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While Dina Derocchis can see the merit of using gas tax to fund transit in large cities such as Toronto, she says that she and other York Region residents are reluctant to give up their cars.

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LISA QUEEN At the pump of a Newmarket gas station, Dina Derocchis is skeptical her gas taxes are doing much to get people out of their


cars and on to public transit in York Region. While public transit in the region is "a mess," the Newmarket resident doubts most drivers are willing to give up their vehicles to

ride the bus. "I can see Toronto needing it more. Up here, I think most people drive. You kind of need a car up here," said Derocchis, who isn’t opposed to contributing to www.facebook/yrmgnews @yorkregion

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Play area will be relocated to Ray Twinney Recreation Complex AMANDA PERSICO For many local parents, Upper Canada Mall was a one-stop shop - grab something to eat, shop and play. Soon, the popular play area in the retail destination will be removed. Recently, Upper Canada Mall posted a sign near the play park on the upper level, announcing the space will be relocated to the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex in the coming months. Some parents are calling this a huge loss for the community. "The mall is a one-stop shop,"


said Bradford mom of three, Leslie Puiras. "We would make a day of it. Without the play area, the mall becomes an inconvenient place to shop." Puiras started an online petition calling on Upper Canada Mall owners, Oxford Properties, to reconsider the move. In just more than 24 hours, the petition attracted close to 500 supporters. Many supporters call the play park a vital space in the community - a space children of various ages can enjoy and where mothers can nurse a baby while keeping a watchful eye on siblings. "There are plenty of venues dedicated to children, with kids activities and kids music, but the mall is an adult place with a kid’s space," Puiras said. Relocating the play area is part of the mall’s Target redevelopment plans, general manager

Bri-Ann Stuart said. "This was a difficult decision," she said. "Our focus was to ensure the community could continue to enjoy the space for free." The play park is being donated to the town, which will locate the park near the pool area of the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex. It will be named the Upper Canada Mall Play Park. "(The) mall is in the process of going under a significant renovation," said the town’s director of recreation and culture, Colin Service. "As a result, they will no longer be able to offer the indoor play area to the community." Hours of operation for the new location are still to be worked out by town staff. The mall’s owners plan to make an announcement in the l See MALL’S, page 4

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Bradford resident Leslie Puiras, seen here with her three children, has started an online petition asking Upper Canada Mall to keep its play space open. Puiras and other parents are upset about the planned move of the amenity to the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.

Numbers don’t add up for new Aurora high school: YRDSB TERESA LATCHFORD

The numbers just don’t add up when it comes to building a high school east of Bayview Avenue. This was the message York Region District School Board’s senior manager of school and system operations had for Aurora council during a special workshop held to discuss the reality of building a new high school east of Bayview Avenue. The information session was held in response to a previous council meeting where local parents delegated, petitioned and asked for the town’s support in their efforts to lobby the public school board for a high school to support the new residential developments east of the main corridor who are currently served by Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School. "No one is disputing that we would like to construct a school


there, but we wouldn’t be granted the funding by the ministry (of education)," she said. "Our trustees would not support putting in a funding application with (usage) numbers below 100 per cent." The criteria surrounding ministry funding for capital projects has changed, Adams explained. In the past, the school board would submit an application for construction funding once a school was too expensive to repair. But now, the ministry is funding by priority, and a business case for each application is required. "The ministry doesn’t depend on development supporting a school at this time," she said. "They want the students already in place before the funding is granted." The school board’s most successful business case for the construction of a new school showed the existing school at 149 per cent capacity. When combined, Dr.


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time." However, Adams encourages parents to delegate at school board meetings, and continue their efforts to whisper in the ear of the ministry and lobby for the new school. In 2006, the school board identified Williams for replacement funding and completed a feasibility study that laid out two options: rebuild the school on the current site or close Williams and build a new school east of Bayview. Following two public consultations, a report to the school board, 13 delegations from the public and elected officials and a petition with 150 signatures, the decision was made to keep Williams open on Dunning Avenue. Following the workshop, town council voted to draft a letter to encourage the education minister and local MPP to be at a meeting they plan to have with the school board in the future.


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Area parents are upset about the planned move of Upper Canada Mall’s children’s play space to the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex. Leslie Puiras has started an online petition asking the mall to keep the amenity where it is. ment. As part of the reconstruction project, the nursing rooms adjacent

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Sam and Stephanie Fronte stand in the spare bedroom they are offering to homeless youth. It’s part of a new 360Kids program and a first in North America where volunteer families play host to young people who don’t have a place to stay.

Homeless kids need your help in York Region KIM ZARZOUR He was just an ordinary kid, a classmate at his son’s Markham high school, but the boy’s predicament troubled Sam Fronte. The teen had confided to Fronte that his father was angry he’d attended a local party and told him not to bother coming home. It was the middle of the night and the young man had nowhere to go. "He gets that way, sometimes," the boy shrugged.Fronte, who helped sponsor homeless youth through Markham Baptist Church for more than 10 years, was well aware of the risks the teen faced trying to find somewhere safe for the night - from frigid makeshift shelters to dropins where people are robbed for a few dollars. He couldn’t help the youth - "a good kid" who luckily managed to find a friend’s couch to sleep on for the

night - but Fronte vowed he would do more to help other teens in similar predicaments. That’s why his family has signed on to be a host family with the new Nightstop program being launched in York Region. 360Kids has partnered with UK-based Depaul Charity to be the first Nightstop provider in North America, offering screened and trained volunteers with a spare bed to young people with nowhere else to go. The organization is seeking families who can help provide this safety net - for one night or several that keeps youth off the street or away from unsuitable accommodations where they would be at risk of abuse. With help of federal funding, families who sign up to be Nightstop hosts receive remuneration to assist with expenses. Nicola Harwood, head of Depaul’s Nightstop, was

in Richmond Hill this week helping launch the program in Canada. It’s been in operation there for more than 30 years she says, and now offers 630 homes across the UK. In 2015, those homes provided 13,500 "safe sleeps" to young people. Each youth spends an average seven to eight nights at a Nightstop while the agency works with them to find long-term solutions to their housing troubles. The program has been tried and tested by the UK organization to ensure it’s safe for everyone, she says, adding York Region would be a good fit for its launch in Canada. Jacquie Hermans, 360Kids Nightstop program coordinator, estimates 300 youth are seeking a place to stay in the region every night. 360Kids provides 14 emergency beds at The Hub in Richmond Hill, but there have been no vacan-

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As gracious hosts, let’s not disappoint Syrian families now For Syrian refugees who have come to Canada, 2016 was no doubt a year of adjustment and discovery. And for those who came in the first wave, a new reality is setting in with the start of a new year, when their federal living allowance came to an end. After 12 months, families stop receiving what could amount to $1,400 per month from the government. Many more refugees who settled in our communities will reach that milestone over the course of 2017. For those who have not secured employment, this year may bring some serious financial hardship. In a country that has openly embraced more than 35,500 Syrian refugees since November 2015, we can feel good about living in a place so willing to help those desperate and in need. Local groups, including Stouffville Cares, Bradford’s Refugee Inter-Denominational Group (BRIDG) and Georgina-East Gwillimbury Refugee Welcome, sponsored families. And many more residents, businesses, community organizations and churches offered their support to those families and other refugees who have begun to make their home in our towns and cities. The North American Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Community Organization (NASIMCO) and the Jaffari Community Centre (JCC), for example, have organized and delivered hygiene kits to families awaiting permanent housing, prepared backpacks for 300 children going to school, delivered donated household items to families upon settlement and hosted a free dental screening and informative workshop session These people’s journey settling in our communities needs to stay front and centre for more than just the exciting first few months - particularly as that financial assistance reaches its expiration date. It has been inspiring to witness our communities step up to support and welcome their new neighbours and hear how refugees are adapting to living in a new country. We need to continue to offer support in various ways. Learning English is a major barrier for many. Perhaps people could offer English conversation clubs in their neighbourhood. Syrian children in new schools no doubt face an intimidating integration into their peers’ social circles. How can we help them make new friends? Many of the new families have spoken of the wonder and appreciation they felt being accepted so readily into this country. As time presses on, let’s not disappoint them now.


