December 2, 2019
Sandra
Yeung Racco
WARD 4 COUNCILLOR
Provide Your Feedback During
Budget Discussions

The City invites you to be part of the budget process and learn about how your hard-earned tax dollars are being invested. There are many ways for you to get involved.

  • Attend public meetings in Council Chamber at Vaughan City Hall or watch the meetings live online:
Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

The City of Vaughan's budget is built on the principles of integrity, accountability and responsibility. It is focused on keeping property tax rates low, respecting taxpayers' hard-earned money and delivering quality public services that residents, businesses and visitors rely on each day. The Property Tax Budget funds the many programs and services families enjoy and expect, including garbage collection, snow clearing and fire prevention education. The Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Budgets fund water, wastewater and stormwater-related programs and services.

For more information and to stay up to date on the process, please visit vaughan.ca/budget.
Ward 4 Annual Toy Mountain Drive

Donate a new, unwrapped toy at Legoland Discovery Centre on December 12 to help us reach Toy Mountain's goal of 150,000 toys. Weather Anchor Tom Brown will broadcast live from the event during CTV Toronto's News at 6. We encourage schools and community groups to collect their donations in advance and bring them to this event on December 12.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
5:15 p.m. Start Time
Live Broadcast at 6:00 p.m. on
CTV Toronto's News
Legoland Discovery Centre
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
(at Vaughan Mills Mall)

Help Us Reach the Toy Mountain Goal, One Toy at a Time!

Click here for the Toy Mountain poster.
Attend a Public Open House and Help Design Vaughan’s New Park

The City of Vaughan is developing a new park at the northwest corner of Peter Rupert Avenue and Rutherford Road. This park will be a community destination and is proposed to include playground structures, water play, new trail connections and places to gather and connect with family and friends. What other elements, features and amenities would make this new park space special for you?

Attend a public open house and help shape the future of Vaughan's new park.

Thursday, December 5, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall - Multi-purpose Room

Fill out a survey to provide your input (available until January 31). Visit our website for more information.
Rutherford Road - Temporary Road
Diversion Until 2022

Metrolinx is starting construction on Rutherford Road that will separate the tracks from the road. This means that traffic will no longer have to wait for a train to pass - a major traffic and safety improvement. In order to do this work and maintain traffic flow, there will be some changes to Rutherford Road and the access to the Rutheford Go station.

There will be a slight road detour south of Rutherford Rd between Barhill Road/Westburne Drive and Peter Rupert Avenue beginning December 7. This four-lane detour road will be in place until a new railway overpass bridge over Rutherford Rd is complete in spring 2022.
Here’s what you can expect:
  • Single-lane closure eastbound – Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. to Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Single-lane closure westbound – Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. to Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Full closure for pedestrian access – Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. to Saturday, Dec 7 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Bus loop/PPUDO entrance at Rutherford GO closed between 11 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 7.
  • The temporary bus loop at 635 Westburne Drive will be used for Dec. 6-7
  • Pedestrians will travel along the temporary roadway via new, temporary pedestrian sidewalks.
  • Signage will remain in place while the detour route is in effect. 
  • Drivers are asked to watch for traffic personnel, obey posted speed limits at all times, and look for drivers along the detour road route.

Changes can occur due to Metrolinx' construction schedule and other unforeseen circumstances. For more information and to stay up to date on changes, please visit here .
Changes for Alectra Bill Payments
Effective December 15, 2019

The City of Vaughan will no longer be taking in-person Alectra Utilities payments for water, wastewater, stormwater and electricity bills.

In-person payment will stop at City Hall but there are many other methods of payment for water, wastewater and stormwater including:
• Online banking;
• Telephone banking;
• Pre-authorized payments;
• In-person payments at financial institutions;
• VISA or MasterCard payments via Payments at www.alectrautilities.com; or
• By mail.

For more information, please visit here .
Members of Council invite you to join in the fun at the City of Vaughan Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Experience the excitement as the outdoor Christmas tree comes to life! Celebrate the season with festive music and holiday goodies.

Friday, December 6
7:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall Courtyard

For more information, please visit here.
Members of Council invite you to join in the celebrations of the City of Vaughan Menorah Lighting Ceremonies. Celebrate the season with festive music, holiday goodies and fun activities.

