Ward 2 E-Newsletter | June 3rd, 2024
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
- Latest Updates on 3009 Elgin Mills/Victoria Square Blvd Revised Proposal -

Regarding the new condominium proposal in Markham Ward 2 at 3009 Elgin Mills Road East, Ledgemark Homes (LivGreen Victoria Square), the developer has committed to several amendments in response to residents' concerns expressed during a previous public meeting and a follow-up public information session.


The building heights will be reduced from six to four storeys, and the total number of units will be decreased from 66 to 56. Additionally, the heritage house in the area will be revitalized and repurposed for future small retail uses, such as a café, hair salon, or boutique shops.


This revised proposal will be voted on at the upcoming Development Services Committee (DSC) meeting tomorrow, June 4. The meeting agenda can be accessed via this link: https://pub-markham.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=93b85f06-2b00-433f-a4cf-7a3722049039

- City of Markham News -
June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the history and heritage of all Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. Learn about the our Truth and Reconciliation efforts: bit.ly/3JVaGwG

Markham Recreation offers fun, active, educational and safe programs for everyone this summer!


Whether you're looking to improve your fitness, explore a new hobby, or simply have some fun, there's something for everyone. From fitness classes to children’s programming and sports leagues, the City of Markham has you covered.


But wait, there's more! Dive into the fun with our popular swim program. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer aiming to perfect your strokes, our certified instructors will provide top-notch guidance in a safe and supportive environment.


You can start viewing summer programs and swim lessons in our online registration system now. Registration begins June 4.

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). Councillor Ritch Lau will be representing the City of Markham and giving remarks on behalf of Mayor Scarpitti.

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!
Learn more: markham.ca/CyclingDay  
Join us Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8 PM, to learn more about the City of Markham’s Citywide Parking Strategy!

Parking is a big part of Markham’s transportation network. So we’re creating a plan to meet your future parking needs.

We are hosting a virtual Public Open House for the Citywide Parking Strategy. You can hear from the City and Consultant Team on the project work completed to date, a Parking Vision Statement, Parking principles, and policies recommended to Council for consideration.
Until June 14, 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.
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
Calling all Markham homeowners!
Our partner LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests provides trees to Markham residents at a discounted price of only $50 - $100 per tree through the Full Service or Do-It-Yourself Backyard Tree Planting program. 
Get expert advice, planting and delivery… for less! Limit of 5 trees per property (space permitting), while supplies last. First come, first served.
Learn more at: https://bit.ly/4bDSUcD
Recycle your e-waste for free!
Drop off your unwanted electronics for safe, responsible recycling. All events run 8 AM to 4 PM.
June 8 and 9 at Angus Glen CC
Find out more: markham.ca/eWaste 
Missed the last Home Efficiency Retrofit Orientation webinar? 

View the highlights now on our YouTube page: https://bit.ly/4bU8CkJ

Last week, the City celebrated National Public Works Week. The hard work and dedication of our staff helps to ensure that our public parks are cared for, streets remain clear of snow, and drinking water stays clean. 

We continue to acknowledge and thank all workers for their commitment to their jobs and our City! 


Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHhYFImm8Ko

Keep our parks clean and beautiful for all to enjoy! Waste belongs in the bins, not beside them.
To learn more, visit: markham.ca/KeepMarkhamBeautiful
Congratulations to Markham Museum and York Region District School Board Museum & Archives on receiving a second award for the exhibition Standing in the Doorway: Lived Histories and Experiences of the Chinese Community.
The 2024 Archives Association of Ontario, Institutional Award was awarded earlier this month in recognition of the extraordinary and impactful community-driven exhibition which uses archival material to celebrate the Chinese community, and aims to encourage inter-generational and cross-cultural connections and understanding.Visit https://bit.ly/44xfL7t to find out where the exhibition will be headed next.
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: markham.ca/MarkhamNow
Planning a night-time walk or bike ride? 
Remember, reflective clothing, bike lights or a flashlight make a huge difference.See and be seen.
Learn more:
In our commitment to growing our communities, we introduced the City’s Housing Pledge with a Promise in 2023 – supporting the Province in building 44,000 new homes in Markham over the next 10 years!
Learn more:
- Community Event -
Taste of Asia 2024 is right around the corner so mark your calendars!
On June 28-30, it will be located outside of Pacific Mall at 7157 Kennedy Rd #7113, Markham, ON L3R 0N8. So if you love some good food, fun games, or beautiful performances, this is an event that you cannot miss.

