Welcome to my Council Page where I will try and post everything Official; Council links, agendas, official press releases, anything the Town releases or other information that might be important to residents of Ward 2 and the Town.
May 11, 2020
Over the weekend, the Town of Newmarket amended the parking restrictions on Main Street by imposing a thirty (30) minute maximum parking limit to facilitate curbside pickup or delivery. The 30 minute maximum parking restriction applies to the east and west side of Main Street from Water Street to Davis Drive, where there was previously a two hour limit. Ordering online and requesting curb pickup may help some great local merchants weather this Covid storm a bit better.
As COVID-19 restrictions are loosened, retail stores with a street entrance can begin to provide curbside pickup and delivery starting today, May 11.
“We’re fortunate to have such great shops and restaurants right here on our Historic Main Street,” says Mayor Taylor. “But today, they operate in a unique environment. The 30 minute parking limit will support their curbside business opportunity and help our downtown through a very difficult time. We’ll continue to do all we can to make it easier for our community to safely support its local businesses.”
Residents who are not using curbside delivery are asked to use other downtown parking spaces, such as the lot around Market Square and east of Main Street around the Lion’s Club and Riverwalk Commons.
May 8, 2020
As the Municipal Offices are closed, a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 2 PM will be streamed online at newmarket.ca/meetings. The agenda will appear online today. Individuals who wish to make a live deputation, through video conferencing or phone call, in relation to an item on the agenda will need to notify email@example.com by 12 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Individuals who wish to submit comments in relation to an item listed on the agenda, may submit their feedback in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received no later than 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting. All written comments will be read aloud by the Mayor during the meeting, and will form part of the public record.
May 7, 2020
The latest CANCELLATION updates from the Town regarding Spring & Summer activities.
The state of emergency has been extended by the Province of Ontario and the Town of Newmarket continues to focus on essential work in an effort to protect the health and safety of our staff and community.
All facilities and buildings in the Town of Newmarket remain closed until further notice, and all spring recreation and culture programs remain cancelled.
Summer Camps & Programs
The Town will make a final decision on operating its Camps and Summer Programs prior to May 20. If Summer Programs are operational, registration will start on May 20 for residents and May 27 for non-residents. Summer Guide information is available online at newmarket.ca/activityguide
In compliance with York Region Public Health’s current guidelines for physical distancing, the following Town events have been cancelled for 2020:
* Tim Hortons Canada Day Kanata Festival and Fireworks
* TD Newmarket Music Series
* Kids Downtown
* Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival
* Newmarket Busker Festival
* Splash of Culture
These additional events have also been cancelled:
* York Region Pride Festival
* Newmarket Lions Artisan’s Festival
* Newmarket Craft Beer Festival
Suspended until further notice:
* Textile Recycling Program
* Curbside Giveaway Days
* Street sweeping is underway in critical areas.
* Critical road repairs including pot hole repairs
* Winter maintenance sod repairs is starting soon
The Ministry of Environment has advised against community clean up so please be mindful of your own waste.
~ Scoop your pet’s poop when out for a walk. If no garbage nearby, bring it home and place it in your green bin.
~ Having a snack on the trail? Bring your litter home to properly recycle or trash.
~ Take all your items from your mailbox home to sort.
~ Securely tie garbage bags and don’t overfill your blue box.
~ Always dispose of used gloves and masks in the garbage.
Town staff continues to empty garbage cans at parks and pick-up litter in parks and open spaces to help keep our Town clean. Please do your part.
Contact Newmarket’s Customer Service by telephone at 905-895-5193 from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday, or email: email@example.com.
May 4, 2020
Attention Devanjan Circle, College Manor area Residents.
We wanted to provide notice of some urgent storm water pond restoration work staring today. It is deemed essential work and appropriate work procedures will be adhered to respecting COVID-19 policies.
Water has been accumulating to higher levels than normal in the Pond and we need to complete repairs to the outlet structure to ensure that the pond can once again drain as required. The scope of the works includes, but is not limited to:
• Draining of the pond
• Removal of sediment and debris from the outlet structure
• Repairs to the outlet structure
All emergency vehicle and local vehicle access to residential properties will be maintained at all times. Work is expected to be completed within 3-5 days, weather permitting.
April 29, 2020Here are a few things from Special Town Council Meeting held on April 27. You can read the details here.
~ Newmarket Council approved a Financial Relief Program to assist residents and businesses during the COVID-19. All about payments, penalties and interest charges.
~ The Emergency Measures By-law was enacted allowing By-law Officers to enforce physical distancing, allow essential business to operate and to issue fines and collect penalties.
Officers will always take an education-first approach.
~ Newmarket has been extremely responsive to the changing COVID-19 landscape. You can always find the latest updates and important links here.
While you’re Safe at Home. A reminder that this virtual hub will be updated with new and exciting activities to help you stay active, healthy and connected at home. This week’s theme is the Healing Power of Laughter and Reading. Check out this activity and more. Share your activities on social media using #HomeSweetHome and #MyNewmarket. And please remember to keep pets on a leash at all times in public. It’s safe, and it’s also the law.
April 28, 2020
Due to Covid-19 issues, Public Works is currently focused on servicing only specific areas. The Town sweeper has completed the bike lanes as this is a priority. The sweeper will next work on hot spots, low lying areas and streets that have historically seen more debris and are prone to ponding & flooding issues.
It is important to know that the Town does not apply sand during its winter operations. This ensures a safer and cleaner roadway, particularly compared to other municipalities. Public Works strives to ensure streets remain safe and in the best condition possible, given the pandemic and limited resources. Thank you to everyone for your patience & understanding during these unprecedented times.
April 27, 2020
Newmarket Bylaws News & Other Things
Dog off-leash bylaw is being enforced because an off-leash dog may be a risk to physical distancing as it brings people together. When a dog is off leash, it may approach another dog on-leash or even other people out for walks. The owner is then forced to approach the other person to retrieve their dog, causing an interaction with the other person/dog and inability to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet apart, creating weariness for contact.
