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The meat counter guys have big plans for you this week, with the emphasis on ‘Surf’! We’ll start with Ahi Tuna. While costly, it is the premium product to have: Featured at $24.95/lb. (about our cost once trimmed), and Charlie assures me that it’s a winner on the plate. Second item will be Colossal Tiger Shrimps (almost lobster-like). You’d best grill these!

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Markham passed its 2014 budget and that means your wallet will be taking a hit. This year’s 2.49-per-cent tax increase amounts to about $26.72 for the average home in Markham, assessed at about $521,000. This year’s tax increase includes a boost in the city’s winter maintenance program as well as replenishing the city’s reserves used to pay for tree replanting after the December 2013 ice storm. Although this is an election year, the tax rate increase is what’s good for the city, Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. In fact, council could have ignored staff recommendations to include more funds for winter maintenance and ice storm recovery cost and could have approved a 1.9-per-cent tax rate increase, he added. “There are some political organizations who will tailor their budget in an election year to make themselves look good,” the mayor said. “We could have said let the next council deal with the increase. We’re not afraid to deal with these issues during an election year. We didn’t take the political route. This budget is appropriate for the needs of our community.” The city also had years of 0-per-cent increases, even during non-election years, he added. Markham has one of the lowest tax rate increases over the last six years, where Markham’s total tax rate increase amounts to about 5.49 per cent, compared to 14.04 per cent in Richmond Hill, 17.39 in Vaughan and 33.1 per cent in Mississauga. “I’ve heard it said, ‘It’s easy to keep Markham taxes low because the city is always growing,” Mr. Scarpitti said. “I appreciate that every municipality is unique. But this speaks volumes about our efficiency.” This year’s budget includes future staff for the Cornell fire station, Pan Am Centre, southeast community centre and Markham’s sport park. “This is done so when the facility open taxpayers are not taking a big in on taxes,” Mr. Landon said. “This also provides for a smooth transition when the facility opens as well.”

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THE BIRDS! IT’S ALL ABOUT

Just so you know, my three young entrepreneurs, with a touch of ‘Mother Bear coaching’ were able to raise the very grand total of $773.00 for the SickKids Foundation. I hope that this is the start of many more projects where we might be able to lend a hand. Congrats boys!

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Next, we’ll be making Lobster Bisque. This is what you’ll need to raise the culinary ante at the table. We make this using lobster of course, celery and carrots. It serves two easily with a bit of leftover.

Featured this week at $7.95/container.

Moving on, we’ll be making our Salmon Oscar as we always do for the occasion. We use our salmon, fresh asparagus, baby shrimp and hollandaise. This is a nice classic presentation and it’s delicious too!

Featured this week at $4.99/100g.

Additionally, we’ll be making a few special items for Valentine’s Day dinner and they will be available Thursday and Friday. Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops. We use our bacon to wrap large sea scallops and delicately cook them. They can be served either warm or at room temperature.

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Beef Wellingtons. We use our nicely marbled filet mignons which have been pre-grilled, top them with a brandy duxelles and ‘enrobe’ them in our puff pastry. They come ready-to-roast, with directions of course.

Featured at $6.95/100g.

Salmon Wellingtons. We use our Jail Island salmon for this, with a beurre-blanc sauce, also ‘enrobed’ with our puff pastry, ready-to-bake, and also with instructions.

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Crab Cakes. This is Doreen’s recipe for crab cakes. They are fully cooked when you get them; you’ll just need to warm them and ‘voila’; the Maryland seacoast at its best! They are a nice size.

