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Questioning the Candidates for Federal Election

Federal Election is Monday, May 2nd.  If you are still debating with yourself as to who gets your vote you will be interested to know that there are two all candidates meetings in our area.

An All-Candidates meeting will be held at the Seneca King Campus on Tuesday 26th April at 7 pm.  It is sponsored by the Markham Board of Trade in conjunction with Seneca College.  There will be opportunities for questions to the candidates.

There is also an All Candidates Meeting on Thursday, 28th April in Stouffville at Parkview Village Auditorium, 12184 Ninth Line (S. of Main st).  This is being run by the local churches ‘Ministerial’ and may be a ticket event.  Apparently written questions can be submitted ahead of time, but no questions from the floor.

In addition, Rogers TV has two election programmes scheduled
Tuesday, April 19, at 8.15 pm – panel discussion
Thursday, April 21st  at 11,00 am – debate

Gas Pipeline Update

At Monday, April 18 Council meeting Enbridge will present an update on the gas pipeline construction project.  The presentation is scheduled for early in the meeting; if interested be there around 6 PM.   If you have questions about safety of the pipeline, forward your questions to me and I will ask them on your behalf.

Museum & Genview: critical questions

Museum & Genview:  critical questions

Recently I stopped at our Museum:   not to view an exhibit but rather to look at it in context of the proposed Genview partnership.  I came away more convinced than ever that this partnership represents an opportunity for positive change.  To quote Councillor Mortelliti:  “An opportunity to renovate and increase programming space. An opportunity to enhance the architectural features of the building to something that is more in keeping, and more sympathetic to the old Kinghorn School.”


Re-vitalizing King City: ideas from others

Re-vitalizing King City:  ideas from others

How can we revitalize King City?  Can we learn from other places who have found themselves “in the dark, before the sun comes up?”

Newcastle, Australia has a very innovative solution: empty spaces are considered as “wasted opportunities” and they have established a process to enable temporary use of them to launch new businesses and projects and to incubate new ideas; the short term users include artisans, publishers, designers, crafters. 


Development Woes: serving constituents

With the exception of Spring Hill (the condominium for seniors on King Road in King City), the reality of development has not hit Ward 5 yet….but it’s coming.  And in the last few weeks, the importance of communication with current residents has been hi-lighted.  As all would agree, I think, developments which are not to one’s personal satisfaction are bad enough; but, not understanding what is happening, or the details of the decisions being made makes it far worse.

I keep asking myself:  how can I best serve my constituents? (more…)