- Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 24  |  April 28, 2023 -
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca
York Regional Council:
Today is National Day of Mourning in Canada, we remember workers who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job and we commit to protecting worker and preventing workplace tragedies.
As you may know, recent earthquakes have struck Türkiye and Syria, leaving many families without homes and basic necessities. In response to this crisis, Markham Mayor and I are organizing a fundraiser event to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in these countries. 
All proceeds will go towards providing aid and support to those affected by the earthquakes. We believe that every contribution, no matter how small, can make a significant impact in the lives of those who are struggling in the aftermath of this disaster.  
Thank you for your support and generosity.
Donation Link: Canadian Red Cross 
-City of Markham News-

Building Markham’s Future Together (BMFT) establishes the City’s vision, mission and values as the framework for both Council decision-making and day-to-day staff focus, and ensures resources are allocated to support strategies and initiatives that help the City achieve its goals.


Below are some of our highlights from 2022.


Learn more: markham.ca/BMFT

Call before you cut!


Property owners must apply for a permit before injuring or destroying any tree in Markham with a trunk diameter of 20 cm (about 8 inches) or more, measured at 1.37 metres (about 54 inches) above the ground at the base of the tree.



Please be advised that Markham Rd will be closed, from 16th Ave to Deer Park Ln, today April 28th , 2023  for the Emergency Manhole repairs. 
Questions concerning this event may be sent to:
Email address: OCS@markham.ca    
Phone number: 905-475-4714




Add more green to your property!


Endorsed by Markham's Trees for Tomorrow initiative, the Backyard Tree Planting program provides trees to Markham residents at an additional discounted price through the Full Service or Do-It-Yourself programs.


Markham residents now pay only $50 plus HST for evergreen trees and $100 plus HST for deciduous trees, from a select species list, for up to a total of 5 trees per property (space permitting).


Keep Markham Beautiful Pamphlet (PDF)

Learn more at YourLeaf.org or call 416.413.9244.

Join us for the Main Street Unionville Revitalization Community Engagement Meeting #2 on Monday, May 1, 7 - 9 PM.


Follow the latest developments on the revitalization design plan and provide your feedback. Learn more at http://markham.ca/MainStreetUnionvilleDesign

Don’t miss our free wood chip mulch giveaway!


Starting May 8, bring your own shovel & container to pick-up mulch to help beautify your garden & trees.


The giveaway is for Markham residential use only. Please be mindful of how much mulch you take.


Mulch will be made available starting Monday, May 8, 2023 at parking lots at these locations. 

Learn more: markham.ca/KeepMarkhamBeautiful

Check out MPL's new Seed Library! In collaboration with the York Region Food Network, the Seed Library is a great way to help local ecosystems and foster a stronger community.


Come pick up some FREE seed packets. More Info: http://ow.ly/Ji3u50NRJpG

The City of Markham has undertaken a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-laws and existing zoning framework.

Markham has 46 different ‘parent’ Zoning By-laws applying to different geographic areas of the City. These parent Zoning By-laws were enacted between 1954 and 2004. The City’s By-laws require updating to be consistent with the City’s 2014 Official Plan, the Regional Municipality of York’s Official Plan, Provincial plans and policies, and the Planning Act


The City is required to hold a Statutory Public Meeting prior to passing the By-law. This meeting has now been scheduled to be held on Tuesday May 9, 2023 at 7pm.  It will be a Hybrid/In-Person meeting however; Staff will be in attendance at the Civic Centre to present the By-law, receive input and answer questions.


All meetings are video and audio streamed on the City’s website at: Streaming Link
Members of the public who wish to speak at the Public Meeting through a deputation may do so by:

• completing the Request to Speak form at Request to Speak

• emailing the Clerk’s Office at notifications@markham.ca

• calling 905.479.7760 prior to the meeting

Learn More: yourvoicemarkham.ca/

Markham Public Art and York Region Arts Council are thrilled to announce artist Zoe Kwan as the recipient of the inaugural Our Park Grant.


Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Hjbs5b

Join us for the grand opening of the Markham Centre Trails on Sat. May 13, 2023 at Birchmount Rd. & Rougeside Promenade (south of Highway 7) from 10 AM to Noon.


There will be free activities, including face painting, an ice cream truck and much more! http://markham.ca/TrailGrandOpening

Coyotes can become distressed when protecting their young.


Do not approach a coyote den to take pictures or to see pups. http://markham.ca/Wildlife

The City of Markham, in partnership with Ryobi and Home Depot Canada are working together to Clear the Air!


Until May 21, 2023, drop off your old gas-powered or electric lawn mower to any Depot (see link below for locations and hours) and receive an instant rebate for $50 off the purchase of a select RYOBI™ lawn mower. As an added bonus, eligible purchases will receive a Ryobi outdoor tool for free! (valued up to $300, battery not included).


We’re hiring Summer Aquatic staff!


Join the City of Markham's Aquatics Team as we gear up for the Summer swim season.


Learn more: markham.ca/WorkHere


Student Summer Fitness Membership


Are you a student looking to stay fit over the summer? Join Markham's fitness family and unlock more benefits than your average gym membership.


