Ward 2 E-Newsletter | May 15th, 2024
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
Dear Ward 2 residents,
Many residents and dog owners have been telling me how much they appreciate the newly introduced off-leash dog park at Victoria Square Park. However, there are still regular reports in our neighbourhoods on dogs being off-leash in public, violating our by-law and risking the safety of others, especially young children. If this topic of off-leash dog parks interests you, please join our public open house event at the Civic Centre on May 21st, 6-8pm. Please see below for more information.
Councillor Ritch Lau
- Markham Dog Off-Leash Area Open House -

Are you interested in learning about the future of Markham’s dog off-leash areas? Do you want to have your voice heard?

Un-leash your ideas at Markham’s Dog Off-Leash Area Policy and Implementation Plan Open House!

Where: Markham Civic Centre in the Canada Room 
101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON L3R 9W3
When: May 21 from 6 to 8 PM

- City of Markham News -
Our Strategic Plan 2020 to 2026 has been approved. Find the Plan and learn more at www.markham.ca/StrategicPlan.
New Traffic Management Measures – Markham Civic Centre, Flato Markham Theatre and Unionville High School Parking Lot Access 

From May 15 to 30, 2024 between the hours of 8 to 9 AM and 2:30 to 3:30 PM (Monday to Friday only), we ask that all high school-related traffic enter the parking lot from Wallis Way.

All other visitors to the Markham Civic Centre and Flato Markham Theatre are recommended to enter the parking lot from Cox Blvd and Town Centre Blvd during these times.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we aid traffic flow and continue to prioritize everyone’s safety.
Hit the pedals and explore the City of Markham!

Join us on Sunday, June 9 for Markham Cycling Day at Markham Centre (10 Aviva Way).

Come to York Region’s largest single-day cycling event and enjoy 15km, 30km and 60km group rides, children’s bike races, entertainment, snacks and more!
The City of Markham opens its doors once again on June 8, from 10 AM to 5 PM, as Doors Open returns for 2024!

Doors Open provides an insider’s look into our many historic and contemporary buildings. Featuring locations that are often not open to the public and offers you the opportunity to explore Markham’s unique and sometimes hidden architectural treasures.

To learn more and plan your adventure, visit: markham.ca/DoorsOpen.
Understand your water bill.

Learn more about your water consumption and what your fees cover.


Planning an outdoor project? Call before you dig! 

Whether you’re building a fence, planting a tree, putting in a new garden, or doing anything that requires digging, you must contact Ontario One Call to request locations at least 5 days before starting any work. 

It’s free and it’s the law. 

To learn more, visit: markham.ca/HomeownerGuide.

Simple ways to save water while keeping your lawn and garden healthy:
1. Install a rain barrel.
2. Choose a water efficient sprinkler.
3. Check outdoor taps, hoses, and irrigation systems for leaks.

For more tips, visit: markham.ca/UseLessWater
Did you know? We will see 1,640 additional homes over the next 3 years thanks to the Federal Housing Accelerator Fund investment of $58.8M, which promotes the creation of more housing and affordable housing.
Learn more: bit.ly/3PeWKAg
Amplifying the voices around the community, our community engagement platform, Your Voice Markham, surpassed 100,000 visits in 2023, providing a space for thoughtful community engagement and insightful discussions!

Visit our Your Voice Markham page: YourVoiceMarkham.ca

Learn more: markham.ca/StrategicPlan
We hope you will stop to smell the flowers!

The John Daniels City of Markham Gateway beds are showcasing a colourful display of Orange Flair and Burgundy Alison Bradley spring tulips.
Embracing and empowering the community, we welcomed over five million digital and in-person visits to the Markham Public Library while issuing 8,127 Youth Cards that provide fine-free, equitable access to library content!

Learn more: markham.ca/StrategicPlan

- Community Event -
Do you have any used board games or jigsaw puzzles at home that are still in good condition but no longer needed? You can donate them to Markham Public Library’s Big Book Sale to help us raise funds to support the library. 
All exhibition spaces at the Varley Art Gallery will be closed from May 6 to 24, 2024, for the installation of its 2024 Summer Exhibitions To Go Boldly and Summer Solstice.  
All other gallery spaces, including lobby, art studios, and rental spaces, will maintain regular public hours.
Join Varley Art Gallery on Saturday, May 25, from 1:30 PM to 4 PM for the 2024 Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception. Save the date! 
- York Region News -
Are you due for a measles vaccine but don’t have access to vaccines through a health care provider?
York Region offers a free measles (MMR) vaccine to residents aged 12 months and older who are eligible or overdue. 
You can also get vaccinated at a walk-in medical clinic. 
York Region Children’s Services new 2024 to 2027 Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan has been approved by Regional Council!
This Plan will help guide the work of the Region and other organizations to support children, from birth to age 12, and their families. It will strengthen the Region’s partnership and collaboration with other service providers and expand the child care and early years sector to ensure services are accessible, high-quality and welcoming to all children and families.
You can learn more about the new 2024 to 2027 Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan by visiting york.ca/Children
Calling all York Region schools! BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK, is May 27-31!
It's a FREE and fun celebration for kids of all ages and abilities! REGISTER your school and check out the resources at https://rb.gy/tbj4gb to help make your schools event a success. Grab your helmet, hop on your bike, and let's start wheeling! Check out helmet safety tips at york.ca/health/injury-prevention/cycling-education
Can't bike? Try walking, scooting, or taking transit! Let's make this Bike to School Week the best one yet. 
- Councillor Lau in the Community -
Councillor Ritch Lau hosted a public information meeting for a new six-storey condo proposal in Markham Ward 2 (3009 Elgin Mills Rd E). Nearly 50 residents attended. Representatives from Ledgemark Home, city planning staff, heritage staff, and an environmental engineer were present to answer questions.
This proposal will go to the Council Development Services Committee in early June. 
Taste of Asia 2024 is coming! Councillor Ritch Lau is delighted to represent the City of Markham and be the Emcee for this special reception at Parliament Hill. Councillor Lau and all the volunteers have been working hard in Ottawa with FCCM to promote Markham and to make sure everyone is ready for the best food fest on June 28-30th outside Pacific Mall at Kennedy & Steeles. See you there!
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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