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Councillor Lynn Foster (right) discusses the fate and condition of this century house at 14 Richmond St. with Donna Smith. A majority of councillors feel it should be demolished. Foster, a Heritage Richmond Hill committee member, believes the town should do a better job to protect old buildings.


York Regional Police needs your help with two separate, but possibly related bank robberies by a pair of suspects investigators have dubbed the Early Bird Bandits. Insp. Fred Moffatt and hold-up unit Det.Sgt. Mike Fleischaker provided details Thursday at a press conference in Aurora. At about 7:10 a.m. June 18, a man, armed with a handgun, went into the TD Canada Trust bank at 8270 Hwy. 27 in Vaughan. He approached a bank employee and made a demand for cash, police said, adding the man was able to flee with a quantity of cash. The second robbery occurred Aug. 13 at about 7:10 a.m. as employees arrived to open the TD Canada Trust branch at 11730 Yonge St. in Richmond Hill. A man approached employees, pointed a handgun at them and demanded money. The getaway vehicle was located by police just northwest of the bank. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. In the Vaughan robbery, bank video surveillance showed a five-foot, 11-inch white male in his 20s. He was wearing a mask. The only distinguishing feature, police said, was a large, prominent nose. The suspect in the Richmond Hill heist is white, between 20 and 30 years old and stands five-feet, seven-inches with an average build. He wore a painter’s dust mask. In the Vaughan incident, police recovered a bicycle believed to have been ridden to the bank by the suspect. The unisex cycle is a burSee ‘VERY DARING’, page 9.


Neglected house focus of heritage debate BY KIM ZARZOUR

It housed the son of Richmond Hill’s first mayor, provided a simple home to labourers in the town’s tannery, brick yard, foundry and sawmill and now it looks like it could end up a parking lot. That, says the chairperson of Heritage Richmond Hill, just shows how little council values town history. The little white house at 14 Richmond St. has been around since the 1860s, but its days are numbered. Richmond Hill council voted Monday night that the structure does not merit cultural heritage designation and it should be removed from the town’s inventory of

buildings of heritage importance. The next step, giving the owners permission to demolish it, has been deferred for one month, but as it stands, only one person on council wants to save it. Councillor Lynn Foster says the fate of 14 Richmond is an example of what’s wrong with the town’s approach to history. “There has been a very deliberate attempt to let this property go. It’s classic ‘demolition by neglect’,” she said. “In Markham that wouldn’t work because their council would have said [to owners] ‘you fix that; that’s not allowed’ and it only has to happen once or twice and the developer realizes ... they may as well keep the property up because it’s going to cost more money in the long run.

But in this town, it works, and it happens time and time again.” When the current owners of the Richmond Street house sought to demolish the property to make way for a temporary parking lot and other possible, as-yetundisclosed development, the town asked local history experts for their opinion. Three reports were produced indicating the structure was owned by the town’s first mayor, Abraham Law, whose son Theodore lived there when he was first married. There are links to six other high-profile local residents, according to Diane Giangrande, chairperson of Heritage Richmond Hill. See ‘EYESORE’, page 3.



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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 All are welcome to attend the fall meeting of the York Region Parrot Club Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Wilcox Community Centre in Oak Ridges, 81 Wildwood Ave. Informal and fun; meet members and birds; hear about all events planned for the coming year. For details, contact Linda at 905-884-1773.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 Does your child love to sing? For the 2012-2013 season, York Region Children’s Chorus welcomes interested youth ages 10 to 17 to join rehearsals Wednesday evenings Sept. 19 (or Sept. 26) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Please bring short piece of music to sing for conductor at break. Rehearsals take place at Redstone Public School, 235 Redstone Ave. in Richmond Hill (south of Elgin Mills, west of Leslie). For details and to arrange a visit, call 905-731-2371.

Lance Krasman Memorial Centre presents family drop-in night, third Tuesday of each month, Sept. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Richmond Hill location, 10121 Yonge St., at Lorne Ave., for family and friends of loved ones with mental health issues, wishing support and sharing experiences. Light snacks, coffee/tea provided. For info, contact Wendy Reid, family support co-ordinator, at 905-780-0491 or wendy.reid@

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Some 5,000 players with the Richmond Hill Soccer Club wrapped up another outdoor season last weekend at Richmond Green with the traditional Trophy Day celebration and pizza party. U-7 Team Davis Orthodontics (above) show off their trophies with Richmond Hill MP Costas Menegakis (above, at right) and Councillor Greg Beros, while one of the coaches, Darren Tessler, and son Jared (at right) pose proudly with his hardware. Registration for indoor soccer has begun and can be done online at

