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TCN an official media sponsor for Pan Am Games The Beach Mirror, as a member of the Metroland Media Group, is now the official print and online media sponsor of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. “The 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our wonderful city – so it’s only natural the media who cover the neighbourhoods of Toronto be involved,” said Mirror Publisher Ian Proudfoot, Metroland Central’s regional vice-president. Metroland Media Group joins the Star Media Group (which includes the Toronto Star and Metro English newspapers across Canada), as official print and online media supplier to the games. The Pan American Games will draw 10,000 athletes from 41 countries, holding 48 sports events in venues throughout the Golden Horseshoe. The 2015 Pan American Games will be held July 10 to 26, followed by the Parapan American Games, Aug. 7 to 14. The Games are held every four years. For information, visit Toronto2015.org “Star Media group and Metroland Media Group are the very definition of engaged, community-rooted media,” said Ian Troop, CEO of TO2015, the Games’ organizing body. “Their market leadership, their prominence and above all their profound commitment to community-building makes them an ideal partner for an ambitious project like Toronto 2015,” he said. “It is an honour to be media sponsors for these Games” said Ian Oliver, Metroland’s president. “We will strive to deliver news relating to the 2015 Games that readers in all of the communities that we serve can use,” he said. Metroland Media Group has more than 100 community and daily newspapers in print and online, as well as websites including flyerland.ca, localwork.ca, wheels.ca and goldbook.ca The Beach-Riverdale Mirror - A Metroland Community Newspaper

Residents group heading to OMB to fight Lick’s development

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JOANNA LAVOIE jlavoie@insidetoronto.com A group of Beach residents are taking their battle to stop a six-storey condominium from being built at the site of the Lick’s Homeburgers on Queen Street East to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The Beach Residents Association of Toronto (BRAT), which was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization July 5, filed an appeal to the provincial land-use tribunal July 10 on behalf of its members and the community at large. “Our top reason for organizing and incorporating was because nobody else was going to go to the OMB,” said Brian Graff, BRAT’s chair, adding the group aims to give Beach residents a voice when it comes to larger local issues >>>FIGHTING, page 5

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ENJOYING THE SHOW: Shelly Darvey dances to The Soul Motivators during the Beaches International Jazz Festival’s StreetFest on Queen Street East Saturday night. See more pictures from the jazz festival on Page 3. @BchRivMirror

The first phase of a unique urban park built beneath a maze of overpass bridges will officially open to the public today. Underpass Park, located at the northeastern edge of the emerging West Don Lands community south of King Street East under the Eastern Avenue and the Richmond/Adelaide overpasses, transforms a three-block tract of underused land into a bright, fully accessible neighbourhood amenity. The project’s first completed phase is between St. Lawrence Street and Bayview Avenue and can be accessed from River Street, south of King Street. >>>PARK, page 3

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A new park in the Rivertowne neighbourhood, north of Queen Street East and west of Broadview Avenue, will open to the public tomorrow. While several final touches, including a number of plantings, still need to be done in the coming weeks, the new green space (located in the former Don Mount Court neighbourhood) is nearing completion. An official community celebration for the new park is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15. More details will be made available as the event nears. Join the team Anyone interested in joining the organizing team, should email miriam@ralphthornton.org, rebecca@ralphthornton.org or julio. rigores@torontohousing.ca Just more than a year ago, the City of Toronto permanently closed a portion of Carroll Street between Thompson and Matilda streets so the existing Joel Weeks Parkette, located on the west side of Carroll Street, could be transformed into a new two-and-a-half acre neighbourhood meeting place. The city is planning on holding a community consultation process to officially rename the park. The former Don Mount Court neighbourhood had park space further north near Dundas Street East as well as a wading pool at the south end of the site and basketball courts but nothing comparable to the new park, which is three times bigger than the former Joel Weeks Parkette,

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Joel Weeks Parkette, located in the Rivertowne neighbourhood, will open to the public tomorrow.

which was named in honour of Joel Andrew Weeks, an eight-year-old boy who lived in the community and drowned in a nearby sewer Easter Sunday 1982. Planning for the new park started in early 2010 with a series of community consultations, including a design workshop and an open house to review design options, with new and returning tenants, condo owners and other neighbours. Designed by Toronto-based landscape architectural firm Janet Rosenberg + Associates, the new park will have a mix of active space and places to relax including a new play-

ground, water fountains and other water features, nearly 100 metres of new bench seating, additional lighting, 67 new trees, community garden plots and a large community market and performance space. It will also include a community garden. Overall, the new green space will have an “urban river” theme in honour of the geographical and cultural heritage of the Don River, which has historically defined the area. Community members gathered last September to symbolically put shovels in the ground marking the

