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BULLY BILL LEAVES DEEP DIVIDE Students raise one ‘Voice’ to stop bullying while parents, religious groups ponder impact of Bill 13 BY KIM ZARZOUR

Ontario may have shown strong leadership in passing anti-bullying legislation Bill 13 this week, but

Bill Belsey, founder of one of the world’s top anti-bully organizations, says that’s not enough. “The government of Ontario could come along and write a

cheque to York Region for a million dollars, but that by itself won’t change anything. In addressing bullying, small is big. It’s the small stuff that makes a difference.”

And by small stuff, he means students not politicians — those on the front lines of the bully battle, the ones who can make little daySee STUDENTS, page 26.



Some patients could lose their eyesight under new regulations imposed by the provincial Liberal government, a Markham eye surgeon speaking out against health care funding cuts warned. “That’s just not what we do, we try to prevent patients from going blind,” said Dr. Jeff Martow, chief of ophthalmology at Markham Stouffville Hospital who also runs a private practice on Church Street. Dr. Martow called a recent announcement made by Health Minister Deb Matthews to slash the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) fees the province pays for hundreds of services that doctors perform an “unanticipated effect on patient care”.

HUNDREDS OF FEES TARGETTED Changes to the OHIP fee schedule target hundreds of services provided by cardiologists, radiologists and ophthalmologists. While the government says the move would save $338.3 million this year, doctors like Mr. Martow believe there are other ways to save money without negatively impacting patient care. Talks between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), which represents 25,000 physicians, and the ministry broke down in April See CUTS, page 18.


A Markham Fire crew arrives to douse a waste fire at the Miller Group’s Earl Turcott Waste Management Facility on Roddick Road early yesterday morning. A garbage truck with a smoky load of trash dumped the refuse in a pile outside the facility at 300 Rodick Rd., north of 14th Avenue, Markham Fire spokesperson Dave Blizzard said. Markham Fire sent one truck to the scene to soak the smouldering trash pile.





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What We Mean By Fundraising in this Metroland Special Report

Fundraising is defined in this report as an activity in the school community conducted by parents, students and/or staff to raise funds for the benefit of the school and students.

PART 1 of 3 By Kristen Calis, Jessica Cunha and Rosie-Ann Grover


Metroland Staff

n an affluent neighbourhood in the nation’s capital, a school the prime minister’s children once attended is flush with cash. The money comes from serious fundraising that brings in $60,000 just in pizza lunches and a well-attended book fair. Rockcliffe Park Public School — a kindergarten to Grade 6 school with a large proportion of children from area embassies — does not disclose the total it brings in through fundraising by its heavily involved parents, students and teachers. But school council minutes show it had more than enough to spend $12,000 on hiphop and drumming sessions for the arts program, a cricket skills tune-up and new equipment for the gym. Funds from the book fair covered the $5,000 for this year’s author workshop. It brings writers such as Alphabeasts sensation Wallace Edwards, a Governor General’s Award winner, to the school for — as the website puts it — “the extraordinary experience to have the opportunity to converse with an author of a book you have just read and loved!” Five kilometres away, at Queen Mary Street Public School, celebrated author visits just don’t happen. This school, where the majority of students are from homes where English is a second language, is lucky if it raises $500 in a year, says Chris Ellis, who sits on four Ottawa school councils. Any fundraising proceeds that do come in go to the deficit-ridden milk program or subsidize field trips for families struggling on an average parent income of $29,000, compared with $155,000 at Rock-


Playground equipment is a popular fundraising goal for provincial schools. Others include computers and field trips. cliffe Park (figures from the Fraser Institute). An Arabic and Somalispeaking multicultural liaison officer visits Queen Mary twice a week. “Most schools I’m directly involved with are schools that all struggle to raise funds,” Mr. Ellis said. “They’re dealing with communities that don’t have the capacity to raise funds, which is the irony of it; schools that are most challenged — and you could arguably say have the greatest need for additional resources — are the very schools that find it hard to raise funds.” Similar disparities exist across Ontario, where the top 10 per cent of fundraising schools bring in the same amount of money as the bottom 75 per cent combined, according to People for Education’s 2012


report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools. “You can see in that way how big the gap is,” said Annie Kidder, executive director of the parent-led organization. Society, not just parents, needs to be concerned with the gap. “It’s the next generation of society that’s being educated,” she said. “It will have an impact on everybody.” It means schools with the ability to raise large sums can significantly enrich their students’ education with high-tech learning aids such as laptops and SMART Boards. But in many schools, fundraising isn’t just for the frills. It’s for classroom basics such as air conditioning and books or breakfast programs.

A survey of 28 school boards turned up fundraising gaps as large as $500,000 between schools in the same board. It also underscored how firmly money from bake sales, car washes and other fundraising has become entrenched in the education system. Concern is growing about the overuse of fundraising — and the disparities it creates — at a time when public money is tightening under the McGuinty government’s austerity drive. And despite the province’s introduction last month of the first fundraising guidelines, no formal rules, in the form of province-wide regulations, to govern the vast amounts of money collected. How much money do Ontario schools fundraise? Many boards


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4Go to to read the full story in our Hot Topics. don’t want to say. Metroland surveyed 28 English public and Catholic school boards and found more than half were reluctant to provide financial information. Fundraising is a sensitive issue, especially when disclosure of inequities is possible. In Waterloo, a public board representative declined to provide a breakdown of funds raised, saying it would allow the public to see disparities. In Hamilton’s public board, teachers and principals were given scripts on how to respond to Metroland reporters. Only 11 of the 28 school boards surveyed provided their fundraising total. Fundraising in those boards pumped $26 million into their 788 schools. The remaining 17 boards provided only a broad figure that includes fundraising, but is mixed in with other revenue. In boards that provided schoolby-school breakdowns, there are significant gaps in money raised. In Halton’s public board, $500,000 separates White Oaks Secondary in Oakville, which raised $511,000 last year, from Acton District High School, which took in just $8,000. In York, more than $125,000 separates two elementary schools within the same separate board. Woodbridge’s St. Clare Catholic School brought in $131,000. In a less affluent area in Markham, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School raised just $4,000. Richmond Hill’s Bayview Hill Elementary School council, fearful of an initiative forcing them to share the wealth, discussed a strategy at a school council meeting Nov. 28. Minutes posted on their website state, “We have an opening balance of $142,000 from last year and we must use this money before the province moves to level the playing field and distributes the money amongst other schools.” School council co-chairperson Wendy Steinberg credits the 800 students, dedicated parent volunteers and successful weekly pizza lunches for the school’s successful fundraising numbers. “We’re all for inclusivity and diversity,” she said, “but we worked hard for that money.” She feels funds should stay in the school community with an average parent income of $117,800.