‘Eyesore’ or ‘cute’? Opinions vary on house Joel Farber, solicitor for the owners of the house who also own the medical office building beside it, asked council to let his clients demolish the home, noting that in his opinion the building is unremarkable and has no historical value associated with it. Other members of council agreed with a town staff recommendation that the building be removed from its heritage inventory. “Heritage Richmond Hill members are very passionate and do a great job ... and if there’s any place that we should be protecting heritage, it’s in the downtown core,” Mayor Dave Barrow said. “Unfortunately, the previous owners chose not to protect it and unfortunately this owner is dealing with the fallout of many years of neglect.” The house has been “orphaned, abandoned

in a small sea of parking”, added Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg. “I think we’ve played really fair here ... It was a very tough decision for us but I think we’ve done it in a open and evenhanded way.” “It’s a cute little building and if it was in better shape I would say yes,” said Councillor Nick Papa, “but it needs a lot of repairs and it is a real eyesore for the whole area.” Ms Giangrande, however, disagreed. It may need a new roof, paint, touch-ups to sidings, “but these are maintenance issues”, she said, adding it could be restored if the political will were there. It’s there in Markham, she said, and in Vaughan where there are four heritage districts, but not in Richmond Hill. Her committee of volunteers believes the building meets two of three designation requirements under the Ontario Heritage Act, namely it has design or physical value and historical or

associative value. “It’s the last connection to the Law family; every other building has been demolished... Here we have this opportunity, coming out of the parking lot of the cultural centre, to be able to see one of our earliest pieces of our town’s past.” Ms Foster asked for a recorded vote because, she said, “if voters want concrete canyons like in North York, they’ll know who to vote for”. Council voted in favour of deferring the demolition to allow the owners and town staff to hammer out plans for the site, something Councillor Carmine Perrelli warned could risk an OMB appeal by the owners. That, said Ms Foster and Ms Giangrande, may not be such a bad thing as it would allow them to continue to fight for the beleaguered building. “You never know,” Ms Giangrande said. “This poor little thing dangles.”

The Richmond Hill Historical Society meets this Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallace Hall of Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge St, just north of Major Mackenzie Drive. All are invited to hear guest speaker Matthew Somerville, heritage planner with the Town of Richmond Hill, speaking on the town’s rural past and connecting a new generation of residents to this history through food. Refreshments follow the presentation.

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Students staging walk-outs over cancelled teams BY KIM ZARZOUR

Protests outside Thornhill and Maple high schools Thursday and yesterday could be just the beginning of a bigger backlash following teachers’ cancellation of extra-curricular activities. Students at Stephen Lewis Secondary School walked out of class Thursday after learning they would have no sports teams this year. Maple High students followed suit yesterday, many wearing team jerseys and shirts with the school logo. Teacher unions are urging their members to withdraw from voluntary activities to protest the province’s controversial new law that freezes wages and circumvents normal collective bargaining. Jesse Levy, 17, said she and other students arrived at Stephen Lewis Thursday morning to see the athletic association’s bulletin board covered with notices for various teams with a message from teachers: “We regret to inform you there will be no team this year”. Teachers told them not just

sports, but other activities, too, would be cancelled including field trips and talent shows, and there would be no more extra help at lunch or after school, Ms Levy said. “This is going to affect every single student,” she said. Word spread through text and Tweets and by noon Thursday, most students were chanting outside the school. Students from Richmond Green High School started a Facebook page calling on all York Region students to wear team uniforms, articles of clothing from clubs or councils, or athletic wear and gym uniforms to school this Wednesday “to show how important these extra-curricular activities are to us students and to say that the reactions to this act are not putting students first”. Licinio Miguelo, spokesperson for the York Region public school board, said he wasn’t aware of how many activities had been cancelled. “Extracurricular activities are voluntary. They always have been,” he said. “I understand some have made the decision not to take part, which is their right to do so .... It is

an individual choice and it could change tomorrow.” Ms Levy said teachers told her Stephen Lewis was just the first school to experience a withdrawal of extracurriculars but others are expected to follow. Schools such as Bill Crothers in Markham, which focus on sports teams, could be badly affected, she said, predicting students at other schools could organize similar walkouts. Armin Aghaei, 17, hopes they do. “All students can do such a thing. We want to show the government they have to co-operate with teachers.” The Grade 12 student said he is worried because he was depending on his final year of school to take part in extracurricular groups to beef up applications to university. “We don’t blame the teachers,” he said. Uvi Kopernik, 17, said he will lose out on many activities he is involved in, including wrestling and basketball teams, debate team, drama festival, wake-a-thon, talent show and game score-keeping. “This is obviously a big deal for

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Bruce Girdler received shocking news recently when his daughter returned home from school. The financial outlay required for his daughter, a Grade 9 student, to play for the Markham District High School junior girls’ basketball team this season is $500. That figure wasn’t the only eye-opener. If his daughter wanted to play for the school volleyball team later this year, it would cost another $300. Provincewide, schools are feeling the pressure following Ontario education ministry guidelines on supplementary fees, released last spring. Prior to changes by the ministry, schools could charge a course fee for the wood used in a shop class or an art class could include added fees for supplies. Those fees were used by some schools to offset busing varsity student athletes to sporting events and other costs. Under the recent guidelines on supplementary fees, however, schools can no longer charge students for materials or books through course fees. Many York Region high schools say they have been forced to implement user fees for varsity sports teams to offset costs, such as transportation and the hiring of game officials. To deal with the situation, Ontario Catholic and public school boards are coping in diffrerent ways, York Region Athletic Association athletic co-ordinator Steve Shantz said. In York Region, Mr. Shantz said it has had a greater impact on the public board, where in many instances, the cost to support a sports team must now be absorbed by the parents of athletes. User fees vary depending on how each school board allocates funding for extra-curricular activities, including sports and music. At Markham’s St. Augustine Catholic High School, for example, user fees for students have remained constant over the last 10 years with a one-time $25 banquet fee imposed and a user fee of $30 for each sport a student takes part in, said Italo Mazzolin, the school’s head of physical education. The exceptions though are for hockey, for which students must cover the cost of ice time for games and practices, and golf, where students are responsible for green fees.

