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The City of Oshawa News Archive is a two-year snapshot of the media releases and major announcements that appeared as Top Stories on the City’s homepage. The archives are organized in reverse chronological order and by month. Please note that some of the links may no longer be active. For more information, contact communications@oshawa.ca.

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News Archives for 2014


October 2014


Oct 23 - City of Oshawa to recover $5.2 million

The City of Oshawa has reached a $5.2 million settlement with Hazco Environmental Services to recover the City’s costs to replace an environmental barrier system on the site of the province’s Durham Consolidated Courthouse (now known as the Durham Region Courthouse) in 2009.

In 2006, the City agreed with the province that it would, at its own cost, clean up pollutants at the site chosen for the Durham Consolidated Courthouse and install a barrier system to prevent any recontamination of the site.

The City contracted Hazco to install the environmental barrier, which Hazco completed in late 2006.

During construction of the courthouse in 2007, concerns arose that the barrier wall might be leaking. Many months of testing confirmed some leaks and the province asked for a complete fix.

In early 2009, the City installed a replacement barrier system and then claimed its costs from Hazco. On May 29, 2014, the arbitrator ruled 100 percent in favour of the City and awarded in excess of $5.6 million (including interest and costs).

Hazco commenced an appeal against the arbitral award. Hazco contacted the City in fall 2014 proposing two cash payments totalling $5.2 million (representing a discount to the arbitration award of approximately 8 percent). This discount for the certainty of cash payments with Hazco’s cooperation is a favourable alternative to the cost, delay and risks associated with ongoing proceedings. On October 23, 2014, City Council approved the cash offer. The City will receive $2.6 million by October 31, 2014 and an additional $2.6 million by January 15, 2015. Furthermore, should a payment not be made, the City can immediately secure a court order enforcing the full arbitration award.

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Oct 23 - Oshawa recognized as one of Canada’s top places to start and grow a business in 2014

Oshawa was highlighted in a recent report from the Confederation of Independent Business, entitled Entrepreneurial Communities.  Oshawa was recognized for its entrepreneurial policy and entered the top rankings for the first time in this category.  Overall, Oshawa ranked 6th in Ontario and 45th out of 121 communities across Canada. The CFIB report used 14 different indicators to measure entrepreneurial activity from communities across the nation.  View the full report.

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Oct 17 - City of Oshawa launches online interactive cultural map

The City of Oshawa has launched an interactive cultural map that showcases the community’s providers and creators of cultural services, programs and events on an online geographical map of Oshawa.

Oshawa’s Cultural Map is available on the City’s website through the Culture Counts web section at www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts. It maps each service, program and/or event by its longitude/ latitude coordinates, and allows web users to search listings by name, category or to generally browse the map. The map currently includes listings for Community Cultural Groups, Cultural Businesses, Cultural Facilities & Venues, Festivals & Events, and Heritage Sites, Properties & Public Art.

“A cultural map is a great way to showcase our amazingly talented artists and our historically or culturally significant assets,” said Councillor Amy England, Council representative on the Culture Counts Transition Team. “This map will help grow and support our vibrant creative economy and give residents a chance to know all the great gems Oshawa has to offer.”

“There’s always something interesting going on in Oshawa,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Our cultural map will assist both our residents and many visitors to find cultural locations and learn about upcoming festivals so they can share in the experience of these amazing places and events.”

Oshawa organizations that were not included in the inventory and would like to be on the map, are asked to please e-mail culturecounts@oshawa.ca or call 905-436-3311.

Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan was approved in February 2014 following consultation with and input from the community and stakeholder groups. The Plan includes six strategic directions that provide a framework of strategies and actions.

The Plan identifies that the City “launch an interactive cultural map and searchable database to increase awareness and participation in local arts, culture and heritage activities” aimed at increasing and strengthening communication within and about the arts, culture and heritage sector.

For more information, and to access Oshawa’s interactive cultural map, visit www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts.

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Oct 16 - Oshawa ranked Top 10 Canadian community for new residents

The City of Oshawa has been ranked as a Top 10 community in Canada for new residents in a recent economic report. The Island Coastal Economic Trust’s report used data from Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey to measure net migration patterns to determine where residents are choosing to live within Canada. According to the economic report, “the communities that are most desirable as a place to live are, quite simply, the communities that attract the most new residents compared to the number of former residents who move away.”

In the September 2014 report, the Oshawa metropolitan area fared well ranking #4 for net migration within Canada from 2006 to 2011. Additionally, Oshawa ranked #2 for attracting new residents between the ages of 25-49. The report asserts that after age 25 people start transitioning into their working and family-raising years and are motivated to live in whatever community provides the mix of lifestyle and income potential that they desire.

“This is excellent news and confirms that Oshawa is a desirable community to raise a family and build a meaningful career. This is a community where you can live, learn and prosper,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of Development Services Committee. “It is wonderful that Oshawa is being recognized as an amazing city and we would like to see even more people choose Oshawa as their community.”

Island Coastal Economic Trust was created by the Government of British Columbia in 2006 to support economic development initiatives on central and northern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. The Trust funds community-driven economic development initiatives in targeted sectors to spark new and sustainable regional economic growth and diversification.

For more information on Island Coastal Economic Trust, visit www.islandcoastaltrust.ca. To read the September 2014 Island Coastal Economic Trust report, visit http://ow.ly/Cw3hL.

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Oct 15 - Improving Oshawa’s infrastructure: John Street Bridge reopens

The City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the completion of the John Street Bridge infrastructure project. The bridge is located in downtown Oshawa on John Street, just west of Centre Street.

The $800,000 project included rehabilitation of the bridge deck; installation of new L.E.D. lights, railings and asphalt paving throughout; new cycling lanes; and widening of the sidewalk to enhance accessible access.

The bridge and sidewalk enhancements have improved access for all users: cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike. The bridge is located just west of the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres John Street Branch and across the road from a seniors residence, near local shopping and main library branch. This downtown roadway services over 7,500 vehicles a day. For further information contact, Engineering Services at 905-436-3311 or service@oshawa.ca.

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Oct 15 - Are you ready to vote?

Whether you are planning to cast your vote at an Advance Voting opportunity or on October 27 ensure you are ready to vote. To assist electors, below is a list of things you can do to minimize your time at the polls.

  • Confirm you are on the Voters’ List by contacting Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.
     
  • Find the location where you can vote on Voting Day October 27, 2014 using our Voting Place Look-up tool. You must vote at this Voting Place on Voting Day. Prior to Voting Day you may vote at any Advance Voting Opportunity.
     
  • Don’t forget to bring your Voter Notification Card with you. If you haven’t received a Voter Notification Card, electors are urged to contact City Clerk Services at 905-436-3311.
     
  • Have one piece of identification with you that has your name and qualifying address on it. See a list of acceptable identification now.

Additional options are available for those unable to vote at an advance voting opportunity, or on Voting Day. To appoint a Voting Proxy or for more information on the appointment process, please contact City Clerk Services.

On October 27, make sure your voice is heard. It’s easy. Vote!

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Oct 14 - Oshawa's General Motors Centre is ranked first in Canada

The General Motors Centre has been recognized by Venues Today Magazine as first in its size category (5,001-10,000 capacity) with 107,348 patrons, attending 36 events, grossing $5,888,645. The exciting news comes as the General Motors Centre wraps up an event-filled 2014.

Venues Today Magazine releases their Top Stops rankings bi-annually, showcasing the top 20 venues around the world in various categories. The report is based on concert and non-sports event gross sales and attendance.

The General Motors Centre has experienced an exciting 2014 leading up to this acknowledgement as they were the co-recipient of the Major Facility of the Year Award (under 8,000 capacity) at Canadian Music Week and ranked 85th in the world by Pollstar Magazine for their 2014 Mid-Year Worldwide Ticket Sales Report. The General Motors Centre also ranked among the top 100 venues for Venues Today Magazine’s Social Media Power 100 list when they placed 8th for venues 5,001 to 10,000 capacity.

General Motors Centre:http://www.generalmotorscentre.com/
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Oct 10 - Prepare for emergencies

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Ensure you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency and for seasonal emergencies. Severe weather, such as high winds, hail, tornados and ice storms can happen during the fall/winter season.

Prepare for 72 hours: Plan on having food, water and other essentials, such as medications, for at least 72 hours (three days) for your family.

Have a plan: As a family, discuss your emergency plan and what to do during an emergency. Outline roles and responsibilities. Practise your plan.

Plan for your pets: Make plans with trusted neighbours to care for your pet in case you are not home if an emergency situation occurs. Remember to ensure that your pet has proper identification, a leash and carrier.

Assemble emergency kits: Put together a family emergency kit with basic items your family may need (e.g. first aid kit, personal hygiene supplies, flashlights, batteries). If you have a vehicle, assemble a vehicle emergency kit (e.g. flares, booster cables, maps, tools and sleeping bags).

During an emergency: Monitor your local television and radio stations for updates. For information updates from the City during an emergency, visit www.oshawa.ca, follow “OshawaCity” on Twitter and Facebook, or contact Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 (T.T.Y. only: 905-436-5627).

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit our web section at www.oshawa.ca/emergencynews.

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Oct 9 - Oshawa is a Top 10 Canadian community for new residents

The City of Oshawa has been ranked as a Top 10 community for new residents in Canada in a September 2014 Island Coastal Economic Trust report.

Oshawa ranked #2 for attracting new residents between the ages of 25-49, and the Oshawa metropolitan area ranked #4 for net migration.

The report used data from Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey. According to the report, “the communities that are most desirable as a place to live are, quite simply, the communities that attract the most new residents compared to the number of former residents who move away.”

Island Coastal Economic Trust was created by the Government of British Columbia in 2006 to support economic development initiatives on central and northern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

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Oct 9 - Have your say! City of Oshawa website redevelopment survey

The City of Oshawa is working to improve its website and online services to enhance your online interactions with us. First, we need to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete our online website redevelopment survey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 23.

For those who complete the survey and choose to provide their contact information, there may be an opportunity to attend a focus group session on Thursday, October 30. Although it may not be possible to include every person who wishes to take part in the focus group, rest assured that your participation in this survey ensures that your voice is heard

We greatly appreciate your time and candid input – complete the website redevelopment survey today.

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Oct 8 - Honouring Windfields Farm: public invited to comment on proposed Windfields Farm Legacy program

The City of Oshawa is seeking input into a new program that will commemorate the legacy of Windfields Farm.

The iconic Windfields Farm previously located on Simcoe Street North has a rich heritage that has contributed in many ways to the history of Oshawa. To honour this legacy, the City has prepared a proposed program entitled, “Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy,” that includes suggested ideas and actions in the categories of preservation, education, events, and commemoration. Suggested ideas for the legacy program include holding an annual essay contest on related topics; launching a Farm Champion Award program; and hosting guided tours of the core farm area.

The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed “Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy” document that is available online at www.oshawa.ca/windfieldsfarm.  The City would appreciate if comments can be provided by Friday, December 19, 2014.

The City is also working with key stakeholder groups – including representatives from the E. P. Taylor family, Heritage Oshawa, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College – for input and feedback on the legacy program.

Additionally, community residents or groups who comment by December 19 on the proposed program (and provide their contact information) will be invited to an evening public meeting in which Council will consider a recommended final program. The Development Services Committee meeting, which will be held in the new year, will consider the staff report that will contain the public input received, a recommended final program and a listing of projects and costing to implement the City’s action items.

“Windfields Farm is an important part of Oshawa’s history. In my work life, I have met both Sam McLaughlin and Edward Plunket Taylor, the previous owners of Windfields Farm,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “It is important for the public to comment so that Council can make a better informed decision on the final legacy program.”

“This noteworthy initiative will honour the legacy of Windfields Farm, one of the most significant, historic properties in the City of Oshawa. In 1928, this property was purchased from farmers and owned for over 20 years by General Motors Canada founder, Col. Sam McLaughlin, before being sold to E.P. Taylor in 1950,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

“The E.P. Taylor family built a world renowned, multi-million-dollar horse breeding business on Windfields Farm that continues to benefit future generations of families and businesses in Oshawa and in surrounding communities. The family was known as a strong local employer and as owner to the most successful 20th century thoroughbred sires including Northern Dancer (a prodigy of Windfields Farm), along with some 600 stallions, mares, and foals,” added Mayor Henry.

The draft legacy program document and background information is available at www.oshawa.ca/windfieldsfarm. Or, for more information and to request a hard-copy of the draft document, call 905-436-3311 ext. 2945 or email mkish@oshawa.ca.

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Oct 7 - Adequate Heat By-law

Did you know the City’s Adequate Heat By-law requires rented or leased living accommodations to have a minimum air temperature of at least 22 degrees Celsius between the months of September 30 to May 31 of each year? For full details on the Adequate Heat By-law and other property regulations check out the website http://ow.ly/BPO4m.

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Oct 7 - Call to all residents ~ Are you a match?

On Thursday, October 23, residents are encouraged to stop by Oshawa Fire Station One (199 Adelaide Avenue West, Oshawa) anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the largest swabbing and blood typing event in Durham’s history. The event will assist Canadian Blood Services and One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network, both of which are experiencing an all-time low in their blood supplies. They have teamed up with Oshawa Firefighters because as first responders they witness the importance of having a continual supply of blood and blood products in their daily jobs.

"Oshawa's Firefighters are doing their best to assist the Canadian Blood Services and One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network, but they need your help," said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee. "Please join with our Firefighters for this important event; you may save someone's life."

The process involves participants having their cheeks swabbed. From there the information is added to the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network in the hopes that they can find a match for someone in need of a transplant. Currently, there is an immediate need for more donors, especially young men ages 17-35 from various ethnic backgrounds.

In addition, the blood typing portion of the event will provide an opportunity for people to have their blood type tested  by a taking a few drops of blood from your finger, which are then mixed with antisera to determine your blood type. You’ll learn your blood group (A, B, O, AB) and your Rh factor ("positive" or "negative"). Once completed participants can sign up to donate blood at a future date.

For more information on becoming a stem cell donor, go to www.onematch.ca. Visit Canadian Blood Services online at www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment to donate.

For information about Oshawa Fire Services, visit www.oshawa.ca/fire and follow “OshawaCity” on Facebook. On Twitter, follow @OshawaCity and #OshawaFire.

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Oct 6 - City of Oshawa launches new Culture Counts web section!

Are you looking for information on where to sign up for a cultural program? Do you have family visiting from out of town and are wondering where to take them? Are you interested in going to a performance, concert or new exhibition but aren’t sure where they take place?

Visit the City’s new Culture Counts web section. The cultural portal highlights Oshawa’s cultural sector through the themes of Museums and Heritage; Performing Arts; Galleries and Public Art; Arts, Culture and Heritage Programs; and Festivals and Events. Residents and visitors to the web section can also stay informed of projects, programs and activities through the Culture Counts Blog and on the Culture Counts Plan webpage.

In February 2014, Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan – developed by the City with input from Oshawa residents and cultural organizations and with the support of the Ontario government – was unanimously endorsed by Council.

The Plan identifies that the City “create a cultural portal on the City’s website, by expanding and evolving the use of the Culture Counts webpages” with the aim of increasing and strengthening communication within and about the arts, culture and heritage sector.

Discover Oshawa and embark on a new cultural adventure by visiting: www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts.

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Oct 3 - Oshawa in the News - September media summary

The City of Oshawa's September 2014 Media Summary Report is now available! This monthly report highlights media coverage of major City initiatives, programs and events, as well as media items that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, job creation, global reach or community partner innovation and distinctions.

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September 2014


Sep 30 - Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11

OSHAWA – Oshawa Fire Services invites the community to take part in the province-wide Fire Prevention Week, October 5 – 11. The theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.”

Visit the Oshawa Fire Services display booth at the Oshawa Centre (near Old Navy) Wednesday, October 8 until Saturday, October 11 during mall hours (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday). Meet your local fire prevention officers, learn about fire safety, and see samples of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and fire equipment.

Ontario law requires that working smoke alarms be located on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas.

Oshawa Fire Services recommends the following smoke alarm and safety tips:

  • Test smoke alarms monthly. Consider helping family members, friends and neighbours who may need assistance in maintaining and testing their smoke alarms.
  • Change the batteries once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
  • Develop and practise a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household.

“To increase your chances of surviving a fire, make sure to test all of your smoke alarms today and monthly,” says Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “It is one of the easiest tests you’ll ever take.”

As part of Fire Prevention Week, the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is challenging everyone across the province to demonstrate how they test their smoke alarms and to post their pictures on social media using the #FPW2014 hashtag.

“Only working smoke alarms save lives. I encourage everyone to demonstrate how you test your smoke alarms and post your pictures to Twitter and Facebook using hashtags #FPW2014 #OshawaFire,” says Oshawa Fire Chief Steve Meringer.

The continuing efforts of fire services staff in educating the public about fire safety and the importance of having working smoke alarms has increased fire prevention awareness. In 2013, Oshawa Fire Services responded to 75 structure fires – the lowest number of structure fires in the last five years and a 13 per cent reduction from 2012.

For information about Oshawa Fire Services, visit www.oshawa.ca/fire and follow “OshawaCity” on Facebook. On Twitter, follow @OshawaCity and #OshawaFire.

For more information about Ontario Fire Prevention Week, visit www.ontario.ca/firemarshal or follow @ontfiremarshal and #FPW2014.

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Sep 25 - Plan 20Twenty for Downtown Oshawa approved

Plan 20Twenty, a new five-year community-driven approach to downtown Oshawa’s continued revitalization was approved by Council on September 22, 2014, and will improve and promote the area as a destination for business, events, professionals, students, residents and visitors.

Over 40 key stakeholders were involved in the development of the plan including representatives from the Downtown Oshawa B.I.A., U.O.I.T., Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, real estate developers, business and property owners, and City staff.

Plan 20Twenty is a realistic action plan that has the flexibility to respond to market changes and new opportunities. The plan is broadly divided into five areas of opportunity: Business Growth, Residential Growth, Physical Environment, Social Experience, and Communications. Each area has a defined vision and objective and a series of actions.

“Plan 20Twenty is a comprehensive, community-led action plan that is intended to create a vibrant, attractive and animated downtown where people come together to live, work, shop, meet and engage,” says Councillor Doug Sanders, Council’s representative on the Downtown Oshawa B.I.A. and a participant in the visioning sessions.

Cindy Symons-Milroy, Director of Economic Development adds, “Downtowns are recognized as the ‘heart’ of the community. Plan 20Twenty builds upon the tremendous success of the 2005 Downtown Action Plan and not only does it address current downtown conditions, it also has room for modification and expansion through 2020 in order to acknowledge changing markets and address future needs.”

The stakeholders responsible for the creation of the plan will meet quarterly to track the plan’s progress and ensure that the action items are being implemented. Quarterly updates will be posted on the City’s website and an annual update will be provided to Council.

Plan 20Twenty is available on the City’s website.

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Sep 24 - Ontario Auto Mayors confident about auto industry future in Canada

As a result of initiatives taken by the Ontario Auto Mayors, and following recent meetings with the Premier of Ontario and Ontario government officials, the Ontario Auto Mayors are optimistic and confident about the future of the auto industry in Canada. The Ontario Auto Mayors’ initiatives have brought together automakers, Unifor, academic experts, and government policy makers, with the intention of creating an industrial policy for Ontario and Canada, with an auto manufacturing policy at its core.

"As mayors of communities whose economic health is closely tied to the auto industry and its associated businesses, we’re heartened by our recent meetings with Premier Wynne and Ontario government officials.” Mayor Rob Burton said. “There’s a strong reciprocal commitment to do what is necessary to ensure that Canada’s automotive industry remains globally competitive and that auto production in Canada continues to meet a growing demand.”

In Ontario, there are five automotive assemblers operating eleven assembly plants. Almost 115,000 people are directly employed and a further 400,000 are indirectly employed in Canada’s auto supply chains. The Center for Automotive Research estimates that one job in an automotive assembly plant supports nine jobs in the broader economy. The economic contributions of the automotive industry are vital to the Canadian and Ontario economies, contributing $16 billion annually to Canada’s GDP.

About the Ontario Auto-Mayors

The Ontario Auto-Mayors work collaboratively at the provincial and federal levels to promote awareness, advocacy and strategic policy initiatives to strengthen the Canadian economy by keeping the automotive sector strong. The Ontario Auto Mayors recognize the automotive sector as a driver of employment, innovation and productivity advances across the Canadian economy.

The Ontario Auto Mayors Caucus consists of:

  • Mayor John Henry – City of Oshawa
  • Mayor Pat Sobeski – City of Woodstock
  • Mayor Bob Bratina – City of Hamilton
  • Mayor Carl Zehr – City of Kitchener
  • Mayor Rob Burton – Town of Oakville
  • Mayor Doug Craig – City of Cambridge
  • Mayor Eddie Francis – City of Windsor
  • Mayor Brian McMullan – City of St. Catharines
  • Mayor Hazel McCallion – City of Mississauga
  • Mayor Jeff Lehman – City of Barrie
  • Mayor Karen Farbridge – City of Guelph
  • Mayor Mike MacEachem – Town of New Tecumseth
  • Mayor Randy Hope – Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Mayor Rob Ford – City of Toronto
  • Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly – City of Toronto
  • Mayor Susan Fennell – City of Brampton
  • Mayor Ted Komiskey – Town of Ingersoll 
  • Mayor Sandra Cooper – Town of Collingwood
  • Mayor Joni Baechler – City of London

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Sep 23 - City of Oshawa hires interim Director of Finance/Treasurer

The City of Oshawa announced today the appointment of Tony Tollis as interim Director of Finance/Treasurer effective October 6, 2014 until January 30, 2015.

