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Wage freeze not primary issue, representatives say BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH

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In an ongoing effort to balance the books, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan unveiled plans yesterday to freeze wages for nearly 500,000 more public service employees in Ontario. But workers who already agreed to freezes or are fighting against antistrike legislation say the real issue is about their constitutional right to collectively bargain. “There was no opportunity to discuss,” Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario York president David Clegg said. “It’s not a wage freeze, it’s a wage rollback from our perspective. We’ve been picked on and targeted, that’s for sure. So have the doctors.” About 25,000 doctors are still in talks with the province.

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‘We’ve been picked on and targeted, that’s for sure’. David Clegg

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario York president

Wednesday’s announcement from the McGuinty Liberals is aimed at hospitals, hydro utilities, universities, colleges and other broader public sector employees. However, the recently imposed Bill 115, known as the Putting Students First Act, is a “scary precedent”, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation executive officer Scott Marshall said, questioning what bigger plans the government has. “We do recognize the environment we are in, but the issue is bigger than wage freeze,” he said. While the union proposed a wage freeze and other cost-saving measures, the government turned down its offers, Mr. Marshall said. This week, high school teachers in York voted 94-per-cent in favour of a strike mandate, adding their support to about 136,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across the province. York’s elementary teachers vote on a strike mandate Oct. 4.

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Model Olya Limarenka gets ready for the Hope in Purple Heels fundraiser for Belinda’s Place with event host Upper Canada Mall general manager Robert Horst (from left) and Michael Croxon and Jim Vandusen of presenting sponsor New Roads Auto Group. There is still time to don your purple heels or tie and join them — as well as Belinda Stronach, the shelter foundation’s honorary chairperson — for the event, an exclusive evening of fashion, fun and fundraising Saturday at Upper Canada Mall’s decked-out centre court. Internationally acclaimed TV personality and stylist-to-the-stars Paul Venoit will MC the show that features the hottest trends from Michael Kors, Rudsak, Town Shoes and other retailers. Entertainment includes York Region’s own phenom crooner, Christopher Dallo, and Canadian Idol contestant Scarlett Burke. The

glam event begins with a cocktail reception at 7:45 by Aurora’s renowned caterer, Edward Street Grill. The all-inclusive tickets are $250, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to York Region’s first shelter for single women without a home, opening next year in Newmarket. Thanks to Oxford Property Group/Upper Canada Mall, $75,000 will be raised toward the $1-million community fundraising goal. About 200 guests will also enjoy swag bags with a minimum value of $100, as well as have a chance to win one of more than $7,000 in fabulous prizes, also with a minimum value of $100, from supporters that include Danier, The Bay, Michael Kors, Browns Shoes, Pandora, Coach, Sephora and Mac. If you purchase your ticket online by noon tomorrow at belindasplace. ca, you’ll be entered into a draw to win two more tickets, valued at $500.

The battle over regional council representation isn’t new. Durham Region has seen politicians added and whittled during the years and Peel Region was legislated by the province to increase seats in Mississauga’s favour. Each process was contentious in its own way. In York Region, the fight to add five more regional councillors in the 2014 municipal election is about to boil down to representation by population versus representation by workload. A motion tabled before the summer break and deferred to next month for debate asked the region to request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to enact a regulation that would authorize the change in regional council composition. Aurora, East Gwillimbury, King, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Vaughan would each gain one new councillor, if the proposed restructuring gets local, regional and provincial approval. With the exception of Vaughan, which has its mayor and three regional councillors, the other municipalities being considered are currently represented on regional council by their mayors only. “Four mayors are on their own and they find it very difficult,” regional chairperson Bill Fisch said. Projects in York Region are huge and the commitment of each regional councillor or mayor is “onerous”, he added. “It’s not about population,” Mr. Fisch said, calling the motion an unusual request. “It’s about workload and complexity of the issues.” However, the changing composiSee WEIGHTED, page A7.

Positive West Nile virus cases rise to 6 BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH

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The number of people who have tested positive for West Nile virus in York Region has increased to six, according to the latest statistics released by York’s public health office. That’s double the number of cases from last week. Four cases in Vaughan include a woman, 52, and three men, 47, 72 and 75. Two in Newmarket are a woman, 60 and a man, 76.

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All are recovering at home, York associate medical officer of health Dr. Lilian Yuan said. On the other hand, the number of probable human cases have dropped to five from six. However, a woman, 54, who has been recovering at home in Thornhill for more

than a month, is still awaiting blood test results, Dr. Yuan said. The number of cases and mosquito pools testing positive for West Nile virus will likely drop as the weather gets colder, she said. “The weather is in our favour... if we get seasonal weather or frost,” she said. “Mosquitoes don’t survive in the cold.” However, patients testing positive for the virus now may have been infected weeks ago, so a decrease in cases likely won’t happen immediately, but perhaps in about a month, Dr. Yuan said.

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Value-added jobs fastest growing sector in York Region BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH

Workers in the automotive, construction, finance, insurance and real estate sectors have some of the better paid and value-added jobs in York Region. “They are the key economic drivers in York Region,” York Region senior planner Michael Skelly said. These industries account for 86,000 jobs, which is 19 per cent of total employment in York, according to the region’s annual employment survey released this month. They are followed by the information and communications technology, life sciences

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and business and professional services sectors, which account for about 71,000 jobs in the region. Most jobs in these sectors are full-time positions that experience low unemployment and higher-than-average incomes, Mr. Skelly said. Depending on people’s interests, it’s a “good news story” for someone who lives in the region and wants to work in the region, York growth management, economy and information research manager Paul Bottomley said. “These are the fastest-growing sectors in York Region and we want to see continued growth in these sectors,” he said.

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BY THE NUMBERS Automotive 2011 employment: 21,726 people Transportation equipment manufacturing: 43.7 per cent Motor vehicle and parts dealers: 29.8 per cent Repair and maintenance: 16.3 per cent Motor vehicle and parts wholesaler-distributors: 10.2 per cent Big players include Magna International Inc., Honda, BMW, Hyundai, Mazda, Suzuki and Volvo. More than 40 per cent of the total automotive sector employment base is located in Vaughan, with additional concentrations in Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. Vaughan, Newmarket and Aurora collectively account for about 80 per cent of the region’s automotive sector manufacturing 2011 employment.

Construction 2011 employment: 30,296 people Specialty trade contractors: 60.2 per cent Construction of buildings: 23.1 per cent Heavy civil engineering construction: 16.7 per cent Big players include the Toronto Construction Association, the Construction Institute of Canada and Canada’s leading construction, development and property management firms. York is home to Canada’s third highest residential construction volume and fourth largest overall construction market. More than 350 firms involved in green construction and development are located within York. Nearly two thirds of the region’s employment in the construction sector is located within Vaughan, with 17 per cent in Markham.

Finance, insurance and real estate 2011 employment: 33,924 Real estate: 30.4 per cent Credit intermediation and related activities: 28.5 per cent Insurance carriers and related activities: 24.7 per cent Securities, commodity contracts and other: 15.9 per cent Funds and other financial vehicles: 0.3 per cent Monetary authorities - Central Bank: 0.2 per cent Big players include AMEX Canada, TD Waterhouse Inc., Allstate Insurance and State Farm Insurance. Over the last 10 years, this sector has been one of the fastestgrowing sectors in York. More than half of total finance, insurance and real estate employment in the region is located in Markham.

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Milton makes unique handmade firearms Old School A periodic series on people who keep old-fashioned craftsmanship alive BY CHRIS TRABER

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ankind’s fascination with firearms sparked in the 12th century after the Chinese invented gunpowder and married it to brass barrels and steel projectiles. Firearms revolutionized and democratized warfare, offered potent personal defence and offence, empowered peacekeepers and the nefarious alike and sustained pioneering generations reliant on the hunt. Subject to your politics, many suggest firearms should only be in the control of police, military and licensed target shooters and hunters. In the skilled, strong hands of Stephen Milton, firearms become one-of-a-kind works of engineering art. One of Canada’s few remaining gun makers, let alone genuine gunsmiths, the 63-year-old has been retailing, repairing and crafting fine firearms in York Region since 1979, the year he emigrated from his native London, England. Setting up shop first in Nobleton, he moved Precision Arms and Gunsmithing to King City in the mid-’90s. It was there where Lisa bought out his business partner and shortly after, became his life partner. The husband and wife team operates a reverent, well stocked and equipped oasis for firearm aficionados, from the target hobbyist, traditional and big game hunter, to the collector and the well-heeled who seek and can afford Mr. Milton’s custom-tailored firearms, a pair of which can cost $65,000. As the tall, two-time national, five-time provincial and bronzewinning world sporting clays champion explains repairs to a customer’s shotgun, his wife displays the shop’s eclectic, elegant and exotic wares, new, used and antique. “First, they are not weapons,” she said with an ever present smile. “The military uses weapons. These are firearms.” Against the walls rest an array of rifles ranging from a Husky H-5000 30-06 calibre, 22-barrel for $550 to a Krieghoff big game express rifle valued at $16,395. “We sell quite of few of those,” she said. In the shotgun category, the Miltons have a modest Boito Hiker 12-inch barrel, single shot, full choke unit for $220 all the way to a Krieghoff k-80 Sporting 12 gauge, custom stock and titanium trigger shotgun for just less than $10,000. The handgun case, for anyone who grew up watching western, James Bond and Dirty Harry films, is a magnet. There’s a Smith & Wesson .357 calibre Combat Magnum revolver for $525, antique Berettas in the $400s and an exquisite 1862 Uberti .45 Colt six-shot revolver reproduction for $6,700. Mr. Milton recently sold a single action army Colt from “before

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Custard’s time” for $20,000. The store normally stays away from military ordnance, Ms Milton said. The handguns, mostly used, are sold, but not serviced, unlike the rifles and shotguns Mr. Milton expertly repairs and restores in the back room machine shop. Of course, anyone wanting to do business needs a firearms license, a rigorous course of study, training, testing and scrutiny by provincial law enforcement, the Ontario Provincial Police in the case of York Region. “They don’t hand them out like dole cheques,” Mr. Milton said in his droll British timbre. As a youth, he apprenticed as a gun maker in London. “A gunsmith is jack of all firearm trades,” he said, unpacking a fawn-hued leather carrying case he commissioned from Italian craftsmen. “There’s only about three gunsmiths in Canada. I literally make everything from lock, stock and barrel. The only thing I don’t make are coil springs.” The case contains express rifle components he has milled, machined, built and engraved by hand from blocks of hardened steel and blanks of walnut that alone cost $1,800. A snap, twist and click and the custom creation, one of two awaiting delivery, rests on the counter. It’s ornate sculpture as much as it is a magnificent firearm. Pride turns a corner of his mouth northward. “This is custom fit like a fine suit or shoes, both of which I can’t afford,” he said with a wry

chuckle. “I’m a gun maker, not a gun owner.” The twin barrel express rifles took two years to build. So named to fire quickly against charging and dangerous prey, Mr. Milton hand tooled everything from the small bolts and screws to his innovative design of the single, nonselective inertia trigger. Mr. Milton’s inventions include a recoil reduction system used by Beretta and shotgun chokes for another Italian manufacturer that retains his apprentice-training services yearly. He doesn’t want his craft and trade to die, he said. The few gunsmiths in Canada work together. The others turn to Mr. Milton for the detailed custom jobs. There remain stalwart, old-school gun makers in the United States and Europe, yet most firearms today are mass produced. He’d like to hire an apprentice and teach them the art of machining firearm parts. “It would cost me money because while I’m teaching, I’m not making anything,” he said. “Kids, it seems, don’t want to do it. They’re good at punching computers.” His experience in, and respect for, the firearm craft has tempered staunch, unapologetic opinions. Hand gun control, he said, is lame. “Guns are smuggled through reservations and bike gangs in the States,” he said. “It’s organized crime. Some dealers in the U.S. are also criminals. They don’t have export licenses, so they sell them illegally.”