A round-up of reaction online The story: 2 Markham residents charged by Toronto police in mortgage fraud case if you get a call from someone asking how big is your mortgage we may be able to reduce your costs just give them a big number especially if you are mortgage free. If you tell them you don’t have a mortgage they can start the fraud process, if you have a mortgage its harder for them and they generally move on. Having title ins helps too. Doreen Ivany

The story: Impaired arrests rise 30 per cent, 9 perish in York Region due to drunk driving Anyone who is caught drinking and driving should not be warned anymore. They should go to jail and pay a huge fine and never get there licence back again. Rhonda Lovemore


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• LETTERS TO THE EDITOR • preferences, and he knows Bureaucracy also has l MORE ONLINE that he would lose any such productivity problem Read all our published referendum. Hands off our Re: York taxpayer group welcomes study showing inflated government wages, Dec. 13. I find the comments of the president of the Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group on the study by the Fraser Institute is enlightening to shed light on public employees compensation in relationship to the private sector. It is so true, I am not including the police, fire departments and the paramedics which is well appreciated and justified. But the real issue is not the goldplated compensation only. The problem lies with productivity. I find the public sector are far less productive than in the private sector. That my concern is specially when the city, province and the federal governments keep on raising taxing. With the city council approving a 3.46% increase. I do not blame the workers, but the bureaucrats for not doing a more effective job and the city council who does not question these Bureaucrats. I would rather donate that increase to charity, people who struggling and need it. Samir Sad Markham

Amalgamation savings a myth

The story: Heritage Advisory Committee chair expresses regret over Woodbine house demolition

Re: Amalgamate Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan into one city: councillor, Nov. 7. People, the biggest amalgamation myth is that it will save money. Never in the history of civilization has amalgamation saved money. The only people who benefit are politicians. Think it through. Dave Bonet Newmarket

Heritage and respect for our ancestors’ labours is the key to designing a future for our grandchildren ... teach meaningful community planning to each other and look to the very successful places already doing that around the world. Ask for help ... it is out there! Gabi Von Gans

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The story: Tolls on 407 in Durham starting in February And that’s when I’ll no longer take that road. Unreal that paying for a road doesn’t give access to it. Thanks Liberals. One more way that life is better for those who can afford it, and not for those who can’t. Keep telling yourself that you’re fighting for the little people. Christian KP


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Re: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not sure fining parents of bullies would work, Dec. 9. Terry Copps’ attitude and outlook is the reason why our children today have the ’rule of the roost.’ Mr. Copps equates bullying to ’fining drunk drivers, texters and speeders,’ and cites that consequences don’t work. Are we then, to ignore such infractions? So we ask ... what then should

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we do with children who bully other children - some to the point of taking their own lives? Is his stance to simply turn a blind eye? It’s all too typical of many in society today to knock down a suggestion for change - without offering up a solution of their own. Mr. Copps is surely guilty of this as he sleeps in the middle of the night while his child learns how to hot-wire his car. ParentUp! Raising kids is not about control, but rather teaching them right from wrong. Bullying is wrong and it seems Mr. Copps hasn’t felt the brunt of such action. Instead it seems, he disagrees with a monetary penalty when perhaps his child bullies others. Well Mr. Copps, something must be done and it begins at home and lands straight on shoulders of the parents. It’s been my experience that such bullying is perhaps taught at home or at the very least - a manifestation of something more hidden within the child’s world. It’s time to get back to basics and hold parents accountable for their children’s actions lest we raise a group of - as Copps so eloquently points out - gangsters. A. Beebeejaun Newmarket

Hands off current electoral system Canadians clearly do not want a change from our present "first past the post" system of voting. In three referendums around the country in recent years, the current method has been the big majority winner time after time. The parliamentary committee in Ottawa has just recommended that a referendum be held including the current system as a choice. Minister Maryam Monsef has insulted this committee and has further muddied the waters by mailing out a questionnaire that is laughable and incomprehensible. Behind all this is the understanding that any form of "proportional representation" (although no specific system has been put forward) will favour the liberal socialist part of the political spectrum and disadvantage the conservative side. Trudeau has absolutely no mandate to rob citizens of their historic voting rights, nor to gerrymander voting


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Look after our own dogs Re: Farm owner sends dogs homeward bound, Nov. 24. Something is definitely wrong with this scenario when the SPCAs in Ontario are so money strapped, yet these dogs are being brought from the States for our system to look after. It is a tragedy that the U.S. dogs are not taken care of by their own residents but it is not the responsibility of our SPCAs to save the day either. Monies would be better spent supporting our SPCA that have local animals in them. Blair Hemington Holland Landing

Cyber-voyeurism contributes to moral erosion Re: Charges laid against father, students, Dec. 13. This article reports bad behaviour in more than one way, noting the brawl was an ’Internet sensation.’ This kind of mindless cyber-voyeurism testifies to the continuing moral erosion we see all around us. At Christmas, when we celebrate the Prince of Peace, it is sobering to remind ourselves how, with all our technologic superiority, we are still little more than savages in need of a Saviour. Rick Doust Aurora

A thank you for a stranger Thank you, Norm. To the kind man who came to my aid in the Metro parking lot at Mulock Drive and Yonge Street on Dec. 17. My car battery was dead. He made sure CAA was contacted and then he drove me home with my groceries. What a sweetheart. I hope you have a happy New Year. Ruth Anderson Newmarket


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I remember a guy who struggled immensely with his alcoholism and personnel demons. He knew he needed help but didn’t know where to go or who to turn to. More importantly, who would he feel comfortable with even if he did find someone he could trust. He eventually found his way to a 12-step program and managed to accumulate some recovery time and started a journey that became rewarding in ways he could never have dreamed. When that guy thinks back to the early days of that journey, he cannot ever forget how difficult it was, nor the loneliness he felt at times when he was most vulnerable. Where does one go during those long periods of time in between the support groups? What do "normal" people do on a Saturday night? How can he ever watch a ball game unless he watches by himself ? How will he make new friends? What do you do when family members need questions answered about his issues? Back in those days there was limited resources available to deal with such questions and today he can’t help but think about those who may have had more success if the community had resources that were available to those lost in the abyss of addiction. Many others asked the same questions and wanted to tackle the challenge of finding a means of complementing and bridging the gaps found between support groups. Recovering people wanted more. Fast forward to the present. Today there is more. A nonprofit agency whose mission statement includes helping and facilitating successful recovery for those addicted to drugs and alcohol has expanded their programs in Newmarket. Steps to Recovery has created a community environment that caters specifically to those individuals in recovery. A social club where people can gather to take in a meeting, find support pre- or post-residential treatment, socialize with their friends or simply have a cup of coffee and relax in a safe place with people who know where you are coming from. The Cornerstone Community Alano Club will also offer other features as well. Access to counselling, treatment referrals, substance abuse workshops, acupuncture and counselling support for families will be available. The opportunity for those who are on a firm recovery path and may want to volunteer their services to help those in need would be a welcome addition to our trained and professional team. Steps to Recovery’s new community facility is a "one stop shopping" for those who have issues with drugs and alcohol. And that guy who was first mentioned in this article? He is very grateful for having made the journey and is also delighted to spread the word about this new venture. He knows firsthand how difficult it can be when you feel lost and alone. That guy is me. For more information, please visit Peter Brewitt is director of programs for Steps to Recovery. For information on how to submit a community column, email

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Proud Moment

Debate: Does naming and shaming work?


