Month: March 2017

Exhibition of paintings by Irene Hung

Irene experiments and explores every possible way to work in different art forms, expressing her personal creativity and vision which knows no boundaries and no limitations as she says that she is inspired by God.  The ideas and feelings shown in her art are fruits of an ongoing process of faith, hope and love on canvas. During her teen years in 1972, she learned Chinese brush painting from Master Fan Sze Deng in Hong Kong. Upon immigrating to Canada in 1995, she started exploring western painting techniques. She later joined the Willowdale Group of Artists in 2008, the Dynasty Watercolor...

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Trudeau Makes Special Stop in Markham to Support Liberal Candidate

March 31 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, made a special stop in Markham-Thornhill this afternoon to support Mary Ng on her campaign trail leading up to the Apr. 3 by-election. The federal MP candidate was joined by the PM at Fancy Chinese Cuisine for dim sum with local families and volunteers. Earlier in the day, the pair also visited with local Tamil community leaders from the Markham-Thornhill area. Ng will go head to head with candidates from the Conservative, NDP, and Libertarian parties for the post left vacant by John McCallum, Canada’s new Ambassador to China. Election results to follow Apr....

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Local family seeks to increase MS awareness

Sarah Barretto was two weeks from the due date of her second child when her husband, Jason, woke up experiencing vision loss in one eye. Initially, they thought it might be a virus, but three weeks later—on the day their daughter turned one week old—­Jason was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis. “It’s not great news to hear at any time,” Sarah says, adding that it was especially strange receiving the diagnosis mere days after her daughter was born. Barretto admits that neither she nor Jason knew much about MS at the time of his diagnosis. This was a year...

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Vimy ‘Trench’ Dinner to Honour Canada’s service

The Vimy Ridge memorial event started with a dream. It has morphed into the much sought after upcoming Mayor’s Commemorative Vimy ‘Trench’ Dinner and Band Concert, which will be held at the Flato Markham Theatre Apr. 4. The ‘Trench’ dinner will include food made deliciously for this elegant evening, with foods researched that were eaten during those times. The concert will feature two military bands playing music from that era, interspersed with actors reading Letters from the Front. Robert Andrew McTaggart, a former officer in the Governor General’s Horse Guards, explains, “A few years ago, I visited Vimy Ridge...

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Liberals tout lower hydro rates

After some negative press about sky-high hydro rates, the provincial government responded with a plan to amortize the infrastructure for an extended period of time to negate the need for increases now and in fact lower rates. What that will amount to is a 25 percent decrease according to MPP Helena Jaczek. In a statement, she stated that “beginning this summer, every household in Oak Ridges – Markham and across the province will see this reduction; and hydro bills won’t increase beyond the rate of inflation for at least four years. The necessary changes to our electrical system came...

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