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Peaceful protest

September 17, 2021

Speakers start at 10 am 
Protest will continue until 11:30 am 


Ward 1 Markham councillor, Keith Irish and your “Keep the Subway on Yonge” committee invite you to join your Royal Orchard neighbours in a peaceful protest. We will march against the Metrolinx geotechnical drilling in our community and call for the “YONGE” north subway extension to stay on Yonge Street.  We will protest the continued lack of communication from Metrolinx and show how an established 50+ year old community has come together to say NO to Option 3.


The Yonge North Subway Extension (YNSE) is a once in a generational opportunity. Metrolinx's Option 3 squanders this opportunity and will adversely impact our greenspace, our schools and our homes.  The Federal Government is a critical funder of the YNSE. We look forward to hearing the views of Peter Kent, Thornhill MP, Melissa Lantsman, our Conservative candidate and Gary Gladstone, our Liberal candidate who have confirmed their attendance. Other federal candidates, provincial and municipal leaders and media have been invited. 


Join us and make your concerns and voices heard!!!  


Event details

  • If possible, please march from your homes through the neighborhood with your signs to make your way to Banquo.

  • NO PARKING on Banquo Road.  Please walk over, if possible, from home.  If driving, please park on Thorny Brae or Portree and enter Banquo from the Thorny Brae entrance and make your way towards the drill site at 15 Banquo Road.

  • A limited amount of “Keep the Subway on Yonge” t-shirts will be available for residents to pick up and wear as you enter Banquo.  Alternatively wearing WHITE and RED would be appreciated to show our unified group.

  • COVID considerations: Physical distancing of at least two metres from others to be maintained (except for other members of their household or their caregivers).  Masks or face coverings that cover the mouth, nose and chin to be worn.

  • Safety Precautions: This is a work site. The protest area will be marked to ensure safety for participants.



  • Family and friends of residents who want to join our campaign are welcomed.

  • Encourage parents of children who attend St Anthony’s and Baythorn to come.

  • Children are welcome, but be aware this is a drill site, with safety issues. It will be crowded and noisy.

  • Someone will be leading chants. Noise makers/bells are welcomed too.