David West  
Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councillor 
Monthly Newsletter 

May 2019






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Newsletter At A Glance
In this Issue
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A Plan for a Successful Community
Any successful person, or for that matter, any successful community, have at least two things in common. They have a well thought out plan to guide them to a goal, and they are focussed on sticking to the plan knowing it is the roadmap to the goal. The alternative is, to quote Canadian rocker Randy Bachman from his song Any Road, "if you don't know where you are going any road will take you there". 

I have always been proud of Richmond Hill's various plans such as our Official Plan, Strategic Plan and Environment Plan. These plans work in a cohesive way to ensure an integrated and efficient spending of resources and an efficient pattern to our community's population growth over time. These plans ensure our growth areas will be vibrant and functional and the plans also guide growth to areas that will help to protect our established communities. These existing communities are important because they bring character, variety and vibrancy to Richmond Hill. 

All of our plans rely on careful study by our professional planning and transportation staff, as well as other City departments and outside agencies like the TRCA and the school boards. The professional staff that inform these plans ensure the maximization of the infrastructure investment that governments make on behalf of citizens.  For example, our Official Plan generally directs growth to areas that can be served by transit. It also directs that a percentage of this growth needs to create more affordable forms of housing, and that there will be enough parks and open space around this higher density growth for the new and existing residents to enjoy. No plan is perfect, and we do need to review these plans periodically to refocus them on the goal to be  achieved, but generally I believe that Richmond Hill's goals and the plan to get there are sound. 

In recent weeks in Richmond Hill there have been a number of evolving situations that I believe serve as a reminder about the value of respecting policies and plans that have guided us, and continue to guide us to our goal of a vibrant community. There was a recent member motion passed to increase densities from 15 storeys to 37 stories in the Yonge Bernard area that was then just recently rescinded after much public outcry (more on this below). This sudden change in direction from the plan and then sudden change back, illustrates the concerns I have with not respecting a well studied existing plan. Secondly there is currently a proposal by the Provincial Government called Bill 108 that would, among other things, roll back the positive changes made to the old OMB. This would again mean that local planning decisions by local councils may not be well respected when an applicant appeals a development application that is not in keeping with the Official Plan. This regressive proposal will again make it very difficult for municipalities like Richmond Hill to adhere to a cohesive plan. 

It is my view that there is an immediate need to review our Official Plan given that it is almost 10 years old and currently due for a review. There is also a need to review the Official Plan in light of new growth directives from the Provincial Government. I would however expect that it would be wise for Council to stay on course until these reviews happen in a comprehensive way rather than approve changes to the plan will cause future problems with any revised plan as a whole. 

Our current reality is that we are being asked by the current provincial growth plans to build a city in a Town. However in order for Council to approve smart, well designed growth that is transit oriented and environmentally sustainable, and that maintains the existing vibrant neighbourhoods that give our community its current character, this process must be performed carefully, adhering to a well thought out and researched plan. The alternative is approving one off changes to our current plans such as the 37 storey KDA proposal that will have negative implications well into our future. 

One example of a good plan put in place recently is the formation of a Capital Sustainability Steering Committee. I am honoured to be named as the Vice Chair of this committee. This committee is working towards a review of a number of our current plans such as our Recreation Plan, Parks Plan, Information Technology Plan, and our Fire and Emergency Master Plan, to find ways to ensure that Capital Projects involving such items such as roads, new community centres, new parks and improvements to our Fire Service, are built in a fiscally sustainable manner. This committee will report to Council with its findings, and in doing so will help to guide the building and maintenance of our built capital assets into the future. We have some difficult decisions to make in this regard but I believe that it is important to know which is the "best road" to take to arrive at the "destination" for our community. 

As always in this edition of the e newsletter there is information related to many issues and events taking place in our community. I hope you have a chance to read about some of them. If you have any questions, comments, kudos, or concerns please feel free to contact me. I am always happy to speak to residents about our great community.

David West 
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill
Cell -416-346-3090
Office 905-771-2480

Banner Photo - Michelle Cheng - Temple of Mirrors (one of the winners in the Richmond Hill Public Library's 2019 Teen Arts Contest - to view all the winning entries see below in this newsletter)
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 Councillor Highlights 

Inside the Region with Nirmala Armstrong on 105.9 The Region with Nirmala, Tina Cortez and David 

1. Inside the Region with Nirmala Armstrong - 105.9 The Region  
On Sunday April 14th, I had the pleasure of speaking to 
Nirmala Armstrong on her radio show, Inside the Region, on FM 105.9 The Region. Nirmala is a past Regional Councillor from Markham and has a good grasp of issues that impact York Region municipalities. Her show features a different local municipal leader each week in conversation with Nirmala, and Station Manager Tina Cortez.  To listen to my interview please visit
  During the interview w e spoke about my views on The Provincial Governance Review as well as recent discussions in Richmond Hill related to Council  beginning  meetings with an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement. My section of this interview starts at the six minute mark, but the guest that was on this show after me was also really interesting, and worth the listen. 
2.  Oak Tree Planting to Commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge
On Monday, April 22, 2019 Richmond Hill paid tribute to our war veterans and in particular, Canada's contribution to the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This date marked the 52nd anniversary of this historic battle. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 375, the Mayor, several members of Council, as well as MP's and MPP's planted two Vimy Oaks at the Cenotaph. These Oaks are descendants of an Oak tree that in 1917, was growing on the battlefield at Vimy Ridge. 

A Canadian soldier gathered some acorns from that Oak tree, and upon returning home to Canada, planted these acorns to commemorate the battle. Our newly planted Vimy Oaks will honour the sacrifices that many brave men and women have made to ensure the freedom that we all enjoy in Canada today. Lest we forget!

3.  Earth Day Community Tree Planting 
Elected Officials planting one tree
Many local children planting many trees!

Each year that I have been on Council I have attended the school and group tree planting hosted by Richmond Hill. Each year an area around the Oak Ridges Community Centre gets naturalized by a large group of enthusiastic young people. I have enjoyed the smiling young faces and slightly muddy hands as the students finish a job well done. Thanks to all involved for this annual Earth Day event!

4.  David Newland with Siqiniup Qilautu (Sundsdrum) : The Northwest Passage in Story and Song
The Richmond Hill Speaker Series, a Connecting the Community initiative, in partnership with the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (RHCPA), had an amazing event this past month. David Newland, and the Siqiniup Qilautu throat singers, presented The Northwest Passage in Story and Song. 

This event also featured a throat singing demonstration by two talented Inuit performers. The audience learned about Inuit culture and some of the history of early explorers in this region. Thanks to Connecting the  Community  and the RHCPA for bringing this event to Richmond Hill.

