Summer 2019
Councillor Pickles
I hope that you enjoyed the summer. There is a lot going on in the City with work on roads, sidewalks and parks. Although construction can be a temporary inconvenience, please be patient and careful. When complete, these improvements will help to make us a better community.

This summer, I have been around visiting various projects, attending events and enjoying speaking with residents.

As well, there are some significant positive changes in our community, two of which I note in this newsletter.
Pickering City Centre - Exciting Transformation Coming

Our City Centre is undergoing a dramatic transformation, steadily evolving into a dynamic gathering place for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

The City of Pickering, Pickering Town Centre (PTC) and Cushman & Wakefield are moving forward on a partnership that will see the redevelopment of lands focused on the east side of the mall and immediately south of Esplanade Park South.

The project will include an exciting array of new state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, including a performing arts centre, brand new central library, a combined seniors & youth centre, three residential condominium towers, retail, and a hotel, which will all be seamlessly connected via activated and pedestrian-friendly walkways.

The former Sears wing of the Pickering Town Centre will be demolished shortly to make way for the new buildings. Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin spring, 2020. Stay tuned for details!
Lakeridge Health Breaks Ground  and Names New Pickering Health Centre after Local Philanthropist
After hosting the official ground breaking ceremony for the building on June 20, 2019, Lakeridge Health unveiled the new name of the soon-to-be-constructed Health and Wellness Centre on July 23rd - located in North Pickering at Brock Road and Dersan Street as the "Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre". This naming is in recognition of Mr. Coughlan's historic $7 million gift made to the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation in 2018. 
The Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre will be a modern multi-story building, built to bring multiple services closer to home for people living in the area. It will house outpatient services, as well as independent physician offices, other health professionals and an urgent care centre, with the potential for pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic services. These new and expanded services mean that our community can continue to receive life-sustaining and life-saving care closer to home.
Lakeridge Health is working with Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT to build the centre, with construction expected to begin in the coming months. Lakeridge Health expects to be able to share construction timelines and costs by this fall.

Councillor Pickles was pleased to attend with other Members of Pickering Council, the naming of the Jerry Coughlan Lakeridge Health and Wellness Centre. 

Photo caption: Jerry Coughlan Lakeridge Health and Wellness Centre
Keep Pickering Clean
We appreciate your help. Please assist by keeping the catch basins on your street clear of leaves and debris. This will prevent flooding during heavy rainfalls.
Be a good neighbour and keep your street clear of litter.  When picking up your mail at a super mailbox, please take all of your mail home, and recycle any unwanted items.
Be our Eyes on the Street - report graffiti, illegal dumping, litter and vandalism directly to our Customer Care Centre at 905.683.7575 or by email at . This will go a long way in keeping Pickering a place we love to call home.

Please Drive Safely
A common concern we receive is traffic and pedestrian safely, including speeding. We want to remind you to think of our children and families and to drive safely. The maximum speed limit on all Pickering local and collector roads in residential areas is 40 km/h and is posted as such. All other roads are 50 km/h (and may not be posted), unless otherwise posted at a higher speed limit. Also, help keep our neighbourhoods safe by not drinking or being distracted by using electronic devices while driving.
Wondering about road closures, program changes or facility closures? Call our Service Disruption Line at 1.866.278.9953 or visit for current updates.
Out and About
DP - Toronto Zoo
With residents enjoying the new park and playground on
Usman Road.

I recently met with Dolf DeJong, CEO of the Toronto Zoo to talk about cooperative efforts with Pickering and Durham. Here we are with a massive and majestic white rhino.
Councillor Butt and  I going door to door to update Major Oaks Road area residents about local road and sidewalk improvements.
Keeping in Touch
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