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

Summer 2014

Jean Augustine’s community work an inspiration to youth.

ENDURING

Legacy ONTARIO FRESH

Farmers’ Market returns to HBS.

BIRDS AND THE BEANS

Local café stresses sustainability.

NEIGHBOURHOOD LEADERS Volunteers set attendance record!


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Features 10  Lakeshore Clean-up!

The 18th annual community Waterfront Clean-Up a success.

12   Coffee and Birds Unite

Birds & Beans offers an array of fair trade and organic options.

14   Community Leadership

Jean Augustine has dedicated all her strength to bettering her community.

our community 6

president’s message

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news & Events

Tackling challenges together.

Farmers’ Market returns, Gardiner revitalization and community events!

18  HBSCA Position Statement Over years of work, the HBSCA lays the foundation for a promising future in HBS.

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Welcome By Andrew Ardizzi

20  Health & Wellness By Dr. Maureen Henderson

22  ask dr.ghazi By Dr. Farzad Ghazi

24  Eco Logic By Jim Lord & Jessica Harrison

25  Development By Alyssa Trivelli

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

Summer 2014

Jean Augustine’s community work an inspiration to youth.

ENDURING

Legacy ONTARIO FRESH

Farmers’ Market returns to HBS.

BIRDS AND THE BEANS

Local café stresses sustainability.

NEIGHBOURHOOD LEADERS Volunteers set attendance record!

Cover photo: Jean Augustine Other cover photos, from left: The second annual HBSCA Farmers’ Market kicked off on May 31; Birds & Beans Cafe support ethical coffee practices; Carolyn Ireland helps out at the 18th annual Waterfront Clean-Up.

26  Hill Happenings By MP Bernard Trottier

28  Holyday Highlights By MPP Doug Holyday

30  Councillor’s Corner By Councillor Mark Grimes

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HUMBER HAPPENINGS

Welcome

Spotless Deception Despite clean-up effort, there’s more under the water’s surface. by andrew ardizzI

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y the time you read this, the HBSCA Waterfront CleanUp will have come and gone. And while everyone should be applauded for the tremendous turnout and even more inspiring collection of garbage removed from the Humber Bay Shores parklands, recently I came across an article online featuring the work of a University of Western Ontario professor indicating the presence of polyethylene and polypropylene plastic beads in the Great Lakes. Patricia Corcoran, an earth sciences professor at Western, recently took her graduate and undergraduate students to the shores of the Humber Bay community where Corcoran says they collected over 3,000 lentil-sized plastic pellets from a 25 sq. m. area, at a depth only five centimentres below the surface. Similar to the beads Corcoran and her classes found along the shores of lakes Huron and Erie, as well as Lake St. Clair which rests between them, it’s believed the presence of these bead-like microplastics derive from their use as industrial

abrasives, exfoliants or in cosmetics, in the production of consumer primary microplastics, or naturally forming microplastics in the environment from the breakdown of larger plastic debris into smaller secondary fragments. The leading concern is that with thousands of these microplastics unaccounted for, what are the long term impacts on the eco system? For starters, indiginous birds and animals along the Great Lakes shores have been found with plastic in their digestive systems, leading to their unfortunate deaths. Moreover, the same plastics can absorb water-based contaminants, meaning marine life will be affected, as will the humans who ingest them. This is definitely worth keeping abreast of, as there’s certainly more information than can be fit into this tiny chat space. Ultimately though knowledge is power, and it’s that key and very critical first step.  HH

Corcoran says they collected over 3,000 lentil-sized plastic pellets.

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Andrew Ardizzi is the editor of Humber Happenings and can be reached by email at humberhappenings@mediamatters.ca or by phone at 905-370-0101.

Summer Issue 2014 Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association Board of Directors President  Jim Reekie, Palace Place Vice President  Don Henderson, Bal Harbour Treasurer  Jay Perry, Nevis Secretary  Tom Arkay, Palace Pier Past President  Judi Richter-Jacobs, Players Club Director Laura Nash, Marina del Rey Phase III Director Bill Scott, Hearthstone Director Alex Smyth, Players Club Director Horst Richter, Marina del Rey Phase II Director Wayne Lakey, Grenadier Landing Director Jim Faichnie, Waterford Director Jonathan Isaacs, Marina del Rey Phase I Director Brian Stevens, Voyager I & II Director Tim Owen, Grand Harbour Director Kathryn Winter, Grand Harbour Director Simone Purboo, Explorer Director Lida Preyma, Newport Beach Director  Gary Mogyorodi, Nautilus Strategic Planning Initiative Coordinators Planning & Infrastructure  Jim Reekie Building Community  Sharon Jazzar Communications & Outreach  Jay Perry Email board members at hbscaboard@rogers.com Humber Happenings produced by Editor  Andrew Ardizzi Art Director  Daniela Luberto Writers  Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Bernard Trottier, Dr. Farzad Ghazi Dr. Maureen Henderson, Jim Reekie Interns  Candace Taylor Advertising  Jay Perry: 416-587-1748 / jayperry@a-b-c-inc.com Media Matters Inc. President  Darryl Simmons General Manager Ryan Potts VP Industry Relations  Gloria Mann Editorial Director  Mike Davey Marketing Assistant  Will Jacques

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PRESIDENT’S message

Come Together Growth in our community means more challenges, but we can solve them by working together.

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umber Bay Shores Condominium Association works hard to make Humber Bay Shores a great place to live and work. We continue to work with our city councillor and with the developers in our community.

