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But growth slower than region projected By Chris Traber


Aurora High School teacher Mike Nakhla offers instruction to a student. Students at the school scored well above the provincial average success rate in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. For more on the results released yesterday, see page A5.

Students struggle to find summer jobs Youth unemployment nearly double national rate By Teresa Latchford

High school students are tweaking the job search to battle summer unemployment. With the last days of school nearing, many high school students have hit the pavement looking for summer employment. However, it continues to be difficult to find vacant positions, as Statistics Canada reports the student unemployment rate was 17 per cent last year. Of that 17 per cent, 30 per cent were ages 15 to 16, 16 per cent, 17 to 19 and 10 per cent, 20 to 24, showing high school students are having the hardest time. Youth unemployment continues to be about double that of adults, improving little over the past couple of years, Job Skills employment services director John Mitteregger said. “Many adults who lost their jobs during the economic downturn continue to take jobs traditionally filled by students,” he said. “Also, post-secondary graduates are taking these jobs

Job hunt tips 4Make sure you have a current resume that is well organized, professional in appearance and ready at all times. 4Know how to write an effective cover letter. Many examples specific to jobs can be found online and used as a guide to create your own. 4Use the hidden job market, such as people you know, because many jobs aren’t publicly advertised. 4Have an appropriate and well-fitting outfit ready for interviews. 4Familiarize yourself with job search websites, including the federal student work experience program at htm to survive until they find employment in their field.” The workforce is also getting older, as people continue to work past the age of 65. This means

less people are leaving the workforce and making room for new hires. A major piece in the youth unemployment puzzle is the lack of employment services in York Region due to lack of funding to set up services in every location they’re needed, Mr. Mitteregger said. The summer job hunt has become more difficult and the playing field has changed, Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School student Jennifer Larmer said. “I do have a summer job, but I have had to make commitments to keep it,” the Grade 12 student said. Through a family member, she was able to get an administrative assistant position in an office in Barrie, but she has committed every summer to the position for the duration of her high school and post-secondary school career to make her an attractive candidate the employer won’t have to train every year. “I think a lot of students are doing it so they have a job to come back to every summer and don’t have to search again and again,” she said. “I guess that also leaves fewer jobs for others.” Some students take on multiple part-time

Two months of free public transit netted the desired results, York Region Transit/Viva general manager Richard Leary told the region’s Transportation Services Committee yesterday. Ridership for April, the first month when customers were required to resume paying fares, reached 1.76 million, a 1.4-per-cent increase compared to April 2011. The committee, which, in December, authorized the two months of free service to repay taxpayers after a three-month transit strike, was encouraged with the extra 24,400 fare-paying riders in April. Mr. Leary, while “very pleased”, was guarded, suggesting last year’s strike-free ridership projections for the same period called for an 8-percent hike. “Typically, when a transit organization experiences a strike, you lose about 10 per cent of ridership,” he said following his overview to committee. “We took progressive steps by offering two months of free transit. It was very successful.” It was a timely administrative tactic and a strong public relations initiative, he said, noting the exercise worked on key levels. It was a responsible reinvestment to taxpayers and drew back customers who changed their transportation habits during the stoppage of services. The free rides also enticed residents to try public transit. The affable transplanted Bostonian and former chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reiterated his commitment to staying the course, service enhancements and cost containment.

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Aurora farmhouse played role in War of 1812 By Amanda Persico

Along Yonge Street in York region, you can see the hustle and bustle of urban living. But 200 years ago, the narrow country road ran through thick forests, with a smattering of one-room log houses. However rugged, the road played an important role during the War of 1812 — moving militia, arms and ammunition. The war was between the United States of America and the British Empire, with the Americans trying to

4Want to learn more? Visit and watch our War of 1812 video. 4Join the conversation. Follow @AmandaPersico on Twitter. take control of the British colonies that would one day form Canada. There are remnants of the time period all along Yonge Street: the Cairn in Richmond Hill, a farmhouse in Aurora, a religious house in Newmarket and evidence of naval efforts in Holland Landing.

Prior to the start of the war, it was up to settlers to maintain Yonge. As many settlers were busy clearing the area to create farmland, one of the world’s longest roads was left unkept. That was one of the challenges at the beginning of the war, Sharon Temple museum director and curator John McIntyre said. “Some of the landowners were not doing what they were supposed to be doing, but when war was declared, it became vital to the military.” See QUAKERS, page A8.

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You can take a musical journey centuries into the past Saturday. The York Chamber Ensemble hosts a benefit concert called Baroque for Belinda to support York Region’s first shelter for single women. Baroque is a period of artistic style, including music, that ran from about 1600 to 1750. When event organizer and original ensemble member Susan Barak discovered there wasn’t a shelter in the region to help single women and there was an initiative under way to build one in Newmarket, she knew she had to help, she said. She instantly thought of a musical performance and began recruiting other members of the chamber ensemble and conductor Tony Browning, who were willing to donate their time to the cause. She secured the Christian Baptist Church

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Put more funds into schools: critics FUNDRAISING

FEVER A three-part series on school fundraising practices


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he best way to end the Ontario school system’s reliance on fundraising is to pour more money into public education, parents, teachers and critics say. “We are getting increasingly (to be) a two-tiered education system,” NDP education critic Peter Tabuns said. “That speaks to the need for adequate funding of the education system so parents don’t feel compelled to raise money.” Fundraising Fever, a Metroland Special Report, shows that concerns about overuse of fundraising — and the disparities it creates — are growing provincewide. Potential solutions also include a proposal by the advocacy group, People for Education, which wants a provincial Equity in Education grant created to reduce inequities triggered by fundraising. School boards are pushing for an evaluation of provincial education funding to determine if the current model is fair to all students. “The pressure to fundraise will only grow as boards try to meet the austerity measures of provincial governments,” said Catherine Fife, president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. “We can’t go to our parent councils or school councils and keep asking for money.” There’s no question money is tight. The Dalton McGuinty government is starting consultations this fall to cut $10 million from school board administration budgets by 2013-14. There is a lot of waste in the system and boards don’t always spend their funding appropriately, Progressive Conservative education critic Lisa MacLeod said. “They’ll claim they have no money, but are they managing the money effectively?” she said. Some groups, including Social Planning Toronto, believe fundraising should be banned outright, except for raising dollars for external charities. “I’d rather not have it,” said Chris Ellis, who sits on four school councils in Ottawa. “I’d like for schools to not be able to raise funds for their own use so then parents in those affluent areas might become involved and speak up for greater funding for the education system.” The Coalition Against Public School Inequality suggested a cap on school fundraising. A percentage of each school’s profits, above and beyond the limit, would go into an equalization fund to help disadvantaged schools. But the Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations stated a limit would be too restrictive.

Inequality in funding

FUNDRAISING BREAKDOWN: These boards can’t say This chart contains information from the 17 school boards surveyed by Metroland that did not disclose their fundraising totals. Instead, those dollars raised by parents, students and teachers are lumped in with other revenues called school-generated funds. For these 17 boards the “other sources of revenue” column in the chart is the closest it’s possible to get to a fundraising total. The “other” column is part of school-generated funds.*



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127 46




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District School Board of Niagara Niagara Catholic District School Board WATERLOO Waterloo Region District School Board Waterloo Catholic District School Board GUELPH Upper Grand District School Board PEEL Peel District School Board YORK York Region District School Board DURHAM Durham District School Board Durham Catholic District School Board PETERBOROUGH AND THE KAWARTHAS Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board

NORTH BAY/MUSKOKA/PARRY SOUND/ALMAGUIN Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board Near North District School Board OTTAWA AND THE VALLEY Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Ottawa Catholic District School Board Renfrew County District School Board Renfrew County Catholic District School Board

*School-generated funds are the extra dollars over and above what the province provides in public funding. This revenue comes from things like student fees, cafeterias, fundraising, sponsorships and other activities. SOURCES: VARIOUS ONTARIO SCHOOL BOARDS, 2010-2011 FIGURES

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A student uses an Apple iPad to do her schoolwork. Schools are challenged to stay on top of technology and many have to rely on donations from parents to buy devices such as tablets and laptops for students. “We actually don’t want somebody to say you have to stop here. It’s up to the parents to decide how much they want to do or whether they’ve had enough,” group president Lee Gowers said. Raising property taxes would be a controversial solution, but “that’s how you address inequity, unpopularly, through taxes,” said Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education. “At some point, we have to bite the bullet and go, ‘That’s what taxes pay for.’ If we want our kids to have books in their libraries, we have to pay taxes.” Critics say the province should outline exactly what materials, activities and programs should be available — at no cost to parents — in all Ontario schools. Currently, it is OK to raise funds for library books, gym equipment and musical instruments.

“You need to start with the policy and the vision and laying out concretely what should be there in schools,” Ms Kidder said. “Then you start talking about how you fund it to ensure it’s fair and equitable.” There is also interest in a boardwide mentorship program through which successful fundraising schools partner with those that need a hand, helping reduce the gap in funds raised. “To me, that’s how successful fundraising can be done, really sharing the best practices,” said parent Roxanne Horwitz, who sits on the St. Bernadette Catholic School council in Ajax. Education foundations across the province continue to play a role, helping to reduce inequities in opportunity between well-off and disadvantaged schools. There is no severe pressure on schools to

raise funds for things such as field trips because many foundations will cover those costs. “Having a central education foundation completely changes the landscape for children in a city,” said Jane Fulton, executive director of the Education Foundation of Ottawa. “We make sure that no student is left out.” Small businesses and large corporations continue to work to bridge the gap by providing donations and incentive programs. “That’s what we are counting on, businesses in the community,” said Luce Paradis, principal at Assumption Catholic School in Ottawa. The school is in a low-income area and doesn’t usually host fundraisers. Without corporate donations, it wouldn’t be able to reach its goal of $50,000 for a new play structure.

“We have to outsource a little bit.” The Campbell’s Labels For Education program, for example, invites schools to collect labels from Campbell’s products such as soup cans and Goldfish crackers and redeem them for educational resources from books to gym equipment. Other companies, such as Chapters, Boston Pizza and McDonald’s, host special events that encourage parents to purchase their products and then give a portion of sales back to schools. Others, such as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, believe businesses don’t belong in public schools. “It’s a tempting road because it’s a quick fix to the funding situation,” said Kawartha Pine Ridge ETFO president David Wing. “Children are already bombarded enough with commercial messages.”



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It was a night of firsts Monday night at the third Colossal Chamber Connection Event, a networking gala organized by nine York Region boards of trade and chambers of commerce at The Mansion in Kettleby. Burnco Manufacturing Inc. and 400 Auto Wreckers (Canada) Ltd. were named the initial York Region Business Excellence Award recipients and members, representing 7,500 businesses, received newly minted Ultimate Networking cards. Sponsored by KPMG, the new initiative recognized Burnco as the York Region large business of the year. A structural steel fabricator and building products supplier, the Vaughan enterprise, one of the largest companies of its kind in Canada, previously won the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce business of the year award in the construction services and product category.

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While eight out of 10 Ontario students are developing the required literacy skills by Grade 10, the province’s average Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test results continue to decline year after year, according the most recent results released by the Education Quality Accountability Office. Since 2009, the numbers have steadily decreased 1 percentage point a year, from 85 per cent in 2009 to the current 82 per cent. Both local school boards scored well above the provincial average, with 89 per cent of students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard. The York Region District School Board maintained its success rate from last year and York Catholic District School Board improved by 1 percentage point. While students in the academic English course performed well, the 30 per cent of students enrolled in applied English represent more than half of all students who weren’t successful on the OSSLT this year. The results also showed, of the students who didn’t reach the provincial standard this year, nearly 80 per cent of them didn’t meet the standard in Grade 6, either, when the results were compared. The results suggest the applied English course should be reviewed, according to EQAO board chairperson Brian Desbiens. “The publicly funded school system is doing a good job developing the literacy skills of the vast majority of its students,” he added. “However, the courses and supports designed specifically for students who need different kinds of programming to develop their literacy skills are not producing the outcomes EQAO’s board of directors would expect to see.” The public school board is in a better position compared to the provincial numbers when it comes to students who have been unsuccessful in grades 6 and 12, superintendent of curriculum Beate Planche said. In fact, 16 per cent of students who did not meet the Grade 6 standard did achieve it in Grade 10. “We are improving,” she said. “It’s not yet perfect, but we are doing all we can to help students succeed.”


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Street games should be allowed, encouraged ISSUE: Children being forced tostopexercisingbyneighbours enforcing bylaws.

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e know our children are getting fat. Study after study proves one in four Canadian youths are overweight or obese and it’s on the rise. Parents are being told to get their kids off the couch and outside to play active games; games that exercise their muscles and increase their heart rates. Games that make them sweat and make them thirsty and make them smarter. Yes, several recent studies have even found children who are more fit are also smarter. Studies across North America have found just 20 minutes of walking before a school test raised children’s test scores, even if the children were otherwise unfit or overweight. That’s why it’s frustrating and even maddening when neighbours complain about kids playing basketball, hockey, hopscotch or any other outdoor activity on their street. These people need to stop playing cop and try to understand what it is like to be a young person today. Towns should be encouraging safe sports games on residential streets. Yes, town bylaws are enacted and enforced for the betterment of our communities. We all understand that. But if a group of kids is playing respectfully and safely, let them be, for goodness sake. If bylaws need to be tweaked, then so be it. That’s not to say it’s OK to tell children to run out on to busy roads without regard for the safety of themselves or others, but a good old-fashioned street hockey game or shooting hoops on residential streets are phenomenal ways to have fun, get fit, join others in a team setting and forge friendships.

