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2017 State of the Town

2017 State of the Town 28 October 2017

2017 State of the Town

Oakville's future is green

Friends, neighbours, community members, Council, staff, Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, thank you for your interest in my 11th annual State of the Town address.  Let me take a second to explain why my good friend the Mayor of Burlington has joined us. It was...

2017 Mayor's Town Economic Update

2017 Mayor's Town Economic Update 26 April 2017

2017 Mayor's Town Economic Update

Remarks at Chamber of Commerce

The economy is booming across Ontario. The economy is on a roll in Halton and Oakville. So this Economic Update has a lot to share. First, let’s deal with three economic fundamentals at the Town. Oakville’s town finances are remain the healthiest in Ontario. Oakville’s...

2016 State of the Town

2016 State of the Town 17 October 2016

2016 State of the Town

Following the way forward

We are gathered here together as residents, staff and members of the Councils of our Town and our Region for the tenth annual State of the Town address in this Chamber, on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. We are honoured by the attendance of so many community leaders,...

2016 Mayor's Economic Update

2016 Mayor's Economic Update 2 June 2016

2016 Mayor's Economic Update

Remarks at Chamber of Commerce

Every year for five years now, the Chamber of Commerce has given me a chance to offer what we may call a report card on our Town’s economic status. Today you’re going to get something new, too. You’re still going to get my report on how we’re working to make Oakville a great place to live and...

2016 Margaret Trudeau Intro

2016 Margaret Trudeau Intro 4 May 2016

2016 Margaret Trudeau Intro

May 4, 2016 CMHA Presentation

How would it make you feel to be invited to introduce Margaret Trudeau? Two strong feelings welled up in me. First, it made me feel incredibly happy - but not for the reason you might think, and I’ll get to that in a minute or so. Second, it made me feel incredibly nervous, because what could be...

2015 State of the Town

2015 State of the Town 5 October 2015

2015 State of the Town

Oakville's finances rated best

Fellow residents. Town staff. Members of Council. This is my ninth State of the Town address. It's a pleasure to be able to tell you how well the town we all love is doing.First, our financial health is the best. So says a 2015 book about municipal finances. (Yes, books about municipal finance...

2015 Mayor's Economic Update

2015 Mayor's Economic Update 9 April 2015

2015 Mayor's Economic Update

Remarks at Oakville Chamber of Commerce

Thank you very much for the kind introduction. It’s most impressive, the efforts the Chamber team puts into their events every year. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our business community. Our sponsors deserve our thanks, too: Cogeco Canada, Ford Motor Company of Canada, CN,...

2014 Inaugural Address

2014 Inaugural Address 1 December 2014

2014 Inaugural Address

Our challenges are opportunities

Distinguished guests, fellow members of Council, staff, neighbours and friends. This date marks the start of the 126th term of Council since the incorporation of the Town of Oakville 157 years ago. Eight years ago, Oakville’s voters chose me as the 38th person to hold this office. And in the...

2014 State of the Town

2014 State of the Town 22 September 2014

2014 State of the Town

Our top ten decisions

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and neighbours. Every year at this time, it’s been my pleasure to give you my report and share my views on the state of the town. My focus this time is our decision-making. You can see our past, our present and our future in our decision-making. You yourselves and...

2014 Mayor's Economic Update

2014 Mayor's Economic Update 18 April 2014

2014 Mayor's Economic Update

A tale of two cities and the little town that could

Thank you very much for the kind introduction. You are a very important audience because of your role in the health of Oakville’s economy. Speaking with you is a highlight of every year for me. Let’s thank the team at the Oakville Chamber for organizing today’s event.To our sponsors this...

2013 Downtown Plan Launch Remarks

2013 Downtown Plan Launch Remarks 5 December 2013

2013 Downtown Plan Launch Remarks

Time to aim high

A big thank you to the Oakville Symphony Youth String Quartet. The youth part of the string quartet is a fitting symbol of why we are gathered here tonight. If we can create and make a dream come true for our downtown’s future, we can enjoy it now and future generations will thank us later....

2013 State of the Town

2013 State of the Town 29 September 2013

2013 State of the Town

Livability determines our future

Chair Carr, former Mayor Barrett, fellow residents, invited guests, esteemed staff and respected Council colleagues. These annual Status of the town speeches began seven years ago. They update you on our progress toward our goal of being Canada’s most livable town.Last year, this speech focused...
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