Oakville North-Burlington Update – May 21st, 2021
As a result of the strict public health measures we introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants, we are seeing a steady improvement in our situation as ICU and hospital numbers begin to stabilize. While we must remain conscious of the continued threat the virus poses, with millions of Ontarians having received at least their first dose of vaccine we can now begin the process of a slow and cautious re-opening of the province in full consultation with our public health professionals.”   – Premier Ford
Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
Roadmap to Reopen outlines 3 steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:Step One A focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail to open with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to 4 people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.Step Two Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.Step Three Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.Ontario Proceeding with Second Dose Administration of AstraZeneca Our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, beginning with those who received their first dose of the vaccine between March 10 and March 19, 2021.
For a limited time during the week of May 24, individuals who received their first dose of AstraZeneca during the period of March 10, 2021 to March 19, 2021 may opt for an earlier dose interval of 10 weeks with informed consent. Choosing to receive the second dose of AstraZeneca at the 10-week interval is safe and provides strong protection against COVID-19. This opportunity is being made available to ensure every vaccine dose possible is used to protect Ontarians during the effective delivery period.
Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose and can book an appointment beginning the week of May 24. Primary care settings and pharmacies may also be reaching out to those eligible.
This will begin in the regions where the AstraZeneca vaccine was initially launched in pharmacies in March 2021.
For individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine after March 19, further guidance will be provided soon and in advance of the 12-week interval when most people need to receive their second dose.Reopening of Golf and Outdoor Activities This Weekend
Due to the continuing success of Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures to date, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the province will reopen outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place, such as the need to maintain physical distancing. These amenities include but are not limited to golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks. No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to 5 people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to 5 people, including with members of different households. Ontario Carrying Out More Inspections at Workplaces in Hot-Spot RegionsWith more contagious variants of COVID-19 continuing to enter the country, the Ontario government is further supporting businesses and workers by expanding inspections of manufacturing and food processing workplaces, warehouses and distribution centres. Approximately 100 provincial offences officers are expected to visit about 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton and regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York between May 10 and May 28 to uphold the encouraging results previous inspections have delivered.Officers made 718 visits to workplaces during the first week of the campaign, inspecting for COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. Officers are checking that employers screen employees and visitors, ensure workers maintain physical distance and be masked, where needed, and that businesses have safety plans, among other measures.Ontario Making it Easier to Report Incidents of Pollution
The Ontario government is launching a new user-friendly online tool so the public can conveniently report incidents of pollution in real-time from a smartphone. The new digital solution will mean photos and videos can be uploaded immediately so staff can respond quickly and effectively to keep communities safe.
Members of the public can visit ontario.ca/reportpollution and fill out a simple form to report immediately if they witness:pollution (e.g. solvents, oil, fuels or chemicals) on land, in the water or airindustrial or commercial noise pollutionwaste being dumped into the natural environmentimproper disposal of commercial wasteUsing the tool, users can capture a wide range of information directly from the scene, including photographs, audio files and videos. They will also have the option of creating a secure login so they can receive real-time status updates on the incident after it has been reported.Ontario Supports Innovation in Virtual Learning
The Ontario government is transforming virtual learning by supporting nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. These projects are part of the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy and will provide students with more flexibility and access to high-quality postsecondary education and retraining opportunities.
Projects will support partnerships between colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes in key priority areas that include creating or adapting digital content, equipping faculty and students with skills and resources to teach and learn online, identifying educational technologies to support online courses and programs, and targeting supports to address virtual programming at Indigenous Institutes.