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ALL THAT JAZZ: Above, The Not Affiliated Big Band performs during the Beaches International Jazz Festival StreetFest on Queen Street Saturday night, while right, Sharon Smith and the Big Smoke Big Band perform on the Big Band Stage Saturday. Left, guitar legend Liona Boyd performs on the Kew Gardens stage. Visit www. zuza.com/beach-toronto-on/ for photo galleries of both weekends of the jazz festival.

start of construction of their new $1.2 million park, which was initially set to open in the spring of 2012. Construction was to begin earlier but the park’s soil required extensive remediation before work could officially begin. Building the new mixed-use community, which features both affordable and geared-to-income housing as well as market rate residences, also delayed the process. Area residents have been without a local park since the neighbourhood’s revitalization began nearly five years ago. - Joanna Lavoie

Call for art for Joel Weeks park The city is looking to commission public artwork in the new Joel Weeks Parkette. The City of Toronto’s Public Art Office is aiming to install outdoor art in the park that reflects the new green space’s “urban river” theme as well as its goal to be a park all can enjoy. Local and national artists or teams of artists are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Toronto Cultural Services, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., east Tower, Ninth Floor, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2, by Friday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. The budget for the project is $149,000 and must include all fees, materials, technologies, fabrication and installation costs. V i s i t h t t p : / / a k i m b o. c a / submissions/?id=46874 for details about the EOI’s specific requirements. An independent selection panel consisting of practicing arts professionals as well as community representatives will choose the winning concept during a two-stage competition. A short list of three to five artists will be chosen during the competition’s first stage. For the second phase, each artist will be paid a fee to develop a project. Members of the public will have the opportunity to check out the short-listed and final design selections. Details will be made available once a date and time are set. The public art is expected to be installed in the spring of 2013.

Park offers cafés, art and more >>>from page 1 The second phase, located west of St. Lawrence Street, is set to open in the spring of 2013. Ground officially broke in May on the new 315-metre-long, 2.7-acre park, the most extensive one of its kind to be built under an overpass in Canada. Vancouver-based landscape architect Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, in collaboration with The Planning Partnership, designed the new public space with a “focus on the everyday” by making use of available sunlight and rain as well as the bridges’ concrete columns and beams. Underpass Park will also have a suspended public art component – award-winning artist and architect Paul Raff has been commissioned for the job – as well as mobile cafés. Another unique design feature is a series of ribbon-like concrete and wood structures to help guide people through the park. Designers anticipate the park will also include community gardens, flexible public areas for markets and festivals, areas for active recreational sports like basketball, tennis and

street hockey, sitting areas, children’s play and climbing structures and planting areas for native wildflowers and grasses. The new amenity also furthers Waterfront Toronto’s environmental sustainability goals by repurposing reclaimed granite cobblestones for walkways, using recycled rubber materials for the recreational court surfaces and planting more than 50 trees to beautify and naturalize the space. The development of Underpass Park is part of the tri-partite agency’s ongoing commitment to creating mixed-use communities along the waterfront for all to enjoy. The opening of this new $5.3 million park means Toronto has now joined the ranks of several international cities by repurposing existing infrastructure to create a unique urban space. Similar public space projects, which have greatly improved property values in the surrounding areas, already exist in London, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, New York City, Milwaukee and San Francisco. - Joanna Lavoie

