Ward 2 E-Newsletter Volume 10  |  September 1st, 2023
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
Dear Ward 2 residents,
There were a few high profile cases of break-ins, home invasions and car thefts in the past months, some happened in our neighbourhoods in Ward 2. Families are worried about their safety and I understand the urgency of keeping our community safe. We had emergency meetings with York Region Police, residents and elected officials from all levels of government. We all take crime prevention very seriously and we shall come together and work on building a safer place to live. On the city level and as your local councillor, I am able to connect you with our crime prevention and community liaison officers to help your neighbourhood establish your own neighbourhood watch group. Many neighbourhoods are already running their own groups and it was proven effective to help make communities safer. Also, if you have security cameras at home. Please consider joining the Security Camera Registry with the York Regional Police. 
For more information on Neighbourhood Watch:
YRP Security Camera Registry:
Stay safe and feel free to contact my office for assistance. Please enjoy the rest of the summer!
Yours sincerely,
Councillor Ritch Lau
- City of Markham News -
Starting September 5, Markham residents can register to pickup two free bags of compost. Limited quantities available.
For more information on how to register visit:
The City of Markham strategic plan has been extended until 2026 and we want to hear from you! Stay tuned for information on community consultations launching this fall. Together, we are building Markham's future together
 Learn more: markham.ca/StrategicPlan 
All recycling depot locations are closed on September 4 for Labour Day.


Learn more: http://markham.ca/RecyclingDepot

Drivers and cyclists will be fined for failing to yield to 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

Thousands of children are going back to school. Their safety relies on all of us. Slow down. Be patient. Obey bus signals.


Learn more: http://markham.ca/BackToSchool

Did you know? As part of our partnership with Eabametoong First Nation, and to support our reconciliation and understanding efforts, members of Eabametoong First Nation continue to enrich Markham programming with Indigenous knowledge sharing and advice.
Learn more: bit.ly/3JVaGwG
We were fortunate to have then Grade 12 Markham student, Emma Tworyzanski, launch a campaign to help outfit the first-ever girls hockey team in Eabametoong First Nation in 2018.
Learn more: bit.ly/3JVaGwG
Did you know? Through our Markham-Eabametoong First Nation partnership, Markham staff have visited Eabametoong to collaborate on projects and provide subject matter advice in areas of environmental sustainability, flood protection and recreation.

How satisfied are you with MPL? We would like to hear from you and learn more about your needs, ideas and thoughts.


Please provide us with your feedback by completing our Customer Satisfaction Survey online. https://ow.ly/kXQh50Pv4EN

The City of Markham is honoured to receive the Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award for our leadership in digital democracy during the 2022 Markham Municipal Election. 


The award was presented to Kimberley Kitteringham, City Clerk and Martha Pettit, Deputy City Clerk, at the 2023 AMO Conference in London, Ontario on August 22. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3siEwFj 

Need to book a Study Room? Starting on September 5, you’ll need to use the City of Markham's new Program Registration & Facility Booking platform to book a Study Room at MPL. 

Join us on Saturday, September 9, 2023 for the Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival, presented by Tim Hortons, from 10 AM to 6:30 PM. The fun takes place outside of Aaniin Community Centre.


Volunteers needed for Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival!


Be part of the fun and gain community involvement hours at this year’s Festival. 


Learn more: http://markham.ca/ChildrensFestival

Pedestrian Crossovers are used to help pedestrians cross the street.They are found at low-medium volume roads, intersections and at roundabouts.Be mindful. Stop at Pedestrian Crossovers.


markham.ca/PXO#StaySafe #MarkhamCares 

- Community Events -

In partnership with our friends at Markham Public Library, local indie game studio Freebird Games will be bringing to life over 60 pieces of artwork from their award-winning To the Moon game series .


Exhibit opening: https://zurl.co/y55A


#MarkhamIsMore #tothemoongame


The annual Terry Fox Run has become a classic Canadian tradition every fall with more than 650 diverse communities across the country coming together to fundraise for cancer research.


Register and join us on Sunday, September 17, 2023

at the Old Unionville Library Community Centre (15 Library Lane, Unionville) to honour Terry Fox and his legacy for cancer research.


More Information

We invite you to join us during our upcoming Academic Week's keynote address. Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean, Health Sciences at Queen's University, will share her perspective on what the health workforce of the future looks like, and how academic institutions have an essential role in driving innovation in health sciences education.Following Dr. Philpott’s address, we will have a short panel discussion, featuring several primary care physicians within our community to discuss their perspectives on the primary care crisis.If you are interested in attending, we encourage you to register today (space is limited): https://www.oakvalleyhealth.ca/.../transforming-health.../

Join us at our Forest Fall Festival Sept. 23 at Hollidge Tract.


Enjoy a guided walk, displays, face painting & more! No registration needed for the festival activities but you must register for a guided walk. Register in advance at http://york.ca/ForestEvents or on the day.

- York Region News -

York Region’s Adopt-a-Road is a public service program to enhance litter collection along the boulevard of York Region roads.


Volunteers adopt road sections and contribute by picking up litter. 


Are you interested? Visit http://york.ca/AdoptARoad for more information.

This is a reminder that all York Region waste depots will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 4, 2023.


For locations and hours, visit http://york.ca/WasteDepots

September is Guide Dog Awareness Month, a time to celebrate Guide Dogs and the important role they serve in helping break down accessibility barriers for those living with Vision Loss.


Learn more at http://york.ca/inclusiveyr

With over 150 kilometres of scenic trails, including almost 7 kilometres accessible to strollers, wheelchairs and other assistive devices, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in The York Regional Forest.


Find a trail near you at http://york.ca/YRF

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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