Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Friday, June 26 COVID-19 emergency
Yesterday, the Halton Police Board unanimously adopted my recommendation for collection, analysis and publication of demographic data.

The Board endorsed the 2017 Report of the Independent Police Oversight Review by the Honourable Michael H. Tulloch, which recommended that police oversight bodies in Ontario should collect demographic data and, according to Justice Tulloch “the demographic data they collect should include gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity, mental health status, disability and Indigenous status.”

To make possible the data collection Justice Tulloch recommends, the Board will direct Halton Regional Police Services to develop a plan, for the Board’s approval, to collect this data to ensure its availability when the Government of Ontario needs it to fulfill the recommendation by Justice Tulloch.

In turn, Justice Tulloch was quite complimentary of the HPB’s leadership and record in fostering community-based policing, which is grounded in Peelian Principles in which the police are the community and the community are the police. These are guiding principles that lead our department and have helped make ours the safest community in Canada.

The health and safety of our community has been the guiding factor in our responsible reopening during the COVID-19 emergency. To see how far we’ve come and where we are headed during the recovery, please scroll to the end of this email for the updated timeline.
Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • Risk of never fully recovering after coronavirus very real, say scientists
  • Will Canada see a second wave of COVID-19?
  • Severe COVID-19 can damage the brain
  • Oakville update on CHCH TV
  • Town of Oakville announcements
  • Town colouring contest now open
  • Car stolen from woman after Oakville crash
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • Ontario providing additional support for seniors
  • Ontario provides stable electricity pricing for industrial and commercial companies
  • Eighteen COVID-19 cases linked to Kingston salon
  • Government of Canada announcements
  • Global Affairs Canada reminds Canadians to follow official travel advice
  • Canada almost self-sufficient in PPE
  • Provinces 'failed to support seniors' Trudeau says
  • Calgary condo outbreak infects more than 30
  • Some states pause reopening as virus cases near record high
  • WHO lists countries with accelerated transmission rates, announces vaccine development
  • Some countries showing early signs of second wave
  • In other COVID-related news
  • Hamilton mayor being tested for COVID-19
  • B.C. public school teacher among new COVID cases
  • Canada's lost months
  • Feeling anxiety over Stage 2 reopening?
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COVID case counts
Total confirmed cases in Halton increased by +3 from 733 to 736 with +2 new confirmed cases in Oakville, from 244 to 246.

There was +1 reported recoveries in Oakville, from 251 to 252 and +7 recoveries in Halton Region from 730 to 737 .

There are currently 16 active cases in Oakville and 2 COVID-19 patients being treated at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, a number which reflects patient transfers from outside the region.
Ontario reported 111 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday — the fewest new cases on a single day since March 25 —while testing reached a record high, the Ministry of Health says.The 0.3 per cent increase in cases is the lowest daily growth rate since the province's outbreak peaked, and means Ontario has now seen a total of 34,316 infections of the novel coronavirus since late January. Of those, nearly 87 per cent are resolved. Another 226 cases were marked resolved since the province's last update. 
 
As of 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Canada had 102,733 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 65,652 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
Risk of never fully recovering after coronavirus ‘very real,’ scientists say
Besides the respiratory issues that leave patients gasping for breath, the virus that causes COVID-19 attacks many organ systems, in some cases causing catastrophic damage.

Will Canada see a second wave of COVID-19? What other countries are seeing
Severe COVID-19 can damage the brain, preliminary study finds
Oakville and Halton
Continuous pour of concrete sidewalk - Allan to Reynolds.
"Thanks to all businesses and residents on the north side of Lakeshore between Allan and Reynolds streets. With your help, we were able to execute a continuous concrete pour of the new sidewalk. This will help to advance the construction schedule."
Lakeshore Road reconstruction update
What's happening now
Allan to Reynolds
·       Placement of granular material for road base
·       Preparation for sidewalk replacement (south side)
 
Reynolds to Trafalgar
·       Preparation for Silva Cell installation, north side
 