Tony’s key focus during his brief tenure with the City of Oshawa will be to provide leadership to the Finance Services Branch including the delivery of the 2015 budget to Oshawa City Council.

“Mr. Tollis’ experience with the management of municipal budgeting and administration will assist the City while we undergo a comprehensive search to find our permanent Director of Finance/Treasurer,” said Rob Browning, City Manager. “On behalf of staff, I welcome Tony to the City of Oshawa.”

With several years of government and financial experience, Mr. Tollis brings a vast knowledge of Finance and Administration. Previously, Tony was the City Treasurer for the City of Hamilton. After leaving the City of Hamilton, Tony worked with KPMG to consult with municipalities across Ontario. Mr. Tollis also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McMaster University.

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Sep 19 - Attention Oshawa-based not-for-profit community organizations!

Oshawa-based not-for profit organizations initiating or delivering arts, culture, recreation and social programs and services to the Oshawa community are invited to apply for grant funding or waiving of fees under one of the following three financial support programs. 

Partnership Grant Program assists eligible organizations initiating or delivering programs and services to the citizens of Oshawa by providing either in-kind services or grants up to a maximum of $5,000. The application deadline for 2015 Partnership grant submissions is October 15, 2014.  

Waiving of Fees Program provides up to $500 in in-kind services to eligible organizations for events or activities benefiting Oshawa citizens and aligned with the City’s strategic goals.  The deadline for the first intake (events occurring between January 1 and June 30, 2015) is December 1, 2014.  The deadline for the second intake (events occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2015) is June 1, 2015.

Financial Assistance Program awards grants up to $500 to eligible organizations delivering programs or services aligned with the City’s strategic goals.  Applications are accepted twice annually.  The deadline for the first intake is December 1, 2014.  The deadline for the second intake is June 1, 2015. 

For more information, including the program policies, eligibility and application forms, visit www.oshawa.ca/financial or call 905-436-3311, ext. 2166.

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Sep 18 - Celebrate National Tree Day on September 24

The City of Oshawa and the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee (O.E.A.C.) encourage residents to celebrate National Tree Day at a tree dedication event on Wednesday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m.

The tree dedication ceremony will take place at Lakefront West Park located off Phillip Murray Avenue, west of Stevenson Road. Parking is available adjacent to the Ball Diamonds in Lakefront West Park. For more information: map of event location.

“This year marks the fifth year that the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee has planted a commemorative native tree in an Oshawa park. The inscription on this year’s plaque, ‘Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees,’ reminds us that trees enrich our lives in many important ways,” said Kristy Kilbourne, O.E.A.C Chair. “Oshawa’s tree canopy has been impacted by recent events, including the 2013 Ice Storm and Emerald Ash Borer. Continuing to plant trees is one small way we can contribute to building a more sustainable and resilient community.”

“The O.E.A.C.’s annual tree planting and dedication supports the goals and strategies of the Oshawa Strategic Plan – Creating Our Sustainable Tomorrow,” said Councillor Bruce Wood, O.E.A.C. Council Representative.

This year, the O.E.A.C. chose to plant a yellowwood tree to augment the Carolinian reforestation project at Lakefront Park West. The yellowwood tree species (Cladrastis kentukea) provides year-round interest, with fragrant blooms in spring, colourful foliage in the summer and fall, and showy seedpods during winter.

“The O.E.A.C.’s annual tree planting dedication on National Tree Day reinforces the City’s current and future commitment to protect and preserve our trees, which are an intricate part of our ecosystem and play an important role in our health and well-being of our city and residents,” added Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

Map of event location:/whatsnew/MapTreeDedicationEvent.pdf
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Sep 15 - The City of Oshawa supports an accessible election

Voting in Oshawa’s municipal and school board elections will be easier this year for people with disabilities thanks to assistive voting technologies that provide the opportunity to vote privately and independently.

The system is an enhancement to the tabulators used in the Municipal Election, which consists of an audio-tactile interface that provides an audio ballot for voters who are blind or have low vision. The hand held device has braille labels, and buttons with different shapes and colours to allow voters to listen to the audio instructions with headphones to select their choices and cast their ballot. While the audio-tactile interface is the principle interface, the system offers additional options to address the needs of all voters such as:

  • paddles for those individuals with limited dexterity or fine motor skills; and
  • sip and puff for individuals with limited use of their extremities.

On Voting Day, the technology will only be available at Oshawa City Hall. If a voter needs to attend City Hall to use the accessible equipment, one companion will also be allowed to cast their ballot while at City Hall, provided they are qualified to vote, and haven’t already voted.

Prior to October 27, all six of the advance polling stations will be fully accessible and feature the accessible technologies.

  • October 4, 2014 - Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • October 6, 2014 - South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar Street) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 8, 2014 - Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 14, 2014 - Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Road South) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 16, 2014 - Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre Street South) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 18, 2014 - Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Road South) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If assistance is required due to a disability, a support person may assist a voter with completing their ballot or alternatively the Voting Place Supervisor in each Voting Place can assist the voter in casting their vote. All Election Officials are sworn to an oath of secrecy.

The majority of the Voting Places are located in close proximity to Durham Region Transit bus routes; however, Durham Region Transit (DRT) Specialized Services will provide transportation for registered customers to and from a designated Voting Place for a fee. Trips will be based on availability and must be reserved up to seven days in advance. Next day trip reservations are accepted up to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and up to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To book a ride contact Durham Region Transit at 905-725-4000.

For more information on the 2014 Oshawa Municipal Elections voters are encouraged to watch the Oshawa Votes 2014 Accessibility video or visit www.oshawa.ca/elections

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Sep 11 - Hot off the press! Inside Oshawa fall newsletter

What’s new and exciting in the City of Oshawa? Find out in the current issue of the Inside Oshawa quarterly newsletter.

Read our latest issue for information on the upcoming municipal and school board elections, Culture Counts updates, Oshawa Animal Services open house this Saturday, and other upcoming events.

This fall issue is now available at City facilities and in an e-newsletter format.

For assistance, or to request a large-print version, please call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

E-newsletter:http://ow.ly/BejTb
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Sep 8 - Oshawa in the News - August media summary

The City of Oshawa made headlines in August. Read the City of Oshawa's August 2014 Media Summary Report that highlights media coverage of City initiatives, programs and events, as well as news articles referencing Oshawa’s economic growth and community partner innovations.

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Sep 8 - Free admission to Doors Open Oshawa heritage and cultural sites on Saturday, September 27

Discover local history first-hand during Doors Open Oshawa on Saturday, September 27 with over two dozen heritage and cultural sites open free of charge.

Doors Open is an annual province-wide celebration designed to create access, awareness and excitement about our heritage. Doors Open provides residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden and always interesting places and spaces in our communities.

Doors Open Oshawa 2014 features 26 sites open free of charge to the public on Saturday, September 27 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Participating sites include gardens, museums, churches, galleries, cemeteries and community centres, as well as several buildings with heritage designations.

There are numerous experiences to enjoy and much history to discover, including tours of the Oshawa Community Museum, Oshawa Masonic Temple, Ontario Regiment Museum and Cowan House. Visit the Northern Dancer Cemetery via a shuttle bus to learn more about our own world-famous Northern Dancer and other thoroughbred racehorses. Peek inside Portraits by GoGuen and view the works of local artists. Join renowned author Lynn Philip Hodgson for a tour of Camp X, the former top-secret WWII spy training school. Drop by Durham Deaf Services to learn more about the Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing community and even participate in a sign language class. Listen to a special chiming concert, as well as an organ concert at St. George’s Memorial Church.

In addition, the Oshawa Municipal Airport is hosting an Open House (in collaboration with Culture Days) in conjunction with Doors Open Oshawa. Visit the airport open house for a behind-the-scenes look at some of our local aviation businesses and services supporting the aviation industry.

This is the eleventh year that Oshawa has joined with hundreds of Ontario communities to participate in the province-wide initiative.

Doors Open Oshawa is organized by a committee of dedicated community volunteers, under the umbrella of Heritage Oshawa, and with the support of the Ontario Heritage Trust, City of Oshawa and other community partners. This year’s generous sponsors are Oshawa This Week, BMO Bank of Montreal, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Yoga Temple.

For more information on Doors Open Oshawa, visit www.heritageoshawa.ca, email heritage@oshawa.ca or call 905-436-3311 ext. 2818.

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Sep 8 - On October 27, make sure your voice is heard. It’s easy. Vote.

Residents will cast their votes on Monday, October 27, 2014, to elect the representatives who will shape the City of Oshawa over the next four years in the municipal and school board elections.

Oshawa voters will elect:

  • one Mayor;
  • seven Regional and City Councillors; and
  • three City Councillors.       

Electors will also vote for their school board trustees and, for the first time, voters throughout the Region of Durham will elect a Regional Chair.

Oshawa electors, wishing to confirm their eligibility, change/update their school support for electoral purposes or add their name to the Voters’ List should contact Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 for further information.

Oshawa electors not able to make it to the polls on Voting Day can vote in advance at six voting opportunities at various City facilities. All sites are accessible and will feature accessible voting technologies.

  • October 4, 2014 - Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • October 6, 2014 - South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar Street) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 8, 2014 - Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 14, 2014 - Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Road South) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 16, 2014 - Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre Street South) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 18, 2014 - Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Road South) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Residents unable to participate on Voting Day or at one of the Advance Voting Places can use a Voting Proxy Form appointing another person to vote on their behalf. Proxy Forms can be obtained at City Clerk Services on or after September 15, 2014. Completed Voting Proxy Forms can be presented for certification at City Clerk Services, 5th Floor Rundle Tower, City Hall, 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa or at any Advance Voting Place.

For more information on the 2014 Oshawa Municipal Elections voters are encouraged to watch the Oshawa Votes 2014 video or visit www.oshawa.ca/elections.

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Sep 5 - Windfields Stone House receives heritage designation

The iconic and historic Windfields Stone House located on Simcoe Street North has been designated a property of cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act.

City of Oshawa staff, Heritage Oshawa (an advisory committee of City Council) and members of City Council gathered on September 5 to unveil a Heritage Oshawa plaque designating the building.

“The City of Oshawa has a proud and rich heritage,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “Preserving buildings such as Windfields Stone House, Regent Theatre, Parkwood Estate, and Columbus Community Centre allow us to combine our present and past structures to create a charm that is unique to our community and continues to attract entrepreneurs, innovation and growth to our community.”

“I commend Council and Tribute Communities for their efforts in preserving this important landmark on Simcoe Street North. The house will serve to remind us on an ongoing basis of our history and two great Oshawa leaders – Col. McLaughlin and E.P. Taylor,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “The preservation of the house is one of a number of important actions being taken to preserve the legacy of Windfields Farm.”

The Windfields Stone House (located at 2370 Simcoe Street North) is a one-and-a-half storey house that is a unique example of the transformation from an 1850s vernacular Gothic Revival farmhouse to a Colonial Revival estate house. A distinguishing feature of the east facade is that it is constructed of pitch-faced ashlar stone.

In 1928, Robert S. McLaughlin, then President of General Motors Canada, acquired the property. In 1950, he sold it to E. P. Taylor, famous breeder of thoroughbred race horses who became known as the creator of modern Canadian horseracing. Under Mr. Taylor’s ownership, architect Earle Morgan designed alterations to the house that transformed the home from an 1850s vernacular Gothic Revival farmhouse to a Colonial Revival estate house in 1952.

On the surrounding property, Mr. Taylor established Windfields Farm where Canadian horseracing saw the emergence of several famous race horses; in particular, Northern Dancer. Canadian-bred Northern Dancer was a thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, among other races, and who became the most successful sire of the 20th century.

Formal designation of a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act recognizes a property’s heritage value to a community and helps to promote the conservation of the property.

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Sep 5 - SpaceInvaders land award-winning artist for festival

Congratulations to Oshawa SpaceInvaders, who have recently confirmed the addition of Ron Baird to their already fantastic line up of artists.

Ron has regularly been commissioned to create sculptures across Canada and abroad; many of his pieces move in the wind, are interactive, light responsive or make musical sounds.  Joan Murray, art critic and author has said: "Some artists are like explorers who create their own maps. Because of their discoveries our way of experiencing develops a new sensitivity. Ron Baird is one who has developed a new aesthetic form in Canada, sculpture in the context of architecture".

Oshawa’s SpaceInvaders invites you to join them as Downtown Oshawa comes alive with art like Ron’s, installations, music and live entertainment.  Running September 19th to September 27th, SpaceInvaders promise fun nights of art, vendors, music and food, featuring 150+ artists, and late night shopping at your favourite downtown venues.

Come out to appreciate this contemporary art in temporary places!

For more information about Oshawa SpaceInvaders, view their website: http://www.oshawaspaceinvaders.com/

For more information about Ron Baird, view his website: http://www.ronbairdartist.com

Oshawa SpaceInvaders Webpage:http://www.ronbairdartist.com
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Sep 3 - Windfields Stone House - Heritage Designation Ceremony on Sept. 5

Community members are invited to attend a plaque unveiling ceremony on Friday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. celebrating the heritage designation of the Windfields Stone House as a property of cultural heritage value or interest pursuant to the Ontario Heritage Act.

City staff and members of Heritage Oshawa (an advisory committee of City Council) will be joined by members of City Council and the community for the ceremony.

Windfields Stone House is located at 2370 Simcoe Street North (west side of Simcoe Street North mid-way between Conlin Road West and Winchester Road West). Parking for the event is available in the parking lot on the west of the Windfields Stone House.

The Windfields Stone House is a one-and-a-half storey house that is a unique example of the transformation from an 1850s vernacular Gothic Revival farm house to a Colonial Revival estate house.

In 1928, Robert S. McLaughlin, then President of General Motors Canada, acquired the property. In 1950, he sold it to E. P. Taylor, famous breeder of thoroughbred race horses who became known as the creator of modern Canadian horseracing. Under Mr. Taylor’s ownership, architect Earle Morgan designed alterations to the house that transformed the home from an 1850s vernacular Gothic Revival farmhouse to a Colonial Revival estate house in 1952.

On the surrounding property, Mr. Taylor established Windfields Farm where Canadian horseracing saw the emergence of several famous race horses; in particular, Northern Dancer. Canadian-bred Northern Dancer was a thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, among other races, and who became the most successful sire of the 20th century.

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Sep 3 - Art in the Hall commemorates World War One

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a war that greatly impacted not only European communities, but also those across Canada.  Throughout its duration, just under 20% of Oshawa’s population enlisted to fight for our country.

The Oshawa Community Museum has collaborated with multiple organizations within the city to commemorate the centenary year of the First World War.  Starting in September, Oshawa’s City Hall will feature a “WW1 Commemorative Project: Oshawa Faithful and Ready” in the showcase hall leading to council chambers.  You’re invited to come by and view the unique collection of pictures, clothing and tools from the war.

This is something you won’t want to miss!

View the calendar of the planned activities being held throughout the year at the Oshawa Remembers WWI website: http://oshawarememberswwi.com/11-2/.

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August 2014


Aug 27 - Question on the 2014 Election ballot

Oshawa voters to be consulted on the preferred method used to elect Oshawa Councillors

On Voting Day, Monday, October 27, Oshawa voters will be asked about their preferred method of election for Oshawa Councillors. The 2014 ballot will include a question that asks voters to choose if they wish to continue with a general city-wide election, which allows them to vote for all 10 Councillors, or a ward election where they may vote for one City Councillor and one Regional Councillor that will represent their geographical ward.

The question will read as follows:

“Are you in favour of electing all Oshawa Councillors, being:

  1. those elected only to City Council, and
  2. those elected to both City Council and Durham Regional Council,

other than the Mayor, by ward vote instead of general city-wide vote?”

Voters will be provided the option to select yes or no. Voting no to the question means voters are satisfied with the current general city-wide vote method of election. Voting yes means the voter wishes to change the method used to elect Oshawa Councillors to City Council and Regional Council and return to a ward vote. The results of the question are binding on the municipality if at least 50 per cent of eligible electors vote on the question and more than 50 per cent of the votes are in favour of either possible result. If the results are not binding, City Council may take any action they deem appropriate.

The City welcomes inquires about the question on the ballot and the upcoming municipal and school board elections. Oshawa voters are invited to:

  • Join the Ballot Question Facebook Town Hall on September 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. when the City Clerk will be online to answer your inquiries related to the ballot question.
  • Drop-in to an Open House:
    • South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar Street)
      Tuesday, September 16 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Road South)
      Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Road South)
      Tuesday, September 23 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North)
      Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about the 2014 Oshawa Municipal Elections, visit www.oshawa.ca/elections or check your mailbox the week of September 8 for an informational flyer about the question on the ballot.

For updates on the City of Oshawa election, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

Flyer:/whatsnew/OshawaVotes2014ACC.pdf
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Aug 27 - Oshawa introduces designated areas for video and photography during Council & Committee Meetings

The City of Oshawa has introduced dedicated areas for video recording and photography during Council and Committee meetings.

The designated areas will help ensure that those in attendance, including the public, City staff and Council members, can hear and view the meetings.

In the Council Chamber, the public and media seating areas southeast of the main walkway are now designated for video recording and photography. In the Committee Room, the public and media seating areas are designated areas. In addition, the Chair of the meeting may authorize an alternate location within the Council Chamber or Committee Room for video recording and photography.

Under the Municipal Act, the Chair of the meeting will continue to have authority over video recording and photography. The Chair of the meeting may impose further restrictions should the recording or photography create a disruption, interfere with the conduct of the meeting, and/or interfere with the ability for others to hear or view the meeting.

Live webcasts of regular Council meetings held at Oshawa City Hall are available online along with archived webcasts (since January 2012) of previous regular Council meetings. Visit www.oshawa.ca/council to access webstreaming or for more information.

For details on upcoming Council and Committee Meetings, view the City’s “Events and Meetings” calendar online at www.oshawa.ca/calendar or call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

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Aug 25 - Doors Open Oshawa celebrates its 11th year!

Discover local history first-hand during Doors Open Oshawa on Saturday, September 27th with over two dozen heritage and cultural sites open free of charge.

Doors Open is an annual province-wide celebration designed to create access, awareness and excitement about our heritage. Doors Open provides residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden, and always interesting places and spaces in our communities.

Doors Open Oshawa 2014 features 26 sites open free of charge to the public on Saturday, September 27 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Some of the participating sites include the Oshawa Municipal Airport, Durham Deaf Services, Union Cemetery, Northern Dancer Cemetery – UOIT, the Canadian Automotive Museum, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and many more!

For additional information, view Heritage Oshawa's website: http://www.heritageoshawa.ca

Doors Open 2014:http://www.heritageoshawa.ca/doorsopen2014.php
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Aug 21 - Summer carnival celebrates City Playground Program

About 200 playground participants, along with City staff and Council members celebrated another successful year of the City of Oshawa’s Playground Program with a Summer Carnival on August 21.

The event took place at the South Oshawa Community Centre and featured special activities, games, a costume contest and camp cheers for children to enjoy.

“From the smiles and laughs of the participants in our Playground Program, it was easy to see it was another successful year,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Many thanks to the City staff involved, as your work on our summer programs makes a difference and is greatly appreciated – well done!”

For over 35 years, the annual summer Playground Program has provided fun and exciting play opportunities for school-aged children. This year, the free drop-in program was held at 16 of the City’s local parks. Led by trained camp leaders, participants had fun and stayed active by participating in games, activities, crafts and songs.

For updates on the City of Oshawa, follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

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Aug 19 - Rotary Club of Oshawa 13th Annual Ribfest, September 5-7

The 13th Annual Oshawa Ribfest returns to Oshawa’s Lakeview Park from September 5-7 (after Labour Day weekend). Satisfy your taste buds with mouth-watering award-winning ribs from various ribbers, as well as other foods and snacks from over 65 vendors.

Admission to the park is free and all parking is free. Each day there will be a line-up of live stage entertainment, so bring a lawn chair to sit back and relax. Kids can enjoy carnival rides sponsored by GTA Midways (purchase of Ride Pass).

The event is presented by the Oshawa Rotary Club, running Friday, September 5 from 12:00 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, September 6 from 11:00 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, September 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Aug 18 - Oshawa's got amazing talent! Culture2 extended to September 25

Due to its tremendous success, the City of Oshawa in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is extending Culture Squared (Culture2) until September 25. This free all-ages weekly event provides the opportunity for arts, culture and heritage individuals, groups and organizations to display their unique talents.

Since the launch this past July, the Civic Square located in front of City Hall has hosted a Tai Chi group, singers of all ages, a variety of dancers and some more unconventional cultural opportunities like chalk drawing and a community Jenga game. The entire artistic community is encouraged to participate in this grassroots event.

“It is exciting to see this project come to life, thanks to the dedicated talent we have in our City,” said Councillor England, Council representative on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan Steering Committee. “It shows we can support amazing projects when we open up our Civic Square to the people.”

The event is open to anyone who wants to participate. Space for displays will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and pre-registration or fees to exhibit or perform are not required. However, all participants are encouraged to be self-sufficient by bringing all tables, chairs, displays and any other supplies they require.

The City has provided a small stage and sound system for stage performers who will be required to sign in for a time-slot on the stage upon arrival and will be limited to a 20-minute time period (based on number of participants). The event will also highlight local culinary treats from Oshawa’s downtown core. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair if they wish to watch the stage entertainment.

“Isn’t it great when a plan comes together to create a great event? Well that’s exactly what has happened with Culture Squared,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Thursday evenings at Oshawa’s Civic Square has been amazing. Why not come downtown and see for yourself?”

Oshawa cultural stakeholders including the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Public Libraries, Oshawa Historical Society and many others are also participating.

