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wing attended St. Joseph’s College School where she helped lead the downtown Toronto Catholic high school to the city finals in 2012, 2011 and 2010 – earning athlete of the year honours from 2009 through to 2012.

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Most sought-after recruit She is said to have been integral in helping turn the high school program around, something she will again be tasked with doing in Nova Scotia in the fall. “The coach wants me to become one of the leading players there... I’m not sure how to feel about that. I just have to go out there, do my best and see what happens,” she said, noting university coach Augy Jones has also recommended her to a special leadership program being offered at the university. Coach Jones, a graduate of St. FX and former member of its X-men basketball program, has big plans for the Toronto native, who he calls “one

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players you have to see their longterm potential. Kimberley has an extremely bright future on and off the basketball court.” With Kimberley’s height and athleticism, the team will likely see Taylor fill a wing position “where she can operate both inside and outside of the key area.” “Kimberley was instrumental in the exponential improvement of the St. Joseph’s College School’s basketball program...I envision her having the same type of impact on our program,” he concluded. The St. FX X-Women closed out their season March 10 with a 21-10-0 record for third place in the Amateur Athletic Association.

Taylor, who began shooting hoops in Grade 4 and ultimately moved on to play rep ball with Scarborough Blues and Advantage Basketball, said there are some mixed emotions, however, with moving to Nova Scotia for the next four or five years. She will miss her friends and, above all, her parents, who, she says, have been extraordinarily supportive in helping fulfill her dreams. parents support “My parents are sad that they aren’t going to be able to see my games... it’ll be interesting because they’ve always supported me, always coming to my games. They’re going to try to make it out to some of them though. I think they’ll play our games online so there’ll be lots of video footage that they can watch.” According to www.stfx.ca, St. Francis Xavier University is recognized as one of the finest schools in Canada.

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post season action this year: the Chicago Blackhawks, who drafted him in the second round (59th overall) in 2009, could still recall him. “It’s something obviously I can’t control... I’m just training and staying in shape and keeping focused in case that does happen.” Over the previous two years, he’s played six NHL games with two assists. Like probably every other AHL scoring leader before him, his goal is to not repeat – but to “play in the NHL.” “That’s been the goal since growing up. You want to show that you’re consistent and every year I’ve proven that I can add more to my game defensively and offensively,” he said. “And just looking for the opportunity and when I get the opportunity, make the most of it.” Those dreams, he said, were forged growing up in the area of “Kingston (Road) and Victoria Park (Avenue)” where he attended Norway Junior Public School and

then Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School. As for his hockey beginnings, he said “I played at Malvern in Scarborough. I played until I was eight or nine and then I got into rep hockey.” He started out his high school with the first two years at Birchmount Park Collegiate, making the varsity hockey team in Grade 10. “It was fun just to ham it up with the boys and just have a good time,” he said. He spent his final two years at Vaughan Road Academy, but didn’t play varsity hockey as he was focussed on playing provincial junior A hockey with the Streetsville Derbys and the Georgetown Raiders. He spent one year in U.S. college hockey with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before turning pro. The American Hockey League is a 30-team professional organization based in Canada and the U.S. All clubs are affiliated with the NHL.

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here’s an old joke that there are two seasons in Toronto: winter and road construction. Except, it’s no joke when roads are closed and streets are clogged with frustrated drivers and transit riders either crawling through traffic or tearing through residential streets looking for detours. Like the weather, road construction in Toronto cannot be avoided; it must be endured. While the road closures and traffic jams may make our blood boil, there is no alternative. The city has a limited window of good weather in which to do the work and given the toll winter takes on major roads such as the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway, it must be done to keep the roads safe. This year the City of Toronto will spend $155 million to keep roads and bridges in good repair and improve the quality of streets in need. Major projects will include Kingston Road between Birchmount Road and Queen Street; Albion our view Road from Steeles Avenue to Hwy. 27; Keele Street between Falstaff and Arrowsmith Construction avenues; and Leslie Street from means safety York Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue. As usual, there will in community also be closures of the DVP and Gardiner for maintenance work. With concerns about its safety mounting over the past few months, an additional $17 million has been earmarked for structural repairs and safety work on the Gardiner. Though it may cause traffic congestion, the city would be negligent not to do the work. What construction season in Toronto does not need to be, however, is a nightmare for road users. The city has lots of information on road work on its website. Ongoing and emergency construction updates can be found at www.toronto.ca/torontostreets Even more helpful for those trying to navigate the construction is the city’s new T.O. INview, which has info on all the work going on in the city on a wardby-ward basis, and ways to avoid traffic tie ups. It can be accessed at www.toronto.ca/inview The site also lets residents weigh in on the works and get involved in planning and setting priorities. It’s easy to sit in your car complaining about road construction, but as a form a civic engagement it’s useless. Do something good for yourself and your community and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the city. And remember, when you’re stuck in traffic, that the work is being done to improve the area and keep our roads safe.

