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Guidelines should protect sex workers, Onyx Ronin says

BILL C-36 Bill C-36 was ushered in under the Tories in 2014 and considers the selling of sex as legal, but makes the buying of "sexual services" a criminal offence. It also makes it illegal for anyone to communicate for the purpose of prostitution and bans advertising the sexual services of others.

JEREMY GRIMALDI jgrimaldi@yrmg.com Onyx Ronin lives in the shadows when she’s at work. She and countless women like her occupy the grey areas of law, somewhere between legitimacy and criminality. Society at large might prefer to forget her profession exists, rather than admit it’s not only real, but a flourishing industry. She’s a "body rubber," as defined by the laws that govern her career. She has never been arrested and says she sees police "maybe once a year." People might think Ronin, her working name, and her peers destroy families and corrupt men. But she sees her job in a different light and believes you should, too. "I feel that I relieve a lot of road rage," she said during a recent interview. "People are stressed in this world; when they’re on the table, they are happy and relaxed. When I’m touching someone, I feel relaxed and comfortable and I’m sharing an experience with someone. "It’s about selling intimacy, the human touch, to feel connected to someone else." The 28-year-old employee of the female-owned MUSE Spa, which has locations in Vaughan and Toronto, is open about her work. She says "there’s nothing wrong with having sex for money," although that’s not what she does. "People do all sorts of things for money," she says. "I don’t understand why we are so stuck on this

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Onyx Ronin is a body rubber (masseuse). She is standing up for the profession and saying the laws should be changed to better protect the women involved. idea that sexuality can’t be commodified in this one particular way when people accept it being commodified in so many other ways." At the spa, she gives "full body erotic massages" largely to men aged 40 to 50. She says MUSE targets men at a higher price point, suggesting her clients are rarely, if ever, intoxicated, and very "respectful." But she says she can’t speak generally about her profession: "As for other girls, I

don’t know." Ronin studied classical music at the University of Toronto, before studying sex work as part of her master’s degree at York University. After graduation, she worked retail jobs. She entered the industry at 25 and immediately saw an extraordinary jump in pay, she says, explaining she now makes between $80 and $300 an hour. According to MUSE’s website, 30 minutes with an attendant costs $120, $40

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for a "door fee" and $80 of which goes to the attendant. Ronin decided to share her story and opinions after MUSE’s Vaughan location was robbed on Dec. 28, 2016. At the time, York Regional Police Det. Sgt. Dave Noseworthy said many massage parlours don’t report robberies because neither employers nor employees want publicity. That, says Ronin, shows the law, in its current form, doesn’t properly protect

"sexual services", York police Det. Sgt. Thai Truong explained. Ian McLeod, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, says any person who purchases sexual services, including manual masturbation, in any place, including a massage parlour, commits an offence. McLeod added that the Minister of Justice has committed to monitoring the impacts of Bill C-36, which regulates prostitution. Ronin, like others in her trade, needs a municipality-issued licence that has her name, photograph and home address to work as a "body rubber." She must also pass a communicable disease test.She suggests the federal government needs to draft new measures to ensure women and girls are not being forced into the profession and exploited. She envisions a society where all sex workers are in constant contact with the authorities, which would improve the chances of helping those that don’t want to be there. "It should be legal and protected, just like every other job," she said. Ronin says her job doesn’t suit everyone and businesses see a high turnover, but she insists that her experience has been positive. "As much as this job is not for everyone, it is for me," she said. "I’m a normal person, I am a happy person. I am choosing to do this."

