Oakville Ward 4 Councillor Expenses 2012

Lapworth, Roger

35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
129.40 — Oakville Chamber – Awards for Business Gala – ticket
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
240.02 — Total Councillor Lapworth

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Lapworth spent $240.02 or 6.5% of his total budget.

Elgar, Allan

49.00 — ServiceOakville – January Merchandise
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
24.39 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Event March 27
50.00 — Carousel of Nations Multiculture
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
234.01 — Total Councillor Elgar

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Elgar spent $234.01 or 6.3% of his total budget.

In 2012, the Ward 4 Councillors spent $474.03 or 6.4% of their total budget.

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Oakville Ward 3 Councillor Expenses 2012

Gittings, David

50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – tickets
65.00 — Halton Region Chinese Canadian – New Year’s ticket
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
127.20 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Awards for Business Excellence
24.39 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Event March 27
46.70 — Parking – Reimbursed May
202.54 — Wallace Park Community Skate/Day/Party
15.00 — St. John’s Community Dinner
73.40 — Town Hall Tour – 4th Trafalgar Scouts
94.03 — Oakville Trafalgar High School F.I.R.S.T.
33.90 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce Feb. 12
28.95 — Town Hall Tour – Oakville Clubs – Feb 16
150.00 — Kerr Street Ministries – Feb 12
50.50 — Parking – Reimbursed June
19.21 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – GMO Apr. 18
100.00 — Oakville Chamber Orchestra Ticket June 16
86.13 — Dinner & Debate – Town Hall – Apr 24
24.76 — COCA Community Clean Up
19.21 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – GMO May 16
15.00 — OLRA Secret Garden Party Ticket – June 24
100.00 — Oakville FIRST Robotics Sponsorship
120.00 — CharterAbility Cruise/Ticket Sponsor
100.00 — St. John’s United & New Central School
19.21 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – GMO June 20th
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
8.25 — Parking – July
251.86 — “No Need for Speed” Signs
12.00 — Parking – August
28.90 — Parking – September
15.00 — Community Dinner
50.00 — Joshua Creek Residents Association
22.60 — Chamber of Commerce – Good Morning Oakville
127.20 — Chamber of Commerce – Chairs Dinner
25.44 — Chamber of Commerce – Kick-Off Breakfast
20.00 — Oakville Prayer Breakfast
22.60 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Oct. GMO
40.00 — Oakville ‘Y’ Peace Breakfast
22.60 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce Event
363.58 — “No Need to Speed” Community Signs
100.00 — Robinson St. Beautification
2,785.78 — Total Councillor Gittings

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Gittings spent $2785.78 or 73.7% of his total budget.

Bird, Keith

28.25 — Chamber of Commerce – Oakville’s Economic Update
125.00 — Conservation Halton Gala – May 9, 2012
8.56 — ServiceOakville Merchandise
28.25 — Oakville Chamber – Tim Hudak Forum
190.06 — Total Councillor Bird

Of the $3700  per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Bird spent $190.06 or 5.1% of his total budget.

In 2012, the Ward 3 Councillors spent $2975.84 or 40.2% of their total budget.

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Oakville Ward 2 Councillor Expenses 2012

Damoff, Pam

174.55 — Special Event Permit No. 37806
50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – Sponsorship for Recognition
65.00 — Halton Region Chinese Canadian – New Year’s ticket
110.00 — Canadian Club Halton Peel – Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon
127.20 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Awards for Business Excellence
95.00 — Support & Housing – Halton – Lecture
425.77 — New Sport Media – Ontario Bike Summit Registration
87.61 — Oakville Beaver – Family Day Skate
510.00 — National Bike Summit Registration Fee
250.00 — Bike Friendly Presentation
200.00 — Host A Veteran Fishing – Gala Dinner
325.63 — Audio Cine Films – The Lorax – movie rental
18.81 — ServiceOakville Merchandise
227.06 — Special Event Permit No. 39494
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
65.00 — Club Filipino of Oakville – Dinner Dance Tickets
150.00 — Spanish Speaking Assoc. Advertising in Festival Booklet
2,956.63 — Total Councillor Damoff

Of the $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend. Councillor Damoff spent $2956.63 or 79.9% of her total budget.

