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Varley Art Gallery Receives Group of Seven Collection

This generous donation from Jack MacQuarrie includes twenty-two works and represents all original and later members of the Group of Seven, with the exception of Edwin Holgate. The Varley Art Gallery is delighted to receive Mr. Jack MacQuarrie&rs...

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Markham Museum sets a High Standard

Perfect score from the Province for consistent, high-quality exhibitions     MARKHAM, ON - February 22, 2017 – The Markham Museum rece...

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Digital Markham

 Using Technology to Create a “Frictionless City” for  Residents and Businesses MARKHAM, ON – February 13, 2017 – Dig...

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Markham Commuters Win

Mayor Scarpitti Applauds More Transit Funding &"NO" to Road Tolls  MARKHAM, ON - January 27, 2017 – Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced today that Toronto's road toll proposal will not be appro...

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Markham 2017 Budget

-Press Release - Markham Approves Responsible 2017 Budget Overshadowed by Toronto Road Tolls Decision MARKHAM, ON – December 14, 2016 – On December 13, Markham Council approved the City’s 2017 budget and a tax rate increase of 3.4...

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Winter Art Camp

Join us at the Varley this winter!  The Varley Art Gallery offers fun, educational and enriching winter camps to engage your child’s imagination! Children ages 4 to 12 will have the opportunity to express how they see the world around the...

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Toronto Road Tolls - Unfair Tax on 905 Commuters

MARKHAM, ON - November 30, 2016– Last week, City of Toronto Mayor John Tory announced a proposal to implement highway tolls for the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. These tolls are expected to raise up to 200 million dollars an...

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Safey Tips to Help Prevent Residential Break and Enters

More than 400 residential break and enters have occurred across the south end of York Region in the past three months, prompting police to urge citizens to take extra steps to protect their homes. Since October 1, 2015, York Regional Police have rec...

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Discrimination Elimination: "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2015"

*article by Stephanie Cerqueira, assistant editor for OnRichmondhill.com I attended the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2015” hosted by the York Regional Police (YRP) on April 12, 2015.  It was a fest...

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Two voltage reduction tests are scheduled for February 3

Although not expected to negatively impact electricity consumers in its service territory, PowerStream is notifying customers of province-wide voltage reduction tests planned by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for Tuesday, February...

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Online Reporting of Community is Now Available

York Regional Police has expanded its online reporting capabilities to include the online reporting of community- based complaints. You can now make a report online at www.yrp.ca if you have concerns about repeated behaviour or activity in your comm...

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TB treatment and cure for all!

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be present in our community with more than 50 confirmed cases in The Regional Municipality of York in 2013. Globally, new TB infection rates have started to decline and mortality rates have decreased significantly since...

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York Region keeps 190,000 tonnes of garbage out of landfill

Amount equivalent to 38,000 garbage trucks Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) confirmed The Regional Municipality of York’s diversion rate for 2012 was 57.25 per cent, placing York Region first in WDO’s Large Urban category. “York Regi...

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York Region to develop strategy for growing, changing needs of seniors

Strategy will examine and address needs for rapidly growing senior population in York Region York Regional Council today approved the next steps in the development of the York Region Seniors Strategy to address the growing and changing needs of the...

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Innovation is key to economic strength across York Region

The Regional Municipality of York annual Economic Development Action Plan provides direction for business opportunities available to York Region. Creative innovation is the basis for the Region’s future economic growth and vitality. “Ac...

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Kick your smoking habit to the curb with STOP on the Road

The Regional Municipality of York and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is offering STOP on the Road (Stop Smoking Therapy for Ontario Patients) where eligible participants can receive five weeks of nicotine replacement therapy patches at no...

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Limited number of food cards available to York Region residents in need

Provincial assistance available to eligible residents following ice storm power outages Beginning Tuesday, January 7, eligible York Region residents may receive help to replace food spoiled during the recent ice storm through a Provincial program of...

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York Region and York Regional Police raise $432,102 for 20th Annual United Way Staff Campaign

Employee fundraising efforts surpass campaign goal and help neighbourhoods across York Region The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police celebrated the completion of its 2013 United Way employee campaign by raising $432,102, exceedin...

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A new year and a new way to reach York Region

through five-digit extensions Just add “7” to current four-digit extensions Effective Thursday, January 2, 2014, The Regional Municipality of York will move to five-digit extensions for all internal phone lines.   To reach York R...

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York Region marks World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year Since 1988, World AIDS Day has provided an opportunity for the global community to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Regional Municipality of York proudly joins the world in marking World AIDS Da...

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Bank Inspector Fraud

York Regional Police would like to advise the public of a scam known as the Bank Inspector Fraud which targets seniors after several victims came forward to investigators. The Bank Inspector Fraud typically begins with a phone call from a suspect cl...

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York Region is in full gear for winter road conditions

Region using new technology as part of its winter roads maintenance program With much of York Region affected by the first major winter storm of the season this past weekend, it will only be a matter of time before all Regional roads are blanketed w...

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Alcohol use among top three risk factors for cancer deaths

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption when it comes to cancer risk. Less is better. As the holiday season approaches, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to limit alcohol intake for better health. How much is too much? The W...

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Shorter daylight hours and inclement weather necessitate vigilant behaviour

End of daylight time requires pedestrians increase their visibility and motorist be more alert   With the return to standard time this Sunday, November 3, The Regional Municipality of York is reminding pedestrians and cyclists to increase thei...

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Your Mortgage Stress Test

  Managing Your Money Your mortgage stress test Mortgage loan interest rates have been reasonably low for quite some time – but it’s important to remember that rate changes are driven by various market conditions so are always fl...

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Our police want us to be safe on Halloween

York Regional Police would like to remind all residents that Halloween night is great fun for children of all ages. It is the responsibility of us all to ensure they return home safe and we would like to remind all drivers to be cautious and alert....

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New Deputy Chief of York Regional Police

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board announces that Superintendent André Crawford has been selected as a Deputy Chief of York Regional Police. Superintendent Crawford commenced employment with York Regional...

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The Regional Municipality of York Broadband Strategy improves connectivity across the Region

Broadband infrastructure critical to supporting existing and attracting new business growth The Regional Municipality of York and its local municipal partners are working to improve connectivity within the Region. While high-speed connectivity is av...

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Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service has been presented with a $5,000 donation

PROJECT ASSIST SUPPORTS FIREFIGHTER TRAINING IN VAUGHAN VAUGHAN, ON – Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service has been presented with a $5,000 donation by Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council to purchase fi...

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New Online Immunization Update

York Region online form makes updating immunization records quick and easy Submitting your child’s up-to-date immunization record is now easier than ever with the new online immunization update form from The Regional Municipality of York. You...

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Pregnancy and alcohol don't mix

September 9 marks annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day The Regional Municipality of York will join communities around the world on International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, September 9, to raise awareness of...

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The York Regional Police's ABC's ~ Always Be Careful

York Regional Police reminds motorists to pay extra attention when driving through school zones as children return to school next week. Leading up to the start of school, officers will be increasing enforcement near schools and in school zones as pa...

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York Regional Police Warns of Online Concert Ticket Scams

Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit are warning citizens to be cautious when shopping online and making purchases from private ads on internet websites. Police have received a rise in reports of incidents of fraudulent conce...

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Islington Avenue north of Highway 7 closed

The Regional Municipality of York has closed Islington Avenue north of Highway 7 (between Woodbridge Avenue and Langstaff Road) in the City of Vaughan due to high water conditions affecting a bridge at Thistlewood Avenue. The bridge at Thistlewood A...

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Pension Income -Splitting- Why it works and how to do it

  Managing Your Money Pension income-splitting – why it works and how to do it Even for younger people, doing the splits can be difficult but, believe it or not, doing the splits becomes easier as you mature. Of course, what we’r...

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Disability Tax Credit- making it work for you

Managing Your Money Disability Tax Credit – making it work for you   If you or someone in your family has a disability, you already know what a profound impact it can have on your quality of life and your finances. Family support is al...

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Avoid the Clawback

Managing Your Money  Avoid the clawback The good news for seniors -- you receive a variety of tax assisted benefits and tax credits from the federal government that are not available to others. The not-so-good-news is that these benefits are...

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PowerStream offering financial incentives to builders and renovators

ew Home Construction Program encourages adding energy-efficiency into home construction projectsVAUGHAN, ON, January 28, 2013 – Home builders and renovators working in PowerStream’s service territory, and looking to provide their customer...

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Be heart smart and protect yourself from heart disease

Become heart smart before a heart emergency happens to you. In recognition of Heart Month this February, The Regional Municipality of York encourages you to learn how to control your risk factors to reduce chances of developing heart disease and othe...

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The Cost of Missing the RRSP Deadline

Managing Your Money The cost of missing the RRSP deadline Yes, it’s true that investments held within a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is the best tax-deferred, income-building way for most Canadians to save for retirement. It is s...

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Unusual RRSP facts you should know

Managing Your Money Unusual RRSP facts you should know For the most part, RRSP concepts and facts are easy to understand: You regularly contribute to RRSP-eligible investments, the accumulating investment amounts are tax-deductible and tax-sheltere...

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Residential and small business customers to receive reductions effective January 1

VAUGHAN, ON, February 1, 2013 – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved an application by PowerStream to lower its distribution rates for residential and small business customers in York Region. Effective January 1, 2013, a typical PowerSt...

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PowerStream offering financial incentives to builders and renovators

VAUGHAN, ON, January 28, 2013 – Home builders and renovators working in PowerStream’s service territory, and looking to provide their customers with more value and benefits by adding energy-efficient features into their construction proje...

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PowerStream program provides help to low-income customers

Social service agencies delivering LEAP initiative to eligible individuals and families VAUGHAN, ON, January 22, 2013 – Working with social service agencies in York Region and Simcoe County, PowerStream is continuing to provide comprehensive e...

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PowerStream earns United Way 'Community Campaign Spirit Award'

Utility successfully engaged community in 2012 campaign through annual charity golf tournament VAUGHAN, ON, January 18, 2013 – As a result of successfully achieving community engagement in its 2012 United Way campaign through an annual charity...

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Getting your child ready for kindergarten starts now

York Region’s tips and January information sessions can help smooth September transition School does not start until September, however now is the time to begin getting your child ready for kindergarten. The Regional Municipality of York offer...

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Families who play together stay healthy together

Teach children healthy habits to help prevent chronic disease York Region residents are living longer, but could we live healthier? With more people battling chronic diseases, The Regional Municipality of York encourages families to make small lifes...

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YRP received one of Canada's 10 Outstanding Employers Awards

York Regional Police is pleased to announce it has received one of Canada’s 10 Outstanding Employers Awards from the Learning Partnership. The Learning Partnership is a national charitable organization dedicated to championing a strong public e...

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Risk of food poisoning increases with age

York Region launches food safety guide for older adults Adults know the importance of preparing food safely at home however what they may not know is their risk of food poisoning increases with age. The Regional Municipality of York has launched a f...

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York Region diversion from landfill numbers continue to rise

The Regional Municipality of York Waste Diversion Report profiles benefits of 4Rs York Region diversion from landfill numbers continue to rise The Regional Municipality of York continues its trend of increasing the amount of waste diverted from lan...

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Markham Ranked A Top Investment Neighbourhood in Canada

MARKHAM, ON – November 5, 2012 – In a special report rating neighbourhoods across Canada, Markham’s Cornell neighbourhood has been identified as one of the country’s top investment communities. The report, published by Canada...

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Debt-elimination Strategies

Managing Your Money Debt-elimination strategies Debt is the stealth bomb that erodes financial stability and even relationships. Debt piles up a little bit at a time and one day you wake up to find that most of your money is going to servicing deb...

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The Value of Putting Life into Your Mortgage Insurance

Managing Your Money   The value of putting life into your mortgage insurance If you’re arranging a new mortgage or moving an existing one to a new lending institution, you will probably be offered mortgage insurance as part of the pack...

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The Value of Putting Life into Your Mortgage Insurance

Managing Your Money The value of putting life into your mortgage insurance If you’re arranging a new mortgage or moving an existing one to a new lending institution, you will probably be offered mortgage insurance as part of the package. Pro...

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PowerStream to assist power restoration efforts in Connecticut

More than 350,000 Northeast Utilities’ customers still without electricity as a result of ‘Sandy’ VAUGHAN, ON, November 1, 2012 – PowerStream is sending four, three-man crews in four bucket trucks and three pick-up trucks to...

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Electricity Prices Now!

Time-Of-Use (TOU) rates are the fixed electricity prices* that are designed to help customers with Smart Meters better manage their electricity costs. TOU rates, which all residential and small business customers (electricity demand is less than 50 k...

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PowerStream encourages customers to be prepared for 'Sandy'

Be safe - stay away from downed powerlines, follow fire safety rules for alternate lighting or heating VAUGHAN, ON, October 29, 2012 ¡V Since PowerStream employees continually train and exercise for emergencies, the utility is ready to respond...

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Trick-or-treat! Tips for a safe and healthy Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to stay safe and offers all ghosts and goblins common-sense tips for safe and healthy trick-or-treating. Play it safe Kids are four times more likely to be i...

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Safety Tips for Preventing Distraction Theft

York Regional Police would like to remind citizens to be vigilant while out in public places following ongoing distraction style thefts. In recent incidents, a group of thieves comprised of both adult men and women, primarily of Eastern-European dece...

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Ten things you should find out about disability insurance

Managing Your Money Ten things you should find out about disability insurance   It‟s a fact. Disability strikes working people far more often than we care to think about. A 20-year-old man is about three times more likely to be disabled fo...

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When your future collides with their future - retirement years meet the college years

Managing Your Money When your future collides with their future – retirement years meet the college years There was a time when marrying young and having children right away was the norm. But as North American life became increasingly franti...

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Transportation Tomorrow Survey identifies travel patterns

Survey is carried out over two survey seasons: in the fall of 2011 and the fall of 2012 Over the next four months, approximately 15,500 randomly-selected York Region households will be contacted by professional telephone interviewers and asked about...

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Silver Recipient of Canada's Safest Employers Award

PowerStream earns recognition for promoting employee health & safety by PowerStream Corporate Communications - 12-09-07About The Author PowerStream Corporate Communications Silver Recipient of Canada’s Safest Employers Award in Transport...

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Markham Wins Award for Bike-Friendly Excellence

City pedaling in the right direction with Cycling Master Plan MARKHAM, ON – September 5, 2012 – The City of Markham has won a prestigious provincial award for being a Bicycle Friendly Community. Markham was awarded bronze status as a Bi...

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Join the York Regional Police Parents Academy

York Regional Police is pleased to offer residents the opportunity to participate in the Parents Citizens Academy. the program is designed specifically to foster strong community partnerships between police, parents and caregivers in the region who...

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York Region reports probable human case of West Nile virus

Protection and prevention encouraged as more positive mosquito pools likely The Regional Municipality of York has received notification that an individual in the City of Markham is York Region’s first probable human case of West Nile virus (WN...

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Financial Planning for students - a required tutorial

Managing Your Money Financial planning for students – a required tutorial Post-secondary students face many challenges but two stand out: achieving that precious diploma or degree and doing it without a crushing debt load. That’s why y...

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Reclaim Debt Control - save time and money, too

Managing Your Money Reclaim debt control – save time and money, too If you are carrying various forms of debt and making multiple, sometimes high-interest payments each month, debt consolidation could be the best way to manage your money, you...

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York Region West Nile virus activity increasing

Data in 2012 shows highest number of positive mosquito pools since 2006 The Regional Municipality of York reports that nine mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) this season, which is more than double the amount observed in 2...

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New program helps commercial and institutional organizations find energy savings

VAUGHAN, ON, July 27, 2012 – Large commercial and institutional customers can now more easily engage the services of a qualified energy specialist to help identify and implement energy savings projects through PowerStream’s energy manager...

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Heat wave and customer growth have increased electricity consumption

Peak demand record set within PowerStream service territory VAUGHAN, ON, July 17, 2012 – The heat wave that has been scorching southern Ontario over the past few days, along with today’s record temperature, have increased electricity con...

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PowerStream crews in Michigan

More than 111,000 Consumers Energy customers affected by Thursday’s severe thunderstorms VAUGHAN, ON, July 7, 2012 – PowerStream sent four, three-man crews in four bucket trucks and three pick-up trucks to Michigan early Saturday morning...

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Mortgage Insurance that works for YOU

Managing Your Money Mortgage insurance that works for YOU A mortgage is usually the biggest, single debt any Canadian will ever take on. That’s enough to make anybody nervous and it’s why most of us seek the protection of mortgage insur...

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Water conservation bylaws in effect across The Regional Municipality of York

Excessive water use during heat wave will put emergency services at risk NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York strongly urges residents to obey municipal outdoor water bylaws during the current heat wave and all summer long. Excessive...

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PowerStream launches new social blog and news network

Let’s Connect on ‘eStream’, Twitter, YouTube and Linkedin! VAUGHAN, ON, June 28, 2012 – With the invitation to customers and industry colleagues to ‘Let’s Connect!’, PowerStream, the electric utility that pr...

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200 teachers trained to teach students CPR and defibrillation

YORK REGION, ON – June 26, 2012 – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and supporting partners is launching the ACT High School CPR and D...

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Energy Assistance Program ~ Good Information to Know

The Energy Assistance Program provides a yearly one-time financial grant to eligible low-income customers who are experiencing difficulty paying current arrears with their electricity or natural gas providers. Staff will work with clients to ensure...

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Five tips to stay safe in the summer sun

Protect yourself from skin cancer, dehydration, sunburn and heat-related illness   NEWMARKET – While enjoying the sunshine with family and friends this summer, it is important to be mindful of the negative health effects of too much...

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Water conservation bylaws are in effect

Excessive water use can affect emergency services NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to obey municipal outdoor water bylaws during the current heat wave and all summer long. Excessive use of municipal water source...

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York Region motorists, cyclists and pedestrians reminded to exercise caution at all railway crossing

GO Transit weekend train service on the Barrie line starts Saturday, June 23, 2012 NEWMARKET – With weekend GO Train service on theBarrie line scheduled to begin this Saturday, The Regional Municipality of York and GO Transit would like to rem...

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Grill safely this summer season

Follow York Region’s tips to prevent food poisoning during warm weather NEWMARKET – As temperatures rise, so does the risk of food borne-illness, also known as food poisoning. With summer barbecue season in full swing, The Regional Munic...

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A Different Kind of Home Insurance

Managing Your Money A different kind of home insurance   Mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, are some of the affectionate ways we describe family members who are unique and irreplaceable. If an accident or illness, a disability or even death clai...

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Mortgage Choices- what's best for you

Managing Your Money Mortgage choices – what’s best for you   With a current range of approximately 2.5 percent to 4+ percent*, mortgage rates for residential real estate are still at or near historic lows across Canada. “Hmm...

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Spring Pedestrian Safety Campaign launched

Spring Pedestrian Safety Campaign launched The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police encourage residents to help stop aggressive driving with We need to slow things down campaign NEWMARKET –The Regional Municipality of York...

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The Ontario Energy Board (OEB)Increases Electricity Prices

Effective May 1 as Time-of-Use price periods change over to “summer” schedule April 30, 2012 ~ YORK REGION, ON ~ The Ontario Energy Board (OEB), regulator of the Ontario energy sector, has announced that the semi-annual adjustment to the...

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How to use your tax refund

Managing Your Money   How to use your tax refund Congratulations on your tax refund. Now that you’ve got it, what should you do with it? You could spend it or you could use it in other ways that will be more beneficial to your longer te...

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Unfair Policy Fails Refugees and Canadians

Unfair Policy Fails Refugees and Canadians: Parliament Hill press conference and "jail cell" protest on Bill C-3 DATE:  Monday 26 March 2012  TIME: 10:30 am (press conference) 9AM - 1:30 PM ("jail cell" protest) PLACE: Charles Lynch Pre...

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Why you don't want a tax refund

  Managing Your Money Why you don’t want a tax refund It’s great to get a tax refund – but it could be even better for your long-term financial health if you didn’t get one. You see, that’s your money you’...

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Tax Tips that add up

   Managing Your Money   Tax tips that add up  This year, add UP your tax savings by using these tips.   Basics    You are never too young or have too little income -- always file a tax return, wh...

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Have you heard about the applications to have new local radio stations?

A radio station that may be broadcasting what is happening here in the local area may be a reality soon.  There is an open application for 88.1 FM. It may take on one of many voices. It could be a significant voice for our community. Please c...

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Volunteering with York Regional Police

"Volunteering with York Regional Police" was a special presentation made at the the York Regional Police Services Board regular meeting on March 25th, 2012. A lot of people do a lot of things. In 2011: 500 members excess of 122,000 hours all a...

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Alzheimers; 10 Warning Signs

10 warning signs To help you know what warning signs to look for, the Alzheimer Society has developed the following list: 1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function It's normal to occasionally forget appointments, colleagues' names or a frien...

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Competition Bureau Threatens to Dismantle Privacy Safeguards

Competition Bureau Threatens to Dismantle Privacy Safeguards of Home Sales 75% of Ontarians Opposed   TORONTO, March 14, 2012 – Today, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) released the results of an Angus Reid Vision Critical poll. T...

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York University Early Dementia Detection Study: Seeking Participants!

A collaborative York University-York Central Hospital-Southlake Regional Health Centre research team is currently developing an assessment tool that measures eye-hand coordination and shows promise for the early detection of dementia. They are now a...

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Making Beautiful Music

Making Beautiful Music On Thursday, Mayor Frank Scarpitti and the members of Markham’s own Kindred Spirits Orchestra (KSO) gathered at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts to give people a taste of the Orchestra’s highly anticipated...

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OnRichmondHill.com Wins Chamber Business Award

Wednesday night saw the community website OnRichmondHill.com, win the prestigious Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards establishing two firsts in doing so. On RichmondHill is the sister site of www.AuaroraClicks.com The popu...

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Night of Radiance: SAAAC 3rd Annual Fundraising

Night of Radiance: South Asian Autism Awareness Centre Third Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Dance Community Embraces Hope for Autism Scarborough, ON ~ March 6, 2012 ~ March 3rd marked a watershed moment for the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (...

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Extremes of Poverty and Wealth

This Article is contributed by: Ms. Farah Abdullahi for any comments or suggestions please contact [email protected] Abolishing the Extremes of Poverty and Wealth: The new impetus of change, the outcome of unshakable conviction for the oneness o...

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Screening can prevent deadly colon cancer

York Region advises residents colon cancer is 90 per cent curable if found and treated early NEWMARKET – March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and The Regional Municipality of York encourages residents aged 50 to 74 to get tested...

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Ice fishing huts must be removed from Lake Simcoe

ICE HUTS TO BE REMOVED BY MARCH 15, 2012 LAKES AND STREAMS DANGEROUSLY UNSAFE AS WEATHER WARMS UP As the end of winter draws near and daily temperatures begin to rise, members of the York Regional Police Marine Unit wish to remind residents of the...

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Education Under Fire Newsletter

Stories from the Field: HamptonUniversity,West Point,VA "I am still very moved by what happened before and after EUF at HamptonU.First of all, I was so touched that the President himself initiated the HU engagement by asking me 'What are we going to...

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Mission to Overcome Agoraphobia

WordPresser Documents Her Mission to Overcome Agoraphobia by Erica Johnson For nearly thirty years, ArLynn Presser avoided leaving her neighborhood in Winnetka, Illinois, as she would experience debilitating anxiety and panic attacks when visiting p...

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GTA REALTORS® Release Resale Monthly Market Figures

GTA REALTORS® Release Resale Monthly Market Figures TORONTO, March 5, 2012 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,032 sales in February 2012 – up 16 per cent compared to February 2011. New listings were also up over the same period,...

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Comfortable investing – investment risk levels and you

The market goes up and down and so does your stress level. Are you uncomfortable with your investments or confident their value will be there when you need it? Investing for the future can be tricky. There are so many things to consider, including ho...

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Having 'the talk' with your parents

Managing Your Money Having ‘the talk’ with your parents   Maybe you’ve already had ‘the talk’ with your kids. Well, now’s the time to have ‘the talk’ with your parents. The anxious moments and u...

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Unionville Theatre Company - FAME group

Unionville Theatre Company entering our 33rd season of bringing LIVE musical theatre to stage from with-in our own community. We are a not-for profit community theatre group run by 12 core volunteer directors. By show week we engage over 200 volunte...

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Markham Unveils Markham Pan Am Centre

The first Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games host facility design Markham, ON ~ February 16, 2012 ~ Today, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti unveiled plans for the Markham Pan Am Centre, future venue of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games,...

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CCLA - Bill C-31

Despite Strong, Reasonable Opposition, Government Proceeds with Anti-Refugee Bill TORONTO February 16, 2012 - This morning, the government introduced Bill C-31, the new "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act," that could penalize, detain and en...

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Lyme Awareness on Rogers TV York Region

Lyme disease show from Feb 8/2012 on the Rogers TV York Region program called Perspectives hosted by Jamie Young. Panelists are: Jessica Taliana - parent of 2 children with Lyme Bruce Caves - retired fire fighter trying to get a diagnosis Keith...

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Part II Series of Articles on Human Rights (Feb.7th 2012)

Part II  Series of Articles on Human Rights What are human rights? Many interrelated, interdependent, inherent and indivisible rights is applied to all human being irrespective of their nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic o...

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Markham Budget Delivers Tax Rate Increase Below Inflation

MARKHAM’S BUDGET REFLECTS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITYANDNEWSERVICES TO MEET GROWTH - Budget Delivers Tax Rate Increase below Inflation MARKHAM, ON – February 7- Markham Council has approved its 2012 Budget with a 1.5% tax rate increase, well b...

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YRP recognizes 2 year anniversary of 'Distracted Driving Legislation' with 2 week 'Operation Focus'

York Regional Police will be conducting a two-week (Feb. 1 to 13th) enhanced enforcement initiative, targeting motorists who use their cell phones and other handheld devices while driving through Operation Stay Focused. York Regional Police have ass...

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Managing your Money for Retirement Freedom -- commit to saving

Managing Your Money For Retirement Freedom -- Commit to Saving   The freedom to make your retirement dreams a reality – wouldn’t that be wonderful? You can do it. All it takes is money and that’s why saving throughout your l...

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Ready to retire- your best small business succession strategy

  Managing Your Money Ready to retire- your best small business succession strategy The business you built is thriving but you’re ready to retire and you want it to continue to thrive without your hands on the controls. That makes effe...

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Ceremonial connection of Markham solar generation systems

Ceremonial connection of Markham solar generation systems Markham, ON– Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @ Thornhill Community Centre. Today at 10:30am, in an event to recognize the Town of Markham’s partnership with PowerStream Solar’s...

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Volunteer Opportunity - Selling Daffodil Pins for the Cancer Societyl

The Canadian Cancer Society South York Region Unit joins the Fight Against Cancer Please show your support - Buy Daffodil Pins this April!  And they are seeking volunteers to sell and deliver pins. If you have a few hours to spare and wou...

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IESO schedules two voltage reduction tests for February 7

January 25, 2012 ~ VAUGHAN, ON ~ Although not expected to negatively impact electricity consumers in its service territory, PowerStream is notifying customers of province-wide voltage reduction tests planned by the Independent Electricity System Oper...

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Part 1 Series of Articles on Human Rights(Jan23,2012)

Part-I Series of Articles on Human Rights Human Rights Since as early as 2350BC (Urukagina of Lagash) mankind attended to human rights including slave, men, women and children’s rights in Hammurabi’s Code. Magna Carta (English Charter w...

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Collingwood to form strategic partnership with PowerStream

Town of Collingwood Council approves strategic partnership January 23, 2012 ~ COLLINGWOOD, ON ~ Subject to signing a share purchase and shareholders agreement as well as securing any required regulatory approvals, the Town of Collingwood and PowerS...

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RRSP facts- basics you need to know to save

Managing Your Money RRSP facts - basics you need to know to save Preparing for retirement should start early with a savings strategy that will make it possible for you to accumulate the most wealth for use (and enjoyment!) through all your retireme...

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TFSA facts- will it work for you?

Managing Your Money   TFSA facts - will it work for you?  In just a couple of years since it was introduced by the federal government, the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) has become a very popular personal savings vehicle. And with good...

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Markham Celebrates Grand Opening of GTA's Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink

MARKHAM, ON - December 13, 2011 - The grounds on the south side of the Markham Civic Centre were transformed into a paradise for skaters of all ages and abilities at the grand opening of theGTA's largest outdoor ice rink on Saturday, December 10. Ma...

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Alzhiemer Support Group Meeting Places and Times

Anyone familiar with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders (ADRD) knows the significant impact it can have on family members of the impaired person, especially the primary caregiver. At the onset of the illness, only those close to the person wit...

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MayorFrank Scarpitti Congratulates Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce on Prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya

Markham, ON ~ January11, 2012 ~ Her Excellency Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the President of the Republic of India, conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) to the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) on Monday, January 9, 2012.ICC...

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Greenlands trails system in York Region

The Regional Municipality of York will undertake a Greenlands Trails Strategy Seed for a Greenlands Trails System first planted in 1994 NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has an important role to play in partnership with local part...

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Gordon Stollery Passes Away Suddenly

Business Magnate and Beloved Owner of Award-Winning Angus Glen Golf Course Will Be Greatly Missed in the Boardroom and on the Green "Angus Glen Community and the Golf Course symbolize what my father always strove to achieve... excellence while rememb...

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Energy drinks and alcohol are a risky combination

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York advises York Region residents to be aware of the health risks associated with consuming energy drinks mixed with alcohol. Energy drinks contain a large amount of caffeine (a stimulant) and combinin...

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Understanding the Registered Disability Savings Plan

Managing Your Money Understanding the Registered Disability Savings Plan The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), which became available to Canadians in 2008, can be a very good way to accumulate tax-deferred savings (and obtain ‘free&r...

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Converting your RRSP – know your roll-over options

Managing Your Money  Converting your RRSP – know your roll-over options Will it soon be time to dip into those Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) funds you’ve wisely accumulated over the years? If you’re turning 71 by...

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York South Multiple Sclerosis Chapter - Entertaiment Books

Did you pay full price for any of these activities lately? • Renting movies or going to a theater • Buying sporting goods or apparel • Dining at a local restaurant If you were an Entertainment member, you would have saved money on...

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Members of the public are reminded to exercise caution when using the Internet

Residents in York Region are reminded to Be Net Aware and exercise online safety after the use of social media led to a robbery and stabbing over the weekend in the Town of Markham. Members of the public are reminded to exercise caution when using t...

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Markham Moves Ahead with West Thornhill Stormwater Flood Control Strategy

Markham Moves Ahead with West Thornhill Stormwater Flood Control Strategy Phase One Construction to Begin in 2012 Markham, ON ~ November 18, 2011 ~ Markham Council has approved the West Thornhill Stormwater Flood Control Implementation Strategy. The...

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MMM Group Receives Smart Commute Award

MMM Group Receives Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill Employer of the Year Award   Markham/Richmond Hill, ON (November 17, 2011) – Markham’s MMM Group is one of 11 Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) workplaces that have been...

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Don't be "caught dead" in a tanning bed

York Region vampire-themed campaign encourages residents to be sun smart NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is launching a vampire-themed sun safety campaign to help residents make informed choices about sun safety and know the risk...

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PowerStream recognized for being an exceptional employer

VAUGHAN, ON ~ Recognized on several occasions over the past few years by industry peers for outstanding leadership and performance in the energy and environmental sectors, PowerStream is now earning accolades from other organizations for being a...

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York Regional Police Supports Woman Abuse Preventiion Month

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario and York Regional Police is proud to work with their community partners to help provide victims of violence with a dedicated system of support. York Regional Police, in partnership with Victim Serv...

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Why you want a financial plan – and how to get one

Managing Your Money   Why you want a financial plan – and how to get one Canadians agree that financial planning pays off by delivering real value. In two recent studies – The Value of Financial Planning1 and The Value of Advice:...

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Tax Freedom Now! Or at least earlier

Managing Your Money Tax Freedom Now! Or at least earlier Tax Freedom Day is the day of the year when most Canadians finally start working for themselves after paying their total tax bill to all levels of government. It occurs either in late May or...

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CPP Changes are coming

   Managing Your Money CPP changes are coming The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is changing in gradual phases between 2011 and 2016 with the first big change beginning in 2011. Does that mean you need to rethink when to begin receiving your...

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Unlicensed Taxis Pose Risks for Markham Residents and Visitors

Markham’s Bylaw Licensing Unit and York Regional Police Laid 57 Charges in October Markham, ON ~ November 10, 2011 ~ During a two-day operation in the month of October, officers from Markham’s Bylaw Enforcement and Licensing unit, in part...

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Markham Honoured with Two Gold Awards from Recycling Council of Ontario

Markham Honoured with Two Gold Awards from Recycling Council of Ontario High municipal waste diversion rate and unique approach to a waste product recognized   Markham, ON ~ November 8, 2011 – Markham was honoured with two Gold level award...

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Autism Ontario - York Region Chapter - how they are "Offering a Hand"

What is Autism? Autism is a neurological disorder effecting social interaction and communication skills - there is a range of symptoms and severity; hence it is best described as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - those with autism can react very di...

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Beat the "silent thief" this November

During Osteoporosis Month and throughout the year, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents about the importance of strong, healthy bones. An estimated two million Canadians are living with osteoporosis, a debilitating condition that caus...

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United Way campaign hits 40%

Announces additional funding for Strength Investments Wednesday, November 2, 2011  Township of King – Yesterday, at the Township of King Municipal Office, United Way York Region CEO, Daniele Zanotti, was pleased to accept a cheque from Ma...

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PowerStream golf tournament nets over $75,000 for the United Way

PowerStream golf tournament nets over $75,000 for the United Way Total amount raised is the highest ever achieved at successful annual charity event VAUGHAN, ON – PowerStream officials announced today that the utility’s annual charity...

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Markham Firefighter Succumbs to Occupational Illness

Markham, ON ~ October 28, 2011 ~ Markham firefighter Larry Pilkey passed away from a duty-related illness on Thursday, October 27, 2011.  He passed away at his home with family at his side after a courageous battle with brain cancer, a recognize...

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Passing of York Regional Police Superintendent Mark Grant

Markham Mayor and Council Offer Condolences on the Passing of York Regional Police Superintendent Mark Grant     Markham, ON ~ October 28, 2011 ~ Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Markham Council extend their condolences to the family an...

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Bel Air Travel Markham Now Part of Thomas Cook

BEL AIR TRAVEL MARKHAM NOW PART OF THOMAS COOK Now even more ways to get you there for less TORONTO October, 2011 – Bel Air Travel Markham is now a part of Thomas Cook, a move that brings even greater choice and value to its clients. “I...

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Are you affected by the YRT/Viva strike?

Try alternative commuting options! Carpooling Biking Walking Working home Transit routes not affected by the strike...

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Carpooling

Want to try carpooling but don’t know anyone? Visit www.carpoolzone.ca, Smart Commute’s free ride matching website to find fellow commuters today!   Check out www.smartcommutemrh.ca for more.   For updates on service disruption...

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OEB increases electricity prices across the province

YORK REGION, ON – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB), regulator of the Ontario energy sector, has announced that the semi-annual adjustment to the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) for all residential and small business customers (classified as “Low...

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Press Conference: BANYAN GALA 2011

Under the Banyan Tree Centre, a registered charitable organization, has been serving the developmentally disabled in York Region and Greater Toronto Area for the last 8 years. Clients with various developmentally disabilities and different cultural...

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More Funds for Alzheimer's Care

Alzheimer’s clients in York Region will benefit from prompt and improved access to health care services and education thanks to new funding from the Central Local Health Integration Network. Under the First Link® program, the services...

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Free Farm Fowl--Attention Local Farmers

Attention all Farmers in Markham and surrounding areas,  a farm in the community of Shelburne, Ontario  is looking for a farm home for the following:  1 rooster; 2 hens; 1 duck; 1 guinea hen; 3 geese  Free. Will deliv...

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Peter Shurman, MPP for Thornhill Named PC Finance Critic

Peter Shurman, MPP for Thornhill Named PC Finance Critic Thornhill MPP appointed to key critic portfolio      QUEEN’S PARK — Today Peter Shurman, Member of Provincial Parliament for Thornhill, was named the Progressive Cons...

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Markham's Class Environmental Assessment for West Thornhill Flood Study Approved

Markham’s Class Environmental Assessment for West Thornhill Flood Study Has Been Approved Phase One Construction to Minimize Basement Flooding in West Thornhill to Begin in 2012   Markham, ON ~ October 15, 2011 ~ Markham has received appro...

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Potential labour strike may affect YRT/Viva & GO Transit Bus

Potential labour strike may affect YRT/Viva and Go Transit bus service Monday, October 24     As of Monday, October 24 at 12:01 am Amalgamated Transit Union locals 1587 and 113 may strike as a result of stalled contract negotiations. The...

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Protect yourself at the spa – Be Spa Safe

York Region marks National Infection Control Week with release of spa safety guide NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is marking National Infection Control Week, October 17 to 21, with the launch of Be Spa Safe, a comprehensive guid...

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Heart and Stroke "Heart Month" Canvassers Needed!

Heart & Stroke Foundation's Annual Heart Month campaign happens in February, where thousands of volunteer canvassers go door to door to ask their neighbors to support heart and stroke research by making a donation. Last year over $6 mi...

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Markham Mayor and Council Offer Condolences on the Passing of Former Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor

Markham, ON ~ October 16, 2011 ~ Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Markham Council extend their condolences to the family and friends of Eldred King, Former York Regional Chair and Former Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor, who passed away on October 14...

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Markham Leads Ontario Revolutionizing Polystyrene Foam Recycling

Markham Leads Ontario Revolutionizing Polystyrene Foam Recycling Launch of breakthrough green technology facilitates diversion of polystyrene foam from landfill into new products   Markham, ON ~ October 15, 2011 - Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Membe...

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About Markham's Polystyrene Foam Densifier

The Matrix Polymax 2500 cold densifier was installed in Markham in April 2011 and has been funded in partnership with Markham, Waste Diversion Ontario Continuous Improvement Fund and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.   The stackable de...

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South Operations Centre earns PowerStream another gold

October 12, 2011 ~ MARKHAM, ON ~ Less than three years after PowerStream celebrated having its head office building in Vaughan achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification from the Canada Green Building Co...

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Grateful Patient Makes $1 Million Donation in Honour of Mental Health Awareness

Markham, ON (October 5, 2011) – The Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce its most recent $1 million gift in support of the hospital’s much needed expansion. In honour and recognition of this generous donation,...

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Markham Mayor and Council Offer Condolences on the Passing of Apple Co-Founder and Former CEO Steve

Markham, ON ~ October 6, 2011 -   Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Markham Council extend their thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Steve Jobs, who passed away on Wednesday, October 5 surrounded by his...

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York Region Community Foundation Releases First Living in York Region Vital Signs Report

Markham, Ontario – Today, York Region Community Foundation (YRCF) released its first Living in York Region Vital Signs report.  Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by 22 Community Foundations across Canada that measures...

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Introducing markhamartcollective.com

Why you ask? The visual art community needs a current local resource and voice, hence the development of this site. An ongoing entity, it will serve to supplement arts information not currently offered locally. Whether from the Markham, Unionville, A...

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Election Results Present Opportunity for all Parties

Let’s Keep Ontario Moving Forward   Markham, ON ~ October 6, 2011 -   Mayor Frank Scarpitti today congratulated all the party leaders on their success in the Provincial election yesterday. He remarked that the outcome of this pr...

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Woodbine – Esna Park Watermain Repairs Complete

Woodbine traffic lanes in full operation   MARKHAM, ON, October 3, 2011 ~ The severe watermain break that occurred late Tuesday, September 27 at Woodbine and Esna Park Road was repaired by 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 2, and Markham opened the two...

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Peter Shurman, Ontario PC Party Candidate Supports Thornhill's Crafting for a Cure Volunteers

Peter Shurman, Ontario PC candidate for Thornhill, helps pack boxes of toys to be sent to over 40 hospitals across the province with dedicated volunteers from Crafting for a Cure. Crafting for a Cure is a not-for-profit registered charity that looks...

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PowerStream's Conservation Road Show to tour local retail stores

September 26, 2011 PowerStream’s Conservation Road Show to tour local retail stores Consumers can learn about new programs and get advice on how to save energy VAUGHAN, ON – PowerStream’s Conservation Road Show in Simcoe County an...

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…more than roads, sewers, stores and schools

United Way launches five part series in region’s places of growth   For Immediate Release:  Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – Last night, 30 people gathered at New Hope United Church, a storefront site inside Vaughan Mills to kick...

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United Way Announces 2011 Campaign Hits 10% To Date

Momentum driven by longtime corporate partner Acklands-Grainger Inc.   In the crowded cafeteria of Acklands-Grainger’s national support centre in Richmond Hill, hundreds of team members gathered for a pancake breakfast to help United Way Y...

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Signing of the Construction Beam at the Markham Stouffville Hospital Expansion Celebration

MOL--(Picture)  “Make your Mark” in history signing of the construction beam that will be used to help build your hospital.  A celebration of the construction, campaign progress and milestones that have been achieved to date, ov...

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Third Annual Charity Table Tennis Tournament

(Picture) Award winners of New Horizon Championships 2011, Councillor Ward 6 Town of Markham, Alan Ho presenting The Third Annual Charity Table Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Canada-HK New Horizon Lions Club, was successfully held on September 10...

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PowerStream notifying customers to expect higher summer bills

PowerStream notifying customers to expect higher summer bills High temperatures, humidity has resulted in increased consumption for most customers VAUGHAN, ON – PowerStream is notifying its customers to expect their next bill to be higher due...

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A gentle reminder from Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill:

Don't forget that Thursday September 22nd is International CAR FREE DAY! Celebrate by taking another mode to get to work or school, other than being a single occupant in a car! How? Fill your car with people and CAR POOL! Ride a bike! Walk or run! Sk...

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Looking for New Choir Members!

Onstage Productions/Scarborough Choral Society  is looking for new choir members to join us for our  25th year production of "Sounds of Christmas" concert Dec. 10th and 11th 2011 at Markham Theatre. Our rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7:30...

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Markham Mayor and Council Offer Condolences

Markham Mayor and Council Offer Condolences on the Passing of His Eminence Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic   Markham, ON ~ August 29, 2011 -  Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Markham Council extend their thoughts and prayers to the Catholic...

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FALL FOR ROGERS TV THIS SEASON

Tune in for new shows and returning favourites.   Tuesday, August 30, 2011 – [YORK REGION] – Rogers TV introduces a variety of new programs showcasing the communities of York Region.  This fall, viewers will meet people making...

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Markham Opens New Cycling and Pedestrian Route

Supports Healthy Lifestyles For Residents Markham, ON ~ August 29, 2011 ~  Markham cyclists and pedestrians now have a new 18.5 kilometre scenic pathway as Markham Councillors, MPP Dr. Helena Jaczek and families celebrated the official opening...

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What's the Provincial Election About?

By: Peter Shurman, PC Candidate - Thornhill I’ve noticed something…people have “election fatigue.”  We all live very busy lives and most of us take voting as a serious responsibility.  We all voted municipally in...

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Carrville Community Garden

Carrville Community Garden is a unique community garden model that operates as a cooperative small farm, rather than offering individual allotment plots. Members work our entire 3 acre site collaboratively, under the guidance of dedicated organizers...

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United Way announces $8.6 M goal for 2011

Agency needs grow and programs strive to keep up with client demand   United Way of York Region (UWYR) has set an aggressive $8.6 million target for this year’s fundraising campaign to ensure it can continue to fund critical frontline prog...

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Nordic Pole Walking- A Great Activity for All

We all know the health benefits of getting outside and going for a walk from time to time. But, what if you heard that by simply picking up a set of ski poles while on your walk you could burn more calories, work more muscle groups, reduce back and n...

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Markham Honours Jack Layton

Markham Honours Jack Layton Condolence Registry Placed at Markham Civic Centre   Markham, ON ~ August 24, 2011 ~ Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Council Markham  have placed a condolence book on behalf of the Town of Markham...

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Markham Mayor and Council Offer Condolences

Markham Mayor and Council Offer Condolences on the Passing of  Honourable Jack Layton   Markham, ON ~ August 22, 2011 ~ Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Markham Council extend their thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of...

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Mattamy Homes' 2011 Tour de Bleu crosses Finish Line at Markham Stouffville Hospital

Contributing towards Mattamy’s $1 million Donation in support of MSH Expansion Markham, ON (August 8, 2011) – Mattamy Homes’ Tour de Bleu entailed cycling a long distance; but unlike its namesake, the Tour de France, there was more...

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Snip, Cut or Chuck?

July has been sultry to say the least! It took some getting used to in terms of heat and lack of moisture – so much so that I will admit to, on occasion, (and that’s if no one was looking of course) turning the hose on myself – dire...

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Nissan Canada turns over new LEAF™ to PowerStream

First Canadian delivery of “100% electric, zero gas, zero tailpipe” vehicle.  PowerStream and Nissan Canada celebrated the automaker’s first Canadian delivery of a Nissan LEAF™, "100% electric, zero gas, zero tailpipe",...

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MARKHAM CELEBRATES OPENING OF INDOOR TENNIS CENTRE

MARKHAM CELEBRATES OPENING OF INDOOR TENNIS CENTRE   MARKHAM, ON, July 25, 2011,~ Markham held an official ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its first indoor tennis centre in the Angus Glen community.    The Honourable Peter...

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Peak demand record set within PowerStream service territory

July 21, 2011 ~ Heat wave and customer growth have increased electricity consumption. VAUGHAN, ON – The heat wave that has been scorching southern Ontario this past week, along with today’s near record temperature, have increased electri...

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About Louise McGill of Nutritionally Fit

Louise McGill is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Passionate about holistic health, she runs her own health and wellness consultation business, Nutritionally Fit. In addition to consulting...

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Probiotics: Your Gateway to Superior Health By Louise McGill of Nutritionally Fit

Are you noticing that the food industry is adding probiotics to more food these days? Are you wondering if it’s a marketing ploy or whether it has its validity? First off, what are probiotics? They are defined as “microorganisms that pos...

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The Regional Municipality of York issues heat advisory

Take extra precautions and reduce risk of illness during hot and humid weather NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has issued a heat advisory today as a result of hot temperatures and high humidity. York Region issues a heat advisory...

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Water ban in effect

Water ban in effect for the communities of Kleinburg and Nashville in the City of Vaughan All residents of The Regional Municipality of York are asked to conserve water during heat wave NEWMARKET –The Regional Municipality of York has issued...

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MARKHAM OPENS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE

 July 20, 2011   MARKHAM, ONTARIO – Representatives from all three levels of government toured Markham’s new Emergency Operations Centre today.   The 9,200 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility features advanced computer,...

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Markham Issues Extreme Heat Alert

Markham, ON ~ July 20, 2011~ Markham has issued an extreme heat alert due to Environment Canada’s forecast of high temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius and a humidex reading that is expected to reach or exceed 40 degrees Celsius in the Markham...

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Markham Council Appoints New Chief Administrative Officer

W.A. (Andy) Taylor Appointed New CAO     Markham, ON ~ July 19, 2011 ~ Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced the appointment of Andy Taylor as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Markham effective August 8, 2011. Mr. Taylor brin...

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be water-smart during hot, dry weather

The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to be water-smart during hot, dry weather A healthy lawn requires just one inch of water a week NEWMARKET – The remedy for a lawn turning brown isn’t to over water; in fact, over water...

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Last chance for PowerStream customers to get free thermostat

July 7, 2011 Last chance for PowerStream customers to get free thermostat Proposed changes to popular peaksaver® program may bring an end to current offer VAUGHAN, ON ~ PowerStream has announced that proposed changes by the Ontario Power Auth...

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Good to Know ~ New Photo ID card for those without driver's licences

A new photo identification card has been introduced in Ontario. You can apply at about 20 selected ServiceOntario Centres by the end of July, 2011 and at all 300 locations by 2012. The card should make it easier for people who don’t have a dr...

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Seniors Citizens Academy Summer Edition ~ presented by the York Regional Police

York Regional Police is pleased to announce the return of the Senior Citizens Academy - Summer Edition.  The program is designed specifically to foster strong community partnerships between police and residents 55 years and older by provid...

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Mayor Frank Scarpitti Extends Condolences on Tragic Death of York Regional Police Officer

Markham, ON ~ June 28, 2011 – Following the on-duty death of a York Regional Police officer this morning, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti issued the following statement. “On behalf of Markham Council, it is with great sadness that I extend...

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Peter Kent, MP Conveys Thanks to Community of Thornhill

Peter Kent conveyed his gratitude to the community of Thornhill on June 26th as community members came out to Thornhill Park to celebrate Canada Day with Peter Kent and Peter Shurman.  Throughout the day everyone enjoyed this celebrated c...

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Markham Launches Dynamic and Interactive Portal

MARKHAM, ON ~June 23, 2011 ~ Markham has transformed the way we interact online with residents, following the launch today of our new dynamic and interactive portal.   “We know Markham residents are e-savvy and appreciate the convenience...

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Our Gardens – Be Patient– don't fake it…

By now most of us have perused our favourite garden centers and selected our 2011 perennial picks. We've strapped on our knee-pads, slathered on the sun screen, slipped on the gloves and by now have spend hours of preparation and planting for (as Ed...

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Markham Councillor Alex Chiu Marks 25 Years in Office

Markham, ON ~ June 14, 2011 - Markham Councillor Alex Chiu is marking his silver anniversary, celebrating 25 years in municipal office. “I have worked and served with Councillor Chiu for many years,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “He...

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Markham Recognizes 2011 Mayor's Seniors Hall of Fame Winners

MARKHAM, ON ~ June 15, 2011 ~ Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Markham Council recognized the winners of the Mayor’s Seniors Hall of Fame awards at the June 14th Markham Council meeting.      “Our seniors are one of Markham&...

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PowerStream Solar's first power generation facility now operational

PowerStream Solar’s first power generation facility now operational Utility’s operations centre rooftop being used as a working laboratory for solar generation systems BARRIE, ON – PowerStream Solar’s first solar photo...

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Markham Continues to Communicate During Canada Post Strike

Markham, ON ~ June 3, 2011 ~ Markham has plans in place to ensure continued communication with residents and businesses during a Canada Post strike. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) gave legal notice of a strike effective 11:59 p.m. Thur...

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Miles Family contributes $1 Million towards Markham Stouffville Hospital Expansion

Markham, ON (June 7th, 2011) – Elson and Joyce Miles donate $1,000,000 to Markham Stouffville Hospital’s ambitious expansion project. The Miles were surrounded by family and friends at a reception in May to celebrate their generous gift....

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About IIFA--Words from Mayor Frank Scarpitti

“We’re honoured to have been chosen as one of the host communities of these prestigious IIFA Buzz Events,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This speaks to Markham’s rich cultural diversity and our reputation for embr...

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Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture Says...

“Our government is proud to help support Markham’s Bollywood Extravaganza,” said Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture. “Local IIFA Buzz events like this are a great way for our communities to attract visitors, ge...

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Plant a Fragrant and Colourful Coppertina Ninebark Bush in the Garden.

Plant a Fragrant and Colourful Coppertina Ninebark Bush in the Garden   As you can see by the photograph, in the springtime – aside from its warm wine coloured, finely sculpted leaves – it offers up a lovely alyssum like bloom...

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Ward 7 Councillor Logan Kanapathi says

“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase South Asian culture and share it with our highly diverse community in Markham” www.markham.ca...

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Payment Alternatives For PowerStream Customers

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers announced its intention to begin a strike action at 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2011. In the event of a mail delivery disruption, we'd like to remind customers that they are responsible to keep their account cu...

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LOCAL "ELVIS" HEADED TO MEMPHIS

On April 17th, 2011, Kevin Mills, a professional Elvis Tribute Artist based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, won the Branson Elvis Festival preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.  Kevin's win qualifies him to compete i...

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Buy a Car and support Markham Stouffville Hospital Expansion

Markham, ON (May 31, 2011) – Markham’s most generous car dealers have joined together to support Markham Stouffville Hospital’s $50 million expansion campaign. This initiative hopes to raise $250,000.  From now to December of t...

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About the Markham Museum—A place to go…

Since 1971, Markham Museum has offered a unique family and educational experience, on 25 acres of parkland, featuring over 20 historic buildings. Representing the main themes of settlement, as it relates to the environment, and the technologies used...

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About the Markham Museum—A place to go…

Since 1971, Markham Museum has offered a unique family and educational experience, on 25 acres of parkland, featuring over 20 historic buildings. Representing the main themes of settlement, as it relates to the environment, and the technologies used...

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Our Gardens--What do you do First?

What do you do first? First and foremost, the most important element in your garden is the soil.  The earth is made up of various materials forming certain textures from sandy to loam to clay and various other formats in between.  It&rsquo...

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Our Gardens--What do you do Second?

What do you do Second? The earth is the first step in strong gardening. Okay, so what do you do second? Now would be a good time to get out to your favorite garden centre and purchase a bagged soil amendment that would include not just the typical...

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Opening of New Building at the Markham Museum

Celebration was sold-out “A Night at the Museum” Gala   The Friends of the Markham Museum presented a grand opening gala, “A Night at the Museum,” at the Markham Museum the evening of May 19. This event was a celebratio...

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Prom Safety Tips

Prom season is here and students at many York Region high schools are preparing to celebrate this rite of passage.  With all the excitement that comes with prom, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget a few basic p...

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Chlamydia: Easy to test, easy to treat

York Region Chlamydia rates on the rise. Protect yourself. Get tested today! The Regional Municipality of York Community and Health Services Department encourages residents to get tested for Chlamydia. Chlamydia is sexually transmitted and rates of...

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York Regional Police Reminds The Public Of Laws Governing Off-Road Vehicles

York Regional Police is reminding residents about the laws governing the operation of off-road vehicles as a result of their increased use during the summer months and in response to public complaints. York Regional Police has recently r...

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PowerStream Customers To See More Hours With Lower Prices

Start of weekday evening off-peak period moving ahead to 7 p.m. on May 1 PowerStream residential customers billed based on Time-of-Use (TOU) prices will soon be seeing more hours of lower prices during the week. Effective May 1, 2011, the weekday ev...

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OEB Increases Electricity Prices Across The Province

Start of weekday evening off-peak period moving earlier to 7 p.m. on May 1 Semi-annual pricing adjustments by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), combined, with a change to local distribution rates, will result in an increase in electricity costs for Po...

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Public Urged To Educate Themselves on Pocket Dialling 911

Public Urged To Educate Themselves on Pocket Dialling During National Public Safety Telecommunications Week Members of York Regional Police, in co-operation with surrounding police agencies, are urging members of the public to educate themse...

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Missing Richmond Hill Youth

York Regional Police are seeking public assistance in locating a 16-year-old male missing from the Town of Richmond Hill. William OLIVER was last seen at his residence on Sunridge Street (Bathurst and King Road area) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at a...

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PowerStream recognized for 'Performance Excellence'

Utility presented with award from Electricity Distributors Association PowerStream, the local distribution company (LDC) which provides service to customers residing or owning a business in several communities located immediately north of Toronto an...

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PowerStream reports 8.9% less electricity used during Earth Hour 2011

Percentage reduction for service territory slightly down from previous year’s results Earth Hour 2011 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities served by the electric utility, indicate their willingness to help fight c...

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Markham Celebrates New Sports Field With Seasonal Dome

Markham held an official ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the new sports field complete with artificial turf and a seasonal dome at St. Robert Catholic High School. The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of Environment and Member of Parlia...

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York Regional Police are recruiting Auxiliary Officers

The York Regional Police Uniform Recruiting Unit is inviting anyone who is interested in policing to give back to their community and apply for a unique and rewarding volunteer opportunity to become an Auxiliary Officer. York Region is of one of the...

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PowerStream Encouraging Customers To Participate in Earth Hour

Electric utility marks fourth year of involvement in annual symbolic global event PowerStream, the utility which delivers electricity to several communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario, is once again asking its custom...

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Wedding season is fast approaching!Are you rusty on your feet? SPECIAL OFFERS! You Tube testimonial

Dance Art wants to help you shine on the dance floor! They offer: salsa ballroom latin  rumba tango cha cha waltz This wedding dance choreography achieved in just 5 private lessons! Ima...

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Detect Colon Cancer Early With At-Home Testing

There is a 90-per cent chance colon cancer can be cured if detected early The Regional Municipality of York encourages residents 50 years of age and older to speak to their doctor and get an easy-to-use, at-home test to screen for colon cancer. C...

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Markham Delivers Zero Tax Rate Three Consecutive Years

EXPANDS MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE - NO SERVICE CUTS Only Ontario municipality to deliver a zero tax rate increase in 2009, 2010, 2011  Markham Council has approved its 2011 Budget with no tax rate increase for a third consecutive year. Mark...

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Markham Hosts New Large Urban Mayor's Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO)

During the meeting there was a celebration in honour of LUMCO Chair, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s 90th birthday. On behalf of Markham, Mayor Frank Scarpitti presented Mayor McCallion with a special Heritage plaque and a birthday cake. &...

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Potential Labour Strike Would Create YRT/Viva Service Disruptions

ATU Local 113 members are in a legal position to strike as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, February 14 The Regional Municipality of York advises residents that Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 members are in a legal position to strike against Veol...

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Become A CAN-BIKE Instructor And Teach Bicycle Safety

High school students can earn their community service hours teaching elementary school students bicycle safety High school students age 15 and up can register now for a training course that qualifies them to teach basic bicycle safety to elementary...

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Frank Scarpitti named Chair of PowerStream Board of Directors

Markham Mayor to preside over Ontario’s 2nd largest municipally-owned utility PowerStream, the second largest municipally-owned electric utility in Ontario, announced today the naming of Town of Markham Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, as Chair of the...

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Fire & Emergency Services Aids Hearing Impaired Resident

New Fire Detection Technology Installed Markham Fire & Emergency Services has come to the aid of hearing impaired resident, Mr. John Karabourniotos. Mr. Karabourniotos recently found that he could not hear the fire alarm system in his apartment...

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Fire & Emergency Services Toy and Food Drive a Great Success

2010 Annual Christmas Drive Supports 215 Markham Families Markham Fire & Emergency Services is proud to announce that the annual Christmas Toy and Food Drive, in support of the Markham Salvation Army, assisted a total of 703 family members in Ma...

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Markham's New Convergence Centre Brings Innovation to York Region

Markham new home for VentureLab - Ontario’s latest Regional Innovation Centre The Markham Convergence Centre is now home to the VentureLab, Ontario’s newest innovation centre and part of the Ontario Network of Excellence.  Markham h...

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Happy Chinese New Year From York Regional Police

On behalf of all the men and women of York Regional Police, Chief Eric Jolliffe extends best wishes to everyone in our Chinese community for a Happy New Year. “I would like to wish all members of our Chinese community a healthy and...

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It's A Great Time To Gear Up And Quit Smoking

York Region residents can register for the annual Driven to Quit Challenge now The Regional Municipality of York encourages residents who want to quit smoking to participate in the annual Driven to Quit Challenge for a chance to win some great pri...

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Winter Flu Season

Gems for Your Soul: Art of Happy Life Newsletter Providing a Holistic Approach for Health, Healing and Wellness www.artofhappylife.com   Getting Ready for the Winter Flu Season  Natural Approaches to Building Your Immune Sys...

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Cold Weather Emergency: How Prepared Are You?

The Regional Municipality of York and York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS) remind residents to take extra precaution during extreme cold weather. As winter continues, the cold temperatures bring a variety of weather conditions such as snow, s...

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PowerStream Customers To Receive 10% Rebate On Bills

Government’s ‘Ontario Clean Energy Benefit’ Retroactive To Jan. 1, 2011 PowerStream customers will soon be seeing a 10 percent rebate on their bill as the electricity distribution company begins implementing the Ontario Clean Energ...

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Click, Click, Click - that's all it takes to help our local chapter of the Alzheimer's Society

The York Chapter of Alzheimer's Society has been approved for a $25,000 grant for a sensory garden for our local day centre.  This is part of the Pepsi Refresh Project.  Please don't dismiss this just because you may not be a...

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PowerStream donates more than $123,000 to the United Way

Annual employee campaign continues to benefit communities served by utility VAUGHAN, ON – Following the completion of another successful annual employee campaign, PowerStream, one of the largest municipally-owned electricity distribution compa...

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Mild Weather Makes Lake Simcoe And Other Bodies Of Water Unsafe

The York Regional Police Marine Unit are warning citizens to be diligent and stay off the ice on lakes and other bodies of water and away from fast flowing rivers and streams as milder weather is expected in the coming days. As a result...

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Be Food Safe This Holiday Season

York Region’s Food Safety in the Home campaign encourages residents to follow four simple steps to reduce the risk of food-borne illness this holiday season. Whether you are cooking at home or transporting food to a potluck celebration, follow...

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York Regional Police Participates in Remembrance Day Services

YORK REGIONAL POLICE PARTICIPATES IN REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES York Regional Police is proud to participate in Remembrance Day Services across York Region in honour of the great sacrifice and dedicated service of our veterans. Chief Armand La Barge,...

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Have a Safe Halloween!, screams (sort of) the York Region Police

York Regional Police hopes the citizens of York Region enjoy themselves during the Halloween festivities this weekend but is reminding drivers to take extra care on the roads and watch for little trick-or treaters. York Regional Police offers these...

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World Class Regional Heart & Soul Volunteer Service Award – Organization & Corporation Recognizes Po

The York South office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation is excited to announce that PowerStream Inc. has been selected as a recipient of The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario World Class Regional Heart & Soul Volunteer Service Award –...

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OEB decreases electricity prices across the province

Most PowerStream customers to benefit from RPP adjustments VAUGHAN, ON –- Semi-annual Regulated Price Plan (RPP) pricing adjustments by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will result in an overall decrease in electricity costs for most PowerStream...

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The Regional Municipality Of York Ranks First In GTA For Quality Of Municipal Drinking Water

York Region Receives perfect Score In Final Inspection Rating The Regional Municipality of York ranks first among all Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities in the 2008/2009 Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report. York Region achie...

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YOGA "BUY THE HOUR" EVENT

IN SUPPORT OF THE ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF YORK REGION AND ALZHEIMER RESEARCH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010 AT 6 WALES AVENUE IN MARKHAM.   Owner of Forward Motion Yoga, Cheryl Ward is passionate about paying tribute to her father’s memory. He w...

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An Ominous October

An interesting fact about October 2010 This October has: > 5 Fridays > 5 Saturdays > 5 Sundays It happens once in 823 years! This is also the month when the date will read 10-10-10...

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Are You Sure You Prepare Food Safely At Home?

York Region Launches New Food Safety at Home Health Communication Campaign The Regional Municipality of York has launched the Food Safety at Home campaign, a new health communication promotion to raise awareness about the importance of safe food-han...

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PowerStream Golf Event Nets Over $63,000 For The United Way

Proceeds From Successful Annual Charity Tournament Continue To Increase PowerStream’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament continues to be one of the most successful fundraising events in Ontario’s electricity industry. The seventh annual tou...

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MS Society (York South Chapter) is asking for support - please purchase an Entertainment Book

The local chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking the community's support by buying the local 2011 Entertainment Books The Entertainment Book† is filled with hundreds of 50% off and 2-for-1 coupons for your area on the things you...

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PowerStream Named OEA's 'Energy Company of the Year'

Cited for Community, Environmental and Customer Communications Initiatives Recognized for best in class performance in several areas of its business, including community involvement, environmental stewardship and customer communications, PowerStrea...

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The Regional Municipality of York Officially Opens New Accessible Trail in York Regional Forest

Unique Trail Will Allow All Users to Experience Beauty of York Regional Forest Members of York Regional Council gathered in the Hollidge Tract of the York Regional Forest today alongside members of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Council, the Yor...

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L'Arche Daybreak wants to respond to the critical need for day programs for adults with intellectual

  "L’Arche Daybreak wants to respond to this critical need by expanding its day program capacity by 50% – but to grow, it needs to enlarge and renovate existing buildings to be able to welcome more people. L’Arche Daybreak&r...

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We're Looking for a 'Cracker Jack' Salesperson

Our client is looking for a 'cracker jack' salesperson, someone who is committed to understanding the needs of their clients and providing them with the best possible solution. While the company is in the technology field they are not unsmiling geek...

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The Regional Municipality of York Issues Heat Advisory

Take Extra Precautions and Reduce the Risk of Illness During Hot and Humid Weather The Regional Municipality of York has issued a heat advisory today as a result of hot temperatures and high humidity. York Region issues a heat advisory when Environm...

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CAA Worst Roads Campaign Is Back

Each year, CAA and the Ontario Road Builders' Association compile a list of the 20 Worst Roads in Ontario — as voted by CAA Members and the general public. This program has been tremendously successful thanks to the action municipal governments...

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Power Pledge Community Challenge Day

MARKHAM Pledges to ‘Unplug’ on August 11, 2010 Calling on residents and businesses to take the Power Pledge Markham has announced that it will be participating in the upcoming Power Pledge Community Challenge Day on August 11. As part o...

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PowerStream Says Ceiling Fans Can Help Lower Cooling Costs

Utility’s ‘Power Down Your Summer Electricity Costs’ campaign continues PowerStream is “circulating” more information on how customers can be mindful of their electricity use when trying to keep cool over the next few m...

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Understanding Your PowerStream Bill

UNDERSTANDING YOUR POWERSTREAM BILL (York Region) Charges Paid to PowerStream • Distribution rates • Embedded in the “Delivery” line of the bill • Account for only 21% of the total bill • Are amongst the lowest in On...

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PowerStream Has A Line On How Customers Should Dry Clothes

Utility’s ‘Power Down Your Summer Electricity Costs’ Campaign Continues PowerStream has a line on how customers can be mindful of their electricity use when doing their laundry over the next few months as the utility continues its...

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PowerStream Receives Special Achievement in GIS Award

Electric Utility Recognized By ESRI For Its Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology PowerStream received a Special Achievement in GIS Award, Wednesday at the 30th annual ESRI International User Conference held in San Diego, California. The...

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PowerStream Promoting Energy-Efficient Use of Pool Pumps

Utility’s ‘Power Down Your Summer Electricity Costs’ Campaign Continues PowerStream is encouraging customers to be mindful of how and when they use their pool pumps over the next few months as the utility continues its ‘Power...

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The Regional Municipality of York Reminds Residents To Be Water-Conscious, Especially In Hot Weather

Water Use More Than Doubles During Summer Months The Regional Municipality of York Water for Tomorrow program is reminding residents to monitor their hot weather water use. During the summer months, water consumption can more than double as interes...

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PowerStream Encouraging Customers To 'Power Down'

Utility Launches Campaign On Better Managing Summer Electricity Usage PowerStream launched a public awareness campaign today in an effort to help customers avoid high bills by encouraging them to better manage their summer electricity usage. In res...

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BBQ Food Safety Tips

York Region reminds residents to BBQ with food safety in mind Follow these simple tips to avoid food-borne illness and grill safely this summer! NEWMARKET – When outdoor temperatures rise, so do incidences of food-borne illness. The Regional...

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PowerStream Adds New Transformer Station To Distribution System

Station Dedicated in the Name of Former Utility General Manager, Robert Fabro PowerStream held a dedication ceremony today for a newly-constructed transformer station that is being added to its distribution system to enhance reliability and better s...

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What a great day it was!

Sunday May 30 was a FANTASTIC day on Main Street in Markham. Approximately 3,000 spectators strolled through the historic streets, enjoying great shopping and dining.  The weather was perfect, the delicious smell of barbecued treats was ca...

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Announcing the 2010 Celebrity Chef Series at the Main Street Markham Farmers' Market!

Those of you who were lucky enough to experience last year’s Celebrity Chef series at the Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market will not want to miss this year’s line-up!  This year’s demo dates include: May 29 - Ferdinal...

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Forget Everything You Knew ::

It is a sad message. • Alzheimer’s disease is not only a disease of the elderly but that it can begin in one’s 40’s; • Alzheimer’s disease is not about forgetfulness but a disease of the brain tha...

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Forget Everything You Knew About Alzheimer's

It is a sad message.   • Alzheimer’s disease is not only a disease of the elderly but that it can begin in one’s 40’s; • Alzheimer’s disease is not about forgetfulness but a disease of the b...

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Prom Safety Tips

PROM SAFETY TIPS Prom season is here and students at many York Region high schools are preparing to celebrate this rite of passage.  With all the excitement that comes with prom, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and...

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Condition Yourself To Lower Your Air Conditioning Costs

PowerStream Encourages Customers To Better Manage Use Of Their AC Units In response to recent increases in electricity prices across the province, Ontario’s incoming Harmonized Sales Tax and an expected hotter than average summer, PowerStream...

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We're looking for a web designer

We are looking to partner with a web designer. We are a technology provider that has developed a uniquely robust and integrated solution for building websites called the Bridgelin Platform. The solution includes content management, email broadcastin...

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OEB Increases Electricity Prices Across The Province

Residential Consumption Pricing Threshold Adjusted to 600 kWh For Summer Months Semi-annual pricing adjustments by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), a new regulatory charge from the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MEI), combined with a change t...

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Markham Mayor and Unionville High School Students Celebrate Earth Day

April 22 Tree Planting at Markham Civic Centre Marks Earth Day and 2010 Trees for Tomorrow Program Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, students from the Unionville High School EcoAction Club, Markham Council members and Town staff are being earth...

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Steppin' Out Theatrical Productions is having auditions for Oliver

Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions presents OLIVER! The show dates are November 18-21, 2010. Performances are at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Audition Dates: > Saturday May 8, 12:00-5:00 > Monday May 10, 6:30-9:30...

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Easter Bunny delights kids of all ages on Main Street Markham

The week before Easter was a busy one on Main Street in Markham. The Easter Bunny visited with kids from 11am to 3pm on Saturday April 3, gave out candy and family pictures were taken. In addition, during Easter week, visitors to the street were bu...

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Markham Seeking Outstanding Seniors

Markham is seeking nominations for the Mayor’s Seniors Hall of Fame Awards. Now in its 12th year, the awards honour those who make unique and outstanding contributions to the Markham community.   The awards recognize the important cont...

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PowerStream Recognized Again For Being 'Business of the Year'

Utility wins Vaughan Chamber of Commerce award for second time in five years PowerStream Inc., an electricity distribution company jointly owned by the City of Vaughan, the Town of Markham and the City of Barrie, was named “Business of the Yea...

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2010 Spring Seatbelt Campaign

York Regional Police is proud to participate in the 2010 Provincial Spring Seatbelt Campaign. From Wednesday, April 14, 2010, through to Saturday, April 24, 2010, members of York Regional Police will be conducting seatbelt spot checks at various loc...

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Best Wishes for Vaisakhi - from the Police Chief

Chief Armand La Barge and all members of York Regional Police offer best wishes to members of our Sikh and South Asian communities as they celebrate Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi, is an ancient harvest festival celebrated across India a...

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PowerStream Opens New Operations Centre To Serve York Region

Consolidation Of Two Separate Work Locations Under A Single Roof Expected To Improve Efficiencies At an official opening event held today at PowerStream’s new South Operations Centre, company officials said they expect their new state-of-the-a...

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PowerStream LEEDing By Example Again With New Ops Centre

PowerStream’s new South Operations Centre, now one of three company work locations, serves as another example of the utility’s commitment to both environmental stewardship and providing its customers with safe, efficient and reliable elec...

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Paul Henderson Speaks To PowerStream Staff On The Importance Of Teamwork

Canadian Hockey Legend Provides Keynote Address At Official Opening Of Utility’s New Facility It’s easy to understand why Canadian hockey legend, Paul Henderson, believes good teamwork is a key ingredient in how successful organizations...

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PowerStream Reports 9.1 Percent Reduction For Earth Hour 2010

Utility’s Percentage For Service Territory Slightly Down From Previous Year’s Results Earth Hour 2010 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities served by the electric utility, indicate their willingness to help f...

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PowerStream Reaches New Heights In Environmental Leadership

Utility Acknowledged By Peers, Receives EDA’s Environmental Excellence Award PowerStream, the utility which delivers electricity to several communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario, has once again been recognize...

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The Goose that laid the Golden Egg is coming to Main Street Markham!

Just in time for Easter...  Sat. March 27 to EASTER Mon. April 5 How to enter the "Golden Egg" Contest:   From Saturday March 27 to Monday April 5, Come to Main Street Markham, Find a golden egg at any participating store, Com...

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Signature Experiences that will change lives

York Region 2010: Women’s Centre of York Region (WCYR) is holding a unique event to raise awareness of their programs and services and funds to deliver those programs to women.   Between March 22 and April 5, WCYR presents Signature Exper...

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Carrville Community Garden Welcomes New Locavores

Share in the healthy joys of growing and eating your own fresh foods at the Carrville Community Garden. This is a great opportunity to grow your own organic vegetables. This community group welcomes new locavores The members: >Share in pla...

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Milder Weather - Lakes and Streams are Dangerously Unsafe

Through awareness, enforcement and public education, the York Regional Police Marine Unit is reminding residents of the importance of staying safe as a result of the milder weather we have been experiencing the last few days. Open water...

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Markham Miracle On Track to Achieve $250,000 Goal at Theatre Event

Join Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Members of Council, and community partners at An Evening of Unity and Hope – a spectacular concert supporting The Markham Miracle campaign, raising money to help rebuild Haiti. Date: March 4, 2010 Time: 7:30 p.m. Lo...

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WHAT ARE THE POLICE UP TO? - Operation Cross Smart

The police are pleading with us to be cautious and pay attention - both as motorists and pedestrians Pedestrian deaths this year are alarming In York Region: Fatalities in 2008 - 7 Fatalities in 2009 - 6 Fatalities in first 7 weeks of 2010 - 3...

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PowerStream's Media Line - 905-532-4400

Members of the media with inquiries pertaining to outages, news stories and general requests are encouraged to call PowerStream’s 24/7 media line at 905-532-4400 to speak with a representative from the company’s Corporate Communications D...

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Looking for something special for Valentine's this year…?

Seems like the wrapping paper just got put away and it’s Valentine’s already! Looking for a unique way to surprise that special someone, or even a treat for yourself? The gift experts at the shops on Main Street Markham have wonderful i...

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

The 2010 Manulife Walk for Memories was a huge success thanks to your support and determination. Together we raised more than $48,000.00 which will enable the Alzheimer Society of York Region to ensure that no one has to make this journey alone. We...

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Carpoolzone.ca Commuters Saved over $5 million in 2009 by Carpooling

Carpoolzone.ca helps drivers cut costs during Carpool Week Smart Commute, operater of carpoolzone.ca, a ride-matching website, designated February 1-5, 2010 as Carpool Week. During Carpool Week, Smart Commute encourages drivers to visit carpoolzon...

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YORK REGIONAL POLICE REMINDS OWNERS TO SECURE ALL OUTDOOR RECREATION VEHICLES

The York Regional Police #3 District Crime Prevention officer is reminding residents to secure all outdoor recreational vehicles after recent thefts of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and snowmobiles in the Town of Georgina. During the winter months, sno...

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Jim Jones Appointed To PowerStream's Board of Directors

Markham Regional Councillor replaces the late Tony Wong on utility’s 13-member Board PowerStream is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Jones, Regional Councillor for the Town of Markham, to the company’s Board of Directors. Jone...

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OFFERING A HAND - Eating Disorders of York Region

Eating Disorders of York Region (EDOYR) is a regisitered non-profit organization incorporated in 2004 by families who recognized the need for support for individuals striving to overcome an eating disorder, and for their fami...

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Pedestrians to Take Additional Precautions

The York RegionalPolice Traffic Bureau is urging pedestrians to take additional precautions onour roadways after two pedestrian fatalities and one critical injury in YorkRegion and a total of 10 pedestrian fatalities across the Greater Toronto Area s...

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Lakes and streams are not frozen and although waterways are snow-covered, they are NOT SAFE

The York Regional Police Marine Unit would like to remind you of the importance of staying safe this winter season in any outdoor activity you do. Through awareness, enforcement and public education, police are warning citizens to be diligent and sta...

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YRT/Viva Has Your Free Ride Covered This New Year's Eve

Leave the driving to YRT/Viva after 7 p.m. on December 31st   Why not leave the driving to YRT/Viva this New Year’s Eve?    For the ninth consecutive year, The Regional Municipality of York will once again offer complimenta...

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Smart & Creative Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

York Region wants you to think green this holiday season The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost this holiday season with these easy and creative tips:  Greeting Cards Reduce: Try going p...

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PowerStream Donates More Than $130,000 To The United Way

PowerStream Donates More Than $130,000 To The United Way Successful employee campaign sees total contribution increase for fifth consecutive year Following another successful employee campaign, PowerStream, the electricity distribution company which...

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PowerStream Launches 'Smart' Online Time-Of-Use Inquiry Feature

Smart meter Consumption Data Now Available For Customers On TOU Pricing PowerStream customers whose electricity usage is measured by a smart meter and who have been migrated to time-of-use (TOU) rates can now access their smart meter consumption onl...

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York Regional Police Reminds Citizens Lakes And Streams Are Not Frozen

The York Regional Police Marine Unit would like to remind you of the importance of staying safe this winter season in any outdoor activity you do. Through awareness, enforcement and public education, police are warning citizens to be diligent and sta...

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Winter Has Returned And Drivers Need To Adjust Driving Habits

Winter caught many York Region drivers unprepared as York Regional Police responded to dozens of collisions as winter conditions returned to York Region Roads. Between midnight on Tuesday, December 8, 2008 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2008,...

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York Regional Police Recieves 2009 Professional Excellence Tribute Award

Chief Armand La Barge is pleased to accept the 2009 Professional Excellence Tribute Award on behalf of York Regional Police. On Saturday, December 5, 2009, Chief La Barge accepted the award at the annual Professional Excellence Tribute Award Gala he...

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Conservation Program's Success Earns Award For PowerStream

Electric Utility Recognized For High Percentage Increase In Peaksaver® Sign-Ups PowerStream earned recognition from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) recently for dramatically increasing the number of households participating in its peaksave...

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York Regional Police Wishes Everyone A Safe and Happy Holiday Season

York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge would like to wish everyone across the region a safe and happy holiday season, as the Muslim, Jewish, African-Canadian and Christian communities celebrate special faith and cultural dates beginning this mont...

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2009 Toys For Tots Campaign

2009 TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN York Regional Police is excited to launch the 2009 Holiday Hero campaign in which members of our community, corporate partners can join together with the police to Be a Holiday Hero to a York Region family in need during...

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$60,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Helps With Markham Centennial Bocce Club Grand Opening

$60,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Helps With Markham Centennial Bocce Club Grand Opening On November 22, over 200 guests gathered at the Markham Centennial Bocce Club to celebrate its official opening. Markham MPP Michael Chan was joined by...

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PowerStream Wins Smart Commute Employer of the Year Award

PowerStream Wins Smart Commute Employer of the Year Award Employee vanpool and carpool programs help electric utility earn accolade PowerStream, an electricity distribution company serving more than 315,000 customers in the Greater Toronto Area...

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The Regional Municipality of York Expands Eligibility For H1N1 Flu Vaccine

The Regional Municipality of York expands eligibility for H1N1 flu vaccine   Healthy children age five to under 14 years; seniors 65 years and older with underlying health conditions now eligible to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine York Region als...

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Markham's Waterworks a Leader in Drinking Water

Markham’s Waterworks a Leader in Drinking Water Among first to receive provincial Quality Management System Accreditation Markham is one of the first municipalities to achieve an important milestone in the management and delivery of safe munic...

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Youth Urged To Complete Online Career Survey

Youth across The Municipality of York are encouraged to complete a youth career survey that is part of the Region’s Aging Workforce Study. Over the next five to 10 years, aging baby boomers will be retiring in record numbers.  Employers...

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York Regional Police Remind Residents To Beware of "Warm-Up" Thefts

Every year, York Regional Police investigates vehicle warm-up thefts throughout the region during the winter months and now that colder weather is approaching, residents are being pro-actively reminded that this is a crime of opportunity that can be...

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York Regional Police Detective Wins Prestigious Award

The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) has awarded York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit Detective Fred Kerr for his significant accomplishments in the area of fraud investigations at the 12th Annual Law Enforcement and Sec...

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OEB Increases Electricity Prices Across The Province

OEB Increases Electricity Prices Across The Province Residential consumption pricing threshold adjusted to 1,000 kWh for winter months The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has announced that the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) two-tiered and time-of-use (TOU)...

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Markham Recognized For Leadership In Zero Waste Initiatives

MARKHAM, ON ~ Markham has been presented with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) Peter J. Marshall Certificate of Merit for its leadership in waste management, including two key Zero Waste initiatives that are significantly re...

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Markham Receives Gas Tax Award from AMO

Markham Receives Gas Tax Award from AMO Markham District Energy project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 50%     Pat Vanini, Executive Director of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) presented the AMO Federal Gas Tax...

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The Regional Municipality of York encourages developers to build sustainable homes

Monthly savings in utility costs offset increased costs to new home owners NEWMARKET – York Regional Council has approved a plan to provide developers with an incentive to build more sustainable homes that use less energy and water resources, p...

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Free Green Bin compostable bags coming soon to your mailbox!

York Region encourages residents to switch from plastic to compostable bags in the Green Bin NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is sending a sample package of compostable bags to all York Region homes receiving Green Bin curbside col...

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PowerStream donates $750,000 to Georgian College

Barrie, Ontario/August 20, 2009 – A $750,000 donation by PowerStream to Georgian for its new Centre for Sustainable Technology building at the Barrie Campus is seen as the first step in the company and college forming a partnership that will su...

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York Regional Police offer best wishes fora meaningful Ramadan

Chief Armand La Barge and the men and women of York Regional Police offer best wishes to members of our Muslim community celebrating the month of Ramadan beginning on August 21 or 22, 2009, depending on sighting of the new moon. Ramadan is a Muslim r...

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York Region will see a decrease in their electricity bills

PowerStream’s York Region customers’ electricity bills to decrease Ontario Energy Board approves utility’s 2009 distribution rate application YORK REGION, ON – Effective September 1, PowerStream customers in York Region will s...

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Markham Museum Constructing New Collections Building

MARKHAM, ON ~ July 30, 2009 ~ Construction has started on the new collections building at the Markham Museum. The Museum will remain open during construction. When completed in 2010, the 17,000 sq. ft. addition will become the new main entry to the M...

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Markham Theatre Launches 25th Anniversary Season Online Tickets Sales

Tickets for the 2009-2010 Professional Entertainment Season available online -Tuesday July 14th, 2009- 11 a.m. If you’re looking for quality entertainment, close to home with the added benefits of FREE parking then look no further than Markham...

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MARKHAM NAMES TWO NEW DEPUTY FIRE CHIEFS

(L to R) Markham Fire Chief Bill Snowball, Deputy Fire Chief Phil Alexander and Deputy Fire Chief Dave Decker. MARKHAM, ON — July 3, 2009 — The Town of Markham is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Decker and Phil Alexander as...

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PowerStream employee fights cancer in multiple ways

VAUGHAN, ON – When Patrick Guran originally became PowerStream’s Chief Energy Conservation Officer in 2004, he knew that he would be involved in programs and activities that would help save the planet. Little did he know that his journey...

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Regional Councillor Tony C. Wong

Markham Councillor remembered for his dedicated service to the community MARKHAM, ON – June 18, 2009 – Markham Regional Councillor Tony C. Wong, known for his personal and political dedication to community service, has died after an exten...

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500 homes equipped with rooftop solar thermal systems

Markham, Enbridge, York University Explore Solar Water Heating Program Rooftop panels to provide solar water heating for residents MARKHAM, ON – Markham today announced at the 2009 Smog Summit its proposed plan to work with Enbridge Gas Distrib...

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PowerStream to lead rollout of time-of-use electricity prices

YORK REGION, SIMCOE COUNTY AND BARRIE, ON – Customers of PowerStream will be amongthe first electricity consumers in Ontario to benefit from the province-wide rollout of time-of-use rates. PowerStream will begin migrating customers in the Auror...

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Eric Lariviere the new Manager of the Markham Theatre for Performing Arts

Markham Appoints New Theatre Manager Eric Lariviere Joins Markham Theatre for Performing Arts for 25th Anniversary Season Markham, ON – The Town of Markham has appointed Eric Lariviere as the new Manager of the Markham Theatre for Performing Ar...

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Economy doesn't slow down support for the arts

Art Auction is up nearly 20% over last year raising money for the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. Markham, ON, April 21, 2009: The 11th Annual Varley Fine Art Auction took place in the Varley Art Gallery on Thursday, May 14th, located on the Main Stre...

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Ideas for fun getaways in York Region this summer

Central Ontario destination is big on thrills, culture, golf and small town charm NEWMARKET – York Region is full of fun and excitement with so much to do and experience. It would take several days to explore Canada’s Wonderland, the McMi...

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PowerStream conservation program helps to green communities

Evergreen to receive contributions based on new peaksaver® registrationsYORK REGION, ON ~ PowerStream customers signing up for the utility’s peaksaver® conservation program, in addition to receiving a free touch screen programmable ther...

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Markham Theatre 25th Anniversary Season

Twenty-five years ago Markham was a new and emerging community of 100,000 residents who were building a reputation for rich culture, heritage and opportunity. At that same time, bricks, mortar and dreams came to life in the form of our new Markham Th...

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Price and threshold adjustments to impact hydro bills effective May 1

Price and threshold adjustments to impact hydro bills effective May 1 YORK REGION, ON – Semi-annual electricity pricing adjustments by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will result in an increase in hydro costs for most PowerStream customers in Yo...

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Swine flu identified in York Region

NEWMARKET – The presence of swine flu has been identified in The Regional Municipality of York. The York Region Community and Health Services Department today received notification that a York Region resident has been confirmed for the swine in...

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April 22 Tree Planting at Markham Civic Centre

Markham Mayor and Unionville High School Students Celebrate Earth Day April 22 Tree Planting at Markham Civic Centre Marks Earth Day and 2009 Trees for Tomorrow Program MARKHAM, ON – Earth Day, April 22, 2009 - Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, st...

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Markham District Energy System Supports Green Energy Act

Markham Mayor and Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Open New District Heat and Power System Markham District Energy System Supports Green Energy Act and Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions MARKHAM, ON – April 20, 2009 – Minister...

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Annual Chief-for-a-Day contest winner

York Regional Police is proud to announce that Grade 5 student Vanessa Giralico from Father John Kelly Catholic Elementary School in Maple, is the winner of the annual Chief-for-a-Day contest after delivering her winning essay before a panel of judge...

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Markham Council Appoints New Fire Chief

MARKHAM APPOINTS NEW FIRE CHIEF, WILLIAM SNOWBALL Markham, Ontario: Following an extensive national search, William (Bill) Snowball has been appointed Fire Chief for the Town of Markham. Bill Snowball has been a Deputy Fire Chief in Markham since 200...

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York Region has great successes in building green infrastructure

Thousand of new trees planted, strategic properties protected from development NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York achieved another milestone in 2008 for our successful Greening Strategy program by increasing forest cover, creating gr...

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PowerStream reports 10 per cent reduction for Earth Hour

YORK REGION & SIMCOE COUNTY, ON – Earth Hour 2009 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities served by the electric utility, indicate their willingness to help fight climate change by turning off their lights for 60 minu...

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PowerStream encourages participation in Earth Hour

Customers being asked to turn off lights for one hour on Saturday night VAUGHAN, ON – In addition to encouraging its customers to turn off their lights this Saturday in support of Earth Hour, PowerStream, the local electrical distribution compa...

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PowerStream helping AMD to save more than just data

Technology company expected to save $150,000 in annual electricity costs YORK REGION, ON – AMD (NYSE:AMD), an industry-leading technology company which designs computing and graphics solutions, expects to see a large reduction in their electric...

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Second Annual [email protected] Awards

ROGERS CABLE AND PROFIT RECOGNIZE CANADA’S MOST INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESSES iMD Health, Mad Rock Marine Solutions and VitaSound Audio honoured for creative business solutions TORONTO, Ontario (March 4, 2009) – Rogers Cable Communications...

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Chief-for-a-Day essay contest

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge, Deputy Chiefs Bruce Herridge and Eric Joliffe and a panel of members from the Police Appreciation Night Committee will judge the annual Chief-for-a-Day essay contest for York Cat...

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Markham Receives Prestigious Heritage Award from Lieutenant Governor

Markham Receives Prestigious Heritage Award from Lieutenant Governor MARKHAM, ON ~ Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Markham Council members recognized community leaders, residents and staff at the February 24 Council meeting for their contributions to Markh...

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PowerStream welcomes introduction of Green Energy Act

PowerStream welcomes introduction of Green Energy Act New legislation expected to benefit utility’s customers in Simcoe County & York Region VAUGHAN, ON – PowerStream, the municipally-owned electricity distribution company which serves mo...

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police are warning citizens to be diligent and stay off the ice

The York Regional Police Marine Unit would like to remind residents of the importance of staying safe as a result of the milder weather we have been experiencing the last couple of days. Through awareness, enforcement and public education, police are...

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2009 Markham Budget Meeting Economic Challenges

MARKHAM, ON – Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Council approved the 2009 Capital and Operating Budget at the February 10 Council meeting. The budget brings in a zero per cent tax increase and holds the line on Markham’s tax rate for home...

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Winterlude Matinee Extravaganza

A great way to beat the winter blues! Back by popular demand our Winterlude Matinee Extravaganza entertainment package features three fabulous shows at the Markham Theatre for Performing Arts. Purchase tickets to individual shows or enjoy all 3 shows...

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Municipalities complete merger of Barrie Hydro-PowerStream

Municipalities complete merger of Barrie Hydro-PowerStream Utility is now the second largest local electricity distribution company in Ontario BARRIE, MARKHAM & VAUGHAN, ON – The municipalities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan have completed th...

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Welcome the New Year with free YRT/Viva service

YRT/Viva offers complimentary New Year’s Eve service for eighth consecutive year NEWMARKET – To provide residents with a reliable and convenient travel option on New Year’s Eve, The Regional Municipality of York will offer complimen...

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PowerStream donates $100,000 to the United Way

YORK REGION, ON – PowerStream, York Region’s largest electricity distribution company, demonstrated today once again why it is a company committed to making a difference to the communities its serves, by donating $100,000 to United Way of...

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Adjust Your Driving Habits During Winter Weather

YORK REGIONAL POLICE REMINDS DRIVERS TO STAY SAFE DURING OPERATION WINTER BLITZ York Regional Police is reminding all motorists to adjust their driving habits during winter weather and that officers will be monitoring the roads during Operation Winte...

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Varley Art Gallery Expansion Given Green Light

MARKHAM, ON – Markham Council has approved plans to expand the Varley Art Gallery to increase the space available for exhibitions and community programming. The $2.56 million modest scale expansion will give the Gallery an additional 500 square...

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season

York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge would like to wish everyone across the region a safe and happy holiday season, as the Muslim, Jewish, African-Canadian and Christian communities celebrate special faith and cultural dates this month. Eid al-...

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Were you a winner of a $25 gift certificate from the "Best Dressed Window" contest

Were you a winner of a $25 gift certificate from the "Best Dressed Window" contest? Saturday November 29 was the first Main Street Markham Santafest, a day-long celebration of holiday fun, and what a great day it was! The annual Santa Claus parade ki...

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PowerStream helps small businesses cut costs and conserve energy

New program offers up to $1,000 in free energy-efficient upgrades YORK REGION, ON – PowerStream, the local utility which provides electricity distribution services in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan, has partnered with the Ontario Po...

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York Regional Police is reminding citizens to ensure their vehicles are secured

YORK REGIONAL POLICE ADVISING CITIZENS TO SECURE THEIR VEHICLES York Regional Police is reminding citizens to ensure their vehicles are secured and all valuables are out of sight after a number of thefts from vehicles that have occurred in the City o...

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Going somewhere? Go active!

York Region recommends incorporating physical activity into your daily lifestyle NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York Public Health branch encourages residents who are going somewhere to go active. An easy and effective way to include...

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Markham and York Region Partner on Internet Portal

MARKHAM, ON – Markham and York Region are transforming the way they interact online with residents, following a joint decision today to move forward with the development of a new Internet portal. The first phase of the portal is expected to go...

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Its Not Just a Game

YORK REGIONAL POLICE INTRODUCES IT’S NOT JUST A GAME PROGRAM As Christmas approaches and parents, grandparents and relatives look for the latest toy or game for children and teens on their gift list, York Regional Police is announcing a new edu...

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Is your electronic waste getting to the right place?

York Region encourages residents to drop off e-waste at one of four local depots NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents that electronic waste (e-waste) such as cell phones, computers, printers and game systems can be dr...

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Santa Claus Parades in York Region

It’s that special time of year when kids and adults catch sight of the jolly one himself as he welcomes the holiday season to communities across York Region. Watch local Santa Claus parades on Rogers TV, Rogers Cable 10 or 63, starting Saturday...

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Markham Wins Awards As Best Recyclers in Canada

MARKHAM, ON – Markham residents, for the second consecutive year, have been recognized as the best recyclers in Canada. Markham has earned two prestigious Ontario Waste Minimization Awards from the Recycling Council of Ontario, the 2008 Sustain...

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Easy Safety Tips Can Ensure Halloween is Fun

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR GHOSTS AND GOBLINS THIS HALLOWEEN NIGHT York Regional Police wishes the residents of York Region a safe and happy Halloween.  By working together, we can provide our children with a memorable celebration while ensuring t...

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Power Savings Blitz From PowerStream

Power Savings Blitz is an energy conservation program offered by PowerStream, in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority. This program provides small businesses with up to $1,000 in free* energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades –...

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Get Involved Markham Seeks Volunteers for Advisory Committees

MARKHAM, ON ~ Markham is looking for volunteers to participate in the process of governing the municipality and charting its future. Volunteer positions are available on a variety of advisory committees. Apply now to use your talents and interests fo...

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The Regional Municipality of York hosts forum to end homelessness

Homelessness in York Region: Brining our Community Plan to Life provides framework for action, new programs and initiatives NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York’s Community and Health Services department this week hosted Homeless...

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2008 Provincial Fall Seatbelt Campaign

York Regional Police is proud to participate in the 2008 Provincial Fall Seatbelt Campaign. In addition to our year-round seatbelt checks, an enhanced seatbelt campaign will take place from Wednesday, October 1, 2008, through to Sunday, October 12, 2...

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Municipalities approve Barrie Hydro-PowerStream merger

BARRIE, MARKHAM & VAUGHAN, ON – The Councils of the Town of Markham, the City of Barrie and the City of Vaughan have all endorsed an agreement which will merge PowerStream, an electricity distribution company jointly owned by the City of Vaugha...

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Best Wishes for Rosh Hashanah

On behalf of all the men and women of York Regional Police, Chief Armand La Barge extends best wishes to everyone in our community celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the first Jewish month of the Jewish ca...

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Removing, Altering or Damaging Election Signs is a Crime

York Regional Police is reminding all members of the public during this fall’s federal election campaign and during all election campaigns that removing, altering or damaging election signs on public or private property are criminal offences. T...

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Honeywell Opens LEED Office Complex in Markham

Click Here to View Large Photo“Mayor Scarpitti cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of LEED-registered Honeywell Building Solutions Canadian headquarters and is joined by Luis Rodrigues, VP Energy Solutions for Honeywell Canada; Ontario Ministr...

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Markham Wins Economic Developers National Marketing Award

Click Here to View Full PictureCelebrating Markham’s first place award for its marketing of the China Business Mission 2008 from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) are (from left) President of the Richmond Hill and Markham C...

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PowerStream golf tournament nets over $26,000 for United Way

Proceeds earned at annual event marks successful start to employee campaign YORK REGION, ON – Following a successful day on the links recently at its Annual Charity Golf Tournament, PowerStream, the local electricity distribution company which...

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Markham Mayor Announces Traffic Calming Working Group

MARKHAM, ON – Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced today a Traffic Calming Working Group to review new traffic calming measures placed on Carlton Road and Village Parkway in Unionville. The Working Group, to be chaired by Ward 3 Councillor J...

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Hydro utilities reach pre-merger agreements with Unions

Barrie Hydro and PowerStream work out key issues with PWU and IBEW SIMCOE COUNTY & YORK REGION, ON – The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have successfully reached agreements with B...

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Markham Welcomes Nordlingen Delegation

Nordlingen, Germany - Home of Markham’s founding settlers in 1794 MARKHAM, ON – Markham is welcoming an important delegation of dignitaries from Nordlingen, Germany from August 28 – September 5. Led by Nordlingen Lord Mayor Hermann...

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Students will be walking and cycling

OPERATION ABC – ALWAYS BE CAREFUL - A SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY PLAN The arrival of fall brings with it an increase in activity in and around all our schools. Students will be walking and cycling, school buses will be dropping and picking up children...

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New John Street Bridge Opens in Thornhill

Markham, ON ~ Thornhill’s John Street Bridge has reopened. The bridge, located on John Street between Bayview and Henderson Avenues, was closed to traffic earlier this year for deck and superstructure replacement. The bridge was built in 1971 a...

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Proposed merger of Barrie Hydro and PowerStream

Proposed merger of Barrie Hydro and PowerStream expected to save in excess of $5 million annually Merger would help reduce upward pressure on distribution rates SIMCOE COUNTY & YORK REGION, ON – A business case analysis conducted by KPMG on a p...

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YRT/Viva fall service changes on the way

More than 50 schedule adjustments effective August 31st; residents advised to plan ahead NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will introduce a variety of York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva fall service changes, effective Sunday, August 31s...

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Region's Rapid Growth Drives United Way 2008 Community Goal

August 18, 2008: Markham, ON: York Region’s rapid growth is the drive behind United Way of York Region’s aggressive 2008 community goal of $9.5 million, a 5.5% increase over last year’s record achievement. Court Carruthers, Presiden...

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Deadline extended for Grade 8 females to receive free HPV vaccine

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York Community and Health Services Department advises residents that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is extending the deadline for young women to receive the free Human Papillomavirus...

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War Medals Come Home to Markham

MARKHAM, ON – July 25, 2008 – Medals given to local World War I soldier Pte. Matthew Rae are coming home to Markham and will be displayed at the Markham Museum. The two WW I medals and two letters, offered for auction on eBay, were purcha...

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Unionville Celtic Arts Fest

Unionville - The Unionville Feis, one of Canada’s foremost Irish dance competitions celebrated its 10th anniversary on July 13 at the Crosby Community Centre in Unionville. More than 500 Irish Dance competitors from around the globe will partic...

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Summer heat wave causes electricity system to break a sweat

YORK REGION, ON – As outside temperatures with the humidex climbed to nearly 40 degrees Tuesday, PowerStream, along with several other utilities in the province, activated thousands of customers’ peaksaver® load control devices for th...

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Brenda Librecz appointed Commissioner

Markham appoints Brenda Librecz Commissioner of Community and Fire Services MARKHAM, ON - June 25, 2008 — Brenda Librecz was appointed Commissioner of Community and Fire Services at Markham Council meeting last evening. In this critical senior...

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Click with Markham receives Innovation Award

MARKHAM, ON - June 25, 2008 – Markham has received the 2008 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Willis Innovation Award for last year’s unique Click with Markham public engagement program. Initially presented last month at th...

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New Tree Preservation Bylaw

Markham Council Passes Tree Preservation Bylaw MARKHAM, ON – June 25, 2008 – Markham Council has taken another step to protect the environment and promote a greener community. A new tree preservation bylaw was passed by Markham Council on...

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Markham Launches Portable Recycling Bins

Markham Takes Another Step Toward Zero Waste Portable recycling units for Markham’s special events MARKHAM, ON – June 14, 2008 - Markham’s move to zero waste has taken another step with the introduction of portable recycling bins at...

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Ontario's Pesticide Bill Needs To Match Municipal Standards

Ontario’s Pesticide Bill Needs To Match Municipal Standards New bill eliminates municipal control of existing pesticide bylaws MARKHAM, ON - June 20, 2008 — Markham applauds the Ontario government for taking an important step in controlli...

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PowerStream earns industry recognition for health & safety

YORK REGION, ON – Recognition by the electricity industry of PowerStream’s achievements in health and safety were highlighted during the company’s shareholders’ annual general meeting held Wednesday at the utility’s head...

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Markham's water quality testing program a success

Markham’s First Community Lead Testing Program A Success All results show lead contaminant levels well below provincial standards MARKHAM, ON - June 17, 2008 - Markham’s first voluntary residential water quality testing was completed in M...

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York Regional Police is reminding citizens to ensure their vehicles are secured

York Regional Police is reminding citizens to ensure their vehicles are secured and all valuables are out of sight after an increase in smash-and-grab thefts of Global Positioning Systems (GPSs) from parked vehicles in the City of Vaughan. The #4 Dis...

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Markham Recognizes 2008 Seniors Hall of Fame Winners

MARKHAM, ON ~ June 11, 2008 ~ Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Markham Council recognized the winners of the Mayor’s Seniors Hall of Fame awards, now in its eleventh year, at the June 10 Markham Council meeting. “Seniors are a tremendous asset t...

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The Government of Canada today announced funding for seven organizations in the York Region

VAUGHAN, June 6, 2008 - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding for seven organizations in the York Region to deliver settlement and integration services to nearly 9,700 newcomers in the community...

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Markham is the first municipality in Canada to adopt Local Food Plus

LFP agreement and new Zero Waste program contribute to Markham’s environmental leadership MARKHAM, ON - June 4, 2008 — Markham is the first municipality in Canada to adopt Local Food Plus (LFP) procurement practices for its municipal food...

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Out of sight, out of mind

Out of sight, out of mind Smoke-Free Ontario Act bans the display of tobacco products NEWMARKET – On May 31st, the final phase of the Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA) will be implemented, banning the display of all tobacco products, including behi...

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Markham First To Endorse Ontario Pesticide Ban

Markham First To Endorse Ontario Pesticide Ban Markham encourages province to let local bylaws stand MARKHAM, ON - May 28, 2008 — Markham is the first municipality in Ontario to endorse a provincewide ban on the sale of pesticides for cosmetic...

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PowerStream announces 3 ways to save you money campaign

PowerStream announces ‘3 ways to save you money’ campaign Utility rolls out residential conservation programs that can make a difference YORK REGION, ON – As electricity consumers across the province participate in Ontario’s f...

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2008/2009 Markham Theatre Season Launch

Click here to view Photo GalleryThe Markham Theatre season opening gala was a night of music, comedy, and drama. Six sneak peek performances whetted audience’s appetite for the upcoming 2008/2009 season in a special preview show. Markham Mayor...

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MARKHAM HIRES AUDITOR GENERAL ENSURES ADDED VALUE FOR TAXPAYERS DOLLARS

MARKHAM HIRES AUDITOR GENERAL – ENSURES ADDED VALUE FOR TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS MARKHAM, ON ~ Markham has hired an Auditor General to ensure the Town’s operations are managed as effectively as possible. Ingrid Kutter, a Chartered Accou...

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PowerStream employees help charity in a BIG way

PowerStream employees help charity in a ‘BIG’ way More than $11,000 in funds raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation YORK REGION, ON – It could be said that big things were happening in York Region last week with staff from Power...

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Markham Council Offers Condolences and Support to China for Earthquake Relief

MARKHAM, ON ~ Markham will be supporting China’s relief efforts following the massive earthquake centred in the Wenchuan county of Sichuan Province. At its meeting on May 13, Markham Council passed a motion offering its deepest condolences to t...

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PowerStream encourages participation in Energy Conservation Week

PowerStream encourages participation in Energy Conservation Week Conservation focused events and activities planned for the last week in May YORK REGION, ON – PowerStream, the local utility which provides electricity distribution services in Au...

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Markham supports Local and Global Initiatives

Markham supports Local and Global Initiatives MARKHAM, ON ~ May 14, 2008 ~ The following is an update on matters brought before Markham Council on May 13. Markham supports China relief efforts Markham Council offered its deepest condolences to the ci...

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti Offers Support and Condolences on China Earthquake

MARKHAM, ON, May 12, 2008 ~ “Markham offers its deepest condolences to the citizens of China who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. Earthquakes of this nature have a devastating impact, and Markham will provide the support we can to h...

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York Region enables children of low income families to experience summer camps

Participation helps build positive self-esteem and leadership qualities NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will provide children of eligible low income families with an opportunity to experience summer camp. This program makes it pos...

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York Region West Nile virus bird surveillance program begins

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York West Nile virus bird surveillance program begins today. Residents are asked to report dead crows and blue jays to help determine possible West Nile virus activity in York Region. Like in humans, Wes...

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PowerStream and Barrie Hydro discussing merger

YORK REGION, ON –- PowerStream Inc., the local electricity distribution company owned by the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham which also serves customers in Aurora and Richmond Hill, has agreed to negotiate a non-binding Letter of Intent...

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YRT/Viva adjusts service to address TTC strike

Residents advised to plan ahead; utilize YRT/Viva website and Customer Service Centre NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York advises residents that York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva services are being adjusted due to the Toronto Transit Com...

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Markham Welcomes Province's Pesticide Ban

Markham says “Thank you Mr. Premier - you’ve made it a great Earth Day!” Markham, ON ~ Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti welcomes today’s announcement (April 22) of a province-wide ban on the sale and cosmetic use of pesticides. &...

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Electricity charges adjusted for PowerStream customers

Electricity charges adjusted for PowerStream customers Residential consumption pricing threshold lowered to 600 kWh for summer months YORK REGION, ON –- The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) recently announced that the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) two t...

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Markham China Mission results in new business opportunities in China

Markham China Mission results in new business opportunities in China, establishes Markham as a key base for Chinese business in Canada MARKHAM … The 24-member business delegation, led by Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, has returned from its succ...

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John Street Bridge in Thornhill to remain closed until early September

April 16, 2008, Markham, ON ~ Following the results of an emergency assessment last week it has been determined that construction to replace the bridge deck on the John Street Bridge in Thornhill will begin immediately. The bridge, located on John St...

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Provincial Spring Seatbelt Campaign.

Between April 16 and April 27, 2008, York Regional Police will participate in the Provincial Spring Seatbelt Campaign. York Regional Police officers will be conducting seatbelt spotchecks in targeted areas throughout York Region and enforcing the law...

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Recovering With Active and Passive Therapy

When you first sprain your ankle, strain your knee or hurt your rotator cuff, most of the therapy that you receive will be passive; recovering from that injury, however, will in many cases require active therapy as well. Is one necessarily better tha...

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John Street Bridge in Thornhill Closed

John Street Bridge in Thornhill Closed for Emergency Repair Assessment April 7, 2008...The bridge in Thornhill on John Street between Bayview Avenue and Henderson Avenue has been closed for the next several days for an emergency repair assessment....

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Flood water safety for residents serviced by a private well

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York public health branch encourages residents who receive their water from a private well to take additional precautions during and after a flood. During a flood, water leaves the normal course of str...

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PowerStreams conservation programs having substantial impact

Conservation programs delivered over a three-year period by local electric utility PowerStream to residential and business customers in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan have saved a total of 59.7 million kilowatt-hours(kWh), enough electric...

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As a result of the recent milder weather, Lakes and Streames are NOT safe

The York Regional Police Marine Unit would like to remind you of the importance of staying safe this spring season. Through awareness, enforcement and public education, police are warning citizens to stay off the ice as it is no longer safe. As a r...

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PowerStream reports 4.85 per cent reduction for Earth Hour

YORK REGION, ON – During Earth Hour, thousands of PowerStream customers in Aurora, Markham, ichmond Hill and Vaughan indicated their willingness to help fight climate change by turning off their lights to reduce their electricity consumption....

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Local athletes and PowerStream Going for the Gold in 2008

Click Here to View Photos Aspiring Olympians awarded bursaries at official opening of new head office YORK REGION, ON – While athletes around the world continue to train for what they hope will result in gold medals at this year’s Olympi...

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PowerStreams head office looks to create a first in York Region

Click Here to view Photos Local utility officially opens facility targeting to be LEED® gold certified YORK REGION, ON - Local electricity distributor PowerStream celebrated the official opening of its new, energy-efficient head office today. Th...

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Delegates Ready for China

Led by Honorary Mission Chair and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, over 20 delegates from local GTA businesses and associations are participating in the 2008 Markham Chinese Business Mission from March 28 to April 8. “Markham has long recognize...

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Rita Manchisi Amatangelo needs your help

Rita needs your help and she’s desperate. For those of you who have registered at http://www.onematch.ca thank you very much. For those who haven’t please read on. Recapping the journey, Rita is married to Carmine and they have a son...

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Major Mackenzie Drive reduced to one eastbound lane

Major Mackenzie Drive reduced to one eastbound lane from Jane Street to Melville Avenue in City of Vaughan Significant watermain break to keep lane closed into next week  Click Here for Map The eastbound curb lane (right lane) of Major Mack...

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Milder Weather Means Lakes and Streams are NOT safe

REMINDER - MILDER WEATHER MEANS LAKES AND STREAMS ARE NOT SAFE Over this past weekend, members of the York Regional Police Marine Unit responded to four separate emergency calls to assist snowmobile operators, their passengers and drivers who were i...

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Chief-For-A-Day Winner

York Regional Police is proud to announce that Grade 5 student Gajanen Kukaneshan, from Armadale Public School in Markham, is the winner of the annual Chief-for-a-Day contest after delivering his winning essay before a panel of judges earlier this...

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Small Aurora Business Plays Big Role in Conservation

YORK REGION, ON – Efforts made this past year by local Auroran and True Value Hardware owner, Michael Evans to reduce his business’s electricity use earned him recognition today from PowerStream and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). As...

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Homewood Suites by Hilton in Markham!

click here to view photo gallery In 1954, Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels philosophy was, "It has been, and continues to be our responsibility to fill the Earth with the Light and Warmth of Hospitality." 54 Years later, Mr. Hilton’...

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PowerStream relocates to new energy-efficient head office

PowerStream’s new corporate head office facility, an energy-efficient building located at 161 Cityview Boulevard in Vaughan, officially opened for business today following a four-day process to vacate two other office locations and move the wor...

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Happy, Prosperous and Safe Year of the Rat.

On behalf of all the men and women of York Regional Police, Chief Armand La Barge extends best wishes to everyone in our Chinese community for a happy, prosperous and safe Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 7, 2008. Th...

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Winter Returns to York Region

Alert drivers on York Region roads helped reduce the number of collisions during today’s storm by following the weather reports and adjusting their driving habits to the hazardous weather conditions. Between midnight and 10 a.m. on Friday, Fe...

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Be alert, reduce your speed and drive safely.

A snowy morning brought difficult driving conditions to York Region roads, resulting in numerous motor vehicle collisions and slow-moving traffic. Between midnight and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, York Regional Police received reports of 1...

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January is International Crime Stoppers Month

Crime Stoppers of York Region joins its counterparts around the world is celebrating January as International Crime Stoppers Month. Crime Stoppers is supported by all levels of government. Prime Minister of Canada, Rt. Honorable Stephen Harper stat...

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PowerStream joins other utilities in providing Winter Warmth

YORK REGION,ON – PowerStream and the United Way of York Region are pleased to announce that the local electricity distribution company today has joined several other utilities in offering the Winter Warmth program, an initiative which provides...

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2008 Markham Calendar Available for Pickup

The 2008 Town of Markham calendar, which highlights community events throughout the year, is now available for pickup at Town facilities. Pickup Your Calendar at: Community Centres Markham Public Libraries Information Kiosk at Markham Civic Cen...

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Reduce, reuse and recycle holiday waste with tips from York Region

The holiday season offers many opportunities to divert waste from landfills NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to keep reusable and recyclable holiday waste out of the trash. Residents can use these helpful gui...

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PowerStream customers cash in on Summer Savings

Nearly 50,000 receive electricity bill credits totaling more than $900,000 YORK REGION, ON – This past summer, thousands of PowerStream customers did their part to help reduce the strain on Ontario’s electricity grid and in doing so were...

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Leave the driving to YRT/Viva this New Years Eve

Leave the car at home and enjoy a free ride after 7 p.m. on YRT/Viva services Celebrate this New Year’s Eve and get home safely on YRT/Viva. The Regional Municipality of York will once again offer complimentary YRT/Viva rides starting at 7 p....

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Energy drinks: consume with caution

There are various brands of "energy drinks" on the market today.Brand-name energy drinks such as Red Bull, Red Rave, and SoBe Adrenaline Rush are normally located in the grocery store alongside juice, water and sports drinks. During the past few...

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The Regional Municipality of York drinking water quality consistently meets provincial standards

Home water treatment systems unnecessary for safe municipally supplied drinking water NEWMARKET – In recent weeks, a number of Georgina and East Gwillimbury residents have contacted The Regional Municipality of York regarding door-to-door sal...

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York Region 2008 Walk in the Forest brochure now available

Brochure features interactive monthly tours of York Regional Forest NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has released the 2008 Take a Walk in the Forest brochure, which details our program of monthly interactive group tours of the Yo...

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Sports Potato Chronicles - Vol 001

Welcome to the Sports Potato Chronicles After eight years and more than 300 issues of the Couch Potato Chronicles, I woke up one morning and said to myself, that’s enough of that. And I stopped. It was really more with a whimper than with a...

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Lakes and Streams are NOT Frozen

The York Regional Police Marine Unit would like to remind you of the importance of staying safe this winter season in any outdoor activity you do. Through awareness, enforcement and public education, all residents can enjoy a safe winter season. Th...

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Click with Markham

Markham residents take to online polling November 26, 2007 ~ The Town of Markham has taken a quantum leap in community polling with the launch of its "Click with Markham" online program www.clickwithmarkham.ca. With a coordinated promotional campa...

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Festival of Lights

Click Here to View Photos The annual Festival of Lights on Main Street Markham was a wonderful time....

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Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP)

New PowerStream conservation initiative targets businesses PowerStream introduced a new conservation program today that provides financial incentives to business customers who are able to reduce their electricity consumption by implementing equipment...

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Green Markham Goes Platinum

MARKHAM, ON ~ November 13, 2007 ~ The Town of Markham has gone platinum. Markham’s Mission Green environmental initiative has earned the coveted 2007 Sustainable Municipality Platinum Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario. The Recycling...

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New Energy Efficient Lighting Product

Niagara Region manufacturer launches new energy efficient lighting product at international energy conservation conference in Washington (Washington, DC - November 12th, 2007) - CRS Electronics of Welland, (Ontario), Canada, a noted Light Emitting...

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Click with Markham

Markham Mayor & Council launch online public consultation program MARKHAM, ON ~ November 7, 2007 ~ Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Town Council are seeking community input on six proposed areas of strategic focus through an innovative online publi...

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Election sign recycling program produces a tonne of results

The Regional Municipality of York’s election sign recycling program diverted a total of 1.07 tonnes of election signs from landfill following last month’s provincial election. Election candidates and campaign team members were invited t...

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Time to change your furnace filter

 A new filter will improve comfort, generate savings, and ensure your furnace fan has a longer life As the warm weather gradually recedes, Ontarians are preparing for the inevitable snow and cold. Families understand this transition and accept...

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PowerStream divests its excess fibre-optic assets

YORK REGION, ON - PowerStream Inc. announced today that it has sold its excess fibreoptic assets and related contracts to Atria Networks LP.as part of the transaction, PowerStream will retain the fibre infrastructure required to support its current...

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MBoT Recognizes SEHC for Business Excellence

Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC) has received an Innovation Award and been named Company of the Year for 2007 by the Markham Board of Trade (MBT). The awards were presented at the MBT Business Excellence Awards Gala on October 18. "The MBT Busi...

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Beat the Flu Bug

Stay healthy this winter. Protect yourself and the people around you from the flu. Hand washing is the most effective infection control method Six steps to proper hand washing: Wet hands with warm water Apply soap Lather hands for 20 second...

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United Way ISSP Grants

I am pleased to advise you that the application for the Infrastructure Support and Sustainability Project (ISSP) grant is now available. The ISSP is administered by United Way of York Region and is funded as part of a grant from The Ontario Trilliu...

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PowerStream customers to see electricity price decreases

PowerStream customers to see electricity price decreases along with harmonized distribution rates on November 1 YORK REGION, ON – PowerStream residential and low-volume customers currently on the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) Regulated...

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Buttonville Transportation Fair

Click here for more photos. If you like anything to do with flying then you'd love the Buttonville Transportation Fair. This Saturday saw this annual event take place under the sunny skies at Buttonville Airport, in the heart of Markham. There w...

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Taste Of York Region Gets Chamber Conference Underway

Click here to view Photos Saturday night saw delegates from across the country descend upon the offices of the Town of Markham for a Taste of York Region. The delegates are in town for the annual Chamber of Commerce Conference being hosted this year...

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Electricity Retail Agents Do Not Represent PowerStream

Local utility reminds customers not to be misled when signing contracts PowerStream, the local utility which provides electricity distribution services to homes and businesses in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan, is reminding customers th...

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500th Call Received For Safe Roads

York Regional Police sincerely thanks the citizens of York Region for their help in our ongoing fight against impaired driving as we have now received more than 500 calls from citizens reporting suspected impaired drivers in the Safe Roads…Your...

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York Regional Police Honoured With National Awards

York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge is proud to announce an officer assigned as a Youth Coordinator for #1 and #3 Districts has won the National Youth Justice Policing Award for her dedicated work with youth in York Region. Constable Sarah Ri...

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York Regional Police Remind Citizens To Be Aware Of Potential Dangers of Suspicious Devices/Packages

York Regional Police is reminding citizens to call police immediately if they discover unusual devices such as military ordnance, wired materials or other suspicious packages. On Tuesday, August 28, 2007, four youths were playing in a field in the a...

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York Regional Police Labour Day Weekend R.I.D.E Results

In keeping with our ongoing commitment to be leaders in road safety and to the continuing fight against impaired driving, York Regional Police is releasing statistics from the Labour Day Holiday long weekend enhanced R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving...

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York Regional Police Labour Day Weekend R.I.D.E

York Regional Police hopes that the citizens of York Region enjoy themselves this Labour Day holiday long weekend but reminds residents that York Regional Police will be continuing the fight against impaired driving through our enhanced R.I.D.E. (Red...

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Police Warn Consumers About Thefts At Electronic Stores

York Regional Police would like to make York Region consumers aware of a recent trend of thefts occurring after victims make purchases at electronics stores in the Cities of Vaughan and Toronto.  Criminals are targeting customers who purchase bi...

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Volunteers Needed for Markham Main Street Car Classic

Have some fun on Main Street Markham and contribute to your community by volunteering to help with this event! If you are a student needing volunteer hours or need community service hours contact us! Come help out in the town! It's good experience, g...

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Whats in your bottled water?

One of the questions I get asked all the time is:  “Aren’t the minerals in spring water good for you?” The answer is a resounding NO! Let’s take it back to the beginning… Through the Hydrological Cycle, the water...

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Markham Welcomes Honda Canada To Town

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti enthusiastically welcomed Honda Canada’s announcement of a new Canadian head office in the Town.    “This is wonderful news,” said Mayor Scarpitti, who has been working on the Markham proposa...

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PowerStream Customers To Have Uniform Distribution Rates Following OEB Approval

PowerStream customers to have uniform distribution rates following OEB approval of harmonization application In a recent decision and order issued by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), an application by PowerStream to harmonize base electricity distrib...

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PowerStream Business Customers Do Their Part To Reduce Strain On Ontario Power Grid

Local businesses in York Region such as Magna, Royal Group, Canada’s Wonderland, Lear Corporation, Teknion Form and Protemp Glass and organizations such as the Towns of Markham, Richmond Hill and Aurora in addition to the York Catholic Regional...

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York Call And R.I.D.E To Combat Impaired Driving During Civic Holiday Weekend

York Regional Police hopes the citizens of York Region enjoy themselves this Civic holiday long weekend but reminds residents that York Regional Police will be continuing the fight against impaired driving through our enhanced R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaire...

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Protect Yourself Against Lottery Scams

York Regional Police is urging residents to protect themselves from fraud, especially lottery scams, after a Vaughan woman was defrauded of more than $3,000 by a fraudulent lottery commission in Spain.   The victim was advised by mail she had...

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Mayor's Annual Charity Golf Classic A Resounding Success

The Mayor Linda D. Jackson Annual Charity Golf Classic held on July 18 at Copper Creek Golf Club in the community of Kleinburg raised a record $170,000 net in support of the Vaughan Health Care Foundation. “Proceeds from this year’s...

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Safe Roads...Your Call Shows Continued Response

York Regional Police is pleased that members of the public are continuing to assist in the ongoing fight against impaired driving by calling 9-1-1when they see a suspected impaired driver on York Region roads. Since the launch of Saf...

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York Regional Police Participate In Cricket Game With T.A.C.C.A

On Saturday, July 21, 2007, members of York Regional Police Diversity challenged the Thornhill African-Canadian Caribbean Association (TACCA) to a game of cricket, with a goal of coming together to celebrate differences and build bridges between p...

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York Regional Police Reminds The Public Of The Laws Governing Off-Road Vehicles

York Regional Police is reminding residents about the laws governing the operation of off-road vehicles as a result of their increased use during the summer months and in response to public complaints. York Regional Police has recen...

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York Regional Police Summer Student Employment Program

The York Regional Police Summer Student Employment Program continues to provide opportunities for our youth by offering positions in our organization to college and university students for summer employment.   This program, which has bee...

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Iranian Community Forum Details

York Regional Police, in partnership with the Iranian community, held a Community Forum at the Bayview Hill Community Centre in the Town of Richmond Hill on July 4, 2007. The focus of this event was to provide an opportunity for dialogue and infor...

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Five With Drive Arrives in York Region

On Sunday, July 8, 2007, at 7 p.m., the Five with D.R.I.VE. will return from their 43-day, 2,150 kilometre cross-Canada charity marathon. The group will arrive at the Markham Civic Centre located at 101 Town Centre Boulevard, at Warden Avenue a...

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Video Available of Air2 and Citizen Battling Impaired Driving

York Regional Police is pleased that the members of the public continue to assist us in the ongoing fight against impaired driving by participating in Safe Roads…Your Call and calling 9-1-1when they see a suspected impaired driver on...

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Astronaut Helps PowerStream Launch Conservation Programs

Canadian astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar was involved in a launch of a different sort today as the local electricity utility PowerStream, in conjunction with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), introduced two new conservation programs to area customers &...

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York Regional Police Receives OACP Community Mobilization Award

York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge, Suzie Gotha of the Markham African Caribbean Association and members of BLEYP accepted the OACP Community Mobilization Award at an awards luncheon at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police a...

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Resurgence Theatre Announces 2007 Season!

What: Resurgence Theatre Company, York Shakespeare Festival The Play: Merchant of Venice, the Last five Years When: MOV: Aug 7-19, TLFY: July 5-22 Ticket Price: Adult: $35.00, Senior/Students:$ 30, Flex 4 Pass: $110.00 (4 tickets, can be used in an...

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PowerStream And OPA Launch Small Business Pilot For Free Energy Efficiency Assessments, Upgrades

PowerStream, with the support of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), and in partnership with Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO), Enbridge Gas Distribution and Green$aver, today announced the launch of a pilot program providing free energy effic...

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York Region Residents Asked To Practice Outdoor Water Conservation This Summer

Conservation is the key to maintaining adequate water reserves  With the arrival of warmer spring and summer weather, The Regional Municipality of York is reminding residents and businesses to practice water conservation by limiting ou...

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PowerStream Merger Has Benefited Customers

Since the merger of three local distribution companies (LDCs) on June 1 2004,  electricity customers in the municipalities of Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan have benefited by seeing their electricity distribution rates reduced, while continu...

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The Regional Municipality of York Scores Top Marks for Quality of Drinking Water

The Regional Municipality of York has scored extremely well in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report for 2006, with an overall compliance rating of 99.7 per cent.  “I am very...

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York Region Issues Stage 2 Mandatory Outdoor Water Use Ban

Residents banned from using outdoor hoses and irrigation systems during Stage 2 Ban The Regional Municipality of York today has issued a Stage 2 Mandatory Outdoor Water Use Ban for the towns of Aurora, Newmarket, the community of Oak Ridges in the T...

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Kingfest Music Festival

Kingfest Music Festival June 22, 23, 24 at Seneca College, King City Kingfest is the a new outdoor music festival featuring the best of pop, rock, roots, blues, country and more, with over 40 artists performing on multiple stages all weekend long....

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Markham Village Music Festival

(Click here for photo gallery) This past weekend (June 15-16) saw the 29th Markham Village Music Festival come to life on Main Street Markham. There was fun for all ages. Arts and crafts vendors, street perfomers, food from around the world as wel...

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York Region's 2007 West Nile Virus Control Plan

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Mosquitoes become infected when feeding on an infected bird. The disease can also be passed on from the infected female mosquito to...

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Markham Recognizes 2007 Seniors Hall of Fame Winners

Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Markham Council recognized the winners of the Mayor’s Seniors Hall of Fame awards, now in its ninth year, at the June 12 Markham Council meeting.        The awards recognize the contribution, d...

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Audi Uptown Markham Grand Opening

Audi Uptown Markham leads the way in the evolution of today's modern car dealership Click Here to View Photos When is a car dealership much more than a car dealership? According to Dr. Peter Kircher, CEO, and Helen Ching ­Kircher, presiden...

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York Region Police Encourages Residents To Participate in Community Survey

As part of the planning process for the 2008 to 2010 Business Plan, York Regional Police is reaching out to the residents of York Region for their feedback on policing and crime in our communities.   A short community survey has been sent to 1...

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The Regional Municipality of York To Create a Strategic Vision for Tourism Investment & Development

Long-Term Tourism Destination Development Strategy to Provide Cohesive Direction The Regional Municipality of York will develop a long-term regional tourism destination development strategy that will help the Region make key decisions, such as w...

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Distribution of Unpasteurized Milk Stopped in York Region

The Regional Municipality of York, yesterday, served an Order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to Michael Schmidt of Glencolton Farms, prohibiting him from further selling and distributing unpasteurized milk in York Region. The Court Order...

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Vaughan Promotes Environmental Sustainability For Businesses

The City of Vaughan and the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce presented a free seminar today which explored the positive business values of corporate sustainability. The seminar – entitled “greentalk$” – examined the increased deman...

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First Bird Tests Positive For West Nile Virus in York Region

The Regional Municipality of York Health Services department reports that a dead bird has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv).  The positive crow was found in the Town of Markham, close to the intersection of Highway 7 and 9th Line. ...

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Downtown Markham Groundbreaking

Click Here For Photos Political and business leaders break ground on North America's largest LEED-registered mixed¬use development as first LEED-registered commercial tenant announced MARKHAM, ON-May 23, 2007- The Remington Group Inc. has broken...

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Safe Boating Awareness Week

In keeping with our ongoing commitment to safe boating and any other activities on the water this Victoria Day long weekend, the York Regional Police Marine Unit is reminding boaters that May 19 to 25, 2007 is Safe Boating Awareness Week. As boat...

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Be Safe This Victoria Day Weekend

York Regional Police is proud of its reputation as a technology leader and this Victoria Day weekend officers we will be using all of the tools at hand to ensure residents stay safe on the first long weekend of the summer. On Thursday, May 17, 200...

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Markham Theatre Season Kick Off

The Markham Theatre unveiled their professional season today with a sampling of things to come. Starting things off was 'That Canadian Guy', comedian Glen Foster who got the audience of season ticket holders and media types going with a few good la...

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May Is Rabies Awareness Month

May is Rabies Awareness Month and this year York Region Health Services aims to raise awareness about rabies in bats. Rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected animals. The virus enters the central nervous system of the host,...

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Markham Council Approves 2007 Town Budget

Lowest Tax Increase for Urban Municipalities in York Region   Markham, ON", May 9, 2007 Markham Council approved its 2007 budget at its meeting May 8. This year's budget results in a 3.98 per cent tax increase to the Town's share of the tot...

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Kingfest Music Festival Kickoff

The fourth edition of Kingfest got underway with the official kickoff event at Seneca College King Campus on Tuesday May 8th. The press conference and reception was held at the idyllic Eaton Hall on the campus, one of the venues for the 3-day event a...

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Smog Advisory Issued

A smog advisory has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for various areas, including York Region. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice. A Smog Advisory means that there is a strong likelihood that there may be p...

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York Works Coming Soon to All Households in York Region

The Regional Municipality of York’s York Works publication – a bi-annual Transportation and Works newsletter – is hitting doorsteps in York Region this week.  The newsletter has been updated with a refreshed look and contains u...

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York Regional Police Congratulates Four Members On Leadership Course Success

York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge is pleased to announce that four Inspectors have successfully completed the challenging Police Leadership Program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Inspector Les You...

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Kingfest Music Festival Lineup Confirmed

York Region now boasts a major outdoor music event  which will attract audiences from all over Ontario Kingfest is poised to establish itself as one of Ontario’s major three day outdoor music festivals. This June 22-24 a stellar lineup o...

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York Region roads re-open after damage from storm

Click here to view photo of poles down on McCowan Road.  All Regional roads in York Region have re-opened following a violent storm that passed through the area late Monday afternoon.The storm brought down numerous hydro lines, blacking out tra...

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Markham Participates In Anti-Litter Town-wide 20-Minute Makeover

Click Here for Photos -> Mayor & Minister  > Staff Markham ~ April 20, 2007 ~ The Town of Markham Council members, staff, local business and students took part in this year's annual 20-Minute Makeover on Friday, April 20. The 20-M...

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The Varley McKay Art Foundation Receives Major Gift

Markham ~ April 14, 2007 ~ The Varley-McKay Art Foundation has received an anonymous gift of $406,000 to support the Varley Art Gallery of Markham which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said, "This very...

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PowerStream donates $400,000 to Markham Stouffville Hospital

It could be said that Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation (the Hospital) has a stronger ‘current connection’, thanks to a $400,000 pledge from PowerStream Inc., York Region’s largest electricity distribution company. “As...

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York Region and Rouge Park commit to reforestation of recently acquired parkland

Partnership to see rehabilitation of lands donated by Government of Ontario As part of Earth Week, representatives of The Regional Municipality of York, Rouge Park and the Government of Ontario gathered in the Town of Markham today for a tree-pla...

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Sod turned for Bocce Courts

Click Here to View Photos Sod turned for Bocce Courts at Town of Markham's Centennial Community Centre. Markham, ON ~ April 14, 2007 ~ A sod-turning ceremony was held today at the Town of Markham's Centennial Community Centre to celebrate the start...

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York Region releases Visitors Guide for 2007

Slender format fits tourists' pockets and displays The Regional Municipality of York has released Discover York Region: 2007 Visitors' Guide, a product of York Region Tourism that informs visitors and residents about the many sites, activities and...

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Markham Announces Major Soccer Field Expansion

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti (fourth from right), Members of Markham Council and York Region District School Board Chair Bill Crothers (fifth from right) celebrate the announcement of the new sports fields with members of the Unionville Milliken Soc...

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PowerStream lights the way in social housing conservation

Company donates 2,600 energy efficient light bulbs The lights at the Observatory Towers social housing complex in Richmond Hill are about to shine a little longer, and at less cost. PowerStream Inc., York Region’s largest electricity distribut...

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Competition Bureau Flags Latest Scam to Hit Canadian Businesses

FRAUD: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It! The Competition Bureau intervenes in the latest attempt to defraud Canadian businesses. The new scam involves business directory solicitations sent to Canadian companies using the federal government's corpor...

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2007 Eat Smart! award winners

Program celebrates York Region's top food premises for healthy eating NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to announce that 86 York Region eating establishments have earned a 2007 Eat Smart! award. This prestigious awar...

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GTTA Board Sets 2007 Agenda in Motion

Greater Toronto Transportation Authority (GTTA) Board sets 2007 agenda in motion (Toronto, March 23, 2007) Ontario Minister of Transportation Donna Cansfield addressed the first ever meeting of the directors of the Greater Toronto Transportation Au...

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Deteriorating Ice Conditions on Lake Simcoe York Regional Police

The York Regional Police Marine Unit is warning residents that with the recent mild temperatures set to continue this week, the ice on Lake Simcoe is deteriorating and rivers and streams may be swollen and running faster than usual. Officers are w...

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Anglers Reminded to Remove Ice Fishing Huts

BE CAUTIOUS OF DETERIORATING ICE CONDITIONS! The York Regional Police Marine Unit is warning residents that with the recent mild temperatures set to continue this week, the ice on Lake Simcoe is deteriorating and rivers and streams may be swollen a...

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Chief-for-a-day Winner!

York Regional Police is proud to announce that Grade 5 student Jared McNabb, from Saint Paul Catholic School in Newmarket, is the winner of the annual Chief-for-a-Day contest after delivering his winning essay before a panel of judges earlier this mo...

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MSBEC Annual Open House

Click Here To View Photos It was a stellar event, as Town of Markham gathered on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the local business community and the successes of its entrepreneurial mentorship arm, the Markham Small Business Enterprise Centre (M...

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The Regional Municipality of York to benefit from $962 millionfederal commitment to transportation

The Regional Municipality of York welcomes today’s announcement by Prime Minster Stephen Harper that the federal government will contribute $962 million to multiple transportation and transit initiatives across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) as...

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Are you celebrating the Chinese New Year?

February 18th marks Chinese New Year and as the preparation for this exciting celebration fast approaches, York Region Health Services would like to remind residents to take the proper precautions when preparing food for their families and guests. Be...

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Moraine for Life Awards

Left to right: Dorothy Izzard, retired schoolteacher, King Township; Michaela Halsey, 12-year-old student, Township of Alnwick/Haldimand, Northumberland; Bruno Nazzicone, Senator Homes; Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada; Laura McDo...

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PowerStream and Rodan Energy launch Demand Response program

York Region, ON, Canada, February 7, 2007 - PowerStream Inc., in partnership with Rodan Energy & Metering Solutions Inc., is launching a Demand Response (DR) program to deliver electricity load management programs to PowerStream's customers while i...

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Police Warn Residents to Beware of "Warm-Up" Thefts

Every year, York Regional Police investigates vehicle warm-up thefts throughout the region during the winter months and now that colder weather is upon us, residents are still reminded that this is a crime of opportunity that can be avoided. Alth...

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Varley Gallery Opens For 10th Anniversay Season

Sunday afternoon saw the opening of the Varley Gallery's 10th Anniversary Year with two exhibitions and a great turnout. The first of the two exhibits was 'Canadian Artists Without Borders'. It is the culmination of a juried competition...

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United Way of York Region Sets Fundraising Record

January 26, 2007 - Markham, ON: United Way of York Region (UWYR) is celebrating a record $8,550,000 campaign. The 2006 campaign total surpasses the previous year's campaign by 12%. Over 350 supporters gathered at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham f...

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The Regional Municipality of York introduces smoking cessation program

For communities with high incidence of tobacco use and urges children not to begin smoking; children impacted by second-hand smoke. The Regional Municipality of York is reaching out to the Urdu, Farsi and Russian communities in a bid to reduce the n...

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Make a difference in your community with P.A.C.E.S

FIRST SESSION AVAILABLE IN CHINESE York Regional Police is pleased to host the first Police and Community Education Seminars (P.A.C.E.S.) program to be offered in Cantonese. The program is designed specifically to foster strong community partnerships...

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Despite Cold Weather Lakes and Streams Are NOT Frozen

The York Regional Police Marine Unit would like to remind you of the importance of staying safe this winter season in any outdoor activity you do. Through awareness, enforcement and public education, police are warning citizens to be diligent and sta...

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PowerStream donates over $50,000 to United Way

Company's total contribution since 2004 almost $100,000 Employee campaign targets were exceeded for the second year in a row as PowerStream Inc., York Region's largest electricity distribution company, donated over $50,000 to the United Way....

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Varley Art Gallery - Celebrating the First Ten Years

Celebrating the First Ten Years The Varley Art Gallery 1997 - 2007 January 17, 2007 For Immediate Release This year, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Varley is part of one of the most diverse and fastest growing...

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PowerStream launches school program on Energy Conservation

Initial pilot to reach 1,200 grade five students and their families Approximately 1,200 grade five students and their families will be participating in an innovative and comprehensive education program over the next few months that will provide them...

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Public health inspectors aim to keep you healthy and safe

National Environmental Public Health Week is January 15-21, 2007 Each year, the third week in January is designated as National Environmental Public Health Week. This year, York Region joins communities across Canada in recognizing and celebrating th...

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Installation of Smart Meters to begin early in 2007

PowerStream will be initiating the first phase of a smart meter deployment plan early in 2007 with approximately 80,000 units being installed at customer locations in  Markham and Richmond Hill by the end of that year. Subsequent phases of the...

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Make over-eating a thing of the past!

There are a number of factors in our physical and social environments that can influence how much we eat. Studies show that sophisticated packaging and other visual cues such as plate size can manipulate us into over-eating. York Region public health...

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Building Markham's Future Together Mayor Scarpitti Announces Development Task Force

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti has announced the formation of the "Make It Happen" Task Force to help streamline the development process. Speaking to the Ontario Building and Renovation Forum 2007 at the Markham Hilton Suites Hotel on Januar...

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PowerStream sells water heater rental business

In a move designed to streamline company operations and help provide greater focus on its core business of electricity distribution, PowerStream has agreed to sell its water heater rental business to The Consumers' Waterheater Income Fund (Consum...

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Ice Conditions UNSAFE!

The unseasonably changing weather that we have experienced over the last couple of weeks has prompted the York Regional Police Marine Unit to warn the public that the lakes and streams are NOT FROZEN and NOT SAFE. Residents who enjoy outdoor activity...

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tis the season for conservation and safety

Decorating the home during the holiday season can increase electricity bills more than people realize. However, choosing festive LED lights over traditional incandescent decorations can keep energy costs down. One dollar typically buys 15 days of hol...

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Donate to Your Favourite Charity and Save Taxes, Too!

In the spirit of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ‘gifting' your favourite charitable organization with a donation. That's a very kind and generous act, especially during a time of the year that can get pretty expensive. S...

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York Region winter road maintenance program under way

NEWMARKET - With December's weather bringing us a dose of winter reality after the recent mild spell, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents that the Region's Winter Maintenance program is staffed and equipped at full capacity, w...

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York Regional Police Warn Residents of High-end Vehicle Thefts

After the recent theft of a number of high-end sport utility vehicles, York Regional Police is reminding all drivers to lock and secure their vehicles when leaving them unattended. The majority of the vehicle thefts have occurred in commercial shop...

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Roll Up Your Sleeve - It's That Time of Year Again

People 6 months of age and older should be immunized... every year!Stay healthy this winter. Protect yourself and the people around you from the flu by getting your flu shot. Health Canada recommends the flu shot for all healthy children and adults e...

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Retirement Income Beyond Your RRSPs Is It Time For a Change?

You're retired and, over the years, you've done a terrific job of contributing money to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Maybe you've needed some of that money to support your retirement lifestyle; maybe not. Either way, if...

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PowerStream Recalls Seasonal LED Lights

YORK REGION, ON – As a result of a product safety alert issued today by Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), PowerStream has decided to recall the 36-bulb seasonal LED light strings the company distributed at several exchange even...

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YRP Launch Operation Stay Focused

York Regional Police is pleased to announce the launch of an important new traffic initiative called Operation Stay Focused, aimed at changing driver behaviour on York Region roads through education, awareness and enforcement. The slogan for the prog...

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2nd Annual Halloween in the Village a Success

On Saturday October 28, 2006, the Community Safety Village of York Region welcomed over 2,000 ghosts, goblins and young trick-or-treaters for an evening of fun. York Regional Police officers were on-site to educate children on Halloween safety as we...

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Halloween Around York Region

Halloween has been celebrated on October 31 in North America since the early 1800s and is traditionally a family-oriented holiday when children dress up and enjoy candy and other treats. The Community Safety Village of York Region will be hosting its...

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York Region honoured by Recycling Council of Ontario

The Regional Municipality of York received two awards at the Recycling Council of Ontario's (RCO) Waste Minimization Awards held in Etobicoke last week. York Region won the Gold Award in the Promotion category for our Yes! Blue Box Campaign and a...

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Police Warn Seniors to be Wary of Scams

York Regional Police is reminding the public, especially seniors in the Newmarket area, to be cautious and never release personal or financial information to anyone they don't know after an elderly woman was scammed of $4,000 by an unknown suspec...

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Music Alive 2007 - Entry Deadline December 8

March 21-May 2, 2007 SYLLABUS ENTRY DEADLINE - FRIDAY DECEMBER 8, 2006 Click here for entry form Click here to view syllabus Email any questions or comments to [email protected] March 21-May 2, 2007 ENTRY DEADLINE - FRIDAY DECEMBER 8,...

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PowerStream Endorses Ontarios Lifting of Transfer Tax

powerStream gave its endorsement today of the Ontario government's announcement on Wednesday of a key policy change that will encourage further consolidation within the electricity distribution sector and provide further benefit to electricity consum...

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Varley Gallery announces selection of new Canadian artists for exhibition

CANADIAN ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS January 28 May 11, 2007 Unionville Unionville, ON - Located in one of the most diverse communities in Canada, the Varley has just selected 37 artworks from 22 artists from 17 countries of origin for its inno...

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Probable human case of West Nile virus in York Region

Preliminary tests indicate that the first probable human case of West Nile virus (WNv) in York Region has been identified. The individual, a 47 year-old woman from the Town of Markham, did not need to be hospitalized and is recovering at home. Co...

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York Region reports first positive West Nile virus mosquitoes

NEWMARKET – York Region Health Services reports that a mosquito pool has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). A “pool” defines one batch of mosquitoes caught overnight in one trap and sent for testing. The mosquitoes were tr...

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The Regional Municipality of York launches unique social housing recreation and sport project

Ontario Minister of Health Promotion Jim Watson and Thornhill MPP Mario Racco joined York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch this morning to launch a unique recreation and sport project aimed at children and families living in social housing communiti...

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Woodbine Avenue re-opened between Davis Drive and Green Lane

Clean-up continues across the Region following thunderstorm damage earlier this week York Region has re-opened Woodbine Avenue between Davis Drive and Green Lane in the Towns of Newmarket and East Gwillimbury. The road was re-opened following the...

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Holism and Compensation Explained Through Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spellings obituary appeared in the New York Times today. He was noted as the most prolific producer in American TV with hits like Dallas, Charlies Angels, Beverly Hills 90210 and on and on. Mr Spelling was a hard working man with a long...

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York Region to host forest event this Saturday

A father and daughter enjoy a walk in the York Regional Forest and a visit from Smokey the Bear. Learn about insects while enjoying the natural air conditioning of the York Regional Forest. The Regional Municipality of York is holding an event this...

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Planning For a Debt-Free Vacation You Can Do It!

A terrific vacation is a timeout from the cares of life. A brief period of fun, renewal, adventure, travel, or tranquility. But whatever your vacation dream might be, it can end in a nightmare of post-vacation bills. That's a wake-up call nobody want...

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Reduce your summer energy bills

(NC)-Are you concerned about paying costly energy bills to keep your home air conditioned during the summer? It is possible to keep your cool without re-mortgaging your house. The key is using energy wisely. Here are a few ways to keep your air condi...

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Join us for a day at the beach and be sun-sensible

In the summer of 2004, a beach user survey was conducted by York Region Health Services at De La Salle Beach in Georgina. Ninety-six randomly selected beach users completed a self administered survey. The survey results indicated that 41 per cent of...

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Impairment and boating carries more risks than ever before

According to the National Boating Fatalities Report (2003), 38 per cent of recreational boating fatalities in Canada are alcohol-related Whats more relaxing on a hot summer day than boating on a cool, calm lake, the soft breeze in your face and t...

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YRT re-introduces favourite Wonderbus route for the summer

Beginning this Saturday, York Region Transits (YRT) popular Wonderbus service will be up and running for the third summer in a row. The Wonderbus is an express bus service to Paramount Canadas Wonderland that operates during the summer months on...

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PowerStream Launches New Service to Facilitate Power Outage Communications

YORK REGION, ON PowerStream has launched a new service designed to provide customers with a quick and efficient way of accessing and reporting information on power outages. By simply calling 1-877-777-3810 or visiting the companys website at www.p...

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PowerStream Teams Up with Local Food Banks to Distribute Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

YORK REGION, ON Clients of food banks in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan will be receiving energy-efficient light bulbs as part of a conservation program being offered by PowerStream in conjunction with York Region Food Network (YRFN)....

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Varley Gallery Seeks New Canadian Artists

CANADIAN ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS January 28 – May 11, 2007 Unionville, ON - Located in one of the most diverse communities in Canada, the Varley is opening the door to exploring the newest in Canadian art from its newest arrivals. Through th...

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Weaning off the Bottle

Today on The Parenting Show, the call-in advice show that I co-host on Rogers Television, a mom called in to ask me at what age do I recommend getting kids off the bottle. Her child was about 18 months or so. Well we were at the end of a show and so...

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York Region commits to taking action on sustainability and improving air quality

York Region joined federal, provincial and GTA municipal leaders today at the 2006 Smog Summit, being held June 7 and 8 in Toronto. At the Summit, participants affirmed a common commitment to clean air initiatives to reduce smog, air pollution and gr...

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York Regional employees encouraged to use alternate modes of transportation to and from work

Fresh thinking aims to reduce harmful emissions and relieve congestion York Regional Council has approved implementation of Smart Commute York Region, a group of programs and policies to encourage Regional employees to use alternate modes of transpo...

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Toronto's Vulnerability to Climate Change

The Clean Air Partnership has released a report on the expected impacts of climate change on Toronto, Eva Ligeti, Executive Director announced today. “Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing humanity today,” says Ligeti...

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Smog advisory issued for York Region

A smog advisory has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for various areas, including York Region. The advisory remains in effect until further notice. A smog advisory means that there is a strong likelihood that there may be...

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Viva named most innovative transit system in North America

Viva Rapid Transit has been named the most innovative transit organization in North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for its pioneering public-private partnership and its agility in getting from vision to reality quick...

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Sun Hat Chuckers

We know the effects of too much sun and understand the benefits of wearing a hat in summer. Unfortunately, for many children the benefit of hats is that they make good Frisbees. Here is an alternative to nagging (and scotch tape!). Natural Consequ...

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York Region launches Household Hazardous Waste campaign

The Regional Municipality of York is partnering with a number of local paint stores, real estate agencies and the York Region Welcome Wagon to help raise awareness of the dangers that surround improper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste. House...

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Take a deep breath

Covered patios will soon be smoke-free Effective May 31, 2006, York Region residents can enjoy smoke-free environments in covered outdoor patios, thanks to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA). The SFOA is the first smoke-free provincial legislation w...

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Is your family ready for an emergency or disaster?

The Regional Municipality of York is highlighting the simple steps that families and individuals can take to lessen the consequences during the first 72 hours of an emergency or disaster as part of our participation in National Emergency Preparedness...

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PowerStream offsetting electricity price increases for Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan

YORK REGION, ON Thanks to a significant reduction in its distribution rates, PowerStream has been able to substantially offset the impact of the Ontario governments May 1, 2006 electricity price increases for customers in Markham, Richmond Hill an...

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Viva Rapid Transit awarded Environment Impact Award

NEWMARKET – Viva Rapid Transit has received the Canadian Project Excellence Awards (CPEX) 2006 Environmental Impact Award, as Viva is recognized not just for getting people to their destinations faster but also improving our environment and our...

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Dietary fibre dont give up on it just yet!

Public health nutritionists from York Region Health Services advise you not to give up on fibre just yet. Despite the fact that recent scientific research indicates conflicting information on whether fibre is useful for the prevention of colorectal...

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InYorkRegion.com Spring Makeover Contest is about to end

Well it is definitely spring - birds are singing, flowers are blooming, trees are budding - and the first ever InYorkRegion.com Spring Makeover Contest is about to end. That's right, you have only until midnight April 30th to submit your entry to...

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Opera York Season Finale

Opera York, York Regions professional opera company, completes its biggest season yet with two one hour operas by Puccini Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica on March 19 & 23 at St. Elizabeth Theatre in Vaughan and on March 25 at the Markham Theat...

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Spring Makeover Contest Has Sprung

Outside the weather spelled winter. Inside the studios of Rogers Television it was spring. Nadia Baboo was on daytime today to announce the launch of the Do It Smart - Do It Local Spring Makeover Contest. The promotion is designed to encourage res...

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York Region Transit surpasses 15 million riders in 2005

York Region Transit (YRT) and Viva Rapid Transit continued their impressive ridership growth in 2005, carrying 15.2 million passengers an increase of 10.2 per cent from 2004. The 2005 ridership statistics mark the fifth consecutive year of 10...

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Parenting Tips By Alyson Schfer -BITING

For families with pre-schoolers, nothing is more unsettling then having a child who bites other people. We feel so upset and worry that our child is making a bad reputation for themselves as being "bad". Let me assure you - there are no "bad" childr...

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