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AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or agency may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board in respect of the by-law by filing with the Clerk of The Corporation of the Town of Markham, not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 27th day of June, 2012. Appeal forms and fee information are available from the OMB website at www. The purpose of the by-law is to amend the definition of “Worship Area Capacity” in the Town of Markham Parking Standards Bylaw 28-97, and the Markham Centre Zoning By-law 2004-196. “Worship Area Capacity” is currently defined as the number of persons for whom the worship area(s) is designed, and is determined, in part, by the number of square metres of “worship area floor area” multiplied by 0.75 (where there are no fixed seats). This definition is not consistent with the recommendations of the 2003 Town of Markham Places of Worship Study (Future Policy Directions Report) and therefore requires amendment. The effect of the bylaw is that, in the Town of Markham Parking Standards By-law 28-97 and the Markham Centre Zoning Bylaw 2004-196, “Worship Area Capacity” will be defined as the number of persons for whom the worship area(s) is designed, and is to be determined, in part, by the number of square metres of “worship area floor area” divided by 0.75 (where there are no fixed seats). The complete by-law is available for inspection in the Clerk’s office during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, please contact Tom Villella, Development Services Commission, at (905) 477-7000, ext. 2758.

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DATED at the Town of Markham this 7th day of June, 2012. Kimberley Kitteringham, Town Clerk Town of Markham 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3 Note: Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a zoning by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.


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School fundraising may have started in the early 1990s to help schools with playgrounds, band equipment and arts supplies, but has spiralled into a multimillion-dollar cash boon that props up our public education funding system. In our three-part Metroland investigative report, entitled Fundraising Fever, we discovered some Ontario children, depending on where they live and how much money their parents make, enjoy very different educational experiences. School fundraising efforts, however noble and successful, have become an unfair Ontariowide two-tier network that pits rich against poor and allows more affluent communities to plump their children’s school experience with frills and trips while others do without. Parent councils can be a powerhouse of cash, depending, of course, on which side of the tracks you live. The problem is that the public system is dependent on parents’ fundraising schemes and many schools in less fortunate communities are getting the short shrift. How to solve the problem, however, is far more complicated. School fundraising is a sensitive and protective issue for school boards — many of which try hard to keep their profits from the public. That’s because there’s such disparity and widening funding gaps between

schools in neighbouring communities, proof that Ontario’s public school system is anything but universal, equal and fair. This warrants immediate attention by the Education Ministry that allowed the system to get out of control in the first place. Should wealthier communities be able to lavish their children’s schools with bells and whistles not available to children of lesser means? Should a public system, which touts equal opportunity for all students, allow adults with higher incomes to compensate for a lack of provincial money if others can’t get those same privileges? Some critics say all fundraising should be banned, forcing the ministry to rethink how it funds schools on a more even keel. Others would suggest pooling all fundraising dollars that would then be evenly distributed by the province across the board to all schools. Concern, too, is growing about the overuse of fundraising and, despite the province’s introduction last month of its first fundraising guidelines, there are no formal rules or regulations to govern the vast amounts of money collected. It’s time to enact formal rules. Something needs to be done before our public system becomes completely eroded. Let’s leave it up to our highly paid education experts to figure it out — and fast.

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ometime when I was still in grade school, my parents sat down me, my two brothers and two sisters for one of those family chats we had every once in a while that usually involved something momentous. Like we were buying a camper trailer and trekking cross-country to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. Or someone important to our family had died and our parents were breaking it to us, gently, all together. Or my grandmother from Timmins was moving in – taking my bedroom – and we were having the basement finished and I would sleep down there. Or we were getting a new car. Or the cat had died. Or you name it. Usually it was pretty big stuff, or so it seemed, subjects that merited a tribal powwow with all present. One of those big conferences involved my parents’ announcement of their attempt — it was more like a mission — to adopt two brothers who had been featured in our church bulletin as being in need of a home. Everyone seemed excited. I personally was excited because it said they liked sports and I liked sports and was always looking for someone to play catch with or road hockey and the two brothers I had just weren’t that

Bernie O’Neill into either. Our house was big and, even with all the kids, it always seemed to be clean and in order with lots of food in the fridge and lots of activity. For my father, who himself was one of seven children, I think he thought he easily had the means to support more children and it seemed a shame these brothers didn’t have a permanent home. Somebody needed to step up and do something. I don’t know how to put it other than that my parents both felt they had a lot more to give to the world. People who were involved with the adoption visited our home, talked to my parents, took references, asked to

see their bank statements and so on. My father didn’t seem to enjoy the grilling, follow-up phone calls, a visit to his office, or questions about his personal life, how much beer he drank, who his friends were, what he read or watched on TV, what he did in his spare time. I think they were almost offended they had offered to adopt without reservation and were being put through a grilling worthy of a CSI episode (or in those days it might have been Starsky and Hutch). But they just smiled and hoped for the best. I don’t really know what the reason was in the end, other than the obvious, that they already had five kids and on some days that seemed like three or four too many. And even if you did own a “big” house, you can never have enough bathrooms. (Never mind the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee — if you’ve ever waited for your turn with all those brothers and sisters, the words “60 years on the throne” take on a whole new meaning). My parents were hurt, but respected the decision of the powers-that-be and assumed things would get better for the boys – that something was being done to improve their situation. It was several years later my par-

ents brought home a similar bulletin, featuring the same two boys, still living in foster care and seeking a permanent, adoptive family. The boys looked decidedly older now, in their early teens. We all just shook our heads and wondered what could have been. Ontario announced this week it will provide more financial help to families that adopt children who are age 10 or older. As it stands, very few children in this age category are adopted. What astonished me about the report was that there are thousands of children out there who are candidates for adoption in Ontario, meanwhile people travel to China or Eastern Europe to adopt. I am sure people are working in earnest to find homes for these kids and always do what’s best for them. But clearly something is wrong with this picture, whether it is restrictions on adopting a child who is not of your own cultural background — something I’ve never understood or agreed with, we are a multicultural society after all, we can have multicultural families, too. Or it is financial challenges, or red tape or simply lack of awareness. I’m sure we can do better. Anything we can do to give these children a family, stability and a loving home is a step in the right direction.

