Greg Sorbara, M.P.P.
140 Woodbridge Avenue, Unit AU8/9 – Vaughan, Ontario L4L 4K9 Tel: 905-851-0440 Fax: 905-851-0440
June 24, 2011Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, MayorCity of Vaughan2141 Major MacKenzie Dr.Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1Dear Mayor Bevilacqua:I am writing to update you on our collective progress toward the construction of the VaughanHospital on the City of Vaughan lands at Jane and Major MacKenzie (the Site). As well I wishto raise two issues that, I believe, require the urgent attention of the City.As you know, the mandate for planning, developing, building and operating our new hospitalin Vaughan has been given to York Central Hospital (YCH) by the Ministry of Health andLong-term Care (MOHLTC). YCH recently submitted its Stage One Submission for theVaughan Hospital to the Ministry. I expect approval of that plan within the next short while.Equally important is the possibility that the Vaughan Hospital will be included in the mediumterm capital plan of the Ministry of Health. YCH has made a strong case for inclusion in thecapital plan. I understand as well that the City has reached an agreement with YCH relating tocustody over an appropriate site for the Hospital. All of this is very positive and demonstratesthat, together, we can make significant progress.The first issue I wish to raise concerns ownership and control of that part of the Site which isnot required by the Hospital. In specific, what role if any, the Vaughan Health Campus of Care(VHCC) should play in the development of these surplus lands (comprising about 47 acres).As you know, the original model contemplated that the VHCC would act as an umbrellaorganization responsible for realizing the development of the Hospital and related healthservices on the Site. With that in mind the City purchased the Site and entered into anagreement with the VHCC.As a practical matter, since the mandate for the Hospital development now rests with YCH, themodel contemplated by the agreement between the City and the VHCC no longer is relevant ornecessary for Hospital purposes. Nor does MOHLTC have any current interest in thedevelopment of the surplus lands for a bio-sciences cluster or other ancillary uses ascontemplated by the VHCC. The question therefore arises as to why the City would continueto vest the future, and the future value, of lands purchased with public funds in VHCC, a non-profit organization controlled by a closed Board with no direct or indirect publicaccountability.