AccountableOakville is moving to Burlington!

October 20, 2014 Leave a comment

As a result of a recent move, AccountableOakville will no longer be updated.

We will be opening a new blog, AccountableBurlington, that will follow the actions and debates of Burlington City Council.

This webpage will be available beginning October 28th 2014, following the election of the new City Council.

AccountableBurlington can be viewed at

accountableburlington.wordpress.com

Thank you everyone for your support of AccountableOakville.

-Zak

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11 out of 13 incumbents have registered for re-election in October

January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

As of Friday January 17 2014, 11 out of 13 incumbents have officially registered for re-election in the upcoming municipal election. This includes Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton.

The two Councillors who have no yet registered are Ward 2 Town Councillor, Pam Damoff and Ward 3 Town  and Regional Councillor, Keith Bird.

Nominations are open until September 11, 2014.

The 2014 municipal election will take place on Monday October 27 2014.

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Oakville Citizen Survey Does Not Match Census Demographics

On Monday May 6, Oakville Town Council was presented with the results of the “2013 Citizen Survey”. The survey polled 800 Oakville residents on the performance of the Town of Oakville  in various sectors and services.

The entire survey can be viewed here: http://oakville.ca/assets/general%20-%20town%20hall/CitizenSurveypresent2013.pdf

While the Citizen Survey is definitely an effective and relatively inexpensive tool in assessing the needs of citizens, there is a discrepancy in the demographics that were polled. 

For example, the 2011 Census identified that 17.4% of the residents of Oakville are between the ages of 45 and 54. However, in the 2013 Oakville Citizen Survey, 29% of the respondents were part of this age group. An oversample of 12.4%.

The following table provides a break down of the Citizen Survey demographics compared to the 2011 Census data.

Figure 1.1, Citizen Survey Data vs. 2011 Census

Age Group Citizen Survey 2011 Census Difference
       
18-24 6.0% 14.0%* -8.0%
24-34 17.0% 9.0% 8.0%
35-44 18.0% 15.6% 2.4%
45-54 29.0% 17.4% 12.4%
55-64 13.0% 17.7% -4.7%
65+ 16.0% 12.9% 3.1%

* The 2011 Census Data only provides numbers for the 15-24 age bracket. In reality, the 14% is actually closer to 10%. 

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Council to Approve 60% Salary Increase for Oakville Hydro Board

April 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Today, Monday April 15th 2013, Oakville Town Council will approve a massive salary increase for the Oakville Hydro Board of Directors.

The salary increase varies by position, but ranges between $8,100 and $12,400 per year.

Figure 1.1, Oakville Hydro Board of Directors Salary Increase

Title 2010 Remuneration 2013 Remuneration $ Increase % Increase
Board Chair $14,200 $26,600 $12,400 87.32%
Board Committee Chairs $8,200 $18,600 $10,400 126.83%
Directors $6,500 $14,600 $8,100 124.62%

However, in the new remuneration model, members of the Board of Directors will no longer receive the $300 per meeting stipend that they were entitled to in 2010. The following table displays the increase with the $300 per meeting included in the overall salary.

Figure 1.2, Oakville Hydro Board of Directors Salary Increase Including Meeting Stipend

Title 2010 Remuneration 2013 Remuneration $ Increase % Increase
Board Chair $16,600 $26,600 $10,000 60.24%
Board Committee Chairs $10,600 $18,600 $8,000 75.47%
Directors $8,900 $14,600 $5,700 64.04%

While Mayor Rob Burton is a member of the Board of Directors, he is not eligible for any remuneration for his role on the Board.

In 2011, Oakville Council voted to reduce the number of members on the Board of Directors from 12 to 9. The overall savings was estimated at $26,000 per year.

With the current increase, it is costing Oakville residents more for 9 members on the Board than it did with 12.

This salary increase is not the only controversy Oakville Hydro has seen in the recent years. The reduction in the size of the Board of Directors resulted in the termination of Larry Scott, a former Progressive Conservative candidate, and Keith Bird, Councillor for Ward 3.

Both were known for questioning the Board of Directors upon the revelation that Oakville Hydro donated over $17,000 to the Ontario Liberal Party.

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Mayor Rob Burton Expenses 2012

In addition to these expenses, Mayor Burton also receives a yearly “Vehicle and Insurance” Allowance totalling $9000 per year.

282.13 — FCM Awards Feb 8, 2012 – Air Fare – Air Canada
50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – tickets
65.00 — Halton Region Chinese Canadian – Chinese New Year’s
110.00 — Oakville Sports Hall of Fame – tickets
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – lunch with Peter Kent
61.06 — EB Breakfast with Tom Mitchell
50.00 — Canadian Caribbean Association – Dinner/Draw
26.55 — Community Spirit Award – Ticket for W. Burton
65.00 — Club Filipino of Oakville – Dinner Dance
60.00 — Home Suite Hope – 2012 Empty Bowls
30.53 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Economic Outlook
871.51 — Total Mayor Burton

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Mayor Burton spent $871.51 or 23.6% of his total budget.

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Oakville Ward 6 Councillor Expenses 2012

Khan, Max

50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – tickets
50.00 — Canadian Caribbean Assoc – 35th Anniversary Gala
24.39 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Event March 27
125.00 — Carousel of Nations Multiculture – Ad
433.81 — Phamplets to constitutents
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
210.00 — Constant Contact
968.20 — Total Councillor Khan

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Khan spent $968.20 or 26.2% of his total budget.

Adams, Tom

50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – tickets
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
50.00 — Oakville Community Centre for Peace – Earth Week
50.00 — Savis of Halton – Ad in Incredibowl
20.00 — Interfaith Council of Halton – Breakfast
24.39 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Event March 27
170.59 — Mileage – Jan to April, 2012
159.09 — Mileage – May to June, 2012
127.20 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – 58th Annual Chairs Dinner
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
43.95 — Share the Road Cycling Event
81.41 — MBA Gala Registration
65.00 — Club Filipino of Oakville – Dinner Dance Tickets
52.73 — Mileage – July to Sept, 2012
30.53 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Economic Outlook
190.30 — Mileage – Oct – Dec
1,225.81 — Total Councillor Adams

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Adams spent $1225.81 or 33.1% of his total budget.

In 2012, the Ward 6 Councillors spent $2194.01 or 29.6% of their total budget.

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Oakville Ward 5 Councillor Expenses 2012

Grant, Marc

35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
25.44 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Breakfast Meeting
64.27 — Ward 5 Drop In Sessions
155.28 — ServiceOakville Merchandise
43.95 — New Sport Media – Share the Road
20.00 — Oakville Prayer Breakfast
344.56 — Total Councillor Grant

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Grant spent $344.56 or 9.3% of his total budget.

Knoll, Jeff

64.28 — Ward 5 Drop In Sessions
150.00 — Noise Exemption Permit
54.00 — Special Event Permit Fee
100.74 — Municipal World – subscription renewal
704.13 — Special Event Permit – 40442
305.28 — Audio Cine Films – The Lorax
984.20 — Click Fix – Constituent Support
431.46 — Our Digital World
2,794.09 — Total Councillor Knoll

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Knoll spent $2794.09 or 75.5% of his total budget.

In 2012, the Ward 5 Councillors spent $3138.65 or 42.4% of their total budget.

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