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Plastic is harmful. It is not biodegradable, it leaches chemicals into our land and water, and it kills wildlife. Unfortunately, our world is using more and more plastic each year. If this trend continues, there will soon be more plastic in the ocean than fish. To stop the flow of plastic into the ocean, we need to start here, on the land. All Town of Oakville and Region of Halton operations need to be evaluated for their impact on plastic pollution. There are many, many things that can be done to solve this problem – together, we can make a difference!


Our traditional forms of electricity keep getting more expensive, and many of them contribute to greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Fortunately, there is an alternative. Solar photovoltaic electricity has always been the cleanest form of energy, but now it is also the cheapest! That’s right, even without subsidies, solar is now the least expensive form of new energy - cheaper than nuclear, coal or gas. It’s time for Oakville-Halton to take full advantage of this clean, abundant energy source. By aggressively adding solar panels to our buildings and parking lots, we will reduce the total cost of ownership of town and region assets - this will result in lower tax hikes in the future. As an added bonus, solar power will also make our facilities more resilient during grid outages.


The future is now! Electric vehicles have arrived and they are cleaner, quieter, and more cost-effective than gasoline-driven vehicles. Our large municipal vehicle fleets are an essential element in delivering first-class services to our residents. To reduce pollution and costs associated with these fleets, we need to make the switch to electric vehicles as soon as practical. This requires careful planning and strategies today, so that we have the best cost electric fleet tomorrow. Electric vehicles will reduce air and noise pollution, reduce maintenance and fuel costs, and last longer than gasoline vehicles.
Plastic bottles sold every second
Million tonnes of plastic are added to the ocean every year
Trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean
Livable planet in our solar system


Notable Quotes

A healthy planet is essential for a prosperous and peaceful future. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.


United Nations Secretary-General

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.


French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, scientist and author.

You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.


Environmental activist and author

Every generation Blames the one before And all of their frustrations Come beating on your door


English pop/rock supergroup formed in 1985

Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system.


Nobel Laureate

We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.


Business executive, engineer and co-founder of Tesla, Inc.

What is the meaning of life, really, except to care for our world and ensure it remains livable for future generations?


Energy consultant, engineer and Oakville Trail Ambassador

Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.


Primatologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace


Who Is Rob Cottingham?

Rob Cottingham, P.Eng. is a professional electrical engineer, project manager, and senior energy consultant. He serves as a volunteer Trail Ambassador for Oakville's Adopt-A-Park program (i.e. Taplow Creek Trail and Woodgate Woods Park). He cares deeply for Oakville and wants to ensure that it remains Canada's Most Livable Town for many generations to come. His vision is for Oakville-Halton […]

Obsolete Technology

Obsolete technology, like this pay phone, often become “stranded assets”. That is, they stop providing value long before they are physically deteriorated. To remain efficient, organizations need to avoid getting stuck with stranded assets which represent a waste of resources. What does this have to do with Oakville-Halton? Well, our municipality could potentially get stuck with […]

What is Plogging?

PLOGGING is a new fitness craze which originated in Sweden. The name is a contraction of the words Picking Litter and jOGGING. It is essentially a form of interval-training with some deep knee bends and lunges randomly spaced between periods of running. I don’t actually run (I usually walk) while plogging, but it is an amazing […]

Empty Buses

This is what the inside of an Oakville Transit bus looks like. I thought I’d post it because many people in town have not actually ridden on one. Whenever I see an OT bus go by, I try to count the number of passengers on board. The most I've ever counted is 12; but typically, […]

Time for Cricket in Oakville

In the last few years, Oakville has constructed 24 soccer fields, 54 playgrounds and 5 recreation centres. Every one of these facilities are top-notch and a real blessing for the people of Oakville. As the town continues to grow, I would champion the construction of some additional sport facilities that provide a little more variety […]

Park Ambassador

I first adopted Taplow Creek Trail a little over a year ago. I had seen the signs in the park that said, "Adopt Me" and I thought, "sure, why not?" It's close to my home and I go for walks there all the time. Well, it has been an amazing experience, to say the least! […]

Waste Management

Keeping trash out of nature should be the top priority of any municipal waste management system. This is an area where I think Halton could do a little better. Our current blue bin program is very popular – almost every home takes advantage of the easy recycling solution it offers. The problem, however, is with […]

Optimizing every area of Town/Region business

From waste management, parks and open spaces to public transit and heath care, we cover it all.


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