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Kilometres of roads treated with salt equal to trip to moon and back BY SEAN PEARCE

Had enough yet? We’re only one week into our second full month of winter and, for many of us, it already feels like an endurance test. So far, winter 2013-14 has given us an ice storm, freezing polar vortices and, seemingly, endless snowfall. Yesterday brought more of the white stuff, with parts of the GTA, York Region included, experiencing 10 to 20 cm more snow.

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The latest blast of winter weather led to bus cancellations across the region and resulted in York Regional Police responding to dozens of crashes throughout the day. It’s shaping up to be a rough winter if this keeps up. The region can’t yet say precisely how much it has spent battling blizzards and freezing rain so far, its manager of roads maintenance Joseph Petrungaro said, but the annual budget for winter roads upkeep is about $16 million. The region will go over that budget, thanks in large part to the ice storm, he said. Last year saw the region respond to 104 winter events, Mr. Petrungaro said, whereas a typical winter dishes STAFF PHOTO/SUSIE KOCKERSCHEIDT

Plows have been kept busy clearing area roads all winter.

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Without help, bedtime a struggle Man with muscular dystrophy needs help with most chores BY CHRIS TRABER

Newmarket’s Dan Philion is not one to complain. On the contrary. Struggling with the degenerative effects of muscular dystrophy since he was a teenager and cardiomyopathy requiring a 2011 defibrillator implant, Mr. Philion, 47, is grateful. He’s thankful for the Community Care Access Centre personal support worker who helps him three hours daily, seven days a week in his subsidized house. He appreciates the cleaning service he receives weekly from centre contractors. A monthly $875 Ontario Disability Support cheque helps greatly. His monthly rent is only $85, but he pays his own utility and grocery bills. Not much is left over at the end of the month, said Mr. Philion, who requires an electric wheelchair supplied by the provincial assistive devices program. It’s important for him to feel independent and ensure others he’s not taking advantage of them. “I don’t want to be a burden, but I depend on people,” the softspoken father of three said. “It’s not a choice for me.” Therein lies a dilemma for the


Figure skater Gabrielle Daleman (second from left) and her father, Michael, brother, Zach and mother, Rhonda, are in Sochi.

Daleman gets Olympic send-off


Dan Philion suffers from muscular dystrophy and relies on social supports and CCAC personal support workers. However, no one is available to help him get into his bed at night.

16-year-old skater aims for top-15 finish at her first Olympics

er person. At that hour, it can be onerous for Mr. Philion, who relies on If you can be part of a volunteer team friends for help. It’s a particularly lonely situato help Mr. Philion, call Tom Pearson at tion when weather deters visits, 289-221-0928 for details. as it did during the holiday ice storms. Poverty Action for Change Coalition chairperson Tom Pearman who won’t — can’t — suffer son helps his friend when he can. in silence. One morning, after plodding His usual bedtime is 11 p.m. through the snow to check in on He requires an electric hoist and harness to lift him onto his bed. See EARLY, page A8. The procedure requires anoth-




Gabrielle Daleman got an Olympic-sized send-off from her hometown. Newmarket council hosted a party for the figure skater and her family Monday evening. Gabrielle, 16, will participate in the women’s figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics. “It’s really amazing I have my hometown behind me,” she said,

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wearing a red, white and black Team Canada jacket. “They’ve been so supportive. My goal is top 15 and to enjoy the moment. I’m really excited to go.” Gabrielle is the 2013 and 2014 Canadian national silver medallist. See IT’S, page A9.


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Residents rally to oppose clock tower development BY CHRIS SIMON


Several people attended the public meeting to speak for and against the Main Street Clock Inc.’s proposed 150-unit condominium building.

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meeting heritage goals.” However, several residents also see the benefit of the complex. It could enhance commerce in the downtown core and attract businesses. “Throughout my years on Main, I’d describe it as quaint but rundown,” downtown business owner Greg King said. “Lately, it started changing for the better, but it’s only a start. Retailers are still struggling. We need more people living on the street for it to really come alive.” Councillor Tom Vegh called the project “unattractive”, while expressing concerns about the implications the project would have on parking in the area. “They have to accommodate parking; they’re short 90 spaces,” he said. “It’s absurd; it’s almost comical they’d ask us to look at this. This is going to cause huge parking problems.” Council could make a decision on the proposal within the next few months.

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Athol Hart wants development pushed out of the downtown core. The Newmarket resident opposes Main Street Clock Inc.’s proposal to construct a 150-unit condominium building. He wants the town to take the same stance. “I don’t object to development or intensification, I simply ask that it be put in the places designated for them,” Mr. Hart said, during a public meeting regarding the proposal Monday night. “If this was built three block to the north, I wouldn’t be sitting here. We need to direct development into the corridors that we, the taxpayers, have paid for experts to develop. Why do we have a planning department if we don’t intend to live with what they plan?” Main Street Clock is seeking a zoning bylaw amendment application for the proposal. If approved, the project would include a three-storey complex along Main, with nine-storeys constructed on Park Avenue. It would also include ground-level commercial space and underground parking on the site. The historic post office at 180 through 194 Main St. S. would be retained under the plan. “The commercial (space) is designed to preserve the historic architecture and character,” Main Street Clock representative Chris Bobyk said. “Our focus has been on achieving a balance between density and


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No changes appear to be in store for Newmarket council’s code of conduct anytime soon. Councillors could give final approval to keeping the status quo during a meeting Monday night. Under the plan, council will also agree to appoint an integrity commissioner to investigate alleged code breaches on an as-needed basis. Council should keep the existing process and changes could be considered next term, Regional Councillor John Taylor said. The debate follows nearly a year of staff efforts to revise the code, which was created in 2007, but hasn’t been updated since. Confidentiality requirements, formal and informal complaint protocols, responsibilities of an integrity commissioner and penalties for non-compliance — including a public reprimand and suspension of pay — could change

if an update proposed by staff is enacted. “This council directed staff to create a new code of conduct,” Councillor Maddie Di Muccio said. “Staff spent significant time working on this ... and we even had public feedback. We need to follow through.” Council needs to deal with more pressing issues before the end of the term, Councillor Joe Sponga said.

The debate follows nearly a year of staff efforts to revise the code, which was created in 2007, but hasn’t been updated since. “We’ve got enough on our plate. I need to work on the business that residents have elected me for,” he said, listing sidewalk, sewer, road and recreation facility maintenance and repair as priorities.

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LANE CLOSURE: The right lane of northbound Hwy. 404, between Aurora Road and St. John’s Road, will be closed for maintenance until 5 p.m. tomorrow. HAVE YOUR SAY: Your next chance to have input on the Spadina subway extension into York Region is Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. at Garnet A. Williams Community Centre in Thornhill.


