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While Dina Derocchis can see the merit of using gas tax to fund transit in large cities such as Toronto, she says that she and other York Region residents are reluctant to give up their cars.

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cars and on to public transit in York Region. While public transit in the region is "a mess," the Newmarket resident doubts most drivers are willing to give up their vehicles to ride the bus.

"I can see Toronto needing it more. Up here, I think most people drive. You kind of need a car up here," said Derocchis, who isn’t opposed to contributing to the provincial government’s new cap-and-trade program,

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KIM ZARZOUR kzarzour@yrmg.com He was just an ordinary kid, a classmate at his son’s Markham high school, but the boy’s predicament troubled Sam Fronte. The teen had confided to Fronte that his father was angry he’d attended a local party and told him not to bother coming home. It was the middle of the night and the young man had nowhere to go. "He gets that way, sometimes," the boy shrugged.Fronte, who helped sponsor homeless youth through Markham Baptist Church for more than 10 years, was well aware of the risks the teen faced trying to find somewhere safe for the night - from frigid makeshift shelters to dropins where people are robbed for a few dollars. He couldn’t help the youth - "a good kid" who luckily managed to find a friend’s couch to sleep on for the night but Fronte vowed he would do more to help other teens in similar predicaments. That’s why his family has signed on to be a host family with the new Nightstop program being launched in York Region. 360Kids has partnered with UK-based Depaul Charity to be the first Nightstop provider in North America, offering screened and trained volunteers with a spare bed to young people with nowhere else to go. The organization is seeking families who can help provide this safety net - for one night or several that keeps youth off the street or away from unsuitable accommodations where they would be at risk of abuse. With help of federal funding, families who

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Sam and Stephanie Fronte stand in the spare bedroom they are offering to homeless youth. It’s part of a new 360Kids program and a first in North America where volunteer families play host to young people who don’t have a place to stay. sign up to be Nightstop hosts receive remuneration to assist with expenses. Nicola Harwood, head of Depaul’s Nightstop, was in Richmond Hill this week helping launch the program in Canada. It’s been in operation there for more than 30 years she says, and now offers 630 homes across the UK. In 2015, those homes provided 13,500 "safe sleeps" to young people. Each youth spends an average seven to eight nights at a Nightstop while the agency works with them to find long-term solutions to their housing troubles. The program has been tried and tested by the UK organization to ensure it’s safe for everyone, she says, adding York Region would be a good fit for its launch in

Canada. Jacquie Hermans, 360Kids Nightstop program coordinator, estimates 300 youth are seeking a place to stay in the region every night. 360Kids provides 14 emergency beds at The Hub in Richmond Hill, but there have been no vacancies since the facility opened in March 2016. "We are not going to build our way out of this problem," say Michael Braithwaite, 360Kids executive director. "We have to be innovative and think differently." The use of spare rooms in a positive environment makes a huge difference to young people in crisis, says Lesley Sims, 360Kids director of resource development. "It allows them to feel safe and cared for while re-

ceiving the continued support of services 360Kids provides." Fronte’s family is keen to play a role. As chair of his church’s mission team, he has helped raise cash donations, clothing and gift cards for homeless youth. Now he is ready to do more, especially in the south end of York Region where services are especially lacking. "The Hub is a great option but not nearly enough," he says. With no shelters for kids in crisis in the area, youth must make their way to Toronto or overcrowded shelters further north, in Newmarket or Sutton. "They can end up in places that are not safe. Shelters can be risky." Most of the hidden homeless are good kids in

bad circumstances, says 360Kids youth worker Christian Salgado. With space shortages at the Richmond Hill facility, they end up couch-surfing, sleeping in abandoned buildings or tents in vacant lots, he says. "They get a bad rap, but they’re not dangerous. These kids generally just can’t go home." That’s the situation Jessica faced when she left home several months ago. At 17, the youth already faced years of hardship growing up with two chronically ill parents, moving multiple times and regularly bullied at school. "My parents couldn’t afford me so at the end of the day, I just decided to do it on my own," the quiet teen says. She slept in shelters and empty stairwells until she

found an emergency bed at 360Kids. Now she is in transition housing while she earns her high school diploma, but she knows it could have gone very badly - and she says she could have used a program like Nightstop. "When you’re that age, you’re supposed to be growing. But that’s hard to do you are on the streets trying to survive. "It would make such a difference if we had a home where we knew we were safe and cared about."

