Oakville council meetings going virtual due to overcrowding and protests

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Published February 28, 2024 at 11:07 am

Citing overcrowding and safety, the Town of Oakville is, at least temporarily, moving all council and board meetings to a virtual format.

“Given a significant increase in attendees at Town Council meetings, where contentious issues/topics were being considered often with the need to have overflow space requirements, the town recently reviewed its Council Chamber safety and security plans and protocols,” reads a notice on the Town website.

“While planned enhancements are being developed, as well as training with appropriate staff, Council and Board meetings will be held online.”

Members of the public can still register to delegate at meetings virtually.

“As always, the health and safety of our residents, council members and staff is a top priority. The return to an in-person format is not expected to take long.”

This moves comes after several protests in Oakville regarding the war between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East.

In late January, a council meeting was delayed for more than four hours after Oakville Council decided not to discuss a pronouncement on the topic and delegates who had gathered to speak chose not to leave chambers.

In addition, there have been several protests on the streets of Oakville, many on Trafalgar Rd., north of QEW, that have forced police to encourage drivers to avoid the area.

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