Markham City Council

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The Markham City Council is the governing body of the city of Markham, Ontario, Canada. It consists of the mayor, eight councillors who each represent one of the city's eight wards, and four regional councillors who, along with the mayor, are elected by the community to represent the city at meetings of York Regional Council.

Council meets at the chambers at the Markham Civic Centre at the corner of Warden Avenue and Highway 7.

The next municipal election will be in 2018.

History[edit]

The numeric ward system in Markham remains mostly unchanged since the creation of the Town of Markham in 1971. In 1971 Markham had 6 wards and added 2 wards in 1976 (Ward 7) and 1984 (Ward 8).[1]

Minor boundary changes have taken place (1978, 1982, 1997 and 2006) with no impact of the numbering.[2]

Most ward changes require approval by the Ontario Municipal Board (in the case of 1976 and 1997) with only the 2006 changes not requiring prior approval.[3]

Changes were made to the boundaries for all 8 wards for 2014 elections with Thornhill assigned to Ward 1 to replace the former Ward 1 and 2 split.[4]

The changes lso take into consideration existing neighbourhoods, natural boundaries, better representation by population, effective representation and accommodation for future growth of Markham.[5]

Then still under town status, the mayor, town councillors and regional councillors were elected by the residents of Markham every 3 years until 2006. Provincial legislation extended the election period to 4 years.

Town Council 2006-2010[edit]

Councillor Ward Communities represented Notes
Frank Scarpitti Mayor Council Chair and CEO
Valerie Burke 1 Thornhill
Erin Shapero 2 Thornlea
Don Hamilton 3 Unionville, Markville, Quanztown, Downtown Markham
Carolina Moretti 4 Dickson Hill, Mount Joy, Wismer Commons
John Webster 5 Cornell, Mount Joy, Unionville's Berczy Village, Vinegar Hill, Greensborough
Dan Horchik 6 West Unionville,and the surrounding Unionville neighbourhoods including Cachet, Victoria Square, Cashel, Angus Glen, Cathedraltown
Logan Kanapathi 7 Box Grove, Armadale, Legacy 1st Elected politician in Canada from the Canadian-Tamil community
Alex Chiu 8 Milliken Mills former Ward 7 councillor

Regional Councillors

Regional councillor represent the city at York Regional Council. By default the mayor is also a member of Regional Council as well.

Councillor Ward Notes
Jack Heath Markham Deputy Mayor
Jim Jones Markham former Progressive Conservative MP for Markham; former Regional Councillor
Joseph Virgilio Markham Appointed in September 2009 after the death of Tony Wong.;[6] former Ward 3 town councillor
Gordon Landon Markham Conservative candidates for the federal riding of Markham in next federal elections

Town Council (2010-2012) and City Council 2012-2014[edit]

The council elected in the 2010 municipal election took office on December 1, 2010. The town council members became city council members on July 1, 2012 when Markham changed from a town to a city.[7]

Councillor Ward Communities represented Notes
Frank Scarpitti Mayor, Council Chair and CEO
Valerie Burke 1 Thornhill, Langstaff, Steeles Corner
Howard Shore 2 Thornlea, German Mills Chair of Communications and Information Technology Sub-Committee, vice-chair of Community & Fire Services
Don Hamilton 3 Unionville, Downtown Markham
Carolina Moretti 4 Dickson Hill, Mount Joy, Wismer Commons, Ramerville Chair of Canada Day Committee and Economic Development Committee
Colin Campbell 5 Cornell (Grand Cornell, Upper Corner), Mount Joy, Berczy Village, Vinegar Hill, Quantztown, Greensborough, Locust Hill, Markham Village former Toronto Fire Services captain
Alan Ho 6 Buttonville, Brown's Corner, Cachet, Victoria Square, Cashel, Angus Glen, Cathedraltown
Logan Kanapathi 7 Box Grove, Armadale, Legacy, Cedar Grove
Alex Chiu 8 Milliken Mills, Hagerman's Corner former Ward 7 councillor and owner of retail store at Market Village Mall

Regional Councillors

Regional councillor represent the city at York Regional Council. By default the mayor is also a member of Regional Council as well.