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Reesor Park kids out to save polar bears BY SIMONE JOSEPH

A group of students from Markham’s Reesor Park Public School and their siblings will be filmed Friday to promote an environmental initiative called Project Polar Bear. The children will join Canadian actor Andrew Jackson to film TV and Internet commercials to promote Polar Bear International’s teenage division, called Project Polar Bear. “They are all tickled pink. Excited,” said Debbie Ruddy-Richardson, whose children Dylan, 7, and Maddison, 5, are visiting the Toronto Zoo for the filming. “They are ready to give back a little bit and save the planet.” The children being filmed are between 4 and 9. Most are in senior kindergarten or Grade 1. Project Polar Bear is a contest that challenges teams of students to develop community projects that reduce the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere. Over the past four years, contest participants have reduced carbon dioxide by more than 200 million pounds, according to the organization’s website. Polar Bear International teams up with zoos, aquariums, science centres and other like-minded partners on the contest anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. The contest is open to teens 14 to 17 and an adult mentor. The contest spokesman is actor Andrew Jackson, an ardent conservationist. The filming will be at the Toronto Zoo Friday morning. The children will be filmed as a group and then indiviually saying “save the polar bear” in English and if they speak a second language “save the polar bear” in that second language. The polar bear exhibit will be roped off during the filming. Polar Bears International is dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its sea ice home through research, education and stewardship. The organization believes that if we can assure the survival of the polar bear — the creature they say is in most immediate peril from climate change and pollutants — we’ll have created a better planet for all its flora, fauna, water and air. Go to programs/project-polar-bear for details.

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and fumes as well as infrequency of garbage removal to maintain the premises in a sanitary condition, Inspectors seized and destroyed product and corrected various food protection from potential contamination on site. This is the second closure order Chankanai received this year, according to inspection disclosure posted online by the region. In April, the supermarket was served a closure order, but reopened three days after when no infractions were found during a reinspection followup. Becky Hester, acting manager of health protection for York Region, said it’s up to the

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An appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board has some Markham residents worried they are being denied democratic due process. Local Councillor Don Hamilton says unless the province changes the law, there is nothing the town can do once the OMB is involved. “I take this as a pressure tactic for Times Group to get the process moving,” Mr. Hamilton said. “It’s out of our hands once it’s at the OMB.” The developer behind the $2-billion Uptown Markham project, on the south side of Hwy. 7 at Warden Avenue, recently appealed to the OMB for another proposal

at the northeast corner of Hwy. 7 and Village Parkway in Unionville. Times’ lawyer Ira Kagan didn’t respond to calls or e-mails for the story.

Updated study However, according to the application he made on behalf of Times, the appeal was filed over Markham council’s neglect to make a decision on Times’ application to amend the official plan to permit more density than what was already approved by the OMB in 1994. Mr. Hamilton said it’s his understanding town staff didn’t respond in time because they didn’t have an updated traffic study from Times peer reviewed.


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“That’s what’s crazy about this process,” he said. “How can we make an educated decision without all the information?” Mr. Hamilton, who doesn’t support the revised proposal, said the province should prevent developers from going to the OMB before the town has received a complete proposal on which to make a decision on. Meanwhile, neighbours in the area immediately north of the 11-acre proposal site fronting Hwy. 7 say they have been deceived by the developer and the town. “They sneaked it to the OMB, that means for sure we are going to be sideswiped,” said Zina Maher, who lives two blocks north of the property. She said residents were told at a packed community meeting in February that it was just the beginning and the application would go through due process. “There is a lot of opposition to this development,” she said. “They want to further intensify. It’s not acceptable to us.” Times is seeking to increase two apartment buildings to eight from six storeys, to 444 from 180 units. It’s also asking to increase the number of townhouses to 96 from 28, to replace the single family homes with a small park on the northern end of the property. Peter Lee’s house backs onto the proposed park. He said residents would prefer single family homes, as per the 1994 OMB ruling, because a public park would legalize “suspicious” and “dirty” activities such as pot-smoking that have been taking place at the private, vacant land Times purchased in 2009. To the west of the site are vacant lands owned by Lee Developments, which also

received OMB approval for its residential development in 1994. Both projects didn’t proceed at that time because the required sanitary and storm sewer and watermain infrastructure weren’t available and could not be extended economically. Unionville Development Corp., which falls under the Lee Developments Group, recently appealed the town’s committee of adjustment’s decision to turn down its request for more condo units.

50 households opposed Unionville Development Corp. later withdrew the appeal. Karen Gullason has been watching both developments for nearly 20 years. She said the OMB appeal sounds like the application is being fast-tracked and added at least 50 households in the neighbourhood are opposed to the development. If all adjacent developers on Hwy. 7 are granted the density they want, Ms Gullason estimated that’s about 1,000 additional units combined. “That means at least $4 million toward the (proposed NHL-ready) arena,” she said. “The town seems too focused on the arena and it’s another excuse for them to say they need more density on the north side of the Hwy. 7.” Ms Gullason said the north side of Hwy. 7 doesn’t need to be the same as the south side, where 20-storey condos are in the works. “Six storeys is generous. We don’t want more pollution or congestion,” she said. “Leave us alone.” An OMB pre-hearing conference is to take place June 25 at the Civic Centre.



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Region’s senior population rises By Chris Traber

With more people getting ready to retire than the number entering the workforce, providing programs and services for seniors will be a major challenge, York Region Community and Health Services Commissioner Adelina Urbanski said. Seniors, 65 and older, now account for a record 14.8 per cent of Canada’s population according to 2011 census data released last week. For the first time, there were more people aged 55 to 64, the age when people typically quit jobs, than those 15 to 24, when people join the work force. There are 5 million Canadian seniors, a 14 per cent spike since the last StatsCanada census in 2006. Statistically, more than 130,000 of them live in York Region where 12.4 per cent are 65 and older. The census detailed the citizenry in our nine municipalities. Markham has the largest population with 301,709, 12.3 per cent of whom are seniors 65 and older. King, our least populated area with less than 20,000 residents, has the region’s highest 65-plus cohort with 14.5 per cent. Whitchurch-Stouffville had the largest population surge since 2006. The municipality’s 37,628 citizens, 14.1 per cent of whom are seniors, represents a 54.3-per-cent hike in five years. Aurora, with an 11.7-per-cent population jump to 53,203 since 2006, has the least number of seniors with one in 10 residents being 65 or older. The first of four census data installments to be released in 2012 didn’t surprise Ms Urbanski. In fact, the numbers confirm what the region has been tracking and preparing for, she said. A seniors strategy, a work in progress, is in place to augment the region’s existing and ranging services for the aged. Planning includes enhanced partnerships with senior-centric agencies including Community & Home Assistance to Seniors, the Central Local Health Integration Network and Community Care Access Centre. Exiting programs, such as senior housing in-home care and adult day care, will need to be ramped up to accommodate the influx of older residents, she added. Ms Urbanski anticipates York Region EMS will also be impacted by an aging population, particularly by the needs of people well beyond retirement. Citing emergency transport records from 2009 to 2011, EMS annually transports 5 per cent of the region’s population. Each year 27 per cent of residents aged 75 and over have been transported by our EMS while 10 per cent of those aged 65 to 74 were transported by EMS.

