Events Affecting Ward 1 Residents

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Marion Matthias - Long and active member of Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents inc.

Mayor of Markham

For Immediate Release July 5, 2021

Remembering an outstanding champion for Thornhill& heritage advocate

Statement from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti on the passing of Marion Matthias

On behalf of Members of Council and the City of Markham, I would like to offer heartfelt condolences to the family of Marion Matthias who passed away on July 2nd at the age of 79.

A strongchampion of Thornhill, Marion passionately dedicated her time to ensuring the heritage preservation of her beloved community.

Well respected by Markham Council, staff and the broader community, she was a trusted source of advice and information. Marion was a fixture in the community and a constant promoter of Thornhill and its heritage preservation.In 2000, Markham became the first community in Canada to be awarded the Prince of Wales Prize for Heritage Conservation and Stewardship. It was in large part thanks to Marion and her work with a Thornhill residents association that nominated the then Town of Markham for this prestigious award bestowed personally by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Marion never missed an opportunity to bring recognition to Thornhill that she thought it rightly deserved. It was Marion Matthias who advocated to me directly that we honour Thornhill’s namesake, Benjamin Thornewith a prominent statue. Marion’s efforts often prevailed because they enshrined Thornhill’s history. Today and for generations to come,Benjamin Thorne’s statue welcomes visitors at the main entrance of the Thornhill Community Centre. Marion never ceased a moment to give back to her community. She volunteered her time on numerous initiatives and committees. Most recently, I am reminded of Marion’s advocacy for transit expansion. A loyal attendee at Metrolinx board meetings, Marion was well studied and a passionate advocate and supporter for the Yonge North Subway Extension.
Her bountiful energy to preserve our heritage and improve our community was admired by many and she has left an enduring legacy. Official flags at Markham Civic Centre and Thornhill Community Centre will be lowered in her honour and memory.

May she rest in peace and her family be comforted by warm memories and the deep appreciation and gratitude from our community.


Petition against the Massive development at Shoudlice and Thornhill Square ....

Please sign the petition against the Massive Development coming to Bayview Avenue and John Street

The Shouldice Hospital lands are going to be developed with 5 towers at Phase 1 and more towers at Phase 2

Thornhill Square will be developed with more 5 towers.

If you care for your community sign the petition to oppose the massive development and ask for a compreesensive study of the area for a compatible development with less density and less massive.

Letter sent to Markham and Vaughan Councillors requesting a meeting to discuss letter regarding massing development .....

Dear Councillors Shefman and Irish

The Thornhill Community Coalition, comprising the SpringFarm Ratepayers Association, Flamingo Ratepayers Association (in Vaughan), Grandview Area Residents Association, Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc, Aileen-Willowbrook Residents Association, and Royal Orchard Ratepayers’ Association (in Markham), are united in our concern about the numerous proposals for massive developments on both the east and west sides of Yonge Street along the proposed subway extension, from Steeles Avenue north to the Langstaff Gateway lands, and their collective impact on the quality of life for citizens.

Our discussions preceded Metrolinx's recent announcement of Option 3 of the Yonge Street North Extension.

As a collective, we request that Vaughan, Markham, and York Region Councils direct their respective planning departments to work together, in concert with local residents. This is imperative to achieve a coherent plan for new development along Yonge Street from north of Steeles to the Langstaff GO station in Richmond Hill.

We are seeking your support and leadership on this community-based initiative in promoting this resolution to your respective Council, as well as to York Region's Council. We would like to set up a joint meeting with the both of you and our associations to gain your support for this resolution, and to answer any questions you may have about our goals and objectives. Please reply to to enable us to set up the meeting.


Thornhill Community Coalition:

Board of Aileen-Willowbrook Residents Association (Markham)

Board of Flamingo Ratepayers Association (Vaughan)

Executive of Grandview Area Residents Association (Markham)

Executive of Royal Orchard Ratepayers’ Association (Markham)

Board of SpringFarm Ratepayers Association (Vaughan)

Executive of Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc, (Markham)

Shouldice Zoning April 19, 2021

This is the letter we sent to Development Services Committee

Shouldice Redevelopment Preliminary Report - April 19, 2021

To the Members of Development Services Committee,

We do not support the preliminary plan to redevelop the Shouldice/McCullagh property for the following reasons:

1. There is no compatibility to the existing heritage buildings. This Heritage Site is an integral part of Historic Thornhill and it should be preserved and respected.

2. The proposal does not take into consideration the importance of the natural heritage wildlife corridor and biodiversity.

