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Included below is an assortment of content that I also post on Facebook, plus photos I have taken during events that I have attended as a Town Councillor and/or during my travels in Town as a resident of Ward 2.


April 30, 2022
The other weekend, we were celebrating one of our grandson’s birthday at my daughter’s home. Eleven of our grandkids were present, what a great crowd!! So too was the new addition to my Son’s family, an Australian shepherd pup named Winchester. The puppy was very excited and wanted Zoey, my Daughter’s beautiful and friendly Golden to come back inside to play. If you happen to run into Winchester, feel free to call him by his nicknames; Winnie or Chester, or by his middle name, Lovington!


April 29, 2022
So many events have been able to take shape recently, with some of them helping us to get in shape too. The Southlake Run is one of the biggest and best attended of all the fundraisers involving hundreds and hundreds of teams, runners and volunteers. Members of Newmarket Council along with the Mayors from 5 York Region Municipalities were there to support the critical work of Southlake. And yes, we did more than just stand around, we actually ran, jogged and walked raising over $230,000 for Southlake. And our Newmarket Council team was in the Top Ten Fundraising Teams. A BIG THANK YOU to all who sponsored me or anyone else who ran to raise funds, awareness and spirits!


April 27, 2022
With snow in the forecast again, I thought I would remind everyone of what a long, hot fun summer is ahead of us with a full lineup of the community’s most loved events will be back in full swing. The Town is ready to make the summer of 2022 “well beyond the ordinary” for all residents, friends and families. Below are highlights of each event, click the link for details.
– Everyone’s favourite, the Tim Hortons Canada Day! Returns with a full day of activities, musical performances, and a spectacular fireworks display!! https://bit.ly/36XfOQE
– Moonlight Movies returns throughout the month of August and taking place at various parks throughout Newmarket. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. https://bit.ly/3JgyMP8
– The TD Newmarket Music Series concerts are back on every Thursday evening from July 7 to September 1. Each concert will feature a local opening act followed by a premier tribute band from approximately 6 to 9 p.m. https://bit.ly/3r8vbwp
– June is Pride Month in York Region and the Town of Newmarket is committed to being an inclusive community, welcoming everyone to once again unite to celebrate as one. https://bit.ly/3r52C2Q
– New’bark’et Dog Festival returns again with a one of a kind, family-friendly dog festival! Dog lovers will enjoy the selection of pet-related vendors, entertainment and music. Dogs can cool down at the Pooch Plunge, the dog-only swim at the Peter Gorman Outdoor Pool. Presented by Global Pet Foods. https://bit.ly/3NRZgdp
– Touch a Truck! This free, fun, hands on event allows you to touch, explore and get up close and personal with a variety of different vehicles. Explore some of your favourite trucks such as a fire truck, Zamboni, backhoe, dump truck and more! Details: https://bit.ly/3LLOuDA
– Splash of Culture. Enjoy listening to unique musical performances in a beautifully lit water feature under the stars. Residents can complete their summer with this memorable event on Friday, September 9. Details: https://bit.ly/3v0zpre If the COVID-19 landscape changes, these events are subject to change.


April 27, 2022
The 44th annual Community Cleanup is back this year on Saturday, May 7, 2022, with a cleanup event in each ward. Be sure to stop by one of locations listed near you to pick up a free cleanup kit and follow the instructions to help cleanup Newmarket’s parks, trails and greenspaces. I invite you to join-in ​Ward 2 and meet at the ​Fairgrounds on Muriel Street from ​9 a.m. to noon. Or see the chart below for locations in other Wards.


April 25, 2022
In case you’re wondering. . . . Newmarket Council has granted Campbell’s Amusements Carnival License Application to host the Joe Persechini Charity Midway from May 9th to 15th on the grounds of the Magna Centre. This event is sponsored by Easter Seals Society with all proceeds going to Southlake Regional Health Centre. Cotton Candy anyone?


April 22, 2022
Earth Day 2022! If you use Google for searching, you will have seen their annual Earth Day Doodle which addresses one of the most pressing topics of our time: climate change. Using real time-lapse imagery from Google Earth Timelapse and other sources, the Doodle shows the impact of climate change across four different locales around our planet. Stay tuned throughout the day to view these scenes, each remaining on the homepage for several hours at a time. Simple go to www.Google.com or https://www.google.com/doodles/earth-day-2022  If you want to learn more or participate in an Earth Day event today or this weekend, check out: https://earthday.ca/

April 22, 2022
Run for Southlake!
Thank you for those who have made a donation to the Run for Southlake. Many of us have benefited from having such a wonderful hospital right here in our home town and this is a small way to acknowledge that. I am participating in the Southlake Run this weekend and if you are able to do so, please donate to this great cause! Click the link below to connect with my personal donor page. Many thanks, Victor. https://give.southlake.ca/…/RunorWalkforSouthlake/P2P…



April 22, 2022
A reminder that Newmarket is celebrating Earth Week with an electronics recycling event tomorrow, Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm at the Operations Centre, 1275 Maple Hill Court. All items will be properly recycled & disposed of by the Town’s contractor Quantum Lifecycle Partners LP. (any data will be destroyed.)
Bring in any of: Computers, Printers & cartridges, Display devices, Video gaming devices, any type Telephone, Headphones, Speakers, any type Camera, Video recorders, Drones with audio or visual recording equipment, Handheld point-of-sale terminals or devices, Musical instruments, Audio recording equipment, hard drives, peripherals, cables, charging equipment and household batteries.
For additional information, please visit newmarket.ca/ecoevents



April 20, 2022
OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT for 415 Pickering Crescent Meeting on Monday, May 9 at 1:00 PM.

The public is invited to attend a meeting in Council Chambers, 395 Mulock Dr or view the live stream at www.newmarket.ca/meetings to consider a proposed Official Plan Amendment proposing to rezone the subject lands to Residential allowing to build thirty-two (32) three‐storey townhouse units at 415 Pickering Cres. (image)
The purpose of the Monday, May 9, 1:00 PM public meeting is to hear from any person who has an interest in the Zoning By-law Amendment or Draft Plan of Subdivision. Council will not be making a final decision regarding these applications, but will refer all written and verbal comments to Planning Staff to consider and return with a report to a future Committee of the Whole or Council meeting.
You can get involved with this application in the following ways:
Submit written comments by email to: clerks@newmarket.ca by end of day Sunday, May 8, 2022 to be heard at the meeting. Written comments will also continue to be received after the public meeting has concluded, after the meeting send written comments to planning@newmarket.ca.
OR
Individuals may provide verbal representation provide a remote (live) deputation through the Zoom platform during the Council meeting, or attend in person in Council Chambers at 395 Mulock Drive. Residents are strongly encouraged to pre-register for a deputation by completing the form provided at newmarket.ca/meetings or by providing their full name and contact information by registering via clerks@newmarket.ca or by calling 905-953-5300 extension 2203.
To find out more information on the application, visit the Town’s website at newmarket.ca/planningapplications and look under the ‘Map of Current Planning Applications’ section, or send an email to planning@newmarket.ca
The image below shows the property in question in the red triangle shape. Residents within the red circle will receive written notice of the meeting.
 

April 19, 2022
Run for Southlake
My children, and most of our grandchildren have benefited from having such a wonderful hospital right here in our home town. In addition to all the services that Southlake currently offers, they recently announced that the Province has approved an expansion in the form of another facility. This will continue to take shape, and is now in the planning stages. This new facility will benefit all of northern York Region. 

I am participating in the Southlake Run this weekend and if you are able to do so, through me or another participant, please donate to this great cause! Click the link below to connect with my personal donor page. Many thanks, Victor https://give.southlake.ca/…/RunorWalkforSouthlake/P2P…


April 18, 2022
In case you missed it, the Town of Newmarket is celebrating Earth Week by hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court). Drop-off unwanted electronics and know these items will be properly recycled and disposed by the Town’s contractor Quantum Lifecycle Partners LP. (any data will be destroyed.)

“Properly disposing of your unwanted electronics will keep these items out of landfills, help to reuse and recycle valuable raw materials and most importantly, save energy, reduce pollution and minimize greenhouse gasses. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to do some spring cleaning and drop off your old or unused electronics at this event.” says Mayor John Taylor.
Bring in any of: Computers, Printers & cartridges, Display devices, Video gaming devices, any type Telephone, Headphones, Speakers, any type Camera, Video recorders, Drones with audio or visual recording equipment, Handheld point-of-sale terminals or devices, Musical instruments, Audio recording equipment, hard drives, peripherals, cables, charging equipment and household batteries.

Items such as motor vehicles, children’s toys, textiles, power tools, small and large appliances and information technology, telecommunications, audio-visual (ITT/AV) equipment weighing more than 250kg (551lbs) are not accepted at this event. For additional information, please visit newmarket.ca/ecoevents


April 14, 2022
Hoppy Easter at the Library
If you are looking for a fun, free activity this Saturday for your 3 to 6 year old, try the library! Join in for a special Easter inspired program as we share stories and songs to celebrate the holiday.
There’s a wait list already, but always check the Library for wonderful fun things to do with your little ones. www.newmarketpl.ca

April 13, 2022
Sail Into Stories with online author visits during Canadian Children’s Book Week from May 1 to 7. Organized by the non-profit Canadian Children’s Book Centre, this special week connects children in various school grades with authors who speak to them about storytelling and the pleasures of reading. This year visit with Nhung Tran-Davies on May 2 (grades 7 and 8 ), Emma Fitzgerald on May 3 (grades 5 and 6), Sara Florence Davidson on May 4 (grades 3 and 4), and Ginalina on May 5 (grades 1 and 2), all dates from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Register now for these entertaining and inspiring author events. https://bit.ly/3O0KOQy

April 13, 2022
This morning, Mayor Taylor and I met students and parents of Prince Charles P.S. as we participated in Walking Wednesday and Spring into Spring month by walking to school. There was a little rain and it was cool for April 13th, but it was a great start to the day!

Thank you to Prince Charles for encouraging the walk and to Smart Commute for organizing and continuing to promote alternative ways to get around town. Smart Commute continues to promote getting to school other than by car. Why not walk, bike, scooter, skateboard, rollerblade, or take your magic carpet!

On a personal note, four of our children attended Prince Charles from kindergarten through Grade 8 so it is a very special school to me and Becky.

April 12, 2022
CONGRATULATIONS to our 15 new recruits who have begun their training this week!
More photos will come over the weeks as they learn with our team, we look forward to working with all of you.

April 8, 2022
Earlier this school year, both York Region School Boards initiated a project to support students physical and mental health well-being while keeping school zones safe. The “Active School Travel” program encourages families and students to choose active modes of transportation to get to school, like walk, cycle, or scooter.

Walking Wednesdays is a way to encourage that activity and this coming Wednesday, April 13th will be a little bit different! I’ll be walking with Mayor John Taylor who is inviting Prince Charles PS students to participate in Walking Wednesday and Spring into Spring month by walking to school with him. Starting at the southwest corner of Alexander Road and Srigley Street at 8:15, join us and discover how much fun walking to school can be as we walk to Prince Charles PS.

Staff from York Region District School Board, York Region, Town of Newmarket, YRP and Smart Commute will also be on hand to greet walkers and provide some fun giveaways. Media may be on hand and there may be some traffic delays.

Some of the other initiates taken place include:
Bike & Scooter Racks are being installed at pilot school locations
Wayfinding Signage; Active School Travel encouragement signs installed indicating 5-minute, 10-minute, and 15-minute distance points from the school.
Sidewalk Stencils along various routes within 5-minutes from the school encouraging students on the walking route.
New School Pavement Markings on the roadway remind drivers they are entering a school zone.
Traffic Safety Tools for traffic calming, such as “No Parking” and “No Stopping”, plus red lines painted to supplement the “No Stopping” signs indicating where pick-up and drop-off is not allowed.

and Walking Wednesdays, begun in October 2021, encouraging students and families to walk, cycle and scooter every Wednesday for the entire school year.

April 8, 2022
Repair Café returns Saturday April 30th! Repair Café in collaboration with NewMakeIt and York Region returns to the Newmarket Public Library. Residents can book a time slot to have their items repaired by volunteers.

Volunteer fixers will share their skills and tools. They inspire people to repair items as an alternative to just throwing them away. All you need to do is show up with your broken item and any replacement parts your repair might need.

Bring in your small appliances, jewelry, toys, clothing, bicycles, electronics, and other items in need of repair. Our volunteer fixers will do their magic. While you’re there you may just learn a trick or two!

Registration is mandatory. One item per registered guest. Please note, there is no guarantee items can be fixed. Register here: https://calendar.newmarketpl.ca/…/2022-04-30-1100…

Also, items we cannot fix include: Sewing machines, Broken zippers, Hems and alterations, Gas-powered machinery (chainsaws, lawnmowers, snow blowers), Items containing hazardous waste (gas, oil, chemicals, pesticides, etc.), Large kitchen appliances, Single serve coffee machines (e.g. Keurig and Nespresso coffee machines)

April 7, 2022
A reminder that Area Regional Conservation Authorities are hosting a free informational webinar on the LDD moth on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30pm. The webinar will provide an overview of the moth’s life cycle, how to identify them, infestation forecasts for 2022 and management options that property owners can consider. Conservation authority experts will be in attendance to answer questions from participants.

Registration for the webinar is open now to Wednesday, April 20th through this registration link: https://trca.ca/…/habitat-protection…/ldd-moth/

A recording of the webinar will subsequently be made available on TRCA’s LDD moth webpage. Please feel free to share this with friends or neighbours or any other interested parties.

April 7, 2022
In celebration of Earth Week, Newmarket is hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Operations Centre, 1275 Maple Hill Court. Residents can drop-off their unwanted electronics knowing that their items will be properly recycled and disposed of by the Town’s contractor Quantum Lifecycle Partners LP. (any data on your systems will be destroyed.)

“Properly disposing of your unwanted electronics will keep these items out of landfills, help to reuse and recycle valuable raw materials and most importantly, save energy, reduce pollution and minimize greenhouse gasses. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to do some spring cleaning and drop off your old or unused electronics at this event.” says Mayor John Taylor.

Bring in any of: Computers, Printers & cartridges, Display devices, Video gaming devices, any type Telephone, Headphones, Speakers, any type Camera, Video recorders, Drones with audio or visual recording equipment, Handheld point-of-sale terminals or devices, Musical instruments, Audio recording equipment, hard drives, peripherals, cables, charging equipment and household batteries.

Items such as motor vehicles, children’s toys, textiles, power tools, small and large appliances and information technology, telecommunications, audio-visual (ITT/AV) equipment weighing more than 250kg (551lbs) are not accepted at this event.

For additional information, please visit newmarket.ca/ecoevents

April 6, 2022
Oh, what a summer it will be!!!
After two long COVID years, the Town of Newmarket is very excited to announce a full lineup of the community’s most loved events will be back in full swing this spring and summer. With sunnier days and times ahead, the Town of Newmarket is ready to help make the summer of 2022 well beyond the ordinary for all residents, friends and families. Below are highlights of each event, click the link for details.

Everyone’s favourite, the Tim Hortons Canada Day! Returns with a full day of activities, musical performances, and a spectacular fireworks display!! https://bit.ly/36XfOQE

Moonlight Movies returns throughout the month of August and taking place at various parks throughout Newmarket. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. https://bit.ly/3JgyMP8

The TD Newmarket Music Series concerts are back on every Thursday evening from July 7 to September 1. Each concert will feature a local opening act followed by a premier tribute band from approximately 6 to 9 p.m. https://bit.ly/3r8vbwp

June is Pride Month in York Region and the Town of Newmarket is committed to being an inclusive community, welcoming everyone to once again unite to celebrate as one. https://bit.ly/3r52C2Q

New’bark’et Dog Festival returns again with a one of a kind, family-friendly dog festival! Dog lovers will enjoy the selection of pet-related vendors, entertainment and music. Dogs can cool down at the Pooch Plunge, the dog-only swim at the Peter Gorman Outdoor Pool. Presented by Global Pet Foods. https://bit.ly/3NRZgdp

Touch a Truck! This free, fun, hands on event allows you to touch, explore and get up close and personal with a variety of different vehicles. Explore some of your favourite trucks such as a fire truck, Zamboni, backhoe, dump truck and more! Details: https://bit.ly/3LLOuDA

Splash of Culture. Enjoy listening to unique musical performances in a beautifully lit water feature under the stars. Residents can complete their summer with this memorable event on Friday, September 9. Details: https://bit.ly/3v0zpre

As the Town and province emerges from the pandemic with public health measures continuing to be lifted, the health and safety of the community will continue to be the number one priority for the Town of Newmarket. If the COVID-19 landscape changes, these events are subject to change. (Fingers crossed, it will be a great summer in Newmarket!)


April 1, 2022
Water Meter Replacement
The second phase of the Town’s mandatory Water Meter Replacement Program is starting. This new digital infrastructure provides residents and the Town with better access to data allowing for the ability to monitor usage and identify leaks and losses. The first phase for 7,000 households began in March 2021. The second phase replaces water meters for approximately 18,000 households.

Your household area, when selected, will receive a letter in the mail and you are required to book an in-person appointment with the Town’s contractor WAMCO. Please book within 7 days of receipt of the letter. Their installers will need to access the water meter inside your home and will install a water meter reader outside of the home. There is no cost to you in this mandatory program and an adult, 18+ years old, is required to be at home for the duration of the appointment.

Some benefits of the program include the ability:
– to conduct remote water meter readings resulting in saved time and improved efficiencies
– to improve water meter reading accuracy, no more over or under-registering volumes
– to identify leaks and losses within the system before they become a problem
– for residents to track water usage through an online portal

Appointment Process:
Once you receive your eligibility letter in the mail, follow the steps to book an appointment which takes about 30 to 60 minutes and you may experience a water disruption for 10 to 30 minutes.

Residents are encouraged to review the Water Meter Replacement booklet that is included with the letter of eligibility to learn more about the appointment, benefits of the program and how to prepare their home for the water meter replacement appointment.

Health and Safety Protocols: WAMCO installers are subject to a daily health screening process before heading to work and will be wearing a face mask and staying at least 6ft/2m apart at all times. Residents who have questions about the Water Meter Replacement Program are encouraged to visit newmarket.ca/watermeters, email info@newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193.
 

March 30, 2022
Newmarket is providing residents burlap kits to help combat the nasty Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD). Installing burlap bands on private and boulevard trees will act as a barrier for LDD caterpillars to travel up the tree to feed on the tree’s leaves. Burlap band installation is the most effective when done in the spring as caterpillars will begin to hatch and feed from early May to mid-July.

Kits are limited, so sign-up early to get yours at:https://www.heynewmarket.ca/lddmoth

Complete the form and choose a pick-up date and time convenient for you. Then on your designated day and time, head over to the Operations Centre, 1275 Maple Hill Court. An email confirmation will be emailed to you once you sign-up. (You’ll need to bring a piece of ID with your address on it.)

To install the burlap bands on your trees, follow the installation guide or watch the video on the sign-up page for more information on how to properly install the burlap bands. *Please note that this offer is only available for Newmarket residents / property owners. You must sign-up prior to picking-up the burlap kits. No walk-ups will be allowed as there are limited quantities.

March 29, 2022
A reminder that the Town is hosting a large production company, cast and crew until April 3 to shoot scenes for a popular television series in the downtown core. The filming portion of the shoot takes place from March 30 to April 1 and will entail the following parking disruptions and intermittent road closures:

March 30, March 31 and April 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
April 1, 2022: This filming day includes special effects and approximately 100 extras surrounding the Old Town Hall and Market Square parking lot area. Filming has been extended until approximately 11 p.m. followed by site deconstruction which may take until 1 a.m.

Locations: Old Town Hall (interior and exterior), Market Square and surrounding areas. See map for details of areas to stay away from.

March 29, 2022
If your property was affected by the LDD moth this past summer, this upcoming webinar may be of interest to you. Area Regional Conservation Authorities are hosting a free informational webinar on the LDD moth (or spongy moth, previously referred to as European gypsy moth) on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30pm. The webinar will provide an overview of the moth’s life cycle, how to identify them, infestation forecasts for 2022 and management options that property owners can consider. Conservation authority experts will be in attendance to answer questions from participants.

Registration for the webinar is open now to Wednesday, April 20th through this registration link: https://trca.ca/…/habitat-protection…/ldd-moth/

A recording of the webinar will subsequently be made available on TRCA’s LDD moth webpage. Please feel free to share this with friends or neighbours or any other interested parties.

March 28, 2022
York Regional Police are seeking your help to locate a 37-year-old man missing from Newmarket. Cher Hao WONG was last seen by family on Friday, March 25, around 5:30 p.m. when he left a Bristol Road residence in Newmarket. WONG was later seen near Main Street S. & Timothy St, around 9:45 p.m.

Wong is from Singapore and came to Canada six months ago. He is familiar with the area and public transit system. If anyone has information, please contact police.

Cher Hao WONG AKA: Charles
Male, South Asian, 37 years, 5’7”, 160 lbs
Short black hair, brown eyes, clean shaven
Wearing dark-blue winter coat, brown boots, black pants, blue long-sleeve shirt and prescription glasses.

Please contact the York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

March 25, 2022
Today we honour and recognize the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slavery.

“In the biggest deportation in known history, weapons and gunpowder from Europe were swapped for millions of [Africans] who were shipped across the Atlantic to the Americas. Ships returned to Europe with sugar, cotton and tobacco. Around 17 million African men, women and children were torn from their homes and shackled into one of the world’s most brutal globalized trades between the 15th and 19th centuries. Many died in merciless conditions.” – Reuters, April 30, 2019

The International Day also has a goal to raise awareness about the legacy and dangers of racism today. This year’s theme is: “Stories of Courage: resistance to Slavery and Unity against Racism”. These observances are part of NACCA’s ongoing recognition of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

March 25, 2022
I like good news, most us do. But if you receive a text like the one below, it’s not good news, it is a scam conducted by criminals who will try to steal from you. Delete it.

Remember that “strangers” telling you or asking you something by text or email might be a scam, so disregard it. Not sure, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit them online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report…. It is better to be safe than sorry.

March is Fraud Prevention Month and frauds have been happening at record numbers with the highest reports value of fraud cases to date. https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/…/fraud-prevention-month…

March 23, 2022
Newmarket is giving away a limited number of free burlap kits to residents this season to help combat Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) a.k.a. Spongy Moth. Residents can sign-up to receive their free kit online. Pick-ups will take place at the Operations Centre. Learn more and to sign-up: bit.ly/3isCn1K

March 23, 2022
I suspect many like myself think about cleaning up the yard at this time of year. But don’t let the weather fool you, it might be dropping down to -10 Sunday through Tuesday with some snow accumulation.
But clean up the yard weekend for me will be here soon enough. I found this helpful guide as to where yard waste and other types of items can be dropped off in York Region. Many are free, some have low cost especially compared to ordering a bin or a clean up service. Hope this helps: https://bit.ly/3uppGdyWASTEDEPOTS

On a separate note, YARD WASTE pick-up in Newmarket, starts on Saturday April 16th, one day later due to Good Friday and is every two weeks, alternate to garbage pick-up. Need to know exact dates? click here: https://www.newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling

March 22, 2022
High School students! Are you looking for part time work or a summer job? Check out the Town’s website to see if there is a an opportunity that you might be suited for: https://newmarket.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/viewAll

The Town is often looking for responsible students and other qualified candidates for a variety of part time, seasonal and full time career positions. Check out the postings; the next time we meet could be at the Town Hall.

March 21, 2022
A reminder that as of today, March 21, the Town no longer requires patrons entering Newmarket facilities to wear a mask. Please understand that some people may feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask in public and we should all respect their choice.

Under the provincial regulations, masks will continue to be mandatory in high-risk settings like public transit, long-term care and retirement homes, health-care settings, congregate care settings, shelters and jails under provincial regulation. For more information visit https://www.newmarket.ca/covid19

March 20, 2022
The Town of Newmarket is hosting a large production company, cast and crew from March 21 to April 3 to shoot scenes for a popular television series in the downtown core. The two-week production will bring revenue to the Town and its businesses and provide profile and excitement for the community.
“Restrictions are lifting and we’re sending a message – Newmarket is open for business,” says Mayor John Taylor. “Having a major television series shoot in our Town is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on us, get new people in our shops, restaurants and hotels and bring back the vitality and energy we once felt in our downtown core.”

The production company anticipates a $200,000 economic impact for Newmarket on the whole, including rental and permit fees to the Town, accommodations at local hotels and several hundred cast and crew members who will shop, dine and experience Newmarket.
The Town has worked closely with the production company to balance the community impact by using multiple locations, including private parking lots, to accommodate production needs and spread it out in an effort to reduce potential congestion.
About the shoot:
During the week of March 21, film set construction and set up will take place in the downtown core. This will involve the temporary removal of signs and on-street parking disruptions. Filming will take place over three days from March 30 to April 1 and will entail the following parking disruptions and intermittent road closures:
* Production set-up days: March 21 to March 29
* Filming days: March 30, 31 and April 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* April 1, 2022: This filming day includes special effects and approximately 100 extras surrounding the Old Town Hall and Market Square parking lot area. Filming has been extended until approximately 11 p.m. followed by site deconstruction which may take until 1 a.m.
* Locations: Old Town Hall (interior and exterior), Market Square and surrounding areas.

March 17, 2022
As of March 21, the Town of Newmarket will no longer require patrons entering Newmarket facilities to wear a mask or face covering. I understand that some people may feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask in public and we should all respect their choice.
“…please remember that everyone is adjusting to living with COVID-19 at their own pace. Please be kind, patient and considerate to those who choose to continue to wear a mask and to those that choose not to.” Says Mayor Taylor.

Under the provincial regulations, masks will continue to be mandatory in high-risk and congregate settings including public transit, long-term care and retirement homes, health-care settings, congregate care settings, shelters and jails under provincial regulation.
Those wishing to receive a vaccine in Newmarket can do so at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex. Appointments can be made through the Province of Ontario’s Booking website. Walk-in’s are accepted.
For more information visit newmarket.ca/covid19

March 16, 2022
COMPUTER COLLECTION EVENT
NewMakeIt is Newmarket’s industrial and digital workshop, training, and creative facility that helps inventors, visionaries, and innovators achieve their goals. This spring, NewMakeIt is hosting a Computer reuse/recycling event with 3 donation dates to choose from. IMPORTANT: Hard drives will be wiped clean during a very comprehensive 3-phase process. No worries about any content left on your computer. Check the image below for details.

March 15, 2022
WOW! Welcome Spring!
It looks we may see a high of 17 degrees on Thursday. Most of our snow will be melting in the next two weeks, but that means we need to be a little more careful walking on trails and even through the parks in town. There may be hidden ice or slippery snow that surprises you and you could go for a tumble. That also means your kids should stay away from ponds and streams as well.
Welcome Spring, but be careful out there!

March 10, 2022
On Thursday, March 24 at 7 pm, Residents are invited to a virtual presentation & public consultation to learn about and provide feedback on the Town’s NEW Outdoor Rink & Community Space at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (RTRC).

The need for an NHL-sized outdoor rink was clearly expressed by residents, especially during the pandemic. At one point, the Mulock Park was considered as a location, but consultation determined that the outdoor rink would require excessive tree removal and that was not the right fit for the Mulock Park site. In February last year, Council endorsed locating the rink at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex to complement the existing facilities. Building on an existing complex will provide benefits such as shared amenities and parking and provides an opportunity to update and activate the overall RTRC site.
The vision for the new Outdoor Rink & Community Space is to create a four-season venue for community activities. Winter programs on the site will include unstructured recreation, such as shinny hockey and public skating, while the large space will also accommodate a variety of programming opportunities throughout the year.
Following the public meeting, detailed design will begin and continue through summer 2022. A second public meeting is planned for late summer/early fall to show the final design prior to development of tender drawings and specifications which will be prepared through the fall and winter. With Council approval, tendering is expected in early 2023, and construction for the project is expected to commence in spring 2023 with the goal for residents to use the space in early 2024.
Residents are encouraged to attend the first Public Information Centre to learn about the project and site considerations, ask questions of the design team and Town staff and share feedback and ideas for how they might use the site. Register at heynewmarket.ca/outdoor-rink to receive log-in information.
Read the entire press release here: https://bit.ly/3t0cZqc

March 8, 2022
The Newmarket Public Library has a super lineup of in-person March Break programs this year. Enjoy hands-on creativity learning to make a clay garden gnome or bird feeder with Cathy Gifford. Music man Russ is back for a fun-filled singalong concert. MARVEL fans will love bingo and crafts based on the popular superheroes. Spaces are limited, so register now for these and other March Break programs.

