Please enjoy these photos taken during events and my travels in Town that I have attended as a Town Councillor and/or as a resident of Ward 2.

August 5, 2020
Masks & Face Coverings!
As we have all been doing for the last two weeks, each of us must wear a non-medical mask when we are inside an enclosed public space in York Region and many other regions in the Province. Places like any retail store, place of worship, common areas of condos, hotels; basically any place where more than a few people might be at any one time, we should be wearing a mask or face covering.

There are many types of masks available, ranging from cloth or material non-medical masks to N95 respirator masks.
Every type of mask has its place, but not every mask is appropriate for day-to-day use.

Non-medical masks may include those made of multi-layer paper fibres, or made from cloth, like cotton, for example. A few have pockets to insert filters and some are for wearing over a medical type mask. Non-medical masks can also include any scarf, bandanna or other material item worn over both the nose and mouth. Regardless of the type of mask you wear, avoid touching it or any part of your face to ensure non-transference of germs.

Wearing a mask adds an extra layer of protection: for others in case you have COVID-19 and for you in case others have COVID-19. Singing, shouting, talking and breathing all create micro-droplets. If you have COVID-19 you may not know it, but your micro-droplets would contain the COVID-19 virus. And so, we all wear a mask, except for those who may have a medical condition or who are to young.

But please understand, a non-medical mask is NOT a replacement for physical distancing, hand washing or other COVID-19 safety protocols, but is used in conjunction with all of them to help keep us all safer and to flatten that curve!

July 31, 2020
Central York Fire Services reminds us all that fireworks are not permitted on the Civic Holiday long weekend. Fire Services ask residents to keep fire safety top of mind when BBQ-ing or having a backyard fire this long weekend.

In Newmarket and Aurora fireworks are only permitted for use during Victoria Day and Canada Day weekends, NOT this Civic Holiday weekend. Fireworks are NOT allowed on public property, including parks, streets and open fields/spaces.

Fines for improper use of fireworks in Newmarket start at $600 in accordance with Fireworks By-law 2015-18. Fines for improper use of fireworks in Aurora start at $105 in accordance with Fireworks By-law 5373-11. Newmarket residents can report bylaw infractions, such as the use of fireworks, by calling the Town’s After Hours Line at 905-895-5193 (press 3). For more information, safety tips and links to Town by-laws, visit

July 30, 2020
Newmarket Parks
If you haven’t heard the good news yet, every Newmarket park and playground will have reopened by this coming Saturday, August 1st.

There will be signage reminding parents and children of the COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols which remain in place; the need for social distancing, wearing a mask if you can’t keep your distance, as well as using hand sanitizer before and after enjoying the playground equipment.

And the town will have Park Ambassadors and Bylaw Staff on hand at playgrounds this weekend to help educate and remind the public about the protocols designed to help keep kids and their parents safe.

SilverCity Newmarket
And if you prefer your fun indoors, SilverCity Newmarket is reopening Friday, July 31. There will be special low pricing to celebrate the re-opening and like everywhere else, safety protocols will be in place. Wearing of a mask, social distancing, limited and assigned seating and more. Read all the details before you to avoid any surprise.

July 28, 2020
As many of us know, the Town of Newmarket continues its cautious reopening procedures with the health and safety of our community and staff in mind. We are slowly opening playgrounds, then some select facilities will be opened now through the fall. The Magna Centre will be the first facility to reopen starting with a COVID-19 protocol modified Fitness Centre along with one ice pad. We will be opening a few smaller playgrounds spread across each Ward.

Each week, we have activity ideas for kids and families. Get outside and see your friends & neighbours, following Public Health guidelines, of course. Staying indoors? We offer at-home family adventure night with easy, themed, DIY fun activities. Discover the fun at

If you would like more information or if you have questions, please call Customer Service: Monday to Thursday, 8 AM to 5 PM and Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM at 905-895-5193 or via email:

July 23, 2020
A few months back I wrote about the old Fire Hall on Main Street being available as part of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a 10-year lease agreement for the adaptive re-use of the Old Fire Hall property. Well, congratulations are in order to the Old Flame Brewing Co who will be a welcome addition to Newmarket’s Main Street when they open their doors early next year.

Located at 140 Main St at the corner of Main and Millard Ave, the Old Fire Hall is a unique 5,000 square foot property in downtown Newmarket with significant potential to enhance the vibrancy of Main Street and act as a catalyst for further development north on Main Street towards Davis Drive. Constructed in 1952 and used as a fire hall for the majority of its lifespan, the Old Fire Hall is located close to key cultural sites, community facilities, shops and restaurants.

“This is very exciting news and a positive story of investment in the future of Main Street during difficult times,” says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. “I am so proud of how our entire community has come together to show our support for our local businesses through COVID-19. The Old Flame Brewing Company will perfectly complement our vibrant and award-winning Main Street and we look forward to the future when we can all enjoy it together.”

July 15, 2020
The Newmarket Library starts its limited re-opening July 28!

We are following the York Region Public Health’s recommendations in order to keep our users and staff safe. All visitors will be required to:
– Wear a mask or a face covering.
– Sanitize their hands prior to entry.
– Follow physical distancing rules at all times.
We must ask visitors to wait in line outside as a maximum number of visitors inside the library will be in effect at all times.
Library services will initially be limited to:
– Picking up and checking out items on hold.
– Issuing and renewing library cards.
– Using public computer workstations for one hour only.
– Returning materials using the outside drop-off slots only.
Sorry, but no browsing of shelves or use of study or lounge furniture will be permitted.
Hours of operation will be:
Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When York Region is permitted to move into Stage 3 of the Province’s re-opening plan, and if the measures currently being taken are successful, the Library will gradually expand services, such as retrieving material from the shelves for patrons to browse and borrow on the spot.

Items placed on hold for curbside pick-up will still be available. However, users will be required to enter the library to retrieve items. If you have items on loan, the library will continue NOT to charge overdue fines, but we encourage you to return items by the due date, as we will shortly begin the process of charging for the replacement of items long overdue.

Thank you for your patience and your support of the Library. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, requests, or comments via e-mail at , via text at 905-769-0433, or via phone at 905-953-5110. Library staff will monitor and respond to your questions Tuesday to Saturday.

July 13, 2020
We may not have Kids summer Camps this year, but the Town is providing a variety of free and low cost options for family fun!

Pop Up Park Program – Kids on the Move – Age: 6-12. $5
This two-hour program features a variety of games, sports, arts and crafts and outdoor activities that are designed to allow participants to have fun while practicing physical distancing. Pre-registration required.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 16 to August 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Locations:
– Mondays: Paul Semple Park, 145 Savage Rd
– Wednesdays: Ken Sturgeon Park, 1035 Lockwood Circle
– Thursdays: George Richardson Park, 395 Bayview Pkwy
Cost: $5 per child per day. Register at

Pop Up Bicycle Obstacle Course – Wheeling Through Summer. Ages: 6 to 12 years old. Cost: FREE
This drop-in cycling obstacle course is geared towards beginner and intermediate cyclists providing skills development and challenging riders to a variety of obstacles that will help improve balance, control, heads-up reaction riding and safety while having fun. The cycling course will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
When: Tuesdays and Fridays beginning on Friday, July 17 until Friday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. locations:
– In July, on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr., south parking lot.
– In August. on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle St W., north west parking lot
No registration is required. Sign-in is required upon arrival to allow for contact tracing.

Family Scavenger Hunt – Seek and Search- FREE
Families are encouraged to join the Town for this weekly fun scavenger hunt that will take place in each of the seven wards in Newmarket. Come together to explore their neighbourhood. Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from July 15 to August 26. Ward locations:
– July 15 – Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr., south parking lot (Ward 1)
– July 22 – College Manor Park, College Manor Dr., (Ward 2)
– July 29 – George Richardson Park, at Leslie St. (Ward 3)
– August 5 – Marilyn Powell Park, 435 London Rd. (Ward 4)
– August 12 – Fairy Lake Park, Water St. (Ward 5)
– August 19 – Paul Semple Park, Savage Road (Ward 6)
– August 26 – Environmental Park, Woodspring Ave. (Ward 7)
Age: Suitable for families with kids of all ages. Cost: Free
Register: No registration is required. Sign-in is required upon arrival to allow for contact tracing.

DIY Thursday Adventure Day
Each Thursday, the Town will be updating its website with new adventures and activities that you can do at home. Each weekly activity will be a new experience and families are encouraged to share their experiences on social media by using the #TONSummperPopUps.
When: Every Thursday from July 16 to August 27
Where: In the comfort of your own home

Moonlight Movies – Drive In Style
We will be scheduling three movies – one per week during the last two weeks of August and the first week of September. These movies will be held drive-in style and will be located at Ray Twinney Recreation Complex as we want to ensure we have appropriate space to accommodate.

July 8, 2020
40 Days of Summer Camper Kits
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help fill the void of full-day summer camps for the 2020 season, the Town of Newmarket is introducing a “40 Days of Summer Camper Kit” offering parents a ready-to-go activity kit to help keep kids busy this summer within the safety of their home.

