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The Beach Hebrew Institute Celebrates Hannukah Lighting the menorah: Left top, children light up their menorah during the Beach Hebrew Institute’s Hannukah celebrations Saturday night. Below left, Barry Hoffman, right, and Joan Mansfield light their menorah along with their granddaughter Ellie Tormey, 2, during the Hannukah celebrations. Below, the Hebrew School Choir led by teacher Susan Litchen, left, performs. Right top, Steven MacDougall lights the menorah at Kew Gardens during the Beach Hebrew Institute’s Hannukah celebrations.

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Condo residents band together for charity JOANNA LAVOIE jlavoie@insidetoronto.com

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iving back to the less fortunate is a year-long effort for the residents of 9 Boardwalk Dr. in the Beach. For several years now, those living in the five-storey, 99-unit condominium near Lake Shore Boulevard East and Woodbine Avenue have raised more than $2,000 annually for a number of charitable organizations and worthy causes. “There’s a great charitable spirit in the building and a great sense of community here,” said Don Quinlan, who has lived at 9 Boardwalk Dr. for eight of the 30 years he’s called the Beach home. Quinlan is the chair of the building’s charity fund-

raising committee, which meets about six times a year to discuss the various ways it can raise funds as well as take part in events or campaigns that help improve people’s lives. Residents are always welcome to suggest charities and causes they feel the committee should support. The group, which was initially created to raise money for building improvements, shifted its focus to raising money for charitable causes about five years ago. This year, the residents of 9 Boardwalk Dr. have donated funds to three designated groups: the Red Door Family Shelter, the Out of the Cold program at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church in the Beach and Good Shephard Ministries. From Day 1, the Red

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The Knitting Club at 9 Boardwalk Dr. creates bunnies which are shared with The Red Door Family Shelter and Sick Kids Hospital.

Door has been and continues to be the main benefactor of the funds raised by those at the local condominium. “We really believe in the work they do with women and children,” Quinlan

said. Those funds were recently distributed at the building’s annual Christmas party, which took place Dec. 5. The residents’ yearround fundraising efforts

are multi-faceted. One way they raise money is by collecting and returning empty beer, wine and liquor bottles to The Beer Store. Members of a book club in the building also donate loonies and toonies each time they meet. Funds are also collected at a number of social events like movie nights and 50/50 draws. Aside from cash, residents of all ages at 9 Boardwalk Dr. donate nonperishable food and toys for the Daily Bread Food Bank each Christmas. Donations are then brought over to the nearby Fire Hall 227. “We’re hoping to collect four or five boxes this season,” Quinlan said. Each May, many in the building also contribute

items to a large Yard Sale for the Cure event, which raises funds for breast cancer research and treatment. One of the most notable charitable efforts at 9 Boardwalk Dr. is its knitting club, a group of about six to eight residents who meet weekly to knit caps and vests that are shipped abroad to poor children. The group’s members, some of whom also knit at home on their own time, also craft handmade knitted bunny toys, which are donated to children at Sick Kids Hospital, as well as baby blankets and other useful items for children at the Red Door Family Shelter and various hospitals. “These ladies are amazing. It’s a labour of love,” Quinlan said.


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t may be green. It may even be warm. But warm weather won’t change the true spirit of the Christmas season. On the front page of The Mirror and the eight other Toronto Community News newspapers we publish today, we feature seasonal art with a local connection. The holiday season is underway and we thought featuring good works from the community would be a welcome change from tough issues, tough headlines. You can see the complete set of art from our front page photos in our online photo gallery found at bit. ly/TCN_holidayart You will see snow scenes. our view Stained glass. Classic and contemporary art. Artists show You will quickly see this community is rich in artistic talent glimpse of and that our artists have a flair for understanding and reflecting communities the neighbourhoods of Toronto. Art offers the same kind of experience as a newspaper. An artist chronicles a special place at a special time – and you can refer to that piece of work far into the future. A photo, a story or a piece of art can convey our history, our culture, our past, present or future. It’s fascinating how the warmth of a piece of art can melt the cold of a true winter day. To all of our readers, our online users, our advertiser partners and all community members, we wish you the best of the holiday season. Whether a Christian celebrating Christmas or not, this season offers time and opportunity to reflect on all that is accomplished, and offers the chance for us all to take steps to make the year ahead even better. In this space on the page, we often charge or challenge people to do something – and try to send a message you won’t see in other publications. Today, we’d like to challenge you during the year to buy a work of local art. We all need to encourage the efforts of our community’s artisans. That one small purchase, supports a local artist – and turns you automatically into a community builder. That piece of local art can be enjoyed by you, or give a whole younger generation a view of what was important to their ancestors’ culture, life and community. Encourage artists. And keep the spirit of the season alive in their continued good works. newsroom

Write us The Beach Mirror welcomes letters of 400 words or less. All submissions must include name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes.

