What happens when the Hospital closes? Town meeting scheduled

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What happens when the Hospital closes? Town meeting scheduled

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Dave Gittings

Dave Gittings

Councillor Dave Gittings and his wife Susan have resided in Ward 3 for the past 25 plus years. Their three children attended Chisholm, EJ James Public School, and Oakville Trafalgar High School. Recently after a 30-year career in advertising management at the Toronto Star, this is Dave's first term as Town & Regional Councillor. Dave has been actively involved in both the business community and with a wide range of Oakville associations and groups.

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After four years of construction, our new state-of-the-art Oakville Hospital officially open on December 13, 2015. Are you interested in learning about what will be happening to the former hospital site after the OTMH moves to its new location?

On Wednesday, November 25th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Oakville Town Hall, there will be an Open House to find out what needs to take place over the next five years.

  1. how the vacant site and lands will be secured.
  2. the environmental, structural, and other studies that need to be completed before demolition.
  3. the public consultation that will take place to reinvent the site and design a new community centre.

The OTMH site was part of the town’s overall South Central Public Lands Study (SCPLS) — which reviewed a number of key sites, owned by the town, in south central Oakville (e.g. surplus school sites, Oakville Arena) and made recommendations about their future use, including recreation. This Open House is the first step towards the town’s commitment to further assess the former hospital site and report back on site design details, public consultation, and implementation steps.

Official Response on housing refugees at OTMH

Regarding comments of the OTMH site being used to house Syrian refugees, Mayor Rob Burton issued the following statement, “the legacy OTMH will not be decommissioned until March 31, 2016. The Town of Oakville owns the site and leases it to Halton Healthcare. Decisions about its use require Council approval. The Town’s current plan, once in possession, is to conduct environmental, heritage and site assessments before substantive demolition takes place.”

Recent remarks from Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins’ said that the provincial government is looking at temporary housing options to address the potential influx of refugees. Minister Hoskins noted that this may include decommissioned hospitals such as the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) legacy building. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care later confirmed that there are no concrete plans at the moment and that Minister Hoskins’ remarks were only examples of possibilities the Ministry is investigating.

“Ontario remains committed to resettling and integrating refugees from Syria. We are ready to support the work of the federal government and we continue to work closely with our federal partners. Ontario announced in September that we would help resettle at least 10,000 refugees and we remain committed to doing our part to help resettle as many refugees as possible, as quickly as possible. The province is looking at a number of options to help resettle refugees and continue to look where there is capacity. No decisions have been made at this time and it would premature to speculate about the existing OTMH as an option.” Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville

Should the Oakville hospital site on Reynolds be used to house Refugees after it is closed on December 13th?
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Readers Comments (5)

  1. elizabeth Lienert says:

    We were told when asked to donate to the new hospital that the old hospital would be reconfigured and it would be for a seniors home or controlled rental. I see no reason why it should be used to house immigrants that we neither can afford to support in this country if they can not support themselves. The burden it is placing on all Canadians is just too much.

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  2. Thomas says:

    The article says that the Hospital is being decommissioned in March 2015. My superb deductive abilities and pocket calculator tells me that they probably meant 2016 🙂

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    • Nolan Machan says:

      Thank you for noticing the error. The date has been changed to 2016.

      Have a great day!
      Nolan

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  3. Trish says:

    My husband was in hospital most of this year, we met many patients who need more time in hospital or a disability hospital for patients because there is a 5 year waiting list for them to get into. The ones I met told me they can not look after themselves, and you can not help them when there in need but can help refugee’s. I have triing to get help for a hospital bed for my husband but no government can help me. Please help the people in our own community first before helping them,

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  4. JC says:

    The absolute least they should do is replace a hospital facility that provides a community benefit with something similar. Otherwise what are we paying a premium for?

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