Our annual Waterfront Clean-Up took place on May 24. We had a great turnout and we were pleased to see so many new faces. We’re looking forward to next year. Our third annual Waterfront Festival will be on Saturday, Aug. 9. The Festival moves to the street with new and exciting

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things happening. Marine Parade Drive and Waterfront Drive will be closed for this event. Again, thanks to all of you that are making this event happen. Our eigth annual Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 12. Mark that date and we’ll see you on the course.


presidents message

Our Parks The washrooms in HBS Park East and West will be totally renovated this year. This work is long overdue. Humber Bay Shores Park and Trail Improvements will start later this year. Check out toronto.ca/humberbayshores.

Park Lawn will have new sewers pipes installed down the middle of the street

way track to Lake Shore on Park Lawn. This work will last until October 2014.

Pets Humber Bay Park is not an off-leash area for pets. Keep your pets on leashes and make sure you clean up after them. Not everyone has a pet so some are not used to being around them and may be intimidated. We have beautiful parks and we should all be agle to enjoy them.

The Festival moves to the street with new and exciting things happening.

Traffic We have ongoing issues with traffic in the community due to the construction scheduled for the Gardiner Expressway Eastbound. Be patient out there when driving. This would be a good time for people to start taking public transit.

from the railway tracks to Lake Shore; there will be only one lane of traffic north and south for three months. As this is going on, they will start work on the third lane southbound from the rail-

Planning and Infrastructure There will be three new construction sites starting this summer on Marine Parade Drive. A few weeks ago we did a walkaround with the construction site managers of the current sites to convey our concern about the appearance of the properties under construction. We will work closely with the developers and our city councillor to make sure that work sites and adjacent streets are kept clean. If you see something that needs to be cleaned up in our community please contact us at hbsca@rogers.com. Please visit our website for community events at humberbayshores.org.  HH Jim is presently the HBSCA president and has served on the board since 2004. He is retired from a career working in the Toronto District School Board.

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HBSCA Farmers’ Market returns to Humber Bay Park West Following a successful first outing, the Humber Bay Shores Farmers’ Market is in full swing with the launch of the 2014 edition. HBSCA President Jim Reekie was pleased with the response to the 2013 Farmers’ Market and has been quietly building the 2014 Market since last year’s event wrapped in October. Proud of their first year successes, Reekie hopes to build upon its foundation. The 2014 HBSCA Farmers’ Market is again operating from the parking lot in Humber Bay Park West and boasts 25 vendors, increasing the total number of local farmers from across the province

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HBS bridge rehab project part of ongoing construction effort Three bridges located between Park Lawn Avenue and the Humber River are a part of the city’s ongoing effort to maintain the Gardiner Expressway. Central to the bridge maintenance projects is the desire to repair the surface of the expressway as well as the underside of the bridges themselves, both of which have degraded over time. Two crews have been working day and night shifts six days a week to complete this leg of the revitalization project as quickly as possible without dramatic disruption to residents. Repair crews are also working towards replacing a median from Ellis Avenue to Dufferin Street, which involves replacing the steel beam and guardrail on the median itself. Contractors are working two shifts six days a week. Contractors are also working to replace the West Deck from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street, a project stretching roughly from Exhibition Place to the area just west of Bathurst. Workers are working two shifts from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. Beginning in 2013 the city agreed to carry out $505-million in repairs over nine years. However, in 2012 it was estimated that damage to the expressway exceeded $626 million in necessary repairs.

Events, Fun and More! May 31 - Oct. 11: HBSCA Farmers’ Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Come out and support local farmers at the second annual community Farmers’ Market, located at Humber Bay Park West. June 22: Mystic Pointe Yoga is holding a community party at 268 Manitoba St.. Features door prizes, Tom’s Dairy Freeze Truck, dog games, snacks, drinks and free fitness classes. Starts at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. June 27 - July 1: Toronto Ribfest, presented by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Features fabulous food and great music, a Kidz Zone and live soccer games. Organizers ask for a $2 donation to support community projects. Aug. 9: The annual HBSCA Waterfront Festival will be held along Marine Parade Drive. It will feature live music, illusionist Ray Chance and a variety of food vendors. Sept. 12: HBS residents are encouraged to attend the annual community golf tournament at Georgetown’s Eagle Ridge course. Come out for day-long fun and great prizes.

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OUR COMMUNITY

Working Together HBS residents turn in record-breaking Waterfront Clean-Up effort.

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ith the sun shining across the beautiful backdrop of Lake Ontario, Humber Bay Shores residents set a new clean-up day attendance record on May 24, 2014. Nearly 200 volunteers arrived early and got down to work, collecting assorted litter and cigarette butts. The butts will be sent to Toronto-based recycler TerraCycle who will repurpose the raw materials into alternative plastic products. Sharon Jazzar returned to head the 2014 clean-up initiative following a positive and very successful 2013 event. She was extremely happy with the positive showing from the HBS community this year. “It was a beautiful day out and I’m pleased that so many people came together and were again willing to pitch in,” says Jazzar. “It’s always so positive and shows that people care about the community.” Matty Bouabane, a first time volunteer, brought her daughter Alyssa to the Waterfront Clean-Up and feels the event achieved positive results for HBS. “This is something that’s necessary to keep the community beautiful,” she says. “It’s important to teach our kids there’s value in keeping our community clean.” Bouabane feels the annual park clean-up demonstrates leadership and feels these are important teachable moments for children. It lets them see adults actively participating in accomplishing something positive. “The point of living here is the beauty of the area,” she says. “That’s why I chose to live down here with my family.” 10 HumberBayShores.org

Carolyn Ireland also volunteered for the first time and feels the park’s sights need to be maintained and cared for. “People should be more careful of what they throw out, these things don’t break down and stay in the landscape for years,”

Matty Bouabane’s daughte r, Alyssa, pitched in and helped pick up the cig arette butts scattered throughout Humber Bay Par k West’s parking lot.

says Ireland. “I think the wildlife is so threatened by the trash laying around and the pollution that’s left behind.” Ireland feels what made the 2014 cleanup successful were all of the positive attitudes of those who participated. “People are cleaning up cheerfully, and that makes it all easier and more fun,” Ireland says. These collective efforts ultimately create far-reaching positive changes for the community. “It only takes one person to get it started, it doesn’t matter how small it is, there’s value in it,” Bouabane says. “Even if you pick up one thing every day, every little thing you do makes a difference.” HH

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taste of humber Birds & Beans Café offers a large selection of ethically sourced coffee for sale, and will grind your beans for you if desired.

