• Putting People First

  • Thank You

    My sincerest appreciation for all the support received throughout the duration and success of my 11th Municipal election. I have always believed in “Putting People First” and it is with “thanks” and humility that I am honored again to be reelected and work with the entire Town of Oakville and of course the people of Ward 1 in Bronte & Lakeshore Woods. Please always feel free to get in touch with me for any reason and at any time. Ralph

Local History

Ward 1 is home to a beautiful harbour and lakefront enjoyed by local and visiting residents. The area is rich in history and a proud heritage of remembering those that built this area.

The original Village of Bronte began as a trade centre for wheat and lumber, but with the completion of the Grand Trunk Railway and falling export prices trade dwindled and commercial fishing thrived in the later part of the 19th century. In honour of the Bronte fishermen, a committee led by local residents Ken Pollock, Maureen Dobson and Ralph Robinson dedicated time and effort raising money to build a memorial acknowledging this past. More than 90 private and corporate donors supported the initiative and the Bronte Fishermen’s Memorial monument is now proudly installed in the Bronte Harbour.

Ralph’s commitment to preserving Ward 1’s unique heritage has included work on:

  • Preservation of Sovereign House – home of one of Bronte’s founding father’s Charles Sovereign. The house located at 7 West River Street,  showcases artifacts related to the builder, the lifestyles of the 1800s, and the local harbour. There are rotating exhibits and the surrounding grounds are cultivated in the 1910s style with pleasant walkways beside the lake.
  • Preservation of the Glendella House, which overlooks the harbour from Ontario Street, and was once the Ned Thompson Hotel.
  • Funding for and the relocation of the “old” Bronte Post Office.