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Ratepayers applauding density deal BY KIM ZARZOUR


An 11th-hour compromise appears to have been reached between Thornhill residents and developers of the controversial Shops on Steeles highrise project. “It’s like we’ve reached a settlement on the courtroom steps,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said yesterday, describing the last-minute negotiations over an issue that has troubled the neighbourhood near Steeles Avenue and Hwy. 404 for several years. Bayview Summit wanted to build 1,787 residential units in five towers on the 18-acre site on the Toronto-Markham border and brought its case to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) when Markham failed to approve plans. The OMB is set to convene Monday to consider the issue, but a counter-offer proposed by the key ratepayers group, German Mills Residents Association, was endorsed by Markham council and the developer late Tuesday night. But not everyone is happy with the compromise that would see fewer than 500 units and a slight reduction in the height of the project, originally proposed to tower 32 storeys over the townhouse community. Toronto Councillor David Shiner, representing those living on the south side of Steeles in Willowdale, said yesterday that based on his interpretation of the newly negotiated deal, the City of Toronto will continue to fight the development at the OMB and may even refuse to allow sewer development along Steeles to service the units — something Toronto has the right to do as owner of the thoroughfare. The deal struck in private “is so very far away off what residents were looking for” and does not appear to meet recommendations made by Markham’s own town planner. Mr. Shiner said it was pushed forward by Thornhill Councillor Howard Shore, who needlessly scared residents away from the OMB, believing a board decision would favour developers. “I was not even consulted on this,” he said. “This affects the south side of Steeles dramatically.” While discussions are ongoing, the OMB hearing See RESIDENTS, page 2.


SPINNING FOR FITNESS FUNDS A smiling Bruce Stewart spins at Garnet A. Williams Fitness Centre during the City of Vaughan’s annual Spinathon in support of RecAssist, the city’s fee assistance program which subsidizes recreation and culture programs for low-income residents. Members at each of the city’s five fitness centres pedalled hard for the honour of top fundraiser.

For the third straight year, the Town of Markham has approved a budget that freezes taxes without dipping into reserves or cutting services. Not everyone is happy with the decision reached Tuesday, with dissenting votes coming from Deputy Mayor Jack Heath and Ward 1 Councillor Valerie Burke. But Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s mood was jubilant at a news conference yesterday as he announced Markham was the only GTA municipality to achieve no tax increase for three years running. While most municipalities in York have not yet finalized their budgets — East Gwillimbury has agreed to a 3.3 per cent increase and Whitchurch-Stouffville’s taxes are going up 1.6 per cent — most are looking at increases ranging from 3.82 per cent in Richmond Hill to 7 per cent in Aurora. Toronto has also approved no increase for this year, as has London, but Mr. Scarpitti said Winnipeg is the only other city in Canada that can claim three years of tax freezes “and I don’t think they’re growing nearly as fast as Markham ... one of the fastest growing in North America”. He attributed the success to a team effort led by budget chief Regional Councillor Gordon Landon and treasurer Joel Lustig, who were able to achieve the tax freeze without touching reserves or cutting services to residents. “They worked very, very hard. We have a council that’s committed to rolling up its sleeves to get the work done and deal with tough issues.” Markham’s 2011 budget totals $333.2 million, including a $164.6 million operating budget, $73.1 million for capital, $75 million See CONCERNS page 9.


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will go ahead because the board needs to be briefed on any settlement and impact on next steps, said Jim Baird, Markham’s commissioner of development services. Emotions were running high Tuesday as residents, concerned that Markham councillors might back down on their opposition to the high density, rallied outside the mall in the afternoon. That night, more than 20 delegates appealed to council again. Councillors held a private discussion, then at 11 p.m. publicly voted unanimously to support the ratepayers’ counter-offer to which Bayview Summit had also agreed, subject to what Summit project manager Shelly Mecklinger called “minor legalities”. As of yesterday afternoon, the settlement had not yet been signed, said Mr. Mecklinger. “We still have to show up Monday [at the OMB], there still could be some angry ratepayers ... and a few hurdles to jump until the OMB approves it,” he said. “But we look forward to a successful outcome of the whole project.” The new proposal would see 1,235 units,


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with the number of storeys expected to be “in the low 20s”, according to Mr. Shore. “It’s an absolute victory for the community. Everyone would prefer it to be even smaller, but under the circumstances, we realize that in a worstcase scenario, it could go to the OMB and we’d possibly end up losing.” A meeting scheduled at a Thornhill synagogue for last night — originally to rally residents against the development — was instead to be an information session.



