Ward 2 E-Newsletter | March 21st, 2024
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Dear Ward 2 residents,

Spring is coming and as your Vice-Chair of our Environment and Sustainability committee in the City of Markham, I'd like to let you know that April is Earth Month! City staff and many community partners will be organizing the amazing Earth Day event on April 20th. It is a great event for both adults and children to learn many interesting ways to protect the environment while saving money from our monthly budget. I look forward to seeing you there! The location will be again at Downtown Markham, on Enterprise road where the Markham VIP Cineplex located.

Warm regards,
Councillor Ritch Lau
Happy Ramadan!
Happy Easter!
- City of Markham News -
Markham residents are invited to join city staff as we host a community information night about the Swan Lake water quality improvement program. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 25, from 6 to 8 PM at the Markham Museum Transportation Hall, 9350 Markham Road.
Registration is not required. For more information visit: markham.ca/SwanLake.

Heads up Markham, the York Region Science & Technology Fair returns for 2024!

If you are a Grade 7-12 student in York Region, you are invited to enter your science research for a chance to win. Select Markham students will have a special opportunity to showcase their projects at our Earth Day celebration.


For more information visit markham.ca/EarthMonth.

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day! April 20 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Markham Centre (179 Enterprise Blvd.) This family-friendly free event provides a fun and educational perspective on environmental initiatives. We have an exciting array of attractions, including free electric vehicle test drives, live animals, a sustainability fair, prize giveaways, and more!

Important notice: It has come to our attention that some homeowners in Markham have been experiencing scam calls from individuals posing as City employees requesting an inspection and installation of flooding protection measures for compliance issues (e.g., sump pumps and backwater valves).

The City of Markham does not contact residents by phone to request installation of flooding protection measures, as there is no mandatory compliance requirement related to the Private Plumbing Protection Rebate Program. We advise residents to be vigilant and use caution. 

If you experience any of these scam phone calls, please report it to plumbingrebate@markham.ca.

It’s denning season for coyotes. 
Please don’t:

- Approach
- Feed
- Take pictures

Let’s keep wildlife, wild!


On March 12,  the City of Markham and the Government of Canada announced a $58.8M agreement to fast track the building of 1,640 housing units over the next three years. The City remains committed to taking steps to facilitate the construction of more housing. We are doing our part to get more homes built faster, and we are committed to meeting our provincially designated housing targets.

Read the news release: bit.ly/3PeWKAg


Have you heard? Markham’s Canada Day and Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival events have won a 2024 Top 100 Award at the Festivals & Events Ontario Annual Conference! We look forward to welcoming you back at these two events on July 1 and September 7.

Learn more: markham.ca/Events.
- Community Event -

Get ready for a summer filled with learning and fun with MPL Summer Camps! 🚀From STEAM adventures and coding fun to game design and public speaking skills, we've got something for every child.  

To explore a selection of more than 15 camps, click here.

Join the Total Solar Eclipse Observation event organized by Vibrant Markham Foundation on Monday, April 8 from 1pm at Millennium Park for an once-in-a-lifetime experience! For more details and registration, please click here.
- York Region News -
York Region’s Adult Day Programs provide seniors and adults living with Alzheimer's, dementia and other disabilities with increased social interaction, cognitive stimulation, peer support and companionship.
March 18 to 24 is Fix a Leak Week! A leaking toilet can go almost unnoticed but could waste up to 200,000 litres annually. That’s the equivalent of taking 4,762 showers or running the dishwasher 9,091 times. Finding leaks can save you money and avoid serious problems in your home.

Learn how to find and fix invisible leaks at york.ca/SaveWater.
March 18-24 is Neurodiversity Celebration Week, which aims to bring about worldwide neurodiversity acceptance, equality and inclusion in schools and workplaces. 

When it comes to inclusion, neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological differences are recognized and respected as all other human variations. Depending on how our brains are wired, we think, move, process information and communicate in different ways and every neurodivergent individual has a unique pattern of strengths and challenges. 

York Region is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that recognizes and celebrates all dimensions of diversity. Visit york.ca/inclusiveyr to learn more.
Did you know you can extend the life of unused #fuel, like gasoline, over the winter by simply adding a fuel stabilizer? No need to dispose of it, but if you choose to, you can bring your fuel to a York Region waste depot for proper disposal. For safety reasons we cannot decant and combine fuel on-site so all containers, even jerry cans, must be left behind.

Learn more about other hazardous wastes at york.ca/HHW.
- Councillor Lau in the Community -
Councillor Lau in the 3rd Markham-Unionville Charity Concert presented by J.A. Children’s Public Foundation, to support and raise funds for Unionville Home Society Foundation.
The press conference on Councillor Ritch Lau's first solo concert, the "Light of Life Charity Concert," was successfully held in Markham Civic Centre last week with the support from his family, production crew, media friends, sponsors, and of course Mayor Scarpitti. Exciting details about the upcoming charity concert on April 28 at the Flato Markham Theatre have been revealed. Please stay tuned for further information on public sales, which will be available in April.
Councillor Lau, together with other members of the City Council, in the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) Gala to celebrate the LNHL Month and its 50th anniversary.
Ward 2 Councillor Ritch Lau
City of Markham
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
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