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HUMBER HAPPENINGS A Community Publication by the Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association


Cruise on Over Boating clubs set sail and open doors to unite the community.


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HUMBER HAPPENINGS A Community Publication by the Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association A Community Publication by the Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association

Features 6   Welcome By Megan Ng Summer Lovin’. Everything is gorgeous this time of year in Humber Bay.

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Humber River Shakespeare Company’s Comedy of Errors, the Mimico Tulip Festival, Horner Community Centre’s golf tournament and much more.

18 Humber heroes By Megan Ng It was labour of love for Crystal Kramer, she endured it all to spend just one more day with her family and friends.

24  lakeshorts passports By Max Baru Film festival delivers international cinema to Humber Bay Shores.

27  our history By Michael Harrison The century old estate of Charles E. Ring is demolished in May 2011.

30 Taste of humber By Megan Ng The Italian restaurant with traditional décor and food served with a modern twist.

32  Good cooking By Carlos Fuenmayor The chef and owner of Sabrosito shares a light and fresh scallop appetizer recipe to serve at your next summer cocktail party.

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21  cover Story By Megan Ng Find out about the long standing tradition and history of sailing in our neighbourhood and what the cruise clubs have in store for you this summer.

on Over Boating clubs set sail and open doors to unite the community.

Cover photo courtesy of Mimico Cruising Club. contemporAry clAssics

traditional food with a modern twist.

foreign flicks

international films at the Assembly Hall.

fun in tHe sun fitness the waterfront workout.

48 bark parks anatomy By Max Baru Humber Happenings picks the best dog parks in our neighbourhood.

50 fun page By Max Baru A community crossword puzzle. HumberHappenings  I  Spring 2011  3

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8   president’s message By Judi Richter-Jacobs HBSCA supports revitalization efforts that contribute to Mimico 20/20.


HBSCA golf tournament The details for the 5th annual community golfing event in Woodbridge, Ontario.


serendipItous inspirations Humber Happenings’s photo contest. Get snap happy and have your images published in our next issue.

15  Green Cleaning   By Megan Ng HBSCA’s Clean-Up Day celebrates 15 years of contributing to a cleaner, greener environment.

46 Summer events calendar Event and community listings for June to August.


regular columns 34 winesights By John Switzer


36  vitality to the core By Guy Dufour

38 Ask dr. Ghazi By Dr. Farzad Ghazi

41  eco logic  Your feedback is important to us. We welcome feedback on anything you see in Humber Happenings. Have a story idea or photo to share? Send your comments to

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Summer Lovin’ Humber Bay is one of the most beautiful communities of the city: let’s recognize that this season.

by Megan Ng


he sweet sights and sounds of summer have returned, and what better way to spend warm summer evenings than along the waterfront trail. Even with the longer evenings, the summer still seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. This can be attributed to the fact that there are simply too many things to do and events to attend. Something is always going on in our neighbourhood, whether it’s supporting our local independent artists at the Lakeshorts Film Festival or trying to spot a rare bird during the monthly organized bird walks. We have some great articles in this issue that fit into the theme of having fun outside, and entertaining guests for a “just cause” afternoon or evening reception. A few things you won’t want to miss: Jim’s homemade recipes for common toiletries you can bring to your next cottage trip or weekend getaway, and John’s wine suggestions that will turn your next dinner party up a few notches. My favourite part about this season is the opportunity to soak up the sun and enjoy the nature that surrounds us. For many Toronto residents, achieving that peace and serenity seems like miles away, which is why I—and I’m sure many others like myself love visiting the Humber Bay community so much, and envy the residents of the area. It’s the perfect afternoon or weekend escape from the heat and noise of the city, and all just a few mintues away from downtown. One major landscape upgrade to look forward to is the completion of the 6

Mimico Waterfront makeover, scheduled to start this summer. It will include a new boardwalk, trails and water habitat improvements for all to enjoy. I know HBSCA has made great efforts to work with councillor Mark Grimes and the city to improve the community landscapes of our neighbourhood. They are easy to overlook sometimes, but when you stop for a moment to admire the area, you do notice the subtle but important improvements that have been made. We can show our appreciation and respect for the community and the board’s efforts by being mindful of littering in the neighbourhood and picking up after our pets. Don’t be afraid to remind others to do the same. HBSCA’s 15th annual Clean-Up Day was a great success with more volunteers showing up than in past years and many familiar faces pitching in once again. It’s one of the best opportunities to meet our neighbours and contribute to the maintenance and beautification of the city. Keep sending in your comments, suggestions, ideas and photos! Details of the photo contest are in this issue, so get snap happy and show us what your Humber Bay Shores looks like through your camera’s lens.  HH

Summer Issue 2011 Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association Board of Directors President  Judi Richter-Jacobs, Players Club Vice President  Jim Reekie, Palace Place Treasurer  Malcolm Gonsalves, Voyageur I & II Secretary  Laura Nash, Marina del Rey- Ph. I, II, III Past President  Leo Blindenbach, Grenadier Landing Jim Lord, Palace Pier (Ex-officio) Director  Tom Arkay, Palace Pier Director  Don Henderson, Bal Harbour Director  Sharon Jazzar, Newport Beach Director  Mary Knuff, Grenadier Landing Director  Tim Owen, Grand Harbour Director  Jay Perry, Nevis Director  Simone Purboo, Explorer Director  Milai Sousa, Waterford Strategic Planning Initiative Coordinators Planning & Infrastructure  Jim Reekie Building Community  Judi Richter-Jacobs Communications & Outreach  Jay Perry Email Board Members at

Humber Happenings produced by Managing Editor  Megan Ng Copy Editor  Chris Wyllie Art Director  Daniela Luberto Writers  Max Baru, Laurel Broten, Guy Dufour, Farzad Ghazi, Mark Grimes, Michael Harrison, Jim Lord, Judi Richter-Jacobs, John Switzer Editorial Assistant Ryan Potts Interns  Max Baru, Andrea Chan, Tess Kang, Viola Li, Samantha Silvaggi Sr. Marketing & Business Director Joe Plati (289) 800-1835,

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HBSCA Supports Revitalization Efforts that Contribute to Mimico 20/20 by Judi Richter-Jacobs


ver time, Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association reviews its geographical borders. They were again confirmed at our Annual General Meeting on April 20, 2011, as follows: from the Humber River to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, property lines of the Grand Harbour and Bal Harbour condominiums to the west and condominium properties that abut Lake Shore Boulevard West to the north. While the boundaries guide us in determining membership by condominium corporations, they do not capture the support and engagement of HBSCA in broader community development. We recognize that for our community to be vibrant and sustainable, neighbouring communities need also to remain focused on their development to be healthy and safe. Since one of our closest communities is Mimico, we promote and support their neighbourhood-driven revitalization and regeneration efforts that contribute to a more environmentally responsible and viable community. Few can brag about a beautiful waterfront as part of their community, yet we are aware that the lack of a clear vision for communities just west of Humber Bay Shores has in the past resulted in some conflicting projects. Since establishing the Mimico 20/20 vision, considerable work is underway among elected officials, residents, businesses 8

and city staff to revitalize the Lakeshore to become a vibrant waterfront community. Last year, our association was involved in the planning and opening of Mimico Square, an example of one component of the revitalization efforts underway.   We are aware of and support the wide range of partnerships that are being forged that foster a shift away from community stagnation to successful growth and development, which results in positive change.    Through new partnerships, businesses will develop further and go well beyond mere survival. Returns on investments of residential real estate will be maximized. Through revitalization, the image of not only Mimico, but also the broader community will be enhanced in a way that improves citizenship where there is community pride and engagement. Imagine a community where there is no loitering, no littering, no graffiti, and considerable reduction in crime. Imagine a community with fewer demarcations, and where there is a symbiosis or interdependence and synergy of efforts. Imagine a community where Humber Bay Shores is not referred to as “those condos”, but rather considered as contributors and patrons of a revitalized, sustainable community that goes well beyond our geographical boundaries. It is with this focus that we wholeheartedly encourage that the many revitalization efforts of our neighbouring community be realized.  HH

“Through new partnerships, businesses will further develop and go beyond mere survival.”

