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Builders dig deep for United Way 30th annual luncheon in Markham raises $700,000 in support of charities, 5% increase over last year BY KIM ZARZOUR
The rest of the province may have fallen on hard times in this struggling economy, but the con-
struction industry has still managed to dig deeper than ever to help those in need. The 30th annual Building Industry Luncheon, held in Thornhill this
week, raised $700,000 in support of the United Way York Region — a 5-per-cent increase over last year’s record-breaking event. “It’s a reflection of the deep
generosity and moral commitment that this industry feels to give back,” said Daniele Zanotti, United Way’s CEO. See DEGASPERIS, page 4.
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BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH
The patio vs. parking debate on Main Street Unionville has led to some merchants calling for the ouster of the chairperson of the Unionville BIA board of directors. While only Markham council can remove a BIA director, the board chooses its chairperson, currently Rob Kadlovski of the Old Firehall Confectionery. Ward Councillor Don Mr. Hamilton said some merchants are unhappy Mr. Kadlovski didn’t inform them of the patio issue discussed at the town’s general committee meeting Monday.
Different views Due to safety reasons, Markham’s operations staff proposed earlier this week to prohibit parking on the west side of Main Street Unionville. Markham council will discuss the parking issue Monday, followed by a vote Tuesday to consider whether or not boulevard patios on the same side of the street should be allowed. The town discontinued boulevard patios for public safety reasons earlier this year. The latest controversy comes after a hotly-contested election of a new and expanded board of directors earlier this year. Several new directors have expressed distinctly different See BID, page 13.
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‘Guinea pig whisperer’ with heart of gold By Kim Zarzour
They call her the guinea pig whisperer. Not that anyone’s ever heard these creatures whisper back. When they do communicate, it’s more of a squeal. Caroline Lane cradles a carmel-coloured ball of fur up to her neck. The fur-ball lets out a shrill “wheak” and Ms Lane chuckles. He, or she, is talking to her. That end of a guinea pig is not always terribly clear. “They purr, too. They have a whole range of sounds ... When we open the fridge, you hear this ‘wee wee wee’. They know it’s dinner time.” And guinea pig dinner time in the Lane household is a sight to see and hear. Wheaks and squeals fill the room and critters clamour to the front of cages as Ms Lane wheels her cart from crate to crate, delivering their pellets, hay and greens. Caroline Lane, a.k.a. Pig Whisperer, is the founder of Piggles Rescue, an animal-welfare organization she runs from her Markham home. For the past three years, she has co-ordinated temporary foster families and found “forever homes” for the furry rodents. The idea came when the animal lover was volunteering with Helping Homeless Pets, an organization dedicated to assisting pets by helping rescue organizations. She was disturbed to see how many people, who had to give up their guinea pig pets, were advertising “free to good home” on Kijiji. “That”, she thought, “is snake food”. She did a little digging and discovered that sure enough, snake owners were visiting the website every day, taking the animals as if they’d be pets, then feeding them to their snakes. She was heartbroken until the lightbulb switched on: she could set up her own guinea-pig rescue, finding loving homes for abandoned pets. Since then, Piggles Rescue has aided about 300 guinea pigs with the help of foster homes throughout the GTA, from Niagara to Mississauga to Barrie and Trenton. One of those homes belongs to Elisabeth Gagnon, who lives across the road from Ms Lane. At 13, she was one of the youngest foster providers and, it turns out, one of the best. Elisabeth’s current charges were rescued from someone’s office. The child whose pets they were had lost interest and his dad brought them to his workplace. After spending time in Elisabeth’s care, they are happy to be fed and cuddled, but when she got them,
At 13 years old Elisabeth Gagnon (left) is one of the youngest foster providers to guinea pigs. Her neighbour, Caroline Lane (right) started Piggles, an animal-welfare organization she runs from her Markham home.
