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Halton to Province: “Leave Us Alone”

buy metronidazole over the counter This is an update from our original post: Goodbye Oakville. Goodbye Burlington. Hello City of Halton? Say NO to Amalgamation

Halton council sent a strong message to Queen’s Park opposing any potential municipal amalgamation that could result from the current regional government review. In a unanimous vote on March 27th, regional councillors passed a motion supporting the current two-tier municipal government in Halton.

The resolution put forth by Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward goes on to assert that any changes by the province to the local structure would be “disruptive and wasteful.” “Our essential message to the province is, don’t fix what’s not broken,” said Mayor Meed Ward. “But even more importantly than that, let Halton be your gold standard model for what regional government looks like. I think we’ve set a new standard of excellence in governance.”

The motion also received support from We Love Oakville, a grassroots group of 11 residents’ associations in Oakville who have come together to support the current system in Halton. Ted Haugen, who spoke on behalf of We Love Oakville, explained that the group feel amalgamation would be costly and result in lost decision-making power, quality of life and efficiency in services. A sentiment echoed by others around the regional council table.

Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette pointed to the budget woes the City of Toronto faced after amalgamation – a move that also hit Halton residents as millions in “downloading” costs were levied locally to help the city pay for its services during the financially trying times. “Amalgamation is not going to save money,” he asserted. “The bigger you are, the more you cost.”

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton says the opposition of over one thousand residents to amalgamation has been noticed at Queen’s Park, but more is needed. “My sources downtown tell me this is being noticed,” said Burton. “But we haven’t sent enough to get them to give up.” Mayor Burton said the Province’s special advisors have said that decision would be made in the summer. Burton said he fears the access to councillors and therefore the voice many residents enjoy on council could diminish if the Halton municipalities are amalgamated.

The motion passed by regional council will now be forwarded to Premier Doug Ford and all members of provincial parliament, along with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Halton’s four local municipalities, the latter of which have all endorsed similar resolutions in recent weeks.

“We are going to send a clear, united message from all our municipalities that Halton Region is running properly,” said regional chair Gary Carr. “Leave us alone – we’re doing a good job. And will all due respect, if other municipalities want to look at us, they can actually learn from us.”

The online government review has been extended to May 21st so there is still time to have your say at https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-regional-government-review.

Goodbye Oakville. Goodbye Burlington. Hello City of Halton? Say NO to Amalgamation.

In January the province announced they will be reviewing the governance, decision-making and service delivery functions of 8 regional municipalities (including Halton Region). A probable outcome is that http://azithromycin-otc.com/ antibiotic azithromycin over the counter Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills will be merged to form the City of Halton. BUT, Halton and its municipalities are already models of efficiency and amongst the best places to live in Canada.

Forced amalgamation is trying to fix a system that is not broken. Our two-tier (local and regional) government in Halton effectively and efficiently serves the residents of Oakville and its other municipalities at the local level, while providing coordinated planning and shared services across the region as evidenced by these indicators:

  • Oakville and Regional property tax increases have been kept at or below the rate of inflation
  • Halton has an AAA credit rating and consistent job growth
  • All four municipalities in Halton Region are ranked amongst the best places to live in Canada according to MoneySense 2018
  • Halton is considered to be one of the safest regions in Canada
  • Throughout Halton, 98% of residents rated the quality of life very high and 97% are satisfied with the quality of all services

Each of our municipalities has developed and evolved differently based on its own needs, vision, character, culture, and priorities. Forced amalgamation will be extremely costly in financial, social and human terms and will mean a loss of our voice. A 2015 study on amalgamation in Ontario by the Fraser Institute, Municipal Amalgamation in Ontario, May 2015 found that “the promised benefits of amalgamation – namely cost savings and a reduction in the size of government – never materialized.”

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and Council are committed to initiatives that maintain and protect our community’s sustainability:

  • Controlling growth to only what fits our environment and our economics;
  • Protecting our cultural and natural heritage resources and greenspaces;
  • Providing high-quality facilities and services our residents need and want;
  • Keeping our finances strong and healthy; and
  • Merging the Town of Oakville with any municipality will significantly impact Oakville’s sustainability.

Oakville can only lose by amalgamation. Oakville would lose its local identity, local decision-making power and would no longer be in charge of its future. Oakville’s 200,000 people would be outweighed by the 400,000 people in the rest of Halton.