A Stats Canada 2011 health profile shows less than half of York’s population is even moderately active. These types of healthy activities create memories of close-knit neighbourhoods, community involvement and ownership. This newspaper received several comments from parents earlier this year about ball hockey games being shut down because of complaints. Parent Jamie Kerr admittedly “dug in his heels” on the matter because he just couldn’t believe any town would force his two sons to remove their net, which was on the grass beside the roadway, while they shot hoops after school. “In an era where we find it difficult to get our children to exercise and or get off the TV/video games, we should be doing everything in our power to encourage exercise/sports; not discourage it by making us move a basketball net that is not even on the road,” he said in an e-mail. But until towns realize bylaws in this matter need amending, they have no choice but to act on complaints from neighbours, even if it is of the most trivial and petty variety. The entire bylaw enforcement runs solely on a complaint basis. It’s complainers who need to rethink why this is such a problem for them. Is a bit of noise or being forced to slow down during a few months of the year really such an incredible hardship? What is there, after all, for children to do other than organized sports that are cost prohibitive for many families? A Stats Canada 2011 health profile shows less than half of York’s population — 46.3 per cent — is even moderately active and 45.6 per cent of York residents are overweight or obese. Healthyork is a new initiative instigated this year to provide partnership opportunities for public health units and communities to work together to build policies and programs to promote a culture of health and well-being. Well, here’s one inexpensive way to accomplish some of these goals.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Use of gala fund looks like coverup Re: Gala fund covered council legal bills, June 7. East Gwillimbury would like to bury the issue, but questions need to be asked about the use of charitable funds for legal fees associated with the tree-cutting incident. Mayor Virginia Hackson says “it was the only solution at the time.” I don’t think so. Why did council hire a lawyer when its insurance policies cover legal costs for liability, errors and omissions? Why did council opt to pay the personal legal fees for two of their members? And why were these expenditures buried in the charitable funds, looking suspiciously like a coverup? Council is obliged to be accountable and transparent. Instead, two members were involved with cutting down trees on private property and the remaining councillors obscured the expenditures. This all smacks of elected officials who are too secure in their positions. Council has avoided conducting an electoral review of their atlarge electoral system, which effectively guarantees the reelection of incumbents. After 40 years, East Gwillimbury taxpayers deserve and expect an objective electoral review without further delay.


Outside auditor needed for townwide probe Re: Gala fund covered council legal bills, June 7. When the tree-cutting story at the Sharon Temple first broke, I didn’t publicly say anything about it because I don’t live in East Gwillimbury. However, since this latest information became public, I cannot contain myself any longer. As someone whose ancestors attended the Sharon Temple when it was a church and as someone who has donated money to its upkeep, I was shocked by this tree-cutting incident. The people involved trespassed on private property and destroyed private property. It’s even worse because the Sharon Temple is a national his-

toric landmark that I consider to be a sacred place. Unlike several other municipalities, East Gwillimbury has no bylaw against cutting down trees. In municipalities where it’s illegal to cut down trees, some people have paid thousands of dollars in fines for breaking the rules. A bylaw would ensure something like this never happens again. Cheers to Sharon’s Hyacinthe Miller for bringing the information to the public’s attention that charitable funds were misused to pay the legal fees for East Gwillimbury, the former mayor and a councillor. Also cheers to Holland Landing’s Alma Zogalo. When the tree- cutting story was unfolding, she believed that a lot of information was being concealed from the public by East Gwillimbury. She was right. An outside review of the Taste of Tuscany Gala fund by Grant Thornton LLP, a leading audit service provider in Canada, in 2011 noted there was no reporting process in place for contributions and disbursements related to the fundraising. It also recommended the charity have a report available to the public each year. I recommend an outside auditor look at all of the finances of the town.

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Pennies make difference to worthwhile charities

Since the government is about KEN SISLER to discontinue the penny, now is NEWMARKET the time to take your penny collection and make a difference in our communities across York Region. Gather them up, roll them, stack them and turn them into Re: Road improvement needed the Salvation Army branch nearfor growth, letter to the editor by est to you or to the charity of Bill Fisch, May 17. your choice. The response by Mr. Fisch, the Spread the work among unelected York Region chairper- your relatives and have a penny son and CEO, did not address any counting and rolling party. residents’ concerns about the Turn it into a competition exorbitant cost of the improve- to see who can collect the most ments to 2nd Concession. pennies in our schools. He didn’t address the route’s The more pennies collected, complexities, such as wetland the more good we can all do for and river crossing, the need for the less fortunate. a bridge over train tracks or the We could suggest town offices undulating terrain. set up a large glass container for I was most amazed, however, everyone to place their pennies so we get excited about how the penny jars are growing. I think it would inspire everyone to empty those drawers, jars and penny banks and start a crusade to make the lowly penny Send your comments make a difference before it disapand letters to the editor pears forever from our pockets.

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he claimed the road was essentially “free” because it was to be financed through development fees. Such fees make homes less affordable, raise property taxes and are a burden on every purchaser of the new properties. The financing is anything but free. Notwithstanding Mr. Fisch’s strange attitude toward the source of the funds, he did not discuss the validity of the growth forecasts or the ability of the other proposed road, just east of 2nd Concession, which comes with a much lower cost of construction, to handle the expected traffic. Instead, we were given platitudes that show just how closed and insular York Region is to any change in their plans, which by implication were prepared by infallible experts with laser accurate crystal ball computer forecasts. I believe the computer science phrase is garbage in, garbage out and the CEO’s response is nothing more than an arrogant expensive Fisch story.

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arn, my daughter wanted to celebrate her birthday with a party. Don’t get me wrong, I, too, think turning 16 is

a big deal. I, too, wanted to mark the milestone from teeny bopper to blossoming young woman ... with a pretty silver necklace and cake with 16 candles. But for many parents of teenagers, hosting a party means confronting the elephant in the room: Our underage kids are drinking alcohol. It makes me nostalgic for the days when my biggest dilemma was what to put in the loot bags. I survived my son’s journey to legal drinking age by, admittedly, becoming a hypocrite: I cannot condone your drinking. But I know you’re doing it. So do it responsibly. (Don’t get drunk! Never drink and drive! Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking! Call me no matter what time it is if you need a ride home!) He never hid it from me and we talked about the issue of underage drinking many times. And, bless his heart, he never asked to have a party. When my daughter stood before me, blinking big blue eyes, I did what any loving but responsible parent would do. I agreed, with stipulations of no alcohol, a controlled guest list, adult supervision and music off by midnight. “Thanks, Mum!” was her delighted response, fingers flying over her phone’s keyboard before the words were out of my mouth. I was shocked into silence by the lack of bargaining that typically meets any firm stance I attempt. So, I bought plenty of pop and chips. Was I kidding myself? I knew they would be drinking — I didn’t need to wait for the boys to arrive with their bulging knapsacks for confirmation. They actually made no attempt to hide it, but nobody got out of control. They turned the music off at 11:50 p.m., the last stragglers were gone by 12:15 a.m., no damage done, only a floor badly in need of a mop. Was I glad it was over. I’ve known many other parents who have made the same compromise that doesn’t sit well with our sense of right and wrong. Some even choose to provide alcohol to their teenagers, particularly girls, as it’s safer than relying on others. We compromise because we want to be involved in our teens’ lives and keep the doors of communication open. We supervise underage drinking in our homes because we think it’s safer and more controlled. It’s not appropriate justification, it’s just what it is. Bad parenting, some would say. I try hard to be a good parent and law-abiding citizen, so this is tough for me — I have mixed feelings even writing it. York Regional Police recently had to remind parents that permitting or providing alcohol to underage teens is illegal, following a spate of massive, out-of-control house parties in Georgina. Police there received 75 complaints May 1 to June 3 about noise, obnoxious behaviour and property damage related to parties attended by 50 to 100 kids. Not only can underage drinkers be fined $130, but knowingly supplying liquor to a person under 19 can come with a summons to court and fines in the thousands of dollars. Parents can only supply liquor to their underage teens in their home or “private place”, as defined by the Liquor Licence Act. Bottom line, adults are responsible for their party guests, even those of legal drinking age, and face charges of criminal negligence if someone gets drunk and is seriously injured after leaving. The day after the party, my daughter said thank you, twice — I think she knows and appreciates how I struggle with this one.

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Residents continue fight to protect moraine BY DAVID FLEISCHER


It was local residents who began the fight to save the Oak Ridges Moraine and they’re the ones ensuring the region’s most important environmental feature stays protected 20 years later. York Region Environmental Alliance president Gloria Marsh and former King Township councillor Jane Underhill are among the seven residents recognized this year as Moraine Heroes. The awards, sponsored by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, EJLB Foundation and Willow Springs Winery, were handed out at the winery Saturday. An Oak Ridges resident, Ms Marsh was involved in the 1990s when Richmond Hill was trying to decide how much of a buffer should be left between then-isolated community and the growing town to the south. Ms Marsh describes the minimal strip of preserved land as “a huge betrayal” and she became involved in the fights that were to come in protecting the moraine, even getting arrested at one protest. Today, she’s more proud of being able to walk through the beautiful, preserved Jefferson Forest or the creation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust that helped acquire lands set aside in perpetuity. “It’s not me,” she says. “It’s lots of other people, too, but being there at the inception of all these things was important.” One such person is Ms Underhill. “I realized we had a pretty special environment here, in King City,” she says of what many failed to appreciate only two decades ago. Already an environmentalist, her activism ultimately led her to 10 years sitting on King’s council. On a local level, she takes pride in helping prevent the infill of a local wetland, but is also thankful for the provincial Oak Ridges Moraine Act that enshrined what so many people fought for. “I think we’d all be covered by concrete now without it,” she said.

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Ms Marsh and Ms Underhill have shared concerns about the future. The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, which has provided a guiding role over the past decade, is looking at closing its doors this year if it can’t get more money from the government or elsewhere. In the meantime, concerns continue about fill being dumped on the moraine and how grandfather clauses are allowing development to proceed, despite all the protections in place. Ms Marsh hopes that won’t force a return to the 1990s when citizens had to take up arms to keep an eye on the moraine. “I hope not. We’re exhausted,” she says with a laugh, joking there isn’t much money in the saving-theenvironment business either.



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Sharon Temple museum director and curator John McIntyre says there are many historic sites from the War of 1812 in York Region, including the Yonge Street Cairn in Richmond Hill.

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During the war, the military took over the route and Yonge was in better shape than when it was first constructed almost two decades prior. Many settlers living along the route opposed the war.

The Quaker settlers who came to Newmarket from the United States after suffering religious persecution once again faced hefty fines and their lands were confiscated because they did not support the war effort. “(Quaker) members were imprisoned if fines were not paid,” Mr. McIntyre said. “And that was during peace time. It was much worse during the war.”

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Northern York Region has rich history of conflict

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This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a battle between American and British forces. While no battles were fought in northern York Region, the area has a rich history of conflict, divided loyalties and pacifism. “When people think of pacifist groups, they think of the Vietnam war protests and draft dodgers,” Sharon Temple museum director and curator John McIntyre said. “But that was not the first time.” The Children of Peace were founded in 1812. After many local Quakers were fined or persecuted for not participating in the war effort, a few moved to Sharon to start their own sect. “There is so much emphasis on war,” Mr. McIntyre said. “But there is also the story of peace. And it is a lasting story.” The Quakers thought their views would be upheld and respected, Mr. McIntyre said. “But those beliefs were not upheld,” he said. “People were losing faith. People were ready for a new way of peace and they were ready to question.” The leader was David Willson, who was born in New York in 1778 and migrated to Canada in 1801. He joined the Quakers, but was rejected when he preached of peace at

‘When people think of pacifist groups, they think of the Vietnam war protests and draft dodgers. But that was not the first time.’

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the beginning of the war. “Peace is a strong part of history that adds to its complexity,” Mr. McIntyre said. “And often, history is simplified.” While the Children of Peace didn’t really make an impact on the War of 1812, in the 1840s, they helped introduce the concept of responsible government, Mr. McIntyre said. “That’s when the younger members started to question their leaders about how to create a better community,” he said. “It’s ironic because some members wanted to take up arms for responsible government.” Lessons from the Children of Peace still resonate today when people have grand ideas of changing the world. “The Children of Peace were about standing up for what they believed in,” Mr. McIntyre said.

