Heres How Oakville is Doing As A Community

We asked those running in the Oct. 22 municipal election what they think the most pressing issue in Oakville is and how they would address this issue if elected.

The single greatest issue is protecting our communitys vision of itself as reflected in our Livable Oakville official plan because if our official plan can be broken and ignored at the Glen Abbey Golf Course, it can be broken and ignored on any street, and it would be the end of our carefully devised plan to control growth and protect our stable established neighbourhoods by directing growth and intensification to the six growth nodes.

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I will continue to lead a strong and ultimately successful defence of our official plan and our decisions to refuse the development application on the Glen Abbey Golf Course in order protect the integrity of our official plans ability to guide land use decisions for everyone in every part of Oakville.

She is also an avid entrepreneur, as the founder and CEO of IAB GROUP of Companies, where she leads a team of professionals and oversees the management and operations with strong ethical principles. Read draws on her previous business and legal experience in England and Canada. She has brought her unique combination of communication skills, legal and business acumen to clients facing a wide array of immigration and business issues and challenges. She advises public and private sector clients on a wealth of international trade issues, immigration within the realms of applicable laws. Her clients include quasi-government/state-related entities, multinational companies and small and medium-sized businesses. Read and her team serve diverse industries with the objective of promoting international trade while helping clients manage risks and remove barriers to trade and investments as they enter markets. For the past couple of years, her companies have been multiple nominees in BC Diversity Awards.

This election is about leadership. I believe the best leaders aren’t divisive, they are listeners who champion our hopes, our ideas. I will invite residents back to the town’s decision-making table and end domineering, dismissive treatment at town hall.

I understand that many in our community struggle. I will end the 12-year record of tax increases. And I will improve town planning and implement smart traffic technology to reduce congestion on our roads.

 The \”most\” pressing issue in this 2018 election is fiscal sustainability & accountability.  Town Council will spend about $449 million in 2018, whereas it only  spent about $197 million a year, when Burton first took office in 2006.  Thats current spending of $1.23 million every day! 

The fiscal sustainability  & accountability problem can be \”fixed\” by eliminating slogan-based \”program\” based budgets & spending, where the Towns financial statement mis-label millions of dollars spent on office furniture & music systems as \”infrastructure\”, rather than as office furniture.  Also, reduction of 10% program based \”waste\” spending & transparency, will result in  no job losses and improve service delivery, at 10% less cost.  That means, no more property tax increases & debt reduction.  Follow me on Twitter @JMcLaughlinOAK.

There are many issues affecting Oakville; one that is important is transit. An improved transit system would go a long way to alleviating many other issues in Oakville, like congestion, speeding and parking. Transportation is more than just getting people from A to B, it is freedom and connection to community and livelihood for so many.

Agarwal has a big heart when it comes to corporate giving. Ten per cent of all of Akran Marketings profits, without exception, go directly to charities. Agarwal also created the Akran Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that pools the charitable efforts and resources of Akran Marketing, his employees, customers, the Akran supply chain and of private donors to support a variety of charities here in Canada, India, Africa and Asia to help those less advantaged, especially children living in poverty. It contributed $50,000 in emergency aid to Indigenous communities harmed by the Alberta fires; $25,000 in Texas hurricane disaster aid.; $10,000 in relief to help people after the Nepal earthquake; $20,000 for Philippines hurricane aid, and most recently, Akran has joined the Bell Lets Talk Campaign, providing $10,000 in funding to improve mental health access, care and research.

I would like see a study of how we could add routes, reduce the fare for students (not just after 4 p.m. but all day), replace shelters and potentially amalgamate the paratransit systems so that the people who rely on that part of the system could navigate freely between all parts of Halton.

Residents and local businesses owners have conveyed that controlled growth is the most pressing issue facing Oakville. The concern is that uncontrolled growth can create a strain on our municipality’s infrastructure and greenspace and therefore threaten safety and the daily functioning of the community.