For writers don’t miss Writing Dialogue with author Kim McDougall from the Writer’s Community of York Region. Kim will discuss the basics of dialogue and the importance of creating character voice to make dialogue shine and ultimately improve your writing.
Trades Connections Speakers Series hosted by the Library and Acces Employment returns this month with a session for youth 15 and over, who will hear from an experienced tradesperson and learn about training opportunities, apprenticeship pathways and more.
Visit https://bit.ly/3vA1Td4 for all the details or to register.

March 6, 2022
Black History Month
Lawrence Hill was born in Newmarket, Ontario to American Immigrants – a black father and a white mother – who came to Canada the day after they were married in 1953 in Washington D.C. . Lawrence grew up in a predominantly white area in Don Mills, Toronto in the 60s. He was surrounded by many human rights issues due to his parents, who are co-founders of the Ontario Black History Society in 1978.

Lawrence enjoys read, writing and learning about diverse cultural groups. Lawrence aimed to bring awareness of the 400 year old history of blacks and slavery to the light. As a young man he traveled to west Africa and volunteered with Canadian Crossroads organization
Hill has written ten books including the award winning, The Book of Negroes. The Book of Negroes has won The Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, which came with a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The Book of Negroes has also been transformed into a television miniseries and has attracted millions of viewers on CBC and BET in the United States. Hill has received five honorary doctorates from Canadian Universities, and in 2015 received the Governor General’s History Award, was appointed to the Order of Canada and inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Learn more about Lawrence Hill by visiting lawrencehill.com.

March 4, 2022
A word to the adventurous…
Please exercize caution around bodies of water such as Fairy Lake, the Holland River and others. Stay off any stormwater pond as they are not safe for use. They may look safe, but it’s what’s below the surface that makes them different from regular ponds. As a result, water flow and water levels can fluctuate quickly without warning.

Stormwater management ponds store and treat rainwater. They are designed to prevent flooding, erosion and improve the quality of water before it is gradually released back into the nearest stream or river. They are not for skating on playing on, especially this time of year with fluctuating temperatures. Please remind your children not to play in these potentially dangerous areas.

March 3, 2022
The Newmarket Public Library has a super lineup of in-person March Break programs this year. Enjoy hands-on creativity learning to make a clay garden gnome or bird feeder with Cathy Gifford. Music man Russ is back for a fun-filled singalong concert. MARVEL fans will love bingo and crafts based on the popular superheroes. Spaces are limited, so register now for these and other March Break programs.

For writers don’t miss Writing Dialogue with author Kim McDougall from the Writer’s Community of York Region. Kim will discuss the basics of dialogue and the importance of creating character voice to make dialogue shine and ultimately improve your writing.
Trades Connections Speakers Series hosted by the Library and Acces Employment returns this month with a session for youth 15 and over, who will hear from an experienced tradesperson and learn about training opportunities, apprenticeship pathways and more. Visit https://bit.ly/3vA1Td4 for all the details or to register.

March 1, 2022
Happy March 1st!
Today the Province has lifted the need to show your proof of vaccination at indoor non-essential settings. Businesses are no longer required to ask you for your QR code or paper proof of your vaccination to dine-in or attend an event. However, some business may continue asking you for proof to ensure the safety of staff or other guests.

Vaccine requirements for health care and long-term care locations remain in place under further notice. and finally, as of today, indoor capacity limits have been lifted. Masking requirements remain in effect until further notice, probably later in March.
Additional information can be found here:

February 28, 2022
Is your mailbox full because there is a snow bank in the way?
Canada Post mailboxes are owned and maintained by Canada Post, including snow clearing to provide safe access, as well as any maintenance required to the “Community Boxes”.
If you need to contact Canada Post regarding any concerns or maintenance, please use the link below to create a “ticket” directly with Canada Post. https://www.canadapost-postescanada.ca/…/community…
or call Canada Post at 1-844-454-3009.

If you need information about the Town’s winter maintenance, especially snow removal, please visit: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Roads…/Snow-Removal.aspx
or if you have questions about the Town’s winter maintenance, visit: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Snow-Removal-FAQ%27s.aspx

February 25, 2022
Effective March 1, the Town of Newmarket will remove proof of vaccination requirements and capacity limits at all indoor public settings. Face coverings indoors as well as physical distancing remains in place. Exceptions for specific recreation programs.

Residents that visit any Newmarket facility are encouraged to conduct a self-health assessment for COVID-19 symptoms at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ prior to entering the building. Those who are experiencing symptoms are asked not to visit the facility until their symptoms have subsided.
The Province has expanded booster dose eligibility to youth aged 12 to 17. Walk-in’s are accepted at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle St West, or you can book an appointment online through the Province of Ontario’s Booking website https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
The vaccination clinic at the Newmarket Community Centre will close this Sunday, February 27. Walk-in’s are accepted or book online through the York Region booking site at https://bit.ly/3hlMBk1.

February 25, 2022
Dr. Juliet Daniel is a Professor & Cancer Biologist in the Department of Biology at McMaster University. Dr. Daniel’s research expertise is cell-cell adhesion & signaling through transcription factors, and how their malfunction contributes to cancer. Dr. Daniel’s research led to her discovery and naming of a new gene “Kaiso”, coined from the popular Caribbean music “calypso”. Kaiso regulates the expression of genes that control cell proliferation and adhesion; consequently Kaiso’s malfunction in various human tumors (e.g. breast, colon, prostate) contributes to tumor progression and spread.

Dr. Daniel’s team is currently focused on colon cancer; and the aggressive and difficult to treat triple negative breast cancers (TNBC), which are most prevalent in young women of African ancestry and Hispanic women.
Watch this link to learn more about Dr. Daniel’s, “Pioneering cancer researcher wants more diversity in STEM fields” (https://yhoo.it/3t6zqc9 on yahoo.com)
Courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

February 28, 2022
Is your mailbox full because there is a snow bank in the way?
Canada Post mailboxes are owned and maintained by Canada Post, including snow clearing to provide safe access, as well as any maintenance required to the “Community Boxes”.
If you need to contact Canada Post regarding any concerns or maintenance, please use the link below to create a “ticket” directly with Canada Post. https://www.canadapost-postescanada.ca/…/community…
or call Canada Post at 1-844-454-3009.

If you need information about the Town’s winter maintenance, especially snow removal, please visit: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Roads…/Snow-Removal.aspx
or if you have questions about the Town’s winter maintenance, visit: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Snow-Removal-FAQ%27s.aspx

February 25, 2022
Effective March 1, the Town of Newmarket will remove proof of vaccination requirements and capacity limits at all indoor public settings. Face coverings indoors as well as physical distancing remains in place. Exceptions for specific recreation programs.

Residents that visit any Newmarket facility are encouraged to conduct a self-health assessment for COVID-19 symptoms at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ prior to entering the building. Those who are experiencing symptoms are asked not to visit the facility until their symptoms have subsided.
The Province has expanded booster dose eligibility to youth aged 12 to 17. Walk-in’s are accepted at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle St West, or you can book an appointment online through the Province of Ontario’s Booking website https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
The vaccination clinic at the Newmarket Community Centre will close this Sunday, February 27. Walk-in’s are accepted or book online through the York Region booking site at https://bit.ly/3hlMBk1.

February 25, 2022
Dr. Juliet Daniel is a Professor & Cancer Biologist in the Department of Biology at McMaster University. Dr. Daniel’s research expertise is cell-cell adhesion & signaling through transcription factors, and how their malfunction contributes to cancer. Dr. Daniel’s research led to her discovery and naming of a new gene “Kaiso”, coined from the popular Caribbean music “calypso”. Kaiso regulates the expression of genes that control cell proliferation and adhesion; consequently Kaiso’s malfunction in various human tumors (e.g. breast, colon, prostate) contributes to tumor progression and spread.

Dr. Daniel’s team is currently focused on colon cancer; and the aggressive and difficult to treat triple negative breast cancers (TNBC), which are most prevalent in young women of African ancestry and Hispanic women.
Watch this link to learn more about Dr. Daniel’s, “Pioneering cancer researcher wants more diversity in STEM fields” (https://yhoo.it/3t6zqc9 on yahoo.com)
Courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

February 24, 2022
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an American sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer & editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community, and after completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate. He became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University and was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.


February 23, 2022
Jeff A.D. Martin is a soul-stirring, thought-provoking, highly requested transformational speaker, who has been using his platform to inspire people from around the world. Much of Jeff’s love for people can be attributed to his years of involvement as a community advocate, a mentor and to his 15+ years of experience in Law Enforcement. Jeff has worked as a police officer and in various investigative roles. He is a youth communication specialist, with over 1000 forensic interviews with children.

Jeff is also an author of two critically acclaimed books. A City of Toronto best-selling children’s book, “Brothers from the 6/ Sisters from the 6: Role Models in my Community”, and an Amazon bestselling personal development book, “KNew Me: 10 Men, 10 Stories of Perseverance”.
Jeff is an award-winning professional speaker, a certified coach, University of Guelph certified leadership professional, Harvard University certificate recipient for public speaking and the curator of Inspire Legacy Company Online Academy, where he teaches the art of public speaking and student character development.
With his career and life experiences, coupled with his benevolence and passion to inspire, Jeff A.D. Martin shares his gift of purpose in efforts to help others find their true potential.

February 22, 2022
Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, and writer. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, becoming famous for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Accordingly, he was described by abolitionists in his time as a living counterexample to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.
Fredrick Douglass wrote three autobiographies, describing his experiences as a slave in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845), which became a bestseller and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). Following the Civil War, Douglass was active campaigner for the rights of freed slaves and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. First published in 1881 and revised in 1892, three years before his death, the book covers events both during and after the Civil War. Douglass also actively supported women’s suffrage, and held several public offices. Frederick Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
Douglass considered photography very important in ending slavery and racism, and believed that the camera would not lie, even in the hands of a racist white person, as photographs were an excellent counter to many racist caricatures, particularly in blackface minstrelsy. He was the most photographed American of the 19th century, consciously using photography to advance his political views. He never smiled, specifically so as not to play into the racist caricature of a happy slave. He tended to look directly into the camera and confront the viewer with a stern look.
Douglass believed in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, as well as in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution. When radical abolitionists, under the motto “No Union with Slaveholders”, criticized Douglass’s willingness to engage in dialogue with slave owners, he replied: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

February 19, 2022
Two years ago today, February 19, 2020, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario visited the art exhibit in honour of Black History Month at Newmarket’s Old Town Hall. The exhibit entitled Heart of Africa: Retracing our History pays tribute to Black History Month was hosted in partnership with the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association.

“There is no Ontario, as we know it today, without the incredible contributions, voices, and achievements of Black Canadians,” said the Lieutenant Governor. “It was a delight to visit the exhibition 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.”


February 18, 2022
Judge Rochelle Ivri is a Canadian Citizenship Judge appointed in 2018 by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. She is also a professor in the paralegal program with the McKeil School of Business at Mohawk College where she teaches Administrative Law, Tribunal Practice and Procedure, Landlord and Tenant Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Judge Ivri co-authored a textbook, Tribunal Practice, and Procedure for Legal Professionals published by Emond Publishing in 2018.
Judge Ivri Rochelle has served two terms on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Board, is a former member of the Discipline, Appeal, and Review Committee of the ICCRC, and spent 8 years as a publicly appointed member of the Council of the College of Midwives of Ontario. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Bravo Niagara! Before teaching, Judge Ivri worked at the Federal Courts and the Immigration and Refugee Board and coordinated a restorative justice diversion program for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Rochelle received an undergraduate degree in criminology (minor in forensic anthropology) from the University of Windsor and a postgraduate certificate in alternative dispute resolution from York University. Judge Ivri enjoys spending time with her family and is passionate about the Charter and human rights law. With permission and courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

February 16, 2022
Ibram Xolani Kendi is a American author, professor, historian, and anti-racist activist, tackling issues pertaining to race and discriminatory policies in America. Kendi is the Director of the Center for Anti-racist Research at Boston University. He is best known for his book, How to Be an Antiracist, which become a New York Times #1 Best Seller. “What’s the problem with being “not racist”? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “anti-racist.”
Kendi was also named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibram_X._Kendi   With permission and courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

February 16, 2022
A reminder that the York Region/Town of Newmarket Public Information Centre is tonight, February 16 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Resident feedback is requested on Bike Lane options that for Prospect St/Bayview Ave; installing roadway markings, cycling lanes, signage, removing street parking and more will be discussed. Registration is required. www.york.ca/ProspectBayviewPIC
This will relevant to you if you use this roadway or live in the area. Please join us tonight


February 15, 2022
COMPUTER COLLECTION EVENT
NewMakeIt is Newmarket’s industrial and digital workshop, training, and creative facility that helps inventors, visionaries, and innovators achieve their goals. This spring, NewMakeIt is hosting a Computer reuse/recycling event with several donation dates to choose from. IMPORTANT: Hard drives will be wiped clean during a very comprehensive 3-phase process. No worries about any content left on your computer. Check the image below for details.

February 14, 2022
Suspects Sought Following Violent Carjacking
York Regional Police are seeking two suspects following a violent carjacking that occurred on Tues. Feb 8, around 9:40 a.m. in the area of Davis Dr & Roxborough Rd.
The victim was driving a 2019 grey Audi Q5 and parked in an underground parking lot. She was standing outside her vehicle when a male suspect approached her, demanding her keys. The victim refused and she was assaulted by the suspect, suffering injuries that required medical attention.
The suspect took her keys, stealing the vehicle and fleeing the scene, while a second suspect followed in a sedan vehicle. When officers arrived, the grey Audi was located south of the location, stuck in a snowbank, with the engine running. The suspect had abandoned the Audi and fled in the sedan with the second suspect prior to police arrival. The first suspect is described as male, slim build, in his mid-20s. The second suspect driving the sedan is described as male.

Investigators are appealing to any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police to come forward. Officers would also like to speak with anyone who may have video surveillance or dashcam footage of the incident.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

February 12, 2022
CSM Henry Shepherd (Courtesy of the Newmarket Historical Society)
At the outbreak of WW2, the Government established a military training camp in Newmarket from 1940 to 1945. The camp was designated No. 23 Cdn. Armoured Corps (Basic) Training Centre where recruits gathered for the first stage of their training before heading overseas.

No better soldier to oversee the training for these young men than CSM Henry Shepherd. Henry Shepherd enlisted in 1915 with the 2nd Battalion CEF. While serving in France and Belgium he transferred to the 58th Battalion. Henry Shepherd was wounded twice and returned to duty both times. Henry was one of the very few Black soldiers who served in a non-segregated battalion during WWI.
He was one of twenty-three known black soldiers who fought at Vimy Ridge
At the outbreak of WWII, Henry re-enlisted as a Private in 1939 because of his injuries from WWI, he was not eligible to serve overseas. Shepherd, then a non-commissioned officer and widely regarded as “one of the finest men ever to don the King’s uniform”, was recruited by Toronto Scottish Company Capt. M.B. Collier to be the company sergeant major at Newmarket Training Camp 23.He was transferring to Newmarket #23 Training Centre where he was promoted to Company Sergeant Major (CSM).
As an Oct. 18, 1940 Globe and Mail article wrote at the time: “(Company Sergeant Major Henry Thomas Shepherd) is one of the ablest soldiers on the field and the most popular man in the Newmarket sergeants’ mess. …There’s no “colour line” in the Canadian Army and the rookies take their orders from Sgt. Major Shepherd as willingly as they would from the Colonel himself. They respect him for his enviable war record and for his ability as a training officer, and they like him for his bantering good humour.”
 

February 11, 2022
Dr. Jean Augustine was born September 9, 1937 St. George’s in Grenada & emigrated to Canada in 1960. She made history as the first Black Woman elected to Canada’s Parliament, serving from 1993-2006. Her roles included Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister; Minister for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women; Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Deputy Speaker.

Her legislative successes include both the historic Black History Month Motion, and the Famous Five Motion honouring women’s suffrage. From 2007 to 2015, she was Ontario’s first-ever Fairness Commissioner. In 2008, the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Dia-spora was launched at York University to help advance education, equity and inclusiveness.
Today, also in her name are a Girls’ Leadership Academy in Scarborough; a Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment and municipal park in Etobicoke; a Secondary School in Brampton, and a multi-purpose complex and district park in Vaughan. She is a member of the Order of Canada and Commander of the Order of the British Empire; she holds honourary doctorates from the universities of McGill, Toronto, York, Windsor, Waterloo, Guelph, and Trent; and supports scholarships at Centennial College, George Brown, and Humber College.
Jean resides in Toronto and remains involved with community activities including co-chairing the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women and the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment.
With permission and courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

February 10, 2022
Fitzroy Anthony Gordon was a Jamaican Canadian broadcaster, radio host & DJ, based in Toronto. Born in Jamaica on March 19, 1954, Gordon immigrated here in 1979. He was a broadcaster at CHIN radio and the Fan 590. His career continued as a columnist for the Toronto Sun, the Gleaner, the Star & Contrast. While he was successful at these companies, Gordon’s dream was to create a radio station that catered to the Black and Caribbean voices in the GTA. In November 2011, Gordon realized his goal with the launching of G98.7FM. Gordon passed away April 30, 2019, at the age of 65 and his life and legacy were honoured and remembered by the Prime Minister, leader of the NDP party, the Toronto Mayor, as well as Ontario’s first Black Caucus. He was indeed a trailblazer and icon in the community. With permission and courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.

February 9, 2022
This profile of Sidney Poitier was received from the York Region Children’s Aid Society & I’ll be sharing a few more during Black History Month. Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian and African American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first African American actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Here is a clip of Poitier on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2000.

Using Vanity To Fight Against A Repressive Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FsU9aeobPU (worth watching!) With permission and courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.
February 7, 2022
A reminder that all the Town cultural and recreational facilities are open and available for your enjoyment. Covid protocols are in place so there are limits to the number of people permitted in a facility at one time, plus residents 12 years of age and older will require to show your proof of double vaccination and an ID to gain admission.
Drop in programs are back as well, please check this link to see what is available and when.
https://newmarket.ca/…/Recre…/Registered%20Programs.aspx

February 7, 2022
In case you missed it, York Region and the Town of Newmarket are hosting a Public Information Centre (PIC) on Tuesday, February 16 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm to gain resident feedback on options for safer cycling on Prospect St/Bayview Ave. This includes installing roadway markings, adding cycling lanes, signage and removing on-street parking. Registration required: www.york.ca/ProspectBayviewPIC
An online mapping tool will be used to demonstrate the options and gather input. This tool will be available on the York Region website for two weeks after the PIC for anyone unable to attend. York Region’s intention is to implement any changes this summer 2022.

February 4, 2022
This profile of Maya Angelou was received from the York Region Children’s Aid Society and I’ll be receiving a few more during Black History Month. I though I would share. . . .

Maya Angelou was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman. Angelou received several honours throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009.
Click the link to hear Maya Angelou read her poem The Mask
With permission and courtesy of the Black Staff Steering Committee of the York Region Children’s Aid Society

February 2, 2022
Happy Groundhog Day!
On February 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

February 1, 2022
During Black History Month, you can See, Celebrate and Support Black Owned & Operated Businesses. The Ujamaa Black-Owned Marketplace is the foundation to a social enterprise that is intended to unite the Black community around the goal of economic development through cooperative economics. Visit the marketplace digitally to support local Black owned businesses featuring goods for purchase from throughout the Diaspora.

January 31, 2022
February 1, 2022, marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger. For many people of Asian heritage, today will be celebrated with family, friends and loved ones and is traditionally a time to remember ancestors. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness.
If you are celebrating this season, enjoy a very healthy and prosperous new year!
Please see below for virtual Lunar New Year 2022 celebrations happening in York Region and in the GTA:
• GTA Lunar Fest- The Year of the Tiger – https://lunarfestgta.ca/
• Toronto Chinese Folk Art Centre – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCWy_nRYc7oNZwlcc9IOTXw
• Yee Hong Dragon Ball – https://www.yeehong.com

January 29, 2022
Bike lanes on Bayview Ave & Prospect Street.
York Region is hosting a Public Information Centre (PIC) with the Town of Newmarket on Tuesday, February 16 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm to gain resident feedback on options that would promote safer cycling on Prospect St/Bayview Ave, which are regional roadways, including installing roadway markings, adding cycling lanes, signage and removing on-street parking.
Registration is required. An online mapping tool will be used to demonstrate the options and gather input. This tool will be available on the York Region website for two weeks after the PIC for anyone unable to attend. It is York Region’s intention to implement any changes this summer 2022.
Expect an advertising blitz in the next two weeks, and if you use those streets or live in the area, you can register here to join the conversation: www.york.ca/ProspectBayviewPIC

January 28, 2022
Attention Students!
Ever wonder how other students get those summer camp jobs, or seasonal, summertime maintenance gigs? They usually apply in January and it’s not too late. Check out the Town’s job page here:

January 28, 2022
The Town of Newmarket has finalized its Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS) https://bit.ly/33RJgWV, enabling the Town to continue improving its service delivery to residents while finding operational efficiencies. The DTS was developed with its consultant, approved by Council in November 2021 is fully funded by the Province of Ontario’s Audit and Accountability Fund.
During this process, the Town will improve Residents’ ability to digitally interact with Town services and within the Town Offices, use technologies to revamp and improve work flow processes. I invite you to review the entire Press Release here: https://bit.ly/3KPXGr4 There are links to supporting documents which provide details and insights.|


January 27, 2022
The Town of Newmarket is very pleased to reopen facilities and resume programming on Monday, January 31. Here’s what is opening.
Magna Centre: ice rinks and fitness centre. Pool is closed until March 5th for maintenance.
Ray Twinney Recreation Complex: pool and ice rinks.
Recreation Youth Centre and Sk8 Park: skate park will reopen.
Elman W. Campbell Museum
Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place
The Community Centre and Lions Hall: Vaccination Clinic only
Newmarket Public Library (currently open)
New Roads Centre for Performing Arts will be available for rentals
Old Town Hall will be available for rentals
All outdoor amenities in Newmarket remain open: skating at Riverwalk Commons, Dog Park, outdoor skating rink at Lions Park, outdoor basketball, pickleball and tennis courts, all trails, playgrounds and parks. |
Programming scheduled to begin on February 1, will start.
Cancelled January programs will not be rescheduled.
It is the Town’s intention to run spring recreation & culture programs, summer camps & programs. Get e-newsletter alerts when the recreation guide is available here: https://bit.ly/3g5D1Rw
The Customer Service Centre at the Municipal Offices remains open Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Or email: info@newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193.
Read the entire press release here: https://bit.ly/34hdwtK

January 25, 2022
The Newmarket Citizens Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Hayashi Matsushige as its new Conductor. Dale is well known across the York Region music community as both an educator and performer. She has devoted her life to teaching and sharing her knowledge and love of music with high school students in both the Richmond Hill and Newmarket areas. Aside from her teaching career, Dale has spent the last fifteen years as trombonist and Associate Conductor of the Newmarket Citizens Band, trombonist in the After-Hours Big Band and soprano in the York Region Staff Singers. Dale is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T.), Concordia University (B.A.) and the University of Toronto (B.Ed.). #TownofNewmarket#concertband#music#artsandculture#YorkRegion#YRDSB

January 25, 2022
The Town of Newmarket has negotiated a draft agreement with Shining Hill Estates Collection Inc., the developers of 16250, 16356 & 16450 Yonge St. See image. The agreement protects 80 acres of environmentally significant lands and details several other significant contributions to the Town, such as to build a sustainable community, to build a community with green housing options, acreage for affordable housing, new walking trails, an off-leash dog park, a clubhouse with courts, the planting of 5,000+ trees, and at least one acre of land and the construction of a community garden.
For more information, please see the full press release at https://bit.ly/3nXyx3K. The agreement will be discussed at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on January 31 at 1 pm and you are invited to watch the live-stream at newmarket.ca/meetings. Residents who wish to participate in the meeting can do so via a virtual or written deputation by emailing clerks@newmarket.ca.

January 25, 2022
Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association
“Ignorance of each other is what has made unity impossible in the past.” -Malcolm X
In recognition of Black History Month and this year’s theme: Harnessing Allyship and Leadership, NACCA’s virtual Ujamaa Black-Owned Marketplace will run from February 1st to February 28, 2022. The aim is to spotlight and bring visibility to the vibrancy of Black entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance.

Visit newmarket.ca/blackhistory and support Black-owned businesses at the 3rd annual Ujamaa Marketplace.
If you would like to participate as a vendor, email vicechair@naccacommunity.ca for details.

January 24, 2022
Eat Local: Trade parking Tickets for Takeout in Newmarket
The Town of Newmarket launched the Tickets for Takeout incentive program to support its restaurants during the indoor dining closure. Until January 31, 2022, residents can have their Newmarket parking ticket cancelled in exchange for purchasing takeout from a local restaurant. Restaurants are set to reopen back to 50 per cent capacity, based on the province’s latest announcement.
Newmarket residents who receive a parking ticket from the Town on or between January 21 – January 31, 2022, can have their ticket cancelled if they provide a receipt from a Newmarket restaurant in an amount equal to or greater than the parking set fine. The restaurant receipt must be dated after, and within 5 calendar days of the ticket issuance date, not before. If you are a resident of Newmarket and receive a parking ticket between these dates, you can simply: Email parkingtickets@newmarket.ca and provide your:
Ticket number + proof of residency (e.g. Driver’s License, utility or tax bill) + photo of your receipt from a Newmarket restaurant. Tickets must be submitted by: February 7, 2022
Your ticket will be cancelled and you will receive confirmation of this via email.
Visit newmarket.ca/parking for more information.

January 21, 2022
he 2022 Interim Tax Bill should be arriving in your mailbox soon, sorry! The Interim Tax Bill is an estimate of your 2022 property tax which is to be paid in 3 installments, February 25, March 25 and April 25, 2022. Many of us pay our tax bills over 10 months between February and November with payment taken on the 15th or last business day of the month. Learn about alternative ways you can pay your taxes here: https://bit.ly/3tLrNKb

January 20, 2022
February is Black History Month.
This year is the beginning of an official partnership between Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) and the Town of Newmarket in delivering Black History Month activities and events.
On February 1 at 11:30 AM, the Mayor and a few Council Members will be attending an Official Flag Raising Ceremony at Peace Park in Cane Parkway, in honour of Black History Month and the International Decade for People of African Descent. Covid restrictions limit attendance to ten participants.
If you’re in downtown Newmarket on February 17th, there will be an evening Falls Illumination honouring Black History Month at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons from Dusk to 11 p.m.

NACCA’s vision is to be a community that is strong and connected, where Black youth are connected to their past while firmly stepping into their future, and where the Town of Newmarket and environs are welcoming and supportive. The Town Council proudly supports NACCA and their vision.
Learn more about NACCA here: https://www.naccacommunity.ca/
and more about Black History Month here: https://www.naccacommunity.ca/ and https://www.newmarket.ca/blackhistory


January 19, 2022
In case you missed it, the Forest Green development on Leslie St, across from, and about 100 metres north of Pfaff Volkswagon hosted a Public Information Centre last night. That’s when the public gets a chance to meet with the Developer to review their plans and provide input. For information on the development, click https://bit.ly/3mfRAWm
There are letters, plans, drawings and more for your review. As this is in Ward 2, if you have any comments or concerns, please get in touch with me and I will respond.
Landscape Master Plan

January 18, 2022
I remember the January Storm of the Winter of 2022! It was the one that the weather forecasters pretty much got bang-on. It started late Sunday evening and it snowed continuously for almost 24 hours piling 50 cms or about 20 inches of the fluffy white stuff everywhere, and much more depending on where you live.
But most importantly, recycling was still picked-up, although it was late in some neighbourhoods and the teams were tired. The Town said that if you missed your pick-up, not to worry, it would be picked up the next day. What service!
If you need updates, you can also click here:
https://www.newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling or https://gflenv.com/municipal-collection/newmarket/

January 14, 2022
Next week is your last chance for real Christmas tree pick-ups. Collection will on your your usual recycle pick-up day from January 18 through January 21. Remove all decorations, tinsel, lights and tree bag prior to collection. Trees taller than 1.8 metres/6 ft high will not be picked-up unless cut into smaller pieces. If you miss pick-up. please keep your tree until yard waste collection begins in the spring. Or contact a goat farm in the area and ask if they would like your tree, then drop it off.


