Oakville North-Burlington Newsletter June 21, 2024


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You’re Invited to the Fifth Annual Canada Day Drive-by Parade with MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos!

I would like to extend my personal invitation to you to attend the Fifth Annual Canada Day Drive-by Parade on July 1st, 2024.

I organized the Canada Day Parade for the first time in 2020, as a safe way to celebrate Canada Day and showcase our community spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our route in a convoy of cars will take us past long-term care and retirement homes in our community of Oakville North-Burlington. This will be a great opportunity to greet seniors in long term care and thank the frontline healthcare heroes who care for them.

There are going to be two separate parades, one for Oakville and one for Burlington – I welcome your participation in both or only one.

The Oakville parade will depart at 9:30 am sharp from my constituency office located at 2525 Old Bronte Road. Please arrive no later than 9:00 am.

For the Burlington parade we will be meeting at Tansley Woods Community Centre located at 1996 Itabashi Way and will be departing at 12:15 pm. Please arrive at 12:00 to
allow for the cars to line up. We will also have the escort of Halton Police and Oakville and Burlington Firefighters.

On the day of the parade, we will be distributing maps of our route so you can easily follow along. We encourage you to decorate your vehicle with Canada Day flags and other decorations! We will also have a limited supply of car flags available for you.

The Oakville parade will drive by:
 

  • Northridge Long Term Care Home
  • Post Inn Village
  • West Oak Village Long Term Care Home
  • Chartwell Waterford Long Term Care Home

The Burlington parade will drive by:

  • Heritage Place
  • The Village of Tansley Woods
  • Revera The Williamsburg
  • Creek Way Village Long Term Care Home

The parade will make a brief stop at each location to wish residents and staff a Happy Canada Day. We encourage you to join in the singing of our national anthem and to greet the seniors.

If you are interested in attending, please email me at effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org or call 905-825-2455.

This Canada Day let’s showcase our community spirit and Canadian patriotism in Oakville North-Burlington!

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Halton Police Joins Forces With GTA Police Forces to Stop Car Theft

I am pleased to share that the Halton Police successfully executed Project Bayou.

Project Bayou strikes a powerful blow against auto theft and organized crime in our community and across the GTA. After months of investigation, Halton Regional Police Service, along with Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ontario, Peel Regional Police, and Toronto Police Service, executed multiple warrants leading to the seizure of 23 re-vinned vehicles worth over $2 million. This operation targeted a sophisticated criminal network involved in high-end vehicle theft and drug trafficking.

The impact of these crimes on our community cannot be overstated. Thanks to the tireless efforts of law enforcement including Halton Police, we’re sending a clear message to these criminal organizations: We’re putting you out of business. Let’s continue working together to keep our communities safe from harm.

Learn More: https://www.haltonpolice.ca/en/news/project-bayou-dismantles-criminal-network.aspx?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR3EDf7j_29h1Ht56QLbZQkxmIpyeaf0Ve1t6lYV6VThN56qHgXrPShy4kc_aem_jnLCygou3TCln6mnHVM41Q


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Thanking Home Suite Hope’s Volunteers and Graduates

Pleased to join the Home Suite Hope Volunteer Appreciation BBQ and 20th Anniversary Celebration! We had the chance to celebrate this year’s Sheridan College graduates, and I am so proud of the strides they have taken to better their futures.

This event was a wonderful way to express gratitude to our incredible volunteers for their unwavering support and dedication. Home Suite Hope unites vital support services for single parents and their children, encouraging them on their journey from poverty to stability. Thank you for making a difference!

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Walking to Remember our Loved Ones

Thrilled to be back this year with my colleague
Natalie Pierre to support the 5KM Walk2Remember hosted by
Heartache2Hope. It was a moving event, honouring the lives of loved ones, lost to suicide.

Your support means the world, offering solace and healing to those who need it most. Thank you for your profound impact in our community.


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Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Makes Meaningful Change in our Community

A heartfelt thank you to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Oakville & Burlington for their generous donation of $1,355 to Kerr Street Mission. Your support is invaluable in providing care and support for vulnerable and at-risk children, families, and individuals in our community.


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Thanking the North Oakville Badminton Club for Their Hard Work

I was pleased to welcome Nasir, co-founder of the North Oakville Badminton Club, to our community office. The club, a recreational league started last year, boasts 300 members.

They recently hosted a tournament with 20 teams competing, with over 80 athletes competing. Nasir highlighted how crucial this community is for new Canadians, fostering activity and a sense of belonging. Thanks to Tarique Khan and Nasir Shaikh for their incredible work!

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Joining EXP Realty’s Grand Opening

Congratulations to Angela and Matien on the grand opening of EXP Realty Oakville! Thrilled to celebrate this extraordinary launch with you and a few of your friends! Wishing you and your business colleagues continued success!

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Celebrating Community Leader Frank Vismeg’s Retirement

Congratulations to Frank Vismeg on his retirement! His impact on our Halton community has been monumental, and his leadership in the hospitality sector unparalleled. Wishing you all the best in this new chapter—may it be filled with relaxation, joy, and new adventures. Here’s to you, Frank!


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Ontario Connecting More Seniors to Dental Care and Affordable Prescription Drugs

The Ontario government is ensuring that the province’s most vulnerable seniors can continue to connect to dental care and affordable prescription medications by increasing access to the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program and the Seniors Co-Payment Program.

