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Mary Ann Proulx (right), executive director of the Housing Help Centre, confers with client Norma Smith of Richmond Hill, who is upset to hear York Region will cut funding to the centre next month.

‘Shock’ as region ends help centre funding LIsa QUEEN A senior citizen who never had a chance to go far in school, Norma Smith has turned many times to the Identification Clinic at York Region's Housing Help Centre to help her understand government forms and to assist her filling out paperwork for

needed documentation. "They are so handy and helpful to the community," she said. The former nanny and personal care worker is devastated to learn regional government will end its funding next month to the Richmond Hill centre, which helps more than 2,000 low- and moderate-income York Region residents a year.

"Oh my God, I don't have the words to say," said Smith, a native of Jamaica, who said staff at the centre have encouraged to her to take adult learning classes. "I am very, very sad, deeply sad. They are like a family to me. It's going to be very difficult for the community." The region is cutting off the

$204,230 it provides annually for the ID clinic and the $136,310 it gives for the housing help centre, executive director Mary Ann Proulx said. The region is the sole source of funding for the programs, other than a small amount the facility gets from PowerStream

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Town council wants photo radar in community safety zones TEREsa LaTChfORd Photo radar may be coming to a street near you. Prompted by complaints from residents about "excessive speeding" on streets surrounding Town Park, the suggestion to implement photo radar was tabled by Coun. Wendy Gaertner. She initially proposed that the area around the park be deemed as a community safety zone and asked York Region Police for assistance in controlling the speeding, and that if the province gives municipalities the authority to install photo radar cameras that staff do so. "Community safety zones mean the fines (for offences) are doubled," Coun. Harold Kim pointed out. "I believe York Region has a policy that deems all school areas are community safety zones - but if they don't, I would like to see this apply to all school zones as well."

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Aurora will consider implementing photo radar in all community safety zones in town pending the finalization of photo radar regulations by the province. Mayor Geoff Dawe pointed out that more often than not, when photo radar is installed, the first people caught are usu-

ally local residents. He insisted the town would not be looking to target anyone but that speeding is just plain speeding and is

against the law. "I just wanted to state that for the people who will email calling it a cash grab," he said.

"To which I will promptly reply that it is only a cash grab if you speed." Gaertner suggested conducting public consultation sessions to ensure residents are informed and to make sure this would be an exercise in speed control that has the support of the community. Feedback should also be included in a staff report before council makes a final decision. While Ontario has announced new rules are in the works to give municipalities the authority to install photo radar, a tool that takes photos of speeding car's licence plate to issue a speeding ticket via mail, within their own communities, the full regulations have yet to be finalized. Council members agreed to amend the original motion to include a clause directing town staff to report back on the feasibility and cost associated with photo radar in all community safety zones once the provincial regulations have been set.


Environment Canada predicts 'Goldilocks' winter for York Region aLI Raza

York Region is in for a "Goldilocks" winter this season, says Environment Canada. Not too cold, not too warm. It's what The Weather Network is calling a "classic Canadian winter." Environment Canada meteo-

rologist David Phillips explains why the region won't see last year's mild winter where residents dreamed of a white Christmas that never came nor will they see the merciless frigidity of the two previous winters. Phillips explained that the last seven months (May to November) yielded one of the warmest summers on record and one of

the warmest falls on record. "Why that's important is because it stores a lot of heat in the ground, lakes, rivers, etc.," he explained. "That eventually gives up, but it takes a while for winter to really come in when you have residual heat." That residual heat, especially in the northern half of York Region closer to Lake Simcoe,

will yield lake-effect snow. Phillips says as the Great Lakes and Lake Simcoe are warmer than average, the lake-effect can yield a lot of snow. As cold air from the Arctic moves south and over the lakes, it causes the warm lake water to condense and be carried away to land where it precipitates in the form of snow. A greater dif-

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No lefts allowed at Yonge and Wellington come April 2017

Driver runs Santa parade barriers, faces charges Lisa QueeN

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Left-hand turns will be prohibited during peak traffic times at the Yonge and Wellington streets intersection from April 1, 2017 to June to determine whether restrictions will enhance traffic flow through Aurora’s downtown core.

While Aurora councillors aren’t convinced turning restrictions will eliminate traffic congestion at the major intersection, they feel it’s worth a shot.

the go-ahead to impose left-hand turn restrictions as a pilot project at the intersection of Yonge and Wellington streets. The project will begin on April 1, 2017 and wrap up on June 30. During that period, drivers will not be able to make left turns between 7 and 9 a.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. to help the flow of traffic. Even though the region has approved the pilot project, some local councillors aren't convinced this is the way to go. Teresa LaTchford "I assume others have received emails (from residents) expressing disappointment with the proMotorists won't be able to hang cess," Mayor Geoff Dawe said. "I a left at downtown Aurora's main haven't heard a good thing about intersection in the new year. it." York Region has now given Councillor Sandra Humfryes

echoed Dawe's statement, and while she feels something needs to be done to alleviate the traffic congestion and improve the traffic flow at the intersection, she admits left-hand turn restrictions might not be the way to go. "I'm for trying anything," Councillor John Abel said. "But if there is a lot of outcry, do we have the ability to cut it short?" Infrastructure and Environmental Services Director Ilmar Simanovskis confirmed there is the option to stop the pilot project early, if needed, and that it could be done quickly. Councillor Harold Kim suggested trying something is better than doing nothing, but wanted to ensure data collection would

be occurring. "I would personally like to see the measure of how long it takes to get from Orchard Heights Blvd. to Kennedy before and during the pilot," he said. "We want to make sure we get the right data to make a decision whether to keep the restrictions or not." Simanovskis confirmed the region will be collecting data throughout the project and the town will be collecting feedback from residents. Kim isn't sure if the pilot will work, but is willing to give it a shot since it will be at little cost to the municipality to conduct. Dawe pointed out that as a tax payer, the project will cost tax dollars at the regional level.

A motorist who allegedly blew more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit after driving around barriers for the Aurora Santa Claus parade is one of 20 drivers charged with impaired driving offences last weekend, York Regional Police said. On Nov. 26, 30 minutes after the evening parade began, a vehicle travelling south on Yonge Street, south of St. John's Sideroad, drove around a police officer and barriers used to block the street, Const. Andy Pattenden said. The car was stopped by another officer before reaching the parade route, he said. After an odor of alcohol was detected, the driver was arrested. Four empty vodka cooler bottles were found in the car, Pattenden said. The driver was taken to No. 1 District Headquarters, where he was charged after allegedly blowing more than twice the legal limit for alcohol, Pattenden said. Between Nov. 25 and Nov. 27, 17 men and three women were charged with alcohol-related driving offences, including three that resulted from collisions, he said. Twelve arrests came from police patrols or RIDE spot checks and five were a result of calls made to police by concerned residents, Pattenden said.

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Overspending to overeating: How to curb holiday indulging "You did the best you could and you say 'I've sacrificed all year, my family deserves this'. We tend to use Christmastime as a way of rewarding ourselves for a year of hard work. How do you overcome all this? It's almost impossible. All we can say is be conscious of (spending), try to set money aside and be as close as possible to that budget."

chris simon & AdAm mArtin-robbins The holidays can be a time to let loose - on your wallet, trash bin and waistline. Once the calendar turns to December, there's a tendency to relax, exhale and be less stringent on the rules that guide us through most of the year. We've all done it. After working so hard for 11 months, the extra slice of pie or second helping of mashed potatoes is welldeserved, right? Then there's the gift shopping budget. We want to give our kids and spouses the happiest holiday season possible. Their dreams must become reality. However, those wishes come with a cost and often strain a family's budget, said Seneca College professor and certified financial planner Sam Albanese. "We know we have to spend and at this time of the year we tend to spend more. We need to take a look at disciplined spending. Santa Claus has a list and he sticks to that. He makes it clear this is his list and this is what everyone gets. Santa never goes over-budget. "But as humans, we don't make a list. We've got to try to get the emotions out of our spending and be more objective. Something may be two dollars, but when you start adding up all these $2 (items), suddenly that becomes $100 and on it goes." The Canadian government's healthy holiday food guide includes recommendations aimed at helping families eat well over the next month. It suggests families should try to eat together because that communal time encourages healthier habits. Cook and plan meals in advance for hectic days and make healthy snacks like precut vegetables and fruit easily accessible. Also, create healthy food traditions by trying a new vegetable recipe or making food-based gifts like jars of dried fruit, nuts or soup mix. And start dessert off with a round of fruit, leaving room for a few bites of something richer. Aurora-based registered dietician Maria Fisher said holiday weight gain is common because, for many people, the indulgence doesn't last for just one day. There are multiple parties and gatherings and those gettogethers often force people off