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they had “caged animal syndrome” — pacing the crate, terrified of contact — and they hadn’t even been named yet. That happens often, Ms Lane says. Parents are persuaded by their children to buy a guinea pig in a pet store without researching first. “The kid gets bored and the parent says, ‘I didn’t sign up for this’. But if you as parents don’t want a guinea pig, then don’t get one. The child will change his mind or leave home and you’ll be stuck with it.” While some pets are given to her with great reluctance — like the family that drove the family pet to Markham from North Bay (even Gramma came) because the 20-yearold owner was moving to Europe — about 20 per cent of the animals she rescues have been neglected. A few come from homes with allergies or owners moving away and the remaining are from families that didn’t do their research and the animals haven’t lived up to their expectation. Guinea pigs make great pets, Ms Lane says. “They’re resilient, don’t get sick a lot and don’t need shots. But you need a vet who
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knows guinea pigs. And you need to do your research.” Those are some of the things she runs through with potential owners who have seen photographs of her rescued animals online and want to adopt. Sue Walters is one of the happy owners of rescued guinea pigs. Morris and Victor are ensconced in her Aurora home, providing “pats” parties for her two autistic sons. “We put the piggies into the boys’ laps with a special treat (carrots and flat-leaf parsley are favourites); while they snack, the boys pat them.” This is a busy time at Piggles Rescue, as people plan summer vacations and cottage trips and potential adopters don’t want to take on the extra responsibilities, Ms Lane says.
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“Surrenders go up and adoptions through the floor.” She is looking for adopters and foster homes. At one point in time, Ms Lane was providing temporary homes to 60 guinea pigs in her house. She doesn’t have that many now, but has converted her garage into a guinea pig paradise, dry-walled, insulated, with its own fridge and built-in shelves. The local Village Grocer donates cast-off veggies, such as outside lettuce leaves and the local Global Pets is also supportive. It’s a labour of love for Ms Lane. Not so much for her husband. “He’s not really a big animal person,” she says, and Elisabeth’s mom, Margaret Hough, guffaws. “But he knew what he was getting into,” she adds. When he picked her up on their first date, she says, he was greeted by 10 dogs and 12 cats. Ms Lane’s family was breeding and fostering animals. But no guinea pigs. “I always wanted guinea pigs and rabbits and hamsters, but we weren’t allowed.” “She’s having her rebellious moment now,” Ms Hough adds with a laugh.
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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION COMMENCEMENT The Town of Markham will be commencing construction of three projects: • Main Street Markham from Highway 7 to Bullock Drive, (July 3, 2012) • Markham Road (Highway 48) from 16th Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive, (Mid July, 2012) and • The Rehabilitation of the Robinson Street Bridge (Mid July, 2012). PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL BUSINESSES WITHIN MAIN STREET MARKHAM WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION During construction the Town of Markham will take all reasonable steps to avoid any inconvenience caused by the construction. Residents and businesses will be given notices prior to work proceeding that may inconvenience them. Restoration works to all affected sites will be completed as soon as the construction work has been finished. Main Street Markham (Highway 48) – Highway 7 to Bullock Drive The construction of underground servicing ONLY is to begin on Tuesday July 3, 2012. The underground servicing includes watermain, storm sewers and associated service connections. The remaining road works and landscaping is scheduled to occur in 2013 subject to funding. Traffic will be restricted to one south bound lane only during SITE 2 the construction period. This phase of the project is expected to be completed by October 31, 2012. Markham Road (Highway 48) – 16th Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive Construction is to commence in mid July and will include underground servicing and the full urbanization (installation of curb and gutters) and widening of the roadway. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013. North and southbound traffic lanes will be maintained during the construction period.
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Robinson Street Bridge Rehabilitation The Robinson Street Bridge is located 200m west of Main Street Markham and due to safety concerns construction is to commence in mid July and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Robinson Street will be closed to traffic during construction; however, pedestrian access will be maintained. More information regarding these projects is available online at our Town web site www.markham.ca effective Monday June 25th, 2012. All general inquiries may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. During the construction period you are also encouraged to contact one of the following project team members if you have any questions or concerns about these projects. Main Street Markham – Highway 7 to Bullock Drive and Robinson Street Bridge
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DeGasperis’ efforts praised at sold-out lunch event From page 1.