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A Vaughan guitar maker is ecstatic after one of his instruments sold for nearly $150,000. Mike Carparelli travelled to England in last month to see a guitar produced by his company — but painted by British artist Damien Hirst — auctioned off for charity. The semi-acoustic Carparelli Scarborough 9 guitar, which sells for about $1,500, was snatched up by an unnamed buyer from Hong Kong for more than $147,000 when it went on the block at Christie’s auction house in London . “It was very exciting, to say the least,” said Mr. Carparelli, who made his first trip to London a memorable one.

ONE-OF-A-KIND GUITAR Before the trip, Mr. Carparelli had only seen the one-of-a-kind guitar in photographs. “Wow. I was just blown away,” Mr. Carparelli said. “Pictures just don’t do it justice.” The staff at Christie’s let him hold the guitar and take pictures with it in a private room. The Maple resident’s company has been operating for five years, maintaining a store

and warehouse in Barrie while distributing instruments worldwide. He does not make the guitars from scratch, rather sources the components and assembles them at a plant in South Korea. Mr. Hirst is best known for bold pieces that include a full-size shark in a tank of formaldehyde and platinum-cast, diamond encrusted human skull. As the only guitar he has painted, the Carparelli model was expected to go for between $48,000 and $80,000. It ended up fetching far more than expected, a boon not for the artist or Mr. Carparelli, but rather for War Child, the charity selected by Mr. Hirst.

HELPING CHILDREN IN CONFLICTS The money will be of great assistance in helping children affected by conflicts around the world, War Child executive director Dr. Samantha Nutt said. “I didn’t know what to think. My thinking was just, ‘please sell,’” Mr. Carparelli said of the bidding that brought a happy ending to a long journey for the guitar. The guitar auction was supposed to be one part of a mega-music festival planned for Toronto’s Downsview Park last summer. Co-organizer David Kam hoped to get several guitars painted by world-class artists and have them played on stage and auto-

graphed by performers. Ultimately, the Imagine Concert collapsed, but Mr. Carparelli managed to get guitars painted both by Mr. Hirst and American painter Jim Warren. The Jim Warren guitar is going to auction soon and has already been signed by members of the Beach Boys, Kris Kristofferson and Rush’s Alex Lifeson. That sale is also expected to benefit War Child. Happy with how things have gone so far, Mr. Carparelli has made charity an increasingly important part of his operation.

BON JOVI SIGNATURE Another guitar, signed by members of Bon Jovi, sold for $3,700 with proceeds benefitting ProAction Cops & Kids, a fund through which Toronto police help at-risk youth. The auction was at a concert in memory of Tyler “T-Lar” McGill, a 22-year-old stabbed to death at a Toronto McDonald’s in 2007. A friend had the band sign the guitar while Mr. Carparelli was in England so finding out when he returned from his triumphant trip was icing on the cake. Mr. Carparelli would like see as many as four guitars a year sold for a good cause and while nothing is certain yet, he said contact has been made with artists who have an even bigger profile than Mr. Hirst.

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Vaughan guitar maker Mike Carparelli visited Christie’s auction house in London, England where this custom-painted guitar fetched nearly $150,000 for charity. Supplied photo.

Valet or validate? Confessions of a transit newbie BY STACEY RAMELSON

Day to day, I am driven to school, picked up from school and on several occasions, driven to friends’ houses. Never once had I thought I would some day have to start taking public transit. But now I’m a co-operative education student and I have to get to work. I’m standing in front of a validation stand at Bathurst and Atkinson in Thornhill. My nightmare is becoming my reality. I put the bus ticket into that tiny machine only for it to spit back out at me. Maybe I’m dreaming. Next thing I know, this big blue bus pulls up in front of me. I try to go in the wrong door. What do I know about taking a bus? But then I follow the other passengers in through the back door. Phew. I’m on the bus with moments to spare and it’s filled with people — standing, sitting, they’re not even moving. They look like zombies.

I take the seat closest to the bus driver, so if anything were to happen, I can easily ask for help. There’s nothing to be afraid of, taking the bus is just different from the usual car transportation. I’m waiting and waiting, when is my next stop? I keep looking at the screen to see the next stop. First we arrive at Richmond Hill Centre and then a few more streets I didn’t recognize. Finally, Leslie Street. I get off, only to remember that I have to transfer to the 90 bus. Buses have numbers?

Since when do you have to push a door for it to open? Are they not automatic? I wait about 15 minutes for my next bus to arrive. I get on, more people looking like zombies. Luck-

ily, this bus driver smiles at me and seemed nice and jolly, sort of like a shorter and skinnier version of Santa Claus. Now it’s my final stop and I try to get off the bus. Since when do you have to push a door for it to open? Are they not automatic? I manage to get off and start walking, replaying every moment of the experience only to think that I have to do it again this afternoon to go home. It’s 4 p.m. and I’m finished work and I start on my way back home, crossing the street to my bus stop. Now I wait 20 minutes for my bus in the cold. How do people do it? Again, waiting and waiting, finally it shows up. But where do I put my ticket? There is no validation stand for the York Region Transit, only VIVA, what am I supposed to do? Getting on the bus, I look like a fool, asking the bus driver what I am supposed to do.