‘If you have kids who play multiple sports, that could add up to a big chunk of change.’

eral varsity sports, traditionally offered during fall, will not run, including its junior and senior football teams, boys’ soccer and cricket and one girls’ basketball team. “We had a full slate of teams last fall and wanted to add more this year,” said Richmond Hill High School’s head of physical education, Mark Girdler. “But the big issue is user fees.” In the case of boys’ soccer, 80 students attended the first day of practice. But when their coach informed them a $200 user fee had to be levied, only 12 said they could afford to play this year. Shortfalls could be addressed through school fundraising, but critics may argue that will lead to inequities between affluent and disadvantaged communities. “Now, I might be able to pay for one or maybe two teams, but there aren’t many people, I imagine, in the same boat,” Bruce Girdler pointed out. “How many schools will have clientele that will not be so fortunate?” York Region District School Board’s spokesperson Christina Choo-Hum acknowledged public secondary schools face a challenging situation. “It’s hard,” she said. “We don’t want to reduce funding. But it’s happening across Ontario and in many different ways. “We (York Region public board) only have so much funding available and we have to support mandatory costs to get students to graduate,” she said, adding the board encourages schools to find creative solutions so students can participate extra-curricular acivities. “We have partial subsidies, but not the amount that it used to be,” Ms Choo-Hum said. “The alternatives could come from sponsorship or fundraising. People have to be resourceful. Every school is different.” The new policy may also force some parents be selective about the number of sports in which their youngsters can participate. “The current situation means that few, if any students would be able to play multiple sports and the students who are poor won’t play at all, further widening the gulf between the rich and poor,” Bruce Girdler said. “The days of students playing all sports are over.

devastating.” Mark Girdler was quick to point out coaches at Richmond Hill High School, who saw their teams fold, were devastated.

‘We had coaches wanting to go out and coach. Some of our coaches are depressed.’ “In each case, we had coaches wanting to go out and coach. Some of our coaches are depressed,” he said. Mr. Shantz suggested York’s public board in particular should designate money for sport. As for how the YRAA sports scene will unfold this fall, time will tell, he said. “It will definitely be an interesting fall,” Mr. Shantz said. “For now, it’s about what’s appropriate. Everyone has to do more with less.” Acknowledging he’s fielded numerous inquiries about the increase in user fees since the school year began, Cecil Roach, York Region District board’s superintendent of equity and engagement, said the board firmly believes extracurricular activities such as sports play an integral role to enrich the lives of students. “We understand the importance of sports in the lives of students for their well being and academic success. We’ve noticed that students engaged in sports also tend to be well engaged in academics,” he said.

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“Depending on the school, the majority or all of the funding is taken away from sports. If you want to play, you’ve got to pay,” Shantz said in summing up the bleak situation. “We’re talking about massive increases in user fees as compared to what youngsters were paying in the past.” For the upcoming YRAA fall campaign, that includes sports such as football, boys’ soccer, cricket, volleyball, girls’ basketball and field hockey and co-ed cross country. Shantz said there could be as many as 29 fewer senior and junior boys’ and girls’ varsity teams. “If you have kids who play multiple sports, that could add up to a big chunk of change,” Shantz said. “We could be pricing some kids out because of their inability to pay.” In fact it already has. Richmond Hill High School announced sev-


Markham Marauder Shayan Hassanzadeh makes a catch during practice at his school last week, but there’s no football at all at Richmond Hill High School due to high user fees.

And playing more than one will become an oddity.” Some concerned parents are disappointed with what has transpired. “I think it’s a shame this budget is impacting in an area that motivates some students to come to school, keeps them active and engaged, creates large changes in confidence and character development ... and it’s fun,” said Unionville resident Raoul Baumgartner. If parents question how sports are funded at schools, Mr. Shantz suggested they contact their school principal and local trustee. While some students lose out without sports, teachers who commit their time and effort, with no extra pay, to assist in enriching youngsters’ lives are also adversely affected. “I also think it’s impacting on numerous high school coaches who recognize the impact and importance of sports upon their students,” Mr. Baumgartner said. “For many teachers, coaching sports and putting on high school drama performances, for example, is highly motivating, and an integral part of their mission/career as a teacher making meaningful change in students lives, not to mention lifelong memories.” Citing concerns of obsesity and depression among the youth of today, Stouffville parent Jim Monk said one solution is to encourage physical activity at schools. “The value my kids get out of playing high school sports is invaluable,” he said. “To eliminate it through high user fees is

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Re: Speed limits drop on regional roads, Sept. 8. This is an extremely Draconian and Orwelian ploy by the York regional government to penalize capable drivers yet pander to bad drivers. As I witness every day, bad drivers are mostly known for the following: driving too slow (especially in the left lanes) because they are distracted by radios, talking on cellphones, drinking coffee, and most commonly, not giving a darn for any other driver on the road. These distractions usually cause the driver to unnecessarily slow down and therefore clog up major arteries from maintaining their natural traffic flow. Exceptions, of course, are slippery conditions, school zones and rush-hour times. I do realize there are also the drivers who go too fast, yet they will speed no matter what the speed limits are. So eventually, capable drivers, i.e. alert, rule-following drivers who can handle vehicles, which are meant to travel at faster than horse-and-buggy speeds, will be targeted by radar police. The current drivel of this ridiculous driving philosophy of our times of “let’s be safe by slowing down”, which our governments are brainwashing society with every day, will only give the ignorant, brain-dead drivers added incentive to carry on their antics behind the wheel. Drivers are adults. Penalize the bad ones. Don’t lower high driving standards to fit the lowest common denominator idiot who can’t even signal or skip a drive-thru for even one day if his/her life depended on it. I will now be considering buying a horse-and-buggy for my next vehicle. Hey, when in Rome ....


