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Arena parking plan won’t work: Heath Parking premium to encourage transit use By Amanda Persico
If you plan to catch an event at Markham’s new arena, get ready to drop the gloves over a parking space. Earlier this week, members of the Markham sports, entertainment and cultural centre subcommittee met with consultants and developers to discuss the proposed site plan for the NHL-size arena off Enterprise Boulevard. The discussion soon turned to transit and a proposed parking plan that assumes 56 per cent of trips to the arena will come from public transit and just 43 per cent will drive — a ratio seized on by critics, calling the plan over ambitious. The plan calls for about 4,400 surface parking spots, allocated between 10 parking bays, which also includes shared parking spaces at existing GO Transit parking lots. Those 4,400 spaces assume each vehicle will carry two people per vehicle to an event. Traffic management specialist, Sharon Sterling of Genivar – a consultant hired by the city – arrived at that ratio by studying the most convenient ways to get to the centre within about a 60-minute time frame. Most visitors to the yet-to-bebuilt arena are expected to come from Toronto, Ms Sterling said. See ‘SALES’, page 9.
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Waxers to abandon upcoming season Local junior hockey club’s operations suspended by league due to financial issues BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA
Plans for the Markham Waxers to celebrate their 50th anniversary during the 2012-13 Ontario Junior Hockey League season are on hold. In a league announcement yesterday, the board of directors said
the Waxers will not operate as one of its teams in the upcoming season. A major factor in the league’s ruling were financial in nature as the team could not fulfill its requirements within a specific time-frame. “Due to circumstances that have arisen in the past 48 hours
and the failure to comply with various financial and operational related obligations, the OJHL board of directors voted unanimously to suspend the Markham Waxers for the entire 2012-2013 season,” Marty Savoy, league commissioner, said in a news release. “That’s where it stands right now,” Chris Vanstone, Waxers gen-
eral manager, said of the situation. “It’s been a tough day for everybody in the organization. It’s not something that anyone wanted to see go through.” With the club suspending operations, Vanstone said players the Waxers had returning and had See FINANCIAL, page 15.
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Henry Ngan, 13 (left) and Christina Chin, 14, learn dribbling skills at the York South Silver Knights basketball camp at St. Augustyn Catholic High School in Markham Tuesday.
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Markham’s Li rides controversy into badminton semifinals by brian Mcnair
In a stunning turn of events in the women’s badminton competition, the Canadian team of Alex Bruce and Markham’s Michelle Li has advanced to the semifinals and will now definitely play for an Olympic medal. The tandem took advantage of a controversial day in which four teams were expelled for match-fixing, including the world champion Chinese team of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang and the South Korean team of Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na. Those two teams were in Can-
ada’s pool and in fact had easily defeated them in group play, but when they were stripped of all their wins, Canada was bumped up into second place and thus qualified for the quarter-finals despite not having won a match. The good fortune went beyond that, however, as they drew an Australian team of Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran that had benefitted in a similar fashion in their group. The Canadians stormed out to 21-9 in the first game, dropped the next 21-18, but then wrapped it up with a 21-18 win. They will now face Japan’s Miz-
uki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa in the semifinals today and, win or lose, compete for a medal Saturday. The Badminton World Federation disqualified four pairs who played Tuesday night in a round robin after being charged with “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport.” The four are one of the two Chinese teams, both South Korean teams and the Indonesian team, the BWF said. Teams blamed the introduction of a round-robin stage rather than
a straight knockout tournament as the main cause of the problem. In the round-robin format, losing one game can lead to an easier matchup in the next round. The Chinese players were accused of leading the way by deliberately losing a game. This led to other teams behaving in a similar way to try to force an easier quarter-final. At one stage, both teams appeared to be trying to lose. — with files from Torstar News Service Brian McNair is in London covering the Olympics for the Metroland Media Group
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onathan Chambers was passionate about sports, wanted to get into business and attended Markham District High School. But the young man’s life was cut short at 21 in March 2007. He was shot dead in a Brampton cocaine deal. Two men handed Mr. Chambers, acting as a go-between, a wad of fake cash to facilitate the transaction with a drug dealer, court records state. Mr. Chambers’ body was found in Oro-Medonte Township March 7, 2007. He had been shot. Brampton’s Lenworth Spence was convicted last year of firstdegree murder in Mr. Chambers’ death. Several other men were convicted of charges ranging from manslaughter to accessory to the crime in exchange for testifying against Mr. Spence. To this day, the loss of her son continues to haunt Mr. Chambers’ mother, Nancy Logan-Chambers, who said the family didn’t know Mr. Chambers was connected with drug activity. “You’re never the same,” she said of the impact on the family. “Every day, I cannot believe my son is dead.” Recent gun violence, including the shootings of seven people in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, 25 people at a block party in Scarborough and a man at a cafe in Toronto’s Little Italy and the massacre at an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre, has horrified people across the continent. The Scarborough incident left two young people dead: Shyanne Charles, 14, and Joshua Yasay, 23. A Whitchurch-Stouffville man was charged with first-degree murder in the Little Italy killing. In the aftermath of the shootings, public opinion has been loud. Toronto hip-hop artist P. Reign released a track entitled Angels, memorializing Shyanne and Mr. Yasay. Some people are demanding greater investment in social programs to address the needs of atrisk youths potentially susceptible to gang involvement. Others are calling for more police on streets. Ms Logan-Chambers argued a
Social Services Network executive director Dr. Naila Butt says establishing trust between isolated communities, police and social services agencies can help curb gun violence.
