What Do You Think about the draft Tree Bylaw?

As reported earlier a draft bylaw for trees has been proposed and feedback from you is very much wanted.  As of a few days ago there is an online consultation process which you can use to provide feedback, to ask questions and to learn more about it. I believe a tree bylaw is required as we need our trees for both their aesthetic value and their functionality.  The latter has grown in importance because of climate change; trees sequester carbon, provide cooling, enhance drainage and absorption of rainfall.  Yes, it may cost some money but what is the cost of not having one? I think the draft one is creative and achieves the strategic goal of protecting and growing the canopy in our 3 villages.  Please read it over and provide feedback either directly to me or by using speaking.king.ca.

To use this online tool you do need to register at speaking.king.ca; once you have registered you can use it for other initiatives for which Township is seeking your feedback. If you have difficulties registering please contact our communications officer at [email protected]

No Broadband Yet?

If you don’t a plan yet for having broadband at your home or business you will be interested in the Town hall on Wednesday, July 17th from 7-9 p.m. at the Nobleton Arena Hall. The town hall will focus on the expansion and enhancement of broadband in King Township. This is being hosted by our King-Vaughan MP Deb Schulte.  Here is poster for the event.

Metrolinx News Heard at Council

Purpose of this blog is to let readers know in advance about important issues on upcoming Council agenda and not to report what did transpire.  I am making an exception as there was a presentation at July 8 Council meeting by Metrolinx to update Council on GO train expansion into York Region with focus on King City.  As many of my readers are particularly interested in the latter I am writing this post to identify some key points.

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Presentations at Council

At July 8th Council meeting there will be 2 presentations which interest me.  One is from Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority‘s CAO about 2019 Priorities. And one is from Metrolinx about a GO Expansion Update:  creating connections in King City.

 

 

Climate Emergency

At July 8 Council there will be a debate on a resolution put forwarded by Mayor Pellegrini and seconded by me re: declaring a climate emergency. I believe this declaration is appropriate.  As reported in the media, as we see already consequences of global warming and as identified in the resolution there is a threat to our planet, to all human kind.  Humans have contributed to this situation because of green house gases (GHG).  All, including King, needs to participate in the effort to reduce GHG.  This resolution does not define how we are going to do that but it does say that it is going to be, henceforth, a priority for us.  We need a action plan to engage all our community along with reducing the municipality’s contribution to the problem.  Some question use of the word “emergency;” I believe it is the right word as the definition of emergency includes the concept of taking action in response to the problem.  Importantly the resolution also indicates the need to  consider how to mitigate and adapt.