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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.

March 15, 2021
The winter has been long enough for me, thank you, but after last week’s spring-like weather, it’s mostly all melted! As it melts, you may be seeing some damage to your lawn as a result from snow removal crews. The Town’s snow removal contractors are responsible for any damage their crews do to resident’s property and will repair it. If you see some damage to your property caused by snow removal, please report it by email, at customerservice@newmarket.ca or by calling 905-895-5193.

March 11, 2021
The Town is set to launch a Water Meter Replacement Program. The replacement and upgrading of water meters will take place in phases to ensure COVID Health and Safety protocols are met.
~1st Phase will upgrade water meters less than 10 years, approximately 7,000 households. Affected residents will receive notice by mail soon as this work is expected to start towards the end of March.
For these houses, the new digital water meter reading device is installed directly on top of the existing reader outside your house, so entry into your home is not required.
~ Phase 2 will begin after Phase 1 is completed. This will see the replacement of approximately 18,000 water meters and requires the installer to enter the resident’s home. This Phase will be dependent upon Public Health guidelines at the time and again, affected households would be notified directly by mail.
Due to the on-going pandemic, we will seek advice from Public Health to ensure this work can be done safely.
There is no cost to the residents to have this work done and there will be no service disruptions. Benefits of upgrading the water meters include:
~ Improved water meter reading accuracy~ Ability to conduct water meter readings remotely, not on-site
~ Ability to easily identify leaks and losses within the system
~ Residents can track water usage through an online portal
The water meter upgrade work will take place on an area-by-area basis and you will receive a letter in the mail with an approximate time frame for this work to be done. More information can be viewed at newmarket.ca/watermeters. If you have any questions regarding the installation, please email info@newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193.


March 4, 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 2, 2021
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
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 20, 2021
A reminder that the virtual Meeting of the Committee of the Whole is being streamed live on Monday, February 22, starting at 1:00 PM directly from the Municipal Offices. Please visit https://www.newmarket.ca/meetings to watch the Meeting or to review a video of it afterwards.

February 20, 2021
On Friday, it was announced that York Region, including Newmarket would be reopening and moving to the Red-Control Zone effective Monday, February 22. York Region will no longer be subject to the stay-at-home order; however Public Health strongly advises people to stay at home and avoid social gatherings to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Under the red-control zone, restaurants are permitted to open for indoor dining. Retail stores, gyms and hair salons are permitted to reopen, all with reduced capacity and with strict guidelines in place.
Outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 25 people and indoor gatherings with a maximum of 5 people are also permitted in the red zone. Weddings and religious services can resume with 30 per cent indoor capacity and no more than 100 people outdoors. For more information please refer to the Provincial Reopening Framework<https://www.ontario.ca/…/covid-19-response-framework…>
A report is coming forward at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting that will provide further direction for staff around reopening plans and you can expect an update communicated here early next week.
Outdoor recreation activities, like skating at Riverwalk Commons and other community outdoor rinks, Pickleball (Quaker Park) and tennis (Keith Davis) will remain open with existing health and safety measures in place.
And a reminder that the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex main lobby area is available for use as a warming facility from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Capacity limits remain at 10 and strict health and safety measures are in place for all patrons of the facility. Those who require assistance outside of these hours can contact York Region’s Transitional Shelter by calling 1-877-464-9675 or emailing transitionalshelter.line@york.ca
Daily Drop-in Program at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex for those in need York Region in partnership with the Town of Newmarket, Inn from the Cold, and the Krasman Centre continue to offer a daily drop-in program at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (multi-purpose room). This program is available Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will provide a warm and safe environment and access to vital services like lunch, snacks, personal care, mental health support, access to a computer/Wi-Fi and more to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.


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 4, 2021
Ward 2 building update.
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 2, 2021
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 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 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 21, 2021
2020 was a crazy year for most of us, and the word I heard most often used to describe what we had to do was PIVOT! We all had to adapt in many ways and I believe we’re all stronger for it.

As a Member of Town Council, we had to pivot, be creative and find innovative solutions for our Community and the Town. The Mayor reminded us of a few of the ways we supported our Community:
~Chief Positivity Ambassador and Community Positivity Ambassadors!
~Southlake Parade for Front Line workers,
~Honorary Citizen 2020 – First Responders, Frontline and Essential workers
~We waived all penalties and interest on late property taxes
~Innovative Downtown patio program
~Waived most business sign fees
~Kept our trails and parks open throughout!
~Served lunch to over 40 people in need for months!
~Provided space to Southlake for testing at Seniors Centre
~Camp in a Box
~Provided money & support to Food Pantry
~Rolled out large Shop Local program
~Kept Tennis & Pickle ball open outdoors even after snow
~Initiated a Business Concierge & Mentorship program
~Implemented 30 minute curbside parking
~Provided space and support for PPE production at Hollingsworth
~Santa Claus Parade Drive through!
And as you know, we moved all Council meeting online and remote for safety and to abide by COVID-19 protocols. So it looks like
2021 we will need to be just as creative!

