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n the snowy hills of Banff, Alberta, there are only two Chinese restaurants – neither of which Christina Chong has any intention of visiting any time soon. The East York native will be spending her first ever Chinese New Year away from Toronto. She moved to Banff three months ago for a coveted job at an accounting firm – and so far she doesn’t expect the Chinese atmosphere to be quite as authentic as Toronto’s. The 23-year-old usually spends the holiday listening to her vivacious uncle Gary order a traditional eight dish meal to their round table, usually at one of many suitable restaurants in the Richmond Hill-Markham area – one of the Toronto area’s five hot spots for Chinese immigrants and exceptional

runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are welcome. All funds raised will help pay for city permits, insurance and other costs to operate the market, which runs from late May to the end of October. Supporters, who can enter a draw to win a month’s worth of local veggies from Highmark Farm, are asked to bring their own bowls, containers and spoons.

JOANNA LAVOIE There’s a lesser known, but equally remarkable ecosystem system in the Beach Hill area called Small’s Creek Ravines. Comprised of four ravines, Small’s Creek begins just north of Danforth and Woodbine avenues and runs southward toward Lake Ontario. The creek is one of many streams that once flowed through the city, but due to development was entirely or partially buried underground. Small’s Creek still flows above ground through four ravines in Ward 32 namely Merrill Park Bridge, Williamson Park, Newbold and Gainsborough on the south side of Gerrard Street East. Of those four ravines, Williamson Park is the only one officially designated

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by the City of Toronto as an Environmentally Significant Area, meaning it’s home to rare flora and fauna, said Dina Waik, one of the founding members of Friends of Small’s Creek Ravines stewardship group. Established in the summer by a small group of neighbours living near Merrill Bridge Park, Friends of Small’s Creek Ravines is aiming to protect these special urban oases and make them more accessible to the community, especially children from the nearby Equinox Alternative School. The group is aiming to help rehabilitate and preserve the four ravines through which Small’s Creek flows by safeguarding public and private property, maintaining the integrity of the forest and protecting rare species of flora and fauna and their habitats. >>>INFORMATION, page 13

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Left, Activities Leader Cameron Boyle, right, ties Ahmad Mahdi’s legs together in preparation for the penguin race during the Kimberley Junior Public School Winter Carnival on Saturday. Below, two-yearolds Addison McKenney, left, Eli Bennett and Charlie Barber take advantage of the jumping castle. Right top, Merel Smith, left, and Nikita Boyd, 9, make snowmen. Right below, Ben Lowen, 8, heads for the snowshoe race finish line.


Police 55 Division gets a new commander-in-chief JOANNA LAVOIE Four times is a charm for Supt. Peter Yuen, the newly minted head of Toronto Police Services (TPS) 55 Division. With a career in policing that spans nearly three decades, Yuen has called the local police station home on four different occasions over the years. “I guess 55 Division has some magic here because it always draws me back,” said Yuen, who started off his policing career at 55 Division in May 1987. “My first posting was at 55 Division as a new recruit for my field training,” said Yuen, who went on to work at 42, 14 and 52 divisions before being posted to police headquarters in the organized crimes unit. In 1996, he was promoted to the role of sergeant. Four years later, Yuen became a staff sergeant at 14 Division. In 2001, he was back at 55 Division for a second stint to lead the division’s community response unit. “It was an excellent opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he said during a recent interview at the Coxwell Avenue station. “It is one of the most sought-after

jobs in the city. It gives you a chance to work with the community solving problems.” One of the most notable marks he made while in this role was the creation of 55 Division’s Youth Scholarship Program, which this year is celebrating its 11th anniversary. “We have a lot of inner city kids in the division who need a helping hand,” said Yuen, who, in 2005, headed back to headquarters to work in the human resources department and in 2006 was promoted to the position of duty desk inspector. The following year, he was sent back to 55 Division for a third time serving as second-in-command under retired Supt. Wayne Peden. Back at headquarters two years later, Yuen worked in internal affairs where he was tasked with investigating police officers. In March 2012, he was once again promoted, becoming a staff inspector. He’d spend the next two years over at the neighbouring 54 Division. As of Jan. 1, Yuen became the new superintendent at 55 Division, which spans Victoria Park Avenue in the east to the Don Valley Parkway in the west and Danforth Avenue in the north to Lake Ontario in the

said Yuen, adding at 55 Division his goal is to the find the right balance between community programming and law enforcement. Mirror of city


