What you will learn.
• Who are your Pickering Councillors? Who are your Regional Councillors?
• ……. and what’s the difference?
• How to easily contact your Councillors.
• Maps – Pickering and Durham
• City and Region – Committees, Meetings and Schedules
• Speaking to Council
• General information – Resident Committees, Fact & Figures
• Major Issues – Seaton, Federal Lands, Sewer Pipe, Rouge National Park,
Property Taxes, urban sprawl, speeding cars, and more.
• Pickering vs. Durham – responsibilities
• Road Watch & Neighbourhood Watch
• Customer Care
2013 Council & Committee
Mayor Dave Ryan
How to contact your Mayor and Councillors
Speaking to Council
Every month there is one Council meeting
and there are two Standing Committee meetings:
the Planning and Development Committee
the Executive Committee
Members of the public who wish to speak to a Standing
Committee and/or Council are called delegations.
In order to appear before Council, delegations are
encouraged to have first appeared before a Standing
Delegations can speak for up to ten minutes. Afterwards,
councillors may ask questions.
Speaking to Council
If the matter is a statutory planning matter, no formal
registration is required for the Planning & Development
Persons who wish to speak to an item that is on a Standing
Committee meeting agenda should register in writing by 12
noon on the day of the meeting.
Persons who wish to speak to an item that is on the Council
meeting agenda should register in writing by 12 noon on the
day of the meeting.
Request for delegation status are to be sent to the
Committee Coordinator at email@example.com or by fax at
905.420.9685 or by dropping off the request at City Hall.
The 8 Municipalities of Durham
Regional Chair and CEO
Steve Parish, Shaun Collier, Colleen Jordan
Terry Clayton, Debbie Bath
Adrian Foster, Mary Novak, Willie Woo
John Henry, John Aker, Bob Chapman, Nancy Diamond,
Amy England, Tito-Dante Marimpietri, John Neal, Nester Pidwerbecki
Dave Ryan, Bill McLean, Jennifer O'Connell, Peter Rodrigues
Chuck Mercier, Bobbie Drew
Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Jack Ballinger
Pat Perkins, Lorne Coe, Joe Drumm, Don Mitchell
Durham Region – Pickering City
• regional roads – 75 kms
• city roads
• garbage – Miller Waste
• fire services
• economic development
• economic development
• snow removal
• social services
• recreation (facilities and programs)
• water supply
• building permits
• sewage treatment
• property tax collection
• public transit
• libraries – are governed separately
Issues In Pickering
York-Durham Sewer System
ROPA 128 (north-east Pickering / Greenwood)
Your Issues – Questions & Answers
Durham region tax:
Pickering city tax:
Who pays the Region’s tax proportionally?
The Region expects to collect $533,496,000 in property taxes
from all categories including residents and businesses in 2012.
According to the 2001 census, Durham has a population of 608,124.
Property taxes are assessed at different rates for business, residential,
farms and government institutions.
Percentage of residents:
14.6 per cent
Percentage of Regional tax paid:
16.7 per cent
A community crime prevention program designed to reduce the threat of
crime to neighbours or property. This program encourages all residents to
be alert to suspicious persons or vehicles and to get to know neighbours.
Lessons in crime prevention are given to participants and Operation
Identification is addressed (marking belongings for identification by
Approximately 183 watches are currently running in the Durham Region
with over 50,000 residents educated on security measures on an ongoing
The DRPS has a Regional Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator who will
assist neighbourhoods to form watches. Call 905-668-9893 or view our
section on Safety Tips - Neighbourhood Watch, or you can email the
Coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ROAD WATCH is a community based program that is utilized in many towns and cities in Ontario. It
is aimed at making drivers more aware of their actions.
The program is run by volunteers who live in our community, and in conjunction with the Durham
Regional Police Service. The ROAD WATCH program is active in Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington, Scugog,
Ajax, Pickering and Uxbridge.
ROAD WATCH provides residents an opportunity to report dangerous and aggressive driving
throughout the Durham Region. If you observe aggressive or dangerous driving, fill out a PDF
version of our Citizen’s Report Form and drop it off at one of our ROAD WATCH boxes (listed on the
form) or report the incident online using our Online Citizen Report Form .
Aggressive driving may include: Excessive speeding, Tailgating, Failure to stop and any act that puts
other drivers at a high risk of collision or injury.
Record as much information as possible. Even if you are unable to record the licence number,
submit the form so police have information on high-risk areas in the community. It is important that
the form be signed to safeguard the system from abuse. Your personal information is used for
statistical purposes only and is held in the strictest of confidence by us.
If a driver is reported more than once, the police will contact that individual regarding the reports.
Subsequent offences may result in enforcement action by the police depending on the severity of
Pickering Fire Services
Fire Alarms responses – 2011
Medical alarms – 2,003 (50%)
Motor vehicle Accident alarms – 683 (17%)
Alarms (no fire, false alarms, defect triggered, mischief) – 386 (10%)
Fire/Smoke – 307 alarms (8%) – Non-Structural fires such as involving burning complaints, grass/bush
fires, rubbish and vehicle fires as well as structural fires such as commercial/industrial fires,
residential fires, institution fires.
Other alarms (9-1-1- unknowns, public assist, assist other agencies) – 299 (8%)
Carbon Monoxide alarms – 174 (4%)
Hazard alarms (natural gas leaks, power lines, unknown odour) – 112 (3%)
Rescue (elevators, ice-water) – 14 (0%)
Hazardous Material alarms (spills and leaks) – 6 (0%)
Explosions – 0 alarms (0%)
Total alarms in 2011 – 3,984
for almost all matters
• general questions
• By-laws – parking, business, building permit
• to report dead animals on road
• garbage dumping at the side of the road
• neighbour problems (police matter)
Pickering Customer Care
Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30, Monday-Friday
905.683.7575 (24-hour line)
TTY Service: 905.420.1739
Program Cancellations, Service Disruptions, and
Road & Facility Closures: 1.866.278.9993
Resources for more information.