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Birds & Beans Café is leading the charge on organic, fair trade and bird friendly coffee.

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illions of cups of coffee are consumed each day, with coffee itself having become the most sought after global commodity save for oil. A daily staple for most, lost in the brewing process are the conditions and impacts of mass market coffee production. With that in mind, 10 years ago David Pritchard and Madeleine Pengelley opened Birds & Beans Café to raise awareness for ethical, eco-friendly coffee production. “Coffee is a big business and we’d done the corporate thing before and learned it 12 HumberBayShores.org

wasn’t fulfilling,” says Pengelley. “But by changing our entire business approach it’s affected every aspect of our model.” Pritchard and Pengelley opened Birds & Beans Café intending to create a friendly local shop with coffee they’d be comfortable serving at home. Much of that stems directly from their mutual mission to deliver ethically-sourced certified organic, fair trade and bird friendly coffee to Mimico and surrounding areas. “The reason we ended up going with this model was because we wanted to do something that represented our values,”

says Pritchard of Birds and Beans’ commitment to fair trade coffee. It’s characteristic of mass market crops run by larger companies to undercut farmers, and because they traditionally have relied on it as their livelihood they’ve been forced to accept less than favourable compensation for their work. “Our notion is to encourage them and pay farmers to maintain their crop’s natural habitats,” Pritchard says. “It’s important, because they need to make a living. It’s not okay for us to pay $3.50 for an Americano when those farmers can’t even make a buck.


taste of humber “For things to be sustainable we can’t support the drain without sharing our profits with the farmers.” Birds & Beans does their part to ensure their coffee distributors in the coffee belt are adequately compensated for their labour, even if it means lowering their own profits. This reality sits well with both Pritchard and Pengelley, as they understand the value of quality handpicked coffee beans, which they get from their distributors who utilize canopied growing methods in an organic habitat almost free from harmful agrochemicals and pesticides. “The really high-quality, ripe beans are handpicked to make sure you’re getting the best beans, leaving underdeveloped cherries to mature,” Pengelley says, adding mass market-run coffee crops typically harvest all beans uniformly, meaning coffee quality will fluctuate between crops. “Altogether you’re likely going to get a better tasting cup of coffee.” For Pritchard and Pengelley, it’s critical to dynamically preserve animals’ habitats while encouraging farmers to stray from using agrochemicals or pesticides to preserve crops, dramatically affecting the environment as a byproduct. “The overall impact of organic growing is that the people and animals living there are the ones who are going to have to drink the chemical-laden waters,” says Pritchard. “That’s the impact of this choice, right at the source level. There’s a link and it’s something we’re trying to get people to think about.” Their efforts to date aren’t enough for Pengelley and Pritchard. Despite being Canada’s leading certified organic, fair trade and bird friendly café, they’ve taken steps to beautify the café exterior to create a warm, natural environment for customers and animals to enjoy. “We installed a bird-friendly garden that falls in with our ethics and model. The trail is a big thing for Humber Bay Shores because it allows them to come here,” says Pengelley of the kilometrelong connecting path that runs from the back of Birds & Beans down towards the lakeshore and through Mimico to Humber Bay Shores. What’s been warming for them is that their concept has been so well received by the community. Their menu includes

Birds & Beans sports a vibrant garden and patio area to enjoy during the summer months. RIGHT: Owners of Birds & Beans Café, David Pritchard and Madeleine Pengelley. BELOW RIGHT: All of the shop’s baked goods are organically-sourced and made from scratch each day.

We would welcome more competition and specific, public organic certification criteria. Otherwise it’s just marketing on a bag. -David Pritchard

certified organic bread, vegan organic soups, and baked goods made from scratch each day, all excluding factoryfarmed animal products. They’ve even started roasting beans in the back of the shop for customers and now are a leading supplier of bird friendly coffee across Canada. Their personal touch and credo has created a community hub brimming with personal greetings between friends new and old. Pritchard and Pengelley even use some of their revenues to sponsor community events such as Lakeshorts and bird walks.

Their success stemming from a noble wish to raise awareness of the consequences of coffee consumerism, they’re thankful to have the opportunity they’ve had to build their ethically-sourced café, tucked away along Lake Shore Boulevard West. “I’ve lived here for 20 years and it’s nice to add something rich to the community,” says Pritchard. “We’ve changed the profile of coffee shops and we’re happy about that, but we would welcome more competition and specific, public organic certification criteria. Otherwise it’s just marketing on a bag.”  HH Humber Happenings  I  Summer 2014 13


cover story

Blazing By Andrew Ardizzi

Trails

Jean Augustine has dedicated her life to serving Canada.

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ften when politicians discuss their legacies, it feels contrived. Be it a bill, talking point, stances or proposed legislation, it comes to define their careers. Their choices and causes define that legacy based on how they lived or breathed each moment.

Jean Augustine, former Liberal MP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, arrived in Canada from Grenada with very little. Recalling her native land as one where there were not very many opportunities for employment, Augustine humourously looks back on her 55 year journey and is grateful for every opportunity she’s had. “ I came here with a small suitcase and

Jean Augustine stands with LAMP’s Board and staff at the Legacy award gala in February 2014.