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Stamkos still role model I would like to start by saying I am very disappointed Steven Stamkos will not be playing for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics. I have had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions over the years when I was playing hockey, before I had an injury that has ended my hockey-playing days. Like many other young hockey players and fans, we admire him for his outstanding play and scoring ability, but I admire him for more than just his hockey play. I admire him for his dedication and work ethic to be the best he can be and you can’t ask for anything more from a person. I know he is very disappointed the doctors didn’t clear him to play, but he shouldn’t be disappointed in the effort he made to come back from his injury, because I know how hard it can be to recover from a big injury. I know he did everything possible to recover from his leg injury. He is a great role model for not only hockey players and athletes; he is a great role model for people in general because of his work ethic and determination. Even though I have not talked to Steven Stamkos about who instilled his exceptional character qualities, I can make an educa-

Steven Stamkos is recovering from a broken leg. tioned guess it was his parents, coaches and teachers with whom he has come in contact over the years, along with a former NHL player Gary Roberts. I am a student at the high school Steven Stamkos attended and can tell you I have had the pleasure to be taught and encouraged on and off the ice, plus in the classroom by two coaches and teachers who Steven Stamkos had when he attended the school — Mr. Turner and Mr. Titanic. Both of them are exceptional teachers and coaches, which I know helped make Steven Stamkos, along with his parents, the person he is today; a role model for his outstanding work ethic and determination, along with being a world-class hockey player.

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York Regional Police want to speak with anyone who may have witnessed a fatal crash Monday in Markham. At about 3:30 p.m., a three-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of York Durham Town Line and 14th Avenue. According to police, a black Dodge pickup truck, driven by an 81-year-old Brooklin man, was traveling north on York Durham.

When the driver tried to make a left on to 14th Avenue, the truck struck a silver Mazda 3 traveling south, which was driven by a 53-year-old Ajax man. The momentum of the crash caused the Mazda 3 to hit a blue Mazda 3 that was waiting to turn left on to York Durham Line. The driver of the silver Mazda suffered life-threatening injuries and died in hospital.

The driver of the blue Mazda, a 57-yearold Pickering man, was treated for minor injuries while the pickup truck driver refused treatment for minor injuries at the scene. If you have information, call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip 1800222tips.com or text YORK and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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Jennifer Pan is seen carrying incense at her mother’s funeral. She faces firstdegree murder and attempted murder charges in connection to the 2010 homicide.

Before police charged Ms Pan and her co-accused, the force called the incident a random attack and referred to Ms Pan as a key witness who was tied up by the invaders. Ms Pan was seen sobbing by her father’s bedside and was also pictured

holding incense, head bowed, at her mother’s funeral. If found guilty, Ms Pan, along with co-accused Eric Carty, Lenford Crawford, David Mylvaganam and Daniel Wong, face life in prison. All accused have pleaded not guilty

York man accused of defrauding his ethnic community: Police An Aurora man has been charged after police said he defrauded a number of people from his own ethnic community, including friends and family, by opening bogus law offices, faking legal credentials and taking on cases without any hope of working on them. York Regional Police say he took around $100,000 in retainers from clients and a further $150,000 from a Honda dealership, where he illegally gained access to four vehicles. After quitting his job at one law firm in Richmond Hill in late 2013, he approached a Richmond Hill lawyer who agreed to allow him to open a satellite office under the existing name. “He seemed like the ultimate businessman to these people,” Det.-Const. Ian Mason said. Once the storefront was opened at Yonge Street and Elgin Mills Road, he accepted cases ranging from divorce to civil and from immigration to criminal. The only problem was that he was not a lawyer, but a scam

artist, police said, with a long list of fraud-related convictions. Meanwhile, police were looking into his activities at his former employer, where he was employed as a legal assistant, despite not having qualifications. Police said his actions at that law firm were illegal, including, police said, placing a $6,000 cheque into his own account. “We may have never caught him if it hadn’t been for the dogged pursuit of this money by a bookkeeper at the firm,” he said. Once investigators gained a warrant to his bank account, they began to notice a number of large retainers being paid into the same account and became suspicious. The Tanzanian native, known as “Jay”, was arrested Feb. 4 and has been charged with fraud over $5,000, forgery and uttering forged documents. If you are a victim contact, the York Regional Police major fraud unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6612 or 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Parent-teacher interviews to continue at York Region schools BY CHRIS TRABER

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While many Toronto and GTA elementary schools this week announced cancellation of traditional parent-teacher interviews for February report cards, the dilemma does not impact the two York Region boards, spokespersons said. Schools in Toronto, Mississauga and Peel will forgo the interviews because there is no professional development day to schedule them. The York Region District and York Catholic District School boards, like their GTA counterparts, schedule parent-teacher interviews after the first elementary report cards go out in the fall. Unlike many other schools, our regional boards only schedule interviews once yearly, in

