View this email in your browserOakville North-Burlington Update – July 30th, 2021“We heard loud and clear that the community in the Town of Oakville wants to see Fourteen Mile Creek urban river valley added to the Greenbelt. I am proud to say that we are listening to communities across the Greenbelt as we undertake what could be the largest expansion since its inception in 2005.” – Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve ClarkFourteen Mile Creek Urban River Valley Expansion Considered for Greenbelt

This week, I was thrilled to join the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark to announce the addition of the Fourteen Mile Creek urban river valley to the Greenbelt. Green spaces, parks and conservation areas are the living, breathing hearts of our community. The Ontario Government is taking steps to protect our urban river valleys and watersheds and the quality of life in our community for future generations.
 
Following public consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities this fall, Greenbelt protection of the Fourteen Mile Creek urban river valley may be extended south to where it connects with Lake Ontario. The proposal for the addition came from the Town of Oakville, Conservation Halton and Conservation Ontario as part of a 60-day initial consultation to grow the Greenbelt last spring. The proposal is also supported by the Region of Halton.
I am committed to preserving green spaces in our community. That’s why I introduced a resolution to expand our Greenbelt, which the Ontario legislature passed unanimously. Thank you for the strong partnership of our municipal leaders.Glen Abbey Golf Course Saved from Development
 
On July 9, Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford and Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos announced that Glen Abbey Golf course was saved from development. This success came after multiple meetings with resident associations and local elected officials, delivering statements in the Ontario Legislature, and presenting petitions against development. The Glen Abbey golf course plays an important role for Oakville’s cultural heritage and will continue operating as a golf course, and will remain for future generations!
“I want to thank Minister Clark for securing the owner’s commitment to protect Glen Abbey from development. Preserving Glen Abbey is important to people in Oakville and beyond, and our community has worked tirelessly together for its preservation. The government has listened to the voices of our residents and respected our wishes to preserve Glen Abbey. The course is internationally renowned, hosting the Canadian Open thirty times. It is an important part of Oakville’s history and will remain a vital part of its future. As your MPP, I am committed to preserving green spaces in our community. That’s why I introduced a resolution to expand our Greenbelt, which the Ontario legislature passed unanimously. When I was a candidate in 2018, I committed to doing everything I could to preserve Glen Abbey as a golf course. I am proud to stand with MPP Crawford and say, promise made, promise kept” – MPP Triantafilopoulos. 
It was a pleasure to later visit Glen Abbey Golf Club with Minister Steve Clark in celebration of Ontario’s decision to preserve Glen Abbey. Thank you for listening to our community and for all you have done to protect this beautiful green space for future generations!

Please click her to watch the videoOntario Invests Over $1.9 million to Protect and Restore the Great LakesThe Ontario government has selected 44 community-based projects to receive $1.9 million in funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund, which supports local projects that protect and restore the Great Lakes.The 44 projects are led by community-based organizations, municipalities, conservation authorities and Indigenous communities and organizations across Ontario, from Ottawa to Thunder Bay.Ontario Launches New Youth Environment CouncilThe Ontario government is creating a new youth environment council, to provide young Ontarians in grades 9 to 12 with more opportunities to share their insights and ideas on climate change and other key environmental issues impacting the province’s future. Ontario high school students are encouraged to apply to be members of the consultation group by completing an application form on ontario.ca by August 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.Members of the youth council will meet monthly from September 2021 to April 2022 to hear from expert guest speakers, discuss a range of environmental and climate change issues and provide input on potential solutions to ministry officials, including the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.VACCINE UPDATE

Ontario has administered over 19 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and over 8 million Ontarians are fully vaccinated! Additionally, 80% of Ontarians aged 12 and over have now received their first dose of the vaccine. This brings us one step closer to exiting Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen and easing the majority of public health measures.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and its variants. Ontarians aged 12+ can book their 1st and 2nd dose at ontario.ca/bookvaccineHalton Region Beginning to Close COVID-19 Clinics
 