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major failure in dealing with gun violence lies not with police, but with the justice system, which she believes often proverbially slaps criminals on the wrist before releasing them back into the community. Stiffer enforcement of gun laws is needed to crack down on people found with weapons, she said. “The government needs to be proactive,” she urged. “Don’t wait until someone gets murdered to enforce the laws.” Her son came from a loving family, several members of which are high-achieving members of Canadian society, she noted.
Stouffville man charged Among the accomplishments of Mr. Chambers’ family members, his brother, Shamawd, plays professional football for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. Another relative rose through the ranks of Toronto Police to serve as a deputy chief. Police investigating her son’s death did a good job, Ms LoganChambers said, but she lamented the arduous criminal trial process of the men connected to the incident. “It was hard on my family,” she said, noting she and her son’s father have both suffered health and financial complications since
their son’s death. Ms Logan-Chambers, affiliated with United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere, urged parents to take drastic steps to intervene if they discover a child is involved in criminal activity. “They need to take control,” she said, adding that includes cooperating with police. “Step up, be parents and be proactive in your kid’s life.” Meanwhile, the midnight movie theatre slaughter in Aurora, Colorado, increasingly impacts everyone in our social media-driven global village, Social Services Network executive director Dr. Naila Butt said. So, too, did the racially motivated mass killing of 69 youth camp members last summer on Norway’s Utoya Island. Closer to home, the shootings in Scarborough and gang-style murder in Little Italy beg an end to rhetoric and a call to action, she said. “If it happens in Toronto, can it happen in Markham?” Dr. Butt asked, before offering an emphatic, “Yes”. The medical doctor-turnedpublic health and social services advocate is also an active proponent of stemming family violence. She leads a five-year, touring anti-violence symposium with community partners, including York Regional Police, the Children’s Aid Society and peer agencies. Her Markham-based network, focusing on the South Asian community, is inclusive and growing. It’s a management model based on her belief integration, education and information empower individuals and neighbourhoods, leading to understanding, acceptance and peace.
On the web 4Hear the radio edit of P. Reign’s tribute to Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay, entitled Angels, at bit.ly/N8CsPX The culture of violence needs to be addressed from a holistic perspective, she said “We need to look at why it’s happening, examine the causes such as poverty, unemployment and youths’ mistrust of authority and police.” Establishing communication, mutual trust and respect in communities that remain isolated is the key, she contended. “Veiled racism” exists in our society, she bluntly stated. It’s mostly silent, but people feel it and its pain. Closed societies have an “us against them” attitude, Dr. Butt said, adding breaking down barriers and bridging gaps will slowly dissolve the rancor that spawns violence.
‘Anything that divides’ She knows of what she speaks, candidly admitting she left a comfortable existence in her native Pakistan because of violence. “They were fighting amongst each other and for what?” she said. “Anything that divides people, the colour of their skin, their faith, religion, is not good. Quality of life, that’s what is important.” In many at-risk neighbourhoods, gangs wield more power than police, she said. Residents have distrust for police. Breaking the silence will stop the violence,
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A timeline of some of the worst incidents of gun violence in Canada. 4Dec. 6, 1989 In the worst mass shooting in Canadian history, 14 women are killed and 12 people are wounded in a murderous rampage by Marc Lepine at École Polytechnique in Montreal. 4Dec. 26, 2005 Jane Creba, 15, is killed and six others are wounded in a gang-related shootout just north of the Eaton Centre in Toronto. 4Sept. 13, 2006 A lone gunman enters Dawson College in downtown Montreal and begins a shooting rampage that kills one person and wounds 19 others. 4June 2, 2012 One man is killed and six other people are wounded by gunfire, two critically, in a shooting at the Eaton Centre. One of the critically injured victims later died. 4July 16, 2012 Two people are killed and 23 wounded when gunfire erupts at a block party in Scarborough. but trust takes time. The move to safer communities begins with individual and political will, she said. More youth programs, schools and agencies working collaboratively with parents is part of the solution, she said. “People in our diverse communities need to recognize there are supports and help is available,” Dr. Butt said. “We need an integrated approach, where there are different tasks, but one goal. We need places where people are valued.” Stakeholders must realize immigration for newcomers is not as quick as settlement, she said. “Talk ends when a commitment for allocated funds is shown and people are assigned specific tasks,” Dr. Butt said. “Talk ends when a budget is in place and action is taken.
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We’re at a crossroads when it comes to organ donation in this province. For years, the province and health care industry have begged you to register to donate your organs after death. There have been countless information campaigns telling you how to sign up and the 2011 launch of the online registry BeADonor. You can even find a link to the registry at yorkregion.com. Despite this, the most recent statistics show the message isn’t getting through. According to beadonor.ca, of the more than 11.5 million health card holders older than 16, less than 2.5 million are registered organ donors. The situation is no better in York Region. Keswick, Newmarket, King City and Stouffville are at the provincial average of 22 per cent. But, at the other end of the spectrum, Kleinburg (13%), Richmond Hill (11%), Markham (9%), Thornhill (9%), Vaughan (9%) and Concord (7%) ranked at the bottom among 179 communities. The first step to fix the problem is acknowledging what we’re doing now isn’t working. We respect there are religious and cultural reasons that keep some people from joining, but suspect most people don’t object to the practice, they just don’t make time to register.
