Friday, 12 July 2013


See also: List of mayors of Markham, Ontario City Council

Markham City Council consists of Frank Scarpitti as mayor, four regional councillors and eight ward councillors each representing one of the city's eight wards. Scarpitti replaced Don Cousens, who was a former Progressive Conservative MPP for Markham and a Presbyterian church minister. The mayor and four regional councillors are elected by the community to represent the City of Markham at the regional level. Councillors are paid by the municipality for their services, but in many municipalities, members of council usually serve part-time and work at other jobs as well. The current members of council were elected by the residents to a four-year term of office, in accordance with standards set by the province. The selection of members for the offices of mayor and regional councillors are made town-wide, while ward councillors are elected by individual ward.

Members of Parliament Members by Riding Riding Name Party Prior Experience Education Assumed Office Born In Markham—Unionville McCallum, JohnJohn McCallum Liberal Bank of Canada University Professor Cambridge University (BA) Queens' College (BA) McGill University (phD) 2000 1950 Oak Ridges—Markham Calandra, PaulPaul Calandra Conservative Ontario Legislative Assembly 2008 1970 Thornhill Kent, PeterPeter Kent Conservative Canadian Coalition for Democracies Emmy Award Nominee 2008 1943 Markham Civic Centre Markham Civic Centre

The city council is located at the Markham Civic Centre at the intersection of York Regional Road 7 and Warden Avenue. The site of the previous offices on Woodbine Avenue has been redeveloped for commercial uses. The historic town hall on Main Street is now a restored office building. The Mayor's Youth Task Force was created to discuss issues facing young people in the city and to plan and publicize events. Its primary purpose is to encourage youth participation within the community.

Elections Main articles: Markham municipal election, 2006, Markham Ward 3 By-election, 2009, and Markham municipal election, 2010 By-laws

The city is permitted to create and enforce by-laws upon residents on various matters affecting the town. The by-laws are generally enforced by City By-Law enforcement officers, but they may involve York Regional Police if violations are deemed too dangerous for the officers to handle. In addition the by-laws can be linked to various provincial acts and enforced by the town. Violation of by-laws is subject to fines of up to $20,000 CAD. The by-laws of Markham include:

Toogood Pond Animal Control (see Dog Owners' Liability Act of Ontario) Construction Permits Driveway Extensions Fencing and Swimming Pools Heritage Conservation (see Ontario Heritage Act) Home-Based Businesses Noise Parking Property Standards Registration of Basement Apartments and Second Suites Sewers Site Alteration Waste Collection Water Use

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