January 11, 2022
During this past term, currently 3 years, Town Council has agreed to prioritize 6 areas to enhance living, working and visiting in Newmarket. During the last election and since then, I have personally spoken with many residents about issues that are important to them and I consider this input as a Member of Council. I would love to work on and resolve all concerns that you may have, however, as a your Town Councillor, I understand that the Town can only prioritize a few items that the entire community finds important.

While Council established these priorities, our staff have continued to provide strategies to achieve those goals. To see an update on where we are on these priorities, please check this link on the Town website. https://strategicpriorities-newmarket.hub.arcgis.com/
To see a digital booklet outlining priorities, click this link.
Thank you!


January 10, 2022
Today, the York Regional Police has officially opened their new #1 District facility in Newmarket. The District Headquarters is located at 429 Harry Walker Parkway South allowing for the closure of the current station on Prospect St, which is now closed to the public.

The new, state-of-the-art station will house 200 sworn & civilian members serving a population of over 200,000 residents in Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury, King Township and small portions of the north border of Vaughan & Whitchurch-Stouffville.
The 49,500 sq.ft. building sits on 2.86 acres & will operate 24/7/365. It was designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards, incorporating elements to minimize operational energy costs and greenhouse emissions. It also uses passive green strategies and performance criteria, which makes the best use of the passive influences like sunshine, shading and ventilation, coupled with high levels of insulation.
Chief Jim MacSween said they will host a grand opening event with tours open to the public when COVID protocols allow for it.


January 10, 2022
A reminder that the Town has closed all indoor recreation facilities and cancelled all winter programming in response to latest provincial COVID announcement. This will be in effect until at least January 26th in accordance with provincial regulations.
You can review the entire list here: https://bit.ly/3HUrhx0 or read it below:

Town of Newmarket Magna Centre
NewRoads Centre for Performing Arts
Ray Twinney Recreation Complex
Recreation Youth Centre and Sk8 Park
Elman W. Campbell Museum
Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place
The Community Centre and Lions Hall and Old Town Hall, except for vaccinations
The Inn From the Cold drop by program will remain open.
All Town of Newmarket winter programs scheduled to begin in January have been cancelled. All program participants will receive a full refund. Residents are asked for their patience at this time as staff work quickly to process refunds, which may take up to eight weeks to complete. The status of programs beginning February 1 and on will be determined later in January.
All outdoor amenities in Newmarket will remain open, including skating rinks and all trails, playgrounds and parks.
The Town of Newmarket continues to offer services; for information email info@newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193. For the most up-to-date information on programs, events and cancellations, visit newmarket.ca/covid19. The Customer Service Centre at the Municipal Offices remains open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Newmarket Public Library will remain open with reduced capacity in line with the provincial regulations.
For more information on COVID-19 in York Region and Ontario, including vaccination booking information, visit york.ca/covid19 or ontario.ca/coronavirus


January 5, 2022
3rd dose vaccinations!
You may have heard that a new vaccination clinic just opened up at the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall at 200 Doug Duncan Dr, Riverwalk Commons. They are currently booking for tomorrow and beyond.
To book a 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose, visit: https://bit.ly/32JpmwJ or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 for additional information.


January 3, 2022
Happy New Year!
Up until the Province’s new Covid policies were announced, the biggest issue on some townfolks minds was “when is my Christmas tree being picked up?” So I’ll deal with that one first. . . .
Christmas tree (real trees only) collection will take place during your usual pick-up day this week, January 4-7 & January 18-21. Please remove all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights as well as any tree bag prior to collection.
Do not place Christmas trees on top of, inside or behind a snowbank as Collection staff will not dig through a snowbank to retrieve a tree. Trees will not by picked up if taller than 1.8 metres/6 feet high. Please cut in two if tree exceeds this height.
If you have a Christmas tree for disposal after your scheduled collection day, please keep your tree until yard waste collection begins in the spring. Alternatively, trees can be taken to a York Region waste depot that accepts yard waste (fees apply). For collection inquiries, please contact our waste collection contractor Green for Life Environmental at 1-866-421-5625 or via email at WasteLine@gflenv.com.

As for Covid updates, please click here for the Province’s site and all the details: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures

December 30, 2021
Earlier this month, the Mayor presided over the Official Grand Opening of the newest location of Supermoon Japanese Style Cheesecakes at 695 Stonehaven Ave (at Bayview) in Newmarket. I’ve heard the cheesecakes are delicious and the reputation is building already. In the picture of me wearing one of my favourite sweaters, you’ll notice MP Tony Van Bynen photobombing me. Either that or he was on his way to order a cheesecake to go!

December 29, 2021
Earlier this month, the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) shared their new home with the community. The Mayor, along with myself and Members of the NACCA were on hand for the Official opening the first Black-led Community Centre in York Region at their new location at 449 Eagle Street. Congratulations on this milestone!


December 28, 2021
Sally and Lilly are not as hard done by as they let on. . .
Like so many Goldens, they love being outside. And for these girls, they love to watch me work when I’m outside. Plus, if it’s cold and snowing, all the better! Sally & Lilly are enjoying just being there, even being snowed upon. A few minutes later, they jumped up and all the snow was gone. Life is Golden!


December 27, 2021
This next one was not a public event but a family outing that was much more fun than I had imagined possible. In November, my wife Becky suggested we do something a little different. And so along with grandson Ewan and daughter Pavena, we visited the delightful Kickin Back Alpaca farm, near Markdale. There is a lot to be learned about these “adorable” herd animals. Well worth the trip and I expect we will visit again. (It’s about a 90 minute drive, north west of us with Shelburne being the half way point. There are also Alpaca farms in Beaverton, Goodwood and other areas not too far from Newmarket.)

December 26, 2021
We all get busy, and I’m no exception. As Councillor, and even with Covid protocols in place, I attended many events this past year. Looking through my phone, I realized that there were a few where I attended but didn’t get a post up anywhere. Looking back, i thought I would post a few I missed before the New Year.
Remembrance Day at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Remembrance Day is one of the very most important days of the year. Remembering those who served and those who still serve, is so needed in our busy lives.
“We will remember them”. . . . at at this time of year where so many of reflect upon the past, present and future, let us not forget those who sacrificed so much for us so that we might have a future where celebrations can take place.

December 23, 2021
In case you missed it, the Town of Newmarket has cancelled Tim Hortons First Night, Frozen Fridays & the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee in an effort to curb the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron Variant.
“I know that many residents were looking forward to ringing in the New Year with us at the Town’s First Night event after another incredibly difficult year. However, with cases of COVID-19 increasing rapidly we have decided to cancel the Town’s New Year’s activities, as well as my Levee,” says Mayor John Taylor. “This decision has been made to both limit gathering to reduce the spread of the aggressive Omnicom variant and enable the Town to shift our staff and resources to support vaccine clinics.”

Newmarket continues to offer services in a variety of ways, for more information email: info@newmarket.ca, or call 905-895-5193 or newmarket.ca/covid19


December 22, 2021
Just look at all those presents under the tree!!
Residents and staff have been very generous in their continuing support of the Town’s Toy and Food Drive. All the food items were delivered to the Newmarket Food Pantry where they are packaged up based upon families’ needs. (and that need is an all the time need, not just a Christmastime need, thank you!)

And yesterday, we (Deputy Mayor Vegh and I) handed over all the toys to our local Salvation Army for distribution to families in our community. (that tree looks awfully barren now.) Pastor Brian Bishop provided some insight into the need and how much this contribution helps. We are are thrilled by the generosity of the Newmarket Community. Thank you on behalf of all those little smiles that still believe!


December 20, 2021
A little bit of snow around Christmas time is a welcomed site for many, especially if you don’t have to drive anywhere. Even better when you have a thick fur coat to keep you warm! Lilly & Sally just love the snow as well as this time of year too!

I was at the 404 Plaza today (at Davis/Leslie) and succumbed to my sweet tooth in support of the Town’s “Choose Local” promotion. The Laura Secord/Hallmark store had all I needed and more! If you can shop local, your friends and neighbours will appreciate it! Whether it’s a small, one-of-a-kind shop, a larger, single location store or even a larger corporate location, some are owned locally, but they all employ locally. You can find out more about “Choose Local” and find some unique gift choices here: https://www.newmarket.ca/ThingsToDo/Pages/Choose-Local.aspx
You can also enter to win one of 3, $500 shopping vouchers to be spent at any of the businesses found in the “Featured Gifts” section of the Choose Local Directory.
Side note: for those who know me, you’ll find this funny; for those who don’t know me, it’s okay to have a chuckle at this . . . I have to admit it was really hard to get the outdoor picture of me holding the bag and holding the camera without a left thumb.
December 17, 2021
Growth, Jobs, new Business & new Neighbours. Here is an update on developments in Ward 2. Of note is the Forest Green development on Leslie St, across from and about 100 metres north of Pfaff Volkswagon. They will host a Public Information Centre at the end of January. That’s when the public gets a chance to meet with the Developer to review their plans and provide input.
2022 should be a busy year for these developments with new information being released and public meetings taking place. For information on any of the developments, click the links below to see the plans, submissions, revisions, etc. To go directly to the Town interactive Planning page, click: https://bit.ly/3mggGEx   Also, there are 3 more commercial buildings planned for Stackhouse Road. These projects will moved quickly and tenants and jobs may be moving in late 2022. We know that warehouse space in the GTA is at a premium and this may speak to that need. And we have seen the notice about Costco moving to Harry Walker Parkway just south of Davis. That building should take place in 2022 as well with their move happening in 2023.
66 Roxborough – https://bit.ly/3F5FTIZ                      849 Gorham Street – https://bit.ly/3dYFJHy
16920 & 16860 Leslie St – https://bit.ly/3mfRAWm   415 Pickering Crescent – https://bit.ly/3p6Tg6p 
1240 Twinney & 1250 Davis – https://bit.ly/3e0xz1h
December 16, 2021
In case you missed it, the Town of Newmarket is receiving a $3.8 million in funding from the Ontario Government Community Infrastructure Fund. Mayor John Taylor said the $3,849,231 in funding will contribute to major projects, like the Mulock Park and the Mulock multi-use path. The funds will be allocated to support other projects as well, still yet to be determined. Now that’s a nice Christmas gift to the Town!

More great news for Newmarket! The Town has received a donation of 16 acres of land from Marianneville Developments Ltd. to be used for the development of parks, open space and trails. (And to support the existing stormwater management facilities in the area.)
Thank you to Marianneville Developments Limited for this green space donation. At 16 acres, it is one of the largest donation of land in the Town’s history & will help us continue to create extraordinary public places and spaces in Newmarket,” said Mayor John Taylor. Marianneville Developments has also agreed to design and construct future trails and related works at its cost, at a time agreed with the Town. The trail design and details will be finalized after a public consultation process, in line with the Town of Newmarket’s standard processes.
Read the entire press release here: https://bit.ly/3E3hmDl
For more information on the land donation, please view the Information Report here: https://bit.ly/33BToCz
December 13, 2021
Some residents have been asking about the possibility of an additional yard waste pick-up this fall. The Town would like to accommodate the request, especially with the abundance of late falling leaves, but unfortunately can not. This requires that the contractor be available for pick-up & disposal, but they are operating at capacity and cannot undertake additional work.

Another suggestion was to provide yard waste collection in conjunction with Christmas tree collection. But these materials are considered very different waste products and would require separate pick ups. And unfortunately the Town cannot provide yard waste pickup during the winter season for a number of logistical reasons.
So your options are to find a safe place to store your leaves over the winter months, or dispose of them at a yard waste collection facility. As mentioned last month, that last option is not free.
Residents can drop off their yard waste to one of three York Region waste depots listed below. Because there is a fee for disposal and you have to deliver the bags in person, why not ask a neighbour or two if they are in the same predicament and share the cost.
Town Staff Is looking into how we may provide greater flexibility for fall waste collections going forward in future years. including exploring extending Fall 2022 pick-ups. We will monitor the situation and if warranted and possible, adjust as necessary.

For info on where to go, what it will cost and the number of bags permitted, visit any of these site:
Bloomington Yard Waste Depot: http://www.york.ca/wastedepots
Georgina Transfer Station, Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot: https://bit.ly/3s3kfSe
McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre: http://www.york.ca/wastedepots

December 11, 2021
It was a great Victory Celebration this morning to recognize the Huron Heights Warriors football team as the Number One team in Canada. The incredible amount of work and dedication meant Victory for our Newmarket team. Mayor Taylor, Mayor Hackson of EG, MPP Christine Elliott and MP Tony Van Bynen all congratulated the team on their efforts and win. Also recognized were the coach, assistant coaches, parents and cheerleaders for they critical support of the players. We’re #1!!


December 10, 2021
A reminder about Frozen Fridays (& the occasion Thursday) at Riverwalk Commons. Live DJ Music, outdoor skating, train rides, weather permitting, hot chocolate, LED/fire busker performances, plus new this year, our exciting light shows on our 18′ LED tree every 30 minutes starting at 6:45pm!

DATES: Friday, December 10 & 17, and Thursday, December 23 & 30, 2021. Please note train rides will pause during the LED/fire busker performances (15 minutes in duration). If you have any sensitivities to visual and auditory sensory displays, you may find the light show portion uncomfortable.


December 9, 2021
The 2022 Waste and Recycling Calendar is now available online for downloading here. You can also visit the page and then bookmark it or save it as a favourite.
If you haven’t looked at in in a while, please do as it contains details on extra tags for additional waste pick-up, waste depots contact info, about the Town’s textile recycling program, 2022 Curbside Giveaway Days and what goes into which container.
You can also download the Town Recyling Mobile App. This free mobile app provides you with a personalized collection calendar, collection reminders, notifications, recycling and disposal information and the report-a-problem feature. Never miss another collection!

December 8, 2021
Here is my wife Becky holding Sally and Lilly from 11 years ago, when they were just pups. This was taken on a day with a lot more snow than we have enjoyed these past few days. We had lots of fluffy snow and both Sally and Lilly loved “discovering” snow for the first time and frolicking in it whenever they went outside. So glad we decided to get both puppies back then. The girls still love the snow, including Becky!


December 7, 2021
Metrolinx is electrifying the GO rail network from Barrie to Union Station and other lines too. Using electric trains on the Barrie, Lakeshore, Stouffville and Kitchener lines will allow faster trains to transport riders offering two-way transport, all day long, with station pick-ups as often as every 15 minutes. Milton and Richmond Hill lines will also offer you up to 30 per cent more service.
While construction will get underway in 2022/3, trackside preparation and removal of shrubbery and trees has already started between Bradford and St John’s Side Rd. Metrolinx will clear, remove and prune designated trees and vegetation located within the Barrie Corridor. Once cleared, growth control zones will be established to manage vegetation inside the corridors over the long term. Native trees removed as part of this work will be replaced within the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, East Gwillimbury and Newmarket.
You can read more here: http://metrolinx.com/…/projects/vegetation-management.aspx


December 6, 2021
Hundreds gathered at Riverwalk Commons Friday night to be a part of the Opening Ceremonies of Frozen Fridays and Official Lighting of our Winter Wonderland. This year again, kids of all ages can enjoy a wonderful location to skate outdoors all winter long. With all the lights on the trees, it is an outstanding place to go for a walk and take-in how pretty the park is all lit up! And before Christmas, there will be several more Live DJ and live entertainment nights, two on Fridays, two on Thursdays.
Friday, December 10, 2021 – Bex in Motion
Friday, December 17, 2021 – Zola Molotov
Thursday, December 23, 2021 – Lucy Loop from Hoop You
Thursday, December 30, 2021 – Bex in Motion


December 3, 2021
A reminder that tonight is the Official Opening & musical light shows on our 18′ LED tree.
Opening Night Schedule:
6:30pm Riverwalk lighting ceremony
6:45pm first LED tree light show
7:00pm LED/fire busker performance by Lucy Loop from Hoop You
7:15pm LED tree light show
7:45pm LED tree light show
8:00pm LED/fire busker performance by Lucy Loop from Hoop You
8:15pm LED tree light show
At Riverwalk Commons. Live DJ Music, outdoor skating, train rides, weather permitting, hot chocolate, LED/fire busker performances & more.

December 3, 2021
Update on 66 Roxborough Road
You may remember that a proposed Official Plan Amendment for 66 Roxborough Rd was submitted to the Town with a proposal to build nine, three‐storey townhouse units.
There has been no movement on this submission since March and the Town is waiting on a resubmission that addresses concerns on stormwater management, hydrogeology and natural heritage features. DID YOU KNOW residents can search through all building applications to the town as well as current plans that are underway through the Town’s Planning Department at https://www.newmarket.ca/planning. This is an interactive page containing updated, current information.

December 2, 2021
Bring your friends and family to the coolest place in town on Friday nights, Riverwalk Commons. Live DJ Music, outdoor skating, train rides, weather permitting, hot chocolate, LED/fire busker performances & more.
Tomorrow night, December 3, is the Official Opening and exciting musical light shows on our 18′ LED tree every 30 minutes starting at 6:45pm!

Opening Night Schedule:
6:30pm Riverwalk lighting ceremony
6:45pm first LED tree light show
7:00pm LED/fire busker performance by Lucy Loop from Hoop You
7:15pm LED tree light show
7:45pm LED tree light show
8:00pm LED/fire busker performance by Lucy Loop from Hoop You
8:15pm LED tree light show
Please note train rides will pause during the LED/fire busker performances (15 minutes in duration). Please note, this display will have flickering lights and music.

Please be cautious if you have any sensitivities or reactions to our musical light shows as these types of visual and auditory sensory displays may be uncomfortable or harmful to some people.

December 2, 2021
Congrats to Newmarket’s own Huron Heights Warriors which beat out the #1 seed team, Hammertown’s St. Thomas More Knights 14 to 6 to claim the #1 Ranking in Ontario High School Football. And by default, making the Warriors the #1 ranked in Canadian High School Football!! A well-deserved Victory Rally will be held for the Warriors on December 11 at 10:30 am at Riverwalk Commons. See you there!

December 2, 2021
Again this Holiday Season, the Town of Newmarket & Chamber of Commerce have partnered up to get the Community shopping & supporting LOCAL. The importance of supporting local during the holidays and beyond cannot be overstated as most of our local businesses are owned by our neighbours.

This season, “Choose Newmarket” and watch for contests, printed magazine articles, videos, online gift guides as well as business highlights. You’ll hear “Choose Local” on the radio, see reminders on buses, in the newspaper, online and while supporting local in your favourite business.
“A local Newmarket business has what you are looking for,” says Mayor John Taylor. “… and local small businesses could use our support.” To encourage residents to participate, you could win one of three $500 shopping sprees in support of local businesses between today and January 10, 2022. For more information, click: www.newmarket.ca/chooselocal


December 2, 2021

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who helped out towards the Jingle Bell Blitz this past Saturday. It seems that many people want to assist those in need. However if it is not convenient, we might just forget to help. The Jingle Bell Blitz at No Frills on Leslie Street solves that problem. As you enter the store you have the opportunity to take an extra bag for the Newmarket Food Pantry. A little over 3,000 lbs. of food and $300 in cash was donated at the 13th annual Blitz orchestrated by the Valley View Alliance Church.
Adrian from the Food Pantry, John the owner of this No Frills and Councillor Victor Woodhouse greeted and thanked the shoppers. MP Tony Van Bynen stopped by to lend a hand. A wonderful group of volunteers within the Deaf Community work each year to sort the food and load it onto the truck for delivery to the Food Pantry.
If you would like to help out the Newmarket Food Pantry, find out how here: https://newmarketfoodpantry.ca/


December 2, 2021
Santa Claus Candy Cane Lane Display Prize Winners.
If you’re one of many people who explored Candy Cane Lane two weeks ago, you were probably impressed and enjoyed the festive lights, decorations, music and seeing Santa! I know that Becky and I did! Even the Grinch cracked a smile! Prizes were awarded to: The Mayor’s Trophy for the Best Overall Display goes to the Highway 11 Cruisers. The Most Creative display is awarded to Arts Huron from Huron DHS, and the best Commercial Display goes to New Roots Garden Centre. Congratulations to our Winners and to everyone who enjoyed the special evening’s festivities.


December 1, 2021

The Town is removing egg masses laid in trees by the Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) also known as the Gypsy Moth. Technicians with backpack vacuums are clearing the masses in areas where trees are vulnerable to LDD feedings and eggs. Trees selected for egg mass removal have been marked with a white dot. A total of 2544 trees have been tagged for egg mass removal. you can see the location of all trees on this map. https://bit.ly/3rnYiNj


December 1, 2021
The Newmarket Sidewalk Snow Marker program is SOLD OUT! Due to overwhelming demand, the Town has closed down the opportunity to sign-up for free sidewalk snow markers! If we reopen the program, it will be announced publicly. https://newmarket.ca/towng…/Pages/News-Description.aspx…
November 30, 2021
Starting tomorrow December 1st, the Town is launching our new online booking rental solution called CatchCorner. It will start with offering ice bookings first, then gradually expand to other services such as halls, meeting spaces and outdoor facilities. The Town of Newmarket is the first municipality in Canada to formally partner with this innovative company to provide a strong, customer focused solution.
You can see CatchCorner in operation on the Town’s website: https://www.newmarket.ca/rentals. You can also watch a video overview of the features.

November 29, 2021
Last night at sundown was the start of Chanukah.
It was really encouraging to celebrate with those of the Jewish faith. I also know from a few comments that having the community and Council there to celebrate with them means a lot. Some groups are not talked about often and that can lead some to believe these faith groups are not important.
I have the opportunity to worship because of the freedom to do so here in Canada. I celebrate others of different faiths as they do the same. Chanukah ends on Monday, December 6th. If you have any Jewish Friends or neighbours, and see them before the 6th, be sure to wish them a “Happy Chanukah”.


November 29, 2021
The Town brings back Off-Street Parking Program to provide residents more options in winter. Residents can once again park in select municipal lots overnight between the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. with a permit, while winter parking restrictions are in effect.

Mayor Taylor says “…we’ve adjusted our parking enforcement strategy to give more flexibility…Council has brought it back permanently and we hope more residents take advantage of the option.”
All residents are eligible to apply for and obtain a temporary parking exemption permit through the Town’s online parking portal (https://parking.newmarket.ca/permits/?cmd=new) by providing their vehicle information. Residents will be permitted to park in one of four parking lots in designated spots, which include:
Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive; Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Drive; Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle Street; and P3 Parking Lot, Doug Duncan Drive in Downtown Newmarket.
see the press release here: https://bit.ly/3FUke6L
November 26, 2021
Newmarket launches Sidewalk Snow Marker pilot program. Sign-up to get a free set of sidewalk snow markers!
Sidewalk snow markers are thin poles you insert into the ground to identify edges of your lawn that become covered by snow during the winter. These snow markers act as visual aids/guides for sidewalk snow plow operators when plowing the sidewalk in your neighbourhood. Having a visual aid will signal to the operator where the edge of your lawn is, ultimately helping to reduce damage to the sod that can be made by the sidewalk snow plow. Sidewalk snow markers will significantly help snow plow operators due to low visibility during inclement weather.
Newmarket property owners are encouraged to participate in this pilot program this winter to reduce the potential damage to sod on your property.
How to sign-up to receive a set of sidewalk snow marker, visit newmarket.ca/snowmarkers.
Complete the form to help the Town determine how many sidewalk snow markers to provide you.
Pick a date & time to pick-up the snow markers at the Operations Centre – 1275 Maple Hill Court.
Install the sidewalk snow markers using the step-by-step guide provided during pick-up.
It’s easy and may help the Town protect your lawn.

November 24, 2021
It’s the Holiday season and you know what that means…the Grinch will be visiting M&M’s at Davis and Leslie during the holiday season. Stop in and say “hello, Mr. Grinch!”

November 22, 2021
Candy Cane Lane did not disappoint on Saturday night! Literally hundreds of families came out on this perfect November evening. I brought my large Grinch as the part of the spirit of Christmas. (No it’s not the tax man). We helped collect letters for Santa and I encouraged little ones to visit the Grinch as well as Santa. It was a fun night for all who attended.


November 20, 2021
See you tonight at Santa Claus Candy Cane Lane located on Cane Parkway from 6 to 9 PM!
Please bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry.
Bring your letter to Santa too and include your name & return mailing address to response from Santa and his elves. Santa’s address is: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
Tonight’s event can be accessed from Tom Taylor Trail. You can park at: Fairy Lake Park, Riverwalk Commons Lots, the Town Office at 395 Mulock Dr., Gorman Pool Parking Lot (424 D’Arcy St) and on any of the nearby streets where parking is permitted. Cane Parkway between William Roe Blvd & Roywood Cres will be closed Saturday from 12 noon to 10:30 pm for this event.

November 19, 2021
You may have heard that the historic Clock Tower on Main Street was sold last week. The good news is it will be redeveloped into a boutique hotel and will fit in nicely with the ongoing revitalization of downtown Newmarket. It will be a unique addition to our downtown experience.
The proposed plans for the Clock Tower focus on interior renovations and include an addition on the back with a rooftop event space providing panoramic views of the Town. The plans for this historic boutique hotel align with Newmarket’s commitment to economic leadership and job creation, which is one of Council’s key strategic priorities. It also supports the Economic Development Strategy to advance Newmarket as a desirable destination within the GTA.
The Clock Tower was constructed in downtown Newmarket between 1914-1915 to serve as the community Post Office. A major addition was added in 1956 and most recently the building was used as a Seniors’ residence. The Clock Tower is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and remains a prominent landmark on Newmarket’s Main Street. Read more in the official press release: https://bit.ly/3DTYmrt or see the plans & application here: https://www.newmarket.ca/clocktower


November 19, 2021
The Newmarket Dog Park will reopen to the public effective today, Friday, November 19 at 4 PM. The Dog Park was closed as a safety precaution due to some dogs that had been at the park came down with a mysterious illness. Test results from the soil and organic matter samples taken from the Dog Park were inconclusive. After consulting with local veterinarians, neighbouring municipalities and industry experts, it was determined that the cause of some dogs becoming ill is most likely due to a virus. As a result, the Dog Park will be reopening to the public.

You can help your dog safe in the Dog Park by:
Avoiding the use of communal water bowls.
Ensuring your dog is up to date with their shots.
Not visiting the Dog Park if your dog is not feeling well.
Picking up after your pet.
NOTE: the Town is currently experiencing a supplier shortage in dog waste bags normally provided in the Dog Park and along the trails. The Town will refill the dispensers when the waste bags become available. Please be sure to bring your own waste bag. Read the entire press release here: https://bit.ly/30ITN4P


November 17, 2021
On Tuesday November 16th, the Faris Realty Team opened a Realty office in Newmarket. Well known in Barrie and with offices in Barrie and Toronto, they felt the need for an office in Newmarket .
Mayor Taylor presented an official welcome from his office and the Rachelle Layes from the Faris Team provided a $2,500 donation to Adrian Bain for the Newmarket Food Pantry.
Deputy Mayor Vegh and I also attended to welcome this new business at 16945 Leslie Street Unit # 25.
Welcome & good luck to the Faris Team. You can find them here: https://www.faristeam.ca/community-profiles-newmarket/

November 17, 2021
Central York Fire Services & the Town of Newmarket are excited to unveil the coolest vehicle in the fleet: it’s actually a Zamboni wrapped as a fire truck. It will be stationed at the outdoor rink at Riverwalk Commons for ice-clearing duties all winter long. It’s meant to clean ice and break the ice on the fire safety conversation within your family. “Public education for fire safety is our number one priority which is why we’re excited to bring the ‘Coolest Fire Truck in Canada’ to Newmarket’s outdoor rink for the 2021-2022 season,” says Chief Ian Laing.

