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Council will evaluate what impact charging such fees would have on these groups Ché Perreira News

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Jackie Stotherf helps her son Zachary Brookes on with his mitts during a day of tobogganing and playing in the snow at Eglinton Park just after a late December snowfall.

Wells Hill home to be saved City to look at heritage designation for Casa Loma area residence Nicole Witkowski News

Members of the Casa Loma community have helped save a local home from demolition by convincing the city to look at designating it as a

heritage property. The city has issued a notice of intention to designate the Frank Denison house at 72 Wells Hill Ave. as a heritage property, much to the delight of many of the home’s neighbours. “We’re very pleased that the city has taken

this step to preserve [this house],” said Casa Loma Residents Association member Brian Barron. “The loss of this house would have been terrible.” The two-and-a-half-storey home is one of the earliest representations of the Revival Style in the area according to a city heritage report. The property also is home to several large, old OAK TREES Page 3

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City council has voted to extend the exemption on solid waste collection fees for charitable organizations for 2013. This decision followed an outcry from groups that claimed having to pay the new fees would decrease the community services they provide. “We’re happy about the city’s decision not to charge us,” says Maria Drossos, director of operations at St. John the Compassionate Mission on Broadview Avenue. “For now we see this as a victory.” If St. John were charged the fees it would make it more difficult to operate its free meal program, she says. “Any financial hit would affect the amount of people we feed,” Drossos says. “We need money for our staff, heat, lighting and maintenance of the building … without that there would be no facility for [members of the community] to eat in.” However, the extension to the exemption was only approved for one year. During the 2012 budget process, city staff had recommended an end to the long-standing exemption for charities and not-for-profit organizations from paying to have their trash collected. After much discussion and debate, MONEY Page 4


Gold medal level cuisine EDO’s executive chef Ryo Ozawa takes high honours at World Culinary Olympics Eric Emin Wood Features

The coverage may not have had the scope of their athletic counterpart, but the World Culinary

Olympics were no less exciting — and every bit as prestigious in chefs’ circles as the “other” Olympics are for athletes. So it’s perhaps fitting that Ryo Ozawa, the executive chef

at EDO on Eglinton Avenue W. says he doesn’t remember how it felt to win the gold. “I was very, very exhausted because I didn’t sleep for two days,” he says. The 2012 event, which took place in Germany, saw chefs from 35 countries competing in both individual and team

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culinary events. Ozawa chose to compete in the individual category, preparing a three-course vegetarian menu and a five-course tasting menu for judges. “I tried to use local food ingredients,” he says. “Atlantic salmon, Pacific scallops, Nova Scotia lobster, Quebec foie gras, and Quebec duck,” adding what he calls Japanese essence. “I added soy sauce flavour, some sashimi style fish … miso marinade, and I made dashi egg custard,” he says. While the competition does not publish individual chef scores, Ozawa’s team, Golden Horseshoe, won five medals, including a gold medal for des-

sert. Ozawa himself won a gold medal in his division. “When they called my name ... I didn’t feel happy, just very calm,” he says. “I didn’t think, ‘I can get a medal.’ I just did my best, and the result followed me.” Ozawa first came to Canada in 2002, after winning a competition organized by the Canadian embassy in Japan. While he did not stay, Ozawa remembers wanting to come back. “I love the nature of Canada,” he says. “Canada has four very clear seasons and by the seasons they have great food ingredients.” In 2003, when EDO’s founding partner Barry Chaim was

in Japan seeking new cooks, a mutual friend connected them and Ozawa decided to move to Toronto the next year. While Ozawa misses buying fresh salmon, tuna and snapper from Tokyo’s fish markets, and mountain vegetables such as wasabi roots, he says he enjoys the opportunity to prepare authentic European dishes, often with local Canadian seafood — including lobster, mussels and oysters — that could only be purchased from importers in Japan. “I am Japanese so I know the culture of Japanese and Asian food,” he says. “I had no idea about the European food habits or culture.”


Police seek armed-and-dangerous suspect to remain vigilant when interacting with strangers.

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Police are looking for a middle-aged man who allegedly used a weapon while making a threat on a woman’s life. According to a news release, the 45-year-old accused assaulted a woman on Jan. 8, and while leaving the house, picked up a sword and threatened to kill her. Police say they are looking for Dusan Coso, who they consider armed and dangerous. If he is spotted, police say he should not be approached, rather 911 should be contacted. Scam artist targeted Jewish women on the TTC A man is facing fraud charges after allegedly targeting members of the Jewish community while on public transit. According to police, a man approached and befriended Jewish women while on the subway, telling them he is from

Israel. When the man was able to gain their trust, police say he would confide in them that he was having a financial dilemma, would ask for a loan, and promised to repay them once he got back home. The women would then give the man some money. Police have arrested 63-year-old Israel Aharonovitz, of Israel and charged him with four counts of fraud under $5,000. Police believe there may be more victims, and are reminding the public

Second arrest in murder of Allan Lanteigne A second man wanted in a murder from 2011 has been arrested in Greece. In late 2012, police announced they had made an arrest in the March 3, 2011 murder of Allan Lanteigne, which occurred in the victim’s home at 934 Ossington Ave. Lanteigne was found dead by police who went to check on him after a concerned co-worker contacted them. On Nov. 2, 2012, Lanteigne’s estranged husband, Demitry Papasotiriou, was charged with first degree murder, and police said a second man was wanted. Now police say they have arrested the second man and charged him with first degree murder as well. Toronto Police, working with Interpol and authorities in Athens, Greece, made the arrest Jan. 8. Charged is Mladen (Michael) Ivezic.