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While it may be a touchy subject, it’s high time the federal government revisited its laws governing the sale and purchase of sexual services. Bill C-36, or the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, was enacted in December 2014, after the Supreme Court had found a year earlier that sections of the previous laws governing prostitution were unconstitutional. It was touted by the federal government as targeting purchasers of sexual services, or johns, while protecting those engaged in sex work. Others, however, were critical of the new law and argued it not only made sex workers more vulnerable to becoming victims of crime, but contained many of the same issues that led to its preProstitution is decessor being repealed. Two years later, the profescolloquially sion remains a risky business many of those in it. referred to as forThat’s why people such as Onyx Ronin, who works as a "the world’s "body rubber" at the female-run oldest MUSE Spa, are speaking up about the law’s shortcomings. profession" For example, the MUSE location in Vaughan was robbed late last year and, at the time, York Regional Police Det.-Sgt. Dave Noseworthy noted many similar establishments don’t report crimes for fear of repercussions. Ronin, who has a licence for what she does and must pass a communicable disease test, says that just goes to show how inadequate the laws are when it comes to protecting those providing sexual services. Rather than "shame" people, she’d prefer to see them extended the same rights workers in any other industry enjoy, including protection under the law. Prostitution is colloquially referred to as "the world’s oldest profession", which suggests, legal or not, it will continue to happen. However, by making it and other sexual services unlawful, or shunting them into a legal grey area, it drives this activity underground, thus inviting an element of criminality that can lead to human trafficking, assaults and murders against sex workers and a host of other ills. Instead of the status quo, Ronin would like to see the laws facilitate constant contact between those in the profession and the authorities. It would not only improve safety, but also ensure no one is forced into it. We agree. While regulations would be necessary - no one wants solicitation near a school for example - the law shouldn’t endanger sex workers or foster a breeding ground for dangerous criminality.

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ment’s plan to reengage with Iran has gathered roughly 16,000 and 600 signatures respectively. The fact that majority of Iranian-Canadians - me and my family among them - had actually demanded the Richmond Hill MP to lobby the government to make good on his promise to reengage with Iranian government, will only be uncovered when the reader’s confusion leads him to sorts the facts among the article out. Now the mix-up will turn to disappointment if the reader goes back to the beginning of the article and reads the title and first few lines again. Indeed MP Jowhari has not ’sparked controversy’ rather fulfilled a demand by majority of a community. A demand which has

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l Sunday, February 19 Opera’s Greatest Hits - York Symphony Orchestra WHEN: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: Richmond Hill Center for the Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill CONTACT: Francine Hudspith, 416-716-5469, hudspith@rogers.com, http://www.yorksymphony.ca COST: Adults $30, seniors $25, students $15 Join us for a concert of your favourite opera themes. Come share this memorable performance featuring the greatest overtures and arias. l Monday, February 20 Lyme Disease Support Group Meeting

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"paws" to de-stress with a St. John Ambulance therapy dog at Central Library. l Wednesday, February 22 Lunch and Learn - Vitamins and Minerals WHEN: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. WHERE: St. Matthew’s United Church, 333 Crosby Ave., Richmond Hill CONTACT: Linda Alldred-Johnson, 905-884-3606, st.matthewsuc@on.aibn.com COST: Freewill offering Vitamins and natural supplements to improve your health and enhance your well being. Guest Speaker, Rosemary Mele, Down to Earth, Richmond Hill. l Thursday, February 23 Money Matters Program WHEN: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. WHERE: Catholic Community Services of York Region, 21 Dunlop St., Richmond Hill CONTACT: Jamal Gharavi, 905-770-7040, jgharavi@ccsyr.org An eight week workshop to improve financial knowledge and money management skills for clients who are in need.

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Cupcake Day Party WHEN: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. WHERE: Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview Ave., Thornhill CONTACT: Hailey Osborne, 905762-1300, hosborne@ospca.on.ca OSPCA Markham Cat Adoption and Education Centre is hosting a party to help animals in need within the community. Snowflakes and Starlight Winter Carnival WHEN: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. WHERE: Memorial Park, Memorial Park Whtichurch-Stouffville, Whitchurch-Stouffville CONTACT: Julia Jackson, 905-640-1910, julia.jackson@townofws.ca

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l Saturday, February 18 Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue and PetSmart Family Weekend Adopt-a-thon WHEN: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: PetSmart, Richmond Hill North, 1700 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Unit 1, Richmond Hill CONTACT: Wayne Chow, http://www.forgottenones.ca/adoption.html COST: Free to attend, adoption fees vary For adoptions from Forgotten Ones, we recommend completing the application available on our website beforehand for preapproval.

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The Wills Lawyer Since I have started my wills practice, I have done many wills for couples with young children. One couple, in particular, had such an impact on me that I decided to write an article about what parents with young children need to know about wills.

