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The city is hosting a public meeting in the coming months for residents to share their experiences during the ice storm and power outages as well as offer feedback.

By Amanda Persico

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One of the biggest challenges for Markham during the December ice storm was locating and connecting with vulnerable residents, such as senior citizens. After the ice storm that left some 17,200 Markhamites without power for several hours, many of them seniors, the city is looking at ways to ensure the safety of all residents during extreme weather events and emergencies in the future. In an event such as the Dec. 22 storm, communications takes on a whole new meaning. “How do you get information out to people without power,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. “That was the difficult part.” While the city set to social media and website updates, if you didn’t have a smartphone you were out of the loop. “If you didn’t have a cellphone, you didn’t know about the warming centres,” Ward Councillor Carolina Moretti said. “How do we communicate with residents without power and without cellphones is a big dilemma.” The city is looking at establishing a database of seniors and other vulnerable residents to be contacted during extreme weather events and emergency situations. “We have to look at how we locate the city’s vulnerable,” city CAO Andy Taylor said. Ways to reach seniors include establishing a greater network between ratepayer groups, faith groups and seniors groups, he added. During the days after the storm, city bylaw crews went door to door handing out information to residents in some of the hardest hit areas, including Thornhill and Unionville. But that was several days into the power outage disaster. One suggestion is to create a centralized emergency information centre and to have it listed among the city’s facilities. That way if there is an emergency residents 2013

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• Have a city staff member on the PowerStream emergency operations centre team and vice versa; ANDY TAYLOR: ‘Have to look at how we locate city’s vulnerable’ city CAO says. can automatically turn to one predetermined location. All of the city’s community centres should also become information centres for residents, where the same information is relayed at each facility. During the power outage, Milliken Mills Community Centre followed by the Thornhill Community Centre were open to residents as overnight warming stations and other community centres were open as shower facilities and electronic charging stations. During the storm, the city also conducted about 78,000 robo-calls within some of the harder hit pockets of the city. About 52 per cent of robo-calls were answered, 33 per cent were referred to voicemail. Five per cent had phone line issues and about 10 per cent did not answer. Robo-calls could be an effective tool of communication in the future, Mr. Scarpitti said, but more information and study is required. Another method of information could be robo-texts or emails, but the city will have to establish a secure resident cellphone and email database. The city is also looking at establishing an emergency preparedness committee to ensure recommendations from staff and residents are rolled out and not forgotten.

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• Formalize liaison partnerships with other municipal partners, such as York Region, York Regional Police as well as other utilities; • Expand the city’s current reciprocal aid agreements and enter into additional agreements for assistance during extreme weather events; • Train additional city staff in emergency operations centre operations to boost the city’s roster of available and trained staff: • Continue working with neighbouring municipalities on extreme weather and climate change adaptation; • Establish full back-up power for strategic city assets; • More public education on emergency preparedness; • Investigate public notification software such as the use of robo-calls, robo-text or automatic emails in case of future weather events and emergencies; • Use mobile roadsides, electronic information boards and bulletin boards at city facilities and major retail outlets to relay key information; • Establish a formal network of community groups and organizations such as rate payer groups, faith groups and youth councils, to help relay key information; • Investigate feasibility, costs and funding sources associated with burying feeder power lines. CANADA’S LARGEST HYUNDAI DEALER

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Markham council has declared the city a disaster zone. In a special council meeting Tuesday, council passed a resolution declaring the city a disaster zone in order to ask for provincial disaster relief funding. Now it’s up to the province’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The province’s disaster relief funding program takes into consideration the financial devastation, the magnitude of the disaster and how many residents were affected. Another condition for the disaster relief program is when restoration costs exceed the financial capacity of the municipality. Markham’s response and recovery costs add up to about $13.2 million, which includes the cost of replanting and replacing some 10,000 damaged trees. The city’s initial response phase that included removing hazardous tree limbs and will continue for the next seven to nine weeks is estimated to cost between $2.6 million and $3.2 million. The province’s relief program will cover items such as clearing and removing tree debris, overtime costs for city employees or those hired for disaster response efforts, activation of municipal emergency operations centre, emergency communications, repair and restoration to pre-disaster condition of uninsured community facilities, such as parks and infrastructure, and evacuation and shelter costs. Insurance deductibles, equipment costs and lost revenues are not eligible under the province’s relief program. Also, the cost of replanting trees does not fall under the province’s relief funding program. The city is estimating between $7 million and $10 million for replanting and replacing trees. There was some doubt expressed by council if the city will meet the province’s disaster relief criteria in that recovery costs outweigh immediate response costs. Situations that received provincial funding include the Goderich tornado of 2011 and the Peterborough flood in 2004. The flood in Thornhill in 2005 or the Vaughan

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tornado in 2009 did not meet provincial requirements. The city has a more robust taxbase than Goderich, the city’s CAO Andy Taylor said. In case the city does not qualify for disaster relief funding from the province, Markham has also asked the province to consider some other form of funding to help municipalities across the GTA dealing with the same issues as a result of the pre-Christmas ice storm. Markham made the same request to the federal government. York Region has also asked for disaster relief for its own assets. Both Vaughan and Richmond Hill have declared a disaster area. Vaughan estimated about $21 million in damages and Richmond Hill about $6.3 million. Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion called on other GTA mayors to meet and discuss a coordinated approach to disaster relief funding. Mississauga is reporting about $25 million. Toronto also voted in favour of declaring the city a disaster zone to seek the province’s assistance. “Each municipality must declare its own disaster area,” Mr. Taylor said. “But that doesn’t preclude a group of mayors showing solidarity to the province. Speaking as one voice will bring more political power to and will help escalate the discussion.” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said he plans to attend the GTA ice storm recovery meeting Friday. His goal is to ensure if there is disaster relief coming from either the province or the federal government, a formula is consistently applied to each municipality. “This incident impacted so many communities across the GTA,” Mr. Scarpitti said. “It was a little pre-emptive of the provincial government to offer assistance to Toronto. The percentage of power outages here in PowerStream territory is not much less than in Toronto on a percentage basis. Add the recovery costs in York Region then Peel add that up and it probably is higher than Toronto.” Damage from the ice storm across the GTA could exceed $250 million. Toronto is reporting about $106 million in damage costs.