5.  A Special Memorial Pooja for those who lost their lives in Sri Lanka 
The world watched in horror as so many innocent people in Sri Lanka lost their lives in a horrific act of terrorism over the Easter weekend. It was an hono ur t o be invited to a Special Memorial Pooja at the Richmond Hill Ganesha Hindu Temple for those who lost their lives in Sri Lanka

Richmond Hill stands firmly with our Sri Lankan friends!

There was an article on this which appeared in the May 3rd edition of the Liberal that described this event - please visit this link to read it -  https://www.yorkregion.com/community-story/9307567-richmond-hill-hindu-temple-offers-prayers-for-victims-of-sri-lanka-s-easter-sunday-attacks/

6.  Red House Dental Grand Opening 
Cutting the Ribbon in our Village Core
It is always great to attend a Grand Opening in Richmond Hill.  Congratulations and b est wishes to Red House Dental and Dr. Ria Pudjo on their relocation to Arnold Crescent and their Grand Opening in this new location. Dr. Pudjo and her team have restored a beautiful historic home in our historic Village Core and will now run their dental practice in this unique location!

7. Caring for the Seniors Health Diet Information Exchange Program - "Dumpling Banquet" 
I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the Jefferson Community Association and Chinese Traditional Cultural Association for a Health Diet Information Exchange Program - "Dumpling Banquet". 

I learned to make delicious Chinese Dumplings and even got the chance to enjoy a few when they were ready. I found I was much better at eating them than making them!


8.  Spring Clean-up in Richmond Hill 
At this time of year each year Richmond Hill staff helps to facilitate a Community Clean up. This program is called Clean Up Green Up and features many different groups of volunteers spanning out across the municipality to clean up litter in our community during April and May. The final numbers are currently being tallied but I understand that this year we had a record number of participants proudly helping to give our community a spring cleaning. Thanks in particular to the Theobalds Circle team and the Oak Ridges Team for inviting me to participate and for all that you do!

Katherine Mabley - Organizer of the Oak Ridges Clean Up

The Theobalds Circle Team after their annual cleaning effort 

9.  Elgin West Italian Senior's Association Carnavale Celebration
Thanks to Anna Maria Curtis-Caporiccio and the Elgin West Italian Senior's Association for hosting a Carnavale celebration. It was a fun event with good music, good food, and great company. 

One of the great things about living in Richmond Hill is that we have so many people bringing traditions from every part of the world. In our community, on almost any day of the year, there's an excuse for a party!

10. Annual Sports Champion Awards 
For over thirty years, the Sports Hall of Fame Committee has hosted the Richmond Hill Sports Awards. These awards continue to recognize the achievements of local athletes, officials, teams, and coaches who have shown athletic excellence in Richmond Hill or contributed to the development of sport in Richmond Hill.

I had the honour of presenting two awards to the following recipients.

Alex Keeting
  • Alex has been a resident of Richmond Hill for over 70 years. Under the Special Olympics umbrella, Alex has competed at both Regional and Provincial Games in all the sports he has participated in, including 5 and 10 pin bowling, floor hockey, running and Athletics.
  • Last July Alex participated in the Special Olympics Canada National Games in the 5,000m, 3,000m, 1,500m and the 800m long distance running. Alex came home with 2 GOLDS and 1 SILVER medal.
  • This is a great accomplishment when you factor in the age category. Alex is 63 years old running against athletes that are twenty years younger than him!
  • Alex has also participated and competed in the Masters Running Program, which has allowed him to travel the country to various events, coming home with many medals. During this time, he participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. One of the first runs went from Orillia to Richmond Hill.   Along with one police officer, Rob Plunkett, Alex ran this race for quite a few years.
Paul Vyrostko
  • Sports have always been a part of Paul Vyrostko's life. Baseball, hockey, football and basketball are all part of his biography.
  • Paul was a high school and university varsity athlete named as "Athlete of the Year", and having a placement on the Wall of Fame.
  • He currently plays hockey in the York Old-timers Hockey League in both the 60 plus and 70 plus age category.
  • In 2018, The York Old-timer's team participated in the Canada Senior Games, in the 75-plus age division. Paul scored an important shoot-out goal to help the team win the GOLD medal.
  • Paul continues to play hockey several times a week, and is an active community volunteer.  

11.  Strides for Stroke Supporting Mackenzie Health
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The Turtle and the Hare
It has been a real pleasure serving on the Strides for Stroke organizing committee for the past few years,. Strides for Stroke is a true community event that gives so many people an opportunity to come out for a run/walk, learn more about stroke, and just as important, raise money for Stroke Care at Mackenzie Health Hospital. This year we had a record 1300 plus participants, we raised a record $286,000 while surpassing $2M during the duration of the annual event, all in support of our hospital and health care in our community.

On a personal note I was able to achieve my goal of less than 30 minutes for the 5K run. Thanks to everyone who came out, had fun, helped to raise money for top notch Stroke care in Richmond Hill, and in the process built a more vibrant community for us all!   

Surpassing our Goal!

12.  TRCA's Annual Manulife Paddle the Don

Paddle the Don is an annual event hosted by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Participants paddle the Don River from Eglinton Avenue to Lake Ontario while getting a chance to contemplate the importance of this river to our natural environment and to all of us living in GTA Region.  This event brings together conservationists, business  peo ple and recreationalists to traverse one of Toronto's most important watersheds, the Don River.
During the Opening Ceremony The CEO of the TRCA reminded us of the "mock funeral" that Pollution Probe held for the Don River in 1969. Since that day efforts from citizens, the municipal governments along the river, and the TRCA, have all paid off. While we still must remain vigilant the river has made a good comeback and is now in a much healthier state than during the 1960's. The Don River begins its journey very close to the Mill Pond in Richmond Hill so Richmond Hill also has a special responsibility to keep this river healthy.
Thanks to the TRCA and the City of Toronto for hosting this event.

13. CHATS Russian Seniors Talk
I had the pleasure of speaking  to the CHATS  Russian  Seniors group about Richmond Hill and some of the programs that we offer our residents.   It was a pleasure to hear what is important to this group, and to be able to take this information back to our staff so we can best serve our citizens. 

14. Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Pancake Breakfast
Photo - Snapd Richmond Hill Joanne Witt
I was recently invited to serve pancakes during one of the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church's pancake breakfasts. It was a wonderful  community  event and this particular breakfast was in support of the Indigenous People Endowment Fund by the Presyterian Church of Canada. 

Thank you to the many dedicated volunteers at the church for bringing people together in our community while at the same time making a difference in the wider community.