York police weigh benefits, detriments of strategy as impaired driving numbers mount JEREMY GRIMALDI Does naming and shaming work? The jury remains out, but York Regional Police is considering implementing the long-debated strategy to help lower the number of drunk drivers arrested on our roads each year. The force started kicking around the idea of publicly releasing the names of those charged with drunk driving after putting out statistics that leave many wishing for a more aggressive strategies in combating impaired driving. Besides the number of drunk drivers charged every year rising by more than 30 per cent to 1,625 since 2013 in the region, nine people died as a result and weekly updates from the force show just how bad the problem is. A York police tweet about last weekend read: "9 more drunk drivers taken off our roads this weekend. One of them was passed out at the wheel in the middle of Clark/Dufferin."

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Will naming and shaming people charged with impaired driving work to help cut down on the offence? Brian Patterson, president of the Ontario Safety League, said there might be no evidence showing the strategy works, but there is anecdotal proof from Durham police, who have been naming and shaming for years, indicating that releasing names publicly does encourage people to warn police when a convicted impaired driver continues to drive without a license. "We know of people who have been convicted in the courthouse, walked to their car and attempted to drive home," he said. "My belief is that the community is at a greater risk by the actions of impaired drivers than the identity of John Q. Public." Edward Prutschi, a criminal defence lawyer from Thornhill, said the problem with naming and

shaming is multi-layered, arguing it not only criminalizes those who are to be considered innocent until proven guilty, but also encourages a sort of extra-judicial vigilantism. "I’m not talking about pitchforks, but the Internet equivalent, which is to say slinging mud on social media, employers (firing employees), Twitter trolls, that’s the only thing people would seek via this mechanism," Prutschi said. "Naming and shaming appears to be to get someone who is presumed innocent to be punished outside the justice system, which is the opposite of what a court system is intended to do." York police Const. Andy Pattenden said from the number of messages he receives from the community, it appears people do want the strategy put in place.

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Chamber business awards to return A brilliant display of festive lights after five-year hiatus TERESA LATCHFORD

TERESA LATCHFORD The Aurora Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala is returning to town in November. Chamber board chair Javed Khan approached town council during the 2017 budget deliberations to request funding for three events this year. Town council approved the $15,000 request. "I’m pleased to announce that after a fiveyear hiatus, the Aurora

Chamber of Commerce is reintroducing the Business Excellence Awards Gala," Khan said. "This event will celebrate the successes of local businesses." The event is expected to be held on Nov. 10. Also returning will be the second annual Aurora Chamber Tech Expo to be held in October during small business week. It will become a signature event due to the popularity of the first event held in 2016, according to Khan. The funding provided by the town through this

year’s operating budget will also allow the chamber to launch a business women’s summit. The event will be focused on meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs, professionals and business owners in Aurora. A roundtable discussion involving women from the local business community will commence in the spring to determine what content is most sought after and relevant to those who would attend the summit. For more information, visit

Aurora is lighting up Town Park once again. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out Aurora’s Borealis, an annual light display surrounding the public skating rink at the park in the centre of town, take a moment this winter, special events co-ordinator Shelley Ware suggests. From now until Feb. 20, the coloured LED lights will illuminate the park’s trees every evening from 5 to 11 p.m. Here are five things you may not know about the dis-


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TERESA LATCHFORD You owe it to yourself to pursue healthy living. A large part of living well means adopting balanced and healthy eating habits, according to York Region registered dietitian Elke Sengmueller. While there is a perception that healthy foods come with a heftier price tag, there are healthy options that won’t break the bank. 1. Oatmeal: An excellent source of soluble fibre, steel cut or large flake oats are more filling and are better at stabilizing blood sugar levels compared to ’quick cook’ oats. Make a big pot and eat it throughout the week, put uncooked flakes in yogurt overnight or add it to ground meat dishes. 2. Frozen fruits and vegetables: Flash-frozen at harvest, they are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and heart-healthy antioxidants. Add veggies to stews, soups, stirfrys and pizzas; and add fruits to yogurt, smoothies, muffins and oatmeal. 3. Legumes: Heavy with protein, fibre, zinc, iron, magnesium, B-vitamins and long-acting carbohydrates, they are a pantry essential. Use for hummus, chili, casseroles, quesadillas, burritos, tacos or sprinkle on salads. 4. Canned fish: A rich source of protein, iron, omega-3 fats, selenium, vitamin B-12 and calcium, it can be used in sandwiches, burritos, pasta salad and casseroles. 5. Low sodium tomato sauce: packed with vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, it is an easy vegetable source for picky eaters. Use it in casseroles,

sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Add water and mix well. Add soy sauce, black pepper and salt. Mix well. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings.

RECIPES With families facing post-holiday bills and increased costs of living, eating healthy can sometimes feel like a losing battle. But you don’t have to choose between your health and paying your bills, as there are plenty of meal ideas that are healthy and frugal, according to York Region registered dietitian Alka Chopra. Check out these frugal, yet healthy, meals for under $10 a serving.

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Black Bean Chili with Dinner Rolls Serves 3 to 4. What you need: 1 medium onion 2 tablespoons diced garlic 1 chopped bell pepper 1 chopped carrot 1 can low-sodium black beans 2 cups chicken broth 2 cups diced tomatoes 1/2 pound ground turkey How to make it: Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add first four ingredients and turkey; cook for 6 minutes or until turkey is done, stirring frequently to crumble. Rinse and drain the canned beans. Stir in beans, tomatoes, and half of the can of chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Enjoy with dinner rolls.

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onion lettuce For the soup: 1 cup shredded cabbage 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1/3 cup bean sprouts 1/3 cup chopped green beans 1/4 cup chopped onion 2 teaspoons chopped celery 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 3 cups water 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil salt as needed

Serves 2. What you need: For the soup: 1/2 cup cooked, diced chicken 1/2 small onion, chopped 1/2 carrot, chopped 1 cup chopped cabbage 1/2 cup tomato purée 1/2 cup green peas 1 teaspoon butter 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 cup noodles salt and pepper For the toast: 4 slices of bread 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 1 crushed garlic clove oregano, salt and pepper to taste shredded mozzarella (optional) How to make it: For the soup, cook noodles and set aside. Heat butter in a large pot. Sauté onion, carrots, peas and cooked chicken. Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add cabbage, tomato purée, cooked noodles, seasonings and bring to a boil. Simmer for another 5 minutes and serve. For the toast, mix butter, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Spread mixture evenly on bread slices. Add cheese. Toast in toaster oven for no more than 5 to 7 minutes.

