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Former Mayor of Markham
Don Cousens passes away at 78

His life and work are fondly and proudly remembered by his family and friends in the following obituary.

"Donald Cousens, father, exemplary community leader and dedicated friend died peacefully with his children at his side on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Predeceased by his loving wife, Aline (July 29, 2016), Don is survived by his cherished children, Mary and Paul, their spouses Kevin and Lesley and his three exceptional grandchildren, Suse, Charlotte and Drew, and many adoring nieces and nephews.

He leaves the legacy of many accomplishments and meaningful relationships.

A graduate of Queen’s University (B.A. 1963), University of Toronto, Knox College (M. Div. 1964), LLD, York University (2007) Donald Cousens was a lifelong learner who embraced all of life’s adventures. Following a career as a Presbyterian Minister in Penetanguishene, he worked in the high tech industry in an executive role from 1967-1992. Elected to the York Region District School Board in 1972 as trustee, he served as Board Chair in 1978-79. From 1981 to 1993 he was Markham’s MPP, serving as Deputy Speaker, Minister of Corrections and Opposition Critic for Environment and Finance. Don was first elected Mayor of Markham in 1993 and served four successive terms.

Proud accomplishments include introducing anti-smoking legislation in Ontario, establishing Markham as a High-Tech Business hub, and helping to build Highway 407. He was instrumental in implementing the Character and Community Initiative in the YRDSB. Don served as an executive member of World Vision and served on many other community organizations. During his tenure, Don received many honours and awards including the York Region District School named in his honour.

Don will be remembered for his keen mind, love for family and sense of humour. He served his community with honour, good character and hard work. Don touched countless lives through his public service and personal willingness to help others. He had a special way of connecting with each person he met leaving them feeling respected and appreciated. We will miss him.

The family is thankful for the medical care that Don received from the many heath care teams over the years. In memory of his many years of public service and community building, donations to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation are appreciated.

The City of Markham Town Centre at 101 Town Centre Boulevard will be hosting a special memorial tribute on Wednesday, March 1st 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the “Canada Room”, where you are invited through the day to pay respects and express condolences.

Visitation to take place at Angus Glen Golf and Country Club, 10080 Kennedy Rd, Markham, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

A Memorial Service will be held also at Angus Glen on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm."

Money, Food & Youth

Every Wednesdays until March 29, 2017
(No class on March 15)

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 Location: Immigrant Youth Centre
5284 Highway 7 East, Unit 2, Markham  map

Make your money work for you! Come to learn finance tips, practical money skills, and how to use a small budget to cook nutritious meals.

To register contact Yan Yi Chan at 905-294-8868 Ext.202 or email

Second Career Information Session

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
or Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Second Career is an Ontario government program that helps you train for a new job. If you were laid off any time after January 1, 2005 you may be eligible to apply for Second Career. This session will provide step-by-step information about the eligibility and suitability criteria for Second Career and will discuss the financial support that may be available along with direction for next steps in the process.

Location: Job Skills' Markham - 4961 Highway 7, suites 100 - 101  map

Call 905-948-9996 to book your Information Session. Pre-registration is required.

Job Search Bootcamp

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A workshop designed to assess your job search knowledge and identify where you need to focus your job search efforts. You’ll discover where you are on the Job Loss Rollercoaster, brainstorm ways to overcome barriers to employment, and set SMART goals for a strategic job search.

Location: Job Skills' Markham - 4961 Highway 7, suites 100 - 101  map

Call 905-948-9996 to book your Information Session. Pre-registration is required.

Youth Job Search

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 23 & 30, 2017

Location: Job Skills Employment Services,
 4961 Highway 7, suites 100 - 101  map

Are you 15-29? Need some guidance on how to write an effective resume? Nervous about interviews? Not sure what education you should pursue? Finished school and need to figure out what do with your education? Join us to meet with other youth sharing the same concerns. Together you’ll work on exploring career or educational pathways; learn about and receive help with an effective job search; and gain the skills necessary to find and keep a job.

Call 905-948-9996 to book your Workshop.

Employment Rights

 (collaboration between Markham Public Library and Community Legal Clinic of York Region (CLCYR))

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Milliken Mills Library
7600 Kennedy Road  map

Community legal clinics are non-profit organizations which provide legal services for low-income people, including low-income residents of York Region.

Workshop designed to provide information to newcomers about employment rights in Ontario.

Target Customers:
· Newcomers to Canada who are seeking employment, or are currently working
· Customers interested in learning about the Employment Standards Act in Ontario

Cost & Registration: Free. Register by calling CLCYR at 905-508-5018

Drop ins are also welcome.

An initiative of the Markham Arts Council, Markham at the Movies is a partner of the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit. 

It is a non-profit group run by volunteers and film enthusiasts who focus on bringing award-winning Canadian and international films to our own doorstep.

Our film choices are made with an eye to entertain and enlighten audiences. 

Our website is

All films are shown at the Flato Markham Theatre at 171 Town Centre Blvd.  map

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling the Flato Markham Theatre Box Office 905-305-SHOW (7469)



Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Written and Directed by Xavier Giannoli.

Starring Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau Drama – French with English subtitles.

Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience. Won 6 awards. Cesar Awards – Best Best Actress, Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Sound. Venice Film Festival – Best Director.

All Tickets $10

Focus Group: what Tamil collections
 are you looking for at the library?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Armadale Community Centre, 2401 Denison Street map

We're looking for feedback on our... BOOK, MOVIES, MUSIC, and MAGAZINES!

Are you a member of Markham’s Tamil community? We need your input!

What TAMIL collections are you looking for at the library? Join us for a focus group at Armadale Community Centre on March 1, 2017 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., and tell us what you want. Refreshments provided.

Register here!

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. session:
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. session: https://tamilcollections2.eventbrite

Robert Michaels

Robert Michaels

Thursday, March 2, 2017

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard  map

Multi-gold and platinum recording artist Robert Michaels has won the esteem of critics worldwide with award-winning performances that bring audiences to their feet every time. He won a JUNO Award for “Best Instrumental Album”, and received Best Vocalist, Instrumentalist and Album nominations for his self-titled fifth album. An entertainer with broad and infectious appeal, fans tell him that his are the “best live performances they’ve ever seen.”

“Every inch a dazzling guitarist.”~ Toronto Sun

"Michaels is an “Axe God.”~ Ottawa Sun

Robert Michaels Website:

Tickets: Prime $69, Regular $64

*Show end time is not guaranteed and may vary depending on the artist.

Event Organizer: Flato Markham Theatre
Telephone: 905-305-7469 (SHOW)
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mainly sunny

    Daytime High: 8°C   Overnight: 9°C
    Chance of Precipitation: 40%
  Wind: 15 - 20 km/h SE
    Sunrise: 6:56 a.m.    Sunset: 6:02 p.m.


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March 1

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Risk of a thunderstorm A mix of sun and clouds Mainly

High  15°C

High  -3°C

High  -2°C

Low   -9°C

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  More Upcoming Markham Events

Shanghai Dance Theatre presents Fragrance

Shanghai Dance Theatre
presents Fragrance

Saturday, March 4, 2017

 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard  map

Jeans 'n Classics "Earth, Wind and Fire, and The King of Pop"

Jeans 'n Classics "Earth, Wind
and Fire, and The King of Pop"

Thursday, March 9, 2017

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard  map

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The Great Wall
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Cook Up A Storm
The Lego Batman Movie
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John Wick: Chapter Two
Journey To The West:
    The Demons Strike Back
 Click here for movie show times.

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