Events Affecting Ward 1 Residents

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Sign on Bayview Avenue by Longo's plaza : Meeting Monday 20th, June, 2022 9:30 to 3:00 p.m.


Please, see agenda with explanations.

Electronic Signs produce Light Pollution that affects Nature and the Human Being.

Residents can speak in person, on Zoom or write a letter to Council

Support your local bakery ,,,,, Tova's Bakery ....

Tova’s Bakery

350 John Street, Markham, Ontario L3T 5W6, Canada

(905) 881 28 61


Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m

Saturday, Sunday and Mondays Closed.

OPEN LETTER TO DOUG FORD regarding TOC plan at Langstaff and Richmond Hill ......

February 07, 2022

The Honourable Doug Ford, M.L.A.Premier of the Province of Ontario
By Email
Re: Provincial High Tech TOC and Bridge TOC Plans

Dear Premier,

We are writing on behalf of multiple community groups in Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan representing a non-partisan and non-profit coalition of York Region residents with common concerns and visions for a better future for our respective cities. Today, we are united in broad opposition to the province’s plan to develop two Transit Oriented Communities (TOCs) on both side of Highway 407 at Yonge Street.

Your TOC plans for Yonge and Highway 407:

 Call for 67 condo towers, 40 @ 60 storeys or more, 11 @ 80 storeys. (First Canadian Place is 72 storeys).

 Implement a density of 175,000 residents/km2 (which is 4 times that of Yonge-Eglinton,5 times that of North York Centre, and 6 times that of the Toronto Central Waterfront).

 Make the Yonge-407 centre the second most densely populated area on earth (see, just after the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, India – made famous by the film Slumdog Millionaire.

 Concentrate the equivalent population of Newmarket (88,000 people) into 45.5 hectares (an area equivalent to about half of Exhibition Place). The TOCs have less than
10 hectares of parkland and one school; Newmarket, by contrast, has more than 320 hectares of parkland and 29 public and catholic schools.

 Compound an existing jobs deficit, despite the fact that Richmond Hill, a largely BEDROOM COMMUNITY already had a net shortage of 30,000 jobs in 2016.

Before your provincial government unilaterally started imposing its TOC vision on Richmond Hill and Markham, both municipalities spent over a decade in consultation with the public developing their plans for these same areas. During this process, residents expressed concerns regarding several key issues:

 The two developments were being planned independently by the two municipalities when they should be developed together.

 The proposed densities would be the highest in Canada.

 There was no plan for burying the hydro corridor between Bayview Ave. and Yonge St.

 They offered no plan for integrating this development into a future South York Greenway (a pedestrian and cycling route across York Region).

Nevertheless, the municipalities had worked with the community and had done a reasonably good job in planning mixed communities, integrating affordable housing, parks, community centres, schools, fire and police services, larger apartments more suitable for raising families, and most importantly a 2:1 ratio of residents to jobs. By contrast, your government’s plan neglects to provide for sufficient employment opportunities, infrastructure, and facilities such as parks, schools, community centers, libraries, recreational and health care facilities, which are
necessary to make it a liveable community.

The population density proposed by your government’s plan of 175,000 residents/km2 is particularly disturbing. While land is very expensive in the GTA, in cities such as Tokyo, Hong
Kong, Singapore, and Manhattan it is even more scarce. Nevertheless, none of those cities has imposed the population density being proposed in your plan. Yes, we need a place to grow, but do we need to chase seemingly dystopian levels of density?

The other major problem with your government’s TOC plan is that it creates a deficit of 18,000 jobs, which will further exacerbate the employment crisis in this area. More people will have to commute to work, thus forcing more cars onto the roads despite any proposed future enhancements to the public transit network. The principle of TOCs is to have people live, play,and work seamlessly within walking distance; none of this is achievable with the unprecedented
density and associated lack of commercial facilities and infrastructure planned for the TOCs.

We are perplexed at how the Ontario government could have developed such a shocking plan.
It is bad not only for the future of York Region, but the entire GTA. We are compelled to demand that the TOC plans be immediately rescinded, that a public debate be called to gather more input, and that money be allocated to do a proper, good faith, Blue Sky plan that considers not only this development but the entire southern York Region corridor from Vaughan to Markham. We further believe that an open and accountable planning process must include the adoption of the plan by Richmond Hill and Markham Councils; we ask for your commitment that no plan in this area will be imposed through a Minister's Zoning Order.