Toronto police Supt. Peter Yuen is the new commanding officer of 55 Division. Yuen previously served as the staff inspector at 54 Division.

south. As the local division’s new commander-in-chief, Yuen said he feels his strength is his knowledge of the community, as well as the good relationships he’s developed with those who live and work in the city’s east end. “Every day I challenge myself and my (officers) to do better. I believe if we provide good customer service everything will fall into place,”

Having seen first hand the community change, grow and develop over the years, Yuen said he feels his many experiences have enriched his career and outlook on policing. “Back in the days, 55 Division was known as a rough and tumble division, but there have been so many changes. Fifty-five Division has transformed itself so much,” he said, pointing to the area’s affluence, increasing diversity and volume of special events that draw thousands to the community on a regular basis. “( This division) mirrors the city.” Aside from his duties as superintendent, Yuen has also lectured at the Toronto Police College six or seven times a month for the last five or so years. Currently, he teaches courses for senior officers in leadership, change management, customer service and mentoring. “I look at teaching as sharing experiences,” said Yuen, who said he learns a lot from his students.

“I look at it as an information exchange session. I love teaching. It’s sort of my passion.” Born in Hong Kong, Yuen immigrated to Canada with his family in 1975 when he was 11 years old settling in East York. Initially, Yuen pursued a degree in chemical engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, but after two years a career in policing piqued his interest and he decided to go for it. “One day, I walked into a (Toronto Police Service recruitment) booth near the Eaton’s Centre. I thought to myself, I’ll give it a try and see what happens,” said Yuen, the first person in his family to become a police officer. “I gave (my parents) the assurance I’d do the best job I can.” When Yuen joined the force in 1987, he was only the fifth officer of Chinese descent to join the Toronto Police Service. He recalled walking into 42 Division in his early days as a constable and being the only nonwhite officer. A married father of one son, Yuen is also the Toronto Police Service’s first superintendent of Chinese heritage.


Supt. Peter Yuen will attend more than 20 events during Chinese New Year.

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riday marks the start of the year 4712 in the Chinese lunar calendar, and there’s plenty of celebrations slated in and around Toronto over the coming days to help welcome the Year of the Horse. In our special feature in today’s paper, we’ve outlined some of the events local residents can attend while also taking a look at the history and traditions surrounding Chinese New Year. Find out more by visiting our events calendar online at The Chinese zodiac is made up of 12 animal signs, each representing a certain year, which repeats every 12. The Year of the Horse, which begins tomorrow, is in 2014 and will come again in 2026. The other 11 animal signs are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Last year was the Year of the Snake, our view and 2015 will be the Year of the Sheep. Each animal sign also has Year of the certain traits associated to Horse people those born in that particular year. For example, those born are restless in the Year of the Horse are said to be restless and seeking of independence, along with being good with money. Being able to not only learn about, but actually take part in the many different cultural celebrations in our city each year is one of the great things about living in Toronto. We urge local residents to take some time over the next few days to seek out at least one Chinese New Year event. If you are of Chinese descent, you’re probably going anyway and if you’re not, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about one of Toronto’s largest cultural groups while also having fun. And if you go, send us a photo to How Toronto’s Chinese community grew from the first recorded resident, Sam Ching in 1878, to what it is today also provides an interesting look at changing attitudes and policies both in our city and across the country toward immigration. The Greater Toronto Area is now home to hundreds of thousands of immigrants of Chinese descent. Toronto has a number of areas with large concentrations of Chinese businesses and attractions including both downtown’s Chinatown and Chinatown East at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street. Also, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto is in Scarborough.

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Who are the real victims in the Ford saga Watching Rob Ford the past week and a bit brings to mind nothing so much as a prizefighter, bleeding from the ears and spitting teeth as he hangs on the ropes nursing a couple-three broken ribs, telling his manager before the last round starts: “Don’t worry. I’ve got him right where I want him.” It’s an absurd place to be for the mayor of Canada’s largest city. A full week ago, a broken elevator helped ensure Ford arrived late to deliver a lunch speech at the Economic Club of Canada – so late the club is offering refunds to its attendees. On Monday night, the mayor arrived on time to the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s annual dinner – uninvited. He reportedly sat down at the back of the room, and partway through a speech by Board of Trade President Carol Wilding filled with implied criticism, left. Earlier that day, he com-

david nickle the city plained to the media that his own executive committee had “stabbed” him “in the back,” and that was why he dare not tell anyone about his plans to cut taxes in this week’s budget debate. ‘Victim’ On that, and other things too, Ford appears to be conceding tactical defeats. In so doing, he paints himself as a victim of Toronto’s undemocratic elites. The ‘little people’, Ford no doubt hopes, will take umbrage on his behalf. It’ll be a neat trick if he can pull it off. Because the fact is that Ford is a wealthy label-making heir, who has spent the past year or more over-reaching even that lofty privilege. He’s used his office to benefit his family’s business and

