David West  
Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councillor 
Monthly Newsletter 

January 2019

 

 

 

 

 



                         Phone:  905-771-2480      Mobile Phone:  416-346-3090       Email -  david.west@richmondhill.ca

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Newsletter At A Glance
In this Issue
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Winter Carnival Time in Richmond Hill
 
The community is throwing a party and you're invited! Please join us for the 51st Annual Richmond Hill Winter Carnival on February 2nd, and 3rd. 

The Winter Carnival has a proud history in our community. From the very first edition of this Carnival back in the 1960's, the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival has been a party designed to bring the community together and celebrate something that truly defines Canadians - winter. 

From the very beginning this celebration has been organized and hosted by the community, for the community, and it remains like this today.  Our committee of volunteers dedicate hours of their time planning each and every Winter Carnival starting in the early spring, right after the last Winter Carnival wraps up. 

As always the carnival includes a wide range of fun, affordable, family oriented activities, including the old favourites like pony rides and a great pancake breakfast, as well as midway rides, live music, food trucks, entertainment on our main stage, and a fun beer tasting event on the Saturday evening (for the adults only). We also have the Woofjocks Canine Allstar Show returning this year and have also added The Great Canadian Lumberjack show to entertain our guests.  I hope that you will be able to join your neighbours and friends for this year's event (details contained below in this e newsletter or visit www.wintercarnival.net). 

In an effort to keep residents informed I have made some changes to this monthly e newsletter to make it easier to read on a mobile device. I have also added a section devoted specifically to key issues before Richmond Hill Council. It is important that citizens have a chance to participate in their local government decisions even considering the busy lives that we all lead. I hope that the new section called Richmond Hill Council News will help people to gain a good understanding of some of the more pressing issues facing our community. It is through citizen participation that we come together to build our community and I would encourage you to participate.

I hope you find the e newsletter informative and I would encourage you to share this with your friends and neighbours (there is a forward to a friend button at the bottom of the e newsletter). 

Sincerely,
David West 
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill

Banner Photo - Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament Puck Drop with Richmond Hill Winter Carnival's Ookpik - photo credit Marney Beck

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Councillor Highlights
  
1.   Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms
Senator Murray Sinclair
Chief LaForme and Justice Harry LaForme

Richmond Hill Councillor David West with Mississaugas of the New Credit Councillor 
Kathie Jamieson













I had the pleasure of attending a symposium on the Importance of First Nations Education in Ontario Classrooms. It was a fascinating conference that explored aspects of reconciliation with our Indigenous community through education. 

The keynote speakers were experts on this subject. The Honourable Justice Harry LaForme as well as Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, Chief LaForme, and Senator Murray Sinclair (lead of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission), all spoke about education being the key to achieving reconciliation. 

I also had the honour to speak to Mississaugas of the New Credit Councillor Cathie Jamieson. It was interesting to hear of the similarities, and also differences in our roles as Councillors. 

As a Canadian, I look forward, over the coming years, to more progress toward the goals of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission.

2. Mackenzie Music (Alexander Mackenzie High School) Musical Production of Les Miserables
Congratulations to Alexander Mackenzie High School student cast, pit band, and the dedicated staff for their outstanding performance of Les Miserables.  For the past number of years our family have enjoyed the annual production, but this year's show was particularly spectacular. 








3.  Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra
The Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra (RHPO) performed their annual Holiday concert just before Christmas. RHPO always produces an outstanding performance, and this was a particularly fun event with lots of opportunity for audience participation. The concert also featured a live reading of Twas the Night before Christmas accompanied by the Orchestra. RHPO will host their next concert on February 16th (details below in the Great Things to See and Do around Town section).





4.  5th Annual Youth Volley Ball Tournament in support of 360kids
360 Kids CEO Clovis Grant, Sonny and David
On Thursday, December 20th almost four thousand pounds of food were collected and donated to 360kids as a part of Sonny Dhillon's 5th Annual Youth Volleyball tournament at the Elgin West Community Centre. Sonny is a volunteer and Richmond Hill resident who hosts this annual event. His efforts over the years have helped raise food and awareness for the important work that 360kids does in our community.

Thanks to all the youth that came out to support the event and for the incredible generosity of Sonny and his family and for organizing and hosting the event each year. What a wonderful gift to our community!

