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JUNE 2012 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 5
COMMUNITY GATHERS TO DISCUSS PARKS
GRADUATES ASSEMBLE FOR REUNION
The city’s first Parks Summit proved to be a success BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
After 104 years, Kent Senior Public School goes out in style
BY GURPREET GHAG
Over 100 years following its opening, Kent Senior Public School held it’s final reunion on May 5. After a decision in 2012 by the TorontoDistrict School Board to close the property following the 2011/2012semester due to the school only being 58 per cent full, hundreds ofcurrent and former cobras met at the gymnasium for a final night ofsharing memories in the building they grew up in. The following are some of the more beautiful stories shared thatnight. Ron Spencer attended Kent from 1942 –1950 when the school offered grade 7, 8 and high school classes. Ronwas the bat catcher for the the Cobras 1950 softball championshipteam. “We won pretty decisively, but I honestly don’t remember all ofit-but a big part of it was Billy Van Evra, who was big hot in thelocal entertainment industry-- in fact, he sung with Sunny and Cherfor a couple of years-- he was the shortstop. Bob Dennis was ourcoach-an ex-army man, so he didn’t mess
TOP: Graduated in 1950, Ron Spencer was among hundreds of Kent Alumni in attendance. BOTTOM: Spencer holds a championship patch which represents one of his most cherished memories at the school. Photos by Gurpreet Ghag
Roughly 70 people participated in Ward 18’s first community parks summit at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club (180 Westmoreland Ave.) on May 5. Ward Councilor Ana Bailão hosted the meeting with the idea that members of the community should have input when it comes to the improvement of their community parks. “We want to make improvements and make parks in the neighborhood work,” said Bailão. After a brief introduction from Bailão, long-time Friend of Dufferin Grove Park, Jutta Mason spoke of how she would like to see parks in the neighbourhood develop financially. A large part of her presentation was spent discussing better ways to allocate park donations. As the rule sits now, all park donations go into a “general revenue” fund held by the city. The fund finances park improvements, where
see PARKS SUMMIT page 4 around. We did what he saidwhen he said. It paid off.” Claudio Abreu attended the school in1994 and 1995. “My favourite memory was playing inthe yard and all the
friends you make and going from primary schoolto highschool- the transition. Mostly the friendships you gain inthose two years.” Christine King attended the school in1976 and 77 while her
sister Pauline attended in 1973 and 1974. Christine – “When we went on thescience trips to Boyne River
see KENT REUNION page 6
INSIDE SAVE THE POST OFFICE Federal MP, Andrew Cash aims to stop a possible relocation of a neighbourhood post office
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MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED FOR 299 CAMPBELL AVE. BY GURPREET GHAG
There may be another highrise tower in the works along the stretch of Dupont St., just west of Lansdowne Ave. Developers from TAS Design Build presented their plans for a vacant lot at the corner of Campbell Ave. and Dupont St. (299 Campbell Ave.) to a handful of community members at St. Rita’s Catholic School (178 Edwin Ave.) in order to get some insight before submitting their application to the city. The proposed building would have both residential and commercial use, explained Penio Di Mascio of Urban Strategies Design Group. It would have six stories facing Dupont St. and then step back and rise another two stories. Repeat to add another 10 and you’ll reach its highest peak of 18 stories. Di Mascio explained that there are currently 20,000 square feet of commercial space at the site. Plans for the site would bring that number up to 34,000 with 22,000 square feet for office and employ-
ment space and 1 2,000 for retail. Residential space would be approximately 225,000 square feet with 290 to 300 one to three bedroom units. The plans also included three floors of underground parking. Following this brief overview of the space and the plans for it, the floor was opened up to community concerns and questions. Most of these concerns were about the influx of traffic and lack of parking spots that another 300 residents would not provide any relief for. More specifically, a resident pointed out that parking spots are extremely hard to come by when soccer games take place at Campbell Park. Councillor Bailao said that a restriction could be placed on residents buying street parking passes which has been done in other wards with similar situations. Neighbouring the proposal’s site, a few managers from the SKOR Cash and Carry (1453 Dupont St.) came to voice their concern about the new laneway to their store that would come off Campbell Ave. and replace the one their customers currently use right from the corner
A rendering of the 299 Campbell Ave. proposal which includes residential and commercial spaces. Photo by Gurpreet Ghag
of Campbell and Dupont. David Correia, one of the store’s managers, said he was concerned about how narrow the new lane way would be. “We have 50 to 60 foot trailers come to do deliveries here and we
don’t know if [the new lane way] would be big enough for them to turn,” he said. Correia said that he voiced his concerns to the Design Group after the meeting but has yet to hear anything back from them.
