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Fight’s not over yet! Speak up to Save Glen Abbey Golf Course

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WRITE: Town Council asking them to REFUSE the proposed development applications for this 230acre greenspace and cultural heritage landscape!

EMAIL: council@oakville.ca and mayor@oakville.ca

ATTEND: in person Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at the Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd.
Rally at 6:15 p.m. Meeting of Planning and Development Council to consider the Glen Abbey development applications at 7:00 p.m.

REGISTER: as a delegate to speak at the meeting by emailing townclerk@oakville.ca. Members of the public may also email written comments on the proposed development application to townclerk@oakville.ca before the Town Council meeting on September 26.

Read the staff recommendation report here.

The report recommends:

  1. That the official plan amendment, zoning by-law amendment and draft plan of subdivision applications by ClubLink Corporation ULC and ClubLink Holdings Limited, for 1333 Dorval Drive (File No’s OPA 1519.09, Z.1519.09 and 24T- 17003/1519), be refused;

We are pleased to share below an elegant letter from a concerned Oakville resident in the hopes that it will also inspire you to write, share, and tell your family and friends! 

Dear Mr. Mayor and Members of Council,

I recently asked Google to tell me a joke. Always the helpful assistant, it responded with, “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?” Hmmm, timely question Google.

I have been following the Glen Abbey development application since I first became aware of it about a year ago. I admit initially I was ignorant. My reaction was something like, “No, they couldn’t. No, they wouldn’t. Why would they want to destroy a beautiful course where, quite literally, ‘the world comes to play’?” I carried on blindly hoping the developers would go away until I realized that the plan could indeed go ahead unchallenged unless private citizens got involved. I had to get the facts. Lucky for me, I was able to join a growing movement of people who were clearly better informed.

As I dipped my toe in I was surprised to see that there were many people who were even more uninformed than me when it came to the development. One of the more outrageous notions I have read is that Oakville needs affordable, high-density housing and developing Glen Abbey will be the solution. Well, the high-density idea hits close to the mark, but affordable I very much doubt. Living on a course where the giants of golf have walked the fairways nearly 30 times will come with a big price. I think we can dismiss the idea that this is an altruistic act on the part of the developers.

I have encountered people who think that Glen Abbey is ‘just a golf course’. Yes, it is a golf course but not just any golf course. It is the unofficial home of the Canadian Open. It is the site where golf history has been made. It is a Canadian course that is known around the world. Still, some people remain unimpressed and say, “I don’t follow golf so why should I care?” Those people care when they realize it is also approximately 229 acres of green space next to a flood plain. The devastation recently caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is a reminder of why we need to preserve green space. We learned that lesson right here in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel tore through southern Ontario. To this day my parents’ home, brand new in 1954, bears a scar from Hurricane Hazel in the form of a flood line along the cinder block basement walls. It is a reminder that water is a powerful and relentless force. There are guidelines in place to protect the Greater Golden Horseshoe from such natural disasters. Why would we want to put Oakville at risk by paving over such a large swath of green space next to a floodplain?

The other misconception I have heard when talking to people is the idea that a big corporation will always win. In fact, many people seem to believe they already have. With that mindset they think there is little they can do to affect the outcome so why bother. Perhaps this is the result of good marketing on the part of developers or the idea that might is right. I don’t have the answer to that question but I believe it has led to many people throwing up their arms and saying, “Why bother trying to save the course because in the long run we won’t win.” Frankly, that just makes me sad. We live in a wonderful country where we have the right to express our opinion. Let us never forget it.

As for Google’s joke, “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?” The answer was, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” Well, thanks to the hard work of a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers the people of Oakville do know and they do care. On behalf of thousands of citizens, I respectfully ask that Council continue to protect Glen Abbey Golf Course from development.

Yours sincerely,
Angela P.

More information at Save Glen Abbey: http://www.saveglenabbey.ca

Come Plant with us this Fall at Nautical Park, Oakville

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We are very excited to work with the Oakville Community Foundation and the Town of Oakville in partnership with CN EcoConnexions, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom on the Woodland Regeneration – Emerald Ash Borer Hazard Abatement Program – at Nautical Park.