Currently Newmarket Bylaw Officers are working with York Regional Police to jointly patrol the community to help ensure residents feel safe. With 45 parks and open spaces, plus 800 acres of parkland, YRP and Newmarket Bylaw Officers will be equipped with all-terrain wheels to help efficiently cover more ground. Starting this weekend, residents may see YRP on ATVs and Newmarket Bylaw Officers patrolling on golf carts.
Newmarket lights up in blue to thank front-line and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every night, the Fred A. Lundy Bridge on Water St and Riverwalk Commons will be lit blue to show our support. This will continue until the State of Emergency is lifted. Stay up to date online.
April 21, 2020
The Town of Newmarket along with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to help local business respond to COVID-19. The Newmarket Business Assistance Concierge (BAC) program is a virtual business support service to provide immediate and long-term support for the local business community and the economy.
Led by the Town’s Economic Development department, the team will use their collective knowledge to support local businesses and share their stories with Newmarket Council and the Chamber of Commerce to continue to shape the Economic Resiliency Action Plan. Businesses who participate in the program will continue to be actively supported even after physical distancing measures are loosened.
Beginning Wednesday, April 21, all local businesses can access the BAC by visiting newmarket.ca/BAC and filling out a quick form. Members of the BAC team will also be reaching out to businesses to check-in, offer support and seek out opportunities to help. The BAC aligns with Newmarket’s #StandApartTogether campaign which is aimed at connecting the community and providing support to each other and local businesses.
Some of the other key pieces of the Newmarket Economic Resiliency Action Plan include:
Shop Local gift card program – The Shop Local Newmarket initiative. Support a favourite local business by purchasing a gift card at Newmarketchamber.ca/gc to either use now or at a later date.
Webinars and virtual meetings– The Town of Newmarket is working with Rhapsody Strategies, an award-winning firm that specializes in coaching, training and consulting to host webinars.
Collaborating with our neighbours – The Town is working with its neighbours in York Region on recovery plans & strategies to support local businesses across each community and ensure access to appropriate resources at all levels of government.
Read all the details here: https://bit.ly/2VNlmDJ
For more information on how the Town is supporting local businesses through COVID-19, please visit Newmarket.ca/covid19business.
April 17, 2020
Re-opening of York Regional Forest
Walking in the York Region Forest tracts is one of my absolute favourite things to do. The fresh air, the quiet, the change of scenery, beauty of the different trees and exercise it provides are my main reasons for loving it. And I miss it. The pictures here were taken just a couple of days before the Region closed the Forests to the public for our own safety. This tract is the Davis Drive tract. Just a few kilometres outside Newmarket are other tracts including the North tract with over 700 acres to enjoy and Bender and Graves tract offering over 200 acres of nature.
The Regional Municipality of York’s primary concern is for safety of visitors. If we all follow the rules of social distancing just like we do when we go to the grocery store or for a walk near our homes, the Forest tracts should remain open for us all to enjoy. The Regional Municipality of York has re-opened the York Regional Forests and has issued these statements.
• In our continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number one priority for The Regional Municipality of York continues to be the health and well-being of our residents, businesses and staff.
• Our residents are responding well to messages from York Region Public Health on the importance of physical distancing and the role it plays in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 across our communities.• With our collective efforts to help flatten the curve working, York Region is in the process of re-opening public access to the York Regional Forest by this weekend, with stricter guidelines for all users.
• With measures that include maintaining physical distancing in both the forest and within parking facilities, and ensuring dogs are leashed at all times, the Regional Forest will re-open for residents to enjoy the much-needed benefits our public tracts provide.
Please enjoy responsibly; maintain the two metre, 6 foot distance, no social gathering, and if you bring your furry friends, keep them leashed and we will all be able to enjoy a walk in the woods again!
April 17, 2020
A reminder for those of you who are interested, our next Newmarket Town Council Meeting is being streamed live online here as the Municipal Offices is closed to the public. The agenda for this meeting will be available online April 24. Individuals who wish to submit comments in relation to an item listed on the agenda, may submit their feedback in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received no later than 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting. All written comments will be read aloud by the Mayor during the meeting, and will form part of the public record.
April 13, 2020
Is yard waste pick-up still happening? What’s the garbage bag limit during COVID19? Can I still dispose large items? How do I replace a broken blue/green bin? All of your Newmarket Waste and Recycle questions are answered on our website! Check the FAQ section.
April 6, 2020
Newmarket will start to issue fines for social gatherings during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Province of Ontario granted Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officers the ability to issue fines under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Town of Newmarket will issue fines to individuals who fail to comply with the following emergency orders:
* Social gatherings of more than five (5) people
* Trespassing outdoor recreational areas that are closed to the public, like playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, sport fields and baseball diamonds etc.
* Closure of non-essential businesses
* Price gouging on necessary goods such as disinfectant products.
Newmarket’s Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officers will be deployed to ensure the community complies with these emergency orders.
Failure to comply with an Emergency Order carries a starting fine of $750 or could carry punishment of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual.
Practice Physical and Social Distancing
Newmarket reminds residents to practice safe social and physical distancing. Stay home, save lives and help flatten the curve against COVID-19. Social and physical distancing means:
* Limiting the number of people you come in close contact with. This rule does not apply to private households of more than five people
* No physical gatherings, parties, going to the playground or playdates with other children, or meeting friends for a gathering.
* Limiting your trips outdoors to essentials only, like groceries, work etc.
* If you must go outside, practice safe social and physical distancing. Stay at least 6 feet, 1.8 metres apart from other people.
Click here for more info and updates. For more info on COVID-19, visit York Region Public Health’s website or the Province of Ontario website.
