Media Releases 2009
|December 2009||to top|
|Dec. 24||Central York Fire Services welcomes new fire chief|
Central York Fire Services (CYFS) is pleased to announce that, effective January 4, 2010, Ian Laing of Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will replace John Molyneaux as Fire Chief for the department which services Aurora and Newmarket.
|Dec. 17||Newmarket Council passes 2010 budget|
On Monday night's Council Meeting, Newmarket Council approved the 2010 operating and capital budgets. The budget's results show an overall increase of 1.35 per cent for a total increase of $48.81 per year - or $4.07 per month - based on the assessment of an average Newmarket home.
|Dec. 16||Newmarket calls for federal government to take action on climate change|
The Town of Newmarket has passed Resolution R15-2009 at Town Council requesting that the Government of Canada take action on climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark (COP15).
|Dec. 14||Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay media briefing to be hosted in Newmarket on December 16|
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) will hold media technical briefings for Newmarket and Brampton on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 related to 2010 Olympic Torch Relay community celebrations.
|Dec. 14||Welcome in winter with fun and festive Newmarket events|
The sound of sleigh bells and the smell of peppermint is in the air. The winter season is once again upon us and what better way to keep warm than joining in on Newmarket's exciting events and activities.
|Dec. 11||Newmarket Olympic Torch route revealed!|
The countdown is on as Newmarket residents anxiously await the arrival of the Olympic Flame on December 18, 2009. Newmarket is one of only 200 communities across Canada that has been selected as a celebration community. Today, the Town of Newmarket officially revealed the Newmarket Torch route as stipulated by the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC).
|Dec. 9||PSA: The Holidays are heating up!|
Central York Fire Services is urging families to be especially vigilant about fire safety over the holiday season, one of the deadliest times of year for home fires.
|Dec. 7||Newmarket's Annual Toy and Food Drive Underway|
Drop off any toys or non-perishable food items at the Newmarket Municipal Offices and make a difference for someone in need this season.
|November 2009||to top|
|Nov. 30||Town of Newmarket sets the Gold standard in green procurement|
The Town of Newmarket has announced a purchasing agreement to upgrade its environmental standards for the purchase of desktop and laptop computers to the highest criteria of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).
|Nov. 13||Town to unveil the future of downtown Newmarket!|
The Town of Newmarket will be holding a public meeting this November 17 to present the conceptual design for the community urban space project (CUSP). This is a follow-up to the September 15 public meeting and will give residents and business-owners the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the project's design.
|Nov. 11||Town of Newmarket will not appeal Maystar decision|
On September 24, 2009, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the Town of Newmarket's Appeal dismissed the Town of Newmarket's appeal regarding the May 6, 2008 Ontario Superior Court ruling involving Maystar General Contractors Inc. (Maystar). In a recent meeting, the Town of Newmarket Council decided not to appeal the Court of Appeal's decision, but rather work towards a settlement with Maystar for damages.
|Nov. 6||Newmarket to host Budget Open House |
This year, in order to align the Town of Newmarket's 2010 budget with the calendar year, the Town is undergoing the budget process earlier to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Town of Newmarket Council and staff once again invite residents to learn about Newmarket's budget at the third annual Budget Open House on November 9 at the Town Municipal Offices.
|Nov. 5||Newmarket welcomes Katimavik volunteers|
This week, Mayor Tony Van Bynen, members of Council and Town staff welcomed the participants and community partner employers of Katimavik, a national youth volunteer program, to the Town of Newmarket.
|Nov. 4||Living LEED Platinum in Newmarket|
In a ceremony attended by the Honourable George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, the Dunlop family celebrated being the first of 34 families to have their new homes certified to LEED® Platinum specifications.
|Nov. 3||Energy Minister and Mayor welcome first family to live in a LEED Platinum certified home in Ontario|
Rodeo Fine Homes is celebrating the first residents of their LEED Platinum certified development in Newmarket. Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and Deputy Premier George Smitherman, Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen and other dignitaries will be on hand to congratulate the family and present LEED Platinum certification plaques.