Stick to a plan On average, households throw away $1,500-worth of food each year or $125 per month. This might be enough to take your family to the movies or fill your gas tank once or twice. The Region of York is offering 10 tips to reduce food waste while saving time and money this holiday season: • • • • • Susie Kockerscheidt/Metroland

A Seneca College professor and certified financial planner says that we should follow Santa’s example and make a list and stick to it to avoid breaking the bank (above). Aurora-based registered dietician says it’s OK to indulge a little during the holiday season, but moderation is key (bottom). regular eating, exercising and sleeping habits. You can avoid packing on pounds by eating before heading to a social function and refraining from placing treats on counters and tabletops at home. Be careful when ordering coffeehouse specialty drinks and go easy on calorie-filled alcoholic beverages. It's OK to indulge, as long as your favourite holiday foods are consumed in moderate portions, she said. "The problem with gaining a pound or two over the holidays is that most people don't lose it (afterward)," she said. "Eat your favourite foods that you can only get over the holidays and skimp on other tasty foods you can get any time of the year. Turkey stuffing is one of my favourites that I only make at Christmas - so I'll pass on the creamy mashed potatoes that I can have anytime." Overindulging also takes a toll on the environment. The Region of York typically sees a 10 per cent spike in waste

- garbage, recycling and organics - compared to other winter months, according to Julie Hordowick, program manager of York's integrated waste management strategy. So the region encourages residents to wrap presents in reusable bags, scarves or fabric and consider giving gift cards or "experiences" rather than "purchasing a lot of stuff that maybe people don't necessarily need," she said. This year, the region is targeting "avoidable food waste" through its Good Food program. "That's all geared toward giving people tools to plan their meals, to manage leftovers and ideas for what to do around the holidays to reduce the amount of food waste that you're generating," Hordowick said. "We've found about 15 to 20 per cent of the green bin is what we would consider to be avoidable food waste. Things people have bought and forgot and thrown out: It's whole produce, leftover lettuce, the leftover casserole that you didn't finish eating."

As part of the Good Food program, the region put out a list of 10 tips aimed at reducing food waste during the holidays. "We encourage people to stock up on reusable containers so that when they do have guests over and there's leftovers, they've got a really easy way to pack stuff up and share it with their guests rather than it ending up in the green bin," Hordowick said. "We have recipes you can make ahead and freeze so that you're spending more time with your guests and you've got a way to save the food and portion it out over time. And (we encourage people) to consider potluck as an approach to family occasions so everybody brings a little bit of something and everybody is able to bring it home so leftovers get used up. It's less work for one person and it's often less waste that way." Remember though, even the experts admit it's tough to stringently stick to a plan. "Throughout the whole year, you've been quite disciplined," Albanese said.

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Make a simple meal plan and plan ahead. Organize your refrigerator and pantry before shopping for ingredients that may be hiding at the back. Buy only what you need in the quantity you need. Buying in bulk is cost effective if you actually use it. Spend less on unplanned impulse purchases. Shop with a list and stick to it. Choose recipes you can make ahead and freeze. Spend more family time together by recruiting the kids to help out and lighten your load. Waste less by serving smaller portions. Encourage guests to not be shy and ask for seconds or set out platters where guests can serve themselves. Stock up on reusable containers and give your guests the gift of take-home leftovers. Plan a potluck. Leftovers go back home with guests. It’s less work for you, less for you to buy and fewer dishes to wash when it’s over. Freeze leftovers to enjoy later during those cold January evenings. Bread, soups, stews, pasta dishes, casseroles and chili all freeze well.

For more information, visit Here are a few tips to keep your budget in line this holiday season, according to Seneca College professor Sam Albanese: • • •

Stick to a list and avoid spontaneous purchases. Immediately pay off the outstanding amount once January’s credit card bill arrives. Consider keeping a separate ‘holiday’ bank account with a budgeted amount. Once that account runs dry, spending is finished for the season.

Holiday food makeovers Make your favourite holiday foods a bit healthier with these tips: Mashed potatoes: Use sweet potatoes for more fibre and beta-carotene. Add flavour and moisture with buttermilk or milk instead of butter and cream. Stuffing: Make stuffing using whole grain bread, wild rice or quinoa. Add carrots, celery, a little dried fruit and nuts instead of sausage. Gravy: Use the flavourful brown bit in the pan instead of the fatty drippings, and lower sodium broth. Thicken with cooked, puréed carrots. Latkes: Swap half the white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Serve with plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, or top with an apple cranberry sauce.

Baked goods: Make some small changes to your recipes, like replacing half the butter or oil recommended with applesauce, pureed prunes or mashed bananas. Reduce the sugar in a recipe by one-third to one-half. Substitute half the white flour in a recipe with whole wheat. Try a new vegetable side dish: Using fresh or frozen vegetables, serve roasted carrots and parsnips, steamed green beans with lemon and herbs, baked butternut or acorn squash with a dusting of Parmesan cheese, sautéed kale or collard greens, herb-roasted mushrooms, or a spinach salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. Source: Susie Kockerscheidt/Metroland


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Reports of norovirus from across York Region Two schools test positive for norovirus SimonE JoSEpH York Region Public Health confirmed on Nov. 23 that two York Region schools – one in East Gwillimbury and one in Markham – have tested positive for norovirus. A school in Georgina, along with daycare centres in Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouf fville and a retirement home in Vaughan, have reported

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under control, according to the region. "Outbreaks of norovirus and other enteric viruses, those which cause vomiting and diarrhea, are common at this time of year," said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region's medical officer of health. "In fact, norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks worldwide. Norovirus outbreaks are common in semi-closed environments such as schools, childcare centres and retirement homes. The numbers we are seeing across the region are no greater than in previous years."

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hat are Canadian values? How do we define them? What’s in our DNA that indisputably says, ‘this is us’? If one were to pose those questions to 10 different people, we would quite possibly get 10 different answers. Metroland Media did recently ask people across the county to express what they believe our values are. Answers included: “We try not to offend people.” “The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” “Taking care of veterans.” “Owning a house and having a job.” “Heritage and democracy.” “Respect for our other Canadians, our neighbours.” If Canada’s genetic complexity is such that the values we cherish are so diverse, then what are we to make of MP Kellie Leitch’s vow to screen potential immigrants for conformity to those principles? Leitch, a candidate in the race to replace Stephen Harper as federal Conservative leader, says if she’s in charge “every visitor, immigrant and refugee will be screened for Canadian values.” Presumably, these values would be defined by Leitch. Immigrants would have to conform or try somewhere else. It’s a proposal destined to divide rather than unite people, but that is likely Leitch’s intent. We just witnessed an anti-immigrant candidate capture the United States presidency in perhaps the ugliest, most divisive campaign we’ve ever seen. Leitch, who cheered Donald Trump’s win, has actually seen her support grow of late, a development that may embolden her as she works to demonize another group – Canada’s so-called political and media ‘elites’ . If history and Trump’s example teach us anything, it’s that politicians can manipulate angry, alienated, fearful people. It’s important that we recognize Leitch’s approach for what it is – the same faux populist, obnoxious opportunism that inspired the Harper government to give us the barbaric practices tipline, the attacks on the niqab, and references to old-stock Canadians. (Had Harper instituted a values test, it would likely have screened for conservative, rather than Canadian values). Divisive polices couldn’t extend Harper’s reign and we contend that Leitch will also be disappointed as she seeks to divide us for her own ends. The Republican party could not stop Trump, but federal Tories can certainly send a message that they will not head down the same path as they select a new leader.


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The story: Debate over Dufferin and Centre streets development continues Bathurst Street has become a disaster with all the development between Elgin Mills and 407 over past 10 years! Infrastructure on our roads has to keep pace... Jodi Starkman-Mendelsohn It wouldn’t be an issue if people didn’t drive far, but as long as people filter down to Toronto city, the infrastructure issue only gets worse. Geoff Dias I have no problem with “sprawl”, but I find it truly disgusting and depressing that the greedy developers (that’s ALL of them) buy cheap land two hours and more from downtown and proceed to pack endless twoand three-storey town houses on it - or worse, cram in single houses less than three feet apart, as if they were on a high-density downtown lot. I firmly believe that there should be minimum lot sizes and healthy mininum distances specified in the laws, regulations and all other governing parameters of all of the rural areas of Ontario. Let’s keep rural Canada rural and stop transplanting mid-Toronto to mid-Georgina without changing a single damned thing. Jim Lynch Considering the bus lanes being installed as we speak, if anything, this is very shallow density wise. Benjamin Smith Wouldn’t it be nice if we could halt all development on new housing and instead build up the infrastructure to support the current population? Then once we got caught up with our roads, buses, and rails we could legislate that any increase in population was matched equally with upgrades in the infrastructure to accommodate the growth. Cap funding would be raised through specific development fees on the new homes as well as transfers from the Federal government based on percentage of settlement of international immigrants into the GTA. Yes, a perfect world and sadly one I will never see. I just hope my children see it. In the meantime I will curse and live with the constant gridlock that has and will continue to get worse as we grapple and argue about what to do about it without ever doing anything about it. Thanks for listening! Kevin Pare


