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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October 24, 2014

A Family-Oriented and Forward-Thinking Newmarket

Voters deserve facts Using partial information to mislead residents is irresponsible and dishonest. Some candidates want voters to think Newmarket is in disarray; in fact, just last year Newmarket was named one of the top 10 places to live in Canada. Some candidates want voters to doubt the integrity of our community’s leaders; in fact, our leaders have, time and …

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July 22, 2014

Davis Drive Costs, Benefits, and Small Businesses

Davis Drive Project is Funded by the Province of Ontario This year we are at the stage where the construction activity on Davis Drive is at its peak and is, by its nature, most disruptive.  The east and westbound Vivastation platforms at Parkside/Longford and Davis Drive are starting this month.  I understand the inconvenience this project has presented as much as anyone else. In …

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April 4, 2014

$18,000 Away from Reaching Our $1 Million Goal for Belinda’s Place

Although it’s hard to imagine, there are 60 to 100 women without a home in York Region on any given day. In 2009, inspired by the leadership of former Newmarket-Aurora MP Belinda Stronach, we decided to take action on creating York Region’s first homeless women’s shelter project and providing services that promote stability, dignity and self-reliance. The recent construction activity …

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February 19, 2014

How a Newmarket Partnership Can Help You Travel to Work the Smart Way

What is Smart Commute? Are you constantly caught in traffic on the way to and from work every day?  The average commuting time in the GTA is currently the longest in North America, exceeding an hour and twenty minutes each day. That is why the Town of Newmarket and York Region partnered with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce to launch …

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February 14, 2014

2014 Campaign Priorities and Kick-off Recap

I want to sincerely thank everyone who came out to our campaign kick-off event last Wednesday February 5th.  Despite the weather, residents, colleagues and friends attended in high spirits to support our common goal to make Newmarket even better.  I would also like to thank my family, who have always been there to support me: my wife, Roxanne, Christine and …

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