Councillor Ward Notes
Jack Heath Markham Deputy Mayor
Jim Jones Markham former Progressive Conservative MP for Markham (1997-2000); former Regional Councillor (1988-1997); Toronto Liaison Committee Chair
Gordon Landon Markham Conservative candidates for the federal riding of Markham in next federal elections; Development Services Committee - Chair of Transportation
Joe Li Markham former Progressive Conservative/Conservative candidate during past federal elections - Scarborough—Rouge River (1997 federal elections) and Markham—Unionville (2004 and 2006)

City Council (2014-present)[edit]

The a new council elected in the 2014 municipal election and will take office on December 1, 2014. Wards boundaries were changed with former Ward 1 and 2 combined as one (with portions moved to other wards), former Ward 6 became Ward 2.

Councillor Ward Communities represented Notes
Frank Scarpitti Mayor, Council Chair and CEO
Valerie Burke 1 Thornhill, Langstaff, Steeles Corner, German Mills, Thornlea Defeated former Ward 2 councillor Howard Shore in the new Ward 1
Alan Ho 2 Buttonville, Brown's Corner, Cachet, Victoria Square, Cashel, Cathedraltown Elected to the new Ward 2, formerly Ward 6
Don Hamilton 3 Unionville, Downtown Markham
Karen Rea 4 Mount Joy, Wismer Commons (South of Bur Oak), Markham Village, Ramerville newly elected defeating incumbent Carolina Moretti
Colin Campbell 5 Cornell (Grand Cornell, Upper Corner), Vinegar Hill, Quantztown, Locust Hill, Dickson Hill (East of Markham Road) former Toronto Fire Services captain
Amanda Yeung Collucci 6 Angus Glen, Berczy Village, Wismer Commons (North of Bur Oak), Dickson Hill (West of Markham Road) This is a newly created Ward 6 taking some parts of Ward 2 & 4
Logan Kanapathi 7 Box Grove, Armadale, Legacy, Cedar Grove
Alex Chiu 8 Milliken Mills, Hagerman's Corner former Ward 7 councillor and owner of retail store at Market Village Mall

Regional Councillors

Regional councillor represent the city at York Regional Council. By default the mayor is also a member of Regional Council as well.

Councillor Ward Notes
Jack Heath Markham Deputy Mayor
Jim Jones Markham former Progressive Conservative MP for Markham (1997-2000); former Regional Councillor (1988-1997); Toronto Liaison Committee Chair
Nirmala Armstrong Markham local lawyer and elected to replace Gordon Landon
Joe Li Markham former Progressive Conservative/Conservative candidate during past federal elections - Scarborough—Rouge River (1997 federal elections) and Markham—Unionville (2004 and 2006)

Vacancies[edit]

City council vacancies are filled by a by-election, as in the case in 2009 when then Ward 3 councillor Joseph Virgilio resigned to become Regional Councillor and Don Hamilton elected as the new Ward 3 councillor.

Prior to the Ward 3 by-election Joseph Virgilio was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Regional Councillor Tony Wong.

Committees[edit]

Committees are created and chair and represented by city councillors to deal with issues and by-laws that impact the city. The chair and vice-chairs are elected selected by the mayor. STANDING COMMITTEES

  • Development Services Committee
  • General Committee
  • Committee of the Whole

OTHER COMMITTEES

  • Cornell Hub
  • Langstaff Implementation
  • Licensing
  • Parking Advisory
  • Environmental Issues
  • Thornhill
  • Toronto Liaison
  • Green Print Steering
  • Public Realm Advisory
  • Storm Water Management Liaison
  • School Board Liaison
  • Seniors Hall of Fame Awards
  • Stiver Mill Preservation

ADVISORY COMMITTEES

  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Heritage Markham Committee
  • Achievement & Civic Recognition Awards (ACRA)
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Pandemic Readiness Emergency Plan (PREP) Steering
  • Public Art Advisory
  • Seniors' Hall of Fame Awards
  • Environmental Advisory
  • Race Relations
  • Advisory Committee on Accessibility
  • Animal Care
  • Environmental Issues
  • Cycling & Pedestrian Advisory

SUB-COMMITTEES

  • Communications Committee and Information Technology
  • Budget
  • Licensing
  • Milliken Mills
  • Parking Advisory
  • Southeast Community Centre & Library Design

References[edit]