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING Ward 4 Councillor Carolina Moretti and Ward 6 Councillor Alan Ho invite you to discuss an application by Turris Sites Inc. (carrier of Wind Mobile) for a proposed 40-metre monopole telecommunication tower at 9400 Kennedy Rd.

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ICE STORM CLEANUP NEWS ROADS & SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE City crews continue to apply salt and sand to sidewalks daily and to local roads as needed. Current conditions are expected to continue until temperatures rise above zero, with sunshine, for a sustained period of time. Higher traffic volumes are helping clear the packed snow and ice on major roads. Continue to use caution, particularly on sidewalks and local roads where it may take some time for the ice to melt or break up.

URBAN TREE CANOPY RECOVERY PLAN Markham is undertaking the cleanup and restoration of damaged City trees in a planned manner.

PHASE ONE: January to March 2014 City Street Cleanup and Debris Removal City crews are working six days a week to remove all the tree debris. This is a large, labour-intensive task that is also affected by weather conditions. If crews have visited your neighbourhood and some tree debris remains by the road, don’t worry. The debris left behind was likely too large for the initial pick up service. City crews will return to chip the larger debris onsite. This work is expected to continue through February and March. Please be patient as the crews make their way across the City to collect the debris as quickly as possible.

PHASE TWO: March to December 2014 PHASE THREE: Fall 2014 to Fall 2016 Visit Ice Storm Recovery under Major City Projects at www.markham.ca, or scan this QR code.

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PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENTS: Your choice of how and when to pay your taxes! With the Pre-authorized Tax Payment (PTP) Plan, you can choose to pay your taxes in 4, 6 or 11 instalments. Apply at markham.ca before May 5 for the 2014 Final Tax Bill. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: Taxes may be paid on or before the due date at most financial institutions (a service charge may apply). Do not make payments through an ATM as proper receipts are not provided. TELEPHONE OR ONLINE BANKING: Payments can be made by telephone or computer banking through most major financial institutions. To avoid penalty/interest charges, your payment should be made 5 business days prior to the due date. AT THE CIVIC CENTRE: Tax payments can be made by cash, debit or cheque at the Markham Civic Centre, Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and until 7 p.m. every Thu. The cashier is located on the main floor at the Thornhill entrance. BY MAIL: Please make cheque or money order payable to: ‘City of Markham’ and mail to: 101 Town Centre Blvd., Markham, ON L3R 9W3. Please include the payment stub with the payment and retain your bill for receipt purposes. Payments must be received by the City on or before the due date to avoid penalty/interest charges. Please allow 7 days for mailing. The City does not accept the postmark as proof of the date of receipt. Do not send cash through the mail. ADDRESS/OWNERSHIP CHANGES: If you have changed your mailing address, or if the ownership of the property has changed, please complete an online form at www.markham.ca or email the change to etax@markham.ca. PROPERTY ASSESSMENT: The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) determines property values. Should you wish to discuss your property’s current value assessment, please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722).


Takes swipe at critics of her handling of crisis By Sean Pearce

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Response could have been better, faster and more efficient in the days following the December ice storm but what was done, was done for the right reasons, Premier Kathleen Wynne said in an open letter sent Tuesday to York Region citizens.

In her letter, she thanked those who assisted in the clean-up effort and pledged to review what could have been done differently in the aftermath of the Dec. 22 storm. But she also took a swipe at critics who were quick to point out faults without offering alternatives. “To my critics, political and otherwise, who were silent as we worked to provide a co-ordinated recovery and who offered no suggestions as to how to help those in need, I can say only this: I ran for political office to help people,” she

than 400 of the cards valued at $50 each with eligible families receiving $100 worth of assistance, while individuals meeting the criteria were given $50. The cards became available Jan. 7 and were all spoken for by 1 p.m. that day. In comparison, Peel and Durham regions received about 2,700 and 1,900 gift cards, respectively. Rather than a repeat of the situation in Toronto, where the gift card program was marred by long lines, occasional temper flare-ups

said. “It is my primary and overwhelming motivation.” That desire to help those in need was the genesis of the plan to distribute grocery gift cards, she said in response to criticism of her government’s handling of the situation.

7,000 in York An estimated 7,000 York Region households were without power for more than 48 hours and, therefore, qualified for a grocery gift card. In total, the region received fewer

and questions about whether those receiving the assistance truly needed it, York citizens were instead required to call the York Access Contact Centre and will receive their cards by mail. The issues experienced in Toronto prompted complaints of poor judgment on the province’s part from Progressive Conservative and NDP MPPs and led to allegations the government was using the situation as a publicity stunt to score political See GIFT, page 9.

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PROPOSAL The proposed amendments are to modify the policies of the Unionville Core Area Secondary Plan (OPA 107) and the provisions of Zoning By-law 122-72, as amended to remove the restrictions on the approval of additional restaurant floor space within the commercial area of historic Unionville (Heritage Main Street land use designation), and to permit additional uses in the Core Area.

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A copy of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is available for public viewing at the Development Services Counter of the City Municipal Offices between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Additional information is available from Regan Hutcheson, Manager, Heritage District ext. 2080 of the City’s Planning Department, tel. (905) 477-7000, ext. quoting file number OP - 14 - 107181. Written submissions may be mailed or personally delivered to the Clerk’s Department at the address noted above or by e-mail to judycarroll@markham.ca by not later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Personal information collected in response to this planning notice will be used to assist City staff and Council to process this application and will be made public. Hasting s Dr

BACKGROUND For the last ten years, there has been a restriction on introducing additional restaurant space for properties within the Heritage Main Street area of Main Street Unionville. Restaurants were removed as permitted uses from the zoning by-law and can only be permitted through by-law amendment when the percentage of ground floor retail space in the area is above 50%. The concern at the time was that Main Street Unionville could become a restaurant campus. In 2012, the Unionville Business Improvement Area committee requested that the restaurant restrictions be removed due to the negative impact they were having on the economic vitality of the area, and allow the marketplace to prevail. The issue was referred to the consultants who are currently undertaking the Main Street Unionville Precinct Master Plan study as it was seen to be one component of the broader study. In April 2013, a public information meeting was held with local residents and commercial property owners to solicit input on the land use questions. Feedback included the need to re-examine the function that the “Main Street Unionville” commercial core should provide for the community and the desire of the business community for more flexibility regarding current land use restrictions. The retail consultant associated with the Precinct Master Plan project has provided advice and recommendations on how the retail environment could be improved. The recommended direction is to re-focus Main Street Unionville as a neighbourhood commercial district primarily serving Markham, and permitting a wider variety of retail and service uses rather than merely as a unique shopping and leisure destination with a focus on specialty retail. The consultant also recommends that the existing restrictions on restaurants should be removed. A number of additional permitted uses have been suggested with a focus on convenience, neighbourhood-oriented retail.