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Lisa and Stephen Milton are partners at Precision Arms & Gunsmithing Ltd. The company still uses handmade methods to build firearms. It opened in 1979 in Nobelton before moving to King City. Mr. Milton believes border guards are the true filter in stopping gun smuggling. “The police seem to do very little,” he said. “They’d rather give out speeding tickets. They’re heroes in the newspaper when they display guns they’ve captured, but they don’t go after the bad guys. The police have rules. The bad guys don’t.” The failed federal gun registry, in his view, was a fiasco. “It cost $2.7 billion and didn’t solve a single crime,” he said. “Know how many hospitals that could have been built or how many cops and border cops hired for that?”

Mr. Milton doesn’t have a lot of use for reality television featuring pawned firearms or gun makers. “All nonsense,” he said, referring to factual errors and pricing. “I’m just an ordinary guy who loves his job with a passion,” he said. “I’m proud of my work.” Typically concise, his best advice for the handling of a firearm is to always treat it as if it were loaded. “Always point the barrel to a safe place and never carry two different calibers of ammunition.” For more information, visit precisionarms. ca

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Newmarket house fire investigation continues BY TERESA LATCHFORD

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Investigators are continuing to probe a house fire in Newmarket Tuesday night. Central York Fire Services responded to Newbury Drive at 10:40 p.m. and later requested assistance from Richmond Hill and East Gwillimbury fire services. York Regional Police and York Region EMS also responded, Central York deputy chief Robert Comeau said.

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An occupant of the home was taken to hospital, suffering from what was thought to be smoke inhalation, however, it was later determined her illness was not related to the fire. A dog escaped the blaze as well. Police evacuated some surrounding homes. Total damage to the semi-detached home is not yet known. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.


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Appalling how province is ignoring public input ISSUE: Report finds provincial government ignoring our rights on important decisions.

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angerous. Deliberate. Undermining. Scathing. Those are just a few choice words hurled at the province this past week after a report found it is blatantly ignoring our rights on important and possibly life-changing environmental decisions being made in our communities. Instead of seeing green on provincial eco initiatives — in which, apparently, we have little or no say — we should all be seeing red. “It astounds me to report on the degree of disregard and contempt that is shown to statutory requirements of the Environmental Bill of Rights,” Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller said last week when he released part one of his annual report, aptly entitled Losing Touch. Not only are the Ontario Liberals flouting our right to know about and comment on green matters, policies and initiatives paid for by the public purse, they are hiding significant decisions being made, says Mr. Miller, Ontario’s independent environmental advocate. As reported by YRMG last week, the worst culprit is the Natural Resources Ministry, which Mr. Miller calls a chronic offender that ignores requirements of the law and develops policies and programs without consulting the public. “Perhaps it is understandable that the ministries are no longer referred to as the civil service because there is nothing civil about the way citizens are often treated when they exercise their legislated right to file a request for investigation or review,” he said. For many residents — especially those intrinsically involved in local environmental matters — this report likely comes as no big surprise. That’s because, along with ignoring our input and demands for change, another delinquent, the Environment Ministry, keeps us in the dark. Look no further than an aluminum dross smelter on Warden Avenue in Georgina, which was certified — but virtually ignored — by the Environment Ministry more than 30 years ago. York Region politicians have been unsuccessful in getting Premier Dalton McGuinty to own up to his promise in 2003 to clean up the Thane smelter site. “This location is in a league of its own in this region in terms of its environmental degradation,” Regional Councillor John Taylor has said. The ministry confirmed yesterday, in fact, it doesn’t have the funds to assist with cleaning up chemicals such as copper, cadmium, zinc and ammonia that continue to move through the ground toward the Maskinonge River and, possibly, Lake Simcoe. It even goes as far as to deny any commitments the province made in the first place to rehabilitate the site that was under its watch for decades. Appalling, to say the least. We have simply, as citizens and communities, lost trust and faith in the province’s vow and mandate to protect us. Opposition parties say hiding information is typical of the Liberals and point to their current fight to get Queen’s Park to discuss recent decisions to cancel electrical generating stations in Oakville and Mississauga. “This government continues to keep Ontarians in the dark on the costs and benefits of legislation, and they don’t want people to know the negative aspects of some of these things,” Progressive Conservative critic Michael Harris said. Trampling on citizens’ rights and flouting laws that demand we have a say in matters is unacceptable, untrustworthy and contemptible. Immediate steps must be taken to ensure the public is aware of and understands any and all issues that affect our communities and the Liberals have to stop assuming they can run the show behind closed doors and under a veil of secrecy.

BOTTOM LINE: Public must be aware of all issues that affect our communities.

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Replacement refs’ woes show officiating tough ave you been following the saga of the National Football League replacement officials and their struggles to make the right call in the pressure cooker that is America’s biggest sports stage? The poor guys in the pinstripes are at the mercy of instant replay as the broadcasters show us the calls that should have been made and shouldn’t have been made — and maybe would have been made correctly by the everyday officials with whom the league can’t seem to reach a deal on a new contract. Of course, we arm-chair quarterbacks view ourselves as experts on the game, believing we could make those split second calls with our eyes closed and our brains tied behind our backs. Oddly, instead of us being humbled by this spectacle of semi-pro refs struggling to get it right, we seem to be more convinced than ever that we regular guys at home could do better. Where thousands of us were yelling at the TV screen about the blown calls in years past, now there are millions yelling at more blown calls. Even when these call-up rule enforcers view instant replay in those instances where, mercifully, video review is allowed — you’d think this second chance to see what the rest of the world saw on their TV screens would be all that’s needed — they still can’t seem to get it right. You’d think they were doing it on purpose — as in, they’d been passed over by the big league and now, when there’s trouble with the “real” refs, the big league comes calling. Well, we’ll show them. Touchdown Seattle. It makes me glad we don’t have to deal with this phenomenon in our everyday lives: replacement airline pilots (“Hey, what does this button do?”) replacement brain surgeons (“Oops! I think I dropped something.”), replacement police officers (“Freeze! You’re under arrest for parking in...” Boom! “Darn, my gun went off again!”), replacement pharmacists (“Sore arse and sciatica? Try this, umm, let’s see, arsenic and cyanide! Sounds right, no?”) I don’t even watch a lot of football. But this whole new element of curious rules interpretation, of officials changing the outcome of the game, has added an exciting randomness to the games that I intend to enjoy for as long as it lasts. But while professional football is big business and fans may have a right to be aghast at how shoddy officiating is affecting the credibility of a great game, I must say something I don’t miss now that my own kids are less involved in competitive sports, as seems to happen as kids get older, is the abuse of people who officiate at our children’s sports contests and, in the case of hockey especially, seem to take a type of verbal abuse from the coaches and parents that, if it were me, no amount of compensation could ever make up for. People walk into a house of worship and are on their best behaviour — peaceful, thoughtful, caring. Later that afternoon, they walk into a house of hockey worship somewhere in the York-Simcoe league and lose their minds — they are screaming at the officials in a flurry they wouldn’t unleash on a person who had stolen their life savings or set their house on fire. (As a coach I’ve tried to limit my own comments to “bad call, ref”, not yelled but stated clearly and firmly, when really I should have kept my mouth shut.) Let’s take this NFL situation as a lesson that officiating at sports events is not as easy as we might think. Screaming at a minor hockey referee, especially a teenage ref, is really not cool. You wouldn’t scream at the teenager serving you at the coffee shop or ringing up your groceries, would you? You wouldn’t want that caught on video, either, replayed for the nation. Your children would soon be looking for a replacement parent.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Transit strike drove residents to cars Re: York approves reduced transit fare hike, Sept. 22. Regional chairperson Bill Fisch assumes people didn’t take advantage of the free transit rides because we are a “car-oriented region”. I was a transit user until the 97-day strike this winter. Needing to get places, I and thousands of others were forced to find alternate transportation. Many of us were forced to become “car oriented”. Most of us will not be stupid enough to trust York Region Transit again. After permitting a transit shutdown of that magnitude, I say people didn’t take advantage of the free transit rides because York Region council, led by Mr. Fisch, is car oriented. I congratulate him on his upcoming retirement. I’m sure his public stipend will afford him a luxurious automobile to get around in. I wish him good health, as all us retirees wish for, because it is a real pain riding the bus to the hospital with the reduced schedule.

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NIMBY or not, sewage plant not welcome Re: York Region selects sewage plant site, Sept. 13. In response to the selection of the sewage treatment plant location in Queensville, I just have to say, and I will admit that it is NIMBYism, but we don’t want it. We are thrilled the water being discharged at a rate of 40 millions litres/day is going to be the cleanest of which technology is capable. We are convinced this will actually improve the quality of the Holland River and Lake Simcoe. We will check out the test facility in Mount Albert, but can I just mention, and I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but there is actually no sewage there, so I just don’t think it will compare to what we are getting. The bottom line, however, is the largest portion of this facility, including multiple 100-foot

diameter storage tanks, the open-air aeration tanks and clarifier ponds are part of a conventional sewage treatment plant. I challenge anyone to suggest they would be thrilled if this facility was coming to their neighbourhood. Call me crazy, but we don’t want it here and we especially don’t want it upwind of us.

