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York Region Public Health predicts more human cases of West Nile virus this year. The region has recorded an average of one confirmed case per year since 2007, but that figure is expected to increase significantly this year as more mosquito pools test positive for the virus. Nine pools have been confirmed across the region: four in East Gwillimbury, one each in

Newmarket, King and Richmond Hill and two in Vaughan. This more than doubles the number of pools testing positive last year, York Region medical officer of health Dr. Karim Kurji said. “I wouldn’t just go by the areas the pools have been found in, as these mosquitoes will be all over the region,” he added. “Increased activity is an early warning for us to expect more human cases.” While no human cases have been confirmed this season, he said it is even more important for you to protect yourself from mosquito bites by

One family from Markham may be able to move into the firstever Habitat for Humanity home in Keswick by late October. Sherrie Beaugrand and her two daughters, Jessica, 12, and Cassidy, 10, look forward to becoming Habitat home owners and moving to Keswick from Markham, where Sherrie works for a travel company and the family rents a small apartment. For the Beaugrand family, being able to call one of the semidetached houses at 5 Robert St. home means “love, happiness, family and teamwork”. They are thrilled to know soon they will have a space to call their own. Recently accepted as a partner family, they have begun fulfilling their sweat equity requirement and have a team of family and friends to assist, Habitat’s lead family partner Suzanne Chicoine said. Homeowners contribute 500 hours of sweat equity as the down payment on their new home. Sherrie and her daughters will complete 300 hours of work and their team will contribute 200 hours. Sweat equity can be earned by participating on the work site, working in a Habitat ReStore or assisting with office work and special events.

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For condominium residents, there is a way to get your barbecue fix without needing a barbecue. Thornhill condo resident Kevin Finch, who is the executive chef at Aurora’s Hollandview Trail and owns Big Grill Catering & BBQ, has found a way to get barbecue flavours in his oven. While he has the right equipment to create finger-licking barbecue food at work, he can sometimes imitate that taste at home, sans barbecue. For him, it all comes down to a good spice rub. His basic rub recipe is one teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and salt, two teaspoons each of paprika and ground black pepper and four teaspoons of brown sugar. To get a smoky taste, Mr. Finch recommends upgrading to smoked paprika and smoked salt. The golden barbecue cooking rule still applies: slow and low. For people without a barbecue, a slow cooker might be the next best option. Other options include making a makeshift smoker for your oven or using liquid smoke. But Vaughan barbecue chef and Southern Rub and Smokehouse owner Nick Palantzas warns against using liquid smoke. “On the barbecue scene, that is a forbidden word,” he said. “It’s a man-made blend. It is a cheat and a cop-out.” Instead, he recommends using wood chips. With wood chips, you get that wood flavour infused into the meat, he said, whereas with liquid smoke, you get a strong smoke taste.

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Wood chips can help condominium residents make smoked meat in their ovens. “It is like someone using a $10,000 smoker and someone else pouring barbecue sauce over a piece of meat and both calling it barbecue,” he said. “You can taste the difference.”

Get that flavour indoors Looking to create a smokey taste, but don’t have anywhere to exhaust the fumes? Here’s how to create an oven smoker: • Purchase wood chips at a store where

you would find all your grilling needs. Some of the more common wood types include applewood, mesquite and hickory. Applewood is mild in flavour and gives food a sweetness, which is suitable for poultry or pork. Hickory adds a strong smoke flavour to meats and is best paired with beef, lamb or ribs. Mesquite is one of the strongest flavoured woods and is not recommended for food that

takes longer to cook, but adds great flavour to heavier meats such as beef burgers. • Soak the wood chips in a bowl for about two or three hours. Drain the chips well. • Tear off a rectangular piece of aluminum foil large enough to hold your wood chips when folded over twice. Heavy duty foil works best. • Fold the foil in half. Fold over three of the four edges to create a pouch. • Put your drained wood chips into the pouch. Fold over the last edge. • Poke holes in the aluminum pouch. This will allow the pouch to release smoke and aroma from the wood chips. • Place the foil smoker on the rack below the one on which you will cook your food. • Wait for the packet of wood chips to begin smoking in your conventional oven, usually about 10 to 20 minutes. • Add your food to the oven and cook according to your recipe. Keep the oven door closed during the cooking process and enjoy.

