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Theatre gets historic site status, saved from demolition

Perth Avenue Public School victorious in grant contest



Staff, students and parents at Perth Avenue Junior Public School (14 Ruskin Ave.) are celebrating after winning a $50,000 grant to fix up their schoolyard. The school discovered they had won on March 21 after weeks of furious voting which finished only five days prior to the announcement of winners. The grant is from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s Team Up Foundation, which announced the contest at the beginning of the year for charities either building or refurbishing sports and recreation facilities for youth. Janice Robinson, principal at Perth, said she was closely watching the voting results before polls closed at the end of March Break. “When it came to the closing, I have to tell you there was some happy dancing in my living room,” she said. The application process involved two rounds of voting between January 30 to February 20 where the public voted for the top twenty, and then March 7 to

Perth Avenue students run in celebration after realizing they won one of four MLSE grants. Photo courtesy Arwyn Carpenter

March 16 when the winners were decided. Perth finished in third place, securing one of the four grants with 4,534 votes. Joanne Alfonsi, the mother of a student attending Perth, and a member of the school’s schoolyard enhancement committee, said this grant is necessary in helping the community. “There are a lot of low income families (in the neighbourhood) and they don’t participate in extracurricular activities… so it’s a great opportunity for those children to have access through school,” she said. The grant will not cover the entire cost of the proposed facelift,

Alfonsi said. Ana Bailão, Ward 18 councillor, has pledged $100,000 to the school, and the rest of the cost will be fundraised. The total estimated cost for the entire renovation of the schoolyard is estimated at $250,000. This will include an outdoor learning garden with weather stations, outdoor seating for children, an athletic equipment area, a synthetic turf soccer field, and a playground. These are all items that may normally be located in a more community-oriented location. “We don’t really have a community centre in our neighbourhood,” Alfonsi said. “We’re bordered by train tracks on either side.” The unique set up of the school


makes it difficult to create an easily accessible, safe location for something like this, Alfonsi said. This redevelopment will help fix that. Robinson said she was impressed and touched by the hard work put in by parents and other members of the community. Perth and neighbouring school St. Luigi Catholic School – which also uses the schoolyard – worked as a team to get votes in. Robinson said it’s a good indication of what will happen later on. “Look how successful we’ve been working together,” she said. “It only means that in the future we can really collaborate a lot more to make things happen.”

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The 75-year old Paradise Cinema, which sits at Westmoreland Ave. and Bloor St. (1006 Bloor St. W.) has been granted heritage site status and will not be demolished. Built around 1937, the cinema has seen its fair share of changes – going from a well attended first-run cinema to a porno theatre and an arthouse cinema. However, the venue has stood vacant since 2006 and in January of this year, a prospective buyer submitted an application for its demolition. Luckily though, the site stood on the city’s inventory of heritage properties and following the application for demolition, city council approved its heritage status on March 5. According to the councillor’s executive assistant, Braden Root Mc-Caig confirmed that the site is still unsold and...

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INSIDE BROCK PUBLIC SCHOOL TURNING 125 YEARS OLD Celebrations currently being planned

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STERLING ROAD DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Plans stay somewhat the same for huge development

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NEW MMA CLUB REPLACES BOXING MECCA Trainer has a long list of professional students

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These walls have been standing for 125 years. PHOTO By Shaleni McBain


Brock Public School is in its 125th year, and the school is in the midst of planning celebrations for the historic event. “We have a planning committee of teachers, parents, and former students,” said Victor Tran, the acting Principal at Brock Public School. “That’s one of the reasons I am so proud; all of the community involvement. “ The committee started with a

“wish list” of things they wanted to do for the celebrations. The committee has developed a motto for the event that shadows their theme of past, present and future - “To celebrate the present, honour our past and reach out to those who will be the future of our school.” The celebrations will take place November 23 and 24. On the 23rd, a fundraising dinner put on by alumni will take place as well as a performance by the Famous People Players.