For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts or call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

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Aug 12 - Oshawa adds new bike lanes/routes across the city

The City of Oshawa has added an additional 18 kilometres of bike lanes/routes in 2014 to enhance its cycling infrastructure and to support cycling in Oshawa and Durham Region.

New bicycle lanes and routes have been created in the following neighbourhoods:

  • Mary Street North (Beatrice Street to Taunton Road)
  • Beatrice Street (Somerville Street to Wilson Road)
  • Central Park Boulevard (Charrington Avenue to Beatrice Street)
  • John Street (Michael Starr Trail to Park Road)
  • Elmgrove Avenue (Park Road to Oshawa Centre)
  • Athol Street (Mary Street to Farewell Avenue)
  • Farewell Street (Athol Street to Taylor Avenue)
  • Taylor Avenue (Farewell to Harmony Road)
  • Mary Street (William Street to Athol Street)

“Bicycling is no longer just for recreation, but an important part of a city’s transportation plan,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee.  “Oshawa has seen an increase in the use of bicycles on our roads, and these bike lanes are a way to make this mode of transportation both more convenient and safer for all users.”

In total, Oshawa now features 56 kilometres of bike lanes/routes, as well as 27 kilometres of paved trails.

Furthermore, as part of the Integrated Transportation Master Plan, the City is currently developing an Active Transportation Master Plan that will recommend an on- and off-road pedestrian and cycling network and implementation strategy to becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

“The addition of these bike lanes is one way to improve road safety for cars and cyclists,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Hopefully these improvements to our roadways will encourage more people to get out and go for a bike ride.”

Oshawa was one of the first municipalities in Ontario to be designated a bicycle friendly community by Canada’s Share the Road Cycling Coalition. Oshawa was awarded bronze level status as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” in 2012.

For more information on trails and bike-related infrastructure within Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca/trails or call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311. For details on the Integrated Transportation Master Plan, visit www.oshawa.ca/itmp.

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Aug 7 - Oshawa in the News - July media summary report

Read the City of Oshawa's July 2014 Media Summary Report. The report highlights media coverage of City initiatives, programs and events, as well as media coverage referencing Oshawa’s economic growth and community partner innovations.

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Aug 7 - Oshawa Animal Services “Pawsitively Purrrfect” Open House

Looking for a new furry addition to the family? Visit Oshawa Animal Services during September 8-13 as part of National Pet Adoption Week. On September 13, Oshawa Animal Services will be hosting “Pawsitively Purrrfect,” an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 919 Farewell Street.

During the open house, there will be fun activities for kids to enjoy including face painting. Get your picture taken with Glass Eye Photo Booth, which provides fun props to choose from so your photos will be anything but ordinary. The Glass Eye Photo Booth will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Residents are welcomed to check out the cat room where they can hold and play with cats, or outside, they can take a dog for a walk (subject to availability).

"Thinking about adopting a dog or cat, then why not come down to the Oshawa Animal Services during National Pet Adoption Week and take home a new friend," said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. "Visit us on Saturday, September 13 for a Pawsitively Purrrfect day and who knows, in addition to a lot of fun, you might just find a furry addition to your family."

Oshawa Animal Services shelters many dogs, cats and on occasion, small mammals including rabbits that are ready and waiting to go to forever homes. The Shelter houses about 100 animals at any given time. Daily care is provided to animals in the shelter by dedicated staff with the support of a regular visiting veterinarian. Last year, over 380 animals were adopted and went to loving homes.

Pet adoption at Oshawa Animal Services is an easy, efficient process beginning with an application for each animal being adopted. When the application is approved, your new pet visits a veterinarian for spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccinations and to receive a microchip before going home.

The fee for adopting a cat is $150 (plus H.S.T.), or a dog is $230 (plus H.S.T.), and comes with a comprehensive care package that includes:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Flea treatment
  • Deworming
  • Microchip
  • Rabies immunization
  • Six-week pet insurance

The perfect pet is waiting to provide unconditional love to you and your family. Learn more about adopting a pet by visiting www.oshawa.ca/com_res/pet_adoption.asp.

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Aug 6 - Make a difference for tomorrow; help restore Durham Court Park

Grab a shovel and some work gloves! Residents are invited to take part in a tree-planting event for Durham Court Park, hosted by the City of Oshawa. Participants will join volunteers from the King Street Church Youth Group to plant more than 330 trees on Saturday, August 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

"Unfortunately the once beautiful Durham Court Park was devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer and what was left was hit hard by last winter's ice storm leaving the park very barren, but through the generosity of CN EcoConnexions we can start to make the park beautiful again," said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee. "Although planting over 330 trees sounds like a lot of work it is made easier with the help of community members like the King St Church Youth Group, but like with all work the more help the faster it gets done so why not join us and give Mother Nature a hand."

Durham Court Park, a three-acre scenic woodlot located south of Gibb Street and Waverly Street South, was recently cleared due to an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer. The park provided a barrier between a CP Rail Line and residential houses. With the help of the CN EcoConnexions, the area will be re-planted with various native tree and shrub species.

Tree Canada Quote "CN has led the way in connecting Canadians for close to a century," says Tree Canada President Michael Rosen. "We have already seen our national landscape improve through the opportunities provided to municipalities and Aboriginal communities through From the Ground Up. Tree Canada is proud to be a part of this fantastic initiative."

The King Street Church Youth Group has helped in numerous projects over the last four years, including wood chipping trails and planting/maintaining trees in parks.

No registration is necessary to participate. Participants are requested to bring their own shovel and gloves, along with some water. The event will be rain or shine so volunteers should wear appropriate footwear and clothing. If you have additional questions, please contact Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

This project has been made possible through grants from CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom.

CN EcoConnexions:www.cnfromthegroundup.ca
Tree Canada:www.treecanada.ca
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Aug 5 - Touch-a-Truck: free community event at the General Motors Centre on Aug. 22

Global Spectrum Facility Management, operators of the General Motors Centre, is excited to announce the second annual Touch-a-Truck event on Friday, August 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. outside the General Motors Centre. Children can peek inside an Oshawa Fire Services fire truck (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. only) or a City of Oshawa wheeled excavator, vactor and snow removal loader.

Children of all ages can get up close with vehicles of all shapes and sizes. There will also be face painting, food trucks, and even camel rides provided by the Bowmanville Zoo.

The event gives attendees an interactive experience with vehicles of all types and sizes supplied by community partners, including City of Oshawa, Oshawa Fire Services, Durham Regional Police Service, GO Transit, Ontario Regiment Museum, Mackie Group and many more.

The Touch-A-Truck event will coincide with the Autofest Kickoff Party also occurring the evening of Friday, August 22, bringing auto enthusiasts and community members together in downtown Oshawa.

 

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Aug 5 - City of Oshawa partners with Habitat for Humanity Durham

Redecorating, undertaking household renovations, or cleaning out and organizing? If yes, the City of Oshawa and Habitat for Humanity Durham are encouraging you to donate your household items to local Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

The City has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Durham to deliver a six-month Curbside Reuse Pilot Program. The program begins August 5 and offers Oshawa residents a convenient method to divert reusable household items from the landfill by calling Habitat for Humanity Durham to pick up reusable items at their curbside.

Habitat for Humanity Durham will pick up donations of décor items, furniture (in good condition), appliances under 10 years old and building materials to sell in its local ReStores. Proceeds are used to help build safe, decent and affordable homes with low income families here in Durham Region.

“We all seem to have some household items we haven’t used for some time and want to get rid of them, but just can't seem to get them to the dump,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Well, now with Habitat for Humanity’s Curbside Reuse Program you only have to get the items to the curb and they will be picked up and put to good use to help others in the community. This is an excellent way to clean up your house or garage while assisting Habitat for Humanity in bringing home ownership to a worthy family.”

Oshawa residents can arrange a pick-up of household goods today by contacting Habitat for Humanity Durham at 905-428-7434, ext. 28 or by e-mailing donations@habitatdurham.com. In addition, residents who book a large item collection through the City’s Residential Large Item Collection Program will be encouraged to donate acceptable items to Habitat for Humanity for reuse instead of disposal.

For more information on the partnership and other diversion programs, visit www.oshawa.ca/waste or call 905-436-3311.

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Aug 5 - Oshawa PUC kicks off Residential Solar PV, Energy Storage & Energy Management Project in Oshawa

There has been a lot of press lately about electric utilities and how their grid needs to evolve and become smart to allow choices for customers to generate and store power at their own premises.

Oshawa Power and Panasonic Eco Solutions, together with select strategic technology partners including Tabuchi Electric Co. of Japan and with support from the City of Oshawa, kicked off an innovative Solar PV and Energy Management pilot project in the City of Oshawa on August 5, 2014.  The project will involve the engineering and commissioning of approximately thirty turnkey residential rooftop solar PV systems that will be combined with energy storage and an energy management system. The energy management system will provide homeowners the ability to better manage both their energy generation and consumption, thereby reducing their cost of electricity and their carbon footprint.  The energy storage and management system, which can provide up to 10kWh of standby energy, can also be utilized as a source of backup power in the event of a grid power failure.

At the heart of the system is Tabuchi Electric’s EIBS hybrid PV inverter with embedded multi-string MPPT charger that controls both the solar array and the energy storage battery. The energy storage system includes Panasonic’s world class, compact lithium ion batteries that are designed to provide safe and reliable power on demand for many years.

The project is being supported by the City of Oshawa and funding for the project is being facilitated by Tabuchi Electric (Japan).

“The project provides us the opportunity to collaborate with progressive partners who share a common goal of instilling change in the arena of distributed energy generation. We felt that Oshawa Power and Utilities and the City of Oshawa, together with Tabuchi Electric share our goal of promoting new and leading edge technologies aimed at improving energy management for the betterment of society.” said Walter Buzzelli, Managing Director, Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada.

Atul Mahajan, the CEO of Oshawa Power and Utilities is equally excited about the prospects of this project and the changes coming to his Industry. Mahajan says, “Distributed Generation and storage with the help of sustainable clean and green technologies such as cogeneration and solar is the smart way to produce and use energy. He adds, “The cost effective reliable disruptive technologies that are already here and those that are around the corner will finally provide the customers the options which they did not have in a traditional Utility model. Think of solar + storage as the wireless smart phone equivalent, in the evolution of Electrical Industry. Will these technologies and their proponents and supporters go through teething troubles? Yes. But eventually, they will become as ubiquitous as the smart phone”.

The complete commissioning of the residential energy management systems is due to be completed in the spring of 2015 after which a broader roll out in the City of Oshawa and the Province of Ontario will be initiated.

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Aug 1 - Construction under way - Holiday Inn Express and Oshawa Conference Centre

The City of Oshawa has issued developers Mr. Abdul Rehman and Mr. Ali Rehman the shoring and foundation permits for the Holiday Inn Express and Oshawa Conference Centre, giving the go ahead to start construction.

The building permit for shoring was issued in late-June and the foundation permit issued in late-July. The developers are undergoing site remediation and are preparing for the construction of the foundation and underground parking garage followed by the hotel and conference centre buildings.

The $21-million hotel and conference centre will be located in downtown Oshawa on the northeast corner of Simcoe Street North and Richmond Street East (replacing the former Queen’s Market Square and municipal parking lot).

“We see the growth potential in downtown Oshawa. Bringing the Holiday Inn Express and Oshawa Conference Centre to downtown Oshawa will help it realize its destination potential,” said Ali Rehman, Vice-President, Chayell Hospitality Group.

The development will include a 6-storey hotel with 125 guest rooms, an outdoor patio, indoor pool and fitness facilities, a restaurant, and a conference centre that will accommodate approximately 300-400 people. It will also include both surface and underground parking, with the underground parking garage connected to both the hotel and conference centre.

“It is exciting to see this hotel and conference centre under construction in downtown Oshawa,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “There is more good news to follow for our downtown and the City of Oshawa.”

“Downtown Oshawa is a central and vibrant hub for entertainment, arts & culture, dining and academia,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “The Holiday Inn Express & Conference Centre will benefit our citizens and visitors as they enjoy their time at our arenas, recreation complexes, museums, art gallery, athletic fields, our waterfront, playgrounds, pools, and the General Motors Centre Sports and Entertainment Facility.”

“We are positive that quality accommodation in downtown Oshawa will not only complement existing businesses including the GM Centre, it will also attract and build confidence of other developers to invest in downtown Oshawa,” said Abdul Rehman, President, Chayell Hospitality Group.

The timing of the new hotel and conference centre is ideal. The City of Oshawa is a TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games partner and will host next July boxing and weightlifting events at the General Motors Centre (to be referred to as the Oshawa Sports Centre during the Games) located in downtown Oshawa. During 13 days of Games-time competition, Oshawa will host thousands of spectators and 245 athletes.

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July 2014


Jul 31 - Oshawa Votes 2014 election officials wanted

The 2014 City of Oshawa Municipal Election is fast approaching and election officials are now being recruited to work advance polls and on election day. Approximately 200 enthusiastic Oshawa residents are needed fill a variety of positions that will provide the opportunity to gain interesting experience and become involved with the City of Oshawa.

Previous election or census experience is considered an asset; however, new workers are welcome and full training and support is provided to all election workers. The City is recruiting for:

Greeters who will:

  • provide information concerning parking,
  • assist electors entering and exiting the Voting Place,
  • provide directions within the Voting Place, and
  • assist persons with disabilities as required.

Revision Clerks that will:

  • verify required identification provided by electors,
  • check the Voters’ List for electors’ names,
  • provide electors with the application to add or revise their information on the Voters’ List,
  • instruct electors in completing the application to add or revise their information on the Voters’ List,
  • verify and approve all applications to add or revise information on the Voters’ List, and
  • assist the Voting Place Supervisor with other duties as assigned.

Deputy Returning Officers who will:

  • direct electors whose name does not appear, or whose entry on the Voters’ List is to be revised, to the Revision Clerk,
  • verify required identification provided by electors,
  • locate and cross-off electors’ names on the Voters’ List,
  • determine the type of ballot to be issued,
  • issue ballots to electors,
  • instruct electors on voting procedure,
  • insert ballots into ballot box at Special Voting Places as required,
  • issue Oral Oath of Qualification,
  • assist voters with disabilities,
  • reconcile the ballot count after the end of voting, and
  • assist the Voting Place Supervisor with opening and closing the Voting Place.

Technical Deputy Returning Officers (DTRO) that will:

  • set-up the vote tabulator prior to opening the Voting Place,
  • ensure the vote tabulator is working properly,
  • help voters with disabilities use assistive devices when voting,
  • receive completed ballots from voters,
  • insert ballots into the ballot box through the vote tabulator,
  • advise voters of errors resulting in rejection of their ballot,
  • generate a totals tape at the close of voting,
  • return election results and vote tabulator promptly to the Election Results Centre at the close of poll.

Voting Place Supervisors who will:

  • pick-up and deliver ballots and other election materials to the Voting Place,
  • supervise and control all Voting Place activities,
  • supervise all Voting Place staff,
  • issue bundles of ballots to Deputy Returning Officers throughout the day,
  • insert ballots into the ballot box through the vote tabulator when required to assist the Technical Deputy Returning Officer,
  • complete ballot reconciliations and all required forms at the close of voting,
  • assist the Technical Deputy Returning Officer to ensure prompt return of election results and vote tabulator to Election Return Headquarters, and
  • return all election materials to Election Return Headquarters.

Residents interested in applying must do so in person at Oshawa City Clerk Services, 5th Floor, City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Applicants will be required to complete an application as well as a brief written test followed by an oral interview. Applications will not be accepted by telephone, facsimile, email or regular mail. Please note that candidates and/or spouses, partners, children or parents of candidates running in the Municipal Election for the City of Oshawa are excluded from applying.

For more information on the 2014 Oshawa Municipal Elections, visit www.oshawa.ca/elections.

For updates on the City of Oshawa election, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

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Jul 30 - 21st Annual Autofest: August 22-24

Get ready for a weekend of automotive classics! Hosted by the Motor City Car Club, the 21st Annual Autofest kicks off Friday, August 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a showcase of classic vehicles in downtown Oshawa.

The fun continues on Saturday, August 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lakeview Park.

This year is extra special, as it is the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang! Each day, there will be special features such as a Trunk Sale (automotive parts/collectibles) and Silent Auction. There will also be crafts and vendors.

Stop by the Oshawa Community Museum in Lakeview Park - free admission during Autofest weekend with a wristband.

The daily entrance fee is $12. Weekend Passes are $24 (2 adults/3 children under 16). Parking is free.

Learn more at www.autofestoshawa.com.

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Jul 28 - Oshawa did not hold closed-door meetings: Ontario Ombudsman concludes

The Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario’s review has confirmed that members of Oshawa Council did not hold closed meetings in violation of the Municipal Act on or about May 21, 2013 and September 3, 2013.

Oshawa’s City Clerk and Oshawa Mayor John Henry were informed of the findings and clearing of any wrongdoing in a letter dated July 25, 2014 from the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman.

The Municipal Act 2001 requires that all meetings of council, local boards, and their committees be open to the public, with limited exceptions. The Ombudsman is the closed meeting investigator for the City of Oshawa.

The Ombudsman’s review was in response to a complaint that six to eight members of Council met in advance of both the May 21, 2013 and September 3, 2013 Council meetings and that the meetings were in violation of the closed meeting provisions of the Municipal Act.

According to the July 25 letter, the Ombudsman’s Office review confirms that “the pre-May 21 private meetings and discussions were of an informal nature and did not come within the scope of the Municipal Act.”

In regards to the September 3, 2013 meeting, the letter confirms that the “review did not establish that a quorum of council met outside of a formal council meeting to discuss or decide in advance on the motions introduced on September 3, 2013.” Furthermore, that “the discussions between two members of an eleven member Council do not come within the scope of the Municipal Act.”

In reviewing the complaint, the Ombudsman’s Office conducted a thorough investigation which included obtaining and reviewing relevant documents, reports of the Auditor General and independent investigator, consultations with the Clerk, City staff and members of Council, and consideration of relevant sections of the City’s Procedure By-Law and the Act.

In addition to being cleared in regards to the meetings on or about May 21, 2013 and September 3, 2013, earlier this year the Ombudsman’s Office also reviewed closed portions of meetings on March 20, 2013 and May 21, 2013 and cleared Council of any wrongdoing.

Oshawa was praised, in the Ontario Ombudsman’s annual report released in December 2013, for recording all Council meetings digitally, including closed meetings, which “improves accountability and makes investigations more efficient.” View the  Ombudsman’s December 11, 2013 media release and report for more information.

View the Ombudsman’s Office letter dated July 25, 2014.

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Jul 18 - Nelson Mandela Point established at historic Lakeview Park

Oshawa City Council and City staff gathered at Lakeview Park to honour the late Nelson Mandela, the activist and inspirational leader who devoted his life to democracy. The west end gazebo was named ‘Nelson Mandela Point’ and a plaque was unveiled in recognition of Nelson Mandela and his significant international contributions to society.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 and was a South African political activist who spent over 25 years in prison for his opposition to the apartheid regime. He was released from prison on February 11, 1990 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected State President of South Africa on May 10, 1994. Mr. Mandela was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his work in helping to end racial segregation in South Africa. Nelson Mandela retired from public life in June 1999. On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg at the age of 95.

“Today Oshawa took time to honour an amazing man who was respected by the international community and whose contributions have made many positive changes throughout the world,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Nelson Mandela Point at the west end of Lakeview Park will be a lasting memorial to a great man, a place for personal reflection by many and perhaps an inspiration to some.”

When Lakeview Park was donated to the city in 1920 by General Motors of Canada, it was farmland with an old stone house, which today is occupied by the Henry House Museum of the Oshawa Historical Society. In 1927, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation, the Park Commissioners built the Jubilee Pavilion, to provide indoor recreation facilities at the lake. Today, the 46-acre park is a popular destination offering museums, picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beach. It is also home to award-winning festivals such as the annual Canada Day and Ribfest events.

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Jul 15 - Oshawa in the News - June media summary report

Read the City of Oshawa's June 2014 Media Summary Report. The report highlights media coverage of City initiatives, programs and events, as well as media coverage referencing Oshawa’s economic growth and community partner innovations.

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Jul 11 - Oshawa Fire Services thanks Junior Firefighter Camp sponsors and showcases camp graduates

Oshawa Fire Services is pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Oshawa and the Kiwanis Club of Durham AM have sponsored the 2014 Junior Firefighter Camp. The sponsorships have helped reduce the registration fees and made the cost of the camp more affordable for families.

“The Junior Firefighter Camp program is an interesting and fun way to educate our youth on the importance of fire safety. This is something that we hope they will pass onto the members of their families to help make our community even safer,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “We very much appreciate and would like to thank our community partners and sponsors as this program would not be as successful without their continued support.”

The Junior Firefighter Camp is located at Fire Hall #5 (1550 Harmony Road North) and is an exciting week for youth between the ages of 10 and 12 to learn about fire safety. Through exciting games, real life experiences and teamwork, camp participants learn basic first aid and CPR, Internet safety as well as understand how to use a fire extinguisher and a fire hose.

“The skills and knowledge that the participants have gained throughout the week will help to make them safe adults. Our thanks to our community partners as without their generosity this program would not have happened,” said Fire Chief Steve Meringer.

Complimentary transportation is available with pick up at 9 a.m. and drop off at 4 p.m. during the weeks and locations noted below:

  • week of July 14 from Bobby Orr Public School (7 Waterloo Street);
  • week of July 21 from Children’s Arena (155 Arena Street); and
  • week of July 28 from Village Union Public School (240 Simcoe Street South).

Camp registration is available in person Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Fire Hall #1 (199 Adelaide Avenue West).

