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  August
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 August
2019
 

Regional Councillor Joe Li was amongst many VIPs gathered to grace the celebration of the 73rd Independence Anniversary of India hosted by South Asians in Ontario. South Asians in Ontario being a non-profit organization have put in great efforts to support the community by promoting the welfare of Indian communities and spreading India’s rich cultural heritage in Canada. It is of great pride that the Indian community is able to hoist the tri-colour flag that freedom fighters have fought for to celebrate the Independence of India since August 15th, 1947.

 
 
 
 
 

Hakka Canadian Association (HCA) is a non-profit organization that develop and foster community spirit by ways of establishing and maintaining a centre for cultural activities for Hakka people in Canada with the aim to preserve the traditions of Hakka culture. HCA Chair Joe Li, Regional Councillor for City of Markham along with Mayor Frank Scarpitti will be travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in mid-October 2019 to attend the 30th World Hakka Conference and to receive the flag for hosting the 31st World Hakka Conference to take place in Markham on October 8th to 10th, 2021. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 October 2018

 

 
 
Markham Tamil Seniors Celebrate 14th Annual Cultural & Get-Together EventMarkham Tamil Seniors Association Canada hosted their 14th Annual Cultural & Get-Together Event on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 60 Wilclay Avenue, Markham. Among the many guests,

Regional Councillor Joe Li presented the certificates of participation to the Seniors. The Non Profit Association was established on December 16, 2003 and supports cultural, social and recreational activities and the integration and adaption of its members into Canadian Society. Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, and supporters for their contributions and making this cultural Get-Together Event a great success.

 

 

 
 
 
October 2018
 

Markham Tamil Seniors 14th Annual Cultural Get Together

Markham Tamil Seniors Association Canada held its 14th Annual Cultural Get Together event at Wilclay Public School. Regional Councillor Joe Li presented congratulatory certificates to the association. The non profit association was established December 16, 2003 and supports cultural, social and recreational activities and the integration and adaption of its members into Canadian society. Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, and supporters for their contributions and making this Cultural Get Together event a great success. 

   
 
 
October 2018
 

The evening was filled with delicious food and great singing and dancing entertainment.  A reception was held for Honourable Peter Mackay to celebrate his visit and he later addressed the audience honouring Joe Li and his accomplishments. 

Joe Li was elected to Markham & York Region Council in October 2010 and 2014. The event was a celebration of Joe’s accomplishments for the past two terms as Regional Councillor, share his goals, and vision for the upcoming 2018-2022 term.

Thank you to the volunteers, supporters, artists, and community members for their continued overwhelming support for Joe and for making the Joe Li Re-Election Campaign Fundraiser a resounding success!

   
 
 
September 
2018
 
 

Regional Councillor Joe Li was amongst many VIPs gathered to grace the celebration of the 72rd Independence Anniversary of India hosted by South Asians in Ontario.

South Asians in Ontario being a non-profit organization have put in great efforts to support the community by promoting the welfare of Indian communities and spreading India’s rich cultural heritage in Canada. It is of great pride that the Indian community is able to hoist the tri-colour flag that freedom fighters have fought for to celebrate the Independence of India since August 15th, 1947.

   
  
 
September  
2018
 

Tsung Tsin Association Annual Summerfest

Regional Councillor Joe Li joined the Tsung Tsin Association of Ontario for its annual family Summerfest held at the Markham Museum. It was an exciting event for all ages featuring delicious food, games, live entertainment at the bandstand and many, more fun activities.

   
 
 
September 
2018
 

Vision Youth Fundraising Soccer Tournament 2018

The Vision Youth Fundraising Soccer Tournament 2018 was held at Berczy Park. Regional Councillor Joe Li attended in support of Vision Youth and the great sport of soccer with Eric Li and local families. It was a fun and enjoyable soccer tournament as in every year.

   
 
 
August 2018

https://www.yorkregiontimes.ca/index.php/york-region-news/1654-joe-li-held-his-re-election-campaign-office-grand-opening

Joe Li held his Re-election Campaign Office Grand Opening

Joe Li held his official Grand Opening for his Re-election Campaign Office. The event was held on Saturday August 18, 2018, located at 165 Gibson Drive, Markham, Ontario L3R 3K7. This great event was well attended by his family and friends.