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Luke’s Catholic Church, Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, Toronto Chinese Community Church, Vaughan Community Church, St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Richmond Hill and The Bridge Markham Community Church. When someone comes for a warm bed, no one at Temple Har Zion asks if they are Jewish. When a man needs a warm coat, Jaffari Islamic Centre volunteers don’t ask what his faith is. When a woman needs a nourishing meal, no one inquires if she’s Catholic or Anglican. These faith groups and their volunteers simply provide the help that is needed. At the end of this month, the shelter will be housed at St. Mary’s Anglican Church at Yonge and Major Mackenzie. The church needs extra volunteers to pitch in and make the Out of the Cold program a welcoming success for the homeless. If you’re an early morning person, perhaps you can help out with breakfast from 5 to 7:30 a.m. Got a few hours to help in the afternoon? They need volunteers to set up in mid-afternoon, and others to help with registration starting at 4 p.m. Don’t mind driving? Help is needed in afternoon and evening transporting shelter users to their temporary beds. You handy with a broom and a mop? Cleaning help is needed from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. And if you’re a night owl, volunteers are needed for overnight shifts from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering — at St. Mary’s or in any other way — email Mosaic Inter faith Out of the Cold’s executive director Rehana Sumar at rsumar@rogers.com or call 416948-6682. Whatever your religion or faith, whatever your circumstance in life, if you have a roof over your head and a warm bed, you can offer a little help for those who do not.

BOTTOM LINE: Exemplary interfaith organization needs more volunteers to help even more homeless.

Get to root causes of storm woes They say if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Will solutions in the wake of the ice storm come forth now from PowerStream and city hall or will we still want to blame the trees for their growth and digress from the “lack of regular trimming” root cause? It is always easy to say we should bury all wires underground (like sweeping dirt under the carpet). In reality, it is not easy. Take it from someone who was in the power industry for two decades. There are technical issues on top of monetary ones. As for communicating with those without computers and social media access, a distribution of fridge magnets with phone numbers, radio stations and warming centre names and addresses twice a year would go a long way. I understand only 100 or so people used any of the warming centres at their peak. No, building an arena of 20,000 capacity would not have solved the problem as suggested by one aspiring politician (Khalid Usman) on Facebook: “Do you recall some people made fun during arena debates, emergency situation would never arise where an arena could be used as an emergency shelter. This ice storm proves we definitely could have used an arena. Frank Scarpitti said it right...” Just imagine, with an arena, the couple hundred residents coming in can be kept entertained with the Taste of Arctic festival while they wait out the emergency.

They will enjoy popsicles and maple syrup made nearby and the arena owners would be compensated by the city for providing the refreshments and shelter. In addition, they can report four or five extra events on their yearly operations report to make it over 39 events for the year.

Robert Mok MARKHAM

Urban planning needed in city Why is our town putting up buildings so close to the road? The building across from the Mercedes dealership on Kennedy Road, south of Hwy. 7, is a good example. My husband and I had a 43,000 square-foot building built in 1986 on Riviera Dr. We were required to have the area between it and the road landscaped with trees, bushes, grass and parking spaces. Also on Hwy. 7, west of Warden Avenue, some condos are practically on the road. There’s really no room for widening Hwy. 7. What has happened to urban planning? I know our politicians will say land is so expensive. Well, in the ’80s, we lived in Jennings Gate, just north of Major Mackenzie Road and east of Woodbine. We only had one acre with nothing on it and it was going for $725,000. Why are the builders putting up these buildings so close to the road?

Noreen Haye MARKHAM


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he games have officially begun. They actually began before the campaign bell rang Jan. 2 to start this year’s municipal election race. It’s apparent some politicians have been taking action and making decisions — or not — with a mind to the ballot box Oct. 27. There is a little more posturing, grandstanding, explaining and blaming than usual. Or so we think. Even an unusually nasty act of nature, which sparked resilience, empathy, co-operation and fellowship among most humans, became an opportunity to score political brownie points or rake a little muck. When democracy becomes focused on politicking, and when it typically turns negative, many of us fair citizens turn away, our disengagement due to a range of feelings from disgust to boredom. Our disillusionment is only fostered by the perception reelection is the overriding motivation for all actions. With voter turnout rates overall at a historic low point, loyal readers will know York Region Media Group wants to turn the tide this municipal election with a civic engagement project aimed at boosting Debora Kelly turnout to at least 50 per cent in our nine municipalities. The goal of our Big 5-0 Project may be optimistic if not delusional in Richmond Hill, which had the lowest turnout in the last election at 28.8 per cent, or not exactly ambitious in King Township, with the highest 2010 turnout of 49.9 per cent — but we’re going for it. Municipal elections consistently interest only about one third of York’s eligible voters. Turnout was 38.5 per cent in Aurora, 37.5 in East Gwillimbury, 32.6 per cent in Newmarket, 35 per cent in Georgina, 45 in Whitchurch-Stouffville, 35.5 per cent in Markham and 40.5 per cent in Vaughan. While our municipalities are also working to boost participation by offering online voting and more advanced polls, for example, we will try harder to make you aware of the impact local politicians have over our lives in providing a vast array of services — or not — and wielding a hefty power of taxation and fees. We hope to get you engaged early in positive debate about how we can make our communities better. Citizens on our Community Links groups will join us and other community partners in hosting events, including ones for youth and first-time voters, in the months ahead. In the last year, we’ve seen the level of civic engagement skyrocket as a result of contentious issues, including the proposal to build a NHL-sized arena in Markham with municipal support and have Vaughan considered as a location for a casino. Proposals for high-density development — this is our future, by the way — have filled council chambers with citizens, including those fighting Slessor Square in Newmarket and affordable housing in Richmond Hill. We don’t have to tell these residents decisions councillors make can affect our lives dramatically, from a new condo looming over your back yard to your tax dollars being committed to projects you feel are doomed to fail. An upcoming series will explore issues such as development, taxes and accountability, but we need to hear what matters to you as well as your ideas for getting neighbours involved. Don’t let the minority of the community continue to make the decision for you. We hope all of you will get interested, get involved, get informed and get out and vote Oct. 27 — it’s crucial we have the right people at the table in the next four years as we grapple with the challenge of provincially mandated urban growth. Join the conversation on Twitter @dlkyorkeditor