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 14, 2021
A reminder of the Zoning Change Proposal Meeting being held electronically on Monday, January 18th, at 1:00 PM regarding the lands north of St John Sideroad, just west of Yonge St being streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings. This is to consider a proposed Amendment to re-designate the area to permit a portion of the lands to be developed for a mix of low/medium residential, institutional, commercial, office, parks and open spaces uses.

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 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 10, 2021
COVID 19 updates (All subject to change.)
Ontario remains in a full province-wide shutdown for 2 more weeks, until Saturday, January 23. Elementary & high school students will continue virtual learning until Friday, January 22, returning to in person schooling on Monday, January 25.
The Ray Twinney Complex is now a Vaccination centre where 1,000 people per day can be vaccinated. Vaccinations will be administered to people identified as priority in the first phase of the Vaccination roll-out. The Point of Light store in Newmarket has been ordered closed after continuously opening for in-person retail shopping against provincial orders. Point of Light is offering a curbside pickup only.

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
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 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 15, 2020
The Province announces lockdown for Newmarket and all of York Region. As you may have heard, the Province of Ontario announced that York Region, including the Town of Newmarket, has entered into a lockdown (grey zone) of the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework.

In response, all Town of Newmarket buildings, facilities and programs will be closed/cancelled as of Monday, December 14 for a minimum of 28 days, with the exception of the Newmarket Public Library. Additional details can be found here: http://bit.ly/387pJ2t

December 15, 2020
At the Newmarket Town Council meeting yesterday, Council approved the 2021 budget that will result in a 1.98 per cent tax increase (Town portion). This is 1.01 per cent lower than the originally proposed 2.99 per cent increase, recognizing the added financial pressure the community faces as a result of COVID-19.

The total approved 2021 Operating Budget is $137.0 million and the Capital Budget is $37.9 million, with a combined total of $174.9 million.
Based on an average single-detached home with an assessment value of $700,000, a 465 square metre lot, using 200 cubic metres of water per year, residents will see an increase of $42.86 ($3.57 per month) on their tax bill for 2021. There will be a $49.44 ($4.12 per month) increase on the water and wastewater bill and an increase of $4.21 (35 cents per month) for the stormwater charge.
Some highlights from the 2021 Budget include:
~Construction of Newmarket’s first outdoor skate park
~New Central York Fire Services fire station and new fleet of trucks
~Completion of the Mulock Property Master Plan
Along with improvements for bridges and culverts, new traffic safety initiatives and new park developments.
For all the details, please click: newmarket.ca/2021budget

December 11, 2020
There is a Town of Newmarket Council Electronic meeting on Monday, December 14, at 1:00 PM. It will be streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings.
This meeting focuses on the 2021 budget and charges and fees approvals, rooftop patios, established neighbourhood compatibility study Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments. Please join in or watch the live feed. All the details can be found at https://www.newmarket.ca/meetings


December 7, 2020
There is a Committee of the Whole today, Monday, Dec 7, 2020 starting at 1:00 PM. You can watch it live from the Municipal Offices online at newmarket.ca/meetings. This meeting will be concerning the Draft 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets. There is a very detailed document which can be viewed within today’s Agenda, click: https://pub-newmarket.escribemeetings.com/FileStream.ashx…


December 4, 2020
Mayor Taylor enacted Emergency Order No. 2 yesterday to support the Provincial and Public Health regulations for businesses under the Reopening Ontario Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act and any other legislation introduced in relation to COVID-19.

This Emergency Order allows the Bylaws division to issues tickets for non-compliance under the Town’s Emergency Measures By-law.
The Bylaws division will continue their education-first approach when performing inspections on businesses. They are committed to working with businesses to ensure they understand the Provincial and Public Health regulations and allow time for compliance. Issuing charges is the last resort.
You can read the entire press release and Emergency Order details by clicking: https://bit.ly/3ohNLhU


December 3, 2020
In case you missed the Town of Newmarket’s Electronic, Special Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, December 01, 2020, I invite you to click this link to watch the recording of it here: https://pub-newmarket.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx… or if you want to skip right to the Mulock Property design concept, click the above link. When the video recording appears, click below the video where you see 201201 Council Update.pdf and view the .pdf of the entire presentation.


November 30, 2020
There is a Special Committee of the Whole tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2020 starting at 1:00 PM and will be streamed live from the Municipal Offices online at newmarket.ca/meetings. This meeting will be concerning the Mulock Property Emerging Design Concept. Lisa Rapoport, the PLANT Architect Inc., will be in attendance to provide a presentation on this matter.