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$25, and now I have a park named after me,” Augustine warmly says with a smile. “I believe in the values of Canadians and I will always be grateful for being able to move to Canada.” Coming to Canada via the country’s Domestic Workers Scheme in 1960, Augustine worked for a year in a Canadian home in exchange for landed immigrant status. Shortly after her arrival, she joined various community groups focused on the issues of African-Canadians. Augustine recalls the 1960s in Canada being a very different time in the country’s history. She took part in many organized demonstrations and marches, displaying early that activism was a central pillar in her heart. “My activism came early. Society and multiculturalism were central pillars, and I was very much a part of those discussions and marches,” she says. “Although we have moved forward in some ways, some of those issues still reverberate today.” Her community-minded disposition derives from her formative years, which Augustine recalls as being one that was engaged, communal and youth-focused.


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Augustine feels love and equality are values worth taking bold steps to achieve.

We need a society where people can stand up and say ‘these are our values.’

Through her activism in Canada, Augustine has served as the Board Chair for the former Metro Toronto Housing Authority, as well as serving on numerous other boards, including the National Black Coalition of Canada and at York University. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children and the Board of Directors of the Donwood Institute, a consortium of health clinics treating addiction and mental illness. Her activism extended into her life as an educator as well. Having graduated from the University of Toronto where she completed her Master of Education, she worked as an elementary school teacher and principal within the Metropolitan Separate School Board in Toronto. Augustine has also been honoured with four doctorates from some of Canada’s more esteemed universities, including the University of Toronto from which she received an Honourary Doctor of Laws, in addition to degrees from the University of Guelph, McGill University and York University. “As an educator I got involved in programs to help kids fit into the system, fo-

cusing on women and youth,” she recalls. Augustine quickly made her presence known within the community, working with the Toronto Blue Jays and local corporate partners to encourage anti-drug programs, trips to Blue Jays games and the Rookie Ball program. Before long she started garnering more attention from within and outside her community for her work with women, youth and minorities. “People watched me and saw how I handled myself in the media while I was working hard on behalf of those in community housing,” she says, recalling the air around the 1993 election that would shoot her to national prominence. “I chose to run federally because I saw the conditions and decided the changes that needed to be made were at the legislative level and there was an opportunity at the national level to make a difference.” Little did she know at the time the monumental nature of her being elected, as Augustine learned only after securing her Etobicoke-Lakeshore seat that she was the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to parliament. Following her elec-

tion, she became then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Parliamentary Secretary, serving in the role from 1994 to 1996 before becoming the Secretary of State (later Minister of State) for Multiculturalism and Status of Women in 2002. Throughout her time in Ottawa, she took very defined stances on the issues she believed in. “I started organizations, parliamentary groups, women’s and status-based causes, immigration and human rights movements within parliament,” she says. “There were challenges in entering parliament though. I saw it really was a man’s world, built by men. It was always a struggle for women, but at that time the Party was in a good place to make some positive changes.” Along with the sweeping 1993 Liberal Party majority came the highest percentage of women in parliament to that point, a result Augustine is proud of. Hoping to further highlight the great strides made by Canadian women, Augustine presented a motion in 1997 to commemorate the lives of Canada’s “Famous Five.” The five PostConfederation era Canadian women— Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Humber Happenings  I  Summer 2014 15


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Parlby, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards—worked throughout the early 20th century to establish better conditions for women and children, including the right to vote and serve in public life, child support, and medical/ dental programs for children. This resulted in statues of the Five being erected on Parliament Hill, in downtown Calgary and in Calgary’s Olympic Plaza. “They were standing against the fact that women by law were not considered ‘persons,’” she says. In addition to acknowledging the Famous Five, early in her parliamentary career she also made in-roads towards honouring African-Canadians across the nation’s history with a motion to establish February as Black History Month in 1995. “If you look at where Black History Month is now, it celebrates the achievements of African-Canadians. There are so many opportunities to teach and learn about them,” she says. “I had to get unanimous consent and I think it’s something that’s been impactful across Canada.” Despite leaving politics in 2005, Augustine remains active, currently serving as the Fairness Commissioner, an Ontario body created in 2007 to ensure individuals with professional qualifications overseas have a fair chance at finding work in their field. The expressed purpose is to remove barriers for international workers trained in other countries from finding work. With a lifetime of accomplishments behind her—including being named to the Order of Canada in 2009—Augustine was again honoured in February 2014 with two scholarships bearing her name by Humber College and the LAMP Community Health Centre. The Jean Augustine Legacy Awards honour her path as a Canadian black woman by acknowledging the efforts, passion, compassion and convictions of Canadian youth. “I’m pleased that Humber College and LAMP have established this award,” she says. “I see it as a way of saying what my grandmother used to tell me. ‘Yes you can succeed if you work hard.’ 16 HumberBayShores.org

Above: There was a tremendous turnout at the Inaagural Jean Augustine Legacy Award dinner, which was held at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus in February 2014. Right: Longtime supporters and friends Armand Conant (left) and Jamie Maloney (right) came together at LAMP’s gala dinner to honour Jean and her enduring legacy.

“I see all the people throughout Etobicoke-Lakeshore volunteering their time, and that’s an admirable thing. I’m pleased and honoured that it’s carrying my name.” Augustine believes Canadians have developed a society showing how women are valued and can contribute when involved in making decisions, but she quickly deflects the credit to those around her. “If I stand tall, it’s only because I’m standing on the shoulders of so many

people who supported me.” Augustine will always be known for her warmth and seemingly unparalleled compassion that sent positive reverberations throughout Canada’s history. Yet she understands Canada is still a country that must progressively move forward. “We need a society where people can stand up and say ‘these are our values,’” she says. “We can’t legislate love and equality, but we can legislate things that speak to them.” HH


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Your Liaison to the City and Province There are many mentions in this is-

regularly meet with Councillor Grimes

for such as the inclusion of a GO stop

sue of Humber Happenings regard-

and his office representatives to discuss

in HBS (to be included in the Christie’s

ing the community activities that the

local issues large and small.

project) he stands with us.