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Richmond Hill Council News

This section presents a brief outline of some key issues that will be, or have been, discussed at Council over the past month. More information can be found by clicking on links to other information sources like news articles, my website, and the Town's website. Please also feel free to visit the Town website to view videos of past council meetings. These videos can be found by visiting  https://calendar.richmondhill.ca/default/Month , then clicking on the relevant meeting date, and then scrolling to the bottom of the page to view the archived video for the meeting.

1. Bill 66 and its Potential Impacts on the Oak Ridges Moraine
The protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine is a very important issue for residents of Richmond Hill today. Preserving this natural feature was also equally important for residents  in the  past when the fight to save the Moraine from development originally took place, right here in Richmond Hill. 

The provincial government's recent introduction of Bill 66 has opened up the discussion about allowing municipalities to approve development on these protected lands. At this point it is not clear what impacts this legislation might have in Richmond Hill. I remain concerned about this issue and in December introduced a motion to ask staff to gather information, so Council  could  make an official Council comment to the Provincial Government related to concerns that we might have in Richmond Hill. 

Unfortunately this motion was voted down by Council with almost no discussion. I am quite disappointed because I believe we have a stewardship obligation in Richmond Hill to do what we can to protect our environment. Given that this motion was rejected for consideration by Richmond Hill Council, we will not have an opportunity to comment officially as a council, and the public will not have a proper municipal forum to express their input to Council on this matter. I am hopeful however that Richmond Hill and Region of York staff will still provide technical comments to the province as a part of their duties. 

The public can still provide comment to the province until January 20th. Included below is an article outlining the steps that can be taken to provide citizen comment to the province.


Click here to view my motion


2. Motion to Reduce Parkland Cash in Lieu Fees
In December, a motion was put forth by a member of Council to drastically reduce the amount of money the Town collects from developers when high-rise buildings are built. This money is used specifically to pay for parkland revitalization and parkland purchases (called Parkland Cash in Lieu). These funds are intended to help us maintain the amount, and quality, of our parklands as we grow. 

As more people move to our community we will need more green space and amenities to accommodate this growth. In fact the Town recently passed a Parks Plan that outlines how we will grow our park space as our community  grows. The Parkland Cash in Lieu, not the tax rate, would be the primary source of funding identified in the Parks Plan to pay for any parkland acquisition and park revitalization, so it is important that we collect enough money from growth to pay for growth.  

I have serious concerns about this motion given that we are scheduled, over the next 10 years, to be collecting in the neighbourhood of $40M in Parkland Cash in Lieu for this purpose. A shortfall in this funding source will mean that we will need to do without new parkland and revitalizing of older parks, or pay for it from  tax revenue and I do not  believe  this is an acceptable situation. On January 21st a report from staff on the implications of this motion will be presented to Committee of the Whole.

To view the full motion click here.


3. Motion to Increase Density in Village Core
A member of  Council  put forward a motion for our Official Plan and Downtown Secondary Plan to allow for increased density in the Village Core area of Richmond Hill. This motion also suggested that the connected laneways and mews and courtyards that are embedded in the Downtown Secondary plan also be reconsidered and possibly eliminated. 

The connected laneways embedded in this plan are an important part of the overall plan and are necessary to provide sufficient access, parking, walkability, and traffic permeability in the Village Core as the area becomes revitalized under the plan. 

I have serious concerns about this member motion because I believe that while some Village Core landowners object to parts of the approved Downtown Secondary Plan, the area remains a difficult area to redevelop given the constraints posed by the need to protect established neighbours on both sides of Yonge Street that must not be allowed to be negatively impacted by density increases. Further, removing laneways and decreasing the pedestrian and vehicular permiability in the area can cause increased infiltration of traffic on local neighbourhood streets. While the Downtown Secondary Plan is not perfect I believe that the best approach is to work with landowners to find a solution rather than the more broad approach proposed in this motion. 

I look forward to the staff report that will be prepared related to the implications of this motion. The report will be presented to Council on January 21st.

To view the full motion click here


4. Important Capital and Operating Budget Dates    
The following are the dates for the Budget Committee of the Whole meetings which begin at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. As always, citizen input is welcome and appreciated. Please feel free to contact me for any input to the budget process.

