Special community updates from Ajax Council.

Mayor Shaun Collier

Mayor Shaun Collier at ARC's vaccination clinicWhat a year it’s been, Ajax! COVID-19 has brought challenges, but I want to assure you that Council and staff are working hard to keep projects moving, engage with residents and inform priority policies.

Amazon - our anchor tenant for the GTA East Industrial Park – is scheduled open this year bringing 1,000 new jobs to Ajax. We have maintained significant development interest, and are on track to meet or exceed our 5,000 new job target by the end of this term.

We’ve participated in each provincial budget process, and taken public positions on issues like the proposed development on provincially significant wetland in Pickering. We’ve stood up for our community concerns with projects like the BRT through Pickering Village, and continue to follow the progress of the Upper York Sewage Solution decision and potential impacts to the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant.

Staff are continually focused on community beautification and outdoor recreation opportunities; I encourage you to follow the TOA social media channels and ajax.ca for the latest. I hope that we can meet in person again soon. Best wishes for a safe and healthy 2021!

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W1 Regional Councillor Marilyn Crawford

Marilyn Crawford with her dogThis year has been a challenge for many of us, myself included. As we approach the one year mark since the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to thank you all for doing your part and helping our community stay safe. A special thank you to our essential workers for their self-less dedication during these times!

I want to remind you all that there is light at the end of the tunnel and I am hopeful for what is to come. As we navigate these new norms, please continue to prioritize your health and wellbeing. A simple walk, run, or hike can truly make a positive impact on your mental health!

I look forward to seeing you all in person again soon, please reach out to me at any time. I am here to answer your questions, connect you with resources, and provide any information you need!

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W1 Councillor Rob Tyler-Morin

Rob Tyler-MorinIt has certainly been an interesting Council term thus far. Thanks to technology we have been able to connect with friends, families, residents and neighbours during these unprecedented times.

Now more than ever is when we need to stay in touch with one another. Ward 1, I want you to know that I am always here and available to you!

I want to remind you all of the variety of virtual programs that TOA is currently offering. From online baby-sitting courses, seniors without walls, to virtual fitness classes, we’re doing our best to keep our residents active. Not to mention the many outdoor activities available such as walking and hiking through our beautiful parks and trails. Wishing you all health, happiness, and prosperity in 2021! Stay safe and all the best to you and your families. I look forward to seeing you in person again very soon!

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W2 Regional Councillor Sterling Lee

Sterling Lee2020 presented a daunting challenge for us all. Governments on all levels had to embrace the paradigm shift that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in new ways of delivering support and services.

Throughout the pandemic, Ward 2 showed great solidarity through messages of support to our hardworking frontline staff and an overwhelming donation towards the Annual Toy & Food Drive. I want to thank all of Ward 2 for doing your part by staying home, wearing masks and making various sacrifices to your day-to-day lives in order to help ease the burden on our frontline workers.

I implore you all to take these next few months to safely and positively connect with family, friends, and neighbours. We must look out for one another during these trying times. I am excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel and am hopeful for what the new day of post-pandemic life will look like!

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W2 Councillor Ashmeed Khan

Ashmeed KhanDespite the challenges this pandemic has brought upon us, I have witnessed a tremendous amount of personal growth and resilience amongst our community.

Being a native of Guyana with a strong connection towards my home country, I have never regretted my move to Canada, especially during these difficult times. The perseverance that we have all shown during this pandemic has truly made me proud to be Canadian! Remember to take time for yourself, whether that is through a new hobby, fitness, or getting outdoors - these activities are a great way to nurture your mental health, an area that we must all prioritize.

To all the local business owners - use this time to focus on accessing the resources offered by our government. For the entrepreneurs- I encourage you to recharge, plan ahead & build the momentum to catapult towards the next level of success when the sun shines again.

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W3 Regional Councillor Joanne Dies

Joanne DiesI hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well! It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since the pandemic has come into our lives. It has been encouraging to see the community come together during this difficult time.

This past year has been a challenging year for a lot us but in true Ajax style we have continued to rise above. The way in which our community has supported one another is a great reminder that we truly are stronger together.

During the past year I have focused on many initiatives close to my heart; from the Homelessness Task Force, to working with many environmental organizations, I am pleased to offer my support where it is needed! I look forward to seeing you all in person again very soon. Please stay safe, wear a mask, and stay home!

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W3 Councillor Lisa Bower

Lisa BowerHello Ward 3! More than a year has passed since the world we knew came to a pause.

I hope you are well and counting down the days to when you and your loved ones can gather and hug each other again! As more people get vaccinated, I am hopeful that day will be soon. Until then, my dining room is my office and my university student daughter and I do our best to share the Wi-Fi, as Council continues to meet virtually. I wanted to highlight a few things I’ve been working on: the Ajax Homelessness Task Force continues to share ideas to connect people with services, the Downtown BIA held its AGM and presented its 2021 budget, my term on the Heritage Advisory Committee has ended and I am excited to join the Accessibility Advisory Committee! Finally, thank you to everyone who has attended our W3 virtual meetings.

Please reach out if you need me and stay safe!

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