HBSCA has initiated. Of course, as

So many things have transpired

We are in daily conference with the

an association board representing the

around us that seem so simple to us

developers over various issues and can

condo corporations across Humber

residents but become so very compli-

count on Councillor Grimes for his

Bay Shores we take pride in these nec-

cated when the city bureaucracy gets

support on these issues. Through the

essary efforts. As we can see with the

involved. It is the constant contact and

constant effort of the executive and

increase in participation by residents

literal pushing by insistence of HBSCA

nurturing the relationship with the

in all of the events such as the Wa-

members that gets things done around

councillor, he has also been a great

terfront Clean-Up, with the turnout

the HBS. The repaving of Lake Shore

supporter of our efforts to build a com-

for the Waterfront Festival expected

Boulevard from the TTC tunnel to Pal-

munity here in our home area of Hum-

to exceed 2,000 attendees, and our

ace Pier Court, the 66D bus, the Ex-

ber Bay Shores.

neighbours frequenting the weekly

press bus, regular trash pick-up at the

The OMB has meeting after meeting

Farmers’ Market, it’s clear our grass-

parks, grooming the gardens, potholes,

with which our executives are faithfully

roots efforts are bearing fruit.

etc., would not get done without the

in attendance. On many of the discus-

More than the above mentioned

hounding we do at the city level. We

sions at this level we have standing,

events, the very important and mostly

are fortunate to have the ear of the

which means we are invited to voice the

unrecognized work of the association

councillor when it comes to other is-

opinion of the local representatives.

as liaison to city, provincial and other

sues such as Christie’s Land Develop-

We have insisted on a review of

officials goes on every day and tireless-

ment wherein we stand united against

many infrastructure issues that are

ly by the board members; especially the

unfettered commercial/residential de-

showing up in our neighborhood, such

executive and committee members. We

velopment. Other things that we stand

as energy and sewers. We have gained

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access to people in the city staff that

we get what we need here.

ernment, including the federal, need

have recognized the need for improve-

The OMB is a very powerful, unelected

to become involved and HBSCA is de-

ments in these areas and are working

body that continues to thwart us in some

termined to get that done. Much of our groundwork has been referenced by other groups that recognize us as

Over years of intensive work, we have gained ears sympathetic to the cause of keeping us whole and the future is promising.

leaders in this area and accurate in assessing what needs to be done within the community. We do want you to come out to our community events and bring your families, friends and associates. Let them see what a great place Humber Bay Shores is to live, work and play in. We also need you to work with us. That means at least two things: first, have your Board of Directors ensure that

towards making life better in the long

areas but acquiesces in others. We keep

they are participating members of the

run for us. We know certain improve-

this body very closely monitored for the

HBSCA and secondly, you personally

ments are sorely needed and we cannot

interests of everyone in the HBS.

volunteer for a committee position to

take anything for granted. Over years

In the very recent past and as a part

of intensive work, we have gained ears

of what we insist upon as an election

sympathetic to the cause of keeping us

issue at the provincial level, reform

whole and the future is promising.

of the Condo Act is paramount. We

Transportation continues to vex us,

know we are all here living in a very

but you must know by now that we

inequitable situation with paying taxes

are on the case and will continue to

that are disproportionately rewarded

fight, argue and persuade people until

with service value. All levels of gov-

ensure Humber Bay Shores is the place to live in Toronto.

Look for more updates at HumberBayShores.org and in upcoming issues of Humber Happenings.

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health & wellness

Return your body to form Learn how to relieve your body from all the minor aches and pains to live a healthier life. By Dr. Maureen Henderson

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portunities that come your way? Do you want to start living and enjoying life? Unlike a car, television, or cell phone, we only get one body. It’s not disposable and we can’t trade up when things start breaking down! Sure there are medications and surgeries that can patch things together for a while, but the underlying

cause is not being addressed. The solution is easy in theory but challenging in practice: take care of your body and it will take care of you. So where do you start? Recent research indicates that as little as 10 percent weight loss results in significant health benefits, including, but not limited


health & wellness to reduction in medications and increased mobility. Paying attention to the types of foods you eat and the amount of food is key to any successful health program. Anyone can lose weight, but learning how to sustain a stable weight after losing excess fat is the true measure of success. We have both a Naturopath and the Ideal Protein Weight Loss program, depending on your needs and goals to guide you towards healthy life habits. But healthy eating is only one piece of the puzzle. You also need your body to be in proper alignment. What does that mean? Look at your posture. How do you stand? How do you sit? How does your body move? More importantly, where is you movement restricted? Our body is an amazing machine. It will accommodate and adapt to fit our daily demands. The problem is our daily demands are not what our bodies were made for. We were made to basically walk the earth, but now we sit at computers, sit in our cars, lounge on couches to watch

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Our goal at Kingsway Health by the Lake is to get your body back to optimal function and decrease pain and immobility. Through chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, chiropody and exercise, we evaluate what your body needs to get back to a healthy state and work with you to achieve your most energetic, strong and physically-capable self. Let’s get you back to living a healthy, more active life. NATURALLY! Want to know more? Contact our office at 416-231-9502 for an appointment today, visit us online at kingswayhealth. ca or email us at kingswayhealthyliving @gmail.com. Be sure to visit our booth on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Waterfront Festival!  HH

Dr. Maureen Henderson has practiced chiropractic, rehabilitation and health maintenance in Etobicoke for 38 years. If you are interested in a complimentary Body Composition Analysis or more information on the program, please call the clinic to schedule an appointment at 416-231-9502.

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ask dr. ghazi

Cold Light Cold laser therapy may sometimes succeed where other treatments have failed.