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The driver tells me to stick my ticket into this little slot, but this time, it does not come back out. He gives me a little slip of paper, a transfer. I have heard of that. I am becoming a pro at this! In my dreams. Transfer time and I get off. There is a pink and a purple bus. I think I am supposed to take purple, so I get on. I never knew that there were different colours for buses, I thought from this morning there were only numbers. Oh well.



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Hospital funding raises red flags for residents BY ADAM MARTIN-ROBBINS

Resident Tony Lorini is concerned York Central Hospital representatives are seeking funding simultaneously to build a hospital in Vaughan and expand the existing facility in Richmond Hill at a time when the province is strapped for cash. He raised the issue with York Central president and CEO Altaf Stationwala and board of trustees chairperson Dina Palozzi during an open house at Vellore Village Community Centre last Wednesday. “Would you guys just sit and concentrate on having a Vaughan hospital built first and then worry about expanding on the other areas of York Central Hospital?” Mr. Lorini asked. Resident Frank Greco raised the issue, too. They were told it’s essential for the two projects to move forward together and that the hospital’s leadership is mindful of the challenges of trying to secure provincial funding at this time. “We will continue to refine the planning so that both projects go ahead because the reality is both are critical and they have to be balanced,” Mr. Stationwala said. “I can tell you as of today, we aren’t worried that we can’t find that balance. What we’re talking about at York Central is just building an additional small wing to deal with surgical suites and ambulatory care and some central utility issues that we have.” Mr. Lorini and Mr. Greco weren’t the only ones to ask pressing questions of those doing the planning work to bring a hospital to Vaughan and redevelop the existing facility in

Richmond Hill. Mr. Stationwala and Ms Palozzi were peppered with questions about issues ranging from fundraising to electronic health records to traffic during the open house, which drew about 200 people.

SCARCITY OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS One man asked what’s being done to ensure enough people can be found to staff a new hospital given the growing scarcity of health-care workers in Ontario. “We have to create the right environments, physical environments, but we also have to create the right kind of culture to work in,” Mr. Stationwala responded. “That is really the job of management and the board to create an environment that is welcoming to staff, that and makes them want to come to work, and that makes them want to come here versus going downtown to Mount Sinai or University Health Network.” He noted recruitment trends show suburban communities like Vaughan and Richmond Hill are often able to attract slightly older, more experienced health-care workers who are looking to leave Toronto to raise a family. “We actually have a competitive advantage in that we let them sort of learn the tricks of the trade downtown and then we bring them here when they’re really qualified,” Mr. Stationwala said. Traffic congestion was on some people’s minds too given the location for the proposed hospital — Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street — is a busy area, directly across the street from Canada’s Wonderland.

“There’s been a number of traffic studies that already have been done to reflect the challenges and the congestion that the site will add to that location in terms of additional traffic,” Mr. Stationwala said. “I think it’s a very good site on the basis of the fact that we have three good access points ... Jane (Street), Major Mack and Hwy. 400.” He added there are plans to widen Major Mackenzie Drive and bring rapid transit to the area. Officials are also consulting Canada’s Wonderland representatives to address issues that may arise during the park’s busy season, he said. Basil Marcello asked how close the project is to being approved, what the main obstacle to gaining approval is and what can be done to address it. “We’re expecting, and keeping all our fingers crossed, to be on the Province of Ontario’s capital program,” Ms Palozzi said. “However there are lots of pressures. ... There always are competing pressures for those scarce dollars.” She encouraged residents to talk to their local MPPs and communicate “in a positive way our desire for this project, our willingness to help fundraise and the already muchevidenced commitment of the local government”. The tone of the meeting was markedly different from the last public information session in the fall where tempers flared and some people stormed out in frustration. Mr. Stationwala was pleased with last week’s community open house. “I think it was an excellent session,” he said in an interview. “I was really impressed with how engaged the audience was. So the

community really does care about this. ... They asked some very good questions around authority and mandates.”

