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Town of Newmarket

EA Danby Award – Solar-Powered Smart Bench Project

The Town of Newmarket and Mayor and Members of Council were presented with the EA Danby Award from the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) for the Town’s Solar-Powered Smart Bench Project.

The EA Danby Award is presented annually to one or more municipalities that demonstrate the initiative or a willingness to explore innovative techniques that produce tangible results related to the efficiency and effectiveness of the municipal corporation.

Newmarket’s Downtown Solar-powered Smart Bench Network Project focuses on using the most common piece of public park furniture and transforming it into a data-gathering device for the Town to make more informed decisions.
The encrypted data collected from the Solar-Powered Smart Benches can be used to assist with event planning, public works resource allocations (garbage pick-up, street cleaning etc.), security requirements, future capital spending decisions (parking). For example, through the use of data collected by the Solar-Powered Smart Benches, the Town was able to determine what the busiest month, day or hour is on Main Street in 2018.
Urban Forestry Management Plan
Mayor and Members of Council received a presentation on the Town of Newmarket’s Urban Forestry Management Plan. The Urban Forestry Management Plan acts as a roadmap for the Town to continue to preserve and grow the Town’s tree canopy. Guiding principles of the plan include:
  • Recognizing the urban forest as a critical municipal asset and green infrastructure
  • Managing tree biodiversity to increase ecological resilience and minimize the impacts of climate change
  • Sustainably managing the urban forest through continuous improvement, adaptation and innovation
  • Increasing tree canopy cover by setting target for total canopy cover of 35 per cent by 2031
Town of Newmarket staff have been directed to implement the Urban Forestry Management Plan (subject to budget approval). To read the Urban Forestry Plan, visit

2020 Meeting Schedule

Council approved its Committee of the Whole and Council meeting schedule for 2020. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the Town's website at

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, are available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit

Newmarket Juried Art Show
This exhibit brings together 29 professional artists from across Southern Ontario featuring over 45 works in a variety of media. The Newmarket Juried Art Show is organized by Co-Directors David Kempton and Peggy Stevens, who are grateful for the generous help from Richard Helms, Director of the Uxbridge Juried Art Show.

Art Exhibition: October 11 to 26, 2019 | Free Admission 
Public Reception: October 16, 2019 | 7 to 9 p.m. | Free Admission
Where: Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street), Serpa Galleries

iWonder: ReSTORYing Nature

Join the conversation and rethink the way we protect the environment and trees in Newmarket. Test drive electric cars, go on a tour of our LEED standard Operations Centre, create fairy boxes that can be hung on trees you want to protect, provide your feedback on the Tree Protection By-law, participate in a storytime reading session with Mother Earth and more!
Light refreshments will be served.
When: Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Robert N. Shelton Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court)

Mulock Harvest Picnic: Rescheduled for Sunday, October 20

Due to inclement weather, the Mulock Property Harvest Picnic will be rescheduled to Sunday, October 20, 2019. 
Step back in time and join us for a fall picnic on the front lawn of the Mulock Property. Pack a picnic lunch and bring your own blanket for an afternoon of free outdoor heritage activities, games and fun. Explore this outdoor space and learn about the history of the Mulock property.

How to get here:
You can walk, bike, take public transit or come via our free Shuttle Bus. The shuttle bus will be running from the Ray Twinney Complex (100 Eagle Street West) where there is plenty of parking available. If you bike, don't forget to bring a lock to secure your bike.

There is no parking at this event. Please park at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West)

When: Sunday, October 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Mulock Property (16780 Yonge Street, North West Corner of  Yonge Street and Mulock Drive) 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Town of Newmarket invites residents to donate non-perishable food items to our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. All donations will go towards filling the shelves of the Newmarket Food Pantry.

The following facilities are accepting donations: When: Now until October 9, 2019

Creativity, The Arts and Well Being at the Museum
Stop by the museum as we connect with others through jigsaw puzzles, positive affirmation crafts and reflect about the past by exploring the Newmarket Industrial Home. Share a Message of Hope to display in our Hall of Hope at the Museum. Enjoy free coffee, tea, cold beverages and cookies during your visit. Open to all ages. Adult supervision is required.

