Council Highlights from September 10th 2018


Terry Fox Week in Newmarket
Newmarket Council received a deputation asking for the Town’s support on the 38th Annual Terry Fox Run by declaring the week of September 10 to 16 “Terry Fox Week.”
The Town will include the proclamation for Terry Fox Week on the Newmarket Town Page and promote the run through its other communication channels.
Fees and Charges – Licensing Fees
Town of Newmarket Council received a report to adopt By-law 2018-45 Fees and Charges for services or activities provided by the Town of Newmarket’s Legislative Services – licensing fees for 2019.
A full list of fees and charges for licensing fees can be found online at

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, are available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit


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Everything you need to know so far for the 2018 Newmarket Municipal Election 


Qualify to win free bread from COBS Bread!

Make sure you’re on the Municipal Voters’ List! Get on the list at By ensuring you’re on the list, you will get your Voter Instruction Letter in the mail by early October - call us at 905-953-5121 if you haven’t received it by then.
If you check, confirm or register your voter information, you’re automatically entered to win bread for a year, or 1 of 10 $50 gift cards from COBS Bread.



Learn How to Vote!

Register for a free course to learn how to vote. Seats are limited, so sign up today at

Please see below for the dates, times, locations and course codes to register:
Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive) – Computer lab:
·        September 18 from 11 a.m. to noon, course code: 119405
·        September 28 from 2 to 3 p.m., course code: 119406
·        October 5 from 10 to 11 a.m., course code: 119404
Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue) – Board Room:
·        September 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., course code: 119408
·        September 19 from 11 a.m. to noon, course code: 119407
·        October 2 from 4 to 5 p.m., course code: 119410
·        October 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., course code: 119410
For more information call 905-953-5121 or email

  Farewell Mayor in the Square!Join Mayor Tony Van Bynen for an informal, drop-in farewell, “Mayor in the Square” event on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). More information to come, please visit for more details.

Splash of Culture - September 14 (rain date is September 15) 
A Splash of Culture returns for its third year of incredible arts - on a unique stage at the Tim Hortons Skating and Water Feature at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons. Bring your chair, your family and friends and enjoy an evening of entertainment listening to music in a stunning setting. Admission is free. 
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 8 to 10 p.m. 

Rebel Heartland - September 22 and 23 
The ARCH Committee, comprised of the Newmarket Historical Society, Heritage Newmarket and the Elman W. Campbell Museum, will present a re-enactment of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion, in which Newmarket played a vital role. The event will involve an encampment of military re-enactors, settlers, vendors, and craftspeople. 
Location and time: Fairy Lake Park (Water Street) on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Culture Days Open House - September 29 
Join us for Culture Days Open House! View our new exhibit: Quilts Old and New. Try a museum history hunt and go on a self-guided tour of historic Main Street. Admission is free. For more information, please call (905) 953-5314 or email: 
Location and time: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. 

Ghost of Old Town Hall Tours - October 3, 10, 17, 24 
Join us as we tour Downtown Newmarket and unleash the stories of the past. Sponsored by snapd Newmarket, guests will be taken on a guided walking tour of Main Street and the Old Town Hall where they will learn about the many suspicious events and anecdotes that have haunted the area since the 1880s. Throughout the evening, guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about paranormal activity, and by the end of the evening, they will experience a real live paranormal investigation and any findings hosted by the Georgina Paranormal Society. 
Location and time: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street), tours start at various times 

Quilts: Warmth through the generations - until October 
This exhibit showcases 44 captivating and rarely displayed quilts from the Museum's collection, as well as quilts loaned by members of our community. See an array of stunning quilts including ones made by Elman W. Campbell's mother and grandmother. Enjoy the beautiful patterns and colours of Dresden Plate, Colonial Lady, Double Wedding Ring, Underground Railroad patterns, view a Quilt of Valour, and much more. Curated by Lynn Robitaille and Janet Charpentier-Burling. 
Location and time: Tuesdays and Saturdays from now until October, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) 

HollisWealth Story Pod - until October 
Stop by the Newmarket HollisWealth Story Pod at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Visit the Story Pod to take a book, read it at your leisure and return it once you are finished, or bring another book to share with the community. The HollisWealth Story Pod, in design and function, encourages you to open your heart and mind to life’s possibilities similar to the way a book does. The HollisWealth Story Pod is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather dependent). This Story Pod is sponsored by HollisWealth, AKB, Scholastic Canada and the Newmarket Public Library.
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive), daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

For up-to-date weather and cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, please call 1-877-PLAY936 (1-877-752-9936) on the day of the event no more than two hours prior to the start time. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Please contact the Town at 905-895-5193 or visit for more information.



Newmarket CAO, Bob Shelton to retire after more than four decades of public service

The Town of Newmarket Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Bob Shelton has announced he will retire from the Town of Newmarket on November 30, 2018. Mr. Shelton has been the CAO since 2002. He began his career with the Town of Newmarket in 1977 and has fulfilled various roles throughout the organization.

Mr. Shelton was instrumental in many of the key decisions that have led to much of Newmarket’s successes and the community continuously being recognized as one of the best places to live in Canada. Some of the highlights of Mr. Shelton’s career with the Town of Newmarket, include:

  • The acquisition of the Mulock estate property to create a ‘Central Park’ inspired green space

  • The revitalization of the downtown area and the creation of Riverwalk Commons, which have both greatly contributed to Newmarket receiving the People’s Choice Award for best Main Street across the country (2016)

  • The award-winning and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified consolidated Operations Centre

  • The opening of the Town of Newmarket Magna Centre to meet the present and future recreational needs of the community

  • Guiding and supporting staff in the creation of many plans and strategies that are helping to guide Newmarket into the future, including; the Town’s first strategic plan (vision/mission), including the creation of the Town’s core values (Courage and Creativity, Accountability and Accessibility, Respect, Integrity and Excellence), theOfficial Plan and Secondary Plan, the Cultural Master Plan and the Economic Development Strategy

  • The development of Canada’s first LEED Platinum certified subdivision, one of the most environmentally friendly neighbourhoods in the country

  • The addition of significant public art works like the Tom Taylor Trail markers and the bronzed plaques on the Keith Bridge

  • Leading through a culture of collaboration, both internally and externally, including the creation of the N6 municipalities group/committee (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Newmarket, King and Whitchurch-Stouffville) which has realized many efficiencies and collectively saved the municipalities millions of dollars.

Read the full media release for more information. 

By working together, sharing information, ideas and being engaged in our community we can achieve results for Ward 6 together.