Find your inner hippie with local, naturally raised food BY HEIDI RIEDNER

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Get back to nature and blow your guests’ minds with a barbecue to tie-dye for. What could be more relaxing than channelling the laid back, late 1960s and early ’70s era of flower power? Dig out your tie-dyed shirts, fringed vests and peace signs and host a hippie barbecue. Turn your back yard into your own version of the 600-acre dairy farm that hosted

the Woodstock Festival, albeit with a more modest guest list than the estimated 500,000 people who showed up at the world’s most famous rock concert. Take the pressure off and make it a potluck, in spirit with the peace, love and communal themes of the era. Guests can bring salads, cold herbal tea drinks, raw, locally grown vegetable and fruit trays, anything made with granola and brownies full of nuts and other legal sub-

stances. But this is still a barbecue. If you’re not prepared to go the vegan route, you can still pay homage to the macrobiotic or environmental and animal-friendly diet. Free-range and local are the new meatfree. Plenty of local butchers and food stores offer Canadian, pasture-raised organic and natural beef, pork, chicken, turkey and duck.

Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket, for example, created a Farmer’s Harvest line of exclusive meat products. The meats are from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones and fed an exclusively vegetarian diet, Nature’s Emporium’s Steve Collins said. These terms have taken on new importance for many people who strive to be conscientious consumers and embrace a locavore movement.

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Li plays for badminton bronze today BY Brian McNair

Alex Bruce and Markham’s Michelle Li are trying to prove they are medal-worthy. The badminton pair, which earned a trip to the Olympic quarter-finals thanks to a scandal that saw four teams ejected, not only won that quarter-final, but came close to winning the semi-final too on Thursday, ultimately falling 21-12, 19-21, 21-13 to Japan’s

Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa. The Canadian team took full advantage of a controversial Wednesday 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 Canada’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 also drew, in the quarterfinals, an Australia team of Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran that had benefitted in a similar fashion in their group. The Canadians stormed out to a 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 the Russian team of Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova for the bronze medal Saturday and 4 a.m. ET. Those two teams met in group play as well, with the Russian prevailing 21-8, 21-10. — Brian McNair is in London covering the Olympics for the Metroland Media Group

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itting together on the couch in our living room, my 13-yearold daughter turned to me and with that puppy dog look in her eyes, began “Mom ...”, then paused. I knew that she was trying to conjure up a magical way to ask me about something she knew I wouldn’t be too happy about. “Yes?” I responded. “Well, remember when I tried to lighten my hair and create natural highlights with the lemon juice and it didn’t work?” Yes, I did remember helping her whisk up a mixture of lemon juice and some other baking ingredients apparently designed to create blonde highlights. “Well, now some of my friends have found this amazing new product that washes out in a few weeks. You know that Jenna’s mother wouldn’t let her use anything that was bad for her and she’s allowed. Can I use it too?” Sadly for my daughter, my position hasn’t changed.

Sara Dimerman Parenting column I repeated the same old, tired explanations. I didn’t want her wrecking her beautiful hair. I explained there would come a day when she wished she didn’t have to colour the grey. Finally, I explained that I wasn’t comfortable with all the chemicals in

the dye being absorbed through her skin. Still, being the persistent youngster she is, she continued. “Mom, YOLO!” “Yo what?” I asked. “YOLO — You Only Live Once, mom. You’ve got to live each day as if it was your last and not sweat the small stuff,” she explained. “You always say that I should wait to experience these kinds of things until I am older, but what happens if I don’t live until the age you want me to wait until? How would you feel then?” Woah! That hit me like a ton of bricks. What if she really didn’t? I didn’t even want to go there in my head, but how guilty would I feel then for making my beautiful girl wait for simple things that would bring her joy? How would I feel for denying her wish? Then I snapped out of it. Whether intentional or not, her approach was undeniably manipula-

tive. And I told her so. “Chloe,” I said, “I give you credit for finding creative ways to get me to agree with what you want so badly to do, but your tactic is manipulation at its best. “Of course, I might want to rethink my position when you put it that way. However, I also have to live by what I believe in today,” I told her. “So I’m sorry to disappoint you, but my decision is still no!” She didn’t say much after that. I think she realized that if I wasn’t going to change my mind after hearing the YOLO argument, this was a battle she was going to have to give up — for a few months, at least.

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York Region Habitat for Humanity’s Mark Kerr (from left), Mike Springford and York Region President of Habitat for Humanity Arun Shannon do some work. The Beaugrand family from Markham will move into the Keswick home when it is completed.

