Ward 2 E-Newsletter | June 20th, 2024
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
- Celebrate Canada Day 2024 -
Celebrate Canada Day 2024 with the City of Markham!
Join us on July 1 at Markham Centre (Birchmount Rd/Enterprise Blvd) for free live performances, activities for the whole family, fireworks and more!
Stay tuned for more announcements and learn more at markham.ca/CanadaDay
- City of Markham News -
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Markham. Hot and humid conditions are expected through most of the week. 
Extreme heat affects everyone. During this time remember to:
- Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty
- Wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric
- Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven
- Block sunlight by closing curtains and blinds
- Check on vulnerable community members
- Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle
- Cool off at one of our splash pads or community centres
Yesterday, the City welcomed Eabametoong First Nation representatives to the Markham Civic Centre to discuss ongoing initiatives in our partnership agreement.
Since 2017, Markham and Eabametoong First Nation have been collaborating on culture exchange and knowledge sharing.
Learn more: bit.ly/3JVaGwG
Share your vision for the Yonge Corridor Secondary Plan on Monday, June 24 at Thornhill Community Centre.
Visit markham.ca/YongeCorridor to learn more.
Markham residents, do you want to enhance your Backyard Biodiversity while beautifying your outdoor space? Our partner LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests offers beautiful native shrubs that will brighten your yard and provide important habitat for wildlife and pollinators!
Choose from over 30 individual shrub species or pick a themed bundle to get four shrubs for the price of three! Shrub bundle themes include:
• Edible
• Native Bee
• Privacy
• Small Yard
• Songbird
All shrubs come with mulch and shrub care resources. Options for full-service planting or to-your-door delivery are available. Don't delay! Visit https://bit.ly/4bDSUcD
Did you know? When a heat warning is in effect, our community centre and library locations and splash pads across the City serve as designated cooling spaces during normal operating hours. 
If you need a break to beat the heat, visit one today!
Be alert when driving or walking by construction sites and watch for hazards. Obey all signs, have patience and go slow!
Learn more: markham.ca/traffic
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 markham.ca/TapWater

Dear Pedestrians: A friendly reminder to walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If you need to walk on the street, walk facing traffic and as close to the curb as you can.


Learn more: markham.ca/WalkingAndCycling

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
If you see someone speeding or driving aggressively, you can report it online to police through Road Watch.
Lead by example on the road. Practice safe driving and be considerate of others. markham.ca/traffic
Attention property owners. Check your mailboxes, because the 2024 Residential Final Tax Bill has been mailed.
View, manage and pay your property taxes online at markham.ca/ePropertyTax.
If you don’t have an account, sign up today. It’s free! 
We’re thrilled to have recently received a few awards from Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) including:
- 2023 Public Works Project of the Year Award for Enterprise Asset Management System – Data Model,
- 2023 Technology Showcase Winner, in association with Visual Defence Inc. for the CityROVER AI Solution, and
- 2023 Public Works Leader of the Year Award, presented to the late Claudia Marsales, Senior Manager, Waste and Environmental Management
This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of staff who continue to take innovative strides every day for the betterment of our City and community we serve.

Did you know? The City’s Road Rehabilitation Program continues to be among the best in Ontario. In 2023, we completed 31KM in Road Rehabilitation and 15,521m2 of Asphalt Maintenance across 270+ locations. 
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 lications at least 5 days before starting any work. It’s free and it’s the law.
To learn more, visit: Markham.ca/HomeownerGuide
Plant a Tree for a Greener Future!
You can help make Markham more sustainable and climate resilient by growing the urban forest with our partner LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests.
Planting a tree in your backyard offers you and your community many benefits:
Removes air pollutants
- Mitigates storm water damage
- Lowers your home's energy expenses
- Enhances the physical and mental well-being of residents
Learn more at: https://bit.ly/4bDSUcD
Have you seen them around town?
Speed display boards notify drivers if they are going too fast.
Monitor your speedometer!
We’re thrilled to launch our new Good Neighbour Handbook!
Available online only, use it for tips on how to be a good neighbour in Markham. In it, you’ll find information on topics like:
- Property maintenance,
- Animal Services,
- Permits,
- Recycling and garbage,
- And more!
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
Dear Pedestrians, Drivers & Cyclists: Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t text while walking, cycling or driving.
- Community Event -

GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! Let us support The Markham Food Bank, a registered non-profit charity working to alleviate food insecurity for Markham community members. The local food banks in York Region (Aurora, King, Markham, Richmond Hill, Georgina, Newmarket and Vaughan) are having a June Food Drive June 21-23,2024. 


Learn more: https://markhamfoodbank.ca/


Dive into Adventure with the TD Summer Reading Club at Markham Public Library!
Join MPL for a summer of fun, exploration, and amazing reads. Enjoy awesome activities and meetups, win exciting prizes, and discover new favorite books.
Sign up today and let the adventure begin! https://markhampubliclibrary.ca/src/

Join Councillor Ritch Lau and Chef Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook!) in Taste of Asia 2024. On June 28-30, Taste of Asia will be located outside of Pacific Mall at 7157 Kennedy Rd #7113, Markham, ON L3R 0N8. 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 


Learn more: 

- York Region News -
It’s Seniors Month! Connecting you to the right programs and services at the right time is important. We are striving to make all information for seniors easily accessible. Our customer service contact centre can help connect you to Seniors programs, services and resources.
Have questions? Call Access York 1-877-464-9675 or visit york.ca/PlanForSeniors
Looking for an easy way to give away your unwanted items?
Put them at the curb, labelled “FREE” for others to take on designated Curbside Giveaway Days. 
 For dates and details visit york.ca/CurbsideGiveaway
Let’s play catch-up this summer by getting vaccinated!
This summer is a great time for students ages 4 to 17 to catch up on any missing routine immunizations for free.
You can also get vaccinated at a walk-in medical clinic. Learn more at york.ca/GetImmunized
- Councillor Lau in the Community -

Cheers to 60 Years! Councillor Ritch Lau and his family celebrating Mon Sheong Foundation’s 60th Anniversary. It is impressive how Mon Sheong Foundation has continually evolved and expanded its services to meet the diverse needs of our community over the past six decades.


Mon Sheong Foundation’s new Senior Care Campus will be located in Markham. The new campus consists of a 320-bed long-term care facility, Mon Sheong Court, senior apartments, and a Personal Support Workers (PSW) training centre. The campus will be located at 36 Apple Creek Boulevard in Ward 2. For more information on this new facility, visit: https://www.monsheong.org/capital-campaign/markham/

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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