“I approached Famous People Players and they agreed to do a very specific show called ‘Hi-Yo Silver,”’ said Leo Darmitz, Brock alumni and planning committee member. Friday’s events will also include opening an old time capsule and creating a new one for students to open in 25 years. Also on this day, students will perform their new school song which is currently under production. On the Saturday, there is a day filled with activities planned at

the school from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From games to performances, to profiles of graduates and a BBQ lunch, there will be events for people of all ages of the community to enjoy. Darmitz has been working for close to eight years on this event. From digging up old class photographs, to tracking down former students dating back to the 40’s, Leo has been riffling through old school information and memorabilia to create a memory room for the celebrations.

Tran, Darmitz, alumni and committee members hope that many will attend and invite individuals from the community to join in on the celebrations in November. “I, as well as many others are very passionate about this event,” Darmitz said. Anyone looking for more information on the celebrations, or anyone interested in purchasing tickets for the dinner can contact Leo Darmitz at brock125alumni@


In an effort to get people out and exploring their neighbourhoods, three Jane’s Walks will be taking place in and around Bloordale on May 5. Originally started in 2007 in Toronto in honour of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, the event has expanded to 511 different walks in 75 cities across 15 countries. The walks are aimed at bringing communities together by promoting belonging and encouraging civic leadership. The first walk will take place at 11:00 a.m. Called ‘Daffodils in Davenport’, Andrea Dawber of

environmental and social justice group GreenHere will guide a free tour that shows some of the 50,000 daffodils that mark the arrival of spring in Davenport. The tour will also visit some public space projects and highlight a number of issues and opportunities that arise for communities wishing to reinvest in green space. Interested parties are to meet at the southeastern corner of Christie Pits Park (750 Bloor St. W.). The walk will wind through a number of parks from Christie St. west to Lansdowne Ave. and finish at MacGregor Park (330 Lansdowne Ave.). An evening walk will take place

at 5 p.m. at Wadsworth Park (120 Connolly St.). Parties are to meet in the southeastern corner and will travel to Campbell Park (255 Campbell Ave). The last walk, called ‘Bloordale: A story of Transit, Entrepreneurship and Neighbourhood Change’ will take place at 1:30 p.m. Host Adam Popper will guide the group to fascinating entrepreneurs; discuss the history of the streets, businesses and green spaces. The group is to meet outside the Emerson Ave. exit of Lansdowne Station. All walks are scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes. For more information, visit http://

see some changes this year BY JUSTIN MILLERSON

The BIG on Bloor Organizing Committee – which includes members of Bloordale’s Business Improvement Area (BIA) Committee and community volunteers – met at Duffy’s Tavern on March 7 to discuss how the annual festival can improve this year. “The festival is a great way to express our goals,” said Bloordale BIA Committee member, Dyan Marie. Live entertainment has been labeled as a top priority for the festival and unlike last year, the

committee is going to encourage businesses to hire performers to play at their own establishments instead of using a few stages. The goal is to have the entertainment more spread out by using the entire permitted section of Bloor St. W. However, concerns were raised by few that by having performers playing just a few dozen metres apart, the atmosphere is going to be “chaotic.” Head of the BIA committee, Spiro Koumoudouros said he will see to it, that everyone cooperates. Suggested performance venues thus far are, Duffy’s Tavern...

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Castlepoint Realty presented their updated building plans to the community at the Church of the Firstborn (72 Perth Ave.) for their development at 158 Sterling Road on March 22. The development, which is to see roughly 800 residential units in the form of a tower, townhomes, and (600,000 - 800,000) square feet of commercial use saw very little in terms of new changes. Starting with the townhomes on Perth Avenue, the number of units has been reduced to 26, as they will now be wider at 16 feet. However, they will remain three stories high. Plans for the automotive tower formerly home to Tower Automotives which opened in 1919 and which was, at the time, the tallest building in Canada - showed a glass three story addition. The ground, second and third floor of this building are to be used for commercial uses, while the remaining ten floors will consist of residential spaces. Citing restored buildings such as the Tip Top Tailors Loft (637