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HAZELNUT ECLAIRS We make the most amazing hazelnut mousse and pipe it inside choux pastry eclairs. They are then dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with hazelnut croquant. You will need two hands to eat these! Reg. $3.49 MOCHA HAZELNUT COOKIES Whole hazelnuts baked in a coffee and light chocolate flavored cookie. Reg. $7.99 CAPPUCCINO MOUSSE CAKES Yet another delicious mousse! White and chocolate cake layered with a cappuccino mousse made with espresso, cream and milk chocolate. Topped with ganache, gold flakes and chocolate. Reg. $24.95 MOCHA HAZELNUT LOAVES Similar to our chocolate cake, but with only a whisper of cocoa powder. Crushed hazelnuts and freshly brewed espresso baked in. Reg. $5.99 CAPPUCCINO BRÛLÉES We steep the cream with coffee beans, vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick, add a bit of milk chocolate, cook them in a steam bath ... and here you are! A crème brûlée that tastes just like a cappuccino. Reg. $4.50 MOCHA HAZELNUT BISCOTTI One of our most popular biscottis, coffee-flavored ALL THESE ITEMS with whole hazelnuts. While quantities last. Last OFF week’s lemon biscotti sold THIS out early! Reg. $4.99/bag WEEK

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Workplace campaigns celebrated by agency By Chris Traber

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Next Thursday at Angus Glen Golf Club, site of numerous prestigious competitions, including two Canadian Open golf championships, a different but equally amazing group of achievers will be honoured. United Way York Region’s annual celebration and volunteer appreciation breakfast takes place Jan. 23 at the Markham club beginning at 8 a.m. The event recognizes the hundreds of volunteers who lead and participate in employee workplace campaigns in support of United Way. The agency will give out its Spirit Awards to organizations, campaigns, teams and volunteers who achieved outstanding results in their 2013 fundraising campaigns. The event also includes an update on dollars raised to-date in United Way York Region’s In Every Neighbourhood campaign, an ambitious three-year drive committed to raising $30 million in three years to provide supports for residents where and when they need them — close to home. In early December, United Way CEO Daniele Zanotti announced the $30-million campaign was already $6 million on track.

Lexmark stands out In the formative stages of the agency’s bold initiative to expand services and provide a helping hand in every community across York Region, being 20 per cent to target is encouraging, he told an audience at Thornhill based MMM Group Limited whose employees have raised more that $1 million for United Way since 2003. “We made a bold commitment last summer to provide support in every corner of this vast region, and it is only because of people like you that we are on track to get there.” Volunteerism is the life blood of United Way. Employee campaigns often account for the lion’s share of the funds. Each is unique in its own right and, this year, Lexmark Canada Inc. was cited for its novel and highly successful initiatives. The Richmond Hill company has supported United Way since 1994, national product manager Ron Wells said. In this, Lexmark’s 20th anniversary as a United Way partner, the organization raised more than $118,000. Over two decades, Lexmark has raised more than $1.1 million for the agency. Lexmark’s employee participation rate in fundraising events has been 100 per cent in the past two years, said Mr. Wells, who served as the company’s campaign chairperson. In addition to a very high participation in a payroll deduction program on behalf of United Way, Mr. Wells wanted

to expand opportunities beyond the company’s walls. Lexmark organized a golf tournament, community barbecue, a multination run and a silent auction. “We wanted to add a twist, a personal spin, by also involving family and friends and the community,” he said. Accordingly, the company’s 2013 theme was helping 1,000 people in the community. To drive the campaign, Mr. Wells wanted to add faces to the fundraising, showing how United Way dollars eventually help one in three York Region residents. In the past, he participated passively in the company’s campaign, Mr. Wells said. After taking the chairperson’s role, the experience has been gratifying. “Life changing, really,” he said. “Just phenomenal. It’s even transcended to my children who are now involved in raising money at their school.” Lexmark products and solutions are sold in more than 170 countries and operates sales offices in more than 70 countries. The company’s corporate responsibility policy is active and global. Lexmark Canada president Todd Hamblin is a member of United Way York Region’s campaign cabinet. It’s that brand of dedicated corporate citizenship that will assist United Way to continue to extend programs and services to communities and provide a helping hand in every neighbourhood. In the next three years, the agency is committed to helping 75,000 individuals reach economic independence, 100,000 children and youth stay in school and succeed in life and 150,000 people - newcomers, seniors, and individuals with mental and physical disabilities —­get the supports they need. The much anticipated morning of recognition and campaign updates is sponsored by IBM Canada Ltd., Acklands-Grainger Inc., AECOM, Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, MMM Group Limited, State Farm and the York Region Media Group. For information and tickets, visit york.unitedway.ca/events/celebration/

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Magda Rigo at the medical library in the Cornell Community Centre, next to Markham Stouffville Hospital. ‘Having the medical library within the public library allows us to take our medical knowledge into the community.’

Medical library books space in community centre near hospital BY AMANDA PERSICO

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Want to learn more about health and wellness? Be sure to check out the community library inside the Cornell Community Centre. Linked to Markham Stouffville Hospital, the community centre’s library is also home to the hospital’s medical library. While resources in the medical library are used by medical and health professionals in the hospital, the special section of the library is also a resource for the community, said hospital organization development director Magda Rigo. “Having the medical library within the public library allows us to take our medical knowledge into the community,” she said. The goal is not to replace information given by a doctor, but to enhance it, Ms Rigo added. “Our end goal is providing patients with the right information and to help provide for a level of understanding when the patient leaves the hospital,” Ms Rigo said. The medical library has an up-to-date archive of medical

GAIL KNAGGS: Library can help person cope with disease, medical librarian says. journals as well as periodicals and pamphlets for the general public, said medical librarian Gail Knaggs, who retired at the beginning of the year. The hospital is in the process of hiring a replacement medical librarian. Resources at the medical library can’t replace the advice of a doctor, but information can enhance a person’s knowledge, Ms Knaggs added. “When a person comes into the library, we can help them learn to cope with the disease,” she said. “Someone can come in here and research a disease

prior to meeting with a doctor to learn what questions to ask.” Medical library resources and the trained medical librarian are there for the public to help educate and empower patients. For the most part, the trained medical librarian is there to help sift and search through an overwhelming amount of information patients and family members can find on the internet, Ms. Knaggs said. “There is a sense of power and control to the patient,” she said. “Many out there self-diagnose but don’t turn around and go to their doctor. Coming here is the start of a dialogue.” At the end of the day, the medical librarian is an information specialist, not a health specialist, Ms Knaggs added. While borrowing material is restricted to hospital staff, there are several study areas and computer desks available to research current medical journals. Adjacent to the medical library is one of the largest concentrations of health and wellness resources for the public, Ms Rigo said. The health and wellness area includes various sections including mental health, nutrition, diabetes, weight loss, cancer and men’s health.


