Ward 2 E-Newsletter | April 4th, 2024
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Dear Ward 2 residents,
Since 2022 I have been working hard for our residents, from fixing small things on our streets to making big decisions on council. I have decided to take a huge step this year to take on this challenge to host a live music concert for charity. Please lend me your support! 
Date: APRIL 28, 2024
Time: 7:30pm-10pm
Location: Flato Markham Theatre
Limited tickets left, get yours now at:
All proceeds goes to Vibrant Markham Foundation, a registered local charity foundation in Ontario. Please help share this meaningful event to your friends and neighbours! See you at the show!
Councillor Ritch Lau
Councillor Lau's Concert for Charity "Light of Life"

The "Light of Life" Charity Concert, scheduled for April 28,  marks the 20th anniversary of Councillor Ritch Lau's musical journey over the decades, featuring a selection of popular English and Chinese pop songs that have been thoughtfully chosen from the 80s all the way to 2024. 


The charity concert will also mark one of the final productions by Producer Lal Dayaram before his well-deserved retirement this year. As a legendary figure in the Asian music industry for over six decades, Lal Dayaram worked with legends such as Sam Hui, Teresa Teng, A-Mei and Faye Wong. This time, he will team up with co-producer and local singer Eugene Cheung, alongside local musicians and performers from the Markham community, to create an unforgettable musical extravaganza for the audience.


All proceeds from this charity concert will be donated to a registered local charity organization in Ontario - Vibrant Markham Foundation (“VMF”). Tickets are now available for purchase on the official website of Flato Markham Theatre. You may also click the ticket purchase link on the official website of VMF at www.vibrantmarkham.com. Prices range from $48, $68, $88, to $108.

- Development Services Public Meeting - 

A change is proposed for 3009 Elgin Mills Road East and 10731, 10737, 10743 and 10745 Victoria Square Boulevard in Ward 2. The City of Markham received a complete Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications, submitted by Ledgemark Homes (LivGreen Victoria Square) in February this year. 


Please join us in the upcoming Public Meeting concerning the above applications on  Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. either in-person in the Council Chambers at the Civic Centre or remotely via Zoom. All meetings are video and audio streamed on the City’s website.


For additional information about the application, access the Public Meeting Information Report for Application File No. PLAN.24.160555 here:

- City of Markham News -
April is here, which means so is Earth Month!
We hope you will join us as we celebrate on April 20 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Markham Centre.
As the Vice-Chair of our city's environment and sustainability committee, I am excited to be your host this year to bring you an amazing program. 
This annual 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!

Learn more: markham.ca/EarthMonth

Cycling is a fun, family-friendly activity that keeps your body moving. 

Join Markham Cycles and Cycling Without Age at Earth Day (April 20, Markham Centre) to learn more about cycling in the City. Bring your bike for a free tune-up and check out the Trishaw to learn about accessible cycling for seniors. 

Learn more at: Markham.ca/EarthMonth.
Biweekly leaf and yard curbside collection has begun.
Set out by 7:00 AM, same day as your Clear Bag Garbage.

Reminder — no grass clippings, sod or soil.

For more guidelines, visit markham.ca/YardMaterial
Enjoy the outdoors!
Did you know? In 2022, the City of Markham saw an increase of almost 200,000 m2 of public outdoor space, when compared to 2021, with the introduction of new parks.
Pictured here is Robert Spindloe Park.

Markham, a solar eclipse is happening Monday, April 8.


Learn more at markham.ca

Markham Animal Adoption and Education Centre is ready to help you find your new best friend!


Formerly known as Markham Cat Adoption and Education Centre, we will now host adoption weekends where you can find cats, small dogs, bunnies and other furry friends, subject to availability.


Learn more: markham.ca/AnimalAdoption

We are committed to being green.

Did you know? From the year 2018 to 2022, energy use in public buildings decreased by 43% in Markham.

Click here to learn more.
Keeping blue box material below the rim will help prevent wind-blown litter around your neighbourhood.

For more windy day tips, visit: markham.ca/Recycling
Have a restoration project in mind for your heritage home, or an improvement to the facade of a building in a Heritage District?

There are grants available to help!

Deadline for applications is April 5, 2024

Visit markham.ca/Heritage to learn more and apply.
Drivers and cyclists will be fined for failing to yield for pedestrians at pedestrian crossovers (PXOs). Pedestrians can be fined for leaving the curb and moving into the path of a vehicle that is too close for the driver to stop safely. 

Learn more: markham.ca/PXO

- Community Event -

We're still calling on Markham to Nominate a Superhero!

Do you know a group or person making a positive change in our community? Markham Museum is looking to celebrate Markham’s Everyday Superheroes in a new exhibition. Nominate a person, group, or organization that makes Markham a great place to live. You can nominate anyone (living or deceased), including yourself!

We hope to spotlight the good work of members of our community and inspire others to carry on their legacy through acts great and small.

Learn how to nominate your Everyday Superhero at MarkhamMuseum.ca

Join Vibrant Markham Foundation ("VMF"), along with Councillor Lau for a celestial spectacle! Due to the overwhelming response, the total solar eclipse event has reached its intended audience capacity. Nevertheless, you are welcome to join and see the sunspots and eclipse with VMF's Newtonian reflector telescope on April 8 at Millennium Park from 1 in the afternoon. 
- York Region News -
York Region Council has approved a multi-year Vision Zero Traveller Safety Plan. This Plan was developed in collaboration with industry professionals, consultants and road safety partners. Please visit our web page for more information: York.ca/TravellerSafety 
Calling all soon-to-be parents! Exciting news!! We offer FREE online prenatal education! Whether you're a first-time parent or adding to your crew, this program is packed with great info you can trust & videos to help you prepare for childbirth & newborn care.
Accessible anytime, anywhere, because we believe learning should fit your busy life! Sign up today here
A reminder to drivers – it’s the law to yield to buses. Learn more:
- Councillor Lau in the Community -
Happy Easter! Councillor Lau in the Easter Carnival at New Kennedy Square, sharing festivity with the community and presenting certificates to all the little artists who showcased their talents in 2024 Easter Sunday Drawing Contest.
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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