Want to know more? 360Kids is holding an information session this weekend, Jan. 15 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Richmond Hill at 360kids Hub, 10415 Yonge St. For more information, call 416-795-5279 or email Jacquie.hermans@360kids.ca.

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As gracious hosts, let’s not disappoint Syrian families now For Syrian refugees who have come to Canada, 2016 was no doubt a year of adjustment and discovery. And for those who came in the first wave, a new reality is setting in with the start of a new year, when their federal living allowance came to an end. After 12 months, families stop receiving what could amount to $1,400 per month from the government. Many more refugees who settled in our communities will reach that milestone over the course of 2017. For those who have not secured employment, this year may bring some serious financial hardship. In a country that has openly embraced more than 35,500 Syrian refugees since November 2015, we can feel good about living in a place so willing to help those desperate and in need. Local groups, including Stouffville Cares, Bradford’s Refugee Inter-Denominational Group (BRIDG) and Georgina-East Gwillimbury Refugee Welcome, sponsored families. And many more residents, businesses, community organizations and churches offered their support to those families and other refugees who have begun to make their home in our towns and cities. The North American Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Community Organization (NASIMCO) and the Jaffari Community Centre (JCC), for example, have organized and delivered hygiene kits to families awaiting permanent housing, prepared backpacks for 300 children going to school, delivered donated household items to families upon settlement and hosted a free dental screening and informative workshop session These people’s journey settling in our communities needs to stay front and centre for more than just the exciting first few months - particularly as that financial assistance reaches its expiration date. It has been inspiring to witness our communities step up to support and welcome their new neighbours and hear how refugees are adapting to living in a new country. We need to continue to offer support in various ways. Learning English is a major barrier for many. Perhaps people could offer English conversation clubs in their neighbourhood. Syrian children in new schools no doubt face an intimidating integration into their peers’ social circles. How can we help them make new friends? Many of the new families have spoken of the wonder and appreciation they felt being accepted so readily into this country. As time presses on, let’s not disappoint them now.

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• LETTERS TO THE EDITOR • Bureaucracy also has productivity problem Re: York taxpayer group welcomes study showing inflated government wages, Dec. 13. I find the comments of the president of the Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group on the study by the Fraser Institute is enlightening to shed light on public employees compensation in relationship to the private sector. It is so true, I am not including the police, fire departments and the paramedics which is well appreciated and justified. But the real issue is not the gold-plated compensation only. The problem lies with productivity. I find the public sector are far less productive than in the private sector. That

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present "first past the post" system of voting. In three referendums around the country in recent years, the current method has been the big majority winner time after time. The parliamentary committee in Ottawa has just recommended that a referendum be held including the current system as a choice. Minister Maryam Monsef has insulted this committee and has further muddied the waters by mailing out a question-

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Residents charged in fraud case A pair of Markham residents face fraud charges after they allegedly took out a $200,000 loan on a home they didn’t own. Sivakumar Kumaravelu, 57, and Naguleswary Sivakumar, 54, both of Markham were arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000 after surrendering to Toronto police Wednesday, Jan. 4. The pair reportedly turned themselves in after police released their photos to the media and appealed for the public’s help identifying them. Police allege in September 2015 a man and a woman went to a mortgage broker’s officer near Warden and Sheppard avenues in Toronto and applied for a second mortgage on a property in the amount of $200,000. "The mortgage broker was able to find financing through a mortgage lender and a second mortgage was registered on the home," police alleged in a news release Friday, Dec. 30. The couple received $200,000 through their real estate lawyer. Several months after the mortgage was registered, the real homeowner was served court documents advising him that he was being sued by the mortgage lender for non-payment of the mortgage. The homeowner then called police. The man and woman allegedly used fake ID to impersonate the real homeowners, police said. Kumaravelu and Sivakumar are scheduled to appear in a Toronto Feb. 24. ~ with files from InsideToronto.com

Police seek witnesses to crash York Regional Police are looking for witnesses after a Nov. 25 single-vehicle collision in Markham. Just after 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25, a single-vehicle accident took place at the intersection of Hwy. 48 and Elgin Mills Road. Police are releasing images of three vehicles whose drivers may be witnesses to the collision. The white Mercedes, the transport truck and a dark-coloured compact SUV were all westbound on Elgin Mills Road just before the collision. The investigation is ongoing. Any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police are being asked to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Major Collision Investigation Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704.

