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CURRENT SUCCESSES

Since 2014 my recent accomplishments have included:

1. Addressing Traffic and Gridlock

  • Seven years of advocacy resulted in approval for Kirby GO Station on the Barrie Line
  • Advocated for centre-turn lane on Major Mackenzie Drive in Maple core – study near completion by Region of York
  • Lobbied for widening of Rutherford Road to include two extra lanes and construct an over/underpass at the GO train tracks, east of Keele Street
  • As a stakeholder for the community, worked with the Region of York to widen Major Mackenzie Drive to six lanes between Highway 50 and Highway 400
  • Secured approval for an overpass over CP rail tracks from Major Mackenzie between Huntington Road and Highway 27
  • Fast-tracked environmental assessments studies to improve the construction of the missing road connection for Kirby Road and supported same studies for Teston Road to alleviate traffic along Major Mackenzie Drive and Rutherford Road.

2. Promoting Hospital and Healthcare

  • Approved the zoning of the hospital lands for a hospital and healthcare related uses only, prohibiting high-density condos
  • Working to improve patient experience as an active contributor to the Mackenzie Health President and CEO Community Advisory Committee
  • Actively participated in the consulting committee for construction of the new Mackenzie Hospital – Vaughan
  • Introduced the motion to provide water bill rebates for at-home dialysis patients.

3. Respecting the Environment

  • Sourced funds and received approval for the construction of two artificial turf soccer fields and related amenities at North Maple Regional Park located at Keele Street and Teston Road
  • Passed the Comprehensive Tree By-Law providing more regulatory oversight and protection of mature trees
  • Advocated for and received Vaughan’s first Heritage Tree designation for the Oak Bur tree located in Kleinburg which is older than Confederation
  • On multiple recorded votes refused to support development at 230 Grand Trunk Avenue, an environmentally sensitive property in Vaughan
  • Working with stakeholders to promote public ownership of the East Humber Headwaters Park in the Oak Ridges Moraine.

4. Preserving Heritage

  • Secured private funding for the new historic, four-sided clock in Kleinburg
  • Piloted a beautification project for downtown Kleinburg to wrap old hydro-boxes with historical images of the local community
  • Resisted significant pressures in order to preserve Kleinburg’s village character
  • Researched and prepared now approved listing of street names that reflect the rich 

5. Investing in the Community

  • Pressured for ground-breaking reform of Ontario Municipal Board to regain municipal control of development in our communities
  • Successfully challenged on behalf of the community to demand that Canada Post restore the community name of Kleinburg for the new residential development located therein
  • Restored access to mail service to four seniors’ buildings in Maple
  • Approved two new firehalls, one each in Kleinburg and Maple
  • Piloted “mini-cells project” in new subdivision, eliminating need for tall unpleasant-looking cell towers
  • Secured funding to restore Kleinburg United Church for community use
  • Supported the Kleinburg Streetscape plan to beautify Islington Avenue with input from Kleinburg BIA and KARA
  • Lobbied for new Infill By-laws to protect and respect existing established neighbourhoods
  • Successfully advocated for noise reduction from Canada’s Wonderland operations
  • As a Trustee of the Vaughan Public Library Board ensured that much-needed educational resources for the youth were secured through the building of the new $15M Civic Centre Resource Library