The main message is this, Don’t wait, plan your escape! Together as a family, it’s important to make an escape plan and practice it too. A planned and practiced escape plan can make a big difference in an emergency when every second counts. Make it a family activity and get everyone involved.
You can read the entire press release and start planning your safe escape here: https://bit.ly/30AzB4H

November 16, 2021
Yard Waste reminder.
Next week, from November 23rd through November 26th are the last yard waste pick-up days of the year in Newmarket. So if you miss it, you’ll need to take your waste to the Yard Waste Depot (https://bit.ly/3kIZ7fs) or store your waste over the winter until next spring. Speaking from experience, it’s far more convenient to get out this weekend to rake and bag your leaves and yard waste rather than miss that last pick-up.

November 15, 2021
Santa Claus Candy Cane Lane update:
If you are able, please bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry.
The Town is collecting letters to Santa that will be mailed to the North Pole. Remember to include your name and return mailing address if you would like a response from Santa and his elves. Santa’s address is: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
The event is easily accessible by the Tom Taylor Trail from all of the following locations. We anticipate a high volume of participants, so please be patient and cautious when parking. You can park at: Fairy Lake Park, Riverwalk Commons Parking Lots, at the Town Office at 395 Mulock Dr., Gorman Pool Parking Lot (424 D’Arcy St) and on any of the nearby streets where parking is permitted.
Cane Parkway between William Roe Blvd & Roywood Cres will be closed Saturday, Nov 20, from 12 noon to 10:30 pm for this event.


November 12, 2021
Next Saturday, November 20th from 6 PM to 9 PM is the Town of Newmarket’s Santa Claus’ Candy Cane Lane. Guaranteed to be a fun evening, this walk through event will have participants stroll along Cane Parkway and view a series of vignettes and displays to help you get into the Holiday spirit!

The west side of the street will be the stage and the east side, the promenade. Tom Taylor Trail will serve as the walk back area once you have completed viewing the event. An evening event allows for a more magical festive environment through lighting and other creative displays. We hope to see you there and yes, if you are able to, please bring along a non-perishable food donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry!
November 11, 2021

November 10, 2021
We Remember!
On November 11, The Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting a virtual ceremony through Facebook Live at facebook.com/CanadianLegion beginning at 10:45 a.m. A two-minute moment of silence will be held at 11 a.m.
The Newmarket Veterans’ Association and tune in to their live stream ceremony on November 11 at 11 a.m. View the livestream on YouTube.
Participate in upcoming events virtually around Canada by visiting veterans.gc.ca eng/events.
And please, wear your Poppy! Proceeds go towards financial assistance to support Veterans and their families who are in need.

November 8, 2021
National Indigenous Veterans Day: November 8, 2021
Over 12,000 Indigenous people volunteered in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War. November 8, was inaugurated in Winnipeg, in 1994 and is a nationwide observance. National Indigenous Veterans Day is a day of remembrance that recognizes, honours, and commemorates the history of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples’ contributions to the military history of Canada. It is an opportunity to pay tribute to the important sacrifices made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis in service to Canada.

Please click the link for a video on National Indigenous Veterans Day: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/video-gallery/video/11299
For information about the contributions of Indigenous veterans:

November 7, 2021
Sally and Lilly were happy to sit and lie around enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine while watching me work. (Contrary to what the sign says, they are not “Free”. But they really don’t want to be free, they have a great life! Life is tough as a dog.)

November 7, 2021
On Thursday of this past week, we enjoyed the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Sports Spinal and Solutions Clinic located at 712 Davis Drive in Ward #2.

Amir Ahmadkhah (pictured) is owner and lead physiotherapist. The clinic operated in Keswick for many years and I had the opportunity to speak with several of their clients and each spoke highly of their work. One indicated that without their help she would still not be able to walk without assistance. A truly great addition to medical services.
Also pictured are the Chamber’s, Jennifer Buchanan as well as Mayor Taylor, Deputy Mayor Vegh, MP Tony Van Bynen and yours truly!
November 5, 2021
Attention Residents around Comfort Lane, Schaeffer Outlook, Best Circle and College Manor.
Maintenance work on two stormwater management ponds and one outlet structure will start on November 8th at SWM30 near Comfort Lane & Schaeffer Outlook, then SWM26 next, followed by OF094. See map below. Each location will last about one week or more for concrete and fence repairs; outlet flushing and vegetation removal. There may be temporary restrictions to the trail access from Comfort Lane Park to Best Circle but is expected to last only a few hours and will not occur during the normal times children are travelling to and from school.
Similar work during the same time frame will take place at College Manor Park.
Weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the project should
be completed by the end of November working 7am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. All emergency vehicle and local vehicle access will be maintained at all times.
Should you have questions regarding the project, please contact the contractor’s Project Manager, Matt Senior, during business hours at 905-802-4706 or at matt.senior@woodplc.com via email.
Alternatively, contact Craig Schritt at the Town at 905-716-1607 or via email at: cschritt@newmarket.ca.
November 4, 2021
Here’s a sampling of things for us all to enjoy this winter in Newmarket…
Mainstreet BIA Candlelight Parade & traditional tree lighting along Main St. Dates TBA.
Riverwalk Ice Surface & Ice Lounge, no pre-booking required to go skating!!
Opening & lighting ceremony with a DJ plus Audience treats on Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30 PM
Frozen Fridays will return on Friday, December 3rd, 10th & 17th from 6:30 to 10 PM featuring a DJ and skating party with refreshments.
Tim Horton’s First Night on New Year’s Eve Event including indoor & outdoor activities @ the Magna Centre plus a fireworks display. Dec 31 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
More details will follow in the weeks to come!
November 3, 2021
Although COVID capacity limits now allow for a parade, most participating businesses, float participants, marching bands and recreational groups who walk do not have the time, staff and/or budget to help us organize our Santa Claus Parade this year, so instead, the Town will host Santa Claus’ Candy Cane Lane.
It will be a fun evening, walk through event where the participants will stroll the route on Cane Parkway and view a series of vignettes and displays to help get you in the Holiday spirit!
The west side of the street will act as the stage, with the east side, the promenade. Tom Taylor Trail will serve as the walk back area once you have completed viewing the event. An evening event allows for a more magical festive environment through lighting and other creative displays. Mark November 20th from 6 PM to 9 PM on your calendars. More info to follow next week.
November 1, 2021 Last evening at Riverwalk Commons, many families and seniors came to see the wonderful Pumpkin designs during the Pumpkin Parade! The evening was coolish and ghoulish, but perfect for this time of year. The Town staff provided hot apple cider and a cool photo spot. I’m not certain how many people came by to look at pumpkins carved as goblins and witches, black cats and scary bats, but it was a wonderfully busy evening filled with oooohs & aaaaahhhs.


November 1, 2021
I hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Halloween!  Our grand kids came by for treats last night. And well, Sally and Lilly thought they should have a treat. They did, just not the same treats. Great Golden Retriever costumes though!!

October 29, 2021
Now this is a sure sign our lovely fall season is coming to an end soon. . . . tomorrow, Saturday the 30th is the last day this year to shop at the Newmarket Farmers’ Market. Even with our Covid protocols in place, shopping at the market has been a wonderful experience this year. Stop in between 9 am and 1 pm for the last fresh, wholesome deals of the season at Riverwalk Commons!


October 27, 2021
The North Newmarket Lions Club provides a variety of needed and wonderful services in Town, all supported by providing good value through their tireless fundraising. On Saturday, November 13th, they are hosting their 2nd Annual Traditional Roast Beef Dinner Drive-By. Take home and enjoy a traditional roast beef dinner with all of the fixings plus dessert for only $25 without leaving the comfort of your car. Proceeds go to Camp Kirk and other community projects the Lions support.

Last year sold out quickly, so please pre-order by Nov 6; email northnewmarketlions@yahoo.ca or call 905-960-1270 and leave a message. Pick-up will be on the 13th from 5 PM to 6:30 PM at the Optimist Hall, 55 Forhan Ave in Newmarket. (Davis & Leslie area.)
The North Newmarket Lions Club operates a free Coats for Kids program, help fund Guide Dogs and Support Dog training, raise funds for the Margaret Behan Hospice, provide Vision screening in local elementary schools, a reading action program for kindergarten students & high school bursaries, all while supporting local families and individuals in need with events like the Fairy Lake Artisan’s & Food Truck Festival, Canada Day Festivities, New’Barket, the Terry Fox Run and the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.


October 27, 2021
As our picture shows, Becky & I are wearing purple today in support of the Children’s Aid Societies “Dress Purple Day” to help raise awareness about the important role that Families and Communities play in supporting vulnerable children. For over 25 years, we have been Foster Parents caring for children who need temporary shelter, safety and love. And everywhere in Ontario, Foster families like ours provide babies, children and youth with a safe family setting during an often difficult and confusing time.
The 51 Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario provide vitally import assistance to children and families. Discover more about the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies here: http://www.oacas.org/dresspurpleday/
Learn about York Region Children’s Aid Society here: https://www.yorkcas.org/index.html
Fostering assistance for First Nations families in our area is provided by Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services. You can find them here: https://www.binnoojiiyag.ca/

October 25, 2021
If you haven’t seen this article from NewmarketToday, it’s about Southlake nurse Michelle Lewis who saw a man on the sidewalk in need of help outside the Magna Centre back in August. She saw a man on the ground and found he had no pulse. Michelle began CPR, chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth until Paramedics arrived saving the man’s life. Her friend, Stacey Crook reached out to me about the incident as she felt her friend deserved commendation. That started the ball rolling resulting in Michelle Lewis receiving a Good Samaritan certificate on Saturday, Oct. 23 outside the municipal office with family and friends on site to celebrate her achievement. See it here: https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/…/newmarket-recognizes…

October 25, 2021
As foster parents for over 25 years, Becky & I have welcomed and cared for many children in our home. There are 51 Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario and they each provide vitally import assistance to children and families.

Every October, Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families through their Dress Purple Day. This year, Dress Purple Day is on Wednesday, October 27 and I’ll be wearing purple.
You can find out more here: http://www.oacas.org/dresspurpleday/
Or at York Region Children’s Aid Society here: https://www.yorkcas.org/index.html


October 22, 2021
A reminder of the Electronics Recycling Event tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 23, from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your old Electronics for Recycling to the Robert N. Shelton Operations Centre located at 1275 Maple Hill Court. (~Mulock & Harry Walker) This is a drive-thru style/drop-off event. A complete list of acceptable items can be found here: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Environmental-Initiatives…


October 22, 2021
A Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) (aka-Gypsy Moth) LDD Egg Mass Scraping Demonstration will take place at the Farmers’ Market tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 23 at 9 AM & 11 AM. Learn more about the LDD and view an egg mass removal demonstration. Staff will be on hand to answer your LDD questions and to provide best practices on how to manage LDD on your property.
The caterpillars have eaten the leaves, become moths and laid eggs. This fall, the Town will be removing LDD egg masses with backpack vacuums in areas with trees that are vulnerable to LDD feedings. Trees selected for egg mass removal will be marked with a white dot. Residents can also help reduce the number of LDD caterpillars in the community by scraping and destroying LDD egg masses on their trees. The scraping of LDD egg masses can be done from now until early May, 2022.

October 21, 2021
The Town would like your input as we prepare for the 2022 budget. We are asking residents to rank important services through an online survey before November 19. Your input will help Council determine where to invest your tax dollars and all participants will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a local Newmarket business.

The Town’s preliminary draft budget proposes a 1.99% tax increase, one percent lower than the original proposed increase. Staff reduced requirements by $667,000 through efficiencies & savings.
To learn more about the 2022 budget, to participate in the budget survey or to provide your comments, visit heynewmarket.ca/2022budget


October 19, 2021
York Regional Police are seeking suspects & witnesses following a Bondi Ave home invasion in Newmarket that occurred on Monday, Oct 18, at about 9:30 AM.

Three male suspects armed with handguns forced their way into the home and held the occupants at gunpoint. A fourth suspect remained outside in a vehicle. Three occupants in the house were struck in the head and received minor injuries. The suspects stole cash and electronics. The suspects fled from the scene in the vehicle.
The three suspects were all described as male, Black, wearing black track pants, black hoodies, black cloth face coverings and gloves. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com 

October 19, 2021
Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) – Gypsy Moth update.

We are in the egg mass stage of the LDD lifecycle and our focus is on egg mass removal. To this end, Town Staff have marked approximately 2500 of the most vulnerable Town-owned trees for egg mass removal with a white dot.
In the coming weeks, we will begin removing LDD egg masses using portable backpack vacuums. For residents’ trees, you can watch a video on how to remove egg mass yourself or attend an in-person demo at the Farmers Market this Saturday, October 23 at 9:00 and/or 11:00 AM. Video: https://bit.ly/2Z0Tl1fLDDEGGMASS
Town Staff will present a report to Council in November which I will share, on all the LDD efforts including a detailed review of the LDD infestation in 2021 along with recommendations on mitigating the LDD impact on the tree canopy in 2022.
Click https://bit.ly/2Z0Tl1fLDDEGGMASS to watch the video.


October 17, 2021
In recognition of Waste Reduction Week, Riverwalk Commons & the Fred A. Lundy Bridge on Water St will be illuminated in green and blue on October 18.
During Waste Reduction Week, October 18 to 24, the Town is offering blue boxes, green bins and kitchen catchers at reduced prices:
Kitchen Catcher containers are $3 each; Blue Boxes are $6 each; and Green Bins will sell for $15 each. Limit of 2 of each per household at these prices.
If you would like to take advantage of the deals, there are two ways to order:
1) by emailing info@newmarket.ca your order and include your name, address and phone number. Town staff will call you to obtain your credit card payment information. Do not include credit card information in the email.
2) by calling 905-953-5303, Monday to Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Purchased items will be delivered by GFL (Green for Life) within 5 to 10 business days.

October 15, 2021
There will be a Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) (aka-Gypsy Moth) LDD Egg Mass Scraping Demonstration Booth at the Farmers’ Market.
The Town’s forestry division will present an Egg Removal Demonstration outside the Farmers Market at Riverwalk Commons on Saturday, Oct 16 & Saturday, Oct 23 at 9 AM & 11 AM. You can learn more about the LDD and view an egg mass removal demonstration. Staff will be on hand to answer your LDD questions and to provide best practices on how to manage LDD on your property.

The caterpillars have eaten the leaves, become moths and laid eggs. This fall, the Town will be removing LDD egg masses with backpack vacuums in areas with trees that are vulnerable to LDD feedings. Trees selected for egg mass removal will be marked with a white dot. Residents can also help reduce the number of LDD caterpillars in the community by scraping and destroying LDD egg masses on their trees. The scraping of LDD egg masses can be done from now until early May, 2022.

Learn more here: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Environment…/LDD-Moth.aspx 

October 15, 2021
On Monday, October 18, at 1:00 PM, the Town of Newmarket, Special Committee of the Whole is having an Electronic Meeting which will be streamed live from the Municipal Offices. The big item on the agenda is the “2022 Preliminary Draft Capital and Rate-Supported Budgets”
Individuals wishing to submit input to Council in relation to an item on this agenda have the following options available:
Email your correspondence to clerks@newmarket.ca by end of day on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Written correspondence received by this date will form part of the public record; or Make a live remote deputation by joining the virtual meeting using the Town’s videoconferencing software and verbally provide your comments over video or telephone. To select this option, you are strongly encouraged to pre-register by emailing your request and contact information to clerks@newmarket.ca.


October 14, 2021
A reminder that effective November 1, All individuals 12 years of age and older are required to provide proof of full vaccination for entry into any Town facility or recreation program, including access to the Customer Service Kiosks at the Magna Centre and the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex. This includes 12 to 17 year-olds who are participating in an organized sport who currently have an exemption. That exemption is over October 31, 2021.

For more details about the Town of Newmarket screening process and the information residents are required to present at facility and event screening desks, please click: https://bit.ly/3BQd1CQCOVIDUPDATES


October 13, 2021
Singalong With Russ – LIVE – in the Library
Russ is back at the library for a wonderful concert, ideal for kids 6 months to 5 years old. Russ connects with his audiences and kids love to sing along. Two concerts to choose from: Wednesday, October 23 from 10:00 to 10:45 AM or from 11:00 to 11:45 AM in the Newmarket Public Library Multipurpose Room.
Cost is $3 per child. Please register at https://bit.ly/russsingnpl Limit of 30 participants (children and caregivers).

October 12, 2021
Wondering what to do with that old phone, laptop, printer or ???? The Town is hosting an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, October 23rd at the Robert N. Shelton Operations Centre, 1275 Maple Hill Court. This will be done via drive-thru/drop-off to keep residents and staff at a safe distance following COVID guidelines. Most electronic devices are accepted, but to be sure, check here: https://bit.ly/3FGdolNRECYCLE
NOTE: The recycling company states that they destroy any data left on a device, but it is still recommended that all personal info be deleted from your device.


October 7, 2021
In case you didn’t know, the Elman W. Campbell Museum is hosting Saturday Museum Pop-Ups offering FREE Outdoor Fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each week is a different theme offering free family activities, displays and photo opportunities on the front lawn. During inclement weather museum activities will be offered indoors. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed.
October 9, 2021 Importance of Bead Work
October 16, 2021 Learning from Animals
October 23, 2021 Early Playtime
October 30, 2021 Halloween
Register at play.newmarket.ca. And for more information about the Museum, click: https://bit.ly/306UBju

October 1, 2021
The Town of Newmarket will be enforcing the new guidelines from the York Region’s Medical Officer that effective October 1, 2021, all persons aged 12 and older, including those playing, coaching, and spectating organized sports must be fully vaccinated.
To ensure residents and visitors have time to comply, the Town will start enforcing the new mandate on November 1, 2021. This procedure is being launched to help contain the spread of COVID-19, including the highly transmissible Delta Variant. Activities related to organized sports, both playing and in-person spectating, i.e., close contact, heavy breathing, long exposure times, crowded indoor spaces and masks removed during physical activity all contribute to increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Until the November 1st date when full enforcement will begin, the Town will check vaccination status but will not refuse admission to players, coaches, volunteers or officials currently participating in organized sport. You can review the entire press release here:
https://mailchi.mp/newmarket/media-releasenewmarket-supports-york-regions-approach-to-keeping-our-patrons-safe?e=[UNIQID

October 1, 2021
Next weekend, many of us are fortunate enough to celebrate and share Thanksgiving with family and friends. But there are those not as fortunate as we are, so perhaps we can help out a bit. One way is by giving to the Newmarket Food Pantry whose volunteers will ensure that those in need will have food to share for their Thanksgiving.
You can drop off food items in donation bins in a variety of Newmarket grocery stores and on Saturday morning at the Newmarket Farmers Market. You can also drop off at all the Firehalls in Town and at the Food Pantry location, 1251 Gorham St, at the back of the building at doors 7 & 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Remember, Thanksgiving is made up of two words, THANKS and GIVING, let’s do both. If you’re clearing out your own pantry to make up a donation basket, please check expiry dates.

September 29, 2021 The Newmarket Public Library is adding Decodable books for beginner readers and for children with dyslexia. These books are a wonderful resource to support reading development in beginning readers, but they are especially effective for children with dyslexia. Decodable books are written using strategies that support ‘decoding’, using letter sounds and English spelling patterns to sound out a word. Look for the library’s decodable books for children soon. And to see all the great educational and informational workshops at the Library in October, click: https://bit.ly/3B7Nkh7

September 28, 2021
Beacons of Light. Tonight at Riverwalk Commons and the Fred A. Lundy Bridge/waterfall in Newmarket, Ontario.

September 27, 2021
September 28 is NATIONAL BRITISH HOME CHILDREN DAY. A beautiful stone and memorial garden were unveiled yesterday in Duncan, BC in honour of some of the 120,000 destitute children sent to Canada as indentured servants. Approximately 75% (108,000) of these children neglected, as well as physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. About 12% of Canada’s current population (over 4,000,000 people) are descendants of these children.

Becky’s (my wife) grandmother was a British Home Child. She has every book she could about the children who can to Canada and their stories. I just learned from Becky today that Newmarket Cemetery is home to 4 British Home Children’s graves. River Walk Commons and the Fairy Lake bridge will be lit tomorrow evening to commemorate them.


September 27, 2021
The Town of Newmarket in collaboration with our Indigenous partners is inviting the community to remember and reflect on September 30, as we recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We will honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities this Thursday, Sept 30 at 4:30 PM at the Fairy Lake Park Amphitheatre.
September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. Please wear orange on September 30 to help raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, to honour the thousands of children whose lives were lost, and those who survived but continue to experience the trauma to this day.
Or for more information on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/…/national-day-truth…

September 24, 2021
The Inn Team is currently looking for gently-used equipment so they can continue to improve each and every job.
See below. The Inn Team provides work opportunities to individuals facing systemic barriers and who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness. Any questions or want to make a donation? Email innteam@innfromthecold.ca

September 22, 2021
Starting today, Sept 22, the Town of Newmarket is requiring proof of full vaccination status to enter certain indoor public settings. From today to October 31, all individuals 12 years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination to enter a Town facility including Customer Service Kiosks at the Magna Centre and the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex. The Newmarket Public Library is exempt from this regulation. As of November 1, all individuals 12 years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination for entry into any Town facility.

The Town will be exploring ways to ensure those who are unvaccinated will still be able to access in-person services by appointment. As always, Town continues to offer its services digitally to all residents.
Those with medical exemptions will need to provide proof of medical exemption with a letter from a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Masks are still mandatory upon entering and being in every public facility and while watching and/or waiting for participants in programs.
For more information on the vaccination requirements for the public entering a Town facility or participating in a Town recreation program/event please visit newmarket.ca/covid19
*Fully vaccinated means all individuals must have proof of two doses of a Health Canada Approved Vaccine or one dose of the Jansen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine plus a two-week waiting period from their last dose.

September 16, 2021
Eye Witnesses sought by York Regional Police following another suspicious tow truck fire in Newmarket. Early this morning, Sept 16, at about 3:45 am, York Regional Police were called to a residence in the area of Longford Dr and Davis Dr where a tow truck parked on Lindsay Ave was on fire. It was extinguished and no one was injured.
Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area, or anyone with residential video surveillance that captured any suspicious activity, to come forward. Please contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7142, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

September 16, 2021
The Town is starting to prune trees and shrubs around Town that may interfere with winter snow clearing operations. The work is done by properly trained staff and may take about 4 to 5 weeks. If you want additional information, email info@newmarket.ca or call the Town at 905-895-5193.
I guess I had better do some yard work this weekend too!

September 14, 2021
Did you avoid the crowds and take advantage of the early voting dates? We were was able to make it over to the voting station and cast our vote yesterday.

It matters that you vote in this and in every election. It doesn’t what your political leanings are and who you want to see in power, that is your right and so is voting. Your candidate enjoys a better chance of being elected when you show your support and cast your vote.
If you missed voting early, you can still register to vote by mail, but you must do so before 6:00 PM today. You can find out more here: https://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=vote…


September 13, 2021
York Regional Police are seeking witnesses following a serious collision in the Town of Newmarket when a child on a bicycle was struck by a vehicle on Thursday, Sept 9, 2021, at approximately 6:15 pm near Poppy Lane and Sherman Brock Circle. The eight-year-old boy was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, a 2020, black Lincoln Navigator, remained at the scene and was not injured. The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police, or anyone who may have dashcam footage from the area, are being asked to please come forward.
York Regional Police is asking anyone with information to contact the Major Collision Investigation Unit by calling 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

September 10, 2021
A reminder that this year’s FREE Pooch Plunge 2021 takes place tomorrow, September 11, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Pre-registration is required and sessions are 45 minutes in length.
One weekend each year, Gorman Outdoor Pool “goes to the dogs” and is available for a dog only swim before the pool closes down for the winter. The pool enclosure is off-leash and fully fenced in.
Gorman Pool is located at 424 D’Arcy Street. COVID-19 Protocols will be in place and registration is for Newmarket residents only. Click Here to Register: https://play.newmarket.ca/Activi…/ActivitiesDetails.asp…

September 8, 2021
The Town of Newmarket is partnering with York Region, Smart Commute Central York, the YRDSB and the YRCSB to introduce an Active School Travel Program. This pilot program includes visible infrastructure components installed to help increase the safety of pedestrians of all ages in school areas. The Town will be painting curbs red around six school zones and installing signage to catch the attention of drivers and enhance the safety of children walking to school. Most of the work will be completed by the end of this week (weather dependent).
The following school areas were chosen for this pilot program:
Stonehaven Elementary School (875 Stonehaven Avenue)
Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School (715 Kingsmere Avenue)
St. Elizabeth Seaton Catholic Elementary (960 Leslie Valley Drive)
Alexander Muir Public School (75 Ford Wilson Boulevard)
Prince Charles Public School (684 Srigley Street
Maple Leaf Public School (155 Longford Drive)

The Town will monitor results of this initiative to determine whether to expand this program to other school zones in the future. And regardless if there is or isn’t a red curb near the school you drive by, slow down and keep a watchful eye out for our kids!
For more information on the Town’s traffic safety management program, visit newmarket.ca/safetydriven

September 8, 2021
In case you missed it, the Town of Newmarket has finalized its Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) that will help shape future development. “Many residents have expressed their desire for Newmarket to approve buildings and housing that is compatible with their neighbourhood”, says Mayor John Taylor.
Newmarket’s Urban Design Guidelines come into effect immediately and was established based on the following eight objectives:
-Fit harmoniously into the established context
-Mitigate impacts on adjacent properties
-Create attractive, human-scaled buildings
-Support walkability and active transportation
-Minimize vehicle presence in the public realm
-Promote vibrant streets
-Provide amenity space for all residents
-Ensure safety and accessibility for all
The guidelines also provide a framework for building typology and scale (low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise). Guidelines for Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) were also created to provide context-sensitive design standards within the Yonge Street and Davis Drive Urban Centres. These guidelines build upon the Town’s existing planning policies such as the Official Plan, Secondary Plan, Zoning By-laws and best practices in other municipalities. To view the Newmarket’s Urban Design Guidelines, click: https://pub-newmarket.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx….

September 7, 2021
The Town has reinstated the parking exemption permit limit as of today, September 7. Due to COVID-19, modifications were made to the Town’s Parking Exemption Program and all fees associated with the program were waived. As of today, the Town will be aligned with other York Region municipalities by re-implementing the 15 night limit on exemptions permitted per vehicle per year. There will be no cost for the parking exemptions for the remainder of 2021. As a reminder, Newmarket’s Exemption Program is in place from April 16 to October 31. Beginning November 1, winter parking restrictions will begin and no further exemptions will be granted for on-street parking.
To keep roadways safe and free for biking, we encourage those who have the space to please park in their garage and driveways. For information please visit: newmarket.ca/parkingexemptions.

September 6, 2021
This really great news as York Region continues it’s leadership in land acquisition and world standard forest management. 42 hectares (350 acres) at the corner of McCowan and Queensville side road, land located on the Greenbelt and the Moraine natural core area has been purchased by York Region. This site will also see 82 hectares reforested. This is a significant step forward in our greening strategy and our efforts to combat climate change.

September 3, 2021
It’s hard to believe that the Labour Day Weekend is upon us so soon. I hope you enjoy yours as we get ready for a usually very busy week ahead. Here are a few reminders for you.
The Newmarket Customer Service Centre and Magna Centre + Fitness Centre will be CLOSED on Monday, September 6 for the Labour Day Holiday. The Newmarket Youth Centre is closed from Sept 3 to Sept 13.
The Outdoor Gorman Pool is open on Monday from 10 am to 7:45 pm but you must register for swimming in advance at play.newmarket.ca
A reminder that the setting off of Fireworks is not permitted in Town. Fines start at $600. Ouch!
In case of a municipal emergency this weekend, please call 905-895-5193 and press 3 to be directed to our after-hours service. In case of a power outage, please call Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. directly at 905-895-2309.
And most importantly, many children are heading back to school on Tuesday and all next week. It’s an exciting time and kids may be distracted crossing the street. So please be aware and extra vigilant when driving and yes, please obey the speed limit in school zones.