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While I was taking notes in our first meeting, the wife looked at me and said “we have been wanting to do this for so long, but we put it off, and now I can finally sleep at night.” The husband then said “since our first child was born, Michelle Kotzer we’ve always been worried about what would happen to our children if we were in a catastrophic accident. We feel so much better that this is being done.” What happens if you pass away without a will leaving young children? Firstly, there is no executor in place to look after your estate on your death. Secondly, there is no guardian named who can look after your children. In fact, there could be a custody battle between your family and your spouse’s family over who should raise the children. As far as inheritance, your children will inherit everything you own at the age of eighteen. Remember how you were at eighteen. Do you think you could have handled a large inheritance? By law, your children would automatically receive their inheritance at eighteen regardless of their level of maturity. These are only some of the issues that occur, if you pass away without a will. No parent wants to leave a mess for their family.

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When making a will what are some things you should consider? First, who should you appoint as your executor? You can appoint your spouse as your primary executor. In fact, this is what is usually done. What about the back up executor? Who will look after your estate in case your spouse is not alive when you die? You can appoint someone else you trust like your parents or siblings. You should also consider whether the person you are appointing as executor has the time to take on the task. An executor may be trustworthy, but he or she may be unwilling to accept the appointment. Executors have the right to decline the appointment at the outset when they find out that they have been named. It is advisable to obtain your executor’s consent. What about the guardian? If you have minor children your will should appoint a guardian to look after them in the event that you and your spouse both pass away before your children reach the age of majority. Be careful about appointing a married couple as guardians. You should feel very confident about their ability to get along together before concluding an appointment of this nature. If they get separated or divorced, who will have custody of your children? For example, if you appoint your brother and his wife as guardians, and after your death they separate, will there be a custody battle for your children? To solve this, it might be prudent to appoint your brother alone.

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Markham Stouffville Hospital unveiled its newly designed front. Hooper, chief information officer, Markham Stouffville Hospital. Tim Pemberton, chief technology officer at Southlake, said this will be particularly beneficial to patients who are cared for at multiple sites, such as cardiac and cancer patients, who receive care at both their local hospital and at one of Southlake’s regional programs. It’s the first integration of its kind under the province’s eHealth 2.0 guidelines and will enable South-

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Chartwell Feb. 9 to highlight concerns with seniors’ care. That includes worries the province’s long-term care homes are unable to meet the needs of a rapidly aging population and doubts about Ontario’s ability to care for the dramatic increase in the number of elderly residents

time to provide order or restore order before they can continue the program." English is in a room with three other men, one of whom he said has many health concerns and occupies the washroom for several hours a day. Candace Chartier, CEO of the Ontario Long-Term Care Association, was at

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ple in their everyday lives. "We’re moving forward with the most ambitious reform of student financial assistance in North America because our government believes that a person’s ability to access post-secondary education should be based on their ability to learn, and not on their ability to pay," said Deb Matthews, advanced education and skills development minister. Under the new program, OSAP grants and loans will make the average tuition free for students whose parents make less than $50,000 a year. The program also provides more and larger grants and loans for students from families that earn more. Qualifying full time and part time students can receive up to $13,260. There are also new op-

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LEASE PAYMENTS INCLUDE FREIGHT AND PDI. EXCLUDES LICENCE AND HST. DEALER ORDER/TRADE MAY BE NECESSARY.

∞No payments for 90 days (payment deferral) offer is available on any new and unused Honda Civic model financed between February 1st, 2017 and February 28th, 2017 at participating Ontario Honda Dealers. Offer applies only to purchase finance offers on approved credit through Honda Financial Services Inc. Monthly payments are deferred for 90 days. Contracts will be extended accordingly. Interest charges will not accrue during the first 90 days of the contract. After 90 days, interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will be required to repay the principal and interest monthly over the term of the contract, but not until 90 days after the contract date. Offer ends February 28th, 2017 and is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Limited time lease offers available through Honda Financial Services Inc. (HFS), to qualified retail customers on approved credit. Weekly payments include freight and PDI ($1,595), EHF tires & filters ($18.75), A/C charge ($100), and OMVIC fee ($10). Taxes, licence, insurance and registration are extra. ΩRepresentative weekly lease example: 2017 Civic LX Sedan 6MT (Model FC2E5HE) // 2017 Civic LX Coupe 6MT (Model FC4A5HEZ) // 2017 Civic LX Hatchback (Model FK7G2HE) on a 60-month term with 260 weekly payments at 2.99% // 2.99% // 2.99% lease APR. Weekly payment is $58.88 // $61.97 // $64.82 with $0 down or equivalent trade-in and $145 // $0 // $270 total lease incentive included. Down payments, $0 security deposit and first weekly payments due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $15,308.92 // $16,112.19 // $16,854.26. 120,000 kilometre allowance; charge of $0.12/ km for excess kilometres. PPSA lien registration fee of $45.93 and lien registering agent’s fee of $5.65, due at time of delivery are not included. For all offers: licence, insurance, PPSA, other taxes (including HST) and excess wear and tear are extra. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price. Offers only valid for Ontario residents at participating Ontario Honda Dealers. Dealer may lease for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Colour availability may vary by dealer. Vehicles and accessories are for illustration purposes only. Offers, prices and features subject to change without notice. See your Ontario Honda Dealer or visit HondaOntario.com for full details.