Laryea is a passionate team player with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, who enjoys networking and motivating young people to pursue excellence. His true calling started when he lost both of his parents, and through that experience, he started to understand how to fully embrace his ultimate purpose in life and the many opportunities he has been given to fulfill them. His aim in life is to help young people in different communities to understand their identity and also to support them in starting their own business through entrepreneurship and mentorship programs. He saw his mother struggle her whole life when he was a young boy in Ghana, West Africa. His mom used to work three jobs to take care of four kids and other relatives. His passion comes from seeing his mother struggle; he learned to give not because he had much, but because he knew the feeling of having nothing.

It is important, for example that the Wyecroft Bridge project is started and completed on time to reduce the traffic congestion flowing into Bronte and Lakeshore Woods. Additionally, we must continue to dialogue, including from opposing sides, to find solutions to parking, towing and development concerns that have affected our residents and business community. It is important that new traffic crossings are installed this year to increase the safety of residents crossing our busy thruways. 

When asked what is the most pressing issue affecting Oakville, I think of traffic congestion. The many people in Ward 1 I have spoken to during my door-to-door encounters are frustrated with the amount of time it takes to get to the GO train, the QEW or across town.

Dharel has obtained his PhD, in social marketing and holds a masters in business administration (MBA). Dharel is a dedicated and committed social person who carries 20+ years of experience in business development and social inclusiveness. He immigrated to Canada in 2000 with his wife and son. Since the beginning of his career, he has always been consistent in different endeavours, including advocacy for new immigrants, youth and helping entrepreneurs to succeed in their goals. He himself comes from a family background of business and social activism, which has also helped smooth guidance people in need. In his youth, he has well represented the youth communities that were searching for recognition and acknowledgement of their contribution to the society. He has played a crucial role in bringing isolated people together and integrating them into the mainstream.

Council has pushed through the extension of the Wyecroft Bridge — I would continue to ensure that this project moves through smoothly to maximize the traffic benefits as soon as feasible. I would also work with town staff to continue to look into smart traffic signals and technology to improve the flow of traffic. We need to be smart with leveraging the committed federal and provincial funding for the public transit system.

After a couple years working with local post-secondary institutions, Ortega joined the non-profit sector in his drive to advance social justice. Since then, he has aimed to empower systems that provide for the community. He collaborates with multiple organizations on a local, regional and national level to advance the lives of newcomers, and to advance the sector that supports them. He currently serves on the advisory council for several committees — such as the committee for community grants with the Calgary Foundation, the Canadian Council for Refugees, advisory committee member for Pathways of Prosperity, and on the board of governors for Immigration Research West, University of Calgary Newcomer Research Network and served as invited editor for the 2015 Canadian Diversity Journal and participated with the University of Calgarys Public Interest Clinic.

The most pressing issue facing Oakville as a whole is meeting the target growth in population put forward by the provincial government, in terms of where the intensification goes and how to best address the resulting infrastructure needs that are a result.

As a researcher, his analytic reports have contributed to promoting a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that Canada has in front in particular with the Asia Pacific Region and Latin America. His research projects have been issued by leading universities, research centres and institutions. For instance, he completed a special report for the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada with the goal of being presented by Canada´s delegation during the International meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in Peru in November of 2016. His last research project entitled “Canada and Associate Membership in the Pacific Alliance: an important part of a Global Trade Strategy”, which did with a Former member of Foreign Affair Canada, was issued in January 2017) by the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary.

The town must consult and keep residents informed throughout the process stage of potential development. There should be clear expectations of what developers must provide as a condition of development (examples: parking for residents, staff, visitors for a multistorey structure or appropriate dwelling types within a neighbourhood infill area). Incentives to getcommuters to the GO stations using public transit or cycling should be promoted to relieve rush-hour traffic gridlock on corridor roads.

