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With the completion of the Hamlet drainage study we can prioritize work on other roads. Barber is likely next. After a few years of work on this, I am pleased to note that the hard surfacing of Westney Road phase one, will begin shortly. See the Notice of Construction for details. The Town of Ajax has been taking its fight to keep its casino to court, and the community is paying for it in more ways than one.
Ajax has not only lost its latest case to try to save the slots at Ajax Downs - it is now covering the legal fees for the City of Pickering and Durham Live. The proposed complex is set to be anchored by a resort casino.
Ajax lawyer Jeffrey Robles says a payout like this one is common in many corporate cases. Many Ajax residents Global News spoke with say they are frustrated that their tax dollars are going toward this case. But, Shaun Collier, the regional councillor for Wards 1 and 2, says it was worth putting up a fight for the town's casino.
The councillor got the ball rolling on this in , with his motion to develop a plan to hard surface main roads in north Pickering. The resulting plan was approved by Pickering council in , and planning and design prioritized Westney Road. Pickering is one of five municipal shareholders that needed to approve the merger so it can move forward through the regulatory process.
The others are Clarington, Ajax, Belleville and Whitby. All approved the merger on June 25 or before. In addition, Pickering will realize higher annual dividends that can be reinvested back into key priority areas for our community.
Ward 3 regional Coun. David Pickles, also a Veridian board member, said he and others have been working toward a merger to help Veridian curb electrician distribution costs to its customers and increase revenues to the city. The new combined company will continue to be per cent municipally-owned and Pickering will have a Customers will benefit from the greater rate stability a merger offers, along with protection from potential future rate increases.
Distribution rates are expected to be, on average, approximately 3. Customers can also expect access to greater resources during major outage events and around-the-clock control room capabilities across the entire service area. Municipal shareholders will receive increased dividends, which can help mitigate tax increases and can be reinvested back into their respective communities. The new, yet-unnamed, combined energy company would service more than , residential and business customers and be the fourth largest municipally-owned electric utility in Ontario.
We need your insight! Pickering Public Library is currently creating a strategic plan and as part of that we are conducting a community survey. We want to hear from you, whether or not you currently use the library. What we learn from this survey will help us to meet your wants, needs, and goals for the future. If you're interested in taking part follow the link below to get started.
At the May meeting, council passed a staff recommendation that Proof Inc. This issue was a sore subject in late The report came a month after council chose to officially support an airport, pending the results of an aviation study - a change from its longtime stance against it.
The new stance was included in a report on the city's bid to host Amazon's second headquarters. Residents were quick to call out the city on this matter, questioning why development charges would cover a study on an airport that has not been approved by the federal government. Pickering chief administrative officer Tony Prevedel explained it was simply a typo, and the money was for consultation purposes regarding the development of the Highway corridor, which includes both the Pickering Innovation Corridor and the potential airport in Pickering.
A recent report to council explained that, in discussions with businesses in an effort to attract high-paying jobs to the Pickering Innovation Corridor, each potential business asked when an airport will be built in Pickering. Staff had asked Proof Inc. The goal of the engagement program is to gather detailed information from residents and businesses and provide them with the information they need to develop an informed opinion.
The City of Pickering's website says all Pickering residents will be invited to participate in the public engagement initiative. On May 14 council passed additional funding to get the bridge rehabilitation project done, which now has a completion date of Oct.
Although scheduled to take 24 weeks, in the contractor, Bob Hendricksen Construction Ltd. The new completion date was June 1. Delays are a result of the requirements for shoring design and difficulty with construction at the bridge abutments due to dewatering difficulties on the south side of the bridge. David Pickles, adding lengths should be taken to complete it before October. A settlement in allowed York Region to go ahead with its twinning of the southeast collector trunk sanitary sewer, which brings 90 per cent of York's sewage to the water pollution control plant in Pickering for treatment.
Unspent funds are available from other enhancement projects that were completed under budget, and these unspent funds will be used to cover the additional funding.
Check out the Family Activities taking place during the month of May in Pickering. I usually start these updates with good news stories in Pickering, but this time I wanted to express my deepest sympathies to Councillor Kevin Ashe and his partner, Karen O'Brien, on the loss of Karen's son, Alex Monaghan. Alex took his own life at the age of 27 this past Easter weekend. He had been battling mental health issues.
If we can save one soul for Alex, make one person feel a little better, Alex's death won't be in vain. Let's make a difference - listen - talk - take action. As the Chair of Health and Social Services for Durham Region, I have provided some information on suicide - the warning signs and risk factors, as well as resources for assistance.