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Appreciate music support Re: Thanks for musical summer, editorial, Sept. 6. Kudos on your editorial in The Liberal. As a local performer and recording musical artist, I am deeply grateful to our town’s cultural plan, our council and all those who have pushed to support local culture. I am especially thankful to Michael Grit, whose leadership and efforts have created numerous opportunities for folks like us. Also, local media such as The Liberal, OnRichmondHill. com and SNAP have been consistent in their coverage of our events and causes we support. Thank you for a great summer!


Rally’s aim is anti-Semitic Re: Rally wasn’t Muslim-only event, letter by Munir Chagpar, Aug. 25. Mr. Chagpar’s letter defending the Al-Quds rally at Queen’s Park was full of disappointing misinformation. While Judaism and Zionism are two distinct concepts, they cannot be separated any more than the Catholic Church and the Pope. It is perfectly reasonable to criticize Israeli policies, but it is not reasonable to join in a rally that was started by violent dictators with the goal of ending the very existence of Israel. The reality is these sorts of events are anti-Semitic because their only logical conclusion would be to either kill or subjugate millions of Jews living in Israel. People who want to protest Israel in a democratic manner should not be joining in events perpetuated by the violent and criminal regime in Iran.


I’m supportive of new Mackenzie Health Congratulations to Mackenzie Health on all that’s been accomplished over the past few years – a new energy and commitment to care that is wonderful to experience, and of course, most recently and publicly notable,

the new name and logo recognizing the expansion of the hospital corporation to include the future Vaughan site. I’ve been recuperating this summer from treatment for an illness originally diagnosed by this hospital with efficiency, accuracy and amazing quality of care on the part of every staff member I encountered. I’ve been watching the response to the new branding and feeling quite defensive for the hospital that has been such a part of my family’s life for the last 40 years. All evidence that I can see supports the fact the board, CEO and senior leadership team of the hospital are providing excellent stewardship of the hospital and its resources. We are a growing region and demand increasing complexity of care; our health care system must adapt. Another hospital in our region is a win for us all, and to leverage the management and co-ordinate the programs and services between the sites only makes sense. While I’ll still have to catch myself from calling it York Central for the near future (old habits are hard to break), I applaud the bright new energy of the logo and the “growing-up” of our home-town hospital as it expands to meet the needs of our region. Board members, Altaf Stationwala and everyone making a difference every day at Mackenzie Health: you have my family’s support as you continue to move forward and meet our community’s needs.


Advertise safety zones Re: Watch out for community safety zones, Aug. 30. I had the misfortune of speeding in one of these zones in Parry Sound, unaware of the exact implications. I think citizens need to be properly informed of the definition and consequences, by a large notice in the newspaper. York Region or the City of Markham may be persuaded to pay for it. It would also be nice if they would provide the reason for these new zones where fines are doubled. Do we have an increased problem in these areas beyond previous statistics ?


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The season’s best deals from the community’s best businesses! TECHNOLOGY Saturday, September 15, 2012



11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


demonstrations of the latest information technology by knowledgeable vendors & exhibitors

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from a group of tech-savvy student volunteers and our computer workshops

QUICK START PROGRAM 3 private introduction classes Complete martial arts uniform Personal evaluation Certificate and photo




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Limited Time finance offers available from Toyota Financial Services O.A.C. Offer good until September 30th, 2012. Zero percent financing is available on all 2012 RAV4 Models, up to 72 month amortization, 0.9% on 2012 Camry Models (gasoline engines only), up to 48 month amortization. Other great financing rates and terms exist on our entire line up. Representative Finance example of $20,000 at 0% over 72 months is $277.78 per month with a cost of borrowing of $0 and total obligation is $20,000, $20,600 at 0.9% over 48 months is $481.02 per month with a cost of borrowing of $418.96 and total obligation is $21,018.96. We also have very attractive lease rates on our entire line up over terms extending up to 60 months. We are able to provide bi weekly payments up to 84 months on all new vehicles and many used vehicles (conditions do apply) See dealer for specific rates and conditions.* Each vehicle sold will receive up to $600 (minimum value $200) in extra value bonus packages, these discounts are towards extended warranty and rust protection purchases. All rights are reserved. Please see Richmond Hill Toyota for complete details.

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416.565.3727 Let 35 years of experience guide you to make the right decision 17 MAPLE GROVE – OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 15, 1 PM - 4 PM

Beautiful Raised Bungalow On A 67 X 315 Ft Lot. This Home Has 3 Bedrooms On The Main Level With Hardwood And Ceramic Throughout. Full Size Finished Basement With A Walk Up As A Separate Entrance With Extra Kitchen And Bedroom. Great For The Extended Family. Close To All Amenities.




Absolutely Stunning Home With 84 Ft X 141 Ft Lot. Over 3,800 Sq Ft With A Large Professionally Finished Basement. Very Large Open Concept Home With New Kitchen(08) Granite Countertops, Hardwood Floors, Basement Has Large Games Room, Exercise Room With Sauna, Extra Cooking Area, Beautiful Backyard With Inground Pool 36’X24’ And Lots Of Privacy. Interlock Drive And Walkways, Great Layout For Entertaining, You Will Not Be Disappointed By Showing This Home.