Athwal has been a generous donor to many causes. During the devastating forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, in 2016, Athwal donated non-perishable food items, clothing, hygiene supplies and other necessities to a fill a truckload of much-needed supplies for the displaced residents of Fort McMurray. Here in our province, Athwal also donated towards the relief efforts after forest fires in Northern BC affected northern communities last year. Also, during a large power outage in New Westminster in November 2017, Athwal was instrumental to the City of New Westminster by ensuring that hot meals were available to the homeless and to all residents of Queensborough at the Sikh Gurdwara Sukh Sagar. Many people were very grateful for this service. He has also provided financial support to Royal Columbia Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Development in Oakville is necessary and inevitable, but let’s be smarter about it. Build the infrastructure and roads and know what capacity we have BEFORE more homes and condos. Condos within walking distance of a GO station is a better idea since traffic is not getting better. Getting people to drive better and adhere to speed limits would be a priority. Transit can have more efficient options that would reduce traffic congestion and pollution.

As president of the Khalsa Diwan Society Sukh Sagar New Westminster since 2006, Athwal volunteers 80-90 hours per week creating and implementing programs to benefit and improve the lives of many people in the community. In 2006, Athwal spearheaded the creation of the Guru Nanak Free Kitchen program for the homeless in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It provides the much-needed service of free nutritious meals to the vulnerable, needy, and homeless people of this area. Volunteers have been preparing, delivering and distributing the meals regularly every week for the past 12 years. The program also extends their services to other neighbouring communities and to any other requests from Vancouver City Hall, New Westminster City Hall, Burnaby City Hall, Surrey City Hall and other organizations in the Metro Vancouver area.

Gridlock: Improve transit. Increase dedicated/separated bicycle aths. Incentivize car sharing/pooling. Traffic engineering to make us flow during rush hour.

Born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ladha moved to the countrys capital Dar es Salaam where he worked as a journalist with the countrys daily newspaper. When he was told he would have to belong to the ruling political party in the one-party state to keep his job, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya. He found work again at a daily, but he would soon move again, this time across the ocean to Canada. He landed in Toronto at 29 years old, hoping to continue his work as a journalist in Canada. After about three months of not being employed, he was recruited by the Edmonton Journal. He then bought a weekly newspaper, Morinville Mirror, and established another one, Redwater Tribune, both within commuting suburban areas of Edmonton.He owned the newspapers for more than 25 years before selling them in 2005 and moving to Calgary.

Attract businesses: Attract \”employable\” 25- to 44-year-olds by approving housing they can afford. Effectively promote (invest time and effort and money) the benefits of working and living in Oakville, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Locally, she is involved with local community services and sits on various boards as a board director. She is a part of two World’s Trade Board action groups: Sustainable Trade Action Group (STAG) and SME Trade Financing Group. STAG undertakes an audit with current industry partners to understand the current landscape of ethical trade and identify the opportunities where technology is able to improve or enhance existing ethical trade practices and/or enable new practices, and produces guidelines for industry to understand the conditions in which goods and services were created. SME Trade Financing group aims to take action on a global level to support the success of small businesses, and to engage the SME sector more fully in economic activity, particularly in developing and emerging markets.

While the province has mandated growth throughout the GTHA, we must work through our regional allocation programs to ensure that our infrastructure is in place before development occurs. I will also work to ensure that the stable residential neighbourhoods are protected as growth is directed to the six growth areas we have designated. I will work with our development partners to ensure complete communities are paramount, as development applications come forward.

Korn was born in a Jewish family in 1937 in what is now the Czech Republic. In 1938, one year after the Nazis invaded the Czech part of Czechoslovakia, his parents decided to take him and his brother Jacob and move in with relatives in Slovakia. However, in 1942, when the Nazis starting deporting Jews from Slovakia to death camps across Europe, his parents sent their boys into hiding with a farmer in a nearby village. The farmer kept the two boys for one month until deciding it was too dangerous to continue doing so. Eventually, relatives decided to hide the two boys in an evangelical Lutheran orphanage in Slovakia where they remained for the rest of the war. Korn later learned that his parents were deported and murdered in Auschwitz not more than one week after putting the boys in hiding.