Each Camper kit includes 40 activities, supplies and directions to entertain and educate children’s curious minds with a range of self-directed and hands-on learning experiences. Geared towards children 4 to 12 years old, each kit provides 10 activities in each of these areas:
Sports and Physical Activity
Arts and Crafts
Games and Adventures
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Parents can order kits today at using code 129768. Camper kits cost $75 each and are designed for one camper. Kits will be available in the coming weeks for curbside pick up at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle St West, or delivery within Newmarket. Available while quantities last. Visit the Town’s Recreation Department page for more info & to subscribe to our Newsletter.

July 3, 2020
Sidewalk etiquette.
There are expanded patios all over town, but especially along Main St. There on the streets, sidewalks, lane ways, back alleys, parking lots and parks! The Town is helping out our local restaurants and Main St merchants as much as we can. Shop & dine in town, it’s fun and it helps.

That said, walking along Main St is always interesting and enjoyable, but we remind you to please follow COVID-19 guidelines and give each other 6 feet or 1.8 metres of space. In Canada, we stay to the right when we walk along the sidewalk, and in some instances, we may need to walk single file. Feel free to nicely remind others of this.

And a reminder that there is a 30 minute parking limit on Main St in effect allowing for pi ck-up and delivery stops at our local stores and restaurants. If you see Town Staff tending to the beautiful flower baskets and planters along Main St, please follow COVID-19 guidelines and give them 6 feet or 1.8 metres of space. Enjoy your weekend!

June 30, 2020
It may be a different Canada Day, but we won’t be any less proud, if anything, I’m prouder to be Canadian!
As you know, due to COVID-19 rules, there will not be a huge Town of Newmarket fireworks display this Canada Day. But if you are hosting your own celebrations, please be safe.

Follow Covid-19 rules and celebrate at home where it’s safe! Central York Fire Services urges residents to consider first responder resources and user safety when deciding to use fireworks at home this Canada Day. Continue social distancing and keep fire safety top of mind. Fireworks are NOT allowed on public property, including parks, streets and open fields/spaces in Town. If you use fireworks at home, you must follow the rules and safety steps. Fines for improper use of fireworks in Newmarket start at $600 in accordance with Fireworks By-law 2015-18. Before you set off fireworks, go through the checklist here. The Town’s Customer Service Centre will be closed tomorrow, July 1. Stay safe, be kind and Happy Canada Day!

June 25, 2020
Flags and Flowers are out along Main Street, Water Street and a few other select areas in Town! It makes the stroll along Main & Water streets a little prettier! Thanks to Public Works Services!

June 13, 2020
Eat, shop, enjoy!
Although Phase 2 for Newmarket is just around the corner, many of our local restaurants, retailers and service providers have been
struggling during COVID-19. You can support your favourite local businesses by purchasing gift cards to use now or when they reopen. Gift cards make great gifts for Father’s Day, Graduation, thank you’s, or as a treat for yourself for later on.
Purchase gift cards through the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce at

June 13, 2020
People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social “circle” of no more than 10 people who you can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing. People you can hug!
To form a safe social circle, follow these five simple steps:
1- Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household;
2- If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including those from another household, family members or friends;
3- Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle;
4- Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle; and
5- Be true to your circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.

June 10, 2020
Curbside pick-up at the Library is worth the wait!
If you have been contacted regarding an item available for you, you can pick it up any Wednesday or Saturday, including today June 10, from 9:30 to 5. The following are the steps required to take advantage of the service:
Go to, select an item from the library’s catalogue and place it on hold.
If you need assistance related to curbside pickup, or don’t have specific items in mind, contact the library and leave a message at 905-953-5110, text 905-769-0433 or e-mail
On pickup service days staff will be at the library to answer calls in person. After placing a hold, you will receive an email or phone call letting you know that your items are ready for pickup.
Visit the library on curbside pickup service days, line up where indicated to maintain social distancing of 2 metres, and wait to be called to the door.
When it’s your turn, present your library card and staff will retrieve your items and leave them for you at a safe distance.
It’s important to remember that curbside pickup service is only for items already placed on hold. To avoid disappointment, the library is asking people not line up and request items at the door. Due to safety concerns, only a small number of staff will be present and they will only have time to process on hold items.

Items are checked out by staff prior to curbside pickup days. Due dates have been extended and there are no fines being charged for late returns during the library’s closure. However, the library asks that people return items when they have finished with them so that others can enjoy them. All returns can be made using the library’s outside book return, where they will remain for a 72-hour quarantine period before being reshelved. The library’s curbside pickup service is subject to change depending on government health directives during the current crisis.

June 7, 2020
There’s always something going on at the Library. And when we can’t go in person, we can Zoom in for a free video presentation. Register through the link below.
June 8 from 3 PM to 5 PM is Law Protecting Older Adults…/2020-06-08-1500-Law-Protec…

Lawyers with legal expertise in the needs of older adults discuss the importance of powers of attorney, capacity concerns and remedies for financial abuse of seniors. Learn about the rights and responsibilities of older adults and those who care for them under Ontario law. Presented by the Elder Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. If you require help with creating a Zoom account or joining a meeting please contact

June 10 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM is an Online Knitting, Crocheting and Sewing workshop. Register below.…/2020-06-10-1000-Online-Kni…

Join Newmarket Public Library’s online knitting, crocheting and sewing circle. All levels welcome. Work on your projects, compare patterns, connect with fellow makers, share techniques and tips… all from the comfort of home! If you require help with creating a Zoom account or joining a meeting please contact June 12 from 11 AM to 12 is Getting Started With Online Library…/2020-06-12-1100-Getting-St…

Would you like to know more about our Online Library? Are you overwhelmed with all the options, resources and just want to get started? If you would like a personal introduction to our Online Library, the opportunity is here!

Join us for a 1-hour virtual meeting where the first half will be a brief introduction to what we offer, and the second half will be an open question period. To increase the value of this program for each participant, we are limiting access to 6 people per session. Don’t worry, we’ll be offering this program every week as long as demand continues. Register below.

Note: this session is conducted via Zoom, a free online meeting platform. You may join via computer or mobile device. Once you have registered below you will receive instructions via email for joining us. If you require help with creating a Zoom account or joining a meeting please contact

June 4, 2020
The Construction Crews are back at it and hard at work at the 2 construction sites in Ward 2. The little boy in me could watch for hours!! This commercial development at the corner of Harry Walker and Davis Dr is in full swing again. Rumor has it there may be some personal services like a salon, pet care, fitness, and maybe even some health care specialists. The second site, the one behind No Frills is all closed in with crews finishing inside and out.

June 1, 2020
Can never say “Thank You” enough!!

May 22, 2020
Province of Ontario Re-opening Information. Businesses are encouraged to review the provincial guidelines for opening and the guidelines for Health and Safety while they develop their re-opening plans. Those with questions about re-opening should contact the BAC. Click:

More details on this can be found from the Province can be found at

Industry Resources and Tools for Doing Business During COVID-19. Below are some resources that might be helpful to your business during the response and recovery periods of COVID-19’s impacts on the economy.

Retail Council of Ontario: Resources on Re-opening Your Retail Store and Building Consumer Confidence. Click:…/covid-19-recovery-planning/

How to run a “Brick and Click” store – ideas for opening up with curbside pickup from Big Commerce. Click:

Digital Main Street- includes consultation and assessments for going “digital” with your business. Click:

Newmarket Chamber of Commerce – Robust calendar of virtual events including Virtual networking and training programs such as “social school”. Click

YorkLink – Calendar of a variety of events from organizations across York Region to assist with COVID-19. Click:…/…

May 21, 2020
The Town of Newmarket announces Newmarket Mentorship Access Program as part of the Town’s Economic Resiliency Action Plan. The Town has launched an innovative Mentorship Access Program (MAP) which provides small and medium-sized businesses access to a directory of volunteer mentors to provide strategic advice and guidance on how to adapt to these unprecedented times and map out a business plan, during and post COVID-19.

Local business owners interested in the mentorship program can contact the Town’s Business Assistance Concierge (BAC), a virtual business support centre at 905-895-5193, ext. 2753 or visit As part of the services provided by the BAC, all participants will have the opportunity to work with an experienced mentor. The mentors include retired executives, members of the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee and respected business leaders looking to give back.

BAC participants will be provided access to the list of mentors available. Mentees can connect with mentors based on what they feel is the best fit for their business model. They will work together to determine the guidelines and terms of their mentorship agreement. Participants can contact mentors for guidance and assistance with sales, marketing, financial planning, taking their business online/using digital platforms, social and digital media, accessing grant funding, recovering from COVID-19 and more.

May 18, 2020
Several Town outdoor projects to be completed soon.
Apart from resuming work on the closed section of the Tom Taylor Trail north of Davis Drive, other Town projects will be resuming shortly. These have all been vetted through the Town Emergency Operations Centre. Installing the last 4 light poles along the Tom Taylor Trail north from the Tannery/GO parking lot to enhance the visibility and safety of users at night. The contractor will fence each pole location, one at a time, and will move back the fencing when not working. Duration: 1-2 weeks in total.