November 30, 2020
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 Zoom video meeting 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
The purpose of the public meeting is to hear from any person who has an interest in the above noted applications. On January 18th, 2021, Council will not be making a final decision regarding this application, 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.
How to get involved: As the Municipal Offices remain closed to the public, this meeting will be streamed live on January 18th at 1:00 PM at newmarket.ca/meetings. The video will also be made available after the meeting and archived on the Town’s website. If there are any technical difficulties during the live stream, the Town will attempt to post the archived video after the meeting.
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.

November 26, 2020
Did you know . . .
This year’s Stormwater Charge will appear as a line item in your December 2020, January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021 Newmarket Hydro Bills. This change was made in an effort to streamline the process to keep all water-related charges on one bill. The Stormwater Charge is not a new charge and has been previously collected with property taxes.


November 25, 2020
Budget Time!
Give us your thoughts on the 2021 Budget by completing a brief survey. Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y3RQV9M
Your feedback will help Council determine where to invest your tax dollars. All residents who participate will be entered into a draw for a $100 gift card from a local restaurant in support of our Choose Local Campaign. Survey closes on December 3.

November 23, 2020
NEW COVID-19 STATUS FOR YORK REGION

York Region is under a modified Red-Control zone while Toronto and Peel Regions have moved to Grey-Lockdown zone today. York Region has issued an Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, effective today, for ensuring compliance with safe COVID-19 protocols at banquet halls, shopping malls and all retail establishments.

The Order places an obligation on owners and operators to establish safe capacity limits, actively monitor those capacity limits and enforce physical distancing requirements within the specified establishments.
Shopping malls, individual stores within shopping malls and Big Box stores – which at times have permitted crowded conditions not in compliance with COVID-19 physical distancing requirements – can be immediately targeted with monitoring and enforcement by local Bylaw officials, York Region Public Health inspectors and York Regional Police.
Non-compliance – individual owners and operators may be fined $5,000 per day and corporations may be fined $25,000 per day. The Order also allows for the closing of establishments which may be permitting unsafe conditions that contribute to the spread of COVID-19 – including the lack of appropriate specified physical distancing.
In this period of heightened holiday commercial retail activity, a closure order on a major “shopping day” will have significant financial repercussions in addition to, and potentially far greater than, the respective $5,000 and $25,000 individual and corporate fines.
Additionally, over the past number of days, Health Protection has issued 15 tickets/fines in an increased effort to ramp-up enforcement around COVID-19 rules and regulations. Establishments that received tickets/fines include a karaoke bar, a fitness centre, a Costco and a McDonalds.
If you would like additional information, please visit www.York.ca or call: 1-877-464-9675


November 18, 2020
Mental Health
It’s been 8 long months since the pandemic started….and winter is looming. Mental health issues related to our lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression and other mental concerns. The Canadian Mental Health Association, has a 24-hour helpline: 1-833 456-4566 or Klinic Crisis Line 1-888-322-3019 Toll Free.

November 16, 2020
There is a Committee of the Whole meeting today, Nov. 16th at 1 PM. Like all meetings during COVID, It is streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings.
There is a virtual Council Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 1 PM an Educational Session – Southwest Quadrant of Town & surrounding lands and there is a virtual Public Planning & Council Meeting next week on Monday, Nov 23rd at 1 PM.

In order for written comments to be included in the public meeting, written comments must be received by end of day November 20th, 2020. You van email: clerks@newmarket.ca  Individuals can make a verbal representation via live remote deputation through the Zoom platform during the Council meeting. Residents are strongly encouraged to pre-register by completing the form 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.


November 9, 2020
What’s open and closed; please click the link below for full details.
Please review and follow the safety measures in place for each open amenity. Remember to wear a mask or face covering when inside the facility, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently and most importantly, stay home if you’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. All patrons visiting a Town facility will be subject to a health screening process. https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Health…/covid19updates.aspx


November 4, 2020
Pumpkin Parade Winners!
If you haven’t yet seen all the ghoulishly wonderful entries from this year’s Pumpkin Parade, stop by the Town page here: https://www.newmarket.ca/pumpkinparade and be sure to watch the video too! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to enter.
Was your pumpkin in our parade this year?


November 3, 2020
The Town of Newmarket is hosting a live 2021 Budget Engagement Virtual Session on Facebook this Thursday, November 5th at 7 PM.
You can learn all about the proposed details and Staff will be on hand to answer all your questions. Find out more about the 2021 Budget at newmarket.ca/2021budget

 October 26, 2020
As you may know, York Region returned to modified stage 2 COVID-19 status. Here is an overview of which Town facilities and programs are open and running:
* Magna Centre
* Lane Swim
* Public Swim
* Aqua Fitness resumed today,
October 26*
Ice rinks by user groups only
Youth Centre and Sk8 Park indoor skate park only
Ray Twinney Recreation Complex ice rinks only
Newmarket Public Library is open with limited in-person services.
Full listing is available here: http://www.newmarket.ca/reopen

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.