The most pressing issue affecting Oakville is parking, or the inadequacy of it. Lack of parking and vigorous enforcement of parking drives consumers to the malls where there is free parking. More parking spaces have to be created.

Dr. Ragbeer is an extraordinary immigrant, a polymath, with global experience brought to Canada as a medical professor, geographer, historian, journalist, forensic and laboratory scientist, former dean, administrator and family doctor, and solved laboratory problems in Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Guyana. He was the third person in the world independently to identify excess heart disease and diabetes in diasporal Indians, in 1962 (Guyana), following Wattley (Trinidad, 1958), and Danaraj and Muir, (Singapore, 1959), reported this, and worked at prevention for decades, inspiring others to do likewise. He was also first to identify the organisms causing Chromomycosis in Jamaica and Guyana, and one of two Guyanese who, in 1962, established the link between rubella and congenital heart disease.

I have proposed a pilot project for free parking on Kerr Street. The system would involve obtaining a voucher from a merchant on Kerr Street to be placed on the windshield. The voucher would be validated by a merchant.

Dr. Ragbeer is an extraordinary immigrant, a polymath, with global experience brought to Canada as a medical professor, geographer, historian, journalist, forensic and laboratory scientist, former dean, administrator and family doctor, and solved laboratory problems in Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Guyana. He was the third person in the world independently to identify excess heart disease and diabetes in diasporal Indians, in 1962 (Guyana), following Wattley (Trinidad, 1958), and Danaraj and Muir, (Singapore, 1959), reported this, and worked at prevention for decades, inspiring others to do likewise. He was also first to identify the organisms causing Chromomycosis in Jamaica and Guyana, and one of two Guyanese who, in 1962, established the link between rubella and congenital heart disease.

At Bronte, parking on private lots should be free after work hours, and towing vehicles should be strictly forbidden.

Dr. Bhuiyan recognized that ITMDs experience significant challenges to obtaining a medical licence in Canada, so a large number either choose survival jobs or remain unemployed — an economic loss for both the country and the immigrants themselves. So Dr. Bhuiyan explored alternative, non-licensed pathways to help these skilled medical professionals engage in meaningful employment, which led to co-founding the pilot project for the ITMD bridging program in 2015 through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in 2015. The bridging program offered both coursework and practicum placements in leading health sector institutions to equip new immigrant health professionals with skills to successfully transition into non-licensed health sector employment.

Stopping the Glen Abbey Golf Course development is top of mind for me, Ward 2 residents and Oakville; but I truly believe that making our streets safer for all road users by lowering speed limits and building complete streets, as well as decreasing traffic congestion are all at the top of my priority list.

Athwal knows and understands the need to empower and educate the youth in our communities. As such, he has created many youth-oriented programs, events, workshops and camps geared at informing youth on many topics including: the dangers of drugs and gang violence, the importance of eating healthy and staying physically active, and the importance and need for volunteering in our communities to name a few. Athwal has also set up scholarships for high school students. He has also ensured that free nutritious hot meals are available at the temple for international students and homeless persons during every day of the week from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. He has also created and implemented educational programs and workshops supporting pregnant women, new immigrants and seniors in the community.

Glen Abbey can be winnable for Oakville. What we need are members of council who have the stomach to do what it takes to protect the course. Unlike some of the current council who made a closed-to-the-public deal on the Saw-Whet Golf Course development, I am firmly against any sort of settlement with ClubLink.

It was her experiences as a caregiver that actually spurred Ramalhos interest in home organization. Her intimate view into family relations revealed the powerful, and often negative, role that stuff can play in the home. Whether it’s battles over messy rooms or massive credit card statements, the accumulation and storage of more and more seemed to lead to less and less happiness. When she read Japanese author Marie Kondos best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Ramalho realized the solution to this problem. The book details the KonMari Method, which provides a step-by-step process to liberate yourself from accumulation. In August 2016, in New York City, Ramalho joined the first-ever cohort of non-Japanese trainees in the KonMari Method.

