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Affordable housing key, sessions find PRIORITY REACH THOSE IN NEED: PROUDFOOT BY ADAM MC LEAN

“Poverty sucks,” exclaimed United Way of York Region CEO Daniele Zanotti. “And being poor in York Region sucks even more,” he added, following two hours of discussion during the United Way of York Region Meeting House session in Richmond Hill Thursday night. Social challenges, ranging from affordable housing, elder abuse, youth engagement, community activism and an overall struggle to make ends meet, were addressed as future concerns, as the town grows. The meeting was the fifth and final instalment in the series entitled “… more than roads, sewers, stores and schools”. The forum allows United Way to hear from residents, organizations and agencies in the region’s five growth areas. Participants explored social pressures and challenges as well as services, supports, resources, facilities and networking opportunities that can be built upon during the next 20 years, as Richmond Hill’s population is forecast grow by another 55,000 residents. Information collected at the five meetings will be included in a United Way report this fall, which will be followed by a second round of meetings. These next meetings will bring together parties addressing a particular issue to formulate a tangible plan to better serve the needs of the community. On affordable housing, Mr. Zanotti said it will be important to bring together developers and residents in need of affordable housing to develop real options. After five meetings affordable housing seems to be the core issue across the region, Mr. Zanotti said. “Now we ask: How do we change policy? Build a better affordable housing framework? See NEXT STEPS, page 2.


Elisabet Kun (left) and Grace Rossetti of the Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society inspect planters delivered by parks and recreation department staff to the new Oak Ridges Community Centre. Horticulture volunteers plant hundreds of large and small containers blooming throughout the town and staff water them all summer long.

Flowers bloom throughout town, at new facility You see colourful hanging baskets, large planters and triple-decker plant stands along Yonge Street, Major Mackenzie Drive and in front of every town facility. Ever wonder who is responsible? These green, floral planters are a labour of love for members of the Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society. Earlier this spring, about 50 members devoted almost 200 hours over seven days to plant 334 hanging baskets, 434 barrels and 34 long boxes, also transplanting more than 400 plants to larger pots. Elisabet Kun was the co-ordinator and team leader of this effort and the results can

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be seen adding a splash of colour in every corner of town. The most recent flower installation was this week at the brand new Oak Ridges Community Centre, getting the building ready for the official opening set for next Saturday. Residents have been able to use the facility on the shores of Lake Wilcox since May 22, but the grand opening will be another fun opportunity to have a look at the sixlane leisure pool and slide, spacious fitness studio, gym, kitchen and program rooms. Free festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with official welcome by the mayor and

councillors at 11 a.m., with music provided by the Richmond Hill Centennial Pipe Band and highlighted by a release of butterflies. There will be children’s entertainment, a barbecue lunch courtesy of the Oak Ridges Lions Club (while quantities last, nominal fee charged), fitness demonstrations, crafts, eco centre tours and more. The centre is at 12895 Bayview Ave., just south of Bethesda Sideroad. Learn more by visiting or call 905-773-4630. — Marney Beck

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While it was once “a little north, a little nicer” and is now, “where people come together to build our community”, Richmond Hill will soon become the largest town in Ontario, by population. At 186,000 residents according the last census, Richmond Hill will become Ontario’s most populated town, once the Town of Markham switches to city status July 1. Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg made the announcement at council this week, following a Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference she attended in Saskatchewan last week. Ms Hogg said Oakville is the second largest town, with 183,000 residents, followed by Whitby at 122,000 people. Richmond Hill was officially incorporated as a town, July 1, 1957, when its population was less than 9,000.

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However, Richmond Hill’s bragging may be short lived. Discussions are underway to follow Markham and Vaughan in pursuing city status, too, although Mayor Dave Barrow told The Liberal he personally prefers we remain a town. “I think being a town better represents our sense of community in Richmond Hill. I think

the word city gives the wrong perception. Anyone can call themselves a city if they want. We qualify as a city, but I think most residents like that we are still a town,” he added. Many residents and some councillors in Markham felt becoming a city would attract potential international investments.