November. In the Toronto public and Catholic boards, parent-teacher interviews for the second winter report are typically held on a Thursday night and the following Friday morning — a professional activity day. Teachers are then given Friday afternoon off in lieu of working the night before. But this school year, teachers in many Ontario school boards are being forced to take an unpaid day off before March break, their second of two unpaid days this school year, something agreed to in their contract to fund salary grid increases for younger teachers. Scrubbing the interviews doesn’t apply to York’s Catholic board, spokesperson Julia Seeratan said. “We haven’t cancelled any

scheduled parent-teacher interviews,” she said. “It has always been our practice to hold parent-teacher interviews in November (only), following elementary school students’ progress reports going home. “Our schools provide ongoing support and communications to parents throughout the year and interviews can be set up at any time, by request.”

Toronto Catholic board chairperson Jo-Ann Davis said trustees have asked that a letter be sent to the Ministry of Education about the impact of the loss of the two professional development days. She said she’s been assured by the ministry that next year, the professional activity days will be restored. “This is something that’s of concern, and we want to let parents understand that teachers are there to support students, and if parents have concerns around their child’s success or well-being in the classroom, we want them to know teachers are there for the students.” Education Ministry spokesperson Mike Semansky said scheduling of parent-teacher interviews is a

interviews encouraged The same holds true for York’s public board, spokesperson Lucinio Miguelo said. “We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education and contact their teachers,” he said, adding parents can make appointments with educators during school hours.

board policy decision. The Toronto District School Board says schools may plan interview nights, but it will vary across the city. Last month, it sent a note to all schools saying that without the professional development day, they “will need to find some common time frames so that parents can have some options for conferences with teachers … with a focus on meeting community (parent needs).” In November, the Toronto Catholic board sent out a letter warning parents that “formal” parent-teacher interviews would be held that month only, and blamed the provincial Putting Students First Act, “which imposed several conditions including the reduction of paid professional activity days.”

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The region is looking at outsourcing its Mobility Plus eligibility panel to help deal with backlogs. But that has Markham’s accessibility advisory committee calling for a made-in-York Region solution, a concept backed by the city. Anyone who applies for Mobility Plus services and is denied, has the right to appeal the decision. Outsourcing the appeal process is unCanadian, Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor Jack Health said during a city committee. “Farming out government decisions to a private company greatly offends me,” he said. Police enforce the law through the Criminal Code and decisions are applied through the court system, he added. “It all goes back to the taxpayer, not a private company. We provide transportation through YRT and Mobility Plus, we should make the decision on who is eligible.” There are boards already in place to deal with local disputes, he added. “We have models set up here,” he said. “We could take a similar approach to something like a committee of adjustment.” The region is seeing an increase in denied applications. In 2012, more than 180 applications were denied, compared to more than 450 denied applications in 2013. There has also been an increase in appeals,

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Markham rebuffs region’s outsourcing plan from two in 2012 to more than 40 appeals last year. According to study reports, done by the region, one of the reasons for the increase in appeals is new Mobility Plus brochures that include appeal process information. To help deal with the increased number of appeals, the region is looking to outsource the appeal process as a pilot project to private health firm, Medisys Health Group in Toronto. The new appeal panel will consist of three members and would cost about $2,100 a day, plus mileage and expenses. The existing Mobility Plus panel consists of three York Region residents, one from the medical community and two who are familiar with the disability community, as well as a member from the region’s legal department, clerks office, an assessment health nurse and a staff member form Mobility Plus. But Markham’s accessibility advisory committee wants a more local and less expensive solution. One suggestion is to establish local-level panels through the municipality’s accessibility committee, said Councillor Don Hamilton, who sits on the committee. “A local panel, with local people, would help speed up the process,” he said. Markham council approved yesterday recommendations for a local solution. However, the region’s accessibility advisory committee is expected to review the issue at its Feb. 19 meeting.