We must also make our roads safer — reduce speed limits, build complete streets and implement advanced walk signals at busy intersections.

The biggest challenge Oakville faces is managing intensification, which is mandated by the province. Intensification results in many related issues: traffic congestion, road and neighbourhood safety, development challenges, possible tree canopy and green space loss, and storm-water management issues. Each of these are creating pressures that erode the liveability of our great community.

• Adopt innovative design principles that create a neighbourhood that is primarily ride-sharing, cycling and walk-to stores and services

To get the downtown through the next two years of construction, whilst keeping and expanding the retail stores.

Last month, Cazacu was shortlisted as one of the top three finalists for the highest award at the Cloverdales Business Excellence Awards – Bill Reid Memorial Business Person of the Year! During this short period as an entrepreneur, Cazacu has also been involved in various community projects and organizations. He is the chair of the Notaries Chapter in Fraser Valley, the vice-president of the Aldergrove Business Association, a board director for the Estate Planning Council of Fraser Valley, an advisory committee member for the Legal Assistant program at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a member of the Rotary Club of Langley Central, member of the Walnut Grove Business Association, and a member of Langley and Cloverdale Chambers of Commerce.

Whether it is speeding, traffic congestion or saving our precious green spaces and Glen Abbey Golf Course, the number one issue that I am hearing about in Ward 4 is that people want an accessible and responsive councillor.

I live, work and play in Ward 4. I have lived here for 15 years, have raised a family here and built a business here. Your issues are my issues. What better voice can you have than someone who drives the same streets and whose kids go to the same schools as yours. And as a business person who knows how important it is to respond to customers and return calls.

Magnottas business and branding strategy has always been about creating interesting wines for wine lovers that exceed their expectations. Over the last few years, the company has launched an unprecedented number of new products to join its long line of more than 180 wines. Most of all, she identified long ago the need to demystify wine by empowering consumers with product knowledge which has proven to be a key component to her branding success. A winery is one of the most difficult businesses to sustain for a long period of time and many have come and gone, but the strong brand that she has built over the years has earned her loyal, enthusiastic followers making Magnottas presence in the marketplace for more than 25 years truly unique.

90 per cent of the residents I have met recently are most worried about traffic and congestion due to the rapid development in the area, which is making roads unsafe for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. There has been a noticeable increase in road accidents, near misses and road rage incidents over the last few years.

Shalini Das is an occupational therapist and behavior consultant, as well as the owner and founder of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy Inc., which provides a full range of therapy services for children within a fun and therapeutic environment by creating an atmosphere of warmth, caring and assurance for the children as well as the parents. Das has devoted her career to making a difference for children with special needs and their families. She has helped countless children learn to maximize their potential in roles such as playing, going to school and learning with their peers. Striving to help children discover their potential, Das leads a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to the companys mission which ensures that each child is important.

Oakville’s roadways need to be brought into the new millennium by better planning and providing state-of-the-art smart synchronized traffic systems that ease congestion.

Residents’ complaints over speed and parking issues on their streets need to be addressed head-on. Traffic-calming measures such as lowering residential speed limits need to be implemented immediately.

An increase in local businesses creates local employment, which helps shorten commutes, encourages the use of transit, thereby easing congestion while helping the economy.

On the business side, she is president of Asean Canada Business Council, which acts as the bridge to promote trade and investments between Canada and the 10 Southeast Asian countries. Previously, she was president of Philippines Canada Trade Council. She is the Filipino business representative to Asia Pacific Gateway Committee of the Burnaby Board of Trade. She is responsible for organizing trade missions to ASEAN, first in 2003, then 2008 to Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines; and July 2013, to Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. The trade missions zeroed in on education, health and wellness, skilled workers and immigration, power generating plants, commercial goods, and mining for both Indonesia and the Philippines.