Woman wanted for damaging furs Police are looking for the public’s help identifying a woman wanted in a mischief investigation in the Yorkville area. According to a news release, between Dec. 8 and Dec. 21, police were called to various retail stores in the Yonge and Bloor area in response to a woman damaging winter coats with furlined collars. Police say the woman is white, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6 and with a medium build. When she was last seen, she was wearing blue denim pants, a three-quarter length white winter coat, red scarf, black knit beret hat, and she was carrying a black shoulder bag. Suspects sought in home burglaries Residents in and around Forest Hill are being made aware of a series of break-and-enters into homes. Police say a suspect or suspects has broken into several homes in the Forest Hill area between November 2012 and Jan. 2, 2013. In each case, jewellery and

cash were taken. Police have described the suspect(s) as white, between 30 and 40 years old, about 6-feet-tall and with an athletic build. The suspect(s) was last seen wearing camouflage pants, a dark jacket and carrying a knapsack. Police are reminding the public to do what they can to make sure their homes are secure. There are a series of tips available on the Toronto Police website. Possible sex offender seen in The Annex Police are warning the public about a potential sex offender in The Annex. According to a news release, police were called for a suspicious incident near Spadina and Bloor at around 12:20 p.m. on Dec. 21. Police say a man who was wearing a skin-tight purple suit and had his face concealed made inappropriate comments to five children whom he approached. The man then left the area. Police have described him as being about 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6 tall and with a thin build.


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Father John Pottow and his three-year-old son Jack found themselves absolutely covered in the white stuff after a run down a very fast hill at Eglinton Park.

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NOT GOING ANYWHERE: The city has filed an notice of its intention to give the Neil Denison home at 72 Wells Hill Ave. a heritage designation after Casa Loma area residents fought to keep the house from being demolished.

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oak trees. The home’s prospective owner is in talks with city heritage staff about what can be changed or added to the home given its protected status, said Ward 21 councillor Joe Mihevc.

“Things can be done, but the [owners] need to respect the heritage, meaning the windows, doors and positioning on the site,” he added. “But that doesn’t mean you can’t redo the kitchen.” The prospective owner had wanted to tear down the exist-

ing house and build an new one closer to the street, Milhevc said. That would also mean chopping down those trees. Many Casa Loma residents objected to the demolition when a notice went up on the property in late August, said

Barron. Despite many residents being away for the Labour Day weekend, enough took notice to start an opposition. “[Casa Loma] is a very heritage proud community,” Milhevc said. “We need to find ways to support the heritage of our community.”

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Carolyn Bennett What do the former prime minister John Turner, Grano’s Roberto Martella, Steve Paikin and Fiona Nelson have in common? They live in St. Paul’s. They make us proud. They are at risk of being catapulted into a new riding called Mount Pleasant. The Electoral Boundaries Commission proposal would divide St. Paul’s almost in half. The new St. Paul’s would start at Oriole Parkway and Avenue Road and go west to Dufferin Street and south to Bloor Street. The new Mount Pleasant riding would take up the eastern part of the current St. Paul’s as well as Moore Park, Rosedale and the northern part of the gay village. During our six neighbourhood checkups in October the proposed changes were discussed. There wasn’t one person who thought the new riding of Mount Pleasant made any sense. It would span from Broadway in the north to Wellesley in the south, and be totally divided by Mount Pleasant Cemetery. There

was consensus that there was nothing natural about collecting those neighbourhoods into a new riding. There was no-one who thought that the Chaplin Estates, or Oriole Park or Deer Park neighbourhoods should be divided in half. Time and time again, it was suggested that the new riding should be at the waterfront. People felt that the new high density developments of Liberty Village, Harbourfront and the Portlands are indeed a genuine new waterfront community — and growing. At the hearings with the commission in November, it was clear that there were serious objections to the proposals for turning four ridings downtown/midtown ridings into five. It was clear that the people of the Annex want to stay in Trinity Spadina — they relate to Bloor Street, not St. Clair or Eglinton. They feel the railway tracks are a natural boundary and it should be respected. There was huge objection to dividing the gay village in two. No-one could see the sense of Wellesley as a boundary. It would mean that the 519 Community Centre and the AIDS Memorial would be in the new riding of Mount Pleasant — just not okay. I was proud to present the solution as presented by the brilliant citizens of St. Paul’s. They respected the numbers problem that the commissioners had to tackle. The

2011 census has revealed that certain Toronto ridings are way too big. The target is 100,000 each. The solution the citizens designed would see St. Paul’s remain essentially intact, perhaps with a little shaving on the sides to reach the 100,000 target. The two way too big ridings of Trinity Spadina and Toronto Centre would stop at the railway lands to make a new waterfront riding much like the old provincial riding of Fort York. If that was not quite the numbers solution, the boundary could be drawn at King Street. It was clear at the hearing that certain streets are boundaries and others backbones. We see Yonge Street as a backbone. We are seriously hoping our St. Paul’s bottom-up solution impressed the commissioners. We know it was their last hearing, and that they were coming to the end of a hugely demanding process. But we hope they were able to see that a new riding on the waterfront — Fort York or Garrison or Harbourfront — would make the most sense. We know that the former prime minister, Martella, Paikin and Nelson will always be honourary St. Paul’s. We hope the commissioners will keep them as citizens of St. Paul’s.

