The Way Forward: A gridlock-free Markham requires green solutions

By Kathryn Willms Some days it feels like there is no topic more contentious than transportation. Road tolls. Bike lanes. Autonomous vehicles. The rising costs of infrastructure and land, and growing concerns about global warming, mean that the intensity of these conversations will only escalate. But the picture isn’t all bleak. In Markham, and small cities like it, personal vehicles used to be the only way to get from A […]

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Saying Goodbye to Donald Cousens: Mayor and Icon

On February 23rd, Markham lost a pillar of its community with the passing of former mayor Donald Cousens. Flags at city facilities were lowered as people remembered a man whose influence in Markham and York Region will live on. Cousens served as mayor from 1994 to 2006. He entered politics in 1981 when he was elected to the Ontario legislature. He went on to become Minister of Correctional Services, Parliamentary […]

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The Bubble that Won’t Burst: Markham’s Sizzling Residential Real Estate Market

By Sarah Sweet Everyone knows that real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver are sizzling: prices are sky high, and properties are selling for tens of thousands over asking. But there’s a piping-hot real estate scene even closer to home – right here in Markham. The most recent statistics from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) reveal that the benchmark price for a single-family detached home here was $1,167,100 this […]

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Welcome New Members of The Markham Board of Trade

Allegra Toronto North – Blyth Academy, Thornhill – Bow Consulting Group Inc. CENTUM Direct Financial Inc. – DCSA Homes Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Canada Office  –  – Fight Fitness – G’est Media Ltd. Icon Digital Productions – International Day Of The Girl Canada Invixium Access Inc. – Kelly Ehler, CPA, CA, LPA, TEP – Kid’s Kitchen Limited Co. – Klaus […]

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Building for the Future: Commercial Real Estate and Development in Markham

By Kathryn Willms When people talk about the hot real estate market in Markham, they’re typically talking about houses. There is some irony in the fact that, while residential real estate dominates the national conversation, an inquiry into its more tempered counterpart, commercial real estate, reveals the longer-term trends that may shape not only the housing market but the future of our cities themselves. In Markham, the state of commercial […]

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Business Reading: Brought to You by the Markham Public Library

Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home by Egypt Sherrod Being a first-time homebuyer can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Egypt Sherrod, from HGTV’s Property Virgins, blends her professional know-how and her personable touch in this down-to-earth guide, providing anecdotes, handy lists, and a helpful glossary to ensure that readers keep calm…and experience the thrill of home ownership. Egypt writes an informal […]

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Welcome to the New Members of the Markham Board of Trade

360°kids – Accountapotamus Inc. – Advanced Accounting & Tax Solutions Inc. – Amoils Photography – Arivano – Atlantis Health, Beauty & Laser Clinic – Auction Network – AxDen Solutions Inc. – Azmon Accounting Inc – Balis Academy – Beyes Dental Canada, Inc. – Bit64 Solutions Ltd. – Boffin Language Group Inc. – Business Point – Business […]

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Putting the Spotlight on Successful Markham Businesses

By Caroline Poole Here are two local businesses recognized at the Markham Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Awards. This year’s Gala will be held on November 10th. Visit for more information.   Doxim 2015 Business Excellence High-Quality & Service Award Winner Over fifteen years ago, Doxim formed to help financial service organizations—banks, credit unions, wealth management, and service providers—digitalize their businesses by moving from paper to electronic communication. After taking […]

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Get to Know Markham’s New Council Members

We recently interviewed the newest additions to City Council—Karen Rea, Amanda Collucci, and Nirmala Armstrong—to get their thoughts on transitioning into their new roles, as well as to get to know them on a personal level. In this first installment of a two-part article, you’ll meet Councillor Rea, whose ward (Ward 4) is also a recent addition to the City of Markham.   Why did you become a city councillor? After attending so […]

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The New Frontier of Medication Management

by Caroline Poole Pharmaceutical Innovation is a company that designs and engineers products that cater to a too-often-ignored audience: the elderly and those with vision loss, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. The idea for Pharmaceutical Innovation was born through a conversation between Tamer Mikhail and a close family member who was diagnosed with type A diabetes. After losing a significant portion of her sight, she spoke to Mikhail about the difficulties she had […]

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