Traffic and transportation in Oakville and across the region, as the current system is not meeting the needs of local businesses.

Yam is also CEO and co-founder of Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada. B3 is a purpose-driven social enterprise dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in corporations through nonprofit board service. It matches highly- skilled corporate employees to serve on non-profit boards for leadership development, diversity and inclusion and community building. In a relatively short time frame, B3 has garnered a roster of large corporate clients that belong to the Top 100 Employers in Canada and Top Best Diversity Employers in Canada. B3s team currently operates in Ontario, Alberta and B.C., and plans to expand to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Maritimes and Quebec next year as well as in select U.S. cities.

• Investigate the pros and cons of amalgamation of the current transit system within the region for better use of resources; reduce cost and improve efficiencies

• One fare system for the entire region, so that citizens pay only one fare to move between the regions; this would also include wheel transit

Today, her heart and soul is devoted to the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases, a non-profit organization Rossana established to change the way Lyme disease is tested and treated in Canada. It has just launched the G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab in a landmark partnership with the University of Guelph. The Foun­dation is focused on raising $10 million to fund its five-year plan, which includes building a collaborative national research network and a Canadian Lyme consortium, developing the G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab into a full research centre and establishing a Lyme Clinic at a leading Ontario hospital that will evolve into a Centre of Excellence for Canadian Lyme patients.

The most pressing issue facing Oakville is controlling growth through the protection of Oakville’s natural and cultural heritage. This includes defending Oakville’s winning positions on protecting Glen Abbey Golf Course and protecting our stable residential neighbourhoods from unwanted development.

Jiang came from China 17 years ago with her husband, at three months pregnant with no family or friends to lean on. Finding suitable housing, good jobs and beginning a new family in a new country was a mammoth challenge. When she and her husband found out that their daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was one and half years old, hardships escalated, and Jiang found herself a single mother. Moving forward with all the courage she could gather, Jiang registered into a Ryerson University degree program, all the while volunteering at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto (Surrey offers family counselling, support for families with special needs children and much more), while taking care of her daughter.

As current Ward 4 town councillor, residents can trust me to continue to protect Glen Abbey Golf Course based on Oakville’s winning positions. I have publicly supported preserving Glen Abbey since the very beginning. I have nearly two decades of experience on town and regional committees, defending residents against developer interests. I support official plans and zoning to protect established neighbourhoods and natural areas, by managing development in growth nodes such as Oakville GO station.

She has been the subject of a front-page feature in the Vancouver Province, and featured in the Vancouver Sun, Chatelaine magazine and on CKNW radio. In addition, she is actively involved in social media groups supporting live-in caregivers from Brazil and other countries. She has been a mentor to caregivers making the transition to life in Canada.  She herself came to Canada as a live-in caregiver, an experience that was both rewarding and very challenging. Making the transition to a professional career is not easy, and she had to persevere through many of the challenges faced by recent immigrants. Her ability to stay positive and find ways to break open doors is a testament to her strong will.

I believe the most pressing issue affecting Oakville is growth! It would appear that growth is happening too fast; green space is disappearing, and infrastructure is not in place to support the newest population, let alone the future forecasts.

Named a B.C. Culture Ambassador in 2016 by City of North Vancouver, Alizadeh uses her art to create connections within her community. Some of her efforts include: organizing and leading a large group of artists at the Culture Day 2015 to 2017 in North Vancouver; organizing and choreographing a large group for Canada Day Parade from 2013 to 2017 in collaboration with Canadian Iranian Foundation; and participating in many local festivals such as Caribbean Day Parade and Festival , North Shore Folk Festivals, Korean Folk Festivals, Greek Festivals, Diwali Festival and Chinees Festivals and beyond. She is volunteering and performing monthly in senior houses, hospitals, schools, mental hospitals, etc.