April 4, 2020
A message from Central York Professional Firefighters Association
In the event you need to call 9-1-1 for Emergency Services (in ￼particular, a Medical Emergency) PLEASE follow these guidelines:
-Do not approach Emergency Services until they have their PPE donned and can assess the scene and Patients. (For the large part, let us come to you)
-If able, please meet us at the front door or outside
-We ask family/ ￼bystanders to keep a minimum of 2M between both us and our patient (unless otherwise directed)
-If you have been directed to wear a mask, please ensure it covers your nose and mouth and is worn continuously.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We will get through this together. Isolate, sanitize & stay positive.
April 1, 2020
In light of our COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Newmarket has cancelled all Recreation and Culture programs, drop-in programs, rentals and events until further notice. Town Staff are working to provide automatic credits to all Spring 2020 Recreation & Culture registrants. Questions can be directed to email@example.com
Fitness Centre Membership
All Fitness Centre Memberships were placed on hold as of March 13, 2020. Membership fees are not being charged for the duration of the closure of the Magna Centre. Email questions about your membership to firstname.lastname@example.org
All Town Events have been cancelled until further notice. For more information, please visit here.
Facility and Building Closures
All Town of Newmarket buildings and facilities are closed until further notice. As the COVID-19 landscape continues to change, the Town will take direction from the Province of Ontario for the extension of closures and cancellations.
Facility Permits, Rentals and Bookings
All facility permits, rentals and bookings are cancelled until May 4, 2020. Clubs and Associations with regular occurring rentals will be credited for payments during Town’s closures. For more information, email email@example.com
Newmarket reminds residents to practice safe social and physical distancing. This means:
* Limiting the number of people you come in close contact with. The Province of Ontario prohibits gatherings of more than five people, but this rule does not apply to private households of more than five people.
* No physical gatherings, parties, going to the playground or playdates with other children
* Limiting your trips outdoors to essentials only i.e. groceries, pharmacy, work, exercise, etc.
* If you must go outside, practice social and physical distancing. Stay at least 6 feet or 1.8 metres from other people. Information and updates here.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones and remember the sun will come out tomorrow
March 30, 2020
Not sure if you qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance? The Federal Government created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and made changes to the Employment Insurance Program (EI). Visit this Financial Tech Tools page to see a chart which may help you figure out which program you best qualify for.
Stay home and stay safe.
March 29, 2020
Newmarket essential services for residents during COVID-19 to ensure our staff and residents remain safe and our critical services and infrastructure are maintained. In an effort to maintain social distancing, staff members will continue to provide services online and by telephone, while working from home. Staff that work out of facilities and in the public will work in smaller teams and on shifts.
Services still being offered by Newmarket include our Customer Service Centre, call 905-895-5193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. For emergency service outside these hours, call 905-895-5193 and press 3 to be directed to our after-hours service number. Updates to the status of services available to the community, including cancellations and disruptions will be posted on the Town website and all social media. Click here for more information on COVID-19.
March 27, 2020
Pictured here are Mayor John Taylor, Councillors Jane Twinney, Trevor Morrison, Kelly Broome and myself who helped prepare the Community Meal this evening. Inn from the Cold Meals are still being served, but are take out only.
March 24, 2020
Waste collection & recycling information
The Town is taking a more lenient approach to garbage bag limits now collecting up to five bags of garbage per household on the regularly scheduled collection day.
However the Town is asking for all residents’ cooperation in sticking to the existing 3 bag limit where possible and not produce additional and unnecessary waste.
Continue using your green bin & recycling bin as always.
~ Medical masks and gloves belong in the garbage. DO NOT place these items in the recycling bin.
~ Disinfectant wipes and baby wipes belong in the garbage.
~ Paper towels belong in the green bin.
DO NOT flush the above items in the toilet as this will cause sewer back-ups. Sewer blockages are the responsibility of the homeowner. (and no one wants a sewer blockage)
~ Please hold off on disposing large items until regular garbage collection resumes. If you need to, residents can take items to a York Region Waste Depot (fees apply) https://bit.ly/39eggVS or purchase a large item tag by calling the Town at 905-895-5193. A large item tag will be sent to residents through the mail.
~ Help protect our GFL collection crews by ensuring your garbage bags are tied properly and that no loose material is placed into garbage containers.
Residents who aren’t sure what goes where, please visit newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling; https://bit.ly/39in70v
The textile Recycling Program is Temporarily Suspended until further notice. Signage will be placed on all textile recycling bins and the bins visited to ensure the area around the bins are maintained. For more information visit Newmarket.ca/textilerecycling https://bit.ly/3ateukQ
Please practice social distancing and stay home if possible. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow. For information on COVID-19, visit https://bit.ly/2QFNA1h
March 24, 2020
COVID 19 – Information Resources for you and to share.
The Town of Newmarket’s website has a dedicated web page where we continue to add the most recent information on https://www.newmarket.ca/covid19
This page includes the following helpful information:
COVID-19 self assessment
Affected Services, Frequently Asked Questions
Detailed information about affected services and Frequently Asked Questions on Town services such as property taxes and utility bills, waste and recycling services parking, Council meetings and public meetings, wedding services.
With yesterday’s announcement from the Premier to close all non-essential businesses – we will update our info and expect it will be posted on the Ontario Government’s link we have on our COVID web page.
Business Support https://www.newmarket.ca/…/COVID-19%20Business%20Support.as…
We are working with Economic Development to provide updates on how we can support local businesses and connect them with information and resources to help deal with the many challenges of COVID-19.
There are also links to some general information you may wish to share:
• Practice social distancing
• Travel advisories
• Self monitoring and isolation
• Lower the rise of respiratory illness www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-9
• How to wash your hands properly www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSif9egYKZ0
March 20, 2020
Newmarket closes all playgrounds.
In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, all playgrounds and outdoor parks with fitness equipment within the Town of Newmarket will be closed until further notice.
Signage indicating this closure will be posted at all playgrounds and parks. The public is reminded to please refrain from using playground and/or fitness equipment to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. Larger playgrounds will be fenced off from the public.