|Nov. 3||Town welcomes students for 15th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day|
On November 4, the Town of Newmarket will once again participate in the National Take Our Kids to Work™ Day.
|October 2009||to top|
|Oct. 30||Newmarket announces Olympic Torchbearer|
Today, in honour of the Olympic Flame beginning its 106-day journey across the nation, the Town of Newmarket announced its Olympic torchbearer at a special celebration at the Upper Canada Mall.
|Oct. 28||The Flame is coming...to Newmarket|
On Friday, October 30, 2009, the Olympic Flame will begin its journey across Canada, starting in the west and winding its way throughout the nation in anticipation of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the Town of Newmarket will announce its community torchbearer at a special celebration at the Upper Canada Mall.
|Oct. 8||Newmarket sets the stage for arts and culture|
The Town of Newmarket recently launched its first ever Cultural Master Plan, which will shape the future of arts and culture in Newmarket over the next 10 years.
|September 2009||to top|
|Sep. 24||Stay fire smart, don't get burned|
Central York Fire Services is once again having their annual open house this September 26 to educate Newmarket residents on the prevention of home fires.
|Sep. 23||Town of Newmarket introduces Outdoor Sport Field Hotline|
The Town of Newmarket now has an Outdoor Sport Field Hotline to monitor the status of Town permitted fields.
|Sep. 21||New underpass extends Tom Taylor Trail south of Mulock Drive|
Walking and cycling in the south of Newmarket just became a little easier as officials from The Regional Municipality of York, the Town of Newmarket and Canada Building Materials of Newmarket officially opened a new pedestrian and cycling underpass that runs beneath Mulock Drive in Newmarket, adjacent to the Town's municipal offices.
|Sep. 18||Fall into autumn with fun Newmarket events|
This season the Town of Newmarket is bringing a wide variety of events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
|Sep. 15||Library goes from books to bytes|
The Newmarket Public Library (Library), in partnership with the Town of Newmarket, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Information Centre (Chamber) and Southlake Regional Health Centre (Southlake) accepted a cheque from the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) for a shared digital infrastructure project aimed to boost Newmarket's economy.
|Sep. 10||Take the dog for a dip at the Second Annual Pooch Plunge|
The Town of Newmarket will once again host its Annual Pooch Plunge this Sunday, September 13
|Sep. 9||Downtown Newmarket to be Revitalized!|
The Town of Newmarket has secured $4,070,000 in federal and provincial funding for the revitalization of publicly-owned lands in the heart of Newmarket!
|August 2009||to top|
|Aug. 27||Town to designate Philmore Hamilton Park and launch memorial bench program|
On Saturday, August 29, 2009, the Town of Newmarket will host a dual celebration to unveil the newly designated Philmore Hamilton Park and the Town's first celebration bench in memory of Nicole Smith.
|July 2009||to top|
|Jul. 23||Newmarket Youth Centre partnership with York Catholic District School Board a success|
A recent partnership between the Town of Newmarket and the York Catholic District School Board (School Board) has proven to be successful based on increased student attendance and credit completion.
|Jul. 15||Newmarket will not pursue court appeal|
On Monday, at a special Committee of the Whole meeting, Newmarket Council decided not to pursue an appeal in an Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision last month. This decision was regarding the Town's denial of an application to include performing animals at the Shrine Circus on June 17.
|June 2009||to top|
|Jun. 26||Town responds to chemical spill into sanitary sewer|
Town of Newmarket staff responded to an incident involving an accidental chemical discharge into the municipal sanitary sewer system earlier this week.
|Jun. 26||New burning bylaw takes effect in Newmarket|
At Monday night's Council meeting, the Town of Newmarket adopted an updated outdoor burning bylaw which no longer requires residents to obtain a permit for backyard burning but outlines a number of stipulations that must be followed.
