Support CHATS with a “click”

As longterm readers know I am very enthusiastic about CHATS (Community & Home Assistance to Seniors).  Whenever I have participated in their fundraising efforts, such as “Walk for Wellness”) many readers have supported me.  Now there is a very easy way to support CHATS and the potential benefit for CHATS is big: minimum $15,000.  Look at the picture gallery  of the  BIG Picture Drawing Contest and vote for Jennifer’s drawing.  If Jennifer’s painting is one of the top 3 drawings, in terms of votes,  CHATS will receive a portion of the funds available.  If by chance Jennifer’s drawing does not win its evident that other very worthy causes will benefit as all the young artists have identified important institutions & organizations.  I think it is very cool that 10 year old Jennifer has selected CHATS which is focussed on helping our Senior citizens to continue living in their own homes.  And I think it is a wonderful fundraising idea.  See here for information about this initiative; to get to the picture gallery click here.  

Trails Map

There is now a comprehensive map of trails in King Township. It includes all public trails in the Township regardless of ownership.  For example, it includes those operated/maintained by King and  the ORTA  trails maintained by the local Oak Ridges Moraine Association chapters.  Its very timely to have this map now available given that being out doors is even more important and special these days.    Two important advisories:  physical distancing continues to be  required on the trails; be mindful of this when you meet others out enjoying the open air.  And remember that blacklegged ticks  can be found in natural areas anywhere in York Region; cover up exposed skin when you go outside by wearing long-sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants and socks

The Cold Creek Conservation Area​ trails are open, however the access gates for vehicles remains locked until further notice. Limited parking is available in front of the main gates on the shoulder of the driveway.

Businesses Helping Our Community

We have seen local businesses re-formatting the way they carry out their business in order to protect customers and suppliers by providing special hours for seniors and easy access to sanitizers while in their stores etc.   We have seen businesses stepping up to provide support for those in need.  e.g. 5 c orporations (Mattamy, Treasure Hill, Magna, Remington, King Station) re-directed $6,000, originally planned for the traditional Canada Day celebration in Kettleby,  to the King Township Food Bank. e.g. Scruffy Duck in Schomberg is offering free soup or stew once a week to those in need.  The lastest is Kingbridge Conference Center and Hotel has re-purposed itself and partnered with the Salvation Army  to provide temporal transitional shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness.  I am sure that there are numerous other examples throughout King as I know that our community is one that cares.

A Guide for this Long Weekend


The upcoming Victoria Day weekend is not going to be like others as traditional Victoria Day festivities in Nobleton will not occur May 18. Here is a guide, some ideas for celebrating the long weekend safely with those in your “bubble” as defined through his pandemic period.


Water/Wastewater Masterplan: update

Monday, May 25 there will be a virtual special working Committee of the Whole session at 5 PM regarding the 2020 draft Water/Wastewater Plan. It will be preceeded by a virtual Public Consultation (PCC) the same day 2-4 PM.  See here how to participate in this session. The PCC is opportunity for public to fully understand the masterplan, to ask questions and get answers.  During the working COW meeting, as ususal, the public is only able to listen to the presentation given to Council and to hear questions/comments from Council members .  The Council does not make decisions at this working session; sometime afterwards there will be a Staff report with a recommendation for Council and this will be included in a future Council meeting.  You will be able to participate as observer of the working COW at