The Town’s trails and parks are still open for use. The Town encourages residents to continue to remain active by taking walks, bike rides and spending time outdoors, while always practicing appropriate social distancing. When using park amenities like park benches, picnic tables etc., please also remember to practice social distancing. Do your best to avoid close contact with people outside of your immediate family. Stay at least 6 feet or 1.8 metres away from other people.
As a reminder, please wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
For more information on Town of Newmarket COVID-19 related news, visit newmarket.ca/covid19 or click this link.
March 19, 2020
Newmarket declares a State of Emergency
“This is an unprecedented time that most of us have never experienced in our lifetime. Declaring a state of an emergency is not to incite panic, but to incite action and allow the Town to dedicate more resources and be in a better position to respond to COVID-19.” says Mayor John Taylor. “It is time for us as a community to do our part to help flatten the curve and stabilize the spread of COVID-19. We need to listen to our Public Health Officials and seriously practice social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 to save lives.”
The Town is also activating its Emergency Operations Centre today, March 19, in response to COVID-19.
The following decision points were also made at the Emergency Council Meeting:
~ Property Taxes penalty fees and interest waived
The Town is looking for ways to help provide financial relief from property taxes to residents. For the time being, the Town of Newmarket is going to waive all late payment fees and interests on all property tax accounts. Late payments for the March 26 and April 28 property due dates will not be subject to any late payment fees or interests. The Town will come back in 30-60 days with more options and details on a property tax deferral plan.
~ Support for Community Groups
Council approved up to $25,000 in support of community meal programs, enhanced community food bank operations or to be used for other community needs. Newmarket is also working with these community groups on contingency planning to ensure they are able to meet the needs of the community during COVID-19.
~ Cancellation of all Town of Newmarket Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings. All upcoming Council Meetings, including Committee of the Whole and Public Planning Meetings are cancelled until further notice.
~ Noise By-law exemption to allow for 24-hour service delivery Newmarket Council reviewed its Noise By-law and it currently meets the requirement to allow all service or delivery trucks, who are providing essential services to continue with their business outside of current daytime hours. This will ensure all essential services and stores will be stocked for our community.
For more information on Newmarket related to COVID-19, visit newmarket.ca/covid19.
March 17, 2020
Newmarket Council to hold Emergency Council meeting
Council will meet Wed. March 18 for a Special Meeting to discuss property tax deferral (2 PM) and matters related to the changing COVID-19 landscape, (3 PM).
The draft agenda for this meeting is available at newmarket.ca/meetings. As the Municipal Offices are now closed to the public, residents may watch the meeting live online at newmarket.ca/meetings. The video link is available 15 minutes before the meeting start time.
Residents who wish to submit comments, which will form part of the public record, may write to the Town Clerk at email@example.com
Mayor John Taylor says:
“As we all know this is a challenging time for all as we deal with the impact of COVID-19. I want to let all residents of Newmarket know that the Town is continuing to look for ways to support our community during these trying times. At this Emergency Council Meeting, Council will be making decisions on property tax deferral, financial support for community groups like the Newmarket Food Pantry and how we can continue to provide essential services to our community, while we continue to follow the Federal Government and the Province of Ontario’s direction around social distancing.”
As the COVID-19 landscape continues to change, the Town will keep all residents updated through local media and:
Our website at newmarket.ca/covid19
Social media channels:
For more information, please call 905-895-5193 or visit newmarket.ca
March 16, 2020
Mackenzie Health and Southlake Regional Health Centre have both opened its own COVID-19 assessment centre. Markham-Stouffville Hospital will open on Wednesday. The centres are located in or adjacent to each of the respective hospitals.
Each York Region hospital will manage their assessment centre based on their operational capacity. Ensure to check your local hospital’s website for specific hours of operation and procedures:
• Mackenzie Health: https://www.mackenziehealth.ca/…/get-the-latest-information…
• Markham-Stouffville Hospital: https://www.msh.on.ca/about-us/covid-19-information-page
• Southlake Regional Health Centre: https://southlake.ca/news/coronavirus-2019-ncov/
Not all people who attend a COVID-19 assessment centre will be tested for COVID-19.
For more information about COVID-19 visit York.ca/covid19
March 16, 2020
Following the closure of Newmarket Recreation and Culture facilities, the Town is closing its Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Dr, Robert N. Shelton Operations Centre, 1275 Maple Hill Court and all Central York Fire Service Offices to the public as of 5 pm Monday, March 16. This closure will be in effect until further notice. The Town will continue, where possible, to provide services to residents by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 905-895-5193.
These measures have been taken in support of the Province of Ontario’s direction to facilitate social distancing to protect staff and residents from the spread of COVID-19. Read the full press release here:
March 13, 2020
COVID-19 – facility closures & program cancellations
With an abundance of caution, the Town of Newmarket is closing all recreation and culture facilities and cancelling its programs, drop-in activities and March Break camps effective midnight, Friday, March 13 until Sunday, April 5. Facilities and programming will resume on Monday, April 6, pending further developments.
Cancelled Recreation & Culture facilities & programs:
Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle St. West
Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Drive
NewRoads Performing Arts Centre / Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Crescent
Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place, 474 Davis Dr
Newmarket Youth Centre & Sk8 Park, 56 Charles St)
Hollingsworth Arena, 35 Patterson St
Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St
Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St South
Newmarket’s Community Centre & Lions Hall, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Ave
Those enrolled in the March Break camps and registered programs will receive a credit. This cancellation also impacts outside organizations with bookings at Town facilities. The Town is in the process of notifying organizations directly. Read the full press release here:
February 7, 2020
On Friday, Jill Dunlop Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues announced an investment of $133,000 for safety improvements at the supportive housing service on Gorham St. in Newmarket. Joining Minister Dunlop was local MPP and Deputy Minister Christine Elliott along with Michael Braithwaite of Blue Door. “Helping our community partners maintain and upgrade their buildings just makes sense. We want to make sure their buildings are safe for years to come,” said Elliott. The funding totalling $334,000 will be distributed between Yellow Brick House, Blue Door and Community Living. Blue Door is located in Ward 2, Newmarket.