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Jul 2 - Oshawa Recreation & Culture Services Launches Blood Drive Challenge

The City of Oshawa’s Recreation & Culture Services staff have launched a summer blood drive challenge in support of Canadian Blood Services. Recreation & Culture Services full-time and part-time staff are competing against each other to determine who can donate the most pints of blood during the months of July, August and September.

This week, the Recreation & Culture Services staff kicked-off their challenge and encourages Oshawa residents to also donate. To book an appointment to donate blood, download the GiveBlood app, visit  or call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

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Jul 2 - Culture Squared, where the arts come alive in Oshawa

Creativity will be the focus as the City of Oshawa in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites all artists to participate in Culture Squared (Culture2) beginning Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. This weekly family friendly event will provide a casual environment for arts, culture and heritage individuals, groups and organizations to participate in cultural activities. Located in front of Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre Street South, Oshawa) in the Civic Square, the goal is to provide a meeting place for artists, artisans, poets and musicians to gather to share their talents. 

“Culture Squared will offer a great opportunity for families to experience the vibrant grassroots of our arts, culture and heritage community” said Councillor England, Council representative on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan Steering Committee. “As a member of the committee it was exciting to be a part of creating this great new event.”

Artists are encouraged to set up a display in the space that will be available on a first come first serve basis. All participants are encouraged to be self-sufficient by bringing all tables, chairs, displays and any other supplies they require.

The City will provide a small stage and sound system for stage performers who will be required to sign in for a time-slot on the stage upon arrival and will be limited to 20-minute time-period (based on number of participants). The event will also highlight local culinary treats from Oshawa’s downtown core. Spectators will be encouraged to bring a chair if they wish to watch the stage entertainment.

"Culture Squared is as great opportunity to showcase the Arts, Culture and Heritage of Oshawa and another example of how our strategy "Culture Counts" is being accepted and endorsed by our community," said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee.  "It looks like Culture Squared will be a great weekly summer activity."

Oshawa cultural stakeholders including the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Public Libraries, Oshawa Historical Society and many others will also have a presence.

For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts or call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

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Jun 26 - City of Oshawa scores Harman Park Arena facility sponsor

The City is pleased to announce that Ontario Hyundai and Hyundai Canada have expanded their commitment from arena sponsorship to sponsoring Harman Park Arena. In addition, the sponsorship agreement has been extended until 2018. The new sponsorship agreement scores Ontario Hyundai the title of being the City of Oshawa’s largest facility sponsor.

“We are thrilled that Ontario Hyundai, a long-term Durham Region business has expanded its partnership with the City to be the exclusive sponsor of Harman Park Arena,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “This partnership demonstrates a positive investment into our community and allows us to continue to offer valuable programming such as hockey, ringette, lacrosse and ball hockey.”

The expanded sponsorship recognition includes:

  • two additional wall boards leading into the upper viewing area
  • the front lobby stair wrapped with Ontario Hyundai logo and wording
  •  exterior signage changed to “Harman Park Arena sponsored by Ontario Hyundai”
  • two ice logos on each ice pad during the regular ice season
  • recognition of “Harman Park Arena sponsored by Ontario Hyundai” in select City of Oshawa communication materials including the Leisure Guide and City website.

“We are pleased that Ontario Hyundai is not only extending their sponsorship of the Harman Park Arena, but they are now becoming the City’s largest facility sponsor,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Sponsorships such as this assist with funding the arena’s operating costs which helps all Oshawa taxpayers – thank you Ontario Hyundai.”

“Ontario Hyundai is honoured to extend our sponsorship of Harman Park Arena. Becoming Oshawa's largest facility sponsor is not something we could have thought possible 30 years ago when we opened for business in Oshawa. Now, 30 years later, nothing could make us prouder than becoming the exclusive sponsor of Harman Park Arena,” said Greg Mason, President of Ontario Hyundai. “Harman Park Arena is a vital neighbourhood meeting place for kids and their extended families. Local children play here and enjoy the arenas year round. Whether kids are playing hockey, ball hockey, lacrosse or ringette it doesn't really matter...they are playing, having fun and learning to compete. We can think of no better way to give back to the community than to help sustain this great facility. Ontario Hyundai would like to thank the City of Oshawa for the opportunity to support Harman Park Arena and we look forward to a long relationship with the arena and with the people of Oshawa.”

Harman Park Arena sponsored by Ontario Hyundai has a strong history in the City of Oshawa, opening its doors in 1969. Today, the two-pad arena operates ice pads from October to March that host organizations such as N.A.S.C. (Neighbourhood Association Sports Committee) Hockey, Oshawa Church Hockey League, CYO Hockey Association, Oshawa Minor Hockey Association, Oshawa Storm Ringette Association and Oshawa Girls Hockey Association. From April to August, the facility converts to dry pads hosting organizations such as Oshawa Minor Ball Hockey Association, Oshawa Minor Lacrosse Association and York Central Ball Hockey League.

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Jun 25 - Oshawa Renews Collective Agreements with CUPE Locals 251 and 250

Oshawa City Council has endorsed the renewal of the Collective Agreements with CUPE Local 250 (Outside Workers), on May 29, 2014, and CUPE Local 251 (Inside Workers) on June 23, 2014.

The most recent collective agreements expired on March 31, 2014. The renewal agreement with CUPE Local 250 (Outside Workers) expires December 31, 2017; the renewal agreement with CUPE Local 251 (Inside Workers) expires December 31, 2016.

“I am very pleased that our management and union bargaining committees came together in the spirit of cooperation and reached agreements that are in the best interests of all parties,” said Rob Browning, City Manager.

In addition to modest benefit increases for both groups the following wage increases will apply:

 

CUPE 250

(Outside Workers)

CUPE 251

(Inside Workers)

Wages effective April 1, 2014

1.0%

1.5%

Wages effective January 1, 2015

1.25%

1.25%

Wages effective January 1, 2016

1.5%

1.0%

Wages effective January 1, 2017

2.0%

To be negotiated

CUPE Locals 250 and 251 represent approximately 460 staff across the City and are responsible for roads and transportation, park services, waste collection, recreation and culture, information technology, finance, Service Oshawa and various support services throughout City Hall.

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Jun 24 - Jackie Finn is an Oshawa Community Legend

Oshawa City Council presented Jackie Finn with the Community Legends Award at the June 23 Council meeting. The long-time Oshawa resident is known for her community activism, commitment and is a strong advocate on social justice causes.

For the past 42 years, Ms. Finn has been an important member of the trade union, Union for Canada and the Canadian Auto Workers (C.A.W.). She has also held all executive positions at Family Auxiliary #27, in Oshawa.

Her commitment to the community began in the mid-1970’s, through her volunteerism with various organizations, where she organized Meals on Wheels for the C.A.W., blood clinics, letter writing campaigns, hospital visits and many social events. Additionally, Ms. Finn was the first female president of the Board of Directors for the Community Auto Worker Community Credit Union and has served on the executive of the Probus Club since 2009.

The Community Legends Award celebrates individuals and organizations whose everyday actions make a positive impact on Oshawa. The citizens of Oshawa nominate their community Legend, a person or group of any age, living in Oshawa who has:

  • made a significant contribution to an activity, sport or community initiative;
  • contributed to improving the quality of life of the Oshawa community; and/or,
  • made a significant impact on the Oshawa community at a grassroots level through arts & culture, sport or community initiatives

Previous recipients include Ken Shaw, Jim Potticary, Bob Hooper, Viola Pilkey and the Oshawa Block Parents Association.

"It was an honour to recognize Jackie Finn as Oshawa's latest Community Legend,” said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee. “This is just a small way to thank Ms. Finn who has worked tirelessly for our community during the past 40 years and she is most deserving of this award - congratulations Jackie!”

To learn more about the Community Legends Recognition Program, visit www.oshawa.ca/CommunityLegends, call 905-436-3311 or email communitylegends@oshawa.ca.

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Jun 23 - Oshawa hires new Commissioner of Corporate Services

The City of Oshawa announced today the appointment of Beverly Hendry as the new Commissioner of Corporate Services effective August 5, 2014. Ms. Hendry is a dynamic, experienced professional who has worked in the public sector since 1986 including the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, past President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association and for the past nine years as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Scugog.

“Ms. Hendry is an experienced leader in government. Her work at the provincial and municipal levels will make her a sound contributor to the City of Oshawa as it pursues its strategic goals,” said Rob Browning, City Manager. “On behalf of staff, I welcome Beverly to her new role. This is another advancement in solidifying the future of the City.”

Ms. Hendry will oversee six branches: Information Technology Services, Facilities Management Services, City Clerk Services, Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing Services, Corporate Communications and Corporate Policy, Projects and Performance.

Collectively the six branches provide a wide range of services to support the initiatives of the corporation and address customer needs by maintaining City facilities, providing information technology services, communications, corporate policy, enforcement and licensing services, legislative services and Service Oshawa.

“On behalf of members of Council, I would like to welcome Ms. Hendry to our team. Oshawa is quickly being recognized by people from around the world as their choice location to live and work, and continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in Canada,” said Mayor John Henry. “Beverly brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our City. We look forward to achieving and celebrating many successes together”.

“We are very fortunate to have attracted Ms. Hendry. Her experience makes her a perfect fit for our commissioner’s role. I welcome Beverly to the City of Oshawa and look forward to working with her,” said Roger Bouma, Chair of Corporate Services.

With several years of government experience, both at the provincial and municipal levels, Ms. Hendry brings a diverse level of skill and experience to the City including strategic planning, change management and collaborative leadership. Ms. Hendry also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) from Guelph University.

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Jun 23 - City of Oshawa opens its first modern roundabout

The City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the opening of its first modern roundabout at the intersection of Thornton Road North and Conlin Road West. Currently, the south, west and east entry at the intersection are open to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. The north entry will be open by July 2015 upon completion of the new Thornton-Winchester Road North intersection, which is being constructed by Highway 407 group.

A modern roundabout is an alternate form of intersection traffic control. Traffic circulates counter-clockwise around a central island and there are no traffic signals or stop signs.

Modern roundabouts are designed to maximize safety and reduce traffic delays. Motorists and cyclists entering the roundabout must yield to all traffic already in the roundabout. Once in the roundabout, drivers should not need to stop and can proceed to their exit. Drivers are not to pass other vehicles or cyclists while in the roundabout.

 For more information, including an online brochure with roundabout driving tips, visit www.oshawa.ca/roundabout or call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

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Jun 23 - City outdoor pools and splash pads are open for the season

Make a splash this summer! The City’s two outdoor public pools – Rotary Pool and Camp Samac Pool – are open for the season with various swim times during weekdays and on weekends.

Residents can also have fun in the City’s indoor pools located at Civic Recreation Complex, Donevan Recreation Complex, Legends Centre and South Oshawa Community Centre.

Public swimming schedules for both the outdoor and indoor pools are in the Leisure Guide and posted on the City’s website at www.oshawa.ca/swim.

Additionally, City of Oshawa splash pads ( www.oshawa.ca/splashpads) are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Baker Park (on Regent Drive, off Harmony Road North two blocks north of King Street, turn east on Regent Drive)
  • Easton Park (north side of Adelaide Street, east of Harmony Road North)
  • Glen Stewart Park (south-east corner of Cabot Street and Cartier Avenue, west of Stevenson Road South and south of King Street West)
  • Lake Vista Park (on Emerald Avenue, west of Cedar Street, north of Philip Murray Avenue)
  • Lakeview Park (south on Simcoe Street until you reach the lake. Other parking available off of Lakeview Drive)
  • Legends Centre (at the Legends Centre on Harmony Road, north of Taunton Road)
  • Mackenzie Park (corner of Mackenzie and Athabasca Streets, south of King Street East, east of Grandview Street, south of Athabasca Public School)
  • Northview Park (on Ritson Road North, north of Beatrice Street)
  • Rotary Park (north side of Gibb Street, east of Nassau Street, west of Centre Street South)

“The opening of Oshawa's outdoor pools and splash pads is one sure sign summer is here,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “If you want to stay out in the sun, but need to cool off why not drop by and enjoy a little water fun.”

Plan a visit to your local park and enjoy shaded areas. Or cool down at Lakeview Park Beach. Lifeguard staff is on duty daily between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. until September 1; however, the beach may not be supervised on rainy days and/or if the air temperature falls below 18 degrees Celsius. If you are heading out for a swim at Lakeview Park Beach, first check with the Durham Region Health Department at 1-888-777-9613 or www.durham.ca/health to ensure that the beach is safe for swimming.

Beginning July 7, the City offers a free drop-in playground program at neighbourhood parks for children ages 5 to 12. Trained leaders provide fun and exciting play opportunities, including games, sing-a-longs and crafts. These programs do not require advance registration; but may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/recreation.

Stay cool this summer! Environment Canada considers a heat wave to occur when there are three consecutive days when the maximum temperature is 32 degrees Celsius or higher.

On days when the temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius or above at 4:00 p.m. or when heat alerts are issued, the City may extend its outdoor pool and splash pad hours until sunset and may also extend its lifeguard supervision at Lakeview Park beach. Additionally, on these days, the drop-in playground program may be cancelled. These notifications are posted as Service Updates on the City website (www.oshawa.ca/serviceupdates) and on the “OshawaCity” Twitter and Facebook.

Be prepared and ensure that everyone in your household understands what to do in extreme heat conditions. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.oshawa.ca/emergencynews.

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Jun 20 - Call 'Ontario One Call' before you dig!

The City of Oshawa is now partnered with the Ontario One Call (ON1Call) program that enables homeowners and contractors who are planning an excavation to call one province-wide toll-free number to identify or confirm if there is buried infrastructure within the area of the proposed work.

ON1Call is a single point-of-contact for all underground utility location services, including for municipalities, regional governments and utility companies.

Prior to connecting with ON1Call on June 18, 2014, homeowners and contractors had to call the City directly for locates of storm sewers within City road allowances. With ON1Call, there is now a single-point-of-contact for storm sewer locates as well as for all other utilities.

ON1Call is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-400-2255. For more information, visit www.on1call.com.

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Jun 20 - Nine local projects honoured as part of the 2014 Urban Design Awards

The City of Oshawa announced the winners of the 2014 Urban Design Awards at a special ceremony at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery on June 19, 2014.

Eight projects received an Award of Excellence and one project received a Special Recognition Award, for reflecting excellence in architecture and urban design and for enhancing the image of the city and quality of life.

The 2014 Urban Design Award of Excellence winners are:

  • Stevenson Place at 138 Stevenson Road South
  • Automotive Centre of Excellence, University of Ontario Institute of Technology at 60 Founders Drive
  • Core 21 at 21 and 23 Simcoe Street South
  • Durham Children’s Aid Society at 1320 Airport Boulevard
  • David Bouchard Public School at 460 Wilson Road South
  • Islamic Centre of Oshawa at 23 Lloyd Street
  • Wynfield Retirement Residence at 431 Woodmount Drive
  • DeStefano Funeral Home at 1289 Keith Ross Drive

The 2014 Urban Design, Special Recognition Award has been awarded to Dove Pusic for the Restoration of Regent Theatre Ceiling.

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Jun 19 - Local elementary student receives Fire Safety Action Award

Oshawa Fire Services congratulated local resident Cameron Edwards today on receiving a Fire Safety Action Award. The annual Fire Safety Awards ceremony, hosted by the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council, recognizes outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.

In March, then eight-year-old Cameron Edwards, had just settled into his bed in his Oshawa home for the night. When his mother came in to say goodnight, Cameron told her that he smelled smoke. Together, they went down to the main floor and saw a slight smoky haze in the air, but no fire. Cameron's mother went down into the basement, to investigate. No fire there either.

Determined to find the source of the smoke, Cameron put on his coat and told his mother he was just going to take a quick look outside. Immediately he noticed flames in the window of the other half of their semi-detached house. Cameron yelled for his mother to call 9-1-1.

“Despite his young age, Cameron knew that smoke was an indication that something was very wrong,” said Ted Wieclawek, Chair, Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council.  “Upon discovering the fire, he wasted no time in telling his mother to call 9-1-1. Thanks to Cameron's determination and his knowledge of fire safety, his neighbour has recovered from her injuries."”

Fire Safety Action Awards are awarded to young children and teenagers who have actively demonstrated fire safety behaviours they have learned.  The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors  for the 2014 awards ceremony: TD Bank Group, Toronto Blue Jays, Union Gas Limited/ A Spectra Energy Company, Technical Standards & Safety Authority - TSSA, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. Proctor & Gamble Inc., Electrical Safety Authority, CSA Group, The Co-operators Group, Kidde Canada Inc., Roxul Inc. and The Home Depot.

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Jun 18 - Apply to be a Pan Am Games volunteer here in Oshawa

The City of Oshawa and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) need at least 700 enthusiastic residents to apply today for Games-time volunteer positions.

Selected volunteers will be based right here in Oshawa when the City of Oshawa hosts the top athletes in boxing and weightlifting in the Americas and Caribbean during the TORONTO 2015 Games.

“I am proud that the City of Oshawa will be part of the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada. You can be a part of this worldwide legacy by applying right now at TORONT02015.org/volunteer,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “Volunteering for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and to be based right here in Oshawa during Games time would be an exceptional opportunity.”

“Behind every amazing moment at the TORONTO 2015 Games will be our volunteers,” said Saäd Rafi, CEO of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Para pan Am Games Organizing Committee (T02015). “They will be the backbone, the ambassadors and the heart of the Games – they will represent the best of us.”

To date, almost 1,200 people have submitted volunteer applications in Oshawa, Ajax (baseball, Softball) and Whitby (Parapan Am boccia and judo). In total, 2,500 volunteer applications are needed in Durham Region for the Games.

It takes just 20 minutes to apply for a shot at the experience of a lifetime! Interviews start this month. The volunteer recruitment drive is presented by Chevrolet.

All Games-time volunteers will obtain access to exclusive promotions and events, including discounts on merchandise, as well as receive a keepsake uniform, training for their positions and a volunteer certificate from the Province of Ontario to help them stand out in today’s job market.

Oshawa is proud to be the host of boxing and weightlifting competitions during the TORONTO 2015 Games at the Oshawa Sports Centre (General Motors Centre). During 13 days of competition, Oshawa will host thousands of spectators and 245 athletes.

For details on the Games-time volunteer program, visit www.TORONTO2015.org/volunteer.

For more information on Oshawa’s One-Year Pan Am Countdown Event on July 11 and the upcoming Pan Am Games in Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca/panam.

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Jun 17 - Oshawa’s Alexandra Park softball diamond receives new lighting

The popular softball diamond field at the City of Oshawa’s Alexandra Park – the city’s first and oldest public park – has received new lighting.

The City, with assistance through a $55,000-investment from the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, has replaced the 25-year-old softball diamond lights with energy-efficient lighting. The new lights are aimed at improving the level of play and impact on the neighbourhood.

“I have fond memories of playing in Alexandra Park when I was young and it was very special for me to be able to see firsthand the fun my children had when I brought them here many years later,” said Dr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment.  “This investment, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, will help ensure Oshawa families can pass down the same memories to their children for years to come.”

“Oshawa’s more than 2,600 acres of active parkland is one of our most valuable community assets and offers an important link to our neighbourhoods by providing green space for leisure, sports and recreation,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “The upgraded lighting at Alexandra Park is more energy efficient and signifies this Council’s commitment to redevelop our parks, public open space and trail system so that they can be available for current and future generations to enjoy.”

“Playing baseball at Alexandra Park is an important part of Oshawa’s heritage and I’m sure this lighting will make the games better for both players and spectators,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Oshawa is constantly looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and we welcome and thank our Federal Government for providing assistance for this important project and for supporting other projects in our community.”

Alexandra Park first opened in 1906 and has been the home for fastball teams in Oshawa for many years. Currently, the ball diamonds are used throughout the week by ball players of all ages. Alexandra Park also features outdoor pickleball courts, soccer/football fields and tennis courts, as well as playground equipment, picnic areas, trails, changerooms and parking.

Alexandra Park is located off Buckingham Avenue (north-west of the Simcoe Street and Adelaide Avenue intersection) and is adjacent to Lakeridge Health Oshawa Hospital.

For more information on the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca.

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Jun 13 - Canada Day Celebration at Lakeview Park

The City of Oshawa, with support from presenting sponsor Auto Workers Community Credit Union, has an action packed lineup of festivities planned for Canada Day on Tuesday, July 1 at Lakeview Park beginning at 2:00 p.m. and concluding with an amazing fireworks display over Lake Ontario around 10:00 p.m.

The day will feature some of Oshawa’s best talent on three stages with 16 bands/artists bringing live music from all genres to entertain guests of all ages. The official ceremony will start at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Check out the family zone area for family fun activities, featuring Sundance Meadows Petting Farm and Jungle Cat World. Additional highlights for the day include children’s activities, jumping castles, face painting and so much more.

“Thanks to our presenting sponsor the Auto Workers Community Credit Union, our partners, and of course City staff, it looks like our 2014 Canada Day Celebration will be another amazing event,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “What more could we ask for than a day of family fun in our beautiful Lakeview Park and all topped off by a magnificent fireworks display – join us on July 1st.”

Think green for this year’s Canada Day Celebration and leave vehicles at home. There is no need to worry about transportation, just hop aboard a shuttle bus or ride a bike.

Free shuttle bus service from the Oshawa Centre parking lot will start at 1:00 p.m. and run every 15 minutes (accessible buses will be available). Following the fireworks, shuttle buses will return to the Oshawa Centre with connections to select Oshawa bus routes.

A free bike corral located at the fenced ball diamond in Lakeview Park will provide cyclists with an area to lock up their bikes from 1:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Admission to the Canada Day event is free; however, a nominal fee for some activities may apply. A complete schedule of the day’s activities is available on the City website at www.oshawa.ca/canadaday and will be posted at Lakeview Park on July 1.