October 20, 2020
Need a new Green Bin, Blue Box or Kitchen Catcher?
This is Waste Reduction Week, October 19th through the 25th, and the Town is offering these containers at a reduced rate of $6 for a Blue Bin, $15 for a Green Bin, and $3 for a Kitchen Catcher.
You can order by email at info@newmarket.ca or by calling the Town at 905-953-5303.
A customer service associate will call you back to arrange payment and the bins will be delivered to your door by GFL. Please note, there are no walk-ins or pick-ups allowed at any Town Facility at this time. Questions about recycling? visit: https://www.newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling

October 15, 2020
Every year the Town of Newmarket creates a detailed budget to meet the needs of the community now and in the future. At the last Town Council Meeting, a budget proposal with a 2.99 per cent increase was presented, that’s an average increase of $64.79 for a residential property assessed at $700,000.

Council did authorize the draft budget with a final budget scheduled to be approved in December after public consultation.
There will be ample opportunity for residents to get involved offering feedback and suggestions during October and November.
You can learn more about how you can get involved by visiting newmarket.ca/2021budget.


October 10, 2020
The Honorary Citizen Award is presented in recognition of an individual or group for their outstanding service and commitment to the Town of Newmarket. The Ceremony took place on Friday with the Town recognizing our first responders, front line and essential workers for their service above and beyond the call of duty!

The Award is a nomination process in which Mayor and Members of Council make appointments through a formal resolution. Awards are not given out every year and the last time an award was presented was 2017.
A small, socially-distanced ceremony took place at Fairy Lake Park to recognize representatives from each respective area. A permanent plaque was also unveiled to forever honour all first responders, front-line and essential workers for their dedication to keeping our community safe every day and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the complete article here: https://bit.ly/3lC1Q8i


October 10, 2020
Survey of the 3 design concepts for the Mulock Property
Over the past year, thousands of community members came together to learn about the Mulock Property and share their experiences along with their ideas for the future of the site.
Based on this and other feedback, the design team has developed three concepts to explore the many possibilities for the park. Please watch this video:
Then complete our survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/97MHTK2
Your feedback will help our consultant team create one refined concept that takes the preferred elements from all three themes to create a consolidated design and one Master Plan.


October 9, 2020
A reminder there is an online Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13th at 1 PM. It will be streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings.
This will include the Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-Law Amendment for 66 Roxborough Road among other issues.
In order for written comments to be included in the public meeting, written comments must be received by end of day October 12th, 2020. You van email: clerks@newmarket.ca
Individuals can make a verbal representation via live remote deputation through the Zoom platform during the Council meeting. Residents are strongly encouraged to pre-register by completing the form 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.

October 7, 2020
66 Roxborough Road
There is an Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-Law Amendment electronic Public Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 1 PM.
The meeting will be streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings. The video of the meeting can be viewed later on the Town’s website.
YOU CAN PARTICIPATE!
Written comments may be emailed to clerks@newmarket.ca. In order for comments to be received by Council at the statutory public meeting, written comments must be submitted by end of day October 12th, 2020.
Individuals can make a verbal representation via live remote deputation through the Zoom platform during the Council meeting. Residents are strongly encouraged to pre-register by completing the form 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.

October 2, 2020
849 Gorham Street
Newmarket Today has a good recap story of the proposed development for 849 Gorham between Alexander and Carlson Dr/Doak Lane. The developer wants to build 20 townhouse units and a semi-detached house on the property.
Read it all here: https://bit.ly/36qnXu7
View all the proposal details here: https://bit.ly/2Sr4uRM

September 30, 2020
The future of the Mulock Farm Property LIVE Facebook Event!
Our community’s ideas have helped to shape and inspire design concepts that will bring the Mulock property closer to its future as an inclusive, diverse, natural and forward-thinking destination for Newmarket residents.

You are cordially invited to a Facebook Live event today, Wednesday, Sept 30 at 8 p.m. on the Town of Newmarket’s Facebook page for a glimpse into the property’s future. RSVP to the Facebook event: Designing the Future for #MyMulock here: https://bit.ly/2HLchbh
Through various conversations with local residents, Town Council, students and community leaders, five guiding principles emerged that have helped to guide the project:
~ Make it a destination
~ Keep it natural
~ Root it in diverse histories and look forward
~ Create inclusive and accessible spaces
~ Connect it to our town
The three concepts which show many possibilities for the park include;
* Energized, where #mymulock is full of excitement and activity
* Expressive, where #mymulock is a place to create and be inspired
* Peaceful, where #mymulock is a place to relax and recharge
Read the entire press release here: https://bit.ly/2S9Et9A
We hope to see you tonight!

September 25, 2020
A reminder that the Meeting of the Committee of the Whole is being streamed live on Tuesday, September 29, starting at 1:00 PM directly from the Municipal Offices.

