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Richmond Hill Ward 5 news

Richmond Hill Ward 5 news to be included in the Richmond Hill Ward 5 Letter 2005-04-01?. Until then it is visible in the Richmond Hill Ward 5 Living Letter - please keep that version and this version synchronized.

Councillor Elio Di Iorio hosts local issue forum?


Councillor Elio Di Iorio writes "I am pleased to be able to announce the launch of the eliodiiorio.com discussion forum. It is intended to provide an opportunity for residents to discuss local issues amongst themselves and contribute to policy-making for the Town. Please visit eliodiiorio.com/discussion(external link) to register and join the discussion."

Local vs Centralized Sewage Management


York Region has chosen to adopt a massive, centralized sewer system which is predicated on the idea that sewage can flow many kilometres to a treatment facility in a far away place. We can then continue to developad infinitum, in all directions. This is the ideal situation for developers and neo-classical thinking politicians who think that prosperity is synonymous with growth. See uneconomic growth?.

The fact is that such approach disregards local and regional natural geological, social and economic realities. In fact, they often undermine them.

Weldrick Relief Sewer?


On February 28th 2005, Council voted in favour of permitting the construction of a "relief sewer" along Weldrick from Yonge St. the North Don River. This is necessary due to significant inaccurate assumptions on the part of the Region of York with respect to the viability of the larger "Big Pipe" project which is currently underway throughout York Region. I discussed the situation surrounding this issue in previous newsletters, however, suffice to say, delays in obtaining necessary approvals has led to thousands of approvals being granted for new homes, homes being sold, and now potential delays of months and years in some cases. This relief sewer will bring on line additional capacitywhich exists on the North Don Sewer, taking overflow from the Yonge St. trunk sewer which is approaching capacity.

Councillor Elio Di Iorio says "While I disapprove of the entire "Big Pipe" approach to sewage management, it was clear that at this point, there was a risk of basements in Ward 5 being flooded if the relief sewer was not built."

community gardens


Community gardens are a way of providing an opportunity for those in urban areas who may not have sufficient land to grow a garden. Community gardens are typically located close to apartments and public transit to ensure accessibility and maximum resident participation. Parks Development staff is currently looking at a way to integrate a Community Garden into a soon to be expanded park at Harding Boulevard West, and Arnold St. More details will be forthcoming later in the spring.


Community Gardens

Community gardens are a way of providing an opportunity for those in urban areas who may not have sufficient land to grow a garden. Community gardens are typically located close to apartments and public transit to ensure accessibility and maximum resident participation. Parks Development staff is currently looking at a way to integrate a Community Garden into a soon to be expanded park at Harding Boulevard West, and Arnold St. More details will be forthcoming later in the spring.

Car Co-op

As we all know, traffic and transit issues in Richmond Hill and most of the GTA have been a major concern for some time. Decades of cheap oil along with poor urban planning has fueled the development of car dependant urban sprawl. Couple that with inadequate public transit service, and we end up with the mess that exists today. As with many of the other areas of importance i.e health, energy etc., there is no single step solution. There are, however, a number tools and mechanisms which can be employed to reduce traffic, and the other undesireable things that go along with it.

Councilor Elio Di Iorio? reports that "I am currently working with a not-for profit group which is planning to start a Car co-op here in Richmond Hill. The idea is that people would be able to sign out a car for hours at a time to use when needed. The result, as evidenced by Car co-ops in other cities, is a dramatic reduction in vehicle use amongst members. For example, the Vancouver Car Co-op has 1800 members sharing 94 cars. The reduction in greenhouse gases? is also a key benefit on Car Co-ops."

Citistat? continuous municipal performance audit



Citistat?

In the year 2000, the City of Baltimore? adopted a system of measurement protocols for internal operations. The idea was borrowed from the NYPD in the late 1990s and was instrumental in improving the delivery of policing services and reducing crime. The result for the Ciy of Baltimore has been savings of tens of millions of dollars, simply by measuring operational data, identifying trends, and posing questions to department heads. Richmond Hill Council has directed our staff to look into adopting a similar system here in our Town.

Councillor Elio Di Iorio expects that "we will ultimately be able to find significant savings while streamlining operations. This will help safeguard us from future tax rate pressures and ensure our financial postion stays strong."

Peak Oil/Kyoto?

Councillor Elio Di Iorio writes "By now, many of you have seen or at least heard of the documentary End of Suburbia. If not, I urge you all to watch it. I have ensured that there are copies available at the Richmond Hill Central Library. While many believe that the complete destabilization of our biosphere? through global warming will force us to change our behaviour dramatically long before declining oil production begins to cause major economic and lifestyle disruption for us in the western world, it is clear that many difficult decisions and new directions will need to be contemplated and acted upon in the very short term.

The global community recently ratified the Kyoto Protocol as a first step towards curbing GHG emission. Of course the U.S.A. remains in denial of global warming at the highest level of the Federal administration, however, it may be relevant only inasmuch as other forces around the world i.e. Asia, Europe, Russia are recognizing the potential in trading amongst themselves, thereby increasingly disengaging from the American market. It is clear that there is a massive global shift underway towards green development and energy conservation. Countries and cities that acknowledge this will be the winners from an economic development standpoint. I believe it is critiacl for Richmond Hill to recognize this and to continue taking steps towards energy self-reliance?, and promoting community based economics?."

VIVA?


York Region Transit's new Bus Rapid Transit called VIVA?service will begin in the Fall of 2005 and will feature improved and increased Yonge St. service. This coincides with the new Regional Official Plan Ammendment 43? which links planning and transportation goals, resulting in a mandate to achieve "transit supportive densities" on the major "Centres and Corridors".

Councillor Elio Di Iorio has stated "that while it will improve connectivity to other major transit services, VIVA achieves little with regards to increasing the mobility of Richmond Hill residents seeking local services and employment. As a proponent of community based economics, I am not clear as to how this will truly benefit the residents of Richmond Hill, and Ward 5 in particular. I am much more excited about the idea of a Car Share? program which would facilitate local commuting and promote community business and activities.""

Richmond Hill budget 2005?


After weeks of Budget Committee Meetings, Council has taken a number of measures to significantly shave down the initially proposed tax increase of %14.35 to a much more palatable 5%. "This year's budget....", stated Councillor Arnie Warner, Chair of the Budget Committee of the Whole?. Final numbers will be available in the coming weeks.




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