Capital Budget/Forecast
Tuesday January 22
Tuesday January 29 (if necessary)
To view the 2019 Capital Budget and Forcast click here.
 
2019 Operating Budget
Tuesday February 12
Tuesday February 19
Tuesday February 26
Click here to visit the Town's Website RichmondHill.ca/Budget

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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. 



1. 129, 133, 141 Arnold Cres and 230 Major Mackenzie Dr. W.  
As reported in the June issue of this e news, the applicant for this property has submitted a complete application to the Town for a proposed development on the the above stated properties. The Town and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority have since identified a number of issues that will need to be addressed by the applicant before a Council Public meeting will be held. I would like to hold a resident's meeting for this application closer to the time that the Council Public Meeting will occur. Please stay tuned to this e newsletter for a date for these meetings. For those living in the area I will also send out a hard copy invitation to both of these meetings when the time comes. 
**NEW** I have learned that the applicant has acquired an additional parcel of land near the corner of Arnold Cres. and and Major Mackenzie Drive and has received necessary permissions to demolish the existing building at this address. 

2. 35 Wright St.
The proposed application at 35 Wright St. seeks to amend the Zoning By-Law to permit a 6 storey office building to be constructed on the subject lands. 

I hosted a Residents' Meeting in February, where public input was gathered. The next step in this process was a Council Public Meeting held in March. Several residents expressed their views related to the proposal. I am particularly concerned about the lack of parking in the plan and the height of the proposed building. Our Planning staff will take away all of these comments and continue the planning process. In the future a staff report will come to Council with a recommendation regarding the application.

One of the notable features of this property is the listed heritage building that exists on the property. Before any development permissions that would include the removal of a heritage listed building would be granted, it is a requirement that the heritage listed property be assessed by our Heritage Planning Staff. This assessment would then include a recommendation by staff to either allow the building to be demolished, or a recommendation to designate the building under the Planning Act as a Heritage building. Designation under the Planning Act would negate any possibility of demolishing the building. 

On September 12th, 2017 the Heritage Richmond Hill Committee (HRH) considered a staff report, and endorsed a recommendation from our Heritage Planning staff that the house be designated and not allowed to be removed. This recommendation will need to be passed by Council at a future Council Meeting. This is a significant step, because if the existing Heritage building is designated, the original proposal submitted by the applicant will not be possible. However, a proposal that works to incorporate the existing building into a redevelopment may be possible. 

I will keep residents informed of next steps and the date for a future Council meeting related to this application when it becomes available. Click here for a link to the HRH staff report.    

3.  251, 253 and 259 Oxford Street
The applicant is seeking Council's approval of its Zoning By-law Amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision applications to permit the construction of 14 single detached residential dwellings on its land holdings, with access from a new public road from Oxford Street. It is proposed that two lots would have frontage on Oxford Street, and twelve lots would front the proposed new public road. 

There was a statuatory Council Public meeting on March 28th to discuss this application and seek public feedback. If any residents have further feedback please feel free to write your thoughts down and send them to me at david.west@richmondhill.ca.

 4. 11488 Yonge St and 49 Gamble Rd. (south west corner of Gamble and Yonge)
For the past several years there has been a live development application at this location. The applicant was originally facing some challenges reconciling the application with the existence of a floodplain in this area. They have been working with our Planning Staff and the TRCA to address these concerns, and others. It is my understanding that some progress in coming up with an acceptable proposal has been made, but unfortunately the applicant has chosen to appeal the application to the OMB. This represents a common occurrence lately as many applicants have chosen to appeal to the OMB before the OMB is replaced by the newly created LPAT (there is more information about this issue below). 

I am quite disappointed with this appeal. This move, in my opinion, does not allow our planning staff and the public an adequate opportunity to provide meaningful input on the revised application.  I will keep residents informed of any new issues related to this application as they become available.
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MONTIEL AND TAMPICO ROAD - ROAD RECONSTRUCTION
LOCAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION DROP-IN CENTRE

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2019 RICHMOND HILL WINTER CARNIVAL

I hope that you will be able to join us for the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival, a great family oriented Richmond Hill winter tradition at the Mill Pond Park on February 2nd and 3rd. More details about the event can be found at  www.wintercarnival.net.