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Weighted voting system may be answer, Fisch says From page A1.

tion of council “dilutes the vote of everybody else and that’s the problem�, Mr. Fisch said, adding a solution would be to implement a weighted voting system, similar to one used in Simcoe County, where there’s a large variance in municipality population, allowing the opportunity for representation by population. York’s council is made up of 20 elected regional councillors and mayors from nine municipalities, plus one chairperson appointed by regional council. They oversee big-ticket issues such as social services, transit and police. Since 1970, the province has approved four additional members for York’s regional council: two from Markham in 1978 and 1988 and two from Vaughan in 1988 and 2003. With one mayor and four regional councillors, Markham has the most members (5) on regional council, followed by Vaughan (4), Richmond Hill (3), Georgina (2) and Newmarket (2). Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, who tabled the motion, said it’s not just about having representation on council, but on committees on which regional councillors and mayors sit. “I want to make sure I don’t miss anything,� he said. “I want someone else sitting there.� Mr. Emmerson said it’s not his intention to give northern municipalities more clout at the regional level. Instead, it is to even out council and give equal representation. That’s a stretch in the eyes of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, who believes an inequity already exists in that each regional councillor from larger municipalities serves about 60,000 to 75,000 people. By contrast, the lone regional council representative for King or East Gwillimbury — two of the smallest municipalities by population — serves less than 25,000 people. “It’s already disproportionate now,� Mr. Heath said, adding Markham should have 10 regional councillors if King has one for every

21,000 residents. Representation in regional governance in the GTA tends to revolve around a conflict between two principles, York University political science associate professor Robert MacDermid said. One is representation by population in that the number of voters per representative should be approximately equal. The other is principle partners in a federation should have equal representation. For the full story, go to yorkregion.com

In the United States, for example, each state has two senators. If a compromise can’t be reached, some of the smaller municipalities in the region wouldn’t deserve any representation, while residents there would still be taxed for regional services, Mr. MacDermid said. In York, Markham residents send 50 cents of every municipal tax dollar collected to the region, while Georgina sends 36 cents. “I can sympathize with workload — I think they do a lot and they are overwhelmed by the binder they get for each meeting,� Mr. MacDermid said. “But I’m not sure how far that argument would go.� Regional issues aren’t perceived by most residents, he explained. “That’s where the problem lies. It hasn’t reached the consciousness of most people who live in the suburbs.� Debates and discussions about representation on regional councils are indications the role of regional government is becoming increasingly important, Canadian Urban Institute education and research vice-president Glenn Miller said. A common agreement should exist between all regional governments across the province for consistency, Mr. Miller said. That isn’t the case now. Durham, on the other hand, has half of the

population of York or Peel, yet it boasts more representation, with 28 regional council members and a chairperson. Since it was incorporated in 1974, Durham was legislated to have at least two members from each of its eight municipalities due to size and workload. Its council went from 30 members (not including the chairperson) to 32 and back down to the current 28, eliminating three members from Oshawa and one from Clarington in 1998. Durham regional chairperson Roger Anderson recalled the contentious process, saying Oshawa understood why some people felt it had one too many seats on regional council.

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Rogers Public School students jointed the movement to get their extra-curricular activities back. This morning, a group of grades 6, 7 and 8 students walked out of class to demonstrate with signs and chants just outside the school’s doors in hopes of getting the activities reinstated at the school. Kaitlyn and Alyssa Ferrera-Webster, twin 12-year-old sisters who organized the protest, said they want the government to hear what they have to say. “What the government is doing is unfair to teachers and unfair to us,” Kaitlyn said, holding a sign in front of the school. When she and her sister found out there would be no volleyball and some clubs would not be offered due to teachers protesting provincial legislation, the duo, with some friends, decided to organize a peaceful walkout to make their voices a little louder. “We need these teams and clubs because they are fun, teach us to be independent and

‘What the government is doing is unfair to teachers and unfair to us.’ Kaitlyn Ferrera-Webster

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the government will do what it has to do,� Ms Ireland said. The votes are part of an escalating protest against the provincial deal that freezes wages — except for grid movement for newer teachers — cuts sick days in half to 10 and prevents teachers from banking sick days and cashing them out at retirement. Some teachers are withdrawing from voluntary duties in protest, leading to random cancellations of curriculum nights, sports teams and extracurricular clubs across York Region. Ms Ireland said that her members are now waiting for advice from provincial union leaders as talks continue at the local level to determine what the provincial Memorandum of Agreement means. York Region’s teacher unions, like many across the province, have a good relationship with the local public school board “but this legislation has forced us into adversarial steps and we don’t want to be there. “You can’t just impose legislation and then say, ‘Let’s all play nice in the sandbox’. This is a multi-faceted process ... a monumental undertaking.� Students, meanwhile, plan an provincewide rally at Queen’s Park Saturday. They will be, according to the online flyer, “standing in support of Ontario teachers�.

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OPSEU fighting back against Bill 115: officer From page A1.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and several other unions plan to rally in Ottawa during the Ontario Liberal annual general meeting Friday. “We are fighting back against Bill 115. We are hoping it’s going to be recalled,” said Emily Visser, communications officer with OPSEU, which represents about 120,000 employees in the broader public sector. While she couldn’t say exactly why other unions, including about 45,000 Catholic teachers and 10,000 managers and professional employees, have voluntarily accepted similar deals, including a two-year wage freeze, Ms Visser suggested they were forced to do so. The smaller unions may be more vulnerable, she said, whereas the unions still fighting back are larger. The wage freeze isn’t the issue, Ms Visser agreed. “It’s our collective bargaining right that is the much bigger issue here,” she said. Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association president Kevin O’Dwyer took offence to suggestions his group settled to ensure funding to the schools wasn’t cut. “I’ve heard that before... and it’s false,” he said, adding there was no conversation about funding during the union’s six months of negotiation with the province. Instead, the union recognized the province is going through a challenging economic time and decided on the wage freeze before the government set out the parameters, Mr. O’Dwyer said. He called the deal fair and reasonable, “given the economic situation and given the government was prepared to use legislation”. For the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario, the latest group to

reach a tentative two-year wage-freeze agreement, the 80 days of bargaining were about being cognizant of the political and economic environment and the government’s fiscal challenges, president Gary Gannage said. “Our employer is the government. They have a certain power that no other employers have and that is to pass legislation,” he said. Feelings of resentment and poor morale are bad for any workplace and weaken the relationship between employees and employers, Mr. Gannage said. That being said, every bargaining group is unique, he added. The biggest concern for him is a tendency toward “global attacks” on collective bargaining rights. “It’s the fundamental democratic principle,” he said. Asked what he thought of the $418,000 pay cap proposed for executives in government agencies, hospitals, colleges, universities and other organizations, Mr. Gannage let out a sigh. “No one makes $418,000 in our group,” he said, chuckling. Thornhill Progressive Conservative MPP Peter Shurman, the critic for finance, was unavailable to comment, but LambtonKent-Middlesex Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton, the official opposition critic for economic development and innovation, said he’s not surprised different unions are responding differently to the wage freeze. “Dalton McGuinty’s approach is weak and needs to have a backbone,” he said. “He is targeting teachers and with a divisive approach.” Mr. McNaughton said the fairest approach is to freeze all public sector salaries across the board, something he said his party proposed and was defeated in the spring.

A Finance Ministry representative declined to comment, but provided a statement saying the government is taking strong action to eliminate the deficit and help protect public services and jobs.

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The Newmarket Citizens’ Band 140th anniversary concert is Sunday, 2 p.m. at Riverwalk Commons. Take a musical journey through time and celebrate a historic 140 years of service in the community. There will be music, balloons and birthday cake. Visit newmarketcitizensband.ca

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A quilt auction is Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 333 Davis Dr., Newmarket. You can bid on quilts and smaller quilted items, such as table runners, bags and cards. Money raised from the event goes to purchasing material for comfort quilts for cancer patients in the community.

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The Aurora Community Garden harvest is Sunday 2 to 5 p.m at the Alliance Parkette on Industrial Parkway South. Aurora community gardeners will create a soup from ingredients harvested directly from the garden. For more information, call 905-8413410, ext. 203.

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Gary and Darlene Carlton started a program through which they donate $1 for every like they receive on their Facebook page to help keep a school open in the mountains of Honduras.

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While most people will be getting set to celebrate Christmas Dec. 21, Gary and Darlene Carlton will be celebrating with the Mayans in Honduras. “If the world is going to end, we are going to be in the right place. They are getting ready for just a huge celebration,” Ms Carlton said. The Mount Albert couple’s appetite for adventure has seen them travel across much of South and Central America in a quest to find the finest coffee money can buy. They started Clipper Coffee, their micro

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The race is on among Ontario municipalities to land a university and East Gwillimbury is not resting on its laurels. Key members of the community, along with Mayor Virginia Hackson, town staff and councillors gathered at Silver Lakes Golf and Conference Centre Monday to participate in a planning and visioning meeting. While the meeting was closed to the public, it was a very exciting morning session

roaster and online coffee store, in 2008 and have jumped head first into espousing the virtues of freshly roasted organic fair trade java. Every year, they look forward to their annual trip south to different coffee plantations. “It’s nice to touch and feel it and come See I FEEL, page B4.

What’s your opinion? Send it to smartin@yrmg.com that provided many different perspectives, Ms Hackson said. “We feel confident that we will get a university,” she said. “I think we have what the province has in mind in terms of location.” About 30 people attended the morning meeting, including regional chairperson

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LANGUAGE Newmarket Aurora French language meetup group, 7 p.m. at Heavenly Bite European Cafe Bakery, 1100 Davis Dr., Newmarket. This group is for anyone who wants to learn or practise French at any level in a fun and friendly environment.

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BARBECUE Charity barbecue, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Royal Bank, 16591 Yonge St., Newmarket. Enjoy one last barbecue before the days get a little colder. Proceeds from the event will support Belindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place.

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UYSS project The following is a message from Genevieve Singh, the communication specialist from The Regional Municipality of York. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, there is less than one percent of water available for human use. It is important that innovative ways to extend the life                  !  with the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water supplies, we can ensure that our worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water is safer, cleaner, and more sustainable today - for our generation, and generations to come. The proposed Water Reclamation Centre for the Upper York Sewage Solutions project, currently undergoing a public environmental assessment, is one of those creative and sustainable ways to protect water resources in York Region. This facility would use advanced

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Mount Albert Village Association The Mount Albert Business Association is changing into the Mount Albert Village Association to increase involvement, strengthen the community, and represent everyone in the village. Membership is open to anyone with a connection to Mount Albert and costs only              October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mount Albert Community Centre, 53 Main St.. Join the Mount Albert email list: www.MountAlbert.com

Council/Committee highlights Committee of the Whole Council met on September 17 to consider the following matters. These will be brought forward to the October 1 Council meeting for adoption. For a full agenda of these meetings, please refer to the Town web site at eastgwillimbury.ca, click on Council, and follow the links. Presentations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A representative from Queensville Properties made a presentation regarding the Queensville Community Plan. A representative from York Region Gift of Life Association asked for support to raise awareness for the need for organ and tissue donations. Cultural Plan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Committee endorsed the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cultural Plan and will discuss implementation at a future Council workshop. Thinking Green â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Staff presented a status report on the Thinking Green Sustainability Strategy, and Committee endorsed the work plan that includes a launch event planned for November 12.

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OPEN HOUSE Tai chi open house, 10 a.m. to noon at Taoist Tai Chi, 355 Davis Dr., Newmarket. See a demonstration of this ancient Chinese art of internal health, get information and enjoy refreshments. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Visit taoist.org

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Community events Gardening Now & Again: Prepare your garden for winter & beyond, with Lynne Marie Sullivan, Master Gardener. Tuesday, October 2, 7:00-8:00 pm at the Holland Landing Library. Free; call 905-836-6492 to reserve your seat. Details:egpl.ca. The York Simcoe Naturalists Group general meeting Tuesday October 9 at 7:30pm. Topic: the Holland Marsh Canal Rebuilding Project. River Drive Park Community Centre, 20 Oak Street (off Queensville Sideroad, north of Holland Landing). Refreshments will be served. Lug a mug. For more information contact us at www.ysnaturalists.ca or ysnclub@yahoo.ca

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Council budget update â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Staff proposed changes to the way the Council budget is structured, and these will be used in the preparation of the 2013 budget.