I encourage anyone who witnesses these warning signs - in yourself or others - to reach out. Many people who are at acute risk for suicide or suicide-related behaviour show warning signs; these individuals will most often:.
Additional warning signs are below. These should alert the clinician that a mental health evaluation needs to be conducted in the very near future and that precautions should be put into place immediately to ensure the safety, stability, and security of the individual. Available on the Durham Region website is additional information, documents, and resources - including details on available suicide prevention apps. This is great news for businesses and taxpayers and will have positive impact across Durham Region.
It started in December with my and Councillor Ashe's motion to make Pickering a willing host for a casino. We had a vision of bringing jobs, businesses, revenues, and other opportunities to the City. It will not only be a casino but a dynamic multi-use complex with a 5-star hotel, convention centre, performing arts centre, waterpark, film studios, cinema entertainment complex, amphitheatre, boutique hotel, office tower, outdoor recreation space, and a wealth of dining opportunities.
We will continue to work with Durham Live to bring Durham Live to life! The City of Pickering has finalized agreements with Kubota Canada Limited and other anchor tenants in the Pickering Innovation Corridor, which will be the catalyst for future job growth and economic development along Highway in Durham Region. Kubota Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation - Japan, will be constructing a , square foot facility, plus an additional 65, square feet of head office space in its first phase.
This new state-of-the-art facility will feature enhanced testing and training, as well as increased warehousing and logistics. Kubota Canada Limited has purchased 50 acres of land and looks to expand its campus to over a million square feet in future phases. Red Crest Developments will be building two adjacent office buildings totaling almost , combined square feet.
As such, there will be opportunities for small, mid-sized, and large businesses to lease office space in the Pickering Innovation Corridor.
The Behar Group will be building a 4-star hotel with an adjoining convention centre. The 30, square foot convention centre will be able to accommodate industry conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, weddings, and social events.
The developer has committed to creating a convention centre with the ability to meet the needs of all faiths, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. The City of Pickering undertook the extraordinary approach of buying select prime acreage from the Province in order to directly market, sell, and manage the economic development opportunity.
Rabies and Microchip Clinic Saturday, May 5th Free Compost Saturday, May 12th 8: Rabies and Microchip Clinic Saturday, May 12th Mother's Day Tea Sunday, May 13th For more information on the above events and a list of other City and community meetings and events, visit calendar.
A flurry of recent deals and announcements in Pickering, Ont. Toronto-based developer Triple Properties acquired the approximately acre site, located at the corner of Church and Bayly Streets off Highway , from Runnymede Development Corporation a few years ago. It's anticipated the casino, which will be built first, will be operational by late next year. CBRE Land Services Group executive vice-president Mike Czestochowski and senior vice-president Lauren White led a team that earlier this month brokered deals for two Pickering properties which are part of the provincially owned Seaton lands.
CBRE was enlisted in to sell approximately 1, acres of Infrastructure Ontario-managed land in Seaton, with approximately acres for residential and mixed-use, acres for employment and 56 acres for community uses.
Proceeds from the sale go to the Trillium Trust, which helps fund transit, transportation and other infrastructure projects across Ontario.
Upon completion, Seaton is expected to be a mixed-use community which will be home to 70, and support 35, jobs. Two-thirds of the site will be dedicated to multi-density housing and one-third will be for employment uses.
The City of Pickering had purchased The City of Pickering purchased 28 acres from the province and optioned acres of innovation corridor land in order to directly market, sell and manage economic development opportunities. Tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer Kubota Canada Limited purchased 50 acres and will build a ,square-foot warehouse and logistics facility and 65, square feet of head office space in its first phase. Construction is expected to begin this fall and occupancy should begin late next year.
The campus could expand to more than a million square feet in future phases. Red Crest Developments purchased approximately 5. It will build two adjacent office buildings totalling almost , square feet that will present leasing opportunities for businesses of all sizes.
Ryan said, to his knowledge, Red Crest doesn't have pre-construction tenant commitments but feels confident in moving forward with its development. While the City of Pickering is attempting to attract energy, environmental and engineering companies to the innovation corridor, it's open to other opportunities as well. It will build a four-star hotel with an adjoining 30,square-foot convention centre to accommodate industry conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, weddings and social events.
The federal government owns thousands of acres of land immediately north of the Seaton community which were expropriated in the early s, with plans to build an international airport that has yet to come to fruition. Ryan, however, is optimistic it will be built. Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga is expected to reach capacity within 20 years, and it takes at least 10 years to develop a major airport. To realize their full potential, the right solution is to move forward with the airport development.
