Virtual Council Meeting

Monday May 4 there will be a virtual council meeting. Agenda will be posted, as is usual, on the preceding Thursday (April 30).  This is the first time for a virtual council meeting in King.  For any council to run their meeting virtually requires new procedures; for those like King with inconsistent internet capacity across the Township there is the additional IT technical challenge.  Public will not be able to attend but can watch it as it will be live streamed. If member of the public wants to express a point of view about any of the agenda items, they can send an email to [email protected] by noon of May 4; clerk will then distribute it to all members of Council prior to the meeting.  For more information see the FAQ (frequently asked questions) prepared by the Clerk; also, feel free to contact me.

Staying Current

Remember to check the King’s COVID-19 info hub regularly for updates about services and links to all the special pages such as SHOPKING , resources for businesses, resources for seniors and for youth.


Construction During COVID-19

For summary of how the Ontario Emergency Legislation impacts Building construction see this page on impacted services in King and scroll down to Building section.  As reviewed some projects may continue; if you are concerned about a project underway you can contact the Building Division permit administrators; contact details are provided here.

Some road projects are also allowed to continue.  As evident in King City the installation of new sidewalks and curb along north side of King Road/east of Keele is proceeding.  Given that traffic is less right now this is very good timing!

Friday, April 17 7PM till Saturday, April 18 7PM King Road will be closed between Weston Road to Hwy 400 to allow for a culvert replacement.

Green Building Standards

A draft of green development standards has been posted on [email protected].  This follows on a proposal made to Council several months ago; at that meeting Council endorsed the principle of developing the standards and provided comments on the draft presented.  As I have commented earlier I am very supportive of developing these standards.  At this time we do not have legislative authority to demand anything greater that Ontario Building Code; however, this gives us a framework for identifying what we want to see in new developments.  Given that emissions from buildings are the second  highest source we need to have buildings built in a more sustainable manner than previous. I encourage you to review the standards. Just reading it is an education…seeing all the different ways that a development impacts the environment.

COVID-19 Updates

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Ontario legislature, the Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days until May 12. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price-gouging.

If you have concerns that there are violations of the emergency legislation’s rules,  contact [email protected] or 905 933 4002.  Bylaw will investigate and as appropriate provide education.  For more information on By-law’s authority go to this page and scroll down to By-law section.


Spring Cleaning

It seems to be in our DNA to spring clean…even when there is a pandemic.  Here is a summary of what will be done in King.  Happily some of our traditional programs to clean up will proceed, such as street sweeping and the annual spring flushing of our water mains in the villages.  Yard waste pick,which has already begun, will continue.  But our annual  promotion of a community and neighbour garbage pick up on our roads can’t proceed as usual as the first priority is breaking the COVID-19 chain; physical distancing must continue. And the personal clean-up in our homes must be modified because the traditional outlets for our own personal used but still usable “stuff” are shutdown ; we need to hold onto it until these outlets open up.  Please do not drop stuff off at donation bins as they are not being emptied.