The Success of a Stronger Community

Victory for the community

Last night, Jun 26, 2012, hundreds of residents attended the meeting in city hall, and Markham city council voted against the anaerobic bioreactors project for German Mills Settlers Park. With all the 12 councillors against the project and only the major in favor of it. Democracy speaks and victory to the community!

As councillor Howard Shore said in the meeting: “I have met and spoke with so many residents in the community for the past several weeks and never encounter a soul in favor of the project”, all the residents in our neighborhood against it, and in fact the residents are so fired up, we formed our own community association and united together with several other resident associations in Markham to fight for the issue; the community never been so united before. Although I am glad that the project is dead now, I am disappointed to see that the major supported the project and call the motion to designate German Mills Settlers Park as a Meadow and Natural Habitat “immature”

I had attended several other meetings in the city before and never seen so many residents in the room before, in fact the room was almost full, and almost all the residents stayed there all night until the voting finished after 10pm. Many residents spoke at the meeting and several of them got really emotional over the issue. I am happy to see that I am living in such a caring community.

Thanks for all the people so enthusiastically involved and fight for the community and thanks all the councillors who listened to the voices of the residents, special thanks to councillor Howard Shore who helped the community to finally put the anaerobic bioreactors project at ease.

United together we are a strong community.

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Letters to Markham Councillors

Dear Councillors,

I am one of the residents that are using the German Mills Settlers Park on a daily basis, and as many of other residents, I was shocked to hear that project to install aerobic and anaerobic bioreactors came back again. Not sure how it was initiated, but as our beloved councillors, the consideration should be only based on the benefits of residents of surrounding the park and all residents of Markham.

We are all aware of that the project will not make economic sense for Markham, and technology wise it is a matured technology and will not make Markham as leaders in the area. And we, not only residents surrounding the park, but many residents in Markham, have been making our voices loud and clear to object any kind of bioreactors to be installed in the park. I have never seen so many residents in our neighborhood so enthusiastically involved in any other kinds issues before. It is clear to me it is such a big concern to so many residents.

Not sure any of you, our councillors, are using the park, but bioreactors or any kind of speedy technology will for sure create environmental concerns. Even as of now, every day in the morning when I am jogging near the ventilation well in the middle of the park, if it is not a windy day, the stinky air will make me hard to breathe; when I talked with residents near by the ventilation house, all of them had experienced the stinky smell before; cannot image what would it be like if bioreactors are installed.

It is clear to me this is not an issue of Markham pioneering in land fill processing technology, it is an issue about the people, not only people surrounding the park, but all the people in Markham. As our councillors please listen to the voices of the residents you are representing of, and consider the project only for the benefits of Markham and the people living in Markham, not for any other parties that would benefit from tax payer’s money from the project.

We, residents surrounding the park and residents of Markham, appreciate and applause for the motion from dear councillor, Howard Shore, to designate this area as a Meadow and Natural Habitat, and appeal all our councillors, for the benefits of the people and Markham, to support his motion in the coming meeting on Jun 26.

Jun 25, 2012

From A Resident of Markham


Dear Councillors,

As you now all are aware of the German Mills Settlers Park issue, that so many residents are organized together and raising their voice and concerns with the anaerobic bioreactors project. I have send you all an email yesterday and thanks for many of you that will support councillor Howard Shore’s motion to designate this area as a Meadow and Natural Habitat, all of us who fighting for the park are truly appreciated the support.

The issue is not just a local issue anymore. It is now on news, tv, on twitter, youtube and blogs. People from not only surrounding area, Markham, but from all the world are watching, how the city will act, are we listening to the voice of the residents, what is our position in protecting the environment. We, the people, city and all the councillors, we are making the history here and now.

Me, my children and many people first visited the German Mills Settlers Park, we are surprised, and I still remember vividly my kids had their faces light up and their eyes wide opened. It is such a beautiful place that we never expected in the middle of the city. When our children or grand children visit the park in the future, when their faces light up and when eyes wide open, when they are amazed as we did, we, the people, the councillors, all of us made this possible today, we can proudly tell them, that we made it happen.

