted to residential neighbourhoods.
The new Coyote Education and Response Procedure provides best practices to deter coyotes from approaching people and private property, such as:

Reduce food attractants
  • Never feed or leave food out for a coyote
  • Remove food sources from yards, including birdseed and fruit that has fallen to the ground 
  • Avoid feeding pets outside. If it is necessary, remove bowls and any leftover food from your yard
  • Store garbage, compost and pet food in a place coyotes and other wildlife cannot access
  • Keep garbage in containers with tightfitting lids. Place containers curbside on the morning of collection
  • Do not leave food waste in town garbage cans in parks, as this may attract rodents which may attract coyotes

Reduce risk to pets
  • Do not leave small dogs unattended when in the yard
  • Cats are not permitted to roam freely
  • All pets should be on a leash when off your property

The procedure also lays out the various responsibilities that the town and other community partners will take to respond to various incidents involving coyotes, such as interaction with pets, presence of dens and pups, unusual aggressive behavior and sick or injured coyotes.

The town’s coyote management plan does not support the use of relocation or removal programs. Removal programs have proven ineffective to reduce coyote populations or address root causes of conflicts. Municipalities must act in accordance with the provincial government’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act which states that captured wildlife must (generally) be returned within 24 hours and within one kilometre of where it was caught. Research shows that coyotes often return to their original location within a short period of time, or are often quickly replaced by transient coyotes looking for a vacant home range.

“The co-existence approach to coyotes and other wildlife such as foxes is based on evidence from wildlife experts as well as proven field experience within local municipalities,” said Selena Campbell, acting director, Municipal Enforcement Services. “With the tools and techniques in our procedure, most negative coyote interactions can be prevented.”

Along with the new Coyote Education and Response Procedure, the town provides a variety of resources and information to residents such as: wildlife page on with tips, facts and a coyote reporting form and mapping feature; a how-to hazing video; social media awareness campaigns; signage where coyotes are known to be active with information on what to do if a coyote is encountered; and public information meetings.

The town will be hosting the next public information meeting on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. for those wanting to learn more about coyote behaviour and what to do should you encounter them while out in your yard or neighbourhood. You can watch the meeting on the town’s Live Stream page or email  to receive details on how to log in to participate from your home computer or phone. 

To review the Coyote Education and Response Procedure and Coyote Response Strategy and more wildlife-proofing information, visit .
An update on parking lots
Open: Tannery and Waterworks Park, Gairloch Gardens, Coronation Park and South Shell Park, Bronte Beach, Bluffer’s Park, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, community centers for permitted activities. 

Closed: Southeast Sports Field, Aspen Forest Park, Deer Run Park; Kingsford Gardens (north lot), Iroquois Shoreline Woods, Winston Woods Park, Glenashton Park (Eighth Line lot), Pinery Park, Postridge Park, Old Upper Middle Road, Harman Gate Park, Neyagawa Park, Langtry Park, Valleyridge Park, Millstone Park, West Oak Trails Park, Nottinghill Gate Park, Bloomfield Park, Nautical Park, Westbrook Park, Bronte Athletic Field.
Some public washrooms now open
Public washrooms are open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Open: Fisherman's Warf, Bronte Outer Harbour, Tannery Park, Wallace Park, Lakeside Park, Lawson Park, Coronation Park, Burloak Canoe Club, George Savage Park, Memorial Park, Isaac Park, Fowley Park. Towne Square washroom is open year round from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
***South Shell is open but will be closed on June 29 for 3 – 5 weeks due to work being done along the waterfront at this park.

Closed: Shell Park, Bronte Athletic Field, Forster Park, Trafalgar Park Community Centre, Trafalgar Park/Lion’s Pool, Westoak Trails Park, Cornwall Sports Park, Oakville Park, Glenashton Park (outside washrooms), William Rose Park (assumption pending, there are still some outstanding projects to be completed), Pine Glen Park.

Oakville honours Veronica Tyrrell
As reported yesterday, Veronica Tyrrell will be posthumously honoured in Oakville with a park in Ward 7 dedicated in her name.

Watch the motion
Police Investigating Vandalism at Oakville Cemetery
On Monday June 22, 2020 Halton Regional Police Service officers attended St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oakville for a report of vandalism. Investigators have determined a monument in the cemetery was vandalized with spray paint sometime between Friday June 19 and Sunday June 21, 2020.

Due to the nature of the graffiti this crime is being investigated as a hate motivated offence.
We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 905-825-4747 ext. 2216 or the on-duty 2 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4747 ext. 2210.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at .

Police will not be releasing images of the graffiti to the media or further spreading the suspect's message by confirming what text was painted on the monument. 
Provincial Government announcements
Ontario introduces new math curriculum for elementary students
The Ontario government released the province's new elementary math curriculum to better prepare students for work in a rapidly changing world, strengthen math competence and improve grades. The curriculum was developed over two years in consultation with parents, math educators, academics and math education experts, and is designed to reverse a decade of declining math scores. It will be available to students across the province beginning in September 2020.