We are acutely aware that this is an election year, and we will harness all of our efforts to make the TOCs and other provincial government impositions on the 905 area the Number 1 local issue in this coming election. We want responsible development, and your plan is not.

For more information or contact details, please visit
Yours Sincerely,John Li

On behalf of,
Community Groups in Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan
Alena Gotz, President Aileen-Willowbrook Residents Association (AWRA), Markham
Alex Wong, President BayMills Ratepayers Association, Richmond Hill
Anet Mor, President Flamingo Ratepayers Association (FRA), Vaughan
Simon Cui, President Jefferson Community Association (JFC), Richmond Hill
Pat Pollock, President Mayvern Area Residents Association (MARA), Richmond Hill
Gary Zikovitz, President North Richvale Community Group, Richmond Hill
Jordan Max, President Springfarm Ratepayers Association (SFRA), Vaughan
Adam Birrell, President Thornhill Historical Society, Markham/Vaughan
Brian Chapnik, Chair Village Core Residents Association, Richmond Hill Evelin Ellison, Vice President
Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc (WOSTRI), Markham
John Li, President Yonge-Bernard Residents Association (YRA), Richmond Hill
 CBC, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, City News, The Liberal, ...
 Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure
 Minister, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
 Minister, Ministry of Transportation
 President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
 President and CEO, Metrolinx
 Regional Clerk, Regional Municipality of York
 President, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
 RH/Markham/Vaughan City Council
 City Clerk, RH/Markham/Vaughan
 Chief planners of RH/Markham/Vaughan and the Region
 Local MPs/MPPs
 Leaders of the New Democratic Party of Ontario and the Liberal Party of Ontario

Annual Family Skate at Grandview Park February 13th, 2022

Come and enjoy the Annual Fmily Skate in the Grandview Park

When: Sunday, February, 13th, 2022

Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Mpore information, Please visit us at

Recycling-Garbage Collection Calendar 2022 ......

Do you need the Recycling-Garbage collection Calendar?

Go to the link bellow and type your number and address

or visit the Thornhill Village Library and ask for a printed copy.

Marion Matthias - Long and active member of Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents inc.

Mayor of Markham

For Immediate Release July 5, 2021

Remembering an outstanding champion for Thornhill& heritage advocate

Statement from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti on the passing of Marion Matthias

On behalf of Members of Council and the City of Markham, I would like to offer heartfelt condolences to the family of Marion Matthias who passed away on July 2nd at the age of 79.

A strongchampion of Thornhill, Marion passionately dedicated her time to ensuring the heritage preservation of her beloved community.

Well respected by Markham Council, staff and the broader community, she was a trusted source of advice and information. Marion was a fixture in the community and a constant promoter of Thornhill and its heritage preservation.In 2000, Markham became the first community in Canada to be awarded the Prince of Wales Prize for Heritage Conservation and Stewardship. It was in large part thanks to Marion and her work with a Thornhill residents association that nominated the then Town of Markham for this prestigious award bestowed personally by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Marion never missed an opportunity to bring recognition to Thornhill that she thought it rightly deserved. It was Marion Matthias who advocated to me directly that we honour Thornhill’s namesake, Benjamin Thornewith a prominent statue. Marion’s efforts often prevailed because they enshrined Thornhill’s history. Today and for generations to come,Benjamin Thorne’s statue welcomes visitors at the main entrance of the Thornhill Community Centre. Marion never ceased a moment to give back to her community. She volunteered her time on numerous initiatives and committees. Most recently, I am reminded of Marion’s advocacy for transit expansion. A loyal attendee at Metrolinx board meetings, Marion was well studied and a passionate advocate and supporter for the Yonge North Subway Extension.
Her bountiful energy to preserve our heritage and improve our community was admired by many and she has left an enduring legacy. Official flags at Markham Civic Centre and Thornhill Community Centre will be lowered in her honour and memory.