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Notice of the Passing of a Development Charge Bylaw by The Regional Municipality Of York TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Regional Municipality of York passed Bylaw No. 2012-36 (the “Bylaw”) on Thursday, May 17, 2012, under the Development Charges Act, 1997 (“the Act”), which will come into effect on June 18, 2012 and which will also repeal Bylaw No. DC-0007-2007-040 at the end of day on June 17, 2012. AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal the Bylaw to the Ontario Municipal Board under Section 14 of the Act by filing with the Clerk of the Regional Municipality of York, no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 26, 2012, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the Bylaw and the reasons supporting the objection. A copy of the Bylaw with the background study and supporting staff reports is available for examination at the Office of the Regional Clerk during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Christopher Raynor Deputy Regional Clerk The Regional Municipality of York, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket ON L3Y 6Z1 OVERVIEW Development charges are levied against new development and are the primary source for funding growth-related capital expenditures. Regional capital services include water, wastewater, road, transit and Toronto-York Subway Extension and general services (police, emergency medical services, public health, long term care, public works, growth studies and social housing). Development charges are levied against the new development (residential and nonresidential lands) at the time of development approvals in accordance with the Act. LANDS AFFECTED The Bylaw levies the residential and non-residential development charges against all lands, buildings or structures within The Regional Municipality of York. As the Bylaw applies to all lands within The Regional Municipality of York, a key map has not been included in this notice. NOTES: • In general, development charges are payable upon building permit issuance, except in the case of residential subdivisions where the water, wastewater and roads components of the charge are collected upon subdivision agreement. • The Bylaw authorizes annual indexing of the development charges on July 1 of each and every year for the term of the Bylaw commencing July 1, 2013 in accordance with the Statistics Canada Quarterly Construction Price index. • In accordance with the Act and the Bylaw, certain forms of development are exempt from the payment of regional development charges. • The Bylaw expires June 16, 2017 unless it is repealed at an earlier date.

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT CHARGES Residential development charges levied pursuant to the Bylaw shall be the amounts applicable in the amount of payment as set out in the following schedules:

Schedule of per unit Residential Development Charge by Service Category Effective June 18, 2012 Single and Multiple Unit Semi - Detached Dwelling Hard Services Water Wastewater ** Roads Subtotal - Hard Transit Toronto - York Subway Extension General Services Police Emergency Medical Services Public Health Long Term Care Public Works Growth Studies Social Housing Subtotal General GO Transit Total

Apartments <700 sq.ft.* > 700 sq.ft.*

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$304 $54 $43 $10 $138 $13 $200 $762 $182 $25,045

* The large apartment threshold will be reduced to 650 square feet or greater on June 19, 2014. ** The Nobleton Community has a separate rate for the wastewater component.

NON-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT CHARGES Non-residential development charges levied pursuant to the Bylaw shall be the amounts applicable at the date of payment as set out in the following schedules:

Schedule of Non-Residential Development Charge by Service Category Effective June 18, 2012 Per Square Foot of Gross Floor Area Industrial / Office / Retail Institutional Hard Services Water Wastewater * Roads Subtotal - Hard Transit Toronto -York Subway Extension General Services Police Emergency Medical Services Public Health Long Term Care Public Works Growth Studies Social Housing Subtotal General Total

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jobs to get full-time work. Ms Larmer admitted she is one of the lucky ones, as some of her friends have been filling out applications and handing out resumes on their lunch hours and after school for months, without any luck. There has been a decrease in enrolment for services from students this year, YMCA Seneca Employment Assessment Centre employment services manager Donna Hall said. Typically, the service centre sees 1,200 to 1,500 high school students enrol for employment services, such as resume writing, workshops and job search skills, but, this year, there were only 600. “The prospects have improved this year, as we have had over 50 employers post with us,” she said. “It’s an improvement over previous years.”

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While the majority of students are willing to take any employment for the summer, there are some who are picky and have unrealistic notions about wages or the type of work available, she said. “I say if you’re not getting anything at home, minimum wage is better than nothing,” she said. Many students have a difficult time transferring their skills onto paper and others don’t interview well, so a workshop or two could help them market themselves better. While some students may be in a catch 22 — you can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job — others don’t know how or where to look. Services, such as Job Connect, Service Canada and Employment Ontario, can help students find summer employment. There are other innovative tools that can help a student gain that competitive edge, such as, a free school and career planning service that allows students to document accomplishments and skills, such as class projects, school clubs, volunteer gigs and hobbies, to prepare resumes that may help them find work.

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“We didn’t lose our (ridership) base, but our growth was reduced,” he said. To counter the growth slide, there’s the potential for fare increases in future, Mr. Leary hinted, adding he has been working with corporate finance to “see what might be necessary in 2013”. YRT/Viva’s challenges are not any different from those of any other North American transportation supplier, he said.

“Our biggest challenge is getting ridership back to where it should be,” he said. “What do we want to look like in the future?” Some tough decisions await, Mr. Leary admitted. “I don’t use the words reduce or cut,” he said. “I prefer the term modify.” As such, on the drawing board are balancing subsidized fares, which range from $40 to zero per rider. YRT/Viva’s 122 routes and varying schedules will be reviewed to make sure more fare boxes actually

pay for service. Forty-foot buses may replace the more costly 60 footers on certain roads in an effort to save $50,000 in 2013. An anti-idling program will save $250,000 in fuel next year. Also planned as part of a $3.08million savings in 2013 are route integration and fewer deadhead community and Mobility Plus bus hours, where vehicles must travel empty from service yards to the start of their routes. Mr. Leary is also working with transit contractors to have them

pay for and improve the mean distance between mechanical failures, which can negatively impact on-time performance and missed trips. It’s too soon to determine if the positive ridership trend will continue, Mr. Leary said. Nonetheless, after committee lauded YRT/Viva’s recovery from the work stoppage, Vaughan Regional Councillor Deb Schulte praised the free rides. “It was well done and well handled and it was the right thing to do,” she said.


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Southlake CEO Williams named to aviation hall of fame BY TERESA LATCHFORD

we certainly have a bumper crop,” he added. “Dave Williams is a multi-talented individual who has done Canada proud, internationally recognized not only in aerospace circles, but also in medicine and on the frontiers of science.” Dr. Williams is a pilot who has earned commercial and multi-engine licenses, indulging occasionally in acrobatic flying. He joined the Canadian Space Agency in 1992 and made two space shuttle flights, in 1998 and 2007. Logging more than 687 hours in space during his career, he set a record with a 17-hour, 47-minute space walk that included installation work at the Interna-

Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Dr. Dave Williams is the first hospital CEO to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. The former astronaut will be formally inducted today during a gala in Montreal. Inductees are recognized for playing integral roles in the development of their aviation fields and contributing to the country’s development, hall of fame chairperson Tom Appleton said. “We strive to select the best, most deserving individuals for induction and this year

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Check out fashions The Then and Now fashion show and strawberry tea is Saturday, 1 p.m. at Hillary House, 15372 Yonge St., Aurora. The Aurora Historical Society hosts an afternoon of fashion and food, featuring delights from Hurst and Nino D’Aversa bakeries and Bonsai Hill. Visit

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The Everything about Babies and Tots show is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aurora Community Centre, 1 Community Centre Ln. Bring your children for the Thomas and Friends live show. There will also be presentations from parent experts and a showcase of new parent products. You can also learn infant emergency procedures. Proceeds from the show support local women’s shelters. Visit

Hear classical tunes The Baroque for Belinda benefit concert is Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Christian Baptist Church, 127 Main St. S., Newmarket. Join the York Chamber Ensemble for a benefit concert in support of Belinda’s Place women’s shelter. Visit

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Gibson inspired by Zambian village BY JEREMY GRIMALDI

Marilee Gibson always knew Africa was going to have a profound effect on her, but she didn’t know how. It turns out she was inspired to give and her life hasn’t been the same since. She and her husband, Grant, finally took off on their dream vacation to South Africa in 2010. They went on safari just outside Kruger National Park, where they saw lions and zebras, then headed north to Livingstone, Zambia to see the famous Victoria Falls. Members of their touring group of 12 were asked if they wanted to visit the 700year-old Mukuni village that owned much of the surrounding land. Two, including Ms Gibson, went for it and it turned out to be an event neither would soon forget. During they tour, led by a British woman named Jane Bailey, they witnessed a fascinating scene: people who had nothing, but were truly happy. Despite their happiness, Ms Gibson noticed many struggled to survive and suffered from malaria and tuberculosis. People slept on mats on the floor, walked eight kilometres to school and, during the dry season, walked two kilometres to fetch water from a source that was bacteria and crocodile infested, Ms Gibson said. “I mean, there were these beautiful children suffering from diarrhea from this See GARAGE, page B4.

LOCAL HERO What is a local hero? It’s our way of recognizing someone, a “regular” person, who has inspired you, be it with one small, selfless act or by living a life that makes a positive impact on others. Nominate your local hero by e-mailing David Fleischer at


Marilee Gibson raised money to build a well for a village in Africa.

North named Aurora’s citizen of year Business owner has long history of volunteering BY DAVID FLEISCHER

The red carpet was rolled out for Brian North Tuesday night, but he was the last one to know it. Mr. North was named Aurora’s Citizen of the Year, but was still reeling from the surprise a day later. “I’m not one who gets surprised, (but) I didn’t have a clue ... I’m flabbergasted,” he said. He was lured to the council chambers under the guise of helping a friend go through the process of fixing up his building and Mr. Frost admitted, “he had me hook,

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line and sinker.” In retrospect, he said, it may be his son was keeping him away from the phone all day and people offering random congratulations weren’t necessarily referring to the Bob Hartwell Spirit Award he won a few weeks ago for his work with the Run for Southlake. A 2008 winner of the town’s business of the year award, Mr. North was humbled he was chosen for this award amongst the many other worthy Aurorans. “I don’t think you can get a higher award in the community of Aurora,” he said. Friends and family filled nearly every seat in the council chamber and Mr. North acknowledged he started wondering what was up when he spotted familiar faces, See COUNCIL, page B4.





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Late Movie Night Join us at the Aurora Public Library on Saturday, June 16 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for a night at the movies. The featured film is Glee! Live in Concert (rated G). Open to ages 14 to 18. There is a $3 charge per person, which includes pizza.

Economic Development Advisory Committee Rescheduled to Monday, June 25 Thursday, June 14 7:30 p.m. Committee of Adjustment Tuesday, June 19 7 p.m. General Committee Wednesday, June 20 7 p.m. Aurora Public Library Board Wednesday, June 20 7 p.m. Council Compensation Ad-Hoc Committee Thursday, June 21 7 p.m. Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Monday, June 25 7 p.m. Economic Development Advisory Committee Tuesday, June 26 7 p.m. Council Wednesday, June 27 7 p.m. Public Planning Meetings are usually held in the Town Hall and are open to the public. Regular Council Meetings are broadcast on Rogers TV, Channel 10. For further information, please contact the Customer and Legislative Services department at 905-727-1375. For a complete listing of upcoming meetings, please see the meeting calendar on the Town’s website at

This spring The Town of Aurora invited local schools and community groups to participate in the Art for the Park program.


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Art for the Park Art for the Park is a creative initiative where groups paint original artwork on picnic tables for display in parks throughout the Town. Vote for your favourite! The painted picnic tables can be seen at Aurora Town Hall from Tuesday, June 19 at 2 p.m. until Friday, June 22 at 4 p.m. Submit your vote in person at Aurora Town Hall’s Info Aurora desk (first floor) or view the tables online at and send your vote by email to

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Skylight Gallery Correction In June, the Skylight Gallery will feature the artwork of Donna Greenstein. Donna is a resident of York Region who paints mainly rural scenes including farm animals, birds and plants. Viewing times are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 3rd floor at Aurora Town Hall. Last week we incorrectly named Yunxu Long as our Skylight Gallery artist of the month.

The registration deadline is Friday, June 15.The finals will be held at Lambert Wilson Park on Sunday, July 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Join us at the Aurora Public Library on Saturday, June 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner and a movie. The featured film is John Carter (rated PG). Open to ages 11 to 14. There is a $3 charge per person, which includes pizza. For more information, please call 905-726-4760.

Mayor Geoffrey Dawe, Members of Council and Town of Aurora staff will be serving up food and fun for a good cause on Wednesday, June 20 at Boston Pizza Aurora. The local restaurant is donating a portion of all proceeds between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to help the Town raise funds to enter the annual United Way of York Region’s Dragon Boat fundraising race later in August. Patrons can also enter a draw for Toronto Blue Jays tickets and other great prizes sponsored by Boston Pizza Aurora.


Adrenaline Rush Cancelled The Aurora Adrenaline Rush event originally scheduled for Sunday, June 17 is cancelled. If you require more information, please call 905-726-4762.


Notice of Public Open House The Aurora Promenade Streetscape Design and Implementation Plan The Town of Aurora is organizing the second in a series of public consultations for the Aurora Promenade Streetscape Design and Implementation Plan on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library (Magna Room), located at 15145 Yonge Street.

Evening Hours by Appointment Program Are you a homeowner or contractor in need of a permit for a home renovation project? Can’t make it during regular business hours? The Town of Aurora is offering extended hours by appointment on:

At this public open house, the draft Streetscape Design and Implementation Plan will be presented, including the project’s next steps. There will also be a feedback and question and answer period.

