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The idea of creating a downtown in Vaughan is something that has been kicked around for years. But that plan has shifted into fast foward now that the Spadina subway extension is under way. With the anticipated late 2015 opening of the 8.6-kilometre subway, Vaughan councillors want to ensure there is a community in place to greet those new transit riders. The city’s new downtown, known as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, is a 15 to 20-year project that has has peaked the interest of developers and buyers, city planning commissioner John MacKenzie said. The first 37-storey condominium development on the eastern side of Hwy. 7 near Creditstone Road has sold faster than anticipated. That first building in the Expo City project by Cortel Group is 90 per cent sold after only three months. The second phase goes on sale April 14. For 25-year-old Peter Bonura, a financial advisor who grew up in Vaughan, Expo City was a big draw See EXCITEMENT, page 3.

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because of the future subway. He also liked the design of the project. After researching downtown Toronto condos, Mr. Bonura realized he could buy a larger home in Vaughan for the same cost. Proximity to shopping and parks, and the convenient commute to downtown Toronto, also were appealing, he added. “It’s not going to be a condo where I have to walk miles and miles away to reach a store or a park,” he said. But the subway was also a big factor for Mr. Bonura, who one day may work in Toronto’s downtown financial district.

Major challenge Vaughan planning boss Mr. MacKenzie is beyond enthusiastic about the project and says that while it is a major challenge to turn an industrial area into a vibrant, urban downtown, it is also a huge opportunity. “You have to demand higher quality development. You have to demand more of the people developing there,” he said. To help with that, the city’s urban design review panel, comprised of architects, landscape architects and planners, was set up to raise the bar for what actually gets developed in the area. Proposals for Vaughan’s new downtown are assessed by the review panel, something that Cortel Group vice-president Peter Cortellucci said has been an interesting experience. “It was fun because everything we’ve worked toward, all our design meetings, our philosophies for the project, we get a chance to showcase to them. For us, it’s great because we get a second opinion.” Mr. MacKenzie agrees the initiative has so far worked well. “It’s a panel of their peers. They’re all professionals and they all work for the same industry, so when they’re saying something about them, they’ve kind of got to listen because everyone is conscious of what their peers say,” he said. Some of the suggestions put forth by the panel include alternating building heights to make them more diverse. Even Mr. Cortellucci was sur-

Construction has ramped up in Vaughan’s new downtown core. Here’s what we know: • The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is on 179 hectares (442 acres) of land owned by some of the development industry’s heaviest hitters, including Metrus, Smart Centres, Zzen Developments Inc. and Rudy Bratty and Silivo DeGasperis. • Vaughan’s new downtown will be developed in the Jane Street and Hwy. 7 area. • An urban design review panel comprised of architects, landscape architects and planners was set up to raise the bar for what actually gets developed in the area. Proposals are assessed by the panel and suggestions made to developers. • A second 37-storey condo tower known as Expo City will open to the public April 14. The first building is 90 per cent sold. • By 2014, the city wants applications for development of the area so that by 2016 the downtown is open for business.

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prised by how quick the demand for units in Expo City has been. He admits it was a bit of a risk to be first on the block. “We kind of took the risk in being the first ones. Once we caught word that the subway was fully funded, we were already working on plans and we pushed them forward,” Mr. Cortellucci said. “We want to see the success of the entire area so we’ve undertaken promoting the entire area.”

Lot of activity Dealing with subways and underground parking are among the new issues planners need to figure out while building downtown Vaughan. Part of what Mr. MacKenzie hopes will accelerate project applications is the decision of where the subway terminal will be. “There’s a lot of activity,” Mr. MacKenzie said, adding he expects

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Get on board with speed limits Readers from nearly every community in the region were swift to criticize the Region of York’s proposal last week to harmonize and lower speed limits on many of its 50 roadways. Speed limits and their effect on highway and road safety has been the centre of much debate over the years and as more vehicles crowd our often congested road system, it will continue to be a factor. It’s interesting that while many readers are vehemently opposed to lowering and harmonizing speed limits on regional roads, a YRMG online poll showed 53 per cent of respondents are in favour of red light cameras at busy intersections. That’s another safety initiative under consideration this month by York Region politicians in an ongoing effort to improve driving habits and prevent serious injury on our roads. While many commuters point to extreme frustration when it comes

to speed limits and snarled traffic, we are increasingly becoming a society of really bad drivers who ignore speed limits, sail through red lights and race along roads without much regard for others. Massive growth in the region — and on our roads — during the past 10 years has led to further frustration and impatience on our daily commutes. That puts us all in danger. It’s time for us to slow down and if the only way to get us to do that is through stricter enforcement and harmonized speed limits, it’s worth the effort and investment. The region approved a new policy for assessing speed limits last year since speed is the top contributing factor in crashes. While many commuters are not happy with efforts to slow us down, speed is the unrefuted No. 1 safety concern on our roads and it needs to be addressed.

