Author: Soraya Mangal

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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Barn raising event supports MS Crisis Pregnancy Centre

The Markham Stouffville Crisis Pregnancy Centre (MSCPC) will hold their second annual Barn Raising event June 17th. It was just over a year ago when Cheryl Lindquist, MSCPC Client Services Director, approached Leslie Forsythe about partnering with them. Their first event was a huge success where they raised over $10,000 for the Centre, which relies solely on the support of the community. “It was fantastic – between corporate sponsorship and ticket sales and donations and our silent auction, we were able to raise (after expenses) just over $10,000,” said Lindquist. They are hoping that this year will be even...

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TriStar Gymnastics Club triumphs at Easterns

Shortly after reaching the top of the heap at the provincials in April, the team at Tristar Gymnastics went on to win gold and silver at the Eastern Championships. The competition was held in the town of Sackville, New Brunswick May 4-8 where best athletes from provinces in Eastern Canada competed in various age categories. The athletes represented their areas by showcasing their abilities, two of which are from right here in Markham. Young Kyra Choy competed in aspire 2 – ages 10-11 where she contributed at each event to earn the Ontario team 2nd place. Alexa Vigliatore earned...

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Asian Canadians honoured at awards ceremony

May is Asian Heritage Month, and with it came a recent event where the Asian community celebrated outstanding contributions in their communities.   The event hosted by the Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario (CMC-AO) included special greetings, dinner and cultural performances, community award presentations and more. Award recipients, dignitaries, community leaders, volunteers and individuals from member associations were on hand to revel in the accomplishments of the pioneers of diversity, inclusion, and growth in Ontario. The CMC-AO represents over twenty Asian Canadian associations who aim to preserve and promote Asian culture and heritage. Groups from the Korean,...

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Dark fibre comes to light at community meeting

(Pictured L to R: David Tuley, Cathy Robinson, Jennifer Hess, Doug Lindeblom, Hon. Jane Philpott) It is hard to believe there are still  entire neighbourhoods in Canada without internet access, and (based on last night’s Town Hall) parents who have to sit in parking lots to download their kids homework. In Budget 2016, the federal government pledged $500 million to make it possible to connect 300 rural and remote communities by 2021. The Connect to Innovate program was established following extensive consultation with stakeholders and Internet service providers.   Last month the community gathered at a Town Hall with Hon. Jane...

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