Lake Shore Blvd. W.) and the Queens Quay Terminal Building (207 Queen’s Quay W.) Castlepoint stressed that they wanted to maintain the look and history of the tower and make the new addition as discreet as possible – “like a crown on the jewel.” Currently, the site is being excavated for oil, TCA and gasoline contaminants. The process has already been underway and should continue for the next couple of months. There was concern over dust from a nearby daycare, who said the dust was abundant during these digs. Castlepoint apologized and assured it was because the fire hydrants were closed during that dig. They said that they tried to wet the dirt as much as possible before, but now the hydrants are running again and should cause no problems. As for the route of most concern (traffic), which was brought up in this and a prior meeting in the fall, Castlepoint responded with efforts including 1,244 parking spaces and a proposed idea to alleviate pedestrian and bicycle traffic with a new route on Sterling Road that will flow onto Dora Ave. and

also connect to the West Toronto Rail-path. The team said they understand that it will be a difficult process to get clearance over the tracks, but they intend to fight for it as much as necessary. Concern over whether 1,244 parking spaces in total were enough was responded to with the possibility of a Green-P parking lot if need be. The proposal is being presented to city council in June and Castlepoint President Alfredo Romano said he hopes that it will go through and they can get to work on automotive tower as soon as possible. “For every winter we don’t get to work on the tower; that costs us money. It’s getting more and more degraded by just standing there,” he said. Romano added that the building is now entirely stripped down from the inside and that can lead to problems like mould that will cost more to clean up. In our previous article about the development, Councillor Ana Bailão said that she wanted the issue of affordability addressed. In response, Romano said that these new units would be “some of the most affordable in the city.”

Aerial view of the development site.

The plans for the tower from the side and front.

Three Speed and The Holy Oak Café and possibly new clothing shop, Ephin Apparel. Ephin Apparel representative, Rick Coyle offered to invite one or more Canadian hip-hop artists to the festival as well as trying to organize a “Red Bull type” skateboarding event to feature outside his shop at 1178 Bloor St. W. To help moderate all entertainment plans, a music committee has been put in place. Although many stages will be eliminated this year, one main stage will remain. The location agreed upon by committee members is outside of Bloor Collegiate Institute’s front doors. There, an award ceremony that highlights community contribution will take place. Other uses of the stage have not yet been decided on. Local artist, Richard Mongiat’s long awaited Bloordale flag will also be unveiled at the festival. The two-day festival will take place on July 21 and 22 and will feature the same 600-metre section of Bloor St., between Dufferin St. and Lansdowne Ave. For more information, look for the BIG on Bloor festival on Facebook. FESTIVAL, from page 3

Paradise has been without an owner since 2006. Photo by Justin Millerson

there are no current interested parties. He also confirmed hearing that the prospective buyer only put in a demolition application to speed up the heritage proposal. The exact future of the site is uncertain, especially with the rash number of theatre closures in the past few years. However, with some restoration efforts, cinemas like the Revue (400 Roncesvalles Ave.) still show films. CINEMA, from page 3

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The Sara Duke Factory Store reopened March 10 following an expansion over a couple of weeks and the fresh look is paying off. “In the first week I think I sold as many pieces as I usually do in a month,” said Sara Duke, the store’s owner and designer. Duke had shared the space at 1244 Bloor St. W. with a design company called AKA Creative Group since 2010, until the company grew and decided to move to a larger office. “It was pretty apparent by Christmas of this year that I really needed a bigger store,” Duke said. The store grew from just 80 square feet to about 750 square feet. The old store had one small change room and could hold just a few customers before it was full, she said. Now, the back room is dedicated to larger fitting rooms with full-

length mirrors. Duke said she did the renovation herself with help from friends and family. Her husband took down the wall that separated the original store from the office in the back. Other than the lamps she bought at Value Village, she got most of the furniture for free. The store closed on Feb. 22 for the renovation. Duke’s handmade clothing is

Sara Duke now has more than 650 extra square feet of space. Photos by Kate McCullough

reasonably priced. “I hate expensive clothes, but I hate cheap clothes even more,” she said. Duke said affordable quality clothing is important to her, and the mark up on her designs is often very small. Her clothing is also sold at Coal Miner’s Daughter in the Annex and in two stores in Ottawa.

After graduating from Ryerson University’s fashion program in 2007, Duke briefly worked a nineto-five job in product development. Deciding it wasn’t for her, she started a custom clothing business, but tailoring wedding dresses became too repetitive, so Duke start-


Long-time Bloordale watering hole, Duffy’s Tavern could be expanding its seats outside. An application has been put forth to the City of Toronto to add an outdoor patio that could include up to 80 seats said Duffy’s Tavern Manager, Gary Adams.