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Fill & Site Alteration By-law â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Proposed amendments to the Town by-law were deferred pending a public meeting to gather additional comments. Watch our web site and this page for details.

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UYSS at Town Council Representatives from York Region will attend the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee of the Whole meeting October 1 at 10am to discuss the recommended site for the proposed water reclamation centre on 2nd Concession, one kilometre north of Queensville Sideroad.

East Gwillimbury farmers market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Civic Centre, 19000 Leslie St., Sharon. Runs every Saturday until Oct. 6. Purchase local farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; produce. Visit eastgwillimburyfarmersmarket.ca

WORKSHOP Parent and child Mother Goose, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Holland Landing library, 19513 Yonge St. This interactive program, which runs every Wednesday until Dec. 12, focuses on rhymes, songs and stories that support language, literacy and attachment. Supported in part by the York North Ontario Early Years Centre. For more information, call 905-836-6492 or visit egpl.ca

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ENTERTAINMENT Diva Day, 6:30 p.m. at Madsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenhouse, 160 Bayview Pkwy., Newmarket. Enjoy a girls night out complete with dinner, spa treatments, drinks and more while supporting the Alzheimer Society of York Region. Tickets are $60. Tickets are available at alzheimer-york.com or by calling 905-895-1337, ext. 29.


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Hayes finds creativity in gourd crafting BY SIMON MARTIN

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Forgive Julia Hayes for losing her gourd. It’s not that she is out of her mind. In fact, she’s quite the opposite. It’s just she has 90 gourds strewn about her house, so the odds of one going missing are quite high. The East Gwillimbury resident took up the ancient art of gourd crafting recently and can’t get enough of it. Pine needling, wax linen, wood burning, chip-carving; there are so many ways to decorate the vegetable. “You can be so much more creative with gourds. It would blow your mind what you can do with these things,” she said. “I find canvas very boring now.” Although she just started gourd crafting two years ago, Ms Hayes has proven to be quite a talent. Last weekend, she took home best in show at the Gourd and Creative Art Show, hosted by the Canadian Gourd Society in Buckhorn. “It was humbling,” she said. Even though she entered her gourds in the beginner classification, she was able to win best in show because judging was based on classification level standards,

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she said. While she won best in show, there were more impressive gourds on display, Ms Hayes contended, adding she’ll move up to the intermediate level next year. The gourd that won best in show was an ocean drum. One side was made to look like the top of the sea, while the other was made to look like the bottom. The inside of the drum had a package of ball bearings so when you swirled the drum, it sounded as if you were at the ocean. She is convinced by the virtues of the craft, Ms Hayes wants to recruit others from the community to join a gourding patch, as they call it. Currently, she goes to the gourding society in Peterborough, which she refers to as the Peter Patch. “I was a painter, so this sort of intrigued me,” she said. “I went

to a class, made something and I loved it.” It’s really fun to use all the tools needed to decorate a gourd, Ms Hayes said, adding power tools are part of the equipment. “Men are drawn to this like you wouldn’t believe and are so shocked to see women using power tools,” she said. The rich history of gourding also has Ms Hayes intrigued. Historically, people used them to drink water, she said. “Gourd crafting is the oldest art form in the world, even older than pottery,” she said. “You can really demonstrate the versatility of the art form.” Her gourds will be on display at the East Gwillimbury farmers market Saturday. Although she’s not excited about selling them, Ms Hayes said she would sell some, with proceeds going to the Canadian Gourd Society. “I really want them to get more established,” she said, noting she wants to convince more farmers to grow gourds. Gourds belong to the cucumber family. Unlike their relatives, such as squashes, pumpkins and melons, gourds are usually grown for ornamental purposes.

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Julia Hayes does amazing things with gourds. In a relatively short amount of time, Ms Hayes found she had a calling for the creatively coloured craft.

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the larger community involved,” York Region strategic economic initiatives manager Chris Rickett said. “There was a good discussion around how can East Gwillimbury set itself apart from other potential proposals.” The competition around the province to land one of three satellite campuses is at a fevered pitch, with whispers of interest from Newmarket, Aurora, Milton and Barrie. There are likely many municipalities in York Region interested in landing a university, Mr. Rickett acknowledged. “Generally, it’s not so much about the location for the region,” he said. The No. 1 goal of the region in the draft economic plan is securing a post-secondary institution. Whether that is in Vaughan, Markham or East Gwillimbury is of

a lesser concern, he added. “It was a sharing of ideas amongst all sectors,” Councillor John Eaton said, adding the concept of a university is not just for the benefit of East Gwillimbury residents, but for all of York Region. York-Simcoe MPP Julia Munro said it’s time for a university to come to York Region. The meeting was about getting a group of people together and sharing what they thought a university should look like, she said, adding the more you can get a consensus started around ideas, the better the application will appear. Ms Munro also reminded the group there are like-minded people gathering around the province trying to secure a university for their municipalities. Businesses from across the region came to offer some perspective. A university in York Region fits well with how the company oper-

ates, IBM executive Dave Robitaille said. “We’re the largest private sector employer in the region,” he said. “We’re responsible to help the community achieve their goals.” The next step in the process is engaging residents and reporting on the meeting’s proceedings to council, Ms Hackson said. While much strategy was discussed, Ms Hackson said a preferred location will be discussed at a later date. East Gwillimbury is set to double in population in the next 10 years. “The main message was we have a clean slate,” she said. “We are a growing community with lots of options.” University of Waterloo student Lindsay Leung provided a student presence at the meeting. Even though e-learning might be the way of the future, university students long for that strong sense of community that comes from living

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parents by declaring a one day moratorium on extra-curricular activities ? So much for fighting to protect students.

Remember the radio and TV ads in the days leading up to the vote on Bill 115, the legislation that would freeze teachers’ wages for two years, stop the practice of cashing in on sick days whether sick or not and preventing teachers from striking during the two year wage freeze period ?

“It won’t be business as usual” said Sam Hammond, the President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) following the passing of Bill 115. “Teachers will be free to choose which volunteer activities with students, if any, they will withdraw from.”

“We’ll be in school, but we won’t stop fighting to protect our students”.

Again, the first victims in the fight with the government are the students and their parents. But this statement by Mr. Hammond puts the issue into an interesting perspective. Students and parents alike, will know that individual teachers are now making the decision about whether the extra-curricular activity is cancelled or not.

This was the tag line attached to the many radio ads sponsored by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF). Well, teachers are in school alright, but the refrain about how they wouldn’t “stop fighting to protect our students” is somewhat confusing to the students and parents who are now caught in the crossfire of the teachers’ demonstrations against the government. What does it say about the leadership of the OSSTF when the first volley in response to the passing of Bill 115, was against students and

Refusing to coach sports teams or organize music and drama programs, doesn’t change the daily routine of the politicians who voted for Bill 115, but it has significant impact on the students and parents who are counting on those programs. Students and parents should not be used as pawns ..... Whatever disagreements there may be concerning wage freezes or sick days or how

the implementation of Bill 115 was handled, students and parents should not have to bear the consequences of this dispute. This issue should be worked out in the boardrooms and at the negotiating tables, not in classrooms or schoolyards. While I disagree with how Dalton McGuinty and his government have handled this issue, I do agree that a two year wage freeze is an essential step in getting the province’s fiscal affairs in order. That’s the reason I and my colleagues in the PC Caucus supported Bill 115 . Our preference would have been a legislated, across-the-board two year wage freeze for ALL public sector employees. The savings to the province would have been $2 billion per year, and would have represented a major step towards balancing Ontario’s budget. That approach would have avoided singling out the teaching profession and would have been a fair and equitable way of managing the fiscal challenge in our province. Dalton McGuinty dismissed that proposal and chose rather to move forward with Bill 115. Putting things into perspective...... It may interest you to know that despite this so-called wage freeze, 41% of teachers will still

get an average pay increase of $7,500 over the next two years because of their position on the seniority grid (which is not subject to the freeze). The additional cost to taxpayers for these increases alone will be $300 million. Given the predicament of 600,000 unemployed Ontarians who wake up every morning wondering where the next meal will come from, the fact that sick days can no longer be banked, should be kept in perspective. It should be kept in mind as well, that since being elected in 2003, the McGuinty government has increased spending on education by more than $8 billion, despite a decline in enrollment of more than 250,000 students. A good part of that increase went to teachers’ salaries and benefits. Frankly, with an average salary of $83,000, a comprehensive drug, dental and disability benefit plan and an enviable pension, I think Ontario teachers are doing quite well. They have every reason to put students first and I have every confidence that they will. As always, I welcome your comments and advice. I can be contacted through my website at www.frankklees.com or by phone at 905 750 0019.

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You won’t hear Matt Wintjes complaining about being overworked. No, the fourth-year Newmarket Hurricanes goaltender would rather be in the net at all times. So far, the 19-year-old Holland Landing resident has played every minute of the team’s seven games entering play tonight against the Whitby Fury at the Ray Twinney Complex. Chalk it up to that No. 1 mentality most goalies possess. “I’ve been waiting three years for this,” Wintjes said after Sunday’s 5-2 victory over the visiting Cobourg Cougars, waving off any suggestion he could use a rest even after three games in less than 24 hours (all wins and just five goals surrendered). “Last year, I was in one or two games in a row. This is the first time I’ve played seven in a row. Your body has to get used to it.” After two seasons as Jimmy Sarjeant’s understudy, Wintjes shared the net last season with Jason Pucciarelli. Together, they were the best tandem in the league. However, since at any given time only one goalie can occupy the crease, two No. 1 goalies really does nothing for team chemistry. One of the first orders of business after an off-season coaching change that saw Brian Perrin shuffled out in favour of Justin Peca was for the goalies to reach a mutual decision. In the end, Pucciarelli, a Newmarket resident, was sent to the Hamilton Red Wings for forward Calvin Higley and defenceman Phil Kiss, a pair of former Markham Waxers. If Pucciarelli hasn’t been cultureshocked, he sure is being shellshocked in the Hammer. Suffice to say the Red Wings are

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After splitting goalie duties with Jason Pucciarelli last season, Matt Wintjes was selected as the Newmarket Hurricane’s No. 1 netminder this season. not a bastion of the defensive style Pucciarelli was accustomed to in his one-year stint with the Hurricanes. “We both decided we were both capable of being number ones in this league and needed to work something out,” said Wintjes, a product of the York Simcoe Express triple-A program. Clearly, one or the other had to go. Peca chose to go with Wintjes. “I just felt, ‘Here’s a kid who’s hungry and gets a chance to step up’,” Peca said. “I always thought Matt was underrated and underused. “He’s willing to take on the work-

load. He’s got a great attitude for it. He and I are on the same page and make sure we are always talking and seeing how he feels.” So far, the Hurricanes haven’t missed a beat defensively, with a goals against average of less than two per game while still learning new systems. Wintjes sports a .920 save percentage. “We’re playing pretty good hockey right now,” Wintjes said. “We are playing a quicker transition this season and that is helping us out at the back end. “Focus is a big thing for me at this point. The mental game is a big thing right now because when you play three games in three days, your body is getting tired. You can’t let your mind drift.” As a defence-first team under Perrin, observers might suggest a goaltender’s numbers are product of the team’s style. Early on, the Hurricanes are again among the top defensive teams, despite still getting used to Peca’s strategy. “You never know how things will be under a new coach,” said Wintjes, who is chasing an NCAA scholarship. “But Pecs has made clear his philosophy and so far, everyone has bought in. “I was pretty sure they would bring in the right guy. Brian was a good coach and for three years was good for me. He shaped a lot of guys into the players they are today.”