Monday, December 23
3:30 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall

Sunday, December 29
3:30 p.m.
Garnet A. Williams Community Centre

For more information, please visit here.
Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital Update - Starbucks and Other Food Retailers are on the Way!

We all know that it’s often difficult to predict how much time you’ll be spending in a hospital when you or your loved ones are receiving treatment; that’s when having food options available to you becomes important.

When the doors of our second hospital open, patients and visitors will have a variety of different options to choose from to get their coffee, snacks and meals at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. In addition to a full-service Starbucks that will be located on level 1, there will also be a food court on level 0 featuring a full-service Tim Horton’s, Subway, OBC Grille offering grilled cuisine and Global Adventures featuring an array of international dishes.

Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will also feature Fooda, a dynamic on-site pop up restaurant, that will use technology to bring your favourite local restaurants to you.

For more information and to stay in the know about the progress of Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, please visit here.
City Council Takes Position on the
GTA West Corridor Highway

During a November 19 meeting of Vaughan City Council, a motion was unanimously approved to call on the Ministry of Transportation to build the proposed GTA West Corridor Highway in the northern part of Vaughan. The City’s preferred option will see the new highway created from Highway 427 to Highway 400 passing through the northern part of the community. This route is preferred because it will help mitigate impacts to the City’s existing residential neighbourhoods, planned employment lands and future residential areas. Read the City’s news release for more information.
Transforming Transportation Together
in Vaughan

The City of Vaughan is dynamic and is growing quickly. More residents, businesses and visitors mean more travel demands and the potential for road congestion. Vaughan continues to focus its efforts on increasing transportation options to help everyone get where they need to go – safely and efficiently. But your help is needed. How can the City help you drive less and consider alternative transportation options outside of the single-occupant vehicle? Participate in the online survey and help shape the future of transportation in Vaughan. For more information and to take the survey , visit the website.
Vaughan Winterfest 2020
Vendors and Volunteers Wanted

Vaughan Winterfest 2020 will take place on Sunday, February 9!

Vendor Booth Opportunities:
Showcase your business or not-for-profit organization!
 
 
For vendor/participant booth opportunities, please contact  vaughancelebrates@vaughan.ca .
 
Volunteer Opportunities:
Get involved in your community!


For volunteer opportunities or inquiries, please contact  vaughancelebrates@vaughan.ca
Celebrating Vaughan’s Hockey Culture
with Rogers Hometonw Hockey Tour

The City of Vaughan has been selected as an official host city of the 2019/2020 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour on January 11 and January 12!

Rogers Hometown Hockey, hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, is a national celebration of Canada’s beloved sport. As an official stop on the 2019-20 tour, the VMC will become hockey-central for a weekend-long fan experience, including a live broadcast of the Toronto Maple Leafs versus Florida Panthers game on the Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The free community event will also feature entertainment, meet-and-greets with NHL alumni, including Darcy Tucker and hockey-themed outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy .

The event will include:
  • Autograph signing and photos with NHL alumni
  • Live entertainment, shows and refreshments
  • Rogers Fan Hub, a Family Zone and ball hockey
  • Barbecue in support of minor hockey
  • Live broadcast with Sportsnet hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio
  • Parade of Champions on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Viewing party of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers game on Sunday at 7 p.m.

For more information, please visit here.
To view the official invite, please visit here.
We are still looking for crossing guards in Ward 4 for the 2019/2020.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the community. 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.
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:
Wednesday, December 4
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Vaughan Animal Services

Thursday, December 5
6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall
Multi Purpose Room

Friday, December 6
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall Courtyard

Monday, December 9
7:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall

Thursday, December 12
5:15 p.m.
Legoland Discovery Centre in Vaughan Mills Mall

Monday, December 23
3:30 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall
&
Sunday, December 29
3:30 p.m.
Garnet A. Williams C.C.

January 11 & 12
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - Transit Square

Thursday, January 23
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall, Multi Purpose Room

Sunday, February 2
Vaughan City Hall, Multi Purpose Room

Sunday, February 9
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Vellore Village
Community Centre
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 visit   vaughan.ca/snow  
New Roads Have Opened in the VMC!