Judi is the HBSCA president. She brings to the board over 30 years of experience in community building and strategic policy management.



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Friday, August 12th 2011 The Country Club at 20 Lloyd Street, Woodbridge $199 includes: continental breakfast and early dinner, golf, power cart, locker rooms, shower facilities, participant prize, valet bag drop and practice range. Drinks not included.

7:30 am Registration and continental breakfast; warm up on the practice range

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8:30 am Golf -- shotgun start

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Join your friends and neighbours -- come out and be a part of an exciting day on the beautiful course.

1:00 pm Drinks and social hour

2:00 pm Very large late lunch/early dinner

Your guide to each and every event near your waterfront residence - from new restaurants and retail outlets to community history and HBSCA news. In depth articles, photos, editorials, health tips and more are included in every issue. Stay up to date with Humber Happenings, a publication that loves your community as much as you do.

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Shakespeare Company adds Humber Bay Shores to its 2011 Tour this Summer The Humber River Shakespeare Company’s annual outdoor theatre performances have become a popular summer tradition in Toronto. This year, the company returns for a fourth season with the touring production of The Comedy of Errors, from July 6 to August 1. Audiences can expect to be tickled with laughter, stunned by strangeness, and delighted with burlesque dancers, fortune tellers, and magicians. Pandemonium takes place when two sets of identical twins are separated during a shipwreck. Years later, both sets of twins appear in the same town and hysterical laughter ensues as servants mistake masters, doctors mistake patients, and wives mistake husbands. The Comedy of Errors is a fast paced comedy of mistaken identity leading to seduction, arrest, infidelity, beatings, theft and general madness. We are thrilled to be returning to our traditional community venues in Etobicoke, Toronto, King, Vaughan, Caledon


and Mississauga, as well as adding three, new unique venues to our 2011 tour: The Seneca Barn, Humber Bay Shores, and Aurora Town Park. As in Shakespeare’s day, performances are staged in the open air, with a focus on actors—not elaborate sets—to tell the Bard’s timeless stories. “This allows us to have a direct connection with our audiences and ensures that theatre is affordable and accessible to all,” said artistic producer, Sara Moyle. “Our set is designed to bring focus to the natural environment and readily adapts to any venue.” The company is delighted to be working with set and props designer Andrea Mittler, who most recently was assistant designer for Kiss Me Kate at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Humber River Shakespeare is proud to work with 2011 presenting partners: The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Ontario Arts Council, Arts Society King, York Region Arts Council, and Toronto Community News. “We are pleased to have such generous support from these organizations, which allow us to continue to create and produce professional theatre and educational programs for a growing audience base,” said Moyle. “The relationships we’ve built with local organizations, businesses and volunteers are also essential to our success.”


The Humber River Shakespeare is the first outdoor touring Shakespeare Company in the Humber and York regions. Led by artistic producer, Sara Moyle and artistic director, Kevin Hammond, the company seeks to enrich the artistic profile of communities along the historic Humber River and beyond, by offering free, high-quality performances and workshops.

Humber River’s actors performing The Twelfth Night live outside. Photo by Richard Leverton.

The touring schedule for The Comedy of Errors is as follows: July 6   7   8   9   10  12  13  14  15  16  17   19 

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Performance dates and times are Tuesday to Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Holiday Monday plays at 2 p.m. Admission is free, donations are welcome from the public. A suggested donation of $15 is appreciated. For more information, visit: or contact 416-209-2026. For interview requests, contact: or 416-580-9152.

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The BIA Mimico Tulip Festival Blooms in the Community

Lost and Found: Time to Safeguard and Microchip Your Pets

Mimico Village Business Improvement Association hosted the 9th annual Mimico Tulip Festival and presented local families with a unique community arts project that unveiled a collection of four foot tulips painted by local youth groups in South Etobicoke. The event provided a variety of games and activities for families. Young talent from about 20 schools and community groups created canvases, statues and paintings of tulips. The festival included the presentation of the Tulip Art Canvas Award to welcome a new police college as well as a charity BBQ and an Arts & Crafts Fair Fundraiser. The Mimico Tulip Festival is on display until the end of the summer, and can be found on Royal York Road, between Evans Avenue and Newcastle Street. For more information, contact:

The Etobicoke Humane Society is encouraging pet owners to microchip their pets, particularly if they are cats, as many of them enjoy wandering outside. It is the safetest method of ensuring a happy homecoming for a lost companion. “How often have we seen descriptions of lost cats: tabby, grey, orange, black; this could be one of thousands of description we come across,” said EHS president, William Blain.“ “Even if you have an indoor cat, many cats are escape artists and can easily slip through a door without anyone noticing. They seldom have collars and no form of identification. Even cats wearing collars often have ‘breakaway cat collars’ which can easily come off. There is no substitute for a microchip when identifying a lost pet.” According to Care for Cats, the organization spearheading the “2011 The Year of the Cat” campaign, less than 25 per cent of Canadian cats have permanent identification, such as tattoos or microchips on their bodies.

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under the skin in the neck and shoulder blade area. This is often done by a veterinarian. The microchip is the size and shape of a grain of rice and is read using a scanner that most vets and shelters have on-site. “Many shelters and humane societies will ensure animals are microchipped before being adopted, and the microchipping cost is covered under the adoption fee,” said EHS shelter coordinator, Pia Lauretti. “It is something we strongly encourage and believe to be an important part of being a responsible pet guardian.” It is imperative to keep all information relating to your pet’s microchip number up to date on the website where your contact information, your pet’s information and microchip number are registered. The microchip number is linked to this information and is only as good as the information provided. Since many existing systems for pet data are not integrated and controlled by one vendor, such as a microchip supplier, information can be diluted, making it difficult to track a lost pet. For more information about pet microchipping or about this article, please contact: Andrea Szakolcai, public relations volunteer, Etobicoke Humane Society at 416-7625850 or by email at

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photo contest

“Humber Bay in the Moment” Calling on photographers! You are invited to submit digital images that capture the Humber Bay Shores community and landscape. Be inspired by your area and catching “in the moment” memories of the people, places and things you see. Serendipity is a must! Winners and prizes will be announced in our Fall 2011 issue.