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Verbal gaffes revealing of our politicians T.O. needs There is a hierarchy of sin that mayors can commit while in office. At the summit would be actual crime and it shades down from there, through corruption, conflicts of interest, extramarital affairs and so on. Near the bottom of that list of sins is the old-fashioned gaffe. Which is a good thing – of all the things a mayor can do wrong, mis-speaking is surely at the bottom. Which is not to say it is without its impact. Former mayor Mel Lastman’s bad joke about being boiled alive by natives prior to pitching the Olympics in Africa embarrassed the country and gave a pretext to send the Olympics to Beijing. When mayor David Miller made a joke about police officers in jail with his London counterpart... well, it upset then-policechief Julian Fantino. And when Mayor Rob Ford, on his radio show, suggested that “females” who wanted to get into

david nickle the city politics should call him at home so he might explain how politics works over coffee... well, it was good for a laugh. Yes, it’s kind of old-fashioned to talk about women as “females,” and as some have pointed out, more than a little condescending to suggest that women might need to have politics explained to them. And asking women to call you at home to schedule a coffee date? The less said about that the better. I would never wish, however, that Ford had kept quiet any more than I’d have found Lastman a better joke writer or got Miller farther away from that live microphone. The beauty of the gaffe is how revealing it is – how it completes a picture of our elected representatives in the way that no press release can.

Lastman was, and is, that uncle who blurts politically incorrect things over dinner. Miller was, and is, a left-of-centre Torontonian with a disdain for police who dip toe in corruption. And Ford? Well, he’s got old-fashioned ideas on gender, and also is excited about the business of getting elected. It’s laudable enough, although not entirely a generous enthusiasm: Ford also understands the value of mentoring new politicians as a way of shoring up his vote on council. He doesn’t understand how we expect men to speak about women these days. But the mayor has had a very rough year or two, and has worn sins that climb considerably higher up the tree than this one, which really is nothing but a revelation of something that has been apparent for years now.

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Spring Karaoke Social WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. E. CONTACT: 416-469-3776 COST: Free Hosted by karaoke guru Mitch Jackson, admission is $5 and includes hors d’oeuvres and snacks. There will also be a 50/50 draw; raffle prizes; and cash bar. Call 416-469-3776.

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The Social Web 101 WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Collegiate Institute, 55 Malvern Ave. CONTACT: vickytsorlinis@rogers.com COST: Free Grasp the significant impact social media plays in students’ lives, understand and adjust personal exposure to Facebook’s new graph search and learn how to minimize potential risks associated with cyber bullying. Space is limited and RSVP is necessary. Location will be in the school library.

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Walk through Leslieville WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Gerrard/ Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E. Historian Joanne Doucette takes you

on an imaginary walk through the Leslieville of the past. If you’re curious about the neighbourhood’s past, don’t miss this event, Beach Hill MAN-Date WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Naval Club of Canada, 1910 Gerrard St. E. CONTACT: Steve Crane, stephencrane7@gmail.com COST: Free Beach men are invited to a MANdate. The Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association’s Guys Night is open to all men (members or not). It continues the last Tuesday of every month. Riverdale Historical Society meeting WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Riverdale library, 370 Broadview Ave. COST: $5 for non-members CONTACT: www. riverdalehistoricalsociety.com. Students of the Ryerson University School of Urban and Regional Planning presents an illustrated report on the proposed Riverside Heritage Conservation District during the Riverdale Historical Society meeting. Carmelina Condos community meeting WHEN: 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. WHERE: Danforth Public Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon hosts the meeting with residents,

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2 p.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. CONTACT: Evonne, 416-691-1113 Bring your used e-waste to the Community Centre parking lot rain or shine. Amplifiers, cameras, scanners, TVs and more are accepted.

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Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club Open House WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, 30 Ashbridges Bay Park Rd. CONTACT: Drschulman@rogers.com COST: Free Learn to sail where you live. Meet some members and chat with instructors. Everyone welcome.

