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GoldStar Cafe Grand Opening a Success in Downtown Oakville

Goldstar Cafe Grand Opening in Downtown Oakville – April 8, 2015

Goldstar cafe oakville grand opening downtown oakville - ribbon cutting ceremony

The Goldstar Cafe had its Grand Opening celebration last week on April 8, 2015. The Goldstar Cafe is open in Downtown Oakville at 350 Lakeshore Rd Oakville in the east end of Downtown Oakville.

The Grand Opening celebration was well attended by Mayor Rob Burton, local town councillors and many local residents, yours truly included. The cafe was decked out in gold and white balloons and entertained a full house offering a delicious erray of their food and baked goods, coffes, espresso and teas. Mayor Burton was even surprised with a personal birthday cake and a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday by the string quartet that played throughout the festivities.

In addition, Goldstar Cafe donated its proceeds from the first official day of business to ArtHouse – a local organization founded by Oakville resident Don Pangman that aims to promote the arts in Oakville & Burlington. ArtHouse provides greater accessibiliy and innovative, cost-free extra-curricular arts programs led by professional instructors for children aged 7-12.  Children, who otherwise would not be able to participate in such rich, creative and cultural programs. (Stay tuned for a separate piece on ArtHouse shortly.)

Goldstar cafe oakville grand opening downtown oakville - full house

This new cafe offers organic coffees, espresso and a wide selection of teas. I love tea so I took the opportunity to try their dairy free, organic chai lattee with coconut milk. It was amazing, the chai tea was rich but not too bold and I loved the creaminess of the coconut milk.  I’ve also had their green tea latte with coconut milk – also a must try.

Goldstar cafe oakville grand opening downtown oakville - grand opening goodies

I spoke breifly to their head chef Al, who I will be talking more in depth with in the near future and giving more information about their food which is all aimed at fresh, whole ingredients and overall a healthier eating choices, especially when it comes to cafes. They are setting themselves apart in this category.

Goldstar cafe oakville grand opening downtown oakville - smoked salmon crostini

The Goldstar Cafe offers a spacious, airy and bright environment which is a pleasant change from the tighter experience of some of the other Downtown Oakville cafes and coffee houses. There is a second floor, mezzanine level with additional comfortable seating as well making it a great place to meet for business or to just relax on your own with a book or to catch up with friends.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, head Downtown Oakville and try the Goldstar Cafe and let me know what you think. Enjoy some more photos from the Grand Opening of the Goldstar Cafe below.


Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

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Downtown Oakville Streetscape Plan approved by Oakville Town Council

Downtown Oakville Streetscape Plan approved by Oakville Town Council

Downtown Oakville Streetscape Revitalization Plan Rendering

Above is a rendering of the proposed streetscape plan for Downtown Oakville.

The Downtown Oakville Streetscape Plan option 2a was approved by Town Council during Monday evening’s planning and development council meeting. While I didn’t head into the pouring rain to attend the meeting in person, I did watch the whole thing online at TownTV.ca.

After reading the report here are the core basics of this streetscape plan for Downtown Oakville:

  • removal of the existing centre lane, creating a two lane road ;
  • maintaining existing street parking on Lakeshore Rd;
  • wider lanes on Lakeshore Rd with cycling sharrows for integrated transportation;
  • dedicated cycling / bike lanes on Robinson and Church Streets;
  • widening of the sidewalk/boulevards on Lakeshore by 30%;
  • wider boulevards offer stores and restaurants a 2m dedicated marketing zone for retail & merchandising displays and patios for cafes & restuarants;
  • new boulevard designs and landscaping with soil pods to support mature tree lined street;
  • new surface streetscape materials and upgraded finishings like street furniture, bike racks, waste and recycling receptacles;
  • public transit stops to remain and street bump outs will allow for bike racks, street features & furnishings;
  • there will be dedicated commercial loading zones along Lakeshore and adjacent side streets;

Downtown Oakville Plan - streetscape plan - lakeshore rd cross section

Downtown Oakville Plan - streetscape plan - overview map and street layout

“Council’s decision on Monday night is a critical step in the revitalization of Downtown Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We were pleased to see the number of residents and business owners who participated so passionately in our public meetings. Their feedback will ensure we continue being the most livable town in Canada.”