February 6, 2020
All the tables were filled at the Old Town Hall last evening as residents came to work through a visioning exercise for the Mulock Estate. The evening was lead by the consultants hired to bring the property to life. The Mayor and Council came but the stars of the evening were the residents who showed up and participated in the process as the open house was designed to hear from those of us who will use and enjoy the old Mulock “Farm” now and for the generations to follow.
January 29, 2020
Mulock Estate Property
I am working with other Town Representatives along with our consultants on a workshop/workforce to educate and engage with the community on this landmark property. Our objectives are to collect feedback on the “Community” vision for the site, to better understand any concerns/considerations and continue to generate excitement and community support.
There are a number of community engagement opportunities in the near future including a Community Open House Workshop on February 5th from 6:30 to 7 pm followed by a facilitated workshop until 9 pm at the Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street. Please join us on February 5th, or at other opportunities you can read about here:
January 27, 2020
The Intelligent Community Forum, see ICF below, has ranked Newmarket as a 2020 “Top21 Intelligent Community”. This is a world wide annual competition and we have now submitted our application for the Top7, the next round of this process, which then leads to the ICF Intelligent Community of the Year announcement in June.
The ICF released another list; the Top30 Sustainable Communities and summarized Newmarket’s strengths in this area, and the reason for being included on this latest list. Sustainability is considered a success factor because it offers multiple benefits to the economic, social and cultural life of communities. Quality of life in a community is tied to the environment within the community, from air quality to water pollution.
ICF…….The Intelligent Community Forum is a global network and “think tank”. It connects hundreds of cities and regions on five continents for collaboration on economic development and expertise that drives progress. Through this network, ICF researches how Intelligent Communities use information and communications technology to build inclusive prosperity, solve social problems and enrich their quality of life in our connected century. You can read the complete list here: http://bit.ly/38G5tDV
January 22, 2020
Animal Control & Licensing
Nnewmarket is exploring changes to its animal control by-law and the introduction of licensing pet stores. The Town wants to hear from residents and stakeholders in an open forum on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive in the Council Chambers.
On January 1, the Provincial Animal Welfare services (PAWS) Act came into force, creating the first fully provincial government-based animal welfare enforcement system in Canada. The introduction of pet store licensing would establish regulations surrounding the sale of pets, the ethical sourcing of pets for sale and how permitted retailers can treat the animals they sell.
Please get involved and have your say at a Public Information Centre drop-in event. Speak with staff and community partners about our current animal services program as well as proposed changes. Following the event, an online survey will be available here.
January 17, 2020
I would like to share with everyone a highlight of how the Town has an ongoing desire to be innovative as well as look for opportunities at environmental impacts and cost savings. The Town ran a pilot program using a treated salt compound as the primary de-icing material for winter maintenance in the 2017/18 winter season using Thawrox versus a salt/salt mixture.
As a result of the testing done by Public Works Services….
• Less fuel used for winter maintenance equipment
• Less time was needed for street sweepers to clean the streets in the spring and for catch basin cleaning, due to less sand on the road
• Smaller amounts of harmful storm water run-off going into our storm water ponds, wetlands, lakes and streams, which in turn promotes fish reproduction and the health of benthic invertebrate populations (bugs in the water).
• Overall cost savings to the Town and taxpayers, and
• The Town of Newmarket was awarded a Healthy Water Award at the 2019 Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Awards.
You can read the full report here: Public Works Report.
January 16, 2020
Starting January 15, there is a new parking ticket resolution under the new Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)
Newmarket residents and visitors have a new way to pay for or to dispute parking tickets, which replaces the current provincial court dispute system. AMPS is more cost effective allowing for the Town to resolve parking ticket escalations much faster and rewards motorists who pay early. “AMPS allows us to do more with less, while enforcing our roadways to protect our community” says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor.
The new parking enforcement system provides residents with an “early payment” option which offers a 25 per cent discount for paying within 15 days. After an individual receives a ticket, they have 15 days to dispute their ticket. Individuals can go online to the self-serve parking portal to pay or request to dispute their ticket. Motorists may also pay or request to dispute at a Town Customer Service desk. For more info, please visit here.
January 10, 2020
The Town of Newmarket has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the adaptive re-use of the Old Fire Hall property, 140 Main Street, at Millard Avenue. The Town hopes to secure a long-term lease for the property for commercial use that is consistent with the Town’s vision and plans for the continued development of Main Street and downtown Newmarket.
“The Old Fire Hall presents a very unique opportunity to continue to build on the momentum of our award-winning Main Street,” says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. The Old Fire Hall is a unique 5,000 sq ft property in downtown with significant potential to enhance the vibrancy of Main Street!
Proposals will be accepted until February 12 at newmarket.bidsandtenders.ca For more information, please contact the Town of Newmarket’s procurement department at 905-895-5193. More details: http://bit.ly/2R7WeFz
January 9, 2020
Flags are flying at half-mast at all Town of Newmarket facilities in honour and in memory of the 63 Canadians and all others whose lives were tragically cut short when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crashed en route from Tehran, Iran to Kyiv, Ukraine.
“On behalf of the Town of Newmarket, I offer my deepest condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones in this tragedy” says Mayor John Taylor. I want our Iranian community to know that your Town and your friends are standing beside you in sympathy. The Iranian community must feel a loss and an impact that many of us can only imagine. As the days and weeks unfold, please know that your neighbours, your colleagues and your friends are all thinking about you and are ready to support you.”
Flags will fly at half-mast until further notice. Photo by Debora Kelly/NewmarketToday
December 17, 2019
Newmarket is one of 39 municipalities that received a grant from the Ontario Audit & Accountability Fund to conduct a review of our Administrative and Service Delivery.