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brownie points. Despite some of the problems experienced, Ms Wynne hailed it as a “remarkably successful collaboration between government and the private sector”. As to those who criticized the logistics of the program, Ms Wynne said she refused to accept that doing nothing was better than helping 205 individuals and families in York Region and many more elsewhere. She also expressed hope that those who did not receive a gift card will obtain assistance under other programs. “Overall, I believe the response was excellent,” she wrote in the 726-word missive. “I want to thank and congratulate the professionals from Ontario and other provinces who re-connected lines, cleared ice, removed

helped neighbours, friends and families are all heroes of the moment.” Yes, there were areas where improvements could have been made, she acknowledged, but declined to cite specifics, pending the results of a formal evaluation. Ms Wynne describes how she toured different areas affected by the post-storm power outage, while also noting she was in a better position than most as she had a gas stove to cook on KATHLEEN WYNNE: Premier despite a lack of electricity. One of the constant anxidefends response in York Region. eties expressed to her, especially toward the end of the felled trees and branches power outage, was the fear and kept people safe from that some families, those downed live wires, as well as with lower incomes in parthose who set up warming ticular, would not be able to centres and expanded our replace food spoiled during available health care out- the disruption. reach. “The individual citizens For the complete text of the letter, who led response efforts go to yorkregion.com in their communities and

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Road Crossing of Highway 404

A controversial police hearing against a York Regional Police officer has been dropped only weeks after the constable launched a $15-million lawsuit against the force and those involved in the tribunal. The decision to halt the “unusual” hearing regarding charges of insubordination, discreditable conduct and neglect of duty was made Monday after it was found to be causing more damage than benefit to “members, citizens and taxpayers”, Chief Eric Jolliffe said. However, he insisted the lawsuit has nothing to do with his decision to scrap the proceedings. The case began in May 2011 after Const. Dameian Muirhead was called to a bush party in Aurora where there had been reports of violence against a woman. Once there, the officer was subjected to racial taunts by a party-goer. Three days later, Rheal Duguay, a local landscaper who was at the party, encountered Const. Muirhead at a gas station and was arrested and charged with uttering threats after a heated conversation. Mr. Duguay later complained to police about the incident, which triggered a police investigation into Const. Muirhead’s behaviour. After Const. Muirhead rejected a written reprimand, Chief Jolliffe said he had no option but to hold a tribunal, in accordance with the rules of the Police Services Act. Soon after it began, Chief Jolliffe admits the hearing “went off the rails”. Some reports that Const. Muirhead was being probed for failure to investigate racial taunts directed at him are incorrect, the chief stated in a release that lambasted media for inaccuracy. “This message is to correct misinformation that I, as chief of police, could not previously comment on ... and to prevent further misinformation regarding the proceedings involving Const. Dameian Muirhead,” reads the opening line of the chief’s statement. Instead, the issues related to Const. Muirhead’s hearing involved him not following appropriate search procedure, misleading

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Between 16th Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive Town of Richmond Hill and City of Markham The Regional Municipality of York is initiating a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study for a proposed road crossing of Highway 404 between 16th Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive. This proposed crossing will better serve transit, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and will help manage increasing traffic resulting from continued growth in York Region. This Class EA Study is being conducted in accordance with Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended). The Class EA Study process will include public and government agency consultation, identification and evaluation of alternative solutions, an assessment of the effects of the proposed improvements and identification of measures required to reduce potential impacts. At the end of the Class EA study, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be produced and provide information on the recommended solution, the Class EA Study process, the identified effects and proposed mitigation measures. The ESR will be available for a 30-day public review, a separate notice of the ESR will be provided at the end of the Class EA Study. Public consultation is important and will inform each phase of the Class EA Study. Two Public Consultations are planned and separate notices will be issued prior to each of these events. Please direct general project inquiries to:

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the Crown and not taking responsibility for his actions that led to a public complaint, according to hearing documents. Chief Jolliffe also noted the force made repeated attempts to resolve the matter informally with a written reprimand to the officer. It then halted the internal proceedings and, instead, hired the services of an external mediator, with little success. “During the hearing, there were repeated attempts to disrupt (it) and bring discredit to the police discipline process. “A hearing that should have been completed in one or two days was stretched to seven hearing days over the span of several months,” the statement reads. Chief Jolliffe also said police brass was forced to remain silent while enduring “baseless accusations and attempts to tarnish” the force’s “exemplary record of racial and cultural inclusivity”. Throughout the hearing, Const. Muirhead went through a number of trials and tribulations, including losing funding from the police union, only to have it reinstated by a membership vote. At the time, he said his wife, Chantall Muirhead, also a York Regional Police officer, had a miscarriage. “This resulted in immense emotional, physical and mental distress and anguish for the plaintiffs”. The multi-million-dollar lawsuit claims that throughout the ordeal, the force caused “humiliation and embarrassment accompanied by feelings of insecurity and anxiety” for the couple. In relation to the miscarriage, it further claims it “resulted in immense emotional, physical and mental distress and anguish for the plaintiffs”. “I would have expected someone would have stepped up to the plate by now and called it off,” he said at the time. “I know they are in a tough position, but they are not the only ones. I was in a tough position, too, and I didn’t back down.” Chief Jolliffe stopped the tribunal after consultation with the complainant and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director. — With files by Torstar News Service