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ina Bastone’s April 6 letter in The Citizen clearly articulates the feelings of many people about the transitions taking place in Vaughan at mind-numbing speed. Ms Bastone expressed concerns about rental properties being poorly maintained and overcrowding in subdivisions. We came to the suburbs to live on a patch of private green space far from the maddening crowd. Quite understandably, we want and continue to demand beautifully kept, friendly and safe residential areas where we share common values and interests with our neighbours. Today, about 300,000 people from 70 identifiable ethnic/cultural groups call Vaughan home. Growth plans mandated by government dictate our population must intensify and that a broad price mix of housing, including second suites (rental apartments) be available. New legislation has been passed by the Ontario government to ensure that second suites are provided in all municipalities. There is no way to return to the days when Vaughan was a bedroom community. But the values the let-

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Rev. Jim Keenan Guest column ter-writer espouses should still be the operative ones if we are to meet our increasingly diverse needs. That is why we believe the legalization of second suites is part of the solution to the challenges Ms Bastone so cogently points out. I did a recent search of local media and found more than 100 basement apartments advertised in Vaughan. And this doesn’t even cover the large number of nanny and in-law suites. None of them are regulated, registered or inspected. I am willing to bet that most people can’t tell from the outside of a home whether or not it contains a second dwelling. The fact is they co-exist quite

seamlessly within our neighbourhoods. Second suites help meet mandated intensification and affordable housing targets by utilizing existing housing stock. Wouldn’t fewer multi-level buildings that change the architecture and ambiance of our neighbourhoods be a good thing? Cities such as Edmonton and Victoria think so, to the extent that they provide homeowners cash incentives to do the renovations to create second units. Many of the existing rentals in Vaughan do not meet fire or building code requirements. Ensuring everyone’s safety through regulation would alleviate much anxiety, as well as the stigma. In addition, many residents have sons and daughters who grew up in Vaughan but cannot afford to buy here. If they could purchase a home with a second unit, raising their children with their grandparents would become a reality. If keeping families together doesn’t strengthen the neighbourhood, I don’t

know what will. Seniors on fixed incomes could also afford to stay in their homes if they could rent out a portion. How would that be bad for the neighbourhood? In York Region, East Gwillimbury, Aurora and Newmarket have legalized second suites. Property values in these areas have continued to rise. There is a difference between a second dwelling unit, which is one extra unit in a home, and a rooming house, where multiple rooms are rented out. In municipalities where second suites are legalized, the illegal multi-unit dwellings are quickly rooted out. Vaughan has thousands of people working in the service and retail sectors who earn modest incomes. Wouldn’t the provision of a safe, comfortable home make for a more motivated and productive workforce? Concerns such as those expressed by Ms Bastone need to be debated, along with the challenges and opportunities legalization of second suites will provide. That is the way for us to start thinking like the cosmopolitan city we are and start planning properly to accommodate the transformation. Rev. Jim Keenan is co-chairperson of the Vaughan Social Action Council. He can be reached at socialactioncouncilvaughan@gmail.com.


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here is a popular belief that everything happens for a reason. Or, to put it another way, there are no coincidences in life. I choose to believe in this notion and looking at things from this perspective can be pretty amazing. Can I prove this belief? If you believe it’s all a bunch of hooey, then, no. I will most likely not be able to convince you. Yet, ironically, if you chose to believe it, even for just a minute, there are countless examples I could share with you that would be very persuasive. And so it is with our lives. Ultimately, what we choose to believe is pretty much what we’ll get to see. The trouble is that a lot of the time we are not aware of the beliefs that we are carrying inside and the impact they are having in our lives. Many times, I have sat down with prospective clients and asked them to share some of their beliefs. Everything happening for a reason is a very common one and almost all of them will say that they believe it 100 per cent. I then ask them how many mistakes they’ve made. “Thousands” is usually their animated response, indicating that they really believe that, too. Here is the potential problem. Those two beliefs contradict each other. If everything truly happens for a reason, then how can we ever make a mistake? Now, I’m not suggesting that we don’t