Duddeck, Cathy

174.55 — Special Event Permit No. 37806
50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – Sponsorship for Recognition
24.14 — Photocopies
87.61 — Oakville Beaver – Family Day Skate
24.39 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Event March 27
325.63 — Audio Cine Films – The Lorax movie rental
586.14 — Print Charges – Movie Night Flyer
127.20 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – 58th Annual Chairs Dinner
227.06 — Special Event Permit No. 39494
864.96 — Flyer Distribution – free family movie night
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
44.01 — Share the Road Cycling Event
65.00 — Club Filipino of Oakville – Dinner Dance Tickets
20.00 — Oakville Prayer Breakfast
30.53 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Gary Carr
2,726.22 — Total Councillor Duddeck

Of the $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Duddeck spent $2726.22 or 73.7% of her total budget.

In 2012, the Ward 2 Councillors spent $5682.85 or 76.8% of their total budget.

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Oakville Ward 1 Councillor Expenses 2012

Johnston, Allan

50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – tickets
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
6.50 — GO Train Ticket
24.39 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Event March 27
81.41 — Advertising – Lakeshore Woods Newsletter – Winter
132.29 — Sharper Edge Marketing – advertising in spring edition Bronte Villager
121.33 — CJ’s Café – Advertising – Spring 2012
50.00 — Canadian Caribbean Assoc – 35th Anniversary Gala
81.41 — Advertising – Lakeshore Woods Newsletter – Spring
50.00 — Earth Day – Lakeshore Woods Cleaning
54.12 — Ice Cream Day – with Alan & Ralph
132.29 — Sharper Edge Marketing – advertising in summer edition Bronte Villager
76.32 — Cheetah Mobile Signs – Ice Cream with Alan & Ralph
127.16 — CJ’s Café – Advertising – Bronte Summer Newsletter
125.17 — Ice Cream Day – with Alan & Ralph
127.20 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – 58th Annual Chairs Dinner
165.00 — Spanish Speaking Assoc – Ad – Carousel of Nations
500.00 — Canada Day Sponsorship – LED Digital Board
81.41 — Advertising – Lakeshore Woods Newsletter – Fall
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
132.29 — Sharper Edge Marketing – Bronte Villager – Fall Edition
122.40 — ServiceOakville Merchandise
131.90 — Sharper Edge Marketing – Bronte Villager – Winter Edition
2,483.21 — Total Councillor Johnston

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Johnston spent $2483.21 or 67.1% of his total budget.

Robinson, Ralph

50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – tickets
110.00 — Oakville Sports Hall of Fame –ticket
122.11 — CJ’s Café in Bronte – Advertising in Newsletter
19.69 — ServiceOakville – January Merchandise
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
81.41 — Advertising – Lakeshore Woods Newsletter – Spring
24.39 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Event March 27
132.29 — Sharper Edge Marketing – advertising in spring edition Bronte Villager
121.33 — CJ’s Café – Advertising – Spring 2012
50.00 — Canadian Caribbean Association – Ticket for Gala
81.41 — Advertising – Lakeshore Woods Newsletter – Spring
54.13 — Ice Cream with Alan & Ralph
132.29 — Sharper Edge Marketing – advertising in summer edition Bronte Villager
76.32 — Cheetah Mobile Signs – Ice Cream with Alan & Ralph
127.17 — CJ’s Café – Advertising – Bronte Summer Newsletter
50.00 — Carousel of Nations Multiculture – Ad
125.17 — Ice Cream with Alan & Ralph
127.20 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – 58th Annual Chairs Dinner
90.35 — Pizza/Pop – Tour of Town – Oak/Traf Wolf Cub Pack
50.00 — Great Lakes/Lakeshore Wood Clean-up
81.41 — Advertising – Lakeshore Woods Newsletter – Fall
75.00 — Oakville Arts Council – Ticket – Stars Among Us
43.95 — Share the Road Cycling Event
60.00 — Home Suite Hope – 2012 Empty Bowls
132.29 — Advertising – Fall Edition – Bronte Villager
40.00 — Oakville Prayer Breakfast – 2 tickets
65.00 — Club Filipino of Oakville – Dinner/Dance Ticket
19.69 — Service Oakville – merchandise
131.88 — Sharper Edge Marketing – Bronte Villager – Winter Edition
251.86 — No Need to Speed’ Signs
30.53 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Economic Outlook
55.08 — Service Oakville – merchandise
2,647.57 — Total Councillor Robinson

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Robinson spent $2647.57 or 71.6% of his total budget.