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Please let us know if you require accommodations to participate in this meeting. An accessible version of this notice is available upon request. For further information about this project, to submit a comment, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact:

Mandy Paglia, C.E.T., PMP Project Manager

Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75093 oakridgesea@york.ca

Thank you for your participation in this study. This study is being conducted in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2015, as amended). Personal information submitted (e.g., name, address and phone number) is collected, maintained and disclosed under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for transparency and consultation purposes. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public, unless you request your personal information remain confidential.

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Ambulances enhance ’cannibalized’ St. Lucia vehicles LISA QUEEN lqueen@yrmg.com

Speaker

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Special Performance by the

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the ability to provide our residents with the care they need, when they need it, close to home," he said. The region is also pleased to donate two ambulances for use in York Region. "A little closer to home, St. John Ambulance has been an integral part of York Region since 1991 providing first aid training, volunteer medical first response teams and disaster planning and support," he said, adding 600 volunteers with the organization provide 70,000 hours of community service each year. "You’ve probably heard the saying think globally, act locally," said Norm Barrette, general manager of paramedic services.

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said. The five-year-old ambulance was one of three donated at a ceremony Feb. 8, with the other two going to St. John’s Ambulance of York Region. "I think here in York Region, our little corner of the world is helping, yes, our corner of the world but also other little corners of the world as well," said commissioner of community and health services, Adelina Urbanski. Preserving and protecting the health of a community requires proper equipment, said regional chair Wayne Emmerson. "We are fortunate here in York Region and in Canada to have a world-class health care system, with

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Canada 150 contest seeks artist submissions KIM ZARZOUR kzarzour@yrmg.com Feeling creative? Want to help mark Canada’s 150th anniversary? Here’s your chance. Richmond Hill has

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Future" and includes ideas of diversity, reconciliation, youth and environment. Submissions are currently being accepted and the deadline is Friday, Feb. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Banner designs will be reviewed by a selection committee and up to 20 selected entries will have a chance to be displayed on street banners in Richmond Hill.

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Based on full-line brands, on 12 month, year over year rolling unit sales

INTELLIGENT

NO CHARGE ** ALL-WHEEL DRIVE LEASE OFFERS

From February 17th - 28th Receive additional $ discounts up to PLUS RECEIVE A

1000 2 YEAR

ON SELECT MODELS

ON OTHER SELECT MODELS

OR GET GREAT

THE NEW 2017 NISSAN ROGUE

PRE PAID MAINTENANCE PACKAGE

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0.99%

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

APR FOR 60 MONTHS

AVAILABLE ON 2017 MODELS • INTELLIGENT CRUISE CONTROL • FORWARD EMERGENCY BRAKING • HEATED STEERING WHEEL

ON OTHER SELECT MODELS

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2017 NISSAN MURANO

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®

LEASE* FROM $377 MONTHLY WITH $0 DOWN THAT’S LIKE PAYING ONLY

87

$

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE ON OTHER SELECT MODELS

AT

WEEKLY ON 2017 MURANO S FWD

1.99% APR FOR 60 MONTHS

Platinum model shown▲

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2017 NISSAN PATHFINDER

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ALL-WHEEL DRIVE ON OTHER SELECT MODELS

APR FOR 60 MONTHS

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