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A senior citizen who never had a chance to go far in school, Norma Smith has turned many times to the Identification Clinic at York Region's Housing Help Centre to help her understand government forms and to assist her filling out paperwork for needed documentation. "They are so handy and helpful to the community," she said. The former nanny and personal care worker is devastated to learn regional government will end its funding next month to the Richmond Hill centre, which helps more than 2,000 low- and moderate-income York Region residents a year. "Oh my God, I don't have the words to say," said Smith, a native of Jamaica, who said staff at the centre have encouraged to her to take adult learning classes. "I am very, very sad, deeply sad. They are like a family to me. It's going to be very difficult for the community." The region is cutting off the $204,230 it provides annually for the ID clinic and the $136,310 it gives for the housing help centre, executive director Mary Ann Proulx said. The region is the sole source of funding for the programs, other than a small amount the facility gets from PowerStream to help low-income residents strug-

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Mary Ann Proulx (right), executive director of the Housing Help Centre, confers with client Norma Smith of Richmond Hill, who is upset to hear York Region will cut funding to the centre next month. gling to pay their hydro bills. "I was in shock," said Proulx, adding the centre and clinic are the only services of their kind in the region. "We don't have operating funds to continue. It brings me to tears. I feel really bad for them (clients).

They're going to struggle, they're going to struggle even more so." Agencies are aware they must apply annually for funding under the Community Investment Strategy, the region's commissioner of community and health services, Adelina Urbanski, said.

"Annually, York Region provides targeted funding to not-forprofit agencies to help deliver projects to low- and moderateincome residents that address service gaps in the community,"

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A senior citizen who never had a chance to go far in school, Norma Smith has turned many times to the Identification Clinic at York Region's Housing Help Centre to help her understand government forms and to assist her filling out paperwork for needed documentation. "They are so handy and helpful to the community," she said. The former nanny and personal care worker is devastated to learn regional government will end its funding next month to the Richmond Hill centre, which helps more than 2,000 low- and moderate-income York Region residents a year. "Oh my God, I don't have the words to say," said Smith, a native of Jamaica, who said staff at the centre have encouraged to her to take adult learning classes. "I am very, very sad, deeply sad. They are like a family to me. It's going to be very difficult for the community." The region is cutting off the $204,230 it provides annually for the ID clinic and the $136,310 it gives for the housing help centre, executive director Mary Ann Proulx said. The region is the sole source of funding for the programs, other than a small amount the facility gets from PowerStream to help low-income residents strug-

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Mary Ann Proulx (right), executive director of the Housing Help Centre, confers with client Norma Smith of Richmond Hill, who is upset to hear York Region will cut funding to the centre next month. gling to pay their hydro bills. "I was in shock," said Proulx, adding the centre and clinic are the only services of their kind in the region. "We don't have operating funds to continue. It brings me to tears. I feel really bad for them (clients).

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Overspending to overeating: How to curb holiday indulging time with your guests and you've got a way to save the food and portion it out over time. And (we encourage people) to consider potluck as an approach to family occasions so everybody brings a little bit of something and everybody is able to bring it home so leftovers get used up. It's less work for one person and it's often less waste that way." Remember though, even the experts admit it's tough to stringently stick to a plan. "Throughout the whole year, you've been quite disciplined," Albanese said. "You did the best you could and you say 'I've sacrificed all year, my family deserves this'. We tend to use Christmastime as a way of rewarding ourselves for a year of hard work. How do you overcome all this? It's almost impossible. All we can say is be conscious of (spending), try to set money aside and be as close as possible to that budget."

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Stick to a plan On average, households throw away $1,500-worth of food each year or $125 per month. This might be enough to take your family to the movies or fill your gas tank once or twice. The Region of York is offering 10 tips to reduce food waste while saving time and money this holiday season: • • •

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leftovers and ideas for what to do around the holidays to reduce the amount of food waste that you're generating," Hordowick said. "We've found about 15 to 20 per cent of the green bin is what we would consider to be avoidable food waste. Things people have bought and forgot and thrown out: It's whole produce, leftover lettuce, the leftover casserole that you didn't finish eating." As part of the Good Food program, the region put out a list of 10 tips aimed at reducing food waste during the holidays. "We encourage people to stock up on reusable containers so that when they do have guests over and there's leftovers, they've got a really easy way to pack stuff up and share it with their guests rather than it ending up in the green bin," Hordowick said. "We have recipes you can make ahead and freeze so that you're spending more