15. Doors Open Richmond Hill 
Doors Open is a great annual event that features an invitation to the community to come out and explore various buildings in our community. A key organizer of this event is our Heritage Services staff. As a member of the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre Advisory Committee I am always pleased to support the effort. This year I was able to make stops at the Heritage Centre, and the Heritage Collection room at the Operations Centre, as well as the Ganesha Hindu Temple on Bayview north of Elgin Mills. Thanks to all of the organizations that graciously opened their doors to our community. 

Some very talented young dancers, and members of the Ganesha Hindu Temple
Henna as a souvenir of Doors Open 

Model A Fords as part of the heritage Centre Display during Doors Open

16. PFLAG Standing Tall Gala
It was a pleasure to attend and support the annual PFLAG York Region gala. PFLAG is an organization that provides support and resources for parents, friends and families in the LGBTQ community and this year marks the York Region Chapter's 25th year of this mission.

17. Annual Richmond Training Centre Gala
Over the  past few decades Richmond Hill has played an important part in promoting Figure Skating excellence in Canada. I remember well a number of years ago when we were filled with excitement and pride to see skaters such as Patrick Chan and Elvis Stojko achieving success on the world stage. Both of these skaters had a significant connection to Richmond Hill. Part of their success came from the Richmond Training Centre which has, for 19 years, been providing high level athlete training to figure skaters in our community, and from around the world. Up and coming skaters such as Iliya Kovler, Michelle Long, Mark and Maya Gorodnitsky, Alec Guinzbourg, Justin Ng Siva, and Nam Nguyen are all names to watch for in the future as all of these fine young people are currently experiencing success while being trained at RTC in Richmond Hill. 
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Richmond Hill Council News

1.  Richmond Hill Wins Three Environment Awards
Richmond Hill received three awards for a range of environmental initiatives, including the International Society of Arboriculture Gold Leaf Award and the Tree Canada Public Education Award for Richmond Hill's Community Stewardship Program and the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Project of the Year Award in the Environment category for Richmond Hill's Elgin Mills Greenway project. The International Society of Arboriculture Gold Leaf Award recognizes outstanding landscape activities that have made a significant impact within a community over a number of years. The Tree Canada Public Education Award recognizes excellence in public education initiatives that broaden the public's understanding of the value of the urban forest. The third award was received from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) in the Environment category for a new stormwater management system and trail network within the Elgin Mills Greenway. 
2.  Richmond Hill Honoured for its Events 
Richmond Hill received two awards from Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO). The first award, a "Top 100 Festivals and Events Ontario" award recognized the City's Canada Day celebrations, which attracted over 15,000 people from York Region and the GTA. It is Richmond Hill's largest, single-day festival. Richmond Hill was also awarded "Municipality of the Year" in the over 150,000 population category. This award acknowledges the finest municipalities in Ontario in terms of leadership and civic partnerships. FEO, which is the leading professional organization for the festival and events industry, helps members to produce unique, quality festivals and events through education, professional development and networking. Its membership includes festivals, events, suppliers, municipalities, schools, students, BIAs (Business Improvement Areas) and more. 

3.  Disruption and Uncertainty in Municipal Landuse Planning in Ontario
I have always believed the best equipped people to build a strong vibrant community are the people who know their community best. Those people are us - the ones that live in the community. 

Under the last provincial government, municipal leaders, including myself, worked hard to finally see changes to the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). For years, the unelected and undemocratic OMB consistently overturned local planning decisions often in favour of developers' interests (for more on the OMB visit
https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2019/05/02/what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-ontarios-massive-new-housing-law.html ). 

The result of the long fought battle to bring about positive changes to the old OMB was the recent creation of the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). This new appeal body was changed to be respectful of local planning decisions and the needs of the local community (for more on the history behind these changes visit
http://davidwest-richmondhill.ca/the-end-or-at-least-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-the-omb/ )

The Ontario  government  has recently announced that the new and improved LPAT will be rolled back and will revert to the old OMB rules. I think Councillor Filion from Toronto said it best as quoted in the Toronto Star, "this is clearly a set of rules designed to give the land speculators and developers everything they could possibly want in the guise of creating more affordable housing. If they did not write (the changes) themselves, they certainly could have"(visit  https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/05/01/province-restores-omb-rules-for-development-disputes.html   ). 

Given these regressive changes to LPAT, our  Municipal  Leaders Group has been reconstituted and will continue to  fight to cancel these changes that essentially take control out of the hands of locally elected officials and puts it into the hands of unelected appointed OMB Board members.
Over a period of several years Richmond Hill's Planning staff and myself, as a local councillor, have worked with the community to design and  eventually  see approval of a Secondary Plan for the area around Canyon Hill Avenue/Bernard Avenue and Yonge Street. This Yonge Bernard KDA Secondary Plan provides further detail to that which is included in the Official Plan about how development will proceed in the area. The plan has been well studied by our planning and transportation staff and the community. The plan  provides clear opportunities for land owners to develop these lands in a way that will create a vibrant, efficient, and functional community. The plan also imposes limits of density and heights so functionality in areas like traffic flow, and pedestrian access will be achieved. 

After passing the KDA plan a number of land owners appealed this plan to the LPAT because they generally objected to some of the height and density limits as well as some transportation improvements that they would need to be completed on their lands. In mid April Councillor Muench moved a motion that was seconded by Local and Regional Councillor DiPaola giving direction to our Planning Staff to negotiate with the appealing land owners to increase the height limit to 37 storeys in parts of the area, and to increase the allowable residential density on their lands. This motion was eventually passed by a majority on Council ( In favour: (5): Councillor Muench, Regional and Local Councillor DiPaola, Councillor Liu, Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli, Councillor Beros - Opposed: (4): Mayor Barrow, Councillor West, Councillor Chan, Councillor Cilevitz). The motion was introduced, discussed, and passed with virtually no opportunity for the public to comment.

I given very little advance notice and I strongly opposed this motion when it came up. There is very little evidence provided that supports that the changes are justified or functional. Furthermore, given the extensive public input that was involved in the creation of the KDA plan, I beleive the significant changes to this plan and the timeline in which it was passed are unacceptable. I will continue to work towards having this motion rescinded as I do not believe it is acceptable for our community. I also do not believe that ignoring a well researched plan such as the KDA Secondary Plan in favour of this type of unresearched plan is acceptable.