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Winter weather can’t stop cyclists with fat bikes SHANE MACDONALD The Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club is not afraid of the snow. Before, the white stuff would make bikers sad as it signalled the end of the traditional mountain biking season. Now, the snow brings excitement. Fat bikes, which are outfitted with larger tires ideal for riding in tough conditions like the snow, allow SCMBC members to keep riding all winter long. At the SCMBC trailhead located in Oro-Medonte, a group of fat bikers was enjoying a brisk winter day and some new snow before the New Year. "It’s just another flavour of cycling," SCMBC member Jason van Meijel explained. "It’s a totally different challenge." He says there has been a big increase in the number of people riding fat bikes in the last five years, and they are becoming very popular among cyclists. For van Meijel, the cycling season would often come to an end in the fall. He would have to put his bike on a training station and ride indoors during the winter months to get his fix. "I don’t think there is an off-season now," he said. To really enjoy the bikes, a groomed trail is needed. For the past three years, the SCMBC has been working during the winter to maintain the trails and groom them for fat bikers, snowshoers and anyone else who uses the trail system. The SCMBC uses snowmobiles that tow a device made out of irrigation tubing to pack down the snow and groom about 20 km of trails in the winter. They maintain over 100 km of single-track trails the rest of the year. The club’s groomers will be out at the trails all throughout the winter season to keep them maintained. "We have to be here as

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Above, Chris Wurtz, Jason van Meijel, Heather Stanley, and Wayne Kibbler at the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club’s trailhead about to go for a ride on their fat bikes. often as possible to keep the base down," Shawn Moreau, a groomer and member of the SCMBC, said, noting they come out as early as 6:30 a.m. to get to work. Moreau purchased a fat bike just as they were becoming popular about five years ago, and has been helping other people enjoy the activity ever since. "I bought it just to extend my season," he said. "I’ve never loaned my bike to somebody that didn’t love it." The SCMBC has about 750 members, and it is estimated that over 100 make use of the trails in the win-

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Rev. Dorian Baxter, also known as Elvis Priestley, leads the congregation in a hymn to mark Christ The King Graceland Church’s 14th anniversary and to celebrate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 82nd birthday Sunday at the Royal Canadian Legion, Milton Wesley branch 426 in Newmarket.

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Winter robins are not uncommon in York Region, nor hard to discover JON VAN LOON No, unfortunately the robin in the picture taken in Markham on New Year’s Day 2017 is not a migrant back from the south portending an early spring. Sighting and being able to photograph robins on New Year’s Day may seem unusual to most. However in York Region, in locations where Crab Apple trees or berry bushes are plentiful, nonmigratory robins in small flocks, travel here and there throughout this area all winter long. Why most go unnoticed is that in contrast to returning spring migratory flocks, winter robins are somewhat duller in colour and in marked contrast to their familiar spring and summer lusty warbling


A winter robin makes its appearance on New Year’s Day 2017 in Markham. songs, winter robins only chirp softly now and then. Nonmigratory American Robins constitute only a few per cent of the total American Robin population. Most of the rest migrate to more southerly locations in the USA. Like many other birds, robins develop an under layer of warm down as the sun starts to lower in the midday sky and cooler weather

arrives in late summer and early fall. In the case of nonmigratory robin flocks this under layer develops more densely than in their migratory cohorts and keeps them warm enough to stay the winter. Another dynamic that precipitated this nonmigratory adaption was urbanization and the consequent planting of fruit bearing ornamental bushes and trees. Urban municipalities like those that dot York Region also provide slightly elevated temperatures that are an additional attraction. Residents throughout this area can be likely to discover winter robin flocks now and again in areas that have concentrations of fruit bearing trees and bushes. Look for robins on residential streets often perched on

tering robins subsist quite happily on fruit which in many local regions is naturally plentiful. However, they may be attracted to feeders by a treat of insect food such as meal worms, available at many pet supply dealers. Like all birds robins must have water and when the natural sources freeze over a heated bird bath becomes an attraction. However, the water should not be deep enough or the surface partially covered to

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(Clockwise, from above) Aurora’s Jonah Spataro, top, tries to rub out Mississippi Thunderkings’ puck carrier Cole Young. Aurora eventually won the game 1-0 in the annual Aurora Minor Hockey Association bantam tournament, opening day game between Aurora Tigers (white) and Mississippi Thunder Kings, Minor Bantam A level; Aurora’s Todd Cook pummels this Mississippi; Aurora’s Max Reeves bats the puck out of mid-air.

Tigers roar back to paw aside Vaughan Rangers in final bantam double-A game Sunday in the 48th Aurora Minor Hockey Association bantam tournament. After spotting the Rangers a 3-0 lead, the host Tigers scored five times in the final 10 minutes to claim the win. Carson Maybury also

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scored for Aurora. Mike Ouzounis tallied twice and Christian Genova added a single goal for Vaughan. The Temiskaming Shores Puckhounds defeated Aurora 3-1 in the single-A final.

In other finals: The Hamilton Huskies Red scored twice in a 56second span early in the third period, including the winner by Matthew Rosser, to edge the Stouffville Clippers, 3-2 in the bantam AE final.

On the minor bantam side, the Richmond West Carleton Crusaders blanked the Aurora Tigers 5-0 in the AE title game as Liam MacDonald led the way with two goals. The Oshawa Generals edged Noble-King Knights

3-1 in the single-A final. In double-A, Riley Greer earned his second assist of the game on Owen Mahoney’s overtime goal as the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces eked out a 2-1 victory over the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings.



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French Immersion Registration January 20th, 2017 - February 10th, 2017 York Region District School Board’s French Immersion program begins at Grade 1 and is based on the curriculum prescribed by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Registrations will be accepted in French Immersion school locations between January 20th and February 10th, 2017. A school locator can be found on the Board’s web site. French Immersion schools will host an Information Session on January 19th, 2017 for interested parents/ guardians considering enrolling their children in French Immersion. For information, session locations and further details, please visit the Board’s website: If you do not have access to the internet or require additional assistance, please contact your child’s current school. Note: Space at some program locations is limited, students may be required to attend a school other than the one designated for their attendance area.





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Rare coaching tandem for Huron Warriors JOHN CUDMORE Amy Tadros has been around a basketball gym for a lifetime. Aside from a few months in the very beginning - summer vacation only slightly delayed her debut courtside - if her father, Huron Heights’ basketball coach Nabil Tadros, has been near a court, so has his daughter. So, when the chance arose to join her dad as an assistant for the Warriors’ boys senior team this season, Amy jumped at the opportunity. "She’s been coaching with me almost since she was born," said Nabil, who arrived at Huron Heights in 1986, just three months after Amy was born. "I would bring her to practices in her car seat and put her on the sidelines. For tournaments I brought her when she was five or six." Together the Tadros tandem has prowled the province as he conducted Basketball Ontario coaching clinics. Other coaching-related missions, including

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Nabil Tadros is a long-time Huron Heights basketball coach. He is coaching this season with daughter Amy, a teacher at the school in her second year. treks to Egypt, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos, have served equally well as family junkets, but with the daddaughter dynamic remaining intact in some gymnasium for at least part of the trip. The chance to coach together arose initially last

year when Amy was hired as head of the co-op education department at Huron Heights. She declined the chance to join her father as she settled into her new job in her first year. "This year she said no problem as long as we go out for dinner afterwards,

just like when she was a kid," said Tadros, who retired from the classroom eight years ago yet remains connected to Huron Heights as basketball coach. "We just have a great time together." The Warriors are nowhere near the calibre of

squad Tadros coached the school to a YRAA championship in the 1998-99 season and into the league final a year later. With a 1-5 record in the Tier 2 level and two remaining games in the regular season, it doesn’t seem likely Huron Heights’ postseason run will last long.