(Mayor Rob Ford) will not acknowledge that any of his policies have driven up the cost to taxpayers.

his football coaching hobby – admitted to using hard drugs and being in a “drunken stupor” – and subjected those he identifies as enemies to slanderous and unfounded attacks. All of which has opened both Ford and the city to the sharp-tongued ridicule of the world. In reality, Toronto’s ‘elites’, such as they are, have become as much a victim in this scenario as Ford has made himself. But never mind that. As the mayor sets himself up for more body-blows, leading with his jaw, he reinforces his own dishonest narrative that he is the only one will-

ing to fight for the interests of Torontonians in a city “addicted to spending.” He will not acknowledge that any of his policies have driven up the cost to taxpayers. Push the boundaries He will not acknowledge that the “culture of entitlement” he has fought at city hall is in fact a culture whose boundaries he has in fact pushed. He will simply continue to push at the much narrower boundaries that Toronto council established for him last year when they removed many of his powers and resources, and do so until voters pass judgement in October. And then, he and the rest of the city will see: whether he has it where he wants it, or not.


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w Friday, Jan. 31

Complimentary Chair Exercise Class WHEN: 9:45 to 10:40 a.m. WHERE: Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. CONTACT: Eric Daw, 416-4500892, COST: Complimentary Class focusing on balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and posture. Facilitated by a qualified Older Adult specialist. Call or email to register.

w Saturday, Feb. 1

Yogathon for Applegrove Community Complex WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Applegrove Community Complex, 60 Woodfield Rd. CONTACT: 416-4618143 Enjoy an afternoon of yoga as professional instructors guide you through Salutations to the Sun. Do as few or as many as you’d like, at your own pace, all the while knowing you’re supporting services for young children and families. Pay what you can ($20 suggested) or you can get pledges. Beach Jazz & Reflection WHEN: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. WHERE: Beach United Church, 140 Wineva

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Passion Shakespeare in Words and Music WHEN: 3 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. CONTACT: David Garde, 416-699-6634, COST: $25 ($20 in advance); youth (seven to 18) $12 ($10 in advance Toronto Beach Chorale Journey to Elizabethan England. Enjoy songs and madrigals (including arrangements by Vaughan Williams, Bissell & Diemer) together with compelling scenes from Shakespeare’s best works presented by actors from the East Side Players.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting Read weeks of listings from your neighbourhood as well as events from across Toronto. Ave. David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing and Jim Lewis present Brush Strokes for Jazz & Reflection. Admission is free, with goodwill offering envelopes available. Call 416-691-8082.

w Sunday, Feb. 2

Jimmie Simpson Skating Party WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E. CONTACT: David Butler, 416-392-0751, COST: Free Community skating event at the Jimmie Simpson Community Centre

w Monday, Feb. 3

DJ Boot Camp WHEN: 4 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Jones Library, 118 Jones Ave. CONTACT: Cathy Moran, 416-393-7715, COST: Free Join OffCentre DJ School for a free program. Learn basics of how to DJ.

w Tuesday, Feb. 4

Job Search and Resume Help WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays WHERE: Jones Library, 118 Jones Ave. CONTACT: Cathy Moran, 416-393-7715,

COST: Free Woodgreen Employment Services offers one-on-one Job Search and Resume writing clinic.

w Wednesday, Feb. 5

April’s senior trip WHEN: 9 a.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. CONTACT: Evonne, 416-691-1113, ext. 222 Community Centre 55 hosts a twoday senior trip to Niagara-on-theLake April 10 to 11. Registration and money is due Feb. 5. The trip costs $200. Public Presentation of the East Chinatown Revitalization Study WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, 14 St. Matthews Rd. CONTACT: Councillor Paula Fletcher, 416-392-4060, COST: Free Ryerson Planning Students undertook a study of East Chinatown to look at enhancements to the social vibrancy, economic vitality and public realm. Come see the presentation and take part in informal conversation afterwards.

w Thursday, Feb. 6

Ashbridges Bay meeting WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Fire and EMS Academy, 895 Eastern Ave. CONTACT: Lisa Turnbull,

416-661-6600, ext. 564, www.trca., COST: Free Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is conducting a Conservation Ontario Class Environmental Assessment study to address erosion and sediment control issues at Ashbridges Bay. The study is being undertaken to identify solutions to address the existing navigation risk caused by sediment deposition at the harbour entrances of Coatsworth Cut and Ashbridges Bay Park.

w Saturday, Feb. 8

Fairmount Park Winterfest WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Fairmount Park, 1757 Gerrard St. E. Live music by The Lost Boys and friends, hot chocolate and hot dogs, shinny hockey, tobogganing, fire trucks and police.