The City’s 2014 Canada Day Celebration is made possible through community partnerships: Department of Canadian Heritage, Jubilee Pavilion, Oshawa This Week, K.X. 96, C.K.D.O., 94.9 The Rock, Bell, COMRA, E.M.S., OVERT, Durham Regional Police Service, Oshawa Centre, Oshawa Central Neighbourhood Associations, Oshawa Community Museum and Oshawa Port Authority. Technical support for the event is compliments of Long & McQuade.

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Jun 12 - Are you on the list of voters for the upcoming Oshawa municipal and school board elections?

A new online service is available for Oshawa electors to confirm and update their information for the upcoming municipal and school board elections.

Oshawa electors can visit www.voterlookup.ca to find out whether they are registered and eligible to vote in the municipal and school board elections this fall. Once on the website, electors can also change/update their school support for electoral purposes and add names to their property address.

The new online service is used to build and maintain information that will be used in the preparation of the final voters’ lists across Ontario. Administered by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, information submitted through www.voterlookup.ca is shared only with municipalities for the purposes of creating the final voters’ lists.

The secure process at www.voterlookup.ca takes just a few minutes from start to finish. Electors need only their basic information – name, date of birth and address/city name or assessment roll number – to confirm their eligibility for the upcoming elections. If assistance is required, users can call 1-866-296-6722.

For the 2014 Oshawa municipal election, all candidates will be elected by general vote. Electors may select: one candidate for Mayor; up to seven candidates for Regional and City Councillor; and up to three candidates for City Councillor. Oshawa residents will also vote for their school board trustees. Furthermore, this will be the first time that Durham Region residents may select one candidate for Regional Chair.

In addition, a question will be placed on Oshawa’s 2014 Municipal Election ballot respecting the future method of election for all Councillors in the City of Oshawa.

Mark Monday, October 27, 2014 in your calendar as municipal election day! Oshawa electors can vote in advance – six voting opportunities are scheduled at various City facilities – all sites are accessible:

  • October 4, 2014 - Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • October 6, 2014 - South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar Street) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 8, 2014 - Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 14, 2014 - Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Road South) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 16, 2014 - Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre Street South) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 18, 2014 - Donevan Recreation Complex (171 Harmony Road South) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the 2014 Oshawa municipal elections, visit www.oshawa.ca/election or call 905-436-3311.

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Jun 11 - St. John Bosco Catholic School Student wins Junior Fire Chief Contest

Oshawa Fire Services is pleased to announce that Shivani Mahadeo, a grade 5 student at St. John Bosco Catholic School, is this year’s 2014 Junior Fire Chief contest winner. The topic of this year’s essay was “Fire safety begins with you. What can you and your family do to be safe from fire?”.

At today’s school assembly, Mayor John Henry and Deputy Fire Chief Steve Boyd presented Shivani with a new bicycle courtesy of Canadian Tire, a “Junior Fire Chief” hoodie, a $100 Oshawa Centre gift certificate, a complimentary week at Oshawa Fire Services Junior Fire Fighter camp and a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift certificate.

"Congratulations to Shivani on becoming this year's Junior Fire Chief, I'm sure she will represent Oshawa Fire Services well," said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. "I would also like to thank all the students who participated in this year's contest. Having young people research and write about the dangers of fire to our friends and family is an important step in getting the message spread throughout our city. Everyone should ask themselves this year's question "What can you and your family do to be safe from fire" and if you need help with the answer please contact Oshawa Fire Services - they will be glad to assist you."

“Shivani wrote an exceptional essay, highlighting key safety areas with the aim of eliminating the risk of fire in your home. She is an excellent role model for other students,” said Fire Chief Steve Meringer. “Oshawa Fire Services looks forward to working with Shivani throughout the year at different events to help spread fire safety messages. Congratulations Shivani!”

Following the presentation, Shivani was driven to Fire Hall No. 1 in a fire truck where she received a personalized tour from Deputy Fire Chief Steve Boyd. Shivani’s Junior Fire Chief responsibilities include attending various community events along with Oshawa Fire Services staff to help educate the public about the importance of fire safety.

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Jun 10 - Durham residents Michael and Judi Denny honoured with peony garden renaming

To celebrate the renaming of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (O.V.B.G.) peony gardens as the “The Michael and Judi Denny Peony Gardens,” Judi Denny and members of the Denny family gathered on June 10 with Oshawa City Council, City staff and representatives from the Canadian Peony Society.

During the renaming ceremony, a plaque was unveiled in recognition of the late Michael Denny and his wife Judi for their contributions toward the establishment of Oshawa’s Peony Garden and the Peony Festival.

The current peony garden is based on the Walter Gilbert Collection which Michael and Judi relocated and cared for until a permanent home could be found. They donated their own plants, and in coordination with the Gilbert Collection created the City of Oshawa Peony Gardens.

“These gardens are the focal point of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens and would not have been possible without two very special people – Durham residents Michael and Judi Denny,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

The first garden that officially opened at the O.V.B.G. was the Peony Garden. It was established in fall 2001 with 100 peonies donated by the Canadian Peony Society. The peony collection now numbers over 300 varieties. The O.V.B.G. also includes a collection of lilacs, hostas, a water feature garden, a commemorative gazebo and paths linked by a pedestrian footbridge.

“With one of Canada’s largest contemporary peony collections, the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is a stunning and unique botanical garden attraction in Oshawa,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Thanks to the generosity of Judi and her late husband Michael, the peony gardens were created along with the Peony Festival that is now one of Ontario’s top festivals.”

The 10th annual Peony Festival takes place this year on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the O.V.B.G. and adjacent Children’s Arena (155 Arena Street). In addition to the breathtaking Michael and Judi Denny Peony Gardens, hundreds of cut blooms will be on display during the Canadian Peony Society Ontario Region judged Peony Show. The two-day event also features artisans, live music, cultural performances, garden speakers, community displays, a photo booth, food items for purchase, art competition, photo contest and more. Admission to the gardens is free!

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Jun 5 - “Oshawa’s in the News” -- May media summary

Read the City of Oshawa's May 2014 Media Summary Report. The monthly report highlights media coverage of City of Oshawa initiatives, programs and events, as well as media items that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, global reach and community partner innovation and distinctions.

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Jun 5 - Oshawa's One-Year Countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Be a part of sporting history as Oshawa celebrates the One-Year Countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games on Friday, July 11, 2014.

This free family event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the General Motors Centre/Oshawa Sports Centre, which will serve as the venue for boxing and weightlifting competitions during the TORONTO 2015 Games in July 2015.

Oshawa’s One-Year Countdown event will have feature boxing activations, weightlifting demonstrations, photo booth, steel drum music, face painting, Zumba, charity barbeque, a special visit from Pachi, the TO2015 Pan/Parapan Am mascot, and lots more entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!

Get in on the action by stopping by the TORONTO 2015 Community Tour and the Pan AM Oshawa Booth, which will feature giveaways and children’s crafts.  Carnival games and crafts will be brought to you by many of our partners.  Try shadow boxing, pad hitting and skipping with Boxing Ontario and Motor City Boxing.

“WOW only one year until the world class boxing and weight lifting competition of 2015 Pan-Am Games come to Oshawa and it should be amazing,” said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee. “We will mark the start of the one-year countdown with an exciting evening at the GM Centre and I encourage residents to come out and join in the family fun.”

During the Games, 13 municipalities, including Oshawa, support the City of Toronto as host locations, in this world-class sport competition. TORONTO 2015 will be the largest multi-sport ever hosted in Canada!

There are 21 community partners involved with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Check out the City of Oshawa Pan Am webpage for a full list.

For more information about the July 11 event, visit www.oshawa.ca/panam, or visit www.toronto2015.org for information about TORONTO 2015.

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Jun 4 - artsVest successfully launched in Oshawa

The City of Oshawa and Business for the Arts celebrated the launch of artsVest™ today as approximately 20 organizations attended the full-day sponsorship training workshop. artsVest is a matching and sponsorship training program developed by Business for the Arts to spark corporate engagement in arts and culture and build strong ties between public, private and cultural sectors.

artsVest will operate in Oshawa from 2014-2015 and will provide a total of $43,000 in matching incentive grants. When combined with sponsorships of equal or greater value from local businesses, this will mean an influx of over $98,000 into Oshawa’s creative economy in one year.

“We are thrilled to be launching our flagship artsVest program in Oshawa,” said Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts. “We look forward to celebrating the program's impact on the community in the coming year as well as the successful partnerships attained with local businesses.”

artsVest is dedicated to building strong and lasting connections between the public, private and cultural sectors. Local municipal leaders, business professionals, cultural organizations and media attended a launch reception celebrating Oshawa’s success in securing the program.

“This is a wonderful initiative and it shows when we invest in arts and culture, businesses invest in Oshawa,” said Councillor Amy England, Council representative on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan Steering Committee.

"Another amazing day in Oshawa as we launched artsVest with a sponsorship training workshop that was very well attended," said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. "Business for the Arts and the artsVest program will certainly assist to make Culture Count in our City - well done and thanks to all involved."

artsVest is designed to assist small to medium-sized arts and culture organizations in developing new and mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. The program is delivered in Ontario with funding from Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Since the introduction of the program in Ontario in 2002 to 2013, 1,571 businesses have partnered with 465 cultural organizations through artsVest – 968 of these businesses were first-time sponsors of the arts. In addition, a total of $2.92 million in matching funds generating over $6 million in private sector sponsorship and an influx of more than $9 million to the cultural economy. Visit www.artsvest.com for more information.

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Jun 4 - Regional Council approves comprehensive housing plan

Durham Regional Council has approved “At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024”.

The plan establishes the Region’s direction for housing during the next decade -- including an assessment of current and future housing needs; and the goals and actions to meet the diverse range of these needs. It provides a description of anticipated outcomes, as well as how progress is to be measured.

To develop this comprehensive plan, staff utilized findings from five Durham Housing Review Background reports. In addition, extensive consultations with key stakeholders and community members, including community outreach sessions and an online survey, were undertaken. Information gathered at these consultations, as well as feedback from residents, helped to build the foundation of this document.

The next step includes the development of an implementation plan outlining key actions, measurements and anticipated timelines. Annual progress reports will also be communicated and made available to the public. In addition, a comprehensive review of the plan will be conducted every five years, beginning in 2019.

To access “At Home in Durham,” or learn more about the plan, please visit www.durham.ca/housingreview. Copies of the final plan can also be obtained from the Housing Services Division, located at The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby.

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Jun 4 - Oshawa's getting 'Alarmed for Life'

Oshawa residents can anticipate seeing members of Oshawa Fire Services out in the community.

Beginning in June, firefighters will visit various neighbourhoods across the city as part of the annual Alarmed for Life program. The door-to-door visits are for informational and educational purposes with firefighters providing information and answering questions on fire safety.

During the visits, information booklets sponsored by C.R.C.S. Disaster Kleenup will be distributed. The booklet contains fire safety information on topics such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and home escape planning. By-law information (including Oshawa’s open-air burning by-law) and information about emergency preparedness are also included in the booklet.

“Protecting your loved ones and property against a fire is something that everyone should be paying attention to,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The Alarmed for Life program is another way in which our Fire Services try to make residents aware of how to best protect themselves. If a firefighter visits you during this program, please welcome him or her and get your fire safety questions answered.”

The program runs through until October, with Oshawa firefighters visiting approximately 9,000 Oshawa homes.

Alarmed for Life is an annual provincial information initiative on home smoke alarm safety.

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Jun 4 - Be inspired by musical talent in Memorial Park

Concerts in the Park are back this summer! The City of Oshawa encourages all music lovers to come and enjoy the array of talented artists that will be performing at the Memorial Park Bandshell every Thursday evening. For additional entertainment, residents can appreciate the big band sounds from the Oshawa Civic Band every other Wednesday night.

The concerts are free entertainment for residents and visitors of all ages, to enjoy a variety of performances highlighting genres of music including, rock n’ roll, jazz, opera and country.

Families are encouraged to bring their children to the two interactive concerts - Dan The Music Man, and a new special performance by Terri & Rick, one of the most popular live children’s shows in Canada.

Every other Wednesday night the community can show their support for the Oshawa Civic Band. This talented group performs a wide variety of traditional "British" brass band music throughout Oshawa.

The Memorial Park Bandshell is located within Memorial Park in downtown Oshawa at the northwest corner of John and Centre Street. The summer setting and beautiful scenery in the park will create the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family, enjoy the 2014 Concerts in the Park season. 

“Yes summer is just around the corner so why not shake off the winter blues at the Bandshell in our beautiful Memorial Park while listening to some good music,” said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Service Committee. “Bring your family and friends out and enjoy our Concerts in the Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I think it’s a great way to spend a summer evening.”  

The entertainment schedule includes:

Wednesday Concerts: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Oshawa Civic Band

  • June 18 - Man O Brass
  • July 2 - We Are Canadian! (a belated Canada Day musical celebration)
  • July 16 - Dance and Rhythm
  • July 30 - A Musicum Tributa (a musical tribute to Canadian involvement during 1814, 1914, 1944, 2014)
  • Aug 13 - Banding Together with Special Guests Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 Oshawa Pipes and Drums
  • Aug 27 - Brass-issimo! with Special Guests Whitby Brass Band.

Thursday Concerts: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • July 3 - The Dirt Squirrel Allstars
  • July 10 - Le Jazz Hot
  • July 17 - Opera Pops Plus
  • July 24 - Dan The Music Man
  • July 31 - Andy Earl & The Bandits
  • Aug 7 - Trish Robb
  • Aug 14 - Professors Of Funk
  • Aug 21 - Terri & Rick Just For Kids
  • Aug 28 - Ron Moore

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Jun 3 - Oshawa's splash pads open for the season

City of Oshawa splash pads are now open for the season, offering a great way to cool down from the heat and a fun outing for families.

The splash pads operate daily from 10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Baker Park (on Regent Drive, off Harmony Road North two blocks north of King Street, turn east on Regent Drive)
  • Easton Park (north side of Adelaide Street, east of Harmony Road North)
  • Glen Stewart Park (south-east corner of Cabot Street and Cartier Avenue, west of Stevenson Road South and south of King Street West)
  • Lake Vista Park (on Emerald Avenue, west of Cedar Street, north of Philip Murray Avenue)
  • Lakeview Park (south on Simcoe Street until you reach the lake. Other parking available off of Lakeview Drive)
  • Mackenzie Park (corner of Mackenzie and Athabasca Streets, south of King Street East, east of Grandview Street, south of Athabasca Public School)
  • Northview Park (on Ritson Road North, north of Beatrice Street)
  • Rotary Park (north side of Gibb Street, east of Nassau Street, west of Centre Street South)

“It’s been a long cold winter, and it appears summer is upon us as we’ve had some very hot and humid days these past weeks, but relief is closer than you think,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Why not take advantage of one of Oshawa’s splash pads for a refreshing break from the summer heat.”

Work is being completed on a new splash pad at the Legends Centre which looks to be open very shortly. Updates on the opening can be found by visiting www.oshawa.ca/splashpads.

Another way to cool down is by making a splash in the City’s indoor pools located at Civic Recreation Complex, Donevan Recreation Complex, Legends Centre and South Oshawa Community Centre. Public swimming schedules are in the Leisure Guide and posted on the City’s website at www.oshawa.ca/swim.

Plan a visit to your local park and enjoy shaded areas. For more information on City parks, visit www.oshawa.ca/recreation.

Stay cool this summer! Environment Canada considers a heat wave to occur when there are three consecutive days when the maximum temperature is 32 degrees Celsius or higher.

On days when the temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius or above at 4:00 p.m. or when heat alerts are issued, the City may extend its splash pad hours (and, once open, outdoor pool and lifeguard supervision at Lakeview Park beach) until sunset. These notifications are posted on the Service Updates web section on the City website at www.oshawa.ca/serviceupdates and on the “OshawaCity” Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Be prepared and ensure that everyone in your household understands what to do in extreme heat conditions. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.oshawa.ca/emergencynews.

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Jun 2 - City launches McLaughlin Day social media campaign

The Civic Holiday in August has been proclaimed “McLaughlin Day” in Oshawa for several years in recognition of the contributions made to the city by the late Colonel R.S. McLaughlin.

In 1876, Robert McLaughlin, who had already established a carriage works business, relocated to Oshawa, drawn by its flourishing rail and harbour facilities. With the help of a $50,000 interest-free loan from the Town of Oshawa, the McLaughlin Carriage Company quickly developed into the largest carriage works in the British Empire.

A man with many business interests, the late Colonel Sam McLaughlin was also a director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian General Electric Company, Canadian Pacific Railroad, Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada, Famous Players Theatres Ltd, International Nickel Company of Canada, Loews Canadian Theatres Ltd, Royal Trust Company, Toronto Dominion Bank and several other companies.

Proudly involved with the Ontario Regiment, the late Colonel Sam McLaughlin was named Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 11th Ontario Regiment in 1921, Honorary Colonel in 1936 and Honorary Colonel for Life in 1967.

In recognition of the late Colonel R.S. McLaughlin’s contributions, the City is launching a social media campaign for the 10 Mondays leading up to McLaughlin Day in 2014 on August 4. Follow “OshawaCity” on Twitter/Facebook to take part in the City’s #McLaughlinMonday social media campaign to learn interesting McLaughlin facts.

Spend a day touring Parkwood Estate – a National Historic Site. Parkwood is open for the summer season, seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On McLaughlin Day weekend, Parkwood will be open for their popular basement tour program. Tours will be held on August 2, 3 and 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person, regardless of age. For more information, visit http://www.parkwoodestate.com/.

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May 2014


May 29 - How your 2014 City tax dollars are being spent

The City of Oshawa is proud to announce the release of a new video, which was created to provide residents with a better understanding of how their property tax dollars are determined and the services, programs and infrastructure provided in return.

The video, “City of Oshawa: How your tax dollars are being spent” walks residents through how property taxes are calculated and then illustrates how the City’s portion of the property taxes are used to deliver diverse, efficient, affordable and valuable services, programs and infrastructure to the Oshawa community.

One of the highlights of the video is the 10-year capital plan. The City is focused on investing in and renewing the City’s core infrastructure and providing the infrastructure necessary to respond to our growing city.

"The challenge with being the sole provider of so many essential municipal services is that these services are almost taken for granted", said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair, Finance Committee. "We hope the video will shed some light on the many and diverse community needs met through the city's 40 cent share of each tax dollar you pay."

The video was produced completely in house by the Corporate Communications team, as part of the City’s 2014 budget public engagement initiative.

Tax bills are anticipated to be received by residents beginning the first week of June.

The video is available on the “OshawaCity” YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/OshawaCity or on the City’s website at www.oshawa.ca/oshawataxes.

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May 26 - RMG & Oshawa Collaborate on Public Sculpture in Honour of TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG), in collaboration with the City of Oshawa, will commission a site-specific sculpture by a Canadian artist in celebration of the City’s participation in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

“The RMG is a key partner in the City’s new Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan,” said Gabrielle Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of the RMG. “Encouraging the community’s interaction with art outside of our four walls is a priority for the gallery and for Oshawa. The RMG and the City partnered in 2012 to site Clement Meadmore’s sculpture Upstart II outside City Hall. We are thrilled to bring art to the downtown core through a commission with a national scope.”

 The sculpture will be installed in the spring of 2015, adjacent to the General Motors Centre (GM Centre), Durham Region’s premier sports and recreation facility, and the venue of the boxing and weightlifting events at next year’s TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

 “The RMG and GM Centre are both significant attractions in downtown Oshawa and the City is pleased and excited to partner with the RMG to provide this opportunity to display what I’m sure will be an amazing sculpture in our downtown,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The RMG is an important part of Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan and the sharing of Canadian art with our residents and visitors is just a small piece of the role they play.”  

 In this two-stage competition, interested artists or artists’ teams will submit an Expression of Interest, consisting of a resume, artist’s statement as well as detailed relevant work and experience.  A Selection Committee will choose approximately five candidates who will receive a $1,500 honorarium for the production of a project proposal. The final commission consists of a $150,000 production budget, which includes all fees, materials, fabrication and installation costs. The cost of the commission will be provided through the gallery’s restricted Acquisitions Endowment.

 The commission will be awarded by November 1, 2014 with installation set to take place by May 15, 2015.

 The deadline for entries is July 15, 2014 and full details can be found at www.rmg.on.ca.  All questions and submissions should be directed to Linda Jansma, the RMG’s Senior Curator at ljansma@rmg.on.ca or 905-576-3000, ext. 111.

 In addition to celebrating the City’s participation in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the project will reflect narratives that have meaning to the community and the public space that the work will occupy. The work will also respond to the RMG’s statement of purpose: Dedicated to sharing, exploring and engaging with our communities through the continuing story of modern and contemporary Canadian art. This new work becomes the fourth sculpture commissioned by the RMG, and will be added to the RMG’s permanent collection of over 4,500 works. Recent public art commissions include Douglas Coupland’s playful Group Portrait 1957 installed on the front façade of the gallery in 2011.

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May 22 - Spend the day with Oshawa’s local firefighters

Come with your family Saturday, June 14 and spend the day with Oshawa Fire Services for this year’s Community Fire Safety Day.

The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Hall No. 5, located at 1550 Harmony Road (north of Taunton Road). Community Fire Safety Day is dedicated to reminding families of the importance in staying up-to-date with fire safety and having a home escape plan intact.

Throughout the day, community members will meet local firefighters, participate in tours of both the fire trucks and fire hall, as well as watch safety demonstrations.