Completing work of two pedestrian bridges; South of Queen Street, near Concession Street and at College Manor Park. The work involves completing the landscaping, installing one light pole at each location and final top course paving in late June/early July. Duration of closure and detours: 1 day.  Completion of the Arkinstall Park Splash Pad for late summer use if and when open to the public by the Province. Currently fenced off with no impact on the public. All contractors will adhere to COVID-19 work procedures.
The sooner we complete these projects, the sooner we can all enjoy them. (Covid-19 regulations permitting.)

May 15, 2020
If you find yourself needing advice, help or information during Covid-19, assistance is available through 211 Central from 7 AM through 9 PM Monday through Friday. They also have 24/7 Community Information and Referral helplines. 211 Central connects people living in York Region as well as those in Peel, Toronto and Durham to over 4,000 services such as financial help, mental health support, food, housing, shelters and childcare.

They offer free, confidential service in 150 languages and can interact with you by voice, text and chat services. Visit them at, call 211 or text 21166.

May 14, 2020
Happy Victoria Day Weekend! Please stay safe, follow Covid-19 rules and celebrate at home where it’s safe! Central York Fire Services urges residents to consider first responder resources and user safety when deciding to use fireworks at home this Victoria Day weekend. “We are asking our community not to host any social gatherings, continue to physically distance by at least 6 feet and keep fire safety top of mind for the health of users, their family and neighbours,” urges CYFS Chief Ian Laing.

Fireworks are NOT allowed on public property, including parks, streets and open fields/spaces in Town. If you use fireworks at home, you must follow the rules and safety steps. Fines for improper use of fireworks in Newmarket start at $600 in accordance with Fireworks By-law 2015-18. Before you set off fireworks, go through the checklist here:

CYFS also reminds us that distracted cooking is the leading cause of house fires. With everyone home, people are inspired to cook, bake and grill more often. Her are some interesting links to share at home:
Steps to put out a kitchen fire, visit
Steps to check your BBQ for a leak, visit
Before you light a fire, check regulations

Here are a few other items to remember this weekend.
Restaurants and retail stores with a street entrance are providing curbside pick-up and delivery. To accommodate residents who are supporting our local merchants, a 30 minute maximum parking restriction now applies to both sides of Main Street from Water Street to Davis Drive, where there was previously a two hour limit.

The Town’s Customer Service Centre will be closed on Victoria Day Monday. All buildings and facilities in Newmarket remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For municipal emergencies after hours or on the long weekend, please call 905-895-5193 and press 3 to be directed to our after-hours service. Otherwise, please leave a voice mail or send an email to The Town will get back to you as soon as possible. If you notice or are experiencing a power outage, please call Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. directly at 905-895-2309.

Stay safe, be kind and enjoy the long weekend.

May 5, 2020
I went for a lovely walk in College Manor last evening and took a few pictures of the large back hoe that will be doing the work there this week. Last year, in the north end of College Manor Park, the Town removed the small old bridge that badly needed replacing. These photos are from Oct 21st, 2019. Compare them to the pictures of the completed bridge work i took last night!

This new design is a huge improvement both in its appearance and practical use. The new bridge structure is significantly longer and higher to avoid erosion and flooding. The bridge was completed a couple of months ago, and the grading and landscaping will be completed soon.

May 4, 2020
As many of you may know, I am the Town’s representative on The Historical Society, a post i truly enjoy. The Newmarket Historical Society is calling on members of the community to help us create history and capture accounts of every-day life during COVID-19! “The COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably a period in time that will hold an important chapter in our history books.” said Erin Cerenzia, volunteer President of the Society.

The Society’s volunteers have been actively preserving news articles and photographs since the pandemic began that will be catalogued and documented in the Archives. However, we are looking to add “social history” elements, specifically the experiences of Newmarket residents, such as:
• Letters, stories, or artwork explaining your feelings and what a typical day is like
• Quarantine games and other ‘at home’ activities you are partaking in
• Stories of positivity and every-day heroes in our community

Email submissions to with the subject “Capturing COVID-19.” Please include your name, age and street name.
To get involved in the Newmarket Historical Society as a member, volunteer, or Archives sponsor, contact  Contact: Erin Cerenzia President, Newmarket Historical Society Chair, Archives Digitization & Preservation Project
Email: Facebook: Twitter, Instagram: @newmarkeths

April 25, 2020
Canadians from every Province joined a virtual vigil Friday evening in memory of the victims of the Nova Scotia mass shooting.
People like Becky, myself and so many others took time Friday night to pray for the Nova Scotia families. It is hard to imagine their loss. Families praying for families. The online service garnered mentions from Prime Minister Trudeau and countless social media references from across the country. If you missed the live streaming of the service, you can watch it here.

April 22, 2020
Happy Earth Day 2020!
Earth Day was founded 50 years ago on April 22, 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. 20 million Americans, mostly university students, took to the streets to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day was effective at raising awareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitudes. That first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized and celebrated all over the planet!
If you are participating in your own Earth Day events this year, wonderful! Click this link if you would like to find more information on Earth Day. To 
see what is happening “digitally” in other countries this year, click here.

April 20, 2020
Lorne Chase, the marketing and communications coordinator at Newmarket Public Library wrote the following article about the Newmarket library computers helping in COVID-19 research.

While in lockdown, Newmarket Public Library is helping fight COVID-19 by lending its computers and tech equipment to organizations that are either creating personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital workers or conducting research into the virus. Last month, the library’s 3D printers were loaned out to local makerspace NewMakeIt to help in the production of face shields for medical staff. And now the library is helping an organization focused on disease research by providing the use of its computers.

Folding@home is a computing project run by a consortium of university and medical research facilities and based in the U.S. It utilizes distributed computers to run simulations on protein dynamics to aid in developing therapeutic drugs for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. It is now focusing its efforts on understanding the protein makeup of COVID-19. Proteins are the basic building blocks of the human body, required for cell energy, repair and maintenance, and creating antibodies for the immune system. They consist of amino acids (comprised of atoms), which form chains that ‘fold’ into complex three-dimensional structures, hence the name of the consortium Folding@home.

If these protein chains ‘misfold’, they can cause a wide range of health disorders. Viruses also contain proteins, which they use to reproduce themselves and suppress human immune systems. Researchers are studying these viral proteins and conducting biochemical simulations on computers to better understand how they function and replicate. “The simulations the project conducts require enormous processing power, “says library CEO Todd Kyle. “As a result of the lockdown, the library’s computers are now idle, so we can make them available by donating power for such an important undertaking.” Distributed computing requires the combined computing power of thousands of computers to help render simulations faster, while improving efficiency and performance. The project software is downloaded onto a computer and runs in the background as a person goes about their everyday work.

Folding@home operates on an open-source model and shares its analysis and knowledge with other organizations working in the field of protein research, and all of its data is made available to the public. Find out more about Folding@home and the consortium’s efforts being made to analyze COVID-19. If you have questions, use the ASK NPL link on the upper right corner of, text 905-769-0433, or email

April 15, 2020
This is a Covid19 public service announcement video produced for the State of Ohio Department of Health.
It’s worth watching and sharing. I think it drives the point home rater well! And you can check the Town site for updates anytime. And I love the picture posted by Jamie Boyle on his Facebook page…..

April 13, 2020
A friendly reminder that while we are staying safe at home, we can’t ignore that Cyber-Criminals are still trying to steal from us and it can start with just a Typo. . .
Cyber-crooks create fake websites to look like the company you wanted, but their site has a missing or misplaced letter in the address. These fake websites prompt visitors to provide account information or download a risky file that could appear like Adobe Flash Player or JavaScript update. The malware could then give hackers access to your computer and everything on it.

Remind your child about safe surfing and review your website address carefully. If the website you land on looks a little unusual, re-check how you typed the URL. And if you receive a phone call, email or text that seems out of place, or even a little suspicious, do not give your information to anyone. Investigate it first. I know of someone who applied for the CERB benefit and 2 hours later received a text message stating she was eligible. It was a coincidence and scam. You can visit this site to learn about or complain about a scam.
Stay safe!

April 11, 2020
In Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, local community leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs and residents joined together through the power of song to create an inspirational video during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 9, 2020
Like many of us, fellow Town Councillor Grace Simon is a person of faith and she wanted to do something this Easter weekend for praying for our Town. Wanting to create a beautiful and significant personal event, yet for the community, and with the help of Mayor Taylor, they came up with this wonderful initiative, “Light up the Night” prayer stand for Good Friday from 8 to 8:30 PM. My wife, Becky and I will take time Friday evening at 8:00 PM for prayer for our community and country, for individuals and families. If you wish, please join us in prayer Friday night and if you would like to, share this message.

April 9, 2020
To say the least, it’s a most unusual holiday weekend this year. My Jewish friends celebrated first Seder of Passover last evening but with no large family gatherings. Christians are celebrating Easter this weekend in their own homes without friends and family. There are numerous religious events and special occasions that are being celebrated in a very different way this year. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, religious holidays are all being spent without family and friends.

