Looking back over my time in office, it has truly been a pleasure representing you as your
Unionville Ward 3 Councillor. It is a position of public trust that I take very seriously and one
which I hope to continue.
It has been my pleasure to work with the Unionville BIA, ice skating and hockey communities,
tennis and soccer clubs, the Unionville Ratepayers Association, Unionville Villagers Association,
South Unionville Residents Forum, Unionville Festival Committee, Thursday Nights at the
Bandstand, Varley Art Gallery, other organizations external to Ward 3 but most importantly the
residents of Ward 3.
What have we accomplished?
- better communication with residents
- Stiver Mill restoration project
- Pan Am pool and badminton centre
- York/Seneca University campus plan
- two new parks for residents of South Unionville
- new community centre at 14th Avenue and Middlefield Road
- privately built indoor soccer dome behind Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy
- Unionville Main Street revitalization plan which has already started to bring new life and
vitality to our historic street
- the Mayor’s attempt to publicly fund the Markham Sports, Entertainment and Cultural
Centre … also known as the Arena
- any form of a casino in the City of Markham
- locating cell towers in close proximity to schools
- unreasonable tax increases
- retaining so called Mayor’s days
I pledge to represent you in an open and transparent manner and to vote at Council with the
majority of resident opinion.
Welcome Back to Unionville – During the 2010 election, as I went door to door asking for
your election support, it was brought to my attention that we were no longer living in Unionville.
Canada Post had quietly been replacing the Unionville name with the Markham brand. I
promised to restore the Unionville name. Promise made and kept.
Communication – I promised to increase communication. With the cooperation of Marina,
my executive assistant, we have dealt with your phone calls, emails and personal visits in a
prompt and efficient manner. Also all indications are that my Ward 3 newsletter has been well
received. I will continue this publication as an effective communication tool.
Markham Growth Strategy – We are living with the effects of mammoth construction in our
City. The Beckett farm property at 16th and Kennedy is nearing completion and condominium
construction in Markham Centre continues. What will be the impact now that York Downs Golf
Course was been sold.
Train Horn – With all day GO train service under consideration we need to eliminate the dirty
diesels and move toward cleaner electrified trains. This would mean not only more frequent
service but also would reduce the need for use of the train horn!
South Unionville – We have just opened the brand new Ray Street Park. It features basketball,
rock climbing, water play area, benches, exercise equipment and more. Thanks to the residents
of the area who asked for and supported this new park. Watch for another new South Unionville
Park coming soon!
Main Street South – The Pan Am building is now complete and is being used by many. The
beautiful Marleigh seniors’ residence is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. Soon there
will be construction of many 30 storey condominiums in the area.
Markham Centre – Roseberry Park is now complete and being enjoyed by many residents. It
contains exercise equipment, benches and a splash pad for children. The work on the heritage
home is nearly complete. The linear park next to the transitway is almost done.
Mobility Hub – The mobility hub study is underway. The Hub will be the destination for all
transit related activity including trains, buses and 407 transitway vehicles. It will be in the
vicinity of the GO Station.
The Varley Art Gallery – Kids love the VAG camps. The recent building extension, made
possible by a gift from Wallace Joyce, has made the VAG even better. Our great corporate
partner, IBM, has once again sponsored the cost of admission so drop by anytime. It’s free!
The Stiver Mill and Farmers Market – This once derelict and forgotten building has been
restored to its former glory. I pushed for this project to be done. I would like to thank
M.P. Paul Calandra for his assistance in securing funds for the restoration. If you want to see
community spirit in action then drop by any Sunday to the Farmer’s Market. ‘Fresh’ is the word
you’ll hear used most frequently.
The YRT 522 Unionvilla Bus – One of my most rewarding achievements has been the full
route restoration of the Unionvilla bus. Due to insurance liability issues, the YRT would not
allow the bus to drop passengers at the No Frills store. This made it necessary for the Villa
residents to use cabs and was a major expense for many. After much negotiation, the bus is back.
Infill Housing – It seems like every street in Varley Village has two or three replacement
homes being built. This situation causes a lot of anxiety for the neighbourhood. It looks like it
will continue for a long time to come.
Unionville Library – New speed bumps and lighting have been put in place at my request. It
is now safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.
Main Street Unionville Revitalization Plan – Unionville Main Street is the heart of our
community. We go there to meet friends and neighbours and to listen to music at the bandstand.
Our new master plan will give many options for an enhanced Main Street. I will be pushing for
public washrooms as per the proposed plan.
New Pathway System – The new pathway system is being built from 16th Avenue all the way
to Bob Hunter Park in the south east corner of Markham. Thanks to Deputy Mayor Heath for
taking the lead on this. It will allow cyclists and pedestrians to have a continuous trail with very
few road crossings.
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Unionville Ward 3 Councillor
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