Ward 2 E-Newsletter Volume 14 |  December, 2023
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
Dear Ward 2 residents,
As we are getting closer to the most wonderful time of the year, I'd like to invite you and your family to a few important meetings coming up in December. To celebrate the holidays, come join me on Dec 16 2pm for an afternoon full of joy, gifts, food and drinks, . We have prepared many fun activities for our children so I hope to see everyone dressed up as little Santa, angels and elves at the party!
Community safety is a huge concern especially during the holidays, that is why we have TWO different sessions regarding break and enter in the coming weeks. Please join York Region Police Detective Constable Todd Seadon virtually on Dec 14 7pm; And we have a special in-person community safety meeting with Constable Brian Hinds, Regional Councillor Alan Ho and myself on Dec 20 7pm. Please see below for more details regarding the three upcoming events and I hope to see you there! Have a wonderful holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Best regards,
Councillor Ritch Lau 
Let's celebrate the holiday season together!

 You are Invited!  Bring your family and friends to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Councillor Ritch Lau!


 Come join us on Dec 16, 2-4pm at the Markham Civic Centre for:
- Fun activities for children organized by Vibrant Markham Foundation

- Gingerbread decoration and Christmas Costume contest
- Gifts and prizes sponsored by Sheung Kee Trading Co. & Patrick Yung Design Inc

- Councillor Lau will be there to listen to community concerns and answer questions


Location: Canada Room @Markham Civic Centre

101 Town Centre Blvd. Markham
Please enter from main entrance near the flag poles


RSVP so we can better prepare food and gifts for you:

- Crime Prevention Seminars -
This is an in-person event only.
Join us for a crucial Crime Prevention Meeting with York Regional Police and Regional Councillor Alan Ho. Your participation is vital as we work together to keep our community safe.
Join us for the Break and Enter Awareness Forum! This is a unique opportunity to engage with your local councillors and Detective Constable from the York Regional Police.
This event is virtual/online only
Farewell and many thanks for your services, Buttonville airport!
After serving the community in Markham since the 1950s, the Buttonville Municipal Airport has officially ceased its operations on the last day of November, 2023. This marks a significant milestone in the history of the airport, signaling its closure to make room for an anticipated redevelopment.
- City of Markham News -
We want to hear from you! Complete our resident survey from November 22 to December 15. Complete the survey at http://markham.ca/StrategicPlan and let’s build Markham’s future together!
Enjoy the winter in Markham by registering for our recreation programs and swim lessons! A variety of programs available include learn-to-skate, dancing, badminton, outdoor activities and more! We also offer swim lessons for you and your entire family through our Swimmer Plus program, group classes and private or semi-private classes.
Register now: markham.ca/recreation
The Markham Civic Centre Outdoor Ice Rink is scheduled to open December 1, 2023 to March 17, 2024 (weather permitting). 
Visit our website for hours of operation, including our holiday hours: markham.ca/Skating 
Be sure to check back frequently for status updates! 
Until April 15, please don’t park on the street when snow clearing operations are in effect.Plows need room to get by and can’t properly clear roads if cars are in the way, which may also result in them being plowed in.
Learn more: markham.ca/Parking

Don’t miss the truck! The final week for leaf and yard collection is December 5 to 8. Set it out by 7 AM on your regular day.


Sod, soil, grass clippings are not accepted. 


Learn more at http://markham.ca/YardMaterial

Don’t miss the truck! The final week for leaf and yard collection is December 5 to 8. Set it out by 7 AM on your regular day.


Sod, soil, grass clippings are not accepted. 


Learn more at http://markham.ca/YardMaterial

Protect your pipes from freezing or bursting this winter! Follow these steps to shut-off your outdoor water supply:
  1. Shut off each outdoor water valve from inside
  2. Open outdoor taps to allow water to drain out
  3.  Disconnect and drain garden hoses and nozzles                     markham.ca/WaterFAQs
Drafty rooms, condensation on windows, and inconsistent temperatures throughout the home? Attend a free virtual Sealing Energy Leakage workshop, delivered by the City of Markham in partnership with Humber College and Enbridge Gas. Learn about Do-It-Yourself air-sealing to save money on your utility bills.
Register now: 
Are you looking for a fun and rewarding job this winter? The City of Markham is now hiring aquatic staff! Land one of the best jobs in Markham and get paid doing something you love. Aquatic staff get great perks such as:
  • Flexible work schedule
  •  Free recreation activity pass — Access to most pay-per-play activities, public swims and skates
  •  Free Markham fitness membership- Exclusive discounts on YRT passes and certifications
Apply by December 15! markham.ca/WorkHere
Commit to fit! Join Markham's fitness family and unlock more benefits than your average gym membership. 
Right now, get 3 months for the price of 2. Only $125 tax included. Offer ends Feb. 14, 2024.
Help us make sure every kid has toys this holiday season! Donations may be dropped off at any Markham Fire Station and the Markham Civic Centre. 
Cold and flu season is here. To help protect yourself and others, consider wearing a well-fitted mask when in public and crowded spaces.Learn more about the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine: york.ca/Covid19Vaccines
- York Region News -

The Cold Weather Alert for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in YorkRegion has ended.


For more information or questions related to Emergency Housing, please visit http://york.ca/EmergencyHousing…

YRP hopes you will give what you can to help families in need at http://yrp.ca/HolidayHeroes.


YRP will even give you something back. Anyone donating $100 or more online before midnight to YRP Holiday Heroes will receive a copy of our commemorative history book.

Before potential snow or freezing rain, York Region maintenance staff spray the roads with salty water called “brine.”


This anti-icing technique prevents snow and ice from bonding with the asphalt surface, making it easier for plows to remove.  https://york.ca/transportation/roads/roads-operations

One tonne, or 6,000 disposable diapers, is the average amount a baby uses in their first two years. Choose cloth diapers. One cloth diaper can replace 235 disposable diapers! You may qualify for York Region’s $100 cloth diaper rebate. 
Councillor Lau in the Community
Thanks to all who tuned in and donated to the AM1430 live fundraiser for the "Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.", we have helped the organizer to raise more than $200,000 for Cancer research, equipment and patient care. Your support is truly appreciated in the fight against cancer.

To watch the rerun of the LIVE broadcast:
(Councillor Lau's part starts around 03:30)
Congratulations on the success of the Mon Sheong Cathay Ball 2023! It was truly a remarkable night filled with joy, festivities, and meaningful celebrations. Here's to the continued success of Mon Sheong Foundation in its endeavors to make a positive impact on the lives of those it serves.  
Ward 2 Councillor Ritch Lau
City of Markham
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Tel: (905)-479-7763
If you have any municipal inquiries or concerns, please email our Contact Centre at customerservice@markham.ca or call 905.477.5530. 
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