Win or lose, though, it is an important bond that not many families experience. "We’ve always been close but we’re lucky to get this opportunity," said Amy, an Aurora resident, who grew up in Richmond Hill and launched her teaching career for five years at Maple High School. "He’s been a coach for so long, I’ve just been at his leagues, doing the scoring. It’s funny to be on the other side now." She readily concedes she may not be the X’s and O’s version of her dad, but she plays a critical role on the bench. "She grabs my hand and tells me to calm down," he said. "She laughs at everything I do. She sees how frustrated I get sometimes and just laughs." Daughter Amy accepts her role happily. "He has some interesting one-liners when he gets heated in the moment," she said, with a laugh. "I’m still not comfortable with the plays, I’m more there for the moral support. I get the gist of the game, but some of the things he throws out there I don’t get."

Three-on-three hockey format looking to gain its pro legs JOHN CUDMORE It seemed only a matter of time before someone would attempt to base a league around the National Hockey League’s thrillfilled overtime concept. Say hello to Justin Fox, founder of the 3HL Tour launched Jan. 1 at the Mattamy Centre in Toronto, who hopes to translate three-on-three hockey into a winner. The Toronto entrepreneur created and funds the eight-team league which includes entries from Newmarket (Saints) and Markham (Millionaires) among its eight member clubs. "It’s intense, fast-paced like sevens rugby," said Fox, whose 96-player draft last fall targeted players with experience at top junior, collegiate and former professional levels. "That keeps an energy present. Guys can’t sit back. Maybe there are fans that if they know it is fast-paced and quick, it would bring them in."

Borrowing from tourstyle sports such as golf and NASCAR which relocate each event, eight dates are already slotted in for this season, including April 22 in Markham. Negotiations for an Aurora tournament are ongoing. With teams situated in mid-sized communities from London to Oshawa, teams face off in one-day, single-loss elimination tournaments with cash purses starting at $15,000. The final tournament to be played May 6 in Oshawa is expected to carry a $50,000 purse. Games are 20 minutes with a few rules tweaked to spark appeal. For instance, there are no offsides or icings, penalties are penalty shots and goalies are encouraged to move the puck to create flow on full-sized rinks. "It’s turned out well so I think it will catch on," said Nate Donaldson, a Bradford resident and Millionaires’ captain. "It’s exciting and fast-paced. You’ve got to come in shape and be


Nate Donaldson (Markham Millionaires) and Jimmy Sarjeant (Newmarket Saints) are players in the new 3-on-3 pro hockey league. on your horse or left behind. It’s a busy game. Everything you learned growing up in hockey is out the window." A teacher at Crosby Heights Public School in Richmond Hill, Donaldson

Hurricanes drop pair, see lead on Muskies shrink JOHN CUDMORE Last Week: Jan. 8 - Lost 7-3 vs. Kingston Voyageurs . Jan. 5 - Lost 6-3 vs. Wellington Dukes. Coming Up: Dec. 12 vs. Whitby Fury, Ray Twinney Complex, 7:30 p.m. . Jan. 14 at Georgetown Raiders. Game Notes: Kingston scored four unanswered goals in the first period and stretched its lead to 7-0 early in the second period in a romp past the Hurricanes. In fact, the Voyageurs scored five goals on their first 13 shots . Goals by Cole Howran, Nicholas Favaro and Marco Bozzo made the final line respectable for Newmarket . Against Wellington, the Dukes erupted for five third-period goals to help overcome a

2-0 first-period deficit provided by goals from McKenzie Gray and Quinn Yule. The Skinny: The Hurricanes’ edge on the Lindsay Muskies is down to four points entering this week. Newmarket does hold two games in hand . Wellington completed a sweep of the four-game regular sea-

son series. Kingston earned a split of their four-game set with Newmarket . The Hurricanes "won" the first period against the Dukes and the third period against the Vees. In the four periods in between, those two rivals combined to outscore Newmarket 12-1 . The Hurricanes will be seeking their first win in four games against the Fury when the teams meet Thursday night in Newmarket. The teams will still have one more game remaining in their five-game regular season package . One-time Hurricane Nik Coric sits second in league scoring with 59 points, including a league-leading 41 assists.Record: 13-200-3 . 3rd in North Division, 8th seed in North-East Conference.Log on to for more Hurricanes news and updates.

played for the Stouffville Spirit before moving on to play for the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League. "Now that guys see it, I think this will take over the lower tier minor leagues

and Senior A," said Donaldson. "There’s really only an upside and people are talking already about it." Fox intends to add teams and events for the 2017-18 season. "The core groups of

teams are set but awareness is growing," said Fox. "We’re getting requests from players wanting to play. Everything is new and exploratory. We will see what fans like. The idea is to get up and going and let people see it and believe it." Although a few players have brief NHL experience, many have played at least Junior A, college or in the minor pros. Former NHLers Theo Peckham, Charlie Stephens and Brett MacLean participated in the New Year’s Day opener. "It’s a novelty for everyone because most of us didn’t grow up playing any three-on-three," said Newmarket Saints’ goaltender Jimmy Sarjeant, who went from starring for the Newmarket Hurricanes to an NCAA scholarship at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. "It’s tough and not at all like five-on-five hockey." Log on to for more information.

Tigers’ misery extends with loss to Raiders JOHN CUDMORE Last Week: Jan. 7, lost 5-0 at Georgetown Raiders. Coming Up: Jan. 14 vs. North York Rangers, Aurora Community Centre, 7:30 p.m. . Jan. 15 vs. Oakville Blades, ACC, 7 p.m. Game Notes: The South-West Conference-leading Raiders pummeled Tigers netminder Jake Sabourin, outshooting Aurora by a 63-19 margin in Georgetown. The Skinny: The Tigers will lean on affiliated players to get through the remainder of the season. It was more cleaning house last week as general manager Jim Thomson released James Thomson, his

son, to clear the way for the 19-year-old to sign a Jr. C affiliate card with the leagueleading Trenton Golden Hawks. The Tigers also sold the rights to stepson Matthew Tozer and forward Evan Spencer to the Elliot Lake Wildcats of the Northern Ontario

Jr. A Hockey League . The Tigers are 0-7-1 since their last win, a 4-2 win over the Milton IceHawks on Nov. 25. Record: 528-0-4 . Tied 4th in North Division, Tied 10th in North-East Conference.Log on to for more Tigers news.


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Newmarket Silver Get in the game for Canada’s 150th Stick faces off with 24-game slate Going for the gold, er, silver. Either way, the target is the same for 76 teams when the Newmarket International Silver Stick hockey tournament faces off Jan. 12 at Newmarket’s Ray Twinney Complex, Magna Centre and Hollingsworth Arena. Regional champions and finalists from as far away as California, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida are participating in the four-day minor series tournament. They are joined by qualifiers from more traditional American hockey states such as New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and Ontario regional events. Opening night for the single- and double-A teams includes 24 games in atom, peewee and bantam categories. Among three opening games scheduled for 5:45 p.m. is an atom double-A game between the host Newmarket Redmen and the Soo Greyhounds at the Magna Centre. The midget groups, which combine to provide


28 teams, begin play Friday morning. From a local angle, the Aurora Tigers are competing in the minor bantam single-A series after winning a regional qualifier in Sudbury. The host Newmarket Redmen are also represented in each of the divisions. Championship games will be played all day Sunday at the Ray Twinney Complex with the midget series double-A final concluding action starting at 6:10 p.m. Log on to for a full schedule.