Great Opportunity To Develop In One Of Oak Ridge’s Prime Areas. Great Street With Multimillion Dollar Homes All Around. This Property Has The Potential To Have 8 Homes Built On It, 6 On Proposed Road In The Rear With Future Development And 2 Fronting Puccini Dr. Older Bungalow On Property With 3 Bedroom Is In Great Shape With New Kitchen And Floors, Great Investment To Live In And We?ll Getting Ready To Build.


Absolutely stunning home in the heart of Oak Ridge’s, Builder’s own Custom Home situated on a Large 80 by 200ft lot featuring over 5,000 sq ft home with breath taking backyard and pool oasis.Open Concept Floor. This Home Is Fully Upgraded With Top Quality Finishes Throughout! Kitchen W/Centre Island, Granite Counter, Backsplash, Pot Lights, Stone Gas Fireplace, Walk-OutTo Deck, Staircase With Wrought Iron Pickets, Great Curb Appeal, On A Quiet Crescent.

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All prices include freight and fees. Excludes HST and licensing. $4,000/$2,000/$3,500/$3,500 cash rebate offer is for cash purchases only and is available on 2012 Legacy (all models)/2012 Impreza 2.0i 5speed models (CG1/CF1 BP/TP/SP/LP)/2012 Outback (CD2 LN/36/LN6)/2012 Forester (all models). Cash rebate offer will be deducted from the negotiated price before taxes and cannot be combined with special finance or lease offers. *MSRP of $19,995/$25,995/$23,995/$28,995 on 2012 Impreza 2.0i 4-door (CF1 BP)/Forester 2.5X (CJ1 X0)/Legacy 2.5i (CA1 BP)/Outback 2.5i Convenience Package (CD1 CP). Advertised pricing consists of MSRP plus charges for Freight/PDI ($1,595), Air Tax ($100), Tire Stewardship Levy ($29.20), OMVIC Fee ($5), Dealer Admin ($199). Freight/PDI charge includes a full tank of gas. Taxes, licence, registration and insurance are extra. $0 security deposit. Model shown: 2012 Forester 2.5X Touring Package (CJ1 TP). MSRP of $29,095. Dealers may sell or lease for less or may have to order or trade. Offers applicable on approved credit at participating dealers only. Leasing and financing programs available through Subaru Financial Services by TCCI. Other lease and finance rates and terms available; down payment or equivalent trade-in may be required. Vehicles shown solely for purposes of illustration, and may not be equipped exactly as shown. Offers available until September 30, 2012. See your local Subaru dealer for complete program details.

August 2012

Carrier of the Month – Marton –



Degrassi stars Alicia Josipovic and Munro Chambers attended one of many after-parties at the Toronto International Film Festival. According to Degrassi co-star Alicia Josipovic, he exhibits all the essential qualities to achieve a breakthrough. “Besides his talent, I’m impressed by the fact that he’s just so committed to his acting and his roles,” said the 21-year-old actress. “I love his passion and the fact that he absolutely loves what he does.” Mr. Chambers credits the success of former Degrassi star and international rapper Drake for providing his inspiration. “Drake did a lot of great work in music,” he said. “I look up to his success and I respect it. “But I’m my own person,” added the young actor. “My goal is to work hard in order to achieve that same level of success in my own industry one day.” David Li is a Thornhill freelance writer.

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Munro Chambers was among the actors and fans converging on Toronto for TIFF this week, partying with another Degrassi co-star at the after-party for the Canadian sex comedy, My Awkward Sexual Adventure. Having trained at Richmond Hill’s Skyriders Trampoline Club, the 22-year-old Newmarket resident has twin interests in trampolining and acting. “I used to do trampoline a lot before getting into acting and my twin brother still trains at Skyriders,” said Mr. Chambers, who said he avidly watched Canadian Olympians from the club compete this summer. He said he knows Karen Cockburn, Jason Burnett and gold medalist Rosie Maclennan through his brother, Thomas. “I was happy to see Rosie come off with the gold medal. That was amazing for Canadian trampolinists and just all Canadians in general.” The current Degrassi actor is also eager to show his support for Canadian actors and filmmakers at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. “TIFF’s been amazing. There’s a lot of great Canadian actors and filmmakers and this is the best festival to showcase that talent.” He said the highlight of the festival for him thus far has been a live reading event. “I had a chance to go see Bryan Cranston in the live reading for American Beauty,” he said. “It was just incredible.” The popular actor, the former star of the Canadian TV series The Latest Buzz has 130,000 followers on Twitter and has ambitions of making it in the competitive American market in the near future.

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NO PARKING AT LIQUOR, BEER STORES It won’t be business as usual this weekend at the LCBO and Beer store outlets at Crosby Avenue and Yonge Street. The front parking lot is cordoned off and a construction crew has taken over the lot for repaving. Customers have been warned of this work in recent weeks, and the side parking lot along Crosby will be open, but as these stores are among the busiest beer and liquor outlets in Richmond Hill, customers and other patrons parking in the nearby Prima Donna plaza will have to be patient.

