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Planned hike to bus fares frustrates Cheaper to get ride to school, students say BY L.H. TIFFANY HSIEH

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The proposed transit fare hike is not fair. That’s the sentiment of many students waiting for their bus outside St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham Thursday afternoon. “That’s too much,” said Grade 11 student Adrian Pinto. His student monthly pass will jump to $95 from $85 starting January, if regional council approves the increase Thursday. Adrian suggested that students using public transit during school hours should receive subsidy. Several other students from the school echoed similar thoughts and expressed dismay about the proposed fare hike. Many had one question in mind: “Why”? “They just had an increase after the strike,” said Makenzie Sally. “Why are they doing this?” “I don’t think it’s fair,” friend Veronica Rondinone added. Both said it would be cheaper if their parents gave them rides instead. But for Diana Searles, getting rides from her parents isn’t an option as both of them work, she said. “I don’t have a job yet. I’m pretty much stuck with paying the higher fare,” she said. “It’s hard when you are trying to save money between See STUDENT, page 3.

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Sports, extracurriculars in doubt Teacher protests, high participation fees create tough situation for students wanting more out of school BY KIM ZARZOUR & MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

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A combination of teacher protests and new fees may be putting

high school sports and extracurricular activities at risk for students in Markham and across York Region. Protests outside Thornhill and Maple high schools Thursday and yesterday could be just the begin-

ning of a bigger backlash following teachers’ cancellation of extra-curricular activities. Students at Stephen Lewis Secondary School walked out of class Thursday after learning they would

have no sports teams this year. Maple High students followed suit yesterday. Teacher unions are urging their members to withdraw from volunSee SPORTS, page 3.

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Yashvini (centre left) and sister Bharradhi Mathivasan get encouragement to sing a song from Alan Bell of the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation (from left), Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, their dad, Mathi Seenivasagam, and Councillor Logan Kanapathi. They helped launch Help for Love, a 48-hour fundraising musical event at the Markham Civic Centre and the Flato Markham Theatre later this month, by the Bavatharani’s Ever Giving Foundation to benefit the Markham Stouffville Hospital. See story, page 2.

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‘Everyone can give something. You are never too young to start or too old to stop giving to your community.’ ect expansion that includes an expanded emergency room, enhanced mental health unit and programs and eight new surgical rooms. “We always think it’s easy to get involved,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. “But you add linguistic and cultural challenges along with moving to a new country and it’s not so easy. But these youth are doing their part to make a difference in the Tamil community and in the Markham community.” The first Hope for Love in 2008 was 24 hours and raised more $39,000 for the Rouge Valley Heath System Foundation and another $15,000 for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit helpforlove.org

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tary activities to protest the province’s controversial new law that freezes wages and circumvents normal collective bargaining. Jesse Levy, 17, said she and other students arrived at Stephen Lewis Secondary School Thursday morning to see the athletic association’s bulletin board covered with notices for various teams with a message from teachers: “We regret to inform you there will be no team this year”. Teachers told them not just sports, but other activities, too, would be cancelled including field trips and talent shows, and there would be no more extra help at lunch or after school, Ms Levy said. “This is going to affect every single student,” she said. Word spread through text and Tweets and by noon Thursday, most students were chanting outside the school. Students from Richmond Green High School started a Facebook page calling on all York Region students to wear team uniforms, articles of clothing from clubs or councils, or athletic wear and gym uniforms to school this Wednesday “to show how important these extra-curricular activities are to us students and to say that the reactions to this act are not putting students first”. Licinio Miguelo, spokesperson for the York Region public school board, said he wasn’t aware of how many activities had been cancelled. “Extracurricular activities are voluntary. They always have been,” he said. “I understand some have made the decision not to take part, which is their right to do so .... It is an individual choice and it could change tomorrow.” Ms Levy said teachers told her Stephen Lewis was just the first school to experience a withdrawal of extracurriculars but others are expected to follow. Meanwhile, other parents were learning this past week that, if school sports were still happening, they were coming at a price. Bruce Girdler received shocking news when he learned it would cost his daughter, a Grade 9 student, $500 to play for the Markham District High School junior girls’ basketball team this season. If she wanted to play for the school volleyball team later this year, it would cost another $300. Provincewide, schools are feeling