LETTER TO EDITOR MP’s defense ‘fatuous’ Re: ‘I have done nothing wrong’, MP, July 28. Having received more than $20,000 in donations at two fundraising events held by parties directly associated with companies competing for the GTA’s last remaining FM band, Oak Ridges-Markham MP Paul Calandra is clearly in a position of conflict of interest. In defence of his actions, Mr. Calandra states that the funds were not collected by him, but by his riding association. This is a fatuous argument. In fact, candidates cannot operate campaign accounts outside of election campaign periods. Campaign accounts can only be set up after the writ has dropped. Riding associations routinely collect money outside of election periods and set them aside as election readiness funds. When the writ drops, associations transfer as much money as they choose from the association’s account into the candidate’s election campaign account. The $1,100 maximum doesn’t apply to these transfers. As the suspect donations have been discovered, I’ve no doubt they will be returned. We’ll never know what would have happened had the story not come to light.
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We can’t simply hope feeling good about helping someone else is enough of a reason to sign up for the registry. It’s up to the province to step forward and encourage us with incentives. Offer a health tax credit or even give a tax break on funeral expenses for people who join the donor registry. In addition to the obvious health benefits of a strong donor registry, there would also be a positive impact on health care costs. For example, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the estimated cost for dialysis treatment is about $60,000 per patient, per year of treatment. The cost of a kidney transplant is about $23,000, plus $6,000 for annual medication. There may come a time when we’re forced to institute an opt-out system, through which you’re automatically on the registry unless you takes the steps to get off it. That system works well in some countries, such as Spain and Austria, which have significantly higher organ donation rates than Canada. Or maybe we’ll make a rule that says only people on the registry are eligible to be an organ recipient. Change is needed, but let’s give positive reinforcement a chance before resorting to systems with negative connotations.
Ribfest, all that jazz yours to enjoy The music and the tastes of the world are at your doorstop this summer and you sure don’t have to travel far to partake. I tasted the traditional dishes of Texas and Alabama this past weekend at Richmond Hill’s first Ribfest and I wasn’t the only one. Town sources estimate some 30,000 people turned out over three days to enjoy some of the best ribs and sauces in North America. The only thing hotter than the ribs was the weather, and my husband and I were grateful to share some shade at a picnic table with a friendly Oak Ridges couple. A toddler nearby swayed and danced to the music as proud parents enjoyed their meal nearby. You can check out some of the messy, happy faces on our website at yorkregion.com While some of my neighbours enjoyed Ribfest, others were telling me about the great music at the Beaches jazz festival. They did admit that finding parking for the popular Toronto music event was frustrating, and that’s one reason my husband and I have never attended, despite his love of all things jazz.
Marney Beck That got me to thinking that we sure don’t have to deal with the long drive, the traffic and parking hassles of downtown Toronto to enjoy great jazz music. This long holiday weekend is the Aurora Jazz+ Festival, taking over the central Town Park Friday through Sunday. For $5 adult admission, you can enjoy the music served up by talented musicians from three stages. While I can’t promise finding parking will be a cinch, it has to be easier than finding a spot in the Beaches and there is free parking offered at the Aurora GO station. Visit aurorajazzfest.com for
more details. It’s Aurora’s fourth annual jazz event, but the upcoming Markham jazz festival is that community’s 15th bigger and better music extravaganza. Rolling out Aug. 15 through 19 from various venues along Main Street, Unionville, it kicks off with the Jazz FM Big Band on the Friday night and features hot licks of top musicians right up until Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band on the Sunday evening. A Friends of the Festival ticket for the weekend is $45 and features discounts at many restaurants, too. Check out markhamjazzfestival.com to find out more about individual performers and the Flato Markham Theatre 15th anniversary Birthday Blues Bash Aug. 16. Of course, anyone who lives near downtown Richmond Hill can eliminate parking hassles altogether by walking over to the free Jazz at the Plaza presented every Tuesday night at the Centre for the Performing Arts. See what I mean? You don’t have to travel far to enjoy music this summer right here in York Region. Marney Beck is the editor of sister paper The Richmond Hill Liberal.
Aging seniors to fill soaring retirment home vacancies By Amanda Persico
Retirement home vacancy rates are decreasing provincewide, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation senior citizen housing report. The same trend exists in York Region, where vacancy rates are about 5 per cent higher than the province’s, sitting at about 18 per cent, compared to 13 per cent throughout Ontario. That that can be explained by the increase in new retirement home developments in the last couple years, Ontario housing surveys manager Ken Sumnall said. The region has seen about 400 new retirement units or spaces open up so far in 2012, compared to 130 in 2011 and 250 in 2010, where the average retirement home has about 100 units. When combined, York Region, Durham, Etobicoke and North York, account for more than 70 per cent of new retirement home developments – one of the fastest growing areas in the province. High vacancy rates are common with new residences as it takes longer to fill with tenants than standard apartments, Mr. Sumnall said. “Moving into a retirement home is a huge life-changing decision,” he said. “This isn’t a decision that pops up once a new retirement building is built. It takes time.”