He is hoping the issue is addressed at the next meeting. The Cash and Carry currently serves roughly 900 customers (many of whom run businesses in the ward) and receives 25 to 30 deliveries per week.
PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Proposal update for properties on Dufferin St. causes traffic concerns from community members
BY GURPREET GHAG
Roughly 20 people met at the Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St. W.) to hear development plans for the stretch of property directly north of the recently completed Dufferin St. underpass. An application to develop properties from 430 to 444 Dufferin St. and 41 Alma Ave. was submitted by Siteline Group to the city in Nov. 2011.
They proposed to develop three different buildings on that stretch with an eight story building at the most northern point (41 Alma Ave.) that would be followed to the south by a 12-storey building and then at the most southern point, just before the Dufferin underpass, a 24-storey structure that would stand at 76 m. The structure would encompass 399 residential units with 170 of those being bachelors: 111
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one-bedrooms and 118 two-bedrooms. Included in the plans are 340 parking spots: 300 of these would be underground with 238 of them for residential use, 54 non-resident spots (for commercial use) and 48 for visitors. In March, the Planning and Growth committee outlined a few issues with the designs. The park height of the buildings is 76 meters, whereas the city only allows for 14. Meanwhile, the density of the structures would be 5.5 times the space, whereas the city allows for two. Currently, the site is designated as an employment lands area. However, the developer is hoping to make it a mixed-use site (both commercial and residential) in order to entice an approval from the city. There was also concern over the influx of people from a de-
A screenshot of the three buildings being proposed on Dufferin St. Photo by Gurpreet Ghag
velopment 64 meters from the site at 11 Peel Ave. that has 500 units, and how it would add to an already congested Dufferin St. City of Toronto Planner Sarah Phipps said that council is currently in the process of reviewing its land use policies and ex-
pects no verdict to be reached on this proposal until the process is completed at the end of the year. For more detailed information and diagrams of the structures visit http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-45783.pdf
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FEDERAL MP ANDREW CASH HOPES TO STOP POST OFFICE RELOCATION After Canada Post threatened to relocate the branch from the neighbourhood, Andrew Cash started an online petition to stop any chance for a move BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
The Canada Post Office, located on Dovercourt Rd. near Bloor St. (772 Dovercourt Rd.), could be on its way out of Ward 18, but Davenport MP Andrew Cash is doing all that he can to make sure that doesn’t happen. The threat of a relocation surfaced some months ago when the post office – officially labeled as “Station E” – had a for sale sign posted on its property. The move by Canada Post pressed Cash to explore options to save the branch, which he calls a staple in the community. “[This] has caused a great deal of concern for the community,” said Cash. “It’s a well used post office, it’s very busy.” According to Cash, the ‘for sale’ sign was removed from the property just five days after posting and replaced with community notice that warns of the potential relocation. The notice also notes the community has the option to voice their opinion, but Cash said with little contact information released, a better forum needed to
exist. “It’s difficult for people to contact Canada Post [with the information given],” said Cash. In an effort to amplify the public voice – and to provide a better forum, Cash started an online petition on his website on May 14 and since, the rookie federal MP has collected well over 2000 signatures from residents in the neighborhood. “We are looking for a solution, I think people in our community really care about their public services,” said Cash. “[Canada Post] can’t arbitrarily decide one day they are going to move, the consultation has been terrible.” Cash said he recently met with Canada Post representatives and was assured no official decision has been made. As for the whereabouts of the possible relocation, Cash said for now, it’s a “moving target.” For more information or to sign the petition, visit http://www.andrewcash.ca/ save-our-local-post-office
This post office located at Dovercourt Rd. and Northumberland St. could be on the move. Photo by Justin Millerson
OASIS SPRING RUN HITS THE WEST TORONTO RAIL PATH BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
Forty long distance runners grabbed their shoes and gathered at the West Toronto Railpath on May 26 to participate in the fourth annual Oasis Dufferin Community Centre spring run. This year marks the first time the
“It was awesome. I live in the neighbourhood and I run it all the time. It was great to run on such a smooth course.” Chris Ortiz Executive Director of Oasis
For the first time, runners taking part in the Oasis spring run ran on the West Toronto Rail Path. Photo by Justin Millerson
run took place at the rail path with each of the last three taking place on Brockton Stadium track, just north of the Dufferin Mall.