Just so you are clear on what this means, don’t expect to see construction and work happening soon. This starts the wheels in motion as the engineering and construction phasing will that 18 to 24 months to complete. The specific timing of the Downtown Oakville streetscape design plan is yet to be decided.

Not only that, it became clear based on statements made at Monday evening’s council meeting by the Downtown BIA, local businesses and residents groups that the public opinion places priority on addressing the parking and the new parking garage proposed for the Church Street lot.

I think this decision by Town Council is a good first step defining much needed direction. The number of vacancies and empty stores in Downtown Oakville is not a good sign and reinforces that things need to change and be addressed.

In my personal view, it will take more than a new parking garage and freshened up streets to create a vibrant and vital downtown core in Oakville. Historically, vibrant Downtown areas, Villages, Main streets need people living in the area which means density. Now before you blacklist me, I know density is a bad word in Oakville, but you only have to look at all the empty, vacant store fronts to know something has to change here. So, in an area that lacks and discourages residential density, Downtown Oakville has to become a destination for Oakville residents. A community hub that offers more than just goods and services, but represents what life in Oakville is all about – not just high end merchandise or fancy clothes, but a more personal, cultural experience that people can relate and connect with regardless of social or economic standing or disparity.

In conjunction with the Downtown Plan, town of Oakville staff presented a feasibility study that looked at the cost of building a second parking garage on Church Street between George Street and Thomas Street. The town of Oakville currently operates a surface parking lot at this location. The initial preferred option proposes a seven level parking garage. The structure would have four parking levels above ground and 3 parking levels underground with a total of 348 parking spaces. Initial proposal would also have commercial / retail space at street level. The initial, total cost of this parking garage is estimated at $23 million. Town Council directed town of Oakville staff to proceed with a business review study to determine the ability of a new parking structure to attract both short term and long term patrons, to provide recommendations on how the town may ensure its success, and to review funding for a parking garage. This further plan is set to be presented this Fall in conjunction with the Town’s 10 year Capital Budget Plan.

Town Staff also brought forward an update report on the Downtown Cultural Hub (DCH) which advised Council of the study progress and next steps which will include evaluation of the themes and the development of options to present to Council in September. The Downtown Cultural Hub team will hold the next community presentation on June 24, 2015. Stay tuned for that.

What are your thoughts on Downtown Oakville and the Downtown Oakville Plan?

Complete information on the Downtown Oakville Plan and the full study reports can be viewed online at oakville.ca.

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.


Oakville to plant 500 Trees to Celebrate National Tree Day

National Tree Day is this week on Wednesday September 25, 2013.

Oakville Great Oak Tree Summer

The Town of Oakville has announced that is will plant 500 trees in Oakville Park along with Oakvillegreen Conservation Association and Oakville community volunteers to celebrate National Tree Day. 

Oakville Park is located on McCraney Street near Sixth Line. The tree planting will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the woodlot north of White Oaks Secondary School’s North Campus parking lot at 1065 McCraney Street East.

The Town of Oakville identified this site as a prime candidate for regeneration when dead and dying ash trees destroyed by EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) had to be removed last year because of safety concerns.

“The town is dedicated to reaching a 40 per cent urban forest canopy,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Council will continue the work we’re doing to create a cleaner, greener Oakville, and strengthen our capacity to deal with invasive species like EAB.”

Tree Canada is trying to raise awareness of National Tree Day and is challenging Canadians to help plant 20,000 trees across the country.

Oakville is supporting many community tree planting events over the coming weeks to help reach that goal, including a Suncor planting at Woodgate Woods; a Rotary Club of Oakville planting at Cornwall Sports Park; a CheerForce cheerleading team planting at Bloomfield Park; and a BMO planting at Shell Park.

Do your part to help and do better than the saying “Hug a Tree“.

Why not plant a tree this week? Organize a neighbourhood group or a group at work or church and help make Oakville and Canada greener.

Share your thoughts on Oakville’s National Tree Day initiative and please comment below… Thanks, Ryan.