As of Monday August 16, the COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Joseph Brant Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will be closed. Residents who had vaccine appointments scheduled at Joseph Brant Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on or after August 16 are being notified that their appointments will be cancelled, with options to reschedule at another Halton clinic, pharmacy or primary care provider. For more information about these clinic closures please view the following news release from Joseph Brant Hospital.Ontario Government Announces Ontario Place RedevelopmentWhen Ontario Place opened in 1971 under the leadership of Premier Bill Davis, it was designed to reflect what we, as Ontarians, embodied as our heritage, our diversity, our creativity and our future potential. Ontario Place holds a special place in our hearts and minds thanks to the countless family-friendly events and activities that have been enjoyed there over the past 50 years.July 30th the Ontario government announced it is revitalizing Ontario Place into a world-class destination.  With multiple partners, Ontario will help deliver an exciting, inclusive and family-friendly experience that will play a key role in the province’s post-pandemic recovery, both as a tourism destination and as a display of Ontario’s strong cultural identity.Ontario Helping Small Businesses Establish Online Presence

The Ontario government is investing $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22 to help over 13,000 small businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online. As businesses enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, the renewed program will provide small businesses with $2,500 grants, technical training, and digital resources to help them reach more customers in person and online, positioning them for a stronger recovery.Ontario Helping 100,000 Workers Train for In-Demand Jobs

The Ontario government is investing $5.8 million in free online training to help 100,000 workers gain the skills they need to find good jobs and restart their careers. Courses will focus on building skills most in-demand by employers in fields such as information technology, finance and business administration. This funding is part of the government’s $115 million Skills Development Fund to address challenges to hiring, training and retraining workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Ontario Helping Underprivileged Youth Start Careers in ConstructionThe Ontario government is investing over $600,000 to help 390 young people from underrepresented backgrounds train for and secure apprenticeships in the construction sector. The funding will open doors to careers in the plumbing, steam fitting, electrical, elevator mechanic and refrigeration trades through programs delivered by Hammer Heads, a non-profit organization that supports underprivileged youth from the Greater Toronto Area.Ontario Making it Easier to Renew Documents

The Ontario government is making it easier to renew important documents by introducing the option for people to receive digital reminders – including email, text or voicemail – to renew their licence plate stickers, driver’s licences and health cards. The new service will allow Ontarians the option to receive digital reminders 30 and 60 days in advance of their renewal date.Once they receive digital reminders, Ontarians can renew their documents through ServiceOntario.ca – where over 40 transaction services are available online, 24/7.Ontario Boosting Funding to Long-Term Care Resident and Family CouncilsThe Ontario government is supporting resident-centred, quality care in long-term care homes by increasing funding to the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC) and Family Councils Ontario (FCO) by nearly 53 per cent – $481,238 – this year. The total funding of $1,393,621 will help OARC and FCO increase staffing and maintain their critical education and support services to Resident and Family Councils across the provinceOntario Ramping Up Efforts to Reduce Surgical Wait TimesThe Ontario government is investing up to $324 million in new funding to enable Ontario’s hospitals and community health sector to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures, including on evenings and weekends, as part of a wider, comprehensive surgical recovery plan to provide patients with the care they need. This plan will enable Ontario’s health care system to perform up to 67,000 additional surgeries and procedures as well as up to 135,000 more diagnostic imaging hours to address wait times for surgeries and procedures, improve access to care and support the government’s commitment to end hallway health care.Emancipation Day – August 1st
 