As a result, Newmarket launched its REV it up (REVenue, Efficiencies & Value Add) campaign. The goal was to find ways to improve operational efficiencies and effectiveness thereby improving services to families and businesses while enabling the Town to better support its community and staff members.
This three-month campaign helped the Town realize 150+ improvement opportunities, approximately $1.9 to $2.6 million in direct cost savings over seven years and identified initiatives that will save money and found $300,000 to $350,000 in new revenues without any job loss or reduction of service levels for our residents.
We are always looking for ways to make the Town of Newmarket even better and the findings of this campaign demonstrate the Town’s commitment to long-term sustainability and a responsible use of taxpayer dollars. You can read more here.
December 14, 2019
About two weeks ago, I posted that the Town of Newmarket is moving to regulate the booming in town short-term rental industry, the Airbnb-type lodging. On December 10th at the Town Office, about 2 dozen local homeowners took part in a public meeting to discuss the subject and learn about the Town’s intention of creating policies and regulations to deal with the challenges of this new industry.
Newmarket Today has a good article about the meeting which you can read here.
Residents can complete an online survey up to Jan 3, 2020, here.
December 12, 2019
As many of you know, I sit on the Newmarket Public Library Board and the Library has partnered with York Support Services Network to offer residents an opportunity to speak with a professional crisis worker on two Wednesdays each month from 1 to 4 p.m. Residents experiencing any type of mental health issue can “walk-in” to the Library and have a private conversation with a crisis worker on these dates Dec. 18, and Jan. 8, at the Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Ave.
If you have a friend or familiy member who might benefit from this service, please mention it to them. For more info about York Support Services Network, please click here.
December 5, 2019
We’re proud to be a recipient of a grant from the Low Carbon Economy Fund through Environment and Climate Change. In total, the Town will receive up to $589,565 that will be used to fund energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction-centered projects that will take place between 2019 to 2024. Read more here.
December 4, 2019
The Town of Newmarket Council has approved the 2020 budget. I understand that any tax increase is not appreciated, but we anticipate a small tax increase of about 2.39%. (subject to tax shifting & finalized tax rates from York Region & the School Board). Based on a property assessment of $618,750, residents will see an increase of $59.74 on their tax bill, water/wastewater rate increase of $59.72 and a stormwater rate increase of $4.12.
The total approved 2020 is $172.4 million, $134.6 million Operating Budget and $37.8 million Capital Budget.
You can read more details here.
December 2, 2019
Short Term Rental – Airbnb, VRBO, etc.
Are you a Newmarket homeowner who rents some or all of your home for short-term stays? Newmarket is exploring the regulation of “short-term rental accommodations” and wants to hear from all residents! Short-Term Rental Accommodations refer to people renting some/all of their residence for less than 30 days. Short-Term Rentals are a popular, growing trend across the world and in Newmarket there are various sites, such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and Booking.com that residents can use to list their rental accommodations. Learn about best practices, what’s working in other municipalities and how zoning impacts rental housing stock. Join us on Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock. A formal presentation begins at 7 p.m . Please drop in to have your say and to find out more. Learn more here
November 28, 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 19, 2019
The Town held a Drop-in session at the Magna Centre to illustrate the new Denison Daycare located on the Stickwood-Walker Farm, just east of the Magna Centre. The daycare will feature outdoor and farm themed care and learning for little ones up to age 5. The Walker sisters were in attendance to view the plans for their old home. Construction changes will begin with the farmhouse before new buildings construction begins in the spring. This will be an incredible opportunity for Newmarket, the children attending and their parents. Additional information can be found here.
November 22, 2019
Mayor John Taylor hosted a “Town Hall” at th old Town Hall last night and provided an overview of initiatives, Council priorities, the budget and a view ahead. The Mayor then answered questions from the floor as well as those sent-in online and via Facebook. Displays of a few Town facts and initiatives were on display both before and after the formal part of the meeting.
November 7, 2019
Safe Drinking Water
There have been reports in the news recently regarding levels of lead found in municipal water systems. The Town would like to remind residents that Newmarket does NOT have any lead pipes in the Town’s water distribution system and that Newmarket is committed to providing high quality, safe drinking water to our residents.
The Town regularly conducts water tests, including samples for lead, to ensure that we continue to provide safe, high-quality water to our residents. After completing rigorous rounds of multi-year residential lead testing, the Town of Newmarket consistently reported concentrations well below the standard in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. In 2019, our samples for lead displayed concentrations of less than or equal to 0.0005mg/L, the lowest detectable limit, and well below Health Canada’s maximum acceptable concentration (0.005mg/L). In addition, when conducting repairs and replacements to the municipal water distribution system, there has been no records of lead pipe having been discovered within the Town’s infrastructure.
Lead pipes on private property were banned for use in 1975. Residents who are concerned about lead pipes on their private property, can contact the Town of Newmarket by calling 905-895-5193. For more information on lead sample testing and requirements set out by the Province of Ontario and the Safe Drinking Water Act 2002, please visit the Town’s frequently asked questions webpage about lead in water. http://bit.ly/36FXqXu
October 22, 2019
Main Street Clock Tower update.
The investigation into the unauthorized demolition of 184/186 Main Street, part of the Main Street Clock Inc. development continues. The Town’s “Stop Work” Orders remain in place on two of the buildings (184/186 and 188/190/192), as the Town continues its investigation.
The Chief Building Official has authorized bracing work to proceed in order to maintain safety and preserve the heritage aspects of the middle building (188/190/192).
The Town will have a significant presence throughout this work. The Town is strongly committed to protecting the heritage of the Downtown Area and more information will be provided to the community once the investigation is complete.
For more information, visit www.newmarket.ca/clocktower
As part of the Town of Newmarket’s 2020 Budget process, residents are invited to share feedback by participating in the Town’s 2020 Budget Survey.
Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S5TTBD and rank each municipal service provided by the Town of Newmarket. You can also earn a chance to win a $100 credit towards a Recreation and Culture program.
“Resident engagement and participation are crucial when building our budgets…” says Mayor John Taylor. It is a strategic priority to ensure that we provide long-term financial sustainability while balancing great services and low tax rates. “Your feedback will help us determine your priorities, so we can ensure we are investing your tax dollars in the municipal services that matter to you.”
You can read more about the budget and process at: https://www.newmarket.ca/2020budget.
Please share your thoughts and concerns, it’s your Town too!
Moonlight Movies in the Park!
Join me and our neighbours at College Manor Park for the Disney movie Dumbo, playing outdoors on the big screen on Wed., August 14, at dusk,
approximately 8:30 pm. (trailer: http://bit.ly/2YiaUaJ, rated PG )
This Ward 2 neighbourhood event will feature free popcorn courtesy of the Newmarket Scouts and free Mr. Softy Ice Cream. For other Moonlight Movies this summer, check the Town site here.
IMPORTANT: please remember to bring your own chairs, a blanket and snacks. Inclement weather location is at Magna Centre, Honda Floor.
Over the next five months, vivaNext will be working on the parapet walls (the raised walls along the sidewalks) of the Keith Bridge on Davis Drive. This work will involve the repair of the walls along the north and south sides of the bridge and may result in some delays along Davis Drive.
Davis Drive will remain open, but the westbound curb lane on the Keith Bridge will remain closed for the duration of this project. The Town identified some cracking on the walls and the reconstruction work will be completed under the builder’s warranty.
The Tom Taylor Trail will remain open for the duration of this work but due to the nature of this work, intermittent lane closures on Davis will be required to ensure everyone’s safety. For more information, please visit VivaNext
Great news for Newmarket! BYD (Build Your Dreams), which manufactures zero emission buses, will build their first Canadian assembly facility at 185 Harry Walker Parkway North in Newmarket.
Newmarket will also be the first Municipality in York Region to begin operating with six Electric buses. And the power will be supplied by our own utility Newmarket-Tay Power which will be responsible for maintaining the charging stations at the Go station at Eagle and Davis.
The 45,000-square-foot BYD facility in Newmarket is the first new electric bus plant to open in Ontario in a generation. And while the Newmarket facility is BYD’s first Canadian assembly plant, the company is already active in the Canadian market with buses on order (or in operation) in Toronto, Victoria, Longeuil, St. Albert and Grand Prairie. The new plant will first focus on assembling buses for the Toronto Transit Commission, which will receive ten pure electric buses with an option for 30 more.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, each zero-emission bus like those manufactured by BYD, eliminate approximately 10 tons of nitrogen oxides, 350 pounds of diesel particulate matter and approximately 1,690 tons of CO2 over the 12-year lifecycle of the vehicle.
As many of you know, the Town mailed out Stormwater invoices last week and it was a surprise to many of us. In light of the high volume of calls and emails, the finance department has made some changes to better accommodate residents. I am pleased with the quick response by staff and would like to pass along this information:
1) there will be no late payment fee applied if payment is made by July 31, effectively providing over 7 weeks for payment.
2) PAP participants, if you don’t pay it, the amount will automatically be added to the second half of the year tax calculation and divided evenly in your payments through to the year end. There are NO interest penalties if you are on a PAP plan.
2A) If you are on an installment PAP plan, the amount will be added to the your remaining payment (s). For those who pay at the counter it can be added to the July payment without any penalty.
3) why a separate invoice? It was a separate fee this year but we will look at ways to avoid the time and cost of processing it separately.
If you read the cover letter that came with the invoice, it explained why the Stormwater Invoice process was different this year, but if you need more information, please call the Town Tax Department at 905-953-5300 ext. 2140
Subsequently the Town published this information and Press Release on their website:
A while back, the administrator for the Leslie and Davis (between Gorham and Davis) Neighbourhood Facebook Group page asked about having a garbage bin at the corner of Srigley/Carlson by the mailbox. People had thrown garbage and dog soil bags into and under the trees. The Town does not put out garbage bins, but I asked if Town Staff could trim the lower branches and pick up the garbage. This was done today and I believe it is big improvement. Thanks Staff!!! I am hopeful folks will take their garbage home following the cleanup. Thanks for your patience.
Proposed development at Roxborough & Queen Streets
Many thanks to the approximately 50 residents who attended a developer’s presentation for the corner of Roxborough and Queen Streets.
The idea that 9 town homes should be built in a single family home spot was met with loud opposition. Residents clearly expressed their concern for traffic, neighbourhood fit, flooding and much more.
As I explained as the meeting started, this is the start of a process. A complete application must submitted to the Town, it must fit with many regulations including the new bylaw currently being developed by staff for council’s approval. Residents will have a number of opportunities to voice their concerns.
As your Councillor I will be listening, expressing those concerns and asking Council to listen as decisions need to be made. I will also keep residents informed and involved. Please contact here or email through my Town email at email@example.com.
I am in Pembroke, Ontario for the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference, the small urban municipal voice of the Province.
Delegates from Ontario Towns are discussing their latest initiatives; growing challenges; innovative solutions and ongoing changing landscapes of small, Urban Ontario. Pictured is Bob Kwapis asking a question of the Guest speaker.
In case you are wondering, Pembroke is on the Ottawa River about 90 minutes north west of Ottawa and is another Town experiencing spring flooding.
The Newmarket Annual Community Open House is on Wednesday, April 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Dr.
What does Newmarket have planned for 2019?
Learn about exciting projects and share your feedback on initiatives such as: Vision for Mulock property, job creation & economic development, development initiatives, Newmarket’s Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program and Smart water meter program. Residents can also meet Newmarket’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Jag Sharma. Light refreshments will be served. More info here.
