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BY ADAM MC LEAN
Paul Calandra says he has done nothing wrong. The two-term MP for Oak Ridges-Markham is being accused in a national publication of accepting money at fundraising parties in Markham and Richmond Hill earlier this year that involved people attempting to secure a new Toronto radio station licence. The MP is also parliamentary secretary to the Canadian Heritage Minister, which oversees the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the body that is reviewing bids for the FM station. “I’m not too worried about it,” Mr. Calandra told York Region Media in a telephone interview from Minden yesterday afternoon. “I attended two fundraisers, we took in money, followed all the rules we were supposed to with Elections Canada,” he said. The value of the donations is more than $20,000. However, according to the MP, the money was not accepted by him, but by the electoral district association. None of the money in question has been returned, he said, noting they have until the end of the fiscal year, December, to report contributions. “We continue to do research. If a cheque or donation shouldn’t have been made ... we will return any funds that are inappropriate,” he said. Returning contribution money is nothing new for the MP. From his 2011 campaign, eight donations See DONATIONS page 17.
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Larry Jeffers grows his tomatoes straight up and suggests new gardeners can’t go wrong with the hardy vegetable. He and seven other back yard gardeners will offer tips and tricks Saturday at the horticultural society’s edible gardens learning tour.
As Larry Jeffers rhymes off the veggies growing in his garden, it sounds like his back yard could double for a supermarket produce section. Carrots, beets, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, lettuce, cabbage, even corn grow in the back yard of his Don Head Village Boulevard home. “I grow a bit of everything,” said the green-thumbed resident who has grown vegetables in his back 40 since he moved to Richmond Hill 28 years ago. You can visit Mr. Jeffers’ garden and seven others in town this Saturday, as part of the Richmond Hill Garden and Horticultural Society’s edible gardens learning tour. With a $10 ticket, you can admire the gardens, ask questions of the owners and view styles of gardening that could inspire your own vegetable garden. As a preview, Mr. Jeffers shared some of his know-how and some of his gardening struggles. While the dry and hot summer has caused havoc for crops of large scale farmers, Mr. Jeffers said he’s been able to push through an arid July thanks to his water barrels. Taking advantage of what was a wet See RABBIT, page 15
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Will you watch Olympics? Some local residents keen; others uninterested BY ADAM MCLEAN
Richmond Hill’s Josh Binstock practises in the beach volleyball sands of London’s Horse Guards’ Palace this week, ready to face the hometown team Saturday in his first match.
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Ready to face British boos BY ADAM MC LEAN
Richmond Hill resident Josh Binstock and Team Canada beach volleyball partner Martin Reader look to put a damper on the British Olympic party, during their first match Saturday. In that first game of the tournament, the Canadian mens beach volleyball duo will play the host nation in front of what will no doubt be a hostile and raucous home crowd of close to 15,000 Britons cheering on their team. But boos and jeers don’t faze Mr. Binstock. “People are going to be hating on us big time,” said the six-foot five-inch Richmond Hill High School graduate, with a laugh. “But I don’t mind playing the spoiler; it gets me fired up and it’s something we have done before,” he added, referencing a key win over Mexico in that country on the road to Olympic qualifying. Speaking from London Tuesday night, Mr. Binstock can take comfort in a small corner of support inside the historic Horse Guards’ Palace, the beach volleyball event venue. Set to arrive in London soon will be his parents, brother, sister and half a dozen of his best high school buddies to provide a cheering section. The Canadian team is guaranteed to play three group games at the tournament. A draw last weekend sorted the competition’s 24 teams into six pools of four and the Canadian men will also play Team Norway, before their final group match against one of two Brazilian teams. The top two teams from each group will automatically advance to the elimination round, along with the top two third-place group finishers. The remaining four third-place teams will play for the last two playoff spots. The fourth-place finishers are automatically eliminated. According to the Federation of International Volleyball world tour ranking, Binstock/Reader’s first match will go a long way to determine who advances from the group. In that ranking, the Canadian duo is ranked 42nd, while Great Britain is ranked 51st and automatically qualified for the games as host nation, where the other 23 teams played their way into the