Individuals who wish to submit input to Council can email your correspondence to clerks@newmarket.ca by end of day on Monday, September 28, 2020. Or you can 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.
You can find out more, see the agenda and/or watch the meeting live here: https://bit.ly/3genyfy

September 23, 2020
ATTENTION 66 Roxborough Road area Residents
Your questions, input and feedback is requested regarding a proposed Official Plan Amendment for 66 Roxborough Road. The Town Council will hold an electronic Public Meeting on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 1:00 PM to consider a proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for this address.

The applicant is proposing to build nine (9), three‐storey townhouse units.
The purpose of the public meeting is to hear from any person who has an interest in the above noted applications. On October 13th, 2020, 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.
To view the site plan in full size, visit the Town’s website at newmarket.ca and look under the ‘Current Applications’ section, Ward 2, File Numbers D14NP2011 (ZBA), D09NP2011 (OPA), or send an email to planning@newmarket.ca
You can review the entire press release here: www.newmarket.ca/TownGovernment/Pages/News-and-Notices.aspx

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 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 2, 2020
Our virtual Town Council was held on Monday and here are some highlights which may be of interest to you. You can read all the details here: https://bit.ly/3jItnUV
Council will increase parking in the Downtown area by endorsing short-term and long-term solutions. Council continues to pursue a GO Train Station on Mulock Drive. Land uses, street networks, densities all need public input during future engagement sessions.

COVID-19 financial update. The Town will receive $1.8 million from the Provincial and Federal Governments but will look at a tax-supported deficit due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for a second wave. The rate-supported budgets have not been significantly impacted and are on target at this time.
Council continues its commitment to diversity and inclusion by endorsing the definition of Antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

August 27, 2020
In case you missed it, the Magna Fitness Centre reopened on Wednesday, August 26th! After the Fitness Centre has reopened successfully, the focus will be on group fitness classes, followed by the pool, then the track.

Safeguards are in place with some features available and some not. Here are some of the changes you’ll notice:
~ Brand new equipment!
~ Fitness Centre relocated to Magna Centre Honda Rink
~ You need to book workout time or group class in advance
~ Group fitness classes moved to the gymnasium
Enhanced cleaning and sanitization measures are in place.
Member payments will resume as of September 1st at half the regular price for the month of September. If you would prefer to keep your membership on hold for the time being, you will be accommodated.
Requests for membership holds must be received by August 30th in order to continue your hold and can be held for a maximum of four (4) months. Please send your hold requests with your membership information including phone number on account via email to fitness@newmarket.ca. We are waiving the usual $10 charge to hold or cancel memberships. Otherwise, your payment will be on your regular scheduled day of the month.
If you prefer to keep your membership on hold and try out the facility for a period of time while you get comfortable, there is a fee of $5.00 per drop-in visit.
Questions regarding reopening, fitness equipment, protocols, drop-in reservation process and much more, please email fitness@newmarket.ca
August 27, 2020
A reminder that the next regular Council Meeting is on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 1:00 PM and will be streamed live from the Municipal Offices. You can watch the meeting live here: https://bit.ly/31Z6chM. The Agenda for every meeting is also available on that same page. If you want to get involved, click here: https://bit.ly/3genyfy
Information is always available on the Town website: https://www.newmarket.ca/meetings Past meeting documents (including links to videos) are located under Past Meetings. If you require assistance, please contact Legislative Services by calling 905-895-5193 or emailing clerks@newmarket.ca.

August 24, 2020
A reminder that the Meeting of the Committee of the Whole is being streamed live today, August 24, starting at 1:00 PM directly from the Municipal Offices. You can watch the meeting live here: https://bit.ly/31Z6chM. The Agenda for every meeting is also available on that same page. If you want to get involved, click here: https://bit.ly/3genyfy

The Town of Newmarket Council establishes Committees and Boards to be responsible for and make recommendations to Council regarding various matters. The Town encourages citizen engagement as you will play an important role in assisting to shape our community.

The Town is currently recruiting for the following Volunteer positions on these committees and task forces: Accessibility Advisory; Anti-Black Racism Task Force; Appeal Committee and the Elman W. Campbell Museum Board.
Applications will be accepted by email or mail until the end of day Monday, September 7th and you can find out more here: https://bit.ly/2EAhFw0
I invite you to please click on the link to find out more. Volunteering for one of these Committees is not only helpful and vital to our community, it can also be an extremely interesting and rewarding way to get involved.

August 19, 2020
As most of us all know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Council, Committee of the Whole, Board and Advisory Committee regular meeting schedules are being held electronically.

The Meeting of the Committee of the Whole is being streamed live August 24, 2020 starting at 1:00 PM directly from the Municipal Offices. The next regular Council Meeting will be next Monday, August 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM streamed live from the Municipal Offices. You can watch the meeting live here. The Agenda for every meeting is also available on that page. You can watch the meeting live here: https://bit.ly/31Z6chM. The Agenda for every meeting is also available on that same page. If you want to get involved, click here: https://bit.ly/3genyfy

Information is always available on the Town website: https://www.newmarket.ca/meetings  Past meeting documents (including links to videos) are located under Past Meetings. If you require assistance, please contact Legislative Services by calling 905-895-5193 or emailing clerks@newmarket.ca.

