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I am honoured to have run for Councillor of Ward 1 in Richmond Hill during the 2014 Municipal Elections. All of the support that I received from the voters that confidently believed in our campaign has left me feeling humble and very happy. We went about our campaign with honesty, courage and compassion for our community and can't wait to do it again. I Thank all our friends and neighbours for believing in the vision we collectively set out to promote in our Community of Oak Ridges and Lake Wilcox.


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Open Letter to Friends and Residents of Ward 1

Dear Friends and Residents of Oak Ridges & Lake Wilcox,

As an expression of gratitude, My wife Mary and I wish to thank all our supporters, neighbours, friends & family for their unwavering support throughout our campaign in Ward 1 during the Municipal Election in Richmond Hill.

It is encouraging when people open their doors, their hearts and their minds and express what their concerns are for our outstanding community. Your concerns and feelings about how things are and how they ought to be have been heard, and you may be assured that when chosen by you to be your Councillor in Ward 1, your concerns will be known in our Town Hall.

Our seniors are especially concerned about the location of our Town Hall. Many of them experience great difficulties getting to our Town Hall because of its present location.

A majority of us are in favour of having the Town Hall relocated to Yonge and Major MacKenzie. Our Municipal Offices need to be relocated to Yonge and Major MacKenzie so that they are easily accessible to all residents. Many envision a Town Hall as a meeting place where we may have an open skating rink in the winter and a centre to celebrate our spring, summer and fall festivities. A Town Hall ought to be a place of congregation where we celebrate being part of one community and where we may administer the day-to-day necessities of municipal affairs.

Long-term ideas for addressing traffic congestion in Richmond Hill are as follows. You have stated to me that in the long term, we as a Municipality need to work together with our neighbouring Municipalities, Provincial/Federal Governments and Industry to come up with proactive solutions to tackle traffic congestion.

Greater investment towards rapid public transit is essential. Many have pointed out that in downtown Calgary for instance, public transit is free. We need to come up with similar incentives that lead more people to using our state of the art public transit system, and what they have established in Calgary may also work for us as well.

For every problem, there are many more solutions. We simply need people (Councillors, M.P.P.'s and M.P’s) who are willing to work together and do what it takes to bring all the players (Municipal, Provincial/Federal governments and industry) together to come up with viable solutions to any given problem. Our seniors require additional care facilities. With an aging population on the horizon, we need to provide and support our seniors with more adequate local facilities to assist them with their daily requirements.

We need to attract business and industries to Richmond Hill. A great number of residents stated the need to attract leading edge industry that invest in their employees by way of high compensation, and that also invests in our community by way of sponsorship programs, donations and taxes. One example of the types of business that is encouraged in our community is multinational, national and local Hi-Tech and Renewable/Green Industries that will enrich our community.

We need to capitalize and continue to promote the fact of our strategic location in the GTA. We also need to continuously reiterate the fact that we are amongst the best of places to live and work in Canada according to recent national studies.

Our combined long-term objective for Richmond Hill is to continuously strive towards a long-term vision that celebrates and protects the sanctity of our life, and the environment that sustains our health and well-being. We need to do everything possible to save what is left of our priceless Moraine.

Our Town may achieve everything we set our collective mind to achieving. We may achieve this and so much more by providing exemplary customer service to nurture the vibrant mosaic of our outstanding community. We need to continuously strive towards perfection by ensuring all essential services required by the people who call Richmond Hill their home, are made available in a professional manor that shows respect and accountability to the taxpayer. This ladies and gentlemen, is but a small glimpse of what we envision for our marvelous town.

On October 27th, every vote counts. Please come out to vote for our community.

Respectfully,

Trifon Haitas Candidate for Councillor, Ward 1


VOTE TRIFON HAITAS

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Plato

"The Government must create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government's greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles ... the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity." Abraham Lincoln


"It is the responsibility of every individual to become the architect of their own character, therefore it ought to be the responsibility of every community to nurture and enrich that given character so that all may benefit." Trifon Haitas

*PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WARD 1 OF RICHMOND HILL*

I am very pleased to announce that on January the 8th, I signed my nomination papers at Richmond Hill Town Hall as Candidate for Councillor, Ward 1. I wish to thank everyone for their support and encouragement as we begin the process to win the seat in the Ward 1 Chair at Town Hall. I look forward to sharing this proactive year as we head toward October 27, 2014, to cast our ballots in the Richmond Hill Municipal Election.

I will work with our elected Mayor, our elected Regional and Local Councillors and our community in Oak Ridges to ensure that Ward 1 receives the best possible representation within the municipality of Richmond Hill.

When I was asked why I wanted to be a Town Councillor in the Town of Richmond Hill, my response was that I wish to make a difference in our community. I wish to help make our community of Oak Ridges and our Town of Richmond Hill a better place for us all. I believe that with the assistance of the outstanding community in Oak Ridges and our town Council, I will accomplished what I set out to achieve. The People and their concerns about our community in Ward 1 are my top priority.

The most satisfying part of my work as Town Councillor, will be to advocate for our community in Oak Ridges. To work in the trenches at Town Hall and assist the people in our community who may have no where else to turn. Whether it is to assist with access to municipal services, breaking down any barriers to municipal services or cutting through any bureaucratic red tape, making a difference in people's lives is what public service is all about for me.

The sacrifices that families make often go unrecognized in life. I wish to acknowledge and thank my wife Mary, my son Stavros and my daughter Elefterea for their support and encouragement over the coming months leading up to Election Day.

Join Team Haitas so that Trifon may achieve the goal of attaining the seat as Ward 1 Councillor in Richmond Hill.

"People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a
majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by
a majority of those who make themselves heard
and who vote - a very different thing."

