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Newmarket's new town council swearing in tonight

The public is welcome to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Newmarket's new municipal council at Old Town Hall
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Newmarket's Voices of Joy choir will perform the national anthem, O Canada, at the Dec. 3 swearing-in ceremony of the new town council. Voices of Joy/Facebook

The transition period is over and tonight, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Newmarket’s new town council will be sworn into office at a ceremony at the Old Town Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

There will be three new faces around the council table for the 2018 to 2022 term, councillors Grace Simon, Victor Woodhouse and Trevor Morrison, as well as six returning municipal members, including councillors Jane Twinney, Kelly Broome, Christina Bisanz, Bob Kwapis and Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor Tom Vegh.

New Mayor John Taylor will be presented with the Chain of Office by Town Clerk Lisa Lyons, after which Taylor will deliver the inaugural address. All other members of council will also make remarks at the event after they take their oaths of office.

The affair kicks off with a procession led by piper Peter Fleming of the Royal Canadian Legion, Milton  Wesley Branch 426 Colour Party. There will also be a performance of O Canada by Newmarket’s community choir for people of all abilities, Voices of Joy.

A reception will follow the ceremony. Old Town Hall is at 460 Botsford St.

York Region council will hold its inaugural meeting, including the swearing in ceremony and election of the regional CEO and chair, Thursday, Dec.  6, at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers at York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge St., in Newmarket. Click here for the agenda.