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Re: Amalgamate Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan into one city: councillor, Nov. 10. The amalgamation proposal by Markham Regional Councillor Jim Jones is a very good idea. The potential for efficiency, effectiveness and streamlining services, such as economic development, traffic management, transit, environmental development, taxation, etc., are all worthy of the idea. Unfortunately, we live in suburbia which can also be described as political fiefdoms - land and people protected by minor monarchs who believe that their world starts and ends within their borders. Ego and short-sightedness will never allow this amalgamation to happen because every mayor wants a $200M City Hall, every councillor wants a pool or community centre, and every regional councillor wants a library or arena for namesake. The amount of money that we spend on local and regional government is unimaginable. I’m sorry to say, but this is our reality for the foreseeable future, at least the next two to three generations. Isaac Lazar Richmond Hill

Re: Newmarket’s Yonge Street road construction could run into 2019, Nov. 11, 2016. You would think that we would have learned from the debacle that was the Davis Drive three-stop bus lane, but no amount of political spin from Regional Coun. John Taylor can convince most residents that the project was anything but too expensive and that the constant delays aren’t a nail in the coffin for many businesses. There is no evidence that Davis Drive businesses are prospering now and the only noticeable improvements are the interlocking bricks and shrubs along the sidewalk. This is hardly worth the $261+ million cost. I challenge Mr. Taylor to prove to residents how Davis Drive has recovered. Now, Yonge street will face the same problem, and already the project is running behind schedule. I am also skeptical of the increase in ridership numbers that Mary-Frances Turner provided. She compares ridership numbers from February 2016 and February 2015; but, as we all know, February 2016 was one of warmest Februarys on record, while February 2015 was officially the coldest February in history in our area. In my opinion, the difference in ridership numbers in those two months are probably due to weather factors and not the growing popularity of the Davis Drive bus line. I am curious to know why Ms. Turner did not provide statistics for any other months. Luigi Giorno Newmarket

Parents responsible for children’s behaviour Re: Should parents be fined for child’s bullying? Nov. 3. Your article had a box saying, “tell us what you think about this.” So, this is what I think: I absolutely agree with this initiative (charging parents of bullies). Parents have to accept responsibility for their children’s behaviour. I would suggest taking it further and making parents responsible for any criminal behaviour also. For example, the tragic death of the police officer on Hwy. 48 in 2011 was caused by underage youths recklessly driving a parent’s van at about 5 a.m. on a weekday. We heard this wasn’t the first time they had “stolen” a parent’s vehicle. What were 14- and 15-year-olds doing out driving and killing people at five in the morning? Parents: it ought to be obvious that it is your responsibility to control what your kids are doing, most particularly in the middle of the night. If your child isn’t old enough to drive but has taken your car for a joyride (or gone for a joyride with someone else’s kid), you need to step up and do your job. Clearly if this is a pattern, the parent was not taking the responsibility at all seriously; so bring in a law that puts some on them. If that’s what it takes to force the adults to act like adults and teach discipline to their kids, let’s do it. The parents in that incident apparently did nothing and so they are just as responsible for the death and injuries which resulted. Perhaps if there were a fine, they might have acted sooner to avoid that consequence. Gloria Moore East Gwillimbury

Disappointed by councillor’s McDonald’s comments Re: McDonald’s set to open new location in East Gwillimbury, Nov. 9, 2016. I was disappointed in Councillor Tara Roy-DiClemente’s comments regarding the new McDonald’s location. Her preference not to eat the food is her choice but she could have used the article as an opportunity to praise the employer for what it will bring to the future of our community. McDonald’s is the largest employer of youth in communities, teaching skills of leadership and communication, to name a few. As a business, they are noted for community sponsorship of many events. All should be embracing this business addition to our community as a positive. Cheryl Telford East Gwillimbury

Response to Canada Day shopping petition letters Ross Carson and Rolf Ehrat react to two letters to the editor published in the Nov. 17 issue of the Newmarket Era, Metroland Media Re: Petition urges York Region to ban Canada Day shopping, Oct. 31 1. Re: comments by C. Wallace: Your observation is important when you note that “businesses on Main Street are open during Canada Day celebrations in Newmarket and that floods of people spill into the street.” If those businesses are restaurants or antique shops or convenience stores, then they already have a provincial statutory exemption to be open. Our petition seeks to close on Canada Day those larger retail businesses which justify being open by broadly interpreting the meaning of the phrase, “tourist attraction.” 2. Re: comments by B. Dwyer - Your sharp reaction to our desire to limit retail shopping on Canada Day makes several points. You assert the importance of personal freedom in deciding how you want to celebrate your country; you feel we will foster resentment if people are banned from “doing business when they want to;” you feel it is a social benefit when your Canada Day shopping supports employees’ retirement savings. In response we wish to point out that we feel you are not as value-free as you think you are. The CBC radio program “Tapestry” on Nov. 6 made this point. Harvey Cox was the speaker. Entitled, “The Market is God,” the program described the ideology that people unconsciously value: “we must consume to be fulfilled.” Shopping is the modern ritual; huge shopping malls are the cathedrals of our day, and “doing business when I want to” is like being an omnipotent deity. Having a conversation on social media about values is fine. We can be found on Facebook at “Social Cohesion on Canada Day.” Those who wish to value a “common pause day” on this nation’s birthday, can visit the website social-cohesion-on-canada-day. org and click on the link at the bottom of the page to go to the online petition. By signing the petition you are urging York Region Council to stop large-scale commercial activity on Canada Day. Ross Carson and Rolf Ehrat Newmarket and Kettleby

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When his 92-year-old father, Fred, could no longer manage the upkeep of his home, Henry felt the best option was to move Dad in with him and his wife. Although widowed for more than 20 years, Fred had remained fiercely independent and vowed not to be a bother. It soon became apparent that caring for a nonagenarian had its challenges. “Becoming a caregiver for my father provided a rude awakening for me. I have always owned my own business and caring for my dad required me to pull away from it,” says Henry. Henry’s stress levels started to increase as he tried to balance his role as caregiver, with his work obligations. Fred, trying to stay out of the way, withdrew more and more. He began to feel lethargic, stopped eating regularly and stayed in his room. The situation was not healthyfor anyone. As the seniors population in York Region continues to grow faster than any other age group-one in five people will be 65 or older by 2031-this kind of scenario will become that much more common. The good news is that seniors are living longer-the average age of seniors in York Region is 84.1 (compared to 81.1 in all of Canada). The challenge is that older seniors are also living with more complex care needs, are at increased risks of falls and need supports to help them manage their medications and other activities of daily living. In an effort to try and support their loved ones to continue to live as independently as possible, family members are often thrust into the role of caregivers, trying to balance the needs of their own families and lives, with that of their aging parents or spouses. That’s were organizations like CHATS-Community & Home Assistance to Seniors-can help. Through the provision of community services such as transportation, Meals on Wheels, assisted living, telephone reassurance and caregiver education and counsellling, CHATS provides individuals and their family caregivers the support necessary to allow them to age with dignity as well as remain independent and safely in their homes for as long as possible. The need for programs like these will only become more crucial in the future. As hospitals struggle to reduce the length of stay of seniors in their facilities and long-term care wait lists continue to grow, community supports can make a huge difference in enabling seniors to continue to live in their own homes. Concerned about his father’s declining wellbeing, Henry reached out to the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to explore options available. Following an assessment of his care needs, the CCAC referred Fred to the CHATS adult day program in Aurora. For more information, call CHATS at 905-713-6596 or 1-877-452-4287 or visit

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Meteorologist David Phillips says this year’s winter weather will be good for traditional winter activities like hockey, skiing, ice fishing, etc.

‘Nature won’t punish you’: Phillips ● From page 1 persistent cold seen the two previous winters, including the December 2013 ice storm. “We’re not forecasting a return to what we saw in those years,” said The Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. “We will have periods of frigid weather, but not as those years.” Last year, Canada’s mild winter was partially caused by a particularly strong El Nino, a warm phase of the Pacific Ocean current. This year, Phillips, Gillham and other Canadian meteorologists all agree that a smaller, milder La Nina will have to battle winds from different directions. “We think this year it’ll

attack us from all directions,” Phillips said. “But nature won’t punish you. They’re will be some shovelling, plowing and pushing, but it’s not going to necessarily bury us.”

“It’ll be a yo-yo kind of winter, two weeks of this, two weeks of that, and I think that makes winter go a little faster,” Environment Canada meteorologist David Phillips Gillham explained that the Great Lakes region – and York Region by proximity – is near a “battle zone” where different air masses of different temperatures meet.