FIRST STAGE IN FUNDING Prior to those questions being posed, residents learned York Central is in the first stage of a five-stage process to secure provincial approval and funding to develop a state-ofthe-art health care system for southwest York Region anchored by a redeveloped hospital in Richmond Hill and a new Vaughan hospital. The proposal is to build the latter on 40 acres at the northeast end of the 87-acre property purchased by the city in 2009 for about $60 million. The remaining property will house ancillary health-care services, which could include a long-term care facility, labs, a rehabilitation centre and, possibly, a medical school. The planning and development of that parcel of land is being led by Vaughan Health Campus of Care. Those in attendance also got a sneak peek at the preliminary design for the Vaughan hospital and the expansion of the Richmond Hill site. Mr. Stationwala noted the Vaughan site can accommodate a 1.3 million-sq.-foot, fullservice hospital complete with 584 beds, an emergency room and operating rooms. If the hospital goes ahead, you can expect to see a different facility from the kind that exists today, he said: lots of natural light, large private rooms, larger waiting rooms and green space. Services would be offered by health teams with a focus on minimally invasive procedures using advanced technology.

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An ambitious — and often criticized — initiative to reduce the backlog at Ontario courts is starting to show results. Yet with an aim of cutting the number of days and court appearances needed to complete a case by 30 per cent by next year, good may simply not be good enough. The Newmarket courthouse, as well as others in Toronto’s north end and London, ON, were chosen as sites for the 2008 launch of the efficiency program, dubbed Justice on Target. Through innovation, Newmarket, in particular, has achieved some solid benchmarks, much stronger than the provincial average. In Newmarket, the number of days from first appearance to disposition for the average case has dropped by almost 20 per cent, while the average number of appearances to complete a case is down from 9.3 to 8.1 days. However, it took longer last year to deal with several more serious offences, such as attempted murder, sexual assault, robbery and uttering threats. Gains, meanwhile, have been made in break and enter, weapons and impaired driving cases. Initiatives in Newmarket include a first appearance desk, which ensures those accused of a crime have all the information they need, including the Crown’s position, before their first


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Liberation inspirational Re: All Egyptians celebrate, Feb. 18. After following the news of Egypt’s revolution, I felt obligated to acknowledge all those who helped bring about Egypt’s liberation. Although there is still a long way to go, it is nice to see Egyptians rejoicing in the newfound freedom for which they so proudly fought. After 18 days of protest against the government, Egypt made a big step toward democracy when president Hosni Mubarak stepped out of office. The abuse they had to endure during the revolt was nothing compared to their desire for a new Egypt. Stouffville pharmacist Farid Wassef words this perfectly, saying that the citizens “dug in their heels and said enough is enough”. It is truly inspirational how youth movements banded together and moved the nation in a non-violent campaign against the regime. Egypt is a role model to all as people put aside their differences and showed us the power of the people can achieve great feats. I wish the best to the admirable citizens of Egypt and hope for other autocratic regimes to follow.


appearance. It also allows those eligible for Direct Accountability, an alternative for those charged with minor property offences, to explore their options, often without having to see the inside of a courtroom. This is on top of a list of seven other initiatives, from on-site legal aid to a new three-appearance pre-trial standard, that are part of the Justice on Target initiative at all participating courthouses. While these changes have netted results, they haven’t come close to achieving the mandated 30-per-cent reduction. Critics, such as Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, have said the reductions that have occurred have, in part, been due to rushed plea bargains. While crime was down by about 5 per cent in York Region from 2008 to 2009, the number of charges before Newmarket courts has remained relatively constant. There is more that can be done. Other jurisdictions have reduced court backlogs by setting “drop dead dates” for guilty pleas, ensuring cases aren’t drawn out. Hiring more Crown attorneys, more judges, opening up more courtrooms and moving more cases to other jurisdictions, where backlogs aren’t so great, are other alternatives.

Raising toast to good neighbour He was just an ordinary citizen of our town, the kind of guy you’d be lucky to have in your neighbourhood. Pat Curran had various nicknames. Many residents of Richmond Hill called him “TTC Pat” in reference to his long years of service as a TTC driver. Many residents of our street called him “the mayor of Coventry Court”, as he took an active interest in any activities or events that affected our street in the downtown core. Whether it involved spreading the word about a stranger lurking or vandals targeting cars and garages, or organizing the street parties we had nearly every summer, Pat was the go-to guy. He will be sorely missed by all his friends, passing away last Thursday after a short time at York Central’s palliative care wing. I joined family and friends Monday at Marshall Funeral Home to celebrate his life and talk about what a good neighbour he was in these modern times in our urban communities where too often you don’t even know your neighbours. True to his Irish roots, he would give the shirt off his back to any neighbour who needed anything. He was an ordinary guy, yet extraordinary at the same time.

