March 3, 2011

Winter edition of York Works discusses strategic vision for our community over the next 40 years


Transportation and Environmental Services newsletter highlights recent successes, with a focus on new programs and services


NEWMARKETThe Regional Municipality of York has mailed the 2011 Winter edition of York Works to more than 320,000 households and businesses across York Region.


York Works is a newsletter published by The Regional Municipality of York to help residents stay informed of Regional programs, projects and services within the Transportation Services and Environmental Services departments. 


“It is important to keep our residents informed of new programs and services that have a direct impact on their community,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The York Works newsletter is a practical resource to keep our residents up-to-date, in a format that is easy to understand.”


The winter edition of the newsletter introduces residents to the new Vision 2051 initiative, which will ask for community input to help build a roadmap for our Region to follow over the next 40 years.  The newsletter also introduces our recently elected York Regional Council members, new initiatives that are being undertaken as well as some recent program successes.


“York Works is successful in engaging our residents with issues and questions they have concerning our transportation programs and services,” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services Committee.  “This edition has some great updates on the progress of the Highway 404 extension, new pedestrian safety initiatives, recent forestry successes and updates on our Viva rapid transit expansion.”


“The York Works newsletter provides an opportunity for our residents to better understand the services provided by York Region,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee.  “This edition demonstrates the progress made in a number of environmental services, including the creation of Community Environmental Centres, introducing compostable bags into our Green bin program and our successes in protecting our drinking water.”


In addition to providing information directly to residents, York Works contains a number of links to supplemental program and service facts on the Region’s website and has contact information for residents with questions or who are looking for more information.


For questions or comments on items discussed in York Works or other programs and services offered by York Region, please email or call toll free 1-877-464-9675, extension 1234.


Electronic copies of York Works in PDF format are also available at by clicking on the front page link.


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Media Contact:           Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region

Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905-251-6419


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