September 1, 2020
The City of Vaughan is hiring crossing guards for the 2020/21 school year. School crossing guards are an important part of the community. These dedicated individuals work every school day to help protect and assist children walking across the streets of Vaughan.

Currently in Ward 4, the City is looking to fill vacancies at:
  • Nellie McClung P.S.
  • Forest Run P.S. (2 vacancies)

To apply to become a crossing guard, send your resumé to Human Resources at careers@vaughan.ca with “Crossing Guard” in the subject line. Visit here for more information.
The City of Vaughan is looking for candidates to join its Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. This group will provide the City with guidance in the development of policies that promote fairness, mutual respect and an undoubted sense of inclusion among the diverse individuals, communities and groups that live, work and play in Vaughan. The goal is to identify ways to further engage all communities in City programs and services, in addition to providing more opportunities for these groups to network and co-ordinate efforts with each other and with the City.

In addition to two members of Vaughan Council, the task force will consist of nine to 19 citizen members who will be reflective of Vaughan’s diversity – ethno-cultural, national, racial, religious or other. To be eligible to apply, individuals must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older, not be employed by the municipality and be a resident of the city of Vaughan. Interested individuals can submit a completed application package (PDF) by email clerks@vaughan.ca by noon on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. For more information about the task force or the application process, visit vaughan.ca/TaskForces.
Back by popular demand, the next cohort of the Digital Boost Vaughan Small Business Resiliency Program is set to begin. The program provides free training and mentorship to help local businesses adapt to the changing environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Boost programming covers topics such as: digital marketing strategies; launching or improving an e-commerce store; developing new product lines or services; developing new revenue models, such as curbside pickup or drop-shipping; and developing financial resiliency. Vaughan businesses interested in participating are asked to register at vaughanbusiness.ca/DigitalBoost by Monday, Sept. 21 to secure their spot. Upon registration, a representative from the Economic and Cultural Development department will contact the participant to help cater the training to specific business needs.

Training will begin in September with workshops running until the end of November, and mentorship to follow. All training components will be delivered virtually to abide by physical distancing rules. Participants registered in the Digital Boost Vaughan Small Business Resiliency Program will have the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 provincial grant to implement their new business strategies, which will be awarded to companies with a physical storefront or location in Vaughan and have less than 10 full-time employees, among other criteria. 
York Region is conducting an Individual Environmental Assessment (IEA) study to examine transportation improvements in the area of Teston Road between Highway 400 to Bathurst Street and between Major Mackenzie Drive and Kirby Road. Public consultation is an important part of the study and York Region welcomes resident and stakeholder feedback. Information about the study will be posted here and on York Region’s Facebook and Twitter channels. To submit a comment, question or request to be added to the project mailing list, please contact York Region staff Vanessa Savelli at 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75923, or email roads@york.ca.
The City of Vaughan is committed to continuing to deliver pedestrian options to support safe and convenient travel around the city. In May 2020, city staff advised of the planned pedestrian crossover (PXO) at the intersection of Valley Vista Drive and Southdown Avenue. The design work for this PXO is complete and the contract to undertake the construction work has now been awarded.

The construction activities to implement the pedestrian crossover are scheduled to commence in late July/early August with anticipated completion by the end of August 2020. All roads will remain open to traffic during construction. Temporary lane restrictions will be required at times to allow construction to be undertaken in a safe and efficient manner. Click here to view the construction notice and to learn more about pedestrian crossovers.
Vaughan continues to take a disciplined, responsible and measured approach to reopening the city. As some restrictions are lifted, other precautionary measures remain in place to protect everyone in the community from further transmission of COVID-19.

Essential services remain intact, including fire and emergency response, waste collection, water/wastewater services, by-law and enforcement services, and the Access Vaughan contact centre at 905-832-2281.

Many City services continue to be offered online or via telephone. For questions, contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or visit vaughan.ca or vaughanpl.info. Please check here the latest updates, including modified services and recent cancellations. Below is an update on ongoing services, what is reopening, and programs that continue to be impacted by the virus:
What’s open?
The following services continue to operate without disruptions:
Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources that continue to be offered online - including Service Vaughan, an online reporting tool that enables individuals to submit a service request, report on non-emergency City services and track their submission 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
 
Residents can access the tool by clicking here. Currently, the platform supports requests on six City services, including:
  • debris, vandalism and graffiti
  • garbage and recycling
  • parks, trees and grass
  • roads and sidewalks
  • signs and streetlights
  • water services
The City of Vaughan continues to work closely with all levels of government to monitor the situation and to ensure people remain safe. As a result, the decision has been made to extend the closure of all City facilities to the public until further notice to help break the chain of transmission.