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Book your appointment today for a quick, “one-stop-shop” permit process. Call 905-727-3123 ext. 4390, 4394 or 4388 or email Please call at least one day in advance. The Evening Hours by Appointment Program allows for review of projects that qualify under the Town’s Residential Express Permit Program. For information on projects that qualify, please visit Appointments take place at Aurora Town Hall, 100 John West Way, Building Services department, 3rd floor

The Aurora Promenade Concept Plan Urban Design Strategy identified the need to conduct a detailed Streetscape Design and Implementation Plan for key sections of Yonge Street and Wellington Street to accomodate redevelopment and its integration with the established historic character of the area. Town of Aurora staff are guiding this project and has retained The Planning Partnership and Kramer Design Associates to lead the process. For more information, please contact Fausto Filipetto, Planning & Development Services, at 905-727-3123 ext. 4342 or Additional details pertaining to The Aurora Promenade can be accessed on our website at

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Join us for pre-Canada Day festivities! PRESENTED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF AURORA Dance in the Park 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aurora Town Park

Piano recital, 7:30 p.m. at the Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church St. Enjoy a musical night out with pianist Oleg Samokhin and music by Liszt, Ravel, Skryabin and Prokofiev. Visit

SATSANG Upper Canada Satsang, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre and Lion’s Hall, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., Newmarket. A monthly community assembly for fellowship, chanting and networking following traditional Hindu practices. Visit


Do you enjoy singing? If you are a resident of Aurora between the ages of 12 and 17, you are eligible to enter the 2012 Aurora Teen Idol competition!

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More information and applications are available at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex, or by calling 905-726-4762.


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Aurora farmers market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aurora Town Park. Purchase farm fresh local produce. The market runs every Saturday until Oct. 24. Visit

GARDENING English flower garden at Merlin’s Hollow, 181 Centre Cres., Aurora. The garden was started in 1981 and contains more than 1,500 different plants, all of which are labelled. This day will feature the fragrant garden, thyme lawn, iris and peonies. For more information, call 905727-8979.

FASHION Fashion show, 1 p.m. at Hillary House, 15372 Yonge St., Aurora. The Aurora Historical Society hosts an afternoon of fashion and food, featuring delights from Hurst and Nino D’Aversa bakeries and Bonsai Hill. Visit

ART Art, Wine and Song, 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ Church Kettleby, 292 Kettleby Rd., King Township. The event features artists from local villages and their paintings, sculptures, pottery and photography. Visit

BABIES SHOW Everything about Babies and Tots show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aurora Community Centre, 1 Community Centre Ln. Bring your children for the Thomas and Friends live show. There will also be presentations from parent experts and a showcase of new parent products. You will also learn important infant emergency procedures. Proceeds from the show support local women’s shelters. Also runs Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit

BAROQUE CONCERT Baroque for Belinda benefit concert, 7:30 p.m. at Christian Baptist Church, 127 Main St., Newmarket. Join the York Chamber Ensemble for a benefit concert in support of Belinda’s Place women’s shelter. Visit


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SUNDAY, JULY 1 Canada Day Parade 10 a.m. Parade travels south on Yonge Street from Orchard Heights Boulevard to Murray Drive Kids can join us for pre-parade sidewalk chalking at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Aurora Public Library

Heritage rides. The York-Durham Heritage Railway celebrates Father’s Day with half price fare. For tickets, visit

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11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lambert Willson Park 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Free pancake breakfast (while supplies last) Passport activity for kids Giant petting zoo Little Hammers Club, brought to you by RONA Horseshoe tournament (Register at 11 a.m., $3 per adult) 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE swimming at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. FREE skating at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Geocaching

National Anthem Reaffirmation of Canadian Citizenship Ceremony with MP Lois Brown and Mayor Geoffrey Dawe, followed by cake-cutting 1 p.m. The Glenn Marais Band 3:30 p.m. 2012 Aurora Teen Idol competition tion final round 7 p.m. “The Rolling Stones Show” by Hot Rocks 9:45 p.m. Fireworks


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York Regional Police Male Chorus, 7:30 p.m. at the York Region administrative centre, 17250 Yonge St., Newmarket. The volunteer group seeks new members. This is the last meeting for the season. For more information, call 905-727-9676 or visit


OPEN HOUSE Canadian National Institute for the Blind open house, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York Region branch, 615 Davis Dr., Newmarket. Visit

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Town plans committee for 150th BY DAVID FLEISCHER

If you want to help plan a big birthday bash, give the Town of Aurora a call. Council decided Tuesday night to work from the grassroots up, bringing citizens in on the ground floor of plans to celebrate the town’s 150th birthday next year. It was a reversal from last week’s general council meeting, during which council endorsed spending $100,000 on the plans, including about $70,000 for a consultant to write grant applications and manage an undetermined number of events. Instead, staff will work quickly, aiming to get a volunteer sesquicentennial committee in place before summer. Councillor Sandra Humfryes proposed ditching the prior motion, saying council should listen to concerns voiced by residents and do more work determining just what the celebration should look like; whether it should involve branding existing events throughout the year or having a concentrated celebration over a few days, for example. The idea was quickly embraced by Councillor Evelyn Buck, who was already wary of spending so much money on the event. “It’s the way we’ve always done it. The community has always participated in celebrations,” she said, recalling neighbourhood-driven parades honouring the town’s centennial in 1963 and Canada’s, four years later. In the latter, she was among the council members to parade in a heritage rail car. “Aurora can do it. They love a party,” she said. Councillor John Abel supported the change, having had a week to think about his prior decision. He said he hoped the summer could be used to get out in the community to start soliciting public input. Concerned a professional was needed to take charge, Councillor Paul Pirri cast the only vote in support of last week’s motion, saying nothing precluded having a committee as well. “If we’re looking to save money, from time to time, you have to spend money first,” he said. The ball of change got rolling during the pre-council open forum, when marketing professional Greg Smith urged councillors to

ditch their top-down approach in favour of embracing the grassroots organizations and events that already exist, from the Chamber of Commerce Street Festival and school spring flings, to neighbourhood street parties and the town’s own ribfest. “Give the community of Aurora the mandate to celebrate 150 years in the way we see as the best to do it,” he said. The president of Aurora’s The Partnership Network has previously worked on national and international celebrations, including Canada’s 125th birthday, the Canadian Red Cross’s 100th anniversary and the United Nations Year of the Child and believes local groups are only too happy to have something like the sesquicentennial to engage people in a new way. “The biggest problem on this is the ball has been dropped. This should have been going well in advance,” he said. As an example, he suggested it could be too late for a group such as Theatre Aurora to have a thematically related play on its calendar. On the other hand, Mr. Smith said, there’s still time to do something worthy of the town and he would not be averse to sitting on the committee if it’s given the tools to make things happen quickly. Though there are no specific guidelines yet, councillors hope community members will bring many skills to the table, including event planning and grant writing. While supporting some form of citizen involvement, Mayor Geoff Dawe was more reserved about not bringing an expert on board. “I don’t see, unless someone is driving the bus, how it’s going anywhere,” he said. The new motion also means any necessary funds should come up in the 2013 budget, rather than be drawn from discretionary funds this year. Parks and recreation director Allan Downey will aim to bring back terms of reference for the committee — including its goals and proposed composition — for the June 26 council meeting, he said. The membership could be finalized at council’s July 17 meeting, giving the committee a chance to begin consultations before summer is over.

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Councillor unhappy with jazz fest publicity BY DAVID FLEISCHER

Aurora councillors hope they can finally put the acrimony surrounding the Aurora Jazz+ Festival behind them. A heated April debate that left the festival on the hook for previously waived permit fees had an epilogue at Tuesday’s council meeting. Councillor John Abel attached to the agenda a contentious e-mail response sent to him by Susan Morton-Leonard, chairperson of the Aurora Festival of the Arts, the jazz festival’s parent organization. Mr. Abel e-mailed Ms Morton-Leonard May 19, seeking her response to what he saw as negative publicity in a publication called Ontario Festivals Visited, regarding council’s perceived lack of support. “This article portrays the town and its council in a negative light,”

he wrote, noting the festival advertised in the newsletter. The article, entitled What Were They Thinking?, questioned why the town would “penalize” a nonprofit community event. Mr. Abel also described as “offensive, if not just plain vulgar”, two May 15 personal blog entries by festival artistic director George St. Kitts. Other councillors wondered why Mr. Abel was re-opening old wounds. “I was really hoping we’d be past this,” Councillor Chris Ballard said. “I don’t believe AFA was (trying) to besmirch the good name of the town.” Councillor Wendy Gaertner wondered whether Ms LeonardMorton had been made aware her e-mail response, which was CC’d to every member of council, would be on the public council agenda.

In her response, Ms LeonardMorton wrote Mr. Abel’s e-mail was “structured more like accusations than queries.” The Aurora Festival of the Arts has no interest in “smear campaigns”, or personal blogs, she said, explaining the writer had simply written his opinion based on an article he read. She countered the town had not even offered congratulations for the festival’s recent recognition as a Top 100 festival in the province by Festival and Events Ontario. “This is the second year the AFA board has endured an attitude of mean spiritedness from a handful of people,” she wrote. “Continual unsubstantiated comments in the press and elsewhere ... unfortunately serve to hurt the Town of Aurora more than they hurt the festival.” Mr. Abel laid the blame for the problems on the reporter’s lack of

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including an aunt who lives near Midland. The crowd rose to its feet for a loud, sustained ovation when the award was presented and then left to a party room following the ceremony. “I didn’t sleep very well last night thinking what I should have said,” Mr. North said. Mayor Geoff Dawe spoke of Mr. North’s “true spirit of altruism”, describing him as “a shining example of an individual for whom giving back to our community has become a life-long mission”. The 26-year resident’s contributions include: • Serving as president of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and continuing to be what Mr. Dawe called “an ambassador” for the chamber; • Many years with Scouts Canada, including serving as district Scouts commissioner; • Coaching minor baseball; • Extensive work with Aurora United Church; • Work with other organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of York Region and Community Living Newmarket/Aurora;

• Helping students with autism in the workplace through the York Region District School Board; and • Helping entrepreneurs at the region’s Small Business Enterprise Centre. Mr. North received a sculpted glass award and his name will be engraved on a plaque hanging in Town Hall.

FUTURE AWARDS Council is going back to the future with its annual recognition of local volunteers. Council decided to stick with its tradition of holding its award ceremony in November, rejecting a plan to do it a new way starting in spring 2013. The change would have meant holding no ceremony in 2012, raising concerns with several councillors. “It’s a shame we’re going to miss a year because we didn’t get our act together,” Councillor Sandra Humfryes said. The proposed changes stemmed from an April parks and recreation committee meeting when members discussed how to improve the ceremony held in November 2011. Having decided to stay with the current calendar, councillors then opted to return the ceremony to how it was in 2010. That means

undoing a number of changes, including, but not limited to: • Reinstating an award recognizing five years of volunteer service; • Returning the Youth Award to its prior name, the Youth Volunteer Achievement Award; • Eliminating newly created environmental, accessibility, quarter century, civic appreciation and individual astounding achievement awards; and • Restoring the name of the Bob Harman Memorial Award, given for sports achievement, and the Johnson’s Cultural Achievement Award. Prior to 2011, the Citizen of the Year Award was also handed out at the awards ceremony, rather than separately by the mayor at a council meeting. While several councillors praised the 2011 ceremony, others suggested it was slighting people, creating meaningless cattle calls that failed to properly recognize contributions or negating the awards’ intent. The whole point is for the town’s elected officials to thank residents for their altruistic efforts, Councillor Wendy Gaertner said. “That’s what the community expected. That’s what they loved and I think that’s what the community deserves,” she said.

research and said council has a proud tradition of supporting arts and culture. “I’m proud of this council ... I’m not going to allow people to be unfair,” he said Tuesday night. “I don’t want to respond to the bad things they’re saying about our town, but I feel I have to and I will.” “The bottom line is, unless the comments are defamatory, it’s called freedom of speech,” Ms Gaertner said.

Committee resignation There will be one fewer person looking into how much Aurora’s councillors should be paid. One of the five citizen members of the council compensation adhoc committee resigned last week, citing personal reasons, leaving an opening councillors chose not to fill. The committee’s job is to advise council on best practices when it comes to salary, benefits, auto and retirement allowances and other related compensation issues. Under guidelines, council has up to two months to fill the position. The committee had a hired

consultant, two residents with no human resources expertise and two with it. The citizen who retired was one of those with expertise, but councillors were content one remained. Instead of three experts and two laypersons, the split is now twotwo and the committee merely makes recommendations to council, rather than making decisions on its own. It is expected to meet every two weeks with the goal of reporting to council in October.

