October 1, 2019
Sandra
Yeung Racco
WARD 4 COUNCILLOR
Please Note Municipal Closures for the Holiday Long Weekend:

 City of Vaughan municipal offices, including Vaughan City Hall and the Joint Operations Centre, will be closed for Thanksgiving on Monday, October 14. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, October 15.

Vaughan Animal Services and  community centres  will be closed on Monday, October 14.

Vaughan Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 14.

Waste collection will not be affected and will continue as  regularly scheduled . For more information, please contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or click here .
New Portion of the Viva Highway 7 Rapidway Opened

The 2.6-kilometre segment of Viva bus rapid transit (rapidway) along Highway 7, from Bathurst Street to Richmond Hill Centre Terminal (Yonge Street) has opened.

  • Bathurst & Highway 7 Station, located on the Highway 7-Bathurst Connecting Road.

  • Shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists, along both sides of Highway 7. 
Vaughan Small Business Week is run every October as part of the nationally recognized celebration of the contributions small business makes to our economy. A new partnership agreement to support local innovation will be announced at this year's Small Business Week, which will further establish Vaughan as a hub for entrepreneurship, talent and innovation.     
 
Join the celebration of Vaughan's talented local entrepreneurs and small business owners. Have real conversations, get practical advice and leverage resources and connections to help your business grow. Celebrate and get connected with your local business community!

October 22

Create It! Space Open House – Explore free digital media tools that can help you market your business
Vaughan Civic Resource Library
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Create It! is a digital media lab featuring a Green Room and Recording Studio at the Civic Centre Resource Library offering photography, videography, sound recording and DJ equipment as well as editing software. Register here

October 23

Make the Right Tech Investments to Grow your Small Business
Vaughan City Hall, Committee Room 245
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Give your small business an edge, increase your mobility and leverage tech. Learn about how to utilize cloud tools to gain competitive advantage, how your investments can help improve customer experience and improve team collaboration to take your business to the next level. Register here

Drop in Q&A for Your Tax-Related Small Business Concerns with the CRA
Vaughan City Hall, Committee Room 245
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Address your concerns and get answers to tax-related questions at this drop-in Q&A! Get recommendations on how to strengthen your bookkeeping system, learn how to use financial benchmarks for relevant industries, discover common tax errors, and learn more about services offered by the CRA.  Register here

Business Law for Tech Companies 101

Vaughan City Hall, Committee Room 245
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Getting a solid legal foundation can help you prevent future headaches down the road, and intellectual property can be one of your biggest assets and competitive advantages. Learn the basics about different types of intellectual property and how to protect your company. Register here

October 24

Business Networking Breakfast: Disruptive Innovation
Vaughan Civic Resource Library
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

In this rapidly changing business environment, critical-thinking and problem solving are more relevant than ever, and new solutions are being found to long standing problems. Presented by Chris Dudley, Director of HELIX, Seneca’s entrepreneurial incubator for health and lifestyle, and the Vaughan Public Libraries. 
Register here  (Registration opens October 3)

Changing Workplaces – Are you Ready?
Vaughan City Hall, Multi-Purpose Room
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Join the Workforce Planning Board of York Region as they celebrate their Employer Leadership Council Annual Meeting. You will also learn how to navigate the changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act. Presented by Jeffrey Stewart and Priya Sarin at Sherrard Kuzz Employment & Labour Lawyers. This event is supported by local community partner, the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. Register here

To see the full event schedule for Vaughan Small Business Week, click here.
Attend a Public Forum and
Have Your Say!

The City of Vaughan is undertaking a review of its current policy that governs the rights and responsibilities of ratepayer groups or community associations. This type of group is an organization formed by residents in a defined area who come together to address matters impacting their neighbourhoods. The public is invited to learn more about the policy review and provide input on the existing policy at a public forum:

Thursday, Oct. 10
7 p.m. to 9 p.m
Vaughan City Hall, Multi-Purpose Room

Click here for more information or to register for the meeting.
Citizens and business owners can now use an online tool to receive an estimate of development charges that could apply when creating new residential units or non-residential spaces, or changing the use of existing industrial spaces. To use the tool, input the required information about the development, such as the number of new residential units, the square metres of space being constructed or the area being converted to retail space. The estimation tool does not consider applicable credits or area-specific rates at this time. For more information, click here
We are excited to announce that Rogers Hometown Hockey will take place in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre from Saturday, January 11 to Sunday, January 12. More details to be shared in the coming months.
Drop in Sports at North Thornhill Community Centre

Drop in sports at North Thornhill Community Centre are available for individuals who are 18+. Drop in sports are a great way to get active and have fun in your community. Currently, NTCC is offering drop in basketball, badminton, and pickleball.