“We’ll have a more active storm track in southern Ontario,” he said. “You get storms when milder weather and colder weather battle out.” Moist, warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are likely to collide with colder, drier air from the Arctic. The result is various types of winter storms ranging from heavy rain to blizzards. Residents needn’t worry as the general consensus still points to a “classic Canadian winter”. Phillips thinks it’s good news for those anxiously waiting for spring. “It’ll be a yo-yo kind of winter, two weeks of this, two weeks of that, and I think that makes winter go a little faster,” he said.

to help low-income residents struggling to pay their hydro bills. "I was in shock," said Proulx, adding the centre and clinic are the only services of their kind in the region. "We don't have operating funds to continue. It brings me to tears. I feel really bad for them (clients). They're going to struggle, they're going to struggle even more so." Agencies are aware they must apply annually for funding under the Community Investment Strategy, the region's commissioner of community and health services, Adelina Urbanski, said. "Annually, York Region provides targeted funding to not-for-profit agencies to help deliver projects to lowand moderate-income residents that address service gaps in the community," she said in an email. "We receive many more proposals than there is available funding and each application is carefully evaluated through an equitable process. All applicants are made aware that it is a competitive process and there is no guarantee of funding." Proulx is surprised the housing help centre, which has been operating since about 1993, and the ID clinic, which began in 2002, lost funding after so many years. "They said my proposal that I wrote did not score

as high as other proposals they had received," she said, adding the centre employs five people including her. "After I heard that we didn't get funding, I really didn't hear a lot after that other than my proposals didn't score as high." The housing help centre helps low- and moderateincome York residents find housing and refers them to other services. "We can assist them in connecting them to food banks and clothing, resources and furniture and all those other services that they need to support themselves," Proulx said. "Even once they get housed, clients continue to rely on us because they call us and say 'I'm behind on my rent or I can't pay my hydro bill or I don't have any food or I don't have any clothing and where do I go?'" There are about 14,000 people on the region's waiting list for subsidized housing. That leaves lower income residents scouring for a modestly priced place to live in a region where the average rent for a bachelor apartment is $815 a month, compared to $1,036 for a one-bedroom, $1,194 for a two-bedroom and $1,357 for a three-bedroom. Even when clients find housing, the centre often works with them to ensure they remain housed. When a report on homelessness was released last month by the region and

the United Way of Toronto and York Region, officials spoke about the importance of ensuring the marginally housed keep a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, the ID clinic pays the processing fees for lower income residents to obtain necessary documentation such as birth, marriage and death certificates, social insurance numbers, Canadian citizenship certificates, health cards, immigration papers and Ontario photo ID cards. Identification is necessary to obtain a wide variety of services, from applying for social assistance and accessing food banks to getting health care and registering children for school, Proulx said. Staff recently assisted a homeless client who was receiving a monthly $300 street allowance. While filling out paperwork for him, they realized he turned 65 this month and is entitled to a monthly allowance of $1,750, Proulx said. The ID clinic also acts as a mailing address for the homeless and marginally housed, she said. The Community Legal Clinic of York Region, which offers legal support to low-income residents, often refers clients to the housing help centre and the ID clinic, community legal worker Kim McKinnon said. The loss of the programs will be disastrous for some of the region's most vulnerable residents, she said.

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New adviser brings hope to LGBTQ Kim ZarZour Growing up in a small town in Alberta, Randy Boissonnault kept the fact he was gay a secret. It was the 1970s; if he came out, he was advised, he could kiss his dream of a career in politics goodbye. Fast forward to 2016 and Boissonnault is now the Liberal MP for Edmonton Centre and Canada's first special adviser to the prime minister on LGBTQ2 issues. There's still a long way to go, he says, but it's light years from 1998 when he first came out of the closet. "I was 28 and grieving for what I felt was the loss of my future, what might have been. Would I have family, would I be loved, have a partner? I thought I could never run for office." On the contrary, the freedom of being "out," he discovered, was exhilarating. "I'd been using 25 to 35 per cent of my mental energy pretending to be something I was not." Now, Boissonnault says he can use all his brain power and enthusiasm on his political career and his new mission - promoting equality and addressing historical and current discrimination. "It is a complete and utter honour. The prime minister has fantastic vision for the country." That vision is especially relevant given what is happening south of the border, where the Trump trend is moving in the opposite direction. Boissonnault says his new role will have three components; coordinating the government's cross-ministry approach to LGBTQ2 issues, acting as focal point for the community, and shining a light on important issues. He plans to look at possible training for police, judges and customs officials to prevent discrimination based on sexuality, the issue of Canada's one-year blood donation ban, and addressing the contentious issue of required pronouns. His first order of business will be a possible apology and pardon for those convicted under past laws that criminalized homosexual behaviour. The timeline is still unclear, but Boissonnault says he will soon begin consultations across the country. "We want to make sure the apology is accepted," he said.

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Reverend Erin Martin Martin (standing) launched a new LGBTQ group, We Are A Safe Place, two months ago at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Sharon. Organizers include Nicole Talbot (seated, left), Beth Ferkranus, Maggie Woods and Kit Woods. "If we rush it, we're no further ahead. This government is giving a clear signal we mean business. I'm not interested in process for process sake. This is about how we move together as a society, figuring out how we can unlock the full potential of all people." York Region residents will have a chance to weigh in as he launches what he describes as a "deep listen" with local communities. "We're looking at different models – going to homes, communities, universities to talk to students as well as faculty involved in research, corporate Canada, unions, social media. We'll also be learning from other countries that have moved ahead in this area – Germany, Austria (and) Victoria, Australia." Gwen Landolt, head of the conservative group REAL

Women of Canada, argues against apologizing for past laws that she says were not, in fact, unjust discrimination, but based on legitimate fears about health risks, threats to morale and blackmail in the military and public service.

differing views Boissonnault accepts her differing views as part of democratic life. "There will be detractors, people who hold to social conservatism. But the majority voted for an inclusive society ... I believe it's fundamental to who we are as Canadians." Jacob Gal, spokesperson for York Pride, agrees. Compared to other communities across Canada, York Region is doing well with respect to LGBTQ issues, he says, but

hang out at the coffee shop without feeling she had to hide who she was, so we set it up like a little café, and there's place for them to play PS4 and board games, and just an opportunity to hang out." The youth are eager to discern how they can be advocates together and act as a voice to change the world, she says, and they will look to Boissonnault for direction. "This is not just about getting together and having fun, but solidarity for the kids here and around the world. Especially in light of the negativity in the news, and bigotry and discrimination, to have our prime minister appoint someone to give a voice to marginalized people is amazing and I am just so proud to be in this country. "It's just a beginning, but it's a good beginning."

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diversity and growth bring their own local challenges. In some of the region's municipalities, visibility remains an issue, he says. Newmarket and Richmond Hill are more visible and active than others like King, East Gwillimbury and Whitchurch-Stouffville. Reverend Erin Martin is working to change that in East Gwillimbury, and she believes the new federal advisor will help. Martin launched a new LGBTQ group - We Are A Safe Place - two months ago at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Sharon, after her niece Maggie Woods confided she was being bullied and ostracized. "When a 12-year-old girl asks you if you can create a safe place for her, you say yes," Martin says. "Maggie said she couldn't

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Is it time for tolls on the Don Valley Parkway? SImON mARTIN Your commute might be getting a little more expensive. Toronto Mayor John Tory on Thursday announced a proposal to make the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway toll roads. In his announcement, he hinted at a $2 toll that could provide Toronto more than $200 million a year to invest in transit infrastructure. The move could have a dramatic impact on York Region residents who rely on the DVP to get into Toronto. That fact wasn't lost on York Region Chair and CEO Wayne Emmerson.

“There needs to be a reasonable balance between the needs of the city and the ability of all commuters to pay,” said York Region chair Wayne Emmerson "I fully understand the financial pressure municipalities face to fund and maintain critical infrastructure," he said. "However, this proposal to toll the Gardiner and DVP will have a profound impact on York Region residents who commute into Toronto to work, visit family and friends, and attend sports and cultural events." Emmerson said he plans to meet with Tory as soon as possible to get a better idea of how the city would implement the new policy. Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua told the Toronto Star it is fac-

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The Don Valley Parkway, pictured here, and the Gardiner Expressway could be targeted for tolls — but it will take a few years. ing serious fiscal challenges. "The reality is that the City of Toronto has billions of dollars worth of unfunded projects looking for revenue sources," he said. "Citizens want (Mayor John) Tory to make key strategic investments in infrastructure and transit. The choice is pretty clear, you either dramatically raise taxes or move to a user-fee model. He can also seek help from senior

levels of government; unfortunately, however, they are facing their own fiscal challenges." "There needs to be a reasonable balance between the needs of the city and the ability of all commuters to pay," Emmerson added. Tory said tolls are a fair way to maintain the city's infrastructure. "On the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway, these tolls would be paid for by people who drive

in and out of our city as well as by our local 416 residents sharing the burden among everyone who uses these city of Toronto owned and financed roads," Tory said. The money collected from the tolls would be held in a separate infrastructure fund to help fund local transit, he added. While the toll might be the best solution for the City of Toronto, the Canadian Taxpayers Federa-


tion (CTF) said it's going to hurt commuters. "The Tory-toll is going to cause gridlock on surrounding streets as people try to avoid the tolls, and it will hurt commuters," CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn said. "This toll takes advantage of people who rely

on their cars to make a living." Any toll road would need approval from the provincial government. Transport Minister Stephen Del Duca told the press that they have yet to see a plan from the city but will review carefully when the time comes.