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Newmarket Hurricanes’ Sean Walker is followed closely by Cobourg Cougars’ Tyler Davey in the Canes’ home opener Sunday. The Hurricanes won the game 5-2.

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Wellington. He spent the bulk of the next day receiving medical and dental attention, but was back in the lineup Sunday, scoring his team’s first goal ... Brandon Francisco has a team-leading eight points, one ahead of Daniel Leavens and Calvin Higley. Francisco, a former Kitchener Ranger, and Leavens both have four goals. Higley’s five assists are best on the team ... After a hectic weekend, head coach Justin Peca gave the team Monday off. On Tuesday, it was off to Pheasant Run Golf Club for the team’s golf tourament before an evening practice ... Netminder Matt Wintjes has played all seven games, but Peca is considering handing rookie understudy Lucas Peressini his first start in one of the next two games. Speak Up — “They’ve responded real well, so all credit to them for their work ethic and how they approach the games,” Peca said, of his team’s start to the season, including a sweep of three games on consecutive days over the weekend. “I like the way we approach in a calm way and know there is no easy opponent.” Record — 5-1-1-0, 1st in North Division. — John Cudmore

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York Blue Sox second baseman Rob Martel picks up a groundball as shortstop Adam Lennon backs him up in the opening game of the Const. Garrett Styles Memorial Baseball Tournament’s Angels baseball tournament at McKnight filed last Friday night.

NYPD’s Finest edges Hawks, claims inaugural Styles title Victor Rosario smacked a twoout, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the New York Police Department Finest to a 4-3 victory over the Newmarket Hawks in the final of the Garrett Styles Memorial Baseball’s Angel baseball tournament Sunday afternoon at McKnight Field. The victory capped a string of five consecutive wins for the NYPD side that had earlier defeated the Hawks 6-1 in round-robin play during the eight-team tournament. The Hawks took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh as Mark West doubled and scored on a base hit to break a 2-2 tie.

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The Newmarket resident was honoured at the organization’s awards banquet Saturday night in Toronto. Freemantle highlighted his year with a victory in the boys 1,500 metres at the Canadian nations championships in Charlottetown, P.E.I. He also recorded the fastest times for youth boys in the 800 and 1,500 metres. He also won the OFSAA Central Region high school title for the senior boys 1,500 metres before finishing sixth in the provincial high school final. Freemantle is the third member of the Huskies to win Athletics Ontario honours in two years, following in the footsteps of distance runners Rita Quibell and Sheila Reid.

hree newcomers will be enshrined into the Newmarket Sports Hall of Fame when the Class of 2012 ceremonies are held Nov. 18 at the Magna Centre. Notably, and surprisingly, none of those inductees are in the athletes category. Baseball’s Don McKnight and tennis legend Keith Davis played their sports, of course, but that’s not the basis of their inclusion. They are in as builders of their sports. The 1950s intermediate women’s softball team that won three provincial championships in four seasons is clearly in the team category. Make no mistake, all three are worthy inductees. However, it seems nearly impossible that, with decades of athletic achievements to choose from, there isn’t one single, solitary induction from the athlete field included in this third class. That is a flaw of a system in which nominations come from the general public. As it happens, there is leeway for appointed nominees. It ought to be exercised. The sports gods know there are plenty of individuals worthy of being inducted. Trouble is, those past stars may not receive their due unless someone steps forward to put forth their names. In many cases, families — if descendants are even living locally — are reluctant to do so, perhaps through humility or not being aware of the proper guidelines. Builders and teams certainly have their place, although the field for both is nowhere near as deep as for athletes. The selection committee has the means to be proactive and ensure the inclusion of worthy candidates. Please, do so.

Richmond Hill Raiders will not field teams at either the junior or senior levels and Woodbridge dropped all sports programs this year. Community club numbers are down.

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John Cudmore Cuddy Shark Wildcats drop senior ball Sacking senior football at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School has been some time coming. The demise of the Aurora high school’s team has been a source of speculation since the end of last season, but when the Wildcats program was not represented at the pre-season declaration meeting, it became official. “It was multiple things,” Wildcats head coach Kent Bulmer said. “We ended the (2011) season with 20 players, and 14 of those were graduating. “There was very little potential for a team based on those numbers staying and moving up from junior. There just is not a huge excitement and it is unsafe with those numbers. ” Bulmer also pointed out injuries and a shallow roster forced his team to forfeit a game last season for the first time. The Wildcats won the senior Tier 2 title last season. “We played one game last season with 16 kids,“ Bulmer said. “It was crazy. I don’t know what it means for the future.” The veteran coach said it is frustrating because proven players opted to not play football. “We had a half dozen quality kids walking around the school last year not playing,” he said. “That was tough for me to see knowing that they had played the previous year.”

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HOURS OF WORK: Irregular hours (including evenings, weekends, holidays and overnights; flexibility required) CLOSING DATE: 4:30 p.m., October 4th, 2012 Key Responsibilities: Reporting to the Residential Manager, the Autism Support Assistant will assist the Autism Support Associate in providing support, coaching and training in the areas of: social, life and academic skills, communication, behaviour management, vocational and leisure activities, to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) residing in the Queensville area. Qualifications: The successful applicant will have proven practical experience supporting people with ASD along with strong skills in the areas of verbal and written communication, motivation and teamwork, the ability to multi-task and remain calm in stressful situations. Experience with various challenging behaviours is preferred. The successful applicant will have completed a diploma or degree in a Human Services or related area from a recognized college or university OR a secondary school diploma (or equivalent) along with 1 year of related experience (preferably supporting people diagnosed with ASD). Crisis intervention skills are required. Current CPI, First Aid, CPR, Medication Administration and WHMIS Certification as well as knowledge of ASD, Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health are considered assets. A valid Driver's License, with a minimum G2 standing is required for this position. Send Resumes To: David Rochon, Manager Fax: (905) 713-6914 Email: drochon@kerrysplace.org

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Town of Richmond Hill has the following employment opportunities currently available: • Swim Instructors & Lifeguards Shifts available: Afternoon/evening between 4-8 pm and mornings from 9am-1 pm Work Sites: Oak Ridges Pool, 12895 Bayview Ave & The Wave Pool, 5 Hopkins St. For detailed information about these and other positions, including application instructions, deadlines and file numbers, please visit the Town's Website at www.richmondhill.ca. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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SUSPENSIONAUTOMOTIVE SPRINGS INSTALLER required. Must have good mechanical ability. Heavy lifting involved. Willing to train. Apply to: York Spring Radiator Service, 60 Industrial Pkwy. N. Aurora.

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TOP DOLLAR PAID for SHINGLERS and LABOURERS 905-955-7663 Concrete wall forming company seeking experience WALL FORMERS. Must have at least 2yrs. experience, own license/ vehicle and references. Wages based on experience. Call 905-955-3016

PERSON REQUIRED to assist in the haul out of boats beginning October 9th. Please call (905)476-4343

Health Care/Medical

A Compounding Pharmacy in Aurora is looking for a Full Time Permanent Bilingual (French/English) Registered Pharmacy Technician. Competitive pay, benefits and no weekends! Candidates must be bilingual and registered or pursuing registration as a Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP). All interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to resumes@svprx.ca no later than October 1st, 2012.

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SMALL ENGINE MECHANIC Enthusiastic and energetic person required full time in Aurora. Bobcat & Scissor Lift experience an asset. Must have valid driver's license. Email resume or apply in person: mario@rentsource.ca 15540 Yonge St., Aurora $$ INDEPENDENT CARRIER CONTRACTORS $$ to deliver Canada's largest newspaper door to door, early mornings, 7 & 6 days/week on established routes in Aurora & Newmarket. Must have reliable vehicle. Excellent delivery credit earned.

For details: Mr. Alden 1-888-521-1711 JR. PRODUCTION ARTIST WANTED Leading Promotional Company is seeking a graphic artist for production-type work. Primarily setting up art proofs, no creative work involved. Must have experience on PC platforms and Adobe Illustrator. Langstaff/Dufferin area. Email resume to: careers@debcobag.com

FULL-TIME & PART TIME CAR WASH/LOT PERSON Valid driver's license, clean record. An eye for detail. Apply in person: STERNE ACURA 15795 Yonge St., Aurora (905)841-1400 millband@sterneacura.com

Newmarket Condo (106 suites) requires F/T CARETAKER/ COUPLE 40 hours/ week, experienced in general building maintenance, cleaning, routine repairs, references. Salary + 2 bedroom suite.

Email: yncc5.20@gmail.com or fax 905-898-6836 Apartments for Rent AURORA- BRIGHT, spacious 1 bedroom basement, quiet home, newly renovated, laundry, cable, internet, parking. Oct. 1st. $950+ utilities. 905-713-5636 AURORA- CLEAN, 2 bedroom basement, separate entrance, laundry, parking. Non-smoking/ pets. First/ last. References. $975. inclusive. Nov. 1st. 905-727-2553 AURORA- SPACIOUS, 1+ bedroom basement, separate entrance, new carpet. Suit professional. Nonsmoking/ pets. $925. 289-221-6910 AURORA TOWERS- 90 Temperance. 1 bedroom. Small building. $1000. inclusive. Oct. 1st. 2 bedroom, $1100. Nov. 1st. Parking. No dogs. 647-321-5930

AURORA TOWNHOUSE for Rent 3 bedrooms 1 bathroom. Nov. 1st. $1,125 (utilities not incl) per month 905-726-8234 AURORA VILLAGE- 2 bedroom garden home, November 1st. $1167 includes heat, hydro, cable. Call (905)841-7125. www. auroravillagecoop.com AURORA- YONGE/ Wellington. 3 bedroom upper. 2-parking. 2 entrances. Laundry. Non-smoking/ pets. $1325+ hydro. (heating/ water included) December 1st. 905-727-4040 BRADFORD- RENOVATED 1 bedroom, basement, street level walk-in, laundry, a/c. Separate entrance. Non-smoking. 2 parking. $825. inclusive. Nov. 1st. (905)955-5262 BRADFORD- 1 bedroom, ground floor, shared backyard, 2 appliances, no parking/ laundry, clean & bright. Oct. 1st. $650+ hydro. 905-960-5788 BRADFORD- 3 bedroom upper. Close to all amenities. Laundry facilities. Non-smoking/ pets. $1200 inclusive. Oct. 1st. Also 2 bedroom, $875+. 905-775-5813, 905-960-5813

Apartments for Rent

Apartments for Rent

Houses for Rent

NEWMARKET- 2 bedroom basement. Appliances, cable, backyard. Separate entrance. Parking. No smoking/ pets. 1st/last. References. December 1st, $900+. 905-830-6625

KESWICKWATERFRONT, 2 bedroom, appliances, gas fireplace, parking, $1,100+ utilities, non-smoking/ pets. Nov. 1st. First/ last. (905)476-4137

NEWMARKET- 3 bedroom, 3 baths beautiful home in desirable area. Garage, hardwood, fireplace, deck. Available Nov 1st. $1,675. Call 416-817-0555

LESLIE/ MULOCK- brand new house, 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, 2 storey, 2680 sq.ft. Non-smoking/ pets. $2200. Available Oct. 19th. 905-853-3606

NEWMARKET: BEAUTIFUL, spacious, legal 1 bedroom basement, great location. Private entrance, patio, parking, 4 pc bath, a/c, laundry, storage. Suits quiet single or couple, nonsmokers, no dogs, references. $975.00 incl. Must see! October 21. 905-726-8000.