 Green Drive Oakville – June 2, 12:30 PM – Halton Environmental Network Through Green Drive Oakville, Halton Environment Network and the Small Change Fund want to find out what Oakville residents think about EV chargers, electric cars, including ones to be made in Oakville, and removing old asphalt and concrete driveways and replacing them with permeable surfaces that reduce the strain put on the town’s stormwater system.If you are interested you can join Green Drive Oakville’s webinar on Wednesday, June 2 at 12:30 pm or 7:00 pm to learn more and participate in a live survey.To register please visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/green-drive-oakville-june-2-1230-pm-tickets-154836005661?aff=ebdsoporgprofileEffie in the Community
The Lighthouse for Grieving Children2021 Run4Lighthouse: May 15 – June 15The Lighthouse for Grieving Children supports grieving children and their families and has done so for over 20 years.  This year for the virtual Run4Lighthouse run, kilometres will be accumulated as participants register – with the goal to run right across Canada.You can help support Lighthouse by registering for the 2021 Run4Lighthouse atbit.ly/Run4LH_2021 or RUN4LH.com. If you have any questions you can email info@run4LH.com.I registered and completed my 10 km to walk/run in support of the Lighthouse for Grieving Children and ask for your support for grieving children and their families. Please consider participating registering by June 15th.Ontario is investing $5.3 million for training for 500 electrical workers at Spark Power in Oakville.
Spark Power is a respected energy and electrical company with a strong commitment to the Oakville community. It’s companies like Spark Power that will help lead Ontario back to economic success and prosperity and our government is helping them in every way we can.
Spark Power’s free training is expected to start in August 2021, and will include electrical maintenance, power generation systems and health and safety regulations for their workers and potential new employees. In addition to creating scholarships, Spark Power will also provide paid placements for co-op students and apprentices to help them start their careers.
The funding was announced by Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. The need to replace retiring workers is greater for skilled trades workers than for other occupations. In 2016, nearly 1 in 3 journeypersons were aged 55 years or older.I was pleased to meet with Jason from CIJA , Ted from Hillel Lodge Ottawa and Ken from Shalom Village in Hamilton. Both Hillel Lodge and Shalom Village are long-term care homes who primarily serve the needs of the Jewish community. Quality of life is vital for seniors in long-term care and that is why the government recognizes the importance of meeting the cultural, religious and dietary needs of residentsOakville 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.Tuesday, January 28th – Coronavirus UpdateFriday, March 13 – COVID-19 Coronavirus UpdateWednesday, March 18 – COVID-19 Coronavirus UpdateFriday, March 20 – Learn at Home Portal Launched for Ontario StudentsWednesday, March 25 – Ontario’s Action PlanFriday, March 28 – Joint ONB COVID-19 UpdateMonday, March 30 – Ontario Support for Small Business and Combating Price GougingWednesday, April 1 – School and Child Care Closures ExtendedFriday, April 3 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateThursday, April 9 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, April 17 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, April 24 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 1 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 8 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 15 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 22 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 29 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 5 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 12 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateMonday, June 15 – Ontario Opens More Businesses and Services in Halton RegionFriday, June 19 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 26 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateWednesday, July 1 – Canada DayFriday, July 10 – Summer NewsletterFriday, July 17 – Summer NewsletterFriday, July 24 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, July 31 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 7 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 14 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 21 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 28 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 4 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 11 – Oakville North- Burlington News and Events Friday, September 18 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 25 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 02 – Oakville North- Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 09 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 16 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 23 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 30 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, November 6- Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsSaturday, November 7, Special Edition: Ontario Budget 2020Friday.November 13, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, November 20, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events Friday, November27, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday December 04, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, December 11, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, December 18, Oakvile North-Burlington News and EventsMerry Christmas, December 24, Oakville North-BurlingtonFriday, January 08, 2021, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Breaking News: Second Provincial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Crisis January 13,2021.Friday, January 22,2021, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday, January 29, 2021, Oakville North-burlington News and Events.Friday, February 5, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events. Friday, February, 12,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News And Events.Friday, February, 19,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events. Friday February, 26,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday March 5, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday March 12, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday March 19, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events. Friday, March 26, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, April 01, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday April 09, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday April 16, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday April 23, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday April 30, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday May 07,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events. Friday May 21,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.