“There is no true street patio in this area,” said Adams. “We want to have that feel of a walk by patio.” Duffy’s Tavern has been a mainstay at 1238 Bloor St. W. since it started serving drinks in 1949. Adams said the bar is in the midst of a transition that is eventually going to “clean up” the bar from its criminally riddled past. This patio, he said would be just the start. The only thing standing in the

way, said Adams is a 30-day posting that will explore if anyone in the surrounding area objects to the idea of a patio at the west side of the building. “There’s a lot of residential [homes] in the area so we want to make sure they are alright with it,” said Adams. The projected space for the patio is now just a patch of grass sizing at about 600 square feet.

The hope for a patio at Duffy’s Tavern is nothing new. Adams said that the previous owners have also tried for a friendly drinking terrace, but were held back by the management’s blind eye to immoral activity. “The old owners were letting every reprobate in the neighborhood hang around here,” said Adams. With the patio, future plans include a new kitchen which would

ed her clothing line and it took off immediately. Duke said it is a “neighbourhood store” and owes much of her success to local customers. “I’m so lucky that this great, amazing space that I inhabit is in a great, amazing neighbourhood,” she said. retrofit Duffy’s as a full-menu restaurant, and expansion within the current space. Adams said the Tavern could double in size by acquiring more space within the building’s basement. “We want to make Duffy’s a legitimate [music] venue down here,” said Adams. “We want bigger bands.” Doubling in size would allow Duffy’s to hold 400 people for an event as opposed to 200, the approximate capacity today.

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BY ANA BAILÃO BY ANA BAILÃO Letters from your Representatives Letters from your The Councillor’s Corner WARDDear 18 Neighbours, COUNCILLOR 416-392-7012