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Local moms campaign for support for mentally ill youth KIM ZarZOUr The three moms quietly sip their tea in a local café. On the outside, they are calm and civil. On the inside, they are ablaze. They share a fire fuelled by shared experience – a nightmare they wouldn't wish on any parent. One mom is waiting for her son's trial after he was charged with the murder of his father. Another watched her son enter a psychotic state after being mistakenly misdiagnosed, and mis-medicated, for ADHD. The third watches her son's future slip away as he stares at walls and walks for hours, adrift in thoughts he can't control. They are mothers of

adults with serious mental illness, giving hope to each other – and giving strength to others. The York Region moms have banded together to launch a crowd-funding campaign. They hope to raise $75,000 to create a drop-in centre that would support families and their mentally ill relatives. "What brought us together is we are all aging, we have our own health issues that are age and stress-related, and we are concerned about the future of our kids," says Kathleen Mochnacki president of Home on the Hill and one of the campaign organizers. "We feel we are a demographic that has been ignored. We are invisible."

Surveys show one in three families dealing with severe mental illness feel "close to the breaking point," she says, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada recommends that the entire family be included in care. But they're not – at least not in a meaningful way, the women say. "What's missing, what people don't get, is mental illness is 24-7," says Maggie Veltheer, whose husband, Robert, founded Home on the Hill to fight for housing for the seriously mentally ill. Last February he was killed and his son charged with first-degree murder. The women have all been through the anguish of helping a mentally ill child and in the quiet café,

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When a loved one suffers serious mental illness, the entire family is affected, and in need of support, according to a new crowd-funding campaign seeking to create a family drop-in centre. Mochnacki says gaps in the mental health system have left families isolated

and desperate for appropriate, qualified and compassionate support.

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AmAndA Persico When the weather outside gets crisp and cool, skip the treadmill and hit the scenic route. There are a number of guided walks throughout the region that offer a different set of sights and sounds in the winter time. Experience the outdoors: • Magical Christmas Forest: Dec. 2 to 4, 8 to 11, 15 to 18 and 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr., Vaughan. The forest comes to life with lights and Christmas carols. Visit Santa’s workshop, see the elves at work, make some holiday crafts and watch a holiday movie. To register, visit • Jingle Bell Walk: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hollidge Tract,

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Enjoy a walk through a winter wonderland forest in York Region. 16389 Hwy. 48, WhitchurchStouffville. Learn about the holiday tradition of bells and Christmas trees. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. To register, visit • Deck the Halls with Seeds and Berries: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. at Cold Creek Conservation Area, 14125 11th Concession, Nobleton; Dec. 11, 10 a.m. at Lake St. George Field Centre, 950 Bethesda Sideroad, Richmond Hill;

Celebrate the holiday season by making special gifts for winter birds. Explore the conservation area and decorate trees with homemade bird feeders. To register, visit • Animals in Winter: Dec. 7 and 10, 9:30 a.m. at Bob Hunter Memorial Park, near 7277 14th Ave., Markham. Learn about how animals survive the winter climate. To register, visit

The Black Friday weekend kicked off the annual stampede for holiday gifts - but there may be a way to avoid the mall crowds and feel good about your gift-giving, too. This year, why not pick a theme for your holiday sharing and focus on meaningful gifts? Here are some ideas for gifts that give back: ● Look for sustainable gifts that are good for the environment. Choose products with fair trade certification. This represents products that support fair wages, fair working conditions and fair terms for trade. You can also look for the bluesign label to find textiles that are produced with minimal environmental impact. Stores like Mountain Equipment Co-op stock bluesign products that are manufactured responsibly, with lower water and air emissions and a reduced eco footprint. ● Shop local. Try following Danna Schaubel’s lead. The York Region mom posted her vow to buy as many holiday gifts as she can from Facebook friends who own small businesses, and she invited her friends to post links to her

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page and share on theirs, too. ● Support your community’s creative industries. Seek out gifts at local wineries, craft breweries, local art studios, or check out the Holiday Artisan Pop-Up Market at the Aurora Cultural Centre, on Saturday Dec. 10. ● Consider gifts that give twice. L’Arche Daybreak’s craft studio, for example, sells high-quality artisan gifts such as candles, ornaments and prewrapped hostess gifts that are handmade by adults with intellectual disabilities. Raising the Roof is a national charity to fight homelessness and sells tuques and mittens each year to raise money

for long-term solutions. Proceeds bought in a community stay in that community. If animals are your thing, you can symbolically adopt your favourite species with a gift of a stuffed animal from WWF-Canada. Check out your favourite charity to see if they have gift options. ● Give your time. Purchase tickets to attend a local theatre production together, or a season’s family pass to Scanlon Creek Conservation Area. Bake a cake or cookies, or make a handmade gift. Alternatively, give your time to those who are in need. For more volunteer opportunities, visit

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LOCAL EVENTS ● Wednesday, November 9

Free Employment Workshops WHEN: 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: The Tannery Mall, 465 Davis Drive CONTACT: Nancy Bendavid, 905-895-7529 Ext.6504, COST: Free Workshops for persons with disabilities. Workshops include resume writing, cover letter, mock interview, job readiness, more.

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Christmas Luncheon and Toy Drive WHEN: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Cardinal Golf Club, 2740 Davis Drive West CONTACT: Helen Neville, COST: Free Christmas Luncheon and Toy Drive Tech Thursday (Technology Help) WHEN: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Holland Landing Public Library, 19513 Yonge St. CONTACT: 905-836-6492, COST: Free Have a device that isn’t running right? Want to learn a new tech skill? Come for weekly tech help at your local branch. PARTAGEZ le français - Newmarket (Free) WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Tim Horton's (Gates of York Plaza), 17310 Yonge St. CONTACT: conversation, partagez.york@yahoo. ca COST: Free This group welcomes adults (francophones to beginners) looking to put their French language conversation skills into action.

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Simple Gifts with the Newmarket Citizens Band and Special Guests Take Note WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 10:01 p.m. WHERE: Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street CONTACT: Linda Guenther, 9057262641, info@ COST: Adults $15, seniors and students $10 Join the Newmarket Citizens Band and Take Note for some classical and seasonal favourites. We have prepared a very special holiday musical treat. Simple Gifts with the Newmarket Citizens Band and Special Guests Take Note WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 10:01 p.m. WHERE: Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street CONTACT: Linda Guenther, 9057262641, info@ COST: Adults $15, seniors and students $10 Join the Newmarket Citizens Band and Take Note for some classical and seasonal favourites. We have prepared a very special holiday musical treat. Cardinal Carter CHS Christmas Fair WHEN: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Cardinal Carter Catholic High School, 210 Bloomington Rd. CONTACT: Priscilla Gagliano, 905-7272455 Ext.644, priscilla.gagliano@

● GET CONNECTED Visit to submit your own community events for online publishing. COST: Free More than 30 vendors, raffle prizes, auction, Santa photos and baked goods.

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Paws 4 Stories WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Holland Landing Public Library, 19513 Yonge St. CONTACT: , 905-826-6492, COST: $10.00 Ages 5 and older. Please register. Beginner and reluctant readers can develop their skills and confidence by reading to a friendly dog. Bebop and Dance WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: East Gwillimbury Public Library - Mount Albert branch, 19300 Centre St. CONTACT: Heather Alblas, COST: Free Ages two to five. Drop in.Get moving. This action-packed program is filled with movement for little ones. Knitting for Fun and Stress Reduction WHEN: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Riverwalk Wellness Centres, 15213 Yonge St. Suite 15 (second floor) CONTACT: Michelle Scott, art@ COST: Free Join us in our relaxing art gallery living room as we explore the art form of knitting together. Newmarket Folk Society presents Rick Fines with Roly Platt WHEN: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street CONTACT: Graham Bonesteel, 905-895-4977, COST: $25 Refreshments are provided before the show and during the intermission by The Maid’s Cottage.