But we can still be together, apart. You can pick up the phone and call anyone, anytime to say hello. You can video chat to share your Congrats!, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy Whatever!, sending you Air Hugs! We miss you, we love you, air kisses!! This weekend and every day, stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected! Be physically distant, but socially close by any means you can. Not just for yourself, but for those friends and family members that could use the emotional boost, that sense of belonging that getting in touch will bring.

We’re all in this together! Be thankful, appreciative and considerate. And if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

April 2, 2020
Becky and I went for a walk last evening we found these little beauties hiding just off of Leslie Street, just north of On Bogart Pond. Spring is officially here and it looks like the weather may be catching up with bright sunshine and warming temperatures! Let’s look for the good things. And by the way, most of Ward 2, our first yard waste pick-up of the season is tomorrow/Friday. Now that’s a sure sign of spring!

March 27, 2020
You can still borrow from the Library!
NewmarketToday had a great article today about still borrowing from the library. Many of us knew that, many didn’t. There are ebooks, audio books, movies you can stream, digital copies of magazines, access 10 million songs and thousands of music videos, and so much more! You can read the entire article here. So, what are we taking for granted? Be well & stay safe!

March 26, 2020
Like so many people everywhere, and for the greater good, we are staying at home as much as possible and keeping our “social distance” from others. But it’s still nice to see many people out walking every evening enjoying some outdoor family time.
Our walk tonight was around part of Fairy Lake. We saw this fox looking for the eggs of the mallard ducks. The ducks squawked loudly trying to deter the fox from its success.
And the sun performed wonderfully!!
More importantly, it will come up again tomorrow morning.
If you look for the good and the beauty, you will find it.
Stay safe, stay healthy!

March 24, 2020
We are so proud of how our entire Southlake team is coming together to work through the COVID-19 pandemic to keep patients safe, from the staff and physicians on the front line, to our environmental staff and facilities team, to our security team, the screeners, food services, lab, IT, finance, communications, IPAC, occupational health and so many more. Thank you all for your incredible work during this difficult time!

March 23, 2020
Valley View Alliance Church was successful in providing 43 meals, all handed out in the parking lot through a drive-thru and walk-thru set-up. The Church was also able to provide the Loft Street Outreach Van coordinator, Mary Ann with 32 leftover bagged meals which she distributed today on her run through York Region. Partnership is a very good thing!

The expenses for this meal were almost double in order to comply with the health regulations and the addition of packaging. We all hope this COVID 19 situation does not become a threat to the Valley View Community Dinner program as it has to so many other aspects of all our lives these days.

March 13, 2020
A Covid-19 update for Residents.
The Town’s internal COVID-19 staff task group is working with York Region Public Health, other Health Services, the Province and others to prepare and develop our next steps as the Covid 19 situation continues to evolve. As we are learning, out of an abundance of caution, many organizations are postponing events that attract large groups. The Town will continue to run our programs and events in facilities. If or when decisions are made to change those plans, we will communicate them to you as soon as possible.

We are reminded by York Region Public Health that risk of COVID-19 remains low. The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. All Town services are currently open and operational and running all programs. If a determination is made to cancel services or close facilities, we will advise the public through our social media platforms, our Town website and through local media.
Please take all the precautions to protect yourselves from Covid 19, other respiratory illnesses and the common cold and flu, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Avoid contact with people who are sick
• Stay home if you are sick
• Increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces like toilets, sink tap handles, doorknobs, countertops, etc. using regular household cleaners
• Avoid sharing drinks/water bottles, eating utensils
If you want or need to confirm whether a program or service is running, you can contact our customer service center, 905-895-5193 or for any health-related questions, call York Region Public Health’s Health Connection line at 1-800-361-5653, or visit : or

March 7, 2020
A reminder that Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend! When our local time hits 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 8, our clocks should be advanced or turned forward one hour to 3:00 AM local time. It will feel like we’re losing an hour but there will be more daylight in the evening. A nice way to start off the spring!

March 3, 2020
Local business owners, Council and Town staff gathered at the Old Town Hall Thursday morning to discuss strategies that ensure Newmarket continues to be a desirable community in which to live, work and play. The Chamber, Envi Network and Newmarket-Tay Hydro along with Deputy Mayor Tom Vegh , Councillors Christina Bisanz, Kelly Broome, Trevor Morrison and Jane Twinney were also in attendance to both listen and provide input.
It is very important to the our future health, growth and prosperity that we are clear on what we need to focus on going forward. We also need to understand what businesses require to locate, hire and stay in Newmarket. Council will be discussing and approving an updated strategy in the coming months. The time spent was both insightful and encouraging.

February 28, 2020
In War, there are always Heroes to be recognized and appreciated. One set of heroes of any war often are the Medics. Their work required bravery, determination and a unique skill set to work around and help those who were wounded. Author Ted Barris spoke passionately about the stories he uncovered in researching his book, Rush to Danger. 80 people attended the Historical Society presentation to hear incredible stories of the work of Medics during the last major wars.


February 25, 2020
NewMakeIt Open House
Have you ever wanted to try pottery, making a knife, building or creating any other items? Consider visiting NewMakeIt and find your inner artisan instead of buying it or storing all of the tools and equipment yourself. This past Saturday’s Open House at NewMakeIt highlighted the opportunities that this unique space brings. NewMakeIt provides the environment and resources for collaboration, learning, creativity, and innovation. It is a beautiful, spacious, multi-functional coworking and makerspace shared facility in Newmarket. Check out their Workshop Calendar and Services here.

February 24, 2020
Way to go Newmarket!!
The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises awareness and money for charities serving hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community. This year’s walk was on February 22 and raised over $85,000! Every city, town and community has individuals who are homeless. They may not be visible, but people without a home are still here. As Mayor Taylor reminded us, how we treat those in need is a great indicator of a caring town. Many people come together to make this happen, 232 walkers, 45 volunteers and hundreds & hundreds of supporters! For information or to donate, please visit It’s never to late to help.

February 22, 2020
Tribe Studio, a new Fitness business had its official opening at 160 Pony Dr on Thursday. Mayor Taylor, Deputy Mayor Vegh and I tried out the gloves and other equipment, then I offered to “go a few rounds with anyone in the house”. (Fortunately there were no takers.) Welcome to the Newmarket business community and congratulations to Karen & Reza Yazdani on the opening of Tribe Studios.

February 19, 2020
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario visited our art exhibit in honour of Black History Month today. The exhibit is located at Newmarket’s Old Town Hall and is entitled, Heart of Africa: Retracing our History pays tribute to Black History Month. It is in partnership with the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association and is featured until February 22.
“There is no Ontario, as we know it today, without the incredible contributions, voices, and achievements of Black Canadians,” says Her Honour, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “It was a delight to visit the exhibition Heart of Africa: Retracing Our History and to join the Town of Newmarket in celebrating the work of the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association alongside the inspiring young women of Trust 15. The history of the diaspora here in Ontario is older than the province, and its legacy is carried on today in the young women and men who are building on the accomplishments of those before them.” See the full press release here:
Please visit for more information on the exhibit and other events in Newmarket honouring Black History Month.

February 16, 2020
Winterfest 2020 was Cold, yes! Fun, Free and Fabulous, absolutely! Winterfest again this year attracted many families, and lots of people looking for a great Saturday morning! Sledge hockey, pancake breakfast $2.00, tube slides and upbeat music. (No, I wasn’t the DJ, just pretending) If you were there, I’m sure you had a great time, if you missed it, it’s only 363 more days till next year’s Winterfest!

February 14, 2020
Some of you may know that I was in Army Cadets during High School at Port Perry HS, so I have a keen interest in Cadets life! Our local Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 221 PATRIOT meet at Optimist Hall in Town.
I was fortunate to attend and assist the Reviewing Officer to inspect and review the Cadets during their Ceremonial Parade Review. Following the Review, I took the opportunity to provide a few words of encouragement and stress the importance of discipline and sacrifice in everyday life.
The Cadets are very serious about all they do both in the review as well as their classes. Royal Canadian Sea Cadets learn about the naval and maritime environment by participating in a variety of activities on and off the water. Sea Cadets also participate in ceremonial events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian naval heritage. You can learn more about the Sea Cadets here.

February 12, 2020
Winterfest 2020!! Come join us with your family and friends for some indoor & outdoor winter fun this Saturday, Feb 15 at Riverwalk Commons & Lions Hall! There is Learn to Curl and learn to play Sledge Hockey followed by free skating and an Ice Sculpting demonstration. Activities are free, but there is a charge for the Pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 am and other food services. There are lots of other free fun things to see and try up to about 3 pm. Plus on Sunday at the Ray Twinney Rec Complex, there is free indoor Skating from 12 noon to 2 pm followed by free Swimming 2 to 4 pm. More info at

February 11, 2020
Newmarket’s newest dining experience, “The George” on Main held an official opening Tuesday evening. Guests enjoyed decor restored from it’s time as a hotel and “public house” from the late 1800’s onwards. Inside this beautiful and unique restaurant is a micro brewery offering a wide selection of styles and flavours to satisfy purists and adventurous beer drinkers alike. Both Mayor Tom and John Taylor and former Mayor Tony Van Bynen attended the opening while many celebrated the incredible work done in bringing the old building to life again.