LONGER DAYS: As you’ve likely noticed, the days are getting longer. Did you know that after the winter solstice (Dec. 21), we gain about three minutes of daylight each day?


WEATHER: Temperatures will remain below seasonal averages, but the sun will be out for much of the weekend. Snow next week.


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Amenities for affluent in high demand across York Region BY CHRIS TRABER

Four-season outdoor pleasures abound in York Region, such as cross-country skiing, ice skating, trail hiking and biking. Perhaps tennis, golf or swimming is your thing. What if these pleasures were yours exclusively and privately, outside your front door? For a privileged and prosperous few, luxury amenities exist beyond the walls of their multimillion-dollar residences. Standing on the long ribbon of a private driveway leading to a newly listed $2.4-million, fiveacre King estate home, Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. broker Michele Denniston sweeps her hand, pointing to the array of exterior features. Though blanketed with fresh snow, one can envision the $600,000 in custom landscaping, a meandering stream inhabited by aquatic life, an in-ground salt water pool and bordering forest

with majestic and mature sugar maple, beech, birch, ash and oak trees. A snow-laden hot tub, custombuilt child’s playhouse and jungle gym await spring beside a stone outdoor kitchen. The serene silence is occasionally broken by the chirp of distant winter birds. It is a gentrified, fairy tale setting on lands that, not long ago, were agrarian. The area is part of the appropriately named Happy Valley, a sparsely populated 6.48-squarekilometre ecologically sensitive sub section of the moraine system. That classification adds to King’s stature as an exclusive enclave for affluent professionals, millionaire pro athletes and people who seek rural privacy close to urban hubs, said Ms Denniston, who specializes in King properties. Her listing, a natural stone beauty with a four-car, heated garage complete with satellite television, is as extravagant as

it is environmentally friendly, a requirement for builders. The home has a pricey geothermal heating and cooling system. The pool’s salt solution requires no chemicals. The area’s fish and fowl are protected by numerous authorities, including the Ontario Natural Resources Ministry and King council. To ensure felines don’t prey on birds and fish, new residents must comply with a bylaw that prohibits cats as pets, Ms Denniston said. The property includes gentle hills and hollows. Beyond the exquisite back yard, the owners can enjoy trails that weave through the fauna and flora. Some King properties have dual residences, permissible if the original structures were in place. A neighbouring parcel of land showcases a grandfathered coach house beside the principal residence.


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James Murby’s duck dynasty lives on BY CHRIS SIMON


James (Jim) Murby always preferred to look forward. The founder of King Cole Ducks Ltd., a Newmarket and Aurora family business in operation since 1951, died Jan. 29. He was 101. “He had a wonderful life and lived it to the fullest, right until the time he said ‘goodbye’,” Mr. Murby’s granddaughter and King Cole sales and marketing director Patti Thompson said. “He was truly remarkable for so many reasons.” Mr. Murby started King Cole shortly after moving to the area. The company grew to become Canada’s largest duck product business, employing more than 140 people and producing 2.5 million fowl annually. It has been operated by three generations of Mr. Murby’s family, with property that now stretches across 1,200 acres throughout York Region. The company has prospered thanks to the efforts of family and a hard-working, dedicated team of staff. “He founded the business and we grew it,” Ms Thompson said. “It really is a true family environment. We breed, hatch and grow. Our business is really integrated.” The company provides duck products for restaurants, cruise lines and consumers worldwide. Mr. Murby was also a family man with a zeal for life. He learned to use computers in his twilight years, loved taking the long route on road trips, visited the duck farm daily, read avidly, swam, worked out and travelled. A University of Guelph graduate, he was

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It has been operated by three generations of Mr. Murby’s family, with property that now stretches across 1,200 acres throughout York Region. “He was a big believer in local and Canadian products. He always made sure he had Ontario wine,” Ms Thompson said. “It was really important for him to support local agriculture.” Mr. Murby had four children, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren and was predeceased by his wife, Margaret. While he will be missed by family, they understand he lived a wholesome, fun-filled life. Ms Thompson recalled a recent jamboree at the family farm, where Mr. Murby’s wit was on display. There were 200 young people in attendance, but he was the centre of attention. “He was interesting and interested,” Ms Thompson said. “Wherever he went, he was inquisitive.” Donations in Mr. Murby’s memory can be made to the University of Guelph or Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. A celebration of life will take place at the Murby family farm in Newmarket June 14.

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anadian veterans found themselves in another battle this week, but this time it was against our own government and, this time, they lost. The Conservatives closed eight Veterans Affairs offices — Kelowna, B.C.; Saskatoon, Sask.; Brandon, Man.; Thunder Bay and Windsor, Ont.; Sydney, N.S.; Charlottetown, PEI; and Corner Brook, N.L — Friday and then, Monday, voted down a last-ditch-effort motion by the NDP that would have kept them open. The Conservatives say the office cuts coincide with a drop in demand. Service Canada centres will offer assistance in affected areas and there will also be Veterans Affairs Canada services online. But veterans argue the service won’t be the same. On the face of it, the Conservative government is finding efficiencies and savings, so they’re eliminating 100 jobs as a result of a decrease in service needs. But as much as Canadians want a reduced deficit, most of us do not want to see the men and women who fought for our rights and freedoms left out in the cold. It’s hard to condone going after our aging war heroes in light of the continued scandals that waste taxpayers’ money. Why not go after the expenses of MPs and senators? Bev Oda had her wrist slapped over switching a London reservation from a five-star hotel to an even more expensive accommodation. She also hired a chauffeur to drive her around in a luxury car and signed off on $16 glasses of orange juice. She was forced to repay some of the illegal claims only after the expenses came to light. Unfortunately, that’s not an isolated incident. There’s a troubling sense of privilege among elected officials that’s exposed regularly. What about the plum pensions they receive? Even after the most recent changes, which mean MPs will have to wait until 65 to collect their full pension, instead of the current age of 55, they still qualify for the lucrative plan after serving six years in office. And, of course, there’s the most recent scandal that saw senators incorrectly claiming expenses. The Veterans Affairs cuts don’t have a direct impact on York Region, but it’s fair to say this is a bitter taste of the future under this government. In fact, the government is expected to cut 784 Veterans Affairs jobs in the next two years. We don’t doubt tough decisions have to be made. But leave our veterans alone and find the savings elsewhere. This government needs to show more respect to the men and women who fought for this country.

BOTTOM LINE: Program cuts are a fact of life right now, but going after veterans now is wrong move.