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oronto’s a great city and has a lot to offer its residents in the summer. Take advantage of small neighbourhood gatherings. Attend a more public evening out like the Friday evening Cultura Festival events or the Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square in North York. Maybe it’s a multi-day/multi-site festival, such as this weekend’s Caribana, taking place in locations downtown and at Exhibition Place. our view It’s not so much what a resident chooses to experience. The type or scale of the event doesn’t Toronto has matter – but taking part in some plenty to offer way does. By supporting local events with their presence, residents are all its residents making an emphatic statement of community ownership and pride. They’re saying their community matters. Given the tragic events of the previous month, an infusion of community spirit across the city proves Toronto is for its residents to enjoy. When you’re part of a community, taking part in what it has to offer provides mutual benefits. Large or small, these events are an opportunity to educate yourself about your community. There’s a reason we choose to live where we do. Finding out more forges a stronger connection and a greater identification. If it’s an event close to home that is more to your liking, there are opportunities to find out more about your own neighbourhood. Even if you find community spirit is lacking, why not get involved to start something new that addresses this void? Own your piece of the city. Get to know it intimately. If it’s an event in another part of the city, it may be an opportunity to broaden your horizons. There are also opportunities for Toronto’s communities to learn from one another. You may even be inspired to start something similar in your neighbourhood based on something you’ve seen in another part of the city. Ultimately, Toronto as a city will only be as strong as its people. What better way to play that role than by experiencing and enjoying the things that make this city great? Think of it like a fine green lawn. A well-fertilized lawn not only enhances the growth and appearance, it chokes out the unwanted weeds that leave the lawn malnourished and unattractive. We can choke out the unwanted elements in our communities; it just takes an active population in every neighbourhood to show who owns the community. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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I have to wonder why I see fully equipped police officers standing around construction sites across the city. Why did this suddenly have to become standard practice for every construction site? Could a bored 18-year-old holding a stop/ slow sign be just as effective in most instances? Is this another way for our cash-strapped city to generate income for the city treasury by having the contractor pay for security? Or is this once again part of the dance between the city and its unionized employees? We are paying these valuable people top wages and benefits and I want to know if we are getting the best value from our employees? No offence is intended here, but know some of the more enterprising fire and police personnel have time to find second incomes. Chris Belfontaine

Use land transfer tax to help stop violence To the editor: It’s clear we have a problem with guns and gangs in Toronto. So what’s the solution? We need an immediate, coordinated and comprehensive plan of action. When Toronto was hit by an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and 2003, community leaders and politicians moved fast to combat Toronto’s reputation from being further bruised. Businessman David Pecaut staged a rock concert of all rock concerts featuring the Rolling Stones. Thousands came out. He didn’t stop there. Festivals like Luminato were created to showcase to the world Toronto was a world-class city. In our opinion their actions worked. Why?

Because they were focused and didn’t waste time. They acted because they knew that if they didn’t it would be too late to save Toronto from being branded as a place not to visit. How is it then that when Toronto is hit with such devastating gun crimes, we suddenly blank out or resort to tired practices of dealing with gun crime. We have reams of statistics, bundles of studies and reports from many sources reporting on how to tackle gun crime, but we seem to fail at moving forward with an actual plan – a new plan. We propose that 10 per cent of Toronto’s land transfer tax – about $30 million – be immediately deployed to Toronto’s front line responders: police, community youth engagers, those managing at risk

youth programs, those running on-the-ground not-for-profits working in gun crime hot spots and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). Toronto police can use the additional allotment for more officers on the streets or to use the funds as part of TAVIS (Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy) or as they see fit. Police have the experience, tactical operational experience and knowledge to get guns off our streets. They just need the resources. The not-for-profits and youth engagers can use the interim influx of funding to identify and engage with at-risk youth. As front line workers in such a hot climate, they know more than any politician or government official about what

works best. The TCHC could use extra funds to ensure their properties are safe and clean – better locks on doors; extra security cameras; better lighting in the complexes; and to ensure their buildings are properly maintained. Now, we’re neither experts nor do we hold our idea as the key to ending gun crime in the city. We, however, are engaged and concerned citizens of Toronto. We want our community leaders to start thinking outside the box and to act instead of talk a good game. As David Pecaut once said: “The importance of a civil society is one in which people of goodwill come together to solve a city’s problems.” Bruce Baker Chris Yaccato

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Fighting Lick’s development is about preserving Beach: group >>>from page 1 that involve the municipal government. In mid-June, BRAT, which represents those living in an area bounded by the waterfront up to Kingston Road and from Victoria Park to Coxwell avenues, hosted a community meeting inviting the 40 or so people in attendance to sound off on whether they’re interested in moving forward with an OMB appeal of Reserve Properties’ proposed development for 19601962 Queen St. E. at Kenilworth Avenue. “Some people felt it was a mistake and were concerned it would set a precedent, if we lost, but many others were ready to move forward. This is an (OMB) appeal affecting the heart of the Beach, not just a side street,” said Graff, who has lived near Queen Street East and Glen Manor Drive since 2009. “It’s an uphill battle because we’re on one side and we have the city and the developer on the other side.” In May, Toronto and East York Community Council voted unanimously to back the controversial project. Toronto council also supported (without debate or any amendments) the application to amend the zoning bylaw to allow the condo development at its June meeting. Regardless, Graff said this “isn’t just about one building” but the precedent approving this development as it is proposed would set for several more in the community, especially along Queen Street East. Graff, who has a background in commercial real estate, said he feels it’s important Beach residents speak out against the so-called Lick’s development so the city and province know there is ongoing local opposition to unacceptable condominiums and other oversized buildings in their neighbourhood. “The development challenges in this area seem to be never ending. There’s just one after the other,”