Date Hours Activities
October 1 to 5 and 8 to 12 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Board games, Jigsaw Puzzles
Saturday, October 5 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jacob’s Ladder Workshop
Saturday, October 12 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. DIY Decorative Bag and Inspirational Cards

Where: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)
Cost: Free

Upcoming Hallowe'en Events

Newmarket Hallowe'en Party presented by Longo's
Come dressed in your favourite costume for the day and enjoy crafts, activities, stage shows, tasty treats, meet your favourite characters and more!

Tickets can be purchased online through snapd or at the Magna Centre Customer Service kiosk. 

When: Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive)
Cost: $5 per child. Parents, guardians and children under 1 year of age are free
Sponsored by: Longo's

Hallowe'en Fun at the Museum
Join us for a howling good time with fun activities including loot bags, Hallowe'en crafts, pumpkin hunts, scavenger hunts with prizes, candy guess and tabletop activities. Light refreshments will be served. Suitable for ages 4 to 10 with adult supervision. Costumes are encouraged.

$3 admission per child (cash at the door) Pre-registration required by October 25, call 905-953-5314 or

When: Saturday, October 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Where: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)

Ghost of Old Town Hall
Join us for a tour of Downtown Newmarket and unleash the stories of the past. Guests will be taken on a guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Main Street where they will learn about the many suspicious events and paranormal occurrences that have haunted the area since the 1880's.

After the walking tour, guests will be invited into Old Town Hall where they will get to learn more about paranormal activity and experience a live paranormal investigation hosted by the Georgina Paranormal Society.

Limited tickets available. Visit for more information.

When: Every Wednesday in October from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
Sponsored bysnapd and Georgina Paranormal Society

Pumpkin Parade at Riverwalk Commons
Don't miss this last opportunity to show off your carved Hallowe'en pumpkin and have the chance to win some awesome prizes! Participants and attendees are invited to take a walk through Riverwalk Commons and vote for the carved creations that best suit the following categories: 

  • Jack of all Lanterns (Newmarket's Favourite) 

  • Scariest Pumpkin 

  • Cutest Pumpkin 

  • Most Creative Pumpkin 

To be entered in the contest, pumpkins will need to be registered with a name and email address when they are dropped off. Winners will be contacted after the event.

*Please drop off your pumpkin between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Battery operated lights will be provided for the pumpkins.*

When: Friday, November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive)

Newmarket Council Launches Strategic Priorities 
Town of Newmarket Council officially launched their Strategic Priorities for the 2018-2022 term. The Strategic Priorities focus areas are: Long-term Financial Sustainability, Extraordinary Places and Spaces (priority focus on the Mulock Property), Safe Transportation (streets), Economic Leadership and Job Creation, Vibrancy on Yonge, Davis and Mulock, and Environmental Stewardship. Council also adopted to refresh the current vision, well beyond the ordinary.

Residents are invited to learn more about Council’s Strategic Priorities by viewing the full document. You can also provide your feedback on the document by visiting

Yard Waste Tips for Leaves
Fall has arrived and it's time to start cleaning up your yard. Here's how to properly dispose of yard waste:

The following is accepted in Yard Waste:
  • Leaves, shrubbery, brush and tree trimmings, flowers, weeds, plants (soil removed), pumpkins, corn stalks.
  • Branches, twigs and cuttings that are tied in secure bundles and are less than 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length, 0.6 m (2 ft.) in diameter and individual branches are less than 10 cm (4 in.) in diameter.
The following is not accepted in Yard Waste:
  • Grass clippings, rocks, stumps, dirt, soil, sod, root balls, kitchen scraps and food waste, flower pots/trays, animal droppings, driveway and road sweepings, painted/treated wood.
  • Branches, twigs and cuttings that are not tied and secured in bundles.
  • Branches, twigs and cuttings that are longer than 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 0.6 m (2 ft.) in diameter and individual branches exceed 10 cm (4 in.) in diameter.
For more information, view our Recycle Coach mobile application​
Council Meetings

