Month: January 2018

Plan to improve phosphorus removal unveiled

The Regions of York and Durham have released a study that offer ways to further improve phosphorus removal during wastewater treatment at the Duffin Creek water pollution control plant. Phosphorus is a nutrient found in every living organism and makes up one per cent of the human body. Phosphorus, in wastewater, comes from humans, food waste, fertilizer, dishwashing and laundry detergents, household cleaners and numerous commercial and industrial products released into the sewer system. It’s also found in soils and sediments, plants and animals. Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change officials requested the study as part of an environmental...

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Local MPP’s new role is to keep cabinet in order

As the new chair of cabinet, Helena Jaczek has her work cut out for her, but the Oakridges-Markham MPP says she looking forward to the challenge. Jaczek already serves as Minister of Community and Social Services in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s provincial government, but as chair it will be her duty to keep fellow cabinet ministers focused and on course to carry out government business during the meetings. “It’s the chair’s job to keep people brief and to the point and at the end of the day make sure each action item is agreed to and moved forward,” Jaczek told...

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Tamil community honoured

Federal, provincial and municipal government representatives joined forces to honour the Tamil community at the 11th annual Thai Pongal Dinner, hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress. In her address, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne highlighted the community and anti-racism. “We have to work to combat systemic racism in all of our venues whether we’re at work, whether we’re with our families – wherever we are in our communities,” she said. Wynne also saluted a “great Canadian,” Captain Gus Dalton, who passed away Jan. 17 at the age of 87. Dalton is famous for rescuing 150 Tamil refugees from two tiny...

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Wintersong music festival caps a world-record event

The successful Guinness World Record effort to achieve the world’s longest concert by multiple artists was a memorable event last year that brought media attention from all over the GTA and brought a community together in a big way. But while tired eyes took a couple of days off to refresh, the effort to officially certify the event has been ongoing for months. The January Wintersong – Stouffville’s Winter Music Festival – hosted by Kevin Ker’s Epidemic Music Group along with a host of helpers and official backing from the town itself was, in many ways, an extension of...

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Town appoints new community services director

Marilou Murray has been hired as the new Leisure & Community Services director for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Murray has extensive senior management experience within recreation and municipal administration. Her most recent post was at the Town of Ajax, as Strategy, Communications and Policy manager/assistant to the CAO.  She also worked for the provincial government. In addition to recreation training, Murray has advanced training in marketing, strategy, business and leadership as well as training in quality management. She is an active member of Parks and Recreation Ontario and a past member of the Society of Directors of Municipal Recreation...

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