● Sunday, December 4

York Region Community Choir Singing Joy to the World WHEN: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St. CONTACT: Roxanne McCormick, 905-235-4574,, COST: Advance: 2 for $25 or 1 for $15; $15 ea at door Please join us as we celebrate our joy of singing in our Christmas concert.

● Tuesday, December 6

Youth Knitting Program - Easy Cowl Scarf WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Aurora Public Library, 15145 Yonge St. CONTACT: , 905.727.9494 Ext.280, COST: $25 (includes yarn and needles) Join expert knitter Melanie Sparks to learn an easy cowl scarf project (and possible Christmas gift). For ages nine to 15.

● Wednesday, December 7 York Region Holiday Craft and

Gift Sale WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge St. CONTACT: Maria Gallo, 1-877-464-9675, , COST: Free The Regional Municipality of York and YRP host the Holiday Craft and Gift Sale in support of United Way Toronto and York Region. York Region Holiday Craft and Gift Sale WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge St. CONTACT: Maria Gallo, 1-877-464-9675, COST: Free The Regional Municipality of York and YRP host the Holiday Craft and Gift Sale in support of United Way Toronto and York Region. Wired Wednesday WHEN: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: East Gwillimbury Public Library - Mount Albert branch, 19300 Centre St. CONTACT: Heather Alblas, COST: Free Have a device that isn’t running quite right? What to learn a new tech skill? Come for weekly tech help. Lego Club WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Holland Landing Public Library, 19513 Yonge St. CONTACT: 905-836-6492, COST: Free Ages five and older. Drop in. Get creative with Lego. Machine Sewing: Pet Christmas Stocking Beginners WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Holland Landing Public Library, 19513 Yonge St. CONTACT: 905-836-6492, COST: $20.00 = $5.00 material kits (2 sessions) No machine experience necessary. Make a felt Christmas stocking for either a dog (bone shaped) or cat (fish shaped). Aurora’s Tree Lighting Ceremony WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Aurora Town Hall, 100 John West Way CONTACT: 905727-3123, COST: Free Enjoy an evening packed full of caroling, craft making, festive games and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus himself.

● Thursday, December 8

Sewing Christmas Decorations WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Holland Landing Public Library, 19513 Yonge St. CONTACT: 905-836-6492, , COST: $20.00 + $3.00 materials kit Create a variety of decorations, plus a gift-card holder and small

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● Friday, December 9

This Christmas Concert, with audience carols, is in aid of Welcome Table, a weekly free meal event for people in need.

Free Employment Workshops WHEN: 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: The Tannery Mall, 465 Davis Drive CONTACT: Nancy Bendavid, 905-895-7529 Ext.6504, COST: Free Workshops for persons with disabilities. Workshops include resume writing, cover letter, mock interview, job readiness, more.

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● Friday, December 2

Christmas sock. (2 session workshop) Heroes and Monsters - A Holiday Concert WHEN: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St. CONTACT: COST: Adults $10, seniors/students $5 The Aurora Community Band presents holiday entertainment like no other. Join a musical journey to celebrate indomitable human spirit.

“Write for Rights” to mark Human Rights Day 2016 WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Aurora Public Library, 15145 Yonge St. CONTACT: Renee, Aurora-Newmarket Amnesty group, 905-713-6713, http://www., COST: Free Join the Aurora-Newmarket Amnesty International group to sign a postcard or write a letter at this annual free drop-in event. Tween Scene WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: East Gwillimbury Public Library - Mount Albert branch, 19300 Centre St. CONTACT: Heather Alblas, COST: Free Ages eight to 12 years. Drop in. Create your own 3D printed Christmas tree decoration. Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St. CONTACT: , 905-7276101, , COST: $25

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Reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ● Sunday, December 11 WHEN: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: PARTAGEZ le français - Aurora New Hope Methodist Church, 337 (free) Queen St CONTACT: John Dowson, WHEN: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: 905-836-5464, , vutc@rogers. Country Style - BistroDeli, 14980 com COST: $20 for Adults; $15 for Yonge Street CONTACT: , , http://bit. Seniors/Students ly/partagez_conversation, partagez. Join MP Kyle Peterson and MPP COST: Free Chris Ballard as they read Charles This group welcomes adults (franco- Dickens’ <em>A Christmas Carol</ phones to beginners) looking to put em>, along with three other readers.

5314 COST: Free Drop-in afternoon of hot cocoa and cookies. Photo opportunity with Santa. Please bring a donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry.

Unionville Olde Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Parade WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Unionville Main Street CONTACT: COST: Free Candlelight Parade on Main Street, followed by the tree lighting at the Millennium Bandstand. Christmas carollers, entertainment, moonlight shopping.

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Upper Canada Christmas WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum, 18974 Leslie St. CONTACT: info@sharontemple. ca COST: $10 per child (one accompanying adult is free) Learn about the traditions of the holiday season, make Victorian paper crafts, sing traditional carols and more. Cocoa and Cookies with Santa WHEN: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St. S. CONTACT: 905-953-

Richmond Hill Community Food Bank Music Marathon Benefit Concert WHEN: 2 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. WHERE: Archibald’s Neighbourhood Pub, 8950 Yonge St. CONTACT: COST: Cash donation or non-perishable food item Acelebration of local original music with 22 performers. Raffles, prizes, great food and beverage. Sutton Santa Claus Parade of Lights 2016 WHEN: 5 p.m. WHERE: Sutton Santa Claus Parade of Lights, Dalton Rd. CONTACT: Town of Georgina, 905-476-4301, discover-georgina/calendar, COST: Free

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Reform in order for high school sports

No one likes a sandbagger. On the other hand, it's good to know your place on the grid. It should come as small surprise that stimulating competitive spirit and integrity in high school sports across York Region is an ongoing project. The contact point is a push to encourage schools to field teams at competitive levels matching their abilities. Hey, someone has to win and somebody must lose. That's a message it is believed too many coaches miss, resulting in mismatched competition even at Tier 2 levels where the philosophy should be of a more relaxed nature. York Region Athletic Association (YRAA) athletic co-ordinator Mark Arsenault feels too many teams have ducked Tier 1 compe-

tition in recent years. Reasons vary between teams underestimating and/or underselling themselves, inadvertently or intentionally. He feels many monitor the field. If they have a slim chance at winning in Tier 1, they may chase victory in Tier 2. He is convinced some teams which opt to compete in Tier 2 are clearly better than Tier 1 schools. The former should be a development level, said Arsenault. The problem is, some view the top end of some Tier 1 sports as too sophisticated, often due to the glut of competitive level players. Tier 1 is a level at which teams compete for opportunities to play for provincial (OFSAA) championships. If everyone plays it straight, it's got potential to

jOhn cudmORe Cuddy Shark work really well. "You have to have a goal at the end of the season but you don't want (Tier 2) coaches focusing on championships," said Arsenault. "The mission for Tier 2 is essentially to provide opportunity and competitive settings, and, when a team wins, a team wins." A survey of the various league set-ups in the YRAA suggests he isn't off-base on the competitive issue. There is a YRAA framework in place to recom-

mend a minimum number teams to be required in leagues before a second tier can be implemented. However, in recent seasons the quota requirements have fluctuated beyond reason. In girls basketball, which just ended its season, six schools fielded teams at the Tier 1 level. Thirtyeight teams played at the Tier 2 level. In field hockey, just four of 17 teams stickhandled through the fall season at the Tier 1 level. Last spring, baseball's split was 12 (Tier 1) and 29 (Tier 2). In all cases, the reverse, or at least a more even split, would be appropriate and more to the intent of the rules. Arsenault and others believe coaches feel they would prefer to win a pennant at Tier 2 rather than be an also-ran at Tier 1.

Is a Tier 2 title equal to a Tier 1? Answer: No. Maybe. Sometimes. Truthfully, it depends on the individual case. High school sports are murky territory. Teams range from highly competitive to participatory. It is difficult to determine if there is a right or wrong way, but clearly the factions have veered far from the centre line. Sometimes it is as simple as a coach's misjudgment of his team's abilities. Other times, it's just sneaky. The numbers speak for themselves. From a healthy split of teams in recent years where more teams than not played at the top level, now the Tier 2 teams easily outnumber Tier 1 competitors for too many sports. Whatever happened to the spirit of competition is anyone's guess.

Change is coming in certain team sports, though. Future championship days in basketball and volleyball will trade Tier 2 championship games in favour of qualifiers for both tripleA and double-A levels for OFSAA. Tier 2 finals will be played on a different timeline. It makes sense to celebrate the best teams in the region. It may not discourage some coaches from bailing out on stiffer competition. But it doesn't reward them for running from a fight, either. The oversaturation of teams in Tier 2 calls to mind Yogi Berra's quote about a popular restaurant: "No one goes there nowadays, it's too crowded." Perhaps some coaches will see the benefits of returning to Tier 1 leagues.