Petch House location chosen The Petch House has a new home. Council agreed Tuesday night to relocate the historic log house from near Leslie and Wellington streets to beside the Aurora Seniors Centre, near the Community Arboretum entrance. Restoration work is already under way and once the house is sufficiently stable, work toward reassembling it at the new site will begin. Council’s approval allows that work to move forward. — With files from Sean Pearce

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water,” she said. “I needed to do something.” When she returned home, the first thing the former nurse did was contact Ms Bailey, who runs a charity for the village called the Butterfly Tree. Ms Gibson received a list of the village’s top needs, including a borehole (similar to a well), which cost $8,300, bags of maize, which run $100 each, or four mosquito nets, which cost $32 for a set. Ms Gibson wanted to help, but was a bit daunted by the well’s price tag. After receiving some encouragement from friends, she knew it was the right thing to do. Her plan was simple. “At my age, people just want to de-clutter,” the mother-of-two said. “Everyone has things they want to get rid of, so I thought we should have a garage sale.” The next thing she knew, the

Class Environmental Assessment to address Outfall Capacity Limitations at the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant

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event was in full swing and her garage and living room were filled with donations from friends and family. About 300 people turned up to the mid-May event. In the end, Ms Gibson raised $4,700 from the sale and donations. “This was the result of the generosity of a lot of Aurorans who just got so into the cause,” she said. “It gave me a purpose and made me joyful. It was a big high to accomplish something like this.” As a result of the garage sale, a borehole was dug in the village, the photographs of which will soon be circulated to people who gave to the cause. Ms Gibson is not stopping there. She now plans to again visit the village with friends and wants to create gift boxes to sell for $10 each in hopes of purchasing 100 mosquito nets for the village.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUM # 2 The Regional Municipalities of Durham and York have jointly initiated a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study (Class EA) to identify the preferred solution for addressing the future capacity limitations of the existing outfall at the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). The first Public Information Forum held in May 2011, provided information on the Class EA process and background information on the study. In order to provide further information on the initial screening of alternatives, the evaluation criteria being considered for the impact assessment and to receive input from interested persons, Durham and York Regions will be holding Public Information Forum (PIF) #2 as follows: Date: Time: Location:

Tuesday June 26, 2012 Open House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. Pickering Recreation Complex, Meeting Room 1 & 2 (second floor), 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering, ON (parking located at the front of the building)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Open House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. Banquet Hall, McLean Community Centre 95 Magill Drive, Ajax, ON


If you require accommodations to fully participate in this meeting please contact Durham Region at 905-668-7711 ext. 3840 with your specific requirements. Public and agency consultation is a key component of the Municipal Class EA process. All those with an interest in the project are encouraged to attend the Public Information Forum to provide input into this important study. Comments are welcome at any time during the Class EA, at all Public Information Forums, via the project website, via email or by contacting either of the Regions’ Project Managers. Details have been given below. Website:


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Barry Laverick, P.Eng. Project Manager The Regional Municipality of Durham 605 Rossland Road East, Box 623 Whitby, ON L1N 6A3 Phone: 905 668-7711, ext. 3840 Toll-free: 1-800-372-1102 Fax: 905-668-2051

Wayne Green, P.Eng. Project Manager The Regional Municipality of York 17250 Yonge Street Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1 Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 5049 Toll-free: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 5049 Fax: 905-836-4590

As part of the consultation initiative, the Regions are compiling a Project Contact List of parties interested in receiving further information during the Class EA process. If you are interested in being added to the Project Contact List, please submit your contact information. Project documents will also be posted to the project website, and reference copies will be available at the Central Branch of the Pickering Public Library and the Main Branch of the Ajax Public Library.


Please note that comments will be maintained for reference throughout the project and will become part of the public record. Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and the Environmental Assessment Act, any personal information such as name, address and telephone number included in a submission will become part of the public record unless the commenter specifically requests that such personal details not be included in the public record. Thank you for your participation in this study.




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Aurora wins accessibility award The Town of Aurora won the Ontario Accessibility Award from Excellence Canada. The award recognizes organizations that provide excellent customer service for people with disabilities, including meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Aurora is one of nine organizations in Ontario to receive the award this year.

Film circuit supports library The Aurora Film Circuit presented the Aurora Public Library with a cheque for $5,000. The library will use the money to enhance collections and services. The circuit is a volunteer initiative

committed to enhancing arts and culture in Aurora. The group screens critically acclaimed films in town. Proceeds from ticket sales support community projects and programs.

Department offers evening hours Aurora’s building and bylaw services department is offering an evening hours by appointment program. The program is for people unable to submit small home improvement project applications during regular business hours. The appointments are available June 21, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. To book an appointment or for more information, call 905-727-3123, ext. 4388, 4390 or 4394. For a complete list of eligible projects and documentation you may need, visit


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Barbs’ Selvaggi named to national rugby U-20s TwoMen & ATruck

Aurora Barbarians’ Eric Selvaggi was named to Rugby Canada’s men’s under-20 roster last week for the International Rugby Board Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 competition, which starts June 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 26-player roster will vie for a toptwo finish and promotion to the elite Junior World Cup in 2013. The Woodbridge resident is one of 10 players from Ontario named to the squad. The team is grouped with Georgia, Japan and Zimbabwe.

Jays host senior rookie tournament The Aurora Jays will host 11 other baseball

teams in the hunt for hardware when their inaugural senior rookie ball tournament swings into action tomorrow at the Aurora Leisure Complex. The Jays square off against the Brampton Royals in one of three games at 4:30 p.m. Aurora also faces the St. Catharines Cobras and Waterloo Tigers in round-robin games Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The three-day event concludes Sunday with quarter-finals at 9 a.m. The championship game is at 3 p.m.

Green Gaels sweep Saints The Clarington Green Gaels completed a sweep of the season series against the Newmarket Saints Tuesday night with a 9-5


victory in Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League action at the Magna Centre. Conner Latimer had three goals and Brock Levick highlighted a four-point game with three assists as the Green Gaels built a 5-1 lead five minutes into the second period and cruised to their second win of the season against Newmarket. Bowman Webster and Ryan Lee each had one goal and two assists and Chad Levick netted two goals for the Saints. The loss was the fifth in the past six games for Newmarket, which sits second in the Mid East Division at 11-7. The Green Gaels improved their record atop the division to 14-1-2.

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Zachary Waslenko once again let his quick feet do the talking at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships in Brockville. The Grade 10 student at Villanova College in King City sprinted to the junior boys 100 and 200-metre titles to emerge as a double winner at North America’s largest high school track and field competition. It was the second year in a row Waslenko swept the titles in both events. Waslenko, a resident of Richmond Hill, roared to victory in the 100 metres in a time of 10.87 seconds to finish ahead of runnerup Norris Spike of Markham’s St. Augustine Titans. In the 200, Waslenko won in 22.40, ahead of Alex Peters of Turnberry’s F.E. Madill Mustangs.

Saints surge to lacrosse bronze The St. Andrew’s College Saints entered the OFSAA field lacrosse championship festival on few lists of potential medal winners. In fact, the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association representatives were seeded 13th among 16 teams in the 1-A/2-A championships last week in Peterborough. Might as well toss those rankings into the Otonabee River. The Saints received a seven-point game from Keaton Ward and hat tricks from cocaptains Brennan Langley and Jamal Kett en route to an 11-6 victory over Peterborough’s Thomas A. Stewart Griffins in the bronze



medal game. Ward had one goal and six assists in the contest, which also saw C.J. Sifton chip in with two goals for the Saints. Devon de Langley and Curtis Harvey also scored for St. Andrew’s, which posted a 9-8 triumph over the Peterborough school in round-robin play. The Saints suffered an 11-7 loss to Hagersville Secondary School in the semifinal round after finishing atop their round-robin pool.

Silver for soccer Saints The St. Andrew’s College Saints settled for a silver medal after suffering a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Ottawa’s John McRae Bulldogs in the OFSAA boys 2-A soccer championship tournament in North Bay. After two wins and two draws in pool play, the Saints edged the St. Christopher Cyclones of Sarnia 1-0 in extra time in a semifinal match, as shutout goalkeeping by Robert Trocchia backed the game’s lone goal by William White. Earlier, the Saints edged the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders of Oakville 3-2 in extra time in quarter-final play. — John Cudmore

Batsman Sanjee Perera makes a stroke during the official opening of the Newmarket Cricket Club at Dennis Park Saturday.

Eager local cricketers launch field of their own BY JOHN CUDMORE

Now that’s cricket. After several years of playing their beloved sport in an open park, members of the Newmarket Cricket Club have a playing surface to call their own. The club launched its new facility Saturday at Dennis Park with a day-long festival. Dennis Park is in the Mulock Drive and Cane Parkway area. Club officials envision the pitch as their sport’s version of, “If you build it, they will come” and an opportunity to raise awareness of cricket’s popularity worldwide. The facility is smaller than a full-sized pitch, but will service the needs of the club for a softball version of the game. “Once people start coming, we can hopefully improve our facility,” said Sujan Gunawardena, one of four directors of the non-profit club. “For now, 50 metres is fine for softball. We want people to know about our cricket ground and move to the next level. “We started playing the past two or three

years and decided to form a club. We talked to the town and it was very positive toward the idea. Other communities have their own teams and leagues, so we want to have our own in Newmarket.” The recently established club has between 30 and 40 members, Gunawardena said. He expects the launch of the facility to mushroom that number closer to 100. “We have spoken to a few schools and it seems positive,” he said. “It’s a growing sport. Cricket is a big sport, just below soccer in the world.” Club members play Friday nights at 6:30 p.m., dedicating one hour to coaching youths in the finer points of the game. It is expected the cricketers will share field space with minor ball groups on alternate nights throughout the playing season. “It’s a new sport for the community, for sure,” Newmarket recreation and culture director Ian MacDougall said. “They have been working with us for the last year or so. This speaks to how Newmarket is evolving as a community and toward a new sports energy.”

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Call Dave (905)722-8799 1 BEDROOM recently renovated basement apartment. $700. situated on Mulock between Yonge & Bayview, Newmarket. Separate washer & dryer. 416-828-4268 A REFURBISHED basement apartment, North Richmond Hill, separate entrance, laundry, 800sqft., 2 bedroom. No smoking/ pets. Immediate. Parking. $975. 647-268-8449 AURORA- 1 bedroom, upper level, separate entrance, Yonge/ Wellington, near GO. Hardwood flooring. Suits 1-2 persons. Non-smoking/pets. $700+utilities. 905-727-6763 AURORA- 2 bedroom basement, parking, laundry, full kitchen, minutes to Yonge/ Murray, GO Transit, no smoking/ pets, $1,000 inclusive. 647-200-6962 AURORA- LARGE one bedroom on Yonge. In building, parking, near all amenities. Pets negotiable. 905-503-2133

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KESWICK- NEWLY renovated 3 bedroom basement near park. Lots of big windows, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, parking, appliances. $1300 inclusive 905-960-9119 leave message KESWICK- SPACIOUS 2 bedroom basement apt. Separate entrance. Parking. Non-smoking/ pets. 5 appliances. First/ last. $1000 inclusive. July 1st. (905)476-8372 NEWMARKET- 2 bedroom main level. Parking for one vehicle. Quiet building. 1st/ last. $950 inclusive. Nonsmoking/ pets. July 1st. 905-836-6288

GORGEOUS WATERFRONT executive home by Virginia Beach. Laundry, fridge, stove included. 4 bedroom w/boathouse. August 1st. $1950.+ utilities. John, 416-881-2934 NEWMARKET- 3 bedroom house, with in-law 1 bedroom apt., $2200+. August 1st. 416-432-6508 NEWMARKET- DOWNTOWN Timothy St. Very nice 2400sq.ft., 3 bedroom loft, 18' ceilings, 3 bathrooms, appliances, private backyard, June $2200. (905)955-0136.

Auctions & Sales

NEWMARKET- 2 single bedroom apartments available at 20 Hill Street. $1050+ hydro. Available July 1st. Please email: jkehren@kemflocanada. com


QUEENSVILE AREABachelor apt. $500.+ utilities (905)478-4590, 905-252-2624 SOUTH EAST KeswickQuiet, rural, 2 storey, 3 bedroom, 4 appliances, 1.5 baths. Non-smoking/ pets. Available July 1st. $1100+. 905-478-2141

Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. A lovely full house auction held for Sharon and the late William Christie of Stouffville, formerly of North York. Quality furniture, antiques, figurines, art plus the household, tools, misc., and many additions. Held at the Ballantrae Community Centre 5592 Aurora Road, 1 km east of Hwy 48, Stouffville. Full Details Online... Clarkson Auctions & Movers Inc.