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Readers of a certain vintage will recall an era when Canadians were compared unfavourably to much older Swedes in a physical fitness kind of way. These days, we might just chase away that aging Laplander with an axe. Or building a snow fort. Perhaps a game of hide and seek. Back in the day, 30-yearold Canadians couldn’t hold a candle to Swedes twice their age. Never was there an actual showdown or verification of the claim created by the fitness-based group of the 1970s, ParticipACTION. The point was to instil a fitness consciousness in Canadians. These days? Well, now you’re talking 150-year-old Canadians and their fitness patterns, and gosh only knows that the mythical Swede must be dead and buried. Hah! Who’s healthier now! But that is to digress. You can thank the fact we Canadians are asserting our inner lumberjack as part of a ParticipACTION 150 Play List, a ParticipACTION initiative to help commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. Rabid woodchoppers we are - according to the 150item potential to-do list of activities, compiled from nearly one-half million votes by Canadians and expert input - for chopping firewood is an activity to make us fit. We’re also hideand-seekers and skaters;

JOHN CUDMORE golfers and gardeners. Canadians expressed their interest in an array of activities in the poll conducted from October through December, by which a list of the top 150 activities defining the inhabitants of this former wasteland was developed. It’s no surprise the results largely confirm that any activity is better than sitting on the couch or in front of a computer screen, and there certainly are few surprises at the top end. Woodchopping is in there, although surely a majority of Canadians have never handled an axe just as surely as biking, hiking and swimming top the list from one through three among Ontarians. Dog-walking, snowman building, billiards and walking are all among the top 10 of activities put forth in a list of Ontario residents most popular activities. The challenge for Canadians is to try as many activities found on the ParticipACTION 150 Play List as possible during 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

"The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is a physical activity movement, inspiring and motivating Canadians everywhere to move more and sit less," said Elio Antunes, president and CEO of ParticipACTION, in a media release from Jan. 6. "Remember, physical activity isn’t just great for our health - it’s part of who we are as Canadians." Participants can register online at and be eligible for weekly, monthly and grand prize draws.

TIGERS FAMILY EXODUS The Aurora Tigers took care of their trade deadline housekeeping chores early. In doing so, gone are any family ties. Recognizing the futility of the situation in a season gone completely off the rails, general manager and owner Jim Thomson moved out several older players in recent weeks, including son James Thomson and stepson Matthew Tozer - a week ahead of the Jan. 10 trade deadline. The Tigers are mired in a miserable season - certainly within range of at least one of the worst ever for an Aurora junior team with just five wins and sitting well out of a playoff spot. Fact is, the team may not win another game this season, as it relies on affiliated minor hockey players to bolster a roster trimmed to the bone.

"I believe we are not going to make the playoffs, so it gives us an opportunity to sell off some of the players who won’t be back," said the elder Thomson earlier this week. Thomson, a big-body defenceman, ends up on a Junior C card and with the Trenton Golden Hawks, who are hosts for the Dudley Hewitt Cup this spring. Some folks consider it a sneaky bit of business, though it is a practice well within the rules of the game. Tozer and Evan Spencer were shipped to the Elliot Lake Wildcats of the Northern Ontario Junior A Hockey League for cash. Thomson says he offered all players heading into their final season of eligibility or not planning to return an opportunity to move. "We’re in rebuild mode already," said Thomson, noting that clearing the deck of players with ties to owners helps the process. "We can recruit with fresh minds. People always ask about the owners’ kids on a team. I would do the same." The move begs two observations. First, it’s one more way for owners to pull a power play for their kids when things go off track. Second, the deck is now cleared for another passing of the Tigers to the next owner, if Thomson chooses. In the meantime, this could get really ugly.


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GORESKI, Danial Peter Passed away unexpectedly at S outhlake Regional Health Centre, N e w m a r k e t o n Fr i d a y, J a n u a r y 6 , 2017 at 69 years of age. Best friend and great love of Donna. Loving father of Matthew (Jennifer) and Benjamin (Nicole). Proud granddad of Alexander and Elizabeth and r e m e m b e r e d b y Cy r i s a n d C a m i e . Beloved brother of Connie Whitton ( l a te A l e c ) , J a c k G o re s k i ( Wi n n i e ) , Nora Gawlik (late John), the late Mike (Laura), Tom, Jim (Louise), the late Chris (Brenda), Tony (Marlene), Lucy and the late Janet. Brother-inl a w o f J e a n H a r m a n , Wa y n e a n d Brenda Greer, Larry and Dawn Greer, H e a t h e r G re e r a n d A b e N e z i re v i c. Son of the late Felix and Mary Goreski. Uncle of many wonderful nieces and nephews and a great friend to many. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket for visitation on T h u r s d a y, J a n u a r y 1 2 , 2 0 1 7 f r o m 6-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 12 noon with one hour of visitation prior to service. Interment to take place at Queensville Cemetery. M e m o r i a l d o n a t i o n s m ay b e m a d e to Hear t & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

SCOTT, Robert Joseph Passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's on M onday Januar y 9, 2017, at 69 years of age. Robert had a life -long career with the Regional M u n i c i p a l i t y o f Yo r k . Pre d e ce a s e d by loving parents Joseph and Pearl, a n d b ro t h e r R o n a l d (G a i l ) . Lov i n g husband of Marjorie (nee Sheridan). Beloved father of Paul (predeceased), Kimberly and Peter (Sandra). Proud gra n d f a t h e r o f J a co b a n d S a m u e l. Fr i e n d s m a y c a l l a t R o a d h o u s e & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S., N e w m a r k e t o n Th u r s d ay J a n . 1 2 t h from 7-9 p.m, and on Friday, January 13th at Victory Baptist Church, 18408 Yo n g e S t , E a s t G w i l l i m b u r y f r o m 10-11 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. and interment at Newmarket Cemeter y. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Christian Blind Mission or the Alzheimer's Society.

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ORTLIEB, Jean Ola Kathleen Pe a c e f u l l y a t S o u t h l a k e R e g i o n a l Hospital in Newmarket on Januar y 8, 2017, with family by her side in her 88th year. Pre - deceased by her b e l o v e d h u s b a n d M a r q u i s ( Pe t e ) . Dear Mother of Shirley (Paul Glandfield), Sharon (Rick Saric) and Nancy (Bob Hewitt). She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Eric and Heidi Breen and Laura and M ichael Glandfield, a n d gre a t - gra n d c h i l d re n . S i s te r o f Eileen McEner y, Guelph and M argaret Black lock (Don), Guelph. Pre -deceased by brothers Bill Early, Don Early and sisters Myr tle Gullis and Mary Maynard. Jean was raised in Nassagaweya until the family moved to Newmarket. The family would like to thank all her wonder ful friends at her condo building in Holland Landing for making her years there truly home. Jean was a member of The Golden Anchor Senior Citizens East Gwillimbur y and the Happy Six ties Senior Citizens Club Bradford, where she spent time enjoying the company of many friends and always meeting new friends. At Jeans request, cremation has taken place and a private family ser vice will be held. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

McCALMONT, Donna Anne (nee Arbour) Pe a c e f u l l y a t S o u t h l a k e R e g i o n a l Health Centre in Newmarket on Wednesday, Januar y 4, 2016 at the age of 72 years. Beloved wife of John Gaeler of Keswick. Loving mother of J o h n E l w y n n ( L i s a ) o f C a m b r i d g e, Christopher (Mary Jane), Ronald (Dorothy) and Michelle (Rob Weller), all of Keswick. Cherished "Grandma" o f B e n j a m i n , C o d y, A n d i e , J a m e s , Colin, Brandan, Sarah and Robby and great "Grandma" of Brody. Dear sister of Clifford Arbour of Keswick and of the late Ronald and his surviving wife Maryon of KitchenerWaterloo. Donna will be missed by many relatives, and ver y special friends. The family will receive friends at the M.W. Becker Funeral H o m e, 4 9 0 Th e Q u e e n s w ay S o u t h , Keswick on Thursday, Januar y 12th, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a M emorial S er vice in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Cremation. In memory of Donna, donations to the Stronach Cancer Center c/o S o u t h l a k e R e g i o n a l H e a l t h Ce n t re would be appreciated. Sign an online book of condolences at