The event will feature many interactive family friendly activities to entertain all ages, including target practice with fire hoses, a combat obstacle course, jumping castle, petting zoo and face painting. Children will also get the opportunity to meet mascots Rescue Ronnie, Sparky and even Molly the firedog!

A BBQ lunch sponsored by Oshawa This Week and Enbridge Gas will be available for purchase throughout the day. All proceeds collected at Community Fire Safety Day will help send a child to Camp BUCKO, a camp in Ontario for burn survivors between the ages of seven to 17.

"We all know how dangerous fire is and for the sake of our loved ones it is important we stay in tune and up-to-date with fire safety rules, regulations and procedures." said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee.  "I encourage residents to come out and have some fun while learning about the dangers of fire to your family and friends. Our Fire Services team will be glad to see you."

 

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May 21 - Commemorative tree planting ceremony at Lakeview Park

Members of Oshawa City Council and representatives from the AIDS Committee of Durham Region gathered today at Lakeview Park for the commemoration ceremony of a red oak tree, in honour of the committees devoted volunteers.

As part of National Volunteer Week in April, the AIDS Committee of Durham Region decided to honour the hard work and dedication of their volunteers by giving back to the community. By donating a red oak tree, the company recognizes what their 113 volunteers have done over the past year, in the many programs they participate in including food drives, driver programs, needle exchanges, organizing events/fundraisers and serving meals. The AIDS Committee of Durham Region plans to donate a tree every year.

"The City’s Commemorative Tree and Bench Program is an excellent way to recognize a group or individual while helping our environment by adding to our tree canopy", said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee.  "I commend the AIDS Committee of Durham Region not only for the amazing work they do, but also for the way they have chosen to honour their 113 volunteers - well done and thank you".

The planting is part of the City’s Commemorative Tree and Bench Program, which offers donors the opportunity to dedicate a tree or bench in memory of a loved one or as a celebration of a special event. Both tree and bench donations include a commemorative plaque inscribed with a personal sentiment.

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May 14 - Downtown Oshawa B.I.A. Pedals and Throttles Show and Shine

Car enthusiasts are invited to buff up their cars and come down to City Hall for the Downtown Oshawa B.I.A.’s annual weekly summer event, Show and Shine. Taking place every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until September 3 (weather permitting), the event provides car fans the opportunity to talk to other car enthusiasts and to show off their classic cars. All makes and models are welcome.

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May 14 - Invitation to the Oshawa launch of artsVest

Invitation to the Oshawa launch of artsVest

artsVest is a matching incentive and sponsorship training program designed by Business for the Arts to spark corporate engagement in arts and culture and build strong ties between public, private and cultural sectors. It will operate in Oshawa from 2014-2015 and will provide local cultural organizations with a free sponsorship training workshop and a total of $43,000 in matching incentive grants. Combined with sponsorships of equal or greater value from local businesses, this will translate to an influx of over $98,000 into Oshawa’s creative economy this year alone.

Information Session & Workshop

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Civic Recreation Complex

Open to local Oshawa arts and culture organizations only; sponsorship experience level: beginner to moderate

This free, full-day Sponsorship Training Workshop provides valuable tools to help small and mid-sized cultural organizations secure and nurture long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. It also covers artsVest application procedures and guidelines and is an integral component of the program. For arts and heritage organizations intending to apply for the artsVest program, workshop attendance is required.  In order to accommodate all organizations, registration is limited to two members from each organization.

Registration is required for this free workshop: All attendees must register by May 30 at artsvestoshawa.eventbrite.ca

Launch Reception

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Civic Recreation Complex

Open to all Oshawa business professionals, municipal leadership and cultural organizations.

artsVest is dedicated to building strong and lasting connections between the public, private and cultural sectors. Local municipal leaders, business professionals and cultural organizations are invited to a launch reception celebrating Oshawa’s success in securing the program.

Registration is required for this free launch reception: All attendees must register by May 30 at artsvestoshawa.eventbrite.ca

For questions, please contact Claire Hefferon, Program Manager at artsvest@businessforthearts.org or Julie MacIsaac, City of Oshawa Manager, Culture & Centralized Recreation Services at culturecounts@oshawa.ca (or call 905-436-3311).

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May 14 - Show off your garden with a commemorative sign

Are you proud of your garden? The City of Oshawa invites residents, businesses and organizations to show off their gardens through the annual Growing with Pride program.

Growing with Pride is part of the Communities in Bloom initiative. Residents of Oshawa are invited to display a commemorative sign in their front gardens in recognition of their participation in the program. In each following year, participants will also receive a dated gold seal to place on their signs, along with a keepsake certificate.

Commemorative signs can be picked up from May until September, free-of-charge, by visiting the registration desks at the following locations: Service Oshawa, Civic Recreation Complex, Donevan Recreation Complex, Legends Centre, Northview Community Centre and South Oshawa Community Centre.

“Oshawa’s ‘Growing with Pride’ program is a great way to show off our community and currently we have over 850 signs being displayed in gardens around the city,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The beauty added by these gardens certainly makes Oshawa an even more amazing place to live.”

For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/growingwithpride, call 905-438-3146 or email communitiesinbloom@oshawa.ca.

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May 12 - Oshawa Civic Stadium renamed Terry Kelly Field

Oshawa City Council and City staff gathered with Terry Kelly and members of his family on May 12 to dedicate the Oshawa Civic Stadium as ‘Terry Kelly Field’.

The renaming of the stadium recognizes Mr. Kelly, a prominent local lawyer and long-time local sports supporter, for his numerous contributions to the community.

Mr. Kelly’s involvement with the local sports community began in the 1960s when he returned to Oshawa after being at university and saw that Oshawa’s first and only hockey rink, Hambly Arena, had burnt down. He came together with other residents launching a fundraising campaign to raise money for a new hockey rink. With all donations from the community, the Oshawa Civic Auditorium was built in 1964.

Over the years that followed, Mr. Kelly continued to make significant contributions to promote the sport community in Oshawa. Throughout his career, Mr. Kelly served as Chairman of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame, Director of the Oshawa Generals and Director of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. Mr. Kelly was a long-time Oshawa resident and currently resides in Toronto.

"Terry Kelly is an amazing example of someone with community spirit and pride. He has worked hard to improve sports in Oshawa and has given a great deal to our community in too many ways to mention," said Councillor Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. "Given his support to the community and in particular his work to make the Civic a reality, I think it very fitting that we name the Oshawa Civic Stadium in his honour".

Mr. Kelly has received several awards in recognition of his long-time community service, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, as well as the Golden and Silver Jubilee Medals. He was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

The Civic Recreation Complex is a popular sport training and competition facility for field and ball sports and for the track and field community, as well as a family destination with an indoor pool, teen recreation room and outdoor children’s playground.

The Civic Recreation Complex features a six-field complex, with two full size multi-sport outdoor artificial turf fields, three outdoor natural turf fields, and an indoor fieldhouse.

First built in 1971, Terry Kelly Field includes an artificial turf multi-purpose field with lights, an outdoor eight-lane 400-metre Mondo track with digital photo finish and timing system, steeplechase pit and track and field facilities. The Field features stadium seating capacity of 2,000, a full size scoreboard, press box and public address system/sound system. Terry Kelly Field hosts track and field events, football games and championships, as well as soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.

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May 12 - Oshawa participates in National Public Works Week 2014: May 18-24

The City of Oshawa is participating in National Public Works Week 2014 from May 18 to 24. This year’s theme is “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow”, which illustrates what public works does today is vital to a sustainable and vibrant tomorrow.

Public Works Week is an annual event that promotes the field of public works, which includes water, sewer, public transportation, waste management, forestry and grass cutting as well as the maintenance of public buildings and grounds.

Throughout the week, the City will display public works equipment at City Hall (50 Centre Street South), Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North), Ritson Road Depot (894 Ritson Road South) and South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar Street).

Public works professionals play a vital and key role in the planning, building and maintenance of infrastructure projects in communities that allow future generations to enjoy a higher quality of life.

"National Public Works Week is just a small way for us to recognize those who keep our city in good repair," said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. "Due to the winter we've just been through our Works Department have been and will continue to be busy getting things back in order. A big thank you to these hard working professionals."

The City’s Works and Transportation Services Branch is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure of roads, sidewalks, parking facilities, underground assets and fleet. This work is coordinated through the following divisions: Fleet Services, Road Operations, Parking Services, and Traffic and Streetlighting.

Each year, the Canadian Public Works Association celebrates National Public Works Week to raise public awareness about various works and transportation services. It also recognizes the hard work and dedication of public works professionals who make communities better and safer places to live.

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May 11 - General Motors Centre Wins Major Facility of the Year at Canadian Music Week

The General Motors Centre was named Canada’s 2014 Major Facility of the Year (under 8,000 capacity) during ceremonies of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Thursday, May 8 at the Kool Haus in Toronto, ON. The General Motors Centre was the co-recipient of the award with the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston Ontario and topped the Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC, Brandt Centre in Regina, SK, Centre 200 in Cape Breton, NS, CN Centre in Prince George, BC, Consolidated Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI, Harbour Station in St. John, NB and Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB.

“Downtown Oshawa is alive with the energy of the GM Centre. Thousands of sports and music fans come into our downtown to enjoy great restaurants and events. I would like to thank and congratulate the staff of the GM Centre for winning the Major Facility Award,” said Mayor John Henry.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this great honour,” stated Vince Vella of Global Spectrum, General Manager at the General Motors Centre. “Being named major venue of the year by our industry peers is a testament to our growth and all the hard work that has gone into developing the General Motors Centre as one of southern Ontario’s premier live event destinations. I would also like to congratulate the Rogers K-Rock Centre for being named as co-recipient of this prestigious award.”

"We are particularly proud of (General Manager) Vince Vella and his entire team who continuously assure that the GM Centre is a prime destination for touring shows throughout Ontario," said Global Spectrum President John Page. "In addition, his team does a tremendous job of presenting a high level of customer service to our guests each and every time they visit the GM Centre. This award is a true testament to everyone's dedication to making the GM Centre the ultimate experience for the guests, the entertainers and the performers."

The General Motors Centre has hosted numerous world-class performers such as the Dixie Chicks, Jason Aldean, Elton John, Blue Rodeo and Hedley in the past year. Within the next year the building will welcome Cirque du Soleil Varekai (May 21-25), Il Divo (May 27), Heart (June 17), Queens of the Stone Age (July 5), Jann Arden (September 19) and Disney Live (January 8) along with many more events still to be announced.

The General Motors Centre is home to a variety of concerts, sporting events and family shows throughout the year. Information on upcoming events can be found at www.generalmotorscentre.com.

Canadian Music Week is an industry conference and music festival that runs from May 6-10, 2014 in various venues throughout Toronto, Ontario. Further information on the Conference and Awards Ceremony can be found at www.cmw.net.

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May 9 - Hundreds of blooms at the annual Peony Festival, June 14 and 15

Flowers will be flourishing at this year’s 10th annual Peony Festival on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (O.V.B.G.) and adjacent Children’s Arena (155 Arena Street).

This festival is ranked as one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, displaying one of Canada’s largest contemporary peony collections, featuring 300 varieties of peonies in the gardens. Prior to the Peony Festival, on June 10, the O.V.B.G. peony gardens will officially be named “The Michael and Judi Denny Peony Gardens” in recognition of the Durham residents for their contributions toward the establishment of the Peony Garden and the Peony Festival.

In addition to the breathtaking peony gardens, hundreds of cut blooms will be on display during the Canadian Peony Society Ontario Region judged Peony Show. The two-day event also features artisans, live music, cultural performances, garden speakers, community displays, a photo booth, food items for purchase, and more. Admission to the gardens is free!

The City invites artists to participate in the Peony Festival Art Competition. The theme is to celebrate the peony flower, of course! Create your interpretation of the peony and submit your art to the festival to be judged by those in attendance. Winners will receive prizes and recognition.

“This is the tenth year for Oshawa’s annual Peony Festival and I want to congratulate the many volunteers and staff that work hard to provide this magnificent display of horticulture excellence,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “I encourage everyone to come and visit the 2014 Festival and take a walk through the gardens – the beauty will amaze you!”

Get ready, get set, snap! Enter the festival’s photo contest. Starting June 1, send your photos and continue to throughout the month of June. For contest details and the submission form, and to check out the winning photos from last year, visit www.oshawa.ca/peony.

The Peony Festival is going green! Please consider riding your bike to the event (bicycle racks will be on site) and using the shuttle to companion events. This year, the first 100 visitors each day will receive free collapsible bottles.

The City of Oshawa would like to thank the Canadian Peony Society, C.K.D.O., Kingsway Greenhouse and Gervais Party and Tent Rentals for their sponsorship.

The 2014 Peony Festival is supported through a Tourism Event Marketing Program grant provided by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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May 8 - Northview Community Centre Beach Party & BBQ on May 20

Oshawa residents are invited to Northview Community Centre’s annual community barbeque on Tuesday, May 20 for an evening of free activities for the whole family. The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the community centre (150 Beatrice St. E), rain or shine.

Free family activities include face painting, carnival games, lawn bowling, outdoor volleyball, badminton, and hula-hoop and limbo contests, as well as a visit from PACHI, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games mascot.

A barbeque dinner including hotdogs, hamburgers and cold drinks will be available for purchase. In honour of Northview’s 25th anniversary, there will be a treat table – all items will cost only 25 cents!

“The weather is getting warmer and BBQ season is upon us, so why not bring the family out for some fun as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of our amazing community centres,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “It’s a great chance to meet others and enjoy a hamburger or hot dog.”

Northview Community Centre first opened in October 1989 as a community recreation facility for City programs and events and as a location for the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Eastview Boys and Girls Club (now the Boys and Girls Club of Durham) and the Oshawa Lawn Bowling Club. In June 2004, there was an expansion of the community centre that included the construction of a new wing.

This annual event is presented by the City of Oshawa in partnership with the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Boys and Girls Club of Durham and the Oshawa Lawn Bowling Club. For more information about the BBQ, visit www.oshawa.ca/events.

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May 6 - National Day of Honour on Friday, May 9

Oshawa residents and businesses are invited to join members of Oshawa City Council and City of Oshawa employees in supporting “National Day of Honour” by taking part in a two-minute National Silence on Friday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m.

The Canadian Government has declared May 9, 2014 as “National Day of Honour” by Royal Proclamation to recognize and commemorate Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. On this day, a national ceremony on Parliament Hill will pay tribute to and honour the legacy of our heroes followed by a national moment of silence.

The City’s two-minute silence will coincide with the Parliament Hill ceremony. Members of Council, City employees and Oshawa community members will reflect upon the sacrifices made by many men and women during the Afghanistan mission and commemorate their hard work, dedication and sacrifice and also recognize the support of military families, friends and all Canadians.

“We hope that you can join us and the nation in taking part in this important moment of silence wherever you may be on May 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. which marks the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan and pays tribute to the wounded and the fallen and recognizes the special burden endured by families,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

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May 5 - Outdoor Artificial Turf Fields are open at the Civic Recreation Complex!

The City of Oshawa artificial turf fields at the Civic Recreation Complex are groomed and ready for you and your team this season! The two outdoor multi-purpose fields have lights and other amenities that are appreciated by so many sport organizations. Start training and practicing now for your successful season. Check us out!

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May 1 - Are you ready? Emergency Preparations

Next week, May 4-10, is “Emergency Preparedness” in Canada. Oshawa has a comprehensive Emergency Plan in place and is ready to respond in the event of an emergency in our community. Emergencies can include severe storms or a prolonged power outage.
Take some time and plan in the event of an emergency. Put together an emergency kit, so that you and your family can be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. In addition, make a family emergency plan, so that everyone knows what to do, and where to go in case of an emergency.

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May 1 - Business for the Arts awards $278,000 in matching incentives & sponsorship training

Business for the Arts, Canada’s only national charitable organization of business members who support the arts, announced today that five Ontario communities will receive matching incentive grants and sponsorship training for 2014-2015 through artsVest™. The program, designed to assist small to medium-sized arts and culture organizations in developing new and mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses, is delivered in Ontario with funding from Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Municipalities in Ontario were invited to apply for the program and a chance to bring matching funds to their cultural sector. artsVest will launch in Huron County, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Mississauga and Oshawa with a networking event designed to bring together local arts and culture organizations, business and community leaders and an in-depth sponsorship training workshop. Arts and culture organizations will then be encouraged to apply for a matching incentive grant that will match, dollar for dollar, new sponsorships with local businesses.

Total artsVest Ontario Fund Allocation for 2014-2015:

  • Huron County: $15,000
  • Kingston: $85,000
  • Kitchener-Waterloo: $75,000
  • Mississauga: $60,000
  • Oshawa: $43,000

“We are delighted to bring the artsVest program to these new Ontario communities for 2014-2015,” said Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts. “artsVest continues to impact every community it enters by helping to facilitate new partnerships between local businesses and arts groups, and by strengthening the local economy and cultural resources.”

“This shows that by investing in Arts, Culture and Heritage we can reap the benefits for the dedicated individuals and organizations who add vibrancy and richness to our city,” said Councillor Amy England, Council representative on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan Steering Committee.

"The hard work of those involved in developing our Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy was amazing and their work is already paying dividends for Oshawa through the artVest funding we are receiving," said Councillor Bob Chapman Chair of the Community Services Committee. "This shows that "Culture Counts" is a sound plan that will greatly enhance our Community."
Also operating in Toronto, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, the goals of artsVest are to leverage public sector dollars to build partnerships with the arts community; stimulate new business investment in the arts; train arts and cultural organizations to approach the business sector with a partnership plan; activate municipal cultural plans and build local cultural assets; and showcase what is possible when business invests in the arts.

Since the introduction of the program in Ontario in 2002 to 2013, 1,571 businesses have partnered with 465 cultural organizations through artsVest – 968 of these businesses were first-time sponsors of the arts. A total of $2.92 million in matching funds generating over $6 million in private sector sponsorship and resulted in an influx of more than $9 million to the cultural economy. Visit www.artsvest.com for information about artsVest.

About Business for the Arts
Founded in 1974, Business for the Arts is Canada’s only national charitable organization of business members who support the arts. Our vision is to inspire Canada’s business community to partner with the arts to ensure a thriving cultural sector. We connect, educate and invest to bridge the gap between business and the arts. For more information, visit www.businessforthearts.org.

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April 2014


Apr 30 - Mayor Henry & Councillor Wood Lose Hockey Wager & Wear Battalion Jerseys at Oshawa Council

Oshawa Mayor John Henry and Councillor Bruce Wood challenged the Mayor of North Bay to a friendly wager as the Oshawa Generals and North Bay Battalion faced off in round three of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

Unfortunately, the Oshawa Generals incredible season came to an end after losing four consecutive games against the North Bay Battalion.

“In the spirit of co-operation, fun and goodwill between the cities of North Bay and Oshawa, Mayor John Henry and Councillor Bruce Wood fulfilled the bet by wearing a North Bay Battalion jersey at Oshawa Council meeting this past Monday night,” said North Bay Mayor Al McDonald “The series between our two teams and our two cities was watched across the Province and both cities received unprecedented media coverage. I would like to thank Mayor Henry, Councillor Wood and the City of Oshawa for being great sports.”

We have honoured our friendly wager with Mayor Al McDonald and the City of North Bay by wearing Battalion jersey’s at the Council meeting Monday night. The series was exciting and it brought recognition and promotion to both our cities across the Province of Ontario. On behalf of the City of Oshawa, we wish the City of North Bay and the Battalion every success on their march to the OHL championship. Go Troops!

 For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook

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Apr 25 - City of Oshawa and Durham Region Labour Council Observe National Day of Mourning on April 28

On Monday April 28, 2014, the Durham Region Labour Council and Oshawa City Council will be observing the National Day of Mourning at Oshawa City Hall from noon to 1:00 p.m. April 28, 2014, marks exactly 100 years since the Workmen’s Compensation Act was passed into Ontario law, introducing important basic protection for workers and employers that continue to this day.

Oshawa City Council has passed a resolution proclaiming Monday April 28, 2014 as "Day of Mourning" and will lower flags on municipal buildings in honour and remembrance of those killed at the workplace. In addition, the Day of Mourning flag will be flown on the flagpole at the Day of Mourning Monument at Oshawa City Hall for the month of April 2014.

“The National Day of Mourning is a day to reflect on the many lives lost and injured in our workplaces”, said Mayor John Henry. “It’s also a reminder of the seriousness to continue to learn, establish safe conditions and to prevent injuries in our workplaces so we can protect the living.”

The Day of Mourning was officially recognized by the Ontario Provincial Legislature in 1988. In 1991, An Act Respecting a Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace passed through all stages of the House of Commons and the Senate. The Bill, which now proclaims April 28 of each year as a National Day of Mourning, received Royal Assent on February 1, 1991 and is now law. The Day of Mourning is also officially recognized in many countries throughout the world.

For more information on the National Day of Mourning, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety website at http://www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/.

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Apr 23 - TD Bank Economist Addresses Local Business Leaders

On April 22, more than 215 business professionals and community leaders from across Durham Region gathered in Oshawa for the 9th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast. The event featured a special presentation by Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist with TD Bank Group.

Mr. Alexander highlighted key aspects of the global and national economies and included a local perspective on Oshawa’s economic landscape. Local highlights of Oshawa’s present and future economy included declining unemployment rates, stronger growth in exports and business investment, and the benefits of Oshawa’s diversified industries.

“Mr. Alexander always provides solid information about our community and once again he delivered in this year’s address. He was quite upbeat about the changes Oshawa has seen in the last couple of years and I agree with him that we are moving in the right direction as the future looks positive for our city,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of Development Services Committee. “I would also like to thank the TD Bank Group for bringing us an objective economic analysis.”