I suggest that if German Mills Settlers Park become a designated Meadow and Natural Habitat, we should have a opening ceremony to record the history, and something record and show future generation who make all this possible.

Thanks again for all the councillors that support the motion, and for those are not yet decided to reconsider your choices, to make our children, the future generation, feel proud that we had made the right decision.

Jun 26, 2012

From A Resident of Markham

Fighting to save German Mills Settlers Parking

As many of other residents I am fighting for saving German Mills Settlers Park, once a landfill nearly 40 years ago. The issue came from the motion to install aerobic and anaerobic bioreactors into the park (for detail information please refer to the website www.germanmills.org). I have never seen so many residents in our neighborhood so enthusiastically involved in any other kinds issues before. Surrounding the issue, not only residents are concerned and we are self organized and formed our own organization, Settlers Park Residents Association (SPRA), created our website www.germanmills.org to raise the awareness and fight for the issue.

German Mills Settlers Park, a large green space between Markham and Toronto, a great habitat for wild animals, birds and many other species. It is amazing to see this kind of green space in the middle of the city and we loved it ever since I visited it and eventually bought a house and moved beside the park. Every summer when I was jogging in the park I can see several deers running around.

German Mills Settlers Park
As many other residents I am using the park daily. But anaerobic bioreactors in the park not only make no economic sense (it cost at least 5 millions dollars to initiate the project and more money to maintain it after), and it does not make environmental sense as well. If the project proceed it will for sure generate much more hazard gases and water; and the area have to be fenced off for decades. Not sure why city and councilors would consider it at the first place. The idea was brought up six years ago and because of so many objections from the residents the city did not proceed. The only benefit I could see is for whoever doing or involving the project would get fat cheques from tax payer’s money.

I am glad that Canada is a democracy country and we have a chance to fight for ourselves. I am pleased to see that Howard Shore, our councilor, initiated the motion to abandon the idea and instead to designate this area as a Meadow and Natural Habitat. In the coming Tuesday (Jun 26, 2012) the councilors will vote for the issue, as many other residents I will be in the civic center at city hall to participate the meeting, and hope we can once and for all save the park.

Got my new Audi Q5 (2012) this week

Finally got my Audi Q5 this week! Excited and somehow I feel it is better than my previous test drives ;), the steering wheels is not that loose anymore. The Audi Q5’s acceleration and braking are really smooth, stable and full of power, feels like a combination of BMW X3 and Lexus Rx350, anyway I am happy with the purchase :).

Same as anyone else, i guess, we started our research on the internet, looking car reviews and features. Since we have two growing kids so we decided to have a SUV, but not too big. We have looked at several models including Honda CRV, Lincoln MKX, Toyota RAV4 and Venza, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus RX350, BMW X1/X3 and Audi Q5. My wife likes the looks of RX350. We also wanted leather seats so it would be easier to clean up (hard to prevent the kids messing up their seats). After some visits and test drivers we narrow down to three models, including Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus RX350.

I liked the looks of Honda CRV but the test drive was terrible, somehow I felt it was not better than my 2000 Hyundai Sonata, and it is quite expensive to add leather seats. There was some weird sound in Lincoln MKX that press my ear drums badly, the acceleration and braking was not impressive as well. Toyota RAV4 feels bit of small. The BMW X3 feels powerful in the test drive and it handles the road really well, the only issue I had with X3 is that it is quite expensive to add additional package, the basic is just too basic. RX350 is really smooth, my wife liked it but I feel it is too cozy. We both had really good impression with Audi Q5, the looks, the price and the packages come with it; the test drive was excellent as well, except the steering wheels feels bit of loose but once get used to it,it is fine.

There are some websites you can get the dealer cost reports. The one I used is carsaver.ca. Here is the report for Audi Q5 2.0 2012

I had negotiated with several sales persons from different dealers, including self-declared arrogant Q5 king and nice Q5 queen, I am not saying that they are not good sales reps, but most of them gave me the feelings that they were fooling me around. The last sales person I talked with was quite honest about the car, the pros and cons, the cost and delivery, what he can do for me. He was helpful and I made my offer on the second visits. Although there was a week delay of the delivery, I am happy to go with this dealer.