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We invite you to attend this public meeting where different options for land use, transportation and municipal services for the Port Lands will be presented. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss these options and get your feedback. Your participation and ideas are important and will help shape the future of the Port Lands. Date:

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Drop-in – 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Presentation, followed by Facilitated Discussion – 7 to 9 p.m.


Fire Academy, 895 Eastern Avenue (southwest corner of Eastern Avenue and Knox Avenue)

The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto are developing a comprehensive long-term plan to guide the revitalization of the Port Lands. The plan will include direction for the transformation of the Port Lands into a number of new districts with a variety of uses including residential, commercial and parkland. This plan will build on the direction from the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative that was adopted by City Council in 2012. A Master Plan under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process is also being developed to establish the street network (including transit), and the water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure needed to support revitalization. The Master Plan applies to most of the Port Lands and also to the South of Eastern area (located north of Lake Shore Boulevard East, south of Eastern Avenue, between the Don River and Coxwell Avenue), providing a coordinated transportation and servicing strategy between the two areas. South of Eastern Strategic Direction: A separate community consultation meeting for the planning study for the South of Eastern area will be held on February 18, 2014. A meeting notice will be issued shortly.

More information about the studies is available at: If you wish to receive further information on the studies or be added to a mailing list, please contact: Cassidy Ritz, Senior Planner Community Planning th 100 Queen Street West, 18 Floor, East Tower Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Tel: 416-397-4487 Fax: 416-392-1330


Teen blogging, photographing a six-month adventure JOANNA LAVOIE A Beach teen and aspiring photographer/writer/documentarymaker Kasha Slavner is about to embark on a six-month adventure of a lifetime. Accompanied by her mother, Marla, the Grade 10 student will be taking a semester off from Monarch Park Collegiate to travel abroad and snap photos, write blog posts and shoot video, which will all be used to create a documentary about what it means to be a global citizen through the eyes of a teenager. Called The Global Sunrise Project, Kasha said she was inspired to make a difference after attending a peace camp run by the non-partisan, non-governmental organization Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) in the summer of 2012. Kasha’s resolve was further strengthened when she was invited by VOW to travel to New York City and serve as a youth delegate at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in March. “I found myself really inspired by all of the amazing people there working to create change,” she said during a recent interview.


Kasha Slavner, 15, is taking a semester off high school to travel abroad and create a documentary on global citizenship.

After returning home, Kasha learned of an online contest through G-Adventures that invited participants to pitch their ideas to change the world and win $25,000 for their project. Her submission, called Pictures: The Power of People for a Purpose, came in 12th place in the ‘knowledge’ category, inspiring Kasha to keep going. “It generated a pretty good response so I thought why not continue it,” she said.

The concept has since evolved into a documentary project under the name The Global Sunrise Project. In November, Kasha pitched her idea to a panel of film industry veterans at Live! Ammunition! and came in second place. This contest is operated by Raindance Toronto, which promotes and supports independent filmmaking in Canada and around the world. Raindance also runs the Raindance Film Festival and The British Independent Film Awards. Understanding that it all wouldn’t be possible without financial support, Kasha also created a 40-day Indiegogo campaign last fall. The crowd-funding campaign, which wrapped up Dec. 30, garnered nearly $6,200; about a third of what it will cost to fund the trip. For the last six months, both Kasha and her mother, Marla, have researched, created a blog and website, organized and learned what it takes to make a documentary. The mother-daughter team is set to kick off their adventure in mid-March by once again visiting the United Nations in NYC.

Their travel itinerary will depend on how much money they can raise, but Kasha said she hopes they’ll be able to visit Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand and possibly India. Upon her return Kasha, said she’d like to screen her documentary before other teens. A few film festivals have already expressed an interested in including the film in their lineups.

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Fundraising event This Saturday, Feb. 1, The Global Sunrise Project alongside the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace will hold a fundraiser called the Mid-Winter Take the Sun in Your Soul Celebration. The evening of friendship, music and dance is set to take place at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., at Lee Avenue, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The event will also include games, snacks, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students.


