March 1, 2020
Sandra
Yeung Racco
WARD 4 COUNCILLOR
Vaughan Recognizes International Women's Day

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Vaughan City Hall, Multi-Purpose Room
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Official Welcome at 10:00 a.m.

International Women’s Day  has grown into a global day of recognition and acknowledgement, celebrated across developed and developing countries, and reflects upon women’s struggles, both past and present, as well as their achievements by optimistically looking towards a future of inspired change and opportunity.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to julie.foy@vaughan.ca for the link to register .
March Break Camps

Splash into sports; play with clay, paint and pastels; practice lifesaving; learn to love hockey, skating and swimming!

Do it ALL in Vaughan March Break Camps, featuring full-day care for ages 4-16. Details and direct links to registration in the  School Break section  of the  Recreation Guide .

Additionally, a number of drop in activities are available at community centres for youth, adults and families during all of March Break. To view activities at the North Thornhill Community Centre, click here . To view activities at other centres, click here .

And finish off your March Break with a performance of "The Berenstein Bears on Stage" at the City Playhouse Theatre. Two shows are available on March 10 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here .
The City's Economic and Cultural Development Department has partnered with the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce to deliver the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) in support of foreign business development and the economic prosperity of the City. The four-day program will be held at City Hall between March and May 2020.

TAP is an opportunity for local companies to grow their business through export. The program provides training and mentorship to executives of companies with more than $500,000 annual revenue and a desire to export to a specific foreign market.

TAP is a four-day program:
  • March 30 -31, 2020 - Participants take part in a two-day workshop that introduces companies to export resources and prepares them to complete a new market entry plan.
  • April 6, 2020 - This one-day intensive session will provide hands on support from Canadian export advisors to shape a market entry plan
  • May 20, 2020 - Participants arrive with a completed draft of their market entry plan and receive feedback and advice on implementation in one-on-one mentoring sessions from export advisors

For more information visit here . Any interested businesses can contact Kate Jung, Economic Development Officer at kate.jung@vaughan.ca or Raphael Costa, Manager, Small Business and Entrepreneurship at raphael.costa@vaughan.ca .
Rutherford GO Station
Expansion Project Update

Metrolinx is bringing customers an improved and remodelled Rutherford GO Station with a six-storey parking structure, a new station building and customer amenities. Contractors continue to work in the area and will begin drilling on the north section of Rutherford Road (Stage 1 on the map), moving south (Stage 2 on the map) towards the Rutherford GO Station. This drilling work will implement a grade separation retaining wall, which will allow the crew to begin the construction of the Rutherford Road underpass. Drilling began in February with some overnight work continuing into April. On nights when work is expected, it will be from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Efforts to minimize impacts from drilling and equipment will be made by the contractors.

The temporary road detour remains in place south of Rutherford Rd between Barhill Road/Westburne Drive and Peter Rupert Avenue until the project is complete in 2022. To learn more, please visit here.
For more construction updates, visit here .
Important tips to remember about co-existing with urban wildlife:
  • Supervise your pets at all times while they are outside.
  • Keep your pets safely on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Ensure your dogs and cats have current rabies vaccinations.
  • Do not approach, feed or handle wildlife, and remove bird feeders.
  • Never attempt to capture, transport or relocate wildlife.
  • Discard food waste appropriately, securely store waste bins and refrain from putting garbage at the curb until the morning of collection.

The City of Vaughan is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to calls about sick or injured wildlife. This service helps us continue to meet the needs of residents and protect the health and safety of the public, pets and local wildlife. For more information, please visit here .
Join The Conversation on Intensification Around Major Transit Areas
York Region is identifying intensification areas and planning for growth around major transit stations (subway, bus rapid transit and GO rail stations) through the review of the York Region Official Plan , as required by the Province. You’re invited to attend a drop-in open house to learn about, and provide feedback on, the 23 proposed major transit station areas in Vaughan.