Stephen Crawford, MPP for Oakville, has prepared a petition to the Ontario Legislative Assembly requesting that the Town of Oakville remain a distinct municipality within a two-tier Region of Halton municipal governance structure. Oakville residents are encouraged to consider signing this petition which is available in Mr. Crawford’s constituency office located at 74 Rebecca Street, Unit A, Oakville until Easter. Mr. Crawford will present the petition directly to the legislature thereafter.

Taxpayers must have the ability to accept or reject any proposed structural changes to municipal councils or amalgamation proposed by the Province. Voice your opinion by the April 23rd, 2019 deadline the extended deadline of May 21st, 2019 at www.ontario.ca/form/survey-regional-government-review. Additional information can be found at www.weloveoakville.org.

UPDATE: HALTON TO PROVINCE: “LEAVE US ALONE”

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF HALTON and Hamilton BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE

For the sixth year in a row we will be participating in and raising funds for a cause close to our hearts – Tim Hortons Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Mississauga on March 22, 2019. Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sakes helps to support over 2,300 children and youth in the Halton and Hamilton communities. We will bowl alongside Kevin Flynn to raise money for this most worthwhile organization.

Big-Brothers-Big-Sisters-of-Halton-and-HamiltonBig Brothers Big Sisters is a child and youth mentoring program. Their mission is to help kids in need make healthy life choices through positive mentoring relationships. Donations are not the only way to support BBBS Halton and Hamilton, the program is built upon people generously giving their time. Fundraisers held throughout the year give Big Brothers Big Sisters the means to provide inspirational and educational experiences for their members.

Please join us in supporting this most worthwhile cause by donating here.


From school fun fairs, The Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer, The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts we are constantly giving back and supporting our local communities.

We truly value our relationships with our clients and enjoy supporting the causes that matter most to them. Being a part of something bigger than yourself and your business is why we are all here. We are looking forward to continuing to be a part of our community and causes in 2019!

Connect with Dan Cooper

We cannot thank the community enough for joining us last night at our second Connect – Networking Event at Yellow Door Studio in Oakville.

Thank you to each and everyone of our sponsors and contributors from within the community, thank you to Rainey Waters, Saghar Darabnia, Kathy Wood and Crystal Laroque for organizing & planning the event! Thank you to Yellow Door Studio for graciously hosting! And a BIG thank you to the community for your everlasting support!!

This event would not have been a success without the generous support of our incredible sponsors: Monastery BakeryCobs Bread Bakery, Kelseys (Appleby/Dundas), F45 Training (Burlington), Bowring, Imagined Space Designs, Redstone ContractingSpin/CoConcept Lighting GroupWaterproof Masters & Associates, Chi-Chi Laser StudioEyewear by Olga, and the Dan Cooper Group.

We look forward to having everyone out to the next event. Watch our social media feeds for the announcement and let us know if you would like to be added to the ever growing community sponsor list!

Thank you for connecting!

Thank you for CONNECTING!

THANK YOU to everyone in the community who joined us on September 26th for CONNECT, our very first networking event, held at trendy Yellow Door Studio.

CONNECT was an incredibly successful and SOLD OUT event and we were blown away from the interest and feedback from attendees. We made some amazing new connections and collaborated with a large number of sponsors and contributors from within the community.

A special THANK YOU to Rainey Waters and Crystal Larocque for planning and organizing the event, to Yellow Door Studio for graciously co-hosting, and a very big THANK YOU to the community for your continued support!

This event would not have been a success without the generous support of our incredible sponsors: The Sweetest Thing, Seasons Restaurant, Rose Law Professional Corporation, MorCan Direct Mortgages, Finesse Permanent Make-Up Inc., Briarwood Cosmetic Surgical Centre, Odessa Diamond Merchants, Erin Park Lexus, Concept Lighting Group, Big Hit Kickboxing Studios, Cobs Bread Bakery, Cassandra B. Training, Meraki Fitness & Sports Performance, Waterproof Masters & Associates, Eyewear by Olga, Bélanger, TAG Vodka, Colossus Greek Taverna, Spin/Co and the Dan Cooper Group.

We are currently planning our next event so stay tuned and watch our social media feeds for updates.

Thank you for CONNECTING!