RORA Letter re: Liberty Development Proposal (Shouldice Lands)

As the community information sessions are currently underway to discuss the Liberty Development proposal for the Shouldice Hospital Lands, RORA has submitted a second objection letter outlining several concerns and objections. 

This letter declares our opposition to the proposal by 7750 Bayview Avenue Limited Partnership (Liberty) to construct five high-rise residential condominium towers on the north/west portion of the Shouldice Hospital lands property, being Phase 1 of a multi-phase plan. 

Click the link below to view this letter:

Reminder: Metrolinx Town Hall Meeting Tonight (May 19 @ 6:30pm)

Metrolinx is holding their virtual Town Hall meeting to provide updates and to discuss its Environmental Assessment (EA) analysis related to the Yonge North Subway Extension. This meeting is open to all members of York Region.

Meeting Details
Date: Wednesday, May 19th
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (EST)
Link to Meeting: Click Here

A video recording of their virtual Town Hall will be made available after the event.

Reminder: Thornhill Flood Control Community Information Meeting: May 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Please be advised that a Community Information Meeting regarding the West Thornhill Flood Control Implementation Projects (Phases 3B & 4A) will be held Wednesday, May 5 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The following projects will be discussed:

Phase 3B: Johnson Street, Dove Lane, Ida Street, Wiarton Court, St. Andres Court); and
Phase 4A: Royal Orchard Blvd (from Pomona Creek to Bayview Ave), Kirk Drive, Knotty Pine Trail, Augusta Court, Doral Gate and Blue Spruce Lane

The meeting will be held electronically and can be accessed via the following link:
Meeting Link: CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 897 2675 4472
Passcode: vtR0J4B

Please find a copy of the meeting notice here:

Notice of Annual Meeting – May 4, 2021

We will be holding our annual meeting.

Meeting Details
Date:
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom (details below)

Annual memberships are $20 per household.

To review the minutes from our last AGM, please click on the link:

If you would like to become more active in your community, consider joining RORA’s Board. To express your interest, please send an email to our mailbox at: royalorchardra@gmail.com. We hope to see you on Tuesday at the AGM!


Zoom login details:

Join on your computer or mobile app:
https://zoom.us/j/97861331429?pwd=YVAzYzZjallla2VmYzB2YUgyK1VVdz09

Or call in (audio only):
+1 647 374 4685 Canada
+1 647 558 0588 Canada

Meeting ID: 978 6133 1429
Passcode: 512299


Gypsy Moths – Removing Egg Masses

As the trees are beginning to bud, we urge residents to please check their trees for Gypsy Moth egg masses and destroy them.

Gypsy moths are invasive pests that feed on the leaves of trees. Controlling the spread of gypsy moths is important to help protect Markham’s urban forest.

Egg masses can be found on tree trunks, branches, buildings, and objects around the house. One egg mass contains about 300 eggs. By destroying them you will significantly reduce the number of caterpillars that emerge this year.

To remove and destroy the egg masses, gently scrape them off the bark into soapy water.

For more details on what we can do, please visit Markham’s webpage:
Tree Care – Gypsy Moths

Letter to Metrolinx re: Yonge North Subway Extension (Option 3)

Last week, Metrolinx met with RORA Executive to provide more information about their Initial Business Case for the Yonge North Subway Extension. Please find attached our follow-up letter that we sent to Metrolinx on April 7, 2021.

Metrolinx’s Presentation on its Initial Business Case for the Subway Extension

Below is the link to Metrolinx’s presentation on its Initial Business Case for the Yonge North Subway Extension. This presentation was shared at the March 22nd General Committee of Markham Council.

Open Letter to Premier Ford (March 29, 2021)

An open letter from RORA and neighbourhood residents was sent to Premier Ford on March 29, 2021. The letter is requesting a review and rejection of the subway extension plan that proposes to tunnel through the heart of our neighbourhood.

The current plan will devastate our Thornhill neighbourhood, essentially ruining it, forever. While we support the expansion of transit, we are confident there is a better solution.

Yonge North Subway Extension – RORA Objection Letter Submitted

On Thursday, Metrolinx released the Yonge North Subway extension plan. While all details are not yet available, we understand that this plan proposes to run the subway extension under our neighbourhood! As the subway travels north of Centre Street/Thornhill Summit Drive under Yonge Street, Metrolinx is proposing that it swing east close to Royal Orchard Blvd. and travel northeast, under homes in our neighbourhood (at depths between 15 – 30 metres) including Donalbain Crescent, Thorny Brae Drive, Banquo Road and Kirk Drive. In addition, no costing for a Royal Orchard station was included in the plan*. The attached objection letter, submitted to Markham City Council, describes our concerns.

Opportunity to Add Your Voice!
To express your concerns or support advocacy work:

1) Please sign the petition expressing your opposition to subway tunnelling under homes in Thornhill’s Royal Orchard neighbourhood.

2) Direct questions and comments to Metrolinx at: YongeSubwayExt@metrolinx.com or 416-202-7000.

3) Livestream (from the City of Markham website) the March 22 General Committee of Markham Council at 9:00 a.m. to hear a presentation from Metrolinx on its Initial Business Case for the Yonge North Subway Extension.  If you would like to address the Committee, please notify the City Clerk in advance by email to clerkspublic@markham.ca. Each deputant will be given up to five minutes to speak

4) We are seeking people to help lead RORA advocacy on a) the Yonge North Subway extension plan, and b) the condo development proposals in our neighbourhood. Please contact RORA by visiting our website (royalorchardra.ca) or by email (royalorchardra@gmail.com), if you are interested!  Thank you.

* For more Metrolinx information on the Yonge North Subway Extension, please visit: metrolinx.com/yongesubwayext.