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council decided to waive the fees for that year. The recent motion extending the exemption throughout 2013 also directed city staff to work with these organizations to look at the impact the new fees would have on them and to find ways to maximize the organizations’ waste diversion rates. “We’ve done our best to divert to using green and blue bins,” Drossos says. Ward 30 councillor Paula Fletcher is pleased with the extension and says the city needs to do its best to assist in ensuring these organizations can keep their doors open. “We want to encourage our charities, not penalize them,” Fletcher says. “[These fees] target the most vulnerable people [and] that’s not right.”

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WASTE NOT: Father Roberto Ubertino of St. John the Compassionate Mission showed the Town Crier some of waste generated by the mission’s kitchen that serves meals to the poor. An exemption to waste disposal fees for charities has been extended by the city through 2013 so the municipality can better understand the impact the charges would have on organizations like St. John.


What’s next for our schools? Labour relations board declares walkouts illegal but teachers’ unions plan to find ways to protest Tristan Carter News

Both the public elementary and secondary school teachers’ unions have cancelled planned walkouts in protest of the province imposing contracts on their members. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario cancelled a planned walkout for Friday, Jan. 11 after it was

deemed illegal by the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The late notice resulted in around half of Toronto’s elementary and junior high school students missing class on the day of the planned job action, even though schools were open. Earlier in the week the Toronto District School Board had announced that it would be cancelling classes for Jan. 11, but changed its mind after the labour rela-

tions board ruling. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation had also announced its intention to stage a similar walkout on Jan. 16 but cancelled the plan after the recent ruling, according to union executive director Leslie Wolfe. “We have indicated to our members that the ruling applies equally to us and so we will also not be conducting the walkout on Wednesday,” she said. Before the board’s ruling, Wolfe acknowledged that the union was not in a legal strike position due to the fact that a contract was in place after the

enactment of Bill 115, the legislation that allowed the McGuinty government to impose a contract on school unions that hadn’t settled with the province, but described the planned action as a “one-day political protest”. Wolfe added that further action was under consideration and said the withholding of voluntary and extracurricular activities by secondary school teachers would continue. “Our members told us in December that if the government imposed conditions on them and removed all other recourse to legal job action that they felt they would have no other choice

but to use the only thing left to them to protest which is the withdrawal of their good will,” Wolfe said. When asked about the impact on the students, Wolfe said the union was fighting for their rights as workers later on. “I know its very difficult for students and for parents and in fact for community members to understand but it is our hope that this short term pain, if you will, will result in a long term gain for our students who are in fact the future workers of this province,” she said. — With files from Ché Perreira

The view from the high schoolers Students discuss how they see their lives changing after the province imposed a new contract on their teachers Following the legislation of a new contract for elementary and high school teachers in the Toronto District School Board, the Town Crier hit the streets to find out what differences students expect to see at school. Here’s what they had to say:

“I expect to see a lower morale [among the teachers]. They’re not going to be as motivated because they’re losing a lot of their rights.” Adboy Das, grade 11, Georges Vanier Secondary School

“Our teachers here made a deal with helping out with the extracurriculars. So even though we’re not getting the sports, we’re still getting the extra [academic] help we need.” Wahee Rehman, grade 11, Northern Secondary School

“Teachers have already began to discuss the possibility of running extracurricular activities in the near future. Our principal told us there is a possibility. This is my last year. I feel like my high school experience is being compromised.” Sarah Zafar, grade 12, Georges Vanier Secondary School

“The teachers want to have our extracurriculars but I guess they’re not allowed. Our math teacher was telling us that he wanted to have them but he’d get in trouble if he did. I really hope they change that.” Taylor Baker, grade 10, North Toronto Collegiate

“I think it’ll be more consistent now, because in the past it’s just been like ‘we might not have [extracurriculars] today or we will have [them] today.’ It got mixed up.” Max Alexeenko, grade 9, North Toronto Collegiate

“All I know is that there’s a freeze in wages. Our teachers stay to help but they only stay for an extra 15 minutes. They don’t stay past 3:15.” Veli Xie, grade 11, Northern Secondary School

“I feel like the students will be unhappy that extracurriculars are being taken away. It’s stressful for the students and teachers, and the students can see that. It can affect us in the future if it’s happening now.” Kayla Miller, grade 11, Northern Secondary School

“It’s going to depress the students … there are not as many activities as before.” Kevin Truong, grade 11, Georges Vanier Secondary School

“I pretty much know what to expect for the rest of the year. The teachers that I know are ambivalent to the strike. Only a few are flag wavers.” Justin Taub, grade 12, Northern Secondary School

“Something will happen for us. Something productive will come out of this. I think that there will be extra-curricular activities. We realize that there is something more beyond school. Students will continue to become more socially and politically active. We have something to fight for.” Khadija Waseem, grade 12 and president of the Student Activities Council, Georges Vanier Secondary School

“I think they will find new ways of protesting … If I were a worker I would do the same.” Mushfiqur Rahman, grade 11, Georges Vanier Secondary School — Compiled by Ché Perreira and Nicole Witkowski



Ex-Drake chef goes for comfort ann ruppenstein/town crier

ORDER UP: Chefs Anthony Rose, left, and Chris Sanderson opened Rose and Sons, a spot on Dupont Street which took over the former home of People’s Foods which closed in May.