Next steps on affordable housing important From page 1.

“In these next meetings, we hope to cut out the middleman and bring the developer and the residents in search of affordable housing together, to design a better option,” he added. Discussion at each meeting was led by Jane Wedlock of the United Way and Ian Proudfoot, volunteer United Way board member and Metroland Media Group regional publisher. Increased community engagement and reaching those in need is vital to improve social infrastructure, Mr. Proudfoot said. “The community isn’t only made up of engaged people. We need to make this information accessible and reach those who really need assistance,” he said. More community engagement in the local political arena is one area Mr. Proudfoot specified as an important way to stimulate policy change, as did Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg — the lone representative of Richmond

Hill council at the forum. Council is working hard to meet the town’s social needs, Ms Hogg said, adding plans for a new youth shelter will soon be announced. The town’s new official plan attempts to address affordable housing needs, although Ms Hogg lamented the plan is constantly challenged by developers and what’s considered affordable housing in Richmond Hill continues to increase in price. She spoke of the her children’s struggle to afford a home, while also revealing she has a homeless brother. Mary Ann Proulx is executive director of the Housing Help Centre in Richmond Hill, which helps secure affordable housing for residents. Affordable housing tends to be the root cause of social problems, she said. “If you don’t have a roof over your head, how do you afford social activities for your kids or stay connected, when you’re sleeping in a car? Hopefully these meetings are a good look in the mirror and we can make real change.”

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Transit ridership increases despite strike; but growth slower BY CHRIS TRABER

Two months of free public transit netted the desired results, York Region Transit/ Viva general manager Richard Leary told the region’s Transportation Services Committee this week. Ridership for April, the first month when customers were required to resume paying fares, reached 1.76 million, a 1.4-per-cent increase compared to April 2011. The committee, which, in December, authorized the two months of free service to repay taxpayers after a three-month transit strike, was encouraged with the extra 24,400 fare-paying riders in April. Mr. Leary, while “very pleased”, was guarded, suggesting last year’s strike-free ridership projections for the same period called for an 8-per-cent hike. “Typically, when a transit organization

experiences a strike, you lose about 10 per cent of ridership,” he said following his overview to committee. “We took progressive steps by offering two months of free transit. It was very successful.” It was a timely administrative tactic and a strong public relations initiative, he said, noting the exercise worked on key levels. It was a responsible reinvestment to taxpayers and drew back customers who changed their transportation habits during the stoppage of services. The free rides also enticed residents to try public transit. The affable transplanted Bostonian and former chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reiterated his commitment to staying the course, service enhancements and cost containment. “We didn’t lose our (ridership) base, but our growth was reduced,” he said.

To counter the growth slide, there’s the potential for fare increases in future, Mr. Leary hinted, adding he has been working with corporate finance to “see what might be necessary in 2013”. YRT/Viva’s challenges are not any different from those of any other North American transportation supplier, he said. “Our biggest challenge is getting ridership back to where it should be,” he said. “What do we want to look like in the future?” Some tough decisions await, Mr. Leary admitted. “I don’t use the words reduce or cut,” he said. “I prefer the term modify.” As such, on the drawing board are balancing subsidized fares, which range from $40 to zero per rider. YRT/Viva’s 122 routes and varying schedules will be reviewed to make sure more fare boxes actually pay for service. Forty-foot buses may replace the more

costly 60 footers on certain roads in an effort to save $50,000 in 2013. An anti-idling program will save $250,000 in fuel next year. Also planned as part of a $3.08-million savings in 2013 are route integration and fewer deadhead community and Mobility Plus bus hours, where vehicles travel empty from service yards to the start of their routes. Mr. Leary is also working with transit contractors to have them pay for and improve the mean distance between mechanical failures, which can negatively impact on-time performance and missed trips. It’s too soon to determine if the positive ridership trend will continue, Mr. Leary said. Nonetheless, after committee lauded YRT/Viva’s recovery from the work stoppage, Vaughan Regional Councillor Deb Schulte praised the free rides. “It was well done and well handled and it was the right thing to do,” she said.

