Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Update

There have been a number of sitings of Monarch butterflies in York Region lately. These butterflies are the children of the ones that left our area last fall. Their parents would have overwintered in Mexico, and left in the spring to lay eggs in the southern USA. Their offspring are…

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Flight of the Monarch Day

When I was a child we would see many Monarch butterflies each summer. My bother and I used to raise and release dozens of these incredible creatures each summer.   However, the Monarch Butterfly was on the verge of extinction a few years ago. The numbers of Monarchs overwintering in…

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Thank You Richmond Hill

As Richmond Hill begins the road to recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic I want to again thank all residents for contributing to this recovery. The Pandemic situation has been a trying time for all of us. I am thankful that we are now beginning to find ourselves in a situation…

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The Environment and You – Helpful Tips

June 22-28 is Pollinator Week! Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and birds, are important to the health of our community.  They help plants produce seeds and the fruits they bear. It is estimated that 35 per cent of global crop production relies on pollinators! Richmond Hill is working to foster…

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First Richmond Hill Ward 4 EnviroFest

The 1st Ward 4 EnviroFest took place at Mill Pond Park on October 5th from 1-4pm under sunny skies with cool breezes.  I was pleased to host an event of this type and to focus on a number of local environmental issues including the recent Council approved Bee City and Mayor’s…

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Councillor Highlights

1.  Indigenous Water Day Event at Beynon Fields Public School In celebration of National Indigenous Month in Canada (June), a local Richmond Hill group that I helped form, called Pathways Towards Reconciliation, sponsored an event at Beynon Fields Public School where approximately 180 grade 5 and 6 students where treated to…

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Councillor Highlights

1.  Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Update – Monarch butterfly numbers up 144% at Mexico wintering grounds   There is some good news being reported from the Monarch Butterfly overwintering grounds in Mexico. The migration numbers are up from previous years even though the recovery is fragile. I am proud of the work…

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Bee City Motion

Recently, a high school student reached out to me to ask that Richmond Hill become a part of the Bee City movement. Bee City is an international program that works to protect bees and pollinators in communities across North America. As an environmentally responsible municipality, Richmond Hill is already doing…

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