Author: Stephanie Liu

All Paws in at Ontario SPCA Walk

Put your paws, tails and hands in to support our furry friends at the 6th annual Friends for Life Walk. On Sept. 24, come out to the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education and Animal Centre to support animals in need. The annual walk is presented by Pedigree, and all funds will go towards animal cruelty investigations and adoption services, to name a few. “Whether it be the spays and neuters that we provide to the animals, microchipping, vaccinations and any emergency veterinary care, that’s all done by donations. So with an event like this, we have participants raising money and...

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Local student represents Canada at International Sporting Competition

Nationally-ranked taekwondo competitor Crystal Chan fights her way through the summer at this year’s Summer Universiade. From August 19-30, the Markham student represented team Canada at the Summer Universiade, an international competition that connects athletes in their post-secondary studies. With over 6,000 participants in attendance, the sporting event was held in Taipei, Taiwan this year. Up against internationally recognized athletes, the 19-year-old fought her way into the quarter-finals of the competition, finishing in fifth against the top seeded competitor in her division. “This competition taught me that I still had lots of improvements to make as a fighter, but...

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Recreational park and conservation area provides great family fun

After five years of construction and remodelling, Ontario Place has redeveloped their parking lot into a recreational park and conservation area. The local attraction closed down in 2012 after the number of incoming visitors decreased. However, this summer Ontario Place has re-opened their doors and welcomes visitors to 7.5 acres of green space. The new Ontario Place addition features Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail, named after Bill Davis, the former acting Premier when Ontario Place was first introduced to citizens. The trail extends past its 1.3 kilometre distance to connect to prior existing trails, such as...

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7 must-read classics for every book fanatic

Attention all bookworms: Grab your favourite book and immerse yourself in the story for Book Lovers Day! This annual celebration falls on Aug. 9 and commemorates readers with a passion for books. To celebrate Book Lover’s Day, we compiled a list of some of the most popular books: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Published in 1960, this award-winning novel explores themes of racial inequality and morality, to name a few. The story follows Scout Finch and her life growing up in Alabama, and how the environment she is living not only affects her and her siblings’ values...

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Markham Idol shows off young talent

On June 2, local youth sang their hearts out at the 11th annual Markham Idol singing competition. They would have made Simon Cowell proud. Young singers lit up the stage as they showcased their talents at the Rouge River Community Centre. This year, over 30 acts auditioned, but only seven performers from each age category were selected to compete in the final show. In addition to the singing competition, there were guest performances from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Acoustic Music Club, and singers and dancers from the Unionville Youth Council (UYC).  The night, however, concluded with the naming of...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Varley Art Gallery

    July 30 - September 24
  2. 2017 Seniors’ Extravaganza

    October 16
  3. Parenting Expo 2017

    October 21 - October 22