A Seneca College professor and certified financial planner says that we should follow Santa’s example and make a list and stick to it to avoid breaking the bank. of the year. Turkey stuffing is one of my favourites that I only make at Christmas - so I'll pass on the creamy mashed potatoes that I can have anytime." Overindulging also takes a toll on the environment. The Region of York typically sees a 10 per cent spike in waste - garbage, recycling and organics - compared to other winter months, according to Julie Hordowick, program manager of York's integrated waste management strategy. So the region encourages residents to wrap presents in reusable bags, scarves or fabric and consider giving gift cards or "experiences" rather than "purchasing a lot of stuff that maybe people don't necessarily need," she said. This year, the region is targeting "avoidable food waste" through its Good Food program. "That's all geared toward giving people tools to plan their meals, to manage

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Make a simple meal plan and plan ahead. Organize your refrigerator and pantry before shopping for ingredients that may be hiding at the back. Buy only what you need in the quantity you need. Buying in bulk is cost effective if you actually use it. Spend less on unplanned impulse purchases. Shop with a list and stick to it. Choose recipes you can make ahead and freeze. Spend more family time together by recruiting the kids to help out and lighten your load. Waste less by serving smaller portions. Encourage guests to not be shy and ask for seconds or set out platters where guests can serve themselves. Stock up on reusable containers and give your guests the gift of take-home leftovers. Plan a potluck. Leftovers go back home with guests. It’s less work for you, less for you to buy and fewer dishes to wash when it’s over. Freeze leftovers to enjoy later during those cold January evenings. Bread, soups, stews, pasta dishes, casseroles and chili all freeze well.

For more information, visit york.ca/goodfood Here are a few tips to keep your budget in line this holiday season, according to Seneca College professor Sam Albanese: • • •

Stick to a list and avoid spontaneous purchases. Immediately pay off the outstanding amount once January’s credit card bill arrives. Consider keeping a separate ‘holiday’ bank account with a budgeted amount. Once that account runs dry, spending is finished for the season.

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The holidays can be a time to let loose - on your wallet, trash bin and waistline. Once the calendar turns to December, there's a tendency to relax, exhale and be less stringent on the rules that guide us through most of the year. We've all done it. After working so hard for 11 months, the extra slice of pie or second helping of mashed potatoes is well-deserved, right? Then there's the gift shopping budget. We want to give our kids and spouses the happiest holiday season possible. Their dreams must become reality. However, those wishes come with a cost and often strain a family's budget, said Seneca College professor and certified financial planner Sam Albanese. "We know we have to spend and at this time of the year we tend to spend more. We need to take a look at disciplined spending. Santa Claus has a list and he sticks to that. He makes it clear this is his list and this is what everyone gets. Santa never goes over-budget. "But as humans, we don't make a list. We've got to try to get the emotions out of our spending and be more objective. Something may be two dollars, but when you start adding up all these $2 (items), suddenly that becomes $100 and on it goes." The Canadian government's healthy holiday food guide includes recommendations aimed at helping families eat well over the next month. It suggests families should try to eat together because that communal time encourages healthier habits. Cook and plan meals in advance for hectic days and make healthy snacks like pre-cut vegetables and fruit easily accessible. Also, create healthy food traditions by trying a new vegetable recipe or making food-based gifts like jars of dried fruit, nuts or soup mix. And start dessert off with a round of fruit, leaving room for a few bites of something richer. Aurora-based registered dietician Maria Fisher said holiday weight gain is common because, for many people, the indulgence doesn't last for just one day. There are multiple parties and gatherings and those gettogethers often force people off regular eating, exercising and sleeping habits. You can avoid packing on pounds by eating before heading to a social function and refraining from placing treats on counters and tabletops at home. Be careful when ordering coffeehouse specialty drinks and go easy on calorie-filled alcoholic beverages. It's OK to indulge, as long as your favourite holiday foods are consumed in moderate portions, she said. "The problem with gaining a pound or two over the holidays is that most people don't lose it (afterward)," she said. "Eat your favourite foods that you can only get over the holidays and skimp on other tasty foods you can get any time

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Upcoming Meetings Monday, December 5 – Committee of the Whole – 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 12 – Council – 7:30 Agendas for all meetings are available on the Town’s website under Mayor and Council section – Council Calendar. Meetings will be held at the Municipal Offices, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, 1st floor

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Employment Opportunities The Town of Richmond Hill has the following employment opportunities currently available: • Lifeguards & Swimming Instructors • School Crossing Guards • Fitness Instructor For detailed information about these and other positions, including application instructions, deadlines and file numbers, please visit the Town’s website at RichmondHill.ca/Employment or view the public bulletin board at any one of the Town’s community centres.

