Author: Steve Pecar

Yonge subway eyed with new transit funds

A combined transportation funding contribution from the federal and provincial governments has local politicians hopeful that it is the first step towards a subway extension into York Region. The announcement made, on March 14, will see an influx of more than $370 million into the region over the next 10 years. The agreement is part of an overall bilateral plan between the two senior levels of government that will see $31 billion in infrastructure spending in Ontario during that period. Regional chair Wayne Emmerson says it’s no secret that the top priority for York is to see the extension...

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Unionville Station upgrades planned by GO

A renovated Unionville Station will be part of the work completed during the overhaul of the Stouffville GO Transit Line. The work, expected to begin later this year, is included in the $254.5 million project that has been award to EllisDon Transit Infrastructure (EDTI) by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx. Substantial completion is expected by the end of 2020. Upgrades to Unionville Station will focus on an additional track, new side platforms with a canopy enclosure and a snow melting system, improved elevators and passenger access tunnels, 300 additional parking spaces, the addition of a bike storage room as...

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Cannabis producer acquired by national firm

A Vancouver-based company has agreed to purchase marijuana producing Bloomera of Markham for $15 million. RavenQuest BioMed Inc., a cannabis company that deals in several facets of the business, has entered into a binding letter of intent with Bloomera that will also see 10,400,000 common shares go to existing Bloomera shareholders as part of the deal. Bloomera currently holds a Health Canada license to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes and will initially add approximately 2,000 kilograms of annual cannabis production to RavenQuest’s investment division. Combined with other facilities and ongoing research, RavenQuest expects to increase production to 11,000 kilograms by...

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Family Day fun planned for museum Winterfest

Markham Museum has a full slate of events planned for Family Day. Called Winterfest, the event takes place on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, free for those aged two and under. Activities include snowshoeing, ice fishing, craft making and both outdoor and indoor games. Families can also watch the production of maple toffee and other old-time activities as well as take part in a number of group contests. A local fire truck will be on hand to be explored and wagon rides will also be available. Everyone can also participate...

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Jaczek’s new role to keep cabinet in order

As the new chair of cabinet, Helena Jaczek has her work cut out for her, but the Oakridges-Markham MPP says she looking forward to the challenge. Jaczek already serves as Minister of Community and Social Services in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s provincial government, but as chair it will be her duty to keep fellow cabinet ministers focused and on course to carry out government business during the meetings. “It’s the chair’s job to keep people brief and to the point and at the end of the day make sure each action item is agreed to and moved forward,” Jaczek told...

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    March 7, 2018 - January 1, 2019
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