April Snow Showers hopefully bring May Flowers

Spring seems slow to arrive in Richmond Hill this year. Even if the thermometer does not indicate it is spring the fact that Easter, Passover, Nowruz, and Holi, to name a few, all took place recently means that spring and a time of renewal are soon upon us. I think that, after a long Canadian winter, it is safe to say Richmond Hill will welcome spring when it finally arrives!
In this e newsletter there is exciting news about the end of the Ontario Municipal Board, and news about a number of neighbourhood Clean Up Green Up initiatives that are about to happen during April. 
There is also information about the upcoming Strides for Stroke Walk/Run in Ward 4 and information about how you can participate to support our Mackenzie Health Hospital. Be aware of temporary road closures on May 5th in the Mill Pond/Heritage Estates area that are related to this event.
For all gardeners and aspiring gardeners, there is information below about a gardening workshop as well as information about Richmond Hill’s ever popular Doors Open event later in May.
I would like to thank the volunteers and especially the many hundreds of guests that came out last month to celebrate spring at the 2nd Annual Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival. It was a real delight to share this truly Canadian tradition with so many residents of our Town. Stories and experiences about maple syrup were shared by people who have lived in Canada for many years, and also by those who I hope have made maple syrup a part of a new tradition. It would be my hope to make the Maple Syrup Festival a tradition in Richmond Hill, in the years to come. 
Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email at any time. My email address is [email protected], my cell number is 416-346-3090 and my office number is 905-771-2480.
David West 
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill
Banner Photo – First flowers of spring in Richmond Hil