Marney Beck He earned a civilian citation from Toronto police for helping them arrest a bank robber within the first few years he was in Canada. He was legendary at the TTC for his incredible safety record, driving an amazing 35 years accident free for Grey Coach and the TTC. He also volunteered in countless ways for the TTC. But it was the little things he’ll be remembered for on our street. Several times over the years he’d phone late at night to tell me that someone in the family had left our garage door open, exposing cars, bikes and other possessions. One winter night he called with a similar alert and I kept trying to close the garage door, to no avail.

“See if there’s snow stuck along the bottom of the door,” Pat advised me. Sure enough, solution to the problem... I know every single neighbour has a similar Pat story to tell. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that he was well known at several local watering holes and was happy to raise a rum and coke any time he could gather friends together. He threw large St. Patrick’s Day parties at his home and the smile on his face as he welcomed friends was just as large as the gathering. The public condolences to his wife and sons — Becky, David and Andrew — say it all: “We couldn’t have asked for better neighbours. A wonderful story-teller who always had a smile and a kind word.” “Pat will be remembered forever on Coventry Court as a good neighbour and friend.” Fulfilling the touching request of his family through his obituary, we’ll raise a toast to Pat this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Jewish Immigrant Aid Service (JIAS) Toronto and the York Catholic District School Board have joined forces to provide two more English language classes in Thornhill. These classes will supplement the existing JIAS Language Instruction for Newcomers evening program for those wanting to improve their English. There are now four classes: levels 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and advanced TOEFL preparation classes. Classes are held

Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There is continuous enrollment with new students registering at any time. The new partnership between Jewish Immigrant Aid Service and the York Catholic board aims to serve the growing number of newcomers in Vaughan. ESL classes are held at 1520 Steeles Ave. W. For more information or to register call 905-761-5116 .

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Svetlana Pukhovitch and Guner Taskapu, front row, are among the current students taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Thornhill. A partnership between the York Catholic board and Jewish Immigrant Aid Service is resulting in more evening classes for those wishing to improve their English.


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for waterworks, $7.4 million for building services, $7 million for planning and design and $6.1 million for engineering. Overall, Markham receives about 25 cents of every dollar of residential property taxes collected, with the remainder divided between education (25 cents) and the Region of York (50 cents). Mr. Landon said it was a tough process, given the tight timelines as a result of the fall budget, but it was made possible with rigorous business planning and co-operation from staff. “There’s not a lot of new hires,� he said. “Toronto has a more difficult time because they have so many layers of bureaucracy but in Markham, we’re doing better because we’re lean.� But not all council members were celebrating. “Zero is a big accomplishment, but I’m very concerned about our aging infrastructure, especially storm water and sewer infrastructure,� said Ms Burke. “To refurbish storm water will cost $40 billion and that’s just Thornhill, not counting other older areas like Unionville and Markham. I know residents love zero tax increases, but I am concerned it’s not sustainable, that it’s going to catch up to us.� Mr. Heath, who also voted against the budget, said a 1-per-cent increase would have amounted to $12 a year for average households. Such a small increase might avoid future shortfalls such as an anticipated abovebudget cost for snow removal this year. “I’m not sure this is financially wise.� Mr. Landon said that in previous years, less was spent on snow removal. “It averages out ... The community today is still suffering and any way we can save a few dollars for them is a good thing.� Asked if the freeze is sustainable, Mr. Landon said he is hopeful. Future budget challenges include infrastructure repairs and replacements and the state of economic recovery.

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This week, York Regional Police renewed a $20,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction in connection to a series of hate crimes in Vaughan in 2004. Between 11 p.m. March 14, 2004 and 7 a.m. March 15, 2004, a person or persons used black spray paint to deface homes and vehicles at 13 residences in the Beverley Glen Boulevard area of Thornhill with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages, police said. If you have information about this crime, contact police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7797 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or leave an anonymous tip at

4 charged in trailer theft Four men, including one from Richmond Hill, were arrested up in a police round-up Sunday night in Vaughan after about $150,000 worth of vacuum cleaners were stolen in Toronto earlier in the day. Sunday at about 8:10 p.m., police got a tip that a trailer, which was reported stolen earlier in the day, was parked up at a warehouse in the Hwy. 7 and Jane Street area. When police arrived, four men tried to get away, but were caught a short distance away. The four men are charged with possession of property obtained by crime.

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It’s not expected to open for at least a decade, but the 407 Transitway system is already a major concern for some regional councillors. Nearly an hour was spent last week by members of regional council debating how to let the province know about the strong concerns Vaughan and Markham have with the planned bus rapid transit system. After contentious discussions, council agreed to ask the province to extend an approaching deadline for comments on the project’s environmental assessment by one month so councillors could decide precisely how to articulate their position. Four councillors voted against waiting due to concerns the province would move forward on a nearly complete environmental assessment. “If this alignment gets passed, I don’t think you’ll see anything develop in Markham Centre in the next 10 to 15 years,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. He spoke strongly against the plan, urging council to ask the province to hold off for a full year and said Markham would struggle to meet its growth projections if the plan went forward as is. Both Markham and Vaughan expressed concerns with the plan to the province, but Mr. Scarpitti took issue with regional staff comments that effectively endorsed the project. “Our concerns should be your concerns,”

he said. He and other councillors wondered why the province is moving so quickly on a project that has no funding and which is only earmarked to be built between 2023 and 2033. Mr. Scarpitti described the process as “a rush to nowhere”.