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Since 2001, 11 Habitat for Humanity homes have been built in York Region. The most recent will bring that number to 13, with 6 of those in Georgina area. There are also four in Newmarket, two in Mount Albert and one in Markham. At the Robert Street site, the roof is almost up, framing is complete and windows should be installed next week. Habitat York Region prides itself on its reputation for building healthy, sustainable, affordable homes and it can add “safe” to that list this year, Ms Chicoine said. That’s because the Robert Street homes will feature residential sprinkler systems that reduce the risk of, and potential damage from, fires. That fact was underlined after a recent fire gutted a Robert Street residence just down the road from the Habitat build earlier this month. While the family escaped injury, the home was entirely destroyed by fire. “It kind of drives home the fact of what we are doing here,” Habitat construction manager Kari Salovaara said. “Put simply, sprinklers can save lives and reduce a lot of damage.” Georgina’s Fire Department has been instrumental in helping Habitat York Region secure the donation of these two sprinkler systems through the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and its members. Construction of the two homes is expected to continue into early October and volunteers are always needed. A number of companies and community groups volunteer their time to work on the build site for a day or more. The Adopt-A-Day Sponsorship Program is an ideal opportunity for corporations and community groups to work as a team, raise

funds and have a direct impact in building a better community, Ms Chicoine said. Teams are put to work on the build site and are led by Mr. Salovaara. Twenty employees from IDEXX Co., a Markham veterinary and reference laboratory, got their hands dirty in the scorching heat earlier this month as part of a two-day corporate build. Sandra Mauti and Pete Mosney spoke on behalf of the entire team, expressing how gratifying and rewarding taking part in projects such as these can be. “This is a great opportunity our company has given us to be a part of a Habitat build and the knowledge that it is benefitting someone in our community who can really use it means a lot,” Mr. Mosney said. Tasks vary during volunteer days according to the stage of construction and teams learn how to construct framing, hang drywall, lay flooring, install windows or siding, paint and other construction duties. “Professionals with construction experience are a welcome addition to the site, but we’re glad to have enthusiasts with no skills, too,” Ms Chicoine said. “There’s lots to do on the site.” If you want to help out, you must complete an orientation and training session. They last between one to two hours and the next sessions take place Aug. 9 at Keswick Christian Church on Old Homestead Road at 7 p.m. and Aug. 18 at the Carpenters Union Training Centre, 222 Roundtree Dairy Rd., at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help Aug. 7, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28. You must be able to lift and haul items between 15 to 30 pounds wear CSA-approved footwear and be available from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Markham Museum grounds site of family fun day Sunday Saturday Shrine Circus Enjoy the Big Tent experience with shows running to Monday at 7:30 p.m. at First Markham Place, 3255 Hwy. 7, east, Markham. The show features elephant and horse performances along with circus clown comedy acts and other magical performances. For tickets, visit shrinecircus.ca Farmers Market Shop local and purchase fresh produce at one of the city’s farmers markets. The Main Street Markham market runs every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 132 Robinson St. The Stiver Mill farmers market runs every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Unionville.

Sunday Music at the Bandstand Enjoy free concerts at the Unionville Millennium Bandstand every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. in August. Aug. 5 featuring the big band sound of the Newmarket Citizens’ Band, Aug. 9 featuring local band north of 7, Aug. 12 featuring ensemble music from Encore Symphonic Concert Band, Aug. 16 featur-

ing rock and blues band the Tone Dogs, Aug. 23 featuring crooner Brian Roman, Aug. 26 featuring Markham’s Got Talent performers and Aug. 30 featuring funk jazz band Blackboard Blues Band. There will also be special bandstand nights, Aug. 10, 11 and Sept. 1 featuring Metro Big Band, John Steward Band, Canteen Knockout and Fortysomething. Visit unionvilleinfo.com

Family Summerfest The Tsung Tsin Association of Ontario hosts the fourth annual day of fun Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Markham Museum Grounds, 9350 Hwy. 48. Admission is $8 at the gate. Enjoy live entertainment including a ventriloquist and the country jamboree show. There will also be delicious eats, such as jerk chicken, fired fish, shao-bao and fresh squeezed sugar can juice. For more information or for tickets, call Ella Chong 416-293-6897.