Seeing that the first wave of the baby boom generation – born post-Second World War baby boom between 1946 and 1964 – are just reaching retirement age, the region is going in the right direction. The affects of the baby boomer generation won’t be seen for about another five years, Mr. Sumnall said. The catchment age for retirement homes is about 75 years old, he added. According to the annual report, there is also an increase in retirement home rental rates. There was a more than 4-per-cent rent increase since 2011. That can be attributed to the new developments with state-of-the-art amenities. Retirement residences need to cater to the baby boomer lifestyle, Mr. Sumnall said. “New retirees are looking for a higher standard of living. Now, you are seeing more pools, theatres and media rooms. And it is not just a projector on a wall with some chairs. We’re seeing more homes with actual mini theatres.” Another trend is the increasing number of couple units for couples retiring together, as well as one-bedroom units. More than 20 years ago, many of the retirement homes offered semi-private units shared by strangers, which are on a rapid decline, Mr. Sumnall said. “We’re seeing larger unit spaces and more options,” he said. “But more and more, people want their own space.”
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“We look at what a person has to do to get here,” she said. “We look at what is a more convenient and faster route. Forty-three per cent is proportionate to that equation.” That magic number – 43 per cent will drive to the facility, while 56 per cent will take some form of transit and 1 per cent will either walk or bike – has many councillors questing its feasibility, especially in a suburban area such as Markham. Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor Jack Heath wants to see the ratio decreased to 40 per cent transit usage. “I don’t believe this is going to work,” he said. “I accept that we need to encourage people to take transit. But people still have to drive. If we’re planing based on 56 per cent from transit, we’re dreaming.” His sentiment was shared by Ward 3 Councillor Don Hamilton, who said Markham is still a “cardriven city.” The centre’s transit plan also includes dedicated transit services for special events. “This being a future mobility hub and having thousands of parking spaces don’t mix,” said Ms Sterling, who is currently in discussion with GO Transit about providing dedicated bus services to events. “We need to be clear. This plan isn’t relying on existing GO services. In fact, we’re adding services. In reality, we can’t have 20,000 autos on the roadway, anywhere.” By limiting the amount of parking adjacent to the centre, it would limit the amount of cars in the new downtown Markham network, she added. The transit plan also recommends the city look at establishing a parking authority and charge a premium rate for parking spaces to help further boost transit options. Local resident Rose Mittelholzer asked how parking premiums will benefit Markham residents who will use the facility. Local residents wanting to go an event would have to pay a premium on parking to visit something in their community. She asked if there could be special consideration or discounts for Markham residents to sweeten the deal. Another recommendation is to offer dedicated transit options when you buy tickets. If you decided to take transit, that will be tacked on to your purchase. That also works
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for those opting to drive, Ms Sterling said, where those opting to drive will be assigned a parking lot location. A shuttle service from remote parking locations to the centre is also being proposed as part of the parking system. “We don’t want people driving around looking for parking,” Ms Sterling said. “That will clog roads and lead to people illegally parking. There is a high reliance on transit, but we believe this ratio is reasonable and will work.” Mr. Heath asked about the transit-car ratio for other sports facilities, including Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place. During the NHL season, about 19,153 Senators pack the arena. But there are 6,500 dedicated parking spaces. But because of its location, about 20 kilometres from downtown Ottawa, the number of fans driving is closer to 80 to 90 per cent, according to Ms Sterling. It’s the opposite at the home of the Leafs, where there are 13,000 public parking spaces within walking distance, but only two levels of parking at the Air Canada Centre. And there is about 50 to 80 per cent transit ratio going to a hockey game, but it depends all depends on the time and date of the event, Ms Sterling said. There is also a large proportion of patrons walking or biking from home or the office. Markham’s surface parking could also be increased by building structured parking, she added. While Mayor Frank Scarpitti believes in the transit model proposed, industry experts question the vision of having 56 per cent of patrons travel by transit to the new centre. “We’re talking Copenhagen type of numbers,” said Martin Collier,
traffic consultant and founder of Healthy Transport Consulting and Transport Futures. A 56:43 driving to transit ratio already exists in several European centres, where transit and cycling are the favoured modes of transportation, Mr. Collier said. “Those numbers are unheard of in Canada or the United States. But Markham’s idea is do-able,” he added. There are certain practices that need to be in place to ensure wider transit use to Markham’s new arena, including parking premiums Ms. Collier said. Sticking drivers with high parking premiums could make transit the more affordable option and could also be a revenue source for the city, or at least cover the cost of the parking facility, he added.
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grammable LED light halo around the building to promote events or add lighting effects. Some of the centre’s LEED equivalent building designs include the use of a district energy system, refrigeration plant heat recovery that will feed back into the building to heat office spaces, solar-powered street and walkway lighting and electrical outlets for electric cars along the outside of the centre. The city also presented the architect with a list of community access features, such as using the arena concourse as a walking track, to be incorporated into the design. Those elements are still under review by the architects. Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor Jack Heath also wants the centre’s roof to be solar panel ready for future use. Members of the committee also discussed the possibility of developing parking under the proposed concert facility. “This is a capital building in Markham,” Regional Councillor Jim Jones said. “I think we have an obligation and the city is on the hook to provide parking, as in all our capital buildings.” But digging below the centre’s arena level could mean an additional $40,000 to $60,000 per parking space, Mr. Alexander said. Compare that to building adjacent above ground parking at about $5,000 to $10,000 per space. With the structure circular in shape, parking could not be maximized. Not only would adding belowground parking delay construction, but there would also be high risk of hitting the underground water table, which would add more costs to the project Mr. Alexander added. BBB Architects are working on a revised site plan based on this week’s working group committee meeting and a site plan application will be submitted in the coming weeks.
