Month: January 2018

Planning for region of the future

As York Region prepares to grow 1.8 million people and 900,000 jobs by 2041, it’s calling on the community to attend open houses and take part in online surveys to help it plan for the future. “Preparing for this type of growth starts with good planning today,” said Regional Councillor Joe Li, York Region planning and economic development chair, in a statement. “As we look to the future, our work is essential to ensure our targets align with the 2017 Provincial Growth Plan.” The region – Canada’s fastest-growing municipality – will host a series of public outreach and engagement...

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On Family Day, show the world why you love York Region

Family Day is a great day to hang out and let your munchkins know how much you love them. The folks at York Region invite you to share the love by enjoying local events and scenic destinations. They invite you to get your camera ready for the 11th annual Family Day on Feb. 19 and show the world why you #LOVEYR. You may even win a prize. “From small towns and rural villages to suburban neighbourhoods and city centres, York Region is a mosaic of geographical communities, each offering something unique for families,” said Wayne Emmerson, York Region chairman and...

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Higher taxes for Whitchurch-Stouffville residents

Whitchurch-Stouffville residents will need to open their wallets a little wider this year after town council approved a combined operating and capital budget of $113.4 million. The 2018 budget, approved on Jan. 23, includes a three per cent tax levy. That translates to $48.42 in additional taxes (town portion only) for an average single detached family residential house with an assessed value of $575,000. The levy includes a 2.9 per cent contribution to capital reserves and 0.1 per cent debt service charge. The $66.7 million operating budget includes: $14.6 million for leisure and community services; $12.7 million for water...

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Acton eyes WS mayor seat

Former National Hockey League player and Stouffville native son Keith Acton is considering a run for mayor. Acton, who grew up playing minor hockey in the town and went on to a 15-year playing career in the NHL, said he has been asked several times to run for office in Whitchurch-Stouffville. In response, he is putting together an exploratory committee to determine if he should run. Acton said he also plans to meet with community members, business people and elected officials to get their opinions on town issues and to see if he has enough support. A long time...

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Firearms stolen, police seek witnesses

Police are looking for suspects after several firearms were stolen early Jan. 23 from a store near Stouffville Road and Woodbine Avenue in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Suspects forced entry through a side door of the building. York Regional Police responded to the break and enter at 4:50 a.m. The store, identified as Target Sports Canada, was closed for the day due to an emergency, according to its website. The facility is described as a “safe and modern shooting facility capable of using up to .50 BMG calibre firearms” and is home to more than 2,000 square feet of...

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