Month: November 2017

Markham company predicts Canada headed for record car sales

By Perry Lefko Canadians certainly love buying new cars. A combination of low interest rates and a turnaround in the economy have resulted in Canadians buying more cars on an annual basis since 2009. But there’s every reason to believe that the prospect of two million sales, which at one time would have been seen as nothing more than a pipe dream, could happen. In fact, according to Canadian Black Book, the Markham-based company which does values on new and used cars, dealers could be popping champagne bottles in 2017. “Our industry needs only 243,126 cars to hit two...

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New director of education for York Region District School Board

Louise Sirisko has been appointed the new director of education for the York Region District School Board. Sirisko has been working at the provincial Ministry of Education for about the past three years as director of the branch overseeing special education policy and programs. She began teaching in 1990, in Peel Region, later becoming a vice-principal, a principal and an elementary school superintendent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Toronto, an education degree from York, and a master’s in education/business administration from Brock. Sirisko is known for her work in equity and...

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Fête Chinoise celebrates contemporary culture and tradition

November 18 marked the third annual curated luxury event showcase and gala celebrating the meaning of modern heritage and style of the evolving Chinese community through design and the arts. Attendees at the sold-out event, “Fête Chinoise 2017: Luck & Ritual,” witnessed renowned design teams and event professionals transform century-old Chinese celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Dragon Boat Festival into artistic translations. Guests also enjoyed curated treats such as dragon beard candy, specialty dim sum, and received an advance copy of the 2018 Fête Chinoise Magazine before its public release. “Our incredible team and committee is so grateful...

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Postmedia/Torstar local newspaper deal is cynical and destructive: CAJ

The message Postmedia and Torstar sent when they swapped community newspapers in Ontario was succinct: local journalism is not a priority at either company, said the Canadian Association of Journalists. “Postmedia and Torstar pretend to support thriving local news, and advocate for more journalism when they testify at parliamentary committees,” said CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “But they’ve proven once again that cutting newspapers, and destroying media diversity in cities both big and small, is routine business.” Canada’s latest media swap saw Postmedia acquire 24 Torstar properties in exchange for 17 newspapers. Only seven of those newspapers won’t be closed...

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Toronto Winter Ball to highlight art and sport of ballroom dancing

The Toronto Winter Ball, a ballroom dancing competition for both amateur and professional dancers, is high stepping from Dec. 16-17 at the Markham Pan Am Centre. Dancers, aged four to 94, from across Canada and the United States are set to be competing in four categories: ballroom, Latin, smooth and rhythm. Though most routines will be performed by couples, there are additional categories that allow for group performances. “The Toronto Winter Ball is the combining of arts and sports,” said Inessa Strelnikova, one of the event organizers of the competition. “Categories are performed at very high tempos, and these...

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  1. Markham Museum

    November 5, 2017 - December 31, 2018
  2. Geared for Growing exhibit

    March 7, 2018 - January 1, 2019
  3. From the Ground Up exhibit

    March 7, 2018 - January 1, 2019
  4. Community Innovation Hub

    April 29
  5. Seniors Advisory Committee Craft Show and Hobby Fair

    June 19

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