NEWMARKET- 3 bedroom upper, clean, bright. Shared laundry. Fenced yard. $1375 inclusive, with appliances. Nov. 1st. NEWMARKET- bright 1 905-478-4280 bedroom walkout, parking, gottarent.com laundry, separate entrance, non-smokers/ no NEWMARKET- 4 bedpets. References, $925. rooms, 5 appliances, laundry room, garage, parking, inclusive. 416-937-6146 $1650+. Immediately. NEWMARKET- BRIGHT, 9 0 5 - 9 6 7 - 0 4 2 5 , cheery, retrofitted, 2 bed- 289-500-9911 room basement, near Mall. Rooms for Rent Parking, laundry. All inclusive, $1,000. October 1st. and Wanted Non-smoking/ pets. 4 1 6 - 2 4 6 - 0 7 2 6 , KESWICKROOM 416-243-4318 available. Share kitchen, bath. Parking, laundry. MaNEWMARKET CENTRAL- ture non-smoking profesbright bachelor, self con- sional male only. October tained, parking. Non-smok- 1st. $450. (905)989-0496. ing/ pets. Suits mature SIMCOE individual. $700. inclusive. KESWICKLanding. New house, fur905-830-4829 nished room w/tv. WalkNEWMARKET- LARGE 4 bus. $450 inclusive. Male bedroom, main/ upper lev- preferred. 1st/ last. Immeels 3 bathrooms, living diately (905)898-7680 room/ dining room. Appliances. Laundry room. Gar- NEWMARKET- CONDO age, parking. $1800.+ room. $550. Davis/ Lorne, bus/ GO train. Non-smok(416)721-6001. ing/ pets. Occasional cookNEWMARKETQUIET ing and visiting. Lease. building, private balcony Mature male. Clean, quiet. new kitchen, 2 bedroom, 905-895-6759 near hospital. Parking, laundry on premises. No ROOM FOR rent, new dogs. $1100. townhouse, Gorham & Leslie, Newmarket, $550. 905-953-9683. inclusive. Suit professional. NEWMARKET- (SUNNY- Immediate. 647-402-5165 POINT) 3 bedroom, upper. New flooring, freshShared ly painted. Near schools, Accommodations transit. Laundry, parking, yard. $1450 inclusive. Oct. NEWMARKET- ROOM for 1st. 289-231-0937 rent- Bayview/ Mulock. NEWMARKET- YONGE/ $550+ 1/4 gas/ hydro. immediately. Bristol. Furnished 1 bed- Available room basement. Parking, 416-822-6615 laundry. $800. inclusive. SUTTON- ROOM for rent First/ last. Immediate. in shared, spacious town(905)830-1018 house, parking, wireless internet. Near YRT route/ NEWMARKET (YONGE/ Hwy#48. $500. ImmediMillard)- 1 bedroom base- ate. 905-722-7642 ment, separate entrance, laundry, parking. No smoking, no pets. Suits quiet Retirement Living single. $850. 905-895-5875/ PRIVATE RETIREMENT 905-960-3910 QUEEN/ MAIN St., Newmarket. Newly decorated. Extra large 2 bedroom, must see! Near all amenities. No pets/ smoking. $1150. Available now. 905-715-5106 QUEENSVILLE- 3 bedroom, 2 storey. Laundry, parking, yard, $1350 inclusive. No pets/ smoking. Nov. 1st. 905-252-9405, 905-830-9428 STONEHAVEN- BRIGHT basement apt. 1100sqft. 2 bedroom walkout, yard, parking, laundry. $1400. inclusive. Non-smoking. Pets welcome. Oct. 15th. 905-830-1900 gottarent.com SUMMERHILL- 2 bedroom basement, laundry, a/c, separate entrance. Parking. No pets. $850. inclusive. Available October 16th. Call (905)836-7770 or 416-939-5880 SUTTON2 bedroom, split level duplex. Parking. $1000. inclusive. First/ last. References required. No pets. Available Dec. 1st. 905-722-8581

Houses for Rent

AURORA- 3 bedroom, 2 baths, finished basement w/gas fireplace, appliances, hardwood throughout. Available immediately. KESWICK LAKEFRONT. $1550+. 647-892-4659 $650+ bachelor. $850 2 bedroom. 1st/ security. No AURORA- 4 bedrooms, 1 pets. Immediately bathroom, central location, steps to Yonge. Available 416-497-9246 Oct. 15th. $1200+ utilities. message KESWICK- LARGE 3 bed- Leave room basement, laundry, (905)727-1935 ext. 21 fireplace. No smoking/ AURORA (YONGE/ Murpets. Near amenities. ray)- Main floor 3 bedroom, $1250 inclusive. 1-1/2 baths, laundry, park905-476-1483 ing, a/c. Renovated bathroom. $1450 inclusive. KESWICK- SPACIOUS, Available immediately. newly renovated 2 bed- 4 1 6 - 5 2 6 - 6 8 6 5 , room, dead-end street, 416-919-6865 steps to lake, transit. Cable, 2 parking. Non- BRADFORD- 3 bedroom smoking/ pets. $1200 in- upper, 2 parking, appliclusive. 905-476-5266 ances, garage, no pets, laundry. Near schools/ MOUNT ALBERT- 1 bed- shopping. Nov. 1st. room, includes hydro, $1150+ 60%. water, heat, parking. New 9 0 5 - 7 7 5 - 3 2 1 3 , kitchen. $825 inclusive. 905-252-3714. 416-557-6488 BRADFORD- Under new NEWMARKET- 1 bed- management! Beautiful room main floor house, no newly renovated Large 1 & pets/ smoking. Available 2 bedroom suites. $895+ Nov. 1st. $900+ heat. hydro & $995+ hydro. No (905)895-6317 pets. Laundry onsite. Close to all amenities. Ryis NEWMARKET- 2 bed- Properties 905-727-1102. room, 2 bath apartment. Excellent location. $1450+ NEWMARKET- SEMI, 3 hydro. Available immedi- bedrooms, close to transit ately. 416-986-1644, and shopping, $1195+ 416-948-4670 utilities. 905-830-2915

Auctions & Sales

Auction Sale, Saturday September 29, 2012, 10 am Sharp Preview Friday September 28, 12-5 pm and day of sale Terms: CASH ONLY Sale, terms, $300 cash deposit at time of registration. 10% buyers premium.

Inducon 5 hp Single Phase Motor, Dewalt DV718 Radial Miter Saw c/w Portomate Stand, 2 Pine Interior French Doors, 11 Cases Glass Mosaic Tiles, Karcher Pressure Washer, 5 hp 20 Gallon Compressor, Rockwell Delta Table Saw, EntecArt 24-40 Arc Welder, Rods and Accessories, Asst Ladders, Honda Gas Generator, 6.5 h/p Gas Compressor(dual tank), Sthil TS 410 Concrete Saw, Sthil MS 290 Chain Saw, Dewalt-Milwakee-Bosch Sanders, Saws, Drills, Screw Guns, Bostich Compressor, Bostich Nail Gun, Asst Neumatic Tools, Tool Shop Coil Nailer, Paslode Trim Nailer, 3 Commercial Banding Machines, Asst Sinks, Asst Pipe Wrenches, Neiko portable pipe threader, Ridgid Pipe dies, Bosch Hammer Drill, Titan XT 330 Paint Sprayer, 2 Electric Liquid Pumps, Glass Wall Shower Enclosure, 2.5 hp Wet Tile Saw, Homelite Gas Generator, Asst Miter Saws, 2 Dewalt Diamond Drill Jack Hammers, American Compact Hydraulic Lift, Asst Nails, Deck Screws and Hardware, Ceiling Fans, Asst New Paints and Stains, 1 16’ 8 Ton Tandem Utility Trailer, 7.5 hp Hydraclaim Ventilation Exhaust Blower, 2 Sections 4’x5’ Scaffolding, 6’ Bakers Scaffold, 4’x4’ Aluminum Scaffold, 4’x8’ Aluminum Scaffold, White 5000 Neumatic Tire Propane Forklift, 8’ Brown Bogg Metal Brake, Brown Bogg Foot Shear, Electric Lock Former, Asst Sheet Metal, Work Tables, 4’ Metal Brake, Mini Baja 196cc Dirt Bike, 1996 Ski Doo MXZ Rotax 583 Rebuilt Engine Sale subject to inclusions and deletions

West of the 400 Sales Barn 4360 Hwy 9 King Township 905-775-6610

39th Annual Fall Municipal AUCTION for Region of DURHAM & others to be held at 825 CONLIN Rd., WHITBY

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10+ Municipalities-Turf, Snow & Construction Equipment 6-00/04 IHC/Sterling TA/SA Dump S/P & W 20-08 GMC 3500 4x4 Plow/Sanders 98 GMC 6500 Diesel Dump 2-07 Ford F150XL Pickups 2-03/04 Ford Crew Pickups 5-02/06 Ford/Chev Cargo Vans 2004 Chev Bucket Truck 3-02/04 ASTRO Cargo Vans * 2005 Optra 2001 Saturn Wgn * 2004 CASE 621-D Loader 3- Bombardier SW48A S/W Plows 3-EPOKE Slidein Sander Units Wood Chipper * 3-J D Gators * 27+ Stihl Concrete & Chainsaws * Garage Equipment & Parts 5+ Generators *Welder * Mowers * Raglan Roller 2way Radios * Desks * Cash Registers * Chairs Computers & Electronics * Restaurant Office Furniture & Equip. VIEWING: Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 4pm-6pm TERMS: $500.00 cash deposit on major items or as announced.