As the sold-out crowd of more than 1,200 guests dined in the Le Parc banquet hall, Mr. Zanotti praised the efforts of Alfredo DeGasperis, chairperson of Condrain Group and founder of the fundraising luncheon. “He is a gem. Not any other man could year after year mobilize this kind of thing ... There is no silent auction, no big-name keynote speakers, no big giveaways, just carnations on the table. And every dollar raised here, thanks to Fred, goes right to United Way.” Mr. DeGasparis, who usually hosts the event, has been ill and could not attend this year, but proceedings were videotaped so he could watch in absentia. Guests were asked to stand and send out a round of applause “loud enough for Fred
to hear”, recognizing him as the driving force behind the event. “We can all look forward to having Fred back healthy and at the helm of the 31st BIL next year,” Mr. Zanotti said. The $300-a-plate luncheon, which over its 30-year history has raised almost $7 million for front-line programs and services, also heard from keynote speaker Bob Chiarelli, minister of transportation and infrastructure and MPP Greg Sorbara. Mr. Chiarelli highlighted the building industry’s importance in providing job creation, infrastructure to keep Ontario competitive, housing for an ever-increasing population and increasing quality of life for citizens. At the same time, he said, the industry is “going one step further by giving back to the communities they helped build. “With a region of nearly a million people, you will probably have 95 per cent of the population doing well ... but the other 5 per cent represent 50,000 people. That’s a small city amongst us. And that’s why we’re here today.” While workplace campaigns have suffered in this fragile economy, Mr. Zanotti said the luncheon remains the United Way’s most successful fundraiser, likely because of the affinity between building structures and building community. There’s a natural partnership between those creating subdivisions and shopping malls, he said, and those creating invisible supports for neighbourhoods.
By L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
The Markham Arts Council wants to know if you would support an arts and culture centre in Markham. An online petition initiated by the arts council asks Markham council to financially support the establishment or construction and/or renovation of existing space for an arts and culture centre. The petition has received support from Canadian author Marga-
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ret Atwood, said Helen Argiro, executive director of the arts council. “She retweeted us,” Ms Argiro said. She said the petition is a way
to gauge public interest in a designated arts and culture centre to foster, promote and provide creative space for the education, creation, exhibition and/or performance of all forms of artistic and cultural activities. “It’s a place where art can be created,” Ms Argiro said. “We know there’s an appetite for an arts and culture centre in Markham.” While the Markham Museum, the Varley Art Galley and the Flato Markham Theatre are “beacons in
the community”, Ms Argiro said the petitioned centre would provide a working space for both emerging and professional artists, community groups and citizens. The key would be for this place to be town-owned with private funding to keep it revenue neutral, she said, citing Stiver Mill as a perfect location and space because it’s accessible and owned by Markham. “That’s something we’d actively love to have,” she said.
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Bur Oak all-student show wonderful Recently I went to 19 On The Park in Stouffville to see Motus O in their production of the Little Match Girl. The first half of the show was a wonderful show completely done by the students at Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham. These grade 10, 11 and 12 students wrote, acted, sang and produced their show with so much passion, it was exciting. They told stories of social issues that had their audience laughing and crying. Not a word was spoken but they were able to give us their powerful messages. James and Cynthia Croker of Motus O have been working with these students. Following that, we learned Cynthia has been working at Participation House producing a film that was extraordinary and brought smiles that lit up the screen. We should be so proud this troupe lives here and gives us the chance to see them.