Working effectively with York Region, SmartCentres and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the City has constructed and opened the following new roads in the VMC’s northwest area:

  • Applewood Crescent from Highway 7 to Portage Parkway
  • Commerce Street from Highway 7 to Apple Mill Road
  • Apple Mill Road from Edgeley Boulevard to Applewood Crescent 
McNaughton Road East Sidewalk & Multi-Use Pathway Construction

The City of Vaughan is constructing a 3.0 meter wide asphalt multi-use pathway for shared use by pedestrians and cyclists on the south and west side of McNaughton Road East, between Keele Street and Major Mackenzie Drive (approximately 1.5 km in length). This construction began September 23, 2019 and is expected to be completed by December 16, 2019. Click here to view the construction notice.
Keele Street Bridge Improvements - North of Teston Road

York Region is repairing the bridge on Keele Street, north of Teston Road, in the city of Vaughan. The repairs will make the surface smoother to drive on and prolong the life of the bridge.

Construction began on Oct. 15, 2019 and is expected to be completed by summer 2020 , weather permitting. Keele Street will remain open to traffic during construction, as will access to residences and businesses.

The area surrounding the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and work may occur during evening/nighttime hours.

For more information and project timelines, visit here .
Paid Snow Removal Program for Older Adults

Are you age 55+ and require snow removal services this Winter season?

CHATS is offering a paid snow removal service for eligible homeowners here in Vaughan.

CHATS will put residents in touch with reputable snow removal companies in the area who can provide them with paid snow removal services this winter.

For more information or to apply for the program, contact CHATS at 1-866-677-9048, ext. 7669 (SNOW), or hamp@chats.on.ca
December break camps will be available at select community centres from December 23 to January 3. Extended Day Camp is also available. Please click here for more information.
Drop & Shop STEAM Camp
*SPECIAL* holiday edition STEAM camp will be held at select Vaughan Public Library locations! Drop off the kids for a day of great STEAM activities while you take care of your holiday errands. It's a win-win! Available December 7 and 14. Registration is $40. 
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. Offers valid until December 31 . More information can be found here .
Vaughan is Looking for Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers!

Vaughan is currently hiring for a number of fitness positions, including instructors, nutrition specialists and personal trainers.

To view job postings and more information on how to apply, please visit here .
Want to get rid of your library fines and help the community at the same time? This holiday season, Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) is accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries until Sunday, December 15 in VPL’s annual Food for Fines drive. For each acceptable item, existing library fines will be lowered by $1.
Volunteers Make it all Possible!

Need volunteer hours for your high school requirement? Work experience for your resume? Your  local community centre  has lots of opportunities to choose from.
 
Volunteer with our Recreation team to instruct a preschool, dance or sports class. Help create crafts with children who have special needs. Volunteer with our  Events  team and help host award-winning community events like Canada Day or Concerts in the Park series. Or assist in delivering swim lessons and earn credits for aquatic leadership courses at the same time! The options are endless!

For more information, please visit here .
Escape the Library Labyrinth

Escape from the library labyrinth — a world of wonder and mystery — as you race to win the ultimate trophy! Join Vaughan Public Libraries on Saturday, December 7 for bilingual escape room fun, snacks and games. This event is available for youth aged 12 to 17 years old.

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.
Protect your Pets

Vaughan Animal Services is hosting a Microchip and Rabies Clinic on Wednesday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Keep your pets safe and healthy by getting them vaccinated and microchipped. Call 905-832-2281 to make an appointment. 
Melted Snow Needs Somewhere to Go

As part of stormwater maintenance during the winter months, it’s important to keep catch basins and culverts clear. When shovelling, remember to remove snow, ice and debris from the drains near your home to allow water to pass through, which will help prevent potential flooding. Find out more at vaughan.ca/stormwater .
The Way We Were: Archives Collection of the Month
Taken on Feb. 10, 1978, this image depicts snow removal efforts on Kirby Road following the “Great Blizzard.” During this time, some parts of Toronto and the surrounding areas received a record 28.40 inches of snow!  

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 now 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

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

December 2
Special Committee of the Whole (Budget)
7:00 p.m.

December 3
Committee of the Whole (1)
11:00 a.m.

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

December 4
VMC Sub-Committee
9:30 a.m.

Heritage Vaughan Committee
7:00 p.m.

December 10
Committee of the Whole
11:00 a.m.

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

Special Committee of the Whole (Budget)
6:00 p.m.

December 12
Committee of Adjustment
6:00 p.m.

December 16
Older Adult Task Force
3:00 p.m.

December 17
Council
1:00 p.m.

Special Council (Budget)
7:00 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