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print, electronic or other forms. Letters can be sent to letters@ insidetoronto.com, or mailed to The Beach Mirror, 175 Gordon Baker Rd., Toronto, ON, M2H 0A2.

Re: ‘Look at strike from teachers’ point of view,’ Letters, Dec. 13. Yes, teachers deserve to be well paid, but not overpaid. Teachers deserve to have the same quality of benefits as the private sector, but no more than that. Teachers are salaried employees and as such, the extra hours grading, assessing, preparing and upgrading has already been taken into account when they instruct their union to negotiate their remuneration. However, unlike the private sector, teachers currently have a monopoly within their profession and despite calling their bargaining sessions “negotiated agreements”, they essentially hold school boards, the provincial government and students hostage every time their contract comes up for renewal and the boards and province cave in to the union’s expensive demands. Teachers’ pensions, sick days, pay levels and tenures need to be reformed. The costs are unsustainable. Clifford J. Layne

Council has never seen a year like 2012 There has never been a more interesting year in the history of amalgamated Toronto council than 2012, and that’s saying something. Toronto, after all, has had some interesting times in its short history since megacity amalgamation took effect at the start of 1998. We’ve lived through epic corruption scandals, high comedy from goofball mayors, endless battles with the provincial and federal governments, riots and mass arrests and stinky, stinky garbage strikes. But 2012? You have outdone yourself, o waning year. The one interesting thing that didn’t happen this year was a garbage strike, and that’s something. But over the past 12 months, it has been a wild, realityshow-worthy ride: Toronto

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has seen nothing less than a seismic shift of power and influence away from a mayor who was just two years ago elected with a very powerful mandate. Mayor Rob Ford’s fall from grace, such as it was, was a constant narrative through the year – and not just because we scribes made it so. The year began on an optimistic note, as the mayor and his brother, Etobicoke North Councillor Doug Ford, started on what seemed like an easy, humanizing and healthful project, to drop a few

pounds (well, 50) over six months. The mayor’s faltering diet and exercise regime would become an all-to-apt metaphor for his faltering control of council. In the early months of 2012, councillors took matters into their own hands. The 2012 budget was re-made on the floor of council, to the mayor’s chagrin. And council didn’t stop there, voting to kill Ford’s dream of a subway to Scarborough and restore the light rail transit plan that he’d campaigned against. One could go on all column about the indignities that council heaped on the mayor’s office. But at least half of the fun of this reality show of a year comes from the mayor himself. As early as February, Ford sowed the seeds of

what might be his political downfall, when he spoke and voted on an integrity commissioner report demanding he repay $3,150 in donations to his football charity. As a result, Ford finishes the year awaiting an appeal of a judge’s ruling that will see him removed from office if it’s upheld. In between February and today, the mayor’s been called to the carpet for reading while driving, chasing a reporter, and skipping council meetings to coach high school football, among other things. In 2013, all of this could culminate in something even more interesting: a mid-term mayoral byelection, in which Toronto voters are asked to come in and pronounce judgement on the wild, precipitous year that’s just now passing.

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It’s Happening Hair of the Dog WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Balmy Beach Club, Foot of Beech Avenue CONTACT: Tammy Campbell, 416463-4643, www.balmybeachcanoe.com/ Programs/hairofthedog.aspx, tam_rob@ rogers.com COST: various costs Start the new year with the Balmy Beach Canoe Club’s 33rd annual Hair of the Dog nine-kilometre run and threekm walk. Walkers start at 11:30 a.m. Runners start at noon. Registration in advance online only.

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WHEN: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main Street CONTACT: Evonne, 416691-1113 COST: Free Falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalization among older people. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. Join Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., for a two-part series Jan. 21 and 28 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Call Shirin at 416-778-5805, ext. 228 or Evonne at 416-691-1113, ext. 222.

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Niagara Ice Tour WHEN: 9 a.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. CONTACT: Evonne, 416-691-1113 Community Centre 55’s Niagara Ice Tour takes place Jan. 10 leaving at 9 a.m. The trip includes a Peller Estates for Wine Making Excellence Tour and tasting; lunch at Elements On The Falls;

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FIGHTING FOR THE PUCK: North Toronto’s Ben Rosenhek, centre, tries to split the Ted Reeve Thunder defence of Aidan Saint, left, and Ciaran Cullen-Postma during GTHL minor peewee ‘A’ east division hockey action Friday at North Toronto Memorial Arena. Ted Reeve went on to edge their hosts by a 3-2 score.

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East Toronto Climate Action Group East Toronto Climate Action Group are citizens who are concerned about smog, climate change and other environmental issues as they impact the city and particularly east Toronto. Monthly meetings. Visit www.etcag.org

Kidproof workshops WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main Street CONTACT: 416-691-1113 Community Centre 55 hosts Stranger Smarts Jan. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as Never Bee Lost from 2 to 3 p.m. Reserve with Lainey Anderson at 416-691-1113, ext. 223 or lainey@ centre55.com

Improve Your Memory Workshop WHEN: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. CONTACT: Evonne, 416-691-1113 Join Community Centre 55 for a fun, practical and interactive program about how to improve your memory every Tuesday from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19. Cost, $18 per person.

