Newmarket Council Highlights

Council Highlights Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on June 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.:

Council Highlights
Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on June 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.:

Joe Sponga announces resignation as Councillor

Joe Sponga announced his resignation from his position as the Town’s Ward 5 Councillor through a formal submission of written resignation to the Clerk at the June 27 Council meeting.

A report outlining options and the time frames will be presented to Council at the  July 25, 2016 Special Committee of the Whole meeting. For more information, please contact the Legislative Services department by emailing or calling 905-895-5193.

Parkland Dedication By-law

Newmarket Council received the draft Parkland Dedication By-law. The draft by-law will be on the Town’s website at from June 28 to July 28 for any public and stakeholder comments. Newmarket staff will prepare a report to Council at the August 29, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting with a final recommendation for the Parkland Dedication By-law for Council’s approval.
The purpose of a Parkland Dedication By-law is to require developers and builders to either set aside a certain amount of land for parkland, or to pay a cash-in-lieu to the Town, or a combination thereof, to ensure that the Newmarket community is properly served by parkland.

Amendments to the Taxi By-law

The Town of Newmarket amended its Taxi By-law. The amended Taxi By-law will address the needs to improve community access to accessible taxi services and improve administrative efficiencies for the Town. This will be achieved by allowing taxi cabs licensed by another municipality to operate within the Town of Newmarket for the purpose of providing accessible taxi services as recommended by the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. Administrative efficiencies will be improved by allowing a one or two-year option for taxicab licenses.
Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions is available for review underAgendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports,

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events:

Kanata Day

July 1: Come celebrate Canada's birthday with neighbours, family and friends at the Kanata Summer Festival: Canada Day Event! This event features a pancake breakfast, inflatable bouncers, rock climbing, pony rides, food vendors, a beer garden (over 19 years of age with valid ID) and live entertainment including "Fresh Horse - Salute to Garth Brooks and Country Music.” Continue to celebrate in the evening with hot air balloon rides, more inflatable bouncers, a performance from the Newmarket Citizen's Band and an amazing fireworks display. Admission is free. For full event details, including locations and an activity schedule, visit

Music in the Park

Thursday and Sunday Evenings: Get into the groove with this free summer concert series in Newmarket’s parks. Local entertainers will showcase their talents Sunday evenings at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) and Thursday evenings at Fairy Lake Park (Water Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For the complete concert listing, visit

Kids Around Town

Every Tuesday: Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to delight in an evening of family oriented entertainment. Enjoy a different theme of entertainment every Tuesday in July from 7 to 8 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). These exciting evenings will be sure to tire out your kids!

Around the World Multicultural Event

July 17: Experience the many cultures of the world in one day at this free event from noon to 8:30 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Experience a number of multicultural music and dance shows while trying delicious food and creating unique crafts. For more information, visit

Garlic is Great Festival

August 20: Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario's garlic harvest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newmarket Farmers' Market at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Visitors can expect to see live cooking demonstrations, live musical performances and interaction with Ontario Garlic farmers.

Moonlight Movies

Throughout August: Wrap up the summer by enjoying a movie under the stars. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch a film on a huge inflatable screen. The film title will be revealed closer to the day of the screening. For full event details and locations, visit 

Bedtime Stories at the HollisWealth Story Pod

Every Wednesday: Cuddle up with your family in your pyjamas while listening to a bedtime story every Wednesday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the HollisWealth Story Pod (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Each Wednesday, a different children’s book will be read aloud. These stories will be sure to keep you from falling asleep! For more information, contact the Newmarket Public Library at 905-953-5105 and/or Farmers' Market
Every Saturday: Stop by the Farmers' Market at Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fresh local produce, live music and more. For more information, visit 

Notice of Public Information Centre: Water Street Pedestrian Refuge Island

Drop in to the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive) inside Hall 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to learn about the Town's proposed Pedestrian Refuge Island, which is planned to provide a pedestrian link between Fairy Lake and Riverwalk Commons. This PIC is an opportunity for residents to learn about the proposed island, which will be located on Water Street and will allow pedestrians to more safely cross Water Street, one lane at a time. Preliminary concept drawings will be on display. Our consultant – Ainley Group – will be present to answer your questions on the proposed improvements. Town staff will also be present to answer questions regarding this project. Should you be unable to attend and/or have questions regarding this meeting, please contact Bill Gould, Senior Transportation Co-ordinator, Town of Newmarket at 905-895-5193 ext. 2512 or email

Fireworks Safety

With the Canada Day long weekend approaching, Central York Fire Services (CYFS) and the Town of Newmarket reminds residents to be safe with the use, handling and disposal of fireworks. Please remember that fireworks are not to be ignited on public property, including parks and open fields/spaces in the Town of Newmarket and are only permitted on Canada Day and the day before and after the holiday. Residents setting off fireworks may do so only on their own private property or with written permission from the owner of such property between the hours of dusk (approximately 9:30 to 11 p.m.) and must have an 18 metre (59 ft.) frontage on the residential property you are discharging the fireworks on.

Residents are urged to purchase fireworks from a reliable vendor, have a water source handy and ensure an adult is present when handling fireworks. We also remind you to be considerate of your neighbours and pets when using fireworks. The noise may be disturbing to those around you. CYFS and the Town of Newmarket wish residents a safe and happy long weekend. For more information, safety tips and links to Town By-laws, visit or

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