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Michael Maclaverty captures the Beach at its best REBECCA FIELD bsrm@insidetoronto.com On a cold winter morning in the Beach, a photographer crouches next to a small tree surrounded by snow. A person walks along the boardwalk in the quiet serenity of the neighbourhood during its off-season – a stark contrast to the bustling summer months. The photographer snaps the photo without realizing someone was there, but that’s the shot he ends up printing, framing and putting on display at locations throughout the community. “I have a style that a lot of people mistake for paintings, which I always find kind of gratifying,” said Beach photographer Michael Maclaverty, also known as The Accidental Photographer. “Very often people will say ‘I really like your painting,’ or they’ll say, ‘What did you do to that?’” Maclaverty said. “In reality I didn’t do anything to it – just cleaned up the colours a bit, or took out some garbage floating around.”

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Maclaverty only took his photography hobby more seriously in his retirement, winning awards for various photos taken around the world, participating in the F8 artist collective and hosting his own shows around the city including

the Beach. His photos mostly show off the beaches and their more natural settings – fall, winter and spring. “(In the summer), there’s the beach full of half-clothed, sweaty bodies. You go down and photo-

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graph that, nobody’s really interested in it,” Maclaverty said. “The spring, the fall, the winter – it’s a lot more interesting I think.” Maclaverty takes his cameras along during his daily morning walks capturing the Leuty Lifeguard station, scenes along the boardwalk and sometimes venturing up to Queen Street to photograph the buildings there. “We’re really fortunate. We have a beautiful neighbourhood and people are really proud of it,” said Maclaverty, whose work is currently hanging in the Starbucks at Queen Street East and Hammersmith Avenue as well as Kew Beach Veterinary Hospital and Outrigger Tap & Table. Maclaverty gained an affinity for the waterfront as a child growing up by the ocean in Weymouth in Southern England. “In the summer holidays, we’d get up in the morning and get into our swimming trunks with our towels and we’d go down to the water,” Maclaverty said. It’s this love for the waterfront that has kept him living in the Beach for 40 years, at one point in the condo-

(In the summer), there’s the beach full of half-clothed, sweaty bodies. You go down and photograph that, nobody’s really interested in it. – Michael Maclaverty

minium above the Starbucks where his work now hangs – a homage to his love for the neighbourhood. Though Maclaverty sells his work across the city, he said he does his best when he sells his work out of a tent in Kew Gardens. “(Beach residents) take great pride in the fact that they’ve made it (here). “They want a part of it, something that represents it in their home,” Maclaverty said. “They’re very proud to be able to get a hold of a picture. Fortunately, I’m beginning to get a ‘following’ – I’m uncomfortable with that,” Maclaverty said.

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Skip Josh Johnston (in top left and right photos) from the Royal Canadian Curling Club (RCCC) competes this past weekend in one of 16 zone competitions for the Ontario Tankard men’s provincial curling championships. Also in action (in the bottom left photo) is fellow RCCC member Dave Ellis, who curls with Rob Retchless. They were among four teams (the other two were skipped by Guy Racette and Darryl Prebble) from the local club which is located at 131 Broadview Ave. (north of Queen Street). Last weekend’s zone competition was held at the Weston Golf and Curling Club - and Skip Johnston’s rink was one of two to advance to one of four regional competitions to be held over the Jan. 4 and 5 weekend.

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OMB sides with developer on Queen and Woodbine proposal REBECCA FIELD bsrm@insidetoronto.com The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has made a decision on the hearing held Oct. 21 on a development proposal planned for the northeast corner of Queen Street East and Woodbine Avenue. The OMB approved the development on the Shell station site, going against the request of residents, members of the Greater Beach Neighbourhood Association (GBNA) and Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, to protect the views of an iconic 100-year-old Fire Hall Clock Tower and to adhere to the aesthetics of the neighbourhood. The development will have to make a few modifications, but the OMB’s ruling doesn’t protect the view of the tower. The building will be six-stories tall with the first three stories creating about a 10-metre streetwall and one metre setback for the fourth stories onward. Requests for changes on the existing development proposal were made based off the Beach Urban

Why can’t the city make its own decisions about land development? Whose city is this? – Beach resident

