November 2016
David Pickles_ Regional Councillor - Ward 3
Councillor Rick Johnson's Passing - a great loss to the Pickering community
I was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Councillor Rick Johnson. I had the pleasure of knowing Rick for over 25 years, 14 of which we served together as the "Ward 3 team". I will miss him greatly. His down to earth style and care for his community was evident. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Susan, son Chris, family and friends.
Honouring Rick Johnson
David Pickles and Rick Johnson
In honour of Councillor Rick Johnson, Council unanimously passed a motion at the October 11, 2016 Council meeting asking the City to commence the public process of renaming Claremont Park to Rick Johnson Park.
Also, seats in the Delaney Arena have been refurbished in red except for one single seat, which will be blue, in memory of Rick. The unveiling will take place at the re-opening of the Delaney Arena on November 24.
Before he passed, Rick was helping the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 483 raise funds for its Barrier Free Project to make Claremont Legion accessible. Let's get this done! Donations are welcome in memory of Rick by contacting Sandy Hill at 905.659.2653. Visit my website for more information.
Remembrance Day Services and Parade
Field of Poppies
Join the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 606 for the annual Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, November 6th at 10:30 am starting at the Pickering Recreation Complex.

Join the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 483 on Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 pm for their Remembrance Day Services.

The Remembrance Day service at Pickering City Hall will commence on Friday, November 11th at 10:45 am.
Honour our Veterans Banner Program
Honour our Veterans banner
The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 606 started this new project this year and asked the City of Pickering to participate.
Honour our Veterans Banners will be displayed on street light poles located in the City Centre annually between October 1st and November 12th as a way to pay our respects to our local veterans, deceased veterans and those active service members.
Check out the banners around the City Centre.
Proposed Northern Roads Hard Surfacing Strategy
Westney Road
Westney Road north of Concession 7
Further to my earlier notice of motion approved by Council, staff have prepared a draft northern roads strategy and will be recommending that some loose surface roads be upgraded to hard surface roads in the 2017 Capital Budget and Four Year Forecast.
Funds for the hard surfacing of Westney Road from Seventh Concession Road to Eighth Concession Road was approved in the 2016 budget and will be constructed in 2017.
Hard surfacing of Westney Road from Eighth Concession Road to Ninth Concession Road is proposed in the 2017 Capital Budget for construction. Hard surfacing of Sideline 14 from Highway 407 to Seventh Concession Road is expected to be recommended for approval in the 2018 budget for construction in 2018.


Do you have a good neighbour?
Nominate them for a Good Neighbour AwardIt's important to recognize those simple acts of kindness that occur between neighbours, making Pickering an even better place to live.

Board of Trade Business Excellence Award
Durham Regional Police Children_s Games
I was pleased to attend the 2016 Pickering Fire Services Awards Reception on October 13th. Congratulations to all the recipients!
Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Business Excellence Award recipients Igor Blagojevic and Catie Darling with RCM Technologies.

Great to be at the Durham Regional Police Children's Games on October 22nd in Pickering. Thanks to all the athletes, Durham Regional Police, Pickering Fire Fighters and volunteers.
Riding the Trans Canada Trail in Pickering!
David Pickles and Bruce MacDonald
As a member of the Durham Trails Coordinating Committee, I made a commitment to look into making improvements to the Trans Canada Trail in Pickering. On October 20th, I rode with Bruce MacDonald, Executive Director, Durham Region Cycling Coalition on Pickering's portion of the Trans Canada Trail.
Even though it was raining, we had a great conversation on how we can improve the trail in Pickering. See the Trail Guide Brochure.
Whitevale Quarry Visit
Took a walk with Whitevale residents, in the old quarry north of the Hamlet in Whitevale on October 20th.

The purpose of the walk was to look at the impact of the Seaton plans, and to try to better provide for trail and trail access. Still a nice view despite the rain.
Pickering Named One of the Top 21 Smart Communities in the World!
The City of Pickering has been named one of the world's Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum.  The Smart21 program recognizes the global elite municipalities that are successfully leveraging the power of technology to create a more connected, engaged, vibrant, and sustainable community.

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