By the Numbers 4MARKHAM 2011 population: 301,709 Percentage of people 65 and older: 12.3 Pop. per sq-km 2011 (density): 1,419 Pop. percentage change 2006-2011: 15.3 2006 population: 261,573 Pop. percentage change 2001-2006: 25.4 2001 population: 208,615 The plan helps define the region’s role in supporting our elderly, she said. “It shapes what’s appropriate, our relationships with non-profit agencies and hospitals and identifies any gaps,” she said. “It will let us know where to direct or redirect funds so we clearly know where we need to be going and what’s right for us. “It’s important because not all seniors are the same. They have different needs and challenges.” The new figures offer a snapshot of who we are, Statistics Canada Demography Division analyst Jonathan Chagnon said. Expected trends were melded with interesting findings. The proportion of seniors in Canada was among the lowest of the G8 countries, just slighly ahead of the United States and Russia, he said. There were 5,825 centenarians, people 100 and older in Canada, up 25.7 per cent since 2006. The gender of our nation is roughly split between men at 49 per cent and women at 51 per cent. Canadian’s median age is 40.6 years. Seniors, by region, has Ontario with 13.9 per cent while Nova Scotia has the highest proportion with 16 per cent. The fewest seniors live in Nunavut where three in 100 people are 65 or older. It’s projected one in four Canadians will be 65 and older by 2061. While the ranks of Canadians aged 65 and older increased by just over 609,810 between 2006 and 2011, the number of children aged 14 and under grew by just 27,505, a rise of just 0.5 per cent. The numbers reveal where Canadians are working and retiring. Parksville, on Vancouver Island, and Elliott Lake, Ont., had highest proportion of seniors, capping 35 per cent, double the national average. Climate plays a role with seven of the 10 municipalities with the highest proportion of seniors being in British Columbia. The statistics show retirement communities taking root in Ontario with Cobourg, Tillsonburg and Collingwood all boasting high percentage of seniors.

Thursday night bandstand From blues to soul to vintage hits and classical guitar, musicians bring their sounds to the Millennium stage. The fourth year of the free music series called Thursday Nights at the Bandstand launches today at Unionville’s Millennium Bandstand at Main Street and Fred Varley Drive. Organized by community-based Unionville Presents, in co-operation with the merchants of Main Street, Unionville, the series attracts talented Canadian and international performers to the bandstand. This year, 13 performances will run on consecutive Thursday evenings from June to August. Performers play from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The sizzling lineup starts with R&B favourites Soul Stew tonight and continues the following week with Community Soul Project, a 13-piece Canadian band focusing on “rock ‘n soul, funk ‘n roll.” R&B singer Jeanine Mackie and her band take over on June 21, and the month culminates with a return visit by the hugely popular Chicago tribute band Brass Transit on June 28.

Saturday Community soccer cup You are invited to the first York Region Community Soccer Cup, a free event to connect newcomers and Canadians. Catholic Community Services of York Region and York Regional Police will be hosting this

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event at Ashton Meadows Park in Markham June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is at 230 Calvert Rd. (in the Woodbine Avenue and 16th Avenue area). The day’s events includes teams of newcomers and Canadians playing in round robin matches throughout the day. There will also be cultural performances, community booths and displays, language exchange corner, where you can learn key phrases in up to five languages, Kids Zone, where kids can learn basic soccer drills, barbecue and exhibition soccer game with York Regional Police.

corvette show n’ shine Also on June 9 is the Pine Ridge Corvette Club’s Show’n Shine at Markville Chevrolet, 5336 Hwy. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy collectable Corvettes from all generations, as well as music, a barbecue, a charity raffle and door prizes. Take in the people’s choice and sponsor awards, too. Registration is $15 per car. Proceeds from the raffle and 50/50 draw go to the Children’s

Wish Foundation. Corvettes, classic cars and hot rods are all welcome. This is a rain or shine event.

Autism canada fundraiser Krystal D’Souza is a delegate in the Miss Canada Globe Petite Pageant in August. One of the delegate’s responsibilities in the pageant is to choose an organization to support and raise money for. Ms D’Souza chose Autism Canada. Look out for a fundraiser at Jake’s on Main Pub & Grille (202 Main St. in Unionville) this Saturday, June 9. Doors open at 8 p.m. The cover charge will be $5 and all proceeds will go to Autism Canada.

June 14 Piano recital Cuban-Canadian pianist Beatriz Boizán will perform a short concert to celebrate the first anniversary of the Steinway Piano

Gallery at 8-2651 John St. in Markham at 7:30 p.m. The music of Spain, Latin America and her native Cuba make up a recital of about an hour in the Steinway Music Hall. Ms. Boizán will also play the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt, as arranged by Vladimir Horowitz. There is no admission charge, but due to limited space, concert-goers must reserve by calling 905-940-5397 or 1-888-399-5397, or e-mailing Go to for a map and more information about Steinway Piano Gallery. Go to to access Ms Boizan’s website. Several of Ms. Boizán’s June 14 selections are also found on her debut CD, Pasión (Galano Records), which features 17 compositions by Lecuona, Soler, Cervantes, Albéniz and Ginastera. It is music that Ms. Boizán said she has been “breathing since childhood, and it represents the core of my work. Its rhythms are contagious and the melodies elegantly sculpted. I have always longed to

First Community Soccer Cup at Markham’s Ashton Meadows Park Saturday. show the world the musical wonders of my Spanish and African heritage.”

June 15 School fun fair The Donald Cousens Public School will be hosting its fourth annual Fun Fair at the school Fri. June 15 from  5 to 8 p.m. There will be rides, games and entertainment for the whole family. Money raised from this carnival will support extra-curricular activities and services for the students.

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905 real estate sales outpace Toronto BY DAVID FLEISCHER

Strong home sales in the 905 region drove the market in May and outpaced Toronto. Across the GTA, 10,850 homes changed hands last month, up 11 per cent over last year. But the fastgrowing 905 municipalities saw sales up 13 per cent while Toronto’s growth rate was less than half that. While lower average prices are a factor, recent polling suggests Toronto’s land transfer tax has also prompted buyers to look outside the city, Toronto Real Estate Board president Richard Silver said. Every Ontario resident pays a land transfer tax on house purchas-

es, but the board has long stood opposed to an extra tax imposed in Toronto, generating about $300 million a year for the city. More importantly for prospective buyers is news the long-constrained market could finally be loosening up. New listings in May climbed to 19,177, a 20-per-cent increase over the same month last year. If that trend continues, the rate of growth seen in housing prices should start to slow, board senior manager of marketing analysis Jason Mercer said. As of May, the average price of a GTA house rose 6.5 per cent from May 2011 to $516,787.