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Ontarians not getting donor message, recipient says By Amanda Persico
Three steps was three too many. Laundry was more than a chore, but rather a physical struggle. For more than a decade, Richmond Hill resident Natalie Djihanian took a nap while her children when to school. It was the only way she could muster enough energy to take care of her two daughters when they returned from school. “When we stayed at a hotel, I had to be near the elevator,” she said. “Three steps was too much. I felt like I ran a marathon.” Ms Djihanian spent a little more than a decade living with a broken heart. She had a low ejection fraction, which means her heart wasn’t pumping enough blood to the rest of her body.
Not only did she live a limited life, but she also lived in denial about needing a new heart. “Medications were like a Band-Aid that will forever and always be there,” she said. “I refused to believe I needed (a heart).” After years of ups and downs, the BandAid ripped off, she said. It was time to consider being placed on the transplant list, which now sits at about 1,500 Ontarians long. She spent more than three months living in the intensive care unit of a hospital waiting for a new heart. And waiting only three months, she considered herself lucky. “Waiting is the hardest part,” she said. “You didn’t know if and you didn’t know when. There was a father of two waiting for a heart as well. He died because he didn’t get one in
time. God got to me in time.” But it is not her near-death experience that brings her to tears. Despite strong media attention, Ontarians are not getting the message about organ and tissue donation. “What are you going to do with your organs, anyway?” she asked. “They are going to decompose with you. If you can help someone, why not? It is not like you have one piece of cake and you don’t want to share it. You’re throwing that cake away, so why not give it someone who is hungry.” Earlier this week, the Ontario Trillium Gift of Life released its latest batch of numbers, showing only 22 per cent of Ontarians are registered organ donors. York Region numbers fall far behind the rest of the province. Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill have some of the lowest donor registrations rates in the province — except for the communities of Concord and Woodbridge. The latest set of numbers revealed higher registration numbers in Northern Ontario, where communities are smaller and more close-knit, president and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ronnie Gavsie said, while communities that are more diverse, such as Markham or Richmond Hill, are lacking in numbers. “We have theories,” Ms Gavsie said. “But we’re talking about a culture change. Years ago, you would walk into a smoking room without blinking an eye. Now, you would walk
right out. It takes time to change culture.” The network is taking note of those trends and numbers, she added. Currently, the network works with faith leaders in the community to help dispel myths. The network is in the process of starting an in-depth research project to look at different cultural groups and what is holding people back from becoming donors. “Awareness is a big step,” Ms Gavsie said. “But it is only the first step. We need to inspire into action.” A year after Ms Djihanian’s heart transplant surgery, she was encouraged to write a letter of thanks to the donor family whose loved one saved her life. The family responded by telling her the heart donor loved to sing Happy Birthday. “My message to them was I was a young mother of two,” she said. “It gives me shivers. Someone decided it was the right thing to do. And my kids have a mom because of it.” For more information, visit beadonor.ca
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With the Ontario Junior Hockey League announcing the Markham Waxers suspended operations for the 2012-13 season yesterday, there will be a big void at Markham Centennial Arena on what was once the club’s traditional Friday evening home date. Upon hearing the ominous news, which stemmed primarily from the club being unable to fulfill financial obligations, several individuals once associated with the franchise voiced their disappointment. “It’s very tragic,” former Waxers and National Hockey League great Steve Thomas said of the situation when informed of the news. “To know the number of former NHL players who had played with the Waxers and to hear about this, they won’t be happy about it.” Following the Waxers through his time when he resided in Markham and once serving as the club’s general manager from 1997-98 to 2004-05, Larry Herrington described the situation as a “real travesty”.