‘I don’t see anything. I’m so tucked down and holding on for dear life, but it’s funy, without seeing anything, you can still feel the pressure in corners, the skids. You can visualize everything. When you see it on video, you say, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this sport’.’ James McNaughton

Canadian bobsled team member and former Huron Heights student, who is competing at the Sochi Olympics.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Privatization could end up costing us more Re: Seniors fear loss of on-site care, Jan. 30. The story indicates up to 90 employees and several managers will be made redundant as the region moves from services provided by CUPE members to an organization, CHATS, that I can only assume saves money through lower wages. It seems those who take care of our seniors are joining the race-to-the-bottom the region has encouraged through privatization of our transit, waste and other municipal services — though it should be noted, at least CHATS is non-profit. I’m left wondering, as we eliminate more good jobs from York Region, how many more vulnerable seniors CHATS will have to care for in the years to come, in a region that values the bottom line over the well-being of its employees. I also wonder if, within a generation, this trend toward privatization will actually cost taxpayers more.


Don’t try blaming unions for everything Re: Waste company an easy target, letter to the editor by Gerry Reynolds, Jan. 30. Here we go again. Why is it every time there is any kind of a problem with anything, some people just have to blame unions? I am surprised Mr. Reynolds did not try to blame unions for making the garbage in the first place. If he read the entire newspaper, he would have seen the advertisement from GFL in which the company apologized for not having the manpower to do the job. Perhaps if it had been part of a union, it could have been able to pull from the number of members who were available to do the job. I am a member of the electrician’s union local 353, which has a membership of about 10,000 in the Toronto and surrounding area. Perhaps if the garbage collection company was a union company, it would have been able to keep up the good service it is normally known for. I do not know what Mr. Reynolds does for a living, but perhaps he should remember if

it was not for unions, I am sure his work week would be twice as long, his hourly wage would not be as high as it is and he may not have enough money to support his family or go on vacations. Union members go on strike when they can’t reach an agreement with employers. It is not always about money as Mr. Reynolds probably thinks, but also about working conditions and safety. Maybe Mr. Reynolds also does not believe in the Ministry of Labour, which has taken into account many of the safety concerns voiced by unions. If you work for a non-union contractor, you are on your own when it comes to voicing your concerns on safety and, many times, just laid off to avoid the confrontation. I know there are good and bad workers in union and non-union jobs, but it is not fair to blame all the problems on unions without looking at the big picture.


We deserve to get what we pay for Re: Waste collection gripes go too far, column by Bernie O’Neill, Jan. 23. It is clear Mr. O’Neill was not one of us who did not receive the service for which we paid. The gripe is not that our garbage and recycling did not get collected, but that we have prepaid for a service and the contractor has not fulfilled its obligation. The way governments waste money, it is the citizens’ job to hold them accountable for their errors. Yes this was a political error. There is no clause in the contract saying, “if, under any circumstances, these services are not provided, in whole or in part, there will be a monetary penalty.” Why are taxpayers paying for the unwillingness of GFL to provide service because nature has been rough on us for the last month? The contractor still collects payment, but does not pay for fuel or



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labour. GFL is laughing all the way to the bank. All the company has to do is go to council and say, “I’m sorry” and we are supposed to accept that? I do not. I hold our council responsible for this. If members do not have the foresight to put clauses in contracts to protect taxpayers under any circumstances, then they should not be in office. It is not like bad weather has never happened before. We can expand this to more issues in Newmarket, York Region, Ontario and Canada. If we do not complain more, then the government will continue to go on its merry way wasting our money and increasing taxes. Only when people speak up and say this is unacceptable will things change. The problem is people such as Mr. O’Neill, who write opinions that tell us to keep our mouths shut and do nothing, everything is great here, we have it so good, don’t complain. I think that ship needs to sail. It didn’t sail soon enough in Greece, Spain, Ireland. This is an election year, so make yourself heard on every issue.


Businesses can choose how they compete Re: Wage battle raises paradox, column by Marney Beck, Jan. 30. The column on raising minimum wage was like a piece of Swiss cheese — full of holes. Using arguments such as, “they’d have to then cut staff”, “they’d be forced to pass on costs to the consumers”, “have to hire only one person”, etc. are all fearmongering statements put out by one side. We don’t have to do anything in life — we choose to. A business can choose to lower its profit margin. Go ahead and hire only one worker for your sandwich shop and watch the person across the street giving faster and better service and, consequently, fresher product, get more business. Raise your prices for the consumer to cover the costs instead of taking less profit? Go ahead, but your competitor can decide to simply make less profit and charge less. That’s what the free market is all about.


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ooking for a cold-weathercoping mechanism that doesn’t involve copious bottles of wine, a roaring fireplace and Netflix? Try following one of the hottest election races in the province. The Feb. 13 byelection in the riding of Thornhill, which is made up of portions of Vaughan and Markham, is giving us a taste of what’s to come if there’s a provincial election this spring (yes, when the snow melts, eventually). Premier Kathleen Wynne called byelections in affluent Thornhill, in the wake of Progressive Conservative MPP Peter Shurman’s resignation, and in blue collar Niagara Falls, to replace resigned Liberal Kim Craitor. Regardless of who takes home the prize in the byelections, the minority status of the Liberal government won’t change. However, the political landscape at Queen’s Park will be impacted by what will be seen as a barometer of the voters’ mood so close to the general election expected this spring. In Thornhill, the candidates are: PC Gila Martow, an optometrist and community activist; Liberal Sandra Yeung Racco, a Vaughan councillor; NDP Cindy Hackelberg, a high-tech software project manager; Green Party Teresa Pun; and Freedom Party Erin Goodwin. The much trumpeted presence of the three main party leaders, as well as assorted MPPs, MPs and cabinet ministers — not to mention, federal Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau — indicates the high stakes, particularly for the Liberals and PCs. Thus, it didn’t take long for the knives to come out. While Premier Wynne vowed “a strong, positive, constructive campaign”, she wasted no time in warning the PCs would pick up where former premier Mike Harris left off, firing teachers and closing hospitals, and that the NDP don’t have a plan for anything. Really, is that the best they got? The specter of a premier of more than a decade ago? PC Leader Tim Hudak doesn’t have to reach very far back to find the specter of a Liberal premier with a legacy of spending scandals, coverups and tax hikes, and he says it’s the Liberals who don’t have a plan for anything. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath agrees. The issues are the same ones we’ll hear next spring: job creation; easing congestion and offering more public transit — and how we pay for that; reducing spending and the debt; and lowering hydro rates and health care wait lists. The premier announced goodies for Niagara just before the byelections — $75 million for a wine strategy and $26 million towards a new hospital — that cynics will see as the typical Liberal “seat saver program” in action. Thornhill has yet to see any bounty, just more of an unfunded promise to extend the subway to Richmond Hill. The PCs vow to fund it. True to form, it’s a tight race between PCs and Liberals. “It is hard to find a more consistently tight riding in Ontario,” says, a byelection barometer website that claims it hasn’t made a wrong call in 27 byelections. It’s forecasting “likely PC”. A loss in Thornhill would certainly revive questions about Mr. Hudak’s leadership, the last thing he needs on the cusp of an election. Losses would also harm the Liberals as they prepare a spring budget that will likely be their campaign platform. That leaves Ms Horwath with the most to gain and least to lose once again. Undoubtedly, the outcome of the byelection will help determine which party has the momentum as we head toward the big election. There’s nothing like a little preelection electioneering to warm the cockles of your heart, right? Well, that, or booking a getaway trip to balmier climes.