February 7, 2020
The Lendery!
Are there times you need a crock pot for the annual family get together? Or you plan to hang a few pictures for the first time. Well instead of buying the crock pot or drill, why not borrow it from your friendly library?
Starting February 5th, the Newmarket Public Library is lending a large variety of tools, household and kitchen items and more. Please stop in and see for yourself! If you have items in good repair that you don’t use any more and think could benefit local residents, consider asking if they can use it at the Lendery.
If you have items that need a small repair, consider getting it fixed for free at the new Repair Cafe. Visit for details.
Hopefully we can start a Toy Library in the future as well! Perfect for parents, grandparents and of course kids. I will bring it up at our next Board meeting . In the meantime please use The Lendery and please tell your friends there are even more reasons to visit the Library today!

February 6, 2020
The Town of Newmarket wants to thank the many residents who participated in the visioning workshop for the Mulock Property last night. The Town is continuing to seek feedback by asking residents to imagine what #mymulock could look like in the future.
“We have a very unique opportunity to honour our past… while shaping this historic property into a major cornerstone of our community for generations to come” says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. “We have heard many truly amazing ideas so far and by sharing your stories and your vision, it will help us to create a master plan that balances our past history and heritage with our very bright future.”
Here are some ways to share your stories and vision for the Mulock Property:
Visit the Mulock engagement booth at the Town’s Winterfest on Saturday, Feb 15 at Riverwalk Commons Get creative and share your vision through an interactive activity.
Complete a survey at until February 19, for a chance to win a $100 Upper Canada Mall gift card.
You can find out more and share your thoughts, stories and your vision here:

February 3, 2020
Recently the Town held a drop-in style evening to look at potential changes to the bylaws surrounding animals. The provincial laws have changed and this affects which group or agency does what. The session included dealing with wildlife and what to do if you encounter injured animals. Bylaws concerning how long a dog can be tethered, under what temperature and for how long, are all issues being considered. A map showing coyote sightings in 2019 are in black and sightings 2020 are in red. Soon Council will receive a report on the input received from residents and recommendations for bylaw changes. When I have some details, I will pass them along.
Other drop-in informational meetings that might interest you:
Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan Public Information Centre on Tuesday, Feb 4, from 7: to 9:00 PM in the Front Lobby Area of the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Dr.
Mulock Property Community Visioning Workshop on Wednesday, February 05 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St.

February 1, 2020
Each January, Valley View Alliance Church hosts a spaghetti dinner and live auction. The youth volunteer by serving and assisting with the baked goods auction. Money raised helps the youth in their programs and training. The pasta is professionally cooked and the desserts are absolutely delightful. I had the opportunity to be the auctioneer this year and together we raised $3,000. “A relaxing and fun night” is how many people describe the event. Good fun for a good cause.

January 27, 2020
Many residents are shocked at this and with good reason!!
Last night, criminals vandalized two Newmarket schools with racist slurs, disgusting imagery and hate-motivated graffiti. The thought process behind this despicable act is one that is learned and it saddens me deeply to think that someone is teaching, much less thinking these thoughts. If you know who the perpetrators are, please act!
York police appeal to witnesses and anyone who has information, dashcam or video surveillance footage in the area of Newmarket’s Sacred Heart Catholic High School and/or St. Paul Catholic Elementary School to contact Newmarket’s #1 District criminal investigations bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at

January 13, 2020
Silver Stick Hockey Tournament
Although the tournament began on Thursday, the Silver Stick Tournament opening ceremony was held Friday evening at the R.J.Twinney Complex.
71 teams were in Newmarket, 17 from the US, the balance from all over Ontario, including 7 Host teams competing for 8 different Championships.
Before the official sanctioned tournament began, the Timbits teams players were by far the most fun to watch. This is a huge undertaking and the organizing group deserves high praise from all those who attended. Certainly great to have this incredible event here in Newmarket. It also has a very positive economic impact on the Town filling Hotel rooms, packing many local restuarants with money spent on shopping and attractions.

January 12, 2020
Prince Charles Public School
If you are hungry, it is very difficult to learn. Not every child has a good breakfast before coming to school, some just aren’t hungry, others can’t afford it. In December, I contributed $225 to the Prince Charles Public School breakfast program. The program provides breakfast for any student who wants it and also has fresh fruit available at the office any time during the school day. Thanks to the parent volunteers and staff for their ongoing commitment to this program. Your work is appreciated. Does your child’s school have a program like this one?

January 11, 2020
Rain, rain go away, come again another day! It’s still coming down and is forecasted to continue. Lots of Rain. With all the rain and much more still to come, please drive carefully. There is flooding in Town as pictured here, but Town crews are out and about clearing drains.

January 9, 2020
Mayor Taylor’s New Year’s Levee NEW DATE!!
Due to forecasted inclement weather, the event has been rescheduled to Friday, January 17th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Riverwalk Commons & Community Centre & Lions Hall. A good time will be had by all as the event features:
Live music by the Bianca Rollo Band, DJ between sets, laser effects, outdoor skating, the Tim Hortons Express Train, hot chocolate provided by Cachet Supper Club with Food trucks on site. Please support Newmarket’s green initiatives by walking, carpooling or busing. Full info here.

January 6, 2020
Happy New Year to all my Friends, everyone in Ward 2 and to all Newmarket Residents!
Chances are, we have all gotten a little introspective over the last week or two and have made decisions that will impact us in the new year, like: learning something new, or to be better at something we already do, to help others more often, to give a bit more of ourselves if we can. Your list, like mine is personal to you, but if you are looking for ideas, please consider volunteering this year.
You can Volunteer for a one time or one day event, or for weekly, monthly or ongoing needs. There are many places that could use your help, the Hospital, Food Pantry, Women, Youth and Homeless Shelters and many Charities and Community Groups are looking for the personal touch from someone just like you. Over the Holidays, many found great satisfaction in giving. Volunteering can make you feel that way more often.
Whatever your challenges and goals are for this year, Good Luck and strive to succeed. And remember, help is available if you need it.
Becky and I would like to wish each of you Best Wishes for a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

December 18, 2019
Winter Wonderland
Dont forget about Frozen Friday this upcoming December 20, 27 and January 3, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Riverwalk Commons! Stop by this Friday for DJ music, free outdoor skating, free mini-train rides, weather permitting and the Wickedly Sinful food truck selling fries and poutine. There will be the two fire/LED shows, free Tim Hortons hot chocolate and free Cobs Breads fun buns along with giveaways from Jay Miller.  More info here.

December 12, 2019
Can you help the Newmarket Coats for Kids Program?
The Program helps hundreds of area families every year through the generous donations of coats, cash and space! But its current donated space on Gorham St will be up for sale in April of 2020 and the Program will need a new home. To best help local families, they will need a new, rent-free space that’s easy to get to by transit.

The Program, which is co-run by the 3 Newmarket Lions Clubs, needs space for storing the coats in warmer weather, plus is an easy to access location where people can stop in to donate or collect a coat from October to March. Last year, about 1,500 coats were distributed to local children. If you can help, please get in touch with me or with the Progam directly on their Facebook page.

December 6, 2019
Yes we have snow again!!! More than usual and more snow forecasted! At a recent open house, the Town had a snow plow simulator for residents to try out. Plus we had sidewalk plows on display and a reminder of how much ice and snow Newmarket received in 2014. I like snow but I was kind of hoping we would get a little less this year.

December 5, 2019
Starting in January 2020, Central York Fire Services is implementing a cost-recovery program when responding to vehicle collisions in the Towns of Newmarket and Aurora. It is a two-year pilot program to recover costs associated with responding to collisions on municipal roadways in both Towns.
This affects drivers who are deemed at-fault and invoices will be sent directly to the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Fees are typically paid by the insurer.
Currently, Central York Fire Services is the only fire service in York Region that does not charge a service fee for attending motor vehicle collisions on municipal roadways.
You can read the full media release here.

November 30, 2019
The Craft Show hosted by the Newmarket Seniors Centre was a huge success. Incredible crafters and artists provided a wide array of beautiful crafts and gifts items. My wife, Becky was thrilled with a gorgeous quilt and I carried the lovely dolls as gifts for 2 little girls. (shhh, don’t tell anyone!) Thanks to the crafters and Seniors staff for a wonderful show and enjoyable day.

November 25, 2019
On Saturday morning, hundreds of local residents came out to John’s No Frills on Leslie St to support the Valley View Alliance Church’s annual Jingle Bell Blitz in collecting food items for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Thank you Newmarket, this year, 4500 pounds of food was collected! The Jingle Bell Blitz began in 2013 by the Valley View Alliance Church and over the last 7 years has collected over 34,000 pounds of food. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but the Newmarket Food Pantry could always use more. If you need their help or want to offer yours, please visit or call 905-895-6823.