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ROBESON, Marjorie Eleanor (nee Martin) Passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Januar y 4, 2017, in her 7 0 t h y e a r. L o v i n g w i f e o f G r a n t . Beloved mother of Meredith (Ron), Er ynn (Anthony), and Kara (Eric). Proud grandmother of Evan, Nathan, Ethan, Ayden, Carson, Graysen, Morgan and Bria. Cherished sister of Carole Abraham. Marjorie will be greatly missed by her friends, Sorority Sisters and Jersey girls. Marjorie was an avid Gardener, and would spend hours toiling in her English Garden. S h e l ove d b a k i n g a n d s to r y te l l i n g with her grandchildren. She was a dedicated and well respected teacher f o r o v e r 2 0 y e a r s w i t h t h e Yo r k R e gi o n D i s t r i c t S c h o o l B o a rd. S h e spent her retirement years living life to the fullest, travelling and enjoying time with her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre would be greatly appreciated. Marjorie's life was remembered during visitation and memorial service a t t h e R o a d h o u s e & R o s e Fu n e r a l Home, Newmarket. Online condolences may be made at

ARCAND, CD, Albert Joseph Major, Royal Canadian Engineers, retired Albert peacefully at home in Aurora on Thursday, Januar y 5, 2017. Born N ove m b e r 2 3 , 1 9 1 8 o n t h e f a m i l y farm south of Dollard, Saskatchewan, son of the late Aurèle Arcand and Alexina Maurice. Predeceased by his wife, Lucie Proulx. Sur vived by his son Claude and daughter-in-law Brenda Braendel and his beloved grandchildren, Kelly Braendel and JosÊe, Pierre and StÊphane Arcand. Visitation was at Thompson Funeral Home in Aurora (530 I n d u s t r i a l Pa r k w a y S o u t h , Au ro r a , Ontario, 905-727-5421) on Sunday, Januar y 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church in Aurora at 10 a.m. on Monday, Januar y 9, 2017 followed by cremation. Interment of ashes will take place in Aurora Cemetery in the spring. For more information and online condolences, please visit

ORLAND, Lila (nee Atkinson) Pa s s e d a w a y p e a c e f u l l y w i t h h e r family at her side at Bradford Valley Care Community on Monday, J a n u a r y 9 , 2 0 1 7 , i n h e r 8 1 s t ye a r. Beloved wife of the late Bart Orland. Loving mother of the late G a i l ( Pa u l ) C o o k , E d w a r d R a e s i d e and Kevin Raeside (Madlen). Dear sister of late Luc y Ellis, late Earl Atk inson, late Alma Atk inson, late Selby Atk inson, Frank Atk inson, Blanch Draper, Edna Flint and James Barnes. Lila will also be lovingly remembered by her 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at SKWARCHUK FUNERAL HOME, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford for v i s i t a t i o n o n We d n e s d a y, J a n u a r y 1 1 , 2 0 1 7 f ro m 6 - 9 p. m . Fu n e r a l Ser vice will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment Queensville Cemeter y. In Lila's memor y, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

CRISPINO, Chelsea Lauren Emerson Peacefully passed away after a brave f i g h t w i t h M i to c h o n d r i a l d i s o rd e r, surrounded by her mom Melissa, dad Jeff, and big sister Aubrey by her side. Chelsea has joined her late sister Isabella and nonna Louise. Chelsea is a bright shining light and will be deeply missed by her aunts Jen, Amanda and Jamie; uncles Lucas and Robbie; and grandparents M arlene, R affaele, Ana and Rober t as well as the many friends she as made in her life journey. Family and friends were invited to Highland Hills Funeral Home, 12492 Woodbine Ave., Gormley for visitation. In honour of their exceptional love and care for Chelsea, the Crispino family requests donations be made to the Sick Kids Foundation.

VIGH, Bill September 19, 1924 December 29, 2016 Peacefully passed away on Thursday December 29, 2016 at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Beloved husband of Norma. Will be missed by all those who loved him. Private family funeral to be held at a later date. Burial in Barrie, Ontario. For t h o s e w h o w i s h , d o n a t i o n s to t h e Southlake Regional Health Centre or a charit y of your choice would be appreciated by the family. For online condolences please visit

We will miss you our beloved and cherished Unicorn AAPRO, Irma Sanelma Passed away peacefully at Bradford Valley Care Community on January 5, 2017 at the age of 88. Loving wife of the late Eelis Aapro. Beloved mother o f A n n a - L i i s a Pr i t c h a rd ( D a n ) a n d Eric (Ulrike). Proud grandmother of Mark, Michelle and Mikk a. Sister of Vaino, Sirk ku and the late M iriam. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Bradford Valley Care Community. Friends may call at the R o a d h o u s e & R o s e Fu n e r a l H o m e, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the chapel o n T h u r s d a y, J a n u a r y 1 2 , 2 0 1 7 a t 1 1 a . m . fo l l o w e d b y i n t e r m e n t a t K i n g C i t y Ce m e te r y. I f d e s i re d, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Online condolences at

MUNDY, Monika Passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Tuesday, Januar y 10, 2017 at 68 years of age. Loving wife of Ronald and beloved mother of Darryn (Deanna) and David. Proud grandmother of 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Much loved sister of the late Erwin Schrey. She will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Marilyn Dukart and brother-in-law Roy Mundy. At Monika's request cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral ser vice. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Hear t & Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences at

TRENOWDEN, James January 5, 2011 TRENOWDEN, Christine January 8, 2015 Those we love don't go away They walk beside us every day Unseen, unheard but always near Still loved, still missed and very dear. ~ Missing you both every day, Candee and John Cudmore, Michael (Emma), Heather (John), Braydyn and Landon

In Loving Memory of Michael Mulcahy October 29, 1941 - January 17, 2012 Dear Michael, Dad and Poppa, It is still so hard to believe you are no longer with us. For a man who was always there for us, we miss you dearly and think of you constantly. Your presence we miss, Your memory we treasure, Loving you always, Forgetting you never. Love, H i l d a , J o a n n e, Pa t r i c k , A n n a b e l l e, Mitchell, Liam, and Shauna

REEVIE, Brian In loving memory of my dear husband, father and grandfather who passed away on January 15, 2016. God called your name so quietly, That no one heard the footsteps Of angels drawing near. Broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. ~Love always, Lorna and family. DART, Dorothy (Long time Avon Lady) Pe a c e f u l l y p a s s e d a w a y, w i t h h e r f a m i l y by h e r s i d e, o n S u n d ay, January 8, 2017, at the Markham S to u f f v i l l e H o s p i t a l. B e l ove d m o m of Darlene and Deborah. Loving grandma of Sean, Mathew (Janelynne), Emamay and great-grandma of Jayla and Abbey. Dorothy will be missed b y h e r l o n g - t i m e f r i e n d s a t Te s t a Villa. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. A private celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at a later date. Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to the O'Neill Funeral Home (905)642-2855.