Puck drops for 66th year on atom event jOhn cudmORe Four division titles in two age groups are up for grabs when the 66th Newmarket Atom Hockey Tournament faces off Friday at the Magna Centre. A total of 32 teams in minor atom and atom series skate into action at the three-day event which concludes Sunday after-

noon. Games get started in the minor atom singleA series at 2:15 when the host Newmarket Redmen face off against the Innisfil Winterhawks. Play continues into the evening and all day Saturday. The atom double-A final concludes action Sunday with a 6:55 p.m. scheduled start. Host Newmarket fenc-

ers stab silver medals in tournament duels Evan McDonnell and Rick Schobesberger of the host Newmarket Fencing Club claimed silver medals to highlight performances by the host club at the Newmarket Challenge tournament held Saturday at Newmarket High School. Competing in the men's epee category, McDonnell

Newmarket’s James Watkinson faces opponent Colin McCurdy in Senior Men’s epee competition at the Newmarket Challenge fencing tournament hosted by Newmarket Fencing Club at Newmarket High School Saturday.

fell 15-11 in the final at the hands of SwordPlayers Fencing Academy's David Gornovsky. Schobesberger reached the final in the men's 50-plus epee category before bowing 10-6 to Robert McLean of the Cobourg Fencing Club. Ben Roe (under-15 boys) and Katrin Agaksihiev (under-15 girls) settled for bronze medals.

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Snubbed Mulock Ravens fly high at OFSAA JOhn CUdmORE

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The York Simcoe Express Bantam team battled it out during the Skills Gauntlet of the Under Armour Storm The Centre competition. The York Simcoe Express is one of two winning teams from the Skills Gauntlet who will play in a regulation game at Air Canada Centre on Dec. 4 and spend a day working with Toronto Maple Leafs’ staff. The competition started this fall and teams from across the GTA competed in a series of challenges and 10 teams earned a spot at the Skills Gauntlet.

The Sir William Mulock Ravens had two words for the OFSAA seeding committee: Spike it! The York Region Athletic Association boys senior volleyball champions confounded pre-tournament rankings to reach the medal round before settling for fourth place Saturday in the 20-team tournament in Burlington. The seeding panel had Mulock pegged at 20th. "The boys thought, 'What the

heck?' and we were trying to figure out why we were 20th," said Ravens head coach Irene Skanderis, who led her squad to the Newmarket school's first OFSAA tournament in volleyball. "We just said go with where they put us and show them. It threw us off, but the boys just went out with the idea to prove them wrong." However, after dropping its first match to top-seeded Mississauga Tigers, who went on to win gold, Mulock reeled off three consecutive victories to finish second in its five-team pool and gain a berth in the





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quarter-final round. The Ravens took down thirdseeded Neil McNeil Maroons of Toronto to capture a berth in the semifinals. A four-set loss to No. 2 Eastview Wildcats sent Mulock to the bronze medal game where the seventh-seeded York Mills Titans scored a three-set sweep. "We thought we might be in the top seven," said Skanderis. "It is phenomenal to finish fourth in the province." Hoops Raiders suffer quarter-final setback The Newmarket Raiders reached the quarter-final round at triple-A girls senior basketball before a 69-67 loss to the fourth-seeded A.B. Lucas Vikings sent the YRAA champions to the sidelines. Ranked fifth in the 16-team tournament, the Raiders received Sarah Gates' second 30-point performance in three games in the loss to the London-area school. Newmarket, which was making the school's fifth straight OFSAA tournament appearance, claimed wins over Peterborough's St. Peter Saints in the opening round and topped Waterdown Warriors 66-41 in second-round action. In double-A, the 10th seeded Denison Huskies reached the consolation semifinal round before bowing out after a 46-32 loss to No. 11 Cairine Wilson Wildcats of Ottawa. Lee Raisbeck had nine points to lead the Huskies' scoring in the game.

GORMLEY We want to tell your sports stories online and in print Hey, York Region sports nuts! We are certain there are good sports stories all across York Region waiting to be told. The personalities and characters behind the scenes and all the people that make sports tick in your community are numerous. The athletes that have overcome obstacles to shine or simply participate. Superstars to grinders to the shining volunteer who makes it all work. We want to tell their stories in our pages and on our website. So, we are asking readers to let us know about the accomplishments and achievements of athletes in their communities. If you are aware of an athlete, coach or official or story that should be told, email John Cudmore at or call 289-453-0129. John Cudmore

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Hey, who's that guy hanging out with Matt Kiatipis? JOhn CudmORe Matthew Kiatipis could not tell anyone why he was forced to delay his U.S. Thanksgiving school break. He had a pretty good reason, though. After all, it's not every day a Canadian teenager is invited to hang out for the afternoon at the White House with legends of entertainment, sports and other facets of American society. Yet there was Kiatipis shooting the breeze with basketball heroes such as Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Rubbing shoulders with actors Tom Hanks, Robert DiNiro and Robert Redford. Chit-chatting with Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen. Getting an inside word with Bill Gates.

The 16-year-old Mount Albert resident was a guest at Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremonies and reception held at the White House. A Grade 10 student at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he plays basketball, Kiatipis was a keen and enthusiastic observer to the annual process which saw President Barack Obama present 21 Americans the highest civilian award for contributions in national security, world peace and cultural endeavours. The list of recipients reads like a who's who of Americans in entertainment, athletics and culture. "I saw Michael Jordan," said the six foot, twoinch guard/forward for the Cape Fear basketball team. "I was freaking out,

he's the best player of all time. He's so confident and walks with such swagger." The afternoon of hobnobbing in the Red Room at the White House included a few words with the recipients. "It was a really relaxed atmosphere - I was literally five metres from everyone," said Kiatipis. "I talked with all of them, but with Bill Gates and Tom Hanks probably about five minutes. The biggest thing is that they are just regular people like the rest of us." Kiatipis , a reclassified sophomore at the prep school, was a guest of the family of physicist Richard Garwin (Manhattan Project), one of the award recipients. Garwin's son's family is Kiatipis' host family at the school. A student at Sacred Heart Catholic High

School in Newmarket for two years, Kiatipis was exposed to American prep school scouts while playing for the CIA Bounce basketball program at a showcase event in August. He planned to attend Sacred Heart before choosing the prep school in early September. "I wanted to experience the U.S. high school sports system and try to get a college scholarship," said Kiatipis, also a talented sprinter who is looking forward to the track and field season. "The summer was crazy. After my exposure at the camp on Aug. 7, there was non-stop communication into September." Although the school break started Nov. 18, Kiatipis had to stay mum and was unable to tell even his parents of his invitation.

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Matt Kiatipis meets basketball legend Michael Jordan during the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremonies at the White House on Nov. 22.

Newmarket's Cameron Wright creating buzz for St. Mike's JOhn CudmORe These are good times for Cameron Wright. His team, the St. Michael's Buzzers, sits atop the South Division standings in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He leads the league in goals and has nearly matched his entire points output for last season – and the current season schedule is barely at the midway point. Last week, the Newmar-

ket resident was among 40 hopefuls named to the final selection camp roster for Team Canada East leading to the World Jr. A Challenge. Then there is the national letter of intent he signed Nov. 10 to accept a scholarship to Bowling Green State University for next season. "I've heard about Bowling Green since I was 12 or 13 so when I got that call I was excited," said Wright, who graduated from Sir William Mulock Second-

Cameron Wright ary School in Newmarket in June. "It was hard to keep in my excitement down because I wanted to

get the best deal I could. For sure orange and brown are now my favourite colours." Wright enters the week tops in scoring for the South-West Conference and fifth overall in the OJHL. His league-leading 24 goals is one off the total he netted in 48 games last season when he finished with 48 points. Undrafted by an OHL team as a 16-year-old, Wright pursued the scholarship route. In fact, he was uncertain that he

would even make an OJHL team so he returned to the South Central Coyotes (Richmond Hill) for another midget season after attending junior camps, including St. Mikes, the Newmarket Hurricanes and Aurora Tigers. He was an early season addition to the St. Mike's roster. The 6’1” forward attended the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs' camp as a free agent. "I just wanted to see how I matched up with guys I played with in minor hockey," said the former

member of the York Simcoe Express. At Bowling Green, Wright joins a couple of players with whom he is familiar. Adam Smith, a Sharon resident and friend, and Falcons captain Sean Walker of Keswick are already there. Wright will attend the final evaluation roster for Team Canada East at the MasterCard Centre running from Dec. 3 to 7 ahead of the World Jr. A Challenge to be held Dec. 11 to 17.

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RENT TO OWN Executive home in Keswick, 3 bedrooms upstairs. Granny flat downstairs brings you an income. Close to 404. 3 year lease gets you a credit towards purchase price. Call 905-478-4590 or 905-252-2624.