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The effort recently secured for roundtable discussions time to reflect on our current trantransit changes in our Ward and we of Ward 18 a safe and happy holigled significantly under the responsithe Executive Committee to delay the proposed We must move forward withwhich a vision that amalgamation, the TCHC has strugRecently, I was pleased to receive support of work to create them, and we must begin today. the salt and snow - is an important cessible transit be the focus of any would like to wish all the residents parks in Also “geared” towards the many $50,000 toward their project will take place between 3:30-5PM. sit priorities. must look at a variety of methods day. time to reflect on our current trantransit changes in our Ward and we of Ward 18 a safe and happy holigled significantly under the responsithe Executive Committee to delay the proposed We must move forward with a vision that treats COUNCILLO ANA BAILÃO bility of caring for the aging housing sell-off until after a Special Working Group is people respectfully and provides for the the hopes that would beSpecial the I Working talents ofGroup Ward 18 people residents are through a Province-wide I will continue to work hard to As a of candidate, campaigned on is this goal without Best tovoting you and your priorities. must lookthese atuntil a variety day. bility ofsitcaring for the aging housing sell-off after amethods respectfully provides for the future 416-392-7012 stock that was downloaded from the of accomplishing created and able to and report back onwishes innovative needs of our City. 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Neighbours, Since public then, transportation. the organiza- I ways of the improving the shape of our TCHC priority as these important discussions, and the affordable support notion that we seeing many of you over the holition has been unable to keep up with housing. This Working Group will reach out work of the Special Working Committee Withthan thosesimprinciples in mind, any professional-grade must demand our fairimportant share of days. licwith park requires more park. This community take project our community strong. Together Our tion parks and public spaces has been unable to keep up housing. 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BilFor us that has to start right here in Davenport.traffic, ving dollars awayengagewingbillions spirit ofofcommunity times, we need our governments to the usethisofyear,why don’t we in an ofelectric lionsinvesting for super jails and to Earlier I opened my invest community orations and start nt our riding. stop nothing giving billions of government’s dollars away crime bill C-10. Bildiesel --intrain system that won’t make ommunities. is the mesthe roots crime— and start fice to better serve our riding. My fantastic and our lionsinvesting for super jails and nothing to feel so lucky This toaddress represent this rid- oftomost corporations cluding To- iscommunities sick,you thatinwill atwhere the NDP andpeople I have are been mental illness, drug inaddiction and dedicated staff working to serve ourbe inmany making our communities. This is the mesaddress the roots of most crime— g to the legislature this fall. ronto’s own tegrated with the TTC so that it is poverty. Butneighit will divert precious new office on St. Clair Ave. W. I’ve worked hard ge contributions to our sage that the NDP andmental I have been illness, drug addiction and eply honoured to have earned Medical Offiaffordable, and has stations urhoods. that’s the away bringing the legislature this fall. financial resources fromtowhat to create a team that is passionate and skilled and that pport and I’llWhether work everyday poverty. But it will divert precious cer ofan Health. TTC riders a rapid north/ od folks at Bloordale Press, young I’m deeplyand honoured to have earned DO need—comprehensive build office thatgive is accessible and welcoming. e our riding andwebring your financial resources away from what Despite the south transit option? addition ople at City View Alternative your support and I’ll work everyday o Queens Park. affordable childcare, more recreation In addition to providing information,Inadvowe DO need—comprehensive and hool, organizers at Dufferin Grove to serve our riding and bring your warnings of to ensuring that riders are actually forward to hearing from you centres and programs for our youth, cacy, and assistance to constituents who need k, activists with The Clean rking together to make this a Trains voices to Queens Park. affordable childcare, more recreation health exserved at the train stations better public transit and much, much help accessing programs, our office will also be that MP ANDREW iding and in.CASH alition, orprovince my oldto live colleagues at I look forward to hearing fromand you programs for perts and the concerns of the hunare our currently planned (at Union, centres our youth, wide spread JONAH public use. Indeed, more a meeting place for community to discuss 416-654-8048 in theaffordable process ofhousing. ecurrently Stop Community Food& Centre; and working togetherBY to make this SCHEIN a dreds of thousands of residents Bloor, Lawrence, and better public BY ANDREW CASH theand purported ticket pricetransit is ru-and much, much The Conservatives have run outriding of plans, provincial issues that matter to Davenport,Pearson) for DAVENPORT’S MPP up my at 1674 St. Clair ople inoffice Davenport are passionate better province to live in. that live and work along the rail why not add an additional six stand am available at 416-535moured to be between $20 and more affordable housing. DAVENPORT’S MP BY JONAH SCHEIN and the ones they have don’t work for educationals, coffeehouses, and to provide ser416-535-3158 MPP SCHEIN out making ourJONAH community a betI am currently in the process of or At corridor; the McGuinty Liberals, tions to provide service to Woodper ride. NotSt.that you’d have have run out of plans, Toronto. It