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Cuts put fee below cost of providing test: doctor From page 1.

even though physicians agreed to wage freeze, said Dr. Martow, husband of Progressive Conservative Thornhill Riding Association president Dr. Gila Martow. “It wasn’t a true negotiation,” he added. “It’s unfortunate that these imposed changes have been made without consultation from representative physicians.” However, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Liberal MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, said changes to the OHIP fees were first communicated to the OMA in February. She said Ms Matthews has met with OMA

leaders twice since last week about getting back to the table. “We are living in a different economic time,” Ms Jaczek said, adding the move was aimed to maintain the envelope of doctor fees at the same level. “It makes sense, it’s logical,” she said, pointing out average billing from eye surgeons has increased by 60 per cent since 2003. “The average ophthalmologist bills $666,000 a year,” Ms Jaczek said. She acknowledged overhead expenses for physicians, but said the ministry made cuts to anesthesia services because it was

felt doctors have all the training to do local anesthesia. Likewise, cuts to cataract surgery were related to technological improvements. Surgeries that used to take two hours now take 15 minutes, she said. “So now they get $397 (as opposed to $441) for 15 minutes,” Dr. Jaczek said. As for cuts to optical coherence tomography (OCT) testing — used to diagnose and follow the progress of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma — Dr. Jaczek said OHIP will now cover four times a year instead of six because the test has become widely available and costs have gone down. Dr. Martow, who purchased his own OCT machine at about $90,000, doesn’t see eye-toeye with this claim. He said the 80-per-cent cut imposed puts reimbursement for this test well below the actual cost of providing it. “I’m not shutting it down at this point, but if it were to break down...I’d think twice,” Dr. Martow said, adding many eye doctors

have reduced their staff because the new fee doesn’t cover staff to run the machine. He also questioned the 10-per-cent cut to cataract surgery — on top of a self-suggested 16-per-cent reduction over the past three years from eye surgeons — as becoming less attractive to graduating surgeons with highdebt loads and cautioned patients will suffer when there aren’t enough eye surgeons to look after all of those who need care. On top of that, further cuts to anesthesia services will force many facilities to lose anesthesia coverage for cataract surgery and leave small facilities with no eye surgeons to perform eye surgery or participate in emergency on-call services, Dr. Martow said. He said these cuts, which are retroactively to April 1, will have significant impact on patients, and in some cases, result in preventable vision loss. “I hope the government will reconsider its position and consult physicians, so that together we can find fiscal solutions that won’t negatively impact patients,” he said.


Dr. Jeff Martow, chief of ophthalmology at Markham Stouffville Hospital, stands by, as a technician performs an OCT test on the eyes of patient Irene Mowat of Stouffville. The Optical Coherence Tomography test is done on a machine affected by cuts in the fees charged by doctors to the medical system by the Ontario government, which he says will harm local residents.


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They cooked together, laughed together, raised their children together. This group of eight women met when their children were kindergarten students at Unionville Public School. When their children went off to different high schools, they formed a dinner club to stay in touch. The club ran from 2002 to 2010. During that time, they collected great recipes as well as happy memories of fun evenings. Then, one member, Cheryl Hrivnak,was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2007, called triple negative breast cancer. It was the kind of cancer that lacks receptors needed for most breast cancer drugs to work. It tends to grow and spread more quickly than most other types of breast cancer. The mother of three died in June 2009 at the age of 52, following a year-long struggle. Ms Hrivnak was one of a kind, according to Iris Benson, a member of the supper club. “She was the best of us. She never let anybody down.” Ms Hrivnak was cheerful, Ms Benson said. If she said she would do something, she did it. Even when she was sick, she did not dwell on this. She put others ahead of herself. “She was a loving, warm person. It is not fair that it happened to her,” Ms Benson said. Ms Hrivnak had a positive outlook on life and never dwelled on the negative.

recipes and meals. Evan MacDonald, owner of The Village Grocer, helped pay for the publishing through his charitable group Hockey for Heart, which donated $2,500. Mr. MacDonald also featured and sold the book at his store. The group also received help from Allan Bell and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, which allowed them to sell the book during its annual breast cancer luncheon. The group sold all 600 copies. People who have bought the cookbook say they used it as the basis for a similar dinner group. The mothers have now known each other about 25 years. The group is hoping to resurrect its supper club. The first dinner they had after Ms Hrivnak died, they set a place at the dinner table for her. The cookbook is already successful in more ways than one. “I have a book that reminds me of Cheryl,” Ms Benson said. Based on cookbook sales, the group raised $11,000. Of this, $10,000 will go to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for triple negative breast cancer research and $1,000 of the money will also go to to Markham Stouffville Hospital for breast cancer research in Ms Hrivnak’s name.

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Where public utilities donate (your) millions by David Fleischer

It may be better to give than to receive, but sometimes you may not have a choice. Since 2004, municipally owned PowerStream has donated more than $4 million to local charities, most recently a $1-million donation to the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation. It’s hard to dispute the causes — primarily the region’s hospitals — are good ones, but whose money is it to spend? “I expect any company operating in the community to give something back ... The question is whether public corporations should be allowed to do it,” said Parker Gallant, a contributor to the Financial Post and the blog of watchdog group Energy Probe. PowerStream is owned by Barrie, Vaughan and Markham, the second-largest municipally owned utility in Ontario after Toronto Hydro. Though that company supports the United Way and city initiatives through employee campaigns and its Brighter Days program, it doesn’t spend dividends the same way PowerStream does. The town of Milton, as another example, uses its hydro dividend to fund infrastructure renewal.

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Help community Giving back allows the company to help the community, PowerStream chairperson Frank Scarpitti said, adding the utility consciously focuses donations on hospitals and education. “We decided to focus on institutions that had a broader service to the overall community and a greater impact to the broader community as well,” he said. Mr. Scarpitti chairs the board in his capacity as Markham’s mayor. He also sits on the Markham Stouffville Hospital board, which has received about $2 million from


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York University (Environmental Studies) $930,000 Markham Stouffville Hospital - $1 million PowerStream. While the situation may not violate conflict-of-interest tenets of either the Municipal Act or electricity legislation, the energy sector tends to be a “very incestuous world,” Mr. Gallant said. Residents don’t necessarily appreciate that PowerStream is a for-profit company in a post-deregulation landscape, spokesperson Eric Fagen said. The company is not allowed to recover the costs of a sponsorship or donation unless it directly relates to the electricity industry, something that could possibly apply to a $930,000 donation to York University for sustainable energy research. Either way, the money is not coming out of company coffers, so it has no bearing on the distribution rates on your electricity bill,




FRANK SCARPITTI: Markham mayor serves as chairperson of PowerStream. Mr. Fagen said. Rather, it comes out of dividends paid to shareholders — namely the municipalities — which then choose to re-invest back in the community through PowerStream, rather than returning money to municipal coffers. Most consumers are still coming to terms with how the energy sector has changed and are missing how local distribution companies and municipalities simply pass money back and forth, Mr. Gallant said.