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Bus roadeo winner wheels to U.S. contest Appropriately named and skilled Mile Mitkovski is the 2012 York Region YRT/Viva Bus Roadeo champion. Mr. Mitkovski, from contracted operator Veolia Transportation Canada Inc., put the pedal to the metal and proved his mettle at Sunday’s fifth annual skills competition in Richmond Hill Sunday. Placing first in a series of skilltesting events, Mr. Mitkovski will move on to represent York Region at the 2013 American Public Transit Association Bus Roadeo in Indianapolis, Ind. Also earning honours for their performance at the Bus Roadeo were Veolia’s Frank Muir in second place and Dorell Atkinson of Miller Transit Ltd. in third. The annual event provides a fun, interactive opportunity for operators to showcase their abilities and receive recognition for their hard work. YRT/Viva service is provided by approximately 800 operators employed by four York Region contracted service providers, including Miller, Veolia, York BRT Services and TOK Transit Ltd. - Chris Traber

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Says latest meeting sparks ideas for affordable housing BY ADAM MC LEAN

Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg was appointed to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities board of directors at its most recent meeting in Saskatchewan. It marks Ms Hogg’s 16th year on the federation board, which features Canadawide municipal representation, making her the longest serving member of FCM. Close to 2,000 municipalities are members of the federation, which advocates for the needs of municipalities and their citizens to be reflected in federal policies and programs. “I don’t think anyone is more surprised than I am that I have hung around at FCM this long,� Ms Hogg said. “But I love being part of it and it’s a tremendous education to meet other politicians from across the country, share what the issues are in our towns and become a united voice to the federal government,� she added. The organization meets quarterly, so it won’t be determined until its next meeting on which committees Ms Hogg will sit. During her previous 15 years, Ms Hogg has served as FCM vice president, chairperson of the Ontario regional committee, chairperson of the social economic development committee and chairperson of the quality of life reporting system, to name a few. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be me all the time, it could be someone else, but it’s beneficial to our town that we have someone there on the ground level,� she said, adding she is proud of her FCM participation.

“Some politicians only go to these meetings for party time, but it’s valuable to learn about green municipal funds, affordable housing issues in other areas of the country and the initiatives of other towns,� she added. A vocal advocate for increased social housing being created locally and in York Region, Ms Hogg said travelling to Saskatoon showed her some new modular townhouse designs that could offer future affordable housing options in Richmond Hill. “I took pictures and I have already sent them to various local developers,� said Ms Hogg. Ward 6 Councillor Godwin Chan also attended the recent meeting and was a nominee for election to the FCM board of directors. He fell just three votes shy of winning a place on the board.

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Councillor meetings should be nut free Re: Councillor begins legal action against town, June 14. Really? Some councillors really believe all councillors should be invited to all councillor-planned community meetings? Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. A councillor wants to hold a community meeting because he or she wants to gather input or propose an idea. If development or transit issues may be brought up at that meeting, then all councillors have to be invited. This councillor might be working out a plan, but now has to invite everyone else on council to hear him or her out. This councillor makes all the plans, arranges the venue and may supply refreshments from his budget (preferably his own wallet), but everyone is invited. The others don’t have to do research or pay for refreshments, just come on by and hear what’s going on because it’s common courtesy. Nowhere in the article did it say they would sit quietly in the back either. If it’s a community meeting — discussing the business of the community — then the councillor should make a point of inviting whomever he thinks could help in the conversation with residents, whether it’s another councillor, the mayor

or a town staff member. That makes sense. Give residents the best shot at getting the best information. But because councillors are so worried about who says what about whom, they choose to say it’s not fair for you to have a party without me. It’s like our children’s or grandchildren’s birthdays at school. You can’t bring cupcakes unless you bring cupcakes for the whole class — so no one is upset. Come on, councillors, this isn’t a birthday party, it’s work, but if you’re going to offer cupcakes, let’s make these meetings “nut free”.


