Author: Andrew Lawton

Ride for Karen keeps mother’s legacy alive

Hundreds of cyclists. Two hundred kilometres. $150,000 to enrich the lives of kids with cancer. It may sound like an ambitious plan, but it’s been a reality, year after year, at the Ride for Karen. Launched in 2002, just a few weeks after Karen Tobias died of breast cancer at the age of 53, the bike ride in her name has raised more than $2.5 million to furnish new cancer care facilities, boost cancer support centres and enable kids with cancer to attend camp. Karen’s sons, Markham residents Kris and Kirk Tobias, have overseen the growth of the annual...

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Breaking down stigma essential to preventing overdose deaths

An Ontarian dies of opioid overdose every 14 hours. It’s a grim statistic and one that hits close to home, as well. It’s a discussion that social sector agencies hope will be front and centre as Canada observes International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. Locally, Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) wants to promote awareness not only of overdoses, but also the broader addiction issues that can lead to them. “It’s important for people to understand overdose and what that may mean,” said Penny Marrett, ASYR executive director. “But at the same time, we want to also take...

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Canada’s top table tennis athletes to compete in Markham

Call it table tennis. Call it ping pong. Just don’t call it low energy. The plastic balls will be flying in March as some of the top table tennis players in Canada descend on the Markham Pan Am Centre for the 2018 Butterfly Canada Cup Finals—one of the top tournaments in the country for the growing sport. When the tournament convenes March 10 and 11, as many as 80 players from five or six provinces will be competing for points vital for those hoping to make the national team. The Canada Cup is a top-tier tournament, second only to...

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Laughter and coming of age—in India’s Red Light District

A bit of Markham will be transformed into a red-light district. For one night, anyway, when the Flato Markham Theatre transports audience members to a brothel in Mumbai, India. What some people may view as merely a home to questionable transactions is actually home to ordinary people. Specifically Rani, a fictional teenager experiencing a coming of age as she and her sex worker mother try to sort out their different plans for her life. Both characters—and all of the others in the show—are played by scientist, writer and performer Dipti Mehta. Her one-woman play, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai...

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From imprisonment to freedom: former Iranian political prisoner shares story

For Canadian teens, life is about school, friends, and fun. For Marina Nemat, it was about survival. At 16, the Iranian-born woman was sentenced to imprisonment for daring to criticize the religious rulers that rose to power after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. While in captivity, she was tortured and faced execution, but eventually, through a prison guard, escaped to freedom in Canada. On March 7, she’ll tell her story through a multi-disciplinary adaptation of her popular memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, at the Flato Markham Theatre. Nemat, now 52 and living in Aurora, will share her struggle for freedom while...

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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

    July 1 - August 26

    July 4 - October 6