In 2012, the Ward 1 Councillors spent $5136.78 or 69.4% of their total budget.

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Oakville Transit fares to increase despite property tax increase

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Despite a property tax increase of 3.67% in 2013, the Town of Oakville will also see an increase in the price of adult and student tickets and passes.  

The fare increase comes after the Town of Oakville released its 2013 Program Based Performance Measures in which they report that Oakville Transit did not meet expectations with regard to the “on-time delivery of transit services”.

This will significantly increase the cost of using public transportation in and around Oakville as GO Transit has also announced a 35-50 cent increase on all current fares. A one way fare from Oakville-Union Station will increase from $6.85 to $7.30.

Figure 1.1, Transit Fare Increase for 2013

Fare Type

2012 Rate

2013 Rate

% Change

Adult Monthly Pass

$94.00

$99.00

5.3%

Student Monthly Pass

$60.00

$65.00

8.3%

Adult Tickets

$26.50

$27.00

1.9%

Student Tickets

$21.50

$22.00

2.3%

GO Transit Riders

$0.65

$0.70

7.7%

Presto Fare

$2.65

$2.70

1.9%

 

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BUDGET 2013: Transit Overhaul Needed

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment
If we are serious about reducing gridlock in Oakville, which is increasingly becoming a significant problem, we need to not only make transit more accessible, but also more affordable.A bus trip from one end of Oakville to the other averages around 1 hour in length.

Transit fares in Oakville have increased from $2.75 per ride in 2008 to $3.25 in 2012. An increase of .50 cents per ride or 18.2%.

If we are serious about reducing gridlock, we need to:

a) Increase the frequency of buses and extend their operating hours. Most buses only run until 10:25pm on weekdays and Saturdays and until 7:25pm on Sundays and Holidays. People using Oakville Transit after these times will likely face an increased travel time.

b) Decrease transit fares, or offer a discount for commuters who are leaving their vehicle at home.

What incentive is there for someone commuting to Toronto via the GO Train to leave their car at home and take the bus to the GO Station instead? Why would someone spend an extra 30min to an hour on a bus to get to the GO Station, when they can get in their car and be there in 5-10 minutes?

VOTE for the Town of Oakville to consider this issue during the 2013 Budget negotiations.

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POLL: Should Councillor expenses be posted online on a quarterly basis?

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

In Ontario, Councillors of municipalities are required to  post their expenses at least once per year. However, in municipalities such as the City of Toronto or Markham, a detailed report of Councillor expenses are posted on the municipalities website on a quarterly basis (every 3 months).

In Oakville, Councillor expenses are only posted once per year, and the report lacks any significant detail about where taxpayer dollars were spent.

The 2011 report regarding Town of Oakville Councillor salaries and expenses can be viewed here.

In comparison, a detailed quarterly report from the City of Toronto can be viewed here.

As you can see, in Toronto, Councillors are required to report expenses in a variety of categories (telecom, office equipment etc.) However, in Oakville Councillors are only required to report expenses in one category: Community Outreach and Professional Development.

In addition, in Toronto, Councillors are also required to post receipts or invoices from any goods or services purchased with their annual budget allowance. In sharp contrast, if a citizen of the Town of Oakville wanted to view a detailed report of expenses incurred by Town Council, they are required to submit a “Freedom of Information Request”, for which the Town of Oakville charges a fee. The Town of Oakville charges a base fee of $5.00 for each Freedom of Information Request, as well as $0.20 per page in photocopying and $60 per hour for the time that it takes a staffer to search for the required information.
Essentially, you are being charged by the Town of Oakville in order to find out how Town Council is spending your money.

Should the Town of Oakville begin to post a detailed description of each individual expense incurred by Councillor’s on a quarterly basis, or should we maintain the status quo?