If you’re looking to work a few hours per day during the school year, consider being a full time Crossing Guard. Guards are responsible for ensuring school children are able to cross the road safely. If you would like more information, please visit: https://newmarket.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/1582
Enjoy your weekend!

September 2, 2021
The Town is looking to serve our residents better digitally by establishing a Digital Transformation Strategy that will act as a guide for change. A key part of this process is your input and we want to hear how well (or otherwise) you think we are doing in providing digital services and how you want to see this change in the future.
To help in this process, we are asking you to complete a short 10-minute survey. All participants will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 10, 20-visit recreation passes for skating / swimming!
The survey will be open until September 10 at 5 p.m. You can find the survey and more information here: https://www.heynewmarket.ca/digitalstrategy

September 1, 2021
Last of the Moonlight Movies
It always great to be outside and when a movie is included it’s something special. Add free ice cream and it is a very memorable evening. On Tuesday evening the movies came to College Manor with approximately 200 in attendance. It turns out many attendees have been to a number of the movies. Many thanks to our staff for making this happen in a safe and friendly environment. Thank you to Danny Sistanis for serving ice cream with a smile.

September 1, 2021
Newmarket moving ahead with policy requiring all staff to be vaccinated. At Monday’s Council meeting, it was decided that the Town of Newmarket will move forward with a required vaccination policy for all staff. With COVID-19 cases rising throughout the province and the Delta variant continuing to cause significant concerns, this is an important step to continue to protect the health and safety of the Newmarket community and Town staff.

The policy will require all Staff to provide proof of first vaccination by October 1, 2021, and proof of the second dose by November 1, 2021 in line with York Region’s policy. Staff members with valid medical or other human rights-based exemptions will be considered for appropriate accommodation within the policy.
The Policy will be reviewed at the Council meeting on September 13, 2021.
In addition, Council has directed staff to review potential vaccination requirements for public attendance at Town facilities, which will also come forward on September 13, streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings. Additional details will be provided when the policy is finalized.

August 28, 2021
Trees provide critical ecological benefits for us and the Town of Newmarket is looking to protect them by introducing a Private Tree Protection By-law. We invite Residents to review the draft Private Tree Protection By-law and provide your thoughts between now and September 10th through an online survey.

For more information and to complete the survey, click: https://www.heynewmarket.ca/privatetreeprotection
Protecting trees is critical as trees are proven to improve air quality, reduce energy costs, are able to support healthy ecosystems and improve resilience against the effects of climate change.
With a Private Tree Protection By-law, the Town is able to offer more protection towards mature trees on all privately-owned properties in Newmarket. The survey will be used to provide recommendations to Council at a future meeting.

August 27, 2021
Another painting job well done by The Inn Team
Yesterday they were working away at one of our lovely community members home where they were tasked with sanding and repainting exterior parts of the house. In need of an odd job? Check out the Inn Team’s website for a full list of services they provide and to request a quote! https://innteam7.wixsite.com/innteam

August 27, 2021
Newmarket 2021 One Act Play Festival hits the Old Town Hall stage this September 9, 10 and 11!
The Very Useful Theatre Company, producers of the festival, along with the Rotary Club of Newmarket, have been extremely busy behind the scenes and can officially announce that the Festival will run Sept. 9, 10 and 11. 2021. Eight plays by seven playwrights coming from around the world were chosen from over 100 powerful submissions into the Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays.
Read all about it here: https://oneactplayfestival.com/newmarket-2021-one-act…
With vaccines happening at a rapid pace – York Region is giving vaccines to those over 80 years of age starting Monday, March 1 — the Very Useful Theatre Company is fairly confident that the Festival can go ahead as planned this September.

August 25, 2021
FINALLY the Union Hotel Restoration is Underway
The work on the Union Hotel, located at Davis Drive & Main St, is currently underway. Work has begun on the building’s exterior and interior and it is being restored into an energy efficient office space. Work includes:
– Restoring the building into a habitable office space
– Removal of the brick veneer and the wood board cladding behind the brick
– Installation of energy efficient windows and gypsum board and replacement of the roof
The restoration will honour the historical structure of this building. All work has been reviewed by the Heritage Committee and approved through the Heritage Permit Review. If you have any additional questions, please email info@newmarket.ca

August 25, 2021
The Town of Newmarket Fall 2021 Recreation and Cultural Programs opens for Residents on Thursday, August 26 at 8 am. Please note there is no printed physical copy, online info only. You can access and view all options now, but pay attention to that registration date to have the chance of getting in on your preferred choices. View the guide here: https://www.newmarket.ca/activityguide
Register here: https://play.newmarket.ca/Start/Start.asp
Registration for Non Residents opens Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 8 a.m.


August 24, 2021
This Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 is the final Music in the Park Concert this summer at Riverwalk Commons. The Live Performance starts at 6:30 pm and runs to 9:00 pm. Entry Access starts at 6:00 pm
Featured live performances are by the George St. Kitts Band, with opening act Glenn Marais and the Mojo Train. (You’ll be dancing in your seats!!!)B The Show is Free but pre-registration is required for the seating area. Please bring your own chair as the Town will not be providing chairs for public use. Register here: https://play.newmarket.ca/…/ActivitiesCourseDetails.asp…

August 24, 2021
COVID-19 and Vaccination Updat
In York Region, more than 76% are fully vaccinated and more than 82% of eligible individuals age 12+ have received their first dose. York Region is closing its mass immunization clinics and opening community pop-up vaccination clinics. As of August 19, 2021
– 869,500 York Region residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose
– 804,507 York Region residents are fully vaccinated (two doses)
The Town of Newmarket Recovery team continues to discuss plans for a safe, gradual reopening of more in-person customer services at the Municipal Offices.
You may have heard that the City of Toronto announced mandatory vaccination of its employees. Our Recovery Team is monitoring the situation closely while ensuring we remain aligned with York Region Public Health Guidelines. We may be issuing an updated statement outlining guidelines soon.
As always, you can visit the Town page for updates any time at: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Pages/News-Description.aspx…


August 18, 2021
Looking to work a few hours per day during the school year? The Town is looking for people for full time Crossing Guards. We’ve all see them in action and they are very important to the safety of our kids and grandchildren. Guards are responsible for the provision of traffic control services at designated locations and times throughout the Municipality to ensure public school children are able to cross the road safely.
If you would like more information, please visit: https://newmarket.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/1582

August 17, 2021
Starting today and until Aug 27, the Town is running its Blue Box Campaign to educate residents on what actually should be placed into a Blue Box. Town staff is performing random visual inspections of materials placed at the curb for recycling.
The purpose of this program is to remind residents of what belongs and what does not belong in the blue box while identifying those residents who are doing a good job recycling.
If Town staff visits your area, residents can expect to see one of two different sets of door hangers left on your door. One door hanger will identify that there are items in the blue box that do not belong. The other door hanger will identify that residents are doing a great job with their recycling efforts and to keep up the good work.
Blue box contamination includes many things such as plastic shopping bags, plastic bags full of recyclables, Styrofoam, take-out cups, food left in containers, liquids left in bottles, etc.

In an effort to keep contamination rates low, residents are reminded to keep these blue box recycling tips in mind:
Disposable masks and gloves belong in the garbage, not the blue box.
Plastic bags, plastic wrap and plastic sleeve bags used for newspapers are not accepted in the blue box. Please remove and discard plastic sleeve bags before placing your newspaper in the blue box.
Remove all food residue from containers before recycling. Wipe or scrape food residue with a paper towel before placing the item in the blue box. The paper towel can be placed in the green bin.
Textiles (cloth items) do not belong in the blue box. Take these items to a textile recycling bin located at one of Newmarket’s facilities.
Plastic toys, batteries, medical waste, coffee pods and take out cups / Styrofoam take out containers do not belong in the blue box.
Do not overfill your blue box to the point of overflow. Flatten boxes to save space.
Place heavier items on top of the lighter items in your blue box. This should help prevent light blue box materials, such as paper, from blowing out of the bin and littering the streets.
Cardboard boxes must be flattened and in securely tied bundles, no larger than 36” x 36” x 8” and can be placed out for collection on your regular scheduled day beside your blue box.
Residents that aren’t sure what goes where, can use the Recycle Coach App at newmarket.ca/recyclecoach, or download the app on their mobile device.
Residents can exchange their broken blue box at no cost by calling Green For Life (GFL) at 1-866-421-5625 to schedule a replacement bin exchange.
For more information on the Town’s waste and recycling initiatives visit newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling

August 10, 2021
It appears that the Seniors’ Meeting Place will be back in the hands of the Seniors by mid-October. The Southlake Regional Health Centre has found an alternative location for their Assessment Centre and will be moving to 22 Prospect Street this fall. We know the Senior population is eager to return to the Meeting Place for in-person activities and once a date is confirmed, there will be a variety of events to celebrate its reopening. Until then, in-person seniors programming is in the planning stages for mid-September at the Youth Centre during daytime hours.


August 9, 2021

This is good news for residents. York Region’s fully vaccinated residents rate is over 70% and continues to rise. In light of this number, York Region has decided to close the Ray Twinney Complex mass immunization clinic on August 26. Those with appointments scheduled after that day will be contacted by York Region to reschedule their appointments. Residents can also reschedule their appointment online at http://www.newmarket.ca/covid19vaccineinfo

August 9, 2021
Newmarket’s first Moonlight Movie of the season is on Monday, August 9 for the film ‘School of Rock’. NOTE the location has moved from Rogers PS to Dennis Park (Cane Parkway & William Roe Blvd. Registration is for Newmarket residents only with limited availability.
See the full line-up for all Moonlight Movies in link below. Registration is required and now open for all Moonlight Movies! Details and register here: newmarket.ca/moonlightmovies

August 4, 2021
For those living in the area of Southlake, I strongly suggest joining to learn what may occur in the next few years.

August 4, 2021
York Regional Police Investigators are seeking a suspect and witnesses after property damage occurred in Newmarket on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Sixteen planters were tipped over along Main Street in Newmarket. Officers obtained video surveillance and determined that a lone male suspect pushed over the planters at approximately 3:45 a.m. Investigators learned that the suspect had been at the Grey Goat Pub on Main Street prior to the incidents. Anyone who can identify him, please contact the York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7142, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

July 30, 2021
From the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association. . . . .
In 1793, our first Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, passed an Act Against Slavery which ended the importation of enslaved Africans to Upper Canada. Emancipation Day! Simcoe Day is celebrated annually, but very few people are aware of Emancipation Day.

August 1, 2021 has been proclaimed Emancipation Day in the Town of Newmarket. This morning at 10 am, an official flag raising ceremony in recognition of this significant historic milestone in (Black) Canadian history took place at Peace Park (Cane Pky). The Pan-African flag will be flown from July 30th-August 2nd in recognition of Emancipation Day. In addition, the Riverwalk Commons and Fred A. Lundy Bridge located on Water Street will be illuminated in green on July 30th from sunset until 11:00 PM.

July 29, 2021
The Civic Holiday long weekend has once again arrived too early. There’s still lots to do and enjoy this summer and I can ignore those early back to school sales for another couple of weeks.
A reminder that Fireworks are NOT permitted over the Civic Holiday weekend whether on public or private property in Newmarket. The only weekends when fireworks are permitted are Victoria Day and Canada Day.
A reminder of a few closures this weekend.
~The Town Customer Call Centre will be closed on Monday with regular hours resuming on Tuesday, at 8 am. For municipal emergencies, please call 905-895-5193 and press 3 to be connected to our after-hours service.
~All the splash pads in Town as well as Gorman pool will be OPEN on Monday. The Pool requires advance registration.
~The Magna Centre and the Town Skate Park will both be closed on Monday.
~The Farmers Market will be open on Saturday as usual.
~Recycle and yard waste pick-up will not be affected, pick-up is on your regular days and times.
For power outages, please call Newmarket Hydro at 905-895-2309.     Enjoy the long weekend!

July 22, 2021
Moonlight Movies is coming back!
Join us outdoors, under the stars, to enjoy moonlight movies on the big screen to wrap up the summer! Covid protocols will be in place. Grab your family or social circle, bring snacks, a cozy blanket and prepare to have some fun. Advance registration will be required and the events are for Newmarket households only.
The dates and locations are available here: https://www.newmarket.ca/moonlightmovies


July 21, 2021

The event schedule for this weekend has been postponed, and when I have a new date, I will post it. . . . If you haven’t heard yet, this weekend (July 24/25) at Upper Canada Mall is a Food Truck Festival. There should be delicious food for you to sample and purchase, live music, and a variety of local artisans, vendors and a Market Place all in the parking lot in one place. It runs from about noon to 8 pm. No charge to attend. Covid protocols will be in place and must e followed. More info at: https://foodiesevents.ca/

July 19, 2021
It’s summer and if you can, it’s wonderful being outside. Go for a walk, ride or get fit with one of Newmarket’s outdoor fitness opportunities. You can take an Aqua Fit class at the outdoor Gorman Pool or an outdoor fitness class at the Magna Centre. Participants must pre-register ahead of time at play.newmarket.ca. New time slots will be open to Newmarket residents one day in advance at 8 a.m. or more information on programs, schedules,
registration information and how the Town is keeping participants safe, please visit newmarket.ca/swimming or newmarket.ca/fitness

July 18, 2021
Great news! Tree leaves have begun to regrow in Newmarket and are recovering from Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) caterpillar feedings. LDD moths are currently in between the cocoon/pupae and moth phase of the lifecycle. If you have a trap set up on your tree, you can remove them and save the burlap for next season. Town staff continue to monitor areas prone to LDD and are preparing for the next phase when the LDD moths begin to lay their eggs. Learn more at newmarket.ca/lddmoth

July 16, 2021
Town of Newmarket Council has appointed Ian McDougall as the new Chief Administrative Officer of Newmarket effective on July 19. Mr. McDougall has been with the Town since 2003, progressing through various roles, including Director, Recreation & Culture and most recently holding the position of Commissioner, Community Services for the past nine years.

“I have worked closely with Mr. McDougall for 15 years and I have come to know him both as an exceptional leader dedicated to excellence in community building but also as a person of integrity who approaches everyone he works with from a place of respect and collaboration.” says Mayor John Taylor.
I too have worked with Ian and have found him to helpful, insightful and always professional. I know the Town will do well having him in this role of CAO. You can read the entire press release here: https://mailchi.mp/…/media-release-town-of-newmarket…

July 13, 2021
The Town of Newmarket’s Library Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Munusami as the Library’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Tracy brings with her, extensive experience in public libraries, including the past four years as Manager of Service Excellence with the Oshawa Public Libraries. Previous experience includes the Barrie Public Library and Innisfil Public Library, where she held a variety of positions from Manager of Adult and Community Services to Youth Services Librarian.

The Newmarket Public Library Board is enthusiastic about the appointment of Tracy Munusami as the Library’s new CEO,” said Library Board Chair Darcy McNeill. “Tracy’s strong leadership skills, commitment to delivering innovative technology, and strong ability to form community connections will help staff at the Newmarket Public Library to continue inspiring growth”.
During her time at Oshawa Public Library she assisted with breaking down systemic barriers through innovative policy and procedural initiatives as well as navigating her team and keeping them motivated through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Munusami is replacing Todd Kyle who departed Newmarket Public Library in January 2021 after 10 years in the role. The Board also extended heartfelt thanks to Linda Peppiatt, retired Deputy CEO, who returned to support the Library during the search for a new CEO.
For more information on the about the Newmarket Public Library, visit newmarketpl.ca
On a personal note, many of you know that I sit on the Library Board and I believe we have an excellent new CEO chosen who will help the Newmarket Public Library continue to be at the forefront of innovation and customer service! Welcome to Newmarket, Tracy!

July 9, 2021
Newmarket’s First Fully Accessible Splash Pad is scheduled to open this summer. Located at Dr. Margaret  Arkinstall Park, right next door to Terry Fox Public School on Sawmill Valley Drive. Work on the harvest-themed splash pad began in February 2020 and offers the community a recreational amenity complete with a soft water play surface, as well as shade sails, site furniture, connecting pathways, and a picnic area surrounded by soft landscaping.  The whole park is accessible, the apple carousel is wide enough for wheelchairs, all surfaces are designed to be slip-resistant, and braille is included in the signage. Read more about it here.

July 8, 2021
Many of us received an email from Southlake today announcing a new website www.anewsouthlake.ca dedicated to Southlake’s new Master Plan.
In case you missed it, they mention how they developed their Master Plan of the infrastructure needed to care for the rapidly growing communities in the years and decades to come after consulting with Staff, patients, other stakeholders and the community.
Please take a look at the website and read through all the information provided. Their next steps forward may affect you and your family for many years to come. Visit www.anewsouthlake.ca
July 8, 2021
The Town of Newmarket is supporting Inn From the Cold (IFTC) to end homelessness with the creation of a permanent site on Yonge Street that will include a future shelter and transitional housing.
“Housing affordability and the pandemic have left even more people in dire need,” says Mayor John Taylor. The shelter will assist those without homes in Newmarket and offer transitional housing and proximity to social services. People need a longer-term solution to bridge the gap and Transitional Housing is the key. Our goal is to not only offer food and shelter but also to help individuals gain the skills and confidence to find work, housing and a sense of community.
This location is ideal to support those at the shelter. It’s on a major transit route and close to the social services required to help people to gain access to the basic building blocks in order to transition to a better life.
Pending Council’s approval and review of a solid business plan and due diligence from IFTC, The Town of Newmarket will declare a portion of land surplus on Yonge Street to donate to IFTC to start plans for increased space to help those without a home transition to a better life.
Read the full press release for details: https://bit.ly/3xu84gW
July 8, 2021
On Wednesday July 28th, Mayor Taylor, Councilors, and maybe even YOU will be going on a Cycle Newmarket major community town ride.
So dust off your bicycle, pump up your tires and join us! The ride will be about 1h 30m long and will begin and end at Riverwalk Commons. We’ll ride in Town, through neighbourhoods, parks and trails starting at 6:30 PM and should wrap up around 8:00. See you there!
 
July 7, 2021
Newmarket bans single-use plastics at Town facilities and events.
In celebration of Plastic Free July, the Town of Newmarket will be officially banning the use of single-use plastics (SUPs) such as plastic cutlery, straws, stir sticks and black plastic at all Town facilities and events. To further Newmarket’s commitment to the environment, the Town will continue to identify opportunities to further reduce or eliminate the use of non-essential SUP products.
“Newmarket is proud to be part of a global movement to eliminate the use of single-use plastics.” says Mayor John Taylor. In an effort to further the Town’s commitment to eliminating the use of SUPs, the Town recently purchased a water trailer that will be used at Town events for residents to refill their reusable water bottles. The water trailer has the capacity of 1,000 litres which is expected to replace approximately 2,000 plastic water bottles each time.
SUP items are designed to be used once and then discarded which means they are not typically designed for recyclability. While some items can be recycled, many are not disposed of properly and end up as litter in the community and pollute waterways. SUPs take a long time to decompose and as the plastic breaks down, the pieces can be ingested by small organisms which can allow micro-plastics to enter the food chain. SUPs can also harm wildlife through entanglement. The harmful impact of SUPs can be reduced by replacing SUP items with reusable alternatives or items that are more sustainable. Residents are encouraged to participate in Plastic Free July by reducing, reusing and limiting the use of SUPs and to keep these tips in mind:
~Bring reusable shopping bags with you such as canvas totes
~Swap out plastic wraps for reusable containers to store leftovers
~Bring reusable straws and cutlery with you
~Use a reusable water bottle and take it with you while on the go
~Use reusable travel mugs for your hot or cold beverages
~Use reusable produce bags instead of single-use plastic bags
~Try using reusable food wraps such as beeswax-coated cloths (or learn to make your own) to package food instead of plastic cling wrap
~Use reusable cloth sandwich/snack bags
~Shop at your local farmer’s market – farmer’s markets are a great way to buy fresh fruits and vegetables without the plastic waste
~Buy in bulk – find local stores that sell food items in bulk bins and allow you to use your own containers or bags
~Repair before you replace
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3AEfHUf

July 1, 2021
This Canada Day, we look back on our past and ahead towards our future. We will respect and honour. We will always remember. We commit to doing more as a community. Together, we will learn, share and grow as we each reflect in our own way.

June 30, 2021
Canada Day Reminders
In Newmarket, fireworks are only permitted for use during Canada Day, the day before and the day after. 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. 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 cyfs.caIf your waste & recylce pick-up is on Thursday this week, it will be moved to Friday. Friday pick-up will be on Saturday.
Happy Canada Day!

June 29, 2021
Flags at all Town of Newmarket and Central York Fire Services buildings are flying at half-mast to mourn the 751 unmarked graves discovered at a cemetery near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. “Having taught at an Indigenous run school in Saskatchewan and Manitoba I find this revelation deeply troubling and I recognize the impact it will have on multiple generations of Indigenous families across the country. “says Mayor John Taylor. “On behalf of the Town of Newmarket, I would like to extend my condolences to the Chippewas of Georgina Island and all Indigenous communities across Canada. We mourn with you and stand with you during this difficult time.”

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to those who have been affected by former residential schools. The National Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day and individuals can access emotional support and crisis referral services at 1-866-925-4419.
The Town of Newmarket is situated on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, whose presence here continues to this day. We honour and acknowledge this land and its people and join other Canadian communities in offering our deepest condolences to all Indigenous communities. To learn more about the Town’s commitment to Indigenous communities, please visit newmarket.ca/indigenous

June 21, 2021
Upper Canada Mall expansion application meeting. A reminder that the Town of Newmarket is holding an electronic Public Meeting today, June 21 at 1:00 PM which will be streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings. The purpose of the meeting is to hear from anyone who has an interest in the above noted applications. Upper Canada Mall’s has submitted a plan for changes. While it will still exist, this plan proposes to add 5,100 residential units, a new road system, 4,500 parking spaces above/below ground and approximately 4.5 acres of new public parks. You can find out more and see the application on the town website here: https://bit.ly/34GVOgu

June 17, 2021
We’re seeing the LYMANTRIA DISPAR DISPAR (LDD) – GYPSY MOTHS everywhere these days along with our neighbours wrapping tape and burlap on trees to help decrease the population. But some people are asking why isn’t the Town spraying public trees.
In short, the wrong spray might have too little effect or in the other extreme, kill the good bugs and insects our gardens need to stay healthy. More research needs to be completed to determine what and when to spray. At this time in the season, burlap traps are the most effective way for residents to trap LDD caterpillars on their property. Once trapped, place the LDD caterpillars into a container of soapy water for a few days, then dispose of them. Learn more: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Environment…/LDD-Moth.aspx

June 15, 2021
Flushing, not blushing. . . Our annual Watermain Cleaning Program is now underway and you may see the Town’s contractor IQ Environment performing uni-directional flushing around Town this summer. You may also notice a slight drop in water pressure, or some water discolouration in your neighbourhood. This iis not a health risk and to clear up the water, simply run your faucets for a few minutes until the water clears up. For additional Information click: http://bit.ly/3q3rQNkWaterMain

June 10, 2021
The Town is expanding dates and pick-up times for the free burlap giveaway to trap Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD). The Town is now offering pick-up on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive) west parking lot area. More details are available here: https://www.newmarket.ca/mediareleases

June 10, 2021
This needless and senseless loss brings to light that hatred exists in every community including ours. As Mayor John Taylor said, there are far more who are caring, compassionate and accepting. We must do all we can, to encourage acceptance by our personal example of how we treat others.
 From Mayor Taylor’s Facebook post:
Like so many people my mind is reeling at the thought of the mass murder and hate crime that occurred in London Ontario. I can’t imagine the depth of loss the extended family must be feeling at this time. My continual thoughts are with the 9 year old son of this family as he recovers and deals with his tragic loss that is beyond his comprehension. I am also finding myself thinking about how the Muslim community in London and in Newmarket and across the Country must feel – there must be a sense of isolation and fear and anger. I simply want to speak out today as Mayor of Newmarket to the Muslim community here in our town and say ” You are valued and your loss is our loss. Please know that your Mayor and your community grieve with you and for you. Please know that while hatred and racism circulate in every community there are greater amounts of love, respect and inclusion.” We will continue to build a better, more inclusive community in spite of this act and other cowardly acts of hatred and violence. Love will always triumph over evil.

June 9, 2021
Flags at all Town of Newmarket and Central York Fire Services buildings are flying at half-mast on June 10 in memory of the Afzaal family who were targeted and killed because of their Islamic faith. “Sunday’s senseless attack on a London family as we are now learning was fueled by hatred. This act of terrorism can not be tolerated and we must all work together to stand against hatred and prejudice.” says Mayor John Taylor “Newmarket sends our sincerest condolences and joins the rest of the country in mourning the loss of the four members of the Afzaal family, and we hope Fayez Afzaal has a quick recovery as he heals in hospital.” The Town of Newmarket condemns this tragic act of hate and stands in solidarity with the Muslim community.

June 8, 2021
The Town of Newmarket is providing free burlap to residents to create burlap traps for Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) – gypsy moth caterpillars for trees on private property. The giveaway will begin on Wednesday, June 9 until June 18, or while supplies last, at the Municipal Offices, weekdays from noon until 3 p.m. through a curbside drive through pick-up. Residents will be provided three sheets of burlap and a ‘how-to’ information guide on how to set-up burlap traps. More information can be found at http://www.newmarket.ca/lddmoth

June 7, 2021
The Town of Newmarket is excited to announce the return of Summer Camps and Park Programs for summer 2021. Registration opens to Newmarket residents on Tuesday, June 15, at 6:30 am. Residents are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot. To see a preview of the different camps, including general camps, art camp, sports and specialty camps, visit newmarket.ca/camps
Newmarket is offering a Kids on the Move Park Program giving children an opportunity to engage and socialize in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Each program is $9/day, for two hours in length and geared for ages 6 to 12 years. As participant numbers are limited, camps and park programs will be open to non-residents on June 22, 2021, should there be any availability remaining after resident registration on June 15.

June 7, 2021
Give us your thoughts on the future Multi-Use Path along Mulock Drive! The Town is looking at building a multi-use path (MUP) along Mulock Drive that will run from Bathurst Street to Harry Walker Parkway. This east-west path will be designed to allow for a wide-range of recreational uses such as cycling, walking, jogging and wheelchair access. The goal for the Mulock Drive MUP is to allow the community to connect to key destinations in Town such as the future Mulock GO Station, existing trails, schools and the future Mulock Property.

We want to hear your thoughts on this project. Join us for a virtual Public Information Centre on June 10 from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom. At this meeting, our consultant WSP will be presenting the preliminary findings of the feasibility study for this project, gather feedback from the community and answer your questions. Join the Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87520492596

June 5, 2021
Some updates of interest. . . .
This week second dose appointments for the 70 plus age group opened up and currently almost 74 per cent of eligible York Region residents (18 plus) have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccination.
Summer Camp Staff have been working on programming for modified camps and will be announcing when registration opens on Monday, June 7. Registration will be scheduled for mid-June.
The Town of Newmarket is providing free burlap to residents to create burlap traps for Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) – gypsy moth caterpillars for trees on private property. The giveaway will begin on Wednesday, June 9 until June 18, or while supplies last, at the Municipal Offices, weekdays from noon until 3 p.m. through a curbside drive through pick-up. Residents will be provided three sheets of burlap and a ‘how-to’ information guide on how to set-up burlap traps. More information can be found at http://www.newmarket.ca/lddmoth


June 3, 2021
Upper Canada Mall’s owner, Oxford Properties Retail Holdings Inc. has submitted a plan for changes. While Upper Canada Mall will continue to exist, this plan proposes to add approximately 5,100 residential units, a new road system, 4,500 parking spaces above/below ground and approximately 4.5 acres of new public parks. The Town of Newmarket will hold an electronic Public Meeting on Monday, June 21 at 1:00 PM which will be streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings. The video will be available after the meeting as well.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear from anyone who has an interest in the above noted applications. Council will not be making any final decisions at this time. You can find out more and see the application on the town website here: https://bit.ly/34GVOgu If you want to get involved, written comments may be emailed to clerks@newmarket.ca by end of day June 20th, 2021. If you wish, you can speak to Council during the live meeting through video conferencing. Provide a remote (live) deputation through the Zoom platform during the Council meeting. Due to the technical requirements of joining an electronic meeting, residents are strongly encouraged to pre-register for a remote (live) deputation by completing the form provided at newmarket.ca/meetings or by providing their full name and contact information by registering via clerks@newmarket.ca or by calling 905-953-5300 extension 2203.

