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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for October 4, 2019

York U Campus in Markham

I was delighted to attend a very important event on September 26th: for the first time, York University is offering academic programs at IBM Canada’s headquarters in Markham, where students can take advantage of networking events, lunchtime seminars and guest lecturers. 

This is great news for students and IBM employees who may also take advantage of learning events.

“Partnerships such as these are demonstrative of how cities, education institutions and technology companies can come together to shape the learning experience for students and build the skills of tomorrow,” said Beth Bell, Vice President Enterprise and Commercial, IBM Canada.

To read more coverage of the event, click here.
Good News in Long-Term Care

Bloomington Cove Care Community has received an extension to its Structural Compliance Fund while it works on developing programs to address the concerns raised by sector partners. 

On September 20, our government announced that it will be extending the Structural Compliance Premium to March 31, 2020, while it launches consultations this Fall on what a minor capital program could look like. We are also extending the High Wage Transition Fund to December 31, 2020 as we work to develop a long-term care staffing strategy.

The extension of these funding streams will ensure that gaps in long-term care staffing and funding can be addressed, while the highest quality of care for long-term care residents remains uninterrupted.

Funding Applications

Now, our government is one step closer to fulfilling our commitment to create 15,000 new long-term care beds and redevelop 15,000 existing beds over five years.
 
The Ontario government is now accepting applications from current and potential long-term care home operators to build new long-term care beds and redevelop existing ones in Ontario.
 
To date, the government has allocated 7,889 new long-term care beds, fulfilling more than 50 per cent of that commitment.
 
This call for applications is for current and potential long-term care operators to apply to build and redevelop the remaining beds. 
 
To apply to build new and/or redevelop existing long-term care home beds, go to www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ltc

The deadline to submit an application is January 17, 2020.
Stouffville Lawn Bowling Club

On September 21st, I attended the Semifinals Championship, a round-robin tournament which saw players from around the province compete. 

The winners moved on to the finals in Richmond Hill on September 22. 

Here are the results from the OLBA Novice Singles co-hosted by District 11's Richmond Hill and Stouffville Lawn Bowling Clubs:

Women's Event 

Gold - Suzanne Day - District 5 
Silver - Louisa Kee - District 12 
Bronze - Meredith Bee - District 7 
4th Place - Sarah Shutt - District 10 

Men's Event 

Gold - Bill McCollam District 11 - Markham LBC 
Silver - Pierre Vanderhout - District 15 
Bronze - Chad Burgie - District  14 
4th Place - Ted Walker District 2 

SLBC offers organized League Team Play from May to September (Trebles on Monday nights, Pairs on Wednesday nights, Pairs on Tuesday mornings) tournament opportunities and fun, special events. For more information, visit their website at https://stouffvillelbc.com. Thank you to the Stouffville Lawn Bowling Club for these great photos below. 
Markham Fair

On October 3rd, I attended the 175th Markham Fair alongside Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman, who made an important announcement about removing red tape and outdated burdens for agricultural and horticultural associations. 

If passed, the proposed changes include giving organizations flexibility and financial savings by removing the requirement to both mail and publish notices of annual meetings. This could reduce compliance costs for all organizations like the Markham Fair by over $100,000 a year.

For more information, read here.


From Thursday October 3rd to Sunday October 6, the Markham Fair offers hundreds of events and activities for you and your family.

•    Fabulous food
•    Music
•    Contests
•    RCMP Musical Ride
•    Golden Helmets precision motorcycle team
•    Demolition Derby
•    Aerial Mystique Circus Show

I had an amazing time at the fair yesterday, check out the video below for more.

Visit the fair's website for complete information: 
https://www.markhamfair.ca
The 175th Markham Fair is now open! It runs until October 6 - bring the whole family out for tons of local fun!
About the Riding

The provincial riding of Markham-Stouffville was created in 2018 and is made up of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and some parts of the City of Markham lying east of Highway 48, McCowan Road, and the Rouge River. In Markham we take in the communities of Dixon Hill, Markham Village, Raymerville, Cornell, Box Grove, Locust Hill, Legacy, and Greensborough, to name just a few. 

Have a look at this more detailed map:
Constituency Office Services
 
My constituency office is here to serve you. We offer assistance for various provincial government services such as the renewal of Driver's Licences, Health Cards, WSIB claims, ODSP/FRO cases, and any other service under provincial jurisdiction. Please call us at 905-642-2588 or email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org and my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
 
Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
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