Author: Steve Pecar

Walmart added to Stouffville beer sales inventory

Beginning in April you will be able to buy beer and cider at the Stouffville Walmart. The provincial government has announced its recent round of application approvals for alcohol sale in grocery stores and Walmart, at 1050 Hoover Park Dr., made the cut. In all, 87 new locations will be added to the inventory of 200 existing grocery stores that can sell alcohol. All had to go through a competitive bidding process to gain selling rights. Starting in April, the local Walmart will be able to sell beer and cider in designated areas. It now joins Metro grocery store...

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Customer hotline part of new waste collection deal

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville officials say residents should enjoy improved customer service under its new waste collection contract. Beginning this year, the town, along with other York Region municipalities including Aurora, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, Georgina and King Township, began a joint venture with Green for Life Environmental Corporation (GFL) to provide curbside collection of garbage, recyclable material, source separated organic material, yard waste and other special waste material. Under the terms of the deal, an enhanced centralized call centre has been set up to handle public inquiries and complaints related to waste collection. GFL workers will be able to...

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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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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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More funds needed to finish leisure centre

Whitchurch-Stouffville council has given the green light to spend an extra $1.5 million for the leisure centre and public library project. Councillors decided to approve the additional funds after a new report showed the extra money is necessary because of construction delays, the need to improve some utility services, the purchase of furniture and fixtures and to ease the transition of the library back into the building. The entire cost now set aside for the project is $17.6 million. The expansion project, which is on schedule to be completed in March, is set to become one of the main...

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