Bring down rates York Region taxpayers already fund capital projects at local hospitals to the tune of more than $12 million per year, begging the question of whether or not the money that can’t be used to bring down electricity rates could at least come back to the municipality to keep taxes low or fund other projects. “There’s no conflict, I think we’ve all been pretty open,” Mr. Scarpitti said. “As political representatives, we’re always trying to help our hospitals ... It’s an important investment and when anything is done in the best interests of the communities in which we serve, certainly there’s no personal conflict and

there is no conflict in the broader sense.” PowerStream vice-chairperson Maurizio Bevilacqua similarly sees the corporation as having an important role to play when it comes to worthy causes. “We’re in this together. We’re not islands and we all have to contribute to the well-being of the community,” the Vaughan mayor said. “Nobody’s going to argue with money being directed towards the hospitals ... (or) promoting environmental sustainability. These are all causes that require people to step up and help the community out.” Until earlier this year, the mayor also sat on the board of the Vaughan Health Campus of

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to-day changes in behaviour, can think before they speak, can stand up for victims and spread the word that bullying is not the norm. Mr. Belsey, a Calgary middle school teacher and founder of the internationally recognized website, was the keynote speaker at yesterday morning’s Our Voice student-led conference in Richmond Hill, bringing together more than 500 students from 197 York public schools. While the rest of the province was distracted by controversy over the passing of Bill 13 and the ensuing debate over Catholic funding and gay-straight alliances in schools, these students were talking about what’s really happening and what they think can be done about it. The students, chosen because they have had direct experience with bullying, spent the day in workshops at the Richmond

Hill conference offering suggestions for the school board’s anti-bullying strategy. Despite the media headlines focusing on gay victims, these students came from all walks of life, many bullied for a variety of reasons — for learning or physical disabilities, size, hair colour, glasses, braces, social skills and gender identity. Director Ken Thurston, wearing a symbolic pink shirt along with one of the pink bracelets distributed to participants, told the students they are a “major force of change. “As students you have an essential perspective to share. I know that you are full of the big ideas.” Students were encouraged to switch on their digital devices during the conference to tweet their thoughts into cyberspace because, as Mr. Belsey said, “we want movement and momentum and a critical mass of like-minded people and that means we need to share the conversation beyond the

walls of this room”. Most bullying — about 85 per cent — occurs when adults are not around, Mr. Belsey said. “That’s why symposiums like this are so important. Students are on the front lines. That’s where the rubber hits the road.” But, he added, it takes guts to stand up to bullying. James Koehler and Shahram Aghar, two participants from Langstaff Secondary School, agreed. They were one of several witnesses who watched a student being bullied at the local basketball court over a bus ticket recently. They did not intervene, even though they wanted to. They’re not sure now why they didn’t speak up — maybe, they said, they were afraid they’d be bullied, too, or thought someone else would step in. Emma Huang, who was bullied through social isolation during Grades 7 and 8, said stopping bullying takes courage. Now a student at Langstaff, she said she was alone against a group of bullies in elementary school, but if a few strong classmates had come to her aid, that balance of power could have shifted. Mr. Belsey said all school staff need to be trained in dealing with the problem. His own four years of teacher training at the wellrespected Queens University did not include one class in bully training. “It’s like having nurses and doctors who aren’t trained to help you with the flu.” Wiping out bullying, and making students feel safe and welcome, should be schools’ top priority, he said, and it begins with listening to students — students such as Shabbir Kanchwala, who has seen the issue from both sides.

The Richmond Hill teen, who has been both aggressor and victim, took part in yesterday’s event because, he said, adults need to “get a feel for what’s happening, to get into students’ heads. Even the smallest voice makes a difference.” But as the region’s youth were coming together over the issue, adults elsewhere remained deeply divided over the recently passed Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act. Debate over the best way to stop bullying was derailed in recent weeks by a debate over students’ right to form gay-straight alliances, which the new bill mandates. Family and faith-based groups argued it took power away from parents, while antibullying coalitions said it put a special focus on one group of targeted kids at the expense of others. Karen Sebben, a member of Anti-Bullying Coalitions of Ontario and founder of the York Region coalition, took part in yesterday’s conference and was heartened by students’ discussion, but disillusioned by the vote this week in the legislature. Her group pushed for a law that would combine the best of both the governing Liberals and opposition PC bills but the end result, she said, lacks the essential component of accountability. “We went to Queen’s Park in good faith and believed in the system,” she said. “Bullying isn’t a Catholic issue, it isn’t a gay issue, it isn’t a Liberal, NDP or PC issue. It is a very real issue that is plaguing our schools and impacting our precious young people ... This was our chance to get it right – and we failed miserably.”

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A fight is brewing over the qualifications of justices of the peace, who have the power to decide bail and impose sweeping bans on information presented in public courtrooms. Sault Ste. Marie Liberal MPP David Orazietti has proposed private member’s legislation to require JPs, who make decisions about individuals freedoms, liberties and complex legal matters, to hold a law degree. But the legislation proposed by Mr. Orazietti and the method by which it has been brought forward concerns the Association of Justices of the Peace. The group suggests the proposed requirement that JPs be lawyers is “unnecessary” and “unwarranted”. The role of justice of the peace has changed dramatically in recent decades, Mr. Orazietti said in an interview. The legislation would create two tiers of justices of the peace: a presiding JP, who would hold a law degree and make decisions about complex legal issues, and an administrative JP. Justices of the peace are not required to hold a law degree and can impose fines, deny bail and mete out jail sentences.

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Current JPs, including the 18 who work in York Region, would not be affected by the legislation, according to Mr. Orazietti. But despite creating a new tier of JP — one that requires more qualifications — the legislation should not result in increased costs to the system, Mr. Orazietti said. Rather, efficiencies could be found, he added. The annual salary for an Ontario JP is $120,652, according to Mr. Orazietti. By comparison, in Alberta and Quebec, which both have multiple JPs classes, the annual salary for full-time JPs is $110,000. But Mr. Orazietti refused to tie potential efficiencies to speculation about salaries. While private members’ bills rarely get passed, Mr. Orazietti has had success in the past. His private member’s bill banning smoking in cars with children was adopted by the government in 2009 and measures of another bill calling for increased protection and transparency for cellphone users have been attached to a bill now before the provincial legislature. While the JPs believe a move to modernize the justice system is positive, more research into their role and perhaps more consultation may have resulted in a different approach, Association of Justices of the Peace spokesperson and counsel James Morton said.

