February in Richmond Hill

As February rolls out the days get longer and we get the the first hint that spring might be on the horizon. In our family tradition one of the first harbingers of spring is Maple Syrup season. This uniquely Canadian tradition has been a part of our family for generations. On that note, 3 years ago I began a Maple Syrup Festival in Richmond Hill in order to offer an event for the community could come together to celebrate spring. On March 28th I will be hosting my 4th Annual Maple Syrup Festival (details below). The Maple Syrup Festival is always a very well attended and fun filled day of pancakes with real Maple Syrup, activities for the kids, and a tree tapping and Sap boiling demonstration to name a few of the hi lights. I hope you can join us!
 
Earlier this month the Mill Pond Park was the venue for the the 52nd Annual Richmond Hill Winter Carnival. It was a great celebration of winter as it has always been and many families were able to take part on the celebration. Thanks to the organizing committee and those that came out to enjoy this wonderful Richmond Hill tradition.
 
Climate change is widely recognized as one of the most significant threats to our way of life. As such I have always believed that it is important that governments at all levels take a leadership role in reducing our Green House Gas emissions to help prevent future impacts and also create resiliency in our communities to buffer us from the current impacts. Earlier this month Council was presented with a staff report outlining some of the significant actions that Richmond Hill is currently, and will soon take, in order to work toward this goal. I am proud that a motion that I presented to Council that furthers and deepens our response to Climate Change was passed unanimously by Council. The details of this motion can be found in an article below. I want to thank the public and my colleagues for their support. It is my hope that the leadership that this motion helps to reinforce will serve us well as a community and will also lead to further positive environmental actions.
 
It is important for residents to say informed and one way to do that is to attend Council meetings. For those that are interested, but are not able to attend these meetings in person, you can watch the meetings live streamed by going to Richmond Hill’s website at www.richmondhill.ca. On the home page under the Mayor and Council tab you can click the link that says “Watch Livestream” to view Council meetings live.
 
As always, if you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me any time.