If elected, I would address this issue by identifying what infrastructure is missing, developing a plan to rectify the deficiencies and bringing current areas already developed with housing up to speed with the amenities necessary to complete their community. New development areas would require the developer and the town to ensure the inclusion of infrastructure as the housing is built, not after it is completed.

Sabzevari completed a master of laws in Health Law at the University of Alberta. His graduate studies were supported by a Law Foundation of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship, the Honourable N.D. McDermid Graduate Scholarship, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Health Law, Ethics and Policy Training Program. He volunteered with the campus Safewalk program and in outreach programs to students and the community with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. He worked as a residence advisor and was elected the first president of the Graduate Residence Student Council. While at the U of A, he captained an intramural ultimate frisbee team and won several intramural and club squash tournaments.

The most pressing issue affecting Oakville is what I prefer to call \”resident self-realization\” — meaning that most (not all, of course) citizens of Oakville are unfamiliar with what the rown and regional governments actually do and can do for them that affects their daily lives.

Winner of the 2016 International Childrens Peace Prize, 17-year-old Kehkashan Basu, has been impacting the global fraternity since she was eight years old with her work on peace, childrens rights, education for sustainable development, gender equality and climate justice. Basu is the founder president of youth organization, Green Hope Foundation, which educates and empowers children and youth globally and engages them in the sustainability process through ground level community-centric projects on mitigating climate change, stopping land degradation, promoting sustainable consumption, biodiversity conservation and gender equality, promoting renewable energy and social justice.

I would initiate an immediate townwide program of mass communication via text messaging, pre-recorded phone calls, and emails, including a separate website from the current one that informs all residents of the inner workings of Oakville, such as, but not limited to, town debt obligations, legal issues, labour relations including contracts, all confidential, in camera issues that are not security related, alongside the garbage and recycling pickups, (regional) roads, traffic signals, fire and police services, parks and recreation, property taxes and user fees.

Once she was called to the Bar in Ontario, Sachedina was appointed to the Social Assistance Review Board and then to the Immigration and Refugee Board. In 2001, she returned to health care. She is currently the vice president, human resources and general counsel at Providence Health Care in Vancouver. In this role, Sachedina is responsible and accountable for the human resources functions within Providence, including employee services, learning and organizational change, compensation and benefits, labour relations, occupational health and safety and staff scheduling. She also manages all legal matters, including risk management and privacy issues that arise within the organization.

The most pressing issue affecting Oakville today is the Glen Abbey dispute, because it has distracted councils attention and drained town resources since 2015. To keep moving forward, we need to resolve this issue quickly.

This can be done by first taking possession of Glen Abbey name, logo and buildings of historical significance. Then, hire Jack Nicklaus (again) to design a new championship course on land occupied by Deerfield Golf Club. Finally, rebuild Deerfield and move historical buildings/fixtures.

This will end the legal battle, double the size of Lions Valley Park, and Glen Abbey will become property of Oakville.

Dutta has accomplished and helped numerous people in the community ranging from busy parents, new immigrants and children. Being an immigrant herself, she understands the importance of having a strong academic background to excel in a new country. Her parents moved to North America to give her a better education and provide her with new opportunities. Education has been a focal point in her journey and she aims to provide the future generation with the same values and experience that will help them succeed. She also helps busy immigrant parents who experience a language barrier and helps them bridge the gap so they are better equipped in helping their children academically.

Preventing development on the Glen Abbey Golf Course lands is the biggest challenge facing our community. This property is an important part of our cultural heritage landscape, and the proposed development is not in keeping with our official plan. 99.9 per cent of the residents I’ve talked to want the town to keep fighting this plan with vigour. I will work to ensure that everything possible is done to prevent this development proposal from becoming a reality.