August 2012

Carrier ‘s of the Month – Richard & Kevin – Richard & Kevin have been carrier’s for 2 years. They like being carrier’s because they enjoy doing physical exercises. They enjoy biking around, listening to music and playing basketball. They are saving money to buy electronics


If you would like to be a carrier for Richmond Hill please call 905-660-9887

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gundy Jeep Cherokee Country SE mountain bike with no fenders, a broken front brake and a Velo brand seat. If you know who owned the bike or if it was stolen, call police. In the Richmond Hill robbery, the bank employee’s vehicle used in the getaway was abandoned nearby and a black SUV was seen leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. Police would like witnesses to come forward in the case that was deemed disturbing because of the violent takeovers in each case. The similarities in the crimes point to accomplices working together, Insp. Moffatt said. The banks are located in standalone buildings close to major roadways. Both were robbed at the start of the work day. In each incident, the suspects threatened staff with death if they didn’t fill knapsacks with money. “We believe it’s the same two people work-

ing together,” Insp. Moffatt said. “These are very unique robberies. Very daring. Bank takeovers don’t happen often.” Bank staff reported the suspects did not have accents and the conversations were similar, Det.Sgt. Fleischaker said. The suspects made similar demands and threats and seemed calm. “What sets these robberies apart are the threats to kill staff and that employees’ vehicles were taken,” he said. York police have conducted a facial recognition investigation based on video imaging. They have also enlisted Ontario Provincial Police geographic profiling and concluded the suspects may live in or near the areas of the robberies. If you have information, call police at 1-866876-5423, ext. 6630 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip or text YORK and your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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Truck driver charged in fatal crash A 30-year-old Toronto man has been charged in the fatal crash Wednesday night that killed a motorcyclist in Vaughan. The man is charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. A 45-year-old Richmond Hill man was killed at the scene. At about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, a westbound truck collided with an eastbound motorcycle on the northbound off-ramp of Hwy. 400 at Major Mackenzie Drive. If you have information, call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704.

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‘Very daring’ thieves: police

Donʼt miss these flyers in todayʼs Liberal! AIMA NAVIGATORS INSURANCE SUMMERS & SMITH Some flyers delivered to selected areas only To book your flyer call 905-881-3373 For Distribution info call 905-660-9887



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Adjustments: Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of your ad. Please check your ad on the first insertion. For multiple insertions of the same ad, credit will be made only for the first insertion. Credit given for errors in connection with production on ads is limited to the printed space involved. Cancellations must be made by 2 p.m. one business day prior to publication date. Cancellations must be made by telephone. Do not fax or e-mail cancellations.

Career Development

Career Development

Fall Sessions start Sept. 18 Business Development, Personal & Career Workshops 1-855-898-5345 Drivers


Student Choice Transit Corp. is a young and rapidly growing company. We currently have openings for drivers in Southern York Region. Charters available. As a member of our team you are expected to work independently and have a clean appearance. The successful candidate MUST possess a VALID ‘B’ license, a clean driving record and willing to work extra hours. Please call (905) 660-4414. Salon and Spa

Experienced Hair Stylist Wanted full or part-time. Also, chair for rent in Vaughan. Call Rob, 647-229-3662 Technical/ Skilled Trades

Technical/ Skilled Trades

Looking for mature person for sanding & some assembly work for woodworking shop. Please call Ken 905-761-5556 Technical/ Skilled Trades

SERVICE TECHNICIAN required for installing, training, and supporting a line of CNC Cutting equipment for a Concord based company. The successful candidate must have a strong mechanical background, well spoken and have a working knowledge of Window's, CAD/CAM and electrical components. Some travel required.

Email resume to

Sales Opportunities

Sales Opportunities


ATTN: Inside Sales Professionals! Top Closers Wanted! •All leads provided •Uncapped income $85K avg/. amongst 48 reps. E-mail resumes to:






VOUS FRANÇAIS? CAREER FAIR Tuesday, September 18th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sheraton Parkway Hotel 600 Highway 7 East Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2





Commissioned Furniture Professionals .BSLIBNr7BVHIBO If YOU have a FLAIR FOR INTERIOR DECORATING, a PASSION for HOME DECOR, the ability to work weekends and some evenings, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and retail sales experience we need to hear from you! WE offer an exciting and creative work environment, very generous compensation programs, company benefits plan, professional training and opportunities for advancement and work in a beautiful La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Showroom! Please send your resume, Attn: Jeff Gold Email:

Bilingual Customer Service Representatives wanted. If you’ve got French-language skills, we’ve got countless opportunities for you in customer service. All you need is a high school diploma: we’ll teach you everything else. Bilingual salary starts at $38,500 with benefits.


of our management team began their career in a position like this.


fax: (905) 440-2700 Office/ Administration

Office/ Administration

LEGAL SECRETARY 2-5 years experience secretarial in personal injury practice. Hwy 7 & Leslie. Malach & Fidler Forward resume to

Office/ Administration

Office/ Administration

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Medium sized international company seeking a Full-Time Assistant. Excellent organizational and communication skills required. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel an asset. Good command of the English language. Spanish speaking essential. Located in the Jane/Rutherford area. Please fax resumes to the attention of Human Resources @ (905) 660-0474 or email at:

Office/ Administration

Office/ Administration

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO MORTGAGE BROKER Centro Mortgage Inc. – Richmond Hill, ON Privately owned company is currently seeking an executive assistant to the principal broker. • Assisting mortgage agents and Principal Broker • It is a Salaried position Qualifications and Competencies: • Must be a licensed mortgage agent for over 2 years in Ontario- FSCO. • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and other software used to perform duties • Excellent phone etiquette and ability to deliver information clearly and concisely • Excellent verbal and written communication skills •Well organized and have the ability to multi-task • Flexible in work hours and taking on duties • Must be enthusiastic and able to work with outgoing team in a fast paced environment • Management experience preferred

Please submit your resume via email to

Office/ Administration

Office/ Administration

Rapidly growing real estate firm in Richmond Hill has an immediate opening for an experienced F/T Deal Secretary / Bookkeeper. Proficiency in LoneWolf and MS Office is a must. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast- paced environment and effectively multi-task and prioritize to meet deadlines. Excellent organizational skills together with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy are critical for success. Candidates with flexibility to assume administrative duties as required will be preferred, and knowledge of MLS and EasyOffer is an asset.