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In an effort to jazz up the humble pork tenderloin I've taken it upon myself to come up with a new Apple and Cheddar Stuffing for this lean and tasty cut of pork. I've included old cheddar, diced Granny Smith apples, sauteed onion, fresh rosemary, Italian parsley and a touch of cinnamon. Let me know what you think! Reg. $11.95/lb OFF

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We'll start off with one of my personal favourites, our Spicy Bean Salad. We mix kidney and black beans with corn, diced peppers, barley and rice in our homemade spicy vinaigrette. Reg. $1.49/100g.

Next up, we have our Curried Squash and Apple Soup. Without a doubt, this perfectly-balanced soup is one the more underrated items at the store. We use a combination of hubbard and butternut squash, and round it out with apples, carrot, celery, garlic and brown sugar, using chicken stock. Reg. $8.95/900mL Next up we'll have homemade Chicken Cacciatore using white meat, Roma tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and garlic, simmered in white wine, chicken stock and olive oil. Reg. $9.95/500g Cheese Tortellini in a Parmesan Cream Sauce Reg. $9.95/4x5 container

If you haven't had the chance to try any of our sous vide entrees, you've certainly been missing out. We take a premium cut of meat, cook it perfectly, marinate it in a sauce and vac-pack it. All you have to do is boil a pot of water, pop the bag in the water, wait 10 minutes, cut the bag open, and enjoy a restaurant-quality piece of meat at home with no mess and no hassle. If you're still skeptical, we'll be sampling them on Friday and Saturday afternoon. Both our Jack Daniels' Smoked Ribs (Reg. $2.99/100g) and our Chicken Breast in a Porcini Mushroom Sauce (Reg. $4.99/100g) will be (We'll also have a Beef Tenderloin in a Green OFF Peppercorn Sauce available at regular price.)

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Our sandwich for the week is created by our grocer-MVP, Grethe, a healthy choice sandwich for you steadfast souls keeping to your resolutions a whole two weeks into the new year. Our Healthy Roast Beef Sandwich is on a sliced multigrain sourdough bread with roasted red onions, sliced tomato, mixed greens and arugula with a low-fat horseradish dressing. Low in calories and full on flavour. EA

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We'll have not one, not two, but three of our homemade frozen products for sale this week. We'll have our Tomato Basil Soup. (Reg. $8.95), my grandmother's over-the-top delicious Beef, Beer and Onions which is a slow-cooked stew that epitomizes everything comfort food should be. (Reg. $21.95). Finally, we'll have our Sweet Potato Puff which is the perfect side for any hearty winter dish. OFF (Reg. $9.95)

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We're always drumming up new ideas and innovations throughout the store, but nowhere more so than in our bakery. Not a week goes by where I'm not trying a new and exciting indulgence. The only downside of this is that occasionally one of our creations becomes a forgotten treasure and falls by the wayside. So this week Andrea has leafed through our backlog of recipes and remade some classics. I have used her words:

Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes - Caramel topping in the bottom of the pan, followed by rings of fresh pineapple and maraschino cherries, then buttercake batter poured over top. After they are baked they are flipped upside-down and finished with apricot glaze.Large Size, $24.95 Coconut Buttertarts - These used to be called "Bill Dawson's Buttertarts" at the store on Carlton because he had requested that we develop a coconut buttertart for him, and they were a mainstay on our shelves for many years. Hand-pressed tart shells filled with shredded coconut and drowned with Doreen's original recipe buttertart filling, baked until the coconut center is chewy and the surface coconut is crunchy golden brown. $7.99/6pk Evan's Lemon Cookies - I vividly recall the day about 10 years ago that Evan came up with this idea. We were baking lemon loaves and a few had bubbled over out of the pan and as Evan ate all of the soft baked lemon loaf blobs, he said we should make these all the time as a new cookie, half dipped in chocolate. Thus a new cookie was born by piping our lemon loaf batter onto trays and baking it into soft cookies.... half-dipped in dark chocolate, of course! $9.95/container Schnitz Pies - We haven't made these in years but when I was apprenticing here 16 years ago, we made them every week! Similar idea to a Dutch apple pie, it’s a baked custard and apple pie. We layer apples with a brown sugar and spice mix in the bottom of the pie shell and then pour a rich custard over top, filling it to the brim, sprinkling it with more brown sugar and spices, and baking it to perfection. $12.95 9” pie

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Shine Through Rain eases burden on cancer patients AMANDA PERSICO apersico@yrmg.com There’s a hidden side of cancer, beyond the stories of perseverance of cancer survivors or the launch of another campaign to conquer the disease. There’s the family’s story. Along with the emotional toll of dealing with a family member diagnosed with cancer, there is also the struggle of keeping up with bill payments, paying the mortgage and maintaining a job. "Not only do you have to go through what you’re going through, but you also have maintain everything, like your house," said East Gwillimbury resident Nicole Forfar. "If you don’t have support, the next thing you know you have to sell your house and you could be living on the street." The Forfar family was one of thousands of families supported by the Shine

Through the Rain foundation. The Markham-based foundation financially supports families from across the country who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer. The mother of two knows how stressful it is to care for a sick family member all the while worrying whether she had to sell her car to pay for parking at the hospital. Six years ago, her daughter Kaitlyn, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After undergoing six months of treatment, and remission for 21 months, a relapse followed by more treatment. Kaitlyn had a bone-marrow transplant in 2012. While her daughter, now 10, was undergoing treatment, Forfar left her job and was living near the hospital for months at time. "I was able to fully concentrate on her care with-

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EVENTS O Thursday, January 12 Westmount Entertainment Presents: The Crucible WHEN: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: City Playhouse Theatre, 1000 New Westminster Dr. CONTACT: Zachary Bloch, 647961-1860, zackbloch@gmail.com COST: $10 students, $15 adults In the rigid world of Salem, Mass., rumours that women are practising witchcraft galvanize the town.

O Saturday, January 14 ‘I’m Standing Beneath the Sky’ Piano Concert WHEN: 2 p.m. to WHERE: Christ Church Anglican, 254 Sunset Blvd. CONTACT: Stouffville Optometry, 905-642-3937 COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Piano concert with songs and poetry. Featuring works of Bellini, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. Tickets available at Barthau Jewellers and Card’s Appliances Markham Ward 6 Chinese New Year Celebration WHEN: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Angus Glen Community Centre and Library, 3990 Major MacKenzie Dr. E. CONTACT: Fion Lau, fionlau@markham.ca COST: Free Markham Ward 6 Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci will be hosting a Chinese New Year Celebration. Free snacks, free drinks

O GET CONNECTED Visit yorkregion.com/events to submit your own community events for online publishing. WHERE: Edward Village Markham Hotel, 50 East Valhalla Dr. CONTACT: Daniela, 905-294-2010, event.markham@edwardvillage. com COST: $75 Supporting the Markham Stouffville Hospital. Enjoy a simple, yet delicious four-course meal, and dance the night away.

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O Tuesday, January 17 York Region Parrot Club WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Richmond Hill Royal Canadian Legion, 233 Centre St. E. CONTACT: Bonnie Kuehl, bkoehl3387@ rogers.com COST: Guests $5 Monthly meeting.

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Winter Night Woods Wander WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Eldred King Forest Tract, 16232 Hwy 48, Stouffville CONTACT: 1-877464-9675, york.ca, COST: Free Learn about what lurks in the dark as you take an evening walk through the winter woods. Registration is required and opens one month before event date.