|Jun. 22||Hot summer events all over Town|
The days are heating up and school is almost finished. This summer, the Town of Newmarket is offering some of the coolest ways to fill the hot and hazy days.
|Jun. 17||Newmarket unhappy with Superior Court decision, but the show must go on|
Today, the Town of Newmarket called a special emergency Council meeting to discuss a court ruling yesterday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Xentel DM Incorporated (Xentel), working on behalf of the Shrine Circus, challenged the Town's decision to deny Xentel's application for 2 elephants, 7 horses and 10 dogs to perform at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex due to a number of operational concerns.
|Jun. 12||Newmarket tax increase lower than projected|
Newmarket's final 2009 tax increase has been finalized at 1.27 per cent or an additional $45.23 per year (based on an average assessed house at $314,609). This is lower than the original projection of 2.37 per cent (84.34 per year) when the Town's budget was passed in April.
|Jun. 8||Lifesaving Society recognizes Town of Newmarket|
The Town of Newmarket recently placed third in the Lifesaving Society's Burlington Cup. This award recognizes the municipal affiliate with the largest lifesaving program in a community with a population between 50,000 and 100,000.
|May 2009||to top|
|May. 26||The Town of Newmarket is a Moraine Hero |
The Town of Newmarket was selected as a 2009 Moraine Hero Award winner under the category of Municipal Leadership at the recent 2009 Moraine For Life Community Well-being Symposium!
|May. 22||Newmarket staff wins award for energy conservation efforts|
This is Energy Conservation Week and the Town of Newmarket is celebrating its recently recognized energy conservation efforts. The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) recently presented Town employees Scott Bond and Harry Vanwensem with the Don Harrison Energy Champion Award.
|May. 21||Celebrate Real You'th during National Youth Week|
Celebrating youth during Canada's National Youth Week will be the focus of the Town of Newmarket's Real YOU'th Event on May 24.
|May. 19||Renaissance renovations begin at Old Town Hall|
Newmarket's Old Town Hall has temporarily closed its doors for a number of major renovations that will restore the cultural landmark to its former glory. These renovations will be made possible by a $3.4 million grant received from the Building Canada Fund.
|May. 15||Safety Cone Sam says take a 'brake' this summer|
With warmer weather just around the corner kids are playing outside and pedestrians and bikers are back on the roads. After a successful 2008 Speed Management program, the Town of Newmarket is once again encouraging drivers to ease their speed.
|May. 15||Newmarket hosts low-cost rabies clinic|
For the ninth year, the Town of Newmarket, in partnership with York Region Public Health, will offer low-cost vaccinations at the annual Newmarket rabies clinic.
|May. 13||Newmarket celebrates five years of Customer Service excellence|
The beginning of May marks the five-year anniversary of the opening of the Town of Newmarket's Customer Service Centre (CSC).
|May. 7||Town of Newmarket partners with 680 News in case of emergencies|
In honour of Emergency Preparedness Week (May 3 - 9), the Town of Newmarket is partnering with 680News as the Town's official radio partner to ensure that Newmarket residents are well informed in the case of an emergency.
|April 2009||to top|
|Apr. 28||Newmarket Council passes 2009 budget |
At last night's Council meeting, Newmarket Council approved the 2009 operating and capital budgets. The budget results in a 4.19 per cent municipal tax increase. When the Regional and school board portions are factored in, the overall increase is 2.37 per cent ($84.34 per year - or $7.03 per month).
|Apr. 24||Argos kickoff 2009 GTA Regional Tour in Newmarket|
Toronto's #1 community team has called a community-wide blitz on the Town of Newmarket. The Toronto Argonauts today announced the first of two week- long regional tours that will focus first on Newmarket, and then the city of Oshawa later in May. This week will kickoff with a free community BBQ and end with a celebration of Newmarket and minor football at the Argos Family Fest at Ray Twinney Park on Saturday, May 9.