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(FROM STEELES AVENUE TO OLD KENNEDY ROAD) MUNICIPAL CLASS ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT (SCHEDULE C) NOTICE OF STUDY COMMENCEMENT Study Overview: The City of Markham together with the Milliken Main Street Landowners Group Inc. has initiated a Schedule “C” Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for the extension of Midland Avenue north of Steeles Avenue to Old Kennedy Road, in the City of Markham (refer to Study Area Map). The main objective of this Class EA study is to identify the preferred alignment of this road to satisfy technical analyses and functional design. Under the current Secondary Plan, OPA 144, as amended, Section 8.1.4, “Extension of Midland Avenue north of Steeles Avenue to Old Kennedy Road – minor collector road with a maximum 23 meter right-of way. The minor collector road will intersect with Old Kennedy Road at a point approximately midway between Steeles Avenue and Aldergrove Drive. Detailed design will be defined through an Environmental Assessment to be undertaken by the City, other required studies and implementing development approvals.” The Process: This study is being carried out in accordance with Schedule “C” of the Municipal EngineersAssociation Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, October 2000, as amended in 2007 & 2011, in compliance with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. This process includes identifying the environmental effects of the planned activities, and developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternative solutions, and identification of measures to mitigate any adverse environmental impacts. The Class EA process will provide members of the public, agencies, and interest groups with opportunities for input at key stages of this study. Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) documenting the Class EA process will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and will be available for public review for a period of 30 calendar days. Public and Agency Consultation: Consultation will be an integral component of this project and members of the public and review agencies are invited to provide input into the overall planning of this project. As part of the study two (2) Public Information Centres (PICs) are planned and separate notices will be issued prior to each of these events. While these are formal public events, the project team will be available at any point over the course of the study to discuss any issues that agencies, stakeholders and the public may have. Comments: The City wishes to ensure that anyone with an interest in this study has the opportunity to get involved and provide input before any decisions are made on the preferred concept for the road extension/improvements. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. To provide your comments or to request additional information concerning this project or wish to be added to the study mailing list, please contact any of the following project team members: Binu Korah, MBA, P. Eng. City of Markham 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario L3R 9W3 Tel: (905) 477-7000 ext. 2849 Fax: (905) 479-7773 E-mail: bkorah@markham.ca

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was an independent, motivated student, so my parents never felt the need to watch over me to make sure my school work was done. They trusted that I knew what I was doing and left me alone. I understand that not every student is motivated or eager to do well. Parents often ask my advice about how much intervention is appropriate and where or how to draw the line when it comes to helping with school work. My answer is not the same for everyone. I take several things into account before responding. First, I want to know the age of the child and his or her academic history. Has there been a diagnosis of a learning disability, for example? Is the child generally organized Sara Dimerman and motivated, but then suddenly sloppy and uninterested? Have the parents set a pattern that is hard to change? If parents always sit with their children to do homework and even give them answers to more difficult questions, then it will be hard to go from 100 per cent involvement to none. I also want to know about what is going on at home. Are there any family dynamics that may be affecting the child’s ability to focus? My core belief, under normal circumstances, is that it’s best for parents to stay within reach, but not on top of their children. In other words, be on hand whenever your children ask for homework support, but if you are working harder and are more worried than they are about end results, then there’s something wrong with this picture. I have spoken to many parents who have become resentful over time as a result of dropping their own work to be available to their child right away, only to feel they are doing the lion’s share of the work. For example, a child may leave the room to watch TV or may stay but begin texting friends while a parent pores over a chapter in the textbook looking for the answer to a question her child has been unable to find on her own. It’s no wonder that a parent resents doing the work, while a child does something leisurely. Other parents have shared their hurt or anger because their child is rude or disrespectful after asking for help. This may be in the form of eye rolling or comment such as “we didn’t learn it that way” or even worse, “you’re stupid!” When a parent shares that she is being treated this way, I ask what she thinks a co-worker or employee might do when spoken to in this manner. The answer is usually “she would quit”. “Exactly,” I say, “and you can quit, too!” Not meanly or abruptly, but as a consequence for the child’s behaviour. It’s best for a parent to create boundaries. They can say: “when you ask for my help, I need you to remain in the room — either attending to what I am reading or doing other homework. I also need you to ask for my help with enough notice and not late in the evening. If you call me names or yell at me, I will put the work aside and you will need to do it on your own.” Thornhill’s Sara Dimerman is a psychologist, author and mom to two daughters. For more advice, visit www.helpmesara.com or on Twitter @ helpmesara