Public Open House
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall, Multi-Purpose Room

For more information, visit here . Or contact:

Michael Skelly , Program Manager, Municipal Comprehensive Review, Long-Range Planning, York Region, at 905-830-4444, ext. 71543.

Alternatively, contact Fausto Filipetto , Manager, Long-Range Planning, City of Vaughan, at 905-832-8585, ext. 8699.
Local Off-Leash Dog Area Strategy - Open House and Survey

A Public Open House has been scheduled to share the findings from numerous public consultation and engagement sessions. Parks Planning staff along with representatives from internal departments and Wood plc will be attending the Public Open House to obtain feedback on the draft site selection criteria, proposed level of service, and conceptual Local Off-Leash Dog pilot locations.

Public Open House
Tuesday, March 24
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall, Multi-Purpose Room
Local Off-Leash Dog Areas Study Survey

In response to the need identified by City of Vaughan residents and informed by the previous off-leash dog area study, the City of Vaughan is undertaking a study to help identify future local off-leash dog areas and how to best operate and manage these facilities
Let's Play Ball

The City of Vaughan is launching a new Vaughan Sports Leagues for adults to provide the opportunity for players of all skill levels and experience to play organized sports right in their community. An officiated adult slow-pitch softball league will start Friday, May 1, with games played on Friday and Sunday evenings.


For more information or register, please visit here.
With cold and snowy weather ahead, the City is prepared to provide some of the highest levels of winter maintenance in the GTA. Vaughan's winter fleet features more than 100 vehicles comprised of combination salter/snowplow units, windrow machines, sidewalk machines, pickup trucks equipped with plows and salters, cul-de-sac-clearing machines and anti-icing units.
 
The City is committed to ensuring the safety and mobility of all citizens with an extensive winter maintenance program which includes:

Salting:
  • Salting will be completed on main roads within four hours and residential roads within eight hours.

Plowing Main Roads and Residential Streets:
  • Plowing main roads and residential streets occurs once 5 centimetres (2 inches) of snow has fallen.
  • Main roads are cleared within 4 hours after a snowfall has ended to keep them clear for emergency and transit vehicles.
  • Residential streets are cleared within 12 hours after a snowfall has ended.

Regional Road Maintenance:
  • Services on major roads in Vaughan, such as Bathurst Street, Dufferin Street, Keele Street and Major Mackenzie Drive, are maintained by York Region.
  • For a full list of regional roads, visit York.ca.
Windrow Services:
  • Deploying residential windrow machines to clear a portion of the driveway (enough so a car can drive through) within 4 hours after the plow has passed.

Clearing and Salting Sidewalks:
  • Clearing and salting sidewalks in main public areas, such as school zones and places of worship, is completed before moving to residential areas.
  • Sidewalk plowing commences when accumulation reaches 5 centimetres (2 inches), and main roads are cleared within 8 hours and residential streets within 16 hours after a snowfall has ended.

How Citizens can Help:
Residents and motorists can help winter operations run effectively and efficiently by following these tips:

  • While snowplows are working, do not park on the street so crews can clear the entire road safely.
  • Remove anything that may interfere with plowing, including landscaping features such as fencing, basketball nets, decorative stones, pots and bird baths.
  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks bordering your property within 24 hours after a snowfall has ended. Be mindful of where snow is placed - it is illegal to shovel or pile snow onto the road as per the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. See By-law 300-93 (PDF) for more information.
  • Ensure fire hydrants, gutters and catch basins near your property are not blocked and clear of snow.
  • Place garbage, recycling and composting bins on the right-hand side of the driveway when facing the house from the street. If the driveway is shared, place bins on your side.
  • Stay off the roads during a heavy snowstorm unless it is essential. Citizens are also encouraged to use York Region Transit to get around the city during inclement weather.
  • If driving, clean snow off all surfaces of the vehicle before leaving and stay well back from plows and salting equipment.

