Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Thursday June 4 COVID-19 emergency
Today I, along with Oakville Town and Regional Councillors Pavan Parmar, Beth Robertson, Tom Adams, Marc Grant, and Jeff Knoll, many Oakville residents and MP Anita Anand, participated in a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Oakville.

Sparked by the tragic murder of George Floyd last week this is one of many demonstrations Canadians are staging in solidarity against racism.

At the same time, Town Council and I also issued an official statement against racism, which notes that as important as it is to condemn violence and racism, we believe it will take abiding commitment to living with each other in mutual respect and cooperation to end racism and violence.

Oakville has a long history of mutual respect for all races amongst our citizens. We recognize the multitude of experiences everyone in Oakville have felt and are feeling. We are confident that Oakville will continue to live, work, and play together in peace and keep moving forward in solidarity with respect for all and responsibility for individual actions.

As we unite in our shock, anger, and grief, we know our voices can be heard by publicly expressing our feelings peacefully under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In all we do to respect others we need to include face masks to protect others, hand washing to protect ourselves, and keeping our distance to protect each other. Together we can show all members of society they are valued and respected regardless of race.

Today marks a new point in our timeline, at the end of this email, in which we stand united during the COVID-19 emergency for a future in which our mutual respect and compassion for each other outweighs hatred and violence.

Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • COVID-19 deaths per million
  • Tam warns of 'explosive' second wave if reopening mishandled
  • Ontario records spike in COVID-related deaths
  • Ontario, Quebec account for more than 90 per cent of national COVID cases
  • Patios, racism discussed on CHCH Morning Live
  • What matters to Oakville this week
  • Town of Oakville news
  • Requests added to online reporting tool
  • Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre construction update
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • Ontario appoints special advisor to develop health data platform
  • Hospital assumes management of Woodbridge Vista Care Community
  • Ontario creates Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity
  • Short term rentals can resume
  • Province to make decision 'within the week' about opening restaurant patios using regional approach
  • Federal Government announcements
  • Seniors to receive special payment in early July
  • In other COVID-related news
  • Is COVID-19 actually a disease of the blood vessels?
  • Sweden's hands-off approach to tackling coronavirus resulted in too many deaths
  • 'One of the most dangerous jobs in the world': COVID-19 kills more than 600 nurses 
  • Russia's Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill
  • Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months
  • Canada prepares to tackle COVID-19 on a city-by-city basis as outbreak diverges
  • A Green Megamansion Rises in South Florida
  • Only in Canada: These are the plants, insects, animals that don't exist anywhere else

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COVID case counts
Total confirmed cases in Halton increased by 6 from 655 to 661 (with 1 pending confirmed case) with 0 new confirmed case in Oakville, total remains at 218.

There were 3 reported recoveries in Oakville, from 207 to 210 and -2 recoveries in Halton Region (5 recoveries in Milton and 1 in Burlington were removed by Public Health from yesterday) from 610 to 608 . That leaves 5 active cases in Oakville.

Community transmission has increased to 35 per cent as pictured below.
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Ontario’s regional public health units are reporting a total of 30,841 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,371 deaths.

As of Thursday afternoon, Canada had 93,700 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, with 51,685 of the cases considered recovered or resolved.

According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking COVID-19 cases, there are more than 6.5 million cases globally as of Thursday morning, and there have been more than 387,000 deaths. 
Visit for the U of T COVID-19 data aggregation map
COVID-19 deaths per million
Tam warns of 'explosive' second COVID-19 wave if reopening mishandled
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has issued a clear warning that Canada could see “explosive growth” in new cases if reopening is not done with caution, as the latest federal COVID-19 modelling projects that there will be more than 100,000 confirmed cases in Canada, and up to 9,400 deaths by June 15.

Ontario records spike in COVID-related deaths
Ontario health officials recorded a spike in the number of deaths due to COVID-19 after days of relatively lower numbers.

Ontario, Quebec account for more than 90 per cent of national COVID-19 cases: federal data
While new federal figures show the emergence of new cases of COVID-19 is slowing in some parts of Canada, the pandemic continues — and some regions and age groups are being hit particularly hard.