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Nine Markham residents received 2013 gold medals for scoring first on their Ontario and Quebec Royal Conservatory examinations Jan. 12 at the Koerner Hall in The Royal Conservatory’s Telus Centre for Performance and Learning. During the free public recital and ceremony, awards went to Ester Chow, grade 2 in flute; Jillian Vernice Chua, grade 1 in violin; Lucy Gong, grade 1 in guitar; Mishal Javed, preparatory guitar; Kristen Shiozaki, grade 5 in violin; Benjamin Wen, grade 3 in

guitar; Charis Wong, grade 8 in voice; Patricia Wrigglesworth, grade 3 in voice; and James Yuan, grade 4 in flute. Regional gold medals are awarded annually to Conservatory examination candidates in preparatory A and B and grades one to 10, who achieve the highest mark in their province or region. Candidates must score at least 80 per cent on their practical examination and complete the co-requisite theory examinations for their grade and discipline. The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest music and arts education institutions in the world. For information, visit rcmusic.ca ­— Serena Kwok

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Rink battles elements When will Cedarena open? The outdoor rink on Reesor Road/Tenth Line north of Steeles Avenue, has been a favourite for more than 75 years. But the last two seasons have been too mild to maintain a solid surface. This winter, the hold-up is from the ice storm. “The weather over the past few weeks has been dreadful,” says Betty Burkholder, a rink supporter. “The recent ice storm was the clincher.” Hydro lines to the property took a beating, she says. Rink manager Gary Mount is hopeful the cleanup can be complete in time for normal operations to commence this weekend. — Jim Thomas

Schedule C Class Environmental Assessment to Address Outfall Capacity Limitations at the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant NOTICE OF PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD EXTENSION

Environmental Study Report Public Review Period Extended to February 18, 2014 On November 19, 2013, York and Durham Regions placed the Environmental Study Report (ESR) for the Schedule C Class Environmental Assessment to address outfall capacity limitations at the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant on the public record. The Notice of Completion announced a 90-day public review period for the ESR ending on Family Day, February 17, 2014. In response to community requests, the review period has been extended by one (1) day, and will end at close of business on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to avoid closing on Family Day, a statutory holiday. The ESR and supporting studies are available on the project website www.durham.ca/outfallEA and at the following locations: The Regional Municipality of York Clerk’s Department 17250 Yonge Street Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1

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t was straight out of an ER script. Or Nurse Jackie, for those who prefer Edie Falco over George Clooney and John Stamos. The man standing next to me was bloodied and leaking like a bad transmission. A woman continually screamed for her missing baby before being ushered away by security guards. A hockey player showed off a freshly emblazoned puck imprint of a tattoo on his chest. It was standing room only, with a long line waiting just to be triaged. Jim Mason It was the Saturday before Christmas, the day the GTA would don her heavy coat of ice then plunge in and out of darkness. This was the real ER, Markham Stouffville Hospital style. It seemed like half of Stouffville had headed down the the Ninth or Tenth for emergency care. For those who wondered where this column went the past two weeks – thanks, Mom – I was successfully dealing with a detached retina. It started with a tour of three area hospitals during 14 hours, from Markham to Newmarket to downtown Hogtown on slushy and slick streets, through dozens of unsignalled intersections and past thousands of downed trees and branches. But beyond the sudden threat of losing vision in an eye came a calm. From the doctors at all three hospitals, ending in Toronto Western’s outstanding ophthalmology wing, who do such precision work in the face of chaos and calamity. Make a mistake writing a sports story or changing the oil on a Toyota and it can be corrected. Not so much when inserting needles into eyeballs. And peace from a pre-Christmas angel. Markham Stouffville Hospital has, wait for it, more than 700 volunteers. One stood out during my four hours in the Ninth Line ER. Mike Arrigo could have been home watching the Leafs or a movie with friends or completing his shopping with family on the weekend before Christmas. Instead, he was directing and reassuring visitors to the overcrowded ER, taking extra time to comfort the most troubled and injured. Dealing with blood and broken bones and the worried souls who brought them into the hospital. The voice of serenity in a room jammed with distress and worry. I’m back to work, the only remnants of my condition being the Christmas and New Year’s photographs showing me tilting my head at 45 degrees to encourage the healing. And Mike Arrigo? He didn’t want to be centred out for special attention in this column. Not surprising, he talked about being part of a solid team at Markham Stouffville. But if our hospital has as many other Mike Arrigos as he says, we are in fine shape. May your trip to the ER be as peaceful.

Jim Mason is editor of the Economist & Sun’s sister paper, the Stouffville Sun-Tribune.


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JAN. 18 INTERFAITH SYMPOSIUM

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Ebenezer United Church presents ‘An Interfaith Symposium: Reconciling Existence of God and Human Suffering: What Do World Religions Say?’. From 2 to 4 p.m., at Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave., east on Brimley Rd. Symposium will explain Hindu, Muslim and Christian perspectives. For more, call 647-282-8600.

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Renowned pianist Sheng Cai appears in a double bill with The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band under the baton of Musical Director, Jules Estrin. The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band provides an opportunity for exceptional student musicians to hone their skills and interact in a diverse, professional setting. Jan. 19, at 2 and 4 p.m., Tickets: $20 /$5 (Students). Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd. Box Office: (905) 305-7469 / www. markhamtheatre.ca

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Triplets Kit Woods, Beth Ferkranus, and Erin Martin have a mission - to help people thrive through the development of positive thinking, compassion and kindness. From noon to 4 p.m., the conference will explore the methods to bring positivity, abundance and health into lives. Conference held at Simply Delicious Restaurant, 7850 Woodbine Ave., Markham. Tickets are $15. For more, email speaking@ positivelykind.com or visit positivelykind.com ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S LEVEE

Deputy Mayor Jack Heath hosts his 15th Annual New Year’s Levee from 2 to 4 p.m., and he invites all to this special event. To be held at the Markham Village Train Station, Main St. Markham, just north of Bullock Drive and Parkway Avenue.

