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From the Desk of Mayor David West
November E-Newsletter 2022

Dear Neighbours,

In November we celebrated the Inauguration of the new Richmond Hill. As I listened to the Council speeches, I was struck by the reoccurring theme of collaboration, gratitude, and mutual respect each Member expressed. My initiative to kick start our new term was to introduce a Richmond Hill Council Pledge capturing our commitment to Richmond Hill and each other. I was delighted that my colleagues were quick to agree and at the Inauguration all Council Members all signed the Richmond Hill Council Pledge. This is the inclusive Council conduct our City and our residents expect of us. I am taking that spirit of inclusivity and collaboration with me into the new term of Council. 

In December we will celebrate Hanukah, Shabeh Yalda, Christmas, Kwanza, and New Years Eve. I hope that you find moments to enjoy family, friends, fellowship, and the best of the season.

May 2023 be filled with laughter, health and goodwill for you and yours, sincerely from the West Family.

Mayor David West 
City of Richmond Hill

Winter Fun in Richmond Hill – December Community Events

Over the days and weeks ahead, the City of Richmond Hill has planned so much for our residents to make the most of the winter season.
The Merry Marketplace is underway now with exhibitors, vendors, live entertainment, dazzling winter lights, and no holiday experience would be complete without a meet and greet with Santa Claus! The man in red is excited to greet you each night from 5:30-8 p.m. (lineup closes at 8 p.m.)
Non-perishable food items in support of the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank can be dropped off at the Information Booth on the event grounds.

Richmond Hill Winter Lights will be lighting up Richmond Green Park’s heritage walkway in a dazzling light display until March 2023.

The Light Up Richmond Hill contest is underway already and it isn’t too late to participate. Photo submissions can be made until December 12th.

Looking ahead to New Years Eve and welcoming 2023, our City staff have a full program for us on First Night – A New Years Eve Celebration so watch this website for more details, coming soon.

For the full list of activities planned in the Winter Series you can visit the City website.

December is a busy month, as many faiths recognize important holidays and Canadians rush to embrace all that winter offers.
In Richmond Hill this month there are so many ways to have fun that I won't be able to capture them all, but let's try!
As thoughts of holidays and celebrations enter our minds, please remember that this year more than ever the Richmond Hill Food Bank is in need of our support.

Many Richmond Hill events, schools, and groceries stores are accepting donations. You can also visit the Food Bank in person with your donations.
Thank you #InclusiveRH
The Richmond Hill Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is kicking off at Hillcrest Mall Friday Dec. 2nd. 

I will be honoured to make the first donation and I encourage you to watch out for the Christmas Kettles through the month of December. 

This is a “give where you live” donation because the Salvation Army Richmond Hill branch supports local organizations.
The Gifted Hands Gallery is continuing until Dec 30th with rave reviews from everyone who visits. The 10 talented artists sharing their knowledge and wares are offering shoppers a unique shopping experience. 

Additionally, the historical Boyton House at Richmond Green Park looks beautiful with Christmas lights.

For more information contact 
Artists’ Co-op Richmond Hill.
Thanks to Marj Andre at OnRichmondHill.com for a terrific newsletter about events happening in Richmond Hill. Visit the website for details about the events mentioned here, and many more.

OnRichmondHill.com has listings of events and activities year round, and you can sign up for the newsletter to stay informed about what’s happening in your City.
On Sunday December 4th, at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, you can do your Christmas shopping AND support local arts AND support the Food Bank! 

Thanks to the Richmond Hill Arts Council for this event, I hope to see you there!

Live Performances

There are excellent performance opportunities planned for the month of December and I hope you will be able to appreciate that we have this diversity of Arts entertainment available, right here in Richmond Hill.

Council Meetings Resume

The first Council meeting was productive and rewarding.

I was happy my Member Motions were so well received by my colleagues and passed unanimously. The two motions I am most excited about are:

  1. reinstating the Committee of the Whole meetings
  2. reinstating the Community and Cultural Grant Program

I believe these are great first steps to reinvesting in our community and democracy. 

It was also a pleasure to present Larry Li with the William F. Bell Young Entrepreneurs Award.

Please continue to stay informed and connected to our Council meetings – you can attend or watch them on the City YouTube channel.

Bill 23 More Homes Built Faster

At the first Council meeting, Richmond HillCouncil joined with other municipalities in voicing our request to the Province to pause proposed Bill 23 and engage in meaningful consultation. It is disappointing that so many citizens’ and municipalities voices have been ignored with the passing of this controversial bill on November 27th. 

