Ward 2 E-Newsletter Volume 7  |  June 8th, 2023
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.

Greetings, Ward 2 residents!


A brand-new recreation account system is on its way! We are pleased to announce that starting June 19th, residents can begin registering their new accounts online. We hope this new system will eliminate the frustrations parents faced when trying to enroll their children in swimming lessons at 7 a.m. and getting stuck on a phone line. I urge all residents to get started with this new recreation account system.


Taste of Asia, the largest food festival, is back on June 23rd, 24th, and 25th. You and your family are welcome to enjoy delicious food and entertainment. I will also be on stage hosting the shows for you. Come just outside of Pacific Mall (Steeles and Kennedy) and say hi to me!


Our office is sending out our first physical newsletter to your mailbox. Please provide us with your feedback so we can improve our services for you.

Best regards,
Councillor Ritch Lau
– City receives generous donation of 40 cherry blossom trees creating a new Spring attraction –

On June 3, the City of Markham commemorated the 95th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Canada with an official tree planting of 40 Sakura trees.


Learn more: bit.ly/3ORfYg1

- Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day -
As a member of the Advisory Committee on Accessibility, I attended the flag raising ceremony for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day. Thank you for advocating for the needs and rights of individuals living with the condition. It is estimated that close to 100k Canadians suffer from MS.
Markham, it’s time to celebrate! Join us on Canada Day (July 1) from 3 to 10:30 PM at Markham Centre (Birchmount Road/Enterprise Boulevard). Enjoy a variety of free children’s activities, live entertainment, tasty food and cap the evening off with a dazzling display of festive fireworks!
Learn more: Markham.ca/CanadaDay

Hit the pedals and explore the City of Markham!

Join us on Sunday, June 11 for Markham Cycling Day at Markham Centre (10 Aviva Way). Come to York Region’s largest single-day cycling event and enjoy 12km, 30km and 60km group rides, children’s bike races, entertainment, snacks and more!

Register at markham.ca/CyclingDay


Make a difference and have your say!

Currently recruiting for the following committees:

• Race relations

• Heintzman House

• German Mills community Centre

• Public art advisory

• Advisory committee on Accessibility


Apply by June 12!




Mayor Frank Scarpitti represented Markham last month at the meeting of Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus at the FCM Annual Conference in Toronto. Canada’s big city mayors are discussing key priorities including mental health, housing and homelessness, and climate change.
Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement indicating high levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires in Quebec and northeastern Ontario. Poor air quality may continue through most of this week.
Smoke from wildfires can be harmful to everyone’s health, even at low concentrations.
Take action to protect your health and reduce exposure to smoke by:
  • Reduce or reschedule outdoor activities
  • - If you experience shortness of breath, wheezing, severe cough, dizziness or chest pains, contact your healthcare provider
  • Keeping indoor air clean by keeping doors and windows closed if the temperature is comfortable
  • Limiting use of exhaust fans when you’re not cooking
  • Checking in on elders and those who may be more susceptible to smoke 
Meet Mighty Green! 
Need more space for your green bin material? Markham residents can now purchase a new larger green bin!
Learn more at markham.ca/MightyGreen
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: markham.ca/Diversity
This June, the City of Markham will proudly fly the Pride flag. Markham is an inclusive city and stands united with York Region’s LGBTQIA2S+ community and allies including students and educators.
Learn more about our diversity efforts: markham.ca/Diversity
This month we celebrate seniors and their many contributions to our diverse community in Markham.
Thank you for all that you do! 
For the first time in Markham, you can easily access updates on planning and development applications and tree removal permits.
MappiT – Development Application Viewer is easy to use. You can search by address, application type, status and/or area.

Markham Museum's 2023 Summer Program Registration is now open! 


Check out our offerings and register now at http://MarkhamMuseum.ca

2022 was a busy and successful year for the City of Markham!
Here are some of our recognitions and achievements from 2022.
Learn more: markham.ca/BMFT

Congratulations to the Elections Markham team, who received the 2023 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), for their effort in innovating digital democracy during the 2022 Markham Municipal Election.


Learn more: bit.ly/43ylFUc

Congrats to our Operations team, who took home the Project of the Year award (Technical Innovation Category) from Ontario Public Works Association in recognition of work with Visual Defence using AI to detect and report road-based hazards.

Dear Drivers: Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning – they have right of way. Check your mirror and blind spot before you turn. 

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 -

All Community Games is a multi-event sports competition for all ages and a bridge to promote friendship & sportsmanship between communities. 

Welcomes all community members interested in participating in the 16th All Community Games (From June 10 - July 23)


To register, visit http://acgames.ca or contact info@acgames.ca

May 13 to September 4, 2023


216 Main Street Unionville
Markham, Ontario, Canada
L3R 2H1


Longing Belonging, 100 Years 100 Stories, a community engagement project and exhibition organized by the collective Long Time No See (LTNS), tackles Canada's troubled colonialist history by marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. 

- York Region News -

Become a community scientist at Hollidge Tract on Saturday, June 24!


Use online tools to record species & report observations, & learn tips and tricks to take clear, crisp photos in the York Regional Forest. Register at http://york.ca/forestevents   
Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an aphid-like invasive insect that attacks and kills hemlock trees. Now is peak time to spot HWA egg sacs, which look like tiny cotton balls found at the base of needles.

HWA has not yet been sighted in York Region. Residents and visitors to the York Regional Forest play a vital role in preventing the introduction and spread of HWA. Report suspected sightings of HWA egg sacs to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency by emailing cfia.surveillance-surveillance.acia@canada.ca
or calling 647-790-1100. 

During the summer, York Region schedules grass-cutting along Regional roads. The number of times the grass is cut depends on the classification. Urban areas get 14 cuts per year, semi-rural get five, and rural areas get two.


Please help Kelly beat cancer!
Kelly Wong, has recently been diagnosed with advanced stage 4 breast cancer. At only 38 years old, Kelly's life has taken an unexpected turn, leaving her and her loved ones grappling with immense challenges.
Kelly's journey has been marked by years of heartbreak, as she faced multiple miscarriages. However, amidst the pain, a ray of hope shone through when she welcomed her precious rainbow baby, Casper Chan, into the world. 

We have established a fund to provide essential financial assistance to Kelly, Casper, and Casper's father, Kaho Chan. The donations we receive will help alleviate the financial strain brought upon by medical expenses, treatments, and the challenges of everyday life during this battle against breast cancer.


Your contribution, no matter how small, can make a significant impact on their lives. It will help ensure that Kelly can focus on her treatment and recovery without the added stress of financial worries. 


To donate, please visit  https://gofund.me/5c8c0710 where you will find more information about Kelly's story and the impact your generosity can make. Additionally, please feel free to share this message with your friends, family, and colleagues who may also be willing to help.

If you have any municipal inquiries or concerns, please email our Contact Centre at customerservice@markham.ca or call 905.477.5530. 
Ward 2 Councillor Ritch Lau
City of Markham
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Email: ritchlau@markham.ca / Tel: (905)-479-7763
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