- Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 46  |  September 29, 2023 -
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- Pop-up Off-Leash Dog Park - 

he City of Markham is pleased to announce the 2023 Pop-up Off-Leash Dog Area Pilot Program!


We are excited to introduce this special pilot program that will create short-term locations for off-leash dog areas where dogs can play, exercise, and socialize. The first priority is that these Pop-Up Dog Parks are safe for all users.


Reminder: All dog owners should take a moment to become familiar with the City of Markham's Off-Leash Dog Park Code of Conduct and the Dog Owners Liability Act.


Pop-up Dog Parks are proposed in the following parks:

  • Ward 1 - Cricklewood Park
  • Ward 2 - Victoria Square Park
  • Ward 3 - Monarch Park
  • Ward 4 - Mintleaf Park
  • Ward 5 - Blodwen Davies Park
  • Ward 6 - Berczy Park South
  • Ward 7 - Aaniin Community Centre Park
  • Ward 8 - Ada Mackenzie Park

Existing Dog Parks are located in the following parks:

  • Ward 1 - Huntington Park
  • Ward 5 - Cornell Woodlot Park
  • Ward 7 - Box Grove Park
  • Ward 8 - Miller Avenue Off-Leash Dog Park

The Pop-Up Dog Parks are open between the hours of 6 AM and 11 PM. Dog Parks are open every day of the week unless closed for maintenance.


Parks Planning staff have chosen these pilot sites carefully based on a site selection criteria to make the spaces dog-friendly. By testing these locations, we can determine if they will be suitable for permanent off-leash facilities in the future.


We hope you enjoy the 2023 Pop-up Off-Leash Dog Area Pilot Program. It's an exciting opportunity to provide more space for dogs to play and explore safely. Thank you for being a part of making Markham a dog-friendly city!

Speeding is an ongoing issue I have been working hard to tackle, and I continue to partner with York Regional Police (YRP) to deter this behaviour. 
In addition, my office has “slow down” signs. If you are interested, kindly contact me at alan.ho@markham.ca.
- Public Meeting Notices - 
7528, 7530 and 7550 Woodbine Avenue (UltraStor Markham) PLAN 23 117840
Date: October 10, 2023
Time:7:00 p.m.
Place: Council Chamber at the Civic Centre or remotely via Zoom.
2833 16th Avenue (CF/OT Buttonville Properties Inc.) PLAN 23 128636
Date: October 10, 2023
Place: Council Chamber at the Civic Centre or remotely via Zoom
 All meetings are video and audio streamed on the City of Markham’s website at:
-City of Markham News-

Police are seeking a teenage suspect after a sexual assault of a minor at Markham Pan Am Centre.


More info here: yrp.ca

Road closure notification – September 29 from 10 PM to September 30 until 7 AM.
Main St. Unionville will be closed from Carlton Rd. to Fred Varley Dr. due to film production. Please avoid travelling to this location at this time.
Thank you for your cooperation.

The 2023 final tax bills for Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential have been mailed.


View, manage and pay your property taxes at http://markham.ca/ePropertyTax.


If you don’t have an account, sign up today. It’s free!

Join a committee and have your say! Currently recruiting for Race Relations Committee and German Mills Community Centre Board.
Applications are due October 9. http://markham.ca/Volunteering

Want to save money and energy while improving your home comfort?


The City of Markham is offering free virtual Home Efficiency Retrofit Orientation (HERO) workshops in partnership with the City of Richmond Hill, Humber College, and Enbridge. http://markham.ca/HomeEnergyRetrofits…

In advance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, together with Indigenous elder, Shannon Thunderbird, members of Markham Council and City staff raised the Every Child Matters flag outside of Markham Civic Centre.

Are you concerned about the air quality in your home?


Borrow a CO² Monitor to measure your indoor air quality so you'll know if you need to improve the ventilation in your space to lower the risk of airborne infections. https://markhampubliclibrary.ca/co2monitor/ 

Please be mindful of your food waste and garbage disposal. Coyotes prefer to catch their own food, but will become dependent and lose their fear of humans if food is left out.
$615 fine for feeding wildlife. http://markham.ca/Wildlife
City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Human Resources Administrator, Compensation
  • Winter Sidewalk Maintenance Labourer (24 - 48 hours per week)
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Specialty Fitness Instructor - Cycle, Muscle Conditioning, Step
For more information & job position
If you have any municipal inquiry or concern, you can send an email to our Contact Centre at customerservice@markham.ca or call 905.477.5530. 
-York Region News-
Operation Auto Guard tackles high-end auto thefts.  YRP announced a multifaceted crime prevention campaign targeting high-end auto thefts. 
Faraday bags are available at each district station for pick up by citizens. An effective tool that blocks signal-duplicating devices used to replicate key fobs
A video of car thefts can be seen here:
  • Park your vehicle in the garage, if possible
  • Don’t leave your key fobs by the front door. Store them far away from your vehicle or in Faraday bags.
  • Use a steering wheel or pedal-locking device.
  • Invest in outdoor security cameras for your home
  • Install aftermarket products like a GPS tracking device and an on-board data port lock to prevent thieves from cloning your key.
  • Inspect your vehicle regularly and call the police if you notice potential tracking devices.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately to report suspicious people or activity
  • For a crime in progress, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, dial 1-866-876-5423.
Remember to inspect your septic system to help make sure contaminants such as bacteria, detergents and household cleaners stay out of our groundwater supply. Clean, safe drinking water starts with protecting our water sources.