The new math curriculum for Grades 1-8 will:
  • Build understanding of the value and use of money through mandatory financial literacy concepts;
  • For the first time, teach coding or computer programming skills starting in Grade 1 to improve problem solving and fluency with technology, to prepare students for jobs of the future;
  • Use relevant, current, and practical examples so students can connect math to everyday life;
  • Put a focus on fundamental math concepts and skills, such as learning and recalling number facts.

The Ministry of Education is also changing how it makes curriculum available to better reflect how Ontarians consume information. The new math curriculum will be the first uploaded to the new  Curriculum and Resources website , a digital space where anyone can access curriculum and learning resources. This platform will help parents, students, and teachers see connections between learning in different grades and subjects.
Ontario appoints new Chair for the Minister's Patient and Family Advisory Council
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced the appointment of Betty-Lou Kristy as the new Chair of the Minister's Patient and Family Advisory Council. In this role, Ms. Kristy will help the government's ongoing work to engage with patients, families and caregivers and deliver patient-centred care.

The Patient and Family Advisory Council provides advice to the Minister of Health on key health care priorities that have an impact on patient experience and patient care. The inaugural council made significant contributions to patient care in Ontario, including developing a  Patient Declaration of Values  and provided strategic advice on digital health, home and community care, mental health and addictions, integrated and coordinated care and primary care. 

Ms. Kristy's appointment as Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council will begin in June 2020.

Ontario premier shocked by packed Toronto beaches, warns COVID-19 fight is not over
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he was shocked to see so many people flocking to Toronto beaches over the weekend, warning that the province could see a surge in COVID-19 cases if they aren’t careful.
Sauble Beach to close, mayor partially blames thousands of Toronto-area beachgoers
South Bruce Peninsula is temporarily closing all of its beaches, including the popular Sauble Beach, after the town's mayor said Monday that "day-trippers flagrantly defied our restrictions."

Government of Canada announcements
The Government of Canada temporarily extends time periods given to employers to recall employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, announced changes to extend time periods for temporary layoffs to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees. The temporary changes will help protect the jobs of federally regulated private-sector employees and support employers facing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Prior to these changes, employers could temporarily lay-off their employees for up to three months if no notice with a recall date was provided, or for a period of up to six months if they provided a notice with an expected recall date, before the lay-off became a termination. The amendments, which are set out in the  Canada Labour Standards Regulations,  temporarily extend these time periods by up to six months:
  • For employees laid off prior to March 31, 2020, the time period is extended by six months or to December 30, 2020, whichever occurs first.
  • For employees laid off between March 31, 2020, and September 30, 2020, the time period is extended until December 30, 2020, unless a later recall date was provided in a written notice at the time of the layoff.

These changes, which came into effect on June 22, 2020, do not apply to employees who are covered by a collective agreement that contains recall rights.

These changes also do not apply to employees whose employment had already been terminated prior to the coming into force of the amendments. The previous rules will apply to layoffs occurring after September 30, 2020.
Feds to return to competitive bid process for PPE
The federal Liberals say the government will go back to using competitive bid processes to get protective equipment needed across the country due to COVID-19.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the process usually used to award contracts will only apply in situations where there is enough time to run a competition.

The government is spending billions of dollars to acquire everything from ventilators to masks, though a full accounting is not expected for months.

Many contracts have been signed using national security exemptions to quickly snap up gear in high demand globally.

Speaking at a midday press conference, Anand says nine more cargo planes carrying supplies such as gloves, gowns and masks arrived in the last week.
CERB extension to cost $17.9 billion
The parliamentary budget officer estimates in a new report that it will cost the federal government $17.9 billion to provide eight extra weeks of payments through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

The report this morning from budget officer Yves Giroux says that would bring the total cost of the benefit program for people who’ve lost all or nearly all their work to the COVID-19 pandemic to $71.3 billion.

The CERB, now budgeted at $60 billion, has paid out $43.51 billion to 8.41 million people as of June 4 as demand surges past federal expectations.
Poll suggests Canadians don’t want to relax physical distancing rules
A new poll suggests two-thirds of Canadians don’t want to  relax the physical distancing rules  imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

And if they were relaxed, fewer than half would feel comfortable taking part in activities that would bring them closer to other people, like going to a movie theatre.

Sixty-six per cent of respondents to the poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, said two metres should remain the safe distance kept between people.

Just 12 per cent favoured reducing the distance to 1.5 metres, as is required in many European countries, and 10 per cent favoured a reduction to one metre, the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization.
International news
Boris Johnson unveils big lockdown relaxation, signalling end to U.K.'s 'national hibernation'
English pubs will be able to serve warm beer again from July 4, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tuesday, as part of the most significant relaxation of coronavirus restrictions since they were imposed three months ago.

In other COVID-related news:
Health Canada posts recalls for three more hand sanitizer products
Health Canada has added more hand sanitizer products to their growing recall list.

Some health services adding 'COVID fee' as more businesses reopen
As private health services such as dentists, chiropractors and physiotherapists begin to reopen, some have opted to tack on a COVID-19 surcharge in an effort to recoup money spent on new sanitation.

Planes, salons and grocery stores: Companies that require face masks in Canada
It's well within the rights of a company to refuse a customer if they aren't wearing a face mask, a business law expert says.
From cleaning robots to walk-thru disinfecting spray: How Pearson airport is planning for post-shutdown crowds
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