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Summer Camp Fair WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Courcelette Public School, 100 Fallingbrook Rd. CONTACT: Miles Villneff, 416-482-0782, miles@onondagacamp.com COST: Free Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet with directors from many of Ontario’s finest children’s summer camps. Free.

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Annual New Year’s Day Hike of the Leslie Street Spit WHEN: 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Leslie Street Spit, 1 Leslie St. CONTACT: Toronto Bruce Trail Club, 416-763-9061, www.torontobrucetrailclub.org COST: Hike is Free. Donations to Niagara Escarpment Fund Welcome. Length of hike 12 kilometres, pace four km per hour, terrain mostly flat. No dogs. Depart 1 p.m. at Leslie Street Spit, Leslie Street at Unwin Ave, gate at entrance to Spit.

Senior Lunch Bunch Senior Lunch Bunch meets at St. Aidan’s Memorial Hall, 70 Silver Birch Ave., every other Wednesday for a program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lunch until 1:30 p.m. Cost, $5. Transport to lunches available for a small fee. Call Neighbourhood Link 416-691-7407.

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St. John’s Catholic Church Choir St. John’s Catholic Church Choir welcomes new members Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with performances Sundays at 11 a.m. at 794 Kingston Rd. Call Paul Williams at 416-699-2518

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Eighth annual carolling in Cassels Park Sunday and other holiday events Cassels Park will be filled with the sounds of the season Sunday evening for the eighth annual Carolling in Cassels Park, which is set to get underway at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come together and sing. Cassels Park is at 69 Cassels Ave, which is east of Woodbine Avenue and south of Gerrard Street East.

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she said. “It’s been 25 years since we were last on a picket line, so we don’t do it lightly.” The union was quick to point out the disagreement is not about money, but the fact the bill hamstrings the union and calls for a number of concessions.

Hundreds of Toronto District School Board (TDSB) elementary school teachers took to streets Tuesday morning, protesting outside the TDSB offices at 5050 Yonge St. The teachers staged a one-day walkout, picketing the school board, office of the Ministry of Education and several schools. At issue was Bill 115, which the teachers’ union says strips them of their collective bargaining rights. Terri Lynn Platt, an executive officer with Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT), noted the union has not staged a strike or walkout since 1987, underscoring how staunchly they oppose the bill. “Teachers are very patient people and we’re at the end of our patience,”

she said. Platt said all the union wants is to be able to sit at the bargaining table with the TDSB, but noted negotiations have been moving at a “glacial pace.” E T T V i c e - Pre s i d e n t A n d y Lomnicki said Bill 115 marked the first time the Premier Dalton McGuinty government has passed legislation of this sort, adding it gives the TDSB an out when it comes to negotiating. “To a certain extent (the TDSB) are hamstrung by this, but they’re using Bill 115 as an excuse saying they can’t negotiate,” he said. Lomnicki said, despite the province’s budget crunch, there are plenty of items up for negotiation that don’t require extra expenditure such as opening the transfer process, including language in the

Days without pay “There’s language in the memorandum of understanding that says (teachers are) going to have three P.D. days without pay,” she said. “Those aren’t days off for teachers. P.D. days are working days.” She added the union’s decision to stage a walkout was a way to strike a blow for all workers. “If teachers are forced to work without rights, what does that mean for workers everywhere?”

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jected ridership capture rate,” states the report. The report also questions preliminary estimates on the ARL’s annual operating budget, suggesting the $30-million figure provided by Metrolinx could increase to an estimated $50-million if the provincial government seeks to recoup capital costs. Metrolinx also faced criticism for cost overruns associated with the

Presto fare system, which have ballooned to more than $700 million, from an estimated $250 million, if costs for developing next-generation card readers are considered. According to the report, the “tap on” fare card for the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) is now among the most expensive in the world. The report also says Presto’s current limitations prevent municipal

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mented many of the AG’s recommendations and will have completed the remainder as quickly as possible.” David Salter, press secretary for provincial transportation minister Bob Chiarelli, said cost overruns from the Union Station revitalization could be attributed in part to the need to replace dated technology from the past century. “There were a lot of challenges dealing with that very old infrastructure,” Salter said . “When you’re dealing with plans from the 1920s, some of them could be wrong, so the project was more expensive than anticipated.” He said Metrolinx would engage in more pilot projects to gain a better understanding of the costs and risks entailed before approving a multiyear commitment. Even with the cost overruns, Salter said Metrolinx as an organization has consistently stayed within its capital budget. While no final decisions have been made regarding fares for the ARL, he said the eventual ticket price would be comparable with other services around the world. n To read the auditor general’s report, visit www.auditor.on.ca

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