Smartphone user loses control at dance recital My wife and I recently attended our daughters’ dance recital at the Markham Theatre. During the show, the woman in front of us began texting on her smartphone. It was quite distracting, so I asked her to turn it off. She responded aggressively, informing us she wasn’t creating a disturbance simply by texting. Rather than argue, I reminded her it was theatre policy that electronic devices be turned off during shows. A short time later, her husband returned to his seat and began to berate us for our asking his wife to turn off her phone. His verbal assault became progressively uglier as he began hurling the “F” word. As his whole family began to use their smartphones, we tried to ignore the situation, yet he continued to antagonize us. I finally left to find the manager. This angry man followed me to the lobby, where he continued his verbal assault. The manager and I tried to explain theatre policy but he kept demanding to know how their phone usage was interfering with our enjoyment of the show. His behaviour became more agitated, including uttering threats such as, “Show me what you’ve got.” I can’t believe a grown man would threaten a complete stranger over his perceived right to use a smartphone. And in the lobby of the theatre at a children’s dance recital, in front of children? I would like to applaud the Markham Theatre for having the courage to take a stand on not allowing the use of electronic devices during shows. As audience members, we need to show respect for the performers on stage, regardless of their status as amateur or professional performers. It’s a shame someone could become so distracted, hostile and violent while defending his right to use a smartphone during his own daughter’s concert. Perhaps this individual might reflect on his absurd outburst and turn off his cellphone for the next performance. Perhaps he might even enjoy the dance routines on stage.
Director, Production Jackie Smart
Time to say no to career politicians Re: Town says no to electing regional chairperson and Councillors split on filling vacancies, June 14. Does anyone else find it ironic our mayor would support an election for a council vacancy citing democratic process, while denying us the right to elect our regional chairperson? To those on council who voted to decline our democratic rights, I have one question, “Why?” The notion of a “super mayor” is laughable. The last time I checked, a mayor, any mayor, has one, and only one vote. Without garnering consensus of council, a mayor has no hope of passing any legislation. Just ask the current mayor of the city south of us. It is clear those opposed to allowing us the same rights as the one recently enacted in the region to the east of us, Durham, there must be another as-yet-hidden agenda. Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering et al are not fearful of a so-labelled super mayor, so why is our council?
Could it be there is an old boys club associated with regional council? Let’s not forget only the mayors and regional councillors get to anoint Bill Fisch each year. Could it be one of our own covets the post when he steps down? Has a deal been struck? Having to run an election just complicates matters. The position of regional chairperson is the only one with a salary larger than any mayor in Ontario for which there is no election. Markham, it’s time we stood up to these career politicians.
Dave Stewart MARKHAM
Markham’s city move breath of fresh air On Canada Day, Markham officially becomes the newest city in the country, a prospect that has left polarizing views as to whether the soon-toend town’s interests are better served under the status quo or a direction that opens new possibilities. For most of its history, Markham maintained a township culture with families and professionals making it their
home while seeking employment south of Steeles Avenue. Development was limited to houses and few opportunities for youth prompted many to seek careers in Toronto. This has drastically changed in the past decade with the rise of new knowledge-based enterprises. In addition, the population has surpassed 300,000, making the change in status simply an admission as to what was already a reality. The real change will not come from changing the town’s status but how the public and decision-makers reflect it and what kind of vision is expected for long-term benefit. Yesterday’s youth are now tech-savvy entrepreneurs and new upper-middle-class business leaders have opened Markham’s economic prospects on an international scale. Markham is now one of Canada’s main centres for information technology upstarts and innovation. With this breath of fresh air, Markham possesses an opportunity to become a key economic zone in Canada if our urban strategy will take that direction.