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Still time to enter story contest Young adults are being challenged to put pen to paper. The Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora-Newmarket, along with The Era and The Banner, encourage writers 22 years and younger to submit a 750-word short story that begins with the sentence, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it really happened.â&#x20AC;? Susan Lennard, one of the co-chairpersons of the contest committee, explains the contest, now in its fourth year, is dedicated to promoting learning and literacy. She said young writers from York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury are encouraged to be creative for a chance to win one of three cash prizes of $200, $200 and $400.

The winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short story will also be published in The Era and The Banner and posted on the federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the federation who will select the top 10 finalists. The winners will be selected from the top 10 by three judges, including the federation president, a representative from the newspapers and a professional author. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a $5 fee to enter. The deadline is Feb. 14. The winner and two runners-up will be announced in April. The top 10 finalists will be invited to a celebration reception. To see contest rules and download an entry form, visit cfuwauroranewmarket. com

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his pal, he found Mr. Philion wedged between the bed and wall. Central Community Care Access Centre CEO Cathy Szabo canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak about client files under the Privacy Act. She said she empathizes with Mr. Philion, adding York Region residents in similar circumstances would have more late night options within an assisted-living, long-term care or supportive housing environment. However, she respects peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to live in their own homes. The Central CCAC is very patient-centric in the care they need, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have the resources for the service and time they require.â&#x20AC;? Timing is the issue for people who need off-hour assistance at home. Contracted workers are not sent on patient assignments early or late in the day. It is an occupational health and safety guideline, Ms Szabo explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you receive community-based care, you have to understand what the supplier

can and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always work with our patients and try to give them a variety of solutions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They must understand the preferences they want arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always available. The centre endeavours to provide services within appropriate windows of time, she said. Working co-operatively provides options and solutions. In a situation such as this, an earlier visit in the day would be the answer, she said. Mr. Philion is on a March of Dimes waiting list for additional care that he hopes will cover his bedtime needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That seems to be taking forever,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding his grown children live in Ottawa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not looking for someone to give me milk and cookies. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just like to make it easier to get to sleep by 11 p.m.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Philion is not alone, Mr. Pearson said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a community effort, at times, he said, adding thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly true when marginalized and vulnerable people need a helping hand beyond social service supports.

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Gabrielle Daleman was named to the country’s Olympic team in January, becoming the youngest athlete in the delegation.

‘It’s been remarkable journey’ Use #GoGabbyGo on Twitter and watch Olympic events as they unfold at the Newmarket Ice Lounge She was named to the country’s Olympic at Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., team in January, becoming the youngest between Feb. 7 and 23. athlete in the delegation. From page A1.

“It’s been a remarkable journey,” her mother, Rhonda, said, noting Gabrielle trains for about five hours a day. “It’s long hours, hard training and expensive. As parents, you have to make a 100-per-cent commitment to be there. You can’t give up. She was a little girl with a big dream, who never wavered from that journey.” Gabrielle began skating at age four, but her Olympic dream was sparked while watching Joannie Rochette compete at the Turin Olympics in 2006, according to “To see her dream come to fruition is just wonderful,” Gabrielle’s father, Michael, said. “Just four years ago, she was a novice.” Gabrielle’s parents, brother Zach and two grandparents will also travel to Sochi.

You can show your support for Gabrielle several ways. “We’re excited,” Mayor Tony Van Bynen said. “The entire town is very proud. Newmarket has a great record of being committed to athletes, so this is an excellent opportunity to see a good return on the investment in our community.” Newmarket bobsledder racer James McNaughton will also compete at the Olympics, but he couldn’t attend the send off because he trains outside Ontario, Mr. Van Bynen said.


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out about 75. We also saw about 75 hours of freezing rain in 2013, compared to 10 in 2012, he said. “Freezing rain is pretty aggressive,” he said. “It’s about the hardest thing to combat.” The difficulty is every time you salt a road during a freezing rain storm, the melting ice dilutes the salt and can lead to re-freezing, Mr. Petrungaro said. As such, the roads require nearconstant attention during freezing rain events, he said. To determine its response to inclement weather, the region monitors conditions and pavement temperatures at five sites spread throughout York, Mr. Petrungaro said. Through these, staff gets localized forecasts from the Weather Network and can pre-

dict how cold its roadway surfaces will be to select the best response to the conditions, he explained, adding staff is also on patrol 24/7. The salt-brine mixture the region uses is useful as it spreads saltwater over the surface of the road. Over time, the water component evaporates leaving a salt residue behind that can melt incoming snow or freezing rain, Mr. Petrungaro said. The problem is, if the pavement temperature dips to -6 C or colder, there is a danger the water may not evaporate. Given that the solution is about 75-per-cent water, it can actually make your ice problem worse if not used at the right time, he said. In colder temperatures, the region will put down rock salt to melt ice and snow and keep the roads clear, Mr. Petrungaro said. However, at about -12 C this, too,

starts to lose its effectiveness as the reaction happens too slowly to help, he explained. In extremely cold temperatures, when neither brine nor salt will do, the region will simply sand the roadways, he added. “It’s there for traction,” Mr. Petrungaro said. “The sand won’t melt it, but it will help people to steer and to stop.” Ultimately, battling winter weather is about selecting the right tool, using the right amount and deploying it at the right time, he added. The numbers aren’t yet known for how much salt and sand the region used last year, but Mr. Petrungaro said it put down about 1.5 million litres of brine. Crews also plowed, salted and sanded about 800,000 kilometres worth of road, he said, or a little more than the distance from the Earth to the