M. R. Jutzi & Co www.mrjutzi.ca 519-648-2111 AUCTION SALE ON SITE FOR THE ESTATE OF GEORGE DIKE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 10:00 AM MOUNT ALBERT, ONTARIO Mt Albert Hwy 48 East on Mt Albert Road to 1st Street Quick Left Right on Victory Drive to # 34. GARY HILL AUCTIONS 905-852-9538, 800-654-4647 416-518-6401 Details & photos garyhillauctions.ca

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Complete line of household furniture, Antique pcs. collectibles & tools. Check the web site, www.pollardsauctions.com for photos & additions

Industrial/Commercial for Rent/Wanted

AUCTION SALE Saturday, August 29th - 10 AM Pottageville Community Hall

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905-722-3112 SUTTON 905-476-5160

Furniture, Glass & China, Figurines, Sterling & Silverplate, Artworks, Lighting, Coins, Military & Police, Collectibles & Misc. Preview: 9 am. 5% Buyers Premium TERMS: Visa, M/C, Debit,Cash AUCTIONEER: David Beasley, ICCA, CPPA Phone/Fax (905) 727-6585 Full Details & Photos at:

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Dogs

AMERICAN COCKER Spaniel puppies for sale. 1330 SQ.FT. central New- $600. First shots. Ready in market location. Also: 900 6 weeks. 905-836-4366 sq.ft. finished basement. Please call 905-235-3373 Vehicles or 905-960-7737

Child Care Available GLENWAY HOME daycare has openings for toddlers. Full-time fun. Call 905-960-0739. Police screened. Receipts provided.

Wanted/Wrecking

HOT TUB (Spa) CoversBest Price, Best Quality. All Shapes & Colours Available. Call 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper HOT TUB/SPA 2012 model, fully loaded, full warranty. New in plastic. Cost $8,000 Sacrifice $3,900. Call: 416-779-0563 PURSUIT MOBILITY Scooter- 14 kms/ hr. Pneumatic tires. List: $4494. Sell: $2950. Will deliver. 905-478-2737 USED KITCHENS for sale. Oak, painted, white lacquer, etc. Different sizes, starting at $700. 905-473-1600

Firewood

FIREWOOD CUT SPLIT & DELIVERED 16" bush cord $300 12" face cord $150 Call: 905-836-9656 FIREWOOD Available in face cords & bush cords. Delivery available. Call (905)836-7600

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905-853-3222 $300 TO $2000Dead/ Alive. Cars/ trucks/ vans. Fast Free towing. We sell parts. 416-500-5050 A FREE TOW for your scrap car or truck and cash paid. (905)775-1018 or (905)836-2100 A1 SERVICE. We pay top dollar. Wanted: Cars & Trucks. Your responsible auto recycler, 905-954-0002 CASH PAID $0-$2,500. Scrap & repairable. Cars, trucks, trailers. Will pick-up. (905)775-4935. Toll-free: 1-888-484-4887. Anytime. Metrowide Auto Parts CERTIFIED RECYCLER $100 to $1000 Cars/Trucks/Vans Fast Free towing We sell parts 905-722-3223 905-960-5546

Garages/ Parking/Storage STORAGE FOR any vehicle. Location Newmarket. Inside $50/ month; Outside $20/ month. Call (905)836-6321 STORAGE, INDOOR/ outdoor. Heated. Secured. Newmarket area. Carl 905-716-6217

Tutoring FIREWOOD FOR SaleSeasoned for 2.5 years. 12" lengths, $350.+ delivery per bush cord. 416-677-3294

SEDORE'S SEASONED Firewood- All hard wood: maple+ beech. $320 bush cord. Free local delivery. 905-955-3016

HOUSEKEEPER required immediately in Newmarket area. 2 days a week. Please call Lee, 416-200-8854

Tax/Financial $$$NEED MONEY$$$ Do you have a pension plan from an ex-employer? (LIRA) or (locked in RRSP). Call NOW! 1-416-357-9585

Mortgages/Loans $$MONEY$$ CONSOLIDATE Debts Mortgages to 90% No income, Bad credit OK! Better Option Mortgage #10969 1-800-282-1169 www.mortgageontario.com

Cleaning/Janitorial AN EXPERIENCED cleaning lady- excellent references & rates. Many years experience. Newmarket/ Aurora area. Erika (905)235-2522

HOUSEKEEPING By Rita. Residential/ Office. Thorough dusting, vacuuming, bathroom/ kitchen sanitizing. Great rates. (905)252-8610, Rita

CARING, understanding, experienced teacher available to tutor Grades 1-8, ESL, Special Ed. (905)898-1624 teakup@rogers.com TUTOR AVAILABLE. OCT Certified Teacher. Over ten years experience. Grades K to 10. Math & English (reading and writing) specialist. Jennifer @ 647-203-6949, toptutor@live.ca

Pet Supplies/ Boarding/Service

Child Care Available

AFFORDABLE DOG & Cat Grooming/ Boarding. Back in Business after family illness. $35. Large dogs welcome. (905)836-4366

ACTIVE MINDS, active bodies. Fun, educational. Full-time care in home setting. Leslie Valley, Newmarket. (905)836-5017

WE CLEAN with love, care. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Professional, well experienced. You'll be happy! (416)704-4586

Decks & Fences DECKS, Shed, Concrete/ Stone walkway. Hardwood/ Laminate floors 25 years experience. 416-522-8034, 905-787-0236 http://fifieldconstruction. wikispaces.com/

Home Renovations AFFORDABLE WINDOW and Eavestrough Cleaning Power Washing and Painting. Professionally Done. Free Estimates! Local: 289-264-7492

Nannies/Live In/Out LINE-IN/ OUT Nanny required in Bradford. New born twins, 2 yr. old boy. 905-778-1853, 416-678-5803

Moving & Storage A-PARRIS MOVERSLong/short, big/small, residential/ condos/ commercial. Quality service. Affordable/ reliable. 905-758-2848, 416-677-2848 www. parrishomesolutions.com X-PRESS TRANS' Canada Inc. Delivery/ Moving . Residential/ Apartment/ Commercial. Long/ Short. Insured. 647-261-2060, 647-982-2060 www.xpresstranscanada.ca

Painting & Decorating HIGH QUALITY Interior Painting by seasoned pro. Newmarket, Aurora - John 416-902-5377

Death Notices

Death Notices DINNING, Eileen (Bridport) Gone home from Hill House Hospice, Richmond Hill on September 23, 2012 in her 85th year.

Beloved wife of the late Sidney Dinning. Loving mother of Lincoln (Laurie) and Kent (Lori). Proud Grandma of Matthew (killed in Afghanistan in 2006), Brendon (presently serving in Kabul), Steadman (Queen’s University) and Emma (last year of high school). Sister of Sheila (Ray) of Nottingham, England. Friends called at MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Monday, September 24, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. 7-9 p.m. Service was held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hill House Hospice, 36 Wright Street, Richmond Hill L4C 4A1. This world is not conclusion A sequel stands beyond Invisible as music But positive as sound.

SHERRARD, Gloria Surrounded by her family, and after a courageous battle with cancer, on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in her 76th year. Gloria, beloved mother to Sandy and her husband Rod Sheridan. Predeceased by her son Todd. Survived by daughter-in-law Bia. Loving grandma to Conor, Evan, Nathan, and Andre. She will be fondly remembered by her sister Diane, brothers John, Bill, Dan, Kevin, Peter, David and Brian. Also survived by step-mother Edna, sister Marlene and many nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora (905-727-5421) on Monday, September 24th from 6-8 p.m. Memorial Service was held at Aurora United Church, 15186 Yonge Street, Aurora on Tuesday, September 25th at 11 a.m. A special thank you to Karen and the staff at Hollandview, Aurora. Donations to Hospice King/Aurora or the Aurora United Church would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences may be made at www.thompsonfh-aurora.com

PAYLESS4CLEANINGRESIDENTIAL & Commercial, bonded, insured, reliable, references. Free estimate, affordable. Ludmila 647-267-2340

POLLARDS AUCTION BARN 2.5 mi. E. of Keswick, 24190 Kennedy Rd. 15 mi. N. of Newmarket, off Woodbine Ave. ( Watch for signs)

ST. PETE'S, Florida- 1 bedroom condo, 2 baths, sleeps 4, beach-front, pool, weekly/ monthly. www.gulfstrand408.com

CENTRAL NEWMARKET800sq.ft. commercial unit. Queen/ Main. Storefront or office. Lots of parking. Immediate. $900+ hydro, heat included. 905-715-5106 carolvanbeek60@ yahoo.ca

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Rob Beintema Metroland Media Wheelstalk.com I thumbed the starter and waited as my wife Mary settled in behind me. A last check of the mirrors, a twist of the throttle, and we squirted out of the driveway, motoring away with that classic scooter drone. And, for just a second, I felt like Larry Crowne. Granted, you’d have to squint pretty hard to mistake the two of us for Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. And you’d have to be even more nearsighted to confuse this very modern scooter with the 80s-era Riva that Hanks rode in the movie. Sure, they’re both Yamaha branded, but they are 30 years and a world apart in style, performance and technology. The TMAX fits into the maxiscooter class and its half-litre engine performance, feral face and sporty lines were designed to blur the differences between scooters and motorcycles. The TMAX takes its styling cues directly from Yamaha’s sport bike lineup and even shares some bits and pieces from their parts bins. It’s always been a highway-capable performer that will match many motorcycles with initial off-the-line acceleration. Bike-like components include a lightweight aluminum frame, large 43 mm forks, an adjustable windscreen, biggish 15-inch wheels and R6-inspired brakes. For 2012, the new third generation TMAX gets a major makeover. Engine cylinders have been bored out an additional 2 mm, bumping displacement up by 30cc to 530cc. As a result, power is up by 3 hp to 46 hp, and torque increases by 10 percent to a 39 lb/ft peak at a lower 5250 rpm. A larger 34 mm Mikuni throttle body (up from 31 mm), a new airbox, and redesigned radiaPlease see TMAX, page W8

The black exterior of this 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, with its one-piece fascia, body-coloured grille with black mesh, and gloss black lower grill makes a sinister first impression. Beneath its sculpted hood with black heat extractors, lurks a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 that delivers 470 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque.