As Regional Councillor, Joe Li was elected to Markham and York Region Council both in 2010 and 2014.  He has served the residents for almost 8 years and looks forward to everyone’s continued support in launching another successful campaign in the upcoming election on October 22, 2018. His fundraiser will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018. 

   
 
 
July
2018
 

Current chair Wayne Emmerson back in running day after he withdrew

NEWS Jul 27, 2018 by Lisa Queen  Newmarket Era 

Thanks to Premier Doug Ford, York Region chair Wayne Emmerson is looking to keep his job, after all.

A day after he said he was dropping out of the election race for the region’s top political job in this fall’s municipal election, Emmerson said July 27 he will seek another term through appointment.

Emmerson’s about-face comes after Ford dropped a bombshell in municipal government circles July 27.


Ford announced he is scrapping open general elections for regional chairs in York, Peel, Niagara and Muskoka.

Instead, the chairs in the four regions will continue to be appointed by their councils, although chairs in other areas such as Waterloo, Halton and Durham region will continue to be directly elected.

Emmerson said he’s pleased with Ford’s decision.

“I think it’s a good move on the part of Premier Ford,” he said.

Emmerson dismissed a suggestion he bowed out of the election race because he wouldn’t win.

“Not so much that I didn’t have a chance but that’s an awful big election to run,” he said, although he acknowledged the scope of running a campaign for elected regional chair has been clear for some time.

“I love the job and I want to be able to do what I can for the region of York and the residents of the region of York. I’ve been thinking about it more and I’m going to go back in. I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to run for regional chair (appointment).”

   
 
 
July
2018

The Chinese Heart and Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Summit held at Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Northeast/Markham on Saturday June 16, 2018 was a great success!

Summit examined the importance of rehabilitation, understanding the process of recovery, new skills and knowledge to cope with changes after heart disease or stroke, and the resources and services in our community.  

Expert panel consisted of: 

— Dr. Raymond Chan (moderator)

— Joe Li, Guest Speaker, Markham Regional Councillor

— Sukhan Lai, Social Worker, Toronto Rehab Institute

— Kenneth Lo, Registered Kinesiologist, Carefirst Seniors

Thank you to Shan Qiao, Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, regional Coun. Joe Li, Natalie Gierman, Dr. Gordon Moe, Dr. Joseph Chu, Dr. Cindy Yip, Kenneth Lo, Joanna Wong, Dr. Raymond Chan, Suk-Han Lai, Clara Tse and the entire Heart and Stroke team for your contributions and inspiring participants with encouragement in one’s recovery journey and living a healthy active lifestyle.

   
 
 
June
2018

https://markham.snapd.com/events/view/1167245

Summit examined the importance of Rehabilitation, understanding the process of recovery, new skills and knowledge to cope with changes after heart disease or stroke, and the resources and services in our community. 

Expert Panel consisted of :
- Dr. Raymond Chan (moderator)
- Joe Li, Guest Speaker, Markham Regional Councillor
- Sukhan Lai, Social Worker, Toronto Rehab Institute
- Kenneth Lo, Registered Kinesiologist, Carefirst Seniors

Thank you to Shan Qiao, Dr Chi-Ming Chow, Regional Councillor Joe Li, Natalie Gierman, Dr Gordon Moe, Dr Joseph Chu, Dr. Cindy Yip, Kenneth Lo, Joanna Wong, Dr Raymond Chan, Suk-Han Lai, Clara Tse and the entire Heart and Stroke Team for your contributions and inspiring participants with encouragement in ones recovery journey and living a healthy active lifestyle.

   
 
 
June
2018
 

A memorial ceremony observing the 10th Anniversary of Sichuan Earthquake & Photo Exhibit was held at the Markham Civic Centre. The Federation of Canadian Sichuanese Associates and the Sino-Can Sichuan Business Council jointly hosted this memorial ceremony to remember the many victims of the Sichuan earthquake in China, display the transformation of the disaster areas and show gratitude to the Canadian people and government for the humanitarian assistance provided a decade ago.