lunches and whatnot.” Current cash fare for all York Region Transit riders is $3.50. In the hopes of lessening tax-dollar impact and improving the costrecovery ratio for the transit service, the proposed fare hike asks for a 25-cent increase for the cash fare to $3.75 and 20-cent increase for tickets. In addition, 41 bus routes have been identified for restructuring and service adjustment and eight GO shuttles and high school special routes are being recommended for cancellation. While a student pass will go up to $95 from $85, a senior/child pass will jump to $59 from $50 and adult pass to $125 from $115. The average increase is about 7 per cent across the board. However, the proposed student and senior pricing will jump as much as 18 per cent, because these two categories didn’t see an increase in 2007 and 2008 while the adult fare did. All fares increased in 2009, but none changed in 2010 and 2011. The current fare increase that went into effect earlier this year was approved two months prior to the start of the lengthy transit strike last fall. While the YRT boss couldn’t say whether or not the fare increase would be contemplated at this time if the strike didn’t take place, Richard Leary said the two issues are separate. That being said, he said their expected incremental ridership growth is about a year behind due to the strike, despite a two-month poststrike offer of free rides. YRT’s projected ridership for the year is 21 million rides. If there were no strike, the projection was supposed to hit 22.5 million, which is now next year’s target. Mr. Leary said ridership will go up once rapid transit ways open, new residents move in and transit network and route services are expanded. In the meantime, York taxpayers are paying 64 per cent of transit costs this year, even though fare revenue for YRT and Viva has risen steadily for the past five years. “We do heavily subsidize transit today,” Mr. Leary said. “You need to recognize that everything is going up. It’s necessary.”

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Students from St. Brother Andre CHS get on the York Region Transit bus in front of their school. It’s been an eventful week for students in York Region as they returned to class. Many schools have cancelled sports and extracurricular activities under a teacher protest against the provincial government. Other students have learned the cost of taking part in schools sports has climbed dramatically thanks to new regulations, with many teams folding. Now the students face a YRT fare hike that could be approved this week. the pressure following Ontario education ministry guidelines on supplementary fees, released last spring that curtailed extra fees for supplies or materials for in-school studies, forcing schools to implement user fees for varsity sports teams to offset costs, such as transportation and the hiring of game officials. York Region Athletic Association athletic co-ordinator Steve Shantz said the change has had a greater impact on the public board. User fees vary depending on how each school board allocates funding for extracurricular activities, including sports and music. “Depending on the school, the majority or all of the funding is taken away from sports. If you want to play, you’ve got to pay,” Shantz said in summing up the bleak situation. “We’re talking about massive increases in user fees as compared to what youngsters were paying in the past.” For the upcoming YRAA fall campaign, that includes sports such as football, boys’ soccer, cricket, volleyball, girls’ basketball and field hockey and co-ed cross country. Shantz said there could be as many as 29 fewer

senior and junior boys’ and girls’ varsity teams. “If you have kids who play multiple sports, that could add up to a big chunk of change,” Shantz said. “We could be pricing some kids out because of their inability to pay.” In fact it already has. Richmond Hill High School announced several varsity sports, traditionally offered during fall, will not run, including its junior and senior football teams, boys’ soccer and cricket and one girls’ basketball team. In the case of boys’ soccer, 80 students attended the first day of practice. But when their coach informed them a $200 user fee had to be levied, only 12 said they could afford to play this year. Shortfalls could be addressed through school fundraising, but critics may argue that will lead to inequities between affluent and disadvantaged communities. “Now, I might be able to pay for one or maybe two teams, but there aren’t many people, I imagine, in the same boat,” Mr. Girdler pointed out. “How many schools will have clientele that will not be so

fortunate?” York Region District School Board’s spokesperson Christina Choo-Hum acknowledged public secondary schools face a challenging situation. “It’s hard,” she said. “We don’t want to reduce funding. But it’s happening across Ontario and in many different ways. “We (York Region public board) only have so much funding available and we have to support mandatory costs to get students to graduate,” she said, adding the board encourages schools to find creative solutions so students can participate in extra-curricular activities. “We have partial subsidies, but not the amount that it used to be,” Ms Choo-Hum said. “The alternatives could come from sponsorship or fundraising. People have to be resourceful. Every school is different.” Meanwhile, though, parents and students were still holding their breath wondering whether the teacher boycott of sports and extracurriculars would spread to other schools this coming week, making the cost of taking part a moot point.

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dodging ham-fisted drivers and cars. Your reporter asked GO to comment and they “tonguein-cheek” said their surveys say people are satisfied. Maybe the question should have been, are you happy with the parking lot? You may have received a different answer. Solutions or recommendations to the chaos by both your newspaper and the GO people would be appreciated. I have several times offered design solutions to GO. They continue to attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear by only adding more spaces and not addressing the root cause of the chaos – the entrances and exits. This is similar to both Markham and York Region’s approach to the traffic on local roadways as they stuff more houses into every plausible space and ignore the effect of more vehicles on the streets.

