The HELIX Summer Institute: Students tackle problem on behalf of Markham Stouffville Hospital

By Sophia Reuss Several years ago, Dr. George Arnold, chief of innovation at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), met Chris Dudley, director of HELIX, Seneca College’s entrepreneurship incubator, in the lobby outside an event hosted by Markham’s mayor. With Dudley were three students who were planning to showcase HELIX at the event. Under Dudley’s mentorship, each of the students had developed a health-related app. The students were eager to share their […]

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Coach’s Corner

  A Stairlift… Really? There are no “RSPs” (Registered Stairlift Plans) – nobody ever saves for a stairlift. It isn’t exactly the dream purchase for your retirement. But once you’ve made the realization that you need some help navigating the stairs in your home, you will need to ensure you are making an informed decision. Why Stannah? Our reliability and safety allow a Stannah stairlift to simply become a part […]

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Meet Mary Ng, Markham’s New MP

By Kathryn Willms Mary Ng remembers a student she was mentoring at Ryerson once asking her if she would ever want to be “out there,” be a political figure. “My response at that time was that the spotlight wasn’t what interested me,” she says. “What really interested me was supporting others and making a difference.” For 20 years, she pursued her passion for helping others in various capacities – as […]

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The State of Our Fairs: A Pivotal Moment in the History of Fairgrounds

By Kathryn Willms On September 28, 2017, Markham Fair will throw open its gates once again for four days of magic and mayhem. There will be bands, tractors, magicians, and monster trucks. Cows will be roped, cars smashed to smithereens. Prizes will be awarded for the best waterfowl, the largest squash, and the tastiest pie. People will eat funnel cakes and then spin violently on their favourite ride. For a […]

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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 – allegratorontonorth.com Blyth Academy, Thornhill – blytheducation.com Bow Consulting Group Inc. CENTUM Direct Financial Inc. –  janli.ca DCSA Homes Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Canada Office  –  growtrade.ca F12.net  – f12.net Fight Fitness –  fight.fitness G’est Media Ltd. Icon Digital Productions – icondigital.com International Day Of The Girl Canada Invixium Access Inc. – invixium.com Kelly Ehler, CPA, CA, LPA, TEP – kellyehler.ca Kid’s Kitchen Limited Co. – kidskitchen.ca 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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