Please forward resume to We thank all applicants, however only those considered will be contacted.

Classified Hotline: (905) 884-1105

Restaurants/ Hospitality

DISHWASHER/ FOOD PREP PERSON. Must be able to work weekends. Apply within at Fellini's Restaurant 13162 Yonge St. Oak Ridges For more info call 289-809-0637

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A Meaningful Career


Get paid for helping families solve financial problems. High earnings potential. Set your own hours. For more information, call Tammy


required for metal fabrication shop. Must possess valid drivers license. Apply in person Richmond Welding, 39 Cardico Dr. Gormely

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General Help

General Help

New School Year Approaching! We require school crossing guards in Thornhill for September •Baythorn & Royal Orchard •Simonston & Bucks Green •John & Henderson •Baythorn & Inverlochy *We also require paid stand-by guards*

Please call us today at: (905)737-1600

SUPERINTENDENT COUPLE Thornhill - St. Luke's Seniors Home is seeking a live-in couple to be superintendents for a 96 unit senior's apartment building. Applicants must have excellent inter personal and communication skills. The ability to prioritize, organize and decisive problem solving is required. Building care and maintenance experience is an asset. Job overview: The duties include cleaning, preservation, inspections and minor maintenance of both the building and its equipment. Responsible for a shared on-call service schedule, safety/security monitoring and work closely with the administrator, residents and contractual workers. Only suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview and a police back ground check is mandatory.

To apply, email or fax a resume to: Patricia McLeod - Administrator OR Fax: 905-886-9120 Submissions must be received by: Friday, September 28th, 2012

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 OUR TEAM IS GROWING! Richmond Hill Honda, a busy flat rate shop has immediate openings for: •LICENSED TECHNICIAN. Honda/Acura experience is required. •AUTO DETAILER with experience. Email resume:

(905)370-0280 Landscape Construction labourers wanted Reliable, Hard working, Technical, Team workers, with own Transportation, For Long-term

$100-$400 CASH Daily For Landscaping work!

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT for Kristus Darzs Latvian Home in Woodbridge. Must be organized, possess strong communication and computer skills. Send resume to the attention of: Lauma LStikuts@ or fax: 905-832-2029

MAGNIFICENT VIEW. Thornhill. Large 3 bedroom. 2 full baths. First ad. $305,000. Century 21 Heritage Group. Bill McKnight, 905-883-8300 ext.1152

Apartments for Rent BATHURST/ ELGIN Mills1 bedroom basement, separate entrance, laundry, parking, large livingroom with fireplace. Non-smoking/ pets. October 1st. $800. 905-508-9348 BAYVIEW/ ELGIN MillsTwo renovated 1 bedroom basement apartments. $650. inclusive (suit single). $750. inclusive (suit couple) separate entrances. 905-237-1103 ELGIN MILLS/ YongeBright 1 bedroom basement. Wide livingroom. Private washer & dryer, own entrance, parking. $850. Oct. 1st. (416)321-8036 YONGE/ 16TH Ave- 1 bedroom basement. Parking, laundry, separate entrance. Near Hillcrest/ transit. $790. inclusive. October 1st. 647-722-4672 YONGE/ 16TH- furnished 1 bedroom basement, separate entrance, laundry, parking. $950. inclusive. Suits one. Available immediately. Non-smoking/ pets. 416-828-4268 Moe YONGE/ ELGIN Mills- 2 bedroom large, walkout basement. Appliances, separate laundry, walk-in closet. 2 parking. $1250. Non-smoking/ pets. Immediate. 905-883-6087

Houses for Rent YONGE/ MAJOR Mac, Richmond Hill. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry, 3 parking, backyard. $2000. inclusive. Oct. 1 bedroom basement walkout, parking, laundry. Immediate. 905-882-2788, 416-838-9801. YONGE/ MAJOR Mackenzie- 3 bedroom+ 2 bedroom basement, zoned live/ work. $1850+. Available immediately. Call Mike 416-670-5181

Articles for Sale (Misc.) HOT TUB covers- All shapes/ sizes, top quality, $375. We come & measure. 905-259-4514

Notices (Public)

NOTICE OF MEETING Notice is hereby given that: Richmond Hill Golf Club 8755 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 0H4 Will be holding their 2012 IPM Public Meeting to discuss turfgrass maintenance applications on: Wednesday September 19, 2012 At Richmond Hill Golf Club 4-5pm Please RSVP to 905-889-4653 Reg Langen Cleaning/Janitorial

Handy Person

ABSOLUTELY BEST cleaning ladies available. Honest & hard working, attention to detail, insured/ bonded. 416-897-6782.