Oakville and Halton
Patios, racism discussed on CHCH Morning Live
In my weekly CHCH Morning Live segment I discuss the great job Oakville has done to keep case numbers low, our patio program and Oakville's ongoing fight against racism.
Town of Oakville news
Requests added to online reporting tool
The following requests have been added to our online Report a Problem Tool:
  • Long grass on private property
  • Noise caused by barking dogs
  • Noise caused by construction
  • Noise caused by events/parties
  • Graffiti on private property

Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre construction update
As construction of the community centre progresses, we will keep this section updated with any new developments. Crews onsite are following COVID-19 precautions to ensure the safety of workers and the public. In the coming month activities will include:
  • Installation of mechanical and plumbing grilles and fixtures
  • Installation of electrical finishes including lights, receptacles and switches
  • Installation of telephone lines and internet connections for pool and reception desk areas
  • Pool mechanical room equipment installation
  • Boarding, taping and painting of interior walls
  • Interior glazing and mirrors
  • Installation of doors, frames and hardware
  • Installation of exterior fixtures such as metal railings and roof ladder
  • Installation of washroom fixtures, partitions and benches
  • Millwork completion for drink rails, countertops and backsplash
  • Flooring installation completion:
  • Tile for pool corridor, pool office floor, pool wall/column and deck
  • Carpet tile in reception area
  • Vinyl baseboards
  • Wood for aerobics and gym, complete line painting and sealing
  • Concrete sealing for various storage rooms and stairs
  • Parking garage renovations
What to expect:
  • Phasing of work for completion of finishes
  • Delivery of materials and equipment
  • Construction workers entering and leaving the site
  • Ongoing construction activities on Saturdays
To accommodate construction, some trees have been removed, however tree replacement plans on and around the overall site identify more trees being planted than are being removed. The community centre and park sees almost 100 trees being planted and more trees will be planted as part of the seniors’ development and residential projects.
Planting of some new trees has been completed on the north side of the community centre along Macdonald Road. Tree planting/landscaping around the site will continue throughout the summer as weather conditions permit.
The site is a construction zone and will remain closed to the public.
Provincial Government announcements
Ontario appoints special advisor to develop health data platform
The Ontario government has appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as the special advisor to support the design and implementation of the new Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly known as PANTHR). This data platform will provide recognized researchers and health system partners with access to anonymized health data that will allow them to better detect, plan, and respond to COVID-19. As well, this platform will support projects from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund .

The Ontario Health Data Platform is being developed in consultation with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner. The information gathered will help break down long-standing barriers and allow researchers to help with:
  • Increasing detection of COVID-19;
  • Discovering risk factors for vulnerable populations;
  • Predicting when and where outbreaks may happen;
  • Evaluating how preventative and treatment measures are working; and
  • Identifying where to allocate equipment and other resources.
As special advisor, Dr. Philpott will also chair the Joint Ministers' Roundtable and provide recommendations to the Minister of Health and the President of the Treasury Board. The members of the Joint Ministers' Roundtable include public health, research, privacy and clinical experts. Together, they will provide strong proactive leadership to ensure data is used in a privacy-protected way. The roundtable will participate in a consultation forum that will inform the development of the platform.
Hospital assumes management of Woodbridge Vista Care Community in Vaughan
The Ministry of Long-Term Care is appointing William Osler Health System as interim manager at Woodbridge Vista Care Community long-term care home in Vaughan, Ontario.
Despite receiving hospital support, Woodbridge Vista Care Community has been unable to contain the spread of COVID-19. These steps will enable a rigorous management structure to help contain the spread of the disease and assist in returning their home to normal operations.
Ontario creates Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity
Today, the Ontario government announced the Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity, a new advisory group that will provide advice on how young people can overcome social and economic barriers and achieve success. The council will also advise government on long-term actions that can be taken to support youth during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The council will have up to 20 members, including a chair and a vice-chair. Membership will be intergenerational and cross-sector, and will include youth between the ages of 18 to 29 and adults with expertise from community organizations, not-for-profit businesses, education, and government services.

