Moving Forward in Richmond Hill

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It is certainly a challenging time but I agree with so many that I have spoken to recently, despite the challenges we are currently facing, we have a great deal to be thankful for in Richmond Hill. It has been a fast paced and busy month on Richmond Hill Council as we transition into the fall season. The length of this e newsletter reflects this.
 
Below are a number of articles and updates on various activities happening in our community. Of note is an update on the completion of the Mackenzie Health Vaughan hospital expansion. This facility is set to open in the early part of 2021 and will add much needed hospital capacity to our community and our present one hospital model. On that note I am participating again in the Mackenzie Health Strides for Stroke fun run/walk to support Stroke care in Richmond Hill. I am seeking folks who might want to “virtually” join my team and help with this initiative. More details on both of these points are included below.
 
Despite the challenges that COVID has brought to all of us and to the world, Richmond Hill has recently completed or begun work on, a number of important infrastructure projects. The David Hamilton Park and Ed Sackfield Arena facility expansion have been completed, the Twickenham Storm Pond Rehabilitation project has made important progress and the reconstruction and urbanization of Wright and Powell Streets has begun. Richmond Hill has also announced and implemented a number of initiatives to support business during the pandemic. These initiatives were the result of the recently completed Recover Richmond Hill Task force designed to support our local businesses during this very difficult time.
 
A local Richmond Hill resident is also hosting a national two day conference entitled “After the Pandemic – The State and Future of Canada”. This virtual conference will focus on what we can and must do as a country and as a community, to build back better after the pandemic. I have been honoured to participate in this conference on a panel that will discuss the future of cities in Canada. Details of all of this conference is also contained below in this e newsletter.
 
Also below is a report from the Council Public Meeting held last month regarding the 28 storey building proposed near Yonge and Oxford. The community was well represented at this meeting and made their views on this application quite clear! A more detailed account can be found below.
 
On a lighter note, the Richmond Hill Blooms (Front Yard Garden) Contest winners have been announced. While I am sorry that these accomplished front yard gardens can’t be honoured in person along with their owners, I am pleased to showcase below the winners and all the excellence in our front yard gardens. I appreciate the beauty that all the participants have brought to our community, especially in a year like 2020.
 
I hope that everyone might join me virtually in celebrating our Natural Environment on Sunday October 25th, from 1-3PM. I am hosting a webinar about the local environment and Sustainable Communities in lieu of what I had hoped to be the second Annual Envirofest. The first Envirofest was a great success and was held last year at this time at the Mill Pond Park. Regardless of the pandemic I wanted to again come together virtually with the community to celebrate our natural environment and to learn what we can do to make our local environment even better. I am particularly pleased to be offering this educational webinar given the overwhelming public interest for the environment from the recent Strategic Plan Survey. With an emphasis on “Sustainable Communities”, this webinar will educate and empower residents to make positive steps towards improving our local environment. Details are available below and you can register at my website at www.davidwest-richmondhill.ca/events/. I hope you can join us!
 
I always welcome a call or an email from anyone if they have any comments, questions or concerns. My email is [email protected] and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090. I wish everyone all the best, and look forward to being able to speak to residents face to face soon!
 
Banner Photo – Fall Colour in Richmond Hill