DAMAGE TO ENVIRONMENT? The issue also touched off a debate at Vaughan council, where local residents fought against the proposed location of a station in Concord that they say will block their access to, and infringe upon, the Bartley Smith Greenway trail system, damaging the environment and cutting residents off from a crucial part of their own community, they argue. The city has also been working to finalize key secondary plans, including for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and, as in Markham, fears a locked-in Transitway plan would constrain development.

STRONGLY-WORDED MOTION Vaughan council passed a strongly worded motion in support of residents, but when the matter came up at regional council, members voted against moving too harshly and too quickly. Regional Councillor Deb Schulte earned a look of surprise from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua as the only councillor from that city to break ranks, joining Markham councillors in voting against waiting one month. “It is key that this work well ... and the alignment as it stands today will cause us significant problems in realizing that full poten-

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LAUNDRY LIST OF CONCERNS Markham’s laundry list of concerns includes everything from the placement of stations at Markham Centre and Yonge Street to the route cutting through land earmarked for an expansion of Markham District Energy; land recently purchased from the province that now seeks to protect it. At the end of the day, councillors were wary of supporting Mr. Scarpitti’s strongly worded request, hoping instead to still find common ground.

The frustrated Markham mayor pointed out Vaughan’s own resolution already called for Mayor Bevilacqua to sit down with the Minister of Transportation and request a delay. When complete, the Transitway will stretch across the GTA but the first phase will be a 23-kilometre spanning of York Region, with seven stops at major intersections. Express buses running on their own road alongside Hwy. 407 are expected to see 70,000 to 80,000 weekday trips by 2031, including 13,800 at rush hour.

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Golden Markham athlete carries flag in closing ceremonies BY MIKE HAYAKAWA

Michelle Li had a memorable time competing at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax. While the Markham native captured a pair of gold medals for her exploits on the badminton court in women’s singles and doubles play, she was also given an additional honour — to be flag bearer for Team Ontario during Sunday’s closing ceremonies. Li was notified Saturday by Blair McIntosh, Team Ontario’s chef de mission. When McIntosh first contacted her, Li acknowledged it caught her by surprise.

But when given details of the news, Li was honoured. “When I was called over to see Blair, at first I thought I was in trouble, but didn’t understand why,” explained Li during a rare break at the Canada Games Centre through a Team Ontario news release. “To be the flag bearer is just awesome. I’m honoured to lead Team Ontario at the ceremony. It will be a moment that I’m sure will last a lifetime.” “Michelle has been the epitome of Team Ontario excellence,” said McIntosh. “She is a best in-class athlete, displays sportsmanship on and off the court, and is a wonderful teammate. We’re very proud of Michelle and are honoured that she will

lead us in the closing ceremony.” A competitor with Lee’s Badminton Academy in Markham, Li was a dominant force as she has never given up a set and cruised to victory in the women’s singles final match 21-2, 21-13 over Phyllis Chan of B.C. She then partnered with Alex Bruce to win the women’s doubles gold medal and was to play for gold in the team competition early Sunday morning before marching into Halifax Metro Centre with the Ontario flag in hand. Li is also the reigning Canadian national badminton champion in both singles and doubles.

St. Elizabeth aims for hockey repeat The St. Elizabeth Catholic High School Panthers are this week defending their York Region Athletic Association senior boys’ Tier 1 hockey title. The Thornhill team faces the Brother Andre Catholic High School Cardinals in a best-of-three final that started Tuesday at Mount Joy Arena in Markham. The second game is being played today, Thursday at Sports Village.

