- Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 37  |  July 28, 2023 -
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Dear Markham Resident,


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


Kindly take a moment to check your mailbox and read my newsletter about the information within our city and region.


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


Please share any feedback or ideas with alan.ho@markham.ca


Thank you for your continued support, and wish you have a wonderful weekend!


Alan Ho

Important regional construction project: Highway 404 Road Crossing Improvement Project


In partnership with the City of Markham and City of Richmond Hill, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation, York Region is constructing a new road across Highway 404 and the Rouge River. This new connection between the two municipalities will accommodate growth, provide more travel options, and improve access and connectivity within the area.


Construction will be starting in summer 2023 until fall 2025 and impacts to travellers may include: Lane reductions during off-peak hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Night work and lane closures on regional roads, local roads and Highway 404.


Improvements include:
  • Widening, extending and connecting Orlando Avenue in the City of Richmond Hill and Markland Street in the City of Markham, providing a new four-lane road over Highway 404 and the Rouge River
  • Extending Cachet Woods Court to connect to the newly constructed road crossing
  • Constructing a bridge over Highway 404 and a bridge over the Rouge River
  • Installing sidewalks, multi-use pathways and landscaping
  • Caring for the environment by planting thousands of native trees and plants, stabilizing and naturalizing the river and improving stormwater quality 

More information: york.ca

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.
-City of Markham News-

Keep harmful electronics out of landfill! Drop off for responsible recycling at this weekend’s eWaste drop off event.


July 29 and 30 8AM to 4PM Markham Recycling Depot 6041 Highway 7


Find out more: http://markham.ca/eWaste 

Due to expected inclement weather, this evening's outdoor movie, Top Gun: Maverick, has been rescheduled. The event will now occur on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. 
If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, kindly cancel your registration.

Yesterday at a Special Council Meeting, members of Markham Council unanimously supported a motion that confirms that the current governance model in York Region needs modernization to meet the current and future needs of the city. 


Markham Council agreed to explore all governance options, including reviewing a new single-tier governance model as part of the provincial government’s upcoming regional review process. Markham will retain a consultant to analyze what governance model is best for the city moving forward and will report back at the end of October with a final recommendation.  


The provincial government has announced that it will be assigning a regional facilitator to York Region to determine what changes are needed to the current governance model to streamline and expedite decision-making and remove duplication. The consultant report is to be completed in time to be considered in the provincial regional facilitation process.

The City of Markham is rolling out its Park and Play Fun Tour this summer! It’s a FREE outdoor summer program for children that travels to community parks across the City.


Keep an eye out for our Park and Play Fun Tour near you! http://markham.ca/ParkandPlay

Driveway closure notice at Angus Glen Community Centre and Library

We are excited to share the news that Markham & Vaughan have been awarded $2.5M to develop automotive technology and smart mobility Demonstration Zones. This will provide opportunities for companies to test, pilot and showcase their products.


Learn more: http://bit.ly/3KcSUoK

The Mayor’s Black Youth Liaison (MYBL) Committee and Markham Public Library present The Reading Circle!


Join us on Sat. July 29 from 1 to 4 PM at Aaniin Library (5665 14th Ave.) for a guest reading, reading buddy session, Q&A, snacks & more!


Learn more: http://bit.ly/3DdMXnI

Please be advised that Main St Unionville will be closed from Carlton Rd to the east laneway, and Fred Varley Dr will be closed from Fonthill Blvd to Main St U for the Event – Thursday Nights at Bandstand


Date and Time: The closures will be 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Every Thursdays i.e. August 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st and September 7th, 14th.

Learn about Markham’s Citywide Parking Strategy! We are holding three pop-up events this summer.


Aug. 3, 3 - 7 PM, Cornell Community Centre

Aug. 10, 3 - 7 PM, Milliken Mills Community Centre



Please be advised that Birchmount Rd will be closed from Aviva Way (North Entrance) to Royal Citizen Court, from Tuesday  August 8th to Monday August 28stto complete construction activities for  Markham District Energy.


Impact on sidewalk: Yes (Sidewalk will be closed)

Type of Work : Utility Work

Keep cool in this Summer heat at one of our splash pads.