 

 
 
 
June
2018

https://markham.snapd.com/events/view/1157275

South Asian Heritage Month was celebrated at Vedic Cultural Centre observing 180th anniversary of the Indian arrival in the West Indies May 5, 1838.

 

 

 
 
 
June
2018
 

Canada Diversity Celebration event was another grand success this year. Appreciation Dinner was held for the amazing team of artists who helped unite the Indian & Chinese communities together through music to celebrate diversity within our City of Markham, the most diverse city in Canada.

The annual Indian-Chinese Hindi singing event was hosted by Chair Regional Councillor Joe Li, Co-Chair Amar Erry- President of ASM- Vedic Cultural Centre, Joe Samion, Hakka Canadian Association, and Neera Chakravorty Event Coordinator. Over 525 people attended this musical extravaganza at the Flato Markham Theatre. Thank you to the artists, volunteers, and supporters for their continued support and for the grand success of the show.

   
 
 
April
2018

https://ontarioconstructionreport.com/strong-development-applications-expected-in-york-region/

Development remains strong in York Region, however the types of proposals submitted over the past five years has changed, according to York Region’s 2017 Development Activity Summary.

Today, 60 percent of the region’s housing mix consists of semi-detached, townhouse and apartment units. This trend continues to increase year-over-year, according to the Regional Municipality of York.

“Development activity in York Region remains strong over the past five years with official plan amendment approvals up 48 percent and site plan approvals up 59 percent,” York Region CEO Wayne Emmerson said in a statement. “We are seeing a diverse and increasing mix of housing options and offices built across York Region. This transformation is necessary as we modernize and prepare for expected population and job growth.”

A total of 283 applications were reviewed and responded to by regional staff in 2017 including: 40 official plan amendment (OPA) applications; 67 subdivision or condominium applications conditionally approved; an additional 60 subdivision or condominium applications cleared for construction; 70 site plan application approvals; and 46 engineering approvals.

“Based on our detailed development trend forecast, applications should remain strong in 2018 as we work towards meeting Provincial growth targets and achieving the Region’s planning vision,” stated City of Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li, chair of the region’s planning and economic development. “The complexity and importance of local planning matters are increasing given the shift towards infill development and intensification projects within urban areas.”

   
 
 
 April
2018

https://markhamfocus.ca/2018/04/13/vigils-held-in-markham-and-barrie-for-the-humboldt-broncos/

The City of Markham lowered their flags at half-staff since April 9th in honour of the fifteen lives tragically lost in the Humboldt Broncos crash last week. A public vigil was also held April 11th for the victims, their families and the community of Humboldt.

Mourners were able to sign a book of condolences located at the Civic Centre and seven community centres around the city. Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Regional Councillors Nirmala Armstrong and Joe Li, were joined by national journalist Lloyd Robertson and other members of council at the vigil.

Members of Markham’s hockey community, including the Markham Royals, Markham Thunder and minor hockey groups also attended. Everyone was invited to wear their jerseys and bring sports equipment such as hockey sticks to leave at the Peace Flame in the courtyard of the Civic Centre.

   
 
 
April
2018
 
Hindi Abroad-Canada’s Diversity Celebration 2018
 
Canada’s Diversity Celebration Team held its 7th annual Indian-Chinese Bollywood singing event at the Flato Markham Theatre. Chair, Regional Councillor Joe Li, hosted the event with Co-Chair Amar Erry- President, Arya Samaj Markham- Vedic Cultural Centre, Joe Samion, Hakka Canadian Association and Event Coordinator Neera Chakravorty.

This Indo-Chinese Bollywood concert provided a unique platform to many local artists and brought the two communities together to celebrate unity and diversity in Markham.The program featured 20 talented amateur vocalists who sang a variety of popular and classic hits in Hindi, Chinese, and English.

Dignitaries in attendance included MP Mary Ng, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Deputy Mayor Jack Heath and Councillors Alan Ho and Logan Kanapathi. Congratulations Regional Councillor Joe Li and team for another successful year!