The council will focus on the challenges facing young people today, such as completing an education, skills training, and employment. As an immediate priority, the council will identify strategies to support vulnerable and marginalized youth to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Ontario government is further supporting Black communities to address the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 by allocating $1.5 million in funding to organizations that support Black families and youth. This funding will be used to provide urgent COVID-19 supports and address the immediate needs of children, youth and families.
Those interested in joining the council are invited to apply to the  Public Appointments Secretariat  by Thursday, June 18, 2020. Eligible candidates should have expertise in areas such as community service, business, education, and government services such as youth justice and child welfare.
Short term rentals can resume
Today, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced that short term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs will be allowed to resume operations in Ontario starting Friday, June 5 at 12:01 a.m.
Province will make decision 'within the week' on reopening restaurant patios using regional approach
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that decisions regarding the reopening of restaurant patios will be made “within the week,” but it will most likely be based on a regional approach.

Federal Government announcements
Seniors to receive special payment in early July
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6. Through this measure and others, the government is providing nearly $900 more for single seniors and more than $1,500 for senior couples, on top of their existing benefits, to help these vulnerable Canadians with extra costs during the pandemic.  

Seniors eligible for the OAS pension will receive a payment of $300, and those also eligible for the GIS will receive an additional $200, for a total of $500. Allowance recipients will also receive $500. This $2.5 billion in financial support will help Canadian seniors cover increased costs caused by COVID-19, and give them greater financial security in this time of crisis.
In other COVID-related news:
Is COVID-19 actually a disease of the blood vessels? 
Sweden’s hands-off approach to tackling coronavirus resulted in too many deaths
'One of the most dangerous jobs in the world': COVID-19 kills more than 600 nurses
More than 600 nurses around the world have died from COVID-19 and approximately 230,000 health-care workers have contracted the virus, according to the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
The ICN, which represents 130 national nursing associations and more than 20 million nurses, released the figures in a bid to convince governments to collect accurate data on infections among health-care workers in order to protect them.
Russia's Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill
President Putin declares a state of emergency as a river is polluted with 20,000 tonnes of oil.

Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months
Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.

Canada prepares to tackle COVID-19 on a city-by-city basis as outbreak diverges
'A one-size-fits-all approach is becoming increasingly difficult,' said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson.

A Green Megamansion Rises in South Florida
A mystery buyer spent $48.8 million on a 10,800-square-foot beachfront mansion two years ago, a southwest Florida record. Then tore it down.

Only in Canada: These are the plants, insects, animals that don't exist anywhere else
For the first time, Canadian biologists have come up with a list of plants, insects and animals that don't exist in any other country and many of them are in danger of extinction if they haven't died out already.
Upcoming events:
Sunset Cinema @ Home: June 19

Stay home, stay healthy, and support Oakville Hospital healthcare heroes! Join  the Oakville Hospital Foundation  for Sunset Cinema @ Home, the perfect summer movie night on Friday, June 19 at 7pm.

Walk to end ALS
The virtual edition of the Walk to End ALS event will take place June 21. ALS partner, Brain Canada, is offering a dollar for dollar match of up to $1 million to invest in promising ALS research.

What's on at the OPL
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 is all about Exploring Nature and History in
National Parks and Thursday is Digital Painting . Limited spaces. Register

Wednesday, June 3 • 3 pm
Virtual Book Club: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
Our Virtual Adult Book Club meets every Wednesday!
Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 946 8682 1877) or call 1-647-558-0588. Details

Thursday, June 4 11 am
Let's Talk About Books, Movies & More: Legal Thrillers
This week, we'll discuss our favourite books, movies and more that relate to Legal Thrillers. "Let's Talk About" are weekly, virtual sessions that explore different themes in arts, culture and literature.
Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 919 0809 0975) or call 1-647-558-0588. Details

Friday, June 5 • 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: 940 3637 9535, Password: Hive) or call 1-647-558-0588.  Details

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. Register  
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 10 at 1 p.m. - Makers Mojo 
June 17 at 2 p.m. - Must Boutique 
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