Don’t leave mayor to assume arena deal OK I am wondering, at a time when Premier Dalton McGuinty is trying to freeze the wages of teachers, doctors and government employees, why our mayor is willing to gamble hundreds of millions of dollars on an arena. If the mayor’s payment plan should fail, will it fall on the backs of the taxpayers? We know publicly funded facilities have been tried before and failed. The cost of this arena is $325 million, of which the city of Markham is responsible for half the cost. The infrastructure and parking are estimated to be another $500 million. And don’t forget the interest on the loan. Then according to a recent article, another $750 million to $1 billion is required for an NHL franchise. Who will pay that? On markhamvillagecity. com, residents can sign a petition requesting that this arena be privately built and owned. If residents don’t sign the petition, the mayor is assuming taxpayers agree with his plan for the arena. I urge residents to read about the issues and then to voice their opinions. Write to all the councillors to make them aware of your position and attend the meetings at city council regarding the arena. I have attended enough meetings to know the mayor believes this arena would be very good for the city of Markham. What I don’t understand is why the mayor is so passionate about the city owning this arena as opposed to it being privately owned. If it is such a great idea, why wouldn’t businesses be vying for the opportunity to build it?

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Take steps for cyclists, pedestrians to co-exist per cent privately funded. Yes, the media usually sensationalize stories, but it is their duty to make sure they research a subject before printing it for all to see. BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications paid $1.3 billion for 75 per cent of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. MLSE has two home teams (Leafs and Raptors with 41 home games each). The Air Canada Centre hosts around 50 other events a year, but the profit is mostly from the sports events according to experts in the business. We know there are big corporations out there who can easily fund $325 million, if they feel it will be a profitable business. We have seen only the reports of the GTA Sports & Entertainment team. Why does the city not have its own independent consultants giving us a full report about traffic and parking issues? How much does Markham have to spend on additional infrastructure and parking? Also, are there any other studies by an independent consultant regarding the viability of the arena with just more than 100 events without an NHL team? Insiders believe that with-

out a team, they need to host at least 200 events. The biggest question for many people is how is the arena going to benefit the common people? Parking and seats will be too expensive and congestion will be horrendous. Most of the visitors will not take transit to come to a suburban event without a subway in place. Many residents in Markham are professionals and welleducated people who understand very well the ramifications of this deal. Markhamites were called “docile” by the Toronto Star, but we are not naive. Property values may not go up, when they hear about the future gridlock. Some residents already indicate they will move away from Markham Centre when the arena will be built. I ask city council to consider getting every resident involved in the decision-making before voting “yes” to the proposed arena. Ask all taxpayers whether they would like Markham to start a debt to pay for this arena.

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There is an alternative to GO station dash Re: GO riders dash to beat chaos in parking lot, Sept. 8. I was disappointed your article on the sprinters at Unionville GO station failed to mention an alternative available to people who commute downtown on the GO train and don’t like the parking situation.   YRT offers the 202 bus that is a shuttle to the GO station in the morning and it picks passengers up at the GO station in the evening.  At 75 cents a ride, it’s a small price to pay to avoid the aggravation of parking at the GO station. I no longer drive to the GO station and use the 202.  

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Time to exit GO chaos Re: GO riders dash to beat chaos in parking lot, Sept. 8. While your article was descriptive in nature, it did not offer any solutions to the chaos and potentially dangerous situations. Winter and darkness are coming with cars zooming frantically out and pedestrians

Re: Sidewalks for walking, letter to the editor, Sept. 8. Like Linda Bradley, I, too, have had cyclists come up behind me on the sidewalk, narrowly missing an accident on some occasions. However, I do not agree they should be completely banned from sidewalks. Having driven along Hwy. 7, there are sometimes cyclists driving along the road, causing concern for their safety on such a busy street. At the same time, I have noticed the sidewalk is completely empty for as far as the eye can see. In the interests of everyone’s safety, cyclists should be allowed to use the sidewalk where there is no pedestrian traffic, but if they see a pedestrian in their path, they should be required to stop, get off their bikes and walk them past the pedestrian. It seems like a pretty simple solution for all. Bicycles should also have licence plates so a pedestrian has recourse if the cyclist is not operating the bike responsibly.