June 2, 2021
Are you a Newmarket resident? Do you have a few hours per month that you would like to volunteer and contribute to the Townn in issues of Accessibility or how about Heritage, History and Museums?
The Town of Newmarket is actively recruiting for vacant positions on two different Committees. Accessibility Advisory Committee & Elman W. Campbell Museum Board. The Accessibility Advisory Committee encourages and facilitates accessibility for all persons with disabilities in the Town of Newmarket. Details: https://bit.ly/34F9h8v The Elman W. Campbell Museum Board is responsible for advising on the development of policies and programs for the operation of the Museum. Details: https://bit.ly/3yUjGer
More information and the application forms can be found here. https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Committees-and-Boards.aspx

May 31, 2021
It started with 6 year old Phyllis Webstad, It was 1973 and she lived with her grandmother on the Dog Creek reserve. Her granny bought her a new, shiny orange shirt for the first day of school. “It had string laced up in front, and was so bright and exciting – just like I felt to be going to school!” At the Mission School, they took away her clothes, including the orange shirt! They wouldn’t give it back. “The color orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”
Today, Phyllis is married, has one son, a step-son and five grandchildren. She is the Executive Director of the Orange Shirt Society, and tours the country telling her story and raising awareness about the impacts of the residential school system. She has now published two books, the “Orange Shirt Story” and “Phyllis’s Orange Shirt” for younger children.
Today, we are wearing an Orange shirt to help create awareness of of the concept that “Every Child Matters”

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May 28, 2021
Happy Friday! Well that snow was a little bit of a surprise this morning! Hope it’s not too cold for the Farmer’s Market Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 pm at Riverwalk Commons.
Wondering what we can do about all those caterpillars?? The Town has some answers, click the link for information.
https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Environment…/LDD-Moth.aspx
The Town is gradually opening facilities as per directives from the Province. Stay tuned. . . .
Saw a street sweeper the other day . . . they’re doing a nice job!
Composters on sale from the Town for $20. 905-895-5193
Rain barrels on sale until June 7th. https://rainbarrel.ca/newmarket/
There is a virtual Council Meeting Monday at 1:00 PM. You can join us at www.newmarket.ca/meetings
Enjoy your weekend, stay warm and dry!

May 27, 2021
those pesky moths. . . . Lymantria dispar dispar, or commonly known as Gypsy Moths, are an invasive insect that are currently the talk of the Town. These tiny, pesky caterpillars will eat the leaves of many trees but they find oak species the most delicious! Even after several years of attacks, most healthy will survive defoliation as they can usually regrow their leaves back within two to three weeks.
The Town is taking some action and many residents are wondering what we can do in our own trees. The Town has some answers, so please click the link and find out what to do. https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Environment…/LDD-Moth.aspx
York Region has some additional information here: https://bit.ly/2QXh3r7

May 26, 2021
2 Splash Pads re-opening TOMORROW! Get your towels ready!
Since the Provincial announcement last week, Staff have been working on a schedule to safely re-open the Town’s splash pads. There are 4 splashpads getting ready to open.
~Riverwalk Commons- Opening May 27, from 9 am to 8 pm daily. Closed Saturdays during Farmers Market, opens at 2pm.
~the Rogers Spray Park- Opening May 27, from 10 am to 8 pm daily.
~Frank Stronach Spray Pad- Opening June 14, after repairs are completed. Will reopen sooner if possible.
Plus a new ACCESSIBLE pad, the Dr. Margaret Arkinstall Spray Pad in Sawmill Valley Drive and Summerhill South neighbourhood should be competed early this summer. As updates become available, I’ll pass them along!
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May 21, 2021
Happy Friday! A few reminders for this weekend. . . .
~the Farmer’s Market is on at Riverwalk Commons on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 pm with safety protocols in place.
~lighting of Fireworks on public property is against the law.
~you can light fireworks from your own property if: you adhere to safety protocols; do it between 9:30 PM and 11:00 PM; do it on Victoria Day, or the day before or after; be mindful of your pets, fireworks scares most dogs and cats
~street sweeping continues. . .
~rain barrels are on sale until June 7th. https://rainbarrel.ca/newmarket/
~the Town office is closed from today at 4:30 PM to Tuesday at 8:00 AM. For emergencies, you can call 905-895-5193 and press 3 for an operator.~there is a virtual Meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. You can join us at www.newmarket.ca/meetings


May 20, 2021
Victoria Weekend Hours. The Customer Call Centre will be closed all weekend, from Friday, May 21 at 4:30 pm to Tuesday, May 25 at 8:00 AM for the Victoria Day Holiday. Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, May 25th from 8 am to 5:00 pm.
For emergencies, please call 905-895-5193 and press 3 to be connected to our after-hours service.
For power outages, please call Newmarket Hydro at 905-895-2309
Find additional closers here: https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Pages/News-Description.aspx…

May 18, 2021
Who does that??? After almost a week of rain and then a week of sunshine, the dandelions are in full bloom! This is the time when the Town’s lawn mower brigade hits the parks and fields to keep the grass nice and short and the ‘lions under control.
Newmarket has more green space, parks and fields than most communities our size and it takes a lot of staff and equipment to handle the all that mowing. The Town Works has to find that balance of fiscal responsibility versus dandelions and grass so we have a ten day cutting cycle that delivers a good solution for both. In case you’re wondering, here is a snippet of what gets done and in what rotation. And if your parkette or grassy area is missing, don’t worry, it’s on the final list. And remember, they may not cut in the pouring rain.

~Day 1 RJT Complex (including Hydro and Monument) Glenway Yard, Eagle St Blvd. (Inc. Millard St)
Whipper Watson (Inc. Clearmeadow Blvd)
George Luesby Park
Jim Bond Park
Dr Margaret Arkinstall Park
Clair Salisbury Park (Inc. Surgeoner Austin Paul and Woodhaven)
Seneca Cook Parkett
Keffer Parkett and Shanahan Blvd
William Dunn (Bathurst entrance)
~Day 2 Joe Persichini Park
Joe Persichini Park ( Inc. Walkways from Rhhodes to Binns to McCaffery)
Joe Persichini/McCaffery Walkways/Retention Pond (McCaffery to Meegan to Flanagan ; Rushbrook to Denise
Armstrong Family Park
John F Smith Trail (Mulock to Yonge) Inc. Retention pond, Coventry Hill,Wm Dunn and Oaktree Entrances
Paul Semple Park
Tom Taylor Trail (Mulock to Yonge) Inc. Foxtail Parkett
Quaker Park
Cody Cres.
~Day 3 Art Ferguson Park (Inc. interlock at corner)
Audrie Sanderson (Inc. Heddle Cres Blvd)
Willowwick Park (Inc. Carberry Blvd)
Best Family Park/Comfort Lane Parkett
Laurelwood Parkett (Inc. Kinrara Lot, Shadrack and Harry Syratt, and Interlock at Bayview
Arnhem Park
Rourke Place Hill and College Manor Entrance/island
Goodyear Cres Blvd ( between Dutch Elliott and Lexus Cart)
College Manor Park
National Homes Park
~Day 4 Operations Centre
Harry Walker Parkway (Mulock Guard Rail, South of RCMP – Both Sides
Magna, Fernbank and trails
Frank Stronach Park ( must complete cut/trim same day)
Copper Hills
Ken Sturgeon Park (inc.accsess point across from west entrance)
Rene’ Bray Park, Kingsmere Open Space
Broughton Lane Pathway (to Sir Ivor and Lockwood
Stone Haven Entrances
~Day 5 George Richardson Park, TT Trail ( Davis to Green Lane
Elgin Street Easement
Irwin/Red Deer Walkways/Easement
Bayview Parkway (3 Locations – Dixon Medical to Madsen’s)
Jacarandah/Evanslea Parks
Jacarandah Blvd (Luesby lane to Leslie St)
Leslie Valley Hill
Leslie Valley Retention Pond
St Elizabeth Seaton Hill (and Waratah and Luesby Lane Entrances)
Waratah Open Space
~Day 6 Seniors Centre (interlock at C of C, TTT to Rainbow Bridge)
Youth Centre
Drew Doak Park (inc. Retention Pond and Srigley Entrance)
Huron Heights Open Spaces (Inc. Charles Van Zant, Hill Gate, Columbia Crt.)
Philmore Hamilton Park
Marsh Field/Crusaders Way
Alexander Blvd (across from Three Seasons Dr)
Sunny Hill Park
Harry Walker Parkway (Guard Rail across from Mars Building)
~Day 7 Town Office/395 Mulock
Fairy Lake (Inc. TTT Mulock to Water St)
Dennis Park (Inc. Roadway from Dennis Park to Lorne Ave)
Cane Pwy Islands
Beswick Park
Sandford Parkett
Cotter St (Water To First House) Vacant Lot South East corner of Prospect & Gorham
Lions Park, Gorman Pool
Church St Blvd to Eagle, Habitat, Cenotaph
Lorne St Blvd (Calgain to Woodland Cres – Both Sides)
~Day 8 Fairgrounds
Srigley Open Spaces (Prospect to Stickwood)
John Georges Parkett
AOK Park
Haskett Park
Charles Boyd Park (Inc. Gorham Island)
Gorham Blvd (Opposite Premier Place)
Fred Hagan Crt.
Larry Bubba (Penn) Parkette
Charlotte St. North
~Day 9 Main St N and Deviation Rd
Max Stiles Park
Marilyn Powell Park Inc. Bristol S Bend, Malvern Walkway, and Dorchester Retention Pond
Cardinal Parkett
Proctor Park
Rogers Park
Emma Broadbent Crt (Trail Entrance)
Gilpin Hill
Gilpin Retention Pond
~Day 10 Bonshaw Park
Environmental Park
Woodspring Blvd
Woodland Hills/Labrith Park
NW Hydro Quadrant Trail (cheryl Mews to Dowson Loop)
Upper Canada Mall Paths Knapton to Gail Parks to Mathew Boyd)
Kirby Park
Sykes Rd
Mosaic Park


May 13, 2021
2021 Rain Barrel Sale! The Town of Newmarket has again this year partnered with RainBarrel.ca to host an online rain barrel sale! Residents can order a rain barrel online from May 3 to June 7, 2021. Delivery will begin the week of June 7 and continue daily until completed. Delivery drivers will follow physical distancing protocols.
Using a Rain Barrel is good for your garden and our environment:
Reduces the amount of treated water used for watering plants and gardens.
Diverts significant quantities of rainwater run-off from the sewer system during storms.
Helps conserve energy and resources by reducing the amount of water and wastewater that needs to be treated and pumped.
Reduces soil erosion and water pollution in local waterways by reducing storm water run-off.
Rain water is better for your plants and gardens.
Saves money by lowering municipal water consumption for garden and lawn watering.
Helps conserve water that can be used for other household chores such as washing windows, cleaning patio furniture, and watering indoor plants.

May 10, 2021
A reminder that you’ll be seeing our contract Street Sweepers out & about starting today. Beginning in the southern areas of Town, they will work their way north towards Green Lane. The spring clean-up should take up to four weeks to complete. Once this initial spring cleanup is completed, the Town sweeper rotates through all areas keeping up with general sweeping maintenance into the fall.

May 6, 2021
Local Heroes, Joshua Mazzotta and Rob Franceschinis, who rescued the family from their Warby Trail house fire received Commendations from Central York Fire Services Fire Chief Ian Laing and Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. Through a Facebook Live event on May 5, our local heroes were recognized for their heroic involvement in saving a family from a local house fire during a virtual commendation ceremony.
“These two individuals acted without hesitation to help someone in need. Their actions speak louder than words. While most people never get presented with this type of challenge, these two young men performed admirably.” Says Fire Chief Ian Liang “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
As it is Emergency Preparedness week, the CYFS reminds residents that emergencies and disasters can happen at any time. Develop and practice a home escape plan, and build a culture of preparedness. In an emergency situation, all occupants must know their escape plan and while meeting the needs of their family.


May 5, 2021
Man arrested for Sunday’s No Frills parking lot hit & run!
You may remember that on Sunday, May 2, at about 2:35 p.m., a 63-year-old man had been struck by a dark-grey, four-door Mazda 3 that fled from the intersection of Davis Drive and Wilstead Drive. The victim was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. York Regional Police have laid charges against a 21-year-old male Mohammad Rezaee of Newmarket. On Monday, May 4, the suspect turned himself in to Police. York Regional Police would like to thank the public for sharing the information which resulted in the suspect turning himself in.

May 4, 2021
Got em’!!!
Two weeks ago on April 22nd, I wrote about York Regional Police Criminal Investigations were seeking witnesses following a suspicious cellphone tower fire in Leslie St and Crowder Blvd area. There have been a series of suspicious fires set and the YRP announced they have arrested and charged Justin Davis, 29, of Newmarket with 8 counts of Arson.
Fortunately, no one was injured during any of the incidents, but the Police are still requesting your help if you have home or office video for any of the crimes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7142, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.
The incidents in question are:
Saturday, April 10, three tractor trailers set on fire on Leslie St north of Davis Drive.
Saturday, April 10, vehicle at auto shop on Pony Drive set on fire.
On April 11, at 12:30 a.m., a glass door at a garden centre business on Journey’s End Circle was smashed in an attempt to gain entry.
On April 19, 4 a.m., a cherry-picker truck set on fire behind building on Leslie St south of Elgin St.
On April 20, 5 a.m., a vehicle fire at same auto shop on Pony Drive. The fire spread to two other vehicles.
On April 21, fire set at a cell phone tower, Leslie St & Crowder Blvd.
On April 25, 3 a.m., two vehicles set on fire at a car dealership on Leslie Street at Bray Circle. Following this, multiple communication boxes were found damaged and partially burned at locations on Harry Walker Parkway and Kerrisdale Boulevard.

May 3, 2021
Sweet! Dope! Sick! Rad! Awesome! Legit!
That’s what people are saying about Newmarket’s first outdoor skatepark! (OK, younger people who skateboard are saying that.) The Town of Newmarket is excited to reveal the final concept design to the public. See imagery below. This new outdoor skatepark is scheduled to open in the spring 2022 at the Magna Centre will and include a variety of skate features to accommodate junior to advanced riders. Some main features include:
A junior area with a small quarter pipe, manual pad, flatbar and a bank to curb.
A central sculptural turn-around quarter pipe
Five set with hubba and rail
Wedge to wedge gap / table top
Asymmetrical quarter pipe hip
Slappy bank to curb
Mellow down rail, out ledge, out rail and manual pad
Eight set with rail and bank
Small quarter pipe
Multi-depth flow bowl with extension and pump roller
All I can say is, Wicked!

May 3, 2021
Hit & Run, Police require your help.
On Sunday, May 2nd around 2:35 PM, a verbal dispute occurred in and around the No Frills parking lot on Davis Drive at Wilstead Drive. The dispute involved a 63 year old male, a female in a pink jumpsuit and another male. Witness reports suggest that the 63 year old male was then walking East along Davis Drive, crossing at Wilstead Drive when he was struck by a vehicle, possibly a 4-door Mazda 3 sedan, dark grey in colour. It is believed the woman in the pink jumpsuit and the unknown male from the verbal dispute, were driving in the vehicle that struck the victim. The vehicle then fled South on Wilstead Drive. Anyone who has information, but especially pictures or video of either the dispute or the collision with the car and pedestrian, are urged to upload their content. Please click this link: https://yrp.ca.evidence.com/…/public/nofrillsnewmarketftr

May 2, 2021
Saturday was a great day to be out preparing the garden and checking the perennials pushing their little heads through the soil. Knowing the care required, I was surprised to find tulips growing on my front walkway. A quick check of a few websites indicated tulips are not native to interlock areas.
A further check on local FaceBook sites indicate the likely existence of a mythical being called a “tulip fairy”.  To the tulip fairy and to all those who give to others, not expecting anything in return, Thank You. Our community is better because of you.

 
 

April 30, 2021
A reminder that the Newmarket Farmers’ Market will be open at Riverwalk Commons, every Saturday, starting tomorrow, May 1, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. until October 30th. There will be strict safety measures in place with fewer vendors and offering only essential items. The Farmers’ Market will be fenced off with capacity limits. Both Vendors and shoppers are required to wear a mask while within the fenced market area and physical distancing will be enforced.


April 27, 2021
Great News! Newmarket Farmers’ Market will return to Riverwalk Commons, beginning Saturday, May 1!
Public Health has approved the Farmers’ Market to open with strict safety measures in place with fewer vendors and offering only essential items. Outdoor activities are lower risk and the Farmers’ Market will essentially operate as an outdoor grocery store, delivering essential, locally grown food. This year, the Farmers’ Market will be fenced, there will be capacity limits and physical distancing will be enforced. Vendors and patrons will all be required to wear masks while within the fenced market area. It’s a good start, I say!


April 22, 2021
SEEKING WITNESSES
York Regional Police Criminal Investigations are seeking witnesses following a suspicious fire in Newmarket on Wed, April 21 shortly after 1 p.m.
York Police were called to the area of Leslie Street and Crowder Boulevard in response to an arson set at a cellphone tower site. It was determined that the fire had gone out prior to their arrival, but investigators confirmed suspicious activity was detected earlier in the morning, around 2 a.m. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set and the scene is being held for further investigation by the Fire Marshal. If you or anyone you know witnessed suspicious activity in the area, or if you have home video surveillance that may have captured suspicious activity, please come forward.
Contact the York Regional Police #1 Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7142, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com

April 22, 2021
Happy Earth Day!
Since it was first held on April 22, 1970, Earth Day includes a wide range of environmental protection and awareness events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG. www.earthday.org/

Earth Day encourages people to drive environmental change, while calling for bold, creative, and innovative solutions to reverse the damage we are doing to our planet. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth” which focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world’s ecosystems.  We should all do a little more to treat every day as Earth Day!
April 20, 2021
In case you missed it, in the Saturday edition of NewmaketToday, in the feature “Remember This”, Newmarket’s own History Hound, Richard MacLeod continued exploring the origins of Newmarket’s street names, this time with a focus on Ward 2 street names.
Many streets were named after our early pioneer families, such as merchants, farmers, doctors and other early entrepreneurs or professional people.
I find it fascinating to read the history behind the street names I see or drive along when in Ward 2 or anywhere in town. All those people and families, over many decades, contributed in making Newmarket a Town I’m proud to call home.
If you haven’t yet, take a few minutes and enjoy the article: https://bit.ly/32u4aXt

April 20, 2021
Are you free at 1 PM today?
The final draft master plan design for the Mulock Property will be unveiled today during a Special Committee of the Whole meeting. That’s today, Tuesday, April 20 at 1 p.m. We invite you to watch this meeting that will be streamed live online at newmarket.ca/meetings.

It will be exciting!
You can also watch the My Mulock video presentation from last month on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JFjZtVkMoA&t=7s


April 18, 2021
In accordance to the Province’s enhanced public health measures announced Friday, Newmarket has closed all outdoor amenities to the public. Outdoor amenities that will be closed include: all playgrounds, (UNDER REVIEW) outdoor fitness equipment, basketball courts, pickleball and tennis courts, sport fields, baseball diamonds and the Newmarket dog park.
The Province has also extended the stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks to May 20, and outdoor gatherings are limited to those from the same household only.
“With the cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise and our healthcare workers and ICU doctors sounding the alarm bell, it’s important that we take these restrictions very seriously and continue to follow public health guidelines,” says Mayor John Taylor. “I know this pandemic continues to be extremely difficult for us all, but now is not the time to ease up. Please do your part by staying home as much as possible, being vigilant with physical distancing, wearing masks and handwashing.”
Hospitals are at a breaking point, residents are encouraged to stay at home and only go out for essential trips such as medical appointments, groceries, work and exercise.
Newmarket’s trails and green spaces remain open, however, residents are reminded to follow safe physical distancing rules, and to wear a mask if physical distancing becomes a challenge. If the trail is busy, consider going to another trail or returning at a later time.
Please continue to support local businesses through in-person shopping, curbside pick-up, online shopping, take-out and delivery options and by purchasing gift cards when possible. Please visit newmarket.ca/ChooseLocal for more information.
The Town’s Customer Service is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by email: info@newmarket.ca or phone 905-895-5193. For after-hours service, please call 905-895-5193 and press 3.
For more information on the what’s open and closed in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/reopen. For more information on COVID-19 in York Region, visit york.ca/covid19 or ontario.ca/coronavirus

April 15, 2021
Emerald Ash Borer Tree Rebate
Once again this spring, residential and business property owners in Town can replace their dying, dead or removed ash trees through LEAF, the Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests and be eligible for a $100 Emerald Ash Borer rebate from York Region. Residents may apply for the Full Service Tree Planting Program or the Do-It-Yourself Tree Planting Program. There is a limit of five rebates per property and are issued on a first come, first served basis due to limited supply. Learn more at yourleaf.org/eab-rebate  Email: info@yourleaf.org or call 1-888-453-6504

April, 15, 2021
Newmarket signs of spring; the weather begins to warm up, birds start building nests, bulbs breaking through the ground, more bicycles everywhere and the street sweeper comes out!!
“The Town Sweeper”, yes we only have one, has started operating! Currently, it is working on Main St. downtown, Gorham, Eagle, & Water Streets and the Industrial areas east of Leslie St, as well as bike lanes.
The contract sweepers will begin Monday, May 10th, starting in the southern areas of Town and will work north towards Green Lane. This schedule ensures all streets get swept and helps with efficiency of service to residents. The spring clean-up should take up to four weeks. Once the initial cleanup is completed, the Town sweeper rotates through all areas keeping up with general sweeping maintenance into the fall. And in case you’re wondering, the Town sweeper does not take special requests for sweeping in front of your house first!

April 13, 2021
I know I’m a little late for International Siblings Day, but this is a picture worth sharing! The Woodhouse Clan. Back row, left to right we have: Vonda, Vince, Veronica, yours truly, Victor, and Virginia. Front left to right, Vanessa, Vicki and Vana.
Yes, I know, and I have heard them all before! 😀  But what a great bunch of siblings we each have.


April 12, 2021
Rude Awakening!! At 7:00 AM this morning, Central York Fire Services responded to a residential fire on Londry Court, in Ward 2, Newmarket.
Fortunately, a neighbour was walking by, noticed the fire and then alerted the homeowners that there was smoke coming from their garage and eaves. Fire crews were able to get the garage door open and extinguish the fire. No one was hurt and damage was contained to the garage.

April 12, 2021
There are different vaccine clinics for York Region residents depending on your age and job priority.
Click this link https://bit.ly/3mDSgUt and scroll down to the section “Who Can Book at This Clinic” to select the clinic most appropriate for you.
If you are 65 and in town, call 1-844-301-8080 for an appointment or click here: https://yrh.vertoengage.com/If you are 55 and over, you can book an appointment at pharmacies found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations/

April 8, 2021
A reminder that the Town of Newmarket Recreation & Culture hosts a virtual Home Sweeet Home hub where you can find a collection of healthy, educational and fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy.
We invite you to click www.newmarket.ca/homesweethome to find a variety of activities to enjoy by yourself or with the family while in shutdown and staying at home. Please check back each week for updated content!


April 7, 2021
Premier Doug Ford announced today that the Province of Ontario is entering a state of emergency and is implementing a provincewide stay-at-home order as of 12:01 am Thursday. It will last 28 days until May 6th. ( I will have a Town of Newmarket information update here soon.)

Some details include:
Most Ontarians, except essential workers, should stay at home except for medical needs, groceries, exercise, or work if you cannot work from home.
The majority of retailers are considered non-essential and are closed to in-person shopping, but can offer online shopping for curbside pick-up or delivery between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Some big box stores will remain open to in-person sales but can only sell essential goods, groceries, cleaning supplies, pharmacy items. Our restaurant friends can only remain open for take out service, drive-thru and home deliveries.

April 5, 2021
Provincial Shutdown
Newmarket has closed its indoor recreational amenities at the Magna Centre which includes the Fitness Centre, the pool and the ice rinks for the next four weeks in response to the Province’s shutdown.
Newmarket trails, parks and outdoor amenities remain open with health and safety measures in place. If the rules aren’t followed and safety cannot be assured, the Town will close the amenities.
While in shutdown, residents are encouraged to stay at home and only go out for essential purposes such as work, exercise, groceries, medical appointments etc. Indoor gatherings are only allowed with members of the same household while outdoor gatherings are limited to five (5) people while maintaining physical distancing.
Essential stores remain open at 50% capacity, while other non-essential stores can remain open with a 25% capacity limit. Restaurants will be closed for in-person dining and patios will remain closed, while take-out and delivery options remain available. The Town will work closely with local restaurants to ensure patios are able to open when permitted to do so.
The Town urges all residents to continue to “Choose Local” and support local businesses through curbside pick-up, online shopping, take-out and delivery options and by purchasing gift cards when possible. Please visit newmarket.ca/ChooseLocal for more information.
The Newmarket Public Library remains open with strict health and safety measures in place. Learn more by visiting newmarketpl.ca.
Please continue to do your part by staying home if possible, being vigilant with physical distancing, wearing masks and hand-washing.The Town’s Customer Service associates are available Monday (except Friday and Monday for Easter) to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help guide and assist residents by emailing info@newmarket.ca or calling 905-895-5193. For after-hours service, please call 905-895-5193 and press 3.

COVID-19 Resources
For more information on the what’s open and closed in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/reopen
For more information on COVID-19 in York Region, visit york.ca/covid19 or ontario.ca/coronavirus

April 1, 2021
Fraud Alert
Between March 6, 2020 and February 28, 2021, there have been over 13,000 reports of COVID-19 fraud alone, costing Canadians over 7 million dollars. Don’t let this happen to you.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre collects information on fraud and identity theft and provides information on past and current scams affecting Canadians. If you think you’re a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it!
For helpful information, to find out more or to report suspected fraud, please visit: https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm


April 1, 2021
Waste & Blue Bin Collection: A reminder that if your pick-up is this Friday, it will be moved to Saturday due to the Good Friday Holiday. Starting Tues, April 6, the Town is collecting a maximum of three bags of garbage per household on your garbage pick up day. Residents wanting to place additional bags at the curb for pick-up need to purchase garbage bag tags @ five for $15. Contact Customer Service at 905-953-5303 or email info@newmarket.ca. The Town will send you your garbage tags by mail.

April 1, 2021
The Ontario government increased capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies today. Search for locations: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations Those locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021. There are 3 Aurora locations and 4 Newmarket locations. Please click on the above link to read more and find the locations closest to you. You will need to book an appointment to get your vaccine.

March 31, 2021
Easter Weekend Hours
The Customer Call Centre will be closed from Friday, April 2 to Monday, April 5 for the Good Friday and Easter Monday Holiday.
Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For emergencies, please call 905-895-5193 and press 3 to be connected to our after-hours service.For power outages, please call Newmarket Hydro at 905-895-2309
Find additional closers here: http://www.newmarket.ca/…/Pages/News-Description.aspx…

March 31, 2021
York Region is expanding COVID-19 appointments to include people aged 65 and older. York’s public health unit says approximately 15,000 new vaccine appointments will open this morning at 8:30. Read more info on eligibility here: https://bit.ly/31DnrVW

March 26, 2021
Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. One of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March every year. In more than 180 countries and territories, people like us switch off our lights to show support for our planet. Find out more here: https://www.earthhour.org/

March 26, 2021
The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Home & Lifestyle Showcase goes virtual this year and kicking off the Show this Saturday at 11:00 AM is TV Personality Frankie Flowers! Frank Ferragine is a best-selling gardening author, award-winning landscape designer and Toronto’s most popular weather guy appearing on Breakfast Television and CityLine! Registration is Free, but you must register online to receive the Zoom streaming link. Sign up here: https://www.newmarketchamber.ca/


March 25, 2021
We know there is great interest to many of us in Newmarket about the Shining Hill Amendment application, and to help keep you better informed, we have created a HeyNewmarket project page where you can read more about it, follow the process and participate in the process, click here: https://bit.ly/3rq7WLA  In response the Shining Hill submission, a process has begun to consider the long-term vision for these lands, see graphic below. This is a link to it on the Shining Hill application page on the Town site for additional information. https://bit.ly/3vZHwUB

March 24, 2021
Small Business News. The Government of Canada announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021. This deadline extension applies to new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and will apply for the additional $20,000.

