Author: Steve Pecar

Premier commits to York Region subway

They haven’t said how or when, but the provincial government has made a commitment to extend the Yonge St. subway into York Region. On May 3, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a number of transportation initiatives for the GTA, but the one that strikes home for residents of York Region is the subway news. “We’re building the kind of integrated rapid transit systems that a growing exciting region like this absolutely has to have,” Wynne said, at the announcement. The Yonge subway extension had been at the top of the list of York Region transportation plans and comes at...

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Unionville Festival set for first weekend in June

The Unionville Festival returns in June, for its 49th year, and organizers are expecting the event to be bigger and better than ever. The festival runs June 2-3 and is centred around Main St. in Unionville. All activities are free for the weekend. On both days, merchants will line the street selling a variety of food and goods. As well, musicians will be part of the scene and there will be free admission to the Varley Art Gallery. Activities get going with the festival parade starting at 10 a.m. on June 2, followed by water events: the Krazy Kraft...

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105 Gibson Centre taking the next step

As 105 Gibson Centre takes the next step into being a full-fledged community centre, the message is still pretty much the same as the one when it opened back in 2013. “People helping people, that is really what it is all about,” says Rev. Jonathan Chan, centre general director. The recent re-launching of the Markham-based community centre reveals a 47,000 sq-ft facility that caters to the public much the same way as those operated by the city. Offering a variety of programs and services from its location at – you guessed it, 105 Gibson Dr. – the centre has...

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Markham group applies for radio licence

A Markham-based broadcaster has applied for a licence to operate a national pay audio network. The numbered company, 3305670 Nova Scotia Company, which is affiliated with the Ethnic Channels Group (ECG), has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a licence that would consist of at least 69 audio channels in a wide variety of musical formats. The applicant proposes to devote about 43 per cent of its programming to pop music derived from a variety of genres. The remainder would consist of a variety of other forms of music including jazz, blues and opera. The...

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Markham Thunder are CWHL champs

The Markham Thunder made history on March 24. In the franchise’s third trip to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship, they claimed their first Clarkson Cup. The title came after 2-1 overtime win against Kunlun Red Star of China at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. Laura Fortino of the Thunder and Red Star’s Kelli Stack netted goals in regulation time, but Markham’s Laura Stacey won the contest with three minutes into the overtime period when she tipped in a pass behind the Kunlun goaltender. Markham goalie Erica Howe was named MVP of the series. The Thunder earned their place into...

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