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proper planned road system this could be a planning disaster.” This extension is not a direct result of the proposed GTA Centre, Ward 2 Councillor Howard Shore said. “This will happen with or without the (GTA) centre,” he said. “Many are tacking on these extensive improvements and everything else to the GTA Centre.” The Warden to Birchmount extension has an estimated cost of $9 million. But building more roads is not the solution to the congestion problem, Ward 1 Councillor Valerie Burke said. Instead, the city’s focus should be on transit. “That money is not well spent,” she said. “Small road projects are put on hold because there are no funds. We talk about transit, we say we believe in it. Then we come across something like this. We need to take a serious look at the direction of this council.” Staff also plan to compare the need for the Miller extension if Enterprise Boulevard is sufficient. “Extending Enterprise (Boulevard) is less technical and more political,” Markham engineering director Alan Brown said. That begs the question if both are needed, Regional Councillor Jim Jones said. The Miller environmental assessment, which will include realignment between Woodbine and Rodick and extension between Warden and Kennedy, is expected to be complete and filed with the provincial environmental ministry by February. Staff will bring another report back to development services committee Oct. 23 with more details about how the Miller extension will play a part in the overall Markham Live road network.

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Teen over the moon about Over the Rainbow “I kept telling myself, ‘This only comes once in a lifetime’. I thought, ‘Don’t freak yourself out, but you can’t mess this up’” By Kim Zarzour

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Julia Gartha is a finalist in the CBC’s new reality TV Show, Over the Rainbow, which starts Sunday. She is competing for the chance to play Dorothy in the Canadian stage production of the Wizard of Oz.

Julia Gartha is one yellow brick further along on the road to Oz. The Unionville High School student has learned she is one of 10 young women selected to be part of the new reality TV show Over the Rainbow. Starting Sunday, she and the other hopefuls will compete for the right to play Dorothy Gale in the upcoming Canadian stage production of The Wizard of Oz. “It means the world to me. It feels like I still haven’t woken up,” Ms Gartha says between rehearsals in Toronto this week. The 17-year-old was among a short-list of performers invited to try out for Andrew Lloyd Webber at his home in Barbados. “I would never have imagined; I was just chilling in his living room,” she says. “It’s a gorgeous piece of land that overlooks the ocean. It’s a memory that will always be with me.” The Dorothy wannabes sang in groups and solos for Mr. Webber and choreographer Arlene Phillips, performing not on stage but in the Barbados home of the musical theatre impressario, something Ms Gartha still can’t believe. “It sounds pretty ridiculous, but

yeah, that’s how it went.” It was a nerve-wracking experience, she says, but deep breathing and self-talk helped. “I kept telling myself, ‘This only comes once in a lifetime’. I thought, ‘Don’t freak yourself out, but you can’t mess this up’.” She found out later that day she was one of the 10 winners, a group ranging in age from 16 to 21 from across the country. “I was ecstatic. Couldn’t stop smiling. My face actually started to hurt. I probably looked like a goof but I’ve never been so happy in my entire life.” The show airs on CBC Sunday. The first hour will reveal what’s happened so far — with the Dorothy Farm for 20 girls on call-back, which included Nobleton’s Sarah Forestieri — followed by live performances by the 10 hopefuls. “That will be pretty freaky. I’ll be singing for all Canada.” Canadian viewers will be asked to vote for their favourite, and on Mondays, the two contestants with the least votes will battle it out in a sing-off. The judges will save one and send one home. The musical, starring the winning Dorothy, opens at the Ed Mirvish Theatre this December. Mr. Lloyd Webber predicts the

nationwide search for a star will be a life-changing experience, and Ms Gartha agrees. With one more year to complete high school, theatre has been a big part of her life, performing in productions of Peter Pan, Willy Wonka, Cats and Fame as part of the Unionville Theatre Company. Her biggest inspiration, she says, is her older sister Isabelle who was born deaf in both ears and attends Alexander Mackenzie High School in Richmond Hill. Ms Gartha isn’t sure what’s got her this far, but she has been told she has a knack for connecting to the lyrics in a song. “It’s my job to make the audience feel something,” and she does so by trying to “emote” and tell a story when she sings. “I’m learning so much here, not just performance-wise but backstage, all the effort that’s not seen on camera.” She says she is prepared for whatever happens next. “I’m going to just take it and run with it. I am a happy girl. How can you not be stoked?” The eight-week series begins with a twohour performance show Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. and a results show Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.