The extension will allow more businesses to access the support they need as Canada’s economy continues to deal with localized public health restrictions and, for a number of reduced opening hours or reduced demand for services. Extending the application deadline to June 2021 also aligns CEBA with the timelines of other federal government support for business.

March 23, 2021
A reminder that used latex gloves and masks should be placed in the garbage, even better, in a plastic bag in the garbage. Please do not place these items in the recycling bin. Need a refresher of what goes where, visit www.newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling

Need additional blue or green bins? email info@newmarket.ca with your name, phone number, address and number of each type of bin required. Customer Service Centre will be in touch with you regarding payment and delivery. Please do not send payment information through email. You can also call 905-953-5303 to place your order.  Have a broken blue box or green bin? Call GFL -Green for Life- at 1-866-421-5625 for a replacement to be delivered to your home. Please do not bring these items to a Town building or facility as they remain closed due to the pandemic.

March 22, 202
Are you 75 or older living in Newmarket or elsewhere in York Region? Do you need help to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment or need a ride to your appointment? You can get free help from a Group called Pink Cars!
Pink Cars is a group of volunteer drivers and administrators that will help arrange transportation for those who need it. They will also help you book your online appointment if necessary. Click this link to complete the form: https://pinkcars.ca/contact/ or email them at info@pinkcars.ca

March 19, 2021
The next pick-up date for the Seniors 55+ free activity kit is April 1 from 10 am to 11 am. ( No April Fool’s joke!) A reminder that there is a limit of one kit per household and you need to order a kit online here: newmarket.ca/adults55+  Each kit will contain a variety of activities, puzzles, games and creative things to do. These activities will challenge your mind and put a smile on your face.
Pick-up of your kit at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive.


March 17, 2021
As you read here earlier this year, there is a 32 unit, three-storey townhouse development proposed for 415 Pickering Crescent, where the Innova Academy is currently located. Mayor Taylor and I have been involved in the planning process and public consultation meetings will be scheduled for a later date. There is an article in Newmarket Today that may be of interest to you, read it here: http://bit.ly/3qX9vAk

March 12, 2021
Indoor air quality results at the Keith Davis Tennis Club.
The Town is pleased to announce that after the installation of a sub-slab depressurization system, the previous exceedances for chlorinated solvents has been resolved. Mayor John Taylor said, “While the Keith Davis Tennis Club remained safe for use throughout this investigation, the Town is incredibly pleased that the sub-slab depressurization system installed at the KDTC has resolved the indoor air quality conditions.”
The Town will continue testing air quality as recommended by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and York Region Public Health (YR-PH) to ensure its continued quality levels. Should residents have any questions or concerns, please contact the Town at 905-953-5300 ext. 2040.

March 10, 2021
Mulock Farm Propoerty
In case you missed the live Facebook Event last night for the Mulock Property Final Design Concept Reveal, you can watch the entire Facebook event presentation here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/750251779226701
The first 3:50 is waiting time so skip to 3:50 on the timer to see Mayor Taylor’s introduction and comments. The presentation introduction starts at 11:00 and the video presentation begins at 14:30 on the timer.
Or if just want to see the video, view it here: https://www.heynewmarket.ca/mulock-property   or here: https://youtu.be/7JFjZtVkMoA 

 

March 5, 2021
Here we grow again!
The Town of Newmarket has received a complete application for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for the property located at17680 Leslie Street. The application is proposing to rezone the subject lands to a Residential Stacked Townhouse to permit the removal of the existing structure and to replace with a residential development comprised of eighty-eight townhouse dwelling units, configured in four blocks. A statutory public meeting will be held at a future date to be announced.


March 5, 2021

It may be freezing outside but believe or not, Newmarket’s patio season is just around the corner!
The Town will once again allow new and expanded patios on both Town and private properties. Patios were overwhelmed by residents and visitors last summer and we anticipate demand for outdoor patio dining will be just as enthusiastic as last year. Newmarket patios are permitted to open beginning April 9.

In January, the Town sought feedback on the 2020 patio program and received over 500 responses with overwhelming support for continuing with an expanded patio program in Newmarket.
COVID-19 public health guidelines and restrictions will once again have a significant impact on the restaurant industry for 2021. Expanded outdoor dining space will be critical to the success of local restaurants and to the continued effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 by creating a safer environment, compliant with all health and safety regulations.
Read the full Press Release here: http://bit.ly/2NVCJT3
See you on the Patio!

March 3, 2021
Incredible news for Newmarket! Mayor Taylor received a letter of confirmation today that the Government of Ontario has committed financial support to the Town of Newmarket through the 2021 COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities program in order to support your COVID-19 operating costs and pressures.
Newmarket will receive $2,458,182.00 in funding. Enough money for pizza and tacos for everyone for a long weekend!! BUT, being the prudent Council that we are, we will use it wisely to offset the costs of dealing with COVID recovery in Town and report back to the Government of Ontario all the expenditure details.

March 3, 2021
Newmarket residents are invited to a COVID-19 Vaccination Community Information Meeting through a Facebook Live public event with Mayor John Taylor and representatives from York Region Public Health. This event will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination roll out plan in York Region/Newmarket and ask questions.
When: Friday, March 5, 2021 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Facebook Live event at https://bit.ly/389CPgz 
If you need a different way to view/listen to the meeting, please email corporatecommunications@newmarket.ca by 1 p.m. on March 5, 2021.

March 2, 2021
It all adds up. . . . The Town of Newmarket continues to try and limit the financial impacts of COVID-19 to our budget. And in consideration of that, the Town will save approximately $500,000 to $600,000 this year with some service changes which include:
Reverting back to the three-bag garbage limit as of April 6, 2021.

At the beginning of the pandemic a temporary five garbage bag limit was put in place to assist residents who were staying at home. It was always a temporary measure and as of April 6, the Town will revert back to the bi-weekly. three bag garbage limit. Garbage bag tags are available for purchase if additional bags/items are required. For more information visit newmarket.ca/garbagecollection
Last year, the Town of Newmarket planted 500+ trees to help expand Newmarket’s tree canopy, as set out in the Urban Forestry Management Plan. This year, the Town will reduce tree planting efforts by 50%. The reduction will not affect tree plantings for trees previously removed that need to be replaced.
This year, grass cutting will take place every 10 working days and open spaces and sport fields will take place once every 5 working days.
Catch basin cleaning will be reduced by 50% which will not affect you as the Town’s catch basins are in excellent condition.
Postponing playground equipment replacement and rehabilitation has been deferred for 2021. As a result, no playgrounds will be closed for construction this year. The Town’s playground equipment is inspected frequently to ensure it is safe for use and will not be significantly impacted by this postponement as the equipment is in good condition.
The Town will continue to work closely with York Region Public Health and take direction from the Province of Ontario as we try to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
For more information on COVID-19 in Newmarket, please visit newmarket.ca/covid19, for information on what is open and what is closed in Newmarket, please visit newmarket.ca/reopen. For further information on COVID-19 in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

February 26, 2021
The Town of Newmarket is pleased to move forward with its reopening plan now that we are within the red-control zone. The Town’s reopening plan continues to provide safe recreation opportunities and events to the community while balancing the significant financial impacts of COVID-19. “…the Town is committed to providing much-needed recreational options and modified events that we can all enjoy safely. We will continue to seek support from other levels of government to limit the financial impacts of COVID-19 as much as possible.” said Mayor Taylor.

The Manga Centre pool will reopen March 8. Patrons must register for their swim session one day in advance at 9 a.m. at https://play.newmarket.ca/Start/Start.asp
The pool at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex will remain closed until further notice.
Fitness Centre at the Magna Centre
The Fitness Center at the Magna Centre will reopen on March 8. Register for a time slot one day in advance at of 9 a.m. at https://play.newmarket.ca/Start/Start.asp
Two rinks at the Magna Centre are available for use and a third rink will be available at the Magna Centre beginning next week. The Town is currently working on plans to add a fourth rink in the near future.
Summer Camps and Special Events
The Town is currently exploring options to provide modified summer camps and special events to the community. Camp registration is anticipated to begin in May. Additional details will be communicated as plans are finalized.
The Newmarket Public Library is gradually reopening for in-person services on March. Access to public computer workstations will be permitted for one hour at a time. In-person membership services for issuing and renewing library cards will also be available. As health restrictions ease more services will be added while ensuring the safety of everyone. For more information, please visit newmarketpl.ca
Find out all the details here: https://www.newmarket.ca/reopen

February 25, 2021 
As Black History Month draws to an end, I would like to bring your attention to February 26th, but in 1890, that’s the day that Thornton Blackburn died. Born in 1812, Thornton Blackburn was an American slave who along with his wife Lucy, escaped to Canada in 1833. In his wake, he left a riot in his name in Detroit and a court case in Canada that established the principle that Canada would not return slaves to their masters in the United States. This made Canada a safe haven for slaves escaping the US via the Underground Railroad.

After living in Amherstburg in Essex County, in 1834, Thornton and Lucy moved to York, Toronto as it is now called, where he worked as a waiter at Osgoode Hall. He saw the need for a taxi service and by 1837, he had built a red and yellow horse-drawn cab and called it “The City”. His taxi, the first one west of Montreal, was able to carry four passengers. This was the beginning of a successful taxicab company.
The Blackburns continued to be active in the Underground Railroad, anti-slavery and community activities, helping to build the nearby Little Trinity Church and participated in the North American Convention of Colored Freemen at St. Lawrence Hall in September 1851. Thornton died on February 26, 1890, leaving an estate of $18,000 and six properties and is buried at Toronto’s Necropolis Cemetery. Lucie died five years later, on February 6, 1895.
In 1985, an archaeological dig uncovered the foundations of the Thorntons’ home leading to a book about their lives, I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad, written by historian Karolyn Smardz Frost and available at the Newmarket Public Library!The Newmarket Anti-Black Racism Task Force is undertaking a survey to gain insight on community members’ lived experiences in relation to anti-Black racism in Newmarket. Task Force members have developed a survey that will provide meaningful input to them as they develop recommendations to Council. The survey is open until March 31. It is important to launch this survey during Black History month. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGLKDF7
 February 25, 2021 The Neighbourhood Network Give Back Awards Applications for 2021 are Now Open! Neighbourhood Network promotes volunteerism, linking resources and supporting local charities and agencies. The Give Back Awards is an annual $1,000 cash prize awarded to 20 graduating students from high schools in Aurora, Georgina, King Township, and Newmarket. Students who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to community involvement can be nominated. Give Back Awards applications are now open and will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021. Applications are available online at www.nnetwork.org/GiveBackAwards.


February 24, 2021
Wednesday, February 24 is Pink Shirt Day or Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. (It’s always the last Wednesday in February in Canada.) This is something close to my heart, strongly supporting the message of Anti-Bullying and believe it is a cause everyone, everywhere should support. Like so many other good things, this is an idea that originated in Canada and is celebrated on various dates around the world. Every year, we Canadians take a stand against bullying – showing our support for this cause by publicly wearing a pink shirt or another article of pink clothing. But when we see it, we should rally against bullying, whether in person or online. Find out more here: http://www.pinktshirtday.ca/
International Day of Pink is April 14, 2021; United Nations Anti-Bullying Day is May 4 Every Year

February 23, 2021
New! Free Seniors 55+ activity kit. Each kit will contain a variety of activities, puzzles, games and creative things to do. These activities will challenge your mind and put a smile on your face. There is a limit of one kit per household and you need to order a kit online by Sunday, February 28, 2021. Order here: https://play.newmarket.ca/Start/Start.asp

Pick-up of your kit is on March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive. If transportation to the Municipal Offices for pick-up is an issue, please let us know by email seniors@newmarket.ca or by calling 905-953-5300.
Kits will also be available for April as well. Check back at newmarket.ca/adults55+ for more information on the April Seniors Activity Kit release date.

February 18, 2021
Have you heard about Home Sweet Home yet? It’s the Town of Newmarket’s virtual Recreation & Culture hub. The page features a collection of healthy, educational and fun ideas for the family to enjoy while at home and social distancing. Town staff share their favourite links and resources to help stay active, healthy and connected at home. Until the Town can reopen all our facilities, this may provide a healthy alternative for you! Find out more here: https://www.newmarket.ca/homesweethome

February 17, 2021
Even though it’s been extremely cold during the past week, the weather should be warming up a bit within the next week. With that in mind, we are reminding you to NOT skate on Fairy Lake, the Holland River or any of the stormwater ponds around Town.
No matter how thick the ice may appear, changes in temperature can cause variations in the thickness of the ice. What may look safe, isn’t, putting you in danger. Please remind your family members to be safe & NICE and stay away from the ICE! There are rinks around town that provide safer alternatives, please click: https://www.newmarket.ca/skating.


February 15, 2021
Davis Tract new parking.
A quick note to mention that the Region has opened about 35 additional parking spots on the McCowan portion of the Davis Tract this past week. I was out for a walk on Saturday with Becky and was delighted to see the quick response from the Region. The Davis tract is relatively new and has attracted many visitors recently. This parking will also allow visitors to the West side of North Tract an opportunity to park in a lot instead of on the shoulder of McCowan Road, south of Davis Drive. Well Done! Thank you to Region staff that made this happen. It is appreciated.


February 11, 2021
The Town of Newmarket has just launched its new online Council Strategic Priorities Dashboard. This dashboard will be updated bi-annually so that residents can track the progress of Council initiatives while viewing the decision-making and planning process. Residents can also see how Council is fulfilling the Town’s vision of a “well beyond the ordinary” community. Strategic Priorities were determined through results gathered from the Town’s Community Survey Results in 2018, coupled with engagement sessions with Newmarket staff and Council members.
See all the details here: http://bit.ly/3rBQBzY
Watch the overview video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbwpHE_bxT8

February 9, 2021
Don’t tell the kids…. Today is National Pizza Day and it’s not a Friday!
National Pizza Day seeks to appreciate the baked flatbread typically topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Pizza is believed to have been invented in Naples, Italy around the 10th century. So, what are your favourite toppings?


February 7, 2021
What a beautiful day to go for a walk! Sally and Lilly love the winter and to play in the new fallen snow. And I love it when they invite me along!

February 5, 2021
Getting ready for Baseball at Fairgrounds Park-Don McKnight Field. Yes, it is the middle of winter and very cold. However the Town of Newmarket is getting the best baseball diamond in town ready for play….whenever that happens.
Right now a new, higher, stronger fence is being installed around the premier field. Why now?
By doing it now, it is less likely to interfere with your park activities, plus the heavy equipment does not significantly damage the working area as the ground is frozen solid. Baseball will return and we’ll be ready!


February 4, 2021
Ward 2 building update.
I recently posted about a variety of new and current development applications and building taking place in Ward 2 this year.
A new application has been received by the Town of Newmarket for a Zoning By-law Amendment for 17188 Leslie St, situated between Lemar & Gorham streets, proposing to rezone the land to permit a 3-storey private Montessori school with daycare.
This is the formal application to the Town and all the application documents can be found within the Town website at: https://tonfileshare.newmarket.ca/share.cgi?ssid=0WXIcJO
As always, I will post about any upcoming public meetings concerning this application before they take place. Pictured below is the rendering of the building.

February 3, 2021
It’s National Golden Retriever Day! And Becky and I are proud fur-parents to sisters Sally and Lilly, a pair of beautiful Goldens. But they’re not getting special treatos, extra-long playtime, and extra loving to help them celebrate National Golden Retriever Day because they get that every day! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/golden-retriever-day/


February 2, 2021
Stop signs, speed bumps and bears, oh my.
If you haven’t seen it yet, there is an interesting article in Newmarket Today regarding speeding in town. (find it here: http://bit.ly/3toBzzo )
I was quoted stating at the Council meeting on Monday “That seems to be the No. 1 issue we hear at the door, speeding in their neighbourhood”
We hear complaints from residents and when it results in a petition being presented to the Town, we’ll send out Staff to check the speeds or analyze the traffic patterns. But what seems like speeding doesn’t always prove to be speeding.

There are several alternatives for the Town to consider before installing stop signs or speed bumps, which aren’t always the best solution. solution. Sometimes a radar speed board is all that is needed to remind people to slow down.
the article is here: http://bit.ly/3toBzzo

February 2, 2021
A Newmarket Doctor was charged with sexual assault. Doctor Sam Naghibi, pictured, worked at a medical clinic on Davis Drive, just west of Prospect Street and was charged by Police in connection with a sexual assault.

York Regional Police encourages anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police. There is no statute of limitations and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence.
Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section, at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

February 1, 2021
Keith Davis Tennis Club
You may have heard that indoor air quality testing results for chlorinated solvent impacts (trichloroethylene/ an industrial solvent) inside the Tennis Club were slightly higher than Ministry standards. This is likely attributed to historic industrial or commercial activities in this area of Newmarket. The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, York Region Public Health, the Town’s environmental consultants all determined that the clubhouse and tennis bubble were safe for use. You can read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/3tkLiGA
Should residents have any questions or concerns, they may contact the Town of Newmarket at 905-953-5300 ext. 2040.

January 29, 2021 
The Newmarket Public Library continues to offer wonderful services including Zoom read along for kids as well as curbside service during lockdown.
1000s of books, DVDs, magazines and more are yours for the asking. Check the library’s catalogue to place an item on hold for curbside pickup http://bit.ly/catnpl.
Families can join a Zoom call for an hour every Tuesday and Thursday nights as we read some classic children’s novels.
Register online at: http://bit.ly/2L35kUY
There are a variety of great “how to use” topics and online learning opportunities for kids and adults at https://bit.ly/2KYWrLZ
Take a look, our library is more than just a book!

January 27, 2021
Why are they cutting down all those trees?
Trees are important, right! But if you visit the Bendor and Graves Tract at 17689 Kennedy Road and see big machines cutting down a lot of trees, you might get mad, or confused, or both. But don’t, there are good reasons for it.

To be clear, I am not an expert in good forest management, nor do I speak for the Region, however here are some things I have learned over the years.
1-Healthy forests need to be managed, just like your garden needs attention.
2-By cutting down trees selectively, other trees are allowed to grow bigger and healthier. Trees compete for light and water and they will not grow as tall and healthy if overcrowded.
3-By removing diseased and suppressed trees, certain species such as beech, maple & black walnut will get a healthy & strong start. When the Region first took over the lands, only pines could grow. Now, because of good forest management, some added topsoil, there is a mixture of both hardwoods and softwoods.
4-A healthy mix of trees ensures that when one species becomes infested, like the ash tree in recent years, the whole forest is not wiped out.
5-The “slash” or the branches cut from the trees aids in increasing/sustaining the forest floor as the branches decompose.
6-Trees to be cut are carefully selected and marked to meet the above mentioned objectives.
In the pictures, you can see the tree stumps where they were cut 15 years ago. So don’t get mad. Be thankful. The Region works to an international standard for healthy forests. Enjoy your forests and take some time to find one of the many tracts that are close. Some are busy while you can still find some tracts that are not used as often. https://www.alltrails.com/…/ontario/york-regional-forest

January 26, 2021
Newmarket Council introduced a new Financial Relief Program to replace the 2020 program expiring January 31, 2021. The new Program hopes to will provide relief to residents and businesses experiencing financial challenges during the pandemic, including:
~Waiving penalties & interest on unpaid property taxes for eligible residential property owners (through an application process);
~Increasing the existing property tax assistance rebate to elderly residents from $320 to $450;
~Increasing the existing residential water and waste water rebate from $354 to $420; and,
~Providing a water rebate of $1,000 for eligible small businesses (through an application process)
Please click to read all the details and what may apply to you and/or your business: https://www.newmarket.ca/financialreliefprogram

January 25, 2021
SHOTS FIRED IN NEWMARKET
Investigators with the York Regional Police are seeking witnesses after shots were fired in Newmarket on Sunday, Jan 24, at approximately 1:15 a.m.
Police were called to Maurice Court, in the Yonge St & Davis Dr area for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they located two bullet holes in the residence that were fired from a suspect black Mercedes, which had fled before police arrived.
No one was injured during the incident.
Investigators ask for any witnesses to come forward, or with residential video surveillance or dashcam footage from the area at the time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.


January 21, 2021
If you know me or have read these posts from time to time, you know that I enjoy going for a walk or a hike in one of the many tracts in the regional forests that are in or just minutes away from Newmarket.

These tracts are getting ever so much more popular and I brought up the parking challenges during Monday’s council meeting suggesting that the Town seek out some solutions to find more parking.
Newmarket today has an interesting recap of input from the Mayor, Regional Councillor Tom Vegh and myself and you can read it here.

January 21, 2021
I have included some site information on new housing developments below that have started or will be starting this year in Ward 2. There is a lot of building scheduled for this year and based upon inquiries and submissions, next year will be quite busy too.  The good news is this will create many new housing opportunities for people to move into and enjoy Newmarket, and may provide people in town to move up, down or over to a home that better fits their needs. Building in the industrial area is great news too as that usually translates into new jobs in town, something we can always use.
Please take a look at the map for Ward 2 and you will see some photos of the properties in question. To see all the building planned for Newmarket,
the Town has recently created a new interactive website that residents can access to see all the permits and developments that have been applied for or have been approved. Visit it at: www.newmarket.ca/planningapplications


January 18, 2021

The Newmarket Planning Department has been working on a new website that better communicates current planning applications. This website is live at: http://newmarket.ca/planningapplications
The website is map-based, allowing residents to see the geographic location of planning applications and access additional information for each.
~Click on an application and some application highlights are provided, in many instances, a link to the technical report is provided.
~ The ward boundaries can be turned on by clicking on “Ward Boundaries” in the Layer List.
~ The map explains where the planning application falls geographically and provides the staff contact info for each Area.

January 15, 2021
Newmarket reopens all outdoor skating, community rinks and allows for tobogganing but with new enhanced measures to prevent against COVID-19. New measures for outdoor skating at Riverwalk Commons
All skaters must register in advance at play.newmarket.ca and can book their spot online one day in advance starting at 9 a.m.
NEW! No walk-ins or stand-by spots will be available
NEW! Skaters must wear a mask while in line and while skating
Skaters must maintain 6ft./2m apart from others outside of their household at all times
Hours of operation remain at 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Capacity limits remain at 25 people per skating session

New measures for outdoor skating at community rinks:
Follow the rules posted at Lions Park
NEW! Skaters must wear a mask while in line and while skating
All skaters must maintain 6ft./2m apart from others outside of their household at all times
Capacity limits remain at 25 people per skating session

Tobogganing in Newmarket
The Town does not have any designated hills for tobogganing and does not maintain any areas for winter activities. Please use outdoor areas at your own risk and follow these guidelines.
Users must:
Check the hill. Make sure it is free of hazards (trees, rocks, fences, bumps)
Avoid ice-covered areas
Make sure there is room at the bottom of the hill to stop – away from roads, or bodies of water
Use proper sliding equipment and wear a helmet (ski helmets are recommended)
Make sure your route is clear before sliding
All children should be supervised by an adult
Only toboggan with members of the same household
Maintain 6ft./2m. at all times from others
It is recommended that users wear a mask when tobogganing
Newmarket’s By-law officers will be patrolling all parks to educate residents on the above noted safety tips and to ensure residents practice safe physical distancing at all times.
For more information on the what’s open and closed in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/reopen. For more information on COVID-19 in York Region, visit york.ca/covid19 orontario.ca/coronavirus


January 15, 2021
Newmarket reopens all outdoor skating, community rinks and allows for tobogganing but with new enhanced measures to prevent against COVID-19. New measures for outdoor skating at Riverwalk Commons

All skaters must register in advance at play.newmarket.ca and can book their spot online one day in advance starting at 9 a.m.
NEW! No walk-ins or stand-by spots will be available
NEW! Skaters must wear a mask while in line and while skating
Skaters must maintain 6ft./2m apart from others outside of their household at all times
Hours of operation remain at 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Capacity limits remain at 25 people per skating session
New measures for outdoor skating at community rinks:
Follow the rules posted at Lions Park
NEW! Skaters must wear a mask while in line and while skating
All skaters must maintain 6ft./2m apart from others outside of their household at all times
Capacity limits remain at 25 people per skating session
Tobogganing in Newmarket
The Town does not have any designated hills for tobogganing and does not maintain any areas for winter activities. Please use outdoor areas at your own risk and follow these guidelines.
Users must:
Check the hill. Make sure it is free of hazards (trees, rocks, fences, bumps)
Avoid ice-covered areas
Make sure there is room at the bottom of the hill to stop – away from roads, or bodies of water
Use proper sliding equipment and wear a helmet (ski helmets are recommended)
Make sure your route is clear before sliding
All children should be supervised by an adult
Only toboggan with members of the same household
Maintain 6ft./2m. at all times from others
It is recommended that users wear a mask when tobogganing
Newmarket’s By-law officers will be patrolling all parks to educate residents on the above noted safety tips and to ensure residents practice safe physical distancing at all times.
For more information on the what’s open and closed in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/reopen. For more information on COVID-19 in York Region, visit york.ca/covid19 orontario.ca/coronavirus


January 14, 2021
Newmarket temporarily closes all outdoor skating and community rinks until the Town seeks further clarification on stay-at-home orders from the Province of Ontario. The Province of Ontario recently declared a state of an emergency and issued a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order will be in effect as of Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

As we seek further clarification and interpret the available information, the Town will be temporarily close all outdoor skating and community rinks as well as suspending tobogganing for the next 48 hours. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

January 9. 2021
What’s cooking in your backyard? It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Newmarket and way too nice to be indoors for me.
Stay safe and remember our COVID rules.  Check out me in my backyard making dinner.
https://www.facebook.com/VictorWoodhouseNewmarket/videos/3014724525296694

January 5, 2021
Zoning Change Proposal Meeting
The Town of Newmarket Council will hold an electronic Public Meeting on Monday, January 18th, 2021 at 1:00 PM regarding the lands north of St John Sideroad, just west of Yonge St.
It will be a video meeting streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings to consider a proposed Official Plan Amendment to amend the Official Plan to re-designate the lands shown on the map to Site Specific Emerging Residential, Parks & Open Space, Natural Heritage System & Environmental Protection Area – Oak Ridge Moraine.
The purpose of this amendment is to permit a portion of the lands to be developed for urban uses, such as a mix of low/medium residential, institutional, commercial, office, parks and open spaces uses. Below is a map showing the approximate place of the proposed land use changes where the urban uses would be located.
To find out more information on the application, send an email to planning@newmarket.ca or click here to start: www.newmarket.ca/TownGovernment/Pages/News-and-Notices.aspx
You can get involved with this application in the following ways:
Submit written comments by email to clerks@newmarket.ca.
In order for comments to be received by Council at the statutory public meeting, written comments must be submitted to clerks@newmarket.ca by end of day January 17th, 2021. Written comments will also continue to be received after the public meeting has concluded, after the meeting written comments can be sent to planning@newmarket.ca.


January 4, 2021
Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s wishing you and yours health and happiness in 2021.

Christmas Tree Pick-up will take place this week, from January 5 though 8th and again from January 19 to 22nd on your regularly scheduled waste and recycling pick-up day. Please remove decorations, tree skirts, stands and/or plastic tree bags. Trees must be no taller than 6ft (1.8m) for pick-up. If yours is taller than that, please cut it into appropriately sized pieces. For more information, visit newmarket.ca/christmastreecollection

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year Everyone!
Here’s wishing you and yours health and happiness in 2021.

