Spring is in the Air

I love this time of year. The days get longer, the clothing gets lighter and everything seems to come alive again. Indeed, it is also a time of renewal and celebrations as we collectively celebrate some of the festivals of spring such as Nowruz, Easter, Holi and Passover. As usual…

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360 Kids Experience Youth Version

This past snowy and icy Thursday I participated in my first 360 Homeless experience for youth (yes I know I am not a youth but I volunteered to photograph this so they let me in). I have participated for the past 3 years in the adult version of the 360…

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Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Reform

Over the years the OMB has been a concern for me as a number of planning decisions by our local council have been reversed by this unelected, provincially appointed body. It has become increasingly clear that reform of our land planning laws and regulations are necessary to allow locally elected municipal councils…

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Winter Carnival 2016

Richmond Hill Winter Carnival  In 1968, a group of neighbours who lived near the Mill Pond Park in Richmond Hill, at the corner of Trench and Mill Street, decided to hold a “Winter Carnival” at the Mill Pond Park. Forty-eight years later, a group of community volunteers known as the…

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February 2016 Council News and Highlights

1. Richmond Hill Downtown Secondary Plan – Council Public Meeting On February 3rd Council hosted a meeting to give the public and stakeholders an opportunity to learn about and comment on, a new proposed Downtown Secondary Plan for the Historic Village Core of Richmond Hill. It was a very well…

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February in Richmond Hill

February is always an exciting month on Council. We have all of our regular Council work but we also have weekly discussions and presentations related to our Operating Budget. This budget has proven to be quite challenging as Council reviews the various expenditures that need to be made in order…

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