The Dupont–Davenport eatery that took over iconic local spot, seeks to leave diners with a smile and a full belly Ann Ruppenstein Business

On the day of his 30th birthday ex-Drake Hotel chef Anthony Rose opened the doors to his own restaurant. “I think what we’re doing is really going back to the stone-age in terms of food — we

just offer good food and good booze in a good comfortable place for people to have a good time in,” Rose says from a booth after the lunch crowd has dwindled down. “We’re showcasing some really funky, rustic, kind of country food that I’ve always really wanted to do.” At the end of November Rose and Sons took over the location from People’s Foods, which had been a neighbourhood staple on Dupont Street near Davenport Road for nearly 50 years. Although the space was renovated, they maintained the iconic outdoor “hamburgers” signage. “We were just looking for a really cool spot,” he says. “My brother lives down the street and he showed me the sign on the window saying they were gone and I just started

stalking the landlord … I grew up not too far from here, Avenue Road and Eglinton, so this really was my stomping grounds so it was cool to be back.” Although some items on the comfort food inspired menu change weekly, a popular dish has been the patty melt, which consists of a patty in a grilled cheese sandwich then topped with fried onions. Before going on to hold a six-year position at the Drake Hotel, Rose worked in New York City and San Francisco, where he moved to gain more classic culinary training after working in the city for notable chefs such as David Lee and Mark McEwan. “That’s where a lot of my initial food background comes from, which is just kind of cook

good simple food, do very little to it and just have a good time doing it,” he says of his time in San Francisco. In time for spring, Rose hopes to have a patio opened and plans to add additional Rose and Sons locations around the city. While Rose, who hopes customers leave with a smile and a full belly, only has one son, Simon, he called the restaurant Rose and Sons because it sounded better, he says. “But it’s cool because all the other people that work with me now have all become my sons so it’s like one big crazy family,” he says, adding his business partner and chef Chris Sanderson has been invaluable. “I couldn’t do anything without that guy. He’s the guts, the glory, the skin and bones behind this place.”

Baker, men’s clothier and jeweller all open new shops Ann Ruppenstein Business

Bruno Beaudoin’s The Artisan Baker, now open on Yonge Street south of St. Clair Avenue, is home to hand crafted, French-inspired, locally sourced foods. The bakery meets café, which also offers catering and hos-

pitality delivery services, features a selection of breads, pastries, cakes, deli cheeses, cold cuts and packaged foods, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner options for dine in or take out. The Artisan Baker took over the space from Passione Italiana Ristorante and set up shop next to the short lived grab and go takeout lunch

spot Le Panier Rouge, both of which closed in 2012.

Showcasing designer and contemporary men’s clothing from around the world, Philip Toronto is now located in the Shops at Hazelton Lanes. The clothing store features collections from Milan, London, New York, Sweden

and Denmark, a changing selection and brands such as Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Versace and Alexander Wang.

Founded by brothers Greg and Jeff Buzbuzian in 1978 Knar Jewellery is a new addition to Yorkville. The family owned fine jewellery, watches and accessories retailer carries brands

like Rolex, Tacori and Tag Heuer and offers custom designed jewellery, repairs, restorations and in-house appraisals. Knar, which stems from an ancient Armenian woman’s name meaning melody or beauty, is located on Avenue Road at Yorkville Avenue and also has locations in Kitchener– Waterloo, Guelph and Oakville.



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I MIGHT TAKE THIS ONE HOME WITH ME: Orchid grower Tena van Andel eyes an irresistible orchid at the Toronto Botanical Garden’s shopTBG.


City Gardening

Lorraine Flanigan

Favourite flower of the Victorians still inspires passions among its fans The Victorians’ reputation for prudishness is a deception that cloaks an overpowering passion — for embracing exotic plants, that is. In an era that saw a proliferation of fiercely competitive plant hunters, the Victorians went wild about any plant brought from afar. One of those plants was the orchid, and the resulting mania was dubbed orchidelirium. The fact that orchid-hunting expeditions were fraught with danger (one hapless hunter was reportedly devoured by a tiger and another covered in oil and burned to death) only added fuel to the fiery passion for a plant that’s older than the human race itself (with more than 80 million years of recorded history), covers every continent on earth except Antarctica and accounts for eight percent of all the flowering plants in the world. In fact, every year more than 200 new species of orchids are being discovered by contemporary plant hunters — some of whom face such modern-day dangers as kidnapping. This fascinating history, along with the Trivial Pursuit-worthy tidbit that vanilla derives from a particular orchid plant called Vanilla planifolia, comes from master gardener Tena van Andel who admits to an addiction to this exotic family of plants since buying her first orchid when she was at university 25 years ago.


MORE INTERESTING THAN YOU MAY THINK: The history of orchid hunting is enough to make Indiana Jones quiver in his boots.