December 30, 2020
Construction on the Fairgrounds’ Don McKnight hardball diamond is scheduled to start on January 4, 2021. The Town is replacing the outfield fence and adding safety netting to help with health and safety issues from baseballs leaving the park and landing on the small diamond, parking lot and Pine Street, including houses across from park.
The work is scheduled to be completed before the season starts. Residents near the Fairgrounds may have received a letter regarding the improvement and service disruption.

December 30, 2020
One of the few good things about Covid is that it had many of us walking and hiking more than we have in a long time, or more than ever for some!
As many of you know, I enjoy the many York Region Forest Tracts and “go for a walk in the woods” as often as possible. 30 plus years ago, my wife, Becky and I purchased country skis and they still work quite well. As the Christmas season is quieter and less busy this year, we have been out “shussing” more often than last year and plan to get out more often this year.
Pictured is one of the newer tracts for us, Drysdale Woods. The Drysdale family had four generations enjoy the woodlands and provided Christmas trees to Canada’s Governor Generals eight times. I have never seen such consistent attendance as I have since Covid hit. I think now that residents have “discovered” the forests, that they will continue to walk, Covid or not. https://www.oakridgestrail.org/…/whit-stouffville…/


December 29, 2020
This year has been a very unusually “unbusy” Christmas season. In the lead up to Christmas, my wife, Becky suggested we decorate and light our front lawn. Usually I don’t take the time, as work and little ones keep us busy.
Yes, it been a different Christmas. But Becky and I decided if this may make it a tiny bit brighter for some, then we should do it. I know that people and families with young children enjoy a display, and they have! Many families and seniors have stopped by during their walks to enjoy a few lights.

Plus with our house being so quiet, no little feet running or little ones calling, we have only our 2 dogs Sally and Lilly to pamper.
They are sisters, now 10 years old. While our family has thoroughly enjoyed them, our fence beside the street means many neighbours also say “Hi”, pet them and throw the ball for them. ( full disclosure: they only posed with me because I promised them both a treat. 😄)


December 23, 2020
The Town of Newmarket is asking you to take extreme caution around local bodies of water such as Fairy Lake, the Holland River and stormwater ponds. Please remind the children in your life not to play in pond areas as they may not be safe. The ponds may look safe, but below the surface water flow and water levels can fluctuate quickly without warning making them different and dangerous from regular ponds.

Newmarket has over 65 stormwater management ponds in Town which stores and treats rainwater. Stormwater ponds are designed to prevent flooding, erosion and improve the quality of water before it is gradually released back into the nearest stream or river.
Due to the recent tragedy in Southern Ontario, the Town urges residents to refrain from using stormwater ponds for any type of recreational use. The Town’s by-law department will continue to monitor and enforce those participating in any activities like skating, fishing, swimming, or tobogganing which are not allowed on any body of water in Newmarket.
There are over 800 acres of parkland in Newmarket with many trails and open spaces to enjoy during the winter season. For more information please visit www.newmarket.ca/parks


December 23, 2020
Holiday Waste and Recycling Schedule
Pick-up on Friday, December 25 will take place on Saturday the 26th to accommodate the Christmas holiday.
Pick-up on Friday, January 1, 2021 will take place on Saturday, the 2nd to accommodate the New Year’s Holiday.


December 22, 2020
Holiday Hours
The Municipal Offices at 395 Mulock Dr remain closed for in-person services due to the COVID-19. Contact the Town by phone at 905-895-5193 or emailing info@newmarket.ca for assistance.
Our Holiday Hours of Operation are:
December 24th from 8 am to 12 pm.
December 25 to 28, we are closed
December 29th, from 10 am to 3 pm.
December 30th, from 10 am to 3 pm.
December 31st, from 10 am to 3 pm.
January 1 to 3, 2021, we are closed.
January 4th, from 8 am to 5 pm.
~ For after-hours emergencies, call 905-895-5193 and press 3 for our after- hours service.
~ For power outages, call Newmarket Hydro at 905-895-2309
For other services availability, please click: http://bit.ly/3haQQ10


December 21, 2020
There is always time to drop off a food donation this Holiday season or any time. And as you might expect, there is a greater need this year than in years gone by. Your food donation can be dropped off Monday to Friday – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, as well as on Saturdays 10:30 AM to 12 PM at the back of our building located at 1251 Gorham Street, doors 7 & 8.
Please check our website for holiday hours. There are also bins located in grocery stores throughout Newmarket where you can purchase some items and drop them off before leaving the store. Or drop off food on Saturday mornings at Good Vibes on Main St.
Visit www.newmarketfoodpantry.ca or call 905-895-6823 for more information. Cash donations are always welcome.

December 18, 2020
For over 30 years, Magna International Inc. has hosted a holiday show to spread cheer to local seniors. Traditionally, attendees enjoy a musical performance, are provided with delicious treats and receive a Holiday gift to take home.
This year, a virtual production of the Home for the Holidays Concert, starring Beverley Mahood, with performances by Leah Daniels and Mac Shepherd is available for viewing online here: https://neighbourhoodnetwork.org/…/magna-seniors…/
Please enjoy the show and share the link with your friends.

December 18, 2020
Outdoor Winter Fun
If we get some snow soon, many of us will want to head outside and schuss down some of the many fine tobogganing hills we have here in Town. Just be careful please as the Town does not maintain these hills and you are using at your own risk. Something the Town does maintain is the ice pad at Riverwalk Commons, where, weather permitting you can enjoy free skating!
All participants are required to book their skate session in advance, online at https://www.newmarket.ca/RiverwalkCommons.

December 15, 2020
This year, the Town has planted approximately 200 trees along the streets and another 300+ trees in local parks, including:
Leslie Valley Park, Red Deer Open Space, Willowick Park, Rene Bray Park and Whipper Billy Watson Park
Due to the invasive species Emerald Ash Borer, in the last few years the Town had to remove many ash trees in our community and replace those trees that were removed. The Town is planting over 13 species of trees to help grow Newmarket’s tree canopy.
You can read more about the Town’s tree replanting initiatives here: http://bit.ly/3nmzmRf
To read more about the Town’s Urban Forestry Management Plan, click this link to open a pdf document: https://bit.ly/3oSvXtY

December 11, 2020
Outdoor skating at Riverwalk Commons starts today, December 11, weather permitting.
All participants are required to book their skate session in advance, online at https://www.newmarket.ca/RiverwalkCommons.
In accordance to Provincial COVID-19 guidelines, there will be a separate entrance and exit, strict capacity limits and all participants will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire.


December 9, 2020

In the spirit of the Holidays, each Member of the Newmarket Town Council has video’d his or her Christmas wish in our Newmarket Council Nine Days of Christmas videos. Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/VictorWoodhouseNewmarket/videos/167211378458236

December 8, 2020
As always, it’s worth the walk through Riverwalk Commons especially after dark! #RiverwalkCommons is officially a Winter Wonderland as the lights shine bright for the season. As we get into the holiday spirit, Mayor John Taylor and Members of Council would like to wish everyone a very merry holiday season filled with good health and happiness.


December 7, 2020
In spite of COVID, and in the spirit of giving back, The Town is continuing our tradition of hosting a Toy Drive to help families in need. And as you might expect, need is great this year during the pandemic. We have placed bins outside of the Municipal Offices for residents to drop off unwrapped toys beginning today, Monday, December 7. Bins will be outside daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Donations will be accepted until December 17 and will be picked up by the Salvation Army – Northridge Community Church.
For those who can or prefer to make a monetary donation to the Central York Region Salvation Army’s Virtual Christmas Kettle Campaign can do so online here: https://kettle.salvationarmy.ca/…/northridge-central…  Stay safe and let’s continue to help those in need this holiday season.


December 1, 2020
Did you know….
The Newmarket Food Pantry averages 400 visits a month and assists over 1,100 clients each month. More than 30% of clients are under the age of 18. If you are able to help out with a food donation this Holiday season or any time, there are many ways to support the Food Pantry and families in the area.
Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, as well as on Saturdays 10:30 AM to 12 PM at the back of our building located at 1251 Gorham Street, doors 7 & 8. There are also bins located in a number of grocery stores throughout Newmarket where you can purchase some items and drop them off before leaving the store, or drop off food on Saturday mornings at Good Vibes on Main St.
Tel (905) 895-6823 or visit them at www.newmarketfoodpantry.ca for more information. Cash donations are always welcome.
 


December 1, 2020
Outdoor skating at Riverwalk Commons is scheduled to start on December 11, weather permitting. Because of COVID-19 precautions, all participants will be required to book their skate session in advance, one week at a time, online at https://www.newmarket.ca/RiverwalkCommons.

In accordance to Provincial COVID-19 guidelines, there will be a separate entrance and exit, strict capacity limits and all participants will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire. Please note, the reopening date may be subject to change in accordance with Provincial COVID-19 guidelines.

November 24, 2020
The Town of Newmarket has launched a ‘Choose Local’ Campaign just in time for the holiday shopping season. Choose Local was created to encourage residents to support local businesses during COVID-19 and to help keep dollars circulating through our local economy.

Visit the online business directory to see the list of participating merchants: https://maps.newmarket.ca/chooselocal/
Plus the Town is partnering with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce to launch a social media contest encouraging the community to share photos of how they are ‘choosing local’ for a chance to win three $500 grand prizes to support local businesses, an autographed Connor McDavid jersey and one of three $100 Upper Canada Mall gift cards.
And if you are a local online or brick & mortar business and would like to get listed, please visit this site for details. https://www.newmarket.ca/chooselocalbusiness

November 17, 2020
Santa Claus is coming to Town this Saturday, November 21st!!
And this year, Santa wants us to be safe and follow COVID-19 protocols because he knows how important it is. So he will see us on Santa Claus Lane!Santa Claus Lane is a short, quick, drive-thru event for families to get into the holiday spirit. Kids of all ages get a chance to see Santa on his float and even drop off a letter to Santa. Our drive through event should take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on traffic. This event is free however online pre-registration is required and so too is a car, truck or reindeer for the drive through!
Please visit https://www.newmarket.ca/santa to register.


November 17, 2020
The Annual Neighbourhood Network Holiday Gift Drive looks a little bit different this year, but it will deliver plenty of impact with our help! The program supports local families in need who reside in Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King Township, and Newmarket. As you might expect, due to COVID, there is an increase in need, especially for the upcoming holiday season. To view a list of urgently needed items, or to donate to a Charitable partner agency, please visit: https://neighbourhoodnetwork.org/program/holiday-gift-drive/. This year more than ever there is a strong request for gift cards, especially for local merchants, to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

For more information on how to help or if you are looking to support a family please contact Neighbourhood Network at 905-726-3737 or via email: info@neighbourhoodnetwork.org

November 16, 2020
Please remember that the Town will be ticketing vehicles for overnight parking violations between 2 AM and 6 AM between now and April 15th, 2021. Fines are not cheap, so please be mindful of the restrictions.

November 9, 2020
This Remembrance Day will be different for many of us as we observe a moment of silence for all those who served in wars and peace keeping during the last 100 plus years. As we remember our veterans this year, we can participate virtually in live and virtual ceremonies in Town and across Canada.

On November 11th, the Royal Canadian Legion is hosting a virtual ceremony via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CanadianLegion beginning at 10:45 a.m. A two-minute moment of silence will be held at 11 a.m.
The Newmarket Veterans’ Association will present a live stream ceremony on November 11 at 11 a.m. on YouTube.
Participate in upcoming events virtually around Canada by visiting veterans.gc.ca eng/events.
And if you haven’t yet, please buy and wear a Poppy. Proceeds go towards financial assistance to support Veterans and their families who are in need.
Lest we forget.


November 5, 2020
Are you 18-29 years old and living in Newmarket or York Region?
Interested in starting a new tech career? You can by completing one of our online Junior IT Programs in only 15 weeks where you learn the latest computer skills, programs and techniques and receive industry approved certification. Review the image below for all the details.


November 5, 2020

Watch live tonight…..The Town of Newmarket is hosting a Budget Engagement Virtual Session on Facebook tonight at 7 PM. https://www.facebook.com/TownOfNewmarket      More info: newmarket.ca/2021budget

October 26, 2020
Trick or Treat!!
Last week, the Government of Ontario announced that traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended in York Region.
As this is a recommendation and not a regulation, the Town is passing along a few ideas for some alternatives.
~dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties
~host a Halloween candy hunt with people in your own bubble;
~carving pumpkins and have your own virtual contest;
~enjoy a movie night or sharing scary stories at home with family
Visit the Provincial page here for safety tips and other information: https://news.ontario.ca/…/stay-safe-and-follow-public…

The Town is hosting a virtual Pumpkin Parade!
On November 1. Residents can drop off their carved or painted pumpkins on Sunday at the Municipal Offices at 395 Mulock Dr between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Photos will be taken of all participating pumpkins and the community will have the opportunity to vote starting on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 6 p.m. and closing on Monday, November 2 at 12 p.m. (noon).


October 23, 2020
Newmarket Budget
A reminder that residents can learn how to get involved in our budget process by visiting newmarket.ca/2021budget.
Every year the Town of Newmarket creates a detailed budget to meet the needs of the community and at the last Town Council Meeting, a budget proposal with a 2.99 per cent increase was presented.
Council did authorize the draft budget with a final budget scheduled to be approved in December after public consultation. Please click the above link to provide your feedback and suggestions about the budget and future spending. And another reminder, this one for property taxes, which are due on Tuesday, October 27th. Please pay online, drop-off, by mail, or in-person at your financial institution. Questions, please contact Customer Service at the Town at 905-895-5193.

Southlake Health Centre has moved the COVID-19 Assessment Centre indoors to the Senior’s Meeting Place at 474 Davis Drive. Interested parties must schedule an appointment by phone first in order to schedule their assessment time slot.
Please call 289-803-2199 or 905-895-4521, ext 2162 from 7 AM to 8 PM daily to book your time. Available appointment times are between 7 AM and 9 PM, every day, seven days a week!
You can also visit www.southlake.ca for more info.

October 15, 2020
Parking Exemptions ending as Winter parking restrictions begin November 1st.
All those wonderful parking exemptions provided by the Town are coming to an end soon and will be in effect until April 15, 2021. That means you may need to find some alternatives for the next 6 months. Fines for violations are not cheap, (https://bit.ly/378N3Ot) so please make a note of this if it effects you.
Restrictions include no vehicle is to be parked on any road between 2 AM & 6 PM, and/or parked for more than three consecutive hours on any street except between the hours of 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. unless otherwise posted. You can find all the details here: https://bit.ly/2H15Q3L

October 9, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving!
If you are visiting or hosting this weekend, remember to maintain your COVID-19 precautions where applicable. Enjoy your small circle of friends and family this weekend. Eat, drink, go for a walk, catch up on all the latest, and be thankful for your health, your family, our front line workers, and that we live in such a great country like Canada!

October 1, 2020
Yesterday morning, Council and the planning consultants visited the Mulock estate. We toured the property with drawings of the 3 design concepts in hand and the consultants were on site to show where the various proposed features would be located. We walked and listened, and the consultants answered questions, and listened to the concerns, feedback and suggestions from Council regarding the 3 design concepts.

During the morning I was reminded of just how large the property is with so many distinct areas for activities or just relaxing. There is
a very large and distinct maple tree on the property and it is proposed to feature this as a “gathering tree”. The consultants also suggested planting a new “gathering tree” to be fairly mature by the time this tree dies, ready for future generations.


September 30, 2020
This year’s Neighbourhood Network’s annual Fall Food Drive is a little bit different, but still promises to raise needed funds and provide food donations to our communities in need. The Fall Food Drive Community Challenge goes virtual until October 9th but the need is REAL.
A list of the most urgently needed items, as well as how to donate, has been created for each food pantry in the organization’s catchment area (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King Township, and Newmarket) and is available at https://neighbourhoodnetwork.org/program/fall-food-drive/I have always found Newmarket residents to be supportive and giving and I am certain we’ll do our share to help out!


September 29, 2020
In case you missed it on Saturday, the Town unveiled our new “Community Living Room”, a public art installation inspired by former Mayor Tony Van Bynen. During his 12 years as Mayor and a total of 18 years in office, Mayor Van Bynen held his “Mayor in the Square” public engagement sessions in our Downtown area. These beautiful sculptures located at Newmarket’s Community Living Room a.k.a. Van Bynen Square at Riverwalk Commons were created by Edward Falkenberg.


September 28, 2020
Southlake 5K challenge.
Walking in the Regional Forest tracts and chatting with our Mayor John Taylor combines two great activities on a sunny Sunday. Walking for Southlake makes it even better. The Davis Tract is fairly new and makes for an easy walk through both a mixed bush and reforestation.
Thanks Mayor for the walk and your support of Southlake Hospital.

We snapped a few pictures while walking in the Regional Forest tracts on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Walking for Southlake makes it even better. If you enjoy a walk and prefer the sound and ambiance of nature along with a dirt or stone pathway to asphalt, concrete and traffic, I urge you to enjoy one of the many York Regional Forest trails. They are closer than you might think and worth the effort. Check out the website here: https://bit.ly/3cKztlh

September 25, 2020
I wanted to thank Kendall K. for her very generous donation to Southlake Hospital during the Southlake SL5K Virtual Challenge! I’ll be walking and hiking a bit more today and again on the weekend with some members or Council. If you are able to help Southlake with any size donation it will be used towards replacing equipment that helps improve patient care and save lives.

If you would like to support Southlake, simply click this link: http://srhcf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1501&pg=pfind
Next, scroll down and search for someone you know you is participating. And if you can’t find a friend I would be thrilled to be that someone!


September 24, 2020
Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake – SL5K Virtual Challenge!
This year’s virtual Run for Southlake started yesterday, Sept 23 and continues through the 27th.
I started off at the York Regional Forest – Brown Hill Tract, a wonderful place for a walk, hike or for biking! If you would like to support Southlake, simply click this link: http://srhcf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1501&pg=pfind
Next, scroll down and search for someone you know you is participating. And if you can’t find a friend I would be thrilled to be that someone!


September 20, 2020
Our Terry Fox Marathon of HOPE happened differently this year as we celebrated the 40 Years anniversary continuing to raise money for cancer research. Becky and I finished our walk at 11:40 this morning in the crisp air and lovey sunshine. We are so glad for the Volunteers who have continued to help during this difficult time. Terry Fox would be proud of your work!

Here are a few pictures from our walk in #YorkRegionalForest.
Terry Fox wanted to raise money to fight cancer. There was a second, possibly more important purpose to his marathon; to show that a person is no less of a person because they have lost a leg. Terry showed us there are no limits to what an amputee can do. Today, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over 800 million dollars for cancer research. The race celebrating his name and his legendary bravery is run in over 20 different countries worldwide. A true Canadian Hero! To be truly inspired, visit https://terryfox.org/

September 18, 2020
What’s next for the Mulock Property?
On September 29th, there is a Special Committee of the Whole meeting where Council will be presented different Mulock Property design concepts. The next day, Council and Town Staff will walk the property to visualize how the concepts may come to life considering space, location, landscape and the various design elements.

Later in the evening of the 30th at 8 PM, the Town will host a Facebook Live event titled “Designing the future for #MyMulock”. We invite all members of the Community to virtually join us and view a presentation of the concepts and share your feedback and ask questions. An update with a live link will appear here on my Facebook page closer to the 30th.
There will be other interactive opportunities for Residents to provide your thoughts and feelings of the Mulock Property design concepts. We hope to engage with all interested residents to share your feedback on the design concepts and elements within them to help shape a final, preferred design.
 

September 16, 2020
STARTS TOMORROW!
Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake – SL5K Virtual Challenge!
This year, the Run for Southlake turns virtual! From Sept 23 through the 27th, the running, walking and biking is real, but the competition, comradery and excitement is virtual.
The Goal this year is $150,000 to help Southlake replace the equipment and purchase new technology that helps improve patient care and save lives.
Please join me if you can and participate yourself, or if you are able, support someone you know you is running, walking or biking. I invite you to visit my Facebook page to see some of my walks through the woods in some of the region’s wonderful forested trails and conservation areas.

If you would like to support Southlake, simply click this link: http://srhcf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1501&pg=pfind
Next, scroll down and search for someone you know you is participating. And if you can’t find a friend I would be thrilled to be that someone!


September 14, 2020
Know a local area youth who would like to learn about Canada’s political process, discuss their viewpoints on issues and most importantly, get involved in their communities? Then suggest they apply to become a member of the Newmarket-Aurora Youth Council. The deadline has been extended to Friday, September 18 at 11:59 pm.

The Newmarket-Aurora Youth Council is a non-partisan volunteer program that will meet virtually once a month from September to June. Members will have the opportunity to discuss important issues such as climate change, gender equality, youth employment and more. The program will also be an opportunity to learn more about Canada’s political process.
Application form: https://bit.ly/33LwfeZ
More information: https://VanBynen.ca/YouthCouncil


September 14, 2020
The Magna Centre Pool reopened this past weekend for lane swim, public swim and aqua fitness and Group Fitness classes will resume by the end of September. Later this fall, the Centre will introduce a scaled back version of our Fall programs with your safety in mind.
The Library is currently offering limited in-person services:
~ Pick up your holds and check them out using the self-checkout
~ Use the computer workstations for a maximum time of an hour
~ Ask a library staff to retrieve items for you to browse
You can also access the online library 24/7 and request for tech help if needed.
Property taxes are due on September 23
You can pay online, by telephone or in person through your banking institution.
Or drop-off a cheque in the drop-off box located outside the Municipal Offices, or mail a cheque by mail to 395 Mulock Drive, STN Main, Newmarket ON, L3Y 4X7.
The Municipal Offices remain closed and we will not be accepting payments at the door. If you need more time to pay, you can participate in the Town’s Financial Relief Plan.


September 11, 2020
Riverwalk Commons is closed for the season.
As per our Town Staff, mechanical issues at the water feature facility will require considerable time to fully diagnose and repair. Traditionally open until Thanksgiving, the water feature is now closed for the remainder of the season.
Staff needs enough time to fix the issues and ensure that repairs do not interfere with our outdoor ice rink season. The repairs needed are underground at the facility and will require some excavation. The good news is that both Frank Stronach and Rogers Spray Pads will continue to operate until the end of September.
  

September 10, 2020
Newmarket’s BYD hit a huge milestone in its Canadian operations delivering its first bus from the 45,000 square-foot Newmarket BYD assembly facility to the City of Toronto. Ten, zero-emission, 40-foot K9M battery-electric buses will be put into service by the Toronto Transit Commission.
The TTC currently boasts the largest battery-electric bus fleet in North America! PIctured are Toronto Mayor John Tory and The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

September 10, 2020
Whatever you can do to help, be sure it iis appreciated!

September 4, 2020
It’s hard to believe that the Labour Day weekend has arrived already and another summer has come and gone! But there is still plenty to do, see and be a part of as well as lots of great weather ahead of us this fall. The big news, especially this year, is “Back to School”!

As exciting and wonderful as seeing old friends we may not have seen since March, and making new ones, we must keep in mind our School Safety and our COVID-19 safety protocols.
Whether you are walking or riding your bike, remember to cross at a crossing guard corner or intersection and watch for traffic! Drivers haven’t seen students on the streets since March and may be surprised to see you, so be careful out there.
If you’re busing, don’t run to or from the bus and if you are an older student, please help the younger kids who have forgotten the rules.
If you are driving your child to school, be sure of where you are allowed to drop off your child. Some new procedure may have been instituted for drop off and pick-up times and locations. Please check with your school.
And remember, always wear your face mask and keep your distance, where applicable. Your school will have many new rules we all must follow to help keep everyone safe!
Enjoy the long weekend and enjoy going back to school! Be smart and be safe!


August 27, 2020
Moonlight Movies – Two new dates added for our FREE under the stars movies!
Don’t delay, all other dates sold out. Reserve ASAP. https://play.newmarket.ca/Activi…/ActivitiesDetails.asp…

Monday, August 31, 2020 – featuring “TBD” (Rated: PG)
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – featuring: “The Call of the Wild” (Rated: PG)
Join us outdoors, under the stars, to enjoy movies on the big screen! Grab your family or social circle, bring snacks and curl up on a cozy blanket in your physical distance circle.

August 18, 2020
More Good News!
The skate park at the Recreation Youth Centre re-opened today and the Magna Fitness Centre re-opens next Wed, Aug. 26. Both spaces have been carefully modified and new steps are in place to help ensure members’ safety.
The skate park will be open daily, Tuesday to Saturday from 1 PM to 7:30 PM but only for open skate sessions. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for their preferred time slot at www.play.newmarket.ca. There will be limited spots available for walk-ins. more info at www.newmarket.ca/youth
The Magna Fitness Centre will offer residents an opportunity to safely stay active and enjoy a workout on new machines in a modified environment. The Fitness Centre has been relocated to the Magna Centre Honda Rink to ensure physical distancing can be achieved. Members will be required to pre-register for a workout time slot which will also facilitate contact tracing.  For more info, click: https://bit.ly/31Z6chM


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 cyfs.ca


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. https://www.cineplex.com/Global/health-and-safety

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 newmarket.ca/summerpopups.

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: info@newmarket.ca

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 npl@newmarketpl.ca , 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 www.play.newmarket.ca

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 http://www.newmarket.ca/summerpopups 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 www.play.newmarket.ca 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 www.newmarketchamber.ca/gc

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 www.newmarketpl.ca, 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 npl@newmarketpl.ca.
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 http://calendar.newmarketpl.ca/…/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 makerhub@newmarketpl.ca

June 10 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM is an Online Knitting, Crocheting and Sewing workshop. Register below. http://calendar.newmarketpl.ca/…/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 makerhub@newmarketpl.ca June 12 from 11 AM to 12 is Getting Started With Online Library
http://calendar.newmarketpl.ca/…/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 makerhub@newmarketpl.ca

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: www.newmarket.ca/BAC

More details on this can be found from the Province can be found at www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages

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: www.retailcouncil.org/coronavir…/covid-19-recovery-planning/How to run a “Brick and Click” store – ideas for opening up with curbside pickup from Big Commerce. Click: www.bigcommerce.com/blog/curbside-pickup/Digital Main Street- includes consultation and assessments for going “digital” with your business. Click: www.digitalmainstreet.ca/Newmarket Chamber of Commerce – Robust calendar of virtual events including Virtual networking and training programs such as “social school”. Click https://newmarketoncoc.wliinc20.com/events?oe=true&CE=trueYorkLink – Calendar of a variety of events from organizations across York Region to assist with COVID-19. Click: https://www.yorklink.ca/covid19-yorkregion-business-resou…/…

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 newmarket.ca/BAC. 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 www.211toronto.ca, 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: https://bit.ly/3fSFA86: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 www.cyfs.ca/cooking
Steps to check your BBQ for a leak, visit www.cyfs.ca/grilling
Before you light a fire, check regulations www.cyfs.ca/campfiresHere 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 info@newmarket.ca. 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 newmarkethistoricalsociety@hotmail.ca 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 newmarkethistoricalsociety@hotmail.ca.  Contact: Erin Cerenzia President, Newmarket Historical Society Chair, Archives Digitization & Preservation Project
Email: newmarkethistoricalsociety@hotmail.ca Facebook: www.facebook.com/newmarkethistoricalsociety 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 newmarketpl.ca, text 905-769-0433, or email npl@newmarketpl.ca


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 : york.ca/covid19 or Ontario.ca/coronavirus

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 www.cnoy.org/location/newmarket. 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. https://tribestudios.ca/

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: http://bit.ly/2SFDXBk
Please visit Newmarket.ca/blackhistory 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 www.newmarket.ca/winterfest

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 www.York.ca/repaircafe 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 http://bit.ly/2GY0NgW 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: http://bit.ly/2H26MRL

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.  https://www.vvac.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/valleyviewnmkt/   https://www.instagram.com/valleyviewnmkt/
    

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 www.1800222tips.com.

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 www.newmarketfoodpantry.ca 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 www.newmarket.ca/tedfullerton, 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 www.cyfs.ca

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, http://bit.ly/2OnaWHeChristmas. For inquiries, please email nancy.harrison@northridgesa.com 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