Markham gets smart

Richmond Hill Post - - Local Politics - Howard Shore Ward 2 Coun­cil­lor

It is an ex­cit­ing and busy time in the City of Markham. The num­ber of items on my agenda is long but im­por­tant.

In early April I hosted Smart Markham — Build­ing Our Smart City To­gether, a fo­rum leading to a vi­tal dig­i­tal strat­egy and tech­nol­ogy blue­print for our city. In Thorn­hill we are about to em­bark upon the much-needed con­struc­tion work to re­place and up­grade old storm sew­ers and re­duce the risk of flood­ing.

In Fe­bru­ary I had a coun­cil res­o­lu­tion that made the very cru­cial fund­ing of the storm wa­ter sys­tem in Thorn­hill and through­out Markham a city­wide in­vest­ment rather than a Thorn­hill-only levy, sav­ing tax­pay­ers roughly $300 an­nu­ally.

We have nearly com­pleted all of the de­bris cleanup from De­cem­ber’s ice storm but now have to ad­dress the trees in­fected by the emer­ald ash borer. We are in the midst of a pro­posal to part­ner with York Univer­sity to bring a satel­lite cam­pus to Markham. This is very ex­cit­ing and would be tremen­dous for our city. Work is also pro­gress­ing on the Thorn­hill Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Study ex­am­in­ing the most suit­able land uses in the Bayview and Green Lane neigh­bour­hood to make this area an en­vi­ron­men­tal show­case for the next 10 to 15 years and be­yond.

I look for­ward to the dis­cus­sions ahead on these and many other im­por­tant is­sues to the res­i­dents of Thorn­hill. Thorn­hill needs strong, ca­pa­ble lead­er­ship that gets things done!

As al­ways, I wel­come your thoughts and com­ments. You can email me at [email protected], and you can find more in­for­ma­tion at www.howard­

The fu­ture of Markham looks bright, sleek and smart

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