‘It’s an uphill battle because we’re on one side and we have the city and the developer on the other side.’ ~ Brian Graff, The Beach Residents Association of Toronto said Graff, who was also involved with the Friends of Queen group, which has decided to not move forward with an OMB appeal for this proposed development. A core group of about five people have been meeting every few weeks to discuss BRAT’s next steps, which include retaining planners and lawyers for the upcoming Licks’ development battle. BRAT, which came together in May and has an email list of several hundreds names, has also been actively involved in the community this summer as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Queen Street East Visioning Study, which is aiming to develop a future vision for Queen from Coxwell to Neville Park Boulevard; helping bring more consistent development to the popular stretch; and updating the circa 1987 design guidelines for ‘Queen Street East – The Beaches’ through the creation of appropriate urban design guidelines that balance the policies of the Official Plan with the desires of the local community to maintain the existing neighbourhood character. This fall, BRAT will refocus its energies on coming up with ways to raise funds for the OMB case. “We can’t do this on our own. We need the community to be involved and donate money,” said Graff, noting BRAT wouldn’t rule out mediation should the developer be willing to do some serious negotiating. Visit www.beachresidents.ca for details.

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Movies in the Park WHEN: 8:45 p.m. WHERE: Riverdale Park East, 550 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: www.moviesinthepark. wordpress.com Movies in the Park features Back to the Future. The final movie is The Princess Bride, which takes place at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Daily Bread Food Bank needs youth volunteers The Daily Bread Food Bank is looking for youth volunteers to help with their summer program. For details and to get involved, contact learn@dailybread.ca or visit www.dailybread.ca/learningcentre/youth-program/take-actionproject/

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Park Yoga Park Yoga takes place at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Ave. Free, donations are welcome. Part of the proceeds support Nellie’s shelter. Classes are weather permitting. Call Trixie Montanile at 647-993-9644. Ett Community Jazz Choir Ett Community Jazz Choir (jazz/pop/ secular) meets Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. at Waverley Rd. Baptist Church, 129 Waverley Rd. All singers welcome. Call 416-694-3054. Meditation The Atisha Buddhist Centre, 1823 Gerrard St. E., hosts various meditation classes. Some cost $10, others are free. Visit www.meditateinthebeaches.org Rotary Club of Toronto Beach Rotary Club of Toronto Beach meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at Balmy Beach Club, 1 Beech Ave. Visit www.clubrun-

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Man pleads guilty to second degree murder in crossbow death at Main Street library An Ottawa man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Dec. 2, 2010 killing of his father, Si Cheng, 52, with a crossbow and a hammer inside the Toronto Public Library’s Main Street branch. Zhou Fang, 26, will be sentenced Sept. 4. Fang was arrested shortly after the incident, which took place inside the community library, 137 Main St. (at Gerrard Street), around 4 p.m. Several people, including a number of children, were inside the library at the time of the murder. There were no other injuries. Fang was originally charged with first-degree murder, but

the prosecution accepted the lesser plea after considering the history of abuse both Fang and his mother suffered at the hands of the victim. While Fang may have suffered through “long term and horrible abuse at the hands of his father”, Crown attorney Mike Callaghan told Ontario Superior Court Wednesday, July 25, that it did not justify “the murder or the unlawfulness of it”, which is reflected in the in the mandatory life sentence he faces. Both the Crown and defence are asking the judge to impose a parole ineligibility period of 10 years – the maximum is 25 years. - with files from Torstar News Service

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Dance festival returns to Withrow Park TEGH to host evening with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus DANIELLE MILLEY dmilley@insidetoronto.com

The game of golf is giving back to the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) Foundation. TEGH is teeing up a fundraiser with golf legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. ‘An Exclusive Evening with Golf Legends’ takes place Monday, Sept. 17 and will benefit the hospital’s Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Program and HELP Campaign. The event will offer a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with two of the greatest golfers of all time. The invitation-only event, to be held at a private home in Toronto, is expected to draw an intimate crowd of 80 to 100 guests. Funds raised from the

event will be a significant boost to TEGH’s Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Program, launched in October 2011 at the hospital with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Palmer has a strong personal connection to the cause, as a prostate cancer survivor himself. Tickets for the evening are $10,000 each and include: intimate interaction with Palmer and Nicklaus; participation in a ‘fireside chat’; an autographed collector’s item; and a photograph with the golfers to commemorate the evening. The TEGH Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Program is part of the full renovation and expansion planned for TEGH, made possible by the

TEGH Foundation’s current capital campaign, with a $211-million capital redevelopment project that will also see the establishment of a new eight-floor patient care centre.