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ver time, the ways in which we are able to care for animals has changed a great deal thanks to advances in veterinary sciences. Increasingly, veterinarians are able to utilize new technologies in an effort to diagnose and treat pets more efficiently.

We have recently been receiving lots of inquiries about a new treatment modality known as “cold laser therapy,” which is also used in human as well as in equine medicine. This involves placing a probe close to the surface of the skin. What is unique about this type of laser is that it produces energy without generating any

heat. The energy emitted increases blood flow to the area of interest which speeds healing by delivering the needed oxygen and nutrients to the area. The light energy is absorbed, resulting in a photochemical reaction that stimulates cell mitochondria (the energy reactors of the cell). Consequently, circulation will im-

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ask dr. ghazi Feature prove leading to decreased inflammation and pain. Treatment typically begins with the lowest level of laser energy needed to achieve a therapeutic response and can be increased as needed. Depending on the individual circumstances of the pet, initial therapy is performed in short sessions every few days. As healing is promoted, therapy can be carried out every couple of weeks but does not usually surpass 10 sessions in total. For a little over a year, we have been using cold laser therapy with very promising results. For example, we had a case in which a non-healing toenail wound was successfully treated in ten sessions. Having already tried a number of other treatment protocols, the owner was amazed with the progress achieved with laser therapy, given that the alternative was amputation. What we like about laser therapy is that it has a wide variety of practical applications. It can be used effectively on several different conditions—from hot spots and

ear infections to post-surgical wounds. It is even used to treat chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.

The more recent the injury, the more effective the laser therapy will be.

the need for medications such as anti inflammatories for pain control or antibiotics for infection. This is because cold laser has the ability to increase tensile strength and organization of damaged tissue while fighting off necrosis and infection. Bone, ligaments, tendon, muscle, epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous fat may be treated with a laser for rehabilitative purposes. The more recent the injury, the more effective the laser therapy will be. Perhaps best of all, cold laser is non-invasive, painless, and can be administered by the pet’s owner inclinic—which means an easier trip to the vet for your pet!  HH

Laser therapy can be desirable as an alternative to conventional medical protocols or in combination with other pharmaceutical or therapeutic treatments. On some occasions, it can reduce

Dr. Farzad Ghazi is the owner and operator of Marina Animal Hospital located in the Park Lawn area. Marina Animal Hospital provides medical and dental care, surgery services and laboratory testing to all four-legged pets as well as aid for some legitimate rescue groups. He can be contacted at 416-255-2777. marinaanimalhospital.ca

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eco logic

Reuse and Repurpose Being mindful of how you dispose of your belongings is great for the environment. by Jim Lord & Jessica Harrison

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ecently I cleaned out my closet. This has been a task I‘ve been putting off all winter mainly because my closet has to be closed with both hands and a shoulder, and practically bolted shut. Yet, it was a task far overdue. But while I was sorting through mounds of clothes, shoes, books and everything else I had shoved in there over the years I started to think about where all this stuff would end up. Was I just going to throw it out? How long would these items take to decompose? Do I really need to keep accumulating all of this stuff? I was shocked. I finished with my closet and started on the rest of the house. What is useful, what is not, and what can I do about it? So here are some of the options I came up with to help my stuff avoid a landfill, and some are even a little bit fun. There are many options in Toronto to give your old clothing items a new life. Donating your gently-used clothing is an excellent way to give back to the community while keeping your clothes out of a landfill. Many apartment buildings and community centres have drop-off bins located inside in support of charities such as Oasis, The Canadian Diabetes Association or the Salvation Army. Now, if you’re looking to get rid of some of your old clothing but also looking to replace it with something new why not host 24 HumberBayShores.org

a clothing swap party? Have your friends gather together their clothing, shoes, and whatever else they think is worth a swap

There are so many resources full of ideas to upcycle your furniture and clothing. and plan a get together where everyone can switch up their wardrobes. Another option, if you’re looking to make some extra cash, would be to bring them to a consignment store. They will sell your items and give you a portion of the profits! There are many in Toronto such as Kind Exchange on Queen Street West or My Dream Closet, a new boutique on Ripley Avenue. Both stores donate a percentage of sales to local charities. Many second hand stores such as Value Village or Goodwill accept furniture and a wide variety of household items. Habitat for Human-

ity also has five ReStores located within the GTA. These stores collect donated, used, or overstocked furniture and appliances and then resells them to the public at a significantly reduced cost. Proceeds from ReStore go to funding various Habitat for Humanity projects. If you’re looking to add, replace or update your furnishings why not also try some of these options first instead of buying new? You can sometimes find great pieces to fit your space at a fraction of the original retail value. What’s also becoming popular is upcycling your stuff and creating DIY projects from household items. You can cut up some old t-shirts and weave it into a rug or turn that old worn out coffee table into a brand new upholstered bench for your patio or foyer. There are so many resources full of ideas to upcycle your furniture and clothing. With so many local resources to help recycle, reuse or upcycle things I hope you’ve been inspired to delay your clothing or furniture from heading to a landfill just a little longer. Have some fun, get creative and help reduce your ecological footprint this summer!  HH Jim is one of the founding principals of Ecovert Sustainability Consultants. He helps organizations achieve their green goals. Jessica is a member of the team and also helps businesses achieve their green certifications. ecovert.ca


development

Building HBS Key infrastructural agreements have been signed with the city that will help the community’s developers continue to develop the neighbourhood. by Alyssa Trivelli