Public Notice NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION UNDER THE PLANNING ACT The Town of Richmond Hill has received the following applications under the Planning Act: Inquiries Refer To: Town File: D01-16003 and D02-16018 Town Planner: Shelly Cham Telephone: 905-747-6470 Email: shelly.cham@richmondhill.ca A request from TSMJC PROPERTIES INC. to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for lands described as Part of Block 29, Registered Plan 65M-2819 and municipally known as 10909 Yonge Street. The applications seek to permit a residential development comprised of a 16 storey building and 23 townhouse units. The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that “complete” development applications have been received by the Town of Richmond Hill pursuant to the Planning Act. The applications have been circulated to Town departments and external agencies for review and comment. A Council Public Meeting will be scheduled and held at a later date, with formal notice being provided pursuant to the statutory requirements of the Planning Act. If you wish to express your views with respect to these applications, please forward your comments in writing to the assigned Planner noted above. The personal information accompanying your submission will become part of the public record. Additional information related to these applications is also available for inspection between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM during regular business days at the Town’s Planning & Regulatory Services Department, located at 225 East Beaver Creek Road, 4th Floor, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3P4 (Telephone: 905-771-8910). Dated This 1st Day Of DECEMBER, 2016.

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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TEA Join us for a step back in time to a more genteel era when we enjoyed the repast of a Victorian Christmas Tea. You will be served finger sandwiches with delicious holiday treats and try our exclusively blended teas. You will also be invited to the craft room to create a lovely craft from this eclectic period. Date: Saturday, December 10 Sittings: 12, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Location: The Richmond Hill Heritage Centre, 19 Church Street North Cost: $15.50 (tax included) Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call 905-780-3802 to book your seat today!

MCCONAGHY CENTRE CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT Date: Sunday, December 18 Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $6 at the door; $5 in advance Place: McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment by the McConaghy Centre Choir conducted by Richard Heinzle. This choir is truly magical! This concert is open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served. Thank you to our sponsor Delmanor Elgin Mills. For more information, call the McConaghy Centre at 905-737-1818.

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Local moms campaign for support for mentally ill youth Kim ZarZour kzarzour@yrmg.com

The three moms quietly sip their tea in a local cafe. On the outside, they are calm and civil. On the inside, they are ablaze. They share a fire fuelled by shared experience - a nightmare they wouldn't wish on any parent. One mom is waiting for her son's trial after he was charged with the murder of his father. Another watched her son enter a psychotic state after being mistakenly misdiagnosed, and mis-medicated, for ADHD. The third watches her son's future slip away as he stares at walls and walks for hours, adrift in thoughts he can't control. They are mothers of adults with serious mental illness, giving hope to each other - and giving strength to others. The York Region moms have banded together to launch a crowd-funding campaign. They hope to raise $75,000 to create a drop-in centre that would support families and their mentally ill relatives.

"What brought us together is we are all aging, we have our own health issues that are age and stress-related, and we are concerned about the future of our kids," says Kathleen Mochnacki president of Home on the Hill and one of the campaign organizers. "We feel we are a demographic that has been ignored. We are invisible." Mochnacki says gaps in the mental health system have left families isolated and desperate for appropriate, qualified and compassionate support. Surveys show one in three families dealing with severe mental illness feel "close to the breaking point," she says, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada recommends that the entire family be included in care. But they're not - at least not in a meaningful way, the women say. The health care system may step in during crises, they say, but the burden of chronic care falls on the family. "What's missing, what people don't get, is mental illness is 24-7," says Maggie Veltheer,

whose husband, Robert, founded Home on the Hill to fight for housing for the seriously mentally ill. Last February he was killed and his son charged with first-degree murder. The women have all been through the anguish of helping a mentally ill child and in the quiet café, they share stories - their own and others they have encountered - of misdiagnoses, attempted suicides and loneliness that happens when a community doesn't understand. One woman recounts the time her son was stopped by police for walking suspiciously, wearing a jacket on a warm day. Another says her neighbours worry that the frequent emergency response calls to her home will affect their real estate values. Another brushes away tears, describing her feelings of grief over her son's lost future. They understand what most don't - mental illness is not a disease of character, but a disease of the brain - and they want to communicate that to others. "Our focus is on the fami-

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A trio of York Region women have launched a crowd-funding campaign in the hopes of raising $75,000 for a drop-in centre that would support families and their mentally ill relatives. ly and it's also on education," Mochnacki says. "There is a huge absence of information about symptoms. And unfortu-

nately, because of that lack of knowledge, our kids get judged. They're not lazy; they are experiencing symptoms."