tournament. Norway is ranked 24th overall, while the Brazilian team of Cunha/Santos is ranked No. 3 in the world. Mr. Binstock said he was happy with the draw. “We like our chances and we can definitely advance if we play at the top of our game,” he said, adding he played and defeated the British duo in a world tour match last year and this season, he and Mr. Reader lost to the Brazilian team in a close three-setter, in a tourney Brazil went on to win. He has yet to play the Norwegian duo, but said they are a strong team. Arriving in London Saturday night, Mr. Binstock said he’s settled into the athletes’ village and is rooming with a fencer and a gymnast. Aside from training, getting fitted for team gear and dealing with much media interest from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, there hasn’t been much down time for the trained chiropractor. He expects an off-day Thursday, then opening ceremonies Friday will help the magnitude of the Olympic event to sink in before game time. While focused on his own performance, Mr. Binstock said being surrounded by so many great athletes makes him want to take in some other events as a spectator. “I’d like to see my roommates compete and would love to see the dream team (men’s USA basketball) play,” acknowledged the basketball fan. “The athletes village is pretty cool. There’s no media allowed and we are so insulated. I was walking around today and standing with some of the guys on the Brazilian basketball team like (former Toronto Raptor Leandro) Barbosa and (Washington Wizards forward) Nene. That stuff is awesome.”
With the Olympics just days away, The Liberal asked resident if they plan to watch any of the Olympic Games and if so, which event they are most anticipating. Of the 15 people to respond at or near Hillcrest Mall, nine said they plan to watch the games, while six said they have little to no interest. Some residents including Richmond Hill resident Dennis Dimopolous, are quite excited to watch.
Dennis Dimopolous ‘As much as I can’ “I’m going to watch as much as I can, starting with the opening ceremony,” he said Tuesday.
GAME TIMES: Match time against Great Britain Saturday will be 11:30 a.m. Richmond Hill time (EST). Binstock/Reader play Norway, Monday, July 30 at 6 a.m. Binstock/Reader play Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. To keep tabs on Josh Binstock during the Olympics you can follow him on Twitter @joshbinner or visit yorkregion.com
He added that the staple event of the games, he won’t miss, is the men’s 100 metre final. Even though Frank Mashinter admits he won’t watch the majority of the games, he also said the 100m final will probably be the one event he makes a point to watch. “I can’t say I’m all that interested in the games as a whole. It’s too bad they got rid of baseball and softball. I would watch those or even lacrosse,” said the Richmond Hill resident, making a case for lacrosse to be added as a future event. “It’s such a fast paced and exciting sport. Even if you don’t know the intricacies of the game, it’s an exhilarating spectator event,” he added.
Frank Mashinter Will watch mens 100m
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Abisa Halls ‘Not into Olympics’ ment, I will be cheering for someone to beat the States, though. I want to see the underdog win,” he added. Jutta Weichmann said she had no interest in the games, as did Abisa Halls, having just finished his workout at GoodLife Fitness. “I’m not really in to the Olympics,” said Mr. Halls, still sweaty from his workout. “I like to take part in athletics, but not watch on TV. I don’t really have time for that,” he added.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Jutta Weichmann ‘Not interested’ Paul Kirkham said he plans to watch the games when he can, paying particular attention to the men’s basketball tournament and the fortunes of the American squad. “Even though the Americans should dominate, I’m a big basketball fan so I’m interested in that,” said Mr. Kirkham. “With no Canadian team in the tourna-
Will you be glued to your armchair, following every exhilarating moment? Or content to watch one of the televised synopsis offerings each day? Or giving the entire two-week sport extravaganza a miss? Weigh in online at yorkregion. com or send a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org
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