Moon and back. In addition to the region, York’s local-tier municipalities are also working hard to keep winter from blocking your way. In any case, no matter where you live, Mr. Petrungaro urges all residents to adjust their lives for the winter weather. That means giving yourself extra time to get where you’re going on stormy days, taking transit instead or working from home if you can, he said, adding that rushing on slippery roads and not driving to the conditions puts everyone at risk. Finally, he asks that you give plows plenty of room on the roads. They might be slow, but behind one is often the safest place to be, he added. Staff from East Gwillimbury were not available for comment by deadline. — with files from Chris Simon

NEWMARKET In Newmarket, it’s too early to know exactly how much has been spent on winter road maintenance, but the municipality is expected to dip into an emergency reserve fund to cover plowing, salting and sanding related costs at some point this season. Significant snow accumulation, consistently frigid temperatures, December’s ice storm and the lack of a mid-winter thaw have all contributed to create unusually tough conditions for municipal maintenance crews, public works services director Chris Kalimootoo said. “We’ve been out road plowing twice as much as in the previous years,” he said. “Obviously, that takes a financial toll. This is the worst winter I’ve ever seen.” Maintenance crews have frequently worked 12 to 13-hour shifts since November, Mr. Kalimootoo said. “Our equipment isn’t made for (ice storm) material,” he said. “It’s so difficult to remove from sidewalks and roads. We’ve had to make multiple passes. It wears on the body; in general. Everybody’s feeling the drain of this winter.”

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Valley View Alliance Church curling bonspiel, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the York Curling Club 220 Muriel St., Newmarket. Come out for this fun day and help raise money for inner city youth work. For registration or more information, call 905-758-5825.


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Several non-profit minor sports organizations could get a break on user fees, eventually. Newmarket council may refer a motion calling on staff to create a plan to phase out fees for eligible sports organizations to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s draft master recreation plan process for debate. Council will make a final decision on the referral Monday. The programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s implementation could be spread over 10 years, Councillor Maddie Di Muccio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When municipalities have high fees,

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that cost comes out of the user,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the ability to help.â&#x20AC;? Youth sports generate about $1.6 million in user fees for the town each year. Any groups that use town ice pads, gymnasiums, arena floors, ball diamonds, soccer and football fields could be eligible. To qualify, organizations would need to have a minimum 100 unique members. Eighty-per-cent of the membership would need to consist of residents 17 or younger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen if we try to do this,â&#x20AC;? Councillor Jane Twinney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel com-

fortable ... having all of this subsidized through the taxpayer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not right.â&#x20AC;? Other councillors suggested the plan is fundamentally unfair, since it excludes swimming groups and cultural organizations that offer dance and music programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a waste of time and money. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely unaffordable,â&#x20AC;? Councillor Dave Kerwin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to be fair and look at all our programs. What you do for sport, you must do for culture. Do we eliminate all fees in buildings where culture is concerned?â&#x20AC;? The master plan could be complete next year.

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WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ON ))) Happy Valley Square and Couples Dance Warm up the season at the Happy Valley Square and Couples Dance hosted by the Newmarket Seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive) on February 7 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Ladies are asked to provide the snacks. Call 905-953-5325 for more information.

))) Tech Time for Kids: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Tech Time for Kids has arrived at the Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue). These bi-weekly sessions begin February 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. and will focus on digital learning and are suitable for children and parents. Need help trying to load ebooks onto your Kobo, configuring your smartphoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parental controls, or connecting to WiFi on your wireless device? Bring your electronic devices and questions for some one-on-one help and a chance to see other devices in action! Call 905-953-5110 or visit for information on future topics.

))) Family Day at the Magna Centre Enjoy Family Day with your family at the Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive) on February 17 for public skating and swimming. See schedules below for details: Public Skating Schedule: Parent and Tot 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Family Stick & Puck 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. (10 years and under) Family Stick & Puck 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. (14 years and under) Adult Senior Skate Noon to 1:50 p.m. Public Skate 1 to 3 p.m. Public Swimming Schedule: Public Swim 10 a.m. to noon Public Swim 1 to 3 p.m. Call 905-895-5193 for more information

))) Toyland at the museum Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to have Family Day fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) on February 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Try the old-fashioned wooden toys and activities, see the model train, have your picture taken with the pioneer board and go on a museum scavenger hunt! Cost is $3 per participant with donation of a non-perishable food item for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Call 905-953-5314 or email elmanmuseum@rogers. com for more information.

))) Can conventional and alternative medicine work well together? Please join us at the Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue) on February 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the next installment of the IdeaMarket series. This presentation will focus on conventional and alternative healing methods, practices and therapies. An expert panel of health practitioners will discuss how these two forms of medicine differ, and how they complement each other. Call 905-953-5110 ext. 4770 for information or to pre-register.



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PUBLIC NOTICES ))) 2014 Interim Tax Bills due The Interim Tax due dates are February 20, March 20 and April 17. You may pay your taxes by cash, cheque, post-dated cheque, or debit. For your convenience, there is also a dropbox located at the entrance to the Town Offices (395 Mulock Drive). For information on your tax payments, please visit or contact the tax department at 905-895-5193.

LEASING OPPORTUNITY ))) RFP2013-37 Leasing Opportunity - Fernbank Farmhouse - Closing March 6, 2014 This opportunity is available to charitable and/or not for profit organizations servicing Newmarket. Site tour available: February 20, 2014 at 896 Mulock Drive, Newmarket at 10 a.m. (Fernbank Road entrance ONLY, adjacent to the soccer fields).

CONTEST WINNERS ))) Rebel Heartland logo design contest winners The Architecture, Recreation, Culture, Heritage Committee (ARCH) is pleased to announce the winners of the Rebel Heartland logo design contest. â&#x20AC;˘ 1st Prize: Violet Rebelo â&#x20AC;˘ 2nd Prize: David Fulton â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd Prize: Jeff Wakefield A presentation will be held at the Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) on February 15 at 2 p.m. We thank everyone for sending in their submissions.