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Former JAZZ.FM91 host Amanda Martinez performs a concert featuring selections from her October CD release Mañana. Music lovers can hear flamenco, vibrant Afro-Cuban beats, bossa nova, Mexican folk and more. Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $54-$49. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd. Box Office: (905) 305-7469 / www.markhamtheatre.ca

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McMaster Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $59-$54. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. Box Office: (905) 305-7469 / www.markhamtheatre.ca

Jan. 21 JUKEBOX HITS LIVE AT FLATO

Markham Flato Theatre hosts ‘Jukebox Hits Live with Freddy Vette & the Flames’, a show that will send patrons back into the ‘50s. From 2 to 4 p.m., listen to the eight-piece band as it plays music from Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino and more. All ages. Tickets range from $19 to $35. For more, e-mail wwoof-severn@markham.ca

JAN. 24 & 25 TOWER OF POWER

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Jan. 24 to 26 STARTUP WEEKEND FOR ENTREPRENEURS

This 54-hour event will provide experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Held at Seneca College (Markham Campus), 8 Seneca Way, Markham., at 9 a.m. Participants will listen to demos, presentations, create working startups, receive feedback from local entrepreneurials and more. For more information, visit yorkregion. startupweekend.org

Jan. 26 FREE GALLERY EXHIBITION

Varley Art Gallery invites patrons to their year-long ‘Colour, in Theory’ art exhibition. The opening reception will run from 2 to 4 p.m., and patrons will receive a free gallery admission. For more information, visit varleygallery. ca or call 905-477-7000 ext. 3261. GUNS AND GANGS SEMINAR

York Regional Police host a community

youth gang seminar at the Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Blvd., in Canada Room 101. From 1 to 4 p.m., learn the signs and identifiers of gang involvement, the prevalence of gangs and their operations, the community’s role in gang prevention and tips to keep youth out of gangs. Some of the speakers are Michael Chettleburgh, author of ‘Young Thugs’ and the members of York Police’s guns and gangs prevention and enforcement units. For more and to register, call 1-866-5423 ext. 7526 before Jan. 20. MAGICIAN AT FLATO

Greg Frewin, a world-renowned magician, will perform two of his live ‘Imagine’ shows at Flato Markham Theatre. Show features a matinee event starting at noon, with a followup finale beginning at 4 p.m. Frewin is the only magician to win every major award in the world of magic and in 2009, he won the World Magic Awards Magician of the Year. Tickets range from $54 to $58. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 905-305-7469 or visit markhamtheatre.ca

Jan. 28 KEYS TO ROMANCE

Jim Brickman, America’s Romantic Piano Sensation, continues “The Love Tour” with Luke

Don Hamilton, Councillor Ward 3 will lead a presentation at the Varley Art Gallery at 7 p.m., on 2013’s ice storm. Topics include: City’s and Powerstream’s ice storm management, things learned, communications with the public, support for vulnerable citizen, future restoration and more.

Feb. 4 BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN LEADERSHIP

Fellowship Baptist Church Markham, 7478 Kennedy Rd., at Denison, hosts two-hour seminar for those involved in leadership or planning to be leaders. Discover the qualifications of a leader and how to work effectively with people. Registration $5, includes handout materials and continental breakfast. Session starts at 9:30 a.m. Free parking. To register call 905-470-9775 or at the door from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the day of the session.

Feb. 5, 7, 8 OLD LOVE

Markham Little Theatre presents ‘Old Love’, a funny and touching story about love in out later years. Play is written by Norm Foster and is shown at the theatre at 8 p.m., all three nights. For more information, visit markhamlittletheatre.ca. Compiled by Serena Kwok. Send listing requests to boneill@yrmg.com

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Market to host GTA’s largest Chinese New Year fest CIBC Lion Dance Chinese New Year celebrations slated for Market Village BY ANDREW PALAMARCHUK

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The Chinese New Year will be brought in with three days of food and fun at Market Village shopping centre at Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue. The CIBC Lion Dance Chinese New Year Celebrations takes place on the first three days of the Year of the Horse: Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend, making the festival the largest Chinese New Year celebration in the GTA. “Chinese New Year is the most significant celebration in our culture,” event organizer Henry Chiu said. “This is really the one occasion where families get together, share laughter, share good wishes and really start the year off on a positive note.” Mr. Chiu released details of the three-day festival at an event Tuesday at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough. One of the highlights will be a lion dance competition, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. “Also we have the largest lion head in North America for people to take pictures with,” Mr. Chiu said. “We have cultural performances on stage throughout the entire time, activities for children and chances to win a silver Year of the Horse commemorative coin.” Visitors will receive lucky windmills and samples from event sponsors Canada Dry and Kellogg’s. Mr. Chiu said the festival offers an ideal way for the younger generation, especially Canadian-born Chinese, to reconnect to their culture and traditions. There are nearly 600,000 Chinese Canadians living in the GTA. “The community has been looking for an authentic Chinese New Year celebration that is uniquely traditional yet can provide new excitement with activities for the entire family,” Mr. Chiu said. He stressed the event is not just for the Chinese community. “Everybody is welcome

PHOTO/IRVIN MINTZ

Members of the Northern Legs Southern Fists martial arts club perform a lion dance Tuesday at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto during the announcement of the inaugural CIBC Lion Dance Chinese New Year Celebrations. The lions may be dancing but Markham’s Chinese community is getting set to saddle up and welcome the Year of the Horse with festivities at Market Village shopping centre at Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. to join us.” The Year of the Horse in Chinese astrology is considered a fortunate year. “A horse is a very energetic animal, so it’s going to be a very energetic year coming up,” Mr. Chiu said.

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Famous people born in the Year of the Horse include Jackie Chan, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand. Admission to the three-day festival is free.

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SPORTS Apps excited about return to Olympics BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

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When the final selections were about to be made for Canada’s women’s hockey team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Gillian Apps had concerns. Even though she had two prior Olympic gold medals under her belt, the 30-year-old Unionville resident wasn’t certain she would be a shoo-in for the 21-player roster. In fact some players who had prior Olympic experience were released prior to the final selection. In the end, though, the grand daughter of NHL Hall of Famer Syl Apps and daughter of former NHL player Syl Apps Jr. need not have worried after it was officially announced she will get to play for an Olympic medal for a third time. “I think in any Olympic year, you can never be complacent,” the six-foot forward said. Canada has an amazingly talent pool and the younger players coming up are very skilled, she said. “I try to lead each day in my own way. If I can help the younger players in any way, then I am happy to do so,” she said. “We have a great mix of youth and experience on our roster which I think keeps things

balanced and energized.” Apps is also confident the recent hiring of former NHL player and coach Kevin Dineen to be their new head coach could help them win a fourth straight Olympic gold.

“He’s brought on a new perspective on the game,” Apps said of Dineen, who replaced Dan Church behind the bench. “We still have a lot of work to do between now and then finetuning our game to get it at its

absolute best,” she said. “I know that the Olympics will be a great tournament, and if all goes well you should see a Canada vs U.S.A. final. What a great game for the spectators to watch, and the players to play in.”