Find a splash pad near you: http://markham.ca/SplashPads

Aquatic Staff – Apply by August 1!


Are you looking for a fun new job for the fall? Land one of the best jobs in Markham and get paid doing something you love.


Now hiring aquatic staff! http://markham.ca/WorkHere

City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Community Program Supervisor
  • Building Engineer
  • Learn to Skate Program Instructor
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-

9 in 10 people with hepatitis don’t know they have it.


Don’t wait, get tested. For more information visit http://york.ca

6,000 disposable diapers is the average amount each baby uses in their first two years. Cloth diapers are better for the environment, your wallet and your baby’s future.


You may qualify for York Region’s $100 cloth diaper rebate. Visit http://york.ca/ClothDiapers 

The Draft 2023 to 2027 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan is available for review and comment until July 31. The plan outlines what we're doing to create an accessible & inclusive community for everyone.


Share your feedback  http://york.ca/AccessibilityPlanning…

It's hot out there!One of the best ways to stay hydrated is by drinking water. You should also try to limit or avoid beverages high in sugar.
Check out our new fact sheet, Healthy Beverages for Children and Adults, for ways to quench your thirst! http://york.ca/health/nutrition/nutrition-resources

We’re talkin’ a blue streak about our new cruiser design. Citizens in York Region will begin to see YRP officers rolling up on these wheels as we roll out the new-look cars in the coming months.


Details about the redesign here: https://tinyurl.com/mtwux3cn

Car thefts continued to rise across York Region in 2022 —the numbers have been climbing every year. But York Regional Police is fighting back. Read about major wins for our Auto/Cargo Theft and Hold Up Units in our 2022 Annual Report at http://yrp.ca/2022report.

Have questions about your child's growth & development?


Our public health nurses can provide free, confidential info, advice & resources on parenting, community programs & much more.


Contact Health Connection today Live chat: http://york.ca/NurseChat Call: 1-800-361-5653

Spend less time watering your lawn & more time on the fairway. An established lawn only needs 2-3 cm of water per week – watering once a week will encourage deep, strong roots. Creating a low-maintenance yard lets you enjoy what matters most to you. http://york.ca/GrowingTrends

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.
-In the Community-
As the Chair of Markham’s Culture Development Committee, I was so honoured to represent Mayor Frank Scarpitti to bring congratulations to Guyana Festival on the occasion of its 57th Independence Anniversary.

Glad to joined an enjoyable evening at the Greek Summer Festival 2023.

As the Chair of the Culture & Development Committee, I was delighted to bring greetings on behalf of Mayor Frank Scarpitti to the “Gathering in Toronto “ Exhibition, which aims to showcase the rich artistic heritage of traditional Chinese painting through the works of 3 talented artists.
Congratulations on the Grand Opening of Paw Story, a new pet-friendly cafe at Main Street, Unionville.
Happy to see Markham Pickleball Club playing at eight brand new outdoor Pickleball courts at the Cornell Community Park.
Congratulations to Hong Kei Club on the occasion of their 26th Anniversary. Thank to the founder Virginia Tsui for her dedication and hard work over these years. Happy retirement to Virginia, and all the best to the newly elected President Ronna Lee.
-Notice of Construction-

1. York Region is improving Highway 7 in Markham and Richmond Hill
from May until early September 2023. Road work on weeknights, Monday to Friday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and lane restrictions are required.


2. Kennedy Road from 16th Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive beginning late May 2023 until November 2023;  Road work will occur on weekdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and lane restrictions are required.


3. Kennedy Road from Steeles Avenue to Highway 407 beginning late May 2023 until November 2023. Majority of road work will occur on weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with some work occurring on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and lane restrictions are required.


4. Night paving begins on Kennedy Road from 16th Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 and will continue weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.


For more information, visit http://york.ca/roadconstruction

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

Find out how the Markham Public Library and the Markham Small Business Centre can help you access competitive market intelligence information for your small business. 


Time: Sept 5 Tue, 10:00 AM EDT

Location: Aaniin Library


Register now, spots are limited!


Register here

This workshop is perfect for small business owners who want to take their social media marketing to the next level. 


Time: Sept 5 Tue, 10:00 AM EDT

Location: Aaniin Library

Register here

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)
City of Markham
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