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))) Tom Taylor Trail West Side of Fairy Lake Drop into the Council Chambers (395 Mulock Drive) on February 13, 2014, anytime between 6:30 and 8 p.m. to discuss the proposed Tom Taylor Trail extension from Lorne Ave to Water Street. The project is planned for completion by mid-July 2014, subject to weather/site conditions. Project drawings will be on display and representatives of the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Development & Infrastructure Services Commission will be available to answer questions. Should you be unable to attend the P.I.C. and have questions regarding this project, please contact Mike Ashworth, Capital Projects Parks Development Coordinator, Town of Newmarket at 905953-5300, ext. 2510 or email mashworth@

))) Public meeting concerning a proposed amendment to zoning by-laws 1979-50, 1981-96 and 2010-40 Take notice that the Council for the Corporation of the Town of Newmarket will hold a Public Meeting on Monday, February 24, 2014, 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive, to review proposed amendments to Zoning By-Laws 1979-50, 1981-96 and 2010-40 under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990 c. P.13 as amended. A map showing the affected lands is not provided in this notice as the proposed Zoning By-Laws apply Townwide. The Zoning By-laws regulate the use of land; establishes standards and regulations regarding the height, bulk, setbacks to lot lines, size, floor area, spacing, and use of buildings and structures; establishes standards and regulations for associated parking and loading facilities; and, provides standards and regulations for the size of new lots in the Town of Newmarket. The proposed amendments to the Zoning By-Laws propose revisions to the by-law to recognize deficiencies as a result of expropriations by public authorities. The proposed changes relate to lot area, lot depth, lot coverage, lot frontage, parking spaces, driveway widths and landscape buffers that have been made non-complying as a result of public land acquisitions. The purpose of the Public Meeting is to provide information to the public and to receive comments from the public in a formal manner. Any person may attend the Public Meeting to make written or verbal representation relating to the proposed Zoning By-Laws. If you wish to use the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s audio/visual system, please contact the Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office not later than noon on the day of the Public Meeting to make the appropriate arrangements. Should you be unable to attend the Public Meeting, your written submission will be received up to the time of the meeting.

THEATRE Fiddler on The Roof, presented by Wavestage Theatre Company, 7 to 10 p.m. at Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres. Runs to Sunday. Tickets range from $18 to $25. For tickets, call the theatre at 905-953-5122.

AGRICULTURE Farm Credit Canada invites agriculture producers to learn from experts in the agriculture industry at an FCC Ag Knowledge Exchange event, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cardinal Golf Club, 2740 Davis Dr. W. For more information, visit

LEARNING Babytime lets you share simple stories, songs and interactive play with your little one while learning about early literacy for babies, 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Holland Landing library, 19513 Yonge St.

READING Enjoy books, music, puppets and activities that help preschoolers get ready to read during Storytime for ages 30 months to five years at the Mount Albert library, 19300 Centre St.


CHARITY GALA PFLAG Canada-York Region hosts its first LGBTQ Charity Gala at The Heintzman House in Thornhill. All proceeds go to PFLAG Canada - York Regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LGBTQ outreach, support and educational services. Tickets are $65, which includes dinner, drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, dancing and entertainment. Order tickets at Eventbrite. ca, email or call 1-888-905-5428, ext. 73.


CURLING Valley View Alliance Church curling bonspiel, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the York Curling Club, 220 Muriel St., Newmarket. Come out for this fun day and help raise money for inner city youth work. A foursome is $120 and spectator tickets cost $10. Lunch and drink included. For registration or more information, call 905-758-5825.

WELLNESS York Region Health Expo, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. Learn to achieve and maintain a healthy body at all ages and stages of life. For more, email or call 905-898-6644.

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If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a Public Meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Newmarket before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Town of Newmarket to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The Aurora Public Library hosts a winter LEGO day event from 2:30 to 4 p.m. This is a free-form program, so participants can build whatever they choose and leave at their convenience. A maximum of 20 children can participate at one time. The program is suitable for children ages five to 10. The library is at 15145 Yonge St. For more information, visit or call 905-727-9494.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a Public Meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Newmarket before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

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Any person wishing further information relating to the proposed Zoning By-Law amendments or on how to obtain a copy of this notice should contact the Planning Division between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket.

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GARDENING Newmarket Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. between January and November at the Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. Members enjoy an annual summer garden tour, bus trip and potluck dinner. For more, visit

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SUPPORT GROUP Monthly Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group meeting for education and support for those with the disease and their caregivers at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Ave., Newmarket. For more information, email karen.dowell@ or call 1-800-565-3000.

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Long road to Sochi for snowboarder BY BREA BARTHOLET

Aurora snowboarder Derek Livingston will compete at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

In the middle of the selection process for the Sochi Olympics, Aurora snowboarder Derek Livingston faced one of his toughest challenges as an athlete. The half pipe guru broke his clavicle in two separate places Dec. 31, resulting in immediate surgery and physiotherapy to repair the damage two weeks before the final qualifying event in Quebec. “My head was a mess and I had no idea if I was going to be able to compete or if my chances to make the team were thrown out the window,” Livingstone, 23, explained via email during team training in Switzerland last week. “Fortunately, I was cleared for competition and was back on snow in time.” After weeks of uncertainty and stressful rehabilitation, Livingston was overcome with relief Jan. 21 when he received word he made Canada’s roster for the men’s halfpipe. The first-time Olympian was introduced to snowboarding when he was eight, eventually committing to the sport at age 10. As his passion grew, so did his urge to compete. By age 13, Livingston competed in his first national championship

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in Mount Avilla, Que. With years of hard work, dedication, highs and lows, the Aurora High School graduate was named to the national snowboard team leading into last year’s Olympic qualifying rounds. The qualification process was rough, Livingston said. To be considered, athletes needed to earn enough points to be ranked in the top 40 in the world. Once at that level, their performances at four World Cup events were reviewed and compared. Thirty-two nationally ranked Canadian athletes hoped to snag one of 24 spots on the 2014 Olympic team. Livingston’s proud parents, Lynne and Pete, are thrilled to see their son reach his goal.

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“When I heard the news, I got a little teary eyed, to be honest,” Lynne said. “The qualification process that they have to go through to maintain the spot is really an emotional roller-coaster.” Due to the unavailability of lastminute flights, she and her husband will not attend the event. “Regardless of the outcome, we will support Derek,” she said. “He’s worked very hard to get where he is and we will continue to support his dream for as long as he wants to do it.” Though Livingston has received an outpouring of attention on multiple social media outlets, he remains humble and focused on his performance at Sochi. “I am going to show the world what Canadian snowboarders can do and that’s it,” he said. “This is an experience of a lifetime and I am happy just to be fortunate enough to be part of it.” Derek will make his Olympic debut Feb. 11.