November 20, 2019
The Newmarket Historical Society held its annual Potluck supper and social get-together tonight. Part of the evening included delicious food brought by its Members, a silent action followed by a live auction. There were homemade knitted hats and mitts for sale on the Christmas tree and many other great prizes to bid on for a culturally important organization in Town. It was an enjoyable and relaxing evening. I had the opportunity to serve as the auctioneer. (And you know I enjoyed that!)

November 21, 2019
Ted Fullerton pays it forward to Newmarket!
Renowned Canadian artist Ted Fullerton is making an original lithograph print of his Sun Rise with all proceeds in support of the Newmarket Old Town Hall’s Gallery.
Fullerton has generously donated a limited number of original lithograph prints of Sun Rise from his Figure in Landscape collection to the Town to sell at a discounted price. The gallery programs at Newmarket Old Town Hall will receive 100 per cent of print sales.The one-of-a-kind original prints are hand-printed, signed and valued at $1,800 per print unframed. In time for the holidays, a limited quantity is available for sale at a price of $475 plus tax. To purchase a print, learn more about lithography printing and watch a video with Ted Fullerton on how Sun Rise was created, visit, or visit Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street until December 24, 2019 to see Sun Rise on display.

November 20, 2019
Central York Fire Services & Enbridge Gas are working to bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero. Enbridge Gas has invested $275,000 in Project Zero this year; and over the past 11 years, the program has provided more than 44,356 alarms to Ontario fire departments. Central York Fire Services received 252 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero, a public education campaign providing alarms to residents across Ontario. When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure. You can uncover a lot of information at

November 19, 2019
Valley View Alliance Church is hosting their Annual Jingle Bell Blitz this Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 9 AM to 11:30 AM.
This is the day where we as a church community partner with residents to serve our Newmarket community in one of the hardest seasons of the year. On Nov 23rd, we set-up shop outside NoFrills on Leslie St, play Christmas music, serve breakfast and fill whole trucks with food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. When we say we “fill the pantry” in a day, we mean it! From 4,000-7,000 pounds of food is donated annually through this event and we love it! We get to provide people in our town with meals all through December! Please join us Nov. 23rd by coming to NoFrills on Leslie St., buying some food, enjoying breakfast and feeding a ton of families in Newmarket this December! You’ll feel “full” in more ways than one!

November 19, 2019
We have all seen them, maybe it’s time to be one! . . . . . The Newmarket 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign has between 60 and 80 Volunteer shifts a day until Christmas Eve and all funds collected go to the needs of area residents. The 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign needs your help, and if you can give 2 hours of your time you are truly Giving Hope. To register as a volunteer, For inquiries, please email or call Nancy on her cell phone at 905-392-5900.

November 16, 2019
Santa Arrived Saturday!
At the parade today Town Council and MP Tony Van Bynen collected food donations for the Newmarket Food Pantry. It was perfect weather and there were many excited children and adults lining the sidewalks in anticipation of seeing Santa! After a long line of wonderfully decorated and creative floats, the moment we were all waiting for, Santa!! When you’re marching in the parade it’s hard to get pictures, so if I find more, I will post them on my Facebook page.

November 15, 2019
Newmarket Candlelight Parade
Cool weather, hot chocolate, lots of families and friends, the incredible Newmarket Citizens Band, the sweet Presbyterian Choir, Christmas carols and a giant brilliantly lit tree. That was the Candlelight Parade on Main Street Friday night.

November 13, 2019
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from your Mayor and Councillors!

November 7, 2019
Newmarket Legion Members held a Veterans Remembrance service for the residents of Southlake Village long term care facility on Thursday afternoon. Many of whom know all too well what a War can do to family, friends and country.
I had the opportunity to present a reflection on what a Veteran’s life and sacrifice means to me today. Staff and Residents appreciated the time and the service presented by Legion members.

November 6, 2019
Please join us for Remembrance Day Services
The Remembrance Day Parade is Sunday, November 10 at 1 p.m. It begins at Doug Duncan Dr and proceeds west on Water, then Eagle Street, and will arrive at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Church & D’arcy for the service and wreath laying ceremony. Following the Service, refreshments will be served at the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St. Info: Royal Canadian Legion: 905-895-5481.

On November 11, Remembrance Day Ceremonies will commence at 10:45 a.m. at the Newmarket Cemetery, 112 Main Street North. A reception will follow at Newmarket Veterans’ Association, 406 Millard Ave. Info: Newmarket Veterans’ Association: 905-895-7321

November 4, 2019
The Pumpkins were on Parade Friday evening at Riverwalk Commons. Two hundred pumpkins were dropped off by residents and visitors were asked to vote for their favourites in each of these catagories: Jack of all Lanterns (Newmarket’s Favourite) – Scariest Pumpkin – Cutest Pumpkin – Most Creative Pumpkin. I was surprised at how many wonderful creations there were to choose from. Here are just a few!

October 29, 2019
No one enjoys having part of their neighbourhood park taken over with construction equipment, but that’s the situation we have right now in College Manor Park. However the people I spoke with indicated they do want to be sure their sewage gets processed. The twinning of the sewage pipe all through Newmarket will go a long way to ensuring we don’t have a major sewer backup.
The other project, replaces the bridge at the north end of the park. The new one is much stronger and a little higher to maintain access even during the spring run off. While inconvenient, the work was purposely delayed until after the summer to ensure residents were able to enjoy their summer in the park. Note: the park walkway and playground are still accessible. There may be a short walk on the grass around work vehicles during the weekdays. Thanks for you patience.

October 20, 2019
It was a beautiful, picture perfect fall day with over 1000 residents visiting the Mulock Estate. Visitors of all ages enjoyed the Grand Ole Mulock House and Grounds Tours, cider tasting, apple snacks and pumpkin races! A few Visitors dressed for the event, and took some candid and ‘not so candid’ photos. There was a developing sense that the Mulock Estate will be a real jewel for Newmarket residents for generations to come!

October 17
It was a cold and windy evening, yet filled with wonderful neighbours, many of whom brought a food donation! Thank you!
The Blue Door staff were great and the BBQ food delicious. On Thursday evening we had the opportunity to hear a little of the work done at Blue Door. Their short-term emergency housing supports the needs for individuals and is such a critical service. It’s a shame we need them, but we do. To find out more, or to see if you can help out in some way, please visit Blue Door.

October 16
York Region “Officially” opened 2 new Para Med stations. One is at 135 Aspenwood Drive, in the NorthWest section of Town where the ribbon cutting ceremony took place and the other is on Harry Walker Parkway south in the SouthEast corner of Town. (You may remember me posting about that earlier this past spring.) Minister Elliot, Mayor Taylor and most members of Council were in attendance.
These additional Paramedic stations will provide better area coverage and quicker response times. With our growing population and with our aging population, a faster response means saving lives!

October 16
Hello all my Friends in Newmarket Ward 2!
Tomorrow, October 17th between 4:30 & 6:30, the Blue Door team and I are hosting a Community BBQ at Kevin’s Place, 835 Gorham St. You are cordually inviited to stop in for a quick bite and a hello! You can learn a bit more about how Blue Door helps provide safe and supportive emergency housing and/or chat with me about any concerns you might have as a resident.

October 13
Few things tug at a parent’s heart like being unable to provide for your child. While it may be too easy to judge why that could happen, the fact is that everyone, especially children need to be warm during the cold winter months.
The Lions Club of Newmarket is once again working to acquire and then distribute coats, hats, mitts and snow suits to anyone in need. A HUGE Thank You! to the many the Lions and Lioness of Newmarket for your many hours of volunteer work. This is both needed and appreciated.
To drop off coats, mitts, boots, snowsuits or to pick-up, visit 1271 Gorham St Unit #8, on Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00 or Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30. More info at:

October 10
The Inn From The Cold will open in early November for the winter season. On Wednesday evening, the Inn held an Open House to highlight the services they provide to those that require shelter during our long and sometimes bitterly cold winter months. Tours of the building helped visitors understand the assistance and services offered to guests of the Inn.
It was great to see Tom Taylor there. Tom and I worked together to help get the Inn From The Cold started and running for its first 8 years.
When you crawl into your bed tonight, be thankful. I am grateful that volunteers, donors and staff provide a safe, warm place on a cold winter’s night. If you would like to learn more, sponsor a night or volunteer, please get in touch:

October 9
The 11th Annual Newmarket Art Walk & Studio Tour was an excellent event exhibiting the work of 34 artists at 16 locations in the downtown area over the weekend. The quality, variety and sheer volume of art and art objects was a display usually shown in a much larger venue and city. Well done Newmarket and kudos to the Newmarket Group of Artists! Here is a sampling of work, and you can see much more of their work in paint, glass, photography, ceramics and more of all Members of the NGA here:

October 3
Hello all my Friends in Newmarket Ward 2!
On October 17th, the Blue Door team and I are hosting a Community BBQ at Kevin’s Place, 835 Gorham St. You are cordually inviited to stop in for a quick bite and a hello! You can learn a bit more about how Blue Door helps provide safe and supportive emergency housing and/or chat with me about any concerns you might have as a resident.

