Month: December 2017

Hockey Hall of Famer and longtime Mississauga resident Johnny Bower passes away

By Perry Lefko Toronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower died on Dec. 26 at Credit Valley Hospital following a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 93. Bower was a prominent Mississauga resident for about 30 years and had a park in the city named in his honour. Nicknamed the China Wall, Bower played goalie for the Leafs from 1959-79 and was part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 60s. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. Bower recorded a song called Honky (The Christmas Goose) in 1965. Based on a children’s book written by...

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Markham Thunder players represent Canada at the Winter Games

Three members of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), Markham Thunder, have been chosen to be part of the 2018 national team that will represent Canada at the Winter Games, Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Forward Laura Stacey along with defencemen Laura Fortino and Jocelyne Larocque were chosen to be on the 23-player roster, announced by Hockey Canada on Dec. 22. The Thunder are in their first season at Markham after previously playing out of Brampton when the CWHL began in 2007. Stacey is the great-granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Famer King Clancy, who played for the Toronto...

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The look of Markham university campus revealed

A preliminary design and budget has been unveiled for York University’s Markham Centre campus. The project, which is slated to begin late next year, will cost $253 million and consist of a 10-storey building on five acres of ground located on the southeast corner of Enterprise Blvd. and Rivis Rd. Expected to be open for classes in the fall of 2021, the campus will initially welcome 1,000 and eventually grow to more than 4,200 students after four years. The university will offer 20 degree programs as well as learning opportunities with Seneca College, an academic partner with York on...

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StatsCan says Canadians spending as much on marijuana as wine

With the Government of Canada poised to legalize access to cannabis for non-medical purposes in 2018, Statistics Canada released a report, on Dec. 18, estimating consumption of the herb from 1960 to 2015. The study estimates 4.9 million cannabis consumers in Canada, aged 15 and older in 2015, including both medical and non-medical use. That translates to an estimated 697.5 tonnes of weed. Assuming a price range of $7.14 to $8.84 per gram, the estimated value of cannabis consumption in Canada in 2015 ranged from $5 billion to $6.2 billion, making the pot market roughly one-half to two-thirds of the size of the $9.2 billion beer market or about 70 to...

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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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Calendar of Events

  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