Don’t walk away from job Open letter to Councillor Carmine Perrelli: As a resident of your ward, I am very disappointed by your decision to walk out of a town council meeting. As a taxpayer, I feel strongly that you represent us as we elected you and, regardless of the dispute, you should stay to do your job. There is no reason to walk off the job unless there’s a safety issue. This town needs and elects councillors who should stand and fight, not walk away from the discussions — that never solves anything.


Realities of life create parenting dilemmas


arn, my daughter wanted to celebrate her birthday with a party. Don’t get me wrong, I, too, think turning 16 is a

big deal. I, too, wanted to mark the milestone from teeny bopper to blossoming young woman ... with a pretty silver necklace and cake with 16 candles. But for many parents of teenagers, hosting a party means confronting the elephant in the room: Our under-age kids are drinking alcohol. It makes me nostalgic for the days when my biggest dilemma was what to put in the loot bags. I survived my son’s journey to legal drinking age by, admittedly, becoming a hypocrite: I cannot condone your drinking. But I know you’re doing it. So do it responsibly. (Don’t get drunk! Never drink and drive! Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking! Call me no matter what time it is if you need a ride home!) He never hid it from me and we talked about the issue of underage drinking many times. And, bless his heart, he never asked to have a party.

Debora Kelly When my daughter stood before me, blinking big blue eyes, I did what any loving but responsible parent would do. I agreed, with stipulations of no alcohol, a controlled guest list, adult supervision and music off by midnight. “Thanks, Mum!” was her delighted response, fingers flying over her phone’s keyboard before the words were out of my mouth. I was shocked into silence by the lack of bargaining that typically meets any firm stance I attempt. So, I bought plenty of pop and chips and we created a dance floor in the basement family room.

Was I kidding myself? I knew they would be drinking — I didn’t need to wait for the boys to arrive with their bulging knapsacks for confirmation. They actually made no attempt to hide it, but nobody got out of control. They turned the music off at 11:50 p.m., the last stragglers were gone by 12:15 a.m., no damage done, only a floor badly in need of a mop. Was I glad it was over. I’ve known many other parents who have made the same compromise that doesn’t sit well with our sense of right and wrong. Some even choose to provide alcohol to their teenagers, particularly girls, as it’s safer than relying on others. We compromise because we want to be involved in our teens’ lives and keep the doors of communication open. We supervise underage drinking in our homes because we think it’s safer and more controlled. It’s not appropriate justification, it’s just what it is. Bad parenting, some would say. I try hard to be a good parent and law-abiding citizen, so this is tough for me — I have mixed feelings even writ-

ing about it. York Regional Police recently had to remind parents that permitting or providing alcohol to underage teens is illegal, following a spate of massive, out-of-control house parties in Georgina. Police there received 75 complaints May 1 to June 3 about noise, obnoxious behaviour and property damage related to parties attended by 50 to 100 kids. Not only can underage drinkers be fined $130, but knowingly supplying liquor to a person under 19 can come with a summons to court and fines in the thousands of dollars. Parents can only supply liquor to their underage teens in their home or “private place”, as defined by the Liquor Licence Act. Bottom line, adults are responsible for their party guests, even those of legal drinking age, and face charges of criminal negligence if someone gets drunk and is seriously injured after leaving. The day after the party, my daughter said thank you, twice — I think she knows and appreciates how I struggle with this one.

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Bragging about dad My dad is the best dad that you could ever have. He is very kind and is always there for me. My dad is so cool! He teaches me lots of good skills for sports like soccer, hockey, baseball and some more. My dad is hilarious. He always makes funny jokes and is a very funny person to be around. I know that I can always count on my dad and look up to him, because he is such a great role model. Those are some of the things I love about my dad.