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York spending $1.1M on Internet upgrades By Chris Traber
York Region employees will benefit from a $1.1-million Internet upgrade. The region’s finance and administration committee approved a proposal from Net Cyclops Inc. to provide the professional services, hardware and software for the design and implementation of Internet access infrastructure for the region. The contract is valued at $1,093,862, excluding taxes. In 2008, the region’s network experienced a number of failures and instability. To address the network issues, staff took temporary remedial technical measures and an extensive network architecture assessment was conducted. The assessment was completed in 2009 and included a five-year plan, split into three phases: perimeter upgrade and consolidation, Internet access infrastructure and network core redesign. The estimated total cost was $2,300,000. The first phase was completed in 2010 and replaced aging network firewalls with a highly available network perimeter infrastructure. It also resulted in a significantly more stable and secure network and provided the strong perimeter required for the second phase to proceed. Net Cyclops will complete the second phase of the project, resulting in greater network reliability, capacity, security, performance and traffic control capabilities. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and will provide the necessary environment for the third phase
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Police leases The committee also endorsed York Region police services board requests for three lease renewals at the Yonge/Mulock Centre, 16775 Yonge St., Newmarket. The professional development bureau and uniform recruiting unit, professional standards bureau and integrated domestic violence unit are housed there. Committee gave the green light to a threeyear lease for 5,245 square feet of space at an annual cost of $120,844, effective Oct. 1. It also approved leasing two units comprising 2,884 sq. ft. for a period of three years, effective July 1, at an annual cost of $74,868. A two-year lease for an additional 6,923 sq. ft., at a yearly cost of $179,721, effective July 1, was also given the nod. Committee was also informed York Regional Police is working with Seneca College on a joint training facility initiative at its King campus. That would see professional development and uniform recruiting, along with the training branch, located at 4 District in Vaughan, move to the new facility. The project is in the planning stages with Seneca. Dates for occupancy are yet to be confirmed due to co-ordination of the various requirements of each partner. However, a tentative date of 2015-16 for occupancy by York Regional Police is planned. In the interim, the location at the Yonge/ Mulock Centre is required.
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More York Region schools will offer specialist high skills majors this fall. The program allows a student to focus on a career path matching skills and interests. When a student completes a bundle of eight to 10 courses in a specific field, such as business, environment or manufacturing, he or she gets a seal on his or her diploma. The programs allow students to earn industry certifications, such as first aid and CPR, and gain hands-on job experience. Next year, 4,000 more students at 670 high schools across the province will be able to participate in the program. While many high schools in the York public and Catholic boards offer some of the specialist high skills major programs, many will add to the list due to demand. The public board is leading the pack when it comes to the expanding the program, school-work transition consultant Steve Poste said, adding York Region public
More choices York Region and York Catholic district school boards will add the specialist high skills major programs this fall: Arts and culture — Aurora Business — Bayview Secondary, Bur Oak, Dr. G. W. Williams, Dr. John M. Denison, Maple, Milliken Mills, Newmarket, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Richmond Green, Unionville and Woodbridge College Construction — Aurora, Dr. John M. Denison, Huron Heights,
high schools submitted the maximum number of proposals for new programs this year. “Students get to do a lot of neat things in these programs,” he said. “The demand is there, so we are trying to give our students the most options.” The public board had 900 students in specialist programs this year. Next year, it hopes to bump that number to 1,600 to reach its goal of having 10 per cent of its Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in the program by October. The board works with schools to determine which programs to offer, assessing where past graduates have gone, where current students plan to head after graduation and what industries their communities offer to support co-op. An application, resembling a business case, is then submitted to the Education Ministry, which approves or denies the program at a particular school. While 16 of the board’s applications were approved this year, the ministry has preapproved the rest, meaning students can take the courses and be grandfathered in when the programs officially start in 2013.
Markham District Environment — Dr. John M. Denison, Milliken Mills Health and wellness — Alexander Mackenzie, Dr. G. W. Williams, Emily Carr, Father McGivney Information and communications technology — St. Theresa of Lisieux Transportation — Aurora, Huron Heights, Stouffville District, Thornlea For more, visit edu.gov.on.ca/ morestudentsuccess/SHSM. asp
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Taste of Asia at festival this weekend The Taste of Asia Festival returns to Steeles Avenue and Kennedy Road today and tomorrow with a multicultural flair. Taste of Asia is hosted by the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham, the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario and the Town of Markham. The Canadian Tamil Congress is also among the hosts this year. The festival runs from noon to midnight today and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The opening ceremony will run from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight and will include a Korean Rice Eating Contest. This will be followed by a special 30-minute performance by Canadian recording artist Linus C., who sings in Spanish, English and Chinese at 7:30 p.m. A Chinese concert will run from 8 to 10
p.m. when thousands are expected for the world launch of up-and-coming ChineseCanadian star Lau Yan. On Sunday at 2 p.m. there will be an Indian hour and special Philippine musical and cultural performances from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Through two days of non-stop multicultural performances and more than 150 street vendor booths operated by different cultural groups, last year’s event was an overwhelming success, drawing more than 100,000 people. With more exciting events planned for this year, the 2012 Taste of Asia festival will be the most successful celebration of harmony and culture in its history. Festival admission is free and all are welcome.