What’s Closed?  
The following City facility closures and program cancellations are currently in effect:
  • Vaughan City Hall
  • Joint Operations Centre
  • All community centre permits/rentals, recreational and in-library programming, swimming pools and arenas
  • Vaughan Animal Shelter - For adoption information or other animal inquiries, contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281
  • City Playhouse Theatre
  • Tours at Fire Stations
  • All City run events until further notice
When using reopened amenities, residents must stay at least two metres (approximately six feet) away from others who do not live in their home, avoid congregating in groups of more than 10 people and not share play equipment such as tennis balls and rackets.

All park violations can be reported to Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or via email to accessvaughan@vaughan.ca. Reports of this nature will be referred to the City's By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services department for investigation. Fines in the amount of $105 to $400 under the Parks By-law and $500 to $100,000 under the Emergency Measures By-law may be laid.  
All Economic and Cultural Development initiatives, forms, assistance is now available at vaughanbusiness.ca. During the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the City of Vaughan remains committed to working with all levels of government to stand up for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and to maintain the competitiveness of the local economy.

Virtual programs and new services are being offered to further support local businesses, including:
  • the new Digital Boost Vaughan Small Business Resiliency Program, which provides free training and mentorship to help local businesses adapt to the changing environment.
  • the Open for Business online directory, which lists essential services and businesses that remain open. Vaughan businesses can apply through this online form to be included in the initiative led by By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services.
  • Economic and Cultural Development services such as virtual consulting the #ShopVaughanLocal campaign and the new Vaughan Business website.
  • COVID-19 business support resources available online.
  • visitvaughan.ca – a new visitor website that offers an exploration of all there is to see and do in Vaughan. The “explore online now, visit later” platform, developed in partnership with the Tourism Vaughan Corporation and Central Counties Tourism, offers interactive content, including museum tours, cooking lessons, educational webinars, roller-coaster rides and more.
Construction is underway at the Rutherford Go station which will bring major improvements. Upon completion, the site will create a new station building, a 1250 space parking garage, an upgraded bus loop and passenger drop-off/pick-up area, and a grade separation to ensure traffic flow along Rutherford Road is no longer impacted by passing trains.

Work along Rutherford Road is underway to install the infrastructure for the excavation of the underpass. Vertical drilling east of the tracks along Rutherford Road has been completed; drilling on the west side is ongoing and expected to continue through to Spring 2021. The work on the new grade separation infrastructure, including the addition of a second platform on the east side of the tracks and a new pedestrian tunnel through the rail corridor, began mid-August and will continue into the winter. The contractor has made significant progress on the excavation on the east side of the track, and will continue excavating both the east and west approaches into 2021. Concrete works for the underpass will continue into the Fall.

There will be some overnight work required over the course of the project to complete the works. The contractor will be working double shifts and night shifts regularly into the winter as they excavate deeper into the underpass and continue building the new platform and tracks. Every
effort will be made to reduce disruptions. There may be noise and dust resulting from the construction. If lights are required to complete the overnight work safely, they will be pointed away from households and windows.

For more information and project updates, visit the Rutherford GO Station Improvements page. If you have any questions, please contact YorkRegion@metrolinx.com. Please click on the construction notice for more information.
Please be advised that Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), is undertaking
the Redelmeier Pond Restoration Project to restore the former pond area to natural valley- land. In the late 1800s, a pond was created by damming the creek for the purpose of building a
mill. The dam deteriorated over time and TRCA is now restoring the creek to its normal function. This restoration project will mitigate flood risk to the public, property and infra-structure, while also creating a naturalized area that will enhance habitat for fish and wildlife, including an endangered species of fish, redside dace. Construction commenced in June 2020 and is anticipated to be completed in early Fall. Native tree and shrub plantings will follow in the Fall, to be completed by November 2020. View the information sheet here.
The City of Vaughan is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Order of Vaughan – the highest honour the City may bestow on individuals who exemplify extraordinary citizenship. In addition to recognizing the individuals who are bettering the city of Vaughan, the 2020 award is also an opportunity to highlight the remarkable individuals who are stepping up to help citizens, businesses and the community during the global COVID-19 pandemic. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized, nominate them for consideration by September 30. Download the nomination form here. More information available here.
The City of Vaughan uses contractors for many of our Summer Maintenance Programs. This year, due to COVID-19, some maintenance services are delayed or on hold. These are updates on some programs:

Boulevard Maintenance - ON TIME
The start of this program begins with boulevards litter being picked up prior to the cutting rotation and continues every 2 weeks. There are 14 rotations scheduled throughout this season into the fall and the summer months may have longer rotations due to the slow growth of grass during drought conditions. The City of Vaughan is working with York Region to try to have Regional road boulevards on a similar rotation to City roads.