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Markham’s Jamie Hoffeldt, 23, is getting ready for the roar of the crowd. After initially thinking she had finished in second place, it turns out the University of Western Ontario kinesiology graduate had outdanced more than 200 applicants for the last spot on the Raptors Dance Pak. “This is unreal,” she said. “This is very exciting. There is a lot more pressure. But all the training is worth it.” The contest closed at the end of August and winners were to be announced that day. Ms Hoffeldt was in second place at the close of online voting. However, contest officials went through all the online votes, delaying the outcome by several days, Ms Hoffeldt said. But her optimism didn’t falter. “I wasn’t going away,” she said. “It was going to be either a celebration or full of sorrow. But I was constantly optimistic.” Officials wanted to ensure all votes were legitimate and after recounting the votes, Ms Hoffeldt was bumped up to first place. Ms Hoffeldt has been training three times a week with the dance pak this past week in preparation for the Raptors first pre-season home game Oct. 8. “I’ve danced in front of a crowd before,” she said. “But I’m not thinking about it. I have to make sure I know all the moves before I can think about dancing at the Air Canada Centre.”

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Basketball squad returns from successful Spain trip BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

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The Markham Unionville Minor Basketball Association sent their under-16 boys’ team to Santa Susanna, Spain for the 2012 Trofeo Santa Susanna competition, and they enjoyed every minute. The MUMBA contingent hooped it up in a town located some 100 kilometres east of Barcelona by winning the title, capped off with a 61-39 victory over Turkey. Khalil Prescod led the MUMBA offence with 18 points while Brett Preston added 11 and Nick McKee and Nathaniel Malcolm each had 10. In reaching the final, MUMBA won their first game over Malgrat, Spain 52-27. Preston was high scorer for MUMBA with 14 points while Othniel Spence added 12. Facing France in their second game, MUMBA was powered by a 15-point effort from Luke Graham and 11 from Keith Rajkumar en route to a 61-32 win.

With Preston scoring a team-high 16 points, MUMBA then defeated Turkey 57-31. Powered by 14 points from Graham and 11 from Jackie Liang, MUMBA reached the final with a 61-20 win over host Santa Suzanna. Carlos Sousa, MUMBA manager, said the club was there for an eight-day period, primarily to play basketball. Sousa said they also had four free days to do some sightseeing. “The kids had a great experience in seeing a different culture and were able to spend time at the beach, sightseeing in Barcelona and play basketball,” he said. “The highlight for the kids was when they were waving the Canadian flag at the opening and closing ceremonies.” Coached by Septon Spence, Jisaih Spence and Rohan Forde, other team members included: Marvin Barias, Karthic Ganesan, Abraham Girmay, Tyler Svadjian, Roman Kartofelnikov and Matt Arora.

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Paul Poirier was part of a Canadian contingent chosen by Skate Canada to take part in the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, a senior international competition to be held in Salt Lake City from Sept. 12-16. The 20-year-old Unionville resident will team up with Piper Gilles, 20, of Toronto and Colorado Springs, to compete in the ice dance competition. Competing for the first time together in 2012 under the coaching from Carol Lane and Juris Razguliaevs, the pair won bronze at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Poirier and Gilles are one of two Canadian entries in the ice dance category.

Rower earns honours Although Ben Murphy came up short in his quest to earn a berth on the Canadian men’s under-23 rowing team, he did earn some individual honours this past summer when he took part at the RowOntario Championships in Welland. The Markham resident won the under-23 singles’ sculling event.

Also competing at the Royal Henley Regatta, which was held in St. Catharines, Murphy was the top Canadian in the under-23 singles’ sculling event finishing second behind a rower from Argentina. Murphy will continue rowing competitively this fall as he’s competing at the Canadian University Rowing Championships to be held in Burnaby, B.C. Nov. 3-4 and the National Rowing Championships in Victoria from Nov. 9-11.

Coach’s squad undefeated at national championships Markham resident Jodi Gram spent plenty of time pacing the hardwood court sidelines and exhorting her charges as she directed the Ontario women’s under-17 team to the gold medal at this year’s national championships held in Fredericton, N.B. During the tournament, the Ontario team directed by Gram went undefeated. With little time to dwell on that accomplishment, Gram, a Markham District High School graduate and current teacher and senior girls’ basketball coach at Bill

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Rugby men and under-18 girls tackle victories The Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Football Club men’s firsts received one try each from Pat Laffan and Joe Beare to edge the Aurora Barba 22-16 in Ontario Rugby Union Marshall Division action at Fletcher’s Field Saturday. John Sargeant booted two converts and one penalty goal to round out the scoring for Markham, now 5-6-1 on the season.