We're the only major metropolis that doesn't have a multiple airport support system. Our transportation infrastructure through the GTA, as a result, is failing. It didn't happen, although they did spar briefly about the Durham Live proposal when asked a question about transportation issues. Parish didn't discuss the casino issue at all in his remarks, but Ryan opened by talking about it.
I wasn't interested in a standalone box in a field. The next time Ryan met with the trio, they had the concept of Durham Live, which included the casino, but also a hotel, convention centre, film studios, water park, restaurants and an office tower. When questioned, Parish said the Durham Live proposal relies on a partial interchange at Church Street, adding there's already gridlock issues on Bayly Street. There's not a single cent from the taxpayers. A provincial election is coming soon, and our municipal election is coming.
We don't know what will happen in these elections. A day after the breakfast, Parish announced he would not be seeking re-election as mayor of Ajax. It has increased voter turnout, and it's made voting much more easy. Tertiary treatment could remove almost all the phosphorous, he said.
We have the capability to make that right. We have concluded that an airport is very much needed to unlock the full economic potential of the federal lands, and it's time that we advocate for what we believe to be in the best interests of Pickering, Durham Region, Ontario and, indeed, Canada. This has been are vision and what we have been working towards.
We welcome these businesses to Pickering! Construction of the new facility is expected to begin this fall, and the company plans to begin moving its operations by the end of The new facility will be designed to house Kubota Canada's KCL head office, training areas and warehouse operations.
Kubota has operated in Canada from Markham, Ont. According to the company, the move is the result of its growing success in Canada. We are very thankful for the trust our dealers and customers place in our products and services. The new Pickering facility will cover 53, square metres, with the possibility of 92, square metres of floor space in the future.
Kubota Canada currently employs bout employees. With the new facility, that number will grow to about by Kubota Canada is a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation, a tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan.
KCL markets and distributes Kubota-engineered and manufactured equipment, which includes a complete line of tractors, performance-matched implements, compact and utility tractors, compact construction, landscaping and public work equipment, residential lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles.
Councillor Ashe and I in our willing host for a casino motion approved in , included the intent to share revenue from a Pickering casino with other Durham municipalities. GC , announced that they will move forward with municipal permitting for a premier casino resort at the site of a massive entertainment development, Durham Live, recently approved for the city of Pickering at Church and Bayly streets. Located in Southern Ontario in the Regional Municipality of Durham, what is expected to be a major tourist destination and create upwards of 10, new local jobs, Durham Live is being developed by Triple Properties, and in addition to a full-service casino, Durham Live Casino, will reportedly offer a five-star hotel, convention centre, film studios, boutique hotel, waterpark, office tower, restaurants, cinemas, and other attractions, according to a Wednesday news release from the City of Pickering.
After the application for the re-zoning of three pieces of land in Pickering received approval from the city's council, the Town of Ajax challenged the decision and in Feb.
Casino Ajax, located next to Ajax Downs, which offers live quarter horse racing, and Durham Live were both in the running for a casino, however, under provincial rules, only one gaming facility can exist in Pickering, Whitby and Ajax, which means if a casino were to open in Pickering, the Ajax Casino would have to close and vice versa.
According to the news release, once the new resort is operational in late , members at Casino Ajax will transfer over. UN , is behind the plan for the casino at the Durham Live site located off Highway in the city of about 91, and will operate the Pickering casino.
Pickles went on to say that Durham Live will expand on gaming, hotel, convention and entertainment opportunities, which will result in more jobs and revenue. That's a huge benefit to our community and taxpayers.
In addition to the estimated 10, new local jobs that would reportedly be created by Durham Live, the casino itself would have approximately 2, employees, including 1, new jobs. Under provincial rules, that means the facility in Ajax will close. In addition to the casino, the site could also have a hotel, convention centre, office space, a water park and a film studio.
Steve Apostolopoulos, co-founder and managing partner of Pickering Developments, said he's excited Durham Live was chosen. We want to thank everyone who's been involved in the process.
Ajax Mayor Steve Parish said there were a number of things that were strange about the announcement on Tuesday. Ajax is going to court on Thursday, April 12 to appeal an Ontario Municipal Board ruling issued last year that supported the Durham Live proposal. Parish has great concerns for traffic gridlock along Bayly Street in Ajax as a result of a casino being build at Bayly and Church streets, and said it will destroy Pickering Village.
I was one of the strongest proponents of bringing the slots to Ajax Downs back in with owner Norman Picov, as I knew that the revenues would benefit my municipality of Ajax and support the quarter-horse racing track.