Author: Steve Pecar

Premier commits to York Region subway

They haven’t said how or when, but the provincial government has made a commitment to extend the Yonge St. subway into York Region. On May 3, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a number of transportation initiatives for the GTA, but the one that strikes home for residents of York Region is the subway news. “We’re building the kind of integrated rapid transit systems that a growing exciting region like this absolutely has to have,” Wynne said, at the announcement. The Yonge subway extension had been at the top of the list of York Region transportation plans and comes at...

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Sunshine List grows to 41 in WS

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville had 41 people earn more than $100,000 in 2017, according to information released under Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Commonly known as the “Sunshine List,” the act compels provincial public sector employers to disclose salaries once a year. Robert Raycroft, deputy chief administrative officer and director of corporate services, topped the list at $187,778. The other top earners include Fire Captain Fraser Smith – $166,657 Deputy Fire Chief Trevor Wawryk – $165,679 Director of Public Works Robert Flindall – $160,221 Town Solicitor Joshua Silver – $158,835 Director of Finance Brian Parrott – $157,294 Fire...

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Train whistle issues pushed into next year

Trains whistling while travelling through Stouffville won’t be ending in the near future. Town councillors have decided to leave the matter in the hands of those who will be elected later this year, which could ultimately put a plan in place sometime in 2019 or beyond. The move comes after a recent Whitchurch-Stouffville town council meeting where two councillors — Iain Lovatt and Rob Hargrave — tried unsuccessfully to speed up the process of launching a safety study on level crossings with the eventual goal of ending the train whistles. The study involves a detailed design of the railway...

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Yonge subway eyed with new funding boost

A combined transportation funding contribution from the federal and provincial governments has local politicians hopeful that it is the first step towards a subway extension into York Region. The announcement made, on March 14, will see an influx of more than $370 million into the region over the next 10 years. The agreement is part of an overall bilateral plan between the two senior levels of government that will see $31 billion in infrastructure spending in Ontario during that period. Regional chair Wayne Emmerson says it’s no secret that the top priority for York is to see the extension...

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Major upgrades coming to Stouffville GO line

A $254.5 million upgrade to the Stouffville GO Transit Line will begin later this year. The project, to be carried out by EllisDon Transit Infrastructure through funding by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx, will see renovations to stations in Unionville, Milliken and Agincourt as well as a railway overpass bridge at Steeles Ave. Substantial completion is expected by the end of 2020. “Today’s announcement is good news for the people who use the Stouffville GO line, and is a good example of how our government is moving forward with Regional Express Rail that will deliver exceptional service to people living across...

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