Today, van Andel grows orchids in a greenhouse attached to her East York home. “I spend many an enjoyable Sunday in our greenhouse which of course, is a great excuse to procrastinate about doing housework,” she says. One of the easiest orchids for homeowners to grow, she says, are Phalanopsis (those showy moth orchids you often see in grocery stores). Depending on the particular environment (a few cooler nights help initiate blooms), “they should bloom reliably every year in February and March no matter how badly you treat them,” she says. TAKING Page 8

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Van Andel reports that the most frequently asked question about these orchids is what to do when they finish blooming. “There are two options,” she says. “Starting at the base of the flower spike, count up three nodes and cut just above number three.” That’s where the new flower spike will form. But for the healthiest plants and better show flowers next year, she recommends a second method of cutting off the entire spike.  The second most satisfying orchid to grow as a houseplant, says van Andel, is the Cymbidium. Unlike Phalanopsis orchids, which grow upward from the base, these grow laterally, producing sprays of flowers that bloom in a wide range of colours. To emulate their native habitat (they’re from high altitudes), keep them cool year-round. Place them outside in a shady area all summer, she says, and don’t worry about bringing them indoors until just before the first frost. Van Andel’s tips for growing both of these types of orchids are super simple. “When you first bring one home from the store, just enjoy it,” she says. “Put it by an easy chair where you can sit with a rum punch and admire it.” When the pot feels light, when the leaves shrivel a bit or when the tips of the roots are no longer green, van Andel says it’s time to give them a “shower”, which emulates the tropical rainforest from whence they come. Orchids also appreciate the humidity of jungle-air. The best way to provide the

right atmosphere in our homes is by misting the plants at the roots, but never on the flowers which can be damaged by moisture. Van Andel’s recommended fertilizing regimen is to water “weekly weakly”. That is, water the plants every week throughout the year with a very dilute solution of the orchid fertilizer of your choice. “The single most important reason that orchids fail to bloom is not enough light,” says van Andel. “Place them in a bright spot, but move them away from the window in the summer to prevent the leaves from burning.” She also suggests taking them outside over the summer and hanging them in a shady location (they’ll burn if exposed to our summer sun). “Don’t put them on the ground or the pots will attract slugs, sowbugs and other insects,” she warns. Sound easy? If you do experience problems with your orchids, Ask A Master Gardener for help. In Toronto, call 416-3971345 or post your question online at Start or pursue your love affair with orchids at the Southern Ontario Orchid Society Orchid Show which fills the halls at the Toronto Botanical Garden on Feb. 16 and 17. You’re sure to find the crème de la crème of orchids, both challenging and easy to grow. For details, visit http://www.

Take orchids outside in summer, but hang them in the shade.

WHERE TO PRUNE: Orchid expert Tena van Andel says she’s often asked what to do after the plant stops blooming. She recommends either cutting above the third node or cutting off the entire spike.

Vowing to try her hand at growing orchids, Lorraine Flanigan writes from her home in the South Eglinton neighbourhood of Toronto.


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Jamiee Wood was in the right place at the right time when her love affair with hockey began. Nine years ago, Wood was watching a girls’ hockey practice in her native Dunedin, New Zealand, supporting her best friend, when the team needed someone to fill-in as a goalie. Wood volunteered, and loved it. She asked her mom to sign her up for skating lessons. “I’ve tried playing out, but I’ve never enjoyed it as much as playing in goal,” said 17year-old Wood, who has since took part in elite national competitions, and gained a spot on the New Zealand Ice Fernz national squad. “I can get further playing in goal, I can play in more men’s leagues. Personally, I feel better about saving goals than scoring them.” Her connections to hockey have brought her to Leaside, practicing with the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association’s midget-aged squads. A first-time initiative by Leaside, Wood will get to practice and play while staying with two host families —the McStays and the Mollenhauers. Spending her summer break here, which lasts until February, her Canadian stay will be Wood’s first time receiving instruction from specialized goaltending coaches. “You wouldn’t get anything like that in New Zealand,” said Wood, who arrived in Toronto

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WARM WELCOME: New Zealander Jamiee Wood, centre, took the opportunity to spend her summer vacation in wintry Canada in order to better learn the game she loves. While here, the hockey player is staying with two host families including Maureen McStay, left, and her daughter Meghan, who plays on the Leaside Wildcats rep team.

in December. “Having a goalie coach has definitely pushed me because I’m not used to having a goalie coach. “Talking to somebody that actually understands and knows goaltending is really good. It’s not just being put in the net to take shots, I like the technical side.”