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re road tolls an idea whose time has come? Toronto Mayor John Tory seems to think so, given his announcement he’d like to charge motorists $2 to drive the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. According to Tory’s arithmetic, the move could generate more than $200 million per year to invest in transit infrastructure. York Chair Wayne Emmerson acknowledged that charging a toll to make use of the DVP and the Gardiner could have a significant impact on those who rely on the routes. He hopes to meet with Tory to discuss the matter. As a concept, tolls aren’t necessarily a bad thing.

‘Our concern is how the money raised will be allocated. Will the tolls be for the good of all GTA commuters, or only boost Toronto’s coffers?’ They were among the revenue tools the province bandied about when it floated various means through which to fund needed transit improvements. York Region has a number of projects on the go and remains hopeful the Yonge Street subway will eventually extend into Richmond Hill. That alone will cost billions, and the money will have to come from somewhere, be it tolls, new taxes or other user fees. Our concern is how the money raised will be allocated. Will the tolls be for the good of all GTA commuters, or only boost Toronto’s coffers? According to the Toronto Star, the Gardiner alone needs $3.6 billion worth of repairs, and Toronto’s operating budget is facing a $516-million shortfall next year. Despite the fact Toronto’s own city manager, Peter Wallace, noted the 416 enjoys the lowest residential tax rate in Ontario, Tory has made it clear that raising taxes above the inflation rate is a non-starter. Other municipalities grapple with higher increases and their residents often receive considerably fewer services. Why is it Toronto can nix higher property taxes and jump right to tolls? Thankfully, the province would have to sign off on any new road tolls first. Again, the tolls aren’t the issue, per se, but rather how the money they raise would be used. If the plan is to set aside funds to improve the GTA’s transit network, so be it, but if it’s to help Toronto stave off a long overdue property tax increase or to help pay for pet projects of dubious benefit (i.e. the Scarborough subway), then they should be treated as, to quote Tory when he was PC leader, “highway robbery”.

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Basement apartments should be allowed The recent article, “Addressing child poverty means addressing family poverty: York Region councillor,” highlights the major concern of poverty in York Region. The article specifically refers to the importance of family income and of affordable housing as important pillars of the solution. An important addition to this debate is about the housing supply in the region. According to the report, “Understanding the Numbers”, published by York Region and the United Way, the rental vacancy rate here is 1.6 per cent, with rental construction accounting for only 1 per cent of new home construction. These vacancy and construction rates are inadequate during a time when

• LETTERS • ● GET CONNECTED Have a comment on these or any other community issues? Email us at newsroom@yrmg.com the low-income population of the region is growing at over twice the rate of the population generally (8.8 per cent vs. 3.5%). Having a thriving rental market is important for any community, and even more so in an area like York Region where, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board, home prices have recently been rising at approximately 14 per cent per year, far faster than incomes - and virtually everything else. How does this connect to income stability? According to Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, evictions are not just a consequence of poverty, but also a cause. When someone is threatened with eviction they will have

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instability in their employment and, therefore, their income. So, housing stability and affordability are part of the story of income stability and sufficiency. One solution to the twin problems of income stagnation and unaffordable housing is for a liberalization of secondary suite policy in York Region. Currently, the nine municipalities in the Region have a mishmash of official plan and bylaw provisions leading to more uncertainty and costs for homeowners and developers. Of even greater concern is that the large three southern municipalities have some of the most restrictive rules for secondary suites in the Region. As a result,

hundreds of units have been built illegally, tenants have less protection from unscrupulous landlords, and homeowners are deprived of a legal way to unlock value in their home and contribute to the provision of affordable housing. Permitting legal apartments will not just protect those tenants already living in basement apartments; it will allow for more basement apartments to be built - providing cost-effective, and desperately-needed, affordable housing in York Region and new income opportunities for lowincome homeowners. The solution is clear; the municipalities of York Region should implement consistent and liberal policies that allow for the creation and registry of legal basement apartments. Lee Webb Richmond Hill

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Gianluca Cellucci’s memory will never die: family, friends

Tree, plaque and stone unveiled at Cellucci's former elementary school Jeremy Grimaldi jgrimaldi@yrmg.com