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Whistler’s Grille announced its annual golf tournament will benefit TEGH with the funds being directed to the children’s emergency department. The golf tournament takes place Aug. 11 at Angus Glen Golf Club. Participants will gather back at Whistler’s for dinner after the tournament where they will have a chance to win prizes. Contact Whistler’s at 416421-1344 for details and reservations.

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Dusk Dances is back for its 13th season at Withrow Park and it’s got a few new moves in the works. Audiences will have the chance to see five choreographed works of dance set among the trees of the Riverdale park, but there will be a new host and two new performance elements. “This year we’re adding a couple of elements to the performances: there’s one piece that will have projection and lighting,” said Sylvie Bouchard, the festival director. “I always try to keep the event magical.” Bouchard said the projection “ups the magic factor” for the final piece. The festival runs until Sunday with this year’s program featuring five new and remounted works. The 10-minute pieces are inspired by the park’s natural environment. Choreographer Bageshree Vaze presents a new kathak solo performed to live music dealing with the themes of rebirth and spirituality. The 605 Collective presents an excerpt from Audible featuring four performers who combine hip-hop and breakdancing in a rambunctious

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DANIELLE MILLEY dmilley@insidetoronto.com Evergreen Brick Works’ first expo looks at moving to a sustainable transportation system. In partnership with George B r o w n C o l l e g e’s I n s t i t u t e Without Boundaries, the MOVE Transportation Expo allows people to tour the past and present while thinking about the future of how to connect cities and move around within them. Set among the backdrop of the historic kilns at Evergreen Brick Works, the multimedia exposition features the past – from vintage bicycles to a large suspended canoe to a video footage of a much-lesscongested Toronto subway system of the 1960s – to the present situation of congestion and aging infrastructure to ideas for the future gleaned from best practices from around the world. “The audience for this is really families and there’s a large children’s component, but it’s sophisticated enough that policy makers and business leaders can be inspired by it,” said Stewart Chisholm, program director at Evergreen Brick

The MOVE Expo encourages people to think about ways to get the city moving.

Works. “It’s meant to be inspirational in a playful way...It’s about inspiring change through showing what’s possible.” The True Cost Trip section shows what is the cost of our current situation in economic, environmental and social terms. The expo examines issues through the lenses of health, land use, infrastructure, environment and energy. There are different “talking heads” positioned around the exhibit where

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Appointment The Board of Directors of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Mount, Vice President and Regional Publisher of the Metroland East Division for Metroland Media, as President of the Board. The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is a non-profit industry association representing more than 300 community newspapers in the province. With revenues in excess of $8 million, the association’s primary role is to provide advertising services, advocacy, training opportunities, and support services for the industry.

‘It’s not an anti-car exhibit. We need better choices...It’s about trying to shift the system so cars are part of the equation, but not the only part.’ ~ Stewart Chisholm, Evergreen Brickworks program director using walking, cycling, transit or driving and another redesigned a suburban neighbourhood (in this case Markham) to make it more pedestrian friendly by doing things such as adding bike lanes, transit hubs and density at intersections. “We’re always pointing out the problems and we forget there are areas where there is leadership (in Toronto),” Chisholm said. Another best practice pointed to is an “upside down” subway in Germany where the track is elevated above a waterway and the train hangs from the track so public

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Remembering neighbourhood connector Harry Emerson Wolfraim JOANNA LAVOIE jlavoie@insidetoronto.com Harry Emerson Wolfraim was one of the reasons the Beach is such a caring community. A Cavendish Street resident for more than 60 years, Wolfraim died June 26 of congestive heart failure. He was 86. The loving father, grandfather and longtime Beacher was remembered by family members, neighbours and friends at a July 7 celebration of his life at Beach United Church (BUC). During the service, Susan Beayni called her father a hospitable and generous man who always welcomed people into his home. “When someone in need asked for your assistance, you didn’t hesitate in giving them what they needed,” Beayni said of her dad during the memorial. “You always welcomed all people regardless of their differences and you stood up publicly for those who were marginalized (like) the gay couple who wanted to get married at Bellefair (United Church) many years ago when it was not yet common...(they) were supported by you in front of the congregation even though there was resistance. You lost some friends because of