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DETROIT: The Chrysler Pacifica, Chevrolet Bolt and Honda Ridgeline all took top spot in their divisions at the 2017 North American Car of the Year Awards. Picked by a panel of experts, the awards kicked off the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Canadian made Chrysler Pacifica was named North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. Over more than 30 years of Chrysler/Dodge minivans, some 78 innovations were introduced and the new Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid add 37 more firsts. Besides a variety of powertrains, Pacifica offers more than 100 safety and security features including all-new Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies. The Chevrolet Bolt was named North American Car of the Year making it the fourth time in four years a Chevrolet vehicle took Car or Truck of the Year honours. “The Bolt EV fulfills Chevrolet’s promise to offer an affordable, long-range electric,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice-president, GM Global Product Development. “It is a game-changer that is not only a great electric vehicle; it’s a great vehicle — period.” The Bolt has an estimated range

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Pacifica, Bolt & Ridgeline top Car of Year awards North American Car of the Year honours went to the Chevrolet Bolt.

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LEFT: Chrysler Pacifica was named North American Utility Vehicle of the Year as picked by a panel of experts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. RIGHT: The Honda Ridgeline took top spot as the North American Truck of the Year in Detroit for the second time since 2006.

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Qashqai finally makes it to Canada Jock McCleary Metroland Media DETROIT: Nissan Canada announced January 9 that it is bolstering its CUV line up with the introduction of the 2017 Qashqai. Although it’s been available in Europe and other parts of the globe for more than 10 years, this will be the first time Qashqai has been available in the US and Canada. Its proven track record in Europe – it has sold more than two million units – makes it a natural for the Canadian market place. The Qashqai will slot nicely between Juke and Rogue in the Nissan stable. It’s slightly shorter than Rogue by just over a foot in overall length and by a couple of inches in the wheelbase. Its smaller stature will be ideal for the urban single or couple who require the versatility of a CUV but still need a vehicle that can easily be manoeuvred in tight city streets and especially into tight parking spots. Under the hood will be a standard 2.0-litre DOHC, four-cylinder direct injection engine that will push out a respectable 141 hp and 147 lb/ft of torque. It will be linked up to either a six speed manual gearbox or an available Xtronic transmission with Sport Mode Shifter. It will be offered in either front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive. Also standard are Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS) with Sport mode, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Although Qashqai will come in at the smaller end of the line up, that doesn’t mean that it will come up short in creature comforts. Leather seating will be available and, with the Canadian winter in mind, standard heated seats with heated steering wheel and a remote starter being an option. It will be offered in 10 exterior and two interior colour schemes with available piano black finishes with chrome accents. The Quashqai offers comfortable seating for five with an impressive 648 litres of cargo space behind the second row of seating that

ABOVE: Qashqai shares many of the design, utility and technology attributes as the Rogue, but is slightly smaller, sportier and more affordable for younger, urban SUV buyers. RIGHT: Leather seating will be available in the Quashqai.

increases to a vast 1,730 litres with the rear seats folded. It will also come with available Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies including Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Emergency Braking. Qashqai shares many of the design, utility

and technology attributes as the Rogue, but is slightly smaller, sportier and more affordable for younger, urban SUV buyers. It offers more space than a compact sedan but will deliver utility, maneuverability and a fun-to-drive experience. The Qashqai will be offered in three trim levels- S, SV and SL and will be available in Canadian dealers in the spring of 2017.

Ram Rebel Black bows in Detroit

The Ram 1500 Rebel Black special edition was shown for the first time in Detroit.

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Ram Truck introduced a special edition of the popular Ram 1500 Rebel — the Rebel Black. The Ram 1500 Rebel Black special edition is available in crew cab with either the legendary 5.7-litre Hemi V8 (395 hp 410 lb/ ft) or 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 (305 hp, 269 lb/ ft of torque at a starting price of $55,540 plus $1,795 destination. Rebel Black will start arriving in dealerships in March 2017. The Ram Rebel Black special edition traces its origin to one of the truck brand’s fastest-selling off-road powerhouses, adapting


dark features as a design component. The package is offered with all available Rebel colours, adding black wheels and brush guard and an available all-black interior. The available Rebel Black interior features black anodized bezels on the doors, centre console, instrument panel and gauge cluster trim rings. All-black heated seats with black “Rebel” embroidery stay true to the theme, highlighted by Light Slate Grey accent stitching, which traces the instrument panel, centre console lid, doors and seats. Deep rubber floor mats capture snow and


mud, ideal for Canadian winters. Additional luxury can be had with optional Black leather Katzkin seats. Equipped with factory lift, 33-inch allterrain tires, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, tow hooks and other off-road-ready features, Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering. Ram 1500 Rebel also takes advantage of exclusive air suspension in order to offer increased ride height. — Metroland Media


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VW goes back to the future with I.D. Buzz Concept Jock McCleary Metroland Media DETROIT: One of the most highly anticipated reveals at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the latest concept from Volkswagen. The I.D Buzz is the funky, futuristic redesign of Volkswagens iconic microbus. Although the design lines have been taken from the original hippy-mobile this concept is light years away from the original. This new van will come with no engine at the back, but with two electric motors – one on each axle – making it all-wheel-drive. The battery pack and both motors will be neatly packed under the interior flooring, helping to maximize the interior cabin space. The zero-emissions all-wheel drive system has a total output of 369 hp and an NEDC electric driving range of 600 km (270 miles on a predicted U.S. driving cycle). The driver will also become redundant, as the I.D Buzz will be fully autonomous even offering a 180-degree swivelling drivers seat. The I.D. Buzz will even recognize the perThe I.D Buzz is not only designed to carry up to eight people, but to be able to son sitting it thanks to Volkswagens “Usercarry all their outdoor-lifestyle equipment and luggage as well. ID”, it lets the I.D. Buzz know who the driver is and the individual vehicle settings are configured accordingly. The I.D Buzz is not only designed to carry It even has the ability to recognize friends and configure their preferences as well.

Although the design lines have been taken from the original hippy-mobile this concept is light years away from the original.

up to eight people, but to be able to carry all their outdoor lifestyle equipment and luggage as well. The I.D. Buzz is certainly eye catching and innovative, but how much of this concept will actually make it to fruition?

Audi Q8 Concept debuts in Detroit Jock McCleary

From the outside the Audi Q8 Concept has a much wider stance than any other current Audi production models.

Metroland Media DETROIT: Audi took advantage of the throngs of automotive media to reveal its Q8 Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Although still a concept at this stage, Audi is pretty confident that it will be in full production and be introduced as a 2018 model. What makes the Q8 stand out is that it will come only as a plug-in hybrid. It will combine the already proven 3.0-litre TFSI engine with an electric motor capable of generating 100 kW of power. The gasoline engine can produce 333 hp and 368 lb/ft of torque while the electric motor can produce 243 lb/ft of torque on its own. When combined, the total output is 300 kW and 516 lb/ft of torque. These will be linked to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and will propel it from 0-100 km/h in an amazing 5.4 seconds up to a top speed of 250 km/h The interior design will still incorporate The Q8 will enter the market as a fullsized SUV Coupe with spacious seating for Audi’s virtual cockpit but will have a plethora four and with 630 litres of cargo capacity giv- of upgrades and additions. From the outside the Q8 Concept has a ing plenty of room for their luggage as well.

full-size SUV segment. Audi have classified it as an fullsize SUV Coupe, but have cleverly kept away from the dramatic sloping rear end like the other full-size SUV Coupe’s in the market, thus making the rear seating compartment comfortable with adequate headroom and more than adequate legroom, without losing the coupe styling and feel. If the Q8 does make it into full production in 2018, as Audi have predicted, it will certainly shake up the luxury SUV marketplace – not only giving customers the versatility of a full-size SUV, but being able to combine performance, fuel economy and stylish good looks as well.

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