Life Drawing Drop-In WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main St. CONTACT: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 905-477-7000, ext. 3261, markham.ca/wps/ portal/Markham/RecreationCulture/VarleyArtGallery/WhatsOn/ varleyevents/20170119_winterlifedrawingdropin, COST: Single dropins: $20; 4 session passes: $70 Opportunity for artists to practice both nude and costume drawing practices (on alternating weeks) and build a social and artistic network.

5 things to do this weekend O Saturday, January 14 Mayor & Council’s Breakfast WHEN: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: East Gwillimbury Sports Complex, 1914B Mount Albert Rd. CONTACT: 905-478-4282 COST: Free Residents of East Gwillimbury are invited to join Mayor and council to celebrate the new year with a complimentary pancake breakfast served by Council and a free family skate. New Year’s Meet and Greet with MP Jane Philpott WHEN: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Markham District Veterans Association, 7 Washington St. CONTACT: 905-640-1125 COST: Free Drop in to say hello to MarkhamStouffville MP Jane Philpott and enjoy some light refreshments.

O Sunday, January 22 Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception and Artist Talk WHEN: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main St. CONTACT: varleygallery.ca, varley@ markham.ca COST: Free Join Paul Fournier for a gallery tour of “Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder”, followed by the opening reception.

O Friday, January 20 Simply Decadent Dinner and Dance WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Introduction to Meditation WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Buddha Meditation Centre, 11175 Kennedy Rd. CONTACT: Buddha Meditation Centre, 905927-7117, info@mahamevnawa. ca COST: Free Opportunity to learn meditation posture, why we meditate and much more.

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Textile recycling program to save taxpayers $86,000 AMANDA PERSICO apersico@yrmg.com Markham is leading the way when it comes to waste diversion. With plans to ramp up its textile recycling program, Markham is eyeing an 85 per cent diversion rate, up from 81 per cent. Currently, there are 53 textile recycling bins across the city. By April, there will be 77. Markham’s aggressive recycling and waste diversion program has caught the attention of municipalities across North America, said deputy mayor and regional councillor Jack Heath, who also chairs the city’s waste diversion committee. "Markham is setting the standard across Canada.

Other municipalities are calling us to ask about our program," he said. "It goes to show how proud our residents are, when they visit other municipalities and question why its not done there." There’s more to the ratty T-shirt than how long it sits in a landfill. Who makes clothes and how they’re made have become an international issue. "Textile waste has always been seen as a human rights issue, not a waste issue," said the city’s waste and environmental services manager, Claudia Marsales. "Looking at it as waste is more manageable for just little Markham." Since the introduction of clear garbage bags, banning e-waste and batteries

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sive with unregulated donation bins, and to ban textiles from curbside collection. "We should send the message, if you put a bin in Markham, we will confiscate it," said Marsales, who called for tougher bylaws on non-regulated clothing donation bins. The city is looking at banning textiles from curbside collection starting in April, with pamphlets and reminder stickers for residents who don’t get the message. "We won’t stop collection because we see a sock," Marsales said. "We want to use the ban as an education tool." The city is looking at ways to expand textile recycling to include carpeting.

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ceed Usain Bolt as the fastest man in the world, perhaps by the end of the year if the Jamaican flash carries through on his plans to retire. A relative newcomer to sprinting with plenty of ceiling to grow, De Grasse served notice in Rio with a silver in the 200 metres and bronze in the 100, behind Bolt in both instances. He added a bronze in the 4x100 to become the first Canadian track athlete to secure three medals at a single Olympics. MacLennan completed the rare feat of repeating as a gold medallist with her sparkling routine in Rio leaving us to wonder if she will pursue a hat trick when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics arrive. Folks might tend to forget McDavid is still just a kid, that’s how much im-

pact and impression he has displayed in barely a full season’s worth of games. Ninety-one points in 83 games entering this week is pretty impressive for a teenager who not long ago was sitting in a classroom at Sir William Mulock Secondary School in Newmarket. The Newmarket resident, who turns 20 on Jan. 13, is poised to become the face of the NHL, the heir apparent to Sidney Crosby among a crop of ridiculously impressive young players, including Toronto Maple Leafs’ head-turning rookie, Mitch Marner of Thornhill. Although Crosby seems rejuvenated by the challenge from McDavid, 10 years his junior, it is the latter whose face is being introduced in China, a massive market of 1.3 billion potential fans the Na-