M.K. HANDYMAN HOT TUB (Spa) CoversRenovations. Painting. Best Price, Best Flooring. Fencing. Quality. All Shapes & ColKitchens. Washrooms. ours Available. Call Basements+++. 1-866-652-6837 Good prices. DO YOU want a clean Free estimates. house? Hard working lanewspaper Mehdi 416-300-7071 dies available. Experienced, honest, references. HOT TUB/SPA 2012 model, fully loaded, (416)909-2647. full warranty. Home Renovations FOR SPARKLING clean New in plastic. home. Experienced, inCost $8,000 sured, bonded, references. Sacrifice $3,900. (647)966-9369 COMPLETE RENOVACall: 416-779-0563 TIONS- Additions. Basements. Medical Clinics: Decks & Fences Cars Dentistry; Vet Clinic; ChiroDECKS, Shed, Concrete/ practic. Professional. Low 2012 HONDA Pilot, autoprice. (416)427-2308 Stone walkway. matic, keyless entry, Hardwood/ Laminate floors Sean. PS/PW, alloy wheels, 25 years experience. 8,000 miles. Certified, e416-522-8034, tested $39,000. 905-787-0236 Landscaping, 905-597-2019 http://fifieldconstruction. Lawn Care, Supplies

Vehicles Wanted/Wrecking $200 TO $1000Dead/ Alive. Cars/ trucks/ vans. Fast Free towing. We sell parts. 416-500-5050

Townhouses for Rent


RICHMOND HILL, Bathurst/ Jefferson Sideroad. 4 bedroom townhouse, 1yr. old. Near French school. Available immediately. $1950.+ utilities. 647-271-7020

MATHEMATICSHIGH school mathematics teacher, PhD. tutoring all levels. (905)770-8296, Nicholas (56 Queensway Dr.)

YONGE/ JEFFERSON Sideroad- new 3 bedroom townhouse, 3 bathrooms, new appliances, phone, VIP cable, internet. Available immediately. $1900+ utilities. 416-931-7049

Notices (Public)

Lost & Found FOUND- WHITE poodle mix at Major Mackenzie and Bayview. Call to identify. 416-417-5489

INTERLOCKING- SPECIALIZING in walkways, driveways, patios, garden beds, repairs, tree cutting, etc. Free estimates. (647)995-4231

ELECTRICAL G.C.S. Electrical Services Service changes, panel changes, additions, renovations, master electrician Free Estimates Call Jerry


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905-884-1105 Ask for Trish

Moving & Storage A-PARRIS MOVERSLong/short, big/small, residential/ condos/ commercial. Quality service. Affordable/ reliable. 905-758-2848, 416-677-2848 www. CITY MOVERS: Two men, 16' truck. $40/hr. No hidden fees. Flat rate available. (416)816-4132

Painting & Decorating PAINTINGRESIDENTIAL, Commercial, interior/ exterior renovations, reasonable price. Job satisfaction. Bonded/ Insured. Free estimate. (416)616-9577

Your next job is closer than you think!

QUANTUM ACADEMY High School Credits Math, Science, English, French, Spanish Small classes. Qualified teachers. 905-787-9720

Nannies/Live In/Out Houses for Rent BUNGALOW- 2 bedroom, full basement, big yard, close to Bathurst/ Rutherford. available immediately. $1200+ utilities. 905-737-4441 BUNGALOW- 3 bedroom, garage, full basement, nice front & back yards, available Oct. 1st. $1800+. 905-737-4441

AFFORDABLE, EXPERIENCED & Reliable Nannies. Call AMACARE now to have nanny in six months. 416-850-0851


$$$NEED MONEY$$$ Do you have a pension plan from an ex-employer? (LIRA) or (locked in RRSP). Call NOW! OAK RIDGES - 2 bedroom 1-416-357-9585 bungalow for rent. $1400+ utilities. Laundry. 6 car Mortgages/Loans parking. Available immediately. Please call 4 1 6 - 4 0 0 - 2 3 4 0 / $$MONEY$$ CONSOLI905-773-4206 DATE Debts Mortgages to 90% No income, Bad credOAK RIDGES- Detached 3 it OK! Better Option Mortbedroom, 2 bathroom gage #10969 house. Finished basement, 1 - 8 0 0 - 2 8 2 - 1 1 6 9 laundry. Garage/ huge pri- vate yard. Quiet desirable street. $1850+. Chimneys 416-805-1750 RICHMOND HILL- 4 bedroom detached house, near Jefferson Sdrd./ Bathurst St. close to all amenities. $1850+ utilities. 905-237-1603 YONGE/ MAJOR Mackenzie- 2 bedroom house on a big lot. All appliances. Near GO Train. Available October 1st. Tony 416-219-8660

BRICK REPAIRS. Chimneys. Stone work. Over 20 years experience. Call Paul (647)227-9860

Whether you’re looking for work close to home or need to hire the best talent in your community.....

Cleaning/Janitorial A CRYSTAL Cleaning experience- Homes, Offices. Insured/ bonded. Supplies provided. 15% discount. (647)500-2260 for details. is operated by Metroland Media and is suppor ted by over 100 local newspapers and community websites.


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Apartments, Condos For Sale


Oxford Learning in North Richmond Hill req's P/T TEACHER efficient with H/S lang & elementary math. 1 yr commitment. Must be avail Mon-Thurs evenings from 330-8pm and Sat morning 9-12. Email resumes to

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