June 30, 2012

Celebrate Canada Day 2012 in Newmarket

Hundreds, if not thousands of people have packed Main Street for Kanata Festival for as long as I can remember. The Canada Day celebration and Newmarket go away back – 145 years in fact! Our town has held a party on July 1st since the very first celebration of Confederation on July 1, 1867. The following year the Governor-General proclaimed that Canada …

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June 26, 2012

Building a Sustainable Future

We are at an important crossroad for Newmarket. The world around us is changing and how we respond will determine the future we leave for our children & grandchildren. As a community, we have accomplished a lot over the past five years. We have completed construction of the Magna Centre, opened a new world class Cancer Treatment Centre, and established …

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June 26, 2012

Newmarket Teen Paige Dayal Saved a Life

A community is much more than an assembly of buildings, parks and roads. It is more about who is in and about these structures that creates the essence of what we treasure as our sense of community. People who care about others, our neighbours, our community.  People who take the time to make a positive difference. Our strength is our …

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June 26, 2012

Growth and Transformation in Newmarket

Newmarket has been designated as one of four Urban Growth Centres in York Region, which is a distinction that presents both opportunities and challenges. For example, we are required to accommodate a population of about 100,000 people by the year 2031, but discussions at public meetings for our Official Plan Review in 2007 highlighted the reality that Newmarket has developed virtually …

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June 26, 2012

Social Media and Politics

Social media is viewed by many as the new communications tool.  Many of my colleagues at various levels of government are engaged to varying degrees, as are some municipalities and government organizations.  It’s good to see that the Town of Newmarket, Town of Aurora, and Regional Municipality of York signed on to Twitter and Facebook recently. I have been on …

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June 26, 2012

Public Service and Conduct

Mayor in the Square

I am troubled by the tone of the debate and the proceedings which we have witnessed in the past few months.  They have been unproductive.  Emotions, accusations, rhetoric and hyperbole have distracted council from doing the very work that our residents sent us to Town Hall to accomplish when they voted last October. Regardless of ideology, regardless of the causes …

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