Leaside has become close to several Kiwis, including a board member who was born in New Zealand. Kiri Langford, a Kiwi who plays for the York University Lions women’s hockey team, suggested bringing Wood to Leaside. “She said ‘Hey, I know this goaltender who would kill to

come here and do some training on her summer break,’ ” said Jennifer Smith, president of the Leaside organization. “We got together one night, and asked ‘What would it look like, and why would we do this?’ ” Bringing in athletes from other countries is common in

collegiate and professional circuits. But, the apparatus to make this happen in women’s hockey, and to ensure Wood is actually allowed to play rather than be an observer — Leaside’s roster had already been set — wasn’t in place. In the bigger picture, Leaside is interested in elevating


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Actor is a rare find The road to Annex resident Mike Shara’s stage career hasn’t always been straight, but it has taken him far Eric Emin Wood Arts & Entertainment

Actor Mike Shara didn’t fall in love with theatre at an early age. “As a kid ... it seemed like it wasn’t a conventional job, and I knew that a conventional job, per se, wasn’t going to be for me,” says the Annex resident. “I didn’t know the odds against it actually working out, or I might not have gone into it.” In high school, Shara only performed in one play, a vampire farce called Out For The Count, and was eventually kicked out of the only postsecondary theatre program that would accept him. Yet he’s continued acting. In his latest role, the lead in Tarragon Theatre’s production, The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, Shara’s character pursues a string of women (all played by actress Nicole Underhay) as if each is the One, demanding absolute loyalty from his lovers without caring if he meets those standards himself.

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LADIES MAN: In his latest role, that of Anatol, in Tarragon Theatre’s production of The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, Annex resident Mike Shara seeking out the woman for him in Morris Panych’s adaptation of the Austrian original.

“The story is about how Anatol gets it wrong over and over again, rather than how Anatol gets it right,” Shara says, with a chuckle. “He certainly evolves because of his mistakes, [but] he doesn’t seem to have learned to change his life around by the end of it.” The show’s director Morris Panych says he chose Shara because of the rare qualities he brought to the role. “True romantic comedy leads are a rare find,” says Panych, who also adapted the script. “[Shara] somehow manages to capture both essential maleness and credible vulnerability that make him so recognizable, and so attractive to watch, to both men and women.” Shara grew up in St. Catharines, but moved to

Toronto after leaving university. While living with a pair of friends, he started looking for auditions. “You don’t necessarily need a degree in acting to work or audition, so I found an agent and got some breaks fairly early on,” he says. “The agent I went with was not my agent now, but he was in need of people my age.” “I got some auditions, and … one just happened to work out,” he says. The one audition that worked out happened to be for the Shaw Festival. “They were doing a particularly big season where they needed a lot of young bodies,” Shara says. “I didn’t have any lines. I just sort of moved furniture and kept my mouth shut and my head down.” That was 15 years ago. Since then, Shara’s

“I’m surrounded by creative, interesting eccentrics who, like me, have chosen to think outside the box.”

work has included a CanStage production of baseball drama Take Me Out, a production of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming at Stratford and a Shaw production of its namesake playwright’s The Doctor’s Dilemma. Shara says his favourite parts of acting are the unpredictable nature of the job, and the people he gets to work with. “I’m surrounded by creative, interesting eccentrics who, like me, have chosen to think outside the box, and are willing to question things and go places where it might be scary to go,” he says. “I find myself a little bit out of my comfort zone when I go to dinner parties with people who don’t think and live like that.” Shara has lived in the Annex for three years and says he loves it. “I wouldn’t move anywhere else,” he says. “We’re close to both subway lines, I don’t feel like I need to go outside my neighbourhood for anything, and a lot of artists live in the Annex, which is great.”

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Friday, Jan. 18 Andy De Campos Quintet at Zemra Bar Lounge, 778 St. Clair Ave W. 9 p.m. New Year, New Life. The Andy De Campos Quintet plays Zemra Bar Lounge featuring Andy De Campos on vocals, Robert Horvath on piano, Ken McDonald on bass, Steve Farrugia on drums and Howard Leathers on trumpet. Sunday, Jan. 20 Multiculturalism: A Canadian Cliché, St. Clement’s Church, 70 St Clements Ave. 10 a.m. Forty Minute Forum presents The Globe and Mail’s award-winning columnist Doug Saunders arguing that our multicultural policies damage what they are intended to celebrate. All are welcome. Free. Tuesday, Jan. 22 Home Security and Crime Prevention, S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. 2 p.m. Don’t be a victim. Constable Hannah from Toronto Police 54 Division presents a program on home security and preventing crimes in the home. Free. Wednesday, Jan. 23 Amica at Bayview’s Lunch’n Movie, 15 Barberry Pl. 1:15 p.m. This afternoon, enjoy a lovely lunch then embark on the memories of a couple’s relationship in the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. This is a great opportunity for first-time guests to visit. (No) Black Holes in Geneva, Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. N. 7 p.m. Dr. Johannes Hirn, University of Toronto, will talk about the Large Hadron Collider and small black holes. Register at Brentwood Library information desk or call 416-3945247. Free. Thursday, Jan. 24 Coffee Café, Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E. 11 a.m. Join us on our bi-monthly tour of Toronto coffee houses for a friendly, relaxing, social hour. This month we will be visiting the Bulldog Coffee, whose claim to fame is their latte art. Must be 50+. Membership not required. Phone 416-392-0511 ext. 228. Pay for what you order.