Addendum - At the Council Meeting on May 14th, a majority of Council voted to rescind the motion described above . I believe rescinding these newly proposed limits was the best thing to do for the community.  However I am very disappointed that the original motion that would have allowed the increases in density and height was even passed in the first place. I believe that increasing the density of the KDA with little to no study was not at all in the best interests of the community and I also regret that this motion put the community through so much angst. While the motion to rescind makes the best of a bad situation, I do hope that it will give residents and myself a chance to discuss the next steps in this process and a chance to discuss the future of the KDA area and I welcome this opportunity. Please stay tuned for future next steps. 
5. Cuts to Richmond Hill Public Library 

After some feedback from residents following a story in the Liberal about the Sunday Library closings, it was announced that this plan would be modified so that the Library would be able to stay open on all Sundays. Instead of closings, savings and cuts in other areas of the budget would happen instead. Below are 3 articles describing the timeline of this issue.


Addendum - At the Council meeting on May 14th, Council modified the motion to add Councillors to the Library Board with the recently announced resignation of Board Member Councillor Castro Liu. The new members of the Library Board are Councillors Muench, Beros and Regional and Local Councillors Perrelli and DiPaola  

6. Sidewalks for Bathurst between Shaftsbury and Gamble
I am pleased to announce that in Richmond Hill's most recent budget, a project to install sidewalks and lighting between Shaftsbury Avenue and Gamble Road along Bathurst Street was approved. The project is being delivered by York Region and the City is funding 50% of the project cost. The design is being performed in 2019 with anticipated construction in 2020. Upon completion of this missing link, our sidewalk network in this area will be safer and easier for pedestrians to navigate. I am looking forward to the completion of the project. 

7. Single Use Plastics Motion
On May 28th I will be introducing a motion to ask our staff to explore ways to reduce and/or eliminate single use plastics in our City. The motion is contained below. If you would like to comment on this motion please feel free to write to clerks@richmondhill.ca to become a speaking delegate at the meeting or to write a letter for Council's consideration regarding this motion.

Proposed Motion
Whereas single use plastics such as plastic straws, cutlery and grocery bags have become a significant litter issue in our community and across Canada, and;

Whereas most single use plastics cannot be recycled and end up being disposed of as garbage or contribute to blue box contamination at a cost to municipalities, and;

Whereas York Region has communicated their intent to explore ways to reduce single use plastics as part of the update to the Regional Waste Master Plan (SM4RT Living Plan), currently underway;

Therefore be it resolved that staff report back to Council regarding practical and feasible strategies that Richmond Hill may use to reduce single use plastics within our own corporation and within the municipality as a whole by working in partnership with York Region, and with other interested stakeholders.
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Ward 4 Development Applications - Update 

There are a number of development applications active in Ward 4 that continue to generate significant interest from residents.  This newsletter section is intended to keep everyone informed and updated about the status of these applications. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all active development applications in the ward, but a brief synopsis of select applications. Information that is new since the last newsletter is marked as "**NEW**" Please feel free to contact me at david.west@richmondhill.ca if you have questions about applications described below or questions about an application that is not included here. 
Current and ongoing applications with little or no significant developments to report are listed below with a brief summary of the application only. New applications, since last month, or ones with significant developments since last month are listed with greater detail below.

A good general resource related to Land Use Planning can be found on the Minstry of Municipal Affirs website at  www.ontario.ca/document/citizens-guide-land-use-planning

Current Applications with no significant Changes to report since last month 

1. 129, 133, 141 Arnold Cres and 230 Major Mackenzie Dr. W.  
Potential townhouse development near Arnold Cres. and Major Mackenzie Dr.

2. 35 Wright Street
Redevelopment of a Heritage designated home on Wright Street just west of Yonge Street.

4. 116 Lucas St. 
The applicant is proposing to build a semi detached dwelling on the subject lands. Staff is currently reviewing this application after receiving input from residents and Council. A staff report with a recommendation will be presented at a future Committee of the Whole meeting.

New Applications / Older Applications with new changes since the last month to report

1. 11488 Yonge St and 49 Gamble Rd. (south west corner of Gamble and Yonge)
A proposed townhouse and condominium development near the south west corner of Gamble Rd. and Yonge St.
**NEW** At the Council Meeting on May 14th Council voted to direct staff to proceed to the LPAT Hearing in opposition to the development application and advise the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal that Council does not support the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 11488 Yonge Street and 49 Gamble Road for the principle reasons outlined in staff report SRPRS.19.046. In my comments I encouraged the applicant and staff to continue to explore a way to bring this application in line with the Official Plan requirements and to address all outstanding issues. 

2. 251, 253 and 259 Oxford Street
A proposal for 14 Single Detached homes (that was subsequently changes to 20 semidetached homes - for details see below)
**NEW** At Committee of the Whole on May 7th, a staff report was presented to Council with a recommendation to approve a plan for 14 single detached dwellings (to view the related staff report please visit -  https://pub-richmondhill.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=22758  ). With very little advance notice, at the May 7th meeting a request by the applicant to change the 14 single detached homes to 20 semidetached homes was presented. I objected to this plan because it was made clear in the staff report that this plan was not acceptable to the staff based on their analysis of the application. It was also clear to me from speaking to residents at the Council Public meeting held in March of 2018 that semi's were not consistent with the existing neighbourhood and I also objected to the last minute change that did not allow the community sufficient notice to comment on this proposed change. I was able to send a letter to the community letting them know of this unexpected change in plans and a number of citizens were able to send their thoughts (mostly in opposition) to Council. However at the meeting the plan for semi's was approved by a majority on Council. I continue to oppose this change. Staff has been instructed however to bring back a report to a future Council meeting on the implementation of this new plan. I will advise residents of this report when it is available. 

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New for 2019! Become a part of Richmond Hill's Butterflyway Project in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation when you purchase and plant a perrenial flower kit.

On Saturday, May 25, pick up your order at our Healthy Yards Event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Richmond Hill's Operations Centre.   At the event, you can talk to gardening experts, win prizes, and take home free wood chips for your garden!.
Visit  RichmondHill.ca/HealthyYards or call 905-771-8800 to learn more.

Ash Tree Owners: It's Time to Take Action

The Emerald Ash Borer is expected to kill all ash trees in Richmond Hill.
Ash trees on private propertyare the responsibility of the property owner. If you have an ash tree on your property, we recommend you consult with a qualified private tree care company about 
management options that will protect your property and your safety.
Dead or dying trees on private property that pose a risk to public safety or property damage are subject to Richmond Hill's Property Standards By-law and Private Tree By-law.
Ash trees on public propertyare the responsibility of the City. Tree removal and replacement is ongoing.  Visit  RichmondHill.ca/EAB  for more information.

Community Stewardship Program
Tree Planting Events hosted by LEAF
  • Meander Park (101 Alpaca Drive)Sunday May 26, 2019 | 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Get outside to plant trees and shrubs! Wear long pants and closed toed shoes. For more information and to register, visit  www.yourleaf.ca or call 416-413-9244 x12. 

