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 following public health protocols and get vaccinated if you are eligible to, and have not yet done so.
 
Thanks to the participants in the Richmond Hill Monarch Tagging Challenge. The final data has not yet been submitted but we have, as a community again this year, helped to contribute some citizen science to efforts to protect this iconic species. Thanks also to Susan for the banner photo this month. This photo shows one of her Monarchs tagged and ready to make the journey to Mexico.
 
Council has resumed its regular cycle of meetings and as always I would encourage you to participate in any way you see fit. As always this e newsletter is designed to keep residents informed about the activities of Council and issues that are impacting our community. Outlined below in this e newsletter are a number of opportunities to provide input to help shape the future of Richmond Hill.
 
Below in this edition are also articles about a number of issues including changes that are being made to increase customer service when accessing City of Richmond Hill services, some exciting changes that are now complete at the Dunlap Observatory Park, an advanced notice on an important step we are about to take seeking public input on the Mill Pond Park Master Plan, and ongoing progress at safely opening more municipal services and facilities after the Pandemic shutdowns.
 
Also below there are details about a number of events that are taking place in the near future. This weekend there will be an Art Walk featuring beautiful art from a number of local artists. The event will take place in the Village Core so you can support local artists while also supporting local businesses.
 
I am also pleased to announce that we have invited Dawn Hill, a Residential School survivor, to help us mark the new National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Ms. Hill is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of Mohawk Village Memorial Park, a not-for-profit charity run by a group of residential school survivors. This important event will be enlightening for residents and will help us all better understand the history of Residential Schools in Canada. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Mohawk Village Memorial Park.
 
As always, I welcome a call or an email from anyone if they have any comments or questions about information contained in this e newsletter or any other community issue. My email is david.west@richmondhill.ca and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090.
 
Banner photo – Monarch Watch tagging on Cana Lily. Photo courtesy of Susan a participant in our Monarch Tagging Challenge and a member of the Richmond Hill Horticultural Society.