While Mr. Orazietti said he would be happy to hear from the JPs as the legislation winds its way through the legislature, Mr. Morton suggested it may not be that simple. JPs are bound by clear restrictions about speaking publicly, Mr. Morton said, noting that’s why he — a lawyer and academic —  is speaking on behalf of the association. The association believes the costs of administering justice would likely rise if the legislation is

passed, Mr. Morton said. However, some defence lawyers back Mr. Orazietti’s proposal. “With the greatest of respect to the many hard-working and capable justices of the peace out there, it’s about time,” said Edward Prutschi of Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman. Changes to bail law have created scenarios that often require a strong understanding of the broader trial process than a lay person — even one well-inten-

tioned and well-trained — can be expected to have, he said in an e-mail. “The bail process is so vitally important to the entire criminal court experience it cannot be overstated. . . Failure to succeed at a bail hearing can create a crushing imperative for even innocent people to plead guilty, while far-reaching bail terms affect the day-to-day life of an accused individual waiting for trial for months or years.”

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It’s getting easier to be artsy in York Region, thanks

to a $185,000 grant from the Trillium Foundation. The provincial grant, to be spread over three years, will be used to launch a new arts-themed website and bring a two-day conference to the region in November. “The arts spark dialogue, help us talk to each other and open doors for us,” the

foundation’s Savi Singh told the crowd at a launch event hosted by the Arts Council of York Region at Markham’s Seneca College campus last Thursday. Launching within the month, is a collaboration between York Region, the council and Metroland Media Group,

parent company of York Region Media Group. “It will be a significant boost to the arts and culture community, raising awareness and appreciation of, as well as demand for, our diverse array of cultural assets,” council executive director Nancy Bodi said. The revamped site is designed to be a comprehensive source of arts event and marketing information. “As much as our mandate is to be a dominant provider of news and information in York Region, we also feel it’s necessary to make a positive difference in the communities we serve and part of that is arts and culture,” York Region Media Group automotive, real estate and community development manager Neil Moore said.

tourism minister But that’s only one of the two unprecedented initiatives cited by Ms Bodi. The other is the second annual Arts Exposed Conference, set to take place at the college over two days in November. Keynote speakers such as Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, journalist Chantal Hebert and National Ballet School executive director Jeff Melanson will discuss opportunities for growing the local arts and culture scene. The Pan Am Games are set to take place across the GTA in 2015, including events in Markham, and will be a major event around which the arts community can rally. Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Pan Am Games CEO Ian Troop are expected to speak to that issue. The keynote speaker at the inaugural conference, which took place in April 2011, was

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy will speak during York arts conference.

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talk about the “competitive, creative community right here in York Region”, the funding helps foster. “What better place to celebrate than right here in my hometown?” he said. Local singer Jully Black, who joked she lived close enough to rollerblade to the gig, concluded the launch, regaling the crowd in the college’s atrium with several songs, including her hit version of Seven Day Fool.

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The sport of kings is galloping into York Region for the 33rd Polo For Heart at the Gormley Polo Centre June 15 through 17. The charity fundraiser will feature dashing Canadian and international riders, powerful thoroughbred ponies, natty attire, the corporate elite and anyone interested in experiencing the elegance and excitement of polo.

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $5 million for heart and stroke related initiatives. The 2012 festival will benefit the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation’s campaign to buy a new MRI machine and the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery. Soaking up the sun, the ambiance and thundering ponies practising Tuesday at Fox Crossing Farm’s polo field in King, Joe and Shirley Newton appreciated the cause a bit

more than anyone else. Mr. Newton suffered a major stroke in 1999 while on holiday with his wife. His left side was left paralyzed. He had cognitive and verbal difficulties and couldn’t eat solid foods. Had it not been for ever advancing stroke research, technologies and techniques, he wouldn’t have survived. A spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, he attests to the importance of supporting the organization and its professionals.

At 64, he’s still recovering, he said. Intense therapy at Sunnybrooke Hospital and the recovery centre has rehabilitated his speech and mobility. “I still have the effects of the stroke and I’m recovering in subtle ways,” he said. Polo For Heart is an incredibly important event, he said. “The research supported by the event gives quality of life back to the patient and the family.” Ms Newton insisted it goes

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Back yard dare launches international career for keeper BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

Kenny Stamatopoulos believes it’s better to be late than never. Especially since the 32-year-old Markham resident is living proof of that adage in the game of soccer. While the majority of players performing at the professional ranks learn the game at a young age, Stamatopoulos bucked that trend after launching his competitive career on the pitch at the rather late age of 13. the second Slug Currently Information: inLastman’s Bad Boyof a four-year contract he signed to play Project : June WK2 Teaser Ad as a keeper for AIK, a Stockholm, Client : Lastman’s Bad Boy Sweden team that’s one of the top File Name : BB_Community_Teaser_euro_June 7 entries in Scandanavia, Stamatopoulos is also toiling with Canada’s

men’s national team. In playing for the national team, Stamatopoulos hopes he can make a major contribution in helping Canada reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. To fulfill that goal, Canada has two crucial upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against host Cuba tomorrow and Honduras at BMO Field June 12. Stamatopoulos is one of three goalkeepers named to the squad. “I’m pretty excited. We have some big matches coming up and I’m looking Ad Size : 5.145 in xforward 3.062 in to it.” He moved to Canada from his Publication : Community Teaser native Greece when he was six Insertion Date : June 7, 2012 months old and it was his time living in Markham that provided the

launching pad to his soccer career. But it didn’t happen immediately. Like most boys growing up in Canada, Stamatopoulos was more interested in hockey. “Since I was two years old I played hockey,” he recalled. “But when I was 12 I had enough of it and I wanted to try other sports, like basketball and karate.” It wasn’t until one day when Stamatopoulos was playing with his father in their family back yard when they booted a soccer ball around a challenge of sorts was issued. In reminiscing of that day, Stamatopoulos said his father told him he could boot a ball past him.



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that I played with who I still remain good friends with.” Along with playing for the Lightning, Stamatopoulos was a goalkeeper for the Milliken Mills High School junior and senior boys’ teams when he was there from Grades 9 to 11. After his days in Markham, Stamatopoulos journeyed south to Scarborough and played with the Azzurri organization for another two years before returning to his native Greece and inking his first professional contract at the age of 17. He made his Canadian national team debut in 2001 in a friendly against Malta and after a few years off, rejoined the team last year.