The Markham men’s firsts and seconds are scheduled to play Toronto Scottish at Fletcher’s Field today starting at 1:30 p.m. In women’s action, the Markham under-18 girls finished their Toronto Rugby Union campaign by defeating Balmy Beach 12-5 to end the year in third place. Fredrique Rajotte and Vanessa Santolin each scored tries, and Rajotte kicked one convert.

Darts event takes aim The Ontario Chinese Darts Association is joining forces with the Canadian Liver Foundation to introduce a fundraising and health awareness event Sept. 22. A charity sale and darts show will be held at Centre Stage, Market Village (4390 Steeles Ave. E) starting at noon. Proceeds from the event will go to support liver health research and education programs. The Ontario Chinese Darts Association is a non-profit organization that’s been in existence since 2003. Their mission is to promote darts sports within the Chinese community.

Markham Stouffville atom A Stars shine in North York The Stouffville-Markham Stars atom A girls skated off with the gold medal from the North York Storm Earlybird Tournament after defeating the Leaside Wildcats 3-1 in Sunday’s championship final. Victoria Bullock netted a pair of goals and Jillian Hutton added one. Samantha Wong played a sound game between the pipes to help preserve the win. Competing in a division with AA and A teams, the Stars finished the round-robin portion undefeated with four victories. Coached by Mark Sumi, Jason Hutton, Dave Arsenault and Ray Simmons, other team members included: Cori Nickerson, Lisa Matthews, Grace Sumi, Sophie Simmons, Taylor Burton, Olivia Pridham, Kerri Dunlop, Chloe Freeze, Caitlin Hollands, Asiah Taylor-Walters, Meghan Arsenault and Sierra Tohana-Belisle. The Stars are scheduled to take part in the Oakville Hornets Tournament Sept. 21-23.

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DAWSON, Lionel Philip (Member and past Master of Markham Union Masonic Lodge #87 A.M. & F.M.) Passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband and friend of Floris for 55 years. Loving father of Brenda, John (Penny) and Paul (Tracey). Cherished grandpa to Tyler (Leanne), Bradley and Jeffrey. Dear brother of Neville, Howard, Betty Violet (Jack) Steele, Penny, Hilary (Paul) Drinkwater, Angela (Barry) Baylis, Kathy (Robert) Klompstra, Alan Stiver, predeceased by Gerald and Shirley Tovell and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the DIXONGARLAND FUNERAL HOME 166 Main Street North (Markham Road) Markham on Monday, September 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 20 Union Street, Unionville at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery on Kennedy Road in Unionville. Reception to follow at Bethesda Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bethesda Lutheran Church or the Canadian Lung Association.

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ARMSTRONG, Ruth We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a wonderful Mom, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, & Stepmother. Ruth passed away peacefully and with dignity at Markham Stouffville Hospital on Sunday, September 9, 2012. She joins her beloved husband Bill, who passed away in 1989. She leaves behind her devoted & loving daughter Linda McVicar, grandsons Chris (Jessica) and Brad McVicar and her special sister June Mowatt (Stan). Stepmother to Gloria Smith, stepgrandmother to Ron Brown, sister-inlaw to Fred Armstrong (Marilyn), Faye Alderson (Bob), Joy Abbey and many nieces and nephews. Pre deceased by her brothers Grant, Keith and Ray. Her determination was inspirational, as well as her love of reading, crafts, gardening and bridge. A private family Celebration of Life will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Canadian Lung Association, CNIB or Canadian Hearing Society or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to DIXON-GARLAND FUNERAL HOME. RINAS, Liwanag Peacefully at Markham Stouffville Hospital on Thursday, September 13, 2012, in her 80th year. Liwanag, beloved wife of Walter. Loved mother of Jennifer and Paul, and dear Lola of Lili and William. Loving sister of Efren, Naty, Nene, and Corazon. Auntie and friend to so many. She will be cherished by all. Friends and family will be received at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, ON, on Monday, September 17th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 18th at 11a.m. at Unionville Alliance Church, 4898 16th Avenue, Markham, Ontario. Interment to follow at Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery on Kennedy Rd, north of 16th Ave. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Canadian Lymphoma Foundation would be appreciated. Liwanag means "light" in Filipino. Mom lived up to her name as her inner and outer beauty was a light to all. "The Lord is my light and Salvation" Psalms 27, one of mom's fave bible verses till the end. We will miss you so much, but your light shines on in our hearts forever and we know you are so happy today with your Saviour in Heaven. On-line condolences may be made at www.chapelridgefh.com

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