Paying tribute to someone's memory with friends and family can herald pain, but can also bring peace - surrounded by loved ones all reveling in the memory of the deceased. Joanna Liokossis went through this torturous, but simultaneously healing process once more on Nov. 26, as friends and family gathered to pay tribute to her 22-year-old son Gianluca Cellucci who was stabbed to death during a fight outside Luxy, a Vaughan nightclub, in February. One testament to how widely Gianluca's impact was felt in the community of Richmond Hill, is how many want to memorialize his existence. On this occasion a plaque was unveiled underneath the Linden tree planted to remember Gianluca on the grounds of his elementary school, Richmond Hill's St. Charles Garnier, where he and his friends used to play rugby. The building is where he and his closest companions met, forging a relation-

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Alexander Ferreira, far left, reads the script on a memorial plaque for Gianluca Cellucci, who was murdered in February. Gianluca’s family, sister Francesca, father Carmelo and mother Joanna look on. Robert Cammelleri, right, as well as Alexander were both good friends with Gianluca. They along with several other friends gave memorial readings at the ceremony. ship that would last 15 years, taking them into manhood. Terri DeAngelis, the mother of the other boy stabbed during that early morning incident, shed a tear as she

spoke about the changes in her son since that fateful night. "It's so tough," she said. "To know that I still have my son, it's tough, I was fortunate. To lose a boy like

Gianluca, I can't imagine." She described Gianluca as a "second son to her", spending time at their cottage, remaining by her son's side until his last breath. "Gianluca was one of the good ones, he always had a smile, family was very important to him, you just felt lighter being around him," she added. "He'll never be forgotten." A close friend of Gianluca's, Jacob Bruno, said carrying on Gianluca's spirit is of the utmost importance to him, considering the man he was. "He was a leader and a mentor," he said. "Everyone looked up to him. It's important to keep his memory alive." Liokossis said she continues to be overwhelmed not only by her son's passing, but also by the daily support she receives from those around her. "Since he was a little boy he was such a wonderful human being," she said. "He was a peacemaker, he died being a peacemaker. He had so much to contribute to this world, he wanted to do so much good. It was such a senseless act...I just hope someone can learn something from this." Nick Bagerzadeh, the Richmond Hill man charged with second-degree murder in the case, remains on bail while the case winds its way through the courts.

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• 2 1/2 oz. eggnog • 1 oz. Iceberg Vodka • 3/4 oz. amaretto Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a mason jar and dust with nutmeg. Garnish with a candy cane.

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Small Treasures Art Exhibition and Sale WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Mill Pond Gallery, 314 Mill St. CONTACT www.rhga.ca, rhgaexec@ gmail.com COST: Free The Richmond Hill Group of Artists present its annual Small Treasures Art Exhibition and Sale at the Mill Pond Gallery. Rotary TV Auction WHEN: 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. WHERE: Rogers Broadcast Studio, 244 Newkirk Road CONTACT: Peter Szoke, 905-770-7571, www. TVRotary.com, peter.szoke@rogers. com COST: Free York Region Rotary TV Auction will be broadcast live on Rogers TV. Watch on Rogers Cable 10 or 63. Richmond Hill Community Spaghetti Dinner WHEN: 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: M.L. McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge St. CONTACT: RHspaghetti@yahoo.ca COST: $1 suggested donation Everyone is invited to join us for a delicious meal where neighbours can get to know each other without cost being a limiting factor.

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Small Treasures Art Exhibition and Sale

● GET CONNECTED Visit yorkregion.com/events to submit your own community events for online publishing. WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Mill Pond Gallery, 314 Mill St. CONTACT: www.rhga.ca, rhgaexec@ gmail.com COST: Free The Richmond Hill Group of Artists present its annual Small Treasures Art Exhibition and Sale at the Mill Pond Gallery.

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The Richmond Hill Girly Book Club WHEN: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: The Falcon and Firkin, 10300 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON CONTACT: Clara, , http://www.meetup.com/ The-Richmond-Hill-Girly-Book-Club/ events/228031065/, clarastpierre87@gmail.com COST: 5 Dollars per attendance This is a spin-off of the very popular Toronto GBC chapter (which is a spin off of the London, U.K. chapter).

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Chorus York WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge Street CONTACT: Joan Plume, 905-884-4535, COST: Free Community choir looking for singers, especially altos and basses,

whocan read music. Accompanist also needed. Toastmasters WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. WHERE: York Regional Police, 171 Major Mackenzie Dr. W. CONTACT: Tina Gaisin, 416.509.2600, Tina@ FillTheRoom.ca COST: Guests are free there is a cost to join Inclusive Toastmasters helps people who want to improve their speaking abilities personally and in business.

