August 24, 2015

The Power of Partnerships

In municipal government, we are faced with a number of challenges. One of our most significant challenges here in Newmarket is – how do we continue to provide the high level of services that have led to us being recognized as one of Canada’s best places to live, while also continuing to be fiscally responsible and do our best to …

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July 27, 2015

Davis Drive 2015 July Update

The vivaNext Rapidway is coming along as we can see from the flurry of activity on Davis Drive. As the transformation starts to unfold, it comes with some challenges such as traffic, construction and businesses who are feeling the pinch. Great citizens of Newmarket, I’m asking you to get out there on Davis Drive and support your local businesses. Look …

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June 19, 2015

Getting Connected Part 2

Getting connected resonates on so many levels with your Council’s Strategic Priorities and our community’s goals. Whether it’s getting connected physically through transit and trails, by technology with high-speed broadband connectivity, or in the most real sense, getting connected to each other through recreation, culture and volunteerism, it is a theme that will lead us to a promising future. Active, …

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May 15, 2015

Getting Connected Part 1

The future is now. The Town of Newmarket is laying the foundation for a vibrant future. Your Council is making the decisions that will lead us to a path of prosperity and promise. Getting connected is big part of this. Transportation will continue to be a major theme in Newmarket’s future…and I don’t have to tell you that we are …

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April 30, 2015

2015 Budget Approved by Newmarket Council

The Town of Newmarket Council approved the 2015 operating and capital budgets. Usually Council passes the budget before the year commences, but with the election every four years the budget is passed in the same fiscal year. Town staff worked closely with Council to meet the established budget target 2.5 per cent, not including 1 per cent allocation for the …

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March 15, 2015

Transitioning to the New Economy

Throughout the time I have served as your Mayor, the Town of Newmarket has focused on securing a strong and competitive economic future. Using the annual York Region Employment Survey (YRES) data, the Town has confirmed with the Regional Municipality of York that Newmarket had a net increase of 570 jobs or 1.5% between 2009 and 2014. This increase is …

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February 15, 2015

Have Your Say in How We Should Invest Your Taxes

You may have read about the opportunities and challenges facing the Town of Newmarket Council with respect to the town’s budget. The municipal budget is one of the most important responsibilities a Mayor and Council have to manage. Under provincial law, a municipality is not permitted to run a budget deficit.  As a result, we have a delicate balancing act …

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January 22, 2015

Renewing Newmarket: Our Challenges and Opportunities

Just over one month ago, members of our 2014-2018 Newmarket Town Council took our oaths of office amid an air of excitement and anticipation of what lies ahead for our town. My colleagues and I have the responsibility to build upon the achievements of the last Council, which laid a solid foundation for the transformation of our community to build …

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December 24, 2014

Our 2015 Resolution: Making Newmarket Even Better

With the holidays upon us, ‘Tis the season for making resolutions and setting goals for the New Year ahead. This is very important for Newmarket Council as we embark on a new term that comes with many opportunities and some challenges. Like many of you, we are looking forward to a new beginning and early in the New Year we …

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November 19, 2014

Embrace Innovation As A Powerful and Positive Change Agent

For the past four years, the Town of Newmarket has been a strong supporter of the YRBiz innovation business series. This is a conference series whose objectives are to discuss emerging social, economic and business trends. Our municipality and the local business community have benefited from this series and I would like to highlight a recent session that focused on …

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