Design Guidelines, which had been determined by a visioning study commissioned by the city in January 2012. “It wasn’t like it just passed, it passed 100 per cent,” said a Beach resident who chose to remain anonymous. “(The development) is so ugly it doesn’t meet any of the guidelines we implemented.” The guidelines work to protect the identity of the Beach through architecture and density. The guidelines were passed unanimously by council, but had little influence when it came to the OMB’s decision. “There was no opposition to the guidelines. If that’s the role of coun-

cil, it’s great, but it’s meaningless,” said the resident. “We’re all steamed. Everybody is steamed. It’s been a big waste of time.” Instead, the OMB based the zoning from the controversial development that took over Licks on Queen Street. The resident said she and some residents had asked McMahon if a secondary plan was being considered, but that the visioning study and guidelines were, so far, their only defense. No where else to turn “Why can’t the city make its own decisions about land development? Whose city is this?” said the resident. “The provincial government sticks its nose in everything else. I’m fed up with it.” “People are pretty much fed up, period, in the Beach,” said the resident, who noted the OMB was ruling on a point of law so they were technically following the rules. “What is the point of getting

angry? We have nowhere else to go now. We have no other avenue of protest left.” McMahon, who led last year’s visioning study, released a statement saying how disappointed her office is with the results of the hearing. “We showed the OMB that we don’t oppose all development, just irresponsible development that towers over the street,” McMahon said. “The Ontario Municipal Board, as it often does, sided with the developer, and although we did get several concessions, overall the OMB ignored the wishes of the community.” McMahon, along with council, requested in 2012 that Toronto be removed from the OMB’s jurisdiction calling it “an affront to democracy in our community.” Her statement said “it is time to come out swinging and demand the province release us from the OMB stranglehold now.”

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et 2014 be the year of definition for Toronto’s transit future. Circular discussion about transit options doesn’t ease gridlock. Insecure funding doesn’t build transit. Poor transportation doesn’t help us realize economic stability, let alone economic potential. And every day without a bona fide master plan agreed to by funders, builders and users is another day to fall behind an eager and competitive global marketplace. For the decisions made or not made today affect us for years to come – and hurt us as traffic gets increasingly problematic. You can’t build what you can’t fund. And nobody seems willing to accept responsibility for funding regional transportation plans. Frankly, no government has the kind of money sitting around to do so anyway. In May, Metrolinx, the provincial agency planning and building transit improvements in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton our view Area (GTHA), estimated a $34 billion cost for priority projects. Funding methods suggested Time to hash included a gas tax hike; increasing the HST in the GTHA by one out transit per cent; hiking development solution charges to 15 per cent; and requiring commercial parking lot operators to pay a fee of 25 cents per space. Ann Golden, who chaired a provincial task force examining Metrolinx’s funding suggestions, has recommended to Premier Kathleen Wynne to either fund transit with a gas tax hike or a combination of a raised gas tax and HST hike. The thought of any tax hike is tough for many drivers – and politicians – to accept. Politicians who say they won’t support this tax, however, must offer their own credible solution for funding. We’ll repeat our great wish: Let’s see an ongoing and public meeting of representatives from all levels of government to meet and hash out a complete transit system and a complementary funding formula every level of government can live with. For this isn’t simply a Toronto problem. Canada does not succeed with a Golden Horseshoe weakened by transit woes. Ontario does not succeed when the manufacturing and population hub is staggered by lengthy commute and transport times. And Toronto does not reach full potential on a local or world stage if it develops a reputation as municipally dithering and indecisive in future planning.

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was out during a frosty evening with the family this week and one of the things I noticed was the number of people out on bicycles. Despite the fact the wind child was a good minus 15 Celsius and there was a damp breeze blowing off the lake, the number of people on bikes was still significant. More impressive was the number of people who were using the Bixi rental bikes, which does not shut down in winter. In fact the company makes a special effort to ensure their bicycles are not covered with snow or blocked if there is a big snowstorm. The reality is that even when there is snow, bicycles today are better equipped with special snow tires, winter brakes and other accessories making them safer than before. Winter clothing for