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we shift our perspective. Many of us strive for perfection in our lives, wanting to appear unflawed in the eyes of others and desperately trying not to make any mistakes that will tarnish that perfect image we want to project. This is potentially a very stressful and painful way to live. No matter how much preparing and planning we do, there are just too many things beyond our control. Trying to be

perfect is not the answer. Surrendering to the idea that life is already perfect is what really changes our experience. If we have memories in our past that do not align with this belief, we have the ability to change our minds. It’s not about trying to jam this belief into our unresolved past to somehow make sense of it. It’s about allowing those past hurts to align with this new idea and potentially heal them with a different understanding. Rather than trying to prove it wrong, why not entertain the notion and explore how it might feel right? If something did happen for a reason, what might that reason be?

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n Timothy Barlow is a perspective coach who lives in Vaughan. It’s All Good runs every other Thursday in The Citizen. To reach Timothy, visit www.madtoglad.com or e-mail him at info@madtoglad.com. make choices that we sometimes regret. Everything happening for a reason is not a “get out of jail free card” for us to say or do anything we want. What I am saying is that, in my experience, our choices only continue to feel like mistakes when we haven’t learned from them or we haven’t understood the reason why they happened. The moment we understand an event in our lives, appreciation and gratitude almost immediately begin to replace the heartache and pain we once felt. We can actually feel the synchronicity as

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consistency and quality of programs in all of our elementary schools and for all of our students.” The policy, which originally called for the elimination of Baythorn’s integrated arts program, created an uproar among school supporters and was later amended to save the program “for historical reasons”. French immersion was always included in the policy as the only permitted optional program.

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Ms Chan and other trustees in the region’s south called for more options for students in other parts of York, in keeping with a trend in Toronto and elsewhere. But a majority of trustees, mainly in the region’s north, felt elementary students are too young to focus on a specialty. There were also concerns among those trustees that not all parents are able to transport their children to special schools. “All students should have a right to learning environments in which they feel motivated, accepted, inspired and valued,” education director Ken Thurston said. “This policy will help our board to further ensure a consistent approach to the delivery of quality, equitable, accessible elementary education in community schools

throughout York Region.” Mitchell Levine, a Baythorn parent, said last night he was happy his children’s school was saved, but disappointed other students won’t have options in the future. “When you take away options, you stifle creativity,” he said. “The board is not pushing us into a new age of education, but pushing us backwards in time.” More than 300 people signed a petition against the policy when it looked as if Baythorn would be scrapped; supporters organized flash mobs and a YouTube video. But the backlash calmed when the board came up with a compromise, protecting Baythorn and allowing other schools across the region to develop their own “program emphasis” depending on community interest. While the debate has abated, it hasn’t completely disappeared. Thornhill Trustee Susan Geller had hoped to defeat policy 316 at the board meeting, but said discussion about other regional specialty programs should come later. Mr. Levine said York parents shared concerns with him that the region has lost its chance to have an international baccalaureate program at the elementary level. (An IB program at Bayview Hills school in Richmond Hill is being phased out.) Parent-funded field trips could also be eliminated with the policy’s stand against programs that perpetuate inequities, he added. “They’re taking away all the things that work and it’s being done with smoke and mirrors, made to look like it only affects Baythorn parents.” Ms Choo-Hum said the new policy would have no effect on school field trips, but elementary school IB programs would no longer be supported.

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Province mum on York’s role in cutbacks York Region is not only district facing scrutiny over PD spending By Kim Zarzour

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The York Region father who revealed more than $130,000 in international trips by public school board staff and trustees says he is “pleasantly surprised” to see the province is clamping down on such expenses in its recently released Ontario budget. Last month’s provincial budget included cuts to grants for professional development (PD) by publicly funded school boards. The ministry of education said the cuts are a result of “today’s fiscal realities”. That’s in keeping with a message delivered personally to York Region’s public school board by Education Minister Laurel Broten in response to recent public backlash over the board’s travel expenses. York Region is not the only district facing scrutiny over PD spending. School board spending on professional development grew by $30 million provincewide during 200607 and 2008-09, an increase of 56.5 per cent, said ministry spokesper-

