Author: Soraya Mangal

Tamil community honoured

Federal, provincial and municipal government representatives joined forces to honour the Tamil community at the 11th annual Thai Pongal Dinner, hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress. In her address, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne highlighted the community and anti-racism. “We have to work to combat systemic racism in all of our venues whether we’re at work, whether we’re with our families – wherever we are in our communities,” she said. Wynne also saluted a “great Canadian,” Captain Gus Dalton, who passed away Jan. 17 at the age of 87. Dalton is famous for rescuing 150 Tamil refugees from two tiny...

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Mountain of support at community toy drive

Frigid temperatures and rush-hour traffic did not stop members of the community from participating in the toy drive, Dec. 15, at the Pride of Canada Carousel. Local Lion and community patron, Aaron Madar, played host at the event alongside Mayor Frank Scarpitti and CTV weather anchor, Tom Brown. Everyone was asked to bring an unwrapped toy toward Toy Mountain’s goal of gathering 150,000 toys across the GTA this holiday season. Local schools and community groups donated toys that they collected during their drives before the event contributing to the 1, 740 toys collected and a total of $15, 040 in...

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City holds event for victims of gender-based violence

Yellow Brick House is seeking sponsors for the Markham shelter that is in need of 19 beds. Each requires $60,000 contributed over a four-year period. Shelter officials joined Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong at the “Invisible No More: End Violence Against Women” event Dec. 6, at the civic centre, to honour victims of violence. The city is the first in York Region to officially recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence, which also marks the anniversary of the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Sponsors were recognized for their contributions to the...

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Veterans honoured at 45th Annual Santa Claus Parade

The city held its 45th annual Santa Claus parade on Main St. Nov. 25th and invited Invictus Games athlete and fireman, Corporal Phil Badanai (pictured above) to serve as Marshall. After connecting with him, Badanai offered to reach out to the 15 local athletes in the GTA and managed to secure the participation of nine. “The great thing is when they asked me to do it, they also asked me if any of the local Invictus team members were around and they would like to participate,” said Badanai. “I’m being honoured by Markham and I want as many of my...

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GTA Entertainment: Jay Z delivers a one-man show in Toronto

Rap powerhouse, Jay Z (aka Shawn Carter) performed the first of two shows on his 4:44 tour stop at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last night, delivering hit after hit. Apart from high energy opening act Vic Mensa and his two-piece band, Jay Z held the stage on his own the entire time. He opened the show with one of his new songs, Kill Jay Z, from the 4:44 album while turning the video screens into an octagon inspired illusion. His creativity and minimalist stage presence were also paired with strong beats, lyrics, and music to match. Fans were treated...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Markham Museum

    November 5, 2017 - December 31, 2018