Ward 2 E-Newsletter | January 1st, 2024
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Dear Ward 2 residents,
Happy New Year! I would like to express my gratitude to every resident and volunteer who helped me serve our residents in the past year. I also appreciate those who came to me with challenging tasks, and gave me important feedback about the community so I can  work harder and smarter for you in the coming year. I had a lot of fun hosting our first community party and I look forward to arranging more community events for you in the new year. Please stay safe and warm as we expect the weather to get colder very soon. I wish you to have all the energy and confidence to achieve everything you want in 2024! Happy New Year!
An important announcement as my Executive Assistant Kelly Tong will pursue her passion in the coming year and has officially left her position yesterday on new year's eve. Natalie Tang will officially take over the role of the executive assistant of my office starting on Jan 2nd, 2024. I look forward to be working with her to provide you with excellent services starting in the new year and I will provide you with her contact information in the next e-newsletter and the upcoming physical newsletter that will be mailed to all Ward 2 residents in February. 
Best regards,
Councillor Ritch Lau 
Happy New Year!
- Community Holiday party with Vibrant Markham Foundation - 
Heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined my Community Christmas Party on December 16th! Especially the fantastic residents of Ward 2 and Markham. Congratulations to the kids for their lively participation in the gingerbread contest and trivia games, earning well-deserved prizes. A special shout-out to VMF President Cliff Chan for bringing Augmented Reality (AR) activities to delight our children. Your presence and support made the event truly special!
- City of Markham News -

Planning to visit a City facility this holiday break? Check out what’s open and closed before leaving home!



Curbside collection for real Christmas trees is from January 2 to 12, 2024. Remove plastic bags, decorations, tinsel and stand. Do not place on top of snowbanks. Set out by 7AM. 


Find your regular collection day: 


Your 2024 Recycling & Garbage Collection Schedule is available online. View, download or print your schedule and remember to sign up for weekly reminders and service alerts! 


Get it at markham.ca/CollectionSchedule or

on the Markham mobile app #greenMarkham

Planning a night-time walk during the winter months? Remember, it’s darker earlier.It’s harder for drivers to see you. Wear reflective clothing, stay on sidewalks and use a flashlight on your bike.



Get ready for some winter break fun at MPL!


We’ve got FREE activities happening at all of our branches from Dec 27 to Jan 5.


Check out the schedule here - https://ow.ly/OQyb50Qkkj6

Protect your pipes this holiday season! Put fats, oils and grease in the green bin, not down the drain.Learn more, visit Markham.ca/FOGClogs

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
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

Congratulations to the 2023 Markham Fire recruit graduates! Thank you for choosing Markham, and for your commitment to serve our community!

Attention pet owners! Pet license renewal notices are on their way to your Inbox.If you haven’t received yours, call 905.477.5530

Renovating your bathroom? Improving your fixtures may save you money on your water bill.
Here's how:
• Install an aerator on your faucets
• Replace old toilets with water efficient ones
• Install low flow showerheads
- Community Event -

 Markham Museum and the York Region District School Board Museum & Archives have worked in conjunction with YRDSB students, and the University of Toronto Museum Studies program to develop this exhibit. It is on display at Markham Museum from September 28, 2023 to February 25, 2024, and is available as an online exhibit  here. The exhibit will then travel to public venues and schools in York Region. 

- York Region News -

York Region moves ahead with $4.2 billion 2024 budget
York Regional Council approved the $4.2 billion budget for 2024, which includes a tax levy increase of 2.75% and a 1% Rapid Transit / Infrastructure levy. Regional Council also endorsed the outlook for the remaining two years of the current multi-year budget: 2.60% and a continuation of the 1% Rapid Transit / Infrastructure levy in both 2025 and 2026.

The $4.2 billion budget is comprised of $3.2 billion in operating costs and $1 billion in capital expenditures, with 82 cents of every Regional property tax dollar funding program and service delivery.


York Region's multi-year budget aligns with the Region’s Strategic Plan, emphasizing priorities during Council's four-year term. The budget supports these priorities, with each department using it to guide spending.


For more information: http://www.york.ca/budget
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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