   
 
 
April
2018
 

Yvonne Li, wife of Regional Councillor Joe Li, hosted the grand opening of her new restaurant called Li Dynasty Indian Hakka Chinese Cuisine located at 9750 Markham Road, Units 1&2. The special occasion was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by two wonderful lion dances. Guests included Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong, Councillors Alan Ho, Don Hamilton, Amanda Collucci, Alex Chiu, Andy Taylor, CAO City of Markham, MP Shaun Chen of Scarborough North, Sandra Tam, and Indian Community leader Amar Erry. Everyone enjoyed a delicious fusion of Indian Hakka and Chinese cuisine.

   
 
 
March
2018
 

There is one house on Markham's Williamson Road that smells so bad of skunk neighbours say they can't enjoy their yards in the summer.

During other seasons, they say the smell actually seeps through their walls, smelling up their houses with the pungent odour.

Problem is, it's a not pest issue — it's a marijuana one.

“I want to sell my house, but with this smell, it's not worth anything,” said one neighbour who did not want his name published.

He's not alone.

In the past three months, Markham Coun. Joe Li has received 10 calls about marijuana grow-ops in Markham.

Although unsure exactly which operations are legal, with licences from Health Canada, Li's unsure that really matters.

What is important from his perspective is that residents are struggling to deal with often odious scents coming from these homes, with little or no recourse.

“I don't think this policy has been thought out carefully,” Li told yorkregion.com.

In the Williamson Road situation, the owner is breaking no rules, considering he has a medical marijuana licence to grow plants at his residence.

   

 

 
March
2018

https://markhamreview.com/li-dynasty-begins-in-markham/ 

The dawning of a new dynasty arrived recently in Markham as Regional Councillor Joe Li, along with wife Yvonne and other family members formally opened the doors of their latest venture, a Hakka, Indian, Chinese fusion cuisine.

While a fairly unique concept in Markham, the newly designed Li Dynasty restaurant takes its culinary cues from a similar taste platform pioneered in Toronto by Joe Li’s brother.

The new restaurant on Markham Rd. north of 16th Ave by the Home Depot managed to draw local politicos including most of Markham town council, community leaders and even a Liberal MP, Li’s cousin. While Li, being the politician of the family as a councillor and nomination candidate for the Ontario PC party in the next provincial election, he was clear that the real work behind the Li Dynasty is being done by his wife Yvonne. With kids, parents, siblings and friends all present, the Li Dynasty is a true family effort that promises to be more than a centre for the over 10,000 Markhamites of Hakka Indian Chinese ancestry. 

   

 

 
March
2018

https://markham.snapd.com/events/view/1130759

There were 1,000 people in attendance at Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s eighth, annual Chinese New Year Dinner held at Le Parc Dining & Banquet Hall. “Eight is a significant number in Chinese culture,” said Mayor Scarpitti. “I am proud to celebrate eight years as a community united by our shared respect for tradition and our hope for a bright and prosperous future." Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Co-Chairs Regional Councillor Joe Li, Councillor Alan Ho, Councillor Amanda Collucci and Councillor Alex Chiu welcomed everyone to the celebration and fundraising occasion. The event opened with a procession led City of Markham Honour Guard Firefighters, York Regional Police Ceremonial Unit, Southern Lions, Northern Lions and the God of Fortune. The festivities began with an eye-dotting ceremony and Lion Dance followed by a delicious dinner including a spectacular Year of the Dog cake. Chinese artists and performers entertained as well as a special performance given by singing impressionist André-Philippe Gagnon. Funds raised were donated to the following recipients: Hakka Helping Hands, $10,000, Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre, $10,000, Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham,$35,000;Eabametoong First Nation, $25,000. "What really makes this evening special is the money raised for various worthy causes in our community, a big thank you to all who make Markham a giving, caring city," said Mayor Scarpitti. 

   

 

 
February 2018
 

“York Region is comprised of a multi-sector economy reflective of our diverse workforce,” said City of Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development. “The Region’s economy is underlined by core attributes including our strong population, skilled labour force and the high quality of life available to our residents.”