is one of many reasons whyoffice Ottawa vices like tax clinics for low income community The Conservatives DAVENPORT’S MPP place416-654-8048 to416-535-3158 live. setting up $40 my at 1674 Clair Park I can be reached at 416with support from the Harper bine, Rexdale, Weston Village, an time getting it but anyway know that the proud, NDP reflects ameasy available at 416-535I was as one the of theWest, NDPand Official nment members. Itthe won’t be on easy, I’m determined to change and ones they have don’t work for 416-535-3158 14 or Conservatives, are pushing aheadfeel Trethewy, the Junction, Parkdale, uesnot of Davenport. We all know 3158 or At since the train is only stopping Opposition’s housing critics, to introduce nt We often like government is working politics in Davenport. Dalton GovernWellThe it has beenMcGuinty a wild ride in Ottawa Toronto. It is one of many reasons why with this plan. This is especially and Fort York, and tie it into the at it means to work hard to pay the Queen’s Park I can be reached at 416twice between Pearson and adays. National Housing Strategy ament usbeand notbut for I’m us. determined If we’re goingto tochange turn After working onUnion! three election in against ment is moving ahead with a plan recently. I was proud, as one of the NDPcampaigns Official these TheweConservative government It won’t easy, s each month, and are deeply 325-0014 or outrageous since an alternative new and improved rapid transit IndeedDavenport when you incombine this housing one ofintent the biggest ht, but this around, we need you be part of a new poliless thancritics, two years, and listening politics toAffordable build aHarper high priced, exclusive, Opposition’s housing to introduce of Stephen hasisbeen not in Davenport. plan using electric trains is plauon St. Clair and Eglinton? expansion for I’ve heard repeatedly tics in Davenport. My office wants to hear from issuestrain facingservice peoplefrom in Toronto Ca- with de Ca- diesel to thousands of plans residents, Unionandproject a Nationalline, Housing Strategy recently. only on ramming laws through Parliament After working on Some three election campaigns in affordable and sustainable. people would the Georgetown Metrolinx nadians right across the country. Over the in To- Station you. We want to be in conversation with have you. you that people have lost faith in sible, politicians and the to Pearson Airport. Affordable housing is one of the biggest without sufficient debate or oversight, but Davenport in less than two years, and listening Let’s take a closer look at why: believe that this is a done deal; has suggested thatprocess. as many as 400 several months we’llservice be pressuring since next We want to work with you to make this province political I understand why. We like the idea of train ➢Fiscal Prudence: Given the clithat thisrepeatedly dirty diesel issues facing people in Toronto and Caof using outrageous rhetoric to divide Cato thousands ofallresidents, I’ve stop heard trains could be running back and the government to adopt this plan. And toxic work better for of us.we can’t The political process often seems unclear and to the airport – it’s been a longmate of fiscal constraint felt at all train; that we have no other option nadians thesense, country. Overtimes the it thatWe’re nadians silence For folks in Topeople politicians the forth day right through the boyand do they need one. Recently I asked the each e long onhave yourlost sidefaith and inwe’re here to and help. doesn’t seemacross to make and many time coming. Butdebate. we don’t like the three levels of government does but heart of our neighbourhoods. Unnext several months we’ll be pressuring ronto this is particularly disturbing since political process. I understand why. Human Resources Minister Diane Findlay ds will Please drop by our office at 1674 St. Clair Ave. is unclear and doesn’t make sense. Too many fact that it will be spewing more it make to invest inand dirty dieto move withYou aand train fortunately, the hear people who have thepeople government to adopt this plan.sense And so much what Harper is doing toxic The political process oftenof forward seems unclear aboutof the lack ofour affordable rental ToronW. see a great exhibit local artists. promises that never come true. They diesel fumes into already pol-is accomsel trains now only to pay to retrothat will serve out of town busito live through the incredibly modations in while Toronto. said it wasn’t a boy egislacan contact community by email at it hear but not listening. They doesn’t do politicians they needtalking one. disRecently I asked the here.luted Forcity. example the vote to axe the long seem our to make sense, office and many times And thisShe train line fit them (as vaguely promised) at ness folks while we pick up the ruptive building process live in the problem since interest rates were so low encies, by phone at 416-535feel like they are paying more to get by and getbe built entirely all with gunwill registry and destroy thepublic records will Human Resources Minister Diane Findlay is unclear and doesn’t make sense. Too many some undefined later date? And cost—to our health, the environvery communities that of will pay the in people simply buying houses. What?! mation 3158. hear To stay connected online, email askThey to ting less and support return. money that’s your taxcities dollars, about the service lack affordable rental accomweaken gun--were control in big likeitToronpeople promises that never comeand true. why is McGuinty breaking the ment and our common treasury. environmental price for the use of Ya, she really said that too. s bad! join our mailing list. It’s easy to become discouraged, but we cannot isn’t being designed for legisla- modations in Toronto. She said it wasn’t a to. certainly Their proposed Lawful Access hear politicians talking but not listening. They tion will permit law enforcement agencies to access your private online information without a warrant from a judge. That’s bad!