Trafalgar to Dunn
·       Installation of new watermain services
 
Navy to Dunn
·       Granite pavers, planter curbs and bollard installation
What's been completed
Allan to Reynolds
·       Concrete sidewalk installation, north side
·       Repairs to Oakville Hydro transformer vault
·       Wiring of streetlights

Reynolds to Trafalgar
·       Installation of silva cells on south side
·       Street light pole bases south side
·       Excavation of Reynolds intersection

Navy to Dunn
Granite paver and planter curb installation ongoing
Oakville update on CHCH TV
Yesterday on my weekly CHCH Morning Live appearance I discussed Oakville’s Stage 2 reopening, which wouldn’t have been possible without our residents who followed public health guidelines, frontline staff, the Region of Halton and Town of Oakville staff. Thank you all.

Town of Oakville announcements
Town colouring contest now open
In honour of our upcoming Canada Day virtual celebration, the Town of Oakville is holding a colouring contest. Colour and share the colouring sheets for a chance to win cool prizes. Post a photo of your finished work with the hashtag #OakvilleCanadaDay to a chance to win.

Car stolen from woman after Oakville crash, prompting warning from Halton police to drivers
Halton Regional Police are warning drivers to be on alert for intentional crashes to their vehicles after a rear-end collision in Oakville ended with the SUV that was hit being stolen.

Ontario
Provincial Government announcements
Ontario providing additional support for seniors
The Ontario government is providing up to $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program, a significant increase over last year. This funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors' safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly.
This year's grants will range from $1,000 to $100,000 and will fund projects that will:
  • Help older individuals and couples receive the support they need in their community;
  • Ensure seniors are less at risk for neglect, abuse and fraud, and that their rights and dignity are protected​;
  • Ensure more older adults are connected and engaged, reducing social isolation;​​and,
  • Provide more opportunities for older adults in employment and volunteering, achieving greater financial security and engagement within the community.
In the past, the Seniors Community Grant Program has supported community-based activities like seniors' fitness classes, lawn bowling, brain fitness activities, multicultural dance, along with a public education and awareness campaign that challenges the myths and stereotypes that portray older adults as frail, out-of-touch, technologically illiterate, and no longer employable.
The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program is now open and will close on August 7, 2020. Unincorporated and incorporated not-for-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups must submit applications to Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at  Ontario.ca/GetFunding .
Ontario provides stable electricity pricing for industrial and commercial companies
The Ontario government is helping large industrial and commercial companies return to full levels of operation without the fear of electricity costs spiking by providing more stable electricity pricing for two years. Effective immediately, companies that participate in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) will not be required to reduce their electricity usage during peak hours, as their proportion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for these companies will be frozen.

Due to COVID-19, electricity consumption in Ontario has been below average and the province is forecast to have a reliable supply of electricity to accommodate increased usage. Peak hours generally occur during the summer when the weather is hot and electricity demand from cooling systems is high.

The government  previously announced  it was providing temporary relief for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) by deferring a portion of GA charges for April, May and June 2020.
Eighteen COVID-19 cases now linked to Kingston salon
There are now 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases in people who work at or visited a Kingston, Ont., salon, almost a quarter of the area's total known cases.

Canada
Government of Canada announcements
Global Affairs Canada reminds Canadians to follow official travel advice
While some countries are preparing to partially open up their borders, the Government of Canada wants to remind all Canadians that a global travel advisory to  avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada  remains in effect. We also continue to advise travellers to  avoid all cruise ship travel  until further notice.

Over the last few months, Global Affairs Canada undertook Canada’s largest and most complex ever consular operation to help Canadians return home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has largely completed that operation and is planning the final few remaining flights in the next weeks. Additional facilitated flights to bring Canadians home are not anticipated. Although we are doing all we can to support Canadians outside the country, we recognize that many may need to remain abroad.

