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SUCCESSES

Since being elected as a councilor my accomplishments have included:

TRAFFIC & COMMUNITY SAFETY

  1. Succeeded in receiving full approval and funding from York Region for the Major Mackenzie Dr. centre-turn lane with construction to be completed in 2023
  2. Introduced the pilot lawn sign project called “Slow Down” with immense success across the city with over 4000 signs being distributed
  3. Advocated for more radar message boards, centre-median pylons, signage, line painting, and other safety initiatives on our local roads
  4. Recommended and approved a special study to address aggressive driving
  5. Supported the new 40 km speed limit in various subdivisions as a pilot which will be rolled out across the city
  6. Advocated and approved new all-way stops in Kleinburg Summit and Impressions of Kleinburg subdivisions
  7. Supported funding/construction for the Kirby Rd. missing link from Dufferin St. to Bathurst St.
  8. Completed the parking study for Kleinburg Village Core with short, medium and long-term solutions

COMMUNITY MATTERS

  1. Opened the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in Maple
  2. Supported 0% tax increase in 2021 helping families affected by COVID
  3. Served as Vice-chair of the Vaughan Health Precinct Task Force which resulted in a partnership with Mackenzie Health, York University and VentureLAB to bring first class health service to our community which includes, school of nursing, Long-term Care facility, a future medical school, research & innovation hub and high quality job opportunities
  4. Championed the fight against proposed Hwy 413 which will negatively impact Kleinburg and Maple, and exposed misinformation about time travel savings (only 6 min)
  5. Provided twice weekly electronic newsletters to residents with current updates on COVID-19, vaccination centres, public meetings, surveys and community events
  6. Honoured the local volunteer group Vaughan CARES for their 30 years of environmental stewardship and advocacy for the development of the North Maple Regional Park – the main street leading into the park has been dedicated to them

PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBOURHOODS

  1. Refused a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) request by a developer to build two 36 storey buildings on Jane St. just north of Rutherford Rd.
  2. Refused approval of an 11 storey condo in the middle of residential homes at Teston Rd. east of Jane St.
  3. Opposed York Region’s demand to permit high-rise developments at Keele St. and Rutherford Rd. intersection abutting existing low-rise residential homes
  4. Opposed development on prime agricultural lands, which would have destroyed precious farmland
  5. Voted against re-designation of Greenbelt lands that would have allowed for inappropriate development
  6. Took the lead in refusing retail cannabis shops in Vaughan after the Province refused to allow municipalities to determine where such shops should be located
  7. Opposed Provincial Bill 66 that would have allowed for development on the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine and ignored protective legislation including the Clean Water Act

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS

  1. Approved the construction of a new neighbourhood Off-Leash Dog Park at Mackenzie Glen District Park
  2. Lobbied for funding to reconstruct the neglected skating trail at the Sports Village that will be once again open to the public this winter
  3. Fought against the selling off of the Sports Village and surrounding park to a private company
  4. Fought for the approval of a future community centre in Kleinburg in June 2022
  5. Spearheaded the agreement of the new library in the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital; the first ever private/public initiative of its kind for Vaughan Public Library
  6. Revitalized the Maple Community Centre Library giving it new life and excitement
  7. Supported the funding for Phase 2 of the North Maple Regional Park with construction of new trails, boardwalks and infrastructure to support a future water park, picnic area, washrooms and skating pad
  8. Prioritized the renovations of the men’s and women’s pool change rooms at Maple Community Centre which will be completed later this year
  9. Opened the much needed new Fire Station serving the communities of Kleinburg and Nashville
  10. Promised and delivered on the Secord Park waterplay unit in Kleinburg
  11. Secured $200,000 to pilot an artificial skating rink at Maple Community Centre tennis courts