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The annual winter skating party at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre is happening Sunday, Feb. 2. The festivities, which will include fun and games for all

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Multi-talented musician Njacko Backo and his band Kalimba Kalimba will perform a Black Histor y Month concert at Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (NUUC) Sunday at 2 p.m. The energetic and uplifting show is part of the local church’s ongoing

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concert series. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. NUUC is at 79 Hiawatha Rd., just south of Gerrard Street East. Email or call 416-686-6809 for more information. KEW GARDENS FIRE PIT NOW OPEN Skate hard then warm up at the Kew Gardens fire pit. The fire pit is running again this year at the skating rink at the foot of Lee Avenue, south of Queen Street near the boardwalk.


Friends of Wildwood Park need your help. The group is working with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and city staff to

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Melanie’s Bistro celebrates six years on the Danforth Offering sophistication without the pretension, chefs and owner of Melanie’s Bistro, Melanie Ferreira and Arul Chettiar aim to provide their guests with food and service of great value and the highest quality. From now until February 13, celebrate Melanie’s Bistro’s sixth year on the Danforth by enjoying a special three course prix fixe winter fare dinner menu— 25$ fromTuesday toThursday, and 28$ on Friday and Saturday. If you are looking for a delicious meal that you can cozy up with indoors and out of the cold, every Sunday, you’re invited to indulge in a three course succulent steak dinner for 32$. Melanie’s Bistro has added new additions to the menu with bold and exciting flavours. The lunch menu now features homemade fish tacos, and the fresh quinoa salad. Brunch guests can now order panko crusted crab cake eggs Benny, which is a fresh

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The Chinese find great symbolism in numbers Among zodiac signs, the horse is restless and the most misunderstood >>>from page 1 Celebrations will be held in all five Chinatowns in the Greater Toronto Area – home to more than 280,000 immigrants of Chinese descent. While at dinner, Chong’s cousin Jeffrey and his wife Fornita will hand Chong and her sister Gina red envelopes filled with cash – a tradition that brings immediate good fortune, though it’s meant to bring health and luck to those who receive them. “Not being able to go home and celebrate Chinese New Year with my family is going to be kind of sad,” Chong said. “We get together and catch up with everything. Not being able to do that is something I’m really going to miss. I’m going to give (my parents) a call and hopefully they’ll send me money.” Chinese New Year is considered a family reunion dinner. Toronto’s Walks and Bikes Tour guide Shirley Lum puts on a number of tours throughout the two week festivities. Some are food tours through Toronto’s downtown Chinatown which touch on some of the food traditions as well as cleaning rituals. “Between now and next Thursday is all of the frenzied cleaning up, dusting, getting your hair done already – I got mine done on Monday,” Lum said. Lum noted that it’s bad luck to cut or clean your hair on New Year’s Day. Any household cleaning must also be done prior to Jan. 31. “The 29th you have to stop doing cleaning and purging and stuff and the 30th is New Year’s Eve and you

shouldn’t be pitching out anything else at that point,” Lum said. This year, communities across the globe will be celebrating the lunar new Year of the Horse. They’ll decorate their homes in red to fend off evil spirits, and set off firecrackers for the same purpose. Lum noted that also important is symbolism in numbers. Usually at dinners there will be from eight to 12 dishes – eight being a very lucky number in Chinese culture. ZODIAC It’s ironic for Banff-based Chong, who was born the Year of the Horse, to be spending her first Chinese New Year away from home on the year that celebrates her sign of the zodiac. Horses like Chong are often restless and seek independence. They’re also great with money. Her sister Gina, the rooster is always busy and more aggressive in her goals. The other 10 animal signs are traditionally said to have competed in a race, the order of those who won is the order in which the years are celebrated. First – the rat – is charming and quick witted. The Ox came next and is reliable and dependable. Tigers are strong and competitive with a natural authority over others. The Rabbit is the happiest sign when among friends, but are often shy and cautious among strangers. The Dragons are born leaders, idealists, and perfectionists. Snakes are restrained, refined and intelligent. Then came

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Drummers help bring in the Year of the Horse at the Scarborough Town Centre Saturday afternoon.

the Horse, the most misunderstood sign. They often leave home at a young age and will be restless no matter where they end up. Sheep are the most feminine of signs. They’re elegant, charming and artistic. Monkeys come next – they’re inventive, quick witted, though seldom taken seriously. Next is the Rooster – sometimes abrasive and considered rude, but with high ideals. Man’s best friend the Dog comes next with their honest, faithful, and sincere attitude. Chong was born and raised