|Apr. 24||Earth Day is every day for owners of Canada's Greenest Homes|
Earth Day passed again this year with many exciting promises and announcements, but for the home buyers moving into their new LEED Platinum homes in Newmarket, Earth Day is something they live everyday. Located in the Town of Newmarket, the 34-unit development by Rodeo Fine Homes is one of the greenest housing projects in North America.
|Apr. 21||Painting the town green with Newmarket's Enviro Days|
The Town of Newmarket invites residents to celebrate their green spirit by participating in the following Enviro Days events and activities:
|Apr. 21||Explore Canada's greenest homes in honour of Earth Week|
In celebration of Earth Week (April 20 - 24), the Town of Newmarket and Rodeo Fine Homes are inviting the media to tour Newmarket's EcoLogic homes, Canada's greenest residential community on Thursday, April 23, 2009.
|Apr. 9||Full speed ahead for rapid transit in Newmarket|
An announcement made last week by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, joined by York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch, confirmed The Regional Municipality of York will receive $1.4 billion from the Government of Ontario over the next five years to move forward with the Viva rapid transit expansion in Newmarket and other designated areas throughout York Region.
|Apr. 2||Newmarket building first ever Environmental Park|
The Town of Newmarket is constructing its first ever fully- sustainable Environmental Park.
|Apr. 2||Newmarket sees another high energy drop for Earth Hour|
During Earth Hour 2009, Newmarket residents and businesses contributed to a 14.35 per cent reduction in electricity consumption, one of the highest reductions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for the second year in a row, and topping the overall provincial average of 6 per cent.
|March 2009||to top|
|Mar. 22||Newmarket hosts Budget Open House March 23|
The Town of Newmarket Council and staff invite residents to learn about Newmarket's 2009 budget at the 2nd annual Budget Open House on March 23 at the Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive).
|Mar. 20||Councillors colour in support of climate change|
On Thursday, Newmarket Councillors and members from the Newmarket Earth Hour Committee participated in the first ever Earth Hour colouring contest, in support of Earth Hour 2009.
|Mar. 17||Newmarket supports Earth Hour |
On March 19, members of Newmarket Council as well as members of Newmarket's Earth Hour Committee will compete in a colouring contest to raise awareness about Earth Hour 2009.
|Mar. 12||March Breaking-it in Newmarket!|
March Break madness is just around the corner. The Town of Newmarket is offering a number of family-friendly events to choose from
|February 2009||to top|
|Feb. 23||Discover the new Newmarket in the Town's 2008 community report|
On Friday, February 20, Mayor Tony Van Bynen launched the Town of Newmarket's 2008 community report at his annual address to the Chamber of Commerce.
|Feb. 20||Newmarket to receive over $3 million for renovations to Old Town Hall|
This week, the Federal government announced that Newmarket's grant submission to receive $3.4 million from the Building Canada Fund to renovate the Old Town Hall has been approved.
|Feb. 12||PSA: Newmarket closes trail due to flooding|
The Town of Newmarket has closed the Tom Taylor Trail from Water Street to Cane Parkway due to the condition of the river near the bridges and the trail system. The main gate to Fairy Lake Park at Water St. has also been closed and locked up.
|Feb. 12||PSA: Flood warning for Newmarket residents|
The Town of Newmarket is strongly urging residents to avoid all water courses in the Town of Newmarket. The high volume of runoff and the strong current as a result of heavy rainfall may potentially create hazardous conditions.
|Feb. 11||Central York Fire Services to permanently consolidate|
The Towns of Aurora and Newmarket have recently adopted14 recommendations for Central York Fire Services (CYFS) after an extensive review of the CYFS Master Fire Plan was conducted in 2008.
|January 2009||to top|
|Jan. 8||Town wins OMB hearing to protect Oak Ridges Moraine|
Recently, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) announced its decision to rule in favour of the Town of Newmarket in a hearing between the Town and Mademont Investment Ltd. (Mademont) regarding the development of a portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine located in Newmarket.