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Living Life Codependents Anonymous Meeting WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. WHERE: Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Arts, 120 New Kirk Road Unit 12 CONTACT: Troy, 416837-0031, COST: Free Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.

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Markham Group of Artists Canada 150 Mosaic WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Richmond Hill Welcome Centre, 9325 Yonge St., Unit 31A CON

5 things to do this weekend ● Friday, December 2

Unionville Olde Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Parade WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Unionville Main Street CONTACT: unionvilleinfor.com COST: Free Candlelight Parade on Main Street, followed by the tree lighting at the Millennium Bandstand. Christmas carollers, entertainment, moonlight shopping.

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Upper Canada Christmas WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum, 18974 Leslie St. CONTACT: info@sharontemple. ca COST: $10 per child (one accompanying adult is free) Learn about the traditions of the holiday season, make Victorian paper crafts, sing traditional carols and more. Cocoa and Cookies with Santa WHEN: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St. S. CONTACT: 905-9535314 COST: Free Drop-in afternoon of hot cocoa and cookies. Photo opportunity with Santa. Please bring a donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry.

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Richmond Hill Community Food Bank Music Marathon Benefit Concert WHEN: 2 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. WHERE: Archibald’s Neighbourhood Pub, 8950 Yonge St. CONTACT: derekchristie.com COST: Cash donation or non-perishable food item Acelebration of local original music with 22 performers. Raffles, prizes, great food and beverage.

Sutton Santa Claus Parade of Lights 2016 WHEN: 5 p.m. WHERE: Sutton Santa Claus Parade of Lights, Dalton Rd. CONTACT: Town of Georgina, 905-476-4301, https://www.georgina.ca/ discover-georgina/calendar, COST: Free Starts in Jackson’s Point, travels down Dalton Road to High Street, along High Street to the fairgrounds.

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AmAndA Persico persico@yrmg.com When the weather outside gets crisp and cool, skip the treadmill and hit the scenic route. There are a number of guided walks throughout the region that offer a different set of sights and sounds in the winter time. Experience the outdoors: • Magical Christmas Forest: Dec. 2 to 4, 8 to 11, 15 to 18 and 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr., Vaughan. The forest comes to life with lights and Christmas carols. Visit Santa’s workshop, see the elves at work, make some holiday crafts and watch a holiday movie. To register, visit trca.ca • Jingle Bell Walk: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. and 2

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room, $1,194 for a twobedroom and $1,357 for a three-bedroom. Even when clients find housing, the centre often works with them to ensure they remain housed, Proulx said. When a report on homelessness was released last month by the region and the United Way of Toronto and York Region, officials spoke about the importance of ensuring the marginally housed keep a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, the ID clinic pays the processing fees for lower income residents to obtain necessary documentation such as birth, marriage and death certificates, social insurance numbers, Canadian citizenship certificates, health cards, immigration papers and Ontario photo ID cards. Identification is necessary to obtain a wide variety of services, from applying for social assistance and accessing food banks to getting health care and registering children for school, Proulx said. Staff recently assisted a homeless client who was receiving a monthly $300 street allowance. While filling out paperwork for him, they realized he turned 65 this month and is entitled to a monthly allowance of $1,750, Proulx said. The ID clinic also acts as a mailing address for the homeless and marginally housed, she said. The Community Legal Clinic of York Region, which offers legal support to lowincome residents, often refers clients to the housing help centre and the ID clinic, community legal worker Kim McKinnon said. The loss of the programs will be disastrous for some of the region's most vulnerable residents, she said.


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LIVE-IN CAREGIVER for the elderly available with good references. Salary negotiable. Please call 416-656-8863.

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Furniture, art, antiques, collectibles, clothes, furs and electronics.

Christmas & Holiday Services Directory

Reach out to your community and extend an invitation to join your church family. Advertise your church service times and special events in this December’s Centres of Worship.

CRAFTSMAN SNOWBLOWER runs excellent! 23” 5hp Sears Craftsman Snowblower.Winter is almost here.... Stop shoveling! 6 speed forward, 2 speed reverse. Dual stage throws the snow! Easy pull start, usually first pull! Comes with tire chains, tires do not leak. Always well maintained and put away with carb drained and oil sprayed. Fresh oil change 11/11/2016 Great working condition. Perfect size for in town driveway $250 905-830-6690 Newmarket

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Publishing every week in December Space Booking Deadline: 12 noon 3 days prior to publication For details, please call: Phone: 1-800-263-6480 | Email: classifieds@metroland.com

Articles for Sale (Misc.)