Looking for More?
For additional details and to receive the latest information on Vaughan's winter operations:
Tuesday, March 3
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall
Multi-Purpose Room

Wednesday, March 4
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall
Multi-Purpose Room

Tuesday, March 24
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall
Multi-Purpose Room
The  City of Vaughan  is prepared with high-level plowing, road maintenance and windrow services.

You can use the  w here is my snowplow?  online lookup tool which provides residents with real time updates, indicating the streets that have already been plowed. For more information click here .
Have Questions or Concerns about
COVID-19?

York Region Public Health has created a resource with up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Visit york.ca/coronavirus to learn more about COVID-19 (formerly called novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) and what Public Health is doing to monitor the situation.
Increasing Safety on Regional Roads

York Region has started a two-year pilot project for automated speed enforcement systems (speed cameras). The purpose of the program is to increase safety on regional roads, especially in school zones. The first camera in Vaughan will be installed in May on Rutherford Road near Emily Carr Secondary School. For more information, visit york.ca/traffic .
Niagara University is Expanding in the VMC

Niagara University has introduced three new courses at the Vaughan Metropolitan Site.

  • Master of Science in Education: Educational Leadership in Ontario
  • Additional Qualifications Program accredited through the Ontario College of Teachers.
  • Humber College Partnership to complete Niagara University's Master of Science degree in TESOL

For more information, please visit here.
Visit the Vaughan City Playhouse Theater

Welcome to the City Playhouse Theatre where excitement, entertainment and education meet in your own backyard. The multipurpose 386-seat theatre is the perfect place to enjoy a live performance, explore performing arts through Academy programs, or host your own event.

Upcoming Events

March 11
City Playhouse Academy Theatreworks Presents: Broadway Encore

March 20
City Playhouse Theatre Presents: The Berenstain Bears on Stage Performed by To Be Determined Theatre Co.

March 21
Northpole Dance Studio Presents: North & Wild

March 26
Dance Stream Presents: Mirror Repetitive Recital 2020

May 19 & 20
ATTITUDES Master Class Presents: Attitudes Showcase 2020

For more information and to view more events, please visit  here.

To purchase your tickets online, please visit  here.
Did you know you can sign up for ongoing snow removal updates with email notifications through the City of Vaughan's website? Sign up by visiting vaughan.ca/snow.
Vaughan Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

School’s out! And Vaughan's Recreation Services has been providing children and youth a variety (over 80 camps!) of fun and exciting camps that allow them to explore, create, learn and (of course!) play.

Registration opened on February 18. For more information or to register, click here .
New Requirements for City’s Construction Projects

The health and safety of everyone who works in, lives and visits the city of Vaughan is an important priority. As of March 2020, construction contractors working with the City will have to have registered for a Certificate of Recognition (COR TM ) from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) for the procurement process. Read the City’s public service announcement to learn more.
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 few moments to complete some of the surveys currently being collected.


Kids Book Club

Get the book, read the book, and then come to Vaughan Public Libraries to share your thoughts on it while enjoying activities and games based on the story. Every library branch has a unique book of the month. This club is offered to children aged eight to 12 years old. For more information, please visit here.
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, visit here .
The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.
The Way We Were: Archives Collection of the Month
This image, taken ca. 1915, features Mr. Geo. W. Bagg and his horse Trixie at the delivery box along one of the Woodbridge rural mail routes on the Seventh Concession. Rural mail delivery service was established in Woodbridge in 1914. Prior to this, rural inhabitants often had to walk or ride considerable distances to obtain their mail at a local store. By 1918, Woodbridge had three rural mail delivery routes, greatly improving communication among secluded farmers. Mr. Bagg delivered mail by horse and buggy from 1914-18.

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

March 3
Committee of the Whole (1)
1:00 p.m.

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

March 9
Committee of the Whole (2)
9:30 a.m.

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

March 11
Council
1:00 p.m.

March 18
Effective Governance and Oversight Task Force
5:00 p.m.

March 25
Heritage Vaughan Committee
7:00 p.m.

March 30
Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force
9:30 a.m.

Older Adult Task Force
3:00 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