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Beach Studio Tour WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Balmy Beach Club, Foot of Beech Avenue CONTACT: www.beachstudiotour.ca COST: Free The 20th annual self-guided Beach Studio Tour is set for May 3 to 5 in the Beach (6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday). Look for the yellow signs and bicycles during the weekend. Brochures with a map are available at shops in the Beach, the 15 studio locations participating in the event or by visiting www.beachstudiotour.ca

Spring-for-a-Cause Garage Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Toronto Humane Society, 11 River St. CONTACT: Souha, maya. and.rama@gmail.com The massive garage sale features the sale of new and used items, books, home decorations, kitchen items, children’s toys and pet items. There will also be a bake sale. Items accepted. Contact the Humane Society for a list of things they want and don’t want.

Jane’s Walk - Making Riverside W H E N : 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. E. Join the Jane’s Walk in Riverside for a walking tour down historic Queen Street East. Cantemus Singers presents Love Songs WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: St. Aidan’s Church, 70 Silver Birch CONTACT: 416-578-6602 Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Call 416-578-6602 or visit www. cantemus.ca

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For the third year, Kingston Road (pictured here, looking east from Dundas Street) residents and business owners will have to prepare for more construction. This year, crews will replace track to accommodate the TTC’s new, larger streetcars set to debut in 2014.

Kingston Road under construction – again RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Karen O’Brien is bracing for another busy construction season. This will be the third straight year the fine foods proprietor will have to deal with a major construction project along Kingston Road, and once again she’s worried about the effect it will have on her growing business. “It definitely has an overall impact, there’s a just no way around closer that,” said O’Brien, look owner of Courage Foods Inside at 946 Kingston, just west of Scarborough Toronto Road. For some customers it will be too much of a bother and they won’t come while the work is going on. “You can only hope they come back afterwards.” Last year, O’Brien and other businesses had to deal with water main replacement work; this year construction crews will replace track to accommodate the TTC’s new, larger streetcars set to debut in 2014. The Kingston road re-construction is a joint undertaking between the city and the TTC and includes rebuilding sections of Kingston

between Victoria Park Avenue and Waverly Road, and improving the streetscape by putting in new trees and sidewalks. For the work, city-hired contractors will excavate Kingston Road and pour concrete on which TTC “trackers” will lay out the new streetcar track. Following that, the city will pour a new base of concrete to encase the tracks. Work on the project is scheduled to begin June 3 and continue into December. For O’Brien, that means having to coordinate deliveries and informing customers. While she supports the construction, she’s worried the work will discourage customers from Scarborough and nearby Queen Street East from visiting her store, as it did the year before. “It was a bother and a bit messy, especially when they started working on the intersection (of Scarborough and Kingston roads),” O’Brien said. “That made it difficult for people to get across the road, even foot traffic.” Councillor Mar y-Margaret McMahon understands the unease of Beach residents and business owners regarding the upcoming construction on Kingston Road. “As a resident myself, I’m con-

cerned, but I know if we can stomach some short-term pain, we’ll have a beautiful new street,” said McMahon. She recently had a meeting with city and TTC staff and the Kingston Road Village Business Association to discuss the upcoming construction, asking for a shop-local promotional campaign. Discuss concerns McMahon is also organizing a neighbourhood committee of residents and business owners to meet regularly with the TTC and the city’s project managers to discuss construction concerns. She also wants to improve the language of advisory bulletins sent out by the city’s public consultations department. “You see the notices and you’re asleep by the second paragraph, so they do need to do a better sales pitch,” she said. While McMahon was full of praise for the efforts of TTC CEO Andy Byford, she shared residents’ concerns about the ability of the transit agency to provide timely information about the work and deal with issues arising from the construction.

“With engineers, sometimes, you’re more concerned about your little project and not with talking to the community,” she said. “I think there’s a ways to go, but I’m feeling optimistic about (the TTC’s) efforts to engage the community.” Diego Sinagoga, the TTC’s community liaison for the project, said he was working with McMahon to organize an open house. A preliminary mail-out was sent to residents last week. “At this stage we are giving residents a heads up, with more detailed information to come once we get closer to the construction startdate,” Sinagoga said. He said residents should be prepared for traffic delays and road closures on Kingston. “We will have to shut down two lanes of traffic to allow for excavations and provide a working area for contractors. The eastbound lane will be maintained for traffic,” he said. McMahon promised to monitor the construction, and other projects in the ward, until the work is done. “I’m looking at just getting a hard hat and being out on my bike all summer acting as construction manager,” she said with a laugh.