August 12, 2020
Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment
As your Ward 2 Councillor, I need to and want to inform you that the Town of Newmarket has received an application to develop the property at 849 Gorham Street. The developer shows 20 Townhomes and 2 single homes proposed for the property. As a Ward 2 resident and having lived in the area for many years, I believe this potential development may be of interest to you and your family as I know it is for mine.

Click this link to see the plan and Notice of Electronic Public Meeting taking place on August 31st.
It is important to remember that this is the start of the process for this development. This electronic meeting is only to hear concerns from residents about the proposal. Following that meeting, residents can still submit any written concerns by email, mail a letter to the Town Council through Canada Post or drop one off at the Town mailbox in front of Town Hall at 395 Mulock Drive.

Once Council and Staff have received input from residents, a report from Staff will indicate the next steps to be taken. Council will meet publicly and make decisions to either grant or deny the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning changes required to accommodate the Plan. Council Members will also provide input on all aspects of the site plan before a final decision is provided to the developer.

Residents will have opportunity to have your say about the site plan at a future public meeting. This may be done electronically or possibly in person, depending on where we are in the pandemic.

If you would like to be updated on the process and progress of the Plan, I highly recommend you send an email to planning@newmarket.ca and ask to be updated on 849 Gorham Street.  Click here to see the plan.

August 6, 2020
Attention Home Owners, this may affect you….
New single-lot residential construction Interim Control By-law Exemption Applications will be accepted until Aug 24, 2020.
Full details here: https://bit.ly/2XxKFeC  At the most recent Council Meeting, a cut-off date for those looking to apply for an exemption to the Interim Control By-law was established.

The Interim Control By-law was established in January 2019 to put a pause on new single-lot residential construction in certain areas. Then the Town conducted an Established Neighbourhood Compatibility Study to look at how new, single lot residential dwellings could better fit into the existing neighbourhood they are to be built in. An Interim Control By-law exemption process was established in May 2019 that would allow certain developments that meet specific physical and streetscape characteristics of the neighbourhood to proceed.An updated Established Neighbourhood Study will be presented to Newmarket Council at an upcoming Statutory Public Meeting on August 31, 2020 at 1 p.m. As the Town is nearing completion on this study, a cut-off date for Interim Control By-law Exemption process was established to allow applicants enough lead time to submit an application for review, while Town staff prepares to implement new policies established as a result of the Neighbourhood Compatibility Study. Final recommendations from the study will be presented through a staff report at the October 5, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting.

You can watch the Statutory Public Meeting on August 31, 2020 at 1 p.m streamed live online at newmarket.ca/meetings as the Municipal Offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19. For more information, contact the Planning department at planning@newmarket.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
Earlier this summer I joked about there being two seasons, winter and construction….. and there is just a whirlwind of projects that have started or re-started recently! And I know some people have complained about the early construction start times. It seems that the Ontario Government amended its own noise-law regulations back in April, which overrules our Noise By-law allowing for construction to start at 6 AM on weekdays and at 8 AM on weekends. So yes, this time I get to blame the Provincial Government too! This law is in place until October 2021.

But as frustrating as this is for residents trying to sleep or those just getting off their night shift, it is exciting to see all the construction projects around Town, especially after the pandemic delays of this spring. We’re sorry for the noise, and I hope if the construction is close by, that it ends soon and is not too much of a bother.

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 20, 2020
As mentioned previously, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Council, Committee of the Whole, Board and Advisory Committee regular meeting schedules are being held electronically.

The Meeting of the Committee of the Whole is being streamed live today, July 20th starting at 1:00 PM directly from the Municipal Offices. The Committee of Adjustment is being held July 22, at 9:30 AM via ZOOM video call. The next regular Council Meeting will be next Monday, July 27 at 1:00 PM streamed live from the Municipal Offices.

Information is always available on the Town website: https://www.newmarket.ca/meetings  Past meeting documents (including links to videos) are located under Past Meetings. If you require assistance, please contact Legislative Services by calling 905-895-5193 or emailing clerks@newmarket.ca.

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 14, 2020
Two important things happen effective this Friday, July 17, as of 12:01 a.m., 1) most of Ontario, excluding Newmarket and all of the GTA enters Stage 3 and 2) we must start wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces throughout York region as well as the GTA. Other places where mask wearing is mandatory: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/a-list-of-where-masks-are-becomi…

In Stage 3, more restrictions will be loosened and many businesses and public spaces will reopen providing they follow public health advice and workplace safety guidance
necessary to keep everyone safe. Newmarket is still in Stage 2, but you can read about Stage 3 here: https://files.ontario.ca/mof-framework-reopening-province-s…

For face masks, businesses in York Region must have a policy in place to prohibit people from entering if they are not wearing a face mask or covering. Customers, employees and visitors who enter enclosed public spaces must wear a face mask or covering. You can read all the details at York Public Health website: https://bit.ly/32gP5d3

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: www.newmarket.ca/recreation

July 7, 2020
The Town has opened the Magna Centre at 800 Mulock Dr as a temporary cooling facility to assist those who need to escape the heat. The cooling area is in the East Lobby & will remain open as long as the York Region Heat Warning is in effect. Hours of operation are 11 am to 4:30 pm. The rest of the building will be closed to the public.