I’ve been unwavering in my response to this legislation and I have made my stance known in two interviews: 



I continue to have many concerns about the impacts of Bill23 to our community. While I am encouraged by the province’s objective in presenting the Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, my main concerns are the environmental impact and the Municipal financial impact of this Bill.

1. Removing Development Charges (DC) for builders simply passes the financial burden of creating necessary infrastructure to support the new homes on to Municipalities and ultimately, tax payers. Additionally, the assurances that these reduced DCs will equate to more affordability for home buyers need to be baked into the legislation to ensure tax dollar subsidies are being effectively spent otherwise these discounted DCs are just a gift to developers. 

2. I believe that we need to work collaboratively with environmental experts when building new homes. The TRCA has been a longstanding environmental advisor, protecting our communities, ecologically speaking. Why is this government changing their role?

At York Region Council, I seconded a motion tabled by my colleague from Markham, Mayor Scarpitti, to pause this Bill until a fulsome consultation could be completed to address the concerns of Municipalities. https://conta.cc/3UZTF7z

I have been working closely with my Municipal colleagues at the Ontario Big City Mayors to share our input and concerns with the Provincial government.

Media outlets are continuing to talk about this legislation and its’ broad implications for citizens. I was recently quoted in this Toronto Star article.

Now we will have to turn our attention to working with the Province to address the ramifications of their Bill23 to the best of our ability. I am cautiously optimistic but in the end our message is clear – if growth does not pay for growth, our taxpayers will be forced to pay for it or we will do without critical related infrastructure. Both consequences are unacceptable.

I will continue to fight for what is best for Richmond Hill; affordable housing that does not compromise services, our environment, or our pocketbooks. 

Follow my social media and the Ontario Big City Mayors for the latest news about Bill 23.

December Heritage Dates

Canada has three heritage dates in December:

I continue to make note of Federal and Provincial Heritage Dates because as Canadians, we celebrate each other, our diversity, and our inclusive attitudes. I hope to cultivate awareness in our City as we continue to grow and diversify.

I am very happy that as a City we are working to ensure Richmond Hill services and policies reflect the city’s diversity and are equitable and inclusive. The first step is to develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, and the City wants to hear from you! Please share your thoughts until December 8th: Equity and Inclusion Online Survey 
Survey respondents can also enter to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards! 
Take the Equity and Inclusion Survey

There is an in person Workshop Discussion scheduled on Thursday, December 8, 7 – 9 p.m. at Elgin Barrow Arena, 43 Church Street South in the “Richmond Hill Room” Register today  to: 
Hear from City staff or consultants about building Richmond Hill’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan
Have the opportunity to share insights and personal experiences about City services
Engage in discussions about how City services can become more equitable and inclusive

Let’s continue to SHOW our diversity, our equity, and our inclusive attitudes through actions.


Mackenzie Health Telephone Town Hall

There will be a telephone townhall on 

Wednesday, December 7th

at 7 p.m.

All residents will receive a call on their landline. If you wish to receive the call on another number, please register it here.

Christmas Trees, Yard Waste and Snow Removal

Yard waste collection is almost over, scheduled until December 9 on your regular waste collection day.

And when the time comes for taking down the Christmas tree, you can visit the City website for the collection dates in your neighbourhood.

The City of Richmond Hill is ready for winter. For their winter plans, read the press release issued.

Visit the City website if winter weather is forecasted to keep up to date with the latest information. Remember, if a Winter Event is declared, snow plows need clear access to roadways so you cannot park on the street 

With the “Track my Plow” you can check the status of your street cleaning with a couple of clicks.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph
Groundbreaking at Canada Computers future 
Head Office location

Richmond Hill Events

There continues to be so much happening in Richmond Hill and I’m delighted to join our thriving business community and cultural organizations as they celebration significant milestones. 

Here are a few of the events I was privileged to participate in lately, on behalf of the City of Richmond Hill.

With York Region Chairman and CEO, Wayne Emmerson at York Region Council
Inauguration with Community members,  Zain-ul-Abedin Yousaf Ali with Dawoodi Bohra Jamaat Trust, Reverend Robert Hayashi with the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church and Reverend Lambert with The Nativity of the Mother of God Christian Orthodox Church
Presenting the William F. Bell Young Entrepeurneur Award to Larry Li.