Council News and Highlights

Council News and Highlights
  
1. AMO (Association of Municipalities Ontario) Annual Conference – 
August 13 – 16
A number of Richmond Hill Councillors, including myself, attended the AMO Annual Conference (Association of Municipalities of Ontario). It was an information packed few days. Topics important to municipalities from across this province were discussed including transit, roads, waste and recycling, economic development, legalization of cannabis, and OMB reform (to name but a few). Representatives from most of the 444 Ontario municipalites were in attendance.
  
It is striking to me how different some of the perspectives from the small, northern, and rural municipalities in our province seem to be compared to our own. However it is even more striking how many of the bigger issues and values we all have in common in Ontario. We are truly blessed to live in such a great Town, in such a great Province, and in such a great Country! We all need to work hard to keep it this way.
  
We also received some very good news that significant OMB reform will soon become a reality as Bill 139, the OMB reform bill, makes its way through Queen’s Park. The Municipal leaders group which Richmond Hill Councillor Karen Cilevitz and I are a part, met August 15th with Attorney General Yasir Naqvi to confirm his support and commitment to these reforms.
 
 2. Community Recreation Guide for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018
  The Community Recreation Guide for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 is now available. For a link to this document please visit https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/Community-Recreation-Guide.aspx
 
 
 
 
  
3. Morgan Boyle Park Opens
Richmond Hill’s latest park renovation is not complete. We recently hosted the Grand Re Opening of Morgan Boyle Park. Our community benefitted from a successful application for a Federal Government Canada 150 grant to pay for a significant portion of the costs of this project. It is a beautiful park and if you have a chance to  visit I think you will enjoy it. For a good summary of this Park Opening please visit https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/7520573-richmond-hill-residents-make-a-splash-as-new-splash-pad-opens/
 
4. Richmond Hill Donates $50,000 to Support Accessibility
Council approved a grant request from the Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation in the amount of $50,000 to support mobility initiatives in Richmond Hill. The grant is funded from the Disabled Parking Reserve, which was established in December 2004, and is funded from 50 per cent of the revenue from disabled parking offences. The grant will be used to purchase equipment, support recreation programs and to assist with overhead costs. The Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation is a registered charity with a mandate to fund equipment such as accessible exercise equipment, to assist Richmond Hill residents with daily living. The organization is integral in making Richmond Hill a more accessible and inclusive community. 
 
5. Richmond Hill Committed to Accessibility and Accessibility Plan 2013-2017
Richmond Hill continues to work towards removing barriers that prevent residents and visitors from accessing our programs, services and facilities. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005 requires municipalities to create a multi-year Accessibility Plan and to report on the progress of measures taken to make their services accessible. Richmond Hill’s 2013-2017 Accessibility Plan outlines key activities and initiatives that its departments are carrying out to make programs and services more accessible. The 2016 progress report includes policy and work process updates, staff training, alternative formats of communication including our accessible website RichmondHill.ca, accessible and integrative library programs and greater accessibility in Richmond Hill’s parks and trails. Moving forward, Richmond Hill’s focus is to complete the final deliverables in the 2013-2017 Plan and create a new five-year Accessibility Plan for 2018-2022. To learn more, visit RichmondHill.ca/Accessibility.