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The end of an era is nigh as the Rouge Park Alliance comes to an end this month. For close to two decades, the park has been run by the Rouge Park Alliance, which included representation from all levels of government as well as organizations such as the Toronto Zoo and Save the Rouge Valley System. However the transformation into an urban national park is seen as a success by many alliance members. “We have been successful because Rouge Park is becoming a national park,” Markham deputy mayor and Regional Councillor Jack Heath said. “Good things come to an end. But even better things are coming.” For Mr. Heath, the alliance’s legacy to the park is three-fold — land base expansion, having a national park vision and setting up the park’s trail system. And it was creating a vision for the park that made the federal government take notice. “Good ideas come to pass,” Whitchurch-Stouffville Ward 3 Coun-

cillor Clyde Smith said. “But in this case, those good ideas continually advanced.” In the interim, the park will fall under the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority until Parks Canada establishes a rouge park task force, which could take several months, even years, Rouge Park natural heritage manager Maria Papoulias said. But visitors won’t see the change when it comes to operations, meaning you can still enjoy all the park has to offer. Ms Papoulias hopes the federal government continues the hard work done to preserve the park, including restoration work, natural heritage visitor programming and boosting the hundreds of stewardship volunteers who take pride in the park. Public involvement was the reason Parks Canada got involved, she said. “It’s encouraging to see the great work done here adopted by the federal government,” she said. “We’re proud of the hundreds of volunteers on our stewardship list. People are committed and interested in this park. I expect that would continue in some form.” The federal government is still working out park boundaries and is in the process of establishing a park strategic plan.

Autism centre expanding reach with $90K Trillium grant BY AMANDA PERSICO

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As a result of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre is able to expand its programing to more York Region families. Earlier this week, centre members, together with the foundation, celebrated a new phase in the organization’s involvement in the community. Last fall, the centre was awarded $90,000 over two years from the foundation, which went toward hiring a client service worker responsible for client case management, the centre’s founder and CEO Geetha Moorthy said. “There is still a huge stigma about autism in the South Asian community,” she said. “We got the conversation started. People are starting to accept it.” The grant also allowed the centre, which focuses on providing language, speech and art therapy to autistic youth as well as education and awareness sessions for parents, to expand its service offering it to 30 additional families in York — 20 families in the first year and another 10 in the second. When the centre started, free

therapy and services were provided to about 40 families in York Region and Toronto, Mrs. Moorthy said. In September, that will increase to about 100 families. The centre provides art, dance, music and yoga therapy lessons for youth as well as education seminars, such as nutrition, employment training and financial training for parents with an autistic child. In the fall, the centre will host the first art exhibit produced by autistic youth. For more information, visit saaac.org

BHAR-A-THON Bhar-A-thon is the centre’s twist on the traditional dancea-thon. The inaugural event features four hours of non-stop Bollywood, hip hop, reggae, Gaana, bhangra and hula dancing. The event is expected to attract about 500 to 800 dancers. Proceeds from the Bhar-athon will support the centre’s SMART arts program that focuses on music, dance and visual art therapy for autistic youth. The event is Aug. 12, 1 to 5 p.m. To download a pledge form, visit saaac.org

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Markham resident Rachelle Nasello was part of an Ontario baseball team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Senior Women’s Invitational Championships, culminating with an 11-0 win over British Columbia at Spruce Grove, Alta. July 28. Playing infield and outfield positions, Nosello, 21, helped Ontario reach the final with a 4-1 record that included wins over Alberta 6-5, Quebec 3-1, Team West 17-1 and Quebec 3-2 in the semifinal.

Markham big-leaguer traded to A’s Catcher George Kottaras was caught in a squeeze play by the Milwaukee Brewers last week.

With the National League club making room on their roster for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado already on their active list, the 29-year-old former Markham resident and Milliken Mills Secondary School graduate was deemed an extra body. Originally designating Kottaras for assignment to their AAA affiliate July 26, the Brewers dealt him to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a minor league relief pitcher Sunday. Playing in 58 games with the Brewers this season, Kottaras had a .209 batting average with three home runs and 12 RBIs. Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 20th round of the 2002 draft, Kottaras made his debut with Oakland against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday and had one hit in three trips to the plate.