3. The height and density is not compatible with the surrounding neighbourhood.

4. The density of 4.08 FSI is much too high and the towers are excessive in height. The application should abide by the ‘Mixed Use Mid Rise” “Greenway” designation which permits a maximum building height of eight (8) storeys and a maximum overall site density of up to 2.0 FSI.

5. There is no higher order transit to support the proposed density. Unlike Yonge St, Bayview is not designated for high intensification, as would be the outcome if this proposed zoning change was allowed. Resulting traffic issues from intensification of this sort would lead to severe traffic issues in particular on John St and Royal Orchard, both of which as single lane roads, and are the only routes West to Yonge St from the Shouldice site.

6. We are extremely concerned about the impact to the natural heritage wildlife corridor and support examining ways to increase the natural heritage buffer.

The entire parkland allocation should be provided on this site, especially since Thornhill has experienced overcrowded parks during the pandemic. The availability of parkland is extremely important to the health and well-being of residents.


The Executive of Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc.

Pomona Mills Park Community Annual Planting date will be announced at a later day .... ..

You are invited by the Pomona Mills Park Conservationists to the Annual Community Planting.

When: To be announced at another day

Time: from 10:00 a.m.until all the trees and shrubs have been planted.

Where: In the valley at the very west end of the park facing the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto.

If driving, park you car on Henderson Avenue and walk west on the path till the location. If you are walking you can also come to the entrance behind the Thornhill Meadow behind the Church on Church Lane. Walk down the stairs, the bridge and it is just east of the bridge.

Bring your neighbour, your shovel and your gloves.

High School Students will receive Community Hours

Pomona Mills Park Clean Up: To be announced at a later day ....

Happy Spring! Here are the details for our annual Community Clean Up

Pomona Mills Park Cleanup

Join Pomona Mills Park Conservationists for our annual Spring Clean-up event!

Rain or Shine
Clean-up bags will be provided but bring your own gloves
High school students can earn volunteer hours
Refreshments will be provided by Tim Hortons
Zero waste event

Park Cleanup will be postpone for a later date

Meet on the soccer field east of Henderson Ave and Forest Park Crescent.

For more information, please contact:

Naadia Ahsan

Valerie Burke

Night Sky Watch in Thornhill, Will happen at another night ....

You are invited to have a look at the Moon, and a variety of deep-sky treasures.

Our local astronomers will set up their telescopes in Old Thornhill Village. Thornhill's very own “dark-sky oasis,” the Pomona Meadow - situated north of the cemetery on Charles Lane, and east of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Volodymyr. Park for free at the church and just follow the paved path.

When: To be announced

Where: Pomona Mills Meadows

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Dress warmly, and we’ll see you there!

AGM Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 .......

You are invited to the 2019 Ward One (South) Thornhill Residents Inc. Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Time: 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.

Where: Fireside Lounge at the Thornhill Community Center) at the North East Corner of Bayview Avenue and John Street.


Updates regarding the Ladies Golf Club

Thornhill School Trustee David Sherman will provide an update on EJ Sands Public School.

Wing Morse is going to provide an update based on his activities relative to traffic and his involvement with the police.

Valerie Burke will was planning on provide an update on the Pomona Mills Conservation group.

Updates regarding heritage and developments

Pomona Mills Clean-up and Planting April 28th, May 16, 2019.... ....

Happy Spring! Here are the details for our annual cleanup and planting events:....

Pomona Mills Park Cleanup & Planting

Join Pomona Mills Park Conservationists for our annual Spring Clean-up and Planting events!

Rain or Shine
Clean-up bags will be provided
High school students can earn volunteer hours
Refreshments will be provided by Tim Hortons
Zero waste event

Park Cleanup
Sunday, April, 28th, 10 AM to Noon.
Meet on the soccer field east of Henderson Ave and Forest Park Crescent.

Windflower Planting
Sunday, May 16th, 5 to 7 p.m.

Thornhill Meadow, west side of Pomona Mills Park near 15 Church Lane.
Bring your gardening gloves and shovel.
For more information, please contact:

Naadia Ahsan

Fraud Awareness Seminar Thursday, October 18th, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m......

CIBC together with with York Regional Police is having an informative Seminar about Fraud Awareness.

When: Ocotber 18th, 2018

Time: 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Thornhill Community Center
7755 Bayview Avenue, Activity Romm B1 and B2

Speak to a CIBC representative at the CIBC 905- 944-3800 or at the CIBC branch at the Thornhill Shopping Center (John Street).

Refresments will be served

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