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Markham officially changes its status to 'City'

It's of the most ethnically diverse areas of the GTA, and home to over 400 corporate head offices and 900 high tech and life science companies. After 40 years of identifying itself as a 'Town', Markham officially became Canada's newest 'City' on July 1, 2012.

Practice now. 'The City of Markham.' 'The City of Markham.' 'The City of Markham.'

onley-scarpitti.jpgIn front of a crowd of over 10,000 enjoying the various Canada Day activities in Markham's Milne Park, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario - the Honourable David C. Onley - along with Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, now City Council members, and representatives of both the federal and provincial governments, made official Markham's new status.

Along with the the new name change, Lieutenant Governor Onley also joined in the unveiling of special plaque to announce the designation of the Markham Civic Centre under the Ontario Heritage Act, being recognized for its unique architecture designed by renowned Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson.

The City's new flag was also unveiled, and 60 rock doves were released to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

They even had the Town Crier ring out the official proclamation.

We didn't know Town Criers still existed.

Anyways, Markham now joins Toronto, Burlington, Mississauga, Brampton, Pickering, Oshawa, and Vaughan in the 'GTA City' category.

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