September 30
The Annual Central York Fire Services Open Houses are always fun, well attended and extremely informative. This weekend’s event was no exception as there were many firefighters in attendance, lots of food, educational interactive displays and of course Firetrucks on hand for all to enjoy.
At the Gorham Street fire hall, there was also a display honouring the life of firefighter Al Longhurst who passed away from cancer in 2014.
A cheque presentation to Fires Services from Firehall Subs was made and will help to place smoke and CO2 detectors into Newmarket homes.

September 27
On Thursday evening, most of our ‘Riding’ candidates in the October Federal Election were at the Old Town Hall to explain what they and their party might do if elected. Lois Brown was not present and no explanation was provided. Since then I read she had a scheduling conclict.
Most of the positions put forward related to climate change, plus how to deal with and how to assist businesses displaced by the shift to a greener economy.
The Green Party candidate used metre long stick to illustrate where we are and where greenhouse emissions need to be.
Our climate has become one of the most important issues in this election and it’s one issue that affects every Canadian!

September 13
The Calm before the Storm!
I was at the Hoedown grounds today volunteering at the Student Magna Hoedown. Over 1000 special needs students and assistants will be here soon. Right now it’s quiet as the volunteers prepare for the influx of people. Most Hoedown pictures show huge crowds having a great time! Enjoy these calm and quiet shots that you may not usually see! Then the Students arrived! This was the 5th annual student Hoedown and students along with those who came to support them had a fabulously fun time. Many said “we’ll be back next year” because they enjoyed themselves so much. The groups playing Friday evening had a full dress rehearsal to the delight of their student audience. Students also enjoyed a bst dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest along with the local music and dancing. Magna continues to support many local charities through this weekend of entertainment.

September 10
Sir William Mulock Harvest Picnic!
Bring the Family and join us at the Mulock Farmhouse property on Sunday, Oct 6, from 1 to 4 PM. Pack a picnic lunch basket and bring a blanket for an afternoon of outdoor heritage harvest fun. Explore this wonderful outdoor space and learn about Mulock Farm’s heritage past.
As there is no parking on the property, parking will be available at Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle Street West, with accessible buses shuttling to the Mulock Farm and back. There will be a variety of activities, contests and games for the
hole family. More info to follow soon or visit the Town website:

August 15
What a wonderful time we had last night!
Mother Nature cooperated with great weather for Moonlight Movies in the Park while Friends and Residents from Ward 2 enjoyed free Popcorn and Ice Cream!
York Central Fire Services was on hand as were some very friendly Staff from the Town to help movie-goers of all ages appreciate another fun Town event!
Nice to see Tom VeghBob Kwapis and Grace Simon in attendance as well!
Special thanks to my Volunteers Greg and Suzanne Taylor and Congratulations to the Winners of our raffle Gift Card prizes; $100 from Dolphin Pools, $50 from No Frills on Leslie and $50 from Vince’s Market in College Manor.

July 25
It’s BuskerFest this Saturday, July 27 on Main Street from noon to 10 p.m.
Come early and be prepared to be amazed!! Incredibly talented & unique international street performers will provide a day of entertainment for the whole family! Plus vendors, patios, games, and fun activities for the whole family!
Guests are welcome to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Newmarket Food Pantry. Newmarket Food Pantry donation bins will be located on site at the Town of Newmarket booth. More info:

July 8
If you’re looking for a way to stay cool in Newmarket this summer, remember the Town offers a variety of swimming pools and splash pads to keep you cool and busy having fun in the sun! Pack some snacks and head on over to any of the Town’s great pools and pads! You can find out operating times and more info here: Don’t forget the sun screen!

June 27
The snapping turtle mommas are back!
(This is a snippet from an internal Town email from our resident Turtle Momma, Cat Bezubiak) Three turtles have laid eggs at the head of the trail beside the accessible parking space on the west side of Town Offices parking lot. Josh will be putting up a fence of some kind to mark the area. In the meantime please be cautious if you’re walking there. The nests are delicate right now. If you spot more turtles laying eggs around the office please let someone at the Town Office know and we’ll make sure they are protected. And remember, don’t disturb a snapping turtle laying her eggs! Even the little ones can easily take your finger off. The countdown to baby turtles is on! Watch out for them starting in late August.

June 25
My insurance business taught me that no one wants to think about death or dying. But when a loved one is in the final stages of life, with a prognosis of 3 months or less to live, life changes for the entire family. Given a choice, and if possible, many would prefer to spend that remaining time at home with family. If that is not a possibility, one option offering “home-like” care  is Margaret Bahen Hospice. The 10 bed residence is located behind Southlake on Queen St and provides private rooms and round the clock nursing at no cost to the resident or their family.

The goal at Margaret Bahen Hospice is to ensure that a person’s quality of life is maintained or even improved and is free of pain from an interdisciplinary team. Pippa and Deborah provided a tour and it is unlike any other medical facility I have seen. There are sitting and gathering areas and the home-like feeling is very real. Family can come into the kitchen and always find fresh food and home-baking. Margaret Bahen Hospice is a truly wonderful residence and I am pleased that they are located in Ward 2, Newmarket. For information, please visit:

June 6
Today in France, around the world and in Newmarket, people commemorated the 75th anniversary of the WWII landings of the Allied Forces in northern France, D-Day! The Elman Campbell museum held a ribbon cutting to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-DAY today at 2:00pm.
The museum has opened a fascinating detailed display of items related to the ending of World War II. Veterans, Legion members, Council and many residents came to the opening of the display.

D-Day the 75th Anniversary Commemoration Exhibit runs to November 9. Admission is free @ 134 Main St S. For information, call 905-953-5314.

May 29
It’s turtle nesting season again! Thanks to the Town’s own Cat Bezubiak for all this info!
For the next few weeks keep an eye out for turtles of all sizes on the roads and trails near any water source, and especially for big snappers near the parking lot at 395 Mulock and along Cane Parkway and beside Fairy Lake. Snappers are the only turtle that can pose any safety risk. Be very careful of them and never pester them, especially one that’s nesting. They could easily take your fingers. All turtle species in Ontario are considered at risk or threatened and could use your help making it safely across roads.
Cat provided a link to a Toronto Zoo video for anyone who wants to know how to safely move a snapper.

May 27th was Bike to Work Day. The weather cooperated wonderfully for the Bike to Work Day at Riverwalk Commons. Town and other business’ employees, business owners, Staff and Council rode their bikes in a symbolic gesture of ways to get around town. Having bike lanes on Srigley, Prospect and Timothy make the ride so much more safe and comfortable. Thanks to Spoke O’Motion and others for their continued sponsorship!

May 8th was McHappy Day and here in Newmarket, it was a real pleasure “working the counter” at the Davis & Leslie St McDonald’s! There were lots of Town Staff and Volunteers working to make this another successful day for Ronald McDonald House and our own Southlake Hospital. Many people were stopping in to say hi and show their support. On McHappy Day, at McDonald’s everywhere, when you purchase a Big Mac®, Happy Meal® or hot McCafé® beverage, $1 is donated to RMHC & local children’s charities across Canada and the US. Here I am enjoying McHappy Day with my wife Becky and granddaughter Larkin!

Residents are invited to a developer-led meeting looking for community feedback & input on a re-development proposal of #66 Roxborough Rd. Note that this proposal has not yet been seen or approved by the Town.
If the developer decides to move ahead, there will be a statutory public meeting so the Council and Town staff can hear concerns from residents.
This 1st meeting is Thursday, May 23rd, starting at 7:00 pm at Ray Twinney Complex; Lounge 2. A short presentation explaining the development proposal will be made by the Development Consultant, followed by a question period and open discussion. All input, comments and concerns will be collected and considered as the development proposal advances through the review and approval process in accordance with all statutory requirements under the Planning Act. For additional information please contact: Michael Frieri, or 416-254-2062
If you have friends living near Southlake, see picture map, please share this information with them.

Today was the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce Annual Mayor’s Luncheon hosted at Cardinal Golf Club. This was Mayor Taylor’s his first formal address to Chamber Members and Guests and he delivered an excellent overview of development, debt, taxes, economic development as well as a discussion of Newmarket’s future. The event was sold out and highlights the interests and contributions of many people and organizations.

As the Town Councillor for Ward 2, I was fortunate to be invited to Southlake Hospital recently and was given the opportunity to get an inside peek and learn a bit more about this much appreciated resource we enjoy having in Town. Like many of the residents in Newmarket and upper York region, I have been to Southlake for both a planned and unplanned visit for myself or for a loved one and I continue to be amazed at high quality, innovation and passion of their great staff.

Some facts that you may find interesting is that Southlake enjoys the support of over 800 Volunteers who donate over 100,000 hours of their time annually! There are only 426 beds at Southlake, over 32,000 admissions and over 500,000 out-patient visits. Many of us have visited Emergency, in fact there are over 113,000 ER visits every year, that’s like a patient visiting ER every 4.5 minutes!