Rooms for Rent and Wanted

NEWMARKETFURNISHED basement room. Share bath/ kitchenette. Near Yonge/ Davis. No parking. Smoking outside. NEWMARKETDAVIS/ First, last, references. PattersonRenovated, Male. $450. 905-853-7091 spacious 1 bedroom basement, a/c, separate laundry. 5 minute walk to NEWMARKET- LARGE hospital. Non-smoker. furnished room, mature $800+. July. male Non-smoker, central905-717-9481 ly located. $475. Available NEWMARKET- *FABU- July 1st. First/ last. LOUS 3 bedroom *Well (647)378-7491, evenings maintained/ renovated only. *Hardwood/ ceramics *New baths/ kitchen *Awesome patio *June/ July. NEWMARKET- ROOM, Queen. $450. Details 289-338-1711 Main/ Cable, internet. All incluleave message. sive. Suits mature gentleNEWMARKET- LARGE 3 man. No pets/ smoke. July bedroom, walk- hospital. 1st. First/ last. New kitchen, paint. Park- 905-836-8526 ing. $1270 inclusive. Also 2 bedroom, $1150. No dogs/ smoking. ROOMMATE TO share 905-836-6328 home- Sutton West. (lake July/ August. NEWMARKET- LEGAL 2 access). bedroom basement $420 or $520 meals includw/brand new countertops ed. 905-235-3833, profescabinets +kitchen floor, sional preferred. separate entrance, parking, appliances, laundry. Shared $1000 inclusive. Immedi- Accommodations ately. (905)898-2067

BRADFORD- 1 bedroom, newly renovated, air, 2 car parking, partial basement, fridge & stove, laundry hook-up. $850 inclusive. 905-773-9037

Auctions & Sales

IMPORTANT ESTATE CONTENT & AUCTION Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:45 am 58 Catherine Street ~ Aurora Linda (Wheeler) O’Reilly & the Jerry O’Reilly Estate. Home jam-packed with antiques, collectibles, fine glass and china, charming furniture, violins, guitars, crocks, butcher’s block, 8’ store counter, Baker’s cabinet, ice cream parlour chairs,200 cook books, decoys, good cookware, pine cupboard, several china sets, sterling, fine linens, Pequegnat clocks, player piano rolls, early hand tools, marbles, toy trucks, vintage luggage, appliances, etc. Terms: Cash, Visa, Debit / 5 % BP. Lots of great cook books, utensils & antiques, etc. See pics @

WOODBINE/ AURORA Rd- 3 bedroom house, 1 NEWMARKET- 2 bedroom bath. $1250 + utilities. main floor ($1150+). 2 Available immediately. bedroom lower level 905-727-8125 ($975+) Available July 1st. 905-836-0962

AURORA- SEEKING great tenants- must see! 1 bedroom, all inclusive, spectacular site, walkout, suits individual/ professional, NEWMARKET MINUTES/ non-smoker/ pets. Ben hospital. Large 1 bedroom walkout, private deck, 905-713-3588 large backyard. Separate AURORA- SPACIOUS, 1+ entrance, parking, laundry, bedroom basement, separ- fireplace. $1200. No pets. ate entrance, new carpet. (905)715-8945 Suit professional. NonNEW, smoking/ pets. $925 NEWMARKETbright 2 bedroom walkout, (905)841-8187 laundry, $1075. inclusive. AURORA'S BEST kept se- Yonge/ Aspenwood. Noncret- Parkview Apartments. smoking/ pets. ImmediateClean, quiet building, over- ly. (905)392-2231 looking park, mostly seniors, elevator, Renovated NEWMARKET- PATTER1 & 2 bedrooms. SON and Elgin, newly renovated, 3 bedroom, pri(416)876-3620 vate laundry, no smoking, BALDWIN MOTEL- no pets, August 1st, $1450 Efficiency units, starting at inclusive 905-830-9751. weekly $200 or monthly NEWMARKETQUIET $700. (905)722-9066 building, private balcony BRADFORD- 1 bedroom, new kitchen, 2 bedroom, bright, spacious, private near hospital. Parking, entrance. C/A, walk-up, 2 laundry on premises. No parking, non-smoking./ dogs. $1100. dogs. From $750+ utilities. 905-953-9683. Immediate 416-751-3368, NEWMARKETQUIET 905-778-8228 building. Heating, parking BRADFORD- 1 bedroom included. Large 1 & 2 basement. $950 inclusive. bedroom apts. Non-smokSeparate entrance, appli- ing/ pets. 647-930-6347 ances. First/ last, some STEPS credit references. Non- NEWMARKETsmoking/ pets. July 1st. from Main Street, Fairy Lake/ Southlake. 1 bedSandra, 416-616-2715 room basement+ office. BRADFORD- 1 bedroom $825+ hydro. Immediately. walk-out., 4-pc bath, with Parking. No smoking/ pets. laundry. a/c. $850 inclu- 416-992-5674 sive. Available immediately. No pets. 416-707-2701. NEWMARKET- (STONEHAVEN)- Large 3 bedroom BRADFORDBRIGHT, apt. basement, 1700sqft. clean 3 bedroom main separate entrance. June/ floor apt. Appliances. July. Cable, parking, laun$1450. inclusive. First/ last. dry, hydro. Non-smoking. Some credit references. $1300. 416-992-0422 July 1st. Sandra, QUEENSVILLE- STUDIO 416-616-2715 apt. main floor. Laundry, BRADFORD (DOWN- parking, $700 inclusive. No TOWN)- newly renovated pets/ smoking. Available. 2 bedroom apartment. 5 9 0 5 - 2 5 2 - 9 4 0 5 , appliances including wash- 905-830-9428 er/ dryer, parking. $900 + utilities. 519-940-1892 or TWO 1 bedroom basements for rent at Aurora 519-942-9791 Heights. $750+ and $650+ GILFORD- 14TH Line. (furnished). Call Bob Main floor, 3 bedroom, 647-280-0248 century farm house, separate entrance, $1000 inclu- Unregistered apartments could be unsafe. sive. Available i m m e d i a t e l y . Ask to see your landlord’s registration certificate. 905-716-1457 Town of East Gwillimbury. HOLLAND LANDINGJust renovated, 2 bedroom UXBRIDGE- BRIGHT 2 apartment, in upper du- bedroom basement. Partly plex. No smoking/ pets. furnished. Parking, Newly $800+ Excellent referenc- decorated. $800. inclusive. es only. July 1. Immediate. References. (905)852-4703 905-898-1646 HOLLAND LANDING YONGE/ JOE Persechiniarea- Bright, spacious Bachelor renovated basebasement apt. $650+, no ment, everything new (appets/ smoking. Own en- pliances, bathroom, etc.), 1 trance & parking. Available parking, laundry, separate entrance. Non-smoking/ now. Call 289-716-1537 pets. $699+. 416-871-7005 HOLLAND LANDINGGreat location, beautiful, YONGE/ MULOCK- Large newly renovated 2 bed- 1 bedroom basement, seproom, hardwood floors, arate entrance, fireplace, new appliances, parking. jacuzzi, own laundry. No dogs. $930. Non-smoking/ pets. $1050 inclusive. July 1. (905)715-1430 (905)716-1776 HOLLAND LANDINGLarge 1 bedroom ground Townhouses for floor, country setting, Rent parking, No pets. References. Immediate. $800.+ KESWICK TOWNHOUSE. heat. 905-251-6846 Open concept, 3 bedrooms, 11/2 baths, large JACKSON’S POINT/ Sut- fenced yard & deck. ton, 2 bedroom, new appli- Available July 1st. $1395+. ances, deck, coin-laundry, Non-smoking/ pets. well-kept, suits profession- 905-476-3210 al/ couple. Lapsized pet friendly, $1099inclusive, Houses for Rent Aug 1. 905-476-1253 KESWICK- LARGE 3 bedroom upper floor apt, appliances, parking, laundry, $1100+ gas. Available June 19. Tammy 416-725-8739

Houses for Rent

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Farms for Rent/ Wanted

AUCTION SALE WED. June 20th 6:30pm POLLARDS AUCTION BARN 2.5 mi. E. of Keswick, 24190 Kennedy Rd. 15 mi. N. of Newmarket, off Woodbine Ave. ( Watch for signs) Household furniture, Antique pcs. collectibles. International W4 Tractor. Woodworking tools, welder, shop tools. Check the web site, for photos & additions

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Motorcycles/ Offroad

EXCELLENT HOUSEKEEPING By Rita/ Lindsay. 20yrs. experience. LOOKING TO rent farmResidential. Thorough land for personal recreadusting, vacuuming, bathtional use (dirt bike riding). room/ kitchen sanitizing. 416-258-5654 1986 YAMAHA Radian (905)252-8610 650, 7645kms. Good con- HOUSE AND Window Articles for Sale dition, nice looking bike. Cleaning Services. Call Asking $1500. firm. James (647)707-6039 for a free 705-220-9408 estimate.

ANTIQUES ON HWY 48 2 Floors of ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Fri Sat Sun & Mon 10am - 6pm 23906 Hwy 48 Just South of BALDWIN North of Ravenshoe Rd

647-281-8496 CARPETS- I have several thousand yards of new stainmaster & 100% nylon carpet. Will do living room & hall for $389.00. Includes: carpet, pad, installation (25 yards). Steve 289-464-6049 HOT TUB/SPA 2012 model, fully loaded, full warranty. New in plastic. Cost $8,000 Sacrifice $3,900. Call: 416-779-0563

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Moving & Storage

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Waste Removal

Auto Parts & Accessories YOKOHAMA S-DRIVE 215/55 16 with 5000km in excellent condition off my Audi asking $450 set of 4, great deal! Email Chris at chris.golding@

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AFFORDABLE DOG & Cat Grooming/ Boarding. Back in Business after Registration & family illness. $35. Large Lessons dogs welcome. AURORASWIMMING (905)836-4366 Lessons available. Qualified instructor. Low rates. Dogs Flexible hours. Salt water pool. Ages 4+. 905-727-2496 CHOCOLATE LAB puppies- Purebred, no papers. Health & Home 3 females, 3 males. De- Care wormed. $500. firm. 416697-6795, 905-476-4845 REGISTERED NURSES/ critical care nurses, RPNs, PSWs Experienced live-in caregivers for elderly/ Auctions & Sales disabled. Available 1-24 hrs. (905)770-8511

BRADFORD- 3 bedroom Lovely home with in-law suite, closed back porch, deck, large driveway, backyard. $1450+ Call AUCTION! BID on an anRyis Properties tique grandfather clock, 905-727-1102. Myott dinner set, autoBRADFORD BEAUTIFUL graphed books, and more. 3 bedroom house, main Come preview items on floor, 5 appliances, new Saturday, June 16th, from bathroom & eat-in kitchen, 10 am to 12 Noon at parking. No pets. Must be 16375 Hwy 27, in Schomseen. $1500 inclusive. berg. Go to for First/ last. (416)720-0200 catalogue & EASY online BRADFORD- IMMACU- bidding. Everything Will LATE, spacious, 1 yr. old Sell By Wednesday, June 3 bedroom semi, ensuite 20th, 12 Noon. Bidding bath, c/a, upgrades, no starts at just $1. Call smoking/ pets. August 1st. 1-877-257-7799 for more $1675+. 905-713-5237 info.

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SCARGILL (Rhodenizer) Nellie Debbie Doris 1931 – 2012 It is with great sadness the family of Nellie Debbie Scargill announce her passing on June 12, 2012. Our mother worked hard all her life from the early beginnings until her illness overcame her ability to pursue the pleasures she enjoyed. Her husband, Corporal Basil Arthur Henry Scargill, preceded her May 16th, 2004, as did her mother Jane and father Bernie, sisters Grace and Shirley. Mom was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and remained there until Dad took his last station with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Downsview, Ontario in 1963. They moved to Aurora, Ontario in 1966 and she remained in the family home until her last stay at the hospital. Mom loved animals with all her heart. She had a hard time turning away any dog that had been abused or mistreated. She worked and volunteered in several different capacities during her life but will be most remembered for her fondness for Church Teas and Rummage Sales. She enjoyed the social aspect as well the “great deals” she could find. We want to extend a special thank-you to the nursing staff at the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Cancer Palliative Care Wing. They were tender and caring with mom and family. She will be missed by her sons, Dennis W. Scargill (California), Bruce A. Scargill (Newmarket), daughter Wendy L. Sauvé (Calgary), Mrs “B” and her family. She will also be missed by her sisters Mildred, Lillian and Margie and step-brother Johnny all of Nova Scotia. Grandchildren, Kimberley, Eric, Bridgette and Jean-Luc will miss her very much. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket for visitation on Sunday, June 17, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. followed by cremation. Memorial donations may be made to the Ontario SPCA. Online condolences at

HIGGINSON, William Thomas Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, following a valiant fight with cancer, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in his 73rd year. Bill Higginson, beloved husband of Marja (nee Karjula) of Baldwin. Loving father of Anya Belcastro (Domenic) of Toronto and Mark Higginson (Cathy) of Jackson's Point. Predeceased by his son Phillip. Loving grandfather of Sarah, Leighanne (Carl), Geoffrey, Brendan, Alexandra, Mackenzie, Matthew, Olivia, Brittany and Cameron. Predeceased by his granddaughter Laura. Beloved son of Sarah Moran (the late Maxwell) of Oakville. Dear brother of Margaret Armstrong (the late Bob), Salliann (Ted Faulkner), Maxine (Jim Ford) and David Moran. Lovingly remembered by his extended family and friends and colleagues. Bill was a valued member of several York Region and Scarborough elementary schools finally retiring as principal of Morning Glory Public School in Pefferlaw. Resting at the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Service in Knox United Church, 34 Market Street, Sutton, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with visitation in the church from 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Interment of cremated remains, Briar Hill Cemetery, Sutton. Memorial donations to the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Cancer Clinic would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at


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June 11, 1917 - June 11, 2012 Dorothy was born on a farm exactly 95 years ago in Chisholm County near Powassan, Ontario. She started travelling during the war between her children on the farm and her war effort work in a factory in Toronto. She moved to Timmins to raise her children after the war. But as soon as she became an "empty nester" she packed up and went to work in The Grenfell Mission in St. Anthony in Newfoundland. The travelling bug had bitten her. Although she returned to Toronto, then Newmarket, she loved to travel, with her husband, sisters, and offspring around the world twice to all of the continents (except Antarctica) and more than 20 countries. She infected her children, Doug Stephenson and Diane McCluskey with the travel bug and they have happily passed it on to their children Lisa Hurst-Rhykoff, Jennifer Fulton, Ken Hurst, Lesley Stephenson, Doug Gudbranson and Linda Knoph. She is also survived by her brothers Francis and Lewis Graff; Doug and Diane's spouses, Sheilagh and John; her direct great grandchildren Emma, Sam and Hannah Rhykoff; Amber Fulton; Thomas and Christopher Knoph; and the many children, grand children & great grand children of her siblings. Apart from the numerous travel adventures she will lovingly be remembered for her beautiful, generous, witty and loving personality and hosting large garden parties for her huge extended family at her home in Newmarket. To celebrate Dorothy's life we will have one more gathering in her garden at 2:00 pm on Sunday July 8.