How to Enter: Attach your digital photo(s) in an email addressed to by August 2, 2011. Please include the following details: • • • • •

Your name, address, phone number and email Subject line must state: HH Photo Contest submission Images must be saved with image category in the name. (i.e. humberbaypark_landscape.jpg) Categories to enter in are: Nature/ Animals/ Architecture/ Structure/ Landscape Details on your photograph(s): Where it was taken, date taken, why you took it, what inspired you.

Rules: 1. By submitting an entry, contestants confirm the following: a) Submissions are original work of the contestant or the the contestant must hold the copyrights to the image(s). b) The images submitted can be used for publishing in Humber Happenings magazine and/or website. c) Photos will be published at the discretion of the editor to publish at any time in future Humber Happenings issues. Photos will be published with a credit to the photographer. d) Any person(s) in the image(s) have given you permission to submit the entry.

2. All entries must be a photographed image, digital illustration is not allowed. Retouching of the images is permitted within reason as long as the retouch does not alter the image so that it does not appear in the same likelihood as the original photographed image. 3. Photos must be JPG or TIFF format only and 300 dpi or greater. 4. Multiple entries may be submitted. 5. As a not-for-profit organization, we regret we cannot pay any contestants for photos, or for modeling fees. 6. Have fun and be inspired!

Remember the deadline is August 2, 2011 to submit your photos 14

our community [Left] HBSCA and the volunteers kicking off the morning clean-up. [below, from LEFT] HBSCA president Judi Richter-Jacobs, Councillor Mark Grimes, MPP Laurel Broten. Photos by Dario Di Sante.

Spring Cleaning the Park Volunteers at the 15th annual Clean-Up Day shine through the gloomy, damp conditions, making it another successful year. by Megan Ng


he 15th HBSCA CleanUp Day on May 14 was another success for the community this year with approximately 100 participants trekking all over Humber Bay Park to pick up litter in the park. Despite the damp and foggy weather, the day began on a high note with many enthusiastic returning volunteers and new recruits fuelling up on coffee and donuts provided by Steve’s Neighbourhood Esso. In commemoration of the anniversary, HBSCA president, Judi Richter-Jacobs, contacted local artist and Lakeshore resident, Lorna Livey to design something

special for the T-shirts which were given to all the volunteers. “I wanted to relay the idea of green. The mix of blues and greens can be interpreted as the Lakeshore water or the sky, the white in the image depicts snow signifying the season changing into spring.” Peg Thoen, one of the main organizers who worked with HBSCA to set up this year’s event, has been participating for each of the 14 years. Thoen said the support and interest by the community has come a long way since the earlier events, when fewer than 20 people attended. “There’s a strong core of people that come out every year. This year, with two

start locations, some people walked all the way from Palace Place to check in, so people are showing a genuine interest and care for the area,” Thoen said. This is the first year Clean-Up Day has had two meeting points. Thoen said that this was a pilot project to see if residents liked the additional location, and if it could lead to more people joining in the future. Thoen noted that with the addition of new developments in our community over the years, even the nature of the trash has evolved. “The construction of the new buildings along our lakefront also meant construction debris in the park, which had a negative impact on the

[far left] From Palace Place: Donna Olivieri and Rita Taccogna with Jacqui and Horst Richter from Marina del Rey. [CENTRE] Heather Watts from Newport and new resident Derek McDonald. [left, L-R] From Marina del Rey, Matilda Gagnon [left] and Franca Iannucci [right] with firefighter, Richard Gilpon training in the park.

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our community well-being of wildlife and greenery.” As the developments were completed, a shift from construction material to recereational debris could be seen. The city has been instrumental in assisting with Clean-Up Day as well, by providing supplies and collection. Volunteers

Mother and daughter, Danielle Waite and Karin Hamann of Nevis.

leave their collected trash in designated areas, and the city then collects the bags. In previous years, volunteers had to haul their bags back to the starting point. The morning ended with a BBQ luncheon and live music at the Etobicoke Yacht Club. For the future, Thoen and HBSCA

Bob Greenhalgh and Janet Lipps from the Humber Sailing Club joins Alistair MacKenzie from Grand Harbour.

Volunteers enjoying their BBQ lunch at the Etobicoke Yacht Club.

believe that their strategies for Clean-Up Day will develop further as the community grows, and hope to inspire more public interest by generating more media exposure as well. “Once a year for a few hours, we make a dent in the park litter and increase people’s awareness about it.”  HH

Lee Penney and Pamela Reid from Marina del Rey.

Clean-Up Day organizers Joanne Horn, Peg Thoen and Jim Reekie.

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humber heroes

A survivor and fighter, she grew up knowing she would die young, but she endured it all for the love of family.

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by Megan Ng


he worked with big names like Ron Howard and for major film and television channels such as the Discovery Channel, CTV and A&E. You may have seen her rollerblading by the waterfront or strolling in the park with her daughter, Lena, and husband, Blaine. In her 17 years of working as a casting director—12 of which were under her own company, Crystal Casting Inc., Crystal Anne Kramer has not only shined in behind the scenes work, she’s also starred in the documentary, I Don’t Have Time For This. The documentary debuted on the W Network in October 2010, and is one of Crystal’s most personal projects: it is also her last on screen role. I Don’t Have Time for This, produced by Big Coat Productions follows five women in their 20s and 30s who have been diagnosed with cancer. The documentary impresses upon an alarming truth about cancer: the younger women are diagnosed, the more aggressive the cancer is. With the frenzy of building a life and career during this time, many women in this age group tend to overlook diagnosis or treatment—a mindset Crystal and the documentary hoped to change. Catherine Forgarty, one of the executive producers approached Crystal after reading an article about her in the newspaper. After Crystal’s passing in February 2011, Fogarty remembers her fighting spirit and charm, “I remember walking into the office one day to find Crystal 18

Crystal Anne Kramer after her double masectomy and undergoing chemo treatment.

Blaine and Crystal on their wedding day with daughter, Lena.

conducting a casting session. No cancer or having to wear a pain pump was going to keep her down. I will remember Crystal for her loving nature, incredible strength and the fact that she could talk faster than anyone I have ever met.” While fighting her battle with cancer, Crystal continued working on a television documentary that discussed cancer-combatting foods and supporting

the Actors’ Symposium, giving lectures and hosting workshops for actors. She worked right until the day she died. The debilitating gene known as BRCA1 triple negative is a recessive gene that carries breast cancer; Crystal’s mom had breast cancer twice and her aunt, whose fight was an inspiration to Crystal succumbed to it at 37. Crystal was determined to outlive her aunt, but passed away at 36, a few months shy of her 37th birthday. Julia Teskey, Crystal’s sister remembers going in for testing together in 2002 when it was confirmed Crystal was a carrier. “Crystal decided to not get the mastectomy yet, thinking she wouldn’t get it so young, she wanted to have children.” When she decided to schedule the preop for her double mastectomy, they were overjoyed to find out they were pregnant with Lena and the surgery was delayed. Shortly after giving birth, Crystal discovered a lump. On April 18, 2008, Blaine’s