Committee of the Whole
October 15 
at 12:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices
(395 Mulock Drive)

Council Workshop - Procedure By-law
October 21
at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Offices
(395 Mulock Drive)

October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices
(395 Mulock Drive)

For a full list of Newmarket meetings or to stream them online, or to view the 2020 Meeting Schedule, visit

Join our Team!

Join the Newmarket team as we are hiring for various positions throughout the fall months.

Apply online today at
Win $100. Play the 2020 Budget Game and give us your feedback

We want your opinion on how you want to see YOUR tax dollars invested and on our overall budget process. Your opinion and feedback matters to us. Play the 2020 Budget Game: How do you want to see your tax dollars invested? and be entered in a draw to win $100 that can be used towards any Recreation and Culture Program. 

Play and learn more at
Protect your property:
edge your sod 

It is recommended that property owners edge their sod and ensure that all landscape features are not hanging over the sidewalk. Doing so will help prevent damage to their property in the winter when sidewalk snow plowing operations are in effect.

The Town recommends that property owners follow these steps:

  • Check and locate your property line and ensure nothing is placed on the Town’s road allowance.

  • Check to see if sod on your lawn has overgrown onto the sidewalk.

  • Edge any overgrown sod from the sidewalk back to the edge.

  • Check to see if your driveway curb/landscape feature is hanging over the sidewalk. If so, the recommended distance from the sidewalk is 18 inches.


Thanksgiving Hours of Operation

The following facilities will be closed for Thanksgiving on Monday, October 14, 2019.

Information: 905-895-5193

Over 1,000 residents visited the CYFS Open House

Central York Fire Services (CYFS) hosted its annual open house in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, on September 28 in Newmarket.

Over 1,000 residents joined CYFS to learn about fire safety and prevention through various games, activations and demonstrations. Highlights of the event included:

  • Auto Extrication
  • Rope Repel Demonstration
  • $11,000 donation from Fire House Subs for Combination Smoke / CO Alarms
The Longhurst family was also in attendance to honour longtime Newmarket firefighter, Alvin (Al) Longhurst, at the events Historical Display. 

Curbside Giveaway in Newmarket

Newmarket residents are invited to place unwanted, gently used items labelled "free" at the curb for other residents to take for their own use, free of charge on Saturday, October 26. This is a great opportunity to give unwanted items a new life while keeping them out of landfill!


Protect Against West Nile Virus

The chance of being bitten by an infected mosquito is rare and there are simple steps that can be taken to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the chance of getting West Nile virus:

  • Take precautions when outside in the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are more active
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin when outdoors and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Wear long sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants and socks when outdoors
  • Clean up around your home by emptying containers where water collects, such as in old tires, flower pots, bird baths and wading pools
How to Properly Dispose of Fats, Oils and Grease during Thanksgiving 

It is important to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease to prevent sewer blockages in your home. â€‹

Grease, fats and oils go in the green bin. Before washing pots, pans and dirty dishes, wait for fats oils and grease to harden. Wipe with a paper towel or scrape into the green bin.

Do not flush or pour the following items down the drain or toilet:

  • Butter or margarine
  • Shortening 
  • Lard
  • Salad dressing
  • Cooking oils (includes deep-frying oils) 
  • Sauces and gravies
  • Meat fats
  • Sour milk and cream
  • Marinades
  • Sandwich spreads 

Liquid cooking oils like vegetable, canola, sunflower, and olive that won't solidify can be dropped off at one of York Region's Waste depots for recycling into biodiesel. 

Not sure which items go where? Check out our Recycle Coach mobile application​

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Town of Newmarket
395 Mulock Drive
P.O. Box 328, STN Maint
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

Tel: 905-895-5193