May she rest in peace and her family be comforted by warm memories and the deep appreciation and gratitude from our community.


Petition against the Massive development at Shoudlice and Thornhill Square ....

Please sign the petition against the Massive Development coming to Bayview Avenue and John Street

The Shouldice Hospital lands are going to be developed with 5 towers at Phase 1 and more towers at Phase 2

Thornhill Square will be developed with more 5 towers.

If you care for your community sign the petition to oppose the massive development and ask for a compreesensive study of the area for a compatible development with less density and less massive.

Letter sent to Markham and Vaughan Councillors requesting a meeting to discuss letter regarding massing development .....

Dear Councillors Shefman and Irish

The Thornhill Community Coalition, comprising the SpringFarm Ratepayers Association, Flamingo Ratepayers Association (in Vaughan), Grandview Area Residents Association, Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc, Aileen-Willowbrook Residents Association, and Royal Orchard Ratepayers’ Association (in Markham), are united in our concern about the numerous proposals for massive developments on both the east and west sides of Yonge Street along the proposed subway extension, from Steeles Avenue north to the Langstaff Gateway lands, and their collective impact on the quality of life for citizens.

Our discussions preceded Metrolinx's recent announcement of Option 3 of the Yonge Street North Extension.

As a collective, we request that Vaughan, Markham, and York Region Councils direct their respective planning departments to work together, in concert with local residents. This is imperative to achieve a coherent plan for new development along Yonge Street from north of Steeles to the Langstaff GO station in Richmond Hill.

We are seeking your support and leadership on this community-based initiative in promoting this resolution to your respective Council, as well as to York Region's Council. We would like to set up a joint meeting with the both of you and our associations to gain your support for this resolution, and to answer any questions you may have about our goals and objectives. Please reply to to enable us to set up the meeting.


Thornhill Community Coalition:

Board of Aileen-Willowbrook Residents Association (Markham)

Board of Flamingo Ratepayers Association (Vaughan)

Executive of Grandview Area Residents Association (Markham)

Executive of Royal Orchard Ratepayers’ Association (Markham)

Board of SpringFarm Ratepayers Association (Vaughan)

Executive of Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc, (Markham)

Shouldice Zoning April 19, 2021

This is the letter we sent to Development Services Committee

Shouldice Redevelopment Preliminary Report - April 19, 2021

To the Members of Development Services Committee,

We do not support the preliminary plan to redevelop the Shouldice/McCullagh property for the following reasons:

1. There is no compatibility to the existing heritage buildings. This Heritage Site is an integral part of Historic Thornhill and it should be preserved and respected.

2. The proposal does not take into consideration the importance of the natural heritage wildlife corridor and biodiversity.

3. The height and density is not compatible with the surrounding neighbourhood.

4. The density of 4.08 FSI is much too high and the towers are excessive in height. The application should abide by the ‘Mixed Use Mid Rise” “Greenway” designation which permits a maximum building height of eight (8) storeys and a maximum overall site density of up to 2.0 FSI.

5. There is no higher order transit to support the proposed density. Unlike Yonge St, Bayview is not designated for high intensification, as would be the outcome if this proposed zoning change was allowed. Resulting traffic issues from intensification of this sort would lead to severe traffic issues in particular on John St and Royal Orchard, both of which as single lane roads, and are the only routes West to Yonge St from the Shouldice site.

6. We are extremely concerned about the impact to the natural heritage wildlife corridor and support examining ways to increase the natural heritage buffer.

The entire parkland allocation should be provided on this site, especially since Thornhill has experienced overcrowded parks during the pandemic. The availability of parkland is extremely important to the health and well-being of residents.


The Executive of Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc.

Night Sky Watch in Thornhill, Will happen at another night ....

You are invited to have a look at the Moon, and a variety of deep-sky treasures.

Our local astronomers will set up their telescopes in Old Thornhill Village. Thornhill's very own “dark-sky oasis,” the Pomona Meadow - situated north of the cemetery on Charles Lane, and east of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Volodymyr. Park for free at the church and just follow the paved path.

When: To be announced

Where: Pomona Mills Meadows

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Dress warmly, and we’ll see you there!

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