Dr. Bhuiyan has constantly expanded his professional engagement in various areas beyond the classroom and is actively involved in a wide range of professional activities. For instance, he founded the International Trained Medical Doctors Canadian Network (ICaN) to provide a platform for a diverse group of ITMDs. The network empowers ITMDs by providing them with advocacy services, mentorship, professional development, global public health education, health research management and career coaching. Networks of this nature are much needed in Canada to better identify challenges and highlight opportunities for ITMDs and help them transition into the Canadian health workforce.

Halton Region currently has road expansion projects on the books for both Dundas and Trafalgar, to handle our increased traffic. Once completed, new technologies will be implemented for co-ordinated traffic signalization, reducing wait times at lights. With this initiative, I would seek continued enhancement of our transit system, co-ordination with GO, and push for better intermunicipal and inter-regional transit to make it a viable option, connecting our communities and getting cars off the road.

In her work with the Interfaith Institute on justice, peace and social movements, she co-led innovative partnerships with diverse interfaith groups. One of the most significant partnerships was with Indigenous communities. This relationship led to the creation of the film Hidden Legacies, which focused on the intergenerational impact of residential schools. Shah worked with Indigenous teachers to design a school guide to support teachers in using the film in their classrooms. She also recently worked as a facilitator and wrote a school guide for Jabber, a play that invites students to understand their own power when confronting stereotypes, racism and Islamophobia.

The lack of transparency from our municipal government, which results in inadequate community engagement and our residents being ill advised on key issues.

I would advocate for the elimination of in camera council meetings. In addition, for Ward 5, I would establish a website to address the main issues. I would post the key issues for residents to vote on and host weekly online town halls so I can bring Ward 5’s voice to council. I think votes at council should be based on what the majority of the people want, and I think with the Ward 5 website this could be achieved.

I will continue to support new, innovative methods and technologies so traffic keeps moving. With co-ordinated signals and road widening, as well as other improvements already budgeted, approved, scheduled and awaiting implementation, we’ve started strong.

Growth north of Dundas was approved by regional and town councils in the 1990s, and I have and will continue to reduce the speed of growth. That way we can improve infrastructure to mitigate and manage traffic-related concerns and reduce other negative impacts on existing communities.

Our residential and industrial/commercial tax base — too much in the former — too little in the latter.

• Vibrant economy — more opportunity for skilled Sheridan graduates in Oakville; more vibrant community partnerships with business to create vital commercial areas

• Spinoffs — more corporate and employee campaign revenue for United Way and other charities/service clubs, thus adding to quality of life for Oakville residents

Natalia Lishchyna has been acclaimed as Ward 6 Town Councillor and Tom Adams has been acclaimed as Ward 6 Town and Regional Councillor.

Given the mandate for growth from the province, the question isn’t if the development will continue, its when. With that in mind, my plan calls for development to slow down so that infrastructure and town facilities can catch up.

Oakville, like the region as a whole, is experiencing significant growth, and with this growth comes the challenge of ensuring that our town remains a safe, sustainable and accessible place for all residents.

Ward 7 encompasses the regions of Oakville where much of this growth has occurred, and as a resident of the ward, I have seen firsthand how public and social infrastructure, safety and traffic measures, and other services have not met the needs of the community. We need to ensure that the pace of development matches the ability of the town to extend services to North Oakville, and that residents have a representative who both understands and will work to address these concerns.

Recreational cannabis is currently scheduled for legalization in Canada on Oct. 17. The Ontario government has provided a one-time-only opt-out option, which allows municipalities to excuse themselves from the province’s plan to permit local retail cannabis stores. This topic continues to hold a high degree of controversy and is one we have limited time to action on.

I would vote for the one-time-only opt-out option. I have taken a pulse of our community on this issue, and the majority of residents I have heard from are not interested in retail stores selling recreational cannabis. If we opt out, the province’s online mail-order delivery option will be available to those interested in purchasing and consuming responsibly after legalization, thereby eliminating the need for retail stores across our town and in our communities.