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On Saturday May 3rd, not even the rain held back the social butterflies from coming out in full force to take in the sweet nectar of knowledge presented by Dr. David Suzuki. One could also hear the sound of busy bees buzzing all around the Evergreen Brick Works located off of the Bayview Extension (550 Bayview Ave), between the Prince Edward Viaduct (Bloor/Danforth) and Pottery Rd.

Host Gill Deacon ran a fun filled day featuring children’s activities, delicious organic foods, and of course local musicians who sang to the crowd that gathered to see special guest Dr. David Suzuki in Toronto’s great urban outdoors.

It was very enlightening to be part of the eco-workshops presented by Lorraine Johnson, Dagmar Baur, and the Beehive Collective. The workshops featured presentations that focused on native plants, urban naturalization, native bees, food security, and ecosystem restoration to name a few. What an inspiration and pleasure it is to see parents partake in this type of event with their children.

Dr. Suzuki spoke eloquently about the need to understand how important insects are in our daily life and how much we are dependant on their daily activities, and in their survival. He also stated that if humanity suddenly disappeared, only a handful of living organisms would be greatly affected. If we lost our ant species, all of our ecosystem would collapse. His overall message is that we need to learn how we may become biocentric, instead of continuing in our present day anthropocentric lifestyles. A world without our wonderful pollinators leads to a desolate planet. We need to do everything possible to assist them in doing their part in our environment. One thing we may do right away is to encourage a ban on pesticides. Not only do they harm our insects, they end up in our food supply and cause harmful effects that are irreparable.

The event at the Evergreen Brick Works took place from 10AM up until 2PM. The public was also invited to attend an informative and entertaining evening centering on the subject of native plants and pollinators at the Danforth Music Hall. Dr. Suzuki hosted this event alongside Bob MacDonald of Quirks and Quarks. Celebrity gardener Marjorie Harris, and bee expert Dr. Lawrence Packer also presented their expert opinions on the current crisis that we face today in regards to the delicate state of our ecosystem. This event was brought to fruition by: Seeds of diversity, FoodShare, Evergreen and the David Suzuki Foundation. To learn more about how you may join fellow gardeners and naturalists please visit the organizers of this encouraging event. Feel free to visit the website davidsuzuki.org for relevant information, and to see how you can become part of the solution. It is after all in our hands, and in our nature to protect our livelihood.
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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO LECTURE BY DR. DAVID SUZUKI

On the evening of January 18th, 2008 the University of Toronto students’ Union featured a lecture by Dr. David Suzuki, identifying problems and offering solutions for the climate crisis. This was a rare opportunity, as Dr. Suzuki is reducing his carbon footprint by refusing to fly for live audience lectures. He agreed to the University of Toronto students’ Union request, as he was filming his television series The Nature of Things in Toronto during that same week. The lecture addressed the Biosphere Crisis: How did we get here and where are we going?

As the doors opened around 5:30, one could see a line up stretching all around the Convocation Hall of St. George campus at U of T. Excitement filled the air as 1700 people of all ages patiently waited to see Dr. David Suzuki the renowned scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

His message about our present biospheric crises was strong and direct; Dr. Suzuki stressed the importance of maintaining a balance amongst all species inhabiting our planet. “Since we are at the top of the food chain, we must respect and manage our resources in a way that it does not disrupt the natural environment that all species depend on” was one of the key messages that he stated. He also stressed the point that we only have one planet to live on, and if we do not do anything right now to stop the biospheric crisis, we will end up extinct like so many other animals that were not given the opportunity to live through to the present.

He instructed everyone to never forget that we too are animals and as such, we need to realize that we live in a world that is finite. Our resources are being used up at such a rapid rate that our future generations will not be left with anything to secure their livelihood.

Our generation presently has the magnificent opportunity to decide the future fate of mankind. Dr. Suzuki, along with his strong like minded following, will not sit and watch this opportunity slip through their fingers without doing the best that they can to reverse this bleak course we have all embarked upon.

I commend Dr. Suzuki, and thank every one of his team members for standing up to the plate for us all.

A great salute also goes out to the University of Toronto students’ Union for presenting such an incredible evening filled with real solutions to an age-old problem. It is highly recommended that you attend any lecture that is featured by this astonishing group of talented students.

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Brief Biography

David T. Suzuki PhD, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

David has consistently received high acclaim for his 30 years of award-winning work in broadcasting, explaining the complexities of science in a compelling, easily understood way. He is well known to millions as the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular science television series, The Nature of Things.

His eight part series, A Planet for the Taking won an award from the United Nations. His eight-part PBS series The Secret of Life was praised internationally, as was his five-part series The Brain for the Discovery Channel. For CBC Radio he founded the long running radio series, Quirks and Quarks and has presented two influential documentary series on the environment, From Naked Ape to Superspecies and It's a Matter of Survival.

An internationally respected geneticist, David was a full Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He is professor emeritus with UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute. From 1969 to 1972 he was the recipient of the prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship Award for the "Outstanding Canadian Research Scientist Under the Age of 35".

He has received numerous awards including the Roger Tory Peterson Award from Harvard University. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of British Columbia. He has received 20 honorary doctorates - 13 from Canada, four from the United States and three from Australia. First Nations people have honoured him with six names, formal adoption by two tribes, and made him an honorary member of the Dehcho First Nations.

David was born in Vancouver, BC in 1936. During World War II, at the age of six, he was interned with his family in a camp in BC. After the war, he went to high school in London, Ontario. He graduated with Honours from Amherst College in 1958 and went on to earn his PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961.

The author of 43 books, David Suzuki is recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and two daughters in Vancouver.


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