that and you said it is more important to be authentic and follow your heart than to be popular.” Beayni went on to say her dad was a true community connector and a devoted family man. She also remembered Wolfraim, a Second World War veteran, as someone who believed in being present in the moment, someone with a sense of curiosity and a desire to learn new things as well as a spiritual person with a deep love of music. Wolfraim was also an excellent and endearingly nosey neighbour. “What do Cavendish Street and Harry Wolfraim have in common? Everything. Harry has been a moving force on the street since he and his family moved here in 1963,” said longtime neighbour George Simpson, during the service. “He’s been our unofficial mayor, the founder and editor of our street newsletter, The Cavendish Crier, our sidewalk inspector for all construction and landscaping and our social director.” Aside from creating the local newsletter in 1980 and running it for the next several years, Wolfraim organized his neighbourhood’s annual street party. Once a host was determined for that year’s event, Wolfraim would

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issue a bulletin outlining the conditions of the party as well as who was to bring what. Wolfraim also made sure everyone in attendance wore a name tag with their address on it so people could get to know their neighbours. Neighbours on Cavendish Street and the neighbouring Winthorpe Road celebrated their 32rd annual event just two weeks before Wolfraim died. “Harry came out, checked the goods and did a little walk around,” said Simpson. Simpson said Wolfraim was an inspiration to his neighbours. In the weeks before his death, he took

daily walks to and from his favourite diner at Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road, did his own body work on his vehicle and puttered in his garden. In honour of their neighbour, a special edition of The Ye Olde Cavendish/Winthorpe Crier was recently published. Dozens of residents shared their thoughts on Wolfraim. “For us, Harry raised the level of what a neighbourhood should be. Through the Crier – which we came to expect on a regular basis! – Harry informed us all about the comings and goings of the ‘gang’ living on Cavendish and Winthorpe. ...This helped to create a much more open and friendly neighbourhood, a higher standard, than one might normally expect. We’ll miss him,” said a neighbour. Another couple said Wolfraim will be remembered. “It was wonderful to have him as a neighbour, always ready to help, always in a good mood, always attentive and thoughtful. All our family, including our grandchildren loved him. People die, love never does, so he is always with us.” A man of deep faith, Wolfraim was also involved in his church singing in the choir for more than 50 years and serving as a president of the As

One That Serves men’s group. Jim McKibbin, one of the group’s past-presidents, considered Wolfraim both a mentor and a friend. “If we are required in life to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God, let it be said that Harry Wolfraim did these things,” he wrote in a tribute on BUC’s website. “He taught us humility, certainly. We have seen it in action with him. His life was giving. He was a servant leader.” McKibbin said Wolfraim taught him the importance of “community over ideas” and the need to recognize and listen to people. “He was the consummate team player. He’d get the ball to the one yard line and then let you score the touchdown. He’d have the open net but he’d pass the puck,” wrote McKibbin. Wolfraim, who was born near Picton, Ont., on Oct. 23, 1925, is survived by his daughter Susan and son-in-law Simon and their daughters Rebecca and Nicole as well as his son John and daughterin law Ava and her children Jessica and Philip. Wolfraim is predeceased by his sister Helen, son Steven (2011) and wife of 42 years, Mae, who died in 1991.

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spending on their commutes, which at an average of 80 minutes is worse than Los Angeles and New York. “ T h e r e’s a ‘ w o w ’ f a c t o r when people who commute to Mississauga realize how long they are in their cars,” he said. Evergreen spokesperson Anthony Westenberg said Zurkoski, who was chosen from a list of 20 applicants, was mentally equipped to deal with the absurdity of the experience. “Tanner had a Zen-like approach to the prospect of spending a month in a car.” said Westenberg, who handles public relations for the charity. “We were looking for someone who really believed in the cause and had a sense of humour about it.” Westenberg said representatives from the charity held daily meetings with Zurkoski to ensure he was healthy and eating regularly. A yoga instructor was brought into teach him how to exercise in a tight space. Zurkoski also spoke with a therapist to understand the mindset behind road rage. Westenberg said Zurkoski had fulfilled Evergreen’s hopes for the exercise by getting people to think about congestion in the region and consider other modes of transpor-

Courtesy photo/AARATHI EDWARD

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