Welcome to Fall in Richmond Hill

Welcome to fall! I hope that everyone had a great summer. This fall feels a bit different to me. Like every fall we get back into a more normal rhythm of life, but this fall does not yet feel quite “normal”. In any case I would encourage everyone to keep…

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Mayor Dave Barrow Announces Retirement

On September 14, Mayor Dave Barrow announced that he is retiring from his role as Mayor of Richmond Hill. I have very much enjoyed working with “Dave” as a citizen first and then as a colleague on Council.   There was no one that I knew that lived and breathed…

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City Plan 2041 Next Steps

The City of Richmond Hill is launching its Official Plan Update, City Plan 2041, with an aim to establish Richmond Hill as one of the GTA’s most prominent and successful communities.   There will be an Official Plan Update Committee meeting on Sept. 21. More consultation events will take place this fall.  …

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16th Annual Strides for Mackenzie Health

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, I will be again be participating in the Strides for Mackenzie Health. This is a cause that is important to our community and means a lot to me.   This exciting event raises funds that help support Mackenzie Health’s highest-priority needs, including equipping the new…

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Back Yard Chickens?

Richmond Hill’s Animal bylaw is due for a review. I have had calls recently from a number of residents who would like to be allowed to keep chickens on their property. At the present moment, under our current bylaw, this is not generally allowed.   During any bylaw review I…

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City Restores Observatory’s Natural Heritage and Beauty

Richmond Hill is making strides in the development of the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory (RHDDO) Park, with the completion of significant restoration work on the historic Observatory dome and administration building.   Over the past year, adhering to strict requirements for heritage restoration, intricate work was carefully carried out…

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Mill Pond Park Master Plan

Thank you to the many people who provided input on the first stages of the Mill Pond Master Plan. This process is collecting public input that will guide any future improvements and renovations to the beloved Mill Pond Park. So far a record amount of input has been collected but…

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STEAM Project 2021

It was a great day at the STEAM project in Richmond Hill last month. I was thrilled to be asked to speak to a wonderful group of students about my Richmond Hill Monarch Tagging Challenge and what Richmond Hill is doing to protect pollinating insects and Monarchs.   After my…

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