March 2023 eNewsletter

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eNewsletter and being a part of the conversation. Your comments and concerns are meaningful to me, and I enjoy forming connections with all of our wonderful residents, in this beautiful city we call home!

I love to hear from you and chat about new ideas and changes you would like to see in our community. Should you wish to reach me, you may use my contact information provided below in the "Stay Connected" section of this eNewsletter.
Monthly Town Hall Meetings

We are excited to host our third Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm in the Recreation Room of Abbeylawn Manor Retirement Home, located at 534 Rodd Avenue. Mark your calendars and join us for a Fireside Chat!

The past two Town Hall Meetings have yielded much success with expert guest speakers and a wonderful turn out of residents from all over the city!

For future Town Hall Meeting information, including dates & locations, please contact the Council Office by email at or by telephone at 905.420.4605.
My Notices of Motion Discussed During the
March 8 Meeting of Council

I have a few Notices of Motion that were addressed during Council, which included:

  1. Requesting changes to the disclosure of personal information during open forums (PASSED - You will no longer have to release your private information in an open forum).
  2. Request new protocols for flag raising to acknowledge Remembrance Day and Veterans (PASSED - A Veterans flag will go up on November 11 and remain flown until sunset on November 30 in perpetuity, to honour our Veterans, who have served and demonstrated the ultimate sacrifice).
  3. Requesting the implementation of a Urban Farming pilot project including backyard chickens and vertical farming (PASSED - pilot project is to be implemented with further information to follow).

Meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to follow along. Details are posted on the City of Pickering Council Calendar, found here.

My Upcoming Notices of Motion Being Discussed During the
March/April Meetings of Council
I have a few upcoming Notices of Motion I wish to address at Council:

  1. Notice of Motion regarding the Tree Protection By-law on private property, including the protection of Urban forests and address maximum pavement coverage on private property (Anticipated March 27 Council).
  2. Notice of Motion to increase current minimum circulation radius for planning applications.
  3. Notice of Motion to make public consultation process more accessible by removing the requirement to input personal information on a survey.
  4. Request Durham Region pause the Envision Durham process (Anticipated March 27 Council).

Federal Legislation Updates
I have a few noteworthy updates to federal legislation that I would like to share. Follow the links below if these topics are of importance to you:

  • Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
  • An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (C-11)
  • Firearms (Bill C-21)
  • An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Regulation Adapting the Canada Elections Act for the Purposes of a Referendum - voting age (Bill S-201)
Have Your Say in the 2023 Pickering Budget
Updates On My Request For
A City-Wide Snow Clearing Program
Before our 2023 budget meeting on April 13,
I have asked that the Office of the CAO provide Council with a substantive report containing a list of options that would enable Pickering to introduce a city-wide snow clearing program. This would include the clearing of snow off all sidewalks and windrows throughout the city. Heavy snowfall and harsh Canadian winters impact us all, and what better way to combat the snow than have the ability to lend a helping hand to all residents throughout the city. After some thoughtful discussion, Council has referred the item back to staff for further review and consideration of expanding the existing Senior Snow program.
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