The City of Richmond Hill has partnered with a qualified electronic waste recycler, Shift Recycling, to host this free e-waste drop-off event, taking place at the same time as and next door to our Public Works Open House and Healthy Yards event.
Charge Your Electric Vehicle at City Facilities!

There are two Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) charge stations located in the City's parking lots at the following locations:

Municipal Offices  
225 East Beaver Creek Road

Operations Centre
1200 Elgin Mills Road East

The charge stations are available to the public 24-hours a day, year round, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why choose an Electric Vehicle?
  • Save on fuel and maintenance costs.
  • Access HOV lanes while driving alone with a green licence plate.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants.
Richmond Hill supports the use of electric vehicles for their environmental and health benefits.  For more information about electric vehicles, visit  PlugnDrive.ca .

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Richmond Hill Blooms 2019

Richmond Hill Blooms is a program designed to encourage residents to play a role in making Richmond Hill a more beautiful place to live, work and play by creating attractive, colourful and well-maintained front gardens and recognizing them. Neighbours, friends and relatives can nominate front gardens for recognition. You can even nominate your own garden!
The 2019 Nomination Period is Friday, May 31 to Friday, July 5.

Once the nomination period is open, you can nominate a garden by emailing  richmondhillblooms@richmondhill.ca or by calling 905-780-2977. Please be sure to include the address(es) of the garden(s) you are nominating, along with your name, address, telephone number and email address. 

Other important dates Shortlist Judging: Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 26 I Final Judging: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16        Richmond Hill Blooms Gala: Thursday, September 19

Every  nominated residential front garden is acknowledged with a recognition sign for their garden as part of the Richmond Hill Blooms program two-step nomination. Following this recognition, a short list of best gardens are identified by Richmond Hill staff horticulturalists. The Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society then select the top three gardens per ward based on the Ontario Horticultural Association's Garden and Special Planting Criteria.   

Program Changes

To ensure fa irness and provide equal opportunity to all residents, first place winners in each ward will be ineligible from winning first, second or third place for a period of one year beginning with the 2019 program. This means that the 2018 first place winners can still be n ominated, however, they will not be considered for the Top Three Gardens in their ward this year.  

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Lake Wilcox Park Youth Area  Official Opening

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Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
2019-2020 Season

To view this season's line-up and to purchase tickets please click  here

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Yard Waste Schedule Changes

The schedule for yard waste collection is changing. Yard waste will no longer be collected on Mondays, it will now be collected on the regular waste collection day as follows:
-          Starting on April 16 to October 11- Yard waste will be collected every other week on the garbage collection day
-          From October 15 to December 6 - Yard waste will be collected weekly on the waste collection day
Residents are asked to set-out their yard waste, along with the other applicable waste streams, in a Kraft paper bag or in an open top reusable container labeled with a yellow yard waste sticker, available for free at Operations Center, 1200 Elgin Mills Road East and at Access Richmond Hill located at 225 East Beaver Creek Road).

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Kids Run For Nature

To register visit kidsrunfornature.ca
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Annual Volunteer Achievement Awards - Wednesday April 10

Milestone Anniversary Certificates

Muscular Dystrophy Canada York Region Walk4MD - 10 years
Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra - 10 years
Richmond Hill Old Timers' Hockey League - 30 years
Richmond Hill Men's Slo - Pitch - 40 years
Richmond Hill Group of Artists - 40 years
Richmond Hill Camera Club - 45 years
Richmond Hill Centennial Pipe Band - 45 years
Richmond Hill Local History Society - 45 years
Richmond Hill Soccer Club - 50 years
Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling - 100 years

Hannah Apler - Youth Volunteer Achievement Award

At the age of nine, Hannah Apler launched her blog, Call Me Hannah, to share her growing concern for the environment and wildlife, and show that small, everyday actions by everyday people can lead to big change. Now 15 years old, she has emerged as an impassioned public speaker and author of her new book, Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change. She uses her voice to motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action for a better world.

Lyn May - Citizen of the Year Award
Lyn May is an inspirational leader and agent of change. Our Richmond Hill United Church's (RHUC) partnership with Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School has been largely due to Lyn's leadership and openness to tackling new challenges to make a difference, student by student. She supports a variety of community, national and global initiatives with her own personal hands-on work, and by empowering others to take on projects under the auspices of the RHUC Outreach umbrella - reaching out to help others.

Savita Perera - Youth Volunteer Achievement Award Community Services Department
Savita Perera came to Canada as an immigrant when she was 6 years old. Her mom registered her in Richmond Hill Camps. At these camps, Savita experienced love and affection. The volunteers showed her the work they do, and she decided that when the time was right, she was going to volunteer too. She wanted to give back and provide the experience she received to the community. Savita has been volunteering with Richmond Hill for the past 2 years. Savita has volunteered at many Richmond Hill summer camps, including Sports Camp, Kinder Camp, Camp D'Uwana and Girl Sports Camp. She has also volunteered at Moonlight Movies.

Savita's largest volunteering events were the Food Truck Festival and Ribfest, which were both very busy and extremely rewarding. During her time volunteering, Savita has gained valuable leadership and communication skills, and has also developed valuable problem solving skills. Savita has made great friends that she is in contact with outside of volunteering. Savita has enjoyed interacting with kids of many different ages, and loves playing games and learning new things with them. Many of Savita's friends will say volunteering is what taught her the valuable skills of how to sweep a room, and joke that Camp D'Uwana's cooking camp allowed her to experience the tiresome chore of washing dishes for the first time! Volunteering has truly been a fun and valuable experience for her so far, and Savita plans to continue her volunteer experience this summer.

Maksym (Max) Kashuba - Adult Volunteer Achievement Award Community Services Department
Maksym (Max) Kashuba has been struggling with mental health for years, unable to work fulltime. Maksym (Max) has found volunteering really rewarding and helped him feel better about himself.

Chung Kwong (Charles) Lee - Senior Volunteer Achievement Award Community Services Department
Chung Kwong (Charles) Lee has volunteered in Richmond Hill for several years. Chung Kwong (Charles) is a volunteer for the Richmond Hill 55+ program, along with the Table Tennis group, which has about 250 members. He is the liaison between the members and the staff of the community centres, and any concerns and issues of the members are relayed to the centres through him. He ensures that the members are informed about any changes in program policies and schedules. Chung Kwong (Charles) is also responsible for organizing events and activities for the group, such as their annual friendly tournament and Christmas potluck party. Chung Kwong's (Charles) goal is to help achieve smooth running of the programs, so that all members, mostly retired, can enjoy and benefit from the exercise and social encounter of the game.

