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.

Starting Monday, York Region will allow residents 80+ to book vaccination appointments

Beginning Monday, March 1st, residents 80 years of age or older will be able to book an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccine in York Region.

Information will be posted on the link provided below. Residents are asked to remain patient as appointment availability is limited due to the current vaccine supply and also based on expected demand it may take some time to access the registration web page.

Please visit this link for registration information: COVID-19 Vaccinations Clinics

Residents 80+ years of age who are not able or comfortable booking an online appointment are encouraged to seek out a support person (caregiver, family member or friend) who can assist them in booking this appointment. Please do NOT call to book an appointment. All vaccination appointments, at this time, must be booked through this online registration portal.

York Region Public Health is working with local health-care partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines for this newly eligible priority group at these five locations:

  • Cornell Community Centre located in Markham
  • Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in Vaughan
  • Ray Twinney Recreation Complex in Newmarket
  • Richmond Green in Richmond Hill
  • Georgina Ice Palace in Georgina starting Wednesday

Walk-in vaccinations are not available. Please do not visit a vaccination clinic hoping to get your vaccination or looking to make an appointment as you will be turned away.

In an effort to combat vaccine hesitancy in the community, the Physician Lead in Infection Prevention and Control at Mackenzie Health has put together a series of videos answering some common questions – view here.

Yonge North Subway Extension Community Update

Just over two weeks ago, the Royal Orchard Ratepayers’ Association (RORA) was made aware of an anonymous letter distributed to residents in the neighbourhood containing misinformation relating to the Yonge North Subway Extension. We know many residents in the neighbourhood would be opposed to the suggested plan outlined in the letter.

Since this anonymous letter was circulated, Metrolinx has provided an update to confirm that the letter contained misinformation and there are NO plans to build the subway extension above ground through existing neighbourhoods.

As always, RORA will continue to play a part in providing input around the Yonge North Subway Extension project. However, we encourage residents in the neighbourhood to join our residents’ association, and spread the word, as we will need a unified voice. We can work together to share verified details of the proposed developments affecting our neighbourhood.

Below is a copy of the Metrolinx update:

Community Consultation Meeting – March 27 – Presentation Slides

For residents who were not able to make it to the Community Consultation Meeting on March 27, 2019 hosted by Keith Irish, you can access the presentation slides below:

Community Consultation Meeting – March 27 – Presentation Slides

  • Keith Irish (Ward 1 Councillor) Presentation – Slides 1 – 11
  • Ladies’ Golf Course Presentation – Slides 12 – 19
  • Tridel Presentation – Slides 20 – 45

A big thank you to Councillor Irish and his staff for organizing the information meeting.


An important community meeting is being held tomorrow night – an information session regarding the proposed development of Ladies’ Golf Course lands.

Please read our letter for more details:  RORA Letter to Residents – March 2019

Meeting Details

  • Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Time: 
    • Open House – 6:30pm to 7:00pm
    • Presentations – 7:00pm to 7:45pm
    • Q&A – 7:45pm
  • Location: Thornhill Community Centre – North Hall

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,
RORA Executive

RORA Commentary on Tridel Development

RORA’s Executive is aware of the proposed multi-residential development to be built by Tridel, on Ladies’ Golf Club lands, facing Bayview Avenue.  RORA’s Executive is concerned about changes to our neighbourhood that could have a significant negative impact on RORA residents and the community in which we live, including development that adversely affects the flow of traffic, diminishes our greenspace and parklands, or has a detrimental impact on wildlife and the environment.  Our association will continue to monitor developments and engage with the City to advocate for matters of interest to our community.  We will work to minimize the negative impacts of development activities in our community.

RORA’s Executive supports the proposal submitted to the City of Markham in the Fall of 2018 by a neighbourhood resident requesting that the City work with the Developer (Tridel), to create a link between the north and south sections of the existing trail network (Royal Orchard Park running south from Royal Orchard and east behind the houses abutting the golf course, and Pomona Mills Park).  Currently the east boundaries of these trails are “blocked” by the Ladies Golf Club lands.  Concurrent with the sale of this eastern parcel of land, RORA’s Executive considers this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the City of Markham to create a legacy trail system that will benefit residents both within and beyond our boundaries, for generations to come.  Connecting the existing trail systems will allow unhindered recreational public access to City parkland for approximately a 5 km span.  This initiative will enhance Markham’s valuable greenspace, and satisfy Section 37 requirements.

If you are a resident of the Royal Orchard neighbourhood and have concerns about the new development feel free to connect with us (royalorchardra@gmail.com) or communicate your concerns to Councillor Irish (kirish@markham.ca), or the City of Markham Planning Department (clerks@markham.ca).

RORA’s Executive is comprised of volunteers who care about the community, and commit time to advocating on behalf of concerned residents.  Join RORA today, because Community Matters!