Storm Water Management Ponds - ON TIME
These areas are cut twice yearly for access purposes - a 10 foot mow strip, which is rough cut only in May/June and September. These ponds are not string trimmed along fence lines or manicured as they serve a purpose in maintaining storm water and require a natural habitat.

Street Sweeping - ON TIME
The City’s street-sweeping program began in late March due to good weather. After this initial spring cleaning, street sweeping continues throughout the summer and into the fall on 20-24 day rotation.

Boulevard Tree Maintenance - DELAYED
The City of Vaughan uses a block pruning rotation to prune trees on entire streets. This includes but is not limited to: removing low hanging limbs, suckers, deadwood, and limbs growing towards houses of all trees on a street. The Block Pruning rotation allows staff to consistently and efficiently maintain safe clearances above roads (approximately 4.5 meters) and sidewalks (approximately 2.5 meters). Street pruning is contracted out to private tree companies. Currently, regular tree inspections will continue but only hazardous maintenance will be performed on a priority basis. Regular tree maintenance will be suspended until further notice, with stumping and pruning having started in July and planting deferred until September.

Parks and Splashpads - OPEN
Most park amenities, including playgrounds and splashpads are now open. Splashpads are open Monday to Sunday 9:00am - 9:00pm until Labour Day weekend. After Labour Day weekend, splashpads are open weekends only, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Splashpads and playgrounds are not supervised and require everyone to take precautions, maintain physical distancing and ensure hands are sanitized before and after use.

Horticultural Plantings and Baskets - DELAYED
Shrub beds and planting bed maintenance are operating at reduced service levels. All annual plantings, planters and hanging baskets will be phased in as suspensions start to lift.

For more information about Vaughan's Fall Maintenance Program...
The Fall Maintenance Program is serviced by the City's Public Works Department. Click here for more information about the department.
All City-led events have been postponed until further notice. The following events are cancelled or being held virtually: 

Hosted by: Vaughan Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Thursday, September 3
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Postponed to
Wednesday, November 25

Please check the Events page for the latest updates about non-City event cancellations.
For a list of Business Support Webinars and events across York Region, visit our Vaughan Business website.
modified schedule featuring indoor and outdoor fitness classes is now available to Vaughan Fitness members Online pre-registration is required at vaughan.ca/RecOnline. Schedules and instructors are subject to change. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor fitness class cancellations will be posted online. Refer to the Vaughan Fitness Class Guidelines for more information.

Free virtual 40- to 60-minute fitness classes continue to stream six days a week on the Recreation Services YouTube channel. For more information, visit here.
The City of Vaughan is welcoming Vaughan Fitness members back to its centres for extended hours starting Tuesday, Sept. 8. They will be open Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Starting Monday, Sept. 14, exclusive workout session times for older adults will be available Monday to Friday from 12:30 p.m.  to 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In response to COVID-19, strict measures will be in place to protect all users and staff from this virus. Fitness centres will have controlled access, limited capacity and scheduled time blocks for patrons to sign up for in advance. Workout blocks will be 75 minutes each, with a 30-minute shutdown in between appointments for cleaning and sanitation. Members can register online at vaughan.ca/RecOnline. For more information or to obtain a registration barcode and PIN, please contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281. Learn more.
Vaughan Public Libraries will reopen its three resource library branches – Bathurst Clark Resource Library, Civic Centre Resource Library and Pierre Berton Resource Library – on Tuesday, September. 8 with regular hours, amended services and safety procedures in place. In accordance with York Region Public Health, anyone entering the library will be required to wear a face mask and maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from others. The building capacity has also been reduced and visits will be limited to one hour. All other library branches will remain closed until further notice.

VPL branches are also accepting returns on previously borrowed items fine free to September 8. All returned materials will be isolated for 72 hours prior to check in, so please be aware that items will not be removed from accounts quickly.
Temporary library cards are now available and can be obtained by filling in an online form. Click here for more information.

VPL continues to offer curbside pickup. This service will allow patrons to borrow any item currently on the shelf at the pickup location and represents a significant expansion of VPL’s services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information on the curbside pickup service, as well as the request form, is available at here.

Although VPL has cancelled all in-library programs until January 2021 there are a number of online services to support its customers remotely. Ask Us is a virtual service supported by more than 20 VPL staff who are able to help with customer inquiries and offer reading and viewing suggestions by phone, email and social media.There are three ways to Ask Us:
  • By phone at 905-653-READ (7323)
  • On Twitter, Facebook Messenger or Instagram
  • By email through an online form 

Citizens are encouraged to explore VPL's digital service offerings, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies and more. Online programming is being offered through Instagram and Facebook. Activities include live-streamed story times, online book clubs and activity videos for kids.