son Gary Wheeler. “That type of spending is just not consistent with our current economic reality.” Mr. Wheeler said the minister made a “deliberate choice”, in a struggling economy, to cut costs outside the classroom in order to safeguard full-day kindergarten, small class sizes and almost 10,000 teaching jobs. Changes to professional development for teachers will save the province $21 million in 2012-13, he said. Cuts to trustees’ professional development, through the School Board Administration and Governance Grant, will save $6.4 million. The latter funds are not directly tied to professional development, however, and it is up to the school board to decide how this grant money is spent. York’s public school spokesperson Licinio Miguelo said the cuts will have an impact, but the board is still determining where. “Reductions to professional development funding are offset by a corresponding reduction to professional development budget allocations,” he said. The province’s PD budget cuts, totalling $27.4 million, are relatively insignificant compared to overall school budgets — York public’s is

about $1.2 billion, Toronto public is closer to $3 billion and there are 72 publicly funded boards in Ontario. Ms Broten asked York’s public school board to reign in its PD expenses last month after Todd Silverman, a Markham dad, shed light on a series of trustee and staff trips around the world, including Finland, England and New Zealand. The revelation, a result of a Freedom of Information request, sparked anger among parents and residents. The minister suggested board chairperson Anna DeBartolo re-examine those expenses and shortly after, the board announced a sixmonth moratorium on trips. While the ministry would not say whether PD cutbacks in the provincial budget are in direct response to the York Region controversy, Mr. Silverman is pleased to see his efforts have had an impact. “It should be a relief to every taxpayer in Ontario to know that the provincial government is paying attention,” he said. Professional development can be an important tool, he said, but should be directed at teachers and other front-line staff, not elected officials. Director Ken Thurston said York Region trustees and staff, as part of a top-performing district, have a

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committed to making further efficiency gains while also improving performance.” Ontario also has the largest number of academic hospitals in Canada, many of which provide services available in few or no other places in the country. Further, the wages and benefits for nurses in Ontario are higher than other jurisdictions. “The OHA welcomes the ... project because it adds to our knowledge of hospital performance,” he said. “But it is important not to rush to

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Women’s centre gets 2-year grant $141K ensures business as usual for York group By Amanda Persico

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At the Women’s Centre of York Region, it is business as usual thanks to provincial funding. The centre received a $141,700 grant over two years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the centre’s enterprising business incubator program, which is designed to help low-income women launch a viable and sustainable business. The 10-week course features guest speakers, panel discussions, mentoring and field trips to help women learn the ins and outs of business. Last year, more than 20 women graduated from the program. The program provides hands-on training, with a

focus on marketing and selling. Issues women entrepreneurs face include marketing, sales, administration, time management, balancing work and personal life, putting a value to their time, products and services, Ms Pitschke said. Without this funding, the program would not continue, business incubator coordinator Geraldine Pitschke said. The grant will be used for materials to run the program and providing an honorarium for guest speakers. “While not everyone has business skills,” she said, “this program is about helping those who want to start a business, start a business.” The program has partnered with three community organizations, York Small Business Enterprise Centre, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and Windfall Ecology Centre. These groups bring business expertise and links to existing training sup-

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It only takes three hours to change the world. For the fifth year, the Citizenship and Immigration Ministry is calling on Ontario’s youth to donate time to change the world, one hour at a time. Sunday marks the launch of the annual Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, through which youth are called upon to volunteer about three hours in three weeks. Students can use the challenge hours as part of their community involvement requirement to graduate high school. Last year, more than 14,900 young people volunteered across the province, logging more than 69,800 hours in three weeks, YorkInfo program assistant Liz Jefferson said. That was about a 40-per-cent increase in volunteers over the 2010 campaign.

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“This challenge is a way for nonprofit organizations and students to find each other and make synergy,” Ms Jefferson said. “This is about celebrating our volunteers.” There are more than 70 volunteer opportunities throughout the region listed at YorkInfo, a community information and volunteer database. But volunteering isn’t limited to traditional opportunities, such as office work.

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There is a slew of creative design opportunities, including website and poster design and running an event. “Volunteering isn’t about doing unpaid labour,” Ms Jefferson said. “It is about using your skills do to valuable work. If you have fun doing it, why not do it for an organization that could use the help?” Known as virtual volunteering, more and more organization are turning to youth to help with their

online and social media presence. Volunteering is also the perfect opportunity to learn skills you might not gain in the classroom or even at a part-time job. “If you have a part-time job, you won’t learn more than those skills do to the job,” YorkInfo volunteer services co-ordinator Kelly Towsley said. “But there is a different skill set when it comes to running an event or designing something. And those skills, you can build upon.” Youth are encouraged to sign up for the challenge through YorkInfo and select a volunteer opportunity. The organization will track your hours. At the end of the challenge, those who participate and complete their hours will earn a certificate.

