April in Richmond Hill

The province has pulled the “Emergency Brake” in Ontario and we are once again facing restrictions due to COVID-19. This is very disappointing news for all of us. After a year of struggling with the pandemic we can agree that getting back to a more normal life is what everyone wants as soon as possible. There has been continued progress toward administering the vaccines to as many people as possible and I would like to thank Richmond Hill staff for the good work they are doing at the Richmond Green vaccination site supporting York Region Public Health staff who are administering the vaccine.
 
As always there is up to date information in this e newsletter about current COVID-19 restrictions to help citizens navigate this difficult time. On that note there was an interesting and informative webinar hosted by Mackenzie Health Hospital with some important news about COVID-19 and our hospital’s front line efforts over the past year. More information about this webinar and a link to a recording for those that missed it is included below.
 
Despite the lockdown there is a great deal of work and community news to report. I have distilled some of the more important items below including several significant development applications being proposed in Ward 4. Also included below is very exciting news about another step being taken to finally get a subway extension to Richmond Hill. This most recent provincial announcement outlines a detailed route for the subway extension and includes two subway stations in Richmond Hill. Following from this announcement will be more communications in the near future available from Metrolinx to help keep residents informed as the project progresses. I will be hosting a meeting on April 29th at 7PM as a part of our our “Community Conversations Series”. The meeting will feature a presentation by Metrolinx about the Yonge Street Subway extension. Residents will have a chance to learn more about this exciting project and ask questions to Metrolinx. Full details about the meeting including registration details are also listed below in this e newsletter.
 
Finally, as I have done for many years, I will be attending the Yellow Brick House, Break the Silence Gala. This year the gala will be hosted virtually. The need to support the great work Yellow Brick House provides in addressing domestic violence against women and children is greater than ever. I have been a supporter of Yellow Brick House for many years I hope that you can join me this year at the gala. Registration is free and details can be found below.
 
As always, I welcome a call or an email from anyone if they have any comments or questions about information contained in this e newsletter or any other issue about our community. My email is david.west@richmondhill.ca and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090.
 
Banner photo courtesy of Chris Robart, Ward 4 Resident