If a third game is required, it would be played at Mount Joy Arena March 8 at 2 p.m. The Cardinals were the top seed in the league and finished the regular season in first place in the East Division with an 80-0 won-loss mark. St. Elizabeth finished first in the West Division with a 7-1 record. The Cardinals advanced to the final

after sweeping St. Jean de Brebeuf in their best-of-three semifinal series that concluded with a 5-0 win Friday. St. Elizabeth reached the final after disposing of St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School in Richmond Hill in three games in their best-of-three semifinal series. - Mike Hayakawa

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Region bucks labour trend, adds jobs BY DAVID FLEISCHER

As the waters of the recession ebbs, York Region is finding itself facing new challenges and some good news. The recently released 2010 Employment and Industry report shows a changing but largely stable economy. From 2008 to 2010, as the country experienced a 0.1-percent decline in jobs, York Region managed to post to a 2.1-per-cent increase. It is moderate growth, but its headed in the right direction,

regional growth management manger Paul Bottomley said. To meet long-term projections, the region seeks to add about 15,000 jobs a year, but will have to make up ground after adding just 9,000 in the past two years. Where those jobs are coming from is a moving target, however. While still a major part of the regional economy, manufacturing was among the hardest hit sectors during the recession. In fact it has steadily dropped in the past decade, from 24 per cent of all jobs in 2001 to just 16.3 per cent last year. Manufacturing has suffered Canadawide, Mr. Bottomley said,

noting the region can’t predict how much further it might slide in York. The region plans to study the future of manufacturing, however. In the meantime, there may be reason for optimism. Manufacturing decline can be attributed to diversification of the overall economy and rapid growth in business and personal services. The sector is also changing. Skilled manufacturing jobs are increasingly taking the place of previous heavy-industry jobs, local workforce planning board executive director Al Wilson explained. He pointed to pharmaceutical companies that employ labourers

to pack vaccines and specialized medicines as an example of how the sector has changed. At the same time, professional, scientific and technical jobs are increasingly stable or growing, as are health-care jobs, he said. The greening of the economy is also having an influence as businesses in all sectors adapt to a new way of doing things, he said. “I think it’s definitely taken hold, but I don’t think it’s a revolution, it’s an evolution,” Mr. Wilson said. Mr. Bottomley, on the other hand, pointed to an increase in business building permits last year as a sign of improvement.

The region’s job-hiring index uses job ads to help identify trends. There were 38,128 jobs ads in York last year, the region said — an 11per-cent increase from 2009. But that is still well off the more than 52,000 employment ads posted here in 2007. Even during the recession, the region never lost jobs. However, growth slowed to a trickle, as just 1,000 new jobs were added from mid-2008 to mid-2009. The recovery is happening, but it’s coming slowly, Mr. Wilson said. “Are people hiring? Yes, all the indications are there, but it’s very cautious.”

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FITNESS TALKS Enjoy a series of free talks at Wynn Fitness Clubs starting March 4 from FRIDAY 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 11160 MARCH Yonge St., Richmond Hill. The talks will focus on an innovative approach to health endorsed by medical doctors and advanced by Dr. Mehmet Oz, of Oprah fame. Physicians generally target symptoms, but a new approach, presented by Martin Joynes, addresses health at its most essential level, that of the cell. Please pre-register by calling Mr. Joynes at 647-297-1222.


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ROSH CHODESH CHOIR The Pride of Israel Synagogue invites women and SUNDAY MARCH girls to a Rosh Chodesh celebration March 6 at 7 p.m., featuring the Kol Rina Choir. Admission is a donation of $10 or more for the Kosher Food Bank for Passover. Donations will be dedicated in honour of food bank volunteers. Girls under admitted 18 free. For info call 416226-0111 ext, 10, synagogue located at 59 Lissom Cres., near Steeles.


PRAY FOR OUR WORLD St. Mary’s Anglican Church, corner of Yonge and Major MacKenzie Drive (entrance off Major Mac) will hold a service of prayer March 6 for the tragedies of our world caused by nature and war at 4 p.m. All are welcome to join for prayers, meditative

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WORKPLACE HARASSMENT TALK All are invited Wednesday, March 9 to Karoun Restaurant, 5 Glen Cameron, Thornhill for a lunch presentation on workplace harassment by Karen Mock, lecturer and expert in human rights and women’s issues. From noon to 1 p.m. she’ll discuss how to recognize bullying in all its forms and dos and donts for handling it. For info call 416828-4662 or visit

Baritone David Varjabed Enjoy opera excerpts from Carmen, Nabucco, La Traviata, La Boheme, La Wally, Romeo and Juliet and Tosca, as performed by Opera Belcanto at the Richmond Hill for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. The evening is guided by artistic director David Varjabed and features soloists, opera chorus and orchestra. Admission is $35, seniors $30 and students $20. For tickets, call 905-787-8811 or visit Canadian-Armenian baritone Mr. Varjabed studied in Armenia, and continued his studies in Bel Canto technique in Siena, Italy. He has toured Europe, USA and the Middle East, at the invitation of musical organizations.