The operating hours of Taste of Asia are:

Friday, June 28: 5PM - 11PM
Saturday, June 29: 11AM - 11PM
Sunday, June 30: 11Am - 5PM
In celebration of Pride Month, join Markham Public Library for an evening filled with fun activities, including button making, a photoboth, rainbow storytime, and a 2SLGBTQ+ resource fair. Register now: https://ow.ly/97ef50REk0c
Family Pride Night is a safe, inclusive space where everyone is welcome to celebrate love in all forms.
Markham Museum's summer adult pottery programs registration opens up June 4th!
Learn how to throw on the pottery wheel in the 4-week course will help you to build a foundation of skills or on top of your existing experience required to successfully create your very own ceramic vessels.
Includes 5 kg of clay, firing, as well as glazes and underglazes.
Age: 18+
Cost: $226.24 (resident rate)
Come and learn a fun new art form! 
June has arrived, marking the start of Pride Month, National Indigenous History Month, and our exciting summer exhibitions at the Varley Art Gallery.
As a cultural hub, the Varley is dedicated to providing a platform for exploring important social issues. Its main summer show, To go boldly, discusses complex social topics through the lens of science fiction. 
This group show takes Star Trek as its point of departure. The twelve talented artists represented exploit the space-themed TV series, its storylines, visual motifs, and tropes in a variety of ways, in order to examine a range of issues, including gender identity, settler colonialism, racism, homophobia, and the environment. 
June Hours
Tuesday to Thursday: 12 PM to 4 PM
Friday: 12 PM to 8 PM Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Monday: Closed
Admission: FREE

Image credit: Hugh Li  
- York Region News -
Calling all youth! Do you know a passionate young individual in Town of Georgina, Town of Newmarket, City of Markham, City of Richmond Hill or City of Vaughan who wants to play an important role in creating safer communities?
Our York Region Community Violence Prevention Funding Committee is seeking dedicated youth to join our selection committee. Selected youth, between 15 to 26 years of age, will have the opportunity to:
- Review proposals Advocate for youth needs 
- Contribute to violence prevention projects 
- Receive an honorarium
To learn more about this youth volunteer opportunity and to apply, visit york.ca/communityaction 
Together, let us create safer and more inclusive communities for young people in York Region. 
Measles is a highly contagious virus that continues to spread in parts of Ontario and elsewhere. York Region offers a free measles (MMR) vaccine to residents aged 12 months and older who are eligible or overdue and don’t have access to vaccines through a health care provider.
Visit york.ca/measles to learn more and book an appointment.
Do you operate a food business in York Region? Do you sell homemade food on Marketplace or online? Public Health is here to help! Before opening your business, you must let York Region Public Health know.
Visit york.ca/FoodOperators to complete the notification form and learn more.
Get ready to explore like never before! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the 2024 Everyday Guide. Whether you’re a hiker, biker or nature lover, this guide is your ultimate companion to discovering the beauty and secrets of our 150 kilometres of scenic trails.
What’s inside:
- Detailed trail maps 
- Exciting new features and sections 
- Information on local flora and fauna 
- Safety tips and Forest etiquette
The 2024 Guide is available at all 22 trailhead kiosks and online. Download your copy at https://ow.ly/xWv950RRRK8
- Councillor Lau in the Community -
Councillor Ritch Lau and his family participated in a tree planting event organized by Ontario Streams at John Button Park in Markham Ward 2, alongside volunteers from the Vibrant Markham Foundation. Thank you to everyone involved for making our city greener and better, one tree at a time!
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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101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON L3R 9W3, Canada

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