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We Weathered the Storm Together PowerStream is your community-owned energy company. The majority of our employees live right here in the communities we serve. Not only are they customers of PowerStream but so are members of their families, close friends, neighbours across the street or acquaintances they met through being involved in the community. As part of your community, our employees fully understand how important it is to deliver safe and reliable power to you, and OUR community, regardless of the circumstances. When the ice storm at the end of 2013 caused more than 92,000 of our customers to lose their power at the start of the holidays, restoring service as quickly as possible became more than just being important, it was personal. We immediately responded to the crisis and worked as hard as we could to get the job done under very difficult conditions. At PowerStream, we know that the electricity we deliver is essential in supporting our customers’ quality of life. Without it, customers affected by the ice storm had no heat or lighting and were not able to power up other important household appliances such as refrigerators and stoves. It created a situation which demanded us to work 24/7 over several days so that all our customers who lost their service could once again enjoy their quality of life powered by electricity. Jim Cole, Lines, Markham resident

Being part of your community is one of the reasons why we are committed to delivering reliable power to you. Your community is our community. Together, working and communicating with you, our customers, we will further improve our outage communication and restoration systems in the future, especially when extreme weather causes widespread power outages. Ena Sethi, Customer Service, Markham resident

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Feb. 14 JANE MONHEIT AT FLATO

Jane Monheit performs at Flato Markham Theatre for her ‘A Sweetheart of a Valentine’s Concert’. Monheit burst onto the jazz scene in the late 1990s and was proclaimed by critics as the new girl singer. The all-ages show will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $64 for regular seats and $69 for prime seats. For more, e-mail wwoof-severn@markham.ca LEND YOUR LOVE GALA

Lend Your Love is an annual charity gala that takes place on Valentine’s Day; hosted by Memory Box Events. It aims to educate and inspire the community to become active participants in making a change. Lend Your Love 2014 gala will support Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl charity. It will be held at The Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Rd., Markham., in the transportation hall. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes: a four-course dinner, raffle prizes, entertainment and more. 100 per cent of proceeds will be donated to charity. For ticket prices and more, visit memoryboxevents.ca/lendyourlove

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Kindred Spirits Orchestra will be joined by renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch for a concert of passion and romance. Melodies from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Brahm’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 at the Flato Markham Theatre at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 905-3057469 or visit KSOrchestra.ca

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The Kindred Spirits Orchestra will be joined by renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch for a concert of passion and romance. Melodies from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Brahm’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 will be performed at the Flato Markham Theatre at 8 p.m. To book tickets and for more information, please call the theatre box office at 905-305-7469 or visit KSOrchestra.ca

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Hosted by the Markham Museum, all are invited to enjoy pony rides, snowshoeing, snowman building, assorted activities and

Location: Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main Street crafts, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum is at 9350 Markham Rd., and food will be available Unionville, noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $3 per at the event. Tickets are $3 per person, chil- family. dren under 2 free. For more, visit markhammuseum.ca or call 905-294-4576. 4Winterfest at Markham Museum. Experience the joy of winter with your family. Enjoy pony rides, snowshoeing, building snowmen, Family Day fun activities, crafts and great food. Location: Markham Museum, 9350 Markham 4Celebrate Family Day on ice with two- Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $3 per person time Olympic medalist Geraldine Heaney at (children under 2 are free). Markham Civic Centre 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Milliken Mills Community Centre 1 to 4 p.m. For more info, visit rbc.com/familyday FREE INTERMEDIATE GUITAR LESSONS The Centre for Immigrant and Community Services hosts free guitar lessons for interily-oriented programs and activities (regular mediate guitar learners. To register students must be newcomer youths between 13 to admission fees apply): • Angus Glen Community Centre, 3990 24 years old. Classes held at 5284 Hwy. 7 E, Unit 2, Markham, and run from 4:30 to 6 Major Mackenzie Drive East • Centennial Community Centre, 8600 p.m. To register call 905-294-8868 or visit cicscanada.com McCowan Road Cornell Community Centre, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue JUMP START ENGLISH • Crosby Community Centre, 210 Main The Centre for Immigrant and Community Street Unionville • Milliken Mills Community Centre, 7600 Services hosts free afternoon English classes for newcomer youth ages 13 to 17. Classes Kennedy Road • Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview held every Monday from Jan. 27 to Mar. 24, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Learn english, practice speakAvenue ing, writing, and reading skills - while having 4Experience and be part of a commu- fun at the same time! For more, call 905-294nity storytelling project. Share your memories 8868 or e-mail yanyi.chan@cicscanada.com and complete a postcard for our community display!