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fter years of ongoing review, coordination, design, and negotiation, the Humber Bay Landowners Group—a collection of reputable developers including Monarch Corporation, Graywood Developments, Empire Communities, The Conservatory Group, and Phantom Industries—has signed onto a Core Infrastructure Agreement with the City of Toronto. This agreement has been the subject of much debate over the last two years, while the developers’ group and the city worked together to assess the infrastructure enhancements that are required to support the Humber Bay Shores Secondary Plan and the legal mechanisms that would secure the completion of this work. The development of the Humber Bay Shores district (basically, the old “Motel Strip” swath of land between Marine Parade Drive and Lake Shore Boulevard, from Brookers’ Lane down to the Esso station) is regulated by a Secondary Plan, Urban Design Guidelines and a Site Specific Zoning By-Law which together set out land use permissions and appropriate development standards, as well as “Holding Provisions” which must be satisfied before any substantial development can proceed on the properties. In order to ad-

dress the holding provisions, a number of detailed studies and servicing analyses were prepared for the city, at the

Monarch is also working to complete Village Court in the coming months.

developers’ expense. Engineering and design professionals have now assessed traffic, sewers, and the public realm, for example, and their reports and designs have been carefully scrutinized by City of Toronto staff to ensure that the proposed infrastructure improvements will accommodate future growth within the Humber Bay Shores area. It hasn’t been easy. Along the way, the City and the landowners group had to reevaluate and redesign certain aspects to guarantee that every component was fully evaluated. Transportation Services staff, for example, requested revisions

to the group’s traffic analysis, prompting the inclusion of additional investments. In the end, the approved package of infrastructure upgrades—the timing of their completion, detailed performance standards, and the financial securities lodged with the City to secure them —are documented in the Core Infrastructure Agreement, which all parties have now signed, as recognized by Toronto City Council earlier this year. Furthermore, each of the developers has provided substantial financial security to guarantee the completion of the infrastructure upgrades. The Holding Provision (“H”) was lifted from the properties in February of this year. Work in the Humber Bay Shores district continues, with the completion of Monarch’s “Waterscapes” tower anticipated for this spring and Graywood’s “Ocean Club” well under way; Monarch’s “Lago” tower and Phantom’s “Jade” building have also started construction. Monarch is also working to complete the “Village Court” in the coming months, as reported in an earlier issue of Humber Happenings.  HH Alyssa Trivelli is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario’s Urban Development program. Upon graduating in 2009, Alyssa was hired by Monarch to work in its High-Rise division.

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Hill Happenings

Putting students front and centre Investing in youth is the key to securing our country’s prosperity for generations to come. By Bernard Trottier

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s the school year comes to a close, the summer job hunt has begun for many post secondary students across Canada. With that in mind, I am very happy to announce that I have fantastic news for students in Etobicoke.

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Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping employers in Etobicoke-Lakeshore create summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening our community’s economy. On behalf of the Government of Canada, it gives me great pleasure to announce that organizations across Eto-

bicoke-Lakeshore will be receiving more than $213,500 in Canada Summer Jobs funding for 77 student positions across the community. In total, Canada Summer Jobs will provide up to 35,000 important job opportunities and experiences for students across the country. The opportunities

Notice to Residents & Business with in Humber Bay Shores: AN APPLICATION HAS BEEN GRANTED BY THE CITY OF TORONTO FOR ROAD CLOSURES IN CONNECTION WITH HUMBER BAY SHORES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION Event: Waterfront Festival Date: Saturday, August 9th, 2014 Location: Marine Parade Drive from Waterfront Drive to Humber Bay Park East and Waterfront Drive from Palace Pier Court to Marine Parade Drive

For Waterf ron Festiva t l details see pg . 31!

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING • No vehicle traffic will be permitted inside the street event. Vehicles must be removed by 6:00 am Saturday or will be towed. The streets will reopen at 10:00 pm. No vehicles will be permitted to park on the streets. • The north side of MPD will be kept clear for emergency vehicles. • Only licensed food vendors are allowed to sell food. • Waste: vendors are responsible for cleaning up their areas. • There will be no Transit Service on Marine Parade Drive during the event. • Humber Bay Shores area will be supervised by the Toronto Police during the festival. The organizing committee will make every effort to ensure that our annual Waterfront Festival is a positive and enjoyable experience for both vendors and residents.

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Hill Happenings that are created by Canada Summer Jobs help students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful in their careers, now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year to help pay for tuition. These jobs strengthen the local economies and communities where these students live and work, and there is no doubt that workplaces will benefit from having fresh and eager students and their fresh ideas. This is a win-win-win situation for everyone. Of course, this is only one aspect of our commitment to students. Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Now, you may have heard about the skills shortages in some regions and industries. Canadian businesses face a growing mismatch between the number of available jobs and people looking for work. We are working to address this mismatch in many ways, including through Canada Summer Jobs.

Canada Summer Jobs is part of our government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). YES is benefiting young people in communities across the country. It helps young people get career information, find jobs and stay employed. Our Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. In today’s environment, it’s more important than ever that all young people develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market. Because we recognize the unique challenges that young people face when it comes to finding work, the government is also creating up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized businesses. These internships are among the 5,000 internships that were announced in Budget 2013. We also just announced the Canada Apprenticeship Loan to help registered

apprentices with the cost of their training and encourage more Canadians to consider a career in the skilled trades. It is estimated that at least 26,000 apprentices per year will apply for over $100 million in loans. Youth employment programs are just one area where the government is helping connect Canadians with available jobs. The government is supporting employment through a variety of initiatives, including the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and supporting under-represented groups. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce. By investing in young people today, we are making sure they are ready to become Canada’s future workers and contribute to our long-term prosperity.  HH

Bernard Trottier has served Etobicoke-Lakeshore since 2011 as its MP and serves on a number of federal committees.