Friday, Jan. 25 Toronto Gems — Toronto Archives, Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E. 9:15 a.m. We will go on a guided exploration into the deep archives of Toronto. The tour will finish with a slide show presentation of the history of our very own community, Yonge and Eglinton. Must be 50+. Phone 416-392-0511 ext. 228 by Jan. 18 to register. Free for members, $2 for non-members. Saturday, Jan. 26 Prenatal Class Toronto With Growing Baby, 947 Queen St. E. 9 a.m. Join other expectant parents in our fun and informative prenatal class. Learn about pre-labour, signs of labour, breathing and massage techniques, partner support, baby care, breastfeeding and more. Please e-mail to register. Midwinter Madness White Elephant Sale, Church of St Luke, 904 Coxwell Ave. 10 a.m. Furniture, silver, collectibles, glassware, china, books, jewellery, lots of household items and much more. Snack bar too. Free.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Choral Conductors Symposium Concert, 1585 Yonge St. 3 p.m. A free Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert. Enjoy a potpourri of great choral works performed by the Mendelssohn Singers and by the 20-voice Elora Festival Singers. This concert concludes the TMC’s 3rd annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium. Free. Sunday, Jan. 27 Teen Brain, Teen Mind, St. Clement’s Church, 70 St Clements Ave. 10 a.m. Forty Minute Forum presents neuroscientist/clinical psychologist, Dr. Ron Clavier. Brain studies reveal why teens think the way they think, act the way they act. For teens and adults. All are welcome. Free. Monday, Jan. 28 Stress Management Through Restorative Meditation, Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. N. 7 p.m. Led by a Meditation Toronto instructor, this class includes 20 minutes of meditation and 40 minutes of stress-relieving stretches. Participants must supply their own yoga mat. Register at Brentwood Library information desk or call 416-394-5247. Free. Tuesday, Jan. 29 R.C. Harris and Public Works in Riverdale, Riverdale Public Library, 370 Broadview Ave. 6 p.m. Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator for City of Toronto Museum Services, will look at the career of R.C. Harris, Commissioner of Works 1912–1945, through a Riverdale lens. Free for

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Wednesday, Jan. 30 Eat Well, Age Better, Toronto Reference Library , 789 Yonge St. 6:30 p.m. Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason (Ph.D) explains how to improve your lifelong health using diet, vitamins and nutritional supplements. Free. Thursday, Jan. 31 Gordon Pape & Deborah Kerbel: Teaching Your Kids about Money, Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview Ave. 6:30 p.m. Provide parents with a step-by-step approach to raising money-savvy kids and making it fun in the process. Anyone with children between the ages of 5 and 17 shouldn’t miss this talk. Free. Leaside Unite Community Icebreaker, Leaside Unite/Leaside Property Owners Association, 190 Laird Dr. 8 p.m. Join us for a drink, meet your neighbours and get the most recent status on the Smart Centre North development.Ticket price includes two drinks, music by Blue Nash. Tickets at door or in advance via email at $25. Friday, Feb. 1 New Year Zodiac Painted Animals, S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. 4 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Snake. Paint zodiac rock animals for New Year’s. Free. Saturday, Feb. 2 Meet Writer in Residence Alissa York, Toronto Public Library, North York Central branch, 5120 Yonge St. 2 p.m. Join us for coffee and conversation as the Toronto Public Library welcomes Writer in Residence Alissa York. York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (short listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and most recently, Fauna. Free. Buster Keaton Silent Film Night, St. John’s York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Dr. 7:30. The General(1926) is set during the American Civil War with Buster Keaton as a train engineer who has been rejected as unfit for military service. Live organ music by internationally renowned accompanist Bill O’Meara. Free, with donations for charity appreciated. Sunday, Feb. 3 Revealing the Renaissance: An Exhibition of Revolutionary Art at the AGO, St. Clement’s Church, 70 St Clements Ave. 10 a.m. Forty Minute Forum presents Sasha Suda, the AGO’s co-curator of the forthcoming show of Florentine Renaissance art. She will put the show into its historical context and describe the planning process. All are welcome. Free. Monday, Feb. 4 Teen Beading Explosion, S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. Noon. Bead something for yourself or your valentine during our Teen Beading Program. Visit the Branch or call 416-396-3975 to register. Free. Wednesday, Feb. 6 Dan Hill: Up Close and Intimate, Toronto Public Library, North York Central Library, Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. 7 p.m. In the late 1970s, Dan Hill rocketed to stardom as a singer-songwriter with his hit song Sometimes When We Touch, and he has never stopped writing. Free.

Thursday, Feb. 7 Restaurant Tour — Granite Brewery, Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E. Noon. Must be 50+. Phone 416-392-0511 ext. 228 by Jan. 31 to register. Free for members, $2 for non-members plus the cost of your meal. Toronto Catholic District School Board Staff Presents: Dearly Beloved, 49 Felstead Ave. 7:30 p.m. A Southern wedding goes hilariously offcourse in this fast-paced comedy about love, marriage, sisterhood, gospel music and three hundred pounds of good ol’ Texas barbeque. Phone contact: leave a message at 416-222-8282 Ext. 2787. $20. Saturday, Feb. 9 Chinese New Year Celebration, Toronto Public Library, Riverdale branch. 370 Broadview Ave. 2 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Snake. Join us for lion dancing, lucky draws, kids crafts and much more to welcome in the Lunar New Year. Co-sponsored with WoodGreen Community Services. Free. Monday, Feb. 11 Book Self-Publishing: Production, Marketing, and Distribution, Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. N. 6:30 p.m. Are you a writer? Are you also an aspiring author? This information is for you if you are considering book self-publishing as an alternative to the trade publishing route. Register at Brentwood Library information desk or call 416-394-5247. Free. Wednesday, Feb. 13 The Avro Arrow Story, Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. N. 6:30 p.m. The Avro Arrow fighter program is still controversial today. Why was the Arrow cancelled? Why did Avro Canada and the Canadian government build the Arrow? Register at Brentwood Library information desk or call 416-394-5247. Free. Thursday, Feb. 14 Friendship Valentine’s Party, Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E. 1 p.m. This Valentine’s Day we will be celebrating friends as we enjoy games (such as Bingo for prizes), beverages and treats (please bring a treat to share with the group). To register phone 416392-0511 ext. 228 before Feb. 7. Free. Duke & Monk: Beyond Category: The Music of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. 7 p.m. Pianist Mboya Nicholson will demonstrate how stride pianists and ragtime music influenced the musical styles of jazz greats Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Register at 416-395-5639. Free. Friday, Feb. 15 Teen Movie — Snow White and the Huntsman, S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. 2 p.m. Drop in to watch a free teen movie. Ages: 13+.