AURORA, BAYVIEW/WELLINGTON Semi Detached, 2200 Sqft. 3 Bedroom plus 4 bathrooms, plus office/ finished basement. Open concept kitchen/family room. Laminate flooring, 5 appliances. Available January 1st. No smoking/pets $1950 plus utilities. 416-732-7216 NEWMARKET GORGEOUS Detached 4 bedroom home. Huge fenced yard overlooking park. $2000/month. Call Tony Mendes 905-715-4951 Century 21 Heritage NEWMARKET Semi, 3 bedroom close to transit and all amenities. $1250 +utilities. 905-830-2915

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BATHURST / MULOCK Bright renovated bedroom in executive townhouse. Hardwood, washer, dryer facilities, mature female, parking, bus, hiking trails shopping, no smoking/pets, first and last. $650. Call 416-732-3575

Shared Accommodations NEWMARKET, LONDON Rd. area. Furn i s h e d a n d unfurnished rooms for re nt, fe m a l e o n l y. Shared kitchen + bathrooms. $500 and $550. Laundry, cable, internet, fireplace Non-smoking/pets. 905-726-5789

Industrial/Commercial for Rent/Wanted COMMERCIAL SPACE, well established plaza, Davis Drive, 1-1/2 blocks east of Yonge, Newmarket. 1100 Sq ft. Good for any kind of business. 2nd unit available east side of Davis Dr. near Hwy 404. High traffic. Call 905-898-2417


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PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy Spirit who makes me see ever ything and shows me the way, to reach my ideals, you who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget a l l t h e w ro n g t h at i s d o n e to m e, and you who are in all instances of my life with me, I, in this shor t dialogue, want to thank you for ever ything and affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be, I want to be with you and my loved ones i n y o u r p e r p e t u a l g l o r y. To t h a t end and submitting to G od's Holy Will, I ask from you (state your request). Amen. This prayer should be said for three consecutive days, after the third day your sincere wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to publish on granting your favour. ~B.V.


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NOTICE TO THE CREDITORS AND OTHERS ESTATE OF DONALD HARRY COCHRANE All persons having claims against the Estate of DONALD HARRY COCHRANE, deceased, late of the Town of Holland Landing, Ontario, who died on or about the 6th day of January, 2016, are notified to send them to the undersigned, duly verified, on or before the 23rd day of December, 2016. After this date, the assets of the above-named estate will be distributed among the persons entitled to them, having regard only to claims of which the estate trustee without a will shall then have notice.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS All claims against the Estate of DAVID RALPH DIENO, in his personal capacity and/or David Dieno carrying on business as Dave's Diesel Services and/or Dave's Equipment & Truck Repair, late of Holland Landing, who died on or about the 29th day of May 2016, must be filed with the undersigned personal representative on or before the 6th day of Januar y 2017 thereafter, the undersigned will distribute the assets of the estate having regard only to the claims then filed. DATED this 1st day of December , 2016

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COULTER, George Vincent Passed peacefully in his 89th year on November 27, 2016 at Southlake Regional Hospital after a wonder ful life well lived. Devoted husband of Joan (McDonell) Coulter for 65 years. Loving father to Craig, Scott (Lisa) and Jody (Chris Rose). C h e r i s h e d G r a n d f a t h e r, G r a m p s , P a p a , P a t o C a m e r o n a n d Ta y l o r (C ra i g ) , A l e x a n d ra , H ay l e y, a n d Austin (Scott), and Nicholas (K atie) and Caitlin (Jody). Soon to be greatgrandfather to Baby Rosebuddy (N icholas and K atie Rose). Spoiled o l d e r b ro t h e r o f Ce c i l i a , D o ro t hy, Bruce (Don and Howie). Visitation at Thompson's Funeral Home on Wednesday December 7, 2016 from 6 : 0 0 p. m . - 8 : 0 0 p. m . M a s s at O u r L a d y o f G r a ce Pa r i s h o n Th u r s d ay December 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with reception to follow. George Vincent was a proud resident of Aurora fo r 5 8 ye a r s. I f d e s i re d, m e m o r i a l donations in George's name may be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. We love you and miss you already

SONES, Barbara Ruth Surrounded by the love of her family and caregivers, Barb passed away peacefully at Case Manor Care Co m m u n i t y, B o b c ayg e o n , O n t a r i o, o n N ove m b e r 2 2 , 2 0 1 6 . Wi t t y a n d stylish to the end, Barb was in her 89th year. Predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, William Mathew Sones, her parents, Walter and Ruth C h a r l t o n , a n d h e r b r o t h e r Wa l t e r Charlton. Loving mother of Mark and his wife Carol-Ann Sones, of B o b c ayg e o n , a n d Tra c y E m m s a n d h e r h u s b a n d M i c h a e l o f Ve r m i l i o n Bay, Ontar io. Adored grandmother o f K a r l a Tr e w i n a n d h e r h u s b a n d Jeremy, Kate and Emma Emms, all of Midland, and Laura Sones of Waterloo. Also Survived by her sister Maxine Brantly and her husband Joe of Wichita, Kansas, her brother Allan Charlton and his wife Dorothy of Stoney Creek, and brother-in-law Robert Sones and his wife Margaret of Sarnia. Barb was born in London, O n t a r i o, m e t a n d m a r r i e d B i l l i n Hamilton, and was a long time r e s i d e n t o f M a p l e, O n t a r i o w h e r e she raised her family. Barb lived in Aurora (67 Hill Drive) and later Sunrise Retirement Residence until 2009. She was the long time secretary and bandage applier/ hugger at Joseph A. Gibson Public S chool in Maple, and later enjoyed doing craf ts with youngsters at an af terschool program in Aurora. A memorial service will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 I n d u s t r i a l Pa r k w a y S o u t h , A u r o r a 905-727-5421 on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. I n lieu of flowers, donations to the O.S.P.C.A. or your local humane society would be appreciated.

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SMITH, Wayne Passed away peacefully on Monday, N o v e m b e r 2 8 , 2 0 1 6 i n 6 1 s t y e a r. Predeceased by his mother Marjory, father Eric, and brother-in-law Douglas Pullin. Beloved brother of Paul (Louise), Michael (Lori), Debbie (R ick), G ail (D oug) and D on (K im). H e w i l l b e s a d l y m i s s e d by h i s 1 5 nephews and nieces along with 14 g r a n d - n e p h e w s a n d g r a n d - n i e c e s. Visitation will be held at the T h o m p s o n Fu n e r a l H o m e a t 5 3 0 Industrial Park way South in Aurora on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. to be followed by a m e m o r i a l s e r v i ce a t 6 p. m . i n t h e chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the K idney Foundation of Ontario.

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WINGER, Stanley Walter Passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in his 89th year. B eloved husband of Audrey June (Spiers) Winger (predeceased March 2007), and f a t h e r o f B r u c e , To m ( R u t h ) , a n d Janet. He will be lovingly missed by his grandchildren Sarah, Hannah and Ellie. He is survived by his sister Ruth Ryan. Stanley was born in Newmarket and attended Stuart S c o t t Pu b l i c S c h o o l , K i n g G e o r g e Public School and Newmarket High School. He worked at the Office Specialty for 42 years star ting with his father, and eventually with both h i s s o n s . H e w a s a n u p h o l s t e r e r, woodworker and stonemason. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street S o u t h , N e w m a r k e t o n S a t u rd ay, December 3rd from 7 - 9 p.m. Celebration of Life will be held in the chapel on Sunday, December 4th a t 2 : 0 0 p. m . I f d e s i r e d , m e m o r i a l donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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GUERIN, Helene Marie Yvonne Passed away peacefully at Newmarket Health Centre on November 27, 2016 in her 89th y e a r. L o v i n g w i f e o f J o h n D e r i c e Guer in. B eloved mother of Louise, Anne, Philippe and Michelle. Loving m o t h e r - i n - l a w t o C r a i g, M a r k a n d Rita. Proud grandmother of Nicole, Jacob, Paul, Christopher, Kyle, David, Laura and John. Great-grandmother of Bladen and Chesley. Sister of the l ate Pa u l, C l a i re, J e a n e t te, Lu c i l l e, Roland, Gilber te, Jean-Jacques and Gerald. Raised by Mari-Blanche (Ma Ta n t e , " M i m i " ) . D a u g h t e r o f t h e late Rene and Beatrice Lemieux. Helene graduated as a RN in 1949 a n d w o r k e d a t Yo r k C o u n t y Hospital, finishing her career at Green Acres. Retiring in 1988, she sewed, knitted, crocheted and gardened. Her pies rivalled anyone's! The family would like to thank the s t a f f o f N e w m a r k e t H e a l t h Ce n t re for all their care. Friends may call at the R oadhouse & R ose Funeral Home Chapel for a funeral ser vice on Thursday, D ecember 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. I f desired, memorial donations may b e m a d e t o t h e H e a r t a n d S t ro k e Foundation.

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