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Maybe it’s a mysterious caller alerting you to a virus infecting your computer and offering to make it all go away. Perhaps it’s an e-mail urging you to help move money to secure a fortune. Or it might be a call from a relative, urging you to wire money to free him from jail. Old yarns or new, they’re all from people looking for your money or information. So why are people still falling for these scams? “It’s natural to think something like this is going to happen to someone else,” York Regional Police Det.Sgt. Mike Elliott said. Ontarians were the Canadians most often targeted by mass-marketing schemes in 2011, according to a report by the Canadian AntiFraud Centre. We were also the most likely to complain. While the number of complaints and victims targeted by the schemes decreased in 2011, the total reported dollar loss associated with those schemes increased to $64.2 million, from $58.8 million in 2010, the report shows. To that end, the centre, which collects information and criminal intelligence on fraud schemes that target large amounts of people at a
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SERVICES A service scam is any false, deceptive or misleading promotion of or call for services, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Often, these scams involve offers for web, finance, medical and energy services and can include warranties, insurance and sales. One making the rounds in York Region involves a scammer convincing targets their computers are infected with a virus. The scammer then takes remote access of the computer after the target downloads software under the mistaken belief the scammer will use it to repair the computer. Det.-Sgt. Elliott pointed to another example: a car insurance scam targeting people who want to save cash. Ontario Provincial Police identified it in 2010. This scam involves ads in newspapers and websites offering unusually low rates for which all drivers qualify. A fake insurance slip arrives by mail or e-mail after a premium is wired. Sometimes the fraudsters attached folksy names to the com-
This one can be tricky because some unsolicited offers of vacations can be legitimate. But be wary: legitimate or not, someone is looking for money at some point. And you may be on the hook for more, such as a timeshare agreement, according to the anti-fraud centre, which advises researching the company with the Better Business Bureau and other information sources. “Nothing is free,” Det.-Sgt. Elliott added.
PRIZES Meanwhile, if the vacation, or any other product or service, is being awarded as a prize, you should not have to pay for it, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. And you should immediately start asking questions if you’ve won a prize in a contest you haven’t entered, Det.-Sgt. Elliott said. Sometimes, the prize offer is a game to get your date of birth, social insurance number and other personal information. “Once they’ve got (the information), they become you,” Det.-Sgt. Elliott said.
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‘Not enough parking’ He said most merchants on the street are in favour of maintaining parking on the west side of the street over scrapping it to make way for boulevard patios. “There’s not enough parking to begin with,” Mr. Ly said. When contacted by The Economist & Sun, Mr. Kadlovski said he found out about the patio issue as discussed at the town this week, at the same time, or later than, other directors. “I was in mourning,” he said. “I’ve been away for a week.” Mr. Kadlovski said as chairperson of the board, he has done his best with “100 per cent transparency”. “I’m the only one on the board who doesn’t have a vote,” he added. A special board meeting of all 11 directors is to be called as soon as possible to deal with the motion that asks that Mr. Kadlovski be removed as chairperson. Mr. Kadlovski and several other board directors contacted after Thursday’s meeting did not return calls. Directors Sylvia Morris and Mr. Mariani declined to comment. Council’s representatives on the BIA both expressed support for Mr. Kadlovski. “I’m not sure who would take over Rob’s place to move the strategic vision forward,” Mr. Hamilton said. “Who can bring a greater vision to the street and link it with Markham Centre and Pan Am or the Markville mall?” Calling Thursday night’s meeting “a circus”, Mr. Jones said Mr. Kadlovski has worked hard to move the street forward and that some merchants have been misinformed of his efforts. It’s unfair merchants are blaming Mr. Kadlovski, he said. “It’s regrettable and it’s inappropriate timing,” Mr. Jones said. “It’s a cowardly approach. It’s unethical, tacky and ruthless.”