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Shrek the Musical is coming to Flato! The highly acclaimed Broadway play is based on the smash-hit movie. It features 17 all-new songs, unforgettable characters and humour. The show is ogre-sized fun for the whole family! For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 905-305-7469.

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The Markham Horticultural Society will host their annual Pot Luck Dinner at the Markham Village Community Centre. Membership registration starts at 6 p.m., followed by the Pot Luck at 6:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m. speaker Donna Fenice will speak about ‘Gardens of Tuscany’. Fenice will take guests on a tour of the gardens in the Tuscany region of Italy. For more, call 905-294-4919.

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This is one book you can judge by its cover. STRIVE - Guide of Services for Youth in York Region and South Simcoe, launched Feb. 5, is a comprehensive listing of resources for youth who need help. Produced by the Workforce Planning Board of York Region and a number of community partners, the pocket size guide is the most extensive version of its predecessors, board project manager Tina Stevens said. The cover, a multi-hued original abstract by Cole Lockie, speaks volumes, she said. Mr. Lockie died from an accidental fentanyl overdose almost a year ago in Sutton. The 21-year old had struggled with addiction, his mother, Monica, said. She agreed to use her son’s art with the hope that families looking for services would know about and use the guide. “Had I had the resources in this guide life would have been much easier,” Ms Lockie said. “All the resources for the spectrum of youth at risk weren’t in one place.” Ms Stevens, friends with Ms Lockie through skate coaching, attended Cole’s celebration of life memorial. The young man’s art work was on display. One work in particular, a rising blue

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A former world badminton champion will be shuttling his way to Markham, Friday. Peter Gade, who held the ranking as the top men’s singles’ player from 1998 to 2001 and briefly in 2006, will give an exhibition of his skills with the racquet and shuttlecock at Markham District High School starting at 7 p.m. During his appearance, Gade will play several exhibition matches against members of the Canadian team. One of which is slated to be against current Canadian women’s singles’ champion and Markham native Michelle Li. In addition to displaying his competitive side, the native of Denmark will entertain those on hand by performing various trick shots. Gade’s presence in Markham was generated just recently as

part of the 2015 Pan-American Games’ Community Ignite Program. With Markham serving as host site for the badminton competition at 2015 Pan-Am Games, the Federation of Badminton Clubs was approached by Darryl Yung, chief executive officer of British Columbiabased ClearOne Badminton who is handling Gade’s exhibition tour to see if they would like to have him make an appearance. Philip Chow, a Markham resident who serves as Federation of Badminton Clubs president and Badminton Sport Chair for the 2015 Pan-American Games, anticipates a full house tomorrow. While Gade’s presence will generate plenty of attention from badminton aficionados, the game itself has grown exponentially through the years in Markham and neighbouring

towns, through the presence of numerous badminton clubs, both public and private. A number of tickets for the upcoming event have already been sold, said Chow. “We are expecting about 800 people to be at the event,” he said. “It should be a lot of fun.” Tickets for this event are $45 at the door or $35 through an early bird special by logging on to petergade.clearonebadminton.com Badminton Ontario affiliated clubs will receive a 15-percent discount if they purchase tickets in bulk of 20. Badminton Ontario Card Holder (2013/2014 A or B) are also eligible to receive a 15-percent discount. For group ticket purchases, contact Charles Chen at events@ federationbadminton.com Markham District High School is located at 89 Church St.