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Newmarket soccer player signs on with NCAA team BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA

Newmarket’s Ocean Parr was disappointed she couldn’t play for the Ontario girls soccer team during the 2013 Canada Summer Games after suffering a groin injury during the final tune-up camp. These days, the forward with Glen Shields FC 96 feels on top of the soccer world after signing a letter of intent to the University of South Florida on an athletic scholarship. A Grade 12 student at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, Parr, 18, said the opportunity to study and play soccer at the collegiate level is a dream come true. “It feels great to have the opportunity to get a good education while also getting to play the sport I love,” Parr said. “I’m excited to be in such a great environment with quality coaches and players. “I’m happy that I was able to make something out of all the time and hard work that I’ve put into my sport. I’m really thankful and I’m looking forward to spending my next four years at the University of South Florida.” Parr’s union with the Bulls program began two years ago through her association with the Ontario Soccer Association’s provincial team. She played with the Ontario team in

two international events in Spain and in the Quebec series while in the national training centre program. One of her club coaches informed her Bulls head coach Denise Schlite-Brown was at a game and was impressed with her skill level. Under National Collegiate Athletic Association recruiting rules, Schlite-Brown could not talk directly to Parr at that time because she was an underclassman. During the recruiting process, Parr received letters from representatives of several other universities as well. After visiting the South Florida campus, Parr felt it was the right fit for her. “I was immediately drawn to the school for many reasons,” she said. “Most importantly, I love the coaches. The players all seem warm and friendly and the campus is beautiful. Overall, the University of South Florida is a great environment that I can’t wait to be a part of. “I was only nervous to make a verbal commitment because it was a really big decision to make, but I’m glad that I did.” Launching her soccer career in the Newmarket Soccer Club’s house league program through the encouragement of her mother, Suzanne, when she was four years old, Parr was quick to credit several people who helped mould her career. Among the most influential is Glen

Shields FC 96 head coach David Benning. “He has coached with me since I was 12 years old,” Parr said. “He has taught me many things to become a better player and a better person. Without him, this opportunity would not have been possible.” Also playing significant roles were Newmarket Soccer Club coach Andrew Pendlebury, Bryst International’s Gary Miller and National Training Centre coach Brian Rosenfeld. Parr’s scholarship is well deserved, Miller said, adding her determination and work ethic set her apart. “That is a terrific accomplishment,” he said. “She showed that long-term drive and potential even as a 10-year-old. Good luck to her on her next step in her career.” While eagerly looking forward to that next step, Parr also has an eye on her future off the pitch. She intends to major in business management. “I would like to be involved in a career relating to human resources for a professional sports team,” she said. “I’d like to use my knowledge and experience in sports and my interest in business to get a good job. I also hope, one day, I could get the chance to play soccer for Canada.”

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EDWARDS, Harold Allan March 6, 1948 January 30, 2014 In loving memory of Harold Allan Edwards who passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Lakeridge Health Corporation, Oshawa at the age of 65. Predeceased by his parents Roy Edwards and Gertrude Edwards (nee Pegg). Harold ("Farmer") Edwards, beloved husband of "kind, considerate, thoughtful, loving" wife Joanne Gail Edwards (Smith). Father of Jason Edwards and Janelle Edwards ("Daddy's little girl", always). Fatherin-law of Alison Clark-Edwards. Loving grandfather (Papa) to Aidan and Quaid. Harold, fondly remembered by G.M. co-workers as "Farmer" retired in March 1999, "thirty and out!" In keeping with his wishes, Harold will be remembered at his "Celebration of Life" on April 5th, 2014 at the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway 2, Courtice from 2-4 p.m. A special thank you is extended by the family to the attending emergency services for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice in memory of Harold. To place an on-line condolence or expression of sympathy please visit

KANERVA, Anna Dimitri (nee Archie) of Sharon, Ontario, formerly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away on February 3, 2014, surrounded by her family and friends. Anna is survived by the love of her life for over 30 happy years, Robert. She was the devoted mother of Natasha, Alex, Luanne and Sharon; the cherished daughter of Dimitri and Katherine; and the treasured sister of Serge and Irene. She is well-loved and fondly remembered by friends and family throughout the world. Anna was a passionate manager of Cosmetics, Jewelry and Fragrances at the Bay in Newmarket. She took great pride in the close relationships she developed with her staff and customers. She was an active member of the Russian Orthodox community, enjoyed travelling with her husband and kids, and always opened her home to friends and visitors. Her passing is a shock to everyone: it is unimaginable that someone who lived every day with unwavering enthusiasm, positivity and joy could ever be gone. She loved and was loved. A v i e w i n g w i l l b e h e l d a t Ta y l o r Funeral Home at 524 David Drive in Newmarket, Ontario on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 6:00pm 9:00pm, with panikhida at 8:00pm. The Funeral service will be held at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Cathedral at 823 Manning Avenue on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:00 am followed by a reception at the family home in Sharon at 5:00pm. If desired, donations to the Canadian Liver Foundation are warmly welcome. On line condolences may be made

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MITCHELL, Erin (BONIFACE) February 27, 1984 February 1, 2014

Lost a very courageous battle with c a n c e r, p e a c e f u l l y a t h o m e a n d surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Beloved wife of Bryan Mitchell, mother to Austin and daughter of Jamie and Gayle Boniface (Potter). Much loved sister to Megan (Ryan) and Josh (Jessica). Cherished daughter-in-law to Bob and Sue Mitchell, sister-in-law to Matt (Amy). Visitation will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, 905-727-5421 on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 2-9 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Madsen's Greenhouse, 160 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket on Friday, February 7th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to the Odette Cancer Centre of Sunnybrook Hospital. Online condolences may be forwarded through

LEEPER, David Russell Glen Suddenly, at home in Aurora, on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the age of 16. David Leeper, beloved son of Dale and Brenda, and dear brother of Kristin. Grandson of Glen and June Leeper and the late Russ and Joyce Cooke. Nephew of Glenn (Kathy) Leeper, Bob (Dianne) Cooke, Bill (Cathy) Cooke, and Bruce (Deb) Cooke. David will be sadly missed by numerous cousins especially Shannon, Jessica, Adi, Isy and all his friends at The Country Day and Highview School communities and various sporting teammates throughout the years. Friends may call at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. Private family interment, Aurora Cemetery. Memorial donations to in support of mental health awareness or to The Centre for Addiction and Mental H e a l t h w w w. c a m h . c a w o u l d b e appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at