Do you operate a home-based food business? Even home-based food businesses that operate online must be inspected.
York Region Public Health is here to help! Learn more at http://york.ca/FoodOperators
If your pet loves to walk in forests and tall grass, check them for ticks. If you spot a tick on them, remove it promptly. Remember to check yourself too!
You can submit a photo of the tick for free identification to http://etick.ca
Chemicals, paints, stains & medicines should be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste Depot – not down your drain, toilet, or anywhere it can seep into the ground. http://york.ca/ProtectingWater 
During Environmental Public Health Week, York Region celebrates our Public Health Inspectors and other Environmental Health Professionals for their vital role in protecting and promoting the health of our residents.

Notice of Completion:Warden Avenue Environmental Assessment Study


The purpose of this notice is to advise local area residents, stakeholders and business owners that York Region has prepared an Environmental Study Report (ESR) documenting the study process, consultation efforts and the recommended plan. This Notice of Completion places the ESR on the public record for a 30-day review period, beginning Friday, October 13, 2023. 


The ESR will be available for review and download at york.ca/WardenKennedyStudy beginning Friday, October 13, 2023.

On September 22, York Region Public Works, represented by our YRT Enforcement and Security team, received the "Community Partner of the Year" award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel/York. We are proud of our partnership and shared commitment with this organization.

Stay active & connect with nature in the York Regional Forest.


With over 150 km of scenic trails, including almost 7 km that are accessible to wheelchairs, strollers & other assistive devices, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Plan your trip at http://york.ca/YRF

If you have any regional inquiry or concern, you can send an email to Access York at accessyork@york.ca or call 877.464.9675.
-Notice of Regional Road Construction-

Current Projects

16th Avenue and Kennedy Road
Notice of Construction
Construction starts: April 2023
Construction ends: December 2023


16th Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
Road improvements
Notice of Construction
Construction starts: October 3, 2023
Construction ends: October 9, 2023


16th Avenue and York Durham Line
Intersection Improvements 
Notice of Intersection Improvements
Construction starts: August 2023 
Construction ends: December 2023


Highway 404 Road Crossing North of 16th Avenue
Construction of a new bridge over Highway 404 to link Orlando Avenue with Markland Street
Construction starts: Summer 2023


Kennedy Road from Steeles Avenue to Highway 407
Road improvements
Notice of Road Construction 
Construction starts: Late May 2023
Construction ends: November 2023


Kennedy Road from 16th Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive
Road improvements
Notice of Road Construction
Construction starts: Late May 2023
Construction ends: November 2023


Leslie Street and Minthorn Boulevard
Intersection Improvements
Notice of Intersection Improvements
Construction starts: August 2023
Construction ends: December 2023


McCowan Road and Carlton Road/Raymerville Drive
Intersection Improvements
Notice of Intersection Improvements
Construction starts: August 2023
Construction ends: December 2023


Woodbine Avenue, south of Highway 7
Notice of Guide Rail Improvements
Construction starts: Early December 2022
Construction ends: January 2023

Future Projects

Cedar / Red Cedar Avenue
Connecting Langstaff Road and High Tech Road
Construction Starts: 2024 
(Check back for project details)

For general inquiries, please contact York Region Transportation, Public Works, Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75000 or Email: transportation@york.ca
For more information: york.ca/roadconstruction
-In The Community-

My 2023 newsletter has been mailed out to all Markham residents. 


If you have yet to receive the newsletter, you can access it online at: https://www.alanhomarkham.ca/newsletter

Thanks to Mali Zhang for hosting the Music Lantern Festival to celebrate the Diwali and Mid-Autumn Festival.
Honoured to bring Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s greetings to congratulate the Inaugural of the Joint Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Exhibition.
-Event Information-

Markham Public Library and, local indie game studio Free Bird Game will be bringing to life over 60 pieces of artwork from their award-winning To the Moon game series .


Exhibit opening: https://zurl.co/y55A

September has begun, and school is in! Youth are getting organized, volunteering and engaging in their communities.  


In support of National Suicide Prevention Month, youth are collaborating and hosting an event to raise awareness! 


Location: Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre
Date: September 30, 2023
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM

Lace up your sneakers and join the Run For Markham on October 22nd!


Let's stride together for a great cause, supporting Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation Don't miss out on this fantastic event! See you there!


Register Now at: https://runformarkham.ca/

If you want to share your opinion or community event information with Regional Councillor Alan Ho's weekly E-newsletter, please contact us at sxie@markham.ca
Regional Councillor Alan Ho
-Chair, Culture & Economic Development Committee (City of Markham)
-Chair, Markham Subcommittee (City of Markham)
-Director, Housing York Inc. Board (York Region)
-Member, Audit Committee (York Region)
-Member, Accessibility Advisory Committee (York Region)
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