Winter Carnival Road Hockey Tournament

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Submitting Public Comments Regarding Bill 66

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction - Rachel Carson
 
The above quote is from pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson. Her words are at least as important today as they were when she wrote them back in the early 1960's. Our natural environment is crucial to our long-term health as a species.
 
During the last municipal campaign I heard from residents, on a number of issues that were important to them. One of these things, quite high on the list, was the importance of our natural environment and the value we put on our protected green spaces in Richmond Hill. The provincial government's proposed Bill 66 poses a threat to some of those green spaces that we value so much.
 
In fact, green spaces, like the Oak Ridges Moraine, are protected today because of the efforts of many past environmentally minded people. Richmond Hill was ground zero in the fight to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine and many citizens fought hard to protect it for future generations to enjoy and receive the benefit from its work in filtering and providing clean drinking water and the healthy headwaters of most of the major rivers flowing to Lake Ontario in the GTA area.
 
I am profoundly disappointed that my Council Motion to provide official Richmond Hill Council comment to the government on this proposed bill was defeated by a majority of my Council colleagues (see this link to the proposed motion - http://davidwest-richmondhill.ca/proposed-richmond-hill-motion-in-response-to-bill-66/ ). As a result of this motion's defeat, Richmond Hill Council will not be providing an official comment to the provincial government. I believe this is unacceptable, given the importance of this issue for our community. However, as I have done personally, the general public still has the opportunity until January 20th to provide their own comment to the provincial government.
 
I realize that we all lead busy lives but the time is now to make your voice heard on this important issue. I would very much encourage everyone to do so even if your comment is as simple as "we value our protected green spaces, and in Ontario there are many places that are open for business that are not on protected environmentally sensitive lands".
 
The link to the government comment website is https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4293?fbclid=IwAR3xSzFCwek5jES-3_nCQZBBYfRqIFS-VIanflbSCM1zlmfNel01bGyogjY. There is a button on the left side of the web page that will take you to the comment submission page.
 
Rachel Carson sounded the alarm bell about pesticide use back in the 1960's and was instrumental in bringing about positive changes that benefit all of us today. I would encourage us all to help sound the alarm about the importance of protecting our Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine for our future generations. (for a link to an article I wrote for Earth Day about the importance of Rachel Carson's work and Richmond Hill's commitment to protecting our natural environment, visit  http://davidwest-richmondhill.ca/greening-our-hill/
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Noise By-law Survey 

The Richmond Hill By-law and Licensing Enforcement Division is currently conducting a survey to gather public input for the development of a new Noise By-law for the Town.
 
The survey is available on the Town's website using the following URL: RichmondHill.ca/Bylaws  or the following link https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/our-services/By-laws.aspx
 
The survey will be available for completion until February 4th. I would encourage all to participate.

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Citizen Appointments - 2018 - 2022 Term of Office
The Application Period is now open at this link.


WINTER MAINTENANCE UPDATE


The town has added a Winter Maintenance Update button on the  Richmondhill.ca homepage . This link takes you directly to the  Snow Removal News and Notices  page. This page contains information about winter maintenance operations and has a link to snow removal information including levels of service and parking regulations. It also links to the
Where's  m y Plow application, RHPlows which displays the current and recent locations of road and sidewalk plows in Richmond Hill. 
 
The Snow Removal News and Notices page is updated regularly in the event of a winter storm. To receive updates on Winter Maintenance Activities automatically, click the "Receive email updates" link at the bottom of the Snow Removal News and Notices page.
 
For specific inquiries about winter maintenance activities, please contact Access Richmond Hill at 905-771-8800 or by email to access@richmondhill.ca.

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3rd Annual Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival
Save the Date - Saturday, March 23

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Richmond Hill Food Bank Grateful but still needs support in 2019 

Board Chair Judy Rosenberg and Fergie Reynolds


Submitted by the Richmond Hill Food Bank - As our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank ended 2018, it was good news and bad news for the volunteers, clients and volunteer board of directors.

The "bad news" was that in the final months of 2018, the number of hungry families and individuals coming through the doors for emergency food aid had spiked dramatically.

"I fear we might be approaching a crisis in the coming months, as our numbers are steadily increasing," board chair Fergie Reynolds told local media. "For instance, this October (2018) we served 1,162 clients, versus 917 served in October 2017 - that's 245 more people helped than the same month last year. Last November (2017) we served 967 people, but this past November we supported 1,313."