HILSON, James Peacefully passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Monday, February 3, 2014. Jim Hilson, of Holland Landing, in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of the late Fran (Anderson). Loving father of Carol (Steve) Parks, Linda (Ron) Huisman, Wendy (Carlos) Carvalho, and Keith Hilson. Proud grandad of Sheena Parks, Jenna Edmunds, Andrew Parks; Alanna and Mitch Huisman; Kirsten, Meagan, and Sean Carvalho; Katelynn and David Williams, Samantha and Jimmy Hilson. Cherished GG of Jackson Zinner. Dear brother of Betty Millar and Joyce Hilson. Dear life long friend of May and Danny Clements. Jim will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at SKWARCHUK FUNERAL HOME, Bradford for a m e m o r i a l v i s i t a t i o n o n F r i d a y, February 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. In Jim's memory, donations may be made to the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket. ROSS, Ernest Michael (Ernie) Passed away peacefully, in his 93rd year, on Friday, January 31, 2014. Loving father of Kevin Ross and daughter Cheryl Duckworth (nee Ross) and father-in-law to their respective spouses Katie Ross and Derek Duckworth. Grandfather to Cassandra (nee Duckworth) and her husband Robb, Raelene and Rochelle Duckworth and Michael Ross. Great grandfather to Holden and Charlotte Robb. Predeceased by his beloved wife Elizabeth (Betty) Ross. Family & friends are invited to Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket for visitation on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. & Friday, February 7, 2014 from 10-11 a.m. followed by a funeral service in the chapel at Roadhouse & Rose. Interment at Aurora Cemetery. If desired. donations in lieu of flowers may be provided to the Canadian Cancer Society. 'Ernie is fondly remembered by all who knew him well' 'Happy Golfing Ern!' DOYLE, Basil "Pat" Passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 29, 2014 at Aurora Resthaven at the age of 90. Pat, beloved husband of the late Lillian Doyle. Loving father of Patricia (Jerry), Sheila and Michael (Louanne). Cherished grandfather of Steven, John, Tara, David, Sean and Scott and great grandfather of Chloe, Riley, James, Brennan, Alexis, Airianna and Phillip. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

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BISHOP, Kathleen "Kay" (nee Payne) Passed away peacefully on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Mackenzie Place in Newmarket in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Edward Bishop. Kay will be sadly missed by her family and friends. A private family interment was held at King City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Thompson Funeral Home, Aurora, 905-727-5421.



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Patrick Scott McCarthy February 10, 1957 February 9, 2012 A million times I've needed you A million times I've cried If love could have saved you dear You never would have died. Things we feel most deeply Are the hardest things to say, My dearest Pat, I loved you In a very special way. If I could have one lifetime wish One dream that could come true, I'd pray to God with all my heart For yesterday and you Missing you forever and always Donna xo THOMPSON, Raymond Allan James In loving memory of a dear son who passed away 25 years ago on February 11, 1989. Remember him with a smile today He was not one for tears Reflect instead on memories Of all the happy years. Recall to mind the way he spoke And all the things he said His strength, his stance, the way he walked Remember these instead The good advice he'd give us His eyes that shone with laughter So much of him will never die But live on forever after. You are always in our hearts and on our minds, Sadly missed and loved by Dad and Mom.

SZTYBEL, Kazimiera In loving memory of our dear mother who passed away on February 7, 2013. In our hearts your memory lingers, Sweetly tender, fond and true, There is not a day, dear mother, That we do not think of you. Your loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

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James Stares Murby November 20, 1912 - January 29, 2014. James Murby, founder of King Cole Ducks Ltd., spent 101 years thinking about what was "next". He never looked back, only forward to what he could do tomorrow, where he could go and how he could achieve his latest and greatest plan. He was a farmer at heart and an innovator by intuition, building Canada's largest duck business with the help of his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and wonderful staff. 'Jim' loved to adventure back roads taking the long route on every road trip. His life was no different. At 101 yrs., he visited the duck farm daily, swam, worked out, was an avid reader, cruised the Caribbean, navigated his trek to Florida and lived life to its fullest: healthy, happy and sharp minded. A graduate of University of Guelph, Jim was an active alumni member recently honoured with the University's Order of OAC (Ontario Agriculture College). He was also a proud inductee to the Middlesex Agriculture Hall of Fame, the community where his agricultural career began. Predeceased by his wife Margaret, he will be missed by his children and their spouses: Bob and Bev Murby, Jack and Lela Murby, Helen and Don Mclellan, and Joanne Grant and John Ardill. His 9 grandchildren, spouses and 17 great grandchildren were grateful to have had him in their lives for so long. And his farm family, the staff of King Cole, will miss his daily visits and bright ideas. Special heartfelt thanks to caregiver Uschi Sinn whose care (and cooking!) inspired him every day. James Murby, duck farmer, innovator and great man: his life's road trip was one to admire. A Celebration of Life will be held June 14th at the family farm, Newmarket, Ontario. Donations, in his honour, to the University of Guelph or Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation are appreciated.

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The family of the late Michelle Lynn Liegghio would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all our relatives, friends, co-workers and members of the community who surrounded us with their love and care during this extremely difficult time in our lives. We were deeply touched by the many calls, prayers, words of support and donations to the Diabetes Foundation. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.

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The family of the late Pat Kelly wish to express their gratitude, for the many condolences, flowers and generous donations received at her passing. We greatly appreciate the love and support given to us at this time by relatives, friends and neighbours. Special thanks to Father Roy Roberts, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, for the beautiful Funeral Mass, as well as the Mary and Martha Group and the Dionne family for the preparation of food for the reception following the Mass. Our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Roadhouse and Rose for their assistance and professionalism.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS In the Estate of William Ross Warnes Date of Death January 10, 2014 We, the undersigned, propose to distribute the assets of the Estate of William Ross Warnes, late of the Town of Aurora in the Regional Municipality of York, Retired Taxation Officer, and will be responsible only for claims of which we have notice and which are received by us on or before the 6th day of March, 2014. DATED at Richmond Hill this 6 th day of February, 2014. Janice Brenda Mellace and Sandra Elaine Shelton, Estate Trustees, by their solicitor, Robert H. Blackburn, Q.C., 10800 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 3E4

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Engagement Melitta Brown and Mark Anthony Szymanski Melitta (from Newmarket, ON (Sacred Heart Catholic High School), and a Graduate from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh PA USA), daughter of Allan and Lidija Brown and Mark, (from Cadogan, PA, USA and a Graduate from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh PA, USA) son of Mark and Terri Szymanski of Ford City, PA, USA are very happy to announce their engagement to family and friends. The wedding will take place in PA, USA in October 2014.

Richard & Clare Furlong are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Alexandra Leigh to Glen Donald Stewart, son of Elfie Henderson and the late Donald James Sinclair Stewart. The marriage will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, in Woodbridge, Ontario.

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DENNY, George Maxwell Passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2014 in his 87th year. Loving husband of 45 years to Sharon. Beloved father of Leslie, Maureen and Kristen. Proud grandfather of Josh and Ryan Quigley. He leaves behind his canine companion Harley. Survived by his sister Hazel Martin and predeceased by his sister Marjorie Stewart. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Max's name may be made to the Ontario Veterinary College, Pet Trust or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. On-line condolences may be made at

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