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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for September 1, 2019 - Labour Day Long Weekend Edition!

Back to School
 
Across our community, kids will be back to school on Tuesday, September 3rd.
 
Please allow extra drive time for your trips, and be extra vigilant on the roads as students from Junior Kindergarten to High School are walking to class, waiting for the bus or using the crosswalks.
 
Remember, drivers can be charged if they pass a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing:
  • First offence: $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points.
  • Each following offence: $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and possible jail time (up to six months)
Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren't driving.
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy back-to-school week!
Convenience Wish Week
On Monday I stopped into Mac's (soon to be Circle K) on Main Street Stouffville to mark National Convenience Week. This week 2,400 convenience stores across Canada were participating in support of the Children's Wish Foundation. Thanks to the Convenience Industry Council of Canada for helping to promote this important effort.
GO Train Service Expansion
As of August 31st, we will see improvements and expansions to GO Train service on the Stouffville Line:

·         Evening train service is returning along the Stouffville line and extends to Mount Joy GO.
 
·         Departure times have been adjusted to give you hourly service from Union to Mount Joy in the evenings.
 
·         Evening bus service will continue.
 
·         Changing the size of some trains to better match ridership. These trains will now be six coaches long so you may need to adjust where you wait on the platform.

Did you know you can sign up for “On the GO Alerts”? 

“On the GO” is a subscription service that lets you sign up for timely, customized news about the service you use. Once registered, you will receive e-mail or text message alerts about any major delays cancellations, new schedules, service improvements, construction notices, and other news and information from GO Transit. You can sign up for alerts here

To learn more about the new schedule changes click here.
York Region funding for the fight against guns and gangs
York Region will see new supports in the fight against Guns and Gangs in the months ahead: Ontario's government is standing up for law-abiding citizens by escalating its fight against gun violence and the gangs who prey on young people and communities.
 
The new Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Gun and Gang Fund is focused on supporting projects and partnerships in the GTA and GGH, including Toronto, Durham Regional, Halton Regional, Peel Regional, York Regional, Niagara Regional and Hamilton Police Services.
 
By providing new resources and tools to local police, prosecutors and community partners, including initiatives to combat human trafficking and improve intelligence-gathering in jails, Ontario is reinforcing its commitment to taking action where it is needed most. Learn more...
Let's GO to the EX!
 
Take the GO this summer to the Canadian National Exhibition! GO Transit will be running special Stouffville line train service on Labour Day Weekend (August 31-September 2) to take you and your family to the midway, the Canadian International Air Show and more. Remember, kids under 12 ride free! For more details click here.
 
Markham-Stouffville Provincial Youth Council
 
I'm pleased to share that I will be convening the first Markham-Stouffville Provincial Youth Council. The Youth Council is an opportunity for youth across the riding to provide feedback and input on how the Ontario government can better serve them.

Applications are now open! If you are in Grade 9-12 and would like to apply, please click here.
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.

On behalf of my entire team, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy Labour Day long weekend. Our office will be closed on September 2nd and will re-open on September 3rd. 
 
Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
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