Ward 2 E-Newsletter Volume 11 |  October 4, 2023
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
Hi my friends,
I attended the fundraising screening event of the documentary movie "The Last Stitch" at the Flato Markham Theatre on Oct 3, 2023. I am truly inspired by our community leader Alfred Sung, who not only is the producer of the film, but also the founder of Cycling Without Age York Region chapter. Let us come together and support our seniors, our cyclist and our community. 
Councillor Ritch Lau
Donate now to support Cycling Without Age York Region on their GoFundMe Page: https://gofund.me/d183c2eb 

- Apple Creek Boulevard Corridor Safety Improvements -

The City of Markham has conducted a corridor review of Apple Creek Boulevard, a 2.0 km major collector road connecting Woodbine Avenue to the west and Warden Avenue to the east. The main goals were to assess safety, address potential issues, and provide safety improvement recommendations. Additionally, the project aimed to determine suitable cycling facilities for this road.


Based on traffic data and design guidelines, it's recommended to implement a road diet for Apple Creek Boulevard. This involves reducing the existing four lanes to two lanes with dedicated left turn lanes at intersections and driveways.


We would like to gather your feedback on the proposed changes to Apple Creek Boulevard. Feel free to leave your input on the city's idea board to let us know whether if you SUPPORT or OPPOSE this road project.




If after careful consideration, you have reservations about this project, you have the option to sign the petition initiated by our residents below. 


Petition started by resident Danny Arroway:



More information about this project:


- Heise Park Final Design -

 City of Markham's Planning and Urban Design Department is collaborating with the Procurement Services Department to initiate the tender for this project in early October 2023. In the event of a successful bidding process, an award of a contractor is expected by mid-November.
Construction is projected to commence in Spring 2024, although if weather conditions permit, efforts will be made to begin construction this year. Updates on residential Notices of Construction, which will be sent to residents within 250 meters of the park before work commences on-site, will be provided. Staff anticipates the park's completion in the
mid to end of summer 2024. 
- Public Meeting Notice - 
A change is proposed for 2833 16th Avenue (Buttonville Municipal Airport). The City of Markham received complete applications for an Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment and a Draft Plan of Subdivision, submitted by Malone Given Parsons Ltd, on behalf of CF/OT Buttonville Properties Inc. 
The applications propose to redevelop the Subject Lands for employment and industrial uses. 

A Public Meeting to consider the applicant’s proposal for the subject property will take place on:


Date:                      October 10, 2023

Time:                            7:00 p.m.

Place:                           Council Chambers at the Civic Centre


- City of Markham News -
Construction has begun for Highway 404 Road Crossing!
The City of Markham is partnering with York Region and the City of Richmond Hill for the Highway 404 road crossing construction north of 16th Avenue to relieve congestion and get Markham residents moving.
Learn more: bit.ly/3PKOmZZ

The 2023 final tax bills for Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential have been mailed.


View, manage and pay your property taxes at http://markham.ca/ePropertyTax.


If you don’t have an account, sign up today. It’s free!

Want to save money and energy while improving your home comfort?


The City of Markham is offering free virtual Home Efficiency Retrofit Orientation (HERO) workshops in partnership with the City of Richmond Hill, Humber College, and Enbridge. http://markham.ca/HomeEnergyRetrofits…

In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, together with Indigenous elder, Shannon Thunderbird, members of Markham Council and City staff raised the Every Child Matters flag outside of Markham Civic Centre.

Are you concerned about the air quality in your home?


Borrow a CO² Monitor to measure your indoor air quality so you'll know if you need to improve the ventilation in your space to lower the risk of airborne infections. https://markhampubliclibrary.ca/co2monitor/ 

Please be mindful of your food waste and garbage disposal. Coyotes prefer to catch their own food, but will become dependent and lose their fear of humans if food is left out. $615 fine for feeding wildlife. http://markham.ca/Wildlife
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
Please be aware! The City of Markham is not currently calling residents selling anti-flooding devices. If someone calls marketing such services, they are NOT working on behalf of the City of Markham. For information on how to prevent floods in your home and the City’s plumbing rebate program, visit markham.ca/ResidentialFlooding

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

- 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


Lace up your sneakers and join the Run For Markham on October 22nd!


Let's stride together for a great cause, supporting Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation Don't miss out on this fantastic event! See you there!


Register Now at: https://runformarkham.ca/

Home. Place. Belonging. Standing in the Doorway: Lived Histories & Experiences of the Chinese Community is now open at Markham Museum. See this impactful new exhibition from September 28 2023 – February 25 2024.
Plan your visit at MarkhamMuseum.ca


Dates: October 28-29, 2023

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM. Last entry at 4:00PM.

LocationMarkham Museum – 9350 Markham Road


Join us as we transform our 25-acre site into a ghoulishly grand Halloween town – a family event perfect for kids 10 and under! Come in costume, experience the site and many family friendly activities. Book your ticket at the link below. Pick the entrance time slot that works best for you and guarantee your spot today!


- York Region News -
Operation Auto Guard tackles high-end auto thefts. YRP announced a multifaceted crime prevention campaign targeting high-end auto thefts.  Faraday bags are available at each district station for pick up by citizens. An effective tool that blocks signal-duplicating devices used to replicate key fobs .
A video of car thefts can be seen here:
  • Park your vehicle in the garage, if possible
  • Don’t leave your key fobs by the front door. Store them far away from your vehicle or in Faraday bags.
  • Use a steering wheel or pedal-locking device.
  • Invest in outdoor security cameras for your home
  • Install aftermarket products like a GPS tracking device and an on-board data port lock to prevent thieves from cloning your key.
  • Inspect your vehicle regularly and call the police if you notice potential tracking devices.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately to report suspicious people or activity
  • For a crime in progress, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, dial 1-866-876-5423.

If your pet loves to walk in forests and tall grass, check them for ticks. If you spot a tick on them, remove it promptly. Remember to check yourself too! You can submit a photo of the tick for free identification to http://etick.ca

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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