Cheryl Butler - Volunteer Achievement Award
Cheryl Butler is very passionate about history and heritage. Cheryl taught history at the College level for 32 years and joined the Richmond Hill Historical Society to put her knowledge to work - for herself and for the community. Cheryl has been a committed and active member of the Richmond Hill Historical Society for the past 45 years. Over the years, she has held a variety of positions on the executive, such as President, Vice President, Program Director and currently Secretary. When the Society partnered with Richmond Hill to restore Burr House and the Guild Hall in the 1970s and '80s, Cheryl was one of a group of volunteers who worked on the restoration of the Burr House. Cheryl also participated in the archaeological dig at Burr House and did research work on Rowland Burr. The Society held fundraising events to fund some of the restoration work. They also operated a tearoom and craft shop that Cheryl volunteered for. They also offered pioneer craft workshops. Cheryl, along with Janet Fayle and Debbie Adams, formed the group that established the first Heritage Village Day in the 1980's. Cheryl and other Society members participated annually until 2 years ago.

Cheryl was on the museum committee team in the 1980s, which catalogued artifacts given to the Society and formed the basis to work with Richmond Hill to develop the Museum on Church Street. Cheryl was a founding member of the Heritage Centre Advisory Committee and continued on for 10 years. In 1989, she was asked to represent the Society as their Local Architectural Advisory Committee member and she gladly accepted. Cheryl remained on LACAC until 1994 - a 5-year term. LACAC went through a name change to "Heritage Advisory Committee" and once again, Cheryl was asked to represent the Society. She did so from 2007 to 2014. Once on that Committee, she was selected as Vice-Chair for several terms. Cheryl is committed to the heritage of Richmond Hill and will continue to volunteer for the Society.
Hayden Cheung - Volunteer Achievement Award
As an active member of his community, Hayden Cheung knows first-hand the importance of leading others in creating change in the community. When Hayden first entered Grade 9, he noticed that students, just like himself, were having difficulties searching for volunteering and leadership opportunities that aligned with their passions and career aspirations. In 2014, Hayden founded his own youth-led not-for-profit organization called Youth Nation Alliance (YNA) that has since connected over 1000 high school students from 30 secondary schools to over 40 charities, not-for-profits and municipalities. Partners like the City of Richmond Hill, Salvation Army, Richmond Hill Winter Carnival and WE Can Change the World Day have benefitted tremendously from the organization's mandate. Hayden's passion for youth and community-building extends beyond his work with YNA. Hayden serves as the Co-Organizer for the Terry Fox Run in Oak Ridges, as Regional Communications Coordinator for the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network and a volunteer with the United Nations. His outstanding accomplishments and contributions are recognized by all levels of government and charitable organizations, including the Canada 150 WE Innovate National Award, Ontario 150 Youth Citizenship Award, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, the City of Richmond Hill's Ward 3 Citizen of the Year and the Jean Lumb Foundation's Community Services Award. Now in his first year at the University of Toronto's School of Commerce, Hayden continues to embody the altruism, leadership and passion of an exemplary young citizen through his many involvements.
Judy Clement - Volunteer Achievement Award
Judy Clement is a volunteer with the Saint Vincent De Paul Society. Her conference is through St. Mary Immaculate Parish on Yonge St. in Richmond Hill, where she has been serving this ministry for eleven years, along with a wonderful group of hard working members who serve those in need. Judy's work at St. Vincent De Paul provides emergency food relief, beds, clothing and other items of need. Donations collected at the church are a source of giving. They distribute Loblaws or No Frills gift cards as extra help for food purchases. 
At Christmas, they provide gift baskets to approximately 150 families in need. They also invite approximately 200 neighbours to a festive turkey dinner to celebrate the Christmas season in the parish hall. The guests thoroughly enjoy this event and all the festivities. This could very well be their only Christmas celebration and a day where they receive special gifts selected for them. Saint Vincent De Paul Society is very thankful for the support and great teamwork from their local schools for donating gifts for the Christmas outreach program. Again, great teamwork to make this event so memorable and special.
A winter coat drive for all of York Region is also very well received, with approximately 1500 coats collected and displayed for their selection. Visitors are very thankful and appreciate the warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots that they are welcome to take home for all their family members.
As one of the volunteers, Judy answers voicemails. Callers could be homeless, suffering either physically or mentally, struggling with drug and alcohol dependency, searching for employment or simply the working poor who are trying to make ends meet. All individuals who call are offered some form of assistance. 
Every week, a group of volunteers go out on visits to answer to neighbours in need. So many dedicated volunteers provide the team support that is required to make our mission successful. Volunteers go out on visits with an open mind and pass no judgement. Very importantly, while out on visits, volunteers provide friendship, love, hope, trust and respect. They encourage their neighbours to have faith and to be strong.
Judy describes her role and the role of her fellow volunteers as "stewards of the society whose responsibility is to distribute to the needy to the best of their ability. Our role is to show them that they are cared about and to give them hope with their situations. Volunteer members make great efforts to try to make their neighbours lives a little bit better." 
Judy feels that her volunteer role with the Saint Vincent De Paul has been very rewarding and says, "It is a great feeling to make a difference in someone's life that is less fortunate. It makes you feel so good inside and gives you a great sense of purpose. I am passionate about the teamwork and being a giver in our community. I am so grateful for this experience and how it has made a positive impact on the lives of others and myself." 
Peter Devita - Volunteer Achievement Award
Peter Devita believes volunteering is all about building the Society and Community in which we live. Peter has been an active volunteer in many groups from High School on-wards. In university, Peter was involved with the Electrical Engineering club and ended as Chair of the club. He was a member of the Engineering Society student association and was awarded the 'Skule Cannon Award' to represent his graduating class. Peter is well known within the Engineering community as a Past President of Professional Engineers Ontario, Past President of the Canadian Society for Professional Engineers, past board member and founding contributor to the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a noted proponent for embracing new emerging disciplines of engineering, so the public can benefit while ensuring no harm is done. Peter's extensive engineering volunteering includes writing many articles on the subject, as well as authoring a book on the History of the Canadian engineering profession. In Peter's early days in Richmond Hill, he helped with the Minor Ball Association, from coach to eventual President of RHMBA. Peter also coached minor hockey for several years. As a member of Richmond Hill United Church, he began with the Couples Club, where both he and his wife led the group for about a decade. Later, Peter chaired the Welcome Committee. He is currently co-chair of the Emerging Disciplines Task Force at PEO, participates on the Energy committee at OSPE and is also Co-Chair of the Property Committee at RHUC.
Jennifer Krizel - Volunteer Achievement Award
Jennifer Krizel has been a member of the Optimist Club for over 13 years. She has dedicated all of her free time as an Optimist to making a difference for kids and youth in Richmond Hill, including opening an Optimist Club for adults with exceptionalities. Next year, Jennifer is hoping to make even more of an impact as the Governor of the Central Ontario Optimist District.
Bertha Mohl - Volunteer Achievement Award
Bertha Mohlstarted volunteering in her children's kindergarten classroom for a half day every week, assisting the teacher. When Jefferson Public School announced its closing in 1980, several mothers formed a committee to commemorate the life of the school. They produced a book of pictures and memories of Jefferson's history, and organized a reunion for former and current students. Bertha joined the Richmond Hill Agricultural Society in 1980 and was involved for several years as the School Competition Chair, as well as the President of the Board.