How do you repair and maintain $10 billion worth of city infrastructure despite a sizeable funding gap? That’s the question the city’s Transportation Services department struggles to answer. Under Director Stephen Buckley, the department is responsible for Toronto’s 5,300 kilometres of roadway, 7,100 kilometres of sidewalks, 500 bridges and 600 pedestrian crossings. The department also oversees approximately 400 kilometres in bike lanes and paths, 2,200 traffic signals and an estimated one million traffic signs. It issues around 100,000 permits in a given year. Despite widespread agreement that well-maintained infrastructure is critical to Toronto’s continued growth, Buckley said convincing is required on the part of elected officials. It would likely take at least $500 million per year just to adequately maintain Toronto’s road and transportation infrastructure over the next quarter century. In 2013, the transportation department’s entire budget was just under $330 million. A funding deficit persists despite escalating traffic gridlock and congestion, which has ended up costing the city billions in lost productivity, said Councillor John Parker, who said the city can prosper through investing in infrastructure and better public transit. For the construction projects underway, a further challenge is convincing people to tolerate months of inconvenience. Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon said city agencies can do a better job on selling the benefits of repairs to the local community. “Get that message and story out there that, yes, it’s going to be a lot of pain, but there will be a big gain at the end and we’ll have a much more beautiful street,” McMahon said. McMahon said residents will tolerate delays if they can easily grasp the benefits of the required work. “Communication is key, and the city hasn’t always done a good job of that,” she said. – Rahul Gupta


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Last week, the TTC introduced group station managers tasked with improving cleanliness and customer service. The six managers – Bo Koch, Cameron Penman, Shelley Pickford, Michael Sosedov, Ellen Stassen and Eve Wiggins – will be responsible for overseeing day-today operations at one group of stations across six zones comprising the entire subway system. The positions are part of the TTC’s new charter promising improvements to customer service and more accountability to riders.

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Canadian director Bruce McDonald will judge entries for this year’s Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF). McDonald, who is best known for Canadian underground film classics such as Hard Core Logo and Highway 61, will judge the Top 3 films of the 11-day festival, which runs Sept. 6 to 16. He’ll also pick the winner of TUFF’s emerging filmmaker award. Held at the same time as the Toronto International Film Festival, TUFF showcases 60-second short films on TTC video screens on subway platforms. For more information, visit www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com Walk transit links wJane’s

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tion-flavoured offerings as part of the Jane’s Walk festival and walking tours, May 4 and 5. Held across the world annually in conjunction with urbanist Jane Jacob’s birthday, a list of walking tours was announced last week. Another transportationthemed tour planned is a walk on Queens Quay, which is undergoing significant construction related to waterfront revitalization. For a full Jane’s Walk schedule, visit www.janeswalk.net to hold transit workshops wTEA

The Toronto Environmental Alliance is looking for participants for workshops aimed at improving transit advocacy. The group wants to train “transit ambassadors” willing to engage in community discussion and lobby on behalf of new funding for Metrolinx’s Big Move plan. To register for the one-day workshop taking place in May, email transit@torontoenvironment.org Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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BIAs get refund from TTC RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com The TTC has agreed to reimburse two BIAs for past charges associated with operating a replacement bus service during two prominent street festivals, a spokesperson for the transit agency confirmed last week. Brad Ross said the TTC will return about $90,000 to Festival of South Asia organizer Gerrard India Bazaar and $33,000 to the Cabbagetown BIA after reaching an agreement regarding the amount of special event fees charged to both groups in the past decade. “We’re going to reimburse them, we’re going to write them a cheque for the difference,” said Ross, the TTC’s executive communications director. “That was the arrangement we agreed to.” Between 2003 and 2008, the TTC charged both BIAs at a charter rate of $345 per hour for the establishment of a temporary bus route to

replace 506 Carleton streetcar service during the festivals. When organizers complained about the costs, the TTC agreed, starting in 2009, to split the burden for the replacement service 50/50, Following further revisions, the TTC decided in 2012 to only recover the costs from employee wages and fuel surcharges, a total of $99 an hour. At the behest of the city’s economic development committee, TTC Chief Financial Officer Vince Rodo met April 3 with city staff, representatives from both BIAs and councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary-Margaret McMahon, and agreed to revise the past charges and refund the difference. Subbu Chintaluri, who was at the meeting, said he was pleased with the outcome. “It’s good that we’re finally going to get these overcharges resolved,” said Chintaluri, manager for the Gerrard India Bazaar. Fletcher said charging at

the higher charter rate was an “economic injustice” for the BIAs. “We felt the BIAs shouldn’t be dinged as if they were a profit-making group,” said Fletcher, who represents the riding of Toronto-Danforth. “With the amount the TTC is returning you can see how much they have been overcharging over the last 10 years.” Ross said the decision to initially charge the BIAs with the charter bus rate was because of the “significant cost” involved in diverting streetcar service from Gerrard Street. “There’s no route along Gerrard that makes for short diversions. You just can’t do that,” said Ross. “For these two festivals we here having to supplement the service with something else and that’s when we used the charter rates.”

