Month: May 2017

MP Philpott plants a tree for Canada 150

Jane Philpott, MP Markham-Stouffville, got her hands dirty and her feet wet at a ceremonial maple tree-planting and bench ribbon-cutting event this past weekend. The Proudly Canadian event was hosted by residents of Ballantrae Golf & Country Club Recreation Centre in honour of Canada 150. Philpott did not shy away from the festivities and shortly after delivering an address to attendees, dove into the activities. Also in attendance were Justin Altmann, Mayor of Stouffville and Maurice Smith, Ward 2 Councillor. Both the maple tree and bench will have inscription plaques that serve as lasting reminders of the occasion. The event also...

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Grab your bicycle for Bike Month

Coinciding with the warm spring weather is Bike Month happening across York Region. Bike Month starts on May 29 and continues until June 30 with many rides and events happening across the region. Events include Bike to Work Day and Bike to School week starting on May 29. Bike to School Week event expands on the success of Bike Month and on inspiring initiatives among local schools and community partners. It was first celebrated in 2015 in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Last year saw 301 schools registered and more than 21,000 students participated. Another important ride event...

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Local Honda dealership celebrates grand opening

Stouffville Honda makes its opening official with a big grand opening celebration. Local manager Dave Robitaille was joined by Dealer Principal Kevin Pearson and Honda Canada president and CEO Dave Gardner for the formal festivities. The dealership increases the Stouffville Automall dealership count up to five and more likely to come. Pearson’s new dealership is located at 35 Automall Blvd. The customers and staff appear to appreciate the pleasant atmosphere. “Many of our staff and customers comment on how nice and open the dealership layout is and that it is very welcoming,” said Robitaille. There are also high ceilings...

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Strawberry Festival brings the community together

Come out for some food, crafts and fun at the 33rd annual Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival. This year, the local festival will be taking place from June 30-July 2. The Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival has activities of all sorts, with over 200 vendors, crafters, and food trucks overflowing the streets at the Festival Market. On top of this, there will be a hometown country barbeque, featuring three rising country acts, and of course, barbeque to go all around. “We have so much to offer. It really depends on what people want, but we really do have something for everybody,” said Nancy...

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Protection from unfair rent increases

The Ontario government has passed legislation to help keep rental housing affordable and predictable for individuals and families in York Region and across the province by protecting tenants from unfair rent increases. The Rental Fairness Act, 2017 expands rent control to all private rental units, including those occupied on or after November 1, 1991. Effective April 20, 2017, landlords cannot raise rents more than the rent increase guideline, which is 1.5 per cent in 2017. Any rent increase notices above this amount given on or after April 20 must be reduced to 1.5 per cent. The legislation also introduces...

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