No telling how far rugby star could go BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

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Frederique Rajotte is one ecstatic individual these days. The 18-year-old Markham resident was chosen for the women’s under-18 provincial rugby team, known as the Junior Storm. For Rajotte, her selection to the team marked the first time she was chosen to play for Ontario, as the team gears up for the Rugby Nationals to take place in Sherbrooke, Que. next week. “It’s a pretty awesome feeling and I feel privileged to have been selected,” Rajotte said in being a part of the travelling 25-member squad. A graduate of St. Brother Andre Catholic High School, Rajotte was quick to point out much of what success she’s attained in the sport would not have been possible were it not for her time playing the game which she first learned as a Grade 9 student under the guidance of coaches Dave Turner and Brian Chatland at St. Brother Andre and with the Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Football Club women’s teams. “These experiences really helped to develop my skill and maturity as an athlete,” she said. In being chosen for the team, Rajotte recalled it was a long process that began in late May and early June provincewide, during which coaching staff began with about 100 players before whittling it down to 35 and then the final 25. During tryouts, Rajotte knew there would be some top-of-the-line athletes and the battle for positions would present a challenge. All she could do was to put fourth her best effort. “I gave it my best at the first tryout and pushed through some tough mental barriers,” she said. “I can’t say that I was confident going into the tryout, since there was so many girls who shared the same passion as me.” Despite regularly playing full back and inside centre, Rajotte was forced into playing the flanker position. Conceding there was a bit of an adjustment, Rajotte eventually adapted to the change in position. In doing so, she felt it turned out to be a blessing. Especially after the team had an exhibition game in Cleveland, Ohio and she made her presence felt on the pitch.

Frederique Rajotte “I personally think that my performance in Cleveland got me over the hump in making the team,” she said. “Playing a new position that was totally different from my original comfort zone was scary, but very exciting for me. I think I played one of my best games that weekend.” In looking ahead to the nationals, Rajotte isn’t making any bold predications as to how Ontario will fare. But she feels they will give it their best effort. “ I know the team will try its very best to show well,” she said. “We have a very talented squad and the players are hungry and excited to face other provinces.” Intending to enrol this fall at Concordia University in Montreal, where she wants to major in communications, Rajotte intends to continue her rugby career at the collegiate level. In the future, she hopes to take things even further by playing for Canada. “I’ve been recruited by the Concordia Stingers and playing at the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) level will be a great challenge,” she said. “Having played with the Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Football Club women’s team and players that are on our National 7 and 15 teams, I know my athletic skills can improve to make me contemplate being part of the Olympics one day, especially now that the Rugby 7 will be a demonstration sport at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. “I would like to take my game as far as I can.”

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Norma (nee James) August 29, 1943 ~ July 29, 2012 DERRICK, Norma- at the age of 68, with family and loved ones at her bedside, passed away at Toronto Western Hospital after a valiant attempt to overcome complications following surgery. Much loved mother of Darren, Stuart, Marissa and Tasia Derrick, wife of Lawrence Derrick and affectionately known as Mammy to her 5 Grandchildren; Khadija, Jhefahr, Najja, Ahliyah and Jordan. She will be missed by her sisters Evelyn Osei, Lucille Benjamin and her brothers Henry and Winston James. She will also be greatly missed by her extended family, friends and the many lives she touched throughout Antigua and in Canada. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be directed in her memory to Moya-moya research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Sunnybrook Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5. 416-480-4483 (1 866 696 2008).

DANIELS, Rita (nee Gallagher) It is with great sadness the Daniels family announces the passing of our beloved mother Rita on August 2nd, 2012 who has now joined her devoted husband, Ray. Loving mother of Anne (Roger Maher), Catherine, Peggy (Don Mallory), Susan (Tom Kirby), Jane (Glenn Campbell,) Eileen, (Rob MacDonald), Rosemary (Ron Bradshaw) and Raymond Daniels. Dearest grandmother to Danielle (Mark Chiavatti,) late Roger Aaron, Sarah Burn, Christine, (Tom Preston), Kelly, (Chris Spencer), Carey, (Ryan Kerr), Adam, (Kate) Brock, (Susan), Brandon, Bradley, Ryan, (Kristen), Ashley, and great grandmother to Celine, Chalice, Emily, Riley Rose, Michael, Catie, Matthew, Grace, Andrew, Charlotte, Charlie and Ethan. Sister to Margaret, and sister-in-law to Rosemary, (Ray), Alvin, (Gwen) and will be sadly missed by many other family members and a multitude of friends. Resting at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, 905-305-8508. Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, August 6th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Tuesday August 7th, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 5633 Hwy 7 East, Markham, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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