Sign up for our Student Summer Fitness Membership now! The term applies from May 1 to August 31.

Members don’t need to pre-book their workout at the fitness centre or track and can access all group fitness classes such as total body workout, cardio, strength training and mind and body.


To purchase a membership please visit our fitness counsellors at the Aaniin, Centennial, Cornell or Thornhill Fitness Centres.


Learn more: markham.ca/Fitness


Help keep our children safe & provide a valuable service to your community.
Staffing Services Inc. is hiring for school crossing guards in Markham.
Earn Up to $20/hr plus bonuses!
This paid part-time position covers a morning & afternoon shift during the school year. Apply now: 905-737-1600
City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Summer Program Volunteer Supervisor, Varley-McKay Art Foundation
  • Arborist
  • Capital Works / Senior Capital Works Engineer
  • Municipal Utility Locator
New Summer Student Opportunities: 
  • Gallery Animateur (2 positions) - Varley-McKay Art Foundation
  • Special Events Assistant - Varley-McKay Art Foundation
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-
On National Day of Mourning, York Region observes a moment of silence at 11 a.m. and has lowered flags at regional facilities to half-mast to honour all who have been killed, injured or suffered from work-related incidents.
Read the full statement: york.ca


York Regional Police is warning the community of an increase in pizza delivery fraud scams. 


In a typical pizza delivery scam, a suspect approaches a victim posing as someone who ordered a pizza that has been delivered at the location by a second suspect  posing as the delivery person. The first suspect will ask the victim for help, saying that the delivery person only accepts debit cards and will not take cash. The suspect tells the victim they only have cash on hand, but will give it to the victim if they will do them a favour and pay the delivery person with their debit card.


Upon the victim agreeing, the fake customer gives them cash and the phony delivery person presents the victim with a rigged point-of-sale terminal that records the personal identification number (PIN). At the end of the transaction, a fake, similar-looking card is given back to the unsuspecting victim. The suspects then use the victim’s real card and PIN to make cash withdrawals and/or purchases. 


Police are asking the public to be aware of these types of scams and to take steps to protect themselves.

  • Be vigilant during debit or credit transactions
  • Remember that legitimate delivery services accept cash, so if someone tries to convince you otherwise it could be a scam
  • If you think you may be a victim of debit card fraud, contact your bank immediately

To learn more about fraud prevention, visit our website at https://www.yrp.ca/en/crime-prevention/fraud-prevention.asp. If anyone has any questions about pizza delivery scams or scams in general, contact Corporate Communications at 1866-876-5423 ext. 2664.


Prepared by: Constable Kim Majlik  April 24, 2023

York Regiona is now in the second phase of developing the Traveller Safety Plan. We are seeking public input through a survey. It should take 5 to 7 minutes and your answers are anonymous. 

Have your say on proposed service changes planned for 2024! We'll be at Cornell Bus Terminal in City of Markham on Tuesday, May 2 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm.


You can speak with a YRT Service Planner in person OR provide your feedback at http://yrt.ca/TransitPlan starting May 1.

Ready. Set. PAUSE that screen and start PLAYING the adventure in real life. York Region's Pause To Play is getting kids off the screen and into nature.  



Help shape how your community moves. Look out for a Transportation Tomorrow travel survey letter and participate by phone or online. It’s confidential and will help plan transportation services in your area.


Regular maintenance & improvements are taking place over the next two weeks in some York Regional Forest tract parking lots. Parking lots will be temporarily closed while work is taking place.


For information about the Forest visit 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.
-Community Event-
Pomona Mills Park Conservationists invites you to join:
-Community Clean Up
Sunday, April 30, 2023 
10 AM - 12 PM, Pomona Mills Park
-Community Wildflower Planting
Thursday, May 11, 2023
5 PM - 7 PM, Thornhill Meadow
-For more information, please contact
Valerie Burke:
About Pomona Mills Park Conservationists: https://www.thornhillwardone.com/index.php

Heintzman House 2023 Art Show and Sale


Attention all art lovers! Attend the Heintzman House 2023 Art Show and Sale from April 28 to 30. This event will showcase a wide range of stunning artwork created by talented local artists. From paintings to sculptures, there's something for everyone to admire and take home.


Admission and parking is free, so bring your friends and family along to enjoy this unique art show. And if you're an art collector or enthusiast, you won't want to miss out on the chance to purchase some truly exceptional pieces.


The Heintzman House is located at 135 Bay Thorn Dr, Thornhill.


Learn more: TheHeintzmanHouse.ca

Jane’s Walk is back in Markham! Join us on May 6 for a community-led walking tour in our very own city. 


Take a stroll through two of Markham’s most iconic neighbourhoods: Unionville Historic District and Thornhill Village. Find out more at http://markham.ca/JanesWalk

Join us on Sat, May 13 from 9 am to 1 pm to help clean up the York Regional Forest. Supplies including gloves, litter grabbers/tongs, bags, hand sanitizer & safety vests will be available & light refreshments will be provided following the event: york.ca/forestevents

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Regional Councillor Alan Ho
Chair of Culture & Economic Development Committee
City of Markham
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Email: alan.ho@markham.ca / Tel: (905)-948-5112
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