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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Bronte, parking on private lots should be free after work hours, and towing vehicles should be strictly forbidden.
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.
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.
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.
Zhu is a 2018 nominee of Canadas equivalent of the Nobel prizes — the nations top innovation award which carries a prize of $100,000. Zhu or his company received many awards, honours and recognitions in 2017. He led a multi-million dollar international research program with links to major universities and research organizations that resulted in the award of two unique patents, which enables the production of a novel, highly regarded low calorie, healthy sweetener which has been approved for sale in 30 countries by the worlds top three regulatory authorities. The product, VitaFiber, is also a prebiotic, dietary fibre which is designed to help with two of the worlds growing health problems — weight management and digestive issues.
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.
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.
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.
Korn is a retired civil engineer. After completing his education, Korn began working for the federal government in the Maritimes. In his position as a project manager, he managed the construction of major post offices, wharves and other infrastructure projects. Eventually, he began working with Parks Canada, acting as the chief engineer for the $20 million major restoration of the Halifax Citadel from 1977-1985. In this capacity, in 1981, he was sent by Canada to Venice in Italy to participate in a UNESCO-sponsored course, teaching state of the art historic restoration techniques of masonry structures. He then used this experience to help with the emergency restoration of the Canadian Parliament Building in Ottawa from 1994-1997.
An increase in local businesses creates local employment, which helps shorten commutes, encourages the use of transit, thereby easing congestion while helping the economy.
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
Prime among these vital causes, Fazilat believes we have serious work to do in building engagement in STEM among girls and women. As a group of disciplines, science, technology, engineering and mathematics are acknowledged catalysts in innovation and progress — and female students and professionals in these areas are seriously underrepresented. Although statistically women earn a larger share of conferred degrees, in science and technology they earn fewer degrees than men — so there is a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed. She believes there are systemic barriers at a young age that typically discourage young girls from entering STEM, and it is essential to find an approach to turn this around.
• 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She is an outstanding example of a young Canadian, whose commitment to driving change in Canada and globally is inspiring. Her contributions to highlighting and constructively responding to global challenges extend her impact as a young Canadian internationally. Khandelwal has participated in the 2014 WTOs Public Forum in Geneva, the World Democracy Forum in Strasbourg, and the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington D.C, attending high-level meetings with representatives from financial institutions, central bankers, private sector executives and academics to discuss global financial stability and to advocate for more effective frameworks for international aid.
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.
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.
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.
As a young female immigrant, Farhan is always advocating for other immigrants, especially refugees, to be given the same opportunities her parents provided her. She has mentored young female scientists, advocated for children and refugees as part of UNICEF, as well as participated in global teaching programs. Farhans resiliency and ambition come from her mother, Nidaa, who has worked in the mental health community for more than 30 years and has counselled and helped many members of Canadian communities within womens shelters, Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs, and has always taught her children to stay committed and remain resilient in adversity.
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.