Most interesting is the concept of trying to determine where health care changes will go and still provide outstanding help to those who are in their care.
My favourite stat: 2649 babies were born there last year!
My least favourite stat: our regional population over 65 will double in the next 20 years. I’ll be in that stat group and although it concerns me as a resident, I am impressed that Southlake’s strategic plan addresses that situation, as well as many others.

Many thanks to Arden Krystal, the CEO and Kim Stephens-Woods, Director of Southlake’s Emergency Department for the tour and fascinating information. Read the Southlake strategic plan here.

Central York Fire, York Regional Police and Paramedics came together April 6th for the “Be a Hero” event to raise money in support of local children with cancer and Southlake’s Pediatric Cancer Care. Fire Chief Ian Laing and others allowed their heads to be shaved in return for donations from friends, family and the crowd of supporters. Everyone rallied together offering $500 to Chief Laing if he would shave off his beloved moustache. He accepted and was left hairless!! Over $80,000 was raised.

If you like to design and build things and haven’t heard about NewMakeit yet, you should pay them a visit! NewMakeit provides an environment and resources for collaboration, learning, creativity, and innovation. Located at 621 Timothy St, they are hosting an Open House on April 7 from 11 am to 3 pm and it’s an excellent opportunity to view the space and the work of their 100 members. 70 hobbyists and 30 entrepreneurs use NewMakeit to utilize a complete wood and metal shop as well as their digital workshops. Instructors and insight from other entrepreneurs make the environment ideal for business success. Please share this link with anyone who might want to join or use the facilities to start a project or a business! It’s worth a visit! We visited the facility on April 1st and “no fooling”, it’s worth the visit!

On Saturday, March 30th, Brooklyn of the Newmarket Boys and Girls Club and a few members of Newmarket Town Council are pictured here in the lanes bowling in support of the Boys and Girls Club.

Over the March 29 through 31 weekend, the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Home Show. It was well attended featuring many varied and wonderful Home Service Providers. Kudos to the Chamber & Staff for another extremely well organized Home Show! Here I am pictured with fellow Chamber Member Arlene from the Downsizing Diva and a couple of Storm Troopers who were visiting from “a Galaxy far, far away” and applying for Chamber membership. I was happy to share the value the Chamber can provide.

On Wednesday March 27, a longtime friend to Newmarket and an automotive icon, Pfaff Motors on Leslie St, hosted a “Thank You” event to thank the many Coaches and Volunteers of the Newmarket Minor Hockey Association. Newmarket is richer because of the countless hours put in by these great volunteers, allowing kids to play minor hockey and experience the value of relationship building in a team sport. Mayor Taylor brought greetings and thanked them for their significant involvement. Go Redmen!

This Sunday afternoon, community and faith groups gathered at the Old Town Hall to support and encourage those of the Muslim faith. In a very moving afternoon, Speakers of many religions reminded us we are all brothers and sisters.
Mayor Taylor emphasized that we don’t just tolerate Muslims, we welcome them and love them. It is important for each member of society to overcome evil deeds by supporting and caring for others, including those that worship differently.

MPP Christine Elliott brought words of encouragement and spoke with attendees following the prayer vigil.
Newmarket Churches held a Prayer Breakfast this morning, March 6, at Cardinal Golf Course. Prayer was given for Diversity, Youth, First Responders, the Marketplace, Pastors and Political leaders. The speaker was local business owner and community leader Diane Mitchell. She shared her story of success and finding God when forced to slow down due to illness. Inspiring and thought provoking, Diane’s day includes prayer and meditation.

The Town of Newmarket held a Public Information Centre on Tuesday evening to provide residents with story boards about the potential Mulock GO Station and area development. Newmarket Staff, Metrolinx consultants and lots of area residents were on hand to discuss the details of the draft plans.
This would be Metrolinx project and funded Provincially as it is the Ontario Government that chooses rail improvements and new stations. This Secondary Plan will guide growth around the future station, helping to create a transit-supportive community.
Websites of interest: HeyNewmarket (you can subscribe for updates)
Metrolinx to learn more about increased train frequency and more.

On Friday, Feb 22nd, local politicians and real estate professionals attended Cardinal Golf Club for the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) 2019 Economic Summit and market outlook for the GTA & York Region.

Residential prices have come down from their previously high but are expected to increase slightly during 2019. (This is my generalized statement to recap a lot of information presented and is not meant as a market indicator. Please consult a Real Estate professional.)The slides relate to the fact that between more expensive single family homes and less expensive condominiums, there is a “missing middle” of stacked town homes and low rise apartments, which are not available in many areas. This missing middle may represent more affordable housing for families and might be something Newmarket should consider encouraging developers to build.
Charts courtesy of TREB.

February is Black History Month
On Wednesday night, February 2oth, local teacher Melissa King gave a fascinating talk about her great-great-grandfather, John Henry Shepherd, who used the Underground Railway to escape to freedom and reach Ontario. Her grandfather fought in WWI, was wounded twice, and continued to serve in WWII being an important figure in the WWII Training Camp as head instructor here in Newmarket.

Learn more at the Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St South, until Feb 28, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m., FREE admission.
On anther note, I am pleased to say that I have been appointed to the Historical Society.

Lots for families enjoyed the Winterfest experience in downtown Newmarket on Saturday, February 16th. A fast toboggan ride, sledge hockey, and curling. Thanks to the Town of Newmarket and the many volunteers who help make fun events like this possible.

In late 2018, Celestica moved its headquarters to Newmarket. They have hired many new employees and they continue to seek additional staff for a variety of positions. Located at 213 Harry Walker Parkway South, they need skilled workers and offer good wages and many benefits. Check them out.
Celestica, its great to have you here in Newmarket!

As part of York Region’s commitment to provide excellent paramedic response, a new Paramedic Services station has been opened recently. Located on Harry Walker Parkway South, it is close to the 404 and Mulock, offering improved coverage for the east side of both Newmarket and Aurora.

Newmarket Minor Hockey and our great Redmen Volunteers work extremely hard to make the Newmarket Silver Stick Tournament among the very best in all of North America. Thanks for your time, commitment and a first class tournament! Some pictures of Organizers and Council members you might recognize here.

On Friday January 11th, about 250 people braved the very frosty evening weather to enjoy Mayor John Taylor’s New Year’s Levy. Special versions of beavertails and poutine were available at Riverwalk Commons. The light show, skating and music made braving the frigid night more than worthwhile.

Most of us have driven by, many of us have stopped in at one point…. Today, December 21, 2018, demolition began on the old North York Farmers building located on Leslie Street just south of Davis for the last 40+ years. The property was recently sold and the business relocated to Harry Walker Parkway.

At the Town’s annual Christmas Toy Drive, gifts and food are donated by residents and staff to assist the Salvation Army and their work with families in need. The response again this year was great and will be enjoyed by local children and their caregivers. Many Thanks to all who helped! If you are able to help out and haven’t yet, please do so. The need before Christmas is always great, but your help anytime is always appreciated!

For years now, Town Staff, Newmarket Councillors and the Mayor serve a special turkey Christmas Lunch for our local seniors at the at the Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place. Newmarket seniors have contributed to make Newmarket the great place Town it is and it is an honour to to serve them.

Here are some pictures from the November 30th lighting ceremony at Riverwalk Commons. There were a large number of families as well as youth and groups of friends enjoying the festivities. Skating, a fire show, great music, Tim Hortons train and food were available for all in attendance!

I recently enjoyed meeting the new Mayor and Councillors for the Town of Newmarket and Snap’d was there to take the photo. It’s the beginning of a busy Holiday season and an excellent time to think about giving a hand to those who might need it.

I am both proud and pleased that retiring Ward 2 Councillor Dave Kerwin has endorsed me for Ward 2 Councillor in this election. The days when we knock on doors together in Ward 2 are fun. So many people know Dave and all he has done for the Town!

On Saturday Sept 29 the Fire Station in Ward 2 held their annual Open House. Tons of great information to keep your family safe, demonstrations, toy hats and of course, firefighters. I am pleased to have been the Council Liaison that recommended Newmarket and Aurora join to become Central York Fire Services for better service with significant cost savings.

A celebration honouring retiring Councillor Dave Kerwin took place Sept 30. A park bench was unveiled in thanks for his many years of service and commitment to environmental issues. Dave and Erica, extended Kerwin family, as well as Past Mayor Tom Taylor and retiring CAO Bob Shelton were in attendance.

Can’t help but reminisce sometimes. . . . When I first came to Newmarket in 1979, Newmarket High was operating at the corner of Pearson and Prospect Streets. My father attended here until moving to Toronto at age 14. The building had character and history!

Have you seen. . . . There are new Commercial/Retail Buildings nearing completion just opposite the No Frills plaza on Leslie Street. In addition 15 acres between is slated for development shortly. New employment opportunities are sure to follow!

Here are an assortment of photos taken during my travels from living in Town and from events in the community that I have attended previously as a Town Councillor. Enjoy!