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Direct Link, based in Newmarket, Ontario is the leading provider of market information and insight to the Canadian foodservice industry. We are seeking a talented individual to join our Client Services Analytics Team. Responsibilities: • Creation and analysis of Client presentations • Assigned Client management and projects • Generation of customized market share reports • Researching foodservice product information Qualifications: • University degree required • Possess strong analytical skills • Highly efficient, accurate and detail oriented • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently within a deadline oriented environment • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (French a definite asset) • Advanced user of Excel and PowerPoint • Knowledge of foodservice industry an asset If you are interested in this position, please fax or email your resume and salary expectations to: Fax: 905-898-0162

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May 12, 1930 - March 1, 2011 After a lengthy battle with cancer, it is with sorrow that we announce the passing of William "Bill" Smith. Bill was born in Northern Ontario and raised in Toronto. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute as an Engineering Technologist and later from York University with a Bachelor of Arts. Bill worked for CN Telecommunications for over 35 years and travelled extensively for CN. Work took him to Newfoundland where he met and later married Alice Slattery in 1956. Bill and Alice made their home and raised their family in Richmond Hill, Ontario, just north of Toronto. Bill's work was challenging and rewarding. He worked on a variety of projects that laid the foundation for Canada's telecommunications sector as well as a number of projects critical to CN's rail business. He was very proud of his work on the DEW Line in the early 1960's and the North Warning System in the 1980's. Bill was active in the community wherever he lived, as a scout troop leader and with local swim clubs. His many hobbies included HAM radio, wood duck carving, drawing and painting, and in later years, stitchery. After his retirement in 1988, and the sad passing of wife Alice in 1999, Bill moved to Regina in 2001. He quickly embraced the community and its people and joined many local clubs to continue his hobbies. Bill remarried in 2002 and leaves to mourn his loving wife Sybil, sons David (Beverly) of Regina, Hugh (Amy) of Toronto, daughters Clare of St. John's, Elizabeth Kopp (Gordon) of Calgary, six grandchildren Mark and Liam Smith, Leah Smith, Paul, James and Amy Kopp, and sister Annette Ashfield (Donald) of Cobourg, Ontario. Bill leaves an extended family in Newfoundland and across Canada and the United States. He will also be fondly remembered by Sybil's daughters, Karen, Shirley, Mary Lou, Leah and Amy's daughter, Sarah. Bill was predeceased by wife Alice (1999), sister Marjorie (2006) and daughter-inlaw Carol (2002). Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Palliative Home Care and Regina Wascana Grace Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 3239 Garnet Street, Regina, on Saturday March 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Francis Slattery and Rev. Sathiadas Antony presiding. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario at a later date. Flowers most gratefully declined. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to Regina Wascana Grace Hospice, 50 Angus Road, Regina SK S4R 8P6 or a charity of your choice. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit

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Richmond Hill, beloved wife of the late Gustav Dahl. Loving mother to Olav (Isobel) of Gilford and Grethe of Gravenhurst. Cherished grandmother of Warren (Joanna) Dahl, Kathryn (Robert) Jonkman, Christopher (Carla) Dahl and great-grandmother to Emily Jonkman, Bobby Jonkman, Owen Dahl, Paige Dahl, Chloe Dahl. Dear friend of James MacMillan. A visitation will be held at the Danish Lutheran Church, 72 Finch Ave. West on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 from 10-11 a.m. and a service to follow immediately at 11 a.m. Interment, Aurora Cemetery on Thursday, March 3rd at 11 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Danish Lutheran Church or The Danish Canadian National Museum Society, Box 92, Spruceview, Alberta T0M 1V0.

MATANOVIC, Adam Passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Monday, February 28, 2011 in his 78th year. Adam, beloved husband of the late Franziska. Loving father of Anita, David, Irene, Adam, Elizabeth, and Frances. Otta will be lovingly remembered by his many grandchildren. Dear brother of Andy, David, Jack and predeceased by Elizabeth. Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Annunciation (97 King Road, west of Yonge St.) Richmond Hill on Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at

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CONTENTS sale- everything must go, excellent condition. TVs, sofas, dressers, exercise equipment, household stuff. Must see. Sat. March 5th, 10am-2pm. Sunday, March 6th, 2-5pm. 70 Lena Dr., Richmond Hill.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS In the Estate of Lammert Van Dyke Date of Death January 23, 2011 WE, the undersigned, propose to distribute the assets of the Estate of Lammert Van Dyke (also known as Lambert Van Dyk), late of the Town of Richmond Hill in the Regional Municipality of York, Retired Businessman, and will be responsible only for claims of which we have notice and which are received by us on or before the 3rd day of April, 2011. DATED at Richmond Hill this 3rd day of March, 2011. Peter Doel and Elizabeth Poroszlay, Estate Trustees, by their solicitor, Robert H. Blackburn, Q.C., 10800 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 3E4

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