problem since interest rates were so low people were simply buying houses. What?! Ya, she really said that too.

feel like they are paying more to get by and getting less service and support in return. It’s easy to become discouraged, but we cannot

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Metrolinx working fullafford to give upwas on government. Without speed ahead on the Mayor’s plan fort to renew and repair our democratic pr bury no thechance LRT ontoEglinton wetostand meet thebechallenge fore a popular revolt forcedtothe face us. We need government work for City and Province to change dihelp us steward our environment, to educa rections. And in the most recent young people, to create good jobs and t provincial election, the Liberals forbroke the sick and vulnerable down under politicalpeople pres- in our munity. sure and cancelled unwanted gas We arethat constantly told that governm plants were already under “inefficient” and yetMisrecent an construction in ineffective, Oakville and sissauga millions dol- mak posed cutswasting to programs andofservices lars to save their own seats. government less effective and less efficient it’s not too late change WeSoneed to reverse thistofrom the groun course here as well! We can For us that has to start right herestop in Daven this dirty diesel And we Earlier this year,train. I opened mycan commun build an electric train with stafice to better serve our riding. My fantast tions that serve our city without dedicated staff is working to serve you losing a single lane of traffic. It’s new office St. Clairdebate Ave. W. time for on a focused on I’ve this worked toissue, create aand teamletthat is passionate and skille McGuinty know build thatsmart, is accessible and welcom thatan weoffice support accessible, In addition to providing environmentally friendly information, public transit. cacy, and assistance to constituents who talking to our neighbours helpWe’re accessing programs, our office will a in Davenport, and all community along the to d a meeting place for our rail path issues to let them know about provincial that matter to Davenpo McGuinty’s plans and that we educationals, coffeehouses, and to provid have far better options. We’re getvices like tax clinics for low income comm ting petitions signed and bringing members. this debate to Toronto and into the We feelat like government hallsoften of power Queen’s Park and is wo against us andofnot for us. IfWe we’re the House Commons. aregoing t this around, we to need you our be part working hard protect com-of a new and we encourage to to hea ticsmunity, in Davenport. My office you wants get involved. We’re hosting a party you. We want to be in conversation wit April at with the West Toronto Weonwant to 28 work you to make this pr Railpath and we invite you to work better for all of us. come bring yourside neighbours andhere to We’re on your and we’re demonstrate your commitment Please drop by our office at 1674 St. Clai to healthy transit development in W.our and see a great exhibit of local artist city. can contact our community office by em, by phone at 41 3158. To stay connected online, email and join our mailing list.

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Sully’s Boxing Gym’s old stomping grounds have been transformed into an mixed martial arts gym. Photo By Gurpreet Ghag

ments in and out of the octagon more than make up for it. Born in Brazil, Amado has been fighting since the age of 13 and has gone on to an impressive professional career, and an even more impressive one as a trainer. Amado’s students include former UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and current middleweight champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, who boasts a current record of 14 consecutive wins. Bartella said that there are plans to make the most out of those kinds of connections for the stu-

dents here. “We will have UFC fighters come and train here with the students,” he said. “They will do that for [Amado].” Also, in the not so distant future, Bartella hopes to have satellite classes with fighters from around the world, where fighters will be able to teach via their computer from a remote gym. The school will officially open on April 2 and is offering a free trial class to anyone interested. There is also a discount for the first fifty people who sign up. For more detailed information and to get rates or class times, visit

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MMA CLUB MOVES INTO LEGENDARY BOXING SPOT The spot that once saw Muhammad Ali train, now may attract the likes of Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva


It’s almost a passing of the torch in some ways. For decades the gym at the top of Monza Auto Service (21 Wade Ave.) was a shrine of Toronto’s boxing history, but now with the popularity of the sport decreasing, the gym has been transformed to facilitate the sport stealing its attention – mixed martial arts. Back in its heyday, the gym was run by popular boxing promoter Earl Sullivan and named Sully’s. It was a regular hotspot for talent and

was the home gym to Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo for a period in his career. In 1966, in preparation for the fight that made Chuvalo legendary, Muhammad Ali even skipped some rope and flashed some leather there. And while Sully’s did end up moving its ring to 1024 Dupont St., the space remained a boxingclub. It wasn’t until this past January that new owner Joe Bartella and the other owner and head instructor Mauricio Amado decided to sign a lease and turn it into the Evolução Thai MMA School.

“We put up new punching bags because they are supposed to be at a different level for this training. We put down new mats from wall to wall, took down the ring and added an octagon, put up all these wall mats which was hard because the walls aren’t all level,” Bartella said. Yes, it was a beautiful renovation, Bartella said, but the real draw of the school is its head instructor – Mauricio Amado. While Amado is not that fluent with English, his colleague Henry Lima was quick to say that his extensive experience and accomplish-


In an effort to get people out and about, The Davenport West Bike Project launched their second campaign with a community bike forum on March 20. Running out of and in conjunction with the Davenport Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd.), the forum aimed to connect to the community with health issues. “We thought biking would be a non-clinical and friendly way to talk to people about health,” said Gabrielle Langlois, the project’s coordinator.