Approximately 1,500 trees and shrubs will be planted as a result of this project which has been generously supported by CN EcoConnexions’ From the Ground Up Program, Tree Canada’s Tree to our Nature, the Canada 150 Legacy Program and Communities in Bloom.

Full event details can be found here.

Please register for this event here.

Read the full Press Release here.

Residential Tree Planting Coordinator Job Posting

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Position: Residential Tree Planting and Stewardship Coordinator

Organization: Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc.

Location: Oakville, Ontario (with travel for training to Toronto)

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association is a not-for-profit environmental organization with a 17-year history of protecting and enhancing nature
and promoting a greener Oakville. We strive to make Oakville a living city with enhanced natural diversity & healthier green spaces and to reconnect people to the natural environment in their neighborhood and across their community to move them to action.

We are currently seeking a Residential Tree Planting and Stewardship Coordinator to manage implementation of a program to support tree planting on private property in Oakville. This position is partially funded through the Eco Canada Internship Program.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • recently graduated from a post-secondary institution
  • 30 years of age or younger
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status

Overview of Position:

The coordinator will lead the development of Oakvillegreen’s new Residential Tree Planting Program and support our ongoing stewardship, education and outreach activities. The list below outlines the major tasks related to the position; however additional tasks may be assigned as needed.

Residential Tree Planting Program Coordination (70%):

  • Develop, manage and, implement a new Residential Tree Planting Program in Oakville, in collaboration with staff from the Toronto-based NGO, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)
  • Participate in capacity-sharing training and job-shadowing opportunities with LEAF staff in Toronto as needed
  • Develop a collaborative delivery model and identify roles and responsibilities related to various program components
  • Coordinate implementation of a pilot residential planting program in Oakville:
  • Develop marketing strategy and promote the program through presentations, outreach events, articles, website updates, blogs, social media and other outlets
  • Conduct site consultations with individual property owners
  • Carry out seasonal tree planting
    • Strictly follow safety and quality guidelines for all plantings
    • Drive cube truck following safety guidelines
    • Ensure completeness and accuracy of all information
    • Deliver educational messages and materials in person and through phone/email contact with participants
    • Keep accurate program records, including evaluation
    • Represent Oakvillegreen in a professional manner
    • Carry out various administrative duties including database entry, queries and reporting, client communications, consultation bookings, financial record-keeping
  • Assess program outcomes, prepare evaluation reports and share program learning
  • Contribute to efforts to advance program sustainability via sponsorship, fundraising, in-kind support.

Education and Outreach Operations (30%)

  • Assist in planning and delivery of planting, stewardship and education events to engage the public
  • Promote OCA programs at public events

Qualifications:

  • Recent graduate from a university or college program in urban forestry, environmental studies or related field
  • Skills and experience in the fields of arboriculture and/or urban forestry
  • Project coordination experience working in the non-profit sector with experience in executing project plans, adhering to project budgets, and meeting project deadlines
  • ISA arborist certification or currently meet criteria to write ISA arborist certification exam
  • Community knowledge and experience in Oakville is considered an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Attention to detail and superior organization skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Experience in developing and organizing public outreach/education events
  • Proven ability to work independently while contributing to a team environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, emphasis on Access
  • Must be able to handle physical demands of heavy lifting and outdoor work in inclement weather
  • Must have weather-appropriate work clothing and steel-toed boots
  • Full “G” driver’s license and clean driving record required
  • Experience driving a cube truck an asset
  • Emergency First Aid + CPR and AED Certification an asset
  • Must meet requirements for Eco Canada Internship Program


This is a full time (35-40 hours per week) position. This is a one-year contract with opportunity for renewal.  Compensation is commensurate with experience. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume, as a single PDF, to: Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director, ed[at]oakvillegreen.org. The application deadline is 5pm on August 25th, 2017, however; applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

No phone calls please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.