LOCAL EVENTS TORONTO’S EAST CHINATOWN will be host to a number of activities to celebrate the Year of the Horse: • Make your way past the awardwinning Zhong Hua Men Archway on Gerrard Street East to check out the East Chinatown Lion Dance Feb. 2 at noon. • Lion dancers will be visiting each

in Toronto’s east end, but her genealogy represents the wide range of Chinese immigrants who have come to make up more than 11 per cent of Toronto’s growing population. Chong’s paternal lineage represents one of the turbulent past for Canada’s Chinese. Though widely accepted in the Greater Toronto Area today, her great-grandfather faced a different fate when he arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1885 on a ship full of passengers set to work on the Canadian National

business on the Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue strip. They’ll feed the iconic lions and bring each business good luck. NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS also take place at Gerrard Square, 1000 Gerrard St. E., with Toronto-Danforth politicians including MP Craig Scott, MPP Peter Tabuns and councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis. There will be singers, dancers, martial artists and acrobats to keep the celebra-

Railroad. The Canadian Government had just implemented a $50 head tax on Chinese entering the country in hopes of curbing their immigration. “He smuggled my greatgrandma in, so two for the price of one,” Chong said. Families received an apology from the Canadian Government in 2006 for the head tax as well as compensation. The family is now settled among Toronto’s large and growing Chinese community. Chong, a fourth-generation Chinese descendent, some-

tions going. PEARL COURT RESTAURANT hosts a traditional banquet dinner Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Tickets must be bought in advance from the East Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Visit www. RIVERDALE LIBRARY CELEBRATES Chinese New Year Feb. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 370 Broadview Ave. There will be a lion dance, luck draws, kids’

times feels that growing up in Toronto was a more westernized upbringing . “Growing up in this city makes you more open to other cultures. You’re a multicultural citizen.” Chong said that her extended family is quite traditional and celebrations like the Chinese New Year help her get back to that. “Growing up in a Western culture, it’s good to get back to your roots,” she said. “Because my extended family is traditional, it’s a good way to connect and get close to them and learn more.”

crafts, dance and more. Sponsored by Woodgreen Community Services and Library Settlement Program. Visit for details. A TASTE OF THE WORLD ( offer tours of the Chinatown area – which is officially Toronto’s second Chinatown after the first was slowly phased out in favour of what is now known as the city’s financial district. Chinatown restaurants will offer special fare.


Community liaison group to keep track of Woodbine station construction work RAHUL GUPTA With work set to begin on an extensive renovation of Woodbine subway station, the TTC is promising a better consultation process for residents concerned about construction impacts. The station, which first opened in 1966, will be under construction in February with the work taking place in stages until the summer of 2017 to complete three major projects: the construction of a second subway exit onto Strathmore Boulevard; an elevator to make the Woodbine accessible for the first time; and repairs to the station’s exterior and interior. While the construction impacts to the local com-

munity will be limited compared to larger revitalization projects, such as the one recently completed at Pape Station, which resulted in a lengthy closure last year, TTC spokesperson Lito Romano promised to heed any concerns which arise from the Woodbine work. Communication “If there are issues that arise throughout construction that we’re not aware of, we want to hear about them,” said Romano at an open house for the Woodbine project held this week. Romano said the TTC was looking for volunteers to join a construction liaison group, made up of residents, business owners and other


local stakeholders. The group would meet regularly and offer feedback to the TTC and lead contractor Aecon Buildings during the work period. He promised frequent updates and plenty of station signage with information about the project. Given the TTC’s past record of public consultation during construction projects, Councillor Janet Davis said she would monitor the progress of the Woodbine work to make sure it is completed on time and within its $20 million budget. “I’m keeping a very close eye on this project and meeting with staff regularly,” she said.


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Retirement Suites By The Lake Tired of shovelling the snow or chipping away the ice? Come stay with us!

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You are invited to our

• 3 Delicious Meals Prepared Daily By Our Chef Valentine’s Chocolate • Weekly Housekeeping Extravaganza • Telephone & Cable Services Included Friday February 14th at 3:00pm • Pet Friendly Hope to see you there! • 24 hr Emergency Response System Drop by! We would love to show you our home! • Tours Available Daily Please call Bea Mueller at 416-267-2121 ext. 155

2121 Kingston Rd. Toronto, ON

(south side of Kingston Rd. between Birchmount Rd. & Midland Ave.)


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