December 2016
David Pickles_ Regional Councillor - Ward 3
While I celebrate Christmas with my family, many friends and residents celebrate Eid-ul Fitr, Eid-ul Adha, Ramadhan, Diwali, Chanukah, Vaisakhi, Kwanzaa and other traditions. I wish all a safe and happy holiday season, and the best for the new year!

Welcome Councillor Shaheen Butt, City Councillor - Ward 3
I welcome City Councillor Shaheen Butt to Pickering Council. He was officially sworn in on Monday, December 12th with his family in attendance. I look forward to working with Councillor Butt as part of the Ward 3 Team.


Shaheen and wife, Ishrat, are home owners and property tax payers in Pickering where they have raised their two sons and daughter. He has had a long career in corporate and consulting businesses. Shaheen received a Pickering Civic Award in 2014 recognizing his many community volunteer contributions.


Please welcome Shaheen to Pickering Council. He can be reached at the Pickering Council office at 905.420.4605 or by email at

Pickering named one of the world's Smart21 Communities of 2017!
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  Pickering has been named one of the world's Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
Learn how we are leveraging the power of technology to create a connected, engaged, inclusive, and sustainable City - visit .
Visit for more information on ICF's Smart21 Communities of 2017.
Join us for the New Year's Eve Family Countdown!
Saturday, December 31, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pickering Recreation Complex
Free family skate and swim and a countdown to New Year's Eve in the main lobby. Food donations will be gladly accepted. Click here for a full list of upcoming events.
Now Accepting Nominations for the Senior of the Year Award!
The City of Pickering is excited to be able to honour one local senior each year for outstanding accomplishments. To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be a Pickering resident over 65 years of age, and have enriched the social, cultural, or civic life of the community.  

Tell us about your nominee, and their accomplishments, in a one page submission.   Please include contact information for both the nominator, and the nominee.

Nomination deadline:
Thursday, February 9, 2017  no later than 4:00 pm
Mail or drop off nominations, Attention To:
Sharon Milton
Supervisor, Recreation Services, City of Pickering  
One The Esplanade, Pickering, ON   L1V 6K7

Downtown Pickering Transformation is Coming!
Downtown Pickering - Your City Centre  is undergoing a major transformation. It will experience significant growth over the next 20 years, with an expected 8,300 new residents and 8,700 new job opportunities.

As the vision for a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and beautiful space comes to life, we invite you to discover all of the key elements to transforming Pickering's City Centre into a destination spot that will enhance both the urban fabric and the natural environment of our community.

Take the time to explore the 3D Model for a vision of what your City Centre will become. 
Gary Polonsky's report on proposed airport released
The long-awaited report on the proposed Pickering
airport has been released and the author makes four recommendations:

 "Undertake the analysis required to make a decision on the need for an airport including timing, type, size, location, capitalization, infrastructure, governance, and other pertinent factors"

"Continue engaging with stakeholders in the community throughout the process of making a decision on an airport and subsequent stages".

"Avoid interim development that could jeopardize aviation options, until after a decision is made on a potential airport, and continue to foster success of agricultural activities in collaboration with the farm community".

"Establish a Pickering Lands Advisory Network, consisting of a diverse representation of stakeholders for two broad purposes: a) to liaise with and advise Transport Canada on matters such as are referenced in this report; and b) to enable Transport Canada to share information throughout all phases of development on the Pickering lands".  For more information, Read the Report 

Harmony Centre
I rode the 193 A and B Durham Transit bus route in Pickering with one of our regular customers to get a few first hand pointers and suggestions for improvements.
At the Harmony Centre Martial Arts and Fitness Centre on Plummer Street for the Investors Group fundraiser and awareness event for Sick Kids Hospital.

Celebrating the reopening of Delaney Arena with Glenn Healy, Mayor Ryan, Susan Johnson and family. Dedicated one blue seat with a plaque, in honour of the late Councillor Rick Johnson.
When will my road be plowed?
Depending on the severity of the storm, the south urban area of Pickering can expect both salting and plowing within12 to 18 hours after the storm. The north rural area can expect salting or sanding and plowing within 24 hours.
Factors affecting these times include heavy snowfalls mixed with freezing rain and Ministry of Labour regulations that prohibit d rivers from driving for more than 13 hours without a rest period.
For more information, maps and snow safety tips, visit the snow clearing operations page on the City's website.
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