   

 

 
December
2017

 https://yorkregiontimes.ca/index.php/york-region-news/1380-moved-by-regional-councillor-joe-li-seconded-by-regional-councillor-jim-jones

Whereas more than 300,000 people in Nanjing (comparable to the current population of the City of Markham), including women and young children were tortured, raped, and murdered during the Japanese invasion of China in World War II; and,

Whereas this atrocity in China has been largely unknown to many in Canada as it is rarely discussed but continues to have a deeply felt impact in many Asian societies, including Markham's diverse Asian communities; and,

Whereas honouring the individuals that lost their lives and educating the public of these atrocities is necessary to promote understanding and peace; and,

Whereas Markham is home to a high percentage of residents of Chinese origin in Canada, some of whom recall the atrocities that took place during this dark period; and,

Whereas the Toronto District School Board which is the largest school board in North America, passed a unanimous motion in year 2008, encouraging the teaching of the atrocities of the Nanjing Massacre and Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in their schools; and,

Whereas the City of Toronto issued a proclamation for the 75th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre in 2012 and then reaffirmed its recognition on December 2016; and,

Whereas the City of Markham can play a vital role in raising public awareness by affirming its recognition of the Nanjing Massacre, as a crime against humanity, in honour of the men, women and children who died; and,

Whereas the City of Markham encourages the York Region School Board to follow the Toronto District School Board by encouraging the teaching of the atrocities of the Nanjing Massacre and Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in their schools.

   

 

October 2017

https://www.foodandfarming.ca/york-regional-council-endorses-agriculture-and-agri-food-strategy/

The power of the farming community as a significant economic driver should not be underestimated,” said City of Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, “The strategic recommendations outlined in the Agriculture and Agri-food strategy report will further protect and promote agriculture and farming in York Region.”

   

 

 
September 2017
 
 
Markham regional Coun. Joe Li will seek the Markham-Unionville nomination.

 Li made the announcement on Sept. 12 in a press release, but will make his official announcement on Sept. 13 at a lunch reception.

After seven years as Markham regional councillor with the Regional Municipality of York, Li is now seeking to grab the nomination for the Markham-Unionville riding for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

According to his press release, Li has much experience having saved taxpayers’ dollars, introducing transparency policies, introducing sustainable waste management technologies in Markham, bringing together community groups and forging international partnerships between Markham and municipalities in Sweden, India and China.

Li will make his official announcement at a lunch reception on Sept. 13 at Golden Palace Banquet Hall at 11 a.m. The hall is on First Markham Place, 3225 Hwy. 7 East in Markham.

   

 

 
July
2017
 

Regional Councillor Joe Li, "Indian by Birth, Chinese by descent, Canadian by choice".

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July
2017
 

Councillor Don Hamilton and Regional Councillor Joe Li with the Markham Sunglow Senior and Family Association as they celebrated Canada's 150th birthday at Ray Street Park with a variety of beautiful performances.

   
 
 
May
2017
 

Snap Markham-  "Canada’s Diversity Celebration Team held its 6th annual Indian-Chinese Bollywood singing event at Flato Markham Theatre. Chair Regional Councillor Joe Li hosted this cultural event in collaboration with Co-Chair Amar Erry- President of ASM- Vedic Cultural Centre, and Joe Samion- President of Yin Hua Association of Ontario. This Indo-Chinese Bollywood singing event provided a platform to unite many local artists, bring the Indian and Chinese communities together and celebrate unity and diversity. The program featured a mix of 18 talented Indian and Chinese amateur singers who sang a variety of popular and classic hits in Hindi, Chinese, and English. Over 527 people attended including representatives from both Chinese and Indian Consulate Generals' Offices."

   
 
 
March 2017 
 

The City of Markham made its presence felt at a recent business event in West Bengal, India.

Regional Coun. Joe Li, a native of India, was on hand at the inauguration of the 2017 Bengal Global Business Summit, India, meeting with India's Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, as well as Canadian Trade Commissioner Arjun Kumar Dutta.

Through a 2016 Markham trade mission to India, West Bengal's RAD 365, an IT service provider that delivers software solutions, teleradiology, knowledge processing and data analytics solutions to the health care industry, established an office in Markham.