For more information, and for the full drop-in sports schedule for NTCC and other community centres in Vaughan, visit here .
We are still looking for crossing guards for the 2019/2020 school year.

  • Forest Run Blvd and Ten Oaks Blvd (Forest Run Public School)
  • Forest Run Blvd and Vanguard Rd (Forest Run Public School)
  • Thomas Cook Ave and Lebovic Campus Dr (Nellie McClung Public School)

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the community and make a difference in the lives of children. To apply or learn more about the program, call Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281, or email careers@vaughan.ca with “Crossing Guard” in the subject line.

School crossing guards are an important part of the community. These dedicated individuals work every school day to protect and assist children walking across the streets of Vaughan. The City of Vaughan recruits, trains and hires crossing guards, conducts pedestrian studies, selects crosswalk locations and installs appropriate signage and pavement markings.
Bass Pro Mills Drive Extension

To support future growth and to improve the flow of traffic, the City of Vaughan is proceeding with the construction and extension of Bass Pro Mills Drive from Romina Drive to connect with Jane Street at Locke Street.

Proposed Schedule
Construction began in September, and we anticipate that this first phase of construction will be completed, and the road will be open to traffic by the end of November of this year. This first phase of work includes construction of the road extension, underground municipal sewer and watermain services, installation of streetlights, and traffic signal improvements at Jane Street and Locke Street. The surface works including; a multi-use path, sidewalk, streetscaping, and final surface course asphalt, will be completed in the spring/summer of 2020 as part of the second phase of the construction.

Construction Impact on Local Businesses and Traffic
While most of the construction work will be outside the limits of the existing traveled roadways, there will be some construction works within the existing
intersections of Bass Pro Mills Drive/Romina Drive and Jane Street/Locke Street. All existing roads will remain open and lane restrictions will be put in place to allow construction to proceed. To view the construction notice, click here .
Black Creek Renewal Project in the
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, is moving ahead with the City’s flood prevention initiative in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). Known as the Black Creek Renewal Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Project, this new action plan is essential in continuing the development in Vaughan’s downtown core. The approved study will allow the City to implement effective flood control measures, enhance the natural heritage system and beautify the public realm through the renewal of the VMC’s Black Creek valley corridor between Highway 7 and Highway 407. Visit here to learn more.
Someone’s unwanted, but reusable, items could be someone else’s treasure. To participate in Curbside Giveaway events, place your gently used items next to your sidewalk or curb for others to take. Mark items with a FREE – Curbside Giveaway” sign  (PDF) and set them out between 7 a.m. Saturday morning, and 5 p.m. Sunday night. Remember, material not removed by dusk on Sunday could result in a by-law violation, and all items must be retrieved by 5 p.m.

Next Curbside Giveaway Days
Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27
The City of Vaughan uses contractors for our Fall Maintenance Program. Here is a breakdown of the services:

Street Sweeping:
The regular 4-5 week street sweeping rotation is expected to carry on through the Fall. Here’s how you can help to ensure sweep crews can efficiently clean and maintain our city.:
  • Don’t park vehicles on the road
  • Ensure vehicles do not overhang onto the road
  • Keep basketball or hockey nets off the road and away from the edge of the curb
  • Ensure waste containers are not placed on the road

For more information or to view the street sweeping map, click  here .

Snow Removal:
The weather is changing and ANYTHING is possible so just a reminder, the City of Vaughan provides residents with a high level of snow-removal services. Whether it's reducing ice on roads, removing snow from roads or clearing it from paths, sidewalks and windrows, the City's Public Works crews strive to ensure residents and visitors can travel safely despite the weather. For more information, click  here .

For more information about Vaughan's Fall Maintenance Program...
 Please visit Vaughan's Roads Division department website here for more information. To speak to a customer service representative about an issue, please contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or accessvaughan@vaughan.ca.
October 2
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Vaughan City Hall

Every Thursday
October 2-17
7:00 p.m.
Civic Centre Resource Library

October 22
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall

October 24
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
COSTI Vaughan Employment Services

October 26-27

October 27
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pleasant Ridge Library

October 30th
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Vaughan City Hall

December 5
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Vaughan Animal Services
The City’s first podcast series is here! Vaughan is the commercial real estate market to watch. Mega developments, a business-friendly climate and a bold approach to city-building are creating unprecedented opportunities for businesses and residents. The Vaughan Rising Podcast is produced by the City’s Economic and Cultural Development department. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud and at vaughan.ca/podcasts .
Give a Green
Thumbs Up!

