Ward 2 E-Newsletter Volume 12 |  November 1st, 2023
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
Dear ward 2 residents,
It has almost been one full year since I sworn in as your city councillor. Thank you again for your support. I am humbled to serve you and there are a few important key items I am actively pursuing on your behalf - including ward 2's very own community centre, library, swimming pool, or a combination of those highly demanded recreational facilities. New subdivisions and neighbhourhoods are planned for the Victoria Square area and the city has identified the needs for additional city-run facilities in the near future. With hundreds if not thousands of new families moving in to the new homes on the north side of ward 2, I need your help to make sure your needs are being met! More houses means more residents, which also affects traffic, public safety, and demands for city services. Please join our upcoming public session on the Markham Strategic Plan and let council members and staff know what you want to see in our community! My fight for a better ward 2 would only be possible with your support. Thank you and I look forward to listen to your feedback soon.
Best regards,
Councillor Ritch Lau 
Have your voices heard!
Join us as we build Markham's future together!
A Community Info Meeting about Markham's revised 2020-2026 strategic plan will be hosted on Wednesday, November 22 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Markham Civic Centre. Have your say on the future of Markham!
Info: markham.ca/strategicplan
MOVEMBER is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide
Dr. Hoppy Hui has invited Councillor Lau to be a guest performer for this Charity event on Nov 17, 2023. The organizer Movember Foundation is a local non-profit charity and will issue donation receipts upon request. Please support Movember, support men's health!
Councillor Lau in the Community
Congratulations to all the students from Jenny's Learning Centre that participated in the Halloween drawing contest. Look at how happy I was meeting spiderkid! Amazing event at New Kennedy Square.
Congratulations to Anthony Cheng on your solo concert. Very proud to see our St. Joseph's College Alumni shining on stage! My honour to present Mayor Frank Scarpitti's congratulatory letter to Anthony after the show.
With support from Council members and private sector. Our community raised more than $180,000 for Cherish Integrated Services' <I Believe I Can Fly> Gala.. Cherish operates a non-profit community centre for persons with developmental disabilities in Markham. They are looking into using the money to expand and kickstart their new career training centre. 
- City of Markham News -

The City of Markham is happy to support community events and programs through our Celebrate Markham Grant Program.  

The Celebrate Markham Grant Program gives funding to not-for-profit organizations in Markham.  Review the eligibility criteria below as each category has different


You can apply for the following grants:  Cultural Events and Programs: $5,000  Major Community Festivals: $10,000  Seniors’ Clubs: $3,000

Applications for the 2024-2025 funding cycle for Cultural Events, Major Community Events and Seniors Clubs : apply between October 2, 2023 at noon to November 2, 2023 by 1 PM.


Submissions are now open for the annual City of Markham Remembrance Day Poetry Contest!


This contest is open to students, who live or attend school in Markham, and in the following three categories: Grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12.


Winners will present their poem on November 10 at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Markham Flato Theatre. Winners will also win a $50 prize and an award from the Mayor and City Councillors!


Submit your entry here before Wednesday, November 1st at 8 PM.

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. 



Protect our streets from flooding.Make sure stormwater drains near your home are kept clear of leaves and debris! Learn more about our stormwater management activities, visit markham.ca/Stormwater

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

Remember, when a school bus flashes its lights and has the stop sign out, you must stop your vehicle.Let’s work together to keep the kids in our community safe.Slow down. Be patient. Obey bus signals.Find more safety tips at markham.ca/BackToSchool
City of Markham Current Opening Position:  New Job Positions:
  • Building Inspector II
  • Recreation Camp Inclusion Counsellor - Winter Camp
  • Recreation Camp Counsellor - Winter Camp
  • Recreational Camp Counsellor - Piano - Winter Camp
  • Temporary Labourer/Patrols
For more information & job position

Learn how to master table tennis! This fun winter pre-teen program focuses on serves, flicks, forehand drives and spins. 


Build hand-eye coordination and other motor skills through instructor-led drills, activities, and game play.


Improve your technique, footwork, agility and balance!View winter programs starting November 13 at markham.ca/Programs

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 -

Discover the unique stories of each plant in nature!


Join us for a guided walk on Sunday, November 19 at the Hollidge Tract to explore the significance and connections of plants from an Indigenous perspective, led by Joseph Pitawanakwat.


Register at http://york.ca/ForestEvents

Please join us on November 11th and 12th from 10 AM to 5 PM for the Heintzman House’s 51st annual Artisan Craft Show.


Entrance is $5 at the door, and children 12 years and under are free. Cash and Debit will be accepted.


Learn more here: https://theheintzmanhouse.ca/2023-craft-show

 Markham Museum and the York Region District School Board Museum & Archives have worked in conjunction with YRDSB students, and the University of Toronto Museum Studies program to develop this exhibit. It is on display at Markham Museum from September 28, 2023 to February 25, 2024, and is available as an online exhibit  here. The exhibit will then travel to public venues and schools in York Region. 

- York Region News -

Beginning Sunday, November 5, 20+ service changes will take effect to meet changing customer demand and traffic conditions.


Visit http://yrt.ca/ServiceChanges to see if your route will be affected.

York Region has completed a Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study for the proposed improvements to Warden Avenue 


We invite you to read the report and submit any written comments by visiting until November 11,

4 PM: http://york.ca/WardenKennedyStudy

Book now for DIY tree planting!


York Region residents can meet online with a certified leaf arborist who will help you choose the right tree for your yard.


Delivered to your door with instructional planting videos, mulch & care guide! 


Learn more: http://bit.ly/3X79Txk

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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