SMITH, Barbara Passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at Bradford Valley Long Term Care, on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 93 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Bert for 71 years. Loving mother of David (Jan), Carol (Paul), Angee (Herb), Trudy (Stafford) and Robbie. Survived by 10 grandchildren, and predeceased by her grandson Todd. Cremation has taken place. If in love or friendship you wish to make a remembrance, please consider the Southlake Regional Health Centre. Our sincere thanks for the compassion and kindness from all the staff at Harvest House in Bradford Valley Long Term Care. Online condolences may be made at



SHELTON, Jason Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in his 17th year. Loving son of Mark and Lisa Shelton of Keswick. Beloved brother of Cole and twin brother of Ryan. Cherished grandson of Tony and Valerie Shelton and the late Carol and Brian Gillis. Great grandson of Cameron Gillis. Dear nephew of Debra (Sam Brown), Elizabeth Moyer and Angela (Peter Buys). Sadly missed by cousins Jeremy, Adam, and Kyle Brown, Jennifer and Katelyn Moyer, P.J., Rachel and Crystal Buys. Jason will be greatly missed by his many family members, friends, classmates at Keswick High School, band mates and his canine buddy “Maui”. Visitation from the M.W.Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway South, Keswick, 905-476-7711 on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service from Keswick Christian Church, 2 Old Homestead Rd, on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations made to The Hospital for Sick Children – Cardiac Unit or The Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Dr. Musewe, The Ronald McDonald House and all the Doctors and Nurses at The Hospital for Sick Children for their care and support. Online condolences and donations may be left at BERGEY, Janis Janis passed away peacefully at Princess Margaret Hospital on June 9th, 2012 following a courageous battle with leukemia. She was the beloved wife of Bob, devoted mother of Damian (Elizabeth), Michelle (Frank), Kristjan (Holly), Ben (Kate), and proud Nana to four grandchildren - Stuart, Alessandra, Natasha, and Jacob. Predeceased by brother Paul, and survived by brother Jed, sister Kim, and parents Marvin and Wendy Darville; she was best friend to her family, and the many she cared for. Her passing is a profound loss to those who loved her deeply. We are greater for having grown in the light of her love. A Memorial Service to honour Janis' life will be held on Saturday, June 16th at 1:00 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, 905-727-5421. Janis was a passionate supporter of many charitable causes; if desired, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at FARR, Joan Arlene (nee Pegg) At home, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012, at 85 years of age. Loving wife of Harold Farr and dear mother of James Farr (Mary), Thomas Farr, Bonnie (Les Wilson), Gord Farr (Kelly), Robert Farr (Kim), Dan Farr (Lisa) and Larry Farr (June). Loving Grandma of 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Survived by her sister Betty and her brothers Alvin (Mary) and Dale (Dorothy). Predeceased by her brother Bruce (the late Margaret) and her sister Ruth (the late Bill). Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket, for visitation on Friday, June 15th, 2012, from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to take place at the Sharon-Hope United Church, 18648 Leslie Street, Sharon, on Saturday, June 16th, 2012, at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Queensville Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association. On-line condolences may be made at

Appleton, Margaret Alice Davis (Petry) Passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Southlake Village, Newmarket at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Harold Appleton. Loving mother of Vernon Petry (Miriam Snider-Petry); Cherished grandmother of James (Trish) Petry, and Erin Petry. Favourite aunt to Ivy Mohn (from Alberta). Predeceased by her brother Ed Davis (from Alberta). Margaret was president of the Riverdale Horticultural Society for many years and a long-time member of the Westminster United Church on Tomken Road in Mississauga. Friends and family may call at TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, Newmarket Chapel (524 Davis Drive, 905-898-2100) on Thursday, June 14 from 7-9 p.m. A service will be held in the Taylor Chapel on Friday, June 15 at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Southlake Village or the Alzheimer Society. Online condolences may be posted at www.taylorfuneralhomenewmarket HILL, Robert Norman Passed away peacefully, at home in Newmarket, on Monday, June 11, 2012 in his 78th year. Beloved father of Cathy (Claude), Jeff, and Diana Ratcliffe. Proud grandfather of Jacquelyn, Jordan, Brandy and Michael. Survived by his sisters Lucille Graham and Aileen (Bert) Diveto. Son of the late Howard and Beatrice Hill. Robert apprenticed as a printer at the Bobcaygeon Independent under Mel Thurston and later worked at Trade Typesetting in Toronto for many years. Cremation has taken place, however, friends and family are welcome to gather at his home on Friday, June 15th from 1-4 p.m. If desired, donations in memory of Robert can be made to your charity of choice. On-line condolences may be made at NELSON, Ieleen (nee Davis) Passed away in Newmarket with her family by her side on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 84 years of age. Beloved wife of Calvin. Loving mother of Murray (Debbie), John, and Barbara. Proud grandmother of Kevin. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket for visitation on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre.

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Long ball powers Hawks past Redbirds Home runs by Paul Versteeg-Lytwyn and Sean Bush powered the Newmarket Hawks to a 10-2 triumph over the Thornhill Redbirds Tuesday night in Greater Toronto Baseball League action at McKnight Field. Versteeg-Lytwyn hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI as the Hawks improved to 5-5. Bush belted a solo home run. Reliever Austen Jones held the Redbirds to one hit over three innings for the pitching decision.


t first glance, the most recent divisional realignment of the Ontario Junior Hockey League raises eyebrows. The old North-West and SouthEast blueprint has been flipped to become North-East and South-West. On second take, participants in the new North-East conference are sure to be muttering, “What the heck...?” Division and conference lines have to fall somewhere, of course, so teams will deal with their new surroundings despite the increased travel and related costs that go with an 11-team conference stretching from Yonge Street to Kingston. Travel costs for teams in the former versions of the North Division are nothing new, of course. Now, several bus trips have been added to the itinerary, since the Aurora Tigers and Newmarket Hurricanes, along with the Stouffville Spirit and Markham Waxers, have been plopped, for conference purposes, into what is historically another high-mileage sector in the league. Notably, the five-team North also includes the Lindsay Muskies, which merged with the Peterborough Stars. (Sidenote: If the league really wants to see contraction at an accelerated pace, it should consider placing the city-based teams into a situation in which travel costs match those of the teams in the North and East. Bus travel is like poison to those franchises). Where the off-season goings-on get confusing is in the structure of the 55-game schedule, including one neutral ice Governor’s Showcase contest in Cobourg early in the season. As it currently reads, the Hurricanes and Tigers play against their North neighbours six times apiece, for 24 dates. Makes sense. An additional five or six against each team in the East Division completes the slate. Not perfect, but fairly balanced, given the odd number of teams and the notion eight of 11 teams in the conference will earn playoff berths. But why not play division rivals up to eight times and reduce the number of longer trips? “It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Tigers GM and head coach James Richmond said, after offering a chuckle about the overall picture. “I’m asked to defend this to the media, but what hockey guy can say this makes any business sense for hockey teams?” It gets even murkier. Newmarket makes four trips into Aurora


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Michael McDonnell of the Newmarket Fencing Club speared a bronze medal in men’s epee at the Can-Am Veterans Cup hosted by the Toronto Fencing Club last weekend. McDonnell finished as the top Canadian in the meet despite a semifinal loss (10-7) to eventual champion Sean Ameli of Nevada. The tournament attracted more than 150 veteran (older than 40) fencers from North America and Hong Kong.

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i-MiEV brings affordability to the electric car Neil Moore York Region Media Group A sleek Tesla roadster it ain’t. Mitsubishi’s new i-MiEV, which launched in December 2011, has that kind of quirky styling you’d expect from an electric vehicle. Part jelly bean, part smart car, the silhouette of this perky little four-door subcompact begins in a sweeping arc from front bumper to rear hatch, where it abruptly ends in the tall vertical taillights. This arc returns to the front along the underside of the rear doors, completing the i-MiEV’s teardrop profile. Elongated headlamps, nearly the size of its 15-inch wheels, flank both sides of the hood, giving it a cute, bug-like first impression. The i-MiEV may be whimsical in appearance, but serious thought has gone into its pricing, packaging and design. For starters, cost is a major barrier to this kind of vehicle, and Mitsubishi has wisely positioned the i-MiEV as Canada’s most affordable electric car.

The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV all-electric vehicle has whimsical styling, but with wheels pushed to the corners and nearly no overhangs, it looks firmly planted. This car can easily carry four adults to a range of approximately 155 km. At $32,998, it starts at roughly six grand less than the entry Nissan Leaf and about $8,500 below the base Chevrolet Volt. Smaller in price, smaller in size, and although the i-MiEV offers less passenger room, I found it spacious enough in front and with adequate

room for my five-foot-nine frame in back. Six footers, however, may find rear leg room a bit tight. The cargo hold is also less commodious than in the Leaf (but larger than the Volt), and at 377 litres behind the reclineable second row, is ample for a couple of golf bags or a

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Ford delivers ‘Power of Choice’ Tour thing from fuel efficient gasoline engines, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric – we are truly giving our customers the power of choice,” said Steve Ross, manager, Product Marketing, Sustainability and Electrification. “We’re giving Canadians the flexibility to do what they need to do while getting great fuel economy.” Some of those new vehicle and technology choices highlighted on the tour include: Ford EcoBoost Engines: Ford’s EcoBoost lineup blends gasoline direct Rob Beintema injection with turbocharging to make big engine power in a smaller engine size. Ecoboost engines Metroland Media can deliver up to 20 per cent better fuel economy and can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent on regular octane fuel. Ford is offering EcoBoost engines in 11 vehiSometimes it seems like adding more alterna- cles in 2012, up from seven in 2011, tripling the tives just makes choosing more difficult. production capacity of EcoBoost-equipped Ford New technologies and solutions seem to raise vehicles (1.5 million engines globally). more questions than answers. Ford customers have taken to the EcoBoost New engines? Hybrid cars? Plug-in hybrids? solution, illustrated by the sales numbers of the Electric vehicles? company’s most popular product – the top-sellConsumers get inundated with so much new ing F-150 pickup. In 2010, all F-150 trucks sold information that sometimes the message gets featured a V8 engine. Just one year later, more muddled. than half of 2011 F-150 customers bought pickWhich is why Ford Canada launched a 2012 ups with a fuel-saving V6, either the base 305 hp Power of Choice Tour, that started in May and 3.7-litre or the 365 hp 3.5-litre EcoBoost version. is visiting eight cities across the country – VanThe Power of Choice Tour demonstrated couver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winni- some of the latest EcoBoost additions with the peg, Ottawa, Montreal and concluded recently in new 2013 Ford Escape that offers two engine Toronto at the Allstream Centre on the Canadian options – a 240 hp 2.0-litre EcoBoost or a 178 National Exhibition grounds. hp 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine that has earned the Focused on telling Ford’s electrification and Escape Transport Canada’s certification as the sustainability story through local media, the tour most fuel-efficient small SUV with an automatic featured Ford experts and offered behind the transmission. wheel experiences, designed to answer current The 2013 Escape lineup does not offer a questions and illustrate a wider range of con- hybrid version, a model made redundant by the sumer choices. advance of the new fuel-efficient engines and the “By offering a range of technologies – every- debut of the North American C-MAX model. C-MAX: Since its latest generation introduction in late 2010, the Ford C-MAX has doubled it sales numbers to over 135,000 units sold across Europe. Two North American-built five-seater hybrid versions from the C-MAX lineup will be coming to Canadian dealers this fall. The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid is a standard hybrid, combining a lithium-ion battery with a smaller four-cylinder 2.0-litre Atkinson gasoline engine. The battery is recharged when the gasoline engine is in operation and by a regenerative braking system that recaptures more than 95 per cent of the braking Ford boasts that the 2012 Focus Electric can be recharged in energy. The 2013 C-MAX Energi is a plug-in 3.5-4 hours through a 240V unit, half the time of the Nissan hybrid. It is charged by connecting the Leaf. The 240-volt chargers can be purchased through Best vehicle’s external charge port to either Buy, installed by their Geek Squad and are fully portable. a standard 120-volt outlet or available

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3.6-litre V6 engine that produces 304 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and easily. Acceleration is adequate, but certainly not in the league of many European sports sedans. I expect we might see a more powerful engine option here sometime in the future, but for now this V6 will do the trick. For a large car weighing a touch over 1,822 kg (4,006 lb), the XTS provides decent fuel economy of 12.1/7.7/9.9 L/100 km city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive and 12.5/7.7/10.3 with all-wheel drive. During a drive into the hills and canyons outside LA along Mulholland Drive in the Malibu area, our XTS AWD tester acquitted itself well, feeling stable and firmly planted, even on the twisties. Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control system uses real-time damping to give the XTS a confident feel as it delivers precise body motion control. On the outside, the XTS is unmistakably a Cadillac although it is softer and more rounded with fewer of the sharp edges that have characterized Cadillacs of late. The huge front grille is a bit too bulbous and dominant for my liking, but the rest of the exterior should draw many an appreciative glance from onlookers. Inside, the car really shines thanks to the work of designer Christine Park who created a work-of-art with exquisite attention to detail. This is a very attractive and well thought out cabin that is both luxurious and comfortable. I thought the Buick Verano I drove recently was the quietest vehicle I had ever driven, but the XTS may even out do it.