Paralympic skier aims to end career on high note in Sochi BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

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When Chris Williamson incurred a serious leg injury, resulting in a fractured his left tibial plateau while doing some downhill ski training in New Zealand last summer, he could have called his paralympic career quits right then and there. After all, the 41-yearold Markham resident, who is legally blind, had participated for Canada in the last three Paralympics and came away with three medals. One of which was a gold in his Paralympic debut at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. But with the 2014 Paralympics to be held in Sochi, the opportunity to ski for

Canada, for what he said will be one last time, was the elixir he required to get back on the slopes. Not to mention having a metal plate inserted in his leg. Performing weight bearing exercises just after Thanksgiving and progressing to working out in the gym the following month, Williamson recently made his return on the snowy hills earlier this month to train. About 2-1/2 weeks prior to the start of the Paralympics, Williamson said he will be in Europe to intensify his training. So far, he said everything is going smoothly. “I feel pretty good. It’ll be an interesting year for sure because it will be my

fourth and final Paralympics. “I’ve suffered a number of injuries in my career that I’ve come back from. If there wasn’t a World Cup or Paralympics being held this year, it would have been easier for me to say ‘That’s it’.” Scheduled to compete in two events in the visually impaired category in the grand slalom and slalom, March 13 and 15, Williamson feels confident he can be in the mix for another trip to the medal podium. Especially since he won a gold medal on the same hill in a World Cup event held in Sochi last year in the slalom competition. “If I can win I know I will have earned it.”

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It’s a classic Canadian scene: a dusting of light snow swirled through the frigid afternoon air onto the massive sheet of pristine ice and skaters carving graceful arcs. The mid-winter setting would be worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting thanks to its stagers — volunteers with the Grandview Area Residents Association. The pastoral Thornhill location behind Henderson Avenue Public School on an ethereal woodlot, was the site of the association’s fundraising Family Skate on behalf of the school Sunday afternoon. While the pleasure skating and late day shinny, hot chocolate and hot dogs were free, people enjoying the glass-like ice were encouraged to give donations, ratepayer association chairperson Ricardo Mashregi said. Business was brisk at the ice pad described as a labour of love. The 150-foot by 90-foot all-purpose community rink is crafted, maintained, flooded and shovelled daily by a core of a half dozen volunteers and another 40 on call for days when the snow really flies, Mr. Mashregi said. Keeping the ice surface ready has been a trial this snow laden winter, he said. With the City of Markham’s permission, hoses and water supply, volunteers began the Grandview Park transformation in December. Instead of boards, the crew piled snow banks around the perimeter, an occasional bane for the hockey

players. “You’ll find a lot of pucks in the snow banks,” he said with a chortle. “You can get rich.” The rink has become a community gathering place since it was first created several seasons ago. The pleasure skaters and hockey players are very respectful of each other, he said. “They give each other space at both ends of the ice.” The aim of the rink is to encourage interaction among neighbours, to get to know each other, he said. At minimum, the rink surface requires two hours of attention daily. The ice is more than seven inches thick. He attributes the condition of the rink to volunteer and local resident Brian Forrester. “We’d be skating on thin ice without him,” quipped Mr. Mashregi. It’s not uncommon to find the devoted ice maker alone, late at night, broadcasting water in gentle sweeps. Mr. Forrester modestly admits he’s been one of the main caretakers of the frozen sheet. “I like it,” he said of his seven-year volunteer tenure. “It’s a Zen experience in the middle of the night, spraying and flooding. That’s fun. The shovelling, well, that’s hard work. But a place like this takes you back.” Neighbour Steven Lipman has assisted for a few years. “We walk the dogs here every day,” he said. “We work and the dogs play.” Volunteer Mary Walker was busy clearing

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get outside. It’s a lot of work keeping up with the snow. This year it’s been a killer. As skaters arrived, he smiled, suggesting they are what makes it all worthwhile. “It costs so much for kids and sports,” he said. “It’s nice to have a place that’s free.” Local residents and first-time visitors to the park, Reza and Shirin Sanajian arrived with their two toddlers. “This is their first introduction to skating,” Mr. Sanajian said. “We brought them as a motivation, to see if they like it or not.”


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