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Yonge & Clark, Bathurst & Clark Road Signage Changes
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Yonge & Clark, Bathurst & Clark Road Signage Changes

York Region is adding new features to an intersection in your community to make travel safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The intersection of Yonge Street and Clarke Avenue in the City of Markham and the City of Vaughan, is being updated to include: (The SFRA has noted that similar new signage/rules have been implemented at…

Slippery Slope
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Slippery Slope

Whether we like it or not, intensification (the concentration of the number of people within a given area) has become a way of life in our community and there is a legitimate demand in many cases. But that is not the issue in question. The issues are: what is a legitimate demand and, who should…

Opposition to Bill 66
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Opposition to Bill 66

By Michael Ruskin The Provincial Government recently proposed Bill 66 which had a clause that would, if implemented, allow developers to build on the Green Belt areas of Southern Ontario. This includes the Oak Ridge’s Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment. Both of these are protected by existing laws put in place over many years by…

2018 Annual General Meeting
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2018 Annual General Meeting

SFRA AGM Summary On June 25th, 2018, the Spring Farm Ratepayers Association held its Annual General Meeting with over 100 residents in attendance. 2017 Minutes were ratified and can be viewed by clicking here. Updates were given on several projects and issues affecting our area, including the Vaughan Secondary Plan density increases for the Yonge/Steeles…

Yonge Subway Extension and Traffic Congestion Relief
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Yonge Subway Extension and Traffic Congestion Relief

By: Fred Winegust Extending the Yonge Subway from Finch to Richmond Hill will reduce rush hour congestion on North-South roads in our SFRA area, such as Bathurst, Hilda/Atkinson and Yonge Street. Currently, cars going to/from the Finch Subway Station parking lot and kiss & ride cause road congestion. Both the City of Vaughan and York…

The Sobeys’ Plaza Story
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The Sobeys’ Plaza Story

By: Michael Ruskin Many in our community think of SpringFarm Plaza, or as it is more commonly called, “Sobeys’ Plaza,” as the hub of our neighborhood. In the heart of the SpringFarm Ratepayers Association’s boundaries, the plaza is situated on the corner of Hilda Street and Clarke Ave. West. It is owned by RioCan, the…

The Missing Link
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The Missing Link

By: Esther Bobet Every day, approximately 38 freight trains run through Southern York Region on the CN line and have for years. In the fall of 2015, the Town of Milton, with support from Mississauga, Cambridge and Toronto, commissioned “The Missing Link” report which proposed a plan to facilitate dedicated GO train lines to serve…