Photo credit: mligon08.blogspot.com


Ryan Chelak is a long-time resident of Oakville, a runner, blogger, community advocate, father and a Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468. 

Oakville – Come Celebrate Canada Day in Bronte Village

Get dressed in Red and come join your fellow residents of Oakville in Bronte Village this Thursday as Oakville Celebrates Canada Day 2010.

Come celebrate Canada Day in Oakville's Bronte Village

The party will be rocking all day starting at 8 a.m. at the gazebo with the Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast (pancakes are served for a donation) and ending off with a fireworks show at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park.

The Canada Day celebration will have live music, food, a beer garden and lots of great family fun including face painting, bouncy castles, BMX skate park and presentations from Canadian Olympic athletes.

Schedule of events on Main Stage:

  • 8:00 a.m.   Lions annual Pancake Breakfast
  • 11:30 a.m.   Kids show on main stage
  • 12:30 p.m.  Belly Up performance
  • 2:15 p.m.   Powderfinger
  • 3:15 p.m.   Dignitaries address & cupcake giveaway
  • 3:30 p.m.  Bare Blue Sea
  • 4:45 p.m.  Live Wire
  • 6:00 p.m.  Groove Marmalade
  • 7:00 p.m.  Olympic athletes Gillian Apps & Karen Cockburn
  • 7:30 p.m.  Ride the Tiger
  • 8:30 p.m.  Mayor Rob Burton’s address
  • 9:00 p.m. Ronnie and the Jets
  • 10:15 p.m.  Canada Day Fireworks Show

Schedule of Events on Centriller Stage:

  • 12:00 p.m.   Rhythm and Bones
  • 1:15 p.m.    Steve Denommee
  • 2:30 p.m.   The Cameltones
  • 3:45 p.m.   MLC
  • 5:00 p.m.   Autograph signing by Olympians in the Gazebo

Be sure to wear red and to either walk or take the bus if possible as there will be road restrictions. Parking is free.

For more information visit www.brontevillage.net.

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on Oakville home builds

Habitat for Humanity Halton broke ground to build its first two homes in the Town of Oakville today. The homes will be located at 262 and 266 Elmwood Road at Margaret Drive. Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr and Town of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton attended the groundbreaking, along with members of the Oakville Council.

As reported in Vital Signs 2009 – the Oakville Community Foundation’s report on community issues – 9.7% of Oakville residents live below the poverty line, which means less than $35,480 for a family of four. Habitat for Humanity’s way of building, and of structuring mortgages for low-income families, makes it possible for more families to begin to build the financial equity that is crucial for any of us as we plan for our family’s future.

Habitat’s homes are built to “simple, decent” specifications and quality standards. In these two Oakville homes, Habitat Halton will be piloting upgrades to its energy standards: aiming for Built Green Canada’s “gold” certification on eight checklist categories: operational systems, building materials, exterior and interior finishes, indoor air quality, ventilation, waste management, water conservation and business practices. One example in the building materials category involves the support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative in helping to open the door to corporate donations of premier wood and lumber products from some of Canada’s most responsible sources.

Volunteers Are Needed

“We are still in the early days of recruiting volunteers for these builds, with most volunteers needed for the rough carpentry stages scheduled to start in July, and continue through August and September. Construction or home-renovation experience is not required, though it’s of great value for Crew Leaders, who commit to a minimum of one day, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.” said Swarbrick. “We provide the training, including health and safety training session.”

Special corporate sessions can be arranged for employee “team building” opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Halton by calling 905-637-4446 Ext. 224.

More About Habitat Halton:

Habitat for Humanity Halton is a local, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity Halton is a member of Habitat for Humanity Canada, and part of a worldwide network that spans 90 countries, has built over 225,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 10 minutes.

For more information, please visit http://HabitatHalton.ca

Click the link to read the entire article: “Habitat for Humanity Halton breaks ground in Oakville” on Oakville.com

Oakville and Mississauga residents rally against building of power plant

Photo by Charlene Close/680 News

TORONTO – Hundreds of Oakville and Mississauga residents protested at Queen’s Park, Tuesday, calling on the province to pull the plug on a proposed power plant in their neighbourhood.