Articles for Sale (Misc.) AURORA

CHARITY SALE Saturday Dec. 3rd & 10th 9-3 33 Wellington Street East (First Baptist Church)

knitted items, clothes, shoes. housewares jewellery & much more!

One moment in time, The moment of time When you left us. A passing moment of time, The moments of time without you We think of you often In our moments of time, Moments of laughter, Moments of joy, But always, Our constant moments of time, Are missing you And always loving you. Always remembered and sadly missed by husband Lawrence, daughter Amanda, granddaughter Bella, grandson Anthony, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.

Waste Removal

Waste Removal

ALL JUNK REMOVAL Basements, yards, garages. General cleanups, lawn cutting, small moves, odd jobs. (905)832-9655

Articles Under $100 KITCHEN SINK, double, stainless steel for opening 28 x 16. $40. Call 905-884-9802 LAUNDRY MACHINE, Kenmore, heavy duty, Ultra Care, like new. $50 Call 905-884-9802

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CONTENTS SALE Sat. Dec. 3 and Sun Dec. 4 10am to 2pm 271 Franklin Avenue

CENTRES OF WORSHIP

2" x 3.5"

Articles for Sale

RUMBLE, Beatrice Irene (Betty) On November 26, 2016 at the Elginwood LTC, Richmond Hill at the age of 93 years. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Alexander. Dear mother of Linda (David Paget) Judy (Daniel Quan). Proud grandmother of Ian and Taylor Quan. Private cremation. Memorial donations to Sunnybrook Hospital, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N3M5.

February 15, 1954 November 15, 2007

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Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm Toll Free Phone 1-800-263-6480 • Toll Free Fax 1-866-299-1499 Email classifieds@metroland.com For delivery questions, please contact 1-855-853-5613

In Memory of Marilyn Tickell (nee Huntley)

A-HANDYMAN- KITCHEN & Bathroom renovations, plumbing, licensed electrician, hardwood/ laminate flooring, granite countertops & more. Excellent quality. Reasonable price. 416-845-1556.

Mortgages/Loans

FILIPINO female wanting to share, Richmond Hill/ Mill Pond, bright 2 bedroom apartment in private home. Lots of windows, separate entrance, extra storage space, eat-in-kitchen, appliances including microwave. Large living room, oversize 4 piece bath, central air, central vac, parking. Price inclusive negotiable. 1st & last. Partially furnished. No pets. Available immediately. 647-960-0052. oresi@rogers.com

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HOME RENOVATIONS 25 years exp. Basements. Kitchens. Bathrooms. Drywall. Painting. Call Cam, 647-388-1866 www.hongfuconstruction.com

HOME RENOVATIONS Finish Basement, Kitchen, Bath, all Flooring, Tile, Framing, Drywall, Painting. No Dust. No Mess. Competitive Rate. Call or text Alan 416-918-5282 www.gcg-Reno.com

BEAUTIFUL 2 bedroom townhouse, 1.5 bathroom, prestigious, beautiful heritage Mill Pond, Richmond Hill. Quiet, private, safe neighbourhood. Renovated. Hardwood floors. 3 levels. 5 appliances. Walk to school, transit, Yonge St., shopping. December 2016, $1,400+. 905 883-7777.

www.metroland.com

www.mrstucco.ca • 905-554-0825

Over 30 vendors, silent auction, raffle table, baked goods, hot lunch Professional photos with Santa (First 10 families - free photo)

Borrow:

ONE BEDROOM charming loft/ balcony in old Richmond Hill , minute walk to Younge, ttc, amenities, laundry parking, utilities included, no pets/smoking $1100/per month. 416-433-2508.

NEWMARKET - 1 bedroom+ family room & eat-in kitchen. Main level walk-out to large deck, lots of windows, quiet neighborhood, washer/dryer, a/c, parking. Non-smoking/ pets. Immediately. $1300 includes utilities. 289-500-4321.

Spray textures, plaster designs, stucco, drywall, paint. We fix them all!

Friday, December 2 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. 210 Bloomington Rd. Aurora

Check Out The Apartments For Rent Section!