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Having spent the past month hunched over tables at various Starbucks locations to write a featurelength movie script, Kyle Welton can almost taste the more than $100,000 in prizes his work could win. With a script submitted, Mr. Welton and his co-creators and actors, Adam Risbridger and Avery Pearson, have graduated to the final stage in the Big Vision Empty Wallet National Film Pitch Competition.

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who would have far to go to reach the next-nearest stations, she said. Mr. Scarpitti echoed her concerns, saying more entry points make for a more successful system. Addressing the region’s finance committee earlier in the day, treasurer Bill Hughes noted the recent penny-pinching provincial budget does not bode well for future investments in municipal infrastructure. “If you look at what this

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Daniel Karasik jokes that he should have submitted his Gramma’s photo when he entered CBC’s short story contest. Instead, he sent his own headshot, showing a freshfaced, tousle-haired young man with a T-shirt and a wide grin. The contrast is jarring — and confusing — because Mr. Karasik’s short story is a poignant peek inside the mind of an aging woman. But that is what the Thornhill man can do well, well enough to win the attention of the country, $6,000 and a prestigious grand prize. He gets what makes folk tick. And he understands how difficult it is to be human. That’s no mean feat for a 25 year old from the ‘burbs. Mr. Karasik’s short story Mine, about a dying man with dementia who speaks to his elderly wife as if she were a woman with whom he’d had an affair, was named English Grand Prize winner by CBC’s Canada Writes, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre and Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Chosen last week from more than 3,750 short stories received Canadawide, Mine will be published in this month’s edition of enRoute magazine. Mr. Karasik will also receive a two-week residency at the Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony. It was the first time Mr. Karasik has entered any of the CBC’s literary competitions; considered the most important prizes awarded to unpublished literary work in

Canada. The judges were struck by his “thickly imagined and expertly executed” story about a husband and wife. The wife is recalling a marriage between “temperate people ... unimpeachably sane”, their relationship gone awry except for “a period in our fifties and sixties during which a fitful reprieve was granted, we remembered why we needed each other, if not why we had loved each other”. So how does a young man, a playwright and actor with his whole life ahead of him, channel so acutely the thoughts of a woman looking back on life? “I just followed the voice,” he says. “There was a sound to her that felt true to me and I trusted it.” He is also a keen observer, watching how others express themselves. “I listen a lot to people of that age, the way they talk about their lives with wisdom and insight.” His recent eight-month trip abroad to West Africa, Israel, the United Kingdom and Paris, also helped by stretching his empathy and offering perspective. “I saw people whose life circumstances differ wildly from mine,” he says. “But for all the differences, it was the universal similarities, what I found in common with the guy who lived in Ouagadougou or Tel Aviv, that was more of a spark for me.” He has also tapped into his own, younger, generation with his latest play, The Innocents, which runs at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre Studio April 26 to May 13. This play is a little closer

to home, a tale of two young men — one a wunderkind lawyer, hard-working, bright and accomplished, and his client, a slacker from a similar comfortable middle-class upbringing — grappling with envy and ambition and “the myth of meritocracy”. It’s the kind of angst and ambivalence he sometimes struggles with himself. Mr. Karasik began writing at age 7 and began to consider it a viable career choice in his mid-teens when he was encouraged by David Wagman and Andrew Dolha, two of his teachers at Westmount Collegiate in Thornhill. “It just seemed to be something in me,” he said. “I had a sense I had the aptitude or that maybe I had potential.” But whether it was a legitimate career choice was another question — one he still hasn’t fully answered. “I question whether it’s meaningful to sit in a room all day and write. Socially I don’t know if it’s completely satisfactory way to be ... but it’s something I feel compelled to do.” So far, so good. He is making a “precarious living”, he says, with “a number of irons in the fire” as a playwright, poet, actor and artistic director of the independent theatre company Tango Co. His award-winning plays have been seen around the world. He is grateful he is still young, still not needing a day job to support a family and free to pursue this vocation. “We’ll see if I can sustain it and justify sustaining it.” All stories are available to be read on the Canada Writes website cbc.ca/ canadawrites

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Modern look “What you’ll get is a fusion of various elements that will speak to modernity, but relying on some traditional elements,” he said. “I’m on a mission to realize the full potential of downtown. It’s a major challenge and I know the subway is coming in 2015 and this is the reason I’ve been inspiring people in the private sector to bring forward projects that will meet the excellent standards of a downtown core,” Mr. Bevilacqua said, adding he wants it to also be a downtown for York Region. A performance arts centre is one of the key projects on the horizon in the downtown core.