Lynda.com gives users free access to thousands of video tutorial courses with a focus on such areas as technology, software development, business skills, project management as well as creative skills like animation and video editing. Also available is Transparent Language – a fun and engaging way to learn a new language. The app aims to lock words and phrases into your memory so you can recall them perfectly. French offerings are available through Cantook Station, customers have access to the nearly 7,000 eBooks in this collection and 39 audiobooks.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Vaughan implemented a 90-day grace period for local businesses to renew their Vaughan business licence. This period ended on August 31 and licences now need to be renewed as of September 1. Reminder notices have been sent to owners and licensees. New businesses are still required to apply and obtain a business licence to operate. As Vaughan City Hall remains closed to the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19, applications may be submitted to bylaw@vaughan.ca via email, along with scanned copies of required documentation. Payments can be made by cheque and mailed to Vaughan City Hall at 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr., Vaughan, ON, L6A 1T1. Learn more here.
York Region Public Health is encouraging citizens to do the following:
  • Be familiar with and follow travel advice before and after you return from international travel
  • Practice social distancing, which means:
  • Work from home where possible
  • Maintain at least two metres (six feet) of space between you and others (outside of your immediate family)
  • Avoid non-essential trips in the community
  • Limit, postpone or cancel gatherings
  • Keep kids away from group settings
  • Avoid visits to long-term care homes and other care settings (unless you are essential)

Practice good infection prevention and control, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces, such as toilets, faucet handles, doorknobs, countertops, etc., using regular household cleaners
  • Avoid sharing toothbrushes, cutlery, drinks/water bottles and towels
 
Those who feel unwell and believe they have symptoms related to COVID-19 should contact York Region Public Health or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. For additional information on COVID-19, visit York Region's website.
Have your say and provide the City of Vaughan with valuable citizen input that helps contribute to changes and improvements to City services and amenities.

Please take a moment to provide feedback or complete a survey on important projects.
With more people continuing to stay home as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Vaughan has launched an online corporate art gallery for the community to explore virtually. Featuring works of art from local-, regional- and GTA-based artists, the Art Integration Collection can be viewed on Flickr.
As people get outdoors and visit recently reopened park amenities, the City of Vaughan is reminding pet owners that picking up after dogs is not just the neighbourly thing to do, it’s the law. This is the case on both public or private property. And don’t forget to keep dogs on a leash when enjoying parks, trails and other public spaces. Learn more.
With understanding and some simple precautions, residents can learn to safely coexist with the wild animals who share our backyards. Some tips include:

Be wildlife aware: Know your wildlife neighbours and keep a safe and respectful distance from wild animals.
Do not invite unwanted house guests: Keep your home properly sealed to exclude wildlife.
Be a responsible pet owner: Free-roaming pets are vulnerable to a multitude of dangers.
Do not feed wildlife: Directly or unintentionally feeding a wild animal will increase its tolerance to people and pets.

What to do if a coyote or fox approaches you:
  • Stop: Pick up children and small pets.
  • Stand still: Never run from a coyote or fox.
  • Make yourself big: Wave your hands above your head.
  • Be loud and assertive: Shout, stomp your feet and clap your hands.
  • Slowly back away: Be assertive as you leave, so the animal knows it is not welcome.

Please note it is not legal to move coyotes or other wildlife more than 1 km, as per provincial regulations. For more information or to report a wildlife incident please contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281. For more information, please visit here.
The Way We Were: Archives Collection of the Month
From the early 1800s to the 1960s, most schools in Vaughan were cramped one or two-room buildings, where strict discipline and moral instruction were the orders of the day. By 1885, there were 21 schools in the community, each with its own elected board of trustees responsible for administering the business of their school. At the time, male teachers were paid $425 a year, while female teachers earned $265. Most students typically received a basic education. However, with the realities of rural life, the needs of the farm were crucial and often took priority over children going to school.

To find out more about the City of Vaughan Archives, visit Vaughan.ca/archives.
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

Electronic-participation Committee and Council meetings continue. While Vaughan City Hall remains closed to the public, citizens are encouraged to participate virtually. Learn more about speaking to Council regarding items on an agenda.

September 15
Committee of the Whole (1)
1:00 p.m.

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

September 16
Committee of the Whole (Working Session)
9:30 a.m.

Heritage Vaughan Committee
7:00 p.m.

September 22
Economic Prosperity Task Force
8:00 a.m.

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

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

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

September 23
Transportation & Infrastructure Task Force
9:30 a.m.

Effective Governance & Oversight Task Force
5:00 p.m.

September 28
Older Adult Task Force
3:00 p.m.

September 29
Ready, Resilient & Resourceful Committee
10:30 a.m.

Council
1:00 p.m.

September 30
Accessibility Advisory Committee
7:00 p.m.

Updated meeting calendar and 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