Please follow public health guidelines by practicing proper hand hygiene and physical distancing when using the facility.
Residents will be screened by staff when they arrive and asked to sanitize their hands and wear a mask / face covering before entering. Disposable masks will be provided for those who do not have their own.  read all the details here: https://bit.ly/3e38UH2

June 17, 2020
The Town of Newmarket will be unveiling a Land Acknowledgement plaque in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This Land Acknowledgement and plaque will be unveiled to the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.

“This Indigenous Land Acknowledgement plaque may be the first to be permanently erected on a Town or City Hall in Ontario and we are proud as a Council to be taking this step” said Mayor Taylor.

Due to COVID-19 emergency orders, this event taking place at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Dr., will be streamed live this Friday, June 19 at 11 AM on the the Town’s Facebook account: www.Facebook.com/TownofNewmarket.
The agenda includes:
Smudging Ceremony by Hayley Williamson
Drumming Ceremony by Hayley Williamson
Remarks by Mayor John Taylor
Remarks by Chief Donna BigCanoe, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation
Plaque Unveiling
Closing remarks by Mayor John Taylor
Physically distanced photo opportunity
You can read more here: https://bit.ly/3fBVuTo

June 15, 2020
If you are business owner you may be interested in the Newmarket Mentorship Access Program.
This is a platform created by the Town of Newmarket allowing businesses to connect with potential mentors to receive support during COVID-19. Mentors are volunteers with extensive experience in business, whether as executives at international brands or seasoned business owners themselves.
If you are a business seeking mentorship, please connect with the Newmarket Business Assistance Concierge here: https://bit.ly/30DeNYv.
Those wishing to participate in the program as mentors should visit: https://app.tieit.io/content/page/496/newmarketmentors.

June 11, 2020
Here’s a few highlights from the June 8th Special Council Meeting:
– Newmarket-Tay Power is working with customers to help manage the financial impacts of COVID-19 including mitigating interest, applying deposits to help manage payments and making payment arrangements to help customers get through these unprecedented times.
– Since 2018, the Town has worked with Newmarket Hydro Holdings to launch Envi, a community-owned ultra-high speed broadband network delivering service to municipalities, hospitals and the business sector in Newmarket and they now have over 100 customers in the community.
– The town is helping restaurants respond to COVID-19 challenges by:
waiving patio licensing fees for 2020
offering more flexibility in hours of operation and the encroachment on town lands
set up and tear down of pedestrian zones that directly involve the use of Town property be funded by the Town for the 2020 season
– The Main St. parking restrictions of a 30-minute maximum parking limit to accommodate curbside pickup and delivery has been extended to September 21.
See full details here:

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 re-shelved. The library’s curbside pickup service is subject to change depending on government health directives during the current crisis.

June 8, 2020
As part of the Town’s Active Transportation Plan, new bicycle lanes will be constructed this summer/fall. For 2020 in Ward 2, bicycle lanes will be installed on Alexander Road, north of Srigley St and elsewhere in Town, on London Rd, and on Bonshaw Avenue, west of Woodspring Ave. Normally, the line painting for bicycle lanes would be completed during summer months but, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scheduling could be delayed into the fall.

Back on Feb 27th, the Town held a Public Information Centre highlighting the 2020 plans and affected residents received a direct-mail invitation to attend. All the picture boards that were presented that day can be found here.  There are many benefits to bike lanes including reducing vehicle speeds, promoting active transportation, greenhouse gas reduction and better cycling connectivity throughout the Town which is a Council and community priority.

The Town’s Parking By-Law still allows delivery vehicles, taxis and other vehicles to stop momentarily in the bike lanes to access your home for pick-ups and drop-offs. Additional parking has been identified in your neighbourhood, within 100 metres of the road, see the map below, or click here to see an expandable .pdf document.


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 4, 2020
Great news: Newmarket is gradually re-opening more outdoor recreational amenities to the public.
By June 5, the Town will add all sports fields and ball diamonds to its list of open outdoor recreation amenities which currently includes:
All trails and open spaces
Boardwalk along the Tom Taylor Trail (one-way traffic only)
All tennis courts
All pickleball courts
Newmarket Dog Park
Sports Fields (open by June 5)
Artificial Turf Field at Dr. Denison Secondary School will remain closed (York Region District School Board)
Ball Diamonds (open by June 5)
Whipper Watson Diamond and Fairgrounds Diamond will remain closed as these two diamonds are normally reserved for permit holders only. The Town is not issuing any permits at this time.
Please note that open amenities are for recreational use only. The Town is currently not issuing any permits to use these amenities. Organized sports, league play or any type of game play is not allowed.
Please remember to stay at least 6ft / 2m away from people outside of your immediate household and to follow COVID-19 orders around social gatherings of no more than 5 people.
Please see all the details here.

