Ward 2 E-Newsletter | May 1st, 2024
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Dear Ward 2 residents,
The weather has been very nice for outdoor activities and I have been getting regular reports of dog owners walking their dogs without a leash on the sidewalk, at the local parks and even right next to our newly implemented off-leash dog area at Victoria Square Park. I have to emphasize the importance of abiding to our by-law regarding leashing your dogs at all times. Please use our new off-leash area if you want to enjoy some freedom with your lovely canine buddies. Violating our leashing by-law can result in fines. If a dog attacks a human being without a leash, animal services can legally take temporary custody of the aggressive dog away from you. Please be very mindful of this, as the safety of your dogs and our children are both very important.
Neighbours at the Victoria Square area should be aware of a proposed mid-rise 6 storey condo project at the SE corner of Elgin Mills and Victoria Square Blvd. As directed from the council meeting last month, I am hosting a resident information meeting on May 6, 2024 at the current Victoria Square Community Centre from 7pm to 8pm. I have invited representatives from the applicant, city planning staff, and environment engineering staff to answer your questions.  
Councillor Ritch Lau
- Community 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 Councillor Lau, the host and representatives from the applicant, City planning staff, environment and engineering staff in the upcoming Community Information Meeting concerning the above applications on  Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Victoria Square Community Centre


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

 "Light of Life" Charity Concert

Thank you to everyone who made the "Light of Life" Charity Concert a resounding success! On April 28, the Flato Markham Theatre was filled with heartwarming performances that celebrated Councillor Ritch Lau's 20-year musical journey. We extend our deepest gratitude to all the talented crew members and guest performers from the Markham community, especially our little singers from Prima Academy in Ward 2, and the amazing young singer Elena Zhou, who lent their talents to this remarkable evening. 


Most importantly, we are thrilled to announce that thanks to your generous support, the Charity Concert raised over $40,000 for the Vibrant Markham Foundation (VMF). Every ticket purchase and donation contributed to VMF's mission of making a positive impact on our local community. 


For more information about Vibrant Markham Foundation: www.vibrantmarkham.com

- City of Markham News -
Join us from May 1 to 7 as we celebrate youth and their active participation in our communities!

Free events and activities are planned throughout the week, including:
• Free Throw Competition
• Chess Tournament
• Public Skate 
• Recreation Swim 
• Job Fair
• Youth Expo and more!

Find out how we’re celebrating by visiting www.markham.ca/Youth
Jane’s Walk is back in Markham!
Join us on May 4 for a community-led walking tour in our very own city.Take a stroll through two of Markham’s most iconic neighbourhoods: Unionville Historic District and Thornhill Village.
Find out more at www.markham.ca/JanesWalk

Attention Engineering, Accounting, and Law students!

Have you heard? We have a new Internship Program designed for recent graduates that provides practical work experience and helps fulfill requirements for professional designations in these sectors.

Applications are being accepted until May 14, 2024.

Learn more and apply now: markham.ca/Careers
Reduce litter in your neighbourhood. 

To prevent litter from ending up in our parks and streets, follow these simple blue box tips:
- Don’t overload your bins
- Keep items below the rim
- Place heavier items on top 

Watch our video for more windy day tips, visit https://bit.ly/3UwffTR
Love your tap!

Markham is committed to providing safe, reliable drinking water that’s yours to enjoy straight from the tap.

Did you know?
Our tap water is tested over 7,000 times per year! 

To learn more, visit www.markham.ca/TapWater

Protect your home from basement flooding and receive a rebate of up to $5,000.


Markham's Plumbing Rebate can offer you financial support for installing a flood protection device in your home.

To learn if you qualify, visit www.markham.ca/ResidentialFlooding

All fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) go in the green bin, not down the drain or toilet.

F.O.G. clogs your pipes, proper disposal can help prevent sewer backups and flooding.

To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/PlumbingRebate
Did you know? On March 22, 2023, Markham City Council approved its Housing Pledge with a Promise, as requested by the Province of Ontario. 

This was in support of the creation of 44,000 new units in the city over the next 10 years.

Learn more: bit.ly/3w5fiN6
Catch the latest edition of Markham Now!

Our vibrant blog-style digital newsletter makes it easy to stay updated on everything happening in our City.

Read our newest edition here: www.markham.ca/MarkhamNow

Proper storage and recycling of used batteries keeps our families, home and the environment safe.


For safety tips, and drop off locations, visit www.markham.ca/BatteryRecycling

Bringing the community together in 2023, we welcomed 200,000 attendees and program participants to the Markham Museum, Flato Markham Theatre and Varley Art Gallery! 

Read more about our 2023 Accomplishments: www.markham.ca/StrategicPlan

Committing to Markham’s environmental growth, over 11,000 trees and shrubs were planted to create five hectares of forest in 2023!

Read more about our 2023 Accomplishments: www.markham.ca/StrategicPlan

- Community Event -

Check out the exciting Asian Heritage Month Programs Markham Public Library has lined up throughout this month! 

Details & Registration: https://ow.ly/Ifzo50RnfZq

The Varley Art Gallery now offers a Mandarin Chinese exhibition tour. 

Mandarin Guided Tour: Reading Public Art with the Curator
中文導覽活動: 策展人領你解讀公共藝術

Date: Saturday, May 4 
Time: 2 PM to 3 PM
*FREE of charge. Registration not required.*

What is public art, and what constitutes the contemporary turn in the production of public art? What is a constructed situation? Why is a public art project presented in a gallery space? How can these contemporary public art concepts be interpreted in the Chinese context? 

With these questions in mind, Yan Wu, the City of Markham's Public Art Curator, explores the exhibitions currently on display at the Varley. 

- York Region News -
York Region’s Community Investment Fund is accepting applications for Community Needs Funding and for the Transportation Assistance Support Program Funding from not-for-profit organizations and registered charities to deliver services to residents. Application deadline: Friday, May 24.

To learn more about these funding opportunities, funding eligibility or to apply, visit york.ca/CommunityInvestment 
Join us for Green Up, Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and help collect litter around York Regional Forest tracts.

You may bring your own supplies, but, gloves, litter grabbers, bags, hand sanitizer and safety vests are available for pick-up from the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre at Hollidge Tract - 16389 Highway 48 in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stay for a social hang and light refreshments.

Registration is required. Sign up today at https://www.research.net/r/TTD6PHB
York Region has renewed its Plan to Support Seniors! It aims to address the current and future needs of our aging and diverse population. 

For more information or to view the plan, visit york.ca/PlanforSeniors
Backyard Composters are available for only $35! Don’t delay, order today! Limited quantities available. The price includes home delivery and tax. Limit of two per household. 

Order online by May 12, while supplies last at york.ca/Compost
Road work is underway on Orlando Avenue in  City of Richmond Hill and Markland Street and Cachet Woods in City of Markham. These roads will be widened and extended to connect to new crossings over Highway 404 and the Rouge River. Crews are preparing work zones, setting up barriers and temporary traffic signals, line painting and reconfiguring lanes. Periodic lane closures and night work required. york.ca/Hwy404crossing 
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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