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Thornlea Secondary School’s Emanual Shepherd passes off against Vaughan Secondary School’s Rijien Viloria and Malik Tucker in an exciting high school game at Thornlea Tuesday that went into double overtime. Vaughan won 61-57. See more photographs from the game on our website, yorkregion.com

Tony Roman hockey tournament reinvented The Tony Roman Memorial Hockey Tournament will live on, but not in a week-long format as it has since its inception 40 years ago. To be known as the 41st Tony Roman Memorial Hockey Celebration, some 2,000 house league players age five to 20 representing the Markham Minor Hockey Association, Thornhill Community Hockey League and Unionville Minor Hockey Association will have the opportunity to play like a pro. A new wrinkle for this year’s festivities, the participating players will be introduced during the warmup and each game will begin after playing of the national anthem. Similar to a pro hockey experience, music will blare over the arena speaker system between faceoffs. Goals and assists will be announced over the PA system. Marzia Del Bianco, Unionville Minor Hockey Association president, said with the tournament through the years growing in size, the associations were finding it difficult to run the event in the manner they would like. At the same time, they still want to make the event a celebration of minor hockey. “We would like people to come see a big sports experience and it could also encourage parents to sign their youngsters up in the future. “We want to make this a fun experience.” Festivities begin Feb. 22 with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. at the Markham Civic Centre outdoor ice rink, at 101 Town Centre Blvd. Along with the traditional ceremonial puck drop, a free community family skate will take place. To check out the schedule, log on to: http://markhamhockey.ca, http://tchl.org or http://www.umhahockey.org

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Other team members contributing to the club’s tournament title run included goalkeeper Cole Floro, defencemen Michael Palandra, Liam Ross, Ashton Reesor, Haiden Lambert, Owen Robins and forwards Jacob Rintjema and Carter Begley. Assisting Brimmer behind the bench were Doug Caines, Dennis Tracy, Mick Ralph and Brian Burtch. Dave Reeves served as trainer and Albino Da Fonseca as manager. — Michael Hayakawa

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Bayview rink reaches final of provincial Scotties tourney BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

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For Julie Hastings and her Bayview Curling Club rink, reaching last Sunday’s final in the 2014 Women’s Ontario Scotties Tournament in Sault Ste. Marie was something she won’t soon forget when it comes to her career on the pebbled ice. For the Markham resident along with team members in lead Katrina Collins of Stouffville and second Stacey Smith, it marked the first time in their competitive careers they advanced to the penultimate stage. But if there was one thing Hastings and her rink, which included vice Cheryl McPherson, who was part of Alison Goring’s provincial championship club in 1990, would have wanted to be different was the outcome in the final. Facing Allison Flaxey’s rink from the Listowel Curling Club for the third time in the championship and with a berth on the line to represent Ontario in the upcoming Scottie’s Tournament of Hearts on the line, Hastings’ crew came out on the short end of a 7-5 decision. “To get to the final game was amazing and a great experience,” Hastings said. “We fought hard all week and prepared all season for the final game. “To come away with a loss is very disappointing, but we are proud of how we got there.” Finishing atop the standings with Flaxey through the round-robin with a 7-2 record, Hastings’ rink was second after losing in their

Julie Hastings, Cheryl McPherson, Stacey Smith and Katrina Collins curling out of Bayview Curling Club in Thornhill finished second in women’s provincials in Sault Ste. Marie. head-to-head meeting. But in a page one versus page two match Saturday in which she played Flaxey for a second time, Hastings’ rink prevailed 8-3, gaining automatic entry into Sunday’s cham-

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BOWER, Richard William Bill died Jan. 11 at Southlake Regional Health Centre with his wife and children at his side. For the past year, pancreatic cancer ravaged his body, but his wit remained sharp and his spirit true. He was 67. For close to 30 years, Bill served the people of Toronto as a member of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Service. He served the broader community as a Freemason. He was twice Master of Richardson Lodge No. 136 in Stouffville and was recently appointed a Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. Bill loved people, plain and simple. He was the neighbour you went to when you needed a drill bit, a cold beer or a shoulder on which to cry. An avid sports fan, he played and coached baseball and hockey. He cheered for the home team, including the Argos, the Jays and even those bums in blue and white the Maple Leafs. He loved Christmas and liked his steak rare, his cigars Cuban and his Scotch single malt. He loved his bagpipes, though his neighbours …. not so much. He disliked basketball, the squirrels that stole the seed from his bird feeder and pretty much every other driver on the road. And peanut butter. Oh, how he despised peanut butter. Above all, Bill loved his family. You could literally see the joy on his face at our weekly dinners and other functions. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he embodied love. He is survived by his beloved wife, Peggy, children Patti and Jeff and Michelle and Kevin, and his grandchildren, Evan, Madeleine and Alicia. Fondly remembered by Shelby and Jack, he was predeceased by his constant companion, Scampy. You can celebrate Bill's life Sat., Jan. 18 at Low and Low, 23 Main St. S., Uxbridge. Visitation is at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. For more details, visit lowandlow.ca. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity or the action clinic at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre. You can also seek out the next blood donor clinic in your community and make a donation in Bill's memory. Bill gave 87 units to the blood bank during his life and, in the past year, "made a few withdrawals." There are many other people just like him who need your blood. For details on how and where to give, visit blood.ca WARBY, Rheta (nee Maynard) P e a c e f u l l y a t We s t P a r r y S o u n d District Health Centre on Sunday, January 5, 2014 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Allan, and loving mother of George and his wife Maureen. She will be lovingly remembered by her granddaughter, Meghan. Dear sister of Marjorie Constable and Gladys Keeble and the late Alma Walker, Viola Durant, Eileen Twiner, Mark, Alfred, John, George, Allen, Ross and Robert Maynard. Friends will be received at the DIXONGARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main Street N. (Markham Road), Markham on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 2 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Markham Food Bank, L a k e l a n d L o n g Te r m C a r e P a r r y Sound or to a choice charity.

BAJARI, Ben Passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 in his 73rd year. Loving husband of Lorna for 47 years. Cherished father of Amanda (Pete). Brother of Jim (Flora) and Paul (Susan). He will be remembered by all of his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by both parents. As per Ben's wishes cremation and memorial service have taken place.

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