 

RAD 365 is located in Bidhannagar's high-tech district outside Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

   
 

February 2017

 

https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/7139577-don-t-point-finger-at-chinese-on-foreign-buyer-s-tax-markham-councillor/

Regional Councillor Joe Li said he didn't want to deal with a problem that reflected just 5 per cent of the market, citing statistics reflected in a recent Toronto Real Estate Board report that said just 4.9 per cent of GTA homes are purchased by foreign buyers.

More importantly Li said, he didn't want to fingerpoint at one community.

"In general, people know who you're talking about. It must be the Chinese. I don't want that kind of impression."

   
 
 
November 2016
 

Meanwhile, regional councillors have repeatedly said they have no appetite for making the regional chair an elected position.

While most mayors and councillors have said the current system is working well, some councillors have complained about the method of selecting the chair.

For example, Markham Councillor Joe Li has said the regional chair should be accountable to the region’s 1.1 million residents, not just 20 mayors and regional councillors.

Under the current system, candidates for the job have to curry favour with mayors and councillors behind the scenes to get their votes, he said last November.

“In order for the chairman to get his position, he has to make deals,” Li said, saying he was given a coveted position as vice-chair of the region’s planning and economic development committee, an important title on trade missions.

Ballard praised regional and local councillors and residents who fought for an elected chair, which he said accomplished “something very special in our province”.  

   
 
 
February 2016
 

Much before the rest of the city begins its Sunday, a lane behind Lalbazar, the police headquarters in central Kolkata, stirs awake with the clank of cookware and the aroma of food. The sleepy pavements on either side of Chhatawala Galli spring into action as makeshift stalls—a few rickety tables and chairs—are propped up. Someone dunks a long-handled ladle into a simmering pot of fishball stew and stirs it. Somebody else keeps plates of momos ready. As day breaks, the din of visitors rises, and huddles form around items on sale. A man in his twenties haggles for speckled pork sausages, while his companion bites alternately into a pau (a steamed bun with a filling of chicken, pork or shrimp) and a crunchy spring roll. Shutterbugs snake through the crowds, capturing what could just be the last images of a decades-old tradition.

   

 

 
November 2015 
 
 

"This Thursday, York Region Council will be voting on a motion tabled by Markham regional councillor Joe Li. Li is asking the council to endorse Newmarket-Aurora MP Chris Ballard’s private members bill calling for the chair of York Region Council to be elected by the public. Currently, only the mayors and regional councillors decide and vote on this appointment.

Arguably, the Chair is the most powerful political position in York Region government.

   

 

 
November 2015
 
 
A majority of Markham councillors have voted in favour of electing the York Region chairperson.

A motion, put forward by ward councillor Karen Rea, puts the city’s support squarely behind Bill 42 and calls on the province to get the ball moving in time for the 2018 municipal election.

The motion passed 9-4 in a recorded vote.

Councillors Alan Ho, Don Hamilton, Karen Rea, Colin Campbell, Logan Kanapathi and Alex Chiu along with Regional Councillors Jim Jones, Joe Li and Nirmala Armstrong voted in favour.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Regional Councillor Jack Heath and Thornhill Councillor Valerie Burke voted against the motion.

Councillor Amanda Collucci abstained, which under the Municipal Act counts as a vote against.

Rea’s motion goes hand-in-hand with Li’s motion at the regional level, to be debated Nov. 19.

In order to change the makeup of regional council, a triple majority is required. That means, a majority of regional council, a majority of municipalities and of those municipalities, they must represent a majority of York Region residents.

Markham as a whole represents about a third of York Region’s population.

“How can we spend billions of dollars to promote the democratic system in the Middle East but still practice hypocrisy in our backyard,” Li said. “We have to lead by example.”

There is growing support in the region, with motions coming before Whitchurch-Stouffville, Aurora and Richmond Hill local councils, he added.

During a debate on Rea’s motion, the current system of appointing the regional chairperson was referred to as a small circle of voters where back-door trading takes place.

“We hear a lot of ‘You support me on this and I support you on that’ type of deals,” said Robert Mok, representing the Markham Citizens Coalition for Responsive Government.

“This is just a way for mayors and councillors to push their own agendas. We need to eliminate the horse trading.”

