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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Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Community Volunteers Unite

“It’s an interesting experience,” comments YPN member James Bortolus. “You kind of just have to be here.” James is referring to the buzzing room of 20- to 30-year-olds busy chatting and laughing at a networking evening out at the new Milestones in Markham. “Honestly, these get bigger every time. Soon we’ll need a whole bar,” James laughs.   YPN stands for the Young Professionals Network, a Markham Board of Trade group […]

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Learning Through Play with Markham Public Library’s Summer Kids’ Programs

From festivals to daytrips, there’s plenty for families to do in Markham during summer weekends. Whether it’s bouncing at the Bandstand, relaxing on a Main Street patio, enjoying nature at Milne Park, or cheering at the Pan Am Games, the next adventure is just around the corner. But why does the fun, and the learning, have to end for kids during the week? Markham Library’s summer kids’ programs are both […]

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Building Common Ground: Public Spaces for Growth All Around

Public spaces are the cornerstones of a healthy and prosperous community. Historically designed to foster commerce and fuel democracy, the greatest impact of these spaces comes from diverse people and perspectives intermingling. How does this spur growth in our city? In the 2012 report Placemaking and the Future of Cities, the United Nations examined how public spaces “facilitate social capital, economic development and community revitalization” (1). Their Project for Public […]

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Keeping Your Business Moving During the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

The 2015 Pan Am Games presents an exciting opportunity for our region, but it also will amplify some challenges we already face in Markham, such as daily congestion, a lack of transit infrastructure, and the second highest commute times in the country. The best way to prepare for the Games is to know what to expect and to plan how your business will operate. By examining your travel habits, you […]

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