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Stamatopoulos took him up on that dare and from that point on, a keeper was born. “I like the pressure. Once you step onto the field, the keeper is the most important player on the pitch. One shot and you could be down 1-0. And there’s the glory that comes with making that big save.” Making his competitive debut with the Markham Soccer Club in the indoor house league program at Mount Joy, Stamatopoulos played rep two outdoor seasons with the Lightning under-14 and under-15 entries. “There were some good people in that organization and I had some good memories. And there’s even some of the guys from the teams


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Three members of the Bill Crothers Secondary School Colts track and field team put their names in the Central Region Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations qualfier record books after their performances in this year’s event in Oshawa last week. Nicole Skimming won the midget girls’ 300-metre low hurdles in a time of 44.89 seconds. That eclipsed the prior mark of 46.62 set by Ariana Jorgenson of Emily Carr Secondary School

in 2008. Skimming also finished second in the 80m low hurdles and third in the 400m. In the junior girls’ field, Breanne Wilson-Bennett won the javelin with a toss of 38.10m. That surpassed the prior mark of 37.36m set by Mandy Mitchell of Eastview Secondary School (Barrie) in 2005. In the midget-junior girls pole vault, Emma Li won the event after clearing the high bar at 2.45m. The prior record was held by Kelly Butson of Almaguin Highlands of 2.40m in 2008. Other noteable performances at

the meet in the girls division included Sade McCreath of Bill Crothers, who won the junior girls’ 100m and 200m and fourth 400m. Khadijah Valentine of Markham District High School won the senior girls’ 200m and was second in the 400m. In the senior triple jump, Monique Slowley of Markville took home the gold medal. In the boys’ field, Nathan Kyeame of Bill Crothers won the junior 200m and was fourth in the 100m. Shemar Hines of Bur Oak won the senior triple jump. In the senior 400m, Joshua Cunningham of St. Brother Andre was

first to cross the finish line. Omar Anglin of Bill Crothers won the senior triple jump. The top four finishers in each of their respective events advanced to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships in Brockville starting today and concluding Saturday.

Redford earns top grades on the mat Brendan Redford is just 13 years old and weighs 37.5 kilograms. But that did not deter the 13-yearold Markham resident from taking on rivals heavier and older when he

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Colts’ soccer boys earn second seed The Bill Crothers Secondary School Colts boys’ soccer team were seeded second for the OFSAA AAAA championships, which begin today in Brantford. The Colts, who won the 2011 YRAA championship, were placed in a four-team pool with St. Mary’s (Pickering), Lisgar (Ottawa) and host St. John’s College. St. Edmund Campion (Brampton) was the top seed in the 16-team field.

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Personal Prayer To The Holy Spirit Holy Spirit Thou make and show me the way to reach my ideal. You who give the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and who are in all instances of my life with me. I, in this short dialogue, want to thank You for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with You and my loved ones in Your perpetual glory. Amen. Person must pray this 3 consecutive days without stating one's wish. After the 3rd day your wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to publish this as soon as your favor has been granted. N.R.


ST. JUDE'S NOVENA May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world. Now and forever, Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day by the eighth day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be made. Thank You, F.H. Deaths


WILSON, Nadine Passed away peacefully in her sleep after a lengthy illness at her home on Wednesday June 6, 2012 age 63. Beloved wife of Wes. Dear mother of Karen Booth (Martin), Barbara (Rich), and Shawn (Andrea). Loving grandmother of Andrea, Abby, Taylor and Cole. Loving caregiver Mindy. Friends will be received at the DIXONGARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main Street N. (Markham Road), Markham on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Service in the chapel on Saturday at 11a.m. Interment Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery.



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JOSHUA COLE DAVIS DAVIS- Matt and Karine (nee Kerouac -Valentini) are thrilled to announce the early arrival of their son, Joshua Cole on June 4, 2012, weighing 6lbs. 10oz. Madison, Jake and Brooklyn are very excited to have their first cousin. The entire family welcomes Joshua with love, hugs and kisses.

Birthdays Happy 90th Birthday! Friends and family of EILEEN RUBY CHADWICK will be celebrating her ~ 90th Birthday ~ at her home Saturday, June 16th 11 Maple Lane, Unionville All Well Wishers are invited to stop by between 2-4 p.m. for refreshments.

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Join us for our 2nd Spring Art Show & Sale Saturday, June 9th Wideman Mennonite Church, 10530 Hwy. 48 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $2 Admission Silent Auction, Lunch, Art & Quilt Displays, Proceeds to Mennonite Central Committee for Relief Kits and sending a child(ren) to camp. 10 HOUSE garage sale. Henry Corson Place (Wootten Way South/ Hwy.7, off Senator Reesor Dr.) Sat. June 9th. 8amnoon. Kids stuff, desks, beds, etc. University student's furnishings. Antiques.

DOWNSIZING! 12 Sir Bodwin Place, Markham. Saturday, June 9th. 9am. Bedroom set, kitchen table/ chairs, curio cabinet, computer station, more.

MARKHAM- 23 Kentland Street, (Hwy#48/ Edward Jeffries) Saturday, June 9th. 7am. Computers, Coke memorabilia, Bell satellite receivers, home theatre+++ MARKHAM- 37 Grove Rd. Sat. June 9th. 8am-noon. Hockey/ lacrosse equipment. LPs, 45s, various household items. MARKHAM- 87 Hollingham Road (Warden/ Hwy#7). Saturday, June 9th. 7am-3pm. From furniture to paintings/ knickknacks.

MARKHAM- RADFORD Crescent Street Sale. (9th GARAGE SALE- Satur- Line/ Hwy.7 area). Satur29 CARR Court Garage day, June 9, 8am-2pm. 50 day, June 9th. 8am. 8 Sale! Office & bdrm furni- Sir Lancelot Drive. Come houses+. ture, mini-fridge, lighting, 4 get a deal! WAREHOUSE SALE June car tires, odds & ends 9th from 9am-4pm. 44 June 9, 8-4pm East Beaver Creek Rd., Unit 13 Richmond Hill, ON ANGUS GLEN- West VilL4B 1G8 River Rocks lage 12 & 14 Glengordon –55lb Bags $16-20.00 5 Cres. Sat. June 9 - rain KIDS FOR KIDS colours. 416-840-4800, date Sun. June 10 - 8am 4TH ANNUAL AT 647-427-7273, start the Markham GO Station. 647-831-2626. Proceeds to Children's CONTENTS- 14 Dewitt, Wish. Mega books, YARD SALE- Saturday, Markham. Furniture, housewares, great June 9, 8am. 9 Christman housewares, golf clubs, appliances, new clothing, furniture, crafts, antiques. Court. Antiques, colJune 9 and 10 lectibles, household, elecdesks, books. June 9th, 9:00am-2:00pm tronics. 8am.


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