Operating Budget Passes

Council recently approved Richmond Hill’s draft 2020 operating budget, representing a less than one per cent tax increase. Richmond Hill achieved the low property tax increase in the draft 2020 operating budget while finding efficiencies through process improvements, reorganization, technology updates and increased revenue through user fees.   Overall I…

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Historic Jefferson Schoolhouse

I am pleased to report that Council recently denied the demolition application for the former historic Jefferson Schoolhouse. The motion that passed also directed staff to work with the owner of this Heritage Designated Property to explore all avenues available to save this important building.   It has always been…

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4th Annual Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival

Preparations and plans are well underway for the 4th Annual Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival. I would invite everyone to come out to enjoy a fun day of activities including pancakes with real Maple Syrup, and a sap boiling and tree tapping demonstration after a horse drawn wagon…

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52nd Annual Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

Earlier this month Richmond Hill came out to celebrate winter at the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival like we have for the past 51 years. All of the past favourite Winter Carnival activities, and some new ones, made for a fun 2 day celebration of our Canadian winter. I wanted to…

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First Sustainability Symposium in Richmond Hill

I recently hosted a first ever Environmental Symposium in Richmond Hill. It was a very well attended event. The speakers for the Symposium included Jennifer Fitzpatrick from Second Harvest speaking about the environmental impact of food waste, Yasmeen Peer from Green Peace who spoke about a number of environmental issues…

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Tavos Industries Inc. opens in Richmond Hill

I was pleased to attend the Open House for Tavos Industries, located on West Pearce Street. This company is new to Richmond Hill. Tavos is a forward-thinking Canadian manufacturer that produces paper based alternative products to replace single use plastics. Their goal is to make the world a more sustainable place for…

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Elgin West Seniors Association

I was recently invited to attend the Membership Night at Elgin West Seniors Association at the Elgin West Community Centre. I was proud to bring greetings from Council and congratulate the organizations on their 20th anniversary. I thanked them for all the work they do and the richness that the…

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Richmond Hill Camera Club Print Donation

Recently the Richmond Hill Camera Club donated some of their members’ award winning prints to display at a number of Senior’s Retirement Homes in our community. This is a wonderful initiative and I am proud of the actions of this community group to give back to our community. To learn…

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February in Richmond Hill

As February rolls out the days get longer and we get the the first hint that spring might be on the horizon. In our family tradition one of the first harbingers of spring is Maple Syrup season. This uniquely Canadian tradition has been a part of our family for generations.…

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