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Ratepayers applauding density deal BY KIM ZARZOUR
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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.
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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.
Off I go. I reach my last stop, finally getting off near my home. I am so tempted to kiss the ground. I never thought I would appreciate being driven around so much. I will never take that for granted. I was walking home thinking, yes, it is over ... until tomorrow when I have to do this all over again. Stacey Ramelson is a Grade 11 student at Westmount Collegiate Institute in Thornhill volunteering at The Liberal.
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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.
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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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Hillcrest Mall will celebrate International Womenâ€™s Day this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. with an afternoon filled with entertainment, activities and VIP treatments for women. â€œWeâ€™re honoured to host International Womenâ€™s Day at Hillcrest Mall. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the event and we are thrilled to celebrate this important achievement,â€? states Heidi McGaw, general manager of the mall. Shoppers will enjoy treatments from Dove Spa, The Bay will provide mini-makeovers and lucky guests will walk away with gifts. The event will be emceed by Debora Kelly, editor in chief of The Liberal and York Region Media Group. Local jazz singer Teresa Marchinoe will also perform.
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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 www.1800222tips.com
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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