Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH)

As part of the town’s Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan, the proposed amenities of the community centre include an indoor pool (to replace Centennial Pool), gymnasium, youth space, active living space, multi-purpose space and community rooms. The meeting will focus on confirming these amenities prior to the start of design in 2017.

The town has assessed the hospital buildings for hazardous materials and for any potential site contamination and planning for the demolition is underway. The town has completed structural assessments of the parking garage and the former Oakville Trafalgar High School (OTHS) and established a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the town and the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) regarding the potential concept of a community health hub.

Demolition is scheduled to start in 2017 and take 8 to12 months to complete. The development of the community centre will take three years to complete with an opening scheduled for September 2020.

Traditional Furniture Style Chosen for Downtown

Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a traditional furniture style for downtown Oakville at October’s meeting. Residents had been asked to select a preferred style - traditional, contemporary or classic - for the streetscape furnishings (streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards) for downtown Oakville as part of the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. Each style was designed to complement the downtown heritage district.

In total, 1,431 persons participated and 867 (60.5%) preferred traditional; 264 (18.5%) contemporary; and 300 (21%) classic furniture. The Downtown BIA also did its own internal survey of its members which resulted in a preference for the traditional style.

With a style now selected, the next step is to choose the individual furniture pieces that work best for downtown Oakville. That decision will be part of the next round of public consultation happening this month. Please visit Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project to see pictures of the options, locations where you may see the actual pieces, or to vote online for your preference.

Once finalized, the new streetscape materials and furnishings are expected to be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project slated to start in 2019 and for other streets in downtown Oakville as they are reconstructed in the future. The new curbs and pavers will be included when the town undertakes to rehabilitate the Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek starting in early 2017, including the roadway approach.

Oakville Arena

Council has directed staff to retain the single ice pad arena as well as existing park facilities on the Oakville Arena site, and has requested staff to undertake a heritage impact assessment and preliminary architectural concepts for the lands. 

Staff is currently working on development options and will be seeking community involvement in early 2014. Detailed design is scheduled to begin in 2015, followed by consulting and tender preparation in 2016, and the start of construction in 2017.

For further information on any of these projects or to provide questions or comments please contact:

South Central Public Lands Study Team
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville On
L6H 0H3

SouthCentral@oakville.ca
905 845 6601 ext. 3261

Doug Fights Oakville Power Plant

Article published in the National Post on October 8, 2010 by Megan O'Toole

After months of public outrage and protests by thousands of residents, the McGuinty government has cancelled plans for a gas-fired power plant in Oakville, citing changes in electricity demand and supply.

The proposed facility, slated to be built south of the town’s Ford plant, would have been less than a kilometre from homes and schools, fuelling concerns about safety and air quality.

“The residents are ecstatic. This is how government is supposed to work,” said Oakville Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn, who has been fighting to block the plant. Amid changing demand and supply projections, he said, it became apparent to residents some time ago that the plant was not necessary in the southwestern GTA.

“Everybody ended up on the same page at the end of the day,” he said.

Opponents of the project have pointed to a 2006 study showing the local air is already more polluted than the Ontario average, and recently enlisted activist Erin Brockovich to rally the cause.

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Doug MacKenzie - Oakville Power Plant

thestar.com Toronto edition - published on October 7, 2010
By Rob Ferguson, Robert Benzie and Tanya Talaga Queen's Park Bureau

The Ontario government is backing down from plans to build a controversial gas-fired power plant in Oakville, which faced determined opposition from the community.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid made the hastily-planned announcement Thursday with Oakville Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn, whose seat was in jeopardy in next October’s provincial election if the plant went ahead.

“The proposed Oakville power plant has been stopped,” Flynn said to cheers at a banquet hall near the proposed site. “It will not be built anywhere in Oakville.”

The announcement confirmed a story first reported on thestar.com, based on information from government sources.

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Doug MacKenzie speaking out against the Oakville Power Plant

InsideHalton.com article printed on June 3, 2010

Questions continue to arise regarding the process by which TransCanada Energy Ltd. was awarded the contract by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to build and operate a 900-megawatt plant on a small site in Oakville. 

TransCanada is also the builder and operator of a 683-megawatt gas power plant just up the road at Steeles Avenue and Trafalgar Road.

The Oakville site is much smaller at just over 13 acres, and much closer to homes, schools and businesses, than other gas power plants, and it will draw millions of litres of water from Lake Ontario to cool the energy facility. Questions persist regarding why this proposed plant is so different from all the others.

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Doug MacKenzie's essay on why Ontario needs buffer zones between people and gas-fired power plants was published in the National Post on May 11, 2010.

The Province of Ontario recently announced $8-billion in wind and solar power projects, proclaiming Ontario a “global green energy leader.” But as we clamour to replace dirty coal with renewable sources of clean energy, let’s not lose sight of the fact that large natural gas-fired power plants are being built across the GTA to provide electricity when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine.

While cleaner than the coal they replace, gas-fired plants burn fossil fuels and emit thousands of tons of greenhouse gas pollution every day they operate. Further, natural gas power plants are not without risk, as the explosion at one such facility in Middletown, Conn., sadly illustrated two months ago. That accident killed six workers and injured 26, blowing out windows in homes and a hospital three kilometres away.

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