‘very tragic’: steve thomas “Doc Kennedy and Lew Hollett (former Waxers’ owners), the guys who put their heart and soul and pocket books into this franchise would turn over in their graves. There’s too long a history with this club. “I’m almost in tears,” Herrington said. “I’m thoroughly disappointed and I’m beyond belief,” added Joe Cornacchia, who succeeded Herrington as the club’s general manager until being relieved of his duties by current owner Bruce Jackson prior to the start of the 2011-12 season. “I can tell you, guys like Lew Hollett, (former Waxers owner) Don Bremner and myself, we cared about this team and the community.” Although relieved of his duties as head coach of the Waxers this past season, Mark Jooris also had a soft spot for his former team. “It’s a real shame. I feel terrible for the Waxers’ organization. It’s such a storied franchise and they belong in the league,” he said. “It’s unfortunate a high-profile place like Markham is out of the league.” Mr. Bremner, who owned the team from 1994 to 2005, was quick to question the manner in which Jackson conducted business. Bremner felt Jackson’s first priority should have been to get additional investors when he first acquired the team from Robert Thiessen just over one season ago. “I’m sad and it’s a disgrace ownership allowed this to happen. Hockey people have a tendancy to spend money like drunken sailors,” Bremner said. “When I ran (the Waxers) as a business, it was a losing business. It’s a non-profit business. There’s no way to make any money at this level of hockey. You lose anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 each year. You have to control spending and what people are being paid. To own a team is a huge financial commitment. We were there for the love of the game. Former owners, managers upset “But to allow it to get to this point (suspend operations for at least one year) ... it’s unforunate that this would have been the Waxers’ 50th anniversary.” “It’s definitely hard in these economic times. Anyone who owns a team in the league deserves a pat on the back,” Bremner said. Cornacchia and Jooris also felt the club might not be where it is now if Jackson had taken a different approach in running it. In particular, they claimed he failed to put the team ahead of certain individuals who took up a spot on the active roster ahead of other deserving individuals. “This is what happens when you get someone who buys the team and gets into it for the wrong reason,” Cornacchia suggested. “You can’t run the business the way he did, you just can’t do that,” added Jooris. “I just hope the club can get back in the league.”
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recruited to play for them in the upcoming season — 14 in total — are now free agents. Vanstone said he will try to help those players in any possible manner. “Right now, I’ve got to do what’s best for the kids. My heart is to place the kids that we had returning and our recruits with the best team possible,” he said. “I won’t stop working until everyone of them has a spot on a team.” While Vanstone hopes to assist the players in finding a place to play, he’s also a free agent and would like to join another team. The same holds with head coach Jason Nobili, who was hired upon the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. For the Waxers to rejoin the league, Vanstone said a big factor would be for the team to exhibit proof of financial stability. If the team can do that, it would likely start from scratch as an expansion team. Purchasing the team from Robert Thiessen just over one season ago, Waxers current owner Bruce Jackson acknowledged he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. “When I bought the Waxers, I thought I could turn the team around. We had very few fans and the team was operating at a large deficit,” he said. “I invested time and capital into rebuilding this organization, but was unable to meet the league’s time requirements. “The financial burden is onerous and has been quite a strain on me and my family. In hindsight, I spent too much. In addition, as every week went by, I uncovered more undeclared obligations and debt from the former organization.”
Jackson though remained optimstic about the club’s future and was quick to note they remain a member of the league. “The Markham Waxers Junior A Hockey team has been suspended, but not destroyed. We will regroup and prepare ourselves to compete in the 2013 season, as a smarter, stronger organization,” he said. With the Waxers’ absence for the upcoming season, the league now has 22 teams with North-East Conference requiring re-alignment and will now see two, five-team divisions.
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Elite junior golfer sets sights on professional tour BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA
Ask Tony Gil what he wants to be when he graduates from university and he will give you a quick and precise response — to play golf on the PGA Tour. That would appear to be a tall task facing the 14-year-old Markham native, who just graduated from Doncreat Public School in Thornhill this past year. But based on the way he has performed on the links over the last few years, he might well be on the path to fulfilling his objective. Having won last year’s Golf Association of
Ontario bantam boys’ title last year and being one of the leaders on the association’s order of merit, Gil received an exemption to compete in the Ontario Summer Games at Cedar Brae Golf Club in Scarborough Aug. 14 to 17. During the competition, which is comprised of three rounds of stroke play, Gil will compete in the Boys’ 17 and Under Division. Making his debut at the upcoming games, Gil is looking forward to the competition. “It feels great, really good because it’ll be a good experience for me and I hope to do well,” he said. Entering the games, Gil has some momentum on his side as he recently was the final-
ist in the Golf Association of Ontario Junior Boys’ match play championships and was the youngest competitor to compete at the Golf Association of Ontario’s Junior Boys’ Championships held at the Mandarin Golf Club. In explaining the success he has had on the fairways, Gil said it all started with his parents, who also play the game and introduced him to golf when he was just five years old. Recalling he began as a left handed hitter before being converted to a right hander, Gil took to the game immediately and has also developed a strong passion for it. A big part of which can be found in the time he logs on the practice range under the guidance of Henry Brunton, former national team men’s amateur coach. “It’s been great to work with him,” Gil said of Brunton, whom he’s been associated with for the last 1 -1/2 years. “He’s been very influential in my golf career.” Brunton sees nothing but good things in store for his prized student and feels he has the potential to compete at the highest level down the road. What puts him above other players his age, Brunton said, is his work ethic and love of the game. Almost similar to a former student he once coached in Albin Choi, a fellow Canadian golfer who made the cut at this year’s RBC Canadian Open, Brunton added. “He’s a great kid. He’s an elite player who works hard with his game and he’s definitely a favourite at the Ontario Summer Games. “He’ll be a super high level player and definitely has the potential to some day play
Tony Gil, 14, winning the bantam boys’ provincial title last year. in the PGA,” Brunton said of Gil. Another factor which has motivated Gil was an interaction he had last winter when he met his PGA idol, K.J. Choi at a restaurant in Florida last year. “He’s a real nice guy, just an ordinary guy and very approachable,” Gil said of the South Korean native. Intending to enrol this fall at Northview Secondary School in North York in its ccademic program for gifted athletes curriculum, Gil feels if he continues to practice hard and at the same time, have fun, he can make a run at trying to win the gold medal at the Ontario Summer Games. “Right now I’m just playing to gain experience and have fun,” he said.