May 26, 2020
The Town released a special Mulock Farm video showcasing the wide range of ideas and inspiration we received from the community during the extensive public consultation. Over 3,000 residents shared their input and vision for the Mulock Property and if you watch the video, you’l get a little taste of what’s to come. Click here to watch the video.
Or visit www.heynewmarket.ca/mulock-property to read the complete Engagement report & stay in-the-know.

May 25, 2020
Attention College Manor & Bogart Pond area residents. Be prepared for Forcemain Twinning Bypass Work & Pumping Station Shutdowns. The first shutdown is planned for 8 hours from Wed., May 27 starting at 11 PM to 7 AM the following morning. Two more shutdowns will be scheduled at a later date.
During the overnight shutdown, wastewater will be loaded from Bogart PS and hauled to an unloading station. A temporary pipe will be routed through College Manor Park, see map. Pumps would move wastewater south through College Manor Park via the temporary pipe into tanker trucks. Wastewater will be loaded into tanker trucks on the south frontage of College Manor Park using a temporary trailer‐mounted overhead loading arm. The park will be restored to pre‐existing condition when the shutdowns are completed. You can read the complete information here. YORK-#10839517-v3-FAQs_for_the_Town_of_Newmarket

May 14, 2020
A reminder that a Special Council Meeting will be streamed live online at newmarket.ca/meetings starting on Tuesday, May 19 at 2 PM.
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 clerks@newmarket.ca by 12 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 15.
Individuals who wish to submit comments in relation to an item listed on the agenda may submit their feedback in writing to clerks@newmarket.ca. 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 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 clerks@newmarket.ca 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 clerks@newmarket.ca. 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.

Spring:
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

Summer events
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

Limited operation
* Street sweeping is underway in critical areas.
* Critical road repairs including pot hole repairs
* Winter maintenance sod repairs is starting soon

REMINDERS
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.

General Inquiries
Contact Newmarket’s Customer Service by telephone at 905-895-5193 from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday, or email: info@newmarket.ca.

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 clerks@newmarket.ca. 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 registration@newmarket.ca

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 fitness@newmarket.ca 

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 recreation@newmarket.ca

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 info@newmarket.ca 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.
Reminders:
~ 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/wasteandrecyclinghttps://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
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0

Affected Services, Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.newmarket.ca/…/Health%20Servi…/COVID-19-FAQ.aspx
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
https://www.canada.ca/…/2019-novel-cor…/being-prepared.html…
• Travel advisories
https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
• Self monitoring and isolation
www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-10
• 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

Additional resources:
• Federal Government of Canada: https://bit.ly/33IAQwa
• Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus>
• York Region Government: https://bit.ly/39eB8w3

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 clerks@newmarket.ca

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:
Twitter @TownofNewmarket
Facebook @TownofNewmarket
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 info@newmarket.ca 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
Attention Entrepreneurs!
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
Crisis Counselling
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

October 2
BUDGET 2020!
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!

July 24
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.
 

July 9
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

June 26
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.

June 12
Stormwater Invoice
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:

May 27
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.

May 24
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 vwoodhouse@newmarket.ca.
  

May 2
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.

March 30
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.

March 15
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).

March 11
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.



March 5

Town of Newmarket Council approved a 2.2 per cent tax increase, combined with 0.75 per cent for asset replacement for a total 2.95 per cent tax increase (Town portion) for the 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets for the Town of Newmarket. Based on an average property assessment value of approximately $607,000, residents will see an increase of $58 on the Town portion of their tax bill, a water/wastewater rate increase of $58 (5.10 per cent) and a stormwater rate increase of $4 (11.8 per cent).
“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

February 25
Erin Cerenzia of the Newmarket Historical Society attended the Committee of the Whole meeting and provided a wrap-up presentation of the WWI Trench display featured at the Old Town Hall during the last 3 years. Initially their Mission was to: Commemorate Newmarket’s First World War Veterans and their sacrifice; to educate and engage residents of the Town of Newmarket; and to honour the great patriotism of our small town in the First World War.
This highly successful exhibit attracted 7000 visitors, including 2,000 students and received National News Coverage. The Interactive Trench Exhibit will now be housed at the Georgina Miltary Museum.  Many thanks to Erin and the Newmarket Historical Society for their great work in educating us and reminding us of Newmarket’s and Canada’s commitment to ensuring our freedom. Great work NHS.

February 1
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!

December 19, 2018
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.