On August 1, 2024, the annual income eligibility thresholds for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program and the Seniors Co-Payment Program will be increased for single Ontarians aged 65 and over from $22,200 to $25,000, and from $37,100 to $41,500 for couples.

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program connects almost 150,000 low-income seniors to free, routine dental care each year. Eligible seniors are encouraged to apply by going online and downloading and printing the application form or by picking one up at their local public health unit. Seniors who are eligible under the new income thresholds can apply starting July 1, 2024.

The Seniors Co-Payment Program helps keep costs down for low-income seniors who need prescription medications by reducing co-pays to $2 or less and removing annual deductibles. Eligible seniors who will be 65 on or after July 1, 2024, can apply starting today so they can benefit as soon as possible. Seniors can complete an application online or request a paper application form be mailed to them by calling the Seniors Co-Payment Program toll free at 1-888-405-0405 or 416-503-4586. Seniors currently enrolled in the Seniors Co-Payment Program do not need to re-apply.

This increase to the annual income eligibility will also help ensure seniors currently enrolled in these programs that have received additional, financial government support, will continue to be eligible and benefit from these health services.

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1004738/ontario-connecting-more-seniors-to-dental-care-and-affordable-prescription-drugs

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Halton Police Officers Receive the 2023 Ontario Medals for Police and Firefighter Bravery

The Ontario Medal for Police Bravery was created in 1975 and recognizes acts of extraordinary courage and bravery performed by members of Ontario’s police services.

The Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery was created in 1976 and honours firefighters who have gone above and beyond to protect and serve their communities.

The 2023 recipients of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery and the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery include two members of our community:

Constable Lance Broderick and Constable Dan Pinkney of the Halton Regional Police; Detective Sergeant Sara Beck and Detective Robert Di Ianni of the Hamilton Police Service

On September 12, 2022, tragedy struck when Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong was shot and killed at a coffee shop during a break from his police motorcycle training course. The assailant carjacked a vehicle, shooting and critically injuring the driver. He fled to an auto repair shop where he shot three more people, killing two. Then he traveled to Hamilton, where Hamilton Police Services’ Detective Sergeant Sara Beck and Detective Robert Di Ianni confronted him at the Hamilton Cemetery. The assailant opened fire and they rushed to find cover and secure the situation. Halton Regional Police Service Tactical Rescue Unit officers Constable Lance Broderick and Constable Dan Pinkney heard the gunfight and immediately rushed to help. Together, the four officers subdued the suspect, preventing further harm, and administered first aid until emergency medical services arrived. The officers displayed immense bravery in confronting the suspect whose deadly rampage claimed three lives, including a Toronto police officer.

See the full list of Recipients Here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1004731/recipients-of-the-2023-ontario-medals-for-police-and-firefighter-bravery


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Ontario Protecting Environment from Harmful Invasive Species

The Ontario government is investing $16 million over three years to protect the economy and environment from the threat of invasive species. The grant funding will help municipalities, conservation authorities and Indigenous communities help stop invasive species from establishing or spreading in the province.

The funding will be administered by the Invasive Species Centre and Nature Conservancy of Canada to support a comprehensive, Ontario-wide plan to fight the invasive plant Phragmites, and for the Invasive Species Action Fund to provide grants to municipalities, conservation authorities and Indigenous communities to manage other harmful invasive species.

In 2019, the Invasive Species Centre estimated that the potential impacts of invasive species to agricultural, fisheries, forestry, health care, tourism and the recreation industry may be as high as $3.6 billion per year in Ontario.

To further prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species in the province, Ontario recently added 10 new non-native species and four genera (groups of species) under the Invasive Species Act, 2015 and is renewing the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan to ensure we have the most robust plan possible in place.

Read More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1004743/ontario-protecting-environment-from-harmful-invasive-species

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June 21st is Indigenous Peoples Day

Honouring the rich cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous communities in Ontario today and every day. As we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, let’s acknowledge the enduring connection to this land and commit to listening and learning. Together, we can build a more inclusive and respectful future. 

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Help Oakvillegreen Eliminate Invasive Species

Join Oakvillegreen and learn how to identify, remove, and prevent the spread of buckthorn! This event is part of their CPR (Clean Pull Restore) project.

Buckthorn is an invasive species currently taking over Preserve Woods, this plant ‘poisons’ the soil, harming other plants, and causes awful indigestion in birds. Take hands-on action to support local biodiversity, connect with others, and restore nature. Highschool students will earn volunteer hours.

LOCATION: Preserve Woods (Preserve Dr and Sawmill St, Oakville, ON)

TIME: Thursday, July 4th, 2024, 4:30pm-6:00pm

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Bronte Royal Canadian Legion Invites You to Celebrate Canada Day

Bronte Royal Canadian Legion- General Chris Vokes Branch 486 invites you to celebrate Canada Day. This event has a great lineup of entertainment, food trucks, kids play area, beer garden and more!

All are welcome, and admission is free!

LOCATION: 79 Jones St, Oakville, ON L6L 3E6

TIME: Monday, July 1st, 2024, 12:00pm to 10:00pm

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Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards

It’s truly an honour to shine a light on the dedicated volunteers who have contributed to making our community better. 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 our community, please contact my office and let me know at Effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org

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