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion joined the group outside the legislature.

Other speakers during the rally included Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn, Oakville MP Terence Young, Halton Region chair Gary Carr, Mississauga councillor Pat Mullin and the mayor of the Township of King, Margaret Black.

The protestors, who were chanting, “It’s not fair, we want clean air,” insisted it’s not just a ‘not-in-my-backyard’ situation.

They said the proposed plant, located next to the Ford plant in Oakville, would add to already high levels of pollution in the neighbourhood and put the health and safety of the community at risk.

The residents said there are better locations in the province for such a plant, arguing the current site is just too close to homes, schools and businesses.

(Source: 680 News)

Oakville's mayor lashes out at Ford for supporting power plant

Photo Source: Oakville.ca

Source: (680News.com )

Ford Canada may be one of Oakville’s biggest employers and biggest taxpayers, but that’s not enough to stop the town’s mayor from lashing out at the automaker.

Ford is leasing land next to its assembly plant at Royal Windsor Drive and the QEW to TransCanada, the company that the province hired to build and operate a 900-megawatt powering generating station.

“They’ve stabbed this community in the back. Ford posted $2.7-billion in profit from the car business and they’re betraying the community that has hosted them for 60 years for $50-million in money from TransCanada,” a very angry Burton explained.

“Ford is two-tenths of one per cent of the tax revenue of the town of Oakville. No matter how much their money was I don’t see how it could justify releasing the toxic fine particulate matter that this would release,” Burton told 680News.

He’s so angry with Ford that he’s traded in his Ford Edge. He bought the very first Edge to roll off the assembly line in Oakville in 2006. Now he’s driving a Mazda Tribute.

Burton will lead a rally at Queen’s Park at noon on Tuesday, March 2, hoping to get the attention of Premier Dalton McGuinty. He said the premier is the only one with the power to stop the plant from being built.

TransCanada said the $1.2-billion plant is expected to start generating electricity by 2013.

The company has held open houses to try to assure residents that the plant will be safe and its emissions will be within the acceptable provincial standards.

How do you feel about the proposed Oakville power plant?? Comment and let your thoughts be heard by your neighbours…

Read the entire article “Oakville’s mayor lashes out at Ford for supporting power plant” by Charlene Close from 680News.com

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Oakville Green News: Oakville Hydro cashing in on solar power

(Source: Oakville Beaver)

The future is coming and Oakville Hydro is racing to greet it.

The energy giant announced Thursday that it has become one of the first businesses in Oakville to install rooftop solar technology, which will be used to help power its Fourth Line and South Service Rd. W. facility, with excess energy transmitted to the Ontario power grid.

The 58 new 10-kilowatt photovoltaic panels cost the company around $100,000 to install, but are expected to generate enough electricity to power three residential homes for one year, thereby earning Oakville Hydro’s money back in around 10 years.

This process of repayment is also helped by the provincial government’s micro-feed-in-tariff-program (micro-FIT), which will pay Oakville Hydro 80 cents for every kilowatt hour it produces for the power grid.

“Solar technology can be installed on existing buildings, uses an unlimited renewable resource, produces zero emissions, zero noise and takes up zero usable space,” said Burkett.

Burkett encouraged both the residential and commercial sectors in Oakville to follow his company’s example noting Oakville Hydro’s use of solar power would place it in a position where it could learn and pass on best practices with regard to the power generation system.

Mayor Rob Burton also encouraged the use of solar power, during the presentation, noting a move away from fossil fuels is necessary for societies to continue to enjoy living at their current level of prosperity.

“This is a good start,” said Burton. “Oakville Hydro is trying to set an example. This is leading by example and we are here to encourage a shift to more and more sustainable energy here in Oakville.”

While Oakville Hydro’s solar power generation system cost around $100,000, this was a commercial model with residential solar power generation systems available for between $20,000 and $30,000 and less.

For more information about energy conservation visit Oakville Hydro at www.oakvillehydro.com .

Read the entire article “Oakville Hydro cashing in on solar power” from the Oakville Beaver (January 22, 2010)