Author: Stephanie Liu

Eight books to read for Book Lovers Day

Aug. 9 is Book Lovers Day, a day to encourage reading and celebrate the bookworms of the world. With the increase of screens and technology present in our day-to-day lives, reading has taken a back seat for many people. According to Time magazine, only 45 per cent of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure once or twice a year. Reader’s Digest says reading can reduce stress, improve your concentration skills and can also help develop your critical and analytical skills. To stimulate the mind and encourage reading on this year’s Book Lovers Day, here’s a list of books with...

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Markham Fire and Emergency Services welcome new recruits

On July 6, Markham Fire and Emergency Services welcomed 11 new members to the team. The ceremony commenced with a piper and honour guard leading the recruit graduates into the hall. After remarks from members of the Markham Fire and Emergency Services senior management team, the Markham Executive Leadership Team and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, the graduates were presented with their badges. “Public service is a calling and we are proud to welcome these new recruits as they join the ranks at Markham Fire and Emergency Services,” said Scarpitti. “Firefighters are heroes because they run toward danger, are there when...

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Markham Rotary Ribfest celebrates 15th year

Markham Rotary Ribfest is back for its 15th year from July 6-8 with award winning ribbers, music and entertainment to kick off the summer. The annual event, organized by the Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise, will feature eight award-winning ribbers from across North America. Not only will there be tons of ribs to go around, but there will also be 14 food trucks serving up Canadian classics such as poutine, beaver tails and blooming onions. New this year are Asian vegetarian options such as deep fried tofu and vegetarian popcorn chicken. There will also be a beer garden with...

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Taste of Asia celebrates multiculturalism at 15th annual event

From June 22-24, celebrate multiculturalism and diversity at the annual Taste of Asia festival. This year’s festival will have more than 150 vendors offering everything from Asian delicacies to children’s crafts. The event is hosted by the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham, the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada and the City of Markham. This year, more than 200,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival. “The festival is a one-stop place for people to enjoy their favourite classic dishes or modern twists on traditional cuisine,” said Christie Lee, Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham representative. “We have...

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City employees receive service award for community contributions

On June 14, Mayor Frank Scarpitti awarded more than 20 part-time and contract City of Markham staff for their years of service and contributions to the community. The ceremony, at Markham Civic Centre, recognized the work of part-time and contract employees who have worked for the city from five to 30 years. In addition to family and friends, local councillors and commissioners attended the event to congratulate the award recipients. City part-time and contract staff work in departments varying from customer service to children’s programming. Don Roe, recreational programs supervisor, has mentored part-time staff from when they started working...

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