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Next week’s Mirror believes in SickKids SickKids believes in healthy happy children. We do too. It’s that simple. So next Thursday, you’ll see a Beach Mirror that looks a little different. In support of the SickKids Foundation and its goals, we’ll

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ARE INVITED TO THE BEACH HILL GUYS NIGHT ◗MEN Beach men are invited to a Guys Night April 30. The Beach Hill Guys Night is open to all men who would like to enjoy a pint or two, play some dar ts, shoot some pool or watch a game while getting to know their neighbours. Under the leadership of Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association (BHNA) member Steve Crane, Beach Hill Guys Night launches April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E. and takes place the last Tuesday of every month. May 28 and June 25 are the next two events. Guys Night is open to BHNA members and non-members. For details, email Steve at stephencrane7@gmail.com LEARN ABOUT WITHROW PARK USER GROUPS Join Friends of Withrow Park to learn about the green space and the user groups, their plans and activities, and how you can get involved. People will hear from Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, the Friends of Withrow Pa r k Tr e e Adoptions,

Dusk Dances, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Pink Turf, Downtown Soccer, the Withrow Park Ball Hockey League and the Riverdale Horticultural Society. You’re invited to join the walk and the conversation. People can meet northeast Field at McConnell and Carlaw Avenue at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4. TAKE PART IN A JANE’S WALK MAY 4 AND 5 From the Mighty Oaks of the Beach to a Spooky Night Walk with actor Sean Killackey, take part in one of several Jane’s walks May 4 and 5. Jane’s Walks, named after one of Toronto’s most visionary urban strategists, were created in 2007 by a group of Jacobs’ peers and friends as a way to remember the contributions she made championing the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to city planning. Jacobs died in 2006. Jane’s Walk events take place in 60 major urban centres across the globe. Visit www.janeswalk.net for a complete listing, but in the Beach walks include:

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Feed the soul with the Beach Studio Tour May 3 to 5 >>>from page 1 sculptor, Marilyn Walsh.” As well as sculptures and glass art, the tour also features oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, along with jewelry, photography, ceramics, metal works, mixed media and textiles, which includes handbags, home decor, fibre art, hand-woven fashions and wearable creations. Shabnam Khosrowshahi is

one of this year’s featured artists. She describes her work as serene and relaxing. Guests can find greeting cards, gift bags and calendars in her studio, as well as prints and framed artwork. “Generally I do photography of landscape, and some pets, as well as floral,” Khosrowshahi said. “I print everything myself, right from Day 1 taking the photo, until

it’s actually packaged and ready for sale.” Vachon, a painter, is featured on the tour as well. “I’ve got a lot of new work on the go right now, so I can’t wait to show it,” she said. “My style’s shifting a little bit, so that’s kind of exciting for me. I’d say (it’s) abstract, intuitive, but very colourful, playful, simple as well.” She added she appreci-

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ates the intimate format of the tour. “The whole vibe of the tour is so warm and friendly,” she said. “It makes art inviting, it doesn’t make it intimidating. A lot of people can be intimidated by galleries and that kind of thing ... You get to meet the artist, chat with the artist, know what the inspiration is behind their work, get an insight into how they work, where they work.” Personal feel Khosrowshahi said she also enjoys the tour’s personal feel. “It gives artists, as well as art lovers, a good way to connect within the environment of the artist,” she said. “It’s

nice to have that connection and background.” The tour takes place rain or shine. Cash is best bet for guests looking to buy items on the tour, with some artists also able to accept credit cards and/or cheques. Each of the 15 locations will offer a prize draw. “It’s like a beautiful treasure hunt,” Vachon said. “What better than meandering through a gorgeous neighbourhood, go to a local cafe, grab a latte, and come in, get some inspiration for your home, and see beautiful things. What better way to feed the soul.” Visit www.beachstudiotour. ca for a list of participating studios or take a map from the basket of the yellow bikes.

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Four entries from a c ro s s t h e c i t y – including two from one Scarborough school – are among the Top 6 finalists competing in the Toronto 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games. Youth aged 16 and younger were asked to create a mascot that represented the Games, Canada and embodied the spirit and values of the Games. “We were very ecstatic with the response,” said Steve Wallace, vice-president of

brand activation for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games. The nine judges on the panel had an “extremely tough time” choosing the final six from the more than 4,000 entries, he said. Students from J.B. Tyrrell Senior Public School in Scarborough created two of the final six, including a moose and an owl mascot. The two other city finalists included a twins mascot submitted by students from

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