In 1973, she joined the Gormley Branch of the York Central Hospital Auxiliary. Money was raised for the hospital by crafting items for an annual bazaar and afternoon tea. As chair of the Gormley Branch, Bertha became a member of the Volunteer Association Board. Over the years, she has served on several committees, as well as being co-chair of the Association.

Bertha has also been a member of St. Matthew's United Church since 1972. She sings in the choir, serves on many committees and was chair of the church's Board of Directors for 3 years. Bertha began a craft group in the late 1990's to make items for an annual Christmas bazaar, as well as for fellowship. At the same time, she was instrumental in getting St. Matthew's UCW involved in catering at Marshall's Funeral Home. Bertha has thoroughly enjoyed her years of volunteering in these different organizations and has made many good friends along the way.
Ed Sackfield - Volunteer Achievement Award
Between 1954 and 1987, Ed was a member of the Richmond Hill Hockey Association, coached and managed several teams and served as the OMHA Convener. He was a member of the Richmond Hill Arena Association between 1966 and 1971, and served as the Administrator of that association between 1971 and 1990. He assisted in founding the Junior Hockey Team "The Richmond Hill Rams" in 1972, and pursued and received forty-three federal and provincial grants between 1972 and 1987. Ed was the co-founder of the Richmond Hill International Peewee Hockey Tournament from 1973 to 2003, with the proceeds directed to local needs. In 1975, Ed founded the Richmond Hill House League Hockey Tournament. He founded and was involved in the Richmond Hill Carnival School Hockey Tournament between 1975 and 1988. In 2004 and 2005, he served on the Richmond Hill Pee Wee Tournament Committee.
In addition to his contributions to hockey, Ed assisted in founding the Richmond Hill Curling Club in 1957. In 1974, he organized the first Home Show in Richmond Hill. Ed founded the Summer Figure Skating School, later called the York Region Academy in 1975. In the same year, he founded the Richmond Hill Power Skating School, which he co-owned until 2000. In 1979, he started and ran organized Ringette in Richmond Hill and then turned it over to parents in 1981. He served as a member of the Richmond Hill Fair Board between 1979 and 1991.
Ed was the Director of the Ontario Arenas Association from 1975 to 1977, and the Ontario Representative for the Quebec International Pewee Tournament from 1975 to 1990. In 1989, he was named OMHA Executive of the Year. During 2004 and 2005, Ed was a founding member of the Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame and has served on its Committee since.
Elizabeth Wilfert - Volunteer Achievement Award
Elizabeth Wilfert has been an active volunteer in Richmond Hill for over 35 years. She served for 23 years on Richmond Hill Helpmate Community Information and Volunteer Bureau and as the Board of Directors since 1987. She volunteered on the Richmond Hill Public Library Board from 2004 until 2012, and represented Richmond Hill as a Trustee on Southern Ontario Library Services Council from 2008 until 2012. She has also enjoyed serving on the Richmond Hill Arena Association Board as a Director from 2002 until 2010, participating on several committees.

Elizabeth was involved with the Richmond Hill Communities in Bloom Committee from 1999 to 2004 and they won a 2004 award. Her responsibilities included working with school and community groups and seeking their participation in creating their own contributions. She was also an active member of the Committee to Promote Richmond Hill from 1983 to 1985, when the slogan "A little North, A Little Nicer" was created. Over the years, she has also volunteered for, or served on: Richmond Hill Canada Day, Richmond Hill Winter Carnival, Richmond Hill Rotary Club's TV Auction and Terry Fox Run, Guest-Relations Co-chair, Canadian Parks and Recreation Assoc. Conference to Richmond Hill (1993), Eleanor Circle Homeowners Association - Secretary (1985 - 1997); President (1997 - 2011). Elizabeth's volunteer work extends to fundraising for scholarships for women to attend Canadian universities and colleges, as well as for Afghan women to go to a woman friendly university in Kabul.
Ernie Polsoni - Senior Award
Since his early teens, Ernie Polsoni has had a strong desire to help others. Over the past 35 years, he has focused his volunteer work within the City of Richmond Hill. Through a variety of efforts, he has helped enrich the social, cultural and civic lives of his fellow citizens. The majority of Ernie's volunteer work has occurred in three different places, including his church, (where, among other contributions, he is the Building Committee assistant chair, the Share Life Campaign Chair, the World Youth Day Chair and Assistant Church property Manager), The Knights of Columbus (which he not only helped initiate in Oak Ridges but has also served as Program Director, Deputy Grand Knight and Grand Knight) and The Retired Teachers of Ontario (where he has been 2nd VP, 1st VP and President, as well as the social convenor for a number of events). God willing, Ernie hopes to continue his volunteer work for another 35 years.

Kidambi Raj - Naim Malik Volunteer Achievement Award for the Promotion of Intercultural Friendships
Kidambi Raj has actively volunteered for many years, within many community titles. Within Community Leadership, Kidambi began volunteering in 1971 as a Board Member for Indian Immigrant Aid Services, which involves developing programs to assist new immigrants with settling into the Canadian Mosaic. He has been a Board Member with Bharathi Kala Manaram, which assisted in fulfilling the cultural needs of immigrants from South India and Sri Lanka. He has also held a role as the Board of Directors for the Hindu Temple Society of Canada, while working as a secretary and chairman for the Public Relations Committee.