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birthday, Crystal’s biopsy came back with 28 of the 31 lymph nodes positive. “They gave us six to 12 months. We knew that day it was the beginning of the end unless a cure was discovered,” Blaine said. “If you don’t stop the cancer before it spreads to the lymph nodes, there is nothing you can do.” From that day forward, Crystal fought tenaciously to prolong her days with family and friends, undergoing a double mastectomy and countless procedures and surgeries. The cancer dangerously spread to her brain and spinal cord. “Many oncologists and patients would have elected to not treat it,” Crystal’s leading oncologist, Dr. Ellen Warner said. “As hard as it was for us, Crystal went out of her way to document the story for others and for Lena, she wanted to build a legacy of awareness,” Blaine said. They both made a conscientious effort to be honest with young Lena from the beginning. “Crystal opted for treatment and

chose to have a reservoir inserted in her scalp. This procedure allows chemo to be injected into a reservoir connected to a tube that leads to the fluid inside the brain so that chemo is delivered in high concentration to the coverings of the brain and spinal cord. These injections were done twice weekly. At the same time, Crystal took chemo pills for the rest of her disease,” Dr. Warner explained. Blaine credits his ability to share their story to his wife’s strength, honesty and willingness to show so much to the world. “What Crystal did to herself was barbaric, she always knew she was going to die,” Blaine said. “But she still would’ve given up anything just to spend a few more days with us.” And she did–her list of procedures is one of the longest Dr. Warner and the Sunnybrook staff have seen. Today, Blaine continues leading Crystal Castings Inc. and is working with oncologists to shed more light on the disease that breaks up so many families. He notes that

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science has allowed HIV carriers to live long, satisfying lives and people with terminal cancer should have the same opportunity. “I’m going to take advantage of our contacts and be inventive about it, I will do everything in my power to stop this from happening to Lena. I want to create longevity for these people.” For more information, visit: or  HH

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here’s a cool breeze in the air, the sun is warm and glistens against the backdrop of Carolinian trees, wildflower meadows, and the Toronto skyline. It’s a summer day at Humber Bay Park, home to some of the city’s most beautiful natural resources and wildlife. Surrounding the Humber Bay Parks are the power boating and sailing clubs of the Lake Shore Boulevard West neighbourhood. The clubs in the park are Mimico Cruising Club (MCC), the Etobicoke Yacht Club (EYC) and the Humber Sailing and Powerboating Centre (HSPC). Each summer, residents from all over Toronto come down to the water and prep for the launch of the boats back into the water. “You can learn a lot from being on a boat, it’s a great environment for learning that is fun and encourages bonding with your peers,” said Scott Hughes, the director of HSPC. There’s also, of course, the state of calmness people physically react to when

Boats preparing for a friendly race in Lake Ontario on a misty, spring afternoon.

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Some of the members’ boats from the Mimico Cruising Club preparing for the spring launch. This usually takes place in mid-May, boats are moved by large cranes from land and back to the water before members can set sail for the summer.

being away from the land and experiencing the gentle rocking of a boat. This could explain why the sailing and boating clubs in the area have remained successful with ample members returning each year. The EYC has the longest historical roots among the three clubs in the neighbourhood with over 40 years of establishment, followed by HSPC, and finally MCC. For anyone who is new to sailing or has an interest in sailing or powerboating, they can enroll in some of the courses offered by the HSPC. Many of the members from MCC and the EYC have graduated from the beginners and advanced courses offered by HSPC. “The type of training we offer at our club revolves more around advanced skill training and racing tactics. We work closely with Humber College, which offers all the basic and advanced courses; our relationship with them has worked out well for our members,” MCC general manager, John Pereira said. As a learning institution, HSPC ensures their members and guests are equipped and prepared before getting on a boat. They check for the basics, offer more training, 22

check for the appropriate licenses, and bring members out with an instructor to go through emergency drills. A membership at the HSPC grants access to sailing boats, training clinics, and invitations to their social events. Hughes The site of Mimico Cruising Club.

is pleased to note that HSPC received six new boats in 2010 in addition to their 24 ft. and 31 ft. boats. Something that has become particularly popular at HSPC is their corporate sailing adventures, which are offered to businesses and organizations in full-day and half-day packages that accommodate small and large groups. The sailing adventures offer a special bonding experience for groups, and a chance to relax

in a unique setting. They can also be catered to include guest speakers and designed menus. “Being on a boat is a great way to level the playing field,” Hughes said. “You need a team to work together for a common goal: the hierarchy from the office completely disappears when everyone works together for a smooth sail.” During the active months for cruising and powerboating from May to September, there are a number of social events and sights to attend hosted by the various cruise clubs. Boat races, BBQs, special social and reception events are regularly held by the clubs for members and nonmembers. In the off-season, the clubs host indoor receptions, such as a New Year’s Eve reception or Christmas ball. On June 18, MCC will host their annual Sail Past, one of the biggest events of the season, in which the club opens its doors to both members and non-members. The club considers this day as an opportunity to give back to the community. They provide entertainment and food, and guests can watch the spectacle of boats traveling to and from Lake Ontario. MCC general manager, John Pereira, particularly enjoys


“Boating levels the playing field. The hierarchy disappears when everyone works together.”

Club members learning some advanced skills to conquer rocky waves.

connecting ex-members, senior members and new members to share their aquatic hobby with each other and with fresh new faces. It is a time to pay homage to those who made the club what it is today, and those who will continue to uphold the values and goals of the club. The nature of sailing and boating clubs has progressed with the times since the clubs were first established. The purpose of the clubs has shifted from being holding grounds for boats, to an exclusive social club, to organizations that support and unite the community. Today, the MCC, EYC and HSPC will occasionally open up to the pub-

lic, sponsoring community events. The most prominent event to the Humber Bay community is the sponsorship of HBSCA’s annual Clean-Up Day. In May, all three boating clubs join together to support the Association and the volunteers. This year, the BBQ lunch for clean-up volunteers was held at the EYC. MCC general manager, John Pereira, recalls the stories from the past that he’s heard from some of the club’s senior members. “The area is a man-made park that was built up from a landfill. Members used to have to wear rain boots up to their thighs and garbage bags, there was no grass and there was no club. It was very much a ‘blue-collar’ club that was affordable to anyone.” The growing need for a dock became apparent to members after about three years of the club’s launch. A debenture was initiated between the members and the club to help subsidize the building of the dock as well as a sophisticated club house. To protect the members and preserve the newly developed club and grounds, the club limited access to only the members. The evolution of the sailing and boating clubs’ interests and dynamics con-

tinue to change as older members retire and new ones come in. Pereira has noticed the increase in families joining the club compared to the earlier years. To accommodate the younger families coming in, MCC is building a new 39 ft. x 22 ft. playground and has special children’s cruises, called “Pirate Cruises.”

Mimico Cruising Club general manager, John Pereira.