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How to create a cosy finished basement A warm, comfortable finished basement is a great feature that adds value to your home. But too few owners realize that finishing a basement the wrong way can bring mould, mildew and lower indoor air quality. Building a healthy finished basement comes down to these five elements:

ONLY FINISH A RELIABLY DRY BASEMENT Even a small amount of leaked water can trigger mould, mustiness and poor indoor air quality. That’s why your basement needs to prove itself reliably dry before you invest time and money into finishing. Monitor the space and make sure it’s dry for at least a year.

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INSTALL A SUBFLOOR Proper basement subfloors make finished floors warmer and reduce the chance that humid summertime air will condense against cool concrete. Choose inorganic subfloor products to put against the basement floor.

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and pepper and chili garlic sauce in a large bowl. Form into patties. Cook patties in a skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 F (85 C). Sauté mushrooms and peppers. Assemble burgers, topping buns with patty, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and lettuce. For the soup, heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Add remaining vegetables, except bean sprouts. Sauté for 5 minutes. Now add the bean sprouts and sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Add water and mix well. Add soy sauce, black pepper and salt. Mix well. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings.

Chicken Minestrone Soup with Garlic Toast Serves 2. What you need: For the soup: 1/2 cup cooked, diced chicken 1/2 small onion, chopped 1/2 carrot, chopped 1 cup chopped cabbage 1/2 cup tomato purée 1/2 cup green peas 1 teaspoon butter 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 cup noodles salt and pepper For the toast: 4 slices of bread 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 1 crushed garlic clove oregano, salt and pepper to taste shredded mozzarella (optional) How to make it: For the soup, cook noodles and set aside. Heat butter in a large pot. Sauté onion, carrots, peas and cooked chicken. Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add cabbage, tomato purée, cooked noodles, seasonings and bring to a boil. Simmer for another 5 minutes and serve. For the toast, mix butter, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Spread mixture evenly on bread slices. Add cheese. Toast in toaster oven for no more than 5 to 7 minutes.


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public transit) is not going to happen. No, I don’t think so. It won’t happen to me. No, no, no, no." Derocchis’s comments came the same day Queen’s Park announced Jan. 10 that York Region’s public transit system is getting a $15.3 million boost this year from the provincial gas tax. Better transit is not only a convenience for riders but helps improve the region’s economy, Newmarket-Aurora MPP Chris Ballard said at a press conference at the Newmarket Transit Garage on Yonge Street south of Green Lane in East Gwillimbury. Municipalities across Ontario have received $3.8 billion in gas tax funding since 2004, including $334 million this year. "York Region and York Region Transit will be able to use this funding to make critical improvements to our local transit network," Ballard said.

"In the past, municipalities have used gas tax funding to upgrade transit infrastructure, increase accessibility, purchase transit vehicles, add more routes and extend hours of service." Although the region’s transit improvement to-do list is long and the gas tax funding represents less than 1 per cent of this year’s $197,221 million transit operating budget, regional chair Wayne Emmerson stressed the funding is not drop in the bucket. "We appreciate every dollar we get from the province and the feds and we need more for us to enhance our transit system," he said. The funding will cover some of the costs of operating the YRT Viva Transit system, which is expanding. Currently, the system provides about 140 transit routes served by 396 conventional buses and 123 Viva rapid transit buses, Emmerson said.

The region is also phasing in new services such as dial-a-ride in rural areas and more frequent bus service, adopting new fare incentives, modernizing facilities and introducing technological advancements, he added. Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen and East Gwillimbury Mayor Virginia Hackson praised the gas tax funding. The money will help enhance and expand transit, reduce congestion, shorten commute times and help commuters reach their destinations quicker, Van Bynen said. Better transit is needed to accommodate growth, Hackson said. The region’s population of 1.1 million will increase to 1.8 million by 2041, while East Gwillimbury will grow by 125,000 by 2051. "The more options our residents have to leave their car at home, the better it is for our communities and the environment," Hackson said.

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