Kidambi volunteers with Community Activities, such as The Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The Vishnu Madir, Canadian Blood Services and McHappy Day at McDonalds. These volunteer opportunities have allowed Kidambi to assist as a volunteer at temples, as a priest and assisting with raising funds for different charities. Since 2015, he has worked with the following Community Events: Asian Heritage Month, Annual Summer BBQ's, The Richmond Hill Senior Event and Doors Open event at the Genesha Temple. Working with these events have enabled Kidambi to gain experience and assist with community building. Throughout his volunteering experience, he has received the Outstanding Ward 3 Volunteer Achievement Award, Most Outstanding Senior Citizen Award and the Montage Award for Exemplary Contributions in Public Service.Kidambi is currently representing many of these community organizations as a volunteer.
Richmond Hill Community Food Bank - Community Organization of the Year Award
The Richmond Hill Community Food Bank is an independent, not-for-profit charitable agency founded in 1985. The food bank's daily operations are administered by our on-site General Manager and overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. The food bank serves an average of 1,300 individuals per month and the demand to provide emergency food relief is increasing at an alarming rate.
To help meet that demand for service, the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank relies heavily on the 55 volunteers who faithfully devote their time to assist in the warehouse, sorting and packaging thousands of pounds of donated food received throughout the year. As volunteers and as a community food bank, we strongly believe the fight against hunger is a shared responsibility for all of our community and we are grateful for the support we receive.

Richmond Hill Public Library 2019 Teen Arts Contest - May 7

The Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) Arts Contest is our community's opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talent of our creative teens. The annual contest and celebration showcases the written, poetic, visual and photographic art of high school students who live and/or study in Richmond Hill. It has been a pleasure to be a judge for the Photography section of this contest since its inception. Congratulations to this year's winners and all the participants!

First: Mahiur Rahman - The sun that shines beneath the sea

Second: Charlotte Klajman -  Frog in Hiding

Third: Anastasia Blosser - Jezero

Honourable Mention: Michelle Cheng - Temple of Mirrors

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Thursday September 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm (only evening talk) ~ Bernie Farber : A Canadian Genocide: Canada's Historical Treatment of its Indigenous People
Thursday, September 26, 2019 (10am to 12pm) ~ James Lockyer: Wrongful Convictions in Canada
Thursday, October 3, 2019 (10am to 12pm) ~ Helena Moncrieff: Discovering the Urban Orchard
Thursday, October 10, 2019 (10am to 12pm) ~ John Lorinc: The Ward
Thursday, October 17, 2019 (10am to 12pm)  ~ Dr. Aurel Braun: Assessing the Middle East Chessboard
Thursday, October 24, 2019 (10am to 12pm) ~ Carolyn Harris: Royal Parenting from Medieval to Modern Times
November 7, 2019   (10am to 12pm) ~ Ted Barris: The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

To purchase tickets click on your preference.  Or call the box office at 905 787-8811
  • Speaker Series (all 6 daytime talks) - $70 . click HERE
  • Bernie Farber - $20  Click HERE
  • Speaker series + Bernie Farber - $85. Please call the box office to purchase this discounted package

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Great Things To See And Do Around Town

Looking for interesting things to do this month in our Community? Look no further - below is a listing of various community events that I would like to promote on behalf of the various organizers. For a complete listing please click on the links below. These links will take you to my website where the full details of the listing for each event can be found.
In Celebration of Queen Victoria's 200th Birthday
A Victorian Afternoon at Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church
Sunday May 19
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Call church office 905-884-4211 or e-mail
rhpreschurch@hotmail.com for tickets by May 10, 2019

2019 Bike To Work Day
May 27, 2019

Registration begins April 29

Date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Start and End Location: 
Join the Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill network for a 10 km group ride in the Highway 7 and 16th Avenue Corridor, featuring the newly implemented  Highway 404/Highway 7 Interchange improvements, cycling lanes on Highway 7, and the Lake to Lake Cycling Route and Walking Trail! The event will include an SCMRH Bike to Work Day t-shirt, bike safety checks by Evolution Cycles, continental breakfast, prizes, giveaways from exhibitors, and a chance to network with local cyclists. Registration will close at noon on Thursday, May 23rd.

Register by Friday, May 10th to enter in our EARLY BIRD prize draw for a chance to win a cycling prize pack, which includes a cycling helmet and glove set courtesy of Evolution Cycles and a stainless steel water bottle courtesy of Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill!


Lullaboo Nursery and Childcare Center Inc. SickKids Fundraiser - May 31

Lullaboo Nursery and Childcare Center Inc. has been a proud supporter of the SickKids Foundation for over a decade. The Foundation holds a special place in our hearts as we have cared for many children who have been patients.

This year, our SickKids Foundation fundraising events will be held at each of our locations in the month of May. Our Elginmills location in Ward 4 at 180 Elginv Mills Road West, will be hosting their fundraising event on Friday, May 31 at 4:30 PM.

We host these events to raise money for this wonderful foundation, to help fund research and provide new equipment for the hospital and families.
In addition to our fundraising event, 100% of the registration fees in the month of May will be donated directly to the SickKids Foundation. We have a designated spot on the Donor Wall at SickKids Hospital recognizing our fundraising achievement of almost $120,000 to date.

We are asking today to consider making a merchandise, monetary, or BBQ supplies donation as well as adding this event to your local news letter or feed so that we can make 2019 our best fundraising year yet. All merchandise donations received will be placed on our raffle table where parents may purchase tickets to win amazing prizes.

We accept donations such as: Toys, Gift cards, Gift baskets, Recyclable cutlery, water bottles and juice boxes

To offer a monetary donation, please visit our fundraising website below and  a charitable donation receipt will be issued by SickKids Foundation and mailed/emailed to you:

Mobilize Against Human Trafficking
June 2, 2019
FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER:  tinyurl.com/PrayerYorkRegion2019

York Regional Police and Richmond Hill Fire and emergency Services present Seniors' Day 2019 

June 11- Oak Ridges Community Centre

Interested parties can register by phone (1-866-876-5423 x 6709) or by email communityservices@yrp.ca
 by May 28, 2019.  

Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra
June 23 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

For tickets visit rhpo.ca/tickets

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Artifact of the Month


Golf Club
From the City of Richmond Hill Collection
Courtesy of: Tom Graham         SH-013.02.1       
Golf anyone? It's time to get the clubs out and get into the swing of things. Ada Mackenzie, Richmond Hill's golf champion would agree.

Ada Mackenzie (1918-1978), who lived in Richmond Hill, won her first golf tournament at the age of 13. During her golfing career, which lasted more than 60 years, Ada won the Canadian Open five times, the Canadian Women's Seniors' Golf Championship eight times, 10 Toronto and District Ladies Championships, nine Ontario Ladies' Championships, two Ontario Senior Women's Championships, five Canadian Ladies' Closed Championships and two ladies' championships in Bermuda.

Her spectacular golfing career earned her the deserved titles of "the queen of Canadian amateurs" and "First woman of Canadian golf". She was inducted into the Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame in May 2000.

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