As the community continues to develop and expand, the boating and sailing clubs will continue to remain as pillars of tradition and unity, connecting future Humber Bay residents to the ones that have moved on, sharing the same waters and pathways and creating more memories and stories to tell.  HH HumberHappenings  I  Summer 2011 23

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[LEFT-RIGHT] Lakeshore Arts’ Kathleen Burke, Chris Szarka, festival producer and Michelle Nolden, festival director. Photo by Arnold Caylakyan.

Local film festival delivers international cinema to Humber Bay Shores. by Max Baru


n May 7, 2011, the Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival was hosted at the Assembly Hall in South Etobicoke. The event, initiated by Canadian actress Michelle Nolden and film and television producer Chris

Szarka, highlighted indie actors and filmmakers from Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This was the inaugural year for the festival, which has its origins from the Lakeshore Arts initiative, “My Neighbour Is An Artist” where Nolden, as a member of the programming committee, was able to put




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on a small showing of short films from filmmakers in the area. Nolden and Szarka are both Mimico residents and have long been supporters of local initiatives by Lakeshore Arts. “It was a success and people seemed to really respond. My husband came on-board as the producer of the Festival, we teamed

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up again with Lakeshore Arts, and it just blossomed from there,” said Nolden. The evening was hosted by renowned film critic Richard Crouse and included $15,000 in prizes. Four Canadian films made their debut at the festival, including the film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns by Nova Scotia filmmaker Pardis

The emcee for the evening, Richard Crouse.

Parker which won for Best Comedy. Organizers from Lakeshorts commented in the Lakeshorts Press Release, “We live in a community that is filled with amazing artistic talent of all disciplines. We feel a responsibility to bring our passion for film to our neighbours while making the world aware of our rich artistic life here in South Etobicoke.” Lakeshore Arts, a community arts organization known for its communityenrichment projects such as “1000 Acts of Art” and the Youth Arts Movement, once again provided its indispensable financial support to the film festival. “I am proud that Lakeshorts is able to give an alternative venue for filmmakers to showcase their work,” Nolden said, speaking of the social impact of the festival. “Specifically with short films, the availability is very small and they are such gems that really should be seen.” Nolden highlighted the need for continued support for local arts and culture as

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Two of the volunteers from the Lakeshorts Film Festival, Veronica and Max. Photo by Laura Makaltses.

well as the community at large. “It is just as important to have art lovers and patrons of the arts as it is to have artists. We need them as much as they need us!” The festival was produced by Fifthground Entertainment in association with Lakeshore Arts, and received more than one hundred short films, thirteen of which were selected for screening by a distinguished jury. The films were noted to be all different and thought provoking by guests. A list of this year’s screenings can be found at  HH



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The recently demolished estate of 2609 Lake Shore Blvd W.

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Charles E. Ring Estate This is the story of another prominent citizen who lived in one of the grand estates that lined the Mimico waterfront in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. by Michael Harrison


he residence at 2609 Lake Shore Blvd. W. was  built in 1915 for Charles and Daisy Ring in the “Arts and Craft” style. Charles Ring was born in Cornwall, New York in 1877, the son of Robert Ring and Ella Aldridge. In 1898, Ring enlisted in the 71st Regiment of the Volunteers of New York and fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war, he moved to New Jersey and married Daisy Rhodes in 1905. They came to Toronto in 1909 when Charles accepted a position with an insurance company. They originally lived in the Kingscourt Apartments in Parkdale and moved to Mimico in 1915 when their house was completed. Charles soon opened his own business, Charles E. Ring & Co., with offices at 12 Richmond Street East, the now historic Confederation Life Building. Later he became a mining HumberHappenings  I  Summer 2011 27

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financier, and was involved with a number of mines in northern Ontario. He seemed to be at the top of his game, both professionally and financially, but in December 1941, his beloved wife Daisy died at their home. Charles remained a widower for the rest of his life.

sports writer for the Toronto Star. Upon Marsh’s death in 1936, Ring created the Marsh Trophy, and commissioned Canadian sculptor Emanuel Hahn to design the trophy, a three-foot high pylon of black and gold marble on a marble base. The trophy is awarded annually

“ He established his own foundation to provide for the welfare of mentally challenged children.” From the very beginning of his life in Canada, Charles was involved in many sports organizations as well as the Lions Club. However, his major efforts were devoted to amateur boxing. He was a good friend of Lou Marsh, the pioneer

to the top Canadian athlete as selected by the Marsh Trophy Committee. In 1949, New Toronto’s own Cliff Lumsden received the Marsh Trophy at a reception in the auditorium of Second Street School in New Toronto.

Locally the Rings were active members of the Mimico Horticultural Society, providing the Kunderd Cup, which was awarded to the member of the Junior Horticultural Society who exhibited the best spike of gladioli grown from the bulbs which he personally distributed to the society the previous spring. Ring served on the Town of Mimico Council numerous times from the late 1910s to the 1950s. During WWII, he was president of the West York Service League, an organization which sent food bundles to families bombed out of their homes in England. After the war, in commemoration of his efforts, the British Government presented him with a piece of stonework from the bomb-damaged Westminster Abbey. In 1944, he was elected chairman of the Mimico Postwar Planning Committee, which was appointed to create a rehabilitation plan for the integration of Mimico soldiers back into civilian life after the


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war, and planning for the post-war period. The recomm e n d a t i o n s were submitted to council for approval before being sent to the provincial A photo of Charles government. Ring from The Having no chil- Mimico Story by dren of his own, Harvey Currell. many of Charles Ring’s charitable works were directed to helping children. He was actively involved with the Newsboys Welfare Fund, raising money for the organization through annual amateur boxing events. He also established the Charles E. Ring Foundation to provide for the welfare of mentally challenged children. In the late 1960s, he became legally blind and increasingly infirm, but was determined to remain in his home with the help of a full-time housekeeper and

a part-time secretary. He succeeded and continued to live in his home until his death on December 9, 1971. He left various legacies to his existing relatives, his housekeeper and secretary, but left the bulk of his estate to the Charles E. Ring Foundation. The house was sold in 2010 after being left vacant for a few years. The city received an application for the demolition permit in March 2011. The house was demolished in May 2011, and will be replaced by a two-storey residence. It stood on the lakeshore for almost 100 years. Mimico is diminished by its loss.  HH

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fter almost 40 years of establishment in the Kingsway area, Vibo restaurant is no stranger to the residents of the neighbourhood. Restaurant owner, Luca D’Aprile describes Vibo as an “Italian contemporary” restaurant, and the décor reflects exactly that—a balance of traditional décor with a modern flair. D’Aprile added a beautiful glass wine cellar in the entrance area about 10 years ago when he wanted to revamp the look of the restaurant and display the different artists’ labels on the bottles as well as the inventory, which consists of over 200 different selections from all over Italy and the United States. The price per bottle ranges from $25 to $50, to more exclusive wines, ranging from $200 to $300 per bottle. On the other side of the reception area is a display of culinary antiques collected on D’Aprile’s travels over the years and from his grandmothers’ collections. The rest of the restaurant is decorated with original stained glass windows from a church in Rochester, New York, and paintings collected by D’Aprile’s while travelling in Italy and Spain. As you may have guessed, many of Vibo’s dishes are inspired by D’Aprile’s travels, and are also a combination of his ideas as well as those of his staff. Vibo’s menu has everything from meat to fish. One of the menu mainstays and dinner favourites is lamb shanks. Lamb shanks are braised for four to five hours with spices and red wine, and served with a jus reduction. Four different fresh fish dishes are offered daily, the most popular of which is pan seared sea bass. All entrées are served with locally purchased vegetables. For vegetarians, about seven vegetable dishes are available regularly, including eggplant parmigian, which is a customer favourite. Vibo’s chefs will cater to dietary restrictions. The signature homemade gnocchi has been made by the same chef for 30 years. The private room upstairs is available for small parties and functions for 20-30 guests. Live music is played from Wednesday to Saturday during dinner service for those who are looking for a special ambiance on their night out.  HH 30

