February 16, 2017

Sustainability a Priority for 2017 Budget

As we hit the mid-term mark of our current Council, we are pleased to have just adopted the 2017 budget. I would like to sincerely thank you – our community – for actively engaging in this year’s budget process. We asked you to ‘put your money where it matters’ through an interactive budget game to learn more about the services …

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January 19, 2017

2016 – A Year of Great Progress

  Happy New Year! This is a great time to review the past year’s accomplishments, long-term goals and look forward to the year ahead. We have made good progress on Council’s 2014 to 2018 strategic priorities. You can view our progress report on our website. Our key focus areas and just a few examples of key initiatives and actions for …

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December 28, 2016

Great Progress – Looking Forward to a Promising Future

At this time of year, it’s great to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and to look forward to the year ahead. A lot has happened in the Town of Newmarket over the past year or so and to say this is a unique and exciting time to be in our community would be an understatement. The Town has been …

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November 28, 2016

Leading Change: OMB Review Needs to be More Substantive

There’s no doubt that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus was right in that the only constant is change. One cannot step in the same river twice. On the heels of the American election, like it or not, we see a nation looking for change. Coming from the Newmarket Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, I couldn’t help but be reminded what our ancestors …

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October 26, 2016

Economic Development, Rogers Hometown Hockey

Although Thanksgiving is now over, the annual holiday allows us to take some much-needed time out of our busy and complicated lives to stop and reflect. Here at the Town of Newmarket, there is no shortage of achievements to acknowledge and celebrate. At our meeting on October 3, our Council provided unanimous support for the Town’s second Economic Development Strategy. …

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October 23, 2016

A Caring Community – Belinda’s Place

Belinda’s Place opened operationally in October of 2015. Deborah Kelly as President of the Belinda’s Place Foundation shared these comments at the Official Opening in 2016. “Collaboration… Caring… Community… Hope for a better future… That’s how the story of Belinda’s Place began. We were inspired by the challenge presented by Belinda Stronach and Mayor Tony Van Bynen to change the …

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September 26, 2016

Renewing Newmarket with a Splash of Culture

There’s never been a better time to be a Newmarket resident. With the completion of our renaissance renovations of the Old Town Hall and the reopening last week, the Town of Newmarket celebrates another milestone in our Cultural Master Plan. As part of the transformation and renewal of Newmarket, this landmark also plays a key role in the revitalization of …

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August 26, 2016

Working Together With the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

I recently attended the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference in Windsor. I joined more than 1,800 participants from municipal, provincial and federal levels of government to work collectively on municipal challenges and plan for the future. Speakers and delegates included Ontario’s Premier, the Honourable, Kathleen Wynne, the leaders of the opposition and the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Bill Mauro. …

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June 17, 2016

FCM the National Voice for Local Government

Recently I attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference. FCM is the national voice for Canada’s local governments. FCM membership includes more than 2000 local governments representing 90 per cent of the Canadian population. FCM has a strong voice with the federal government and members, including the Town of Newmarket, collectively bring forward issues that impact municipalities at a …

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