Newmarket announces new CAOJag Sharma has accepted the role as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Newmarket after a thorough recruitment process. Mr. Sharma has been with the City of Oshawa since 2011 and will start his new role with the Town on April 1. The CAO reports directly to Council and oversees all departments within the municipality. The CAO is responsible for delivering on both Council’s and the Town’s strategic plans, priorities and overall development goals. The CAO is also responsible for implementing policies, budgets and appropriations and is accountable for managing the effectiveness of the Town’s administration, including financial planning and management.
Your can meet and speak with Mr. Sharma at the Town’s upcoming annual Community Open House eventon April 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive).
On March 8th, Mayor Taylor and business leaders celebrated with local Newmarket company, Completely Managed, with a ribbon cutting for the Official Launch of their new offering, LANAWARE. www.CompletelyManaged.com is an innovative high tech firm producing one of Canada’s best manufacturing and tech sector eco-systems, engineering operational technology networks with best-practice design that mitigates cybersecurity vulnerabilities. A Cisco Industrial Partner offering 24/7 in- house managed network operations. It is wonderful to have this leading tech firm in Newmarket. Congratulations and we will watch for additional solutions in the future.
“Council and staff worked hard to ensure this budget strikes the right balance between investing in our future, while keeping the tax level below the GTA average,” says Mayor John Taylor. “Financial sustainability is one of Council’s top Strategic Priorities, and we will continue to review operations for efficiencies, while ensuring Newmarket is poised for success in the short and long term.”
Highlights from the 2019 budget include:
* $2.4 million towards trails and active transportation
* $1 million for replacement of bridges and culverts
* $4.8 million for completion of CYFS Station 4-5
* $6.6 million for road rehabilitation
* $1.7 million for fleet replacement
* $1.6 million for road resurfacing
* $150,000 for Mulock Farm will be put into reserves for future use.The Town of Newmarket continues to take a responsible and sustainable approach to asset management, with an additional $440,000 for annual contributions to the tax supported Asset Replacement Fund (ARF). The ARF was created in 1998 to ensure appropriate funding is available to replace and repair the Town’s $1 billion (replacement cost) worth of capital assets both now and long into the future.An extensive public engagement campaign for the 2019 Budget ran from August 2018 to March 2019, encouraging residents to Get Involved and provide their input on the process. Residents had the opportunity to play the “Put Your Money Where it Matters” Budget game online and at events including the Newmarket Farmers’ Market, the Central York Fire Services Newmarket Open House and the Town’s Princess and Superhero party. Residents were also encouraged to stream or attend all Budget Meetings and contact Members of Council or the Town with their ideas, comments or questions.
The total approved 2019 Operating Budget is $130.8 million and the Capital Budget is $27.7 million, with a combined total of $158.5 million.
For more information related to the 2019 Budget, visit newmarket.ca/2019budget
Council meetings are open to the public and held at the Municipal Offices, in the Council Chambers. In addition, Council meetings are live streamed on the Agendas, Minutes and Meetings page. Meetings are held on Monday, unless otherwise indicated and begin at 7:00 PM. Special Council meetings may be called from time to time and will be published on the Agendas, Minutes and Meetings page.
The remaining Council meeting dates for 2019 are: February 11, March 4, March 25, April 15, May 6, May 27, June 24, September 9,
September 30, October 21, November 11 and December 2
For more information on other Town of Newmarket Meetings, please visit the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings page.
January 29, 2019
In spite of a case for her broken ankle, Councillor Grace Simon was at Committee of the Whole this as afternoon. That’s commitment.
January 28, 2019
There is a Public Information night scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Town Office, 395 Mulock Dr regarding the Mulock GO Station Area Secondary Plan. The Mulock GO Station proposed by the provincial government is to be located at the intersection of the railway line and Mulock Drive and the Secondary Plan includes the lands that surround the site. You can find out more on the Town site by clicking this link.
January 16, 2019
A recording of the January 15th, special Town Hall Cannabis meeting with all Members of Council that includes resident presentations is now available. The Meeting portion of the recording starts at about the 12 minute mark. A reminder that all public meetings of the Council are available via live streaming or you can watch a recording of it afterwards.
It’s official, there will be no cannabis stores in Newmarket for the foreseeable future. Council ratified its decision to opt out of permitting retail outlets for recreational cannabis, voting 7-2 against the Staff recommendation of the opting-in of allowing cannabis stores in town.
January 7, 2019
Members of the Newmarket Town Council meet regularly at council and committee meetings throughout the year, as well as at special council meetings as needed. There is a Town of Newmarket Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for January 14, 2019. Please click the link to review the agenda: Town of Newmarket_Agenda_Jan14_2019. Any questions or concerns, please get in touch.
December 21, 2018
I visited Prince Charles Public School to present a cheque for $200 from the Town in support of and their Student breakfast program. I know young students learn better when they are not hungry. Thanks Staff for all your work!
The Town has decided to start a new textile recycling program in January 2019 that will help support textile diversion in our community. The contract, awarded to Diabetes Canada, accepts all adult and children’s clothing and footwear, including undergarments, towels, pillows, and curtains. Items are accepted in all conditions, including items that are worn, torn, or stained. Textile collection bins will be located at the Magna Centre, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, and Community Centre and Lions Hall.
December 19, 2018
Many of the Town of Newmarket public Events and Programs occur because local businesses and individuals sponsor them. The Town sponsored a luncheon to thank them for their ongoing contributions. It is important that everyone know program attendance and involvement continues to increase as a result of these valued Sponsors. Yea Newmarket!
As part of the new Council orientation, we took an 18 stop, 3 hour bus tour. Stops included development areas, key facilities, the Mulock Estate plus our impressive Public Works facility just off Harry Walker Parkway. Lots of great properties and lots of opportunity as Newmarket continues to grow and grow-up.
95% of residents surveyed are satisfied with Newmarket as a place to live. 2018 Community Survey even better than 2014 survey results. See the full survey results here.