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1  tbsp finely chopped cilantro or 6 finely chopped mint leaves 1  serrano chile, stemmed, seeded   and finely chopped (Optional.) 1-1¼  tsp salt or to taste Freshly ground pepper to taste Please note the peppers are very hot and wearing protective gloves when chopping may be desired Method 1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl stir to combine. 2. Taste for salt and lime juice and correct seasoning. Set aside. Scallops 8  jumbo sea scallops (about 2 oz each) 1  tbsp  achiote (annatto) seeds ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil    (preferably Chilean)

Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Achiote seeds can be found in most Asian or Latin America grocery stores. Method 1. Pat the scallops dry and set aside on paper towels for at least 5 minutes. 2. Grind the achiote seeds into a fine powder in a spice or coffee grinder. 3. Season the scallops on both sides with salt and pepper. Dust lightly on each side with the ground achiote. 4. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet (preferably nonstick) over mediumhigh heat. Sear the scallops on each side without moving them for about 2 minutes (1½ minutes if scallops are smaller than 2 oz), until golden brown. 5. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon and let rest for about 2 minutes. 6. Place 2 scallops on each of 4 small plates and top with a couple of heaping tablespoons of salsa. Serve the remaining salsa on the side (your guests will want seconds). Makes 4 servings.

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Chilling Summer Reds, Rosés and Whites Your guide to the best wines and glassware to use at your next event this season. Text and photos by John Switzer


ummer is here, and while we can enjoy it to the fullest, this all too short season looks to be even shorter this year after a long, cool spring. One way to get the most out of summer is to dine in the great outdoors, on the patio, the balcony, by the lake, at the cottage, or camping up north. Salads, cold meats, barbecued chops, burgers and steaks, smoked fish, the list of summer favourites is long and predictable. These foods are light, casual, and are often served with zesty garnishes and dressings. The wines of summer should also be predictable. These wines need to have enough character to stand up to sometimes unforgiving outdoor conditions and possess the right weight to enhance and balance the foods they accompany. Fortunately there are many wines that fill this bill. The ingredients for matching success include crisp and zesty acid, light to medium body, and bright, fresh fruit flavours. Rosé wines, unoaked white wines, and young, lightly-oaked red wines all make for successful summer food and wine matching. Don’t forget sparkling wines—these wines match with almost everything, and they are often very reasonably priced. An important serving tip you should bear in mind: serve summer wines at 34

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cool, not cold, temperatures. Wines lose their aromatic and flavour character when they are chilled to temperatures below 13° C. The exception: sparkling wines should be served cold, at approximately 6° to 9° C. Summer reds, such as the Brouilly below, can be served slightly chilled. This may sound confusing, so my best advice is to err on the side of serving wine warm with an ice bucket handy to chill the rest of the bottle after the first

pour. It’s easier to chill a wine than it is to warm it up. Glassware for summer wines should follow the relaxed and informal style of outdoor gatherings. I use Riedel “O” series stemless glasses, or the new Govino unbreakable glasses. The Govino glasses are very light and are inexpensive, perfect for picnics and travel. Both brands are available at wine accessory stores throughout the GTA. Have a great summer!  HH


Here is a selection of exceptional wines to consider for your next summer outdoor meal. All are extraordinary values, just what the summer menu calls for! De Chanceny’ Cremany de Loire Rose Brut This sparkling wine starts with a light pink mousse which settles to a delightful strawberry pink hue in the glass. It is a méthode traditionelle wine, and has the slightly leesy nose that comes from 12 months of bottle maturation on spent yeast cells. This wine is made with the Cabernet Franc grape, and is dry with a crisp and medium-bodied character, full of the flinty minerals associated with the Loire Valley. This is a wonderful outdoor wine with a clean, long finish. There is a slight amount of residual sugar, so this wine is versatile: serve it as an aperitif or at the table with grilled salmon. Price: LCBO General List 211466 - $16.95 per bottle.

DOC Rueda Marques de Riscal White This wine is made with the Verdejo grape, blended with a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc and aged for a short time in oak barrels. The nose shows bright and youthful peach, papaya, herbal and ginger aromas, and the palate is enhanced with a stony mineral background behind the tropical fruit and ginger flavours. There is a zesty spritz on the mid-palate and a smoky character showing the effects of barrel aging. The finish is long and juicy. This wine will go well with salade niçoise or grilled scallops. A real beauty, this wine! Price: LCBO General List 36822 - $10.95 per bottle.

AOC Brouilly Georges Duboeuf 2009 Brouilly is a Cru wine made in one of the named villages in the Beaujolais region of France. Don’t confuse this wine with Beaujolais Nouveau, the confection we hear about each midNovember. This is a wine with youthful berry fruit on the nose and palate, accompanied by spice, a light/medium body, and juicy acid. This a wonderful food wine that calls for barbecued pork tenderloin. Price: LCBO General List 213934 - $17.05 per bottle. 

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Vitality to the core

The Humber Bay Rise and Shine Workout Take your workout regimen outdoors this summer to reach for the sun and your fitness goals. by Guy Dufour


o you think the gym is the only place you can get a good workout? Or that the outdoors is only good for cardio? Think again. Outdoor training brings diversity to the usual weightlifting that is typically indoors. You have less access to equipment; therefore, you can be more creative with your exercises. Humber Bay residents have close access to a long, beautiful pathways for

The push up progression on one of the waterfront trails’ park benches.