But more than just a centre where bands perform, the plan is to house teaching schools for ballet and the arts in general. Among the biggest advocates for a performance arts centre is Concord/Thornhill North Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco.

But the long-time councillor said there are issues still to hammer out, including keeping truck traffic off the road in the future downtown. She admitted she is concerned with the time frame in trying to have projects ready when the subway arrives.

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Ms Yeung Racco has wanted a performing arts campus attached to the downtown since she first started working on creating the downtown in 2006. “An arts campus is what I want. It’s got to be a performing arts centre, not on its own, like the Mississauga Living Arts Centre. It has to have that institutional, educational component in there,” Ms Yeung Racco said. She has already met with the president of the Royal Conservatory, of which she is a graduate. “That performing arts centre is not about just letting performers perform. I want everyday residents because this building is for residents. I want everyday residents to use it, see it and enjoy it,” Ms Yeung Racco said.

“We need to push it and move it forward because I am concerned that if we don’t get everything in place, people can’t build. And if people can’t build, we really will have a subway going to nowhere,” she said. The time line isn’t the only concern for Ms Yeung Racco. Recent changes to the development charge rate in York Region may make it more difficult for the city to attract quality office space, she said. “That’s going to impact us hugely, especially if we want office space,” Ms Yeung Racco said. “If we want to be successful in the downtown, we cannot have the development charges the way they are.”

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an opportunity to develop leadership skills and have a unique learning experience through doing service work in a developing country or community in need. It offers programs for high school students as well as programs for university and college students and adults. More than 500 participants to date have travelled to communities in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Central America. The Kenya study and leadership program for students who have completed Grade 9 is offered through the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s continuing education department and runs for 11 months. From October to July, students spend four hours once a month, usually on Sundays, in a classroom learning the history, geography, language and politics of the East African country. Then, in August, they head to Kenya for three weeks. To prepare them for the conditions they will encounter there, students head to a farm 2 1/2 hours northwest of Vaughan in May, where they spend three days sleeping in tents and learning how to safely use the tools they’ll be working with in Africa. One of the days they must fast.

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“We intentionally create conditions of discomfort, so when they go to Kenya they’ve already had a taste of that,” Mr. Rogers said. “People always say the farm is much harder than Kenya. So, if you can survive the farm then Kenya’s no problem.” The course wraps up in September and those who complete it earn two high school credits. The St. Elizabeth High School drama students find the program is already changing their perspective on life. Ms Gorman, who hails from Woodbridge, grows frustrated when her peers complain about not having the latest iPhone or TV set. Ms McNabb, meanwhile, is learning to live without many of the things she once considered essential. “I feel myself using less and

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less stuff as time goes by,” said the Kleinburg resident. “They live there on the basics. They have one outfit that they wear all the time and they live in a house with nothing.” Mr. Rogers said their reaction is quite common. “First of all, they read Stephen Lewis’ book, Race Against Time, which really is a very powerful book about the whole situation in Africa,” he said. “I think it gives them an awareness. It gets into the politics, it gets into a better understanding of foreign aid or gender issues here and in the developing country.” During their three weeks in the Masai Mara region of Kenya, much of the time is dedicated to helping in the community. For instance, the students spend three hours each morning teaching children at a local school from lesson plans developed during their course work. Most afternoons are spent helping build a school. But they also have a chance to go on a safari. Mr. Rogers said when students return from overseas they often make a commitment to do more to help those in need, whether through volunteering or donating money. “The most common expression when people come back is they

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‘Seeing the other part of the world, you realize how much you take for granted here,. I feel like it’s going to be completely life-changing.’ Katy McNabb

realize how lucky they are to be born in Canada and they have a realization that the world doesn’t revolve around Toronto. That’s the most common awakening for most students,” Mr. Rogers said. Ms Gorman and Ms McNabb anticipate a profound experience. “Seeing the other part of the world, you realize how much you take for granted here,” Ms McNabb said. “I feel like it’s going to be completely life-changing.” “Everyone keeps telling us, ‘You’re going to come back a different person’,” Ms Gorman added. She was inspired to join the program after watching her mom, Sandra Ciardella, battle cancer. “I’ve always wanted to do it,” Ms Gorman said. “Two years ago, my mom had breast cancer and that kind of made me motivated to do things spur-of-the-moment and

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