July Council News

Council News and Hilights

1. New School Speed Zone

On July 13th Richmond Hill Council supported changes that will effectively lower speed limits and add additional stopping restrictions around Benyon Fields School. These changes will occur on Selwyn Road and Stockbridge Avenue. Look for new signage describing these changes. These modifications will provide a safer environment for the students of this school.

2. Pan Am Torch Events in Richmond Hill

Councillors and the public had the pleasure of attending two Torch Relay Events in Richmond Hill that featured prominent Athletes that are closely linked to our Town. World Champion figure skater, Elvis Stojko, and Professional Wrestler Trish Stratus were two of many who carried the Pan Am Torch through Richmond Hill before the start of the Pan Am Games.

Elvis Stojko Carrying the Pan Am Torch in Richmond Hill

3. Richmond Hill Soccer Club Visit

I had the pleasure to be invited, as an Honorary Assistant Coach, to a Richmond Hill Soccer game. He and his coaching staff are awesome. I was only there to “look pretty” (and I will say I likely did not do a great job at that). It was a good evening to spend at a soccer field with really enthusiastic and energetic young people! I have to reluctantly admit that I never played soccer growing up, and I was never a soccer dad (a sailing, baseball and hockey dad but no soccer). It was a also a great reminder about the value that the volunteer coaches, and organizers of leagues like this bring to the children of our community. Over 7000 kids participate in the Richmond Hill Soccer Club and I have no doubt that the volunteers that run this league leave a lasting positive impact on all of those young people!

Coach Sonny and Honorary Assistant Coach David

4. Erosion Mitigation Measures approved for Elgin Mills Greenway

As I have reported in previous newsletters, we are experiencing a significant amount of erosion in the creek that exits the storm drain under Shaftsbury Avenue between St.Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School and the Elgin West Community Centre. This erosion needs to be contained before it damages some important infrastructure, including Shaftsbury Avenue. Council recently approved funds for interim measures that will be used to abate the erosion. For the longer term, we are continuing the more extensive task of studying how this valley can be restored. To this end, the Environmental Assessment process is nearing completion and a longer term strategy will be presented to council in the near future.


5. Tom Graham Arena Feasibility Study

Council approved a Feasibility Study to consider the expansion of the Tom Graham Arena Complex. This expansion would include an additional ice pad and a FIFA sized indoor soccer facility. Council also discussed the possibility of an indoor tennis facility but this amenity was deferred until our Tennis Strategy Plan has been completed. At that time the need for an indoor Tennis facility will be reevaluated and possibly added to the plan.


6. Proclamation of Terry Fox Day 

Council proclaimed the second Sunday after Labour Day as Terry Fox Day – the traditional date of the annual Terry Fox Run. Richmond Hill will also honour Terry Fox and the 35th anniversary of his Marathon of Hope with the unveiling of the Terry Fox Tribute this September. Internationally acclaimed artist Radoslaw Kudlinski is creating the tribute in collaboration with Anna Passakas. Together they form the multidisciplinary art collective Blue Republic. Their work includes installations at Pearson International Airport, World Youth Day 2002 and the winning sculpture in Norway’s Peer Gynt International Sculpture Competition. The Tribute will be unveiled in Ransom Park during a community celebration on Yonge Street on Saturday, September 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. More than 700 residents participated in public consultations in 2012 to determine the direction for the Tribute.


7. Tow Truck Licensing a Success

Richmond Hill’s Tow Truck Licensing By-law (No. 54-13) creates an environment that protects the health and safety of residents, businesses and accident victims; promotes fair business practices; and creates accountability for the tow truck industry. Council approved several administrative amendments to the Tow Truck By-law, including changing the renewal period to July 1 each year, and directed staff to reassess of By-law No. 54-13 in two years. Richmond Hill continues to work closely with the towing industry and York Regional Police to enforce the By-law and has seen a dramatic drop in the complaints about excessive fees for tow truck services since its implementation in July 2014.