The Esso Station at King and Dufferin & The Old Train Station
When I moved here as an 8 year old boy in 1972, King City was a small rural village. I lived on Dufferin, south of the King Road, when it was a gravel road surrounded by farm fields. Back then the only trains through town were freight trains that came a few times a week and often late at night.
I went to all the public schools here. I played hockey in the King City Arena the year it opened in 1972, the year that Paul Henderson scored “that goal” against Russia which ended the Canada Russia Summit series. World tensions were just a little bit different in 1972, and yet somehow the same.
For those who are new to King City, you may or may not have heard of the decades’ long opposition to King City’s connection to the “BIG PIPE”, or the YDSS (York Durham Sewage System). It was a fight that polarized our village. Polarized friends and families. All sides felt the same in that they loved King City, but had different points of view as to how to best safeguard, and secure its future. It is from this that I created the tag line “Protect-Preserve-Enhance” in my 2006 election campaign.
I think, if when we approach every issue from this perspective i.e. with a strong understanding and sense of our past, then present day decisions will more conscientously chart our future.
Moving Forward While Respecting the Past
When in 2003, the “Big Pipe” was approved for King City, I knew that my home town was going to change for ever. And having worked in civil engineering for 20 years (at that time), and having seen first hand what happened to Markham where I worked, I knew King City was in the path of a development freight train. And even though at the time I was working in the Township of King’s Engineering Department, I came to the conclusion that I could not have the same kind of impact as a member of staff that I could as member of council for the village I grew up in. And so in in May of 2006, I resigned from my employment at King. And In June of that year, I filed my registration papers and declared my candidacy for Councillor of Ward 1.
In My Election Campaign of 2006, I wrote this:
Now that sanitary servicing has been approved, it will enable unprecedented growth in King City. To put this into context, it took over 150 years for this village to reach a population of 5,000; now, with sanitary servicing, we will see the doubling of population within 6-8 years. This will have a very real impact not only on King City, but also on Snowball, Kettleby and the surrounding rural areas.
Controlling rapid growth will test even the most experienced of staff and council.
I have the relevant knowledge and the experience to aid our municipality in managing the approaching development wave.
In the subsequent 2010 and 2014 elections, I was acclaimed back to office, and now 12 years later I am running for reelection to continue the positive momentum that has made King the best place to live in York Region.