Green Directions Vaughan, the City’s sustainability plan, has been a guidepost since 2009 for making environmentally responsible decisions and actions. Thanks in part to the community’s ongoing feedback, the City completed a review and update of the plan with refreshed priorities and guiding principles. Read the draft plan, give it a green thumbs up and visit the pop-up booth at an upcoming City event. Learn more at vaughan.ca/GreenDirections
Niagara University has Officially Opened in Vaughan

York Region's first University is located in the vibrant Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. For more information, visit here.
Recreation Services regularly has a number of promotions to take advantage of.

Currently, they are offering:

  • 2x free recreational ice skating admissions.
  • 2x free recreational swimming admissions.
  • 3x free fitness studio admissions.

Available for all Vaughan households. More information can be found here .
Small acts can make a big difference in someone's life. This October, drop off new socks at any of Vaughan Public Libraries’ ten branches . All socks will be donated to The Hub at 360 Kids to help homeless and at-risk teens. Help VPL support the community!
Elderly Homeowners Tax Assistance Program for the Year 2020

A tax credit in the amount of $377 is provided to elderly homeowners who qualify. For more information, click here.
Instagram for Your Business

Learn how to use Instagram to grow your business. Join Vaughan Public Libraries at the Civic Centre Resource Library on Thursdays from October 3 to 17 at 7 p.m., for ages 16 and older. Registration is required.
Scholars' Hub with YorkU

York University faculty will bring their research and provide the opportunity for citizens to learn something new at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. To learn more and register, visit York University's website . Registration is required.
My Story, My Tattoo

Tattoos are living images that reveal important stories about an individual. My Story, My Tattoo is a travelling art exhibit from the Wellington County Museum and Archives, which features 32 thought-provoking images and stories about amazing tattoos. Come by to see the exhibit at Civic Centre Resource Library through to Tuesday, December 31.
Explore the life of Sir Arthur Currie, one of Canada's most accomplished generals, with this 3D travelling exhibit at Bathurst Clark Resource Library from Monday, September 16 to Friday, November 15. This exhibit is provided by Museum Strathroy-Caradoc.
Recording Studio

Get a basic introduction to the recording studio and how to troubleshoot common issues with the equipment and software at Civic Centre Resource Library . Multiple dates are available. Rock on!
The Way We Were: Archives Collection of the Month
Originating from a music night class under the auspices of the York County Board of Education in 1976, the Maple Orchestra was officially formed in 1985 by Ilse Thompson, a Maple resident and graduate of the University of Toronto’s Music Education program. In addition to Vaughan residents, members originated from a number communities including Bracebridge, Sutton, Barrie, Tottenham and Campbellville. The orchestra principally performed in the Region of York. It disbanded in 1995, with much of its membership being absorbed by the York Chamber Orchestra. The fonds spans the years 1985-95 and is comprised of meeting minutes, programmes, invitations and flyers, general observations and critiques made by the orchestra director, newspaper clippings and photographs.

To find out more about the City of Vaughan Archives, visit  Vaughan.ca/archives.
facingNORTH: art | symbol | story exhibition
The City of Vaughan is featuring a curated exhibition titled facingNORTH: art | symbol | story . The exhibition is now featured in the on the SLATE Atrium Gallery at Vaughan City Hall until Tuesday, Dec. 24. It includes stone and bone sculptures and wall hangings that interpret traditional Inuit legends, myths and ways of life. Visit vaughan.ca/art for details.
Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

Summer Collection
Tuesday, June 18 to Friday, October 18
Collected EVERY OTHER week on your garbage collection day

Fall Collection
Tuesday, October 22 to Friday, December 13
Collected WEEKLY

Click here to view Acceptable and Unacceptable Items and a Set Out Requirements.
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

October 2
Council
1:00 p.m.

October 7
Committee of the Whole
1:00 p.m.

Committee of the Whole - Public Hearing
7:00 p.m.

October 16
Committee of the Whole (2)
1:00 p.m.

Committee of the Whole - Closed Session
5:00 p.m.

Heritage Vaughan Committee
7:00 p.m.

October 17
Committee of Adjustment
6:00 p.m.

October 21
Older Adult Task Force
3:00 p.m.

October 23
Council
1:00 p.m.

October 31
Committee of Adjustment
6:00 p.m.

Full meeting information  here
 Live broadcast  available.
Ward 4 Councillor's Office
Contact My Office:
Sandra Yeung Racco
905-832-8585 ext. 8342
Executive Assistant:
Cindy Furfaro-Benning
905-832-8585 ext. 8198