Langlois said the project is particularly beneficial to the area it serves from Bloor St. W north to Rogers Rd. and east to west from Ossington Ave. to the C.P./C.N. railway tracks because of the area’s “higher than average amount of chronic disease cases.” In a 2007 study by The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, it found that the three neighbourhoods that make up the project’s area are ranked 108th, 122nd and 136th out of 140 neighbourhoods in Toronto for incidence of diabetes. Langlois and her volunteers plan to ride last year’s successes and continue to inform the community

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The Junction Triangle’s Telephone Booth Gallery’s (3148 Dundas St. W.) most recent show brings together nine local artists. Sharlene Rankin, the gallery’s director, said the exhibition, accordingly called Local Call: Neighbours Group Exhibition, was quite different than anything the gallery has done before. “It’s a very diverse show with more conceptual works involving poetry and installation to beautiful sculptures, photography, watercolours, woodcuts and paintings, even some sound works and sound sculptures,” Rankin said. The Local Call display ran from March seventh through the 31st, she said. Participating artist Katherine Knight said there was no better spot for the gallery to be located. “To see the Telephone Booth trying to make a go of it in our

neighbourhood makes me want to support them and be part of that excitement of being in a neighbourhood that is radically changing,” Knight said. Knight said she showed off her Victorian era needlepoint motto photographs, which were collected over a 30-year period from a neighbour at her summer home in Nova Scotia. Knight said her neighbour owns approximately 160 of the Victorian needlepoints. Knight said she chose six of the mottos to be displayed at The Local Call. “This would be a different kind of project for me; usually my photographic work is black and white landscape. I thought it was a good opportunity having a neighbourhood show that was somewhat a work in progress as a project that is not quite finished yet,” Knight said. Ana Bailão, Councillor of Ward 18, said The Junction is only beginning to grow and in the future we can expect to see

more galleries and artists showcasing their work in the area. “A lot of people still don’t think of the Junction as being somewhere they would go. That is actually one of the major changes that we are finding because it is getting so expensive for a lot of these emerging artists and galleries to be on Queen or King as an example, they are looking for places that have a lot of character like the Junction,” Bailão said. Bailão said the gallery did the right thing by getting into the area before it became too saturated. “I think it’s a good step that they are tapping into the local talent. They will obviously be working with the artists and the arts community around the city but there is going to be a strong local component to it and I think that’s very important,” she said. For more information visit or call 647-270-7903.

The Telephone Booth Gallery’s director Sharlene Rankin has brought the community together in her latest showing. Photo by Melinda Warren


In this technological music age of synthesizers and sequencers, Redxdown, the one-man band from Bloordale is finding its identity by mixing genres. In the beginning, Redxdown was beat and rhythm focused, but Donal Ward-McCarthy, the man behind the sound grew his music into what he called a hybrid style of techno by marrying meaningful lyrics and industrial beats. The first spark of Redxdown started in 2004, after Ward-McCarthy, who is originally from Ireland got his residency here in Canada, and after he settled in the Bloordale area. Ward-McCarthy had been working on his own music when he met Elliot Bryant in a Long & McQuade, the go-to-guy for dance music, he said. He and Bryant started jamming together and after a few months Redxdown was born. They released an EP in 2005 and “really experimented a lot, with a lot of different styles,” Ward-McCarthy said. However, Elliot and Ward-McCarthy were moving in two different musical directions, Elliot wanting to stick with the techno style and Ward-McCarthy wanting to “move at a faster pace,” while producing more lyrical songs, so they mutually separated roughly four years ago. It was decided that Ward-McCarthy would stay under the already built up Redxdown name, but the whole concept of who it was began to change. Making the change from techno to more

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Art Gallery Guide

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26 January - 7 April, 2012 The Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present “ Welcome to the Twenty-First Century”, an exhibition of new work by Douglas Coupland. The work analyses sensations created by information technology that are

nearly universal in the western mind. At the same time it discusses our yearnings that are eternal to all of humanity, couched in the form of imprecations and pieties addressed to people living at this century’s beginning.


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