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Markham residents hope to bowl up storm in Florida Three Markham residents are representing a Canadian contingent taking to the 10-pin lanes in this week’s 50th annual Tournament of the Americas at the Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Edith Lee was one of two bowlers selected to the women’s senior (50+) team. Alan Chan was among two bowlers chosen to the men’s Super Senior Team (60+). In the women’s Super Senior
Team (60+), Mary Leung was one of two bowlers chosen. The competition, which began July 28 and is scheduled to wind down Saturday, is conducted in five divisions – three adults (adults, seniors and super seniors) and two youth (16-19 and 12-15). The Super Senior division was introduced in 2011 and this will be the first time Canada has been represented in the division. In being chosen to the senior and super senior teams, Lee, Chan and Leung were the highest All Events finishers in their age division from the 2012 National Mixed Championships that was conducted in Windsor. A total of 17 countries in the Americas were expected to participate. — Michael Hayakawa
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One sure way to dodge most potential conflicts is to have simple, whole foods, such as fruit or veggie plates. “It can take a lot of the stress out of entertaining,” she said. You can start with basics, such as salads or burgers made with portobello mushrooms. You also won’t go wrong with vegetables either roasted or grilled as a kebab. Of course, you’ll also want to incorporate some protein, so feel free to make that salad with beans, lentils or the wondergrain of the moment, quinoa. Even in the 21st century, there are people unsettled by an innocuous white brick of tofu, but it remains a versatile weapon in your culinary armament. After marinating cubes in a soy sauce, you can stick them on skewers with vegetables and have a tasty, healthy, food-group-spanning meal. Store-made veggie burgers can run the gamut in quality and taste — some being soybased and more burger-like, others more like grain-vegetable patties — but you’re likely to come up with something healthier and tastier by doing it yourself. Instead of ground beef, why not show a little love for the protein-rich garbanzo bean by making them out of chick peas? One paradox Ms Grylls noticed is a creative veggie dish invariably attracts the attention of people who suddenly wonder why they’re left eating a plain, old burger or dog.
The next thing you know, there’s a run on the lentil salad, so the smart move is to make more than you think you’ll need beforehand. “I always take extra care because I find people are drawn to it ... It’s one of the ironies,” she noted. “Even die-hard carnivores are open to a vegetarian option.”
Recipes from Stephanie Grylls Easy bean salad What you need: 1 can kidney beans or chick peas (15 oz) 1 can pinto beans (15 oz) 1 can black-eyed peas (15 oz) 1 cup frozen peas or organic corn 1 English cucumber (diced) 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced) 1/2 red onion (minced) 1 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper 1/2 cup balsamic salad dressing (homemade or store bought) 2 tbsp fresh cilantro or parsley (minced) 1/2 tsp of minced garlic (optional) cayenne pepper (to taste) What you do: 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 2. Chill in a refrigerator for a minimum of two hours or overnight (the longer it chills, the more the flavours will marinate). May be stored in the refrigerator for several days.
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Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District is looking for foster families (Associate Family) living within York Region. We require a family that can provide a loving, caring home environment to a child or adult who has an intellectual disability. Experience in Developmental Services is preferred but not necessary. Associate Families are required to make a long term commitment and are provided with regular respite, tailored training, support and remuneration. If you are interested in providing a home for a child or adult in need, please contact: Jasmine MacMillan 905-898-3000 x 230 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kids Connection Care and Education currently hiring part time split shift RECE and Assistant Teachers to work in our Before and After School Programs in Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan for Sept. 2012. Must be willing to work split shift. Fax 905-887-5985 or email: email@example.com
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BUR OAK/ McCowan Bright spacious one bedroom basement. Separate entrance, cable, parking, laundry. Near schools. YRT. No pets. $950. 416-759-0154
INDOOR/ OUTDOOR Storage- Half price! good security. Open 7 days. 905-642-2689
DENISON/ FEATHERSTONE- Bright, spacious 1 bedroom basement. Separate entrance, laundry, parking, internet, cable. Near all amenities. $825. Sept. 1st. 416-856-6474
HOT TUB (Spa) CoversBest Price, Best Quality. All Shapes & Colours Available. Call 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper
MARKHAM- 2 bedroom basement apartment. Close to shopping/ schools. 5-pce washroom. Must see! $1250 inclusive. Non-smoking/ pets. Available immediately. 905-554-4114
HOT TUB/SPA 2012 model, fully loaded, full warranty. New in plastic. Cost $8,000 Sacrifice $3,900. Call: 416-779-0563
MARKHAM- DENISON/ Middlefield- 1 bedroom basement, appliances, separate entrance/ laundry, a/c, internet/ cable, non-smoking/ pets. $750 negotiable. August 1st. (416)358-1707
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JOHN DEERE GX335, 20HP, Kawasaki, 54", 25gal sprayer, tractor trailer and 5x10 trailer. $4300. 416-471-3579
POOL TABLE- Brunswick 5X10 solid wood, slate, claw legs. Hardly used. All complete. $4000. MARKHAM/ ELSON- 416-471-3579 Walk out 2 bedroom, 2 washrooms. Beside Cars school, bus stop. Parking. I m m e d i a t e l y . 416-452-0511. 1999 MAZDA ProtegeMCCOWAN/ DENNISON- 1.8L, original owner. Auto, Newly renovated, 2 bed- 4 doors, A/C. 129,000kms. room basement, separate $3,000. E-tested, serviced. entrance, laundry, parking, 905-294-0913 $875. inclusive. No smok- 2009 FORD Escape ing/ pets. Available imme- 85,000km, A/C, P/W, P/L diately. 905-294-3990, Cert. $11,500 Call Mike 416-804-1781 (905)713-2968 MCCOWAN/ STEELES- 3 bedroom basement, separate entrance. Near transit. Parking. Cable. $900. 99 OLDS Intrigue. Available immediately. Loaded. Engine runs Non-smoking/ pets. well. New exhaust, tires 905-470-2157 and front pads. STOUFFVILLE- 1 bed- Some mechanical work room apartment in quiet needed. $400/OBO 4-storey building. Suits Call: 905-392-0181 non-smoking individual/ couple. No pets. Near Mortgages/ Loans amenities. $1075. Available immediately. 905-640-4727 $$MONEY$$ CONSOLIDATE Debts Mortgages to STOUFFVILLE- LARGE, 90% No income, Bad credbright, new 1 bedroom it OK! Better Option Mortbasement, separate en- gage #10969 trance, laundry facilities, 1 - 8 0 0 - 2 8 2 - 1 1 6 9 parking, near amenities, www.mortgageontario.com transit, shopping. Nonsmoker/ pets. $1200 incluCleaning/Janitorial sive. 905-640-3494 STOUFFVILLE- SENIOR apartments, 1 bedroom apartments available in building with elevator. Stove, fridge. Parking available. Available now. (416)492-1510. UNIONVILLE- 2 bedroom basement, separate entrance, near schools, laundry, parking. Nonsmoking/ pets. $1100. inclusive. (905)470-1253
A CRYSTAL Cleaning experience- Homes, Offices. Insured/ bonded. Supplies provided. 15% discount. (647)500-2260 for details. All Green Cleaning Services. We clean with green. Safe for family Insured/ Bonded. Discount. (647)295-4485
PAYLESS4CLEANINGRESIDENTIAL & Commercial, bonded, insured, reliable, references. Free HWY 7 & Bullock- 3 bed- estimate, affordable. Ludroom detached, 1.5 baths, mila 647-267-2340 c/air, fin basement. $1,450.+ Sept. 15th. For Decks & Fences more info please call 905-471-6927 ext 231 HWY#7/ MCCOWAN- DECKS, Shed, Concrete/ Stone walkway. renovated 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, upper back- Hardwood/ Laminate floors 25 years experience. split, parking. $1300 416-522-8034, +70%. Non-smoking/ pets. 905-787-0236 September 1st. http://fi fieldconstruction. 416-419-5835, wikispaces.com/ 416-269-2385 after 6pm.
Houses for Rent
STOUFFVILLE- LARGE stunning 4 bedroom house. 5 appliances 2 parking, 2.5 baths, fencedin yard. $1695+. No pets! Ryis Properties 905-727-1102.
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CEILINGS repaired. Spray textures, plaster designs, stucco, drywall, paint. We fix them all! www.mrstucco.ca 905-554-0825
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Reid, Jeremy Passed away suddenly at home on July 26th, 2012 on his 30th birthday. Loving son of Doug and Joanne Reid. Friends were received at DIXONGARLAND FUNERAL HOME 166 Main St., North (Markham Rd.) Markham, on Tuesday, July 31 from 1 p.m. until time of service in the chapel at 2 p.m. Donation may be made to Gideons
165 EAST Beaver Creek, Unit 11. Saturday, August 2nd, 9am-2pm. Antiques, furniture, household items, more. GARAGE/ CONTENTS Sale- 7 Thackeray Court, Cachet Woods. Saturday, August 4th, 8am-12noon. 416-270-4574 Furniture, appliances, kitchenware, etc. MARKHAM- 69 Liebeck. Saturday, August 4th. 7am-11am. Antiques, curiosities, furniture, tv, microwave, books, puzzles, pictures, household timesavers, something for everyone.
CITY MOVERS: Two men, 16' truck. $40/hr. No hidden fees. Flat rate available. (416)816-4132 firstname.lastname@example.org
MARKHAM- 73 Fincham Avenue (16th/ Hwy#48) Sunday, August 5th. 8am-1pm. Bedroom suite, household/ outdoor items.
Painting & Decorating ABSOLUTELY amazing painters at bargain prices! Summer special $100/ room. Quick, clean, reliable. Free estimates! Second to None Painting 905-265-7738
Lost & Found FOUND- ON Raymerville. Necklace, metal chain with some beads. Call 905-472-2143
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Handy Person HANDYMAN SERVICES, Home Maintenance & Repairs, Interior & Exterior. Reasonable rates. Guaranteed results. PJ 647-210-6892
Home Renovations HWY#7/ 48 MarkhamFurnished rooms, main floor/ basement. sharing kitchen/ bathroom, $395. Available immediately. First/ last. (905)471-3261
INSTALLATION OF eaves, siding, soffit, fascia, capping windows, doors. (416)-886-8808
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