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cyclists has also come a long way, being both warm and breathable, plus many companies are providing change areas for cycling employees. Likewise the indoor parking lots of many office buildings are setting up special safe areas where cyclists can park their bikes where they can be watched. Theft biggest problem The biggest problem for cyclists is not the weather but theft, though having a place where the salt and slush can melt off is definitely a benefit. You might be surprised to know that snow is not a big issue with bikes as there are winter tires available and even ice can be

managed with studded tires. Cars and trucks remain a big problem, particularly in the early morning and evening darkness. Most winter cyclists have lots of lighting on their bikes as well as reflectors, but still many motorists are not expecting cyclists this time of year. Just as it is with cars and trucks, it takes longer for cyclists to stop and with the bulkier clothing their vision can be blocked slightly. This does not mean cycling needs to be banned or restricted, simply all users of the roads need to be more cautious. There is also the additional users of the roads today – the electric scooters – who travel faster and are using the roads in the winter. While still having a slight acrimonious relationship with bicyclists for using bicycle lanes (which they

are not permitted to do) they are now additional two-wheel users of the road. So this winter take additional care when driving, particularly during the dark periods, to keep an eye out for two-wheel vehicles, both bicycles and electrically powered. The law says share the road and that’s what we all must do in order to keep the streets of Toronto safe and sane for all users this winter. There is no use grumbling about who’s right and wrong, just travel with care and try and get home safe without causing any unneeded and unnecessary accident this winter. Just remember the law says the roads are for sharing and nobody has a monopoly on who can use them no matter what season of the year.

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Leslieville Gallery Crawl set for a wintery round two Young Collectors exhibit kicks of holiday art event REBECCA FIELD bsrm@insidetoronto.com The end-of-year Leslieville Gallery Crawl is coming up for those interested in collecting art, schmoozing with some of the people involved in the east-end arts scene, or just enjoying a festive atmosphere. The crawl takes place Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. with a guided tour starting at Pentimento Gallery on Queen Street at 3:30 p.m. Project Gallery is hosting a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be art talks, an open mic and carolling. “Being in a very new space where people are very receptive and people are very interested in what’s happening, you can kind of make an impression on the cultural scene there because it hasn’t been played out a lot,” said Devan Patel, codirector at Project Gallery, which opened in Leslieville eight months ago.

Patel approached other gallery owners in the area to organize the crawl after noticing they often host openings on similar nights. Patel said they thought it would be a good idea to capitalize on the number of people already coming down to see one show by providing a guided tour from gallery to gallery. Patel received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and his two partners, Callen Schaub and Alex Buchanan, studied at OCAD, so he said they are more familiar with the arts scene in Toronto’s west end. “We decided to open in the east end to try something new, be in uncharted territory,” said Patel, who helped organize another gallery crawl in Leslieville in October. “The nice thing about the gallery crawl is that each of the galleries is doing something different, which is what we appreciate about the area

as well,” Patel said. “It’s nice to be in a space where we can bring something new to the table.” The gallery crawl will feature the Pentimento Gallery, Parts Gallery, Project Gallery, Telegramme Printing & Framing and the MJG Gallery. “One of the reasons for choosing Leslieville is that it’s an up-and-coming neighbourhood. There are already some galleries and a movement of new galleries in that area,” Patel said. Project Gallery will also be hosting its own Young Collectors: Affordable Art Exhibit Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m. to kick off the holiday art event. The exhibit will feature artists from across the city, including the east end. “In this day and age, anyone can be a collector of art, which is nice,” Patel said.

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Online auction helps fund Nellie’s shelter REBECCA FIELD bsrm@insidetoronto.com Being home for the holidays, surrounded by family, warm food and gifts is the usual image that comes to mind around this time of year. But what about those who are trying to escape their home for a life away from violence or poverty? This is what most of the women living at Nellie’s Women’s Shelter face this holiday season. To make the holidays a little bit warmer, happier and eventful for this group of women, Nellie’s wrapped up their annual holiday auction yesterday. The goal was $5,000. “In the past, almost everything goes at the last minute,” said Wendy Sung-Aad, the outgoing development manager at Nellie’s. The shelter raised $4,000 last year. This year they have dona-

tions from businesses such as Olive & Olives on Queen Street and a signed book by Chef Lynn Crawford, donated by Crawford’s Ruby Eats. Items range from $5 to $1,000 in cost. “Every year we say ‘Oh gosh, we’re not going to do it, it’s just a huge amount of work’ and every year the community says ‘When is your auction starting?” SungAad said. The auction is in its third year and helps pay for holiday activities and meals for the women and children in the shelter, as well as emergency transportation for those looking to get out of potentially life-threatening situations. It will also go toward visiting doctors and legal counselling for the women. “Winter is always – particularly the holiday season – a really, really difficult time for women and kids at the shelter for obvious reasons,”

Sung-Aad said. “For one, they’re not at home. You’re environment is completely different and you’re living in a communal environment.” Sung-Aad said there is always an influx of women, particularly those who are pregnant, and children at this time of the year due to an escalation of violence at home. “Emotionally, it’s a very distressing time,” Sung-Aad said. “With the funds that we raise through this, we supplement food costs so we can have really nice celebrations,” Sung-Aad said. “Have lots of things going on in the shelter to keep the women’s minds off of things. That’s really important.” “This time of year is so important.”