On March 24, 2021, the federal government voted to officially designate August 1st of every year as Emancipation Day. August 1st marks the day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect across the British Empire.
This Emancipation Day, lets reflect and educate ourselves on our past and celebrate the strength and perseverance of Black communities across Canada, Ontario, and in Oakville North-Burlington.Halton Black History Awareness Society – Virtual 2021 Halton Black History Freedom Festival
On August 1st, please consider joining the Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) for its Virtual 2021 Halton Black History Freedom Festival where we will be celebrating 187 years since the British Government’s Abolition of Slavery. This virtual event will feature Black History Historians, Artists, Musicians, Human Rights activists, and Inclusion Leaders, all of whom will be honouring our rich diverse country and communities.
To register for this event Eventbrite tickets are available at https://hbhas.ca/events.php.
The HBHAS is also partnering with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton who will be hosting an Emancipation Day Drive-thru BBQ in Oakville where 200 free meals will be provided. Participants are required to pre-order meals here and meals can be picked up on August 1 between 3:00pm-5:00 pm at the QEPCCC located at 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville. For more information about CCAH events, please visit: Events – Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (ccah.ca)Hike for Area 8
 
In Region of Halton, we have so many beautiful green spaces that are available to us and our families and with many organizations that are helping create a greener future for our community. On August 21 and 22 Conservation Halton has organized “the Hike for Area 8” to raise funds for trail development and the restoration of their newest park. You can hike, bike or run, or join as an individual or with your friends! Click here to learn more and sign up today: https://conservationhalton.ca/hike-for-area-8
 Ontario Parks 30×30 Challenge
 
Every August, Ontario Parks challenges Ontarians to take on the 30×30 Challenge – a challenge to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days. Starting August 1, 2021, Ontario is encouraging everyone to get outside and enjoy our beautiful parks, greenspace, and protected areas while following  public health measures and staying safe! For a full list of provincial parks that you can enjoy, visit OntarioParks.com.Safety Tips for Swimming Pools 

Are you going to be enjoying swims at a pool this summer? Here are some helpful tips to keep your pool safe for the family, especially for young children! https://www.redcross.ca/…/swimming…/backyard-poolsChildren’s Aid Foundation of Halton – Catch the Ace Fundraising Raffle
 
Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton is an excellent organization that helps provide resources and support to children, youth and families. Catch the Ace is a fundraising raffle with weekly chances to win – the longer the Ace of Spades stays hidden the larger the jackpot gets! All proceeds go to a worthy cause and help support children, youth and families in Halton. Please consider participating and supporting those in need in our community! https://cafhaltonace.bump5050.com/Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar – Oakville Family Ribfest
 
The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar has announced that the Oakville Family Ribfest is returning to the Town of Oakville as a drive-thru event on the weekend of August 20-22, 2021.  This fundraiser will be hosted on the Sheridan College Trafalgar Road Campus parking lot, 1430 Trafalgar Rd.  Access to the drive-thru event will be by vehicles only!
The Oakville Family Ribfest is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar.  Postponed in 2020, this year’s event will raise funds for the many community and international projects supported by the club.  Additional information is available at www.oakvillefamilyribfest.comEffie in the Community
 
Your Voice Matters Oakville! With my friend & colleague MPP Stephen Crawford, I was pleased to join Oakville residents & community leaders to celebrate saving the Glen Abbey Golf Course from development. Glen Abbey is a cultural jewel in our community and part of our heritage and history. I would like to thank Premier Ford, Minister of Municipal Affairs Steve Clark, and Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Lisa MacLeod for listening and understanding what was in the best interests of our community.
I would also like to recognize the tireless efforts of the Save Glen Abbey volunteers whose leadership led to this positive result and the strong support of the Town and Region. Together, we will preserve this cultural landscape for future generations.Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards
 
In recent months, I have been proud to honour a number of volunteers who have contributed to our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your community spirit. If you would like to nominate a member of our community who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the community during the pandemic, please contact my office and let me know.Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance ProgramCongratulations to Oakville North-Burlington athletes Nicole Gal, Amanda Harnett, Madeline Schizas, Kenna Smallegange and Gregory Westlake for receiving the Quest for Gold Funding. The Ontario government is so proud to support athletes like you who inspire others to engage in physical activity and excellence in sports.Your performance at provincial, national and international competitions has demonstrated that you are among the best athletes in Canada. Ontario is committed to helping athletes meet the costs of training, living, tuition and competition. 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