biking, walking and jogging. Resistance bands, body weight and sandbags are also great tools to help you create amazing outdoor training sessions. Incorporate the following full body workout program and enjoy the fresh air and summer weather. Try it once or twice a week for four to six weeks. Give yourself a day off from weight lifting after completing this routine. If you want to exer36

cise the next day, do a cardio session. Remember: your body is always adapting. Changing your routine often will keep your body guessing. Different workouts will help you stay motivated. Understanding the program: The letters represent the order for each exercise. For example, with the first exercise you will do three lengths of your choice of cardio, take a 90 second break and do another three lengths. Once you get to B1 and B2, you will do B1 first for 15 repetitions and right away do B2 for the reps prescribed, then take a 30 second rest period and do B1 again. Descriptions of the exercises: Hill Runs/Stair Climbs/Run: Select a hill, set of stairs, or trail depending on comfort level. (The hill run is the most challenging.) Determine your starting and finishing points. Run at a fast but safe pace, walk on your return back and keep walking until your rest time is up. Standing Rows with Bands: Wrap the band around a part of a park bench, step back until the band has some tension in it. Take a wide stance, bend your knees slightly and keep your back upright. With your palms facing each other, pull the bands towards you until your elbows cannot go back any further. Slowly return to the starting position. Pushup Progression: First, start with your hands on the highest part of the bench (back rest); move to the lowest part of

the bench where you sit; place hands on the floor; lastly, place feet on the sitting part of the bench and hands on the floor. The order goes from easiest to hardest. Close Grip Pushup: Hands are placed slightly narrower than shoulder width (roughly 6 to 8 inches apart). Elbows stay by your side at all times. Do not let them flare out. Bicep Curls with Bands: Stand on a band, shoulder width stance, keep your arms by your side and curl the bands up towards your shoulders. During the entire motion, your elbows have to remain to your side and shouldn’t move up. Your torso should also be motionless. Keep a neutral spine and focus on the bicep contraction. To add resistance to the band, you can wrap it around one foot, shortening it and therefore creating more resistance. Pallof Overhead Press: Wrap one end of the band around a park bench, step away to create tension in the band. Turn your body perpendicular to the bench and kneel on your inside knee (the one closest Step C2 of the Rise to the bench). and Shine workout The other leg program is bicep curls.

Vitality to the core

is bent 90 degrees. Holding with both hands one end of the tensed band at chest level, press overhead until your arms are fully extended, hold for five seconds and then lower back to your chest. That is Exercise

one rep. You should have enough tension in the band to feel your obliques contract when you press overhead. Your obliques are firing to keep your torso upright and not bend sideways.  HH Sets


Resting Interval

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E.   Fast walk or jog for 20 minutes

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t’s the time of year everyone looks forward to. For our pets, however, it’s a less than pleasant season. The summer is typically when most dogs and cats encounter flea infestation problems. It’s a problem for humans without pets as well, as some pet owners like to bring their pets on vacations and the fleas can live in linens and furniture before finding a host. Our clinic noticed a drastic increase in flea infestation in 2010 in the neighbourhood; condo dwellers should pay special attention, as they share many amenities and common areas. After an adult flea hatches from its cocoon, it must seek out a host within a few days to survive and reproduce. Once the flea finds the host and has its first blood meal, the female flea will begin reproduction. Fleas can produce up to 50 eggs per day and a single flea can produce up to 600 eggs during its lifetime. Below are common questions I’ve recently received from pet owners at the clinic regarding flea problems with their pets: Q: Are fleas seasonal? A: Not anymore, due to global warming and the shifting of seasons. The peak of flea infestation is in the spring and at the end of fall. We registered a three-fold increase of infestation in our neighbourhood in 2010 due to the previous mild winter and long humid summer. Q: I live in a condo and my cat never goes outside. Why does he have fleas? 38

A: Humans can act as carriers bringing fleas into our homes on our clothes and shoes. Q: My dog has an eye infection and is constantly itchy, but I haven’t seen any fleas. Is he infested? A: Ninety per cent of dogs get an allergic reaction from flea bites (some even with a single bite). The eye infection in this case was due to constant rubbing and scratching of the face. Q: I moved to my new condo and now my pet is infested with fleas (the previous owner had a pet). A: Adult fleas cannot reproduce without a blood meal, but may live dormant up to 10 months without feeding. When the new host (your pet) arrives, the fleas are immediately attracted, ready to feed, and thrive on your pet. The three Ps to avoiding infestation and effective flea control are: Pets: Be sure to protect your pets by using flea treatment and prevention products available at your vet clinic. Cats and dogs can share fleas, so if you have multiple pets, all of them must be treated. Premise: Environmental control is crucial. Frequent vacuuming, washing and cleaning all areas of the home is important, especially when entering new areas (carpets, bedding, furniture, etc). Persistence: Treating fleas is a lengthy process, but you must be persistent in the treatment of your pets and your home.  HH

Fleas and Their Habitat The Adult Flea (5% of existing fleas)

Fleas live on a host animal (cat or dog) and are dark, minuscule (1.5 to 3 mm long) and wingless. A flea can jump horizontally 200 times its body length.

The Flea Egg (50%)

These microscopic eggs are laid on the host animal, but fall off into the animal’s environment (bedding, carpets, etc). Flea eggs hatch in two to 14 days depending on the temperature and humidity; the warmer and more humid, the more rapidly eggs hatch.

Larvae (35%)

Flea larvae feed on organic material in the environment and on the droppings from adult fleas. They prefer the indoors (carpet, bedding, between floor boards and furniture). Outdoors, the larvae prefer shaded areas with grass, leaves and bushes, or moist, sheltered soil.

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here is a misconception that going green will cost you green when, in fact, going green will generally reduce your expenses. We all know the three Rs of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. What can actually save you more money is reducing the amount that you consume. If you simply cannot go without some items, you will want to see some of the tips I’ve assembled that will reduce your expenses and green your life. One example is using recycled paint instead of new. A Canadian company, Boomerang Paint, takes the paint that we return to paint stores or the city’s Toxic Taxi, and gives it new life as recycled paint.   The end product is 99 per cent recycled, low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, which also reduces that fresh paint smell. So the paint is good for the environment, but what about my wallet? The good news is that it sells for $14.99 per gallon at Rona and other hardware stores. So save some green by buying green. How about trying simple, homemade alternatives to commercial products? Some of our favourite concoctions are: Toothpaste: Make your own dry toothpaste by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Keep this dry powder in a water proof

container. To use, wet your toothbrush and dip it into the powder. (Please note: this is only a temporary substitute. Regular use of baking soda may be damaging to tooth enamel.) Shampoo: It’s simple to make your own shampoo. Take 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water and mix together in a reusable bottle, shake until mixed. Depending on the thickness of your hair, use more or less. Let the solution sit on your hair for a couple of minutes and rinse thoroughly. It will take a couple of applications to get used to this natural product. Conditioner: The is the perfect companion to the shampoo. The simple recipe is to mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water in a reusable container and mix completely. As with the shampoo, let the solution sit on your hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Basic bathroom cleaner for sinks, bathtubs and toilets: Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda into your toilet bowl or on a hard surface, add some vinegar (this will create some foam) and clean as normal. Basic glass and mirror cleaner: This is a simple replacement for expensive consumer products. Just combine 2 cups of water with ¼ cup of vinegar and wipe with a reusable cloth. I hope you try to add these simple green solutions to your cleaning, and at the same time, cut the costs and waste of commercial products.  HH

[LEFT-RIGHT] Councillor Mark Grimes; Earth Day Canada president, Jed Goldberg; Green Drinks Toronto co-chair, Jim Lord; Green Drinks Toronto founder, Pete Koepfgen. The latest 21st Earth Day celebration held at the CN Tower.

