RE-ELECT Rob Hargrave for Ward 6 Councillor

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24 May

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Town Paves Over Our Skate Park. Help Us Get It Back!


 We should be celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary by investing in community projects and not by bulldozing them.

SkateparkThe original intention was to keep the two skate parks working in tandem. At least that was the intention until it was decided that the Park Drive Junior Skate Park would make a great parking lot. Now everyone understands the need for additional parking in the downtown area. However, the studies required for a new site assessment should have been completed and a new site allocated for the skate park within Memorial Park before it was paved over and the equipment put into storage.  Simply relocating the Junior Skate Park would have been far easier and certainly more beneficial to those children who used it.

Supporters in the community want to have the Town fast-track the re-location of the Junior Skate Park so that the entire community will be able to enjoy it this summer as part of Stouffville’s Canada 150 celebrations.

Ward 6 Councillor Rob Hargrave will be helping his constituents to ensure the Park Drive Junior Skate Park equipment doesn’t stay mothballed waiting indefinitely on studies by presenting a petition to Town Council at their June 6th Council Meeting.

Show your support by saying “YES” to celebrating Canada 150 this summer with the relocation of the now homeless Park Drive Junior Skate Park to a new site within Memorial Park.

Here’s what you can do to help

  • Contact Town Councillors to show your support for the relocation.
  • Contact Mayor Altmann to show your support for the relocation. .
  • Attend the next Council Meeting on June 6 to show your support for the relocation. .
  • Get involved in community fundraising to cover costs involved above what the Town may cover.
  • Take to social media and add your name to the PETITION “Town Paves Over Our Skate Park. Help Us Get It Back!” at or

Councillor Rob Hargrave can be contacted at or call him on his cell at 416-985-8376


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27 Aug

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Bring Back The Thicketwood Toboggan Hill!


Would you like to see the Thicketwood Park Toboggan Hill return?

Please visit my Facebook page and show your support for this great initiative.


Bring back the Thicketwood Park Toboggan Hill


I support the Mayor’s initiative to bring back the Thicketwood Park Toboggan Hill.

Bring Back The Thicketwood Toboggan Hill!

It’s been 5 years since that horrendous day when the town ordered a contractor to remove the toboggan hill. This process was started and completed while I was away in Italy for my wife’s Debbie and ours 25th wedding anniversary.  I was not informed of the decision to remove the hill before I went away. I came home to the same shock as 100’s of kids and residents.

I have lived in Stouffville for over 30 years. One of the main reasons why Debbie and I moved back to the town was because of Memorial Park. It was and still is the gem of all parks in York Region. We had an outdoor pool, great ball parks and in the early 90’s they built the Thicketwood toboggan hill. The hill may have looked small but for the neighborhood kids and kids of all of Stouffville it was like sledding down Blue Mountain.

The hill was a focal point for winter fun. I spent many days and hours with my three kids enjoying the hill.  In the summer the hill provided a natural bleacher to watch baseball games at the “Thicketwood Diamond” There were even Elvis concerts played in front of the hill back in the early 2000’s.

Bringing back the hill means brining back winter fun and family togetherness. It’s not often we get a chance to go back and fix a mistake, this was a BIG MISTAKE! I would like to ask for all residents who support the return of the toboggan hill to post a yes comment on my facebook page. I stand behind the mayor to bring back winter fun once again in the heart of Memorial Park. If you want to talk about it please call my cell 416-985-8376.

Together we can build the “Blue Mountain” once again!!

Rob Hargrave
Councillor Ward 6

“Make sure your concerns are heard”

21 Aug

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Tips for Back-to-School Safety


CAA’s Safety Tips for Back-To-School


Start the school year off right with these safety tips from CAA

CAA – Canadian Automobile Association

A boy wearing glasses sits in front of a chalkboard with the words Back to school written on itThe smell of freshly sharpened pencils and just opened packages of loose leaf paper will soon be filling the air as students gear up to go back to school. While new supplies and old friends may be the focus for your child, it’s important to make sure they start the year off safely by reviewing these important tips before the first day of classes rolls around.

Route Reminders

Children walking or biking to school need to be familiar with the route they will be taking. Choose a direct route away from busy streets, and make sure you practice the route with them a few times before school starts to make sure they’re comfortable. Make sure they have a travel buddy – a friend, sibling or neighbour – so they aren’t making the journey alone.

Mind Your Step

Remind children to pay attention to their surroundings when walking or biking. That means no texting while walking or bilking, and leaving headphones in their backpacks so they can hear what’s going on around them. Review traffic safety and remind your child to wait at crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the street!

Stranger Danger

Make sure your child knows not to talk to strangers and never to get in a vehicle with someone they don’t know, no matter what they say. Tell them not to venture away from school grounds and to tell a teacher or another adult they know right away if an adult they don’t know tries to talk them into leaving with them.

School Bus Safety

Discuss school bus safety with your child and remind them how important it is to stay seated for the entire trip. Make sure they know to never walk in front of the bus unless the driver has indicated it is safe to do so.

Backpack Basics

Check your child’s backpack to make sure it fits them properly and isn’t too heavy. Backpacks can cause back issues and falls if they aren’t adjusted properly or are too heavy.

Tell an Adult

Discuss bullying with your child and work with them to develop effective coping strategies, Make sure they know not to give in to a bully’s demands or retaliate, but to say stop, walk away and tell an adult.

CAA – Canadian Automobile Association


Please remember to always… “Share, Care and Be Aware”.

Rob Hargrave
Councillor Ward 6, Stouffville

14 Aug

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Proposed Airport


Now that the Federal Election is upon us, I decided to post this important piece again.

Originally posted Feb. 26/2015

“Whitchurch-Stouffville may not be Pickering but a large-scale urban airport, built in close proximity, would have a major effect on this community.” – Stouffville Free Press.

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Courtesy of the Stouffville Free Press. Proposed Pickering Airport.
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Important Update from “Land over Landings”

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“The Federal Lands – It’s Time For Action”

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14 Aug

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“The Federal Lands – It’s Time For Action”


Now that the Federal Election is upon us,  I decided to post this important piece again.

Originally posted Jan. 05/2015

In 1972, Federal Government expropriated 18,600 acres (75 square km) of some of the richest farmland in Canada. 2015 promises to be the pivotal year in deciding the future of this prime land.

Pickering Airport Flightpath

The Federal Lands – proposed Pickering Airport

This past fall while campaigning I was asked about the proposed Pickering airport better known as the “Federal Lands”. Municipal governments do not have any jurisdiction in the governance of these important lands. I discovered this very informative documentary video (see below) that covers many of the questions that residents raised with me on the campaign trail.

Rob Hargrave
Ward 6 Councillor


  “Make sure your concerns are heard”

07 Aug

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Stouffville Frenzy


The second Food Truck Frenzy was a huge success for the town

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Over 5,000 hungry residents and visitors packed the main street on July 16th to sample over 30 food truck menus. The weather was perfect. No rain, just a lot of sunshine and good times. This concept is a great traffic driver for the local merchants. Even the local restaurants got in on the action by setting up food stations in front of their establishments. Rumour has it that this was the largest event of its kind within Canada. With the success of this year’s events, plans are in the works to bring the frenzy back for next year for three events in June, July and August.

Thanks to all those residents who came out and supported Food Truck Frenzy.


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