September – Back to School and Back to Business

September means back to work and back to business for many people. It is often a busy month for all of us and it certainly has been a busy month in Ward 4.
Council is back into a regular schedule after the summer recess and there are a number of significant issues that we will be dealing with over the coming months. If you are interested in learning more please visit the website to download council agendas or watch a council meeting live. You can access this info by clicking here.
As I have reported in past newsletters, we also have several significant development proposals in our ward that we are dealing with presently. The details of two of these proposals and the related public meeting dates pertaining to these proposals are contained in this newsletter below. I have heard from many people over the past few months about these proposals and how they might impact their communities. Fitting new development into existing neighbourhoods is a complicated and difficult process, and not surprisingly they often generate significant feedback from existing residents. I am proud of our residents for voicing their concerns and being a part of this process up to this point and I would encourage everyone to be involved in these types of issues in our neighbourhoods.
For those of you that have expressed an interest in the proposed Development Application at 71 Regent, we have not yet been able to confirm the Residents’ Meeting or the Council Public Meeting. I now expect this meeting will occur in late October or in November. Please stay tuned to this  newsletter. I will announce the date when it is confirmed. If you live in Heritage Estates there will also be a mailed invitation to the Residents’ Meeting and, as always, Council Public Meeting are advertised in the Liberal Newspaper in the Town of Richmond Hill pages.
If you are a fan of live music and theatre, you should know about the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Open House on September 27th. The details are also contained below in this newsletter. Our 6 year old  theatre is such a great addition to our town. It is truly the epicentre of arts and culture in Richmond Hill and a real jewel in Ward 4.
Finally, while you are at the theatre, please feel free to visit Ransom Park (on the east side of Yonge just south of Centre St East). Council recently unveiled a beautiful statue tribute to Terry Fox. We had a poignant and moving unveiling ceremony last week where Terry’s siblings, Premiere Wynne, and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Richmond Hill Councillors and our local MP and MPP, joined many residents.
People have asked me why was Richmond Hill important to Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope 35 years ago. I think Fred Fox (Terry’s brother) answered this best in his comments from the stage. He pointed out that as Terry ran from the Canadian east coast on his run he actually detoured west, past Toronto and Richmond Hill, so that he could bring his Marathon of Hope to Southwestern Ontario. After completing this detour, he headed back east on Highway 7 towards Richmond Hill. At Highway 7 and Yonge he turned north on Yonge. It was at that point he was heading “home” – north towards Sault Ste. Marie and then continuing west on the Trans Canada Highway, toward British Columbia where he was hoping to end his Marathon of Hope. Richmond Hill literally marked the “turning point” in his quest, and the statue in Ransom Park is located only a few feet away from where he ran through Richmond Hill 35 years ago. It is a beautiful tribute to a great Canadian and a proud and fitting location for the statue.
I hope you find the information contained in this newsletter useful and I hope that you will feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, kudos or concerns.
My email address is [email protected], my cell number is 416-346-3090 and my office number is 905-771-2480.
David West
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill