Month: February 2017

Oyez, oyez! In conversation with the town crier of Markham

For 30 years John Webster has been informing the masses and delighting crowds. When John Webster tilts up his tricorn hat, rings his bell and bellows a mighty proclamation, there is no need for a microphone. “My mom said I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle and I can go on forever,” says Markham’s town crier, John Webster, with a roaring laugh. Webster has the jovial demeanor of someone who appeals to all walks of life and punctuates his sentences with the word “golly.” He takes his job seriously, but not himself. What started out in 1987 as an...

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Mayor Scarpitti meets with URA

The new Markham Centre, job growth, an increasing population, and affordable housing were some of the hot topics at a recent Unionville Ratepayers’ Association (URA) meeting. The URA had lots of questions for the mayor at its February meeting. The first issue presented was the State of Markham and Council’s endorsement of an “environment first approach” to employment and residential growth in 2031. Scarpitti shared plans to increase Markham’s population to 420,000 people and 240,000 jobs by 2020, pointing specifically to the new General Motor’s Innovation Centre that will create up to 700 local engineering jobs. Markham Centre is...

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Crime spike not the norm, preventable with cooperation of community

York Regional Police representatives held a community forum last month with a focus on bringing criminals to justice and helping people avoid becoming victims of crime YRP Superintendent Fred Moffat invited members of the community to attend the Markham Civic Centre session to discuss, among other things, the recent rise in crime, namely break and enters. “We’re discussing the most pressing issues right here,” Moffat said. “Break and enters (are) the number one issue people want to hear about. We’ve had recent crime reported that’s not typical – couple of shootings, a homicide – these are crimes we don’t...

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Markham prime spot for table tennis champs

Champions will be crowned once again at Markham’s Pan Am Centre when the Butterfly Cup flies into town this month. Table Tennis Canada returns to the centre, where Canada’s best paddle wielders earned three medals during the 2015 Pan Am Games. About 100 players will descend on Markham for the event, but many won’t be coming from very far. “The GTA is the hub of table tennis in Canada right now,” says Table Tennis Canada CEO Tony Kiesenhofer. “In general, Markham has exploded in table tennis.” The Pan Am Centre is now located near three private clubs, totalling nearly...

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Show off some muscle at body builder event

  To become a great athlete, dedication, time and focus are required. Bodybuilder Fedel Clarke should know – the discipline and commitment needed are immense to compete in the upcoming 2017 Toronto Championships, hosted in Markham.   Clarke and his partner, Fred Antwi, have been organizing this event since 2012, and have held it at the Flato Markham Theatre for the last four years. This year’s competition takes place March 18. Clarke has competed for nearly 20 years, and notes that it takes three months to prepare for a competition. “Focus, just worry about yourself for three months… Weight...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Evergreen Hospice Annual Gala

    March 30