Others disagreed.

“More elections doesn’t improve democracy,” said resident León Brumer.

It was suggested electing a chairperson opens up a Pandora’s box when it comes to campaign support, which could come from special interest groups and developers.

Regional Councillor and deputy mayor Jack Heath agreed. Having a regional chairperson backed by heavy development could pose a problem since the region does not deal with issues such as parks or greenspace.

But local mayors are also supported by development, argued Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong.

There has been movement to eliminate local powers over items such as planning, waste management, fire services and water and wastewater, Heath argued.

“Government should be close to the people,” he said. “We don’t want these services to disappear. There would be a power shift from Markham to the region.”

But other councillors argued power already sits in the hands of the chairperson, so the position should be made accountable.

“The chairperson is a nobody before regional council appoints him,” said Regional Councillor Jim Jones. “Then he becomes the most powerful politician. If he’s elected, he can’t kowtow to any member of (regional) council.”

   

 

 
November 2015
 

"I am pleased that Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li has asked Regional Council to support my private member’s bill. His motion, tentatively scheduled to be debated November 19, was seconded by Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor, Justin Altman."-Chris Ballard, MPP

   

 

 
November 2015
 

Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li and Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Justin Altmann want to change that.On Nov. 19, Li will bring in a motion, seconded by Altmann, asking councillors to make the regional chair an elected position."

   

 

 
November 2015
 
   

 

 
October 2015
 

Regional Councillor Joe Li supporting Toronto Indian Cultural Association to present Bollywood Singer Sadhana Sargam in a spectacular community event for youths, local, and international artists.  

 

 

 

 
August 2015
 
 

In the fall of 2015, this Motion will be submitted to the Regional Municipality of York by Regional Councillor Joe Li.

   

 

 
August 2015
 
 
Frustrated with backroom wheeling and dealing in advance of the appointment of York Region’s chairperson, Markham Councillor Joe Li wants to make the job an elected position.

He will bring in a motion this fall asking regional council to advise the province it wants the chairperson’s job to be elected in time for the next term of council following the 2018 municipal elections. 

“I’m working on that. When I was campaigning for re-election (last year), a lot of people asked me why the regional chair is not elected, so I made a pledge if re-elected, I will make sure it’s going to happen,” said Li, adding Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Justin Altmann has indicated he will second the motion.

   

 

 
June
2015
 

https://markham.snapd.com/event/845555#/

https://southasiandaily.com/community/nepal-earthquake-relief-fundraiser-event-organized-by-markham-regional-councillor-joe-li/

Regional Councillor Joe Li's Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser Event

   
 
 
 
 April
2012

https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4393833-nixed-arena-costs-markham-700k/

Joe doesn’t want to see Markham plunging into debt

 

 
 
 
 April
2012

https://torontosun.com/2012/04/26/markham-mega-arena-inching-closer/wcm/353336df-f76f-4b1c-b352-b1ef98e8f071

 Joe insists the Arena should be privately-funded

 

 
 
 
April 
2012

https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/1430864-culture-key-in-holiday-shopping-debate/

   
 

 March  2012

https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/1463116-markham-debates-electing-regional-chair/

Joe voted against deferring the Direct Election of Regional Chair motion

 

 
 

 March 2012

https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/1441184-markham-mayor-councillor-bristle-at-request-to-see-expenses/

Joe expensed just $5 out of his $6,500 annual discretionary budget

 

 

 

 

 

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Joe Li is the Regional Councillor of Markham & York Region - A commitment to serve Markham. Born in India to working-class parents, Joe Li's passion for politics and success took root in his teens. While his father wanted him to work in the family business upon graduation, Joe knew he could achieve a higher purpose in life and traveled to Europe. While living in Sweden, years of hard work in the restaurant industry eventually paid off, enabling Joe to eventually own three Chinese food restaurants in Sweden. Achieving great personal success in Europe, Li always dreamed of coming to Canada - a dream that was realized in 1984. In a short time, he found his niche at the London Life Insurance Company. After several promotions, he held the prestigious title of director of Asian initiatives. VICommunity - Virtual Integrated Community, Powered by QCTI - QC Technologies Inc.