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.

Energy Management Plan for Twshp

On Council July 8 agenda there is a very important report:  a draft plan for how the Township will reduce the green house gas emissions (GHG) generated by our facilities & fleet and reduce our consumption of energy (natural gas, electricity).  The report is important.  1st, the severity of climate change is human influenced by GHG emissions. 2nd, we know what needs to be done but we need to agree that it is important and we need to follow through with the necessary investments.    We have not been building a “climate change war chest” to fund this although as reviewed in the report we have done some good projects already.  How much we want to do will be a critical input to the upcoming 2020 budget work.  The report proposes 2 targets:  I believe we need to aim very high, (more…)

Facilities Update

On Council agenda there is report for the final report on Facilities Services which is part of the  Parks Recreation & Culture (P&RC) Master Plan.  (There is also  summary report on the P&RC Masterplan). As reviewed there has been considerable consultation in different ways with the public.  As indicated we have made small investment to get up-to-date robust assessment of structural condition of the older facilities; I call it “small” in comparison to the value it will give us to determine how to proceed with maintenance choices  and where we spend money to achieve energy savings.

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Parks Update

On Council agenda there is report for the final report on Parks & Forestry Services which is part of the  Parks Recreation & Culture (P&RC) Master Plan.  (There is a summary report on the P&RC Masterplan). As reviewed there has been considerable consultation in different ways with public.  There is tremendous amount of detail both about the current services being offered & maintained, for example 272 acres of active parkland across 4 kinds/sizes of parks each with various amenities 67 km of trails.  And there is identification of future needs due to increased population and changing service desires.  As reviewed quality parks are not achieved without staff; when compared to other municipalities our Staff are outperforming.  The report on Parks and Forestry Services concludes with 13 recommendations to guide work through to 2023.  (Note:  the report is predominantly focussed on Parks; I will be asking about Forestry Services.)  I urge you look at the report and check out the services you are interested in. e.g. soccer fields, play structures etc.

New Townhouses on Tatton Court

At July 8 Council meeting there is a public meeting for an application to build 25 townhouses on Tatton Court (north of King Ridge shopping complex, west of Dufferin). Here is the report.  To my mind the critical issue here is noise attenuation:  both Alpa Lumber and the Metrolinx rail corridor are to the north of this site.  Its evident from the report that the right experts are involved to assess this issue carefully.  As this is a public meeting this is the opportunity for anyone to express concerns and questions to the Council; it is not necessary to register at the Clerk’s desk.

new No Parking area

On July 8 Council agenda there is a report recommending parking restrictions, specifically “no parking” on 3 street segments 2 of the 3 are in Nobleton; and 1 is the 15th Sideroad west of Keele.  The latter has been triggered by complaints as to parking behavior during the busy soccer season on the Villa Nova fields.  Despite the fact that there is a parking lot off the 15th on the north side drivers park on both sides of the 15th creating a serious risk.