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A’s draft pick weighs college, minor leagues BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA
As a youngster, the Oakland Athletics were one of Johnny Caputo’s favourite teams. Likewise, the Oakland Athletics liked what they saw of the former Markham resident whenever he took to the ball diamond. When Major League Baseball conducted its recent amateur draft, the Athletics chose the 18-year-old infielder in the 12th round. For Caputo, who played a good portion of his youth
baseball as a member of the Markham Mariners, from rookie to bantam, hearing his name called was one of the most surreal moments of his life. “I was extremely excited when I found out the A’s had taken me,” said Caputo, a member of the Toronto Mets organization and Team Canada under-18s since last season. “Oakland obviously has a strong reputation for a small market team and happens to be one of my favourite teams.” Acknowledging he heard the Athletics expressed some interest in him prior the draft, Caputo said he tried not to get too excited about the possibility of
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being drafted. “Anything can happen with the draft,” he said. “As for the round they took me, I tried not to expect anything because I didn’t want to be disappointed. “But I’m happy I was taken in the 12th round.” While elated to be drafted, Caputo has another dilemma. Recently accepting a collegiate scholarship offer to play baseball at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., Caputo is still weighing whether or not to go to school or sign with the Athletics. He has until July 13 to make his decision. Should he attend Stony Brook, Caputo would have to wait until after his junior year when he can re-enter the draft. “I am still undecided on if I will sign or go to school,” he revealed. “I still have to take advice from people and continue to weigh the pros and cons of each route.” Having played a good portion of his baseball in Markham, Caputo was quick to acknowledge his time learning the game here was instrumental in his development. “Playing in Markham was where everything started, so I give credit to all the coaches I’ve had there over the years,” he said. At the same time, he was quick to credit his current hitting coach and former major league player Rob Butler for helping him progress, not to mention his parents for all of their support. Meanwhile, Carson Kelly, who toiled in the Markham Mariners’ organization at one point in his youth, also had his name called during the draft. A third baseman and right handed pitcher who played two seasons in Markham in peewee, Kelly was drafted by the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals in the second round. Currently residing in Portland, Ore. where his father is employed by Nike, Kelly was ranked as one of the top high school prospects and had agreed to sign a contract with the Cardinals. Kelly also had a collegiate scholarship offer to attend the University of Oregon.
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The disappearance of a right-of-way in Markham Village has caused serious concerns for some senior residents who say they no longer have an emergency exit or entrance. “I’m terrified, I’m very asthmatic,” said 84-year-old Vera Burke, a resident of 56 Main St., Markham. Ms Burke, who said she has many times in the past had to call paramedics as a result of health problems, is concerned about the loss of access from her apartment building, which is situated on the west side of Main Street Markham, behind a new condominium project. While Ms Burke and her neighbours had been able to use the right-of-way to access Robinson Street and Main Street Markham, that’s no longer the case when Main is closed for events and festivals, as it was last weekend for the Markham Village Music Festival.
“We were stuck,” said resident Joyce Ramer. Even though a temporary ramp in the apartment building’s parking lot was installed after residents complained, Ms Ramer said that’s not good enough. “The right-of-way has been there for 100 years,” she sad. “I’m concerned they are trying to bury it.” “It has never closed in 41 years I’ve been in town,” she said. Ms Ramer said the right-of-way originally ran behind the heritage building that housed Stanley Manufacturing, located on Main many years. The large truck that delivered supplies, used the right-of-way over the back of the building and the town and Markham Village BIA also used it over the years as an entrance and exit during festivals and parades, Ms Ramer said. She and Ms Burke expressed added con-
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Girls field gold, silver Two girls’ field hockey entries representing the Titans came away with a gold and silver medal after taking to the pitch to compete in a tournament played at the Iceland Field in Mississauga last weekend. Entering a team in the A and C Invitation High School Division Tournament, the Titans won the gold that was capped off with a 1-0 victory over Goderich. To reach the final, the Titans reeled off victories over Villanova 3-0, Hamilton 1-0 and Goderich 1-0. Christina De Franco, a student attending Bill Crothers Secondary School, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Other York Region players on the team included: Shanelle Fernando of St. Brother Andre, Zahra Paliwalla of Markville Secondary School, Savannah Ip of Jean Vanier Catholic High School and Rosanna Marchese, Leanne Rokos and Nicole Marrello of St. Theresa of Lisieux. The Titans’ under-19 team settled for the silver medal after falling to AC Academy Trailblazers One on penalties 2-1.