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Mistakes cost Buzzers key game BEAT ON THE GLOVE SIDE: St. Michael’s Buzzers goalie Adrian Ignagni gets beat by one of the Orangeville Flyers in a Jan. 11 tilt between the two squads. St. Mike’s lost the home ice game 3–2. However, the Buzzers came back the next night and beat the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots 3–2.

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The St. Michael’s Buzzers, despite out shooting the Orangeville Flyers 37–23 for the game, lost a close one, 3–2 on Jan. 11. The match was fast-paced and physical right from the outset, but both clubs made mistakes at both ends of the ice allowing for scoring opportunities. St. Mike’s offensive pressure paid off immediately, scoring within the first few minutes of the game. But, coach Rich Ricci’s Buzzers

had difficulties gaining momentum with the tricky Flyers. Aggressive play resulted in three penalties for St. Mike’s, including two slashing penalties. One of those penalties resulted in a powerplay goal late in the first for the Flyers. “It was pretty disappointing,” said Buzzers forward Matt Buckles, who scored the Buzzers’ second goal, a one-timer seconds into the second period. “We made some big changes, brought in some really good guys, that it’s going to take some time for everything to gel, but disappointing for sure. “We talked a lot in practice about everyone communicating, and we did a lot of that in the first, we missed some opportunities where they scored. I think that hurt us at the end of the night because we made

some mistakes.” The Buzzers were active in advance of the Jan. 10 trade deadline, acquiring numerous players — including Cody Doiron and Matt Galati from Pickering, and Shane Conacher from Burlington — that, according to Ricci, shores up their blue line. “I was looking for another defenseman that could move the puck, provide a bit of a scoring advantage,” Ricci said. “The three guys we brought in addressed the needs that we have.” This is a crucial time for the Buzzers. Competing in the South Division

of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, a division that includes three Torontobased clubs and several teams with above .500 records, losses can have setbacks. In this game, the Buzzers scrambled down the stretch, to no avail. The Buzzers were looking to create, using their speed to open up the ice. Their powerplay passing was crisp, and their shots on net were near precise, but Orangeville were especially keen to get the puck out of their zone. The Buzzer’s finished 0-for-8 on the powerplay. “We just knew that we had to get

“We made some big changes, brought in some really good guys.”

pucks deep and crash hard, we were playing a good team out there, they just picked up some pretty good players,” said Flyers’ forward Keegan Auckerland, who opened up the scoring for Orangeville. “We definitely had to work harder than them.” A late second period goal by Orangeville’s Nick Geiser proved to be the game-winner. Orangeville, sitting in fourth place in the league’s West Division, have won three of their last four, including a 3–2 win against Hamilton Jan. 12. This is their second straight win over St. Mike’s, winning 7–4 Dec. 15. The Buzzers, still gelling with their new acquisitions, responded to their loss to Orangeville with a gritty 3–2 victory over Toronto Lakeshore Jan. 12. Galati, the forward they picked up from Pickering, scored twice.

St. Michael’s wins its own b-ball tournament First time since 2001 that host school has come away with the top prize in annual event Perry King Sports

St. Michael’s College has won its annual basketball tournament for the first time since 2001.

The 53rd annual St. Mike’s Invitational saw some of the best basketball squads in the region, including St. Mike’s and the Oakwood Barons, assembled at the Forest Hill school Jan. 10–13. The tournament

also featured Mother Theresa and Father Henry Carr, two of Toronto’s strongest public school basketball squads. The tournament, streamed live online, saw coach Jeff Zownir’s Blue Raiders reach the finals, where they faced Etobicoke’s Carr. Looking at a halftime deficit, St. Mike had a huge fourth quarter, handing Carr their first loss on Canadian soil this

season. winning 67–62. Blues’ guard Rayshane Case, was named most valuable player for the tournament. “[Three] hours ago my coach told me the last time [St. Mike’s] won this tournament was 2001…. Not anymore!” wrote Case, on his Twitter account. St. Michael’s, first place in tierone boys basketball in the CISAA

and the third-ranked basketball team in Canada, also won the 25th annual Freeds basketball tournament for the third straight year. Taking place the weekend of Dec. 1 in Windsor, St. Mike’s went undefeated in the twoday tournament, beating London’s Catholic Central Comets in the final. St. Mike’s next game, against St. Andrew’s College, takes place Jan. 16.




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