The change that Oshawa as a community is experiencing is undeniable - with major commercial development projects, growth in post-secondary academia, record-breaking residential construction, growth in health care services and much more. Up-to-date information on development, statistics, news and more is available at www.oshawa.ca/business and research reports by TD Bank Group Economics are available at www.td.com/economics.

For more information on Economic Development Services, visit www.oshawa.ca/business or follow @InvestOshawa on Twitter. For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

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Apr 22 - May 5: Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Oshawa City Council has proclaimed Monday, May 5 as ‘Crossing Guard Appreciation Day’ – a day to recognize the invaluable service and dedication crossing guards offer to Oshawa’s children, seniors and other pedestrians.

“Our School Crossing Guards are an amazing group and I would ask drivers to pay attention to them while they do their very important job in seeing our children get to and from school safely,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of Community Services Committee. “They deserve our respect and appreciation not just on May 5th, but every day.”

Oshawa has over 100 school crossing guards who perform approximately 1.5 million crossings each school year through all types of weather conditions. This is the fifth year the City has acknowledged the hard work of our crossing guards who guide students (as well as other pedestrians) across streets and intersections to help them arrive safely to and from school.

The Municipality of Clarington has once again joined the City of Oshawa in dedicating May 5 to crossing guards.

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Apr 22 - A week in May dedicated to Oshawa’s youth - National Youth & Youth Arts Week May 1 to 7, 2014

After one of the longest winters, youth can enjoy the excitement of spring through a variety of unique free events and activities during National Youth & National Youth Arts Week, from May 1 to 7.

This initiative is supported by the Provincial Consortium of Youth in Recreation and is aimed at celebrating youth’s active participation in their community.

The Oshawa Youth Council (O.Y.C.) have planned a variety of innovative events geared to youth ages 10 to 17. Youth will have the opportunity to show off their dance moves and “feel the Latin vibes” in a drop-in Zumba class on May 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Recreation Complex. After Zumba, join the O.Y.C. in the Rec Room for the kick-off party starting at 6 p.m. The O.Y.C. welcomes youth to join them for snacks, drinks, and to compete against each other in games including pool, X-box, Wii and ping pong.

Other free National Youth & National Youth Arts Week events include:

  • RMG Fridays- Youth inspired by the arts can come to The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. to enjoy a series of live performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, and more. Special guests for the night include folk artists Melissa Payne, and Bowmanville’s very own Trish Robb.
  • Discover the Arts- On Sunday, May 4 starting at 1 p.m.; join the O.Y.C.at the Arts Resource Centre to create a masterpiece using different forms of art. Youth of all ages will challenge their imagination through a variety of activities including anime/cartooning, drawing/painting, pottery and more.
  • Wrap Up- Calling all gamers! Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m., youth are invited to join the OYC at the South Oshawa Community Centre, for an exciting night of X- box, arcade and billiards games, plus other fun activities to wrap up National Youth & National Youth Arts Week.

“Oshawa’s Youth Council has again planned a number of interesting activities for National Youth Week,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Community Services Committee Chair. “I encourage our young people to come out, meet new people and join in the fun.”

Youth are invited to also participate in a variety of FREE drop-in sports programs throughout the week, including floor hockey, basketball, soccer and batting practice. For drop-in locations and dates, visit www.oshawa.ca/nyw.

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Apr 19 - Earth Day community clean-up event on Sunday, April 27

The Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee (OEAC), an advisory committee of Council, is organizing an Earth Day Clean-up on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The Earth Day event is part of the OEAC’s year-long Eco-Challenge that features monthly themes aimed at encouraging and engaging OEAC members, the community and local businesses to collectively take action to protect and promote a healthy environment. April’s theme is dedicated to “Earth Day Everyday: Community Clean-up”.

For more information, view the Community Calendar.

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Apr 17 - City of Oshawa indoor pools receive new pool lifts

The City of Oshawa recently installed new pool lifts in its aquatic facilities aiding in the goal for a more accessible Oshawa and ensuring swimmers who require assistance can have an easy and safe entry and exit from the City’s indoor pools.
New Portable Aquatic Lift (P.A.L.) lifts have been installed, replacing older lifts, in three City aquatic facilities: Civic Recreation Complex, Donevan Recreation Complex and South Oshawa Community Centre.

“The installation of these new pool lifts assists Oshawa with its important goal of removing barriers and making our facilities even more accessible,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of Community Services Committee.

The new P.A.L. lifts are portable, hydraulic and battery-operated. The lifts include a fixed seat with arm and footrest and have touchpad remote control. City employees have been trained in the safe operation of the new lifts and are ready to assist patrons in need of support.

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Apr 16 - City of Oshawa receives Ontario Employer Designation

The City recently received the 2013 Ontario Employer designation from the Provincial Partnership Council (P.P.C.).

The Ontario Employer designation recognizes extraordinary employers that support the futures of large numbers of Ontario students through opportunities such as cooperative education placements, school-work transition programs, youth apprenticeship programs and volunteer placements.

“Education is a large part of the changing face of our city. I am therefore very pleased that Oshawa has earned the recognition as an extraordinary employer for our role in encouraging students through opportunities to learn and experience. Congratulations to Human Resources staff who led the way on this achievement,” said Councillor Roger Bouma, Chair of the Corporate Services Committee.

In 2013, the City of Oshawa provided a number of learning experiences for students, including:

  • cooperative education opportunities through Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Trent University, Queen’s University and Centennial College; 
  • a school-work transition program in partnership with Career Edge;
  • volunteer opportunities available for hundreds of high school students from across the city;
  • cooperative education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities or learning challenges through the City’s recently launched Community Integration through Cooperative Education (C.I.C.E.) program in partnership with Durham College; and, 
  • internships for recent graduates, graduates with disabilities and internationally qualified professionals requiring professional experience through a partnership with Career Edge Organization.

“We, as a leading corporation, have a responsibility to invest in our students and create and maintain partnerships with our local educational facilities,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “The City of Oshawa creates opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while working in a municipal environment. Students gain practical experience as they apply and expand their knowledge, skills and attitudes. This in turn helps them make wise decisions for their future education, training and employment. They are the great minds of our future.”

The P.P.C. is comprised of leaders from the private, public and voluntary sectors and is a volunteer advisory committee of the Government of Ontario. The P.P.C.’s mission is to ensure that Ontario employers appreciate the value of engaging students in meaningful experiences that foster workplace skills development and guide students in making educational career-related decisions. Created in 2010, P.P.C.’s Ontario Employer Designation distinguishes employers that are supporting the futures of significant numbers of young people across the province through experiential learning programs. Visit www.ontarioemployer.ca for more information.

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Apr 10 - Condolence book available for signing at City Hall for the Honourable Jim Flaherty, P.C., M.P.

A condolence book is available at Oshawa City Hall for residents who wish to express their sympathy in memory of the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Member of the Queen’s Privy Council (P.C.) for Canada, Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Whitby-Oshawa and former Minister of Finance.

“Mr. Flaherty’s sudden passing has had a profound and overwhelming effect on our community. This book will provide our residents the opportunity to convey their sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the Flaherty family. Mr. Flaherty will be sorely missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known, lived and worked along with him,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

Those wishing to sign the condolence book can visit Service Oshawa located at City Hall (50 Centre Street South). The condolence book will be available to residents for signing until Saturday, April 19 and then will be presented to the Flaherty family on behalf of the City of Oshawa and its community members. Service Oshawa is open April 15-17 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed Friday, April 18 for Good Friday, and open on Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Flags at City of Oshawa facilities have been lowered and will remain at half-mast until sunset of the day of the funeral or memorial service of the late Honourable Jim Flaherty.

First elected as an M.P. in 2006, Jim Flaherty was a third term Member of Parliament for Whitby-Oshawa. Until March 2014, he served as Canada’s Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. Additionally, he served as a Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He was one of the longest serving Ministers of Finance for Canada.

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Apr 10 - Spring fish stocking is underway at Oshawa Harbour

Across Ontario, millions of fish from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources fish culture stations are being stocked into public waters, including a stocking site in Oshawa.

Earlier this week, approximately 10,000 Brown Trout were introduced into Lake Ontario waters at the Oshawa Harbour via Oshawa Port Authority lands.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources operates nine provincial fish culture stations that produce approximately 8.5 million fish annually for stocking into more than 1,200 lakes and rivers. Each year, over 2 million fish, both native and non-native species, are stocked into the Canadian waters of Lake Ontario.

“Oshawa is thrilled to be identified as an important fish stocking site,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Fish stocking promotes native species restoration and helps restore biodiversity.”

Brown Trout are generally stocked as spring yearlings (~16 months old) and are 40-50 grams. Each year, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources stocks Lake Ontario with approximately 160,000 Brown Trout through various sites from Wellington in the east to St. Catharines in the west, and including Oshawa.

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Apr 10 - Port of Oshawa Welcomes Start of New Shipping Season

One of the first signs of spring is at the port, where the Oshawa Port Authority kicked off this year’s shipping season by officially welcoming the first international vessel, M/V Heloise at a special Top Hat ceremony. M/V Heloise arrived from Istanbul, Turkey to offload more than 19-thousand metric tonnes of steel. Her next port of call will be Thunder Bay.

Port Supports Canada’s Steel Industry 
In 2013, the Port of Oshawa handled 43 vessels, carrying over 291 thousand metric tonnes of bulk cargo, making it one of the busiest years. The largest cargo was steel, with over 94,000 metric tonnes of steel imported through the port. Steel rebar is used in condo and office tower construction in Durham Region, the GTA and throughout Canada. Other heavy cargo arriving at the port last year included stamping presses imported from Germany for General Motors, a generator for General Electric of Peterborough, and a wind turbine. The Port of Oshawa generates close to $6 million annually in federal and provincial taxes. It’s revenue that goes back into the local and regional economy.

Top Hat Ceremony Dates Back to 1829
The first international ship to enter the Port of Oshawa through the St. Lawrence Seaway is honoured each year, during a special ceremony and presentation of the lucky Top Hat. This tradition began back in 1829, when the first ship entered the newly created Welland Canal, and the prestigious Top Hat was presented to the captain as a symbol of good luck.

About M/V Heloise
The time charter owner of M/V Heloise is Brochart KB. The general ship agent is Colley Motorships Ltd., attended by sub-agent Currie Maritime Corporation. Oshawa Stevedoring and Local 1997 of the International Longshoremen’s Association are discharging the cargo.

About the Oshawa Port Authority
The Oshawa Port Authority was established by Letters Patent issued on January 25th, 2012 pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Oshawa Port Authority operates the Port of Oshawa and manages the associated harbour lands that are owned by the Crown.

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Apr 7 - Come on Oshawa, Let's Be the Heart of the Games!

Are you eager to represent your country and community and play a role in hosting the largest international multi-sport event ever held in Canada? Are you a sports fan or culture maven? How about a community booster or a student looking to gain invaluable experience?

Well, the wait is over! The official online volunteer portal for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is now live at TORONTO2015.org/volunteer.

Presented by Chevrolet, the volunteer recruitment drive is searching for more than 20,000 amazing, passionate and skilled people, aged 16 and up, to make these Games truly great – including right here in Oshawa which will host boxing and weightlifting in the summer of 2015.

“I am proud that the City of Oshawa will be part of the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada. Oshawa will host boxing and weightlifting events at the Oshawa Sports Centre (General Motors Centre) and you can be a part of this worldwide legacy by volunteering, ” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “Volunteering for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games would be an exceptional opportunity for our Oshawa area students, as well as our cultural, sporting, youth organizations and service clubs. I encourage everyone to get involved by volunteering and show the world everything we have to offer!”

Exciting volunteer positions are available in 16 Ontario municipalities — from Welland to Minden Hills, Hamilton to Oshawa — in all areas of the Games, from anti-doping and medical services, protocol and the Games-time news service, to ticketing, venue management and ushers in venues.

“Behind every amazing moment at the TORONTO 2015 Games will be our volunteers,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). “They will be the backbone, the ambassadors and the heart of the Games — they will represent the best of us.”

The online volunteer application takes about 20 minutes to fill out and captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability. Selected candidates will be asked to undergo interviews, starting in June 2014. Positions will be offered beginning September 2014 and continuing up to Games time.

“Through the volunteer program, individuals and communities across this country will be united by the shared goal of delivering Games that will make Canadians proud,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “That is just one of the many reasons our Government is pleased to support the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.”

In addition to an unforgettable experience, all volunteers will receive a keepsake uniform and training, as well as earn a volunteer certificate from the Province of Ontario, recognizing their Games training to help them stand out in today’s job market.

“The Government of Ontario is proud to provide education, experience and expertise for our 20,000 volunteers who will help host the largest international multi-sport Games held on Canadian soil,” said Michael Chan, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. “The first of its kind in the province, the new volunteer certificate program and online gateway will foster a vibrant volunteer base that will help strengthen skill sets and leave a lasting legacy of volunteerism in Ontario long after the Games.”

For more information on volunteering for the Games, visit TORONTO2015.org/volunteer. For more information on the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Oshawa, visit oshawa.ca/panam.

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Apr 4 - Oshawa in the News - March 2014

The City of Oshawa's March 2014 Media Summary Report is now available! This monthly report highlights media coverage of major City initiatives, programs and events, as well as media items that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, job creation, global reach, innovation and distinctions. 

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March 2014


Mar 31 - Oshawa realizes a 3.9 per cent electricity drop during Earth Hour

The Oshawa community responded to the Earth Hour challenge by reducing the demand for electricity this past Saturday evening by 5.8 megawatts or approximately 3.91 per cent. The percentage is up slightly compared to last year’s percentage of 3.87 per cent (drop of approximately 5.68 megawatts).

The reduction in electricity demand is equivalent to approximately 58,000 homes shutting off one 100-watt light bulb for the hour.

Oshawa’s demand for electricity compared favourably with provincial results. The Independent Electricity System Operator reported that Ontario reduced demand by 2.6 per cent, or 436 megawatts.

The Earth Hour initiative began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million residents pledged to turn off their lights for one hour to focus attention climate change. The annual symbolic event has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide.

For more information about the City of Oshawa's environmental initiatives, including Earth Hour, visit www.oshawa.ca/environment.

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Mar 27 - City of Oshawa launches live online chat service

 The City of Oshawa has launched a new way for residents and online users to connect to Service Oshawa for information on City services and programs and to report problems.

The live online chat functionality is a one-year pilot project that was requested by the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee. While anyone can use and find the system helpful, it can be especially beneficial for people with disabilities such as hearing loss, speech and cognitive impairments.

To access online chat, customers simply click on the online chat icon at www.oshawa.ca and a dialogue window appears. The customer is not required to download any software.

The new service is available Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“The online chat service enables the City of Oshawa to provide an additional channel through which residents and businesses can connect with Service Oshawa to request information on many City services and programs,” said Councillor Roger Bouma, Chair of the Corporate Services Committee.

In addition, Customer Service Representatives are available in-person and on the phone Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with the exception of holidays). Phone and counter services can be provided in many languages.

Service Oshawa can be reached in-person at City Hall (50 Centre Street South), by phone at 905-436-3311 (TTY customers only: 905-436-5627) or by e-mail at service@oshawa.ca.

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Mar 24 - Oshawa celebrates Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29

Oshawa community members can celebrate their commitment to the planet during Earth Hour festivities this weekend.

On Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Oshawa households and businesses are asked to join millions of people across the world by turning off any lights and other non-essential power sources for the one hour to symbolize our collective commitment to the planet.

The City of Oshawa will be participating in Earth Hour by reducing energy use and turning out all non-essential lights at City Hall and other City facilities.

“The Oshawa Strategic Plan identifies reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as key strategies to achieving our goal of sustainability and environmental responsibility,” said Councillor Bruce Wood, Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee Council representative. “Participating in Earth Hour raises awareness about the connection between our changing climate and energy consumption.”

People looking for a social Earth Hour event can take part in a free film and speaker event on March 29 at Trent University’s Oshawa Campus (55 Thornton Road South).

Hosted by the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee (an advisory committee of Oshawa City Council), the Region of Durham and Trent University, the event will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. with the opportunity to hear from and engage in discussion with an expert panel on climate change. Following the discussion, the lights will go out to observe Earth Hour, during which time, the award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” will be shown. The 60-minute film chronicles one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Light refreshments will be provided afterward.

“At the local level, there is a lot we can do collectively as a community to reduce our contribution to climate change,” said Kristy Kilbourne, Chair of the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee. “We hope that residents will turn off their lights at home, and join us to learn more about the impacts of climate change in places like Canada’s north – the strong message of the film will inspire residents to action beyond just powering down for an hour one night each year.”

The Earth Hour initiative began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million residents pledged to turn off their lights for one hour to focus attention on climate change. The annual symbolic event has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide.

For more information about the City of Oshawa’s environmental initiatives, visit www.oshawa.ca/environment.

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Mar 17 - Volunteers wanted to help clean up Oshawa, April 20-26

With spring in the air, homeowners, families, businesses, students and community leaders are encouraged to volunteer and take part in the City’s annual Community Clean-up Week.

This year marks Oshawa’s 18th Community Clean-up initiative. The week-long event will take place April 20 to 26. Groups of all sizes are invited to volunteer in cleaning up parks, green spaces, trails and schoolyards.

“Finally spring is here and after the winter we’ve had, our boulevards, parks, trails and schoolyards are in real need of cleaning up and Community Clean-up Week is a great time for everyone to join in and help make our city look better,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair, Community Services Committee. “Helping clean up your neighbourhood is a great way to shake off the winter blues by getting some fresh air and meeting your neighbours while helping to bring the green back to our green spaces.”

Volunteers and groups can learn more and obtain the registration form online at www.oshawa.ca/cleanupweek. Registered participants will be provided with free bags and gloves and will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

As part of the annual initiative, a collaboration of organizations within Oshawa is coordinating a downtown event, Communities with Brooms, on Friday, April 25 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The event will bring community volunteers together, as well as representatives from Downtown Oshawa Board of Management, Safe City Oshawa Partnership, M.P. Colin Carrie, Durham Regional Police Service, John Howard Society and City of Oshawa. Residents can register by emailing brooms@jhsd.ca.

“Community with Brooms is an annual event to clean up the downtown area,” said Councillor Doug Sanders, Council Representative on the Downtown Oshawa Board of Management. “There are many community volunteers, City staff and Councillors who come together to perform the downtown clean up.”

Communities with Brooms aims to spruce up downtown Oshawa, foster community pride, build partnerships and raise awareness regarding the impact and cost of graffiti and other vandalism. Following the event, participants are invited to attend a barbecue lunch sponsored by Oshawa M.P. Colin Carrie.

For more information and for assistance in choosing a community clean-up area or finding a group, contact the City at 905-436-3311 ext. 3146 or visit www.oshawa.ca/cleanupweek. To register for Communities with Brooms, email brooms@jhsd.ca.

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Mar 14 - Earth Hour, Saturday, March 29, 2014

Community members are invited to a free event in celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Trent University, Oshawa Campus located at 55 Thornton Road South.
The evening will include an expert panel on climate change with public discussion and also feature the award- winning documentary “Chasing Ice”. This 60 minute film chronicles one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
If you are not able to attend the event, you are asked to observe Earth Hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm by turning off all your non-essential lights.

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Mar 10 - Oshawa in the News - February 2014 media summary

Read the latest Oshawa in the News report highlighting media articles that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, job creation, global reach, innovation and distinctions. The report also includes media coverage of major City initiatives, programs and events.

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Mar 3 - City of Oshawa turns 90 on March 8

The City of Oshawa is celebrating its 90th anniversary as a “City” on March 8. Visit the City website, www.oshawa.ca, to learn more about the history of Oshawa and to view weekly historical facts and accompanying archival photos.

On March 8, 1924, with a population of 15,545, Oshawa was elevated from a town to city status:

“By order of the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board, the Town of Oshawa was erected into a City at twelve o'clock noon today, Saturday, Mar. 8th, 1924, becoming the twenty-fifth city of the Province of Ontario with a population of 15,545. It is one of the few cities to attain that status by reason of its requisite population and not by Special Act of Parliament. The event was celebrated by a salute of twenty-five guns fired from the turret of the Armoury. A meeting was held in the Armoury being addressed by the Mayor, members of the Council and the Clergy. Through the afternoon and evening parades were held, followed by a community dance: the real celebration of the event being left until the Old Home Week, August 3rd to 9th, 1924. The Ontario Reformer and the Oshawa Telegram issued historic numbers on this occasion.”

~ Oshawa City Council Dated 8 March 1924

“From the movement of goods, manufacturing, medicine and education, the City of Oshawa has played an integral role in the development of Canada as we know it today,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “Oshawa is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada and this City is quickly being recognized by people from around the world as their choice location to live and work. We can be proud of the many successes Oshawa has achieved and we can be confident we will achieve many more.”

Oshawa’s beginnings date back to the early 1700s at the Oshawa Harbour, which was a transfer point for the fur trade. Around the year 1750, the French established a trading post near the mouth of the Oshawa Creek.

In the 1800s, immigration to the area continued as did the need for services; hotel and inn accommodations, stores, churches and mills were built. In 1842, the inhabitants of the area received government permission to establish a post office in the settlement. When choosing a post office name, two visiting Indians suggested the Indian name “Oshawa,” meaning “the point at the crossing of the stream where the canoe was exchanged for the trail.”

In 1850, Oshawa was incorporated as a village with a population of approximately 2,000. In 1879, with a population of just under 4,000, Oshawa’s status was changed from a village to a town.

A key milestone in the growth of Oshawa was the establishment of the Pedlar Metal Roofing Company in 1861. In 1911, the Company reorganized into a joint stock company under the name of the Pedlar People Limited that grew to become the largest of its kind in the British Empire.