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U-10 boys strike gold The Markham Lightning gold under-10 boys have been making their presence felt on the pitch. Participating in two recent tournaments, the Lightning struck gold at the Ottawa Icebreaker Tournament with a 4-1 win over Whitby in the championship final. The Lightning then went to the Billy Williams Memorial Cup, hosted by the Lake Simcoe Soccer Club, and advanced to the final before being edged by Clairlea-Westview 3-2. Coached by Donie Aprile and Nancy Lewis, team members contributing to the club’s recent success were: Marco Aprile, Amaan Bari, Brendan Kennedy, Ethan Law, Mithu Mathanaraj, Joshua Moonilal, Justin Morcillo, Christopher Quan, Luca Raggozzzo, Joseph Santos, Michael Sorrento, Daniel Sweeny, Marco Azzarelli and Marcus Georgievski.
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Team still hoping to mark 50th anniversary season BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA
When the 2012-13 Ontario Junior Hockey League season begins, Markham’s Jr. A hockey club is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary playing under the name the Waxers. But financial challenges may put that celebration on hold for a year — maybe longer. Discussions from the Ontario Hockey Association’s annual general meetings in Windsor indicate the Waxers have several outstanding financial obligations to fulfill from this past season. They include an undisclosed amount owed to the league, transportation fees and money owed when players were acquired in trades for cash. Meanwhile, former head coaches Mark Jooris and Joe Cornacchia have each taken the team to small claims court for expenses and services rendered during their time working under current club owner Bruce Jackson. Jooris said he has a final court date July 12 while Cornacchia revealed his court appearance is slated for November. “I have a sense it’s not a good
situation, a lot of people are concerned,” Bill Markle, an OHA board member, said of what he heard during the meetings. Brent Ladds, OHA outgoing president, confirmed the Waxers have some outstanding financial commitments. “They (Waxers’ financial obligations) are outstanding on a lot of fronts,” he said. As well, he noted the team hasn’t picked up its player registration cards yet.
‘Have not sold the team’ While Ladds said teams are not required to register their players until their first league game, most teams have this done well in advance. “Teams usually have this stuff cleaned up early. It (the Waxers’ delay) creates a source for concern,” he said. Chris Vanstone, Waxers’ general manager, acknowledged the team has some payments to make. But he was quick to point out many tier two junior A teams experience dilemmas like this. Vanstone said the Waxers are making every effort to pay what is owed in an effort to ice a team for the upcoming season, part of which they hope to do through sponsorships. If it is not completed by early July, Vanstone hinted one viable
option is to cease operations for at least one season. “We’re confident the bills will be paid,” he said. “Right now it’s between Bruce (Jackson, Waxers owner) and the league. “I talk to Bruce daily and try to help him out any way that I can. He is working towards trying to fix this up. He’s in this for the long haul.” Refusing comment on the club’s financial situation, Jackson has heard the rumours of the team being for sale but confirmed his commitment. “I have not sold the team,” he said Thursday. “I have been approached by a number of parties over the last few months to sell minority interests, which is apparently par for the course.” Repeated calls by The Economist & Sun to the OJHL on the club’s current status were not returned. Markle said it would be sad if the Waxers were to fold or cease operations. Especially since they have been a signature franchise for tier two junior A hockey and have produced many players who worked their way up the ranks to playing in the National Hockey League in their storied past. “The Waxers are one of the most respected franchises at the tier two level. If anything happens it would
be a big loss to the league,” he said. Conceding rumours on the club’s financial difficulties have
spread in hockey circles through various social media outlets, Vanstone conceded it has affected his ability to recruit players.
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