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The Broten Bulletin

Stand Up for Seniors New government investments in health care and programs for our aging population this year. by Laurel Broten


une is Seniors’ Month in Ontario. This is a good opportunity for all Ontarians to recognize and celebrate the contributions that seniors have made, and will continue to make, to their families, community and province. Seniors will be honoured with recognition events such as awards ceremonies, social gatherings and seniors’ information fairs. Like many Ontarians, I am aware that we are an aging and growing population, and that the demands on the health care system are increasing as we move toward the future. Our government is committed to improving access to programs and services for seniors across Ontario and to delivering the right care in the right place at the right time. The senior population will double in the next 20 years, and it is critical that assistance and services are available for future planning. Ontario’s Aging at Home strategy is an action plan that strives to ensure seniors can continue to live independently at home in comfort and dignity. In support of the strategy, the range of home care and community support services were expanded this year, while Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are creating health care solutions to meet local seniors’ needs. Each LHIN can point to examples where Aging at Home initiatives have created greater community support for seniors in their local communities, particularly for at-risk seniors with more needs. 42

Storefront Humber and Etobicoke Services for Seniors are among some of the local organizations in the EtobicokeLakeshore area that assist seniors and their families with home support. Storefront Humber (at Mimico Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West) is a non-profit organization that was initiated by Humber College students and community volunteers to help local residents who are without adequate support to live peacefully and safely at home on their own. Etobicoke Services for Seniors is another non-profit organization that assists the elderly who wish to live independently at home. They offer a number of services and social events for seniors such as adult day services, bathing programs, escorted transportation, lunch programs and telephone reassurance. The Ontario Drug Benefit program will build on the MedsCheck program and funds and supports pharmacies offering a range of services, including prescription follow-up consultations, medication assessments for patients with chronic diseases, and training on how to operate home diagnostic devices such as glucose monitors and blood pressure monitoring kits. I am confident that Etobicoke-Lakeshore residents will see the commitment to these community-based services that will keep them healthy at home and engaged with their communities.  For more information on events in June for Seniors’ Month, please visit:  HH

Laurel Broten (centre) at the Seniors’ Lunch & Learn at Franklin Horner Community Centre.

Laurel Broten is the MPP for the Etobicoke-Lakeshore area. Broten is also the Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.

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The Birds Are Back In Town

The Etobicoke-Lakeshore area is one of the best places in Toronto to spot a flock of local feathered friends.

Photo by Adam Berent.

Councillor’s Corner

by Mark Grimes


f you take a walk through our beautiful parks, such as Humber Bay East and West, or Colonel Samuel Smith Park, you will see them everywhere. They come in all shapes and ages. Many are well-equipped with cameras, binoculars and lenses several feet long. They are the bird watchers that flock to our area to admire the many different species and types of birds that call Etobicoke-Lakeshore waterfront parks home. Swans, ducks, geese and other water birds can be easily spotted on most waterfront parkland. As you walk the quieter trails, you can catch a glimpse of the swallows, screech owls, kestrels, herons, purple martins, blue jays and cardinals that share our beautiful parks with us. Etobicoke-Lakeshore waterfront parks are considered among the top exceptional bird viewing locations in Toronto. There are also numerous websites that post the magnificent pictures taken by our local bird watchers.   Toronto is home to 399 local and migratory bird species, 200 of which breed in the area. In 2009, the city published a guide to the Birds of Toronto; copies of the guide are available at your local library. The city also encourages the protection of birds through bird-friendly development guidelines. In addition to the guidelines, the city also provides a birdfriendly development rating system for building superintendents and owners to 44

assess whether their buildings are birdfriendly. By identifying these features to an increasingly environmentally aware marketplace, a bird-friendly designation gives buildings a competitive marketing advantage compared to those that do not have the designation. Homeowners and businesses can help by making their homes, gardens and offices bird-friendly, from window treatments to lighting to bird feeders. I am pleased to announce that again this year the City of Toronto celebrated the return of migratory birds at our annual Spring Bird Festival on May 28 in Colonel Samuel Smith Park, just south of the Power House Ice Skating Trail. Family bird walks, children’s activities, live birds from the University of Guelph, S-Sensational Snakes, art and photography workshops and interpretive displays were all available to the public for free. The festival was a positive reminder of the natural and beautiful wildlife we get to enjoy every day in our neighbourhood. Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront organizes bird walks each month in the community. These events are sponsored by Birds and Beans Café and Coffee Shop. For more info on the bird walks, please visit For info on bird-friendly development rating systems, please visit  HH

“Toronto is home to 399 local and migratory bird species, 200 of which breed in the area.”

Mark Grimes is the councillor for Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore. He is a life-long resident, activist and businessperson in south Etobicoke. Mark has first-hand knowledge of the issues the community is facing and looks forward to help meet the needs and interests of the community.


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Anatomy of a Bark Park

Humber Happenings makes its top choices for dog-friendly parks in the neighbourhood.

The results of the survey conducted by HBSCA in January 2011 indicated a lack of information available about off-leash dog parks. The following lists the three facilities that are just around the corner from us. by Max Baru

1) Colonel Samuel Smith Park This is one of Toronto’s newest and largest waterfront parks, located at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Kipling Avenue on land formerly occupied by Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital. This past April, the tree advocacy agency, Trees Across Toronto, planted a large number of trees near the east side of the park. The park has several walking and cycling trails. It is also the home of the newly created Sam Smith Skating Trail. The off-leash area was constructed in 2010, and is a fully fenced, double gated space. om of flat, grassy ro There is plenty in. ely fre n ru to gs for energetic do

The Bare Bones Address: 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive (at Kipling Avenue) rating:

Off-leash area: Yes Fenced: Yes Commercial dog walkers allowed

2)  Humber Bay Park West Humber Bay Park is located on the waterfront at the mouth of Mimico Creek; its East and West halves are joined by a pedestrian bridge over the creek. The park is an Etobicoke gem with 120 ha of walking trails, ponds, creeks and picnic areas. It’s also the closest off-leash park in the community. The off-leash area is located in Humber Bay West Park at the end of the access road past the three yacht clubs. If you drive, a small parking lot (pay-anddisplay from May through September) is available on the right-hand side; the off-leash dog park is approximately 300 ft. from the road. The Bare Bones Address: 2225 Lake Shore Boulevard West (one block west of Park Lawn Road) rating: Fenced: Yes


Dog owners shou ld note the off-l eash area is close to the wa ter and you may want to bring lifejackets for small dogs if they are visiting on a wa rm day.

Off-leash area: Yes Commercial dog walkers allowed, but must have a permit from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation office if they are walking more than four dogs.

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The sitting area that surrounds the main play area and fresh water pipes are appealing to do g-owners and th eir pets.

High Park is the largest public park (161 ha) in Toronto in the heart of the city. Some of the other sights to see in the park are the beautiful Grenadier Pond, quaint Chinese garden, the large children’s play area and a small zoo. The park also contains a rare black oak savanna ecology. A small part of the park is designated as an off-leash area. It is located by the main parking area for High Park, and north of the zoo off Colborne Lodge Drive. The off-leash area is not completely fenced in. Fresh water is available for your dog on warm days, and there are several benches to sit and watch your dog play with other paw friends.

dogs are allowed in all areas of the park except for the children’s playground. Fenced: Yes Commercial dog walkers allowed

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Humber Happenings 4#2  
Humber Happenings 4#2  

Humber Happenings 4#2, Summer issue 2011