Prices start at $48,995 for the base XTS, climbing to $64,975 for the Platinum Collection with AWD. Even at the base level, the XTS is nicely outfitted with features like HID headlamps, rear park assist, Brembo brakes, remote start, power rake/telescoping steering wheel, leather seating surfaces, wood wheel and console and Bose audio system among the items on the checklist. A Driver Awareness Package is standard on the Premium and Platinum Collections and available on the Luxury Collection. It includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Reflected LED Display. Available this fall is the Driver Awareness Package that includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Front and Rear Automatic Brake and Automatic Collision Preparation. The Safety Alert Seat is a neat feature as the seat vibrates either on the left or right side cushion depending upon the location of the impending concern. Standard safety features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, 10 airbags and the rearview camera that is standard on all but the base model. Although a full-size five-passenger sedan, the XTS is not the rear-wheel drive flagship model some Cadillac customers have been clamoring for with the discontinuation of the DTS. However, it is a very good car that fills a huge gap in the Cadillac lineup. It should help bring younger buyers into the fold with some of the industry-leading technology that is exclusive to the XTS. The XTS will be at local dealerships in this month. For more reviews, videos, opinions and industry news, be sure to visit And please follow us on Twitter @wheelstalk.

The interior of the 2013 Cadillac XTS is splendid — in fact, one of the best on the market with great fit and finish and attention to detail. GM Canada photo

Rounder and less angular than many recent Cadillacs, the XTS comes with just one engine and transmission, a 3.6-litre DOHC V6, mated with a sixspeed automatic.

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Heritage racing event at Mosport this weekend BY STEPHEN KEARSE SPECIAL TO WHEELSTALK.COM

For most people, cars are simply a mode of transportation. For some, however, they are works of art and artefacts representing technological and physical prowess. If you are a member of the latter group and looking for some thrilling entertainment, the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) will present its 33rd annual Vintage Racing Festival at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) this weekend, June 15 through 17. Renamed as the Canadian Historic Grand Prix for 2012, this cultural and historic competition will be sponsored by Wilson-Niblett Performance of Richmond Hill. Situated near Bowmanville, Mosport is a technically challenging 2.459 mile track that has played host to the Formula One Grand Prix, the Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000. This weekend, as many as 200 drivers from across Canada and the U.S. will compete in six different championships. The marquee event is the Corvette race, which receives particular support from Wilson-Niblett as it is Canada’s largest dealer of Corvettes and premier agent for Callaway Performance Cars. In other categories, drivers will compete in the Monoposto (single-seat cars with exposed wheels), Small Bore (engine cylinders of less than 1800cc), Big Bore (more than 1800cc), Wings and Slicks (no-tread tires plus faster engines) and G70+ (cars dated from 19721989) races.

There will be a variety of events in addition to the competitions. Tours of the racing area and its cars will be held briefly during lunch on all three days. In addition, there will be a sub-festival running all weekend for enthusiasts of Mini Coopers: Mini Meet North. On Friday evening, there will be a dinner buffet and welcome reception for all registrants, as well as the opportunity to drive your car on the start/finish straight portion of the track in the Checkered Flag Cruise with just a $5 donation to Wounded Warriors of Canada (a support organization for war veterans). Saturday will feature a number of activities: the Wilson-Niblett Hillfest celebration of Corvettes, a scenic road rally for non-racers, a bus excursion and shopping extravaganza in Port Perry plus a gala banquet. To close out the Grand Prix Sunday, there will be a Legends of Mosport Reunion, the Field of Dreams classic car show with parade laps, a Wounded Warriors of Canada rally, and the presentation of the championship awards. Presenting the award for the marquee Corvette race will be former Canadian driving champion, Trans-Am champion, and Formula One driver Eppie Weitzes (who will also be the grand marshal for the Grand Prix). Other awards will also be presented by former Canadian Driving Champions: Bill Brack for Wings and Slicks, Craig Fisher for Big Bore, Walt Mackay for Small Bore, Ludwig Heimrath for G70+ and Gary Magwood for Monoposto. For more information or to register, visit or

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Electric i-MiEV can carry four up to 155 km From page W1

but with an overabundance of hard plastic, it looks and feels entry-level. Even the $3,000 premium package, which adds upgraded upholstery, leather-wrapped steering (with audio and Bluetooth controls), painted accents and a little chrome bling – not to mention a 40 GB HDD navigation and 360-watt infotainment system – doesn’t elevate the interior to even a base Prius. But then again, you have to put gas in the Prius. Also consider that today’s battery technology – at low production volumes – is costly and takes a bite from what could otherwise have been spent on creature comforts. And don’t forget the $8,231 Ontario government rebate, which knocks the MSRP down to a more reasonable level. So is it good value? That depends on the price of gas and electricity, neither of which appear to be dropping anytime soon. According to company sources, the average gasoline-powered car in Canada gets 10.0 litres/100 km, which at $1.20/litre, would cost $12 to travel 100 km. Going the same distance in the i-MiEV would use about 18.7 kwh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity, and at an average price of 12 cents per kwh, the cost would be $2.20. Factor in an annual mileage of 20,000 km, and you’d save about $1,951 per year. So to answer the above question, it really depends on how far you drive. Which in the i-MiEV has strict limitations, as unlike the Volt, there’s no gas engine to fall back on. The driver who delivered my press car mentioned that some journalists have been able to squeeze 170-180 km out of a charge, but at the same time admits he’s been called out with his flatbed truck on more than one

occasion. Charging can be done via your standard household outlet. The on-board Level 1 cable will take the i-MiEV from near “empty” to full charge in about 22 hours. This works well for short commutes, but if your drive to work is 60-70 km, be sure to top it up at the office. Better yet, install a 240V Level 2 charging station at home, which will provide a full charge in seven hours. The i-MiEV has three driving modes: Eco, Brake and Drive. I kept it in the latter most of the time, as it delivered the most punch and wasn’t too hindered by the car’s regenerative braking. Besides, with an equivalent fuel economy rating of 2.1 litres/100 km, I wasn’t too worried about stomping on the pedal now and then. Eco mode, as expected, blunts throttle response and acceleration – which is okay for highway cruising. And Brake mode adds even more drag, but helps recharge the battery. With only 117 i-MiEVs sold to date, this is very much a niche product – and for most buyers it would serve best as a second vehicle. My 250-km family trip to Grand Bend last summer would have taken two days. But for those who live and work downtown, the i-MiEV can handle most of their daily needs. And it does demonstrate that the electric car is well on its way to becoming mainstream. With improvements in battery technology to increase range, and the inevitable costcutting that comes with higher volumes, I can envision plenty more of these in our driveways someday soon. For more reviews, videos and industry news, be sure to visit And please follow us on Twitter @wheelstalk.

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Scion Canada has launched the Scion racing team, to be led by Canadian drift driver Pat Cyr.

Scion Canada has announced the launch of the Scion racing team. It will debut next year in the Driftmania Canadian Championship series and will be led by Pat Cyr, one of Canada’s most accomplished drift racers. Since making his professional drifting debut in 2007, Cyr has driven the AE86 in every pro race he has entered. As part of the plan, the 28-year-old from Mississauga, ON will be modifying the FR-S this year to race it during the 2013 season. “We’re thrilled to be supporting grassroots

racing in Canada through our involvement with Pat Cyr and his Cyrious Drift team – one of the top teams in the game,” said Larry Hutchinson, Senior Executive Director, Scion Canada. “With his passion for the AE86, Pat has a deep appreciation for how that heritage shines through in the FR-S. He’ll have a lot of fun building his FR-S drift car this year and racing it next year.” A highly experienced drift driver, Cyr has more than a dozen podium results on his record, in Driftmania Canadian Championships as well as the Xtreme Drift Circuit series in the US.

Honda announces new personal mobility device METROLAND MEDIA WHEELSTALK.COM

Honda has unveiled the UNI-CUB, a personal mobility device designed for use by individuals and within public spaces. Representing an evolution of the U3-X personal mobility concept device that Honda announced in 2009, the UNI-CUB features a compact design with comfortable saddle and offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking. This is achievable by Honda’s development of proprietary balance control technology and the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive

System) – inspired by robotic technologies developed for Asimo, Honda’s world-famous humanoid robot. These technologies allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily manoeuvre among other people. Moreover, UNI-CUB’s compact saddle-style packaging makes it easy for the rider’s legs to reach the ground while maintaining eye-level height with other pedestrians. This configuration promotes harmony between the rider and others, letting the rider travel freely and comfortably inside facilities and among moving people.

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Porsche now testing plug-in hybrid supercar METROLAND MEDIA WHEELSTALK.COM

The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road. Porsche has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder is planned for production at the end of September 2013, with the first customer deliveries currently scheduled for late in 2013. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels – poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies.

Porsche has begun testing of this 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar.

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Formula 1 legend and DTM driver David Coulthard and professional golfer Jake Shepherd set a Guinness World Record May 30 at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, as part of a viral film for Mercedes-Benz. Coulthard, who was driving a 571 hp Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster at 120 mph, caught a golf ball in the cockpit of the moving car which was 275 metres from the tee, and hit by Jake at an astonishing 178 mph. This amazing achievement secured the world record for the furthest golf shot

caught in a moving car in only the second attempt of the day. The outstanding feat of skill was captured on film and will be launched in early July to celebrate the power of the SLS AMG Roadster which, thanks to its AMG hand-assembled M 159 V8 engine, rockets to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. David Coulthard said, “This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I’ve ever been asked to do with a car! Jake Shepherd was great to work with and the performance of the SLS AMG Roadster made driving to catch a mid-air golf ball even more exciting.”

The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.

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Former FI driver David Coulthard driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG actually was able to catch the golf ball hit by pro golfer Jake Shepherd in mid air to set a new Guinness World Record.

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the auto industry of tomorrow. V2H will foster literal connections, such as those between vehicles, infrastructure, the Internet, and the nation’s electrical grid, and the connections and relationships between engineers who are developing the next generation vehicle technology.” The Nissan/PowerStream V2H display demonstrates some of the most far-reaching technical capabilities yet of the future Smart Grid and home, including: • The EV communicating directly with the utility or with the home energy manager to help manage electricity consumption; • The EV acting as a back-up power source in the event of a power outage; • Time-of-Use demand response scenarios where devices in the home like the refrigerator, washer/dryer and EV charger react to changes in the prices of electricity based upon the time of day. The recent announcement comes 10 months after PowerStream, the second largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario, became the first organization in Canada to take delivery of the fullyelectric Nissan LEAF. “The collaboration between Nissan and PowerStream illustrates the dramatic changes underway in technology, and how two industry leaders can collaborate to benefit consumers,” said Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream Board Chair and Town of Markham Mayor. “The PowerStream/Nissan display proves how smart connections between the grid, the home and the car can help us improve the way energy is managed, consumed – and conserved.”

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All wheel drive auto, air. Stock 2298

4 door with air. Stock 2302

All wheel drive auto with a moonroof. Stock 2300

All wheel drive with auto and air. Stock 2306




Freight & PDI included Plus taxes only


Freight & PDI included Plus taxes only

Freight & PDI included Plus taxes only

Freight & PDI included Plus taxes only

ZERO DOWN $125 Biweekly ZERO DOWN $125 Biweekly ZERO DOWN $180 Biweekly ZERO DOWN $145 Biweekly

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Payments are bi weekly with zero down. Pictures are for iilustration only and may not be exact. Finance is 96 months term at 5.99 Percent. Example - borrow $10,000 for 96 months at 5.99% Payment is 60.63 Biweekly for 96 months and C.O.B. Is $2611.52. All credit applications are being accepted but are subject to credit approval before delivery. C



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