Raising $$ for Southlake

Sunday, April 29 is the A&B Courier Run or Walk for Southlake .

It would be wonderful if  you made a donation to support the King Marsh Muckers team’s effort to raise  $5,000 for Southlake.    Even better, join the team too.

Background

Every spring over 1000 walkers, runners and families gather to support Southlake. The 3rd annual A&B Courier Run For Southlake (formerly the Hartwell Challenge) offers walkers and runners a local event in support of Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Last year  Mayor Pellegrini and Councillor Eek and their families participated.  This year there is a King Township team—the King Marsh Muckers.  Councillor Mortelliti & family and my husband and I have registered to join them.  I hope other members of Council and residents will join us.

Probably we each have a different reason for participating.  Personally, I had registered before my accident at home; but now, as I make my visits to the fracture clinic at Southlake, my motivation to fund raise is not so abstract!

Click here to register as a runner or walker.

Click here to make a donation online.  Or, you can send a cheque made out to Southlake Regional Health Foundation  and mail it to me at the King Township Office, 2075 King Road, King City, ON  L7B1A1

Upcoming Public Meetings

Below are some public meetings recently scheduled which I believe will be of interest to my constituents.

  • York Region Transit is hosting a Public Information Centre in KING on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the King City Library regarding their 2013 Annual Service Plan. Planning Staff will be there to solicit feedback to proposed changes.
  • A number of Working Sessions have been scheduled for Council.  These Sessions are public i.e. public can listen but cannot make deputations.   Council receives the information/presentation and asks questions; recommendations are not made in this meeting.  The benefit is that it educates Council, and all who attend, on the subject matter. In addition one gains an understanding of the future processes for moving the item forward.

The sessions have been scheduled for 4PM and will end before 6PM to allow for a break and supper before the start of the Council meeting at 6PM.  Below are the specific dates and topics scheduled to date.  I expect that more will be scheduled as I have already requested one additional session on the topic of updating our Official Plans.

April 2nd                Building/Facility Review

April 16th              By-law Enforcement Review

April 30th              Corporate Policies

May 28th               Transportation Issues/Roads Needs Study

June 11th              3rd Party Mass Gatherings/Events  (4 – 5 pm) at 5 pm Audit Committee

Oct. 15th               10 Year Capital Plan & Reserve Strategy

Note:  I have included them in the calendar I maintain on the right side of the home page; if there are any changes to schedule I will update the calendar.

Fund Raising for Southlake

Sunday, April 29 is the A&B Courier Run or Walk for Southlake .  It would be wonderful  if you registered to participate as part of the King Marsh Muckers and/or  if you supported the King Marsh Muckers team’s effort to raise $5,000.

Background        Every spring over 1000 walkers, runners and families gather to support Southlake. The 3rd annual A&B Courier Run For Southlake (formerly the Hartwell Challenge) offers walkers and runners a local event in support of Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Last year  Mayor Pellegrini and Councillor Eek and their families participated.  This year there is a King Township team—the King Marsh Muckers.  Both Dan and I have registered to join them; and I hope the rest of Council and other residents will join us.  I had registered before my accident at home; but now, as I make my visits to the fracture clinic at Southlake, my motivation to fund raise is not so abstract!

Click here to register as a runner or walker.

Click here to make a donation online.  Or, you can send a cheque made out to Southlake Regional Health Foundation  and mail it to me at the King Township Office, 2075 King Road, King City, ON  L7B1A1

 

Good beginning steps

Reports at March 19 Council included a couple initiatives which are entirely consistent with our draft sustainability plan.  i) The draft subdivision for King Station is approved and it includes installation of LED street lighting.  ii) Secondly a report was tabled outlining process for developing a King policy for drive- through facilities. (more…)

Wetlands–not just an environmental issue

I just went to a workshop on wetlands hosted by Ducks Unlimited.  A couple scary statistics:  mapping in 2002 shows Ontario has lost 70% of its wetlands; and of those remaining some have suboptimal functionality because they are surrounded by development and/or infrastructure.  2nd scary stat:  of the remaining only 46% protected.

Why a concern?  Wetlands significantly contribute to our health and well being:  flood control, purification of air & water, ground water recharge, habitat for many species.

Other learnings:    The economic benefits of wetlands are not being leveraged:  aesthetic impact can raise property values, built storm water infrastructure can be reduced.  Wetlands impact tourism.    In a couple other provinces and in some US states mitigation for sanctioned wetland damage is funding significant restoration of wetlands in agreed areas.  Finally, the disincentive to not protect wetlands by transferring to CA’s etc was noted;  specifically the loss of tax revenues.

Wetlands figure prominently in our Sustainability Plan.  I confess that up until this work shop I did not fully appreciate how wetlands merit consideration other than from an environmental perspective—as reviewed above, there are socio cultural, financial and economic concerns & opportunities.