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Holyday Highlights

Fighting for Ontario’s future The provincial election was a chance for voters to choose the Ontario they want. by Doug Holyday

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n penning Holyday Highlights this time, it seems only logical to dwell on both the reasons for the Ontario election and comment on the perceived platforms of the three parties. By the time this article reaches the Humber Bay Shores residents, the outcome of the election may have been decided or at least well on the way to becoming clearly forecast. Nonetheless, recognizing my obvious bias as a PC candidate, I will try to interpret the main issues in an objective manner for your consideration. Perhaps, those points which you will be using to make your voting decision will vary depending upon your demographic circumstances and how you are personally affected by the platforms of the three parties. That is as it should be. Ms. Horwath has forced Ms. Wynne to call this election because she too could no longer stomach the Liberal Party’s decisions and their impact on the lives of Ontarians. She has provided a litany of grievances against the current government by recalling items of scandal, failure and waste— from Ornge to e-Health, to Caledonia, and more devastating to taxpayers, the cancellation of two gas-fired power plants at a cost of $1.1-billion without the production of one kW of electricity. Then, in an amazing turnaround after 28 HumberBayShores.org

Wynne announced an NDP friendly budget, Horwath made the decision to force the election. Wynne has now moved far to the left of the political spectrum with a Retirement

It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Humber Bay Shores.

Pension Plan to cover just three million workers. The employees would contribute 1.9 percent of their annual earnings and the employers would be forced to ante up a similar amount which is a form of permanent taxation regardless of their ability to pay it. The crux of this unilateral decision, which was never debated in the legislature, is that it wasn’t necessary. The level of poverty among the elderly, once widespread, is now lower than that of the general population.

The plan, if needed, is too late for today’s seniors, not of much use to the middle-aged and a drag on the young facing more pressing demands for their earnings. Obviously, I believe that the Million Jobs Plan of our party places the importance on a strong and growing jobs economy as opposed to a pension scheme for only a portion of the electorate that constitutes a levy on the employers. The plan spells out five elements that will build up job opportunities. They include lower taxes and less debt; reduction of energy costs; the need for more skilled workers for the trades; more trade with other provinces and American states and importantly, no more red tape and government bureaucracy. I would like to assure my Humber Bay constituents that I consider your community to be a vital and special area that adds luster to Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Eventually, I hope to witness improvements to the overall capacity for transit services while continuing to have constrained development in the future. Regardless of the election outcome, it has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Humber Bay Shores and I hope to continue to do so in the future.  HH Doug Holyday has served in public office for 30 years as Etobicoke’s mayor and deputy mayor of Toronto. He currently serves Etobicoke-Lakeshore as MPP, working as government accountability critic on GTA issues and transit.


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Eagle Ridge Golf Club

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Friday, September 12th, 2014 $150 includes: golf, power cart, putting practice & driving net, oversized lunch, locker rooms, shower facilities, participant prize, valet bag drop and Hole-in-One Contest. Drinks not included. Singles and Foursomes are welcome – Book early! Lots of Prizes! A draw will be held for three grand prizes. Tickets for sale on day of event, $5.00 each or three for $10.00. Sponsor A Hole for $300 or donate a prize in support of the Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association. Bus service to the course offered. 9 am start time.

Join your friends and neighbours – come out and be a part of an exciting day on the beautiful course. For information and registration please contact:

Jim Reekie at 416.503.1527/ jbr1616@rogers.com or Jay Perry at 416.587.1748/ jayperry@a-b-c-inc.com

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Councillor’s Corner

Building good park etiquette Humber Bay Shores’ shared parks and trails should be respected by community members. by Mark Grimes

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ver the last several years as the local population has increased our parks have become busier than ever with many within the community frequently walking and running along community paths, sometimes with their furry friends. As their popularity increases I have heard loud and clear from the community that it is time to look for some quick fixes, identify solutions and address long term issues to accommodate the many different types of users our parks attract. On April 16, 2014, I was inspired to see the turnout for a public meeting on the future of the Humber Bay Shores Park network. The meeting marked the beginning of the public consultation process which will guide changes and improvements to the park. Of chief concern is the interaction between cyclists, pedestrians and other trail users.

Two furry friends enjoy the fresh air and open space of Humber Bay Park West’s off-leash area.

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No design decisions have been made and additional public consultations will take place in the near future.

The closest off-leash area is located right along the water in Humber Bay Park West. Park Trail Etiquette All multi-use pathway users have a responsibility to be considerate and respectful of all park/trail users. The following tips are provided to help ensure that all pathway users have an enjoyable and safe experience: • Cyclists rollerbladers, and similar faster-moving persons must yield to pedestrians. • Faster trail users should pass on the left and keep to the right when on the trail.

• Only pass when it is safe to do so and the trail is wide enough. • When riding a bike, let people know you are approaching by ringing your bell or giving a friendly greeting. • Dogs should be kept on a leash in parks, except in designated off-leash areas throughout the community. • To protect the pathways and parks, stay on the trail and don’t litter. • According to the Parks bylaw, trail users including cyclists and rollerbladers and skateboarders should not exceed the speed of 20km/h when traveling in a park. Be a Great Dog Owner As the weather warms up (hopefully) and our parks become busier, it is important to remember some rules so that all of our park users, including our four legged friends, can get along. Dogs should be leashed at all times unless in a designated off-leash area. The closest off-leash area is located right along the water in Humber Bay Park West. If your dog is on a leash, it can be no longer than six feet in length. Finally, don’t forget to stop and scoop!  HH Mark Grimes is the Councillor for Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore. He is a life-long resident, activist and businessperson in south Etobicoke. He can be reached by email at councillor_grimes@ toronto.ca, or by phone at 416-397-9273.


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HUMBER BAY SHORES WATERFRONT FESTIVAL Saturday, August 9th 10 am to 6 pm on Marine Parade Dr.

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∙∙ Meet vendors sponsoring the event ∙∙ Meet politicians that are our representatives to government ∙∙ Great fun & fellowship with neighbours ... and much, much more! FREE ADMISSION! Event is rain or shine.

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Humber Happenings, Summer Issue 2014