That was the highest number of clients ever seen in a month at the non-profit food bank in its 32-year existence, and a growing number of those were seniors (up to 20 per cent some months), and more than 33 per cent of clients last fall were children between the ages of newborn to 18 years old.   "This ever-increasing number of hungry clients means shortages on our food bank shelves. While we've never had to turn people away, stock in our warehouse some weeks dwindles to alarming levels," food bank manager Lee Reynolds told The Liberal newspaper. "Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives usually take us through to April, but I'm not sure the food will even last to February. In October alone, we registered 52 new families."

The "good news"? After the story about "unprecedented demand" was published online and in print in mid-December, the community of Richmond Hill rallied to aid the food bank.  Individual donors came through the doors with funds or food, saying they read the story and wanted to help. One person even brought in hundreds of dollars worth of grocery store gift cards to distribute to clients just before the holiday. Two significant corporate donations came in, and several music marathons or benefit concerts brought in more food donations.
The food bank board and manager sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support at the end of 2018, but know with continued demand and the growing need for food aid in Richmond Hill, the food bank will need even more support in the year ahead.

The Richmond Hill Community Food Bank is located at 55 Newkirk Rd. (between Crosby and Centre) and can be reached through manager Lee Reynolds at 905-508-4761 (weekday mornings) or by email at: rhfoodbank@bellnet.ca.   To find out the most-needed items or information on volunteering, the website is www.richmondhillcommunityfoodbank.ca and the food bank Facebook page is
https://www.facebook.com/RichmondHillFoodBank/

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Are You Concerned About Climate Change

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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.


1. Moonlight Snowshoe at Lake St. George
Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Description: Enjoy the winter scenery at
Lake St. George on a guided snowshoe! Try out snowshoeing and learn about the night sky above. Afterwards we'll warm up around the campfire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
      Hike Distance: 2 km
      Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (beginner and seasoned snowshoers welcome)
      Trail Surface Type: Natural
      Age Range: Family Friendly (recommended for children ages 7 and up)
      Meeting Place: Parking lot near Davies Hall
In the event of a snow-free day, join us on a winter walk through the forest! We'll gaze at the night sky and learn about wildlife that are active at night.
Contact:  Liana D'Andrea, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ldandrea@trca.on.ca or 416-661-6600 x5203
Cost: Adult $14 + HST, Child (7-16) $8 + HST  
Tickets:
https://trca.ca/event/moonlight-snowshoe/?instance_id=4224
Location:
Lake St. George Field Centre, 950 Bethesda Side Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2

2. Snowshoes and Snow-Clues at Oak Ridges Corridor (Wait List Only)
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 10am - 12pm
Description: Discover the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve! Learn about the wonders of winter wildlife and identify tracks and signs of local animals. Try out snowshoeing and leave behind tracks of your own!
In the event of a snow-free day, join us for a winter walk through the woods! Learn to identify trees using their bark and buds, and discover wildlife tracks and signs.
       Hike Distance: 3 km
      Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
      Trail Surface Type: Crushed limestone
       Age Range: Family Friendly (recommended for children ages 5 and up)
      Meeting Place: Parking lot at Grovewood Park
Contact:  Liana D'Andrea, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ldandrea@trca.on.ca or 416-661-6600 x5203
Cost: Free
Tickets:https://trca.ca/event/snowshoes-snow-clues-oak-ridges-corridor-conservation-reserve/?instance_id=4239
Location: Oak Ridges Corridor trailhead, Grovewood Park, 0 Grovewood Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4X4

3. Snowshoe Stroll at Lake St. George
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 10am - 12pm
Description: Enjoy the winter scenery at Lake St. George on a guided snowshoe! Try out snowshoeing and learn about the history of snowshoeing in Canada. Afterwards we'll warm up around the campfire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
       Hike Distance: 3 km
      Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (beginner and seasoned snowshoers welcome)
      Trail Surface Type: Natural
      Age Range: Family Friendly (recommended for children ages 5 and up)
      Meeting Place: Parking lot near Davies Hall
In the event of a snow-free day, join us on a winter walk through the forest! Learn to identify trees using their bark and buds, and discover wildlife tracks and signs.
Contact:  Liana D'Andrea, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ldandrea@trca.on.ca or 416-661-6600 x5203
Cost: Free
Tickets: https://trca.ca/event/snowshoe-stroll/?instance_id=4225
Location: Lake St. George Field Centre, 950 Bethesda Side Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2