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evil twin Neil Moore York Region Media Group Wheelstalk.com It’s a 5,000-pound, gas-guzzling torque monster, about as popular with green motorists as a Class A motorhome. Sure, its siblings are powered by a reasonably fuel-efficient Pentastar V6, but not this bad boy. Under the hood you’ll find the legendary Hemi V8 engine – in its thirstiest form. Indeed the SRT8, which starts at $55,395, may be a pricey, impractical and perhaps irresponsible take on Jeep’s popular Grand Cherokee SUV, but despite these negatives, and the pain I felt at the gas pump, it was hard giving back the keys after a week of testing. It can be fun embracing the dark side. Star Wars analogies aside, even the look of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is borderline sinister. The styling isn’t radically different from less potent models, but certain cues suggest it’s not your typical family hauler. The SRT8 starts with a more mus-

cular, planted look, having been lowered an inch and adorned with SRTexclusive body-coloured wheel flares and side sills. The monochromatic exterior continues with a one-piece fascia with new LED daytime running lamps and the body-coloured grille with black mesh accented by chrome bezel inserts. The lower grille is also painted gloss black. The sculpted hood gets a couple of functional black heat extractors, and in rear there’s a one-piece black fascia with separate air diffuser. Big, four-inch exhaust tips flank the diffuser, rather than being centre-mounted as before. As my tester was also dipped in black, the only flourishes of colour were the taillights and the redpainted Brembo brake callipers (six piston in front, four-piston in rear) peeking out from within the split five-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, shod with big rubber. Indeed, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 looks menacing, but not over the top. Which is a good thing, as you wouldn’t want to draw too much attention to its all-new 6.4-litre Hemi V8 that pumps out a whopping 470 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque. That’s

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an improvement of 50 horses and 45 lb/ft over the 6.1-litre engine it replaces. Avoiding the minutiae on intake and camshaft, I’ll just note this new engine pulls across a wider RPM band than before. Ninety per cent of peak torque is now available between 2,800 and 6,000 rpm. Sure, it has variable cylinder management (VCM), which during light cruising can shut down four cylinders, and a new active valve exhaust system that can improve highway fuel economy by 13 per cent. But I’ll bet it doesn’t get much use. Fuel saver technology is nice, but in this vehicle, it’s a bit like ordering a diet coke to wash down your triple bacon cheeseburger. Helping route all that power to the pavement is a new SRTtuned, adaptive damping suspension managed by the new Selec-Track 4x4 system. This works with a load of tech that includes stability control, adaptive damping, transmission mapping, transfer case torque proportioning, electronic limited slip differential, throttle control and cylinder de-activation to automatically tune the driving dynamics. A five-position dial allows driv-

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 looks menacing, but not over the top.

ers to choose the appropriate setting, with Auto, which provides the smoothest, most compliant ride (thanks to the adaptive suspension), probably the best choice for daily driving. Auto even upshifts automatically with the paddles and autostick, so if you want more control, choose the Sport or Track settings. In manual mode, neither of these will upshift until you do, gear changes are delayed and noticeably quicker. Sport also tightens the suspension for more body control, and Track takes that a step further, disabling traction control and locking down body motion for even better handling. Like Sport, this setting provides a rear bias in the 4x4 system, with torque split 35/65 between front and rear. Tow mode reduces pitch and bounce for safer hauling, and modifies the shift schedule for less “busyness” in the transmission. And Snow mode provides gentler starts, as it begins in second gear, with the system programmed for reduced wheelspin. Unlike the six-speed 5.7-litre Cherokee, the SRT8’s transmission gets one less cog. But no matter, with all that 6.4-litre Hemi torque, you’ll not miss it. Step on the throttle and the big P295/45ZR20 Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season run-flat tires really dig in for a launch that’s on par with many performance cars. There’s no hesitaPlease see Grand Cherokee, page W7

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The weather was looking bleak Saturday morning, but mother nature came through for the Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club who held their season finale show & shine for SickKids Hospital. The event attracted more than 800 vehicles, which included trucks, motorcycles, classics, modern muscle, military vehicles, tuners, Junior Dragsters, Transformer cars (Bumblebee and Barricade), Kitt (Knight Rider) and the General Lee) to wow the crowds and support the fundraiser. Also included were numerous vendors, a DJ and live entertainment. More than 20 plaques were awarded for various categories, and there were numerous door prizes and raffles. Overall, it was a successful day with over $1,000 raised. The Cruisers would like to thank the volunteers who for their hard work, and for helping the day run smoothly.

Brian Ahearn stands proudly in front of his 2005 Chrysler 300 in full display. Ahearn, who’s owned the vehicle since 2004, has since participated in many car shows, both in Canada and the United States to showcase his unique vehicle.

Highway 11 Cruisers C.C. weekly cruise nights take place at Harvey’s (17860 Yonge Street, Newmarket. North of Davis Drive in front of Home Depot), and will continue to run Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. to dusk until October 9th.

This 1931 Ford, owned by John and Mary Louise Bull was one of several antiques that drew considerable attention. With a uniquely designed interior and personal touches on the body, there was definitely no other like it .

This vintage bike was one of the many unique offerings at the Highway 11 Cruisers Car Show held on Sept. 22. Older models drew quite a crowd and their owners were more than happy to share their history.

Brian Jones, owner of the 1943 Dodge pickup truck, basks in the sun during the Highway 11 Cruisers fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital.

Trevor and Rose Brewer proudly share their 1986 Bombardier Altis, based out of CFB London. The couple was proud to share many interesting facts regarding their precious cargo, which is only one of roughly 40 road worthy vehicles of its kind.

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Santa Fe more efficient, more refined for 2013 Neil Moore York Region Media Group Wheelstalk.com It’s no secret that Hyundai has been riding high the past few years, with August marking 44 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains. Such success is reflected in a 3.4 per cent market share increase since 2008, putting the Korean manufacturer in number five spot, behind Toyota. Hyundai didn’t get there on price alone, although after putting clunkers like the Pony and Stellar behind them, they were still recognized for a lineup that was largely ‘cheap and cheerful.’ But that was then and this is now, and after winning Canadian and North American Car of the Year (COTY) in 2009 with the luxury Genesis Sedan, and more recently scooping three 2012 Canadian COTY category wins for the Accent, Veloster and Elantra, the company has surged up the pecking order. And so has the Santa Fe within its segment, as the all-new 2013 model has improved in nearly every way. It also now comes in two body styles. The five-passenger ‘Sport’ is on sale now with FWD or AWD, and is available with two engines: a 2.4-litre four cylinder with gasoline direct injection (GDI), and a 2.0-litre turbocharged four, also with GDI. All Sport models get a six-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual shift. The sevenpassenger, long-wheelbase version is simply named the Santa Fe, and will replace the Veracruz sometime during in early 2013. More upscale exterior Last week, our group of journalists had an opportunity to drive the Sport, and I’ll admit that although having seen the photos, I didn’t expect something quite so refined. This starts with the exterior. At first it doesn’t seem a huge leap from the outgoing model, but incremental changes in the grille, headlights, taillights, roofline, belt line, character lines and other areas combine for an effect that is significantly more upscale. Like the Tucson, it employs Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ styling, but in a way that appears more purposeful. Along the sides are character lines that pierce each door handle, along with sculpting that provides dimension and depth. This seamlessly flows into the protruding wheel arches, which house standard-equipped 17-inch Euroflange alloy wheels. The bold front end with hexagonal front grille is flanked by modern swept-back projector headlamps and black-accented fog lamps. The two-tone lower fascia projects a rugged, SUV appearance.

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drone noticeably, but there isn’t much kick when you plant the pedal. Which is to be expected, as the Santa Fe still tips the scales at 1,569 kg (FWD) and 1,640 kg (AWD). The 2.0T, on the other hand is considerably more robust. Replacing last year’s V6, it gives up a few horses (four percent), but delivers eight percent more torque and the same percentage in added fuel economy. Numbers are 264 hp and 269 lb/ft, with torque coming in at a low 1,750 rpm. As a result, it’s significantly quicker off the line than the 2.4-litre, and far better at highway passing. With the MacPherson strut/multilink front/ rear suspension setup, ride is smooth, and as you’d expect in a tall vehicle, there’s a bit of lean in hard cornering. Steering, however, is taut and precise. Mind you, I had the Santa Fe’s driver selectable steering mode (DSSM) set to ‘Sport’ most of the time. This dials back the power assist, which increases accordingly with ‘normal’ or ‘comfort’ settings. There’s much more to be said about the all-new Santa Fe, and I hope to do a longer test – probably once the snow flies. Hyundai believes this is their most important new vehicle launch since the Elantra, and I would agree. Demand for this kind of vehicle shows no sign of slowing down, and the company points out that 21 per cent of new vehicle buyers are intending to purchase a compact or intermediate CUV. And I’ll bet a lot of them will now be putting the 2013 Santa Fe on their shopping list.

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O.A.C.

2012 MAZDA 5 GS • Automatic • Air conditioning • Power Windows • Power Mirrors • Power Locks • Keyless entry • Cruise • 6 passenger • Bluetooth • Alloy wheels and much more! STK#34759

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O.A.C.

2012 MAZDA 6 GS • Moonroof • Air conditioning • Alloy wheels • Power Windows • Power locks • Power seats ts ts • Bluetooth • Cruise and much more! STK#35101 STK

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O.A.C.

*0% FINANCING O.A.C. SEE DAVE WOOD MAZDA FOR DETAILS. **BASED ON HIGHWAY DRIVING ONLY, BASED ON 2012 FUEL CONSUMPTION RATINGS PUBLISHED BY NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA. ††PRICES INCLUDE ALL FACTORY TO DEALER INCENTIVES. ALL PRICING IS PLUS H.S.T. AND LICENSE ONLY. †† ††PAYMENTS ARE BASED ON 0% FINANCING FOR 84 MONTHS,, COST OF † BORROWING O.A.C. UNTIL SEPTEMBER ONLY. DEALER DETAILS. BBOR ORROW ROWING ING $0 $ O. O .A.C A C. OFFERS OFFE FFERS RS ARE VALID VALID UN UNTI TIL SE SEPTE PTEMBE PTE MBEER 29 229, 9, 201 9, 20122 ONLY O NLY.. *SEE NLY *SEE DE D ALE L R FOR FOR DET D AILS. AIL S.

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2011 MAZDA 3 GX

ONLY 38,584 KMS Stk.#12484

2009 MAZDA 3 SPORT

2010 MAZDA 3 GX

FORMER DAILY RENTAL

2012 MAZDA 5 GS

ONLY 49,562 KMS Stk.#35080A

ONLY 66,000 KMS. STK.# 12562

$15,488

$15,988

$19,548

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2008 MAZDA TRIBUTE GS

2008 MAZDA 3

2010 MAZDA 3 GX

ONLY 78,565 KMS Stk.#12518

ONLY 68,850 KMS Stk.#12495

$18,488

$14,988

$12,988

$15,456

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FORMER DAILY RENTAL

2011 MAZDA CX7 GS AWD

2010 MAZDA 6

2010 MAZDA 5 GS

ONLY 51,828 KMS Stk.#L5447

FORMER DAILY RENTAL

2008 MAZDA 3 GS SPORT

ONLY 52,490 KMS Stk.#L5609

ONLY 56,977 KMS Stk.#L5522

ONLY 19,322 KMS Stk.#L5756

FORMER DAILY RENTAL

FORMER DAILY RENTAL

FORMER DAILY RENTAL

$16,879

$15,988

$29,888

$13,988

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ONLY 49,206 KMS Stk.#L5613

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ONLY 23,570 KMS Stk.#12393

$16,988 2010 MAZDA TRIBUTE 4WD

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ONLY 70,548 KMS Stk.#12497

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