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My dad is the best

Bravest, coolest and funniest are some of the qualities that describe our dad. To us our dad is like a superhero. To prove it, we will mention all his superpowers. We think our dad is brave because whenever we need him he is always there for us and will protect us no matter what. He will overcome any fear that stands in his way, if he even has one. He will do anything for his family to make sure they’re safe. Even when we’re sick or afraid he will take care of us. If we’re ever lonely he will always be by our side. That also includes bad dreams about evil villains. Whenever we need a superhero, dad will come to the rescue. Our dad is cool because he always puts his

My dad is the best dad ever. That is not an opinion, it’s a fact, a statement. I’ll give you proof of how great he is. First off, he makes jokes or just laughs randomly at what I say or my brother says, sometimes at mom, too (but not in a random, weird way). Second, sometimes he just brings up random topics to laugh about. Third, he’s nice, no doubt about it. He also lets me do whatever I want (mostly). Fourth, umm … I think this is becoming more like a list than bragging. Anyway, I know my dad is the best and no one can beat him!


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Golfer excited about LPGA on home turf BY DAVID LI

Having relocated to Florida last October to focus on her golf game year round, Rebecca Lee-Bentham has not been home in eight months. So it’s easy to understand why the 20-yearold golfer is excited about competing so close to home at the upcoming Ladies Professional Golf Association event in Waterloo, Ont. “I talk to my sister often and I know she is excited to have me come home,” said LeeBentham, who grew up in Richmond Hill and moved to Toronto in the latter part of her high school years. The former Bayview Secondary student says her older sister, Sarah, has organized for a large group of family and friends to drive to Waterloo to show their support at the professional golf event. The former Canadian national team member earned her full LPGA tour card in early December and has since been training and competing abroad. Lee-Bentham is scheduled to play at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic June 21 through 24 at the Grey Silo Golf Course. The tournament marks one of only two LPGA events scheduled in Canada this year, with the other being the Canadian Women’s Open later this summer in Vancouver, B.C. Joining Lee-Bentham will be a world-class field, including top-ranked players such as Ai Miyazato, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen. “Being the inaugural year of our event, we are ecstatic to be able to attract a field of this caliber and bring them to the Waterloo Region,” said tournament director Richard


Rebecca Lee-Bentham is taking a swing at the LPGA tour, set for next week in Waterloo. Kuypers. “You can really sense the excitement around the community.” Lee-Bentham is excited and optimistic about her chances of achieving a breakthrough performance close to home. “I would consider a top-10 finish a success in terms of results,” she said. The first-year LPGA golfer says she’s grateful to finally have the opportunity to compete in front of family and friends. “Since being on tour, I’ve been getting such great support from home,” Lee-Bentham said. “I feel blessed to have a lot of family and friends supporting me and planning to come watch me play in Waterloo.” Fans can order tickets, starting at $30, online at or from the tournament office at 519-884-5742. David Li is a Thornhill freelance writer.

U13 RAIDERS WIN TOURNAMENT The Richmond Hill Raiders U13 Girls white team played to win through heavy rain and heat in the Muskoka Early Summer Tournament. They won three of three soccer games with no goals against, facing Sudbury Impact in the championship game, winning 1-0. Celebrating are back row (from left): Bailey Pryce, Alyssa Moore, coach Steve Moore, Megan Merrick-Eker, Heather Wong, Francesca Centofante, Julia DaConceicao, Yana Maiorova, assistant coach Tony Iacobelli, Adrienne Glavanov and manager Rosemary Schuler; middle row: Anna Lisa Canale-Parola, Keiana Safarian, Isabella Sciulli, Danielle Lamanna and Alessia Iacobelli; front row: Amalia Parente, Alexandra Jabouri and Breanna Schuler.


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VACATION SALES, MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS! Outdoor Traveler® by Bluegreen is hiring qualified and motivated candidates for direct sales/marketing/promotions positions at our Vaughan location inside Bass Pro Shops®. Are you outgoing, confident and have both customer service and sales savvy? If so, a career opportunity awaits you! Receive an excellent compensation structure! FT associates become eligible for a great benefits package, resort use program and more! TICO Certification is a plus! Successful reps have opportunity for development into Management positions! Send your resume to or call 416-930-4813.

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CARRIERS NEEDED Door to door delivery Flexible hours while working in your community Interested Candidates Call (905)660-9887 Richmond Hill ext.305 Thornhill ext. 311 Professional Groomer wanted for busy animal hospital, full time or part time. Must be available weekends.

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