4. Hoot and Howl at Elgin West
Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Description: Join us for a night of fun and adventure! Enjoy a short indoor presentation on owls and coyotes followed by a trip into the woods. Together we will call out to these wild creatures in hopes they will hoot or howl back!
      Hike Distance: 1 km
      Difficulty: Easy
      Trail Surface Type: Natural
      Age Range: Family Friendly (recommended for children ages 7 and up)
      Meeting Place: Palisade Room
Contact:  Liana D'Andrea, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, 
ldandrea@trca.on.ca
or 416-661-6600 x5203
Cost: Free  
Tickets:
 https://trca.ca/event/hoot-howl-elgin-west/?instance_id=4228
Location: Elgin West Community Centre, 11099 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0N2

5. Winter Birds: March Break Family Fun!
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 10am - 12pm
Description: Try birdwatching this March Break! Learn about common winter birds and where to look for them. Try out binoculars, mobile apps and field guides and together we'll identify birds at
Lake St. George! Afterwards we'll warm up around a campfire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
      Hike Distance: 1 km
      Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
      Trail Surface Type: Natural
    Age Range: Family Friendly (recommended for children ages 5 and up). Beginner and expert birders welcome!
      Meeting Place: Davies Hall
Contact:  Liana D'Andrea, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, 
ldandrea@trca.on.ca
 
or 416-661-6600 x5203
Cost: Adult $12 +HST, Child (5-16) $6 +HST
Tickets:
https://trca.ca/event/winter-birds-march-break-fun/?instance_id=4226
Location:
Lake St. George Field Centre, 950 Bethesda Side Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2

6. March Break Nature Camp
Dates: Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 9am - 4pm (Optional Extended Care: 8am to 9am and 4pm to 5:30pm)
Description: Come on an adventure with us this March Break! Campers will explore and learn about nature through active play, discovery and skill building. We will play games in the forest and have fun orienteering, tracking, creating nature art, making shelters and building a fire! For ages 6 to 12 years. Optional extended care and healthy, warm lunch available. Register for individual days or book the whole week and save!

Contact:  Maggie Ballantyne, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, 
mballantyne@trca.on.ca
or 416.661.6600 x5676
Cost: Child (6-12) $50/day or $225/full week. Optional Extended Care: $15/day. Optional Healthy, Warm Lunch: $6/day.
Tickets: 
https://trca.ca/learning/facilities/lake-st-george-field-centre/nature-camps-lake-st-george/
Location: Lake St. George Field Centre, 950 Bethesda Side Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2


Future concerts include Romantic Melodies, on
February 16 at the Centre for the Performing Arts, in celebration of Valentines's Day, a concert of classical music (program TBA) on  May 4 & 5 , to be held in Richmond Hill & Thornhill, & a collaborative concert with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra at the Centre for the Performing Arts in June.

Chorus York continues to welcome prospective members for all voice parts to sit in on a rehearsal, meet our director & mingle with the choir.   For more information check our website at www.chorusyork.caYou can also call 905-884-7922 or e-mail questions to i nfo@chorusyork.ca .















RHCPA Presents Heroes & Icons...An Evening of Pops on the Hill
February 16 - 8:00 p.m.
Pre-Concert talk 7:15 p.m.  

Visit rhpo.ca/tickets for more information.



















York9 FC - Pro Soccer Coming to York Region in April 2019

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To watch the video - Why the name York9FC click here.

To watch the video - Why Pro Soccer in York Region click here.

To watch the video - Pro Soccer Coast to Coast click here.


























Mental Health First Aid
Winter Spring 2019

 
 


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Artifact of the Month
Mittens

From the Town of Richmond Hill Collection
Courtesy of: Richmond Hill Historical Society                      996.02.164.1-2
 


It's that time of year when you need a good pair of woollen mittens to keep your hands nice and warm. This pair of mittens was hand knitted in the early 1900s. They are typical of what was worn from the mid-1800s to today, both in style and in pattern. Today many mittens are made from acrylic yarn, which may not be quite as warm as wool but are easier to wash and dry.