We strongly advise you to follow the Government of Canada’s official travel advice to ensure your personal safety and security. We encourage Canadians to talk to their travel insurance provider about extending their insurance policy should they need to and to find out whether they are covered for medical treatment if they become infected with COVID-19.
We acknowledge that the lives of Canadians outside Canada have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who remain abroad may experience difficulty in obtaining essential products and services and may face strict public health measures, movement restrictions and quarantines. 

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada continues to work with governments around the world to ensure Canadians abroad receive all necessary medical and ongoing support.

If you are currently abroad, you should:

Our top priority remains the health and safety of Canadians. If you need medical attention or  psychological support  while abroad, our officers can help you find local emergency services and the nearest hospital. Contact the nearest  Government of Canada office  or the  Emergency Watch and Response Centre  for assistance. 
Canada almost self-sufficient in PPE as Canadian businesses step up: PM
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadian companies are now producing so much personal protective equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19 that Canada is almost at the point of being self-sufficient.

Provinces 'failed to support seniors,' Trudeau says following release of troubling new pandemic study
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau floated the idea of bringing in national standards and reopening the Canada Health Act to address some of the vulnerabilities the pandemic has exposed in long-term care homes, while taking a swipe at the province's handling of the issue so far.

COVID-19 outbreak at Calgary condo has infected more than 30 people
Alberta health authorities say a COVID-19 outbreak at a condo building in Calgary's East Village has become much worse since it was first discovered.

International news
Some states pause reopening as virus cases near record high
The coronavirus crisis deepened in Arizona on Thursday, and the governor of Texas began to backtrack after making one of the most aggressive pushes in the nation to reopen, as the daily number of confirmed cases across the U.S. closed in on the peak reached during the dark days of late April.

While greatly  expanded testing  probably accounts for some of the increase, experts say other measures indicate the virus is making a comeback. Daily deaths, hospitalizations and the percentage of tests that are coming back positive also have been rising over the past few weeks in parts of the country, mostly in the South and West.

WHO lists countries with accelerated transmission rates, announces vaccine development
Meanwhile,  Sweden 's chief epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, lashed out at the World Health Organization on Friday, calling it "a total mistake" to put his nation on a list of countries where "accelerated transmission" could overwhelm health systems. "This is unfortunately a total misjudgment of the Swedish data," Tegnell told Swedish radio. 

The report by the WHO's Europe office on Thursday named 11 countries, including Sweden, Armenia, Albania, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Sweden has seen a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, but this has been attributed to an increase in testing. 

Also Friday, the WHO announced AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine is probably the world's leading candidate and most advanced in terms of development.

The British drugmaker has already begun large-scale, mid-stage human trials of the vaccine. Among more than 200 candidates, 15 have entered clinical trials, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told a news conference
Some countries showing early signs of second wave
As jurisdictions around the world lift restrictions, there is concern that  COVID-19  will experience a resurgence. Already some countries such as Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia are experiencing second waves.

And there are fears that regions in South Korea, Germany and the U.K. are on the cusp of a second wave — or already in one.

This at a time when global cases of COVID-19 are rising exponentially, prompting Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, to warn earlier this week that while it took three months for the world to see the first one million infections, the last one million cases took just eight days to appear.

Experts in Canada warn that a second wave here is possible, indeed likely, but predicting exactly when and where is difficult.
In other COVID-related news:
Hamilton mayor being tested for COVID-19, self isolating after showing symptoms
Hamilton's mayor will be tested for COVID-19 after displaying symptoms of the disease.

Public school teacher in Fraser Health among 20 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.
A public school teacher in the Fraser Health region is among the 20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in B.C., Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday.
Canada’s lost months: When COVID-19′s first wave hit, governments and health officials were scattered and slow to act
From January to March, official pandemic preparations were marred by the same kind of miscommunication and friction as in the SARS outbreak of 2003. Dozens of infectious-disease experts, health officials and politicians spoke with The Globe to piece together what went wrong
Are you feeling anxiety over the ‘new normal’ of Stage 2 reopenings? Experts explain why and how to cope
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!
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