Oshawa is historically recognized as a centre for automotive manufacturing excellence and the home of General Motors Canada. In 1876, Robert McLaughlin who had already established a carriage works business, relocated to Oshawa because of the area’s rail and harbour facilities. The McLaughlin’s began producing automobiles in 1907 and formed General Motors of Canada in 1918.

Today, with a population of 157,000, Oshawa is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. Oshawa is a growing and evolving city that is fostering the development of diverse economic sectors and knowledge-based industries. Although still a sector of strength, especially in the field of engineering, automotive is no longer the sole focus in Oshawa. Oshawa’s diversified business platform focuses on five key sectors: advanced manufacturing, health and bioscience, energy generation, multi-modal transportation, and logistics and information technology.

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Mar 3 - Oshawa’s Peony Festival named Top Festivals and Events in Ontario

Once again, Oshawa’s Peony Festival has been named one of the 2014 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario (FEO). FEO’s annual Top 100 list recognizes festivals and events that excel within the industry.

“It is no surprise our Peony Festival has once again received recognition as a top event in Ontario, as it is truly amazing,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “I encourage everyone to come to our fabulous gardens on June 14th and 15th and see for themselves, I'm sure they won't be disappointed.”

The 10th annual Peony Festival takes place June 14-15, 2014 in the heart of the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (OVBG) at 155 Arena Street. Hosted by the City, this free event displays 300 types of peonies in the gardens. In addition, hundreds of peony blooms are displayed in Children’s Arena for the annual Canadian Peony Society - Ontario Region’s judged Peony Show. Artisans, live music, gardening advice and photo contest are all part of this remarkable flower festival. For more details about the Peony Festival, visit www.oshawa.ca/peony.

FEO was established in 1987 as the provincial, not-for-profit tourism association devoted to the growth of the festivals and events industry in Ontario. For more information, including the complete listing of 2014 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, visit www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca.

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February 2014


Feb 20 - Oshawa Mayor presents State of the City Address to local business community

 Oshawa Mayor John Henry delivered on February 20, 2014, the annual “State of the City Address” to the local business community at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre. The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce event – the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Lunch – was presented in conjunction with BMO Bank of Montreal.

The Mayor began his address by highlighting that Oshawa will celebrate on March 8, 2014, its 90th Anniversary as a “City” and by thanking local businesses and business leaders for their valuable contributions to the local economy.

“Oshawa’s strong business community has been integral to the growth and expansion of Oshawa,” said Mayor Henry. “Thanks to the many years of support and investment of our local businesses, Oshawa has matured from its humble automotive beginnings to an emerging leader in key economic sectors and to a world-class city poised for continued growth.”

Mayor Henry highlighted economic development opportunities in each of Oshawa’s existing and emerging economic sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Health and Bioscience; Energy Generation; Multi-Modal Transportation and Logistics; and Information Technology.

The address focused on Oshawa’s promising prosperous future made possible through the support of local businesses, community partnerships and new investment opportunities.

“I am extremely proud of the progress we have made together this year,” said Mayor Henry. “I look forward to another amazing year and collectively, to our continued success and growth.”

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Feb 19 - City of Oshawa approves Oshawa’s First Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan

On February 18, 2014, Oshawa Council approved its first “Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan”. This plan serves as a framework, and identifies key opportunities that the City, and the arts, culture and heritage sector can implement over the next five to ten years to help Oshawa maintain and build upon its cultural vitality.

“Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan”, which began in February 2013, was developed by a community steering committee, an interdepartmental staff team and the consulting firms of AuthentiCity (a division of Millier Dickinson Blais) and Public Interest.

The City of Oshawa received partial funding from the Government of Ontario for the development of the plan.

"As the council member of the steering committee it has been very exciting to see this living document become a reality and how it will be a key role in the future of economic development in the City of Oshawa,” said Councillor England, Council representative on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan Steering Committee. “Furthermore, the grassroots efforts of the arts, culture and heritage communities made this plan a reality and deserve a lot of thanks and gratitude from our city.”

Essential to the success of the project was consultation with the community and stakeholder groups. Without this valuable and critical feedback, the Plan would not have been possible. The consultation process included a survey, community launch event and visioning session, three focus groups, workshops, two community soundings and a community forum. In all, over 300 people were involved in the community engagement activities.

“This plan has been a year in the making, but well worth the wait,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The work done by the community steering committee and interdepartmental team along with the excellent input from residents has allowed the production of an amazing plan that will serve Oshawa for years to come.”

The Plan is organized into six strategic directions as follows.

• Broaden and Evolve the City’s Role in Arts, Culture and Heritage
• Grow Culture-Led Economic Development
• Strengthen Communication within and about the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector
• Build a Strong, Vital and Connected Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector
• Create Vibrant Places and Spaces
• Provide Access and Promote Inclusion in Oshawa’s Cultural Life

The strategic directions, strategies and actions within the Plan will help to increase the organizational capacity of cultural organizations, connect arts and culture stakeholders, strengthen the cultural infrastructure, support the City’s existing work on a public art policy, leverage investment in arts and culture, and connect the creative economy.

Ongoing generation of strategies and actions will be encouraged in support of achieving the individual strategic directions and ultimately the future state vision of arts, culture and heritage in Oshawa.

“Culture Counts” is the brand for Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan. The colour of the brand represents vibrancy, creativity and energy. The dots in the logo represent both the need to better connect different components of the arts, culture and heritage sector in the city. The words themselves express the importance of culture to Oshawa’s economic development and quality of life.

For updates on Culture Counts, visit www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

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Feb 19 - Oshawa Council approves the 2014 Operating and Capital Budgets

Oshawa Council approved on Friday, February 14, the 2014 operating and capital budgets. The 2014 operating budget provides the funding necessary to deliver efficient and affordable services to the Oshawa community. The 2014 capital budget and 9-year forecast focus on investing in and renewing the City’s core infrastructure and providing the key infrastructure necessary to meet the future needs of the community.

“The 2014 budget addresses both current and future needs of our community by incorporating a nine-year plan of infrastructural requirements within our community,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “It provides this Council and future Councils the ability to achieve and maintain fiscal responsibility.”

“Oshawa City Council has transformed the budget process,” said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair, Finance Committee. “By developing more realistic criteria, including the most important ‘affordability’, in considering potential projects; by ensuring increasing savings in Reserve Funds; by paying down pre-existing debt; and by including the opportunity for public participation through innovative measures, Council continues to respond to the community’s many financial challenges, while holding to minimal tax increases.”

The 2014 operating budget maintains all base 2013 levels of programs and services, as well as:
• addresses volume growth;
• provides for inflationary increases;
• reflects the approved park, recreation, planning and engineering fee increases;
• contains a provision for contractual labour increases that are subject to negotiation and possible arbitration in 2014; and,
• includes increased contributions to reserves to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the City.

This was the first year that City staff presented a 10-year capital plan. The plan reflects sound asset management planning and focuses on infrastructure renewal and priority capital projects. Highlights from the 2014 capital budget include:
• Design work for Fire Hall #6
• Workforce Management Software – phase 1
• Master Plan for Windfields Community Park
• Oshawa Harbour improvements
• Highway 407 related local road works
• Major road and sidewalk reconstruction

The 2014 City Budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.44 per cent for residential properties, which translates to a property tax increase of $9.94 per $100,000 of assessment. This means that a residential property owner with a property assessed at $290,000 would pay an additional $28.83 per year in property taxes on the City of Oshawa portion of their tax bill.

Property taxes are collected by the City, on behalf of the City of Oshawa, the Region of Durham and the Durham school boards. Together, the total residential property tax bill for Oshawa residents (including the City of Oshawa, Region of Durham and Durham school boards) will increase by approximately 1.19 per cent. This translates to a property tax increase of approximately $59.98 for 2014 on a residential property assessed at $290,000.

As part of the 2014 budget process, the City provided new ways for community members to submit comments and ask questions, including a Facebook Town Hall, Open House events, online feedback form and printed feedback forms/boxes at City Hall, City facilities and Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres branches.

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Feb 11 - Visit the Heritage Oshawa display at the Oshawa Centre on Friday, February 21

In celebration of Ontario Heritage Week, Heritage Oshawa will host an event at the Oshawa Centre on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Centre Court area.

As part of Oshawa’s celebration, members of Heritage Oshawa will be on hand to answer questions and display some of Oshawa’s cultural treasures. The theme for 2014 is “Remembering the First World War: Ontario in Transition.” This period was one of rapid transformation and the results resonate through our society to this day. The display will include informative heritage related material, as well as exhibits from community partners.

Additionally, the newly updated Inventory of City of Oshawa Heritage Properties will be available for viewing and purchase.

Ontario Heritage Week takes place each February and is led by the Ontario Heritage Trust. In 2014, Heritage Week will occur from Monday, February 17 to Sunday, February 23.

For more information about Ontario Heritage Week, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca.

Heritage Oshawa is the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee for the City of Oshawa. The Committee advises and assists Council on matters related to heritage conservation and promotes heritage conservation within Oshawa. For more information on Heritage Oshawa, visit www.heritageoshawa.ca or www.oshawa.ca/tourism/history2.asp.

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Feb 7 - Oshawa recognized with provincial economic development award

The City of Oshawa was recognized by The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at its Annual Marketing Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Toronto.

David Tuley, Oshawa’s Downtown Development Officer, together with Denis O’Connell, Vice-President of CORE21, accepted the award for the development of CORE21 – a project that after many years in the making has materialized into Oshawa’s first entrepreneurial co-working facility located in the heart of Oshawa’s downtown. The project was awarded in the Planning and Building Initiatives – Physical Infrastructure and Redevelopment Initiatives category that recognizes creative forms of improving community competitiveness.

CORE21 was developed through a concept initiated through Oshawa’s Economic Development Services and was realized after working with a private sector investor, Denis O’Connell, to revitalize a vacant commercial space to bring the downtown co-working and entrepreneurial hub concept to life. CORE21 is now fully operating as a versatile and dynamic work environment that is customized for small businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups and the arts community to engage, collaborate and create in Downtown Oshawa.

For many years, Oshawa has been recognized as a supportive community for new businesses and entrepreneurial minds,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “CORE21 is a great asset to Downtown Oshawa and opens the door to future growth and development.”

EDCO’s annual marketing awards feature and showcase the best in economic development marketing initiatives within Ontario and applaud the outstanding marketing achievements of community and economic development organizations across the province.

For more information on Economic Development Services, visit www.oshawa.ca/business or follow @InvestOshawa on Twitter. For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

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Feb 5 - Oshawa in the News - January 2014 media summary

The monthly Oshawa in the News report contains short summaries and web links to media articles that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, job creation, global reach, innovation and distinctions. The report also includes media coverage of major City initiatives, programs and events.

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January 2014


Jan 30 - City takes back ownership of former marina lands at the Oshawa Harbour

The City of Oshawa has officially taken ownership of the former marina lands at the Oshawa Harbour through an “instrument of grant” recently signed by both the City and the federal government. The former marina lands are 8.4 hectares (20.5 acres) in size.

The transfer of the former marina lands to the City was outlined in the July 2010 Oshawa Harbour Settlement Agreement between the City, Crown and the Oshawa Harbour Commission (now transitioned to the Oshawa Port Authority). The federal government completed environmental remediation work on the lands in fall 2013 and offered the lands back to the City; Council recently approved the transfer.

Under the Settlement Agreement, the City has now acquired a total of approximately 19.4 hectares (48 acres) of land located near the Oshawa Harbour. The former marina lands are the last remaining parcel of land to be transferred to the City.

The City earlier acquired approximately 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) of land located on the north side of Harbour Road in 2010 and 9.3 hectares (23 acres) of land located on the east side of Simcoe Street South, south of Harbour Road to about 140 metres south of the Oshawa Creek, in 2012 from the federal government. The City has undertaken measures to enable portions of these lands to be used for special events at Lakeview Park and plans to open up all of these lands for public uses after further environmental work.

In addition, the City acquired approximately 0.8 hectares (2 acres) of land at 1609 Simcoe Street South from a private owner in December 2012. This site is to be integrated with adjacent City-owned lands and opened up for public uses after further environmental work.

“The City’s objective is to continue the redevelopment of our waterfront as a mixed use, vibrant, people friendly place,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/harbour. For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

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Jan 29 - Read our latest e-newsletter on the City Budget

The City of Oshawa has published a special edition e-newsletter on the 2014 City Budget. Learn more about the draft budget that was presented to Council, as well as upcoming opportunities to provide your input.

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Jan 29 - Proposed Budget and 10-year Capital Forecast presented

Posted January 29, 2014

City of Oshawa staff presented the draft 2014 City Budget on January 29 to Council for review. The budget is founded on the goals in the Oshawa Strategic Plan and Council’s guiding principles of financial stewardship.

The draft operating budget provides the funding necessary to deliver efficient and affordable services to the Oshawa community. The draft 2014 capital budget and 9-year forecast focuses on investing in and renewing the City’s core infrastructure and providing the infrastructure necessary to respond to our growing city.

The draft budget submission requires an additional $2.4 million over the 2013 approved budget. The budget submission:

  • maintains the base 2013 levels of services;
  • addresses volume growth; 
  • provides for inflationary increases; 
  • reflects the approved park, recreation, planning and engineering fee increases; 
  • contains a provision for contractual labour increases that are subject to negotiation and possible arbitration in 2014; and, 
  • includes increased contributions to reserves to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the City.

Funding for park/trail development and road/sidewalk reconstruction were also highlighted in the budget submission, as well as funding for external agencies (including Oshawa Historical Society, Oshawa Public Libraries, Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Parkwood Foundation and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery) and financial support for 21 local community groups through the Partnership and Anchor Grant Program.

This is the first year that a 10-year capital plan has been presented to Council for review. This plan reflects sound asset management planning. Highlights from the 2014 capital budget include:

  • Design work for Fire Hall #6 
  • Workforce Management Software – phase 1
  • Master Plan for Windfields Community Park
  • Oshawa Harbour improvements
  • Highway 407 related local road works
  • Major road and sidewalk reconstruction

The 2014 City Budget proposes a tax levy increase of 2.11 per cent. The proposed increase would see residential property taxes increase by $14.57 per $100,000 of assessment, meaning that a residential property owner with a property assessed at $290,000 would pay an additional $42.24 per year in property taxes on the City of Oshawa portion of their tax bill.

Upcoming Council Budget Meeting dates are:

  • January 31: Grants, External Agencies and Advisory Committees
  • February 7: Operating Budgets
  • February 10: To Receive Comments from the Public (requests must be submitted in writing to the City Clerk no later than 1:00 p.m. on February 6)
  • February 11: Capital Budget and 9-year Forecast
  • February 14: Budget Review and Approval

“I look forward to the budget discussions and delivering residents a budget that makes Oshawa a more liveable city,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

“Council’s budgetary process has been significantly updated to be more realistic in determining projects based on clear criteria, including the critical factor of ‘affordability’,” said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair, Finance Committee. “We welcome full public participation, with many opportunities for input, including even a Facebook Town Hall meeting with the City Treasurer.”

The City welcomes comments and questions on the draft City Budget and invites Oshawa residents and businesses to:

  • Complete a feedback form online (or a printed form available at City recreation facilities and Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres)
  • Join the City Budget Facebook Town Hall on February 5, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Drop-in to an Open House –
    • February 6, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Civic Recreation Complex, Main Lobby
    • February 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: South Oshawa Community Centre, Main Lobby
    • February 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Legends Centre, Main Lobby

For more information on upcoming meetings and opportunities for feedback, and to view the draft 2014 City Budget, visit www.oshawa.ca/budget2014.

For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca  or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

2014 Draft Budget:/cit_hall/budget.asp
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Jan 16 - A Downtown Oshawa Soup Festival -- Hot Roots Soups

From February 7 to 13, Hot Roots Soups -- a downtown Oshawa soup festival sponsored by Durham Veg, the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oshawa, will be celebrating Black History Month within a context of healthy living and sustainability. Local restaurants in the downtown area will be incorporating locally grown root vegetables, plus squash and pumpkin, to create Afro-Caribbean inspired soups throughout the duration of the festival.

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Jan 16 - Oshawa's new guide to dining downtown

Today, downtown Oshawa is currently home to the greatest number of restaurants the area has ever had. From 38 establishments in 2009 to 58 today, downtown is continuing to grow into a distinct and noticeable foodie district. In the last year alone, new restaurant/café openings included Felicio’s Cake Boutique, Berry Hill Food Co., Spicy Affairs, Maharaja Indian Cuisine, Smoke’s Poutinerie and Tutto Market Café.

The Emerging Foodies – a new downtown dining guide features local business owners, a categorized directory and map. View the guide online or visit oshawa.ca/business.To request a printed copy, please send an e-mail to business@oshawa.ca.

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Jan 16 - Oshawa to develop a City-wide Transportation Plan

The City of Oshawa has initiated an Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) study to define a city-wide transportation vision and address future growth and transportation challenges.

This inaugural study will integrate elements of land use planning, policy and stakeholder participation to prepare a master plan for transportation across the city, in both urban and rural areas. Once complete, the ITMP will identify and evaluate alternative multi-modal transportation network solutions and recommend a preferred transportation network and a long-term implementation strategy.

Two Public Information Centres are planned in 2014 to gather feedback on key transportation issues and concerns. The first PIC will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Leisure room of Legends Centre at 1661 Harmony Road North in Oshawa. A Presentation will be made at 7:00 pm providing an overview of existing conditions and an initial analysis.

Upon completion of the study later this year, the ITMP Report will be made available for public review and input. For more information visit the website attached. 

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Jan 14 - City of Oshawa asks for financial assistance to help offset the costs of the ice storm

The total cost of the recent ice storm for the City of Oshawa is expected to reach over $2 million. Half of the total cost was incurred during the immediate response to the ice storm, representing more than 20 per cent of the City’s annual budget for winter maintenance and forestry services.

“Costs to the City of Oshawa are expected to double to more than $2 million as we complete the cleanup and replace much of our tree canopy that was lost in the ice storm,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

Furthermore, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC) estimate its storm related costs at approximately $500,000. Approximately 25,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm, and the City and OPUC worked quickly and efficiently to restore power.

The City was one of the first Ontario municipalities to activate its Emergency Operations Centre on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. and quickly began to address the City’s immediate issues, including returning power to residents, clearing main arterial roads, and establishing warming centres for residents and their pets who would be without power for an extended time.

“The City incurred significant overtime costs for staff directly involved in attending to the storm’s impact, opening warming centres and operating our call centre,” said Mayor Henry. “We also incurred additional contractual service costs for snow clearing and forestry related work and increased refuse collection costs, as well as lost revenue from facilities that had to be closed the first day of the storm.”

The City sent letters on January 7, 2014 to the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, and the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, requesting financial assistance from the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to help offset the extraordinary costs the City incurred in responding to and cleaning up from the storm.

“Significant work is still required to prune trees and clean up fallen trees and limbs on rights of ways, at City facilities, parks, trails, public cemeteries, open spaces, creek beds and valley lands,” added Mayor Henry. “The damage to the City’s tree canopy is significant and work will go on for years to replace all that was lost.”

For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jan 10 - City of Oshawa achieves eight new building records

It was an amazing 2013 for the City of Oshawa with eight new building records set in one year, including highest year on record for Residential Construction value at $287 million.

1. January – Highest January Residential on record ($27 million)
2. January – Highest January Total Permits on record (141 permits)
3. February – Highest February Residential on record ($18 million)
4. June – Highest Residential in any one month on record ($57.6 million)
5. June – Highest June Total Construction value on record ($60 million)
6. September – Highest September Commercial on record ($17 million)
7. December – Highest December Residential on record ($19.5 million)
8. 2013 – Highest Year for Residential on record ($287 million)

In 2013, the City of Oshawa issued 1,304 building permits with a total value of $369,158,000 (comprising of $286,945,000 in Residential, $41,433,000 in Commercial, $32,201,000 in Governmental/Institutional and $8,579,000 in Industrial value).

There were 1,020 new residential units created consisting of 391 single dwellings, 570 apartment units, 26 townhouses, 21 duplexes, 10 semis and 2 converted dwellings.

Some of the major projects issued in 2013 included:

  • Benson St. Group Limited – two 4-storey retirement apartment buildings at 1335 Benson St. ($38 million)
  • Student Housing Canada – 118-unit student apartment building at 1569 Simcoe St. N. ($24 million) 
  • Durham District School Board – new school at 610 Taylor Ave. ($11 million)
  • Ritson Division Retail Group Ltd. – commercial plaza at 200 Ritson Rd. N.
    ($8 million)
  • Trustees of Congregation of King St. – place of worship addition at 611 King St. W. ($5 million)

“The strong building activity shows confidence in the City by the investment/ development industry,” says Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “The 2013 activity provided the community with new educational facilities, new opportunities for local jobs, wider housing choices and new local shopping and services.”

“2014 also promises to be strong for Oshawa’s growth and development,” says Mike Leonard, Oshawa’s Chief Building Official. “We received applications in the first two days of January for the Oshawa Centre expansion valued at $230 million and a 16-storey apartment building valued at $30 million.”

In 2013, Oshawa’s Building staff received the ‘Yaman Uzumeri – International Award of Excellence’ from the Ontario Building Officials Association for providing the public with the highest level of service and promoting the importance of the Building Official’s role. This award was presented at the December 16 Council Meeting.

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Jan 8 - Oshawa in the News - December 2013 report

The monthly Oshawa in the News report for December 2013 is a high-level media scan comprised of short summaries and web links to media articles that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, job creation, global reach, innovation and distinctions. The report also includes media coverage of major City initiatives, programs and events.

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