Upgraded and semi-upgraded 2 bdrms coming available! Ask about our Move-in Incentives! LIMITED TIME OFFER! Pool, social room with events, car wash, GREAT LOCATION! Office open daily, DROP IN! (289)-379-7918 richmondhillapts.com

RICHMOND HILL Elgin Mills/Yonge one beautiful large bedroom basement apartment, newly renovated, parking, laundry, cable, no smoking/pets. Available Nov 1. $875/month all inclusive 905-737-8824

CEILINGS REPAIRED

CARDINAL CARTER Catholic High School

TAKE THE ELEVATOR TO THE GOOD LIFE!

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Garage Sales

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Garages Sales

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FRI,SAT,SUN

SUPER SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SALE!

Dec 2 3 4 9 10 11

IMPORTOR’S 5TH ANNUAL

WAREHOUSE SALE

Garages Sales

16 Ave. East Beaver Creek Rd.

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50 East Wilmot St. Richmond Hill, ON FRI (9:30-6:30) SAT&SUN (9:30-5:30)

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY! BRAND NAMES MERCHANDISE SALE UP TO 85% OFF high quality boots!

7L & 5L Stainless Steel Bin

From $8.99

30" x 15" x 15"H

Brand Name Flats

Retails from $69~$129

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DOOR CRASHER

15 Pcs Set

Refurb with Manufacturer Warranty

CFP-22 Food Processor

Juicer

Bamboo Pillows High Quality Sheet Sets Storage Stool 30" x 15"x 15"H

Queen Queen

Reg $49 Now $16

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Reg $69 Now $13 Miter Saw Bevel

Manufacturer Reconditioned

Door Reg$499 Now$149 Crasher

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Reg $219 Now $109 Reg $200 Now From $80

10 Cups Rice Maker

Portable Induction Cooktop 1445

Refurb with MFR Warranty

Refurb with MFR Warranty

Reg $129 Reg $90 Now $59 Now $49 30+ Styles of Painting & Print on Sale!

HOME DECOR SALE!

GS2010 Handheld steamer

30”X18” Door Mat $6

Tea Set $8

42”x47” $29

POWER TOOL SALE!

37”x12x”34”

Tea Set $30

Air Compressor Log Splitter 5 Ton Reg $499 Now $159 15 GAL No Oil Reg $499 Now$150

Sheet Sander Reg $29 Now $13 Cordless Multi Pcs. Combo Chopsaw Multi-Cut Saw Reg $199 Now $45 Reg $149 Now $55 Kit, Reg $149 Now $55

15”x15” Tray $8

15”x15”$8

Reciprocating Saw Reg $149 Now $45

Jigsaw Reg $59 Reg $89 Now $23 Now $25

New Bone China Cake Stand

8 Barbecue Cover 165cm Reg $49 Now $20

Power Bank Cordless Drill

Neck & Back Massager

Reg $159 Now $24.29 Reg $60 Now $25 Refurb with MFR Warranty

800+ Styles of Quality Mirrors, Furniture, Wall Decor, Chrismas Decor, Clocks & More!

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Reg $999.99 Now $799.99

SAVE

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Cuisinart Convention Oven CPT-180 4 Slice Toaster

Reg $330 Now $159.99

TV 55”

UD - Vizio 4K Ultra HD Smart LED HDTV

Small Appliance SALE! GR-150 Griddler Deluxe

TV 40-55” UD - Vizio Smart 1080p LED HDTV From $299.99

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Discount 50-70%OFF NOW $35 & 2 Pair $20! 100% Australian Sheepskin

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10,000mAh

Reg $52 Now $25

2X Phone Powermat Charger

6.99

Brand Name Kid’s Socks $1 Brand Name Men‘s Tops $20 Books of Sesame Street, Angry Bird, Spongebob, Hello Kitty, Disney, from $1 Cell Phone Gloves $5 Fashion Scarves $5. Fashion Jewellery $2 Comforters $25 Many More items such as Toys, Cast Iron Cookware, Hair Colors, Shampoo, Adult Socks, Coffee Maker, Coffee Mug etc..

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING.

LEARN MORE!

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The Regional Municipality of York will be working in your community to enhance the McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre (CEC) located at 130 McCleary Court (see map, right top), as well as the Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre (CEC) located at 1124 Elgin Mills Road East (see map, right bottom). Construction will begin October 2016. treet Keele S

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Staff will be available onsite to answer questions and direct traffic. For more information visit york.ca/wastedepots, follow @YorkRegionGovt or call 1-866-665-6752

Luis Carvalho, M.Sc. (Eng.), P.Eng., PMP Senior Project Manager, Environmental Services Department Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75015 Luis.carvalho@york.ca


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