Month: June 2017

Enjoy a summer of food and film

Following on the heels of last year’s successful Movies in the Park, this summer the Town is hosting another six family-friendly movies, including Beauty and the Beast (June 16), The Princess Bride (June 23), Sing (July 21), Moana (July 28), Finding Dory (August 18) and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (August 25). Vince’s BBQ will be on site to provide summer treats. These free events begin at 9pm at the Pavilion. Bring a blanket and some chairs. This year, two Food Truck Frenzies will take place in Memorial Park. On June 22 and Sept. 15, plan to be at...

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All-day GO train service coming to Stouffville

Metrolinx is bringing new all-day GO train service to the Stouffville line to help manage congestion, provide more transit options and improve commutes for families in Scarborough and eastern York Region. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan and Oak Ridges-Markham MPP Dr. Helena Jaczek visited Unionville GO Station recently to announce the new trains. Also in attendance were Whitchurch-Stouffville Ward 3 Councillor Hugo Kroon, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, and Mary Proc, Vice President, Customer Service Delivery of Metrolinx. Starting Monday, June 26, new train trips will run approximately every hour in both directions during the midday...

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YRDSB allocates over 94 per cent of budget to classroom-related expenses

At its June 6 Board meeting, York Region District School Board approved a balanced 2017-2018 budget with a total of $1,446,369,000 which is an increase of 4.1 per cent from the approved 2016-2017 budget of $1,389,174,000. 94.4 per cent of the budget is allocated for classroom instruction and school operation related expenses. The balance is allocated for governance, administration and transportation. “We are proud to deliver a balanced budget that reflects our priorities and the commitments our Board has made to our community and to the Ministry of Education,” said Loralea Carruthers, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “This...

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Patient care increased with paramedicine program

The provincial government is renewing its support for its successful community paramedicine program in York Region. The program offers non-emergency care from a paramedic to those with chronic health issues, including seniors and other community members. Last year, this program helped 119 people in York Region receive care from a paramedic, who went above and beyond their usual emergency response role. Among the services included: Check-in calls to frequent users of 911, referring the person to appropriate health care services, home visits for seniors, routine health services (eg: blood pressure checks and blood glucose checks). The community paramedicine program helps...

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Markham Stouffville Hospital celebrates second annual diversity fair

Markham Stouffville Hospital staff celebrated Markham and Stouffville’s diverse culture with the Second Annual Diversity Fair in May at the hospital. The Diversity Fair represents the growth of the Markham and Stouffville communities and is the cornerstone of Markham Stouffville Hospital’s inspiration to deliver high-quality programs, services and care in a manner that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. This year’s theme was Cultures United: Song and Dance. Attendees participated in an opening ritual honouring First Nations Land, Bollywood dancing and engaged with organizations in the community to break down barriers. Staff also wore cultural-specific outfits. This is part of...

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