Month: May 2017

MP Philpott Plants a Tree for Canada 150

Jane Philpott, MP Markham-Stouffville, got her hands dirty and her feet wet at a ceremonial maple tree-planting and bench ribbon-cutting event this past weekend. The Proudly Canadian event was hosted by residents of Ballantrae Golf & Country Club Recreation Centre in honour of Canada 150. Philpott did not shy away from the festivities and shortly after delivering an address to attendees, dove into the activities. Also in attendance were Justin Altmann, Mayor of Stouffville and Maurice Smith, Ward 2 Councillor. Both the maple tree and bench will have inscription plaques that serve as lasting reminders of the occasion. The event also...

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Grab your bike for Bike Month

Coinciding with the warm spring weather is Bike Month happening across York Region. Bike Month starts on May 29 and continues until June 30 with many rides and events happening across the region. Events include Bike to Work Day and Bike to School week starting on May 29. Bike to School Week event expands on the success of Bike Month and on inspiring initiatives among local schools and community partners. It was first celebrated in 2015 in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Last year saw 301 schools registered and more than 21,000 students participated. Another important ride event...

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Varley art social

A place of art in the community that speaks of peace and harmony, the seeds of the Varley Art Gallery was sown 20 years ago by local, national, and international artists. Since the gallery’s opening, it has offer group tours, school programs, studio courses and workshops, courses and lectures, and family activities. Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire said the art gallery is a place of respect. “Not only do we showcase great work but we are a place that respects everyone’s culture,” O’Laoghaire said. “ Mayor Frank Scarpitti said the Varley Art Gallery is a place that amazes visitors with...

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Grab fresh food and good times at the local farmers’ market

Finally, local farmers’ markets are back and providing fresh fruit and vegetables. Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market opens for another fruitful season, beginning June 2 and running every Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, until October 8. The market, which is now in its sixth year, was created by Unionville activist Jeanne Ker-Hornell and Bob Stiver as a means to create public awareness of the Mill’s plight, which had fallen into disrepair. Since 2009, the market has brought together the best of Ontario’s local fruits, vegetables, meat, baked goods, crafts, entertainments, and the market grill. As the market continues to grow...

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Protection from unfair rent increases

  The Ontario government has passed legislation to help keep rental housing affordable and predictable for individuals and families in York Region and across the province by protecting tenants from unfair rent increases. The Rental Fairness Act, 2017 expands rent control to all private rental units, including those occupied on or after November 1, 1991. Effective April 20, 2017, landlords cannot raise rents more than the rent increase guideline, which is 1.5 per cent in 2017. Any rent increase notices above this amount given on or after April 20 must be reduced to 1.5 per cent. The legislation also...

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