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Memorial held for mothers of sons lost to violence Ceremony is a part of the healing process ANDREW PALAMARCHUK apalamarchuk@insidetoronto.com

Four mothers who lost their sons to gun violence were given a community hug by friends, family and strangers at a recent memorial. Dozens holding candles formed a circle around the women during a moving memorial ceremony Dec. 7 at Monsignor Fraser College on Norfinch Drive in North York. “The importance is really to comfort those who are going through grief,” said grief therapist Rev. Sky Starr, who organized the fourth annual interfaith community memorial. “The pain really never goes away. “It gets easier over time, but it’s always there.” Two of the mothers experienced relatively recent loss: Comfort Duodu’s 15-year-old

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son Kwame and Stephanie Whyte’s 16-year-old son O’She were gunned down in front of Duodu’s townhouse in the Jane and Finch area Aug. 23. Also taking part were Riverdale resident Joan Howard, whose 24-year-old son Kempton was killed on Dec. 13, 2003, and Etobicoke resident Julia Farquharson, who lost her 24-year-old son Segun on May 18, 2001. Howard said the ceremony is a part of the healing process. “Everybody comes together and reaches out and helps each other.” Farquharson noted there’s

Comfort Duodu, left, Stephanie Whyte, Joan Howard and Julia Farquharson participate in an inter-faith community memorial service in support of mothers of murder victims held Dec. 7 at Monsignor Fraser CollegeNorfinch campus in North York. Riverdale’s Joan Howard lost her son Kempton 10 years ago.

a stigma attached to being the mother of a murder victim. “It’s hard especially when society looks at parents like us and thinks that we’re not good parents,” she said, adding she brought her son up with “manners and good values.” Segun was shot in the chest during a botched robbery; he wasn’t involved in gangs or drugs. Starr said the holiday season is a difficult time for people dealing with a loss. “So it really is important for them to know that they are not alone, that there are people in the community that can support them,” she said. “When we come together and circle them, it’s like we’re circling them with love and togetherness.”

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Community Skate WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main St. Join Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon for her annual free skate. Christmas Eve Service WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church, 31 Eastwood Rd. CONTACT: 416-7789615 Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church holds a service of song and scripture. Everyone welcome.

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Conscious Living Book Club WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: The Remarkable Bean, 2242 Queen St. E. CONTACT: Bronwyn van Vugt, bronwyn@greenbeaches.ca COST: Free We choose books that inspire us to live our lives conscious of the planet

Nutritionist in the House WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. COST: Free Community Centre 55 presents Sheila Ream in Nutritionist in the House. Appointments are half an hour and are free. Call 416-691-1113 to book your private consultation.

Community Centre 55 Niagara region trip WHEN: 1:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. CONTACT: Evonne, 416-691-1113 Join Community Centre 55 for a trip to the Niagara region including stops at the Upper Canada Cheese Company, Betty’s Restaurant and the Festival of Lights Jan. 30 from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Cost, $55 and includes lunch. Call Evonne at 416-691-1113, ext. 222 to reserve.

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Lace up your running shoes and come down to the Balmy Beach Club at the foot of Beech Avenue for the 34th annual Hair of the Dog nine kilometre run and 3k walk. Visit www. balmybeachcanoe.com

Beach Garden Society WHEN: 7:15 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor Ave. CONTACT: Marcha Armstrong, 416-698-8298, marchabgs@ gmail.com COST: first visit free, then join society Presentation: “What You Absolutely Need to Grow in 2014!”Enjoy informal discussions and visit the library. Light refreshments. Visit www.beachgs.ca

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Foot Care Clinic WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. Community Centre 55 hosts its Foot Care Clinic Jan. 27 and March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment. Cost, $20. Call 416-691-1113.

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