Executive Director of the community centre, Chris Ortiz said the change in scenery had a positive effect on the event. “It was awesome, “said Ortiz. “I live in the neighbourhood and I run the [rail path] all the time. It was great to run on such a smooth course.” The charity event, which included four and eight kilometer runs – different from last year’s model of five and ten kilometers – raised just over $5,000, a hike from last year’s total of $4,700. Ortiz said the new course garnered more attention from cardio enthusiasts, thus translating into more donations. In the four kilometer run, Peter Chang placed first with a time of 18:06, 1:54 ahead of second place finisher Hasan Subhani. The winner of the eight kilometer run was Nickson Rugut who ran it in 29:58, 2:04 before Eric Bang crossed the line for second place.
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BLOORDALE HONOURS URBANIST JANE JACOBS BY GURPREET GHAG
About 100 people huddled around their tour guide at the Lansdowne subway exit on Emerson Ave. on May 5. In celebration of the late urbanist Jane Jacobs and her love for urban communities, host Adam Popper welcomed everyone and laid out his plans for his Jane’s Walk entitled “Bloordale: A story of transit, entrepreneurship and neighbourhood.” The turnout was almost triple than what Popper anticipated and the eager Jane-walkers listened closely to his instructions. “I was only expecting 20 or 25 people,” Popper said. “I only made 35 handouts and one of the volunteers counted over 90 people.” Besides making the handouts, Popper said he spent the days leading up to the walk visiting Toronto Archives to get a better understanding of his neighbourhood. “I’m fairly new to the neighPARKS SUMMIT, from page 1 ...needed, across Toronto. Since 1998, Dufferin Grove Park has collected over $1 million in donations, Mason said, but only a fraction of that money will actually go back into the park. Mason believes in order to maintain fairness, the money should go back into the park that raised it.
bourhood,” he said. “I only moved here in 2008 and I don’t have a lot of the stories of how it was like when crime was really really bad. I frequent certain businesses, but not all, so I kind of had an idea of what I was going to talk about.” Popper started the tour by introducing three Bloor St. W. entrepreneurs who settled on the Bloordale strip between Emerson Ave. and Margueretta St. in three different time periods to the participants, who had the chance to ask questions about the neighbourhood and the changes it has
“I was only expecting 20 or 25 people, I only made 35 handouts and one of the volunteers counted 90 people.”
Host, Adam Popper introduces entrepreneurs in front of onlookers before his Jane’s walk. Photo by Gurpreet Ghag
seen since the 1960s. The cross section of eras was explored when the walking group
toured Vito’s Barber Shop at 1258 Bloor St. W., a family-owned business that opened in the 60s, South Indian Dosa Mahal at 1262 Bloor St. W., whose owners moved into the area in the 80s, and Nuthouse at 1256 Bloor St. W., which opened in 2010. The group then walked south on Margueretta St. while discussed the planning behind the street’s
development. Popper told the group to observe how the blocks were much longer south of Bloor and discussed how shorter blocks like those north of Bloor St. make for safer communities. The group then made its way back up the street to Susan Tibaldi parkette where participants either went home or joined Popper for a cup of hot chocolate at his house.
All in all, Popper was quite happy with the turnout. “I wanted to get a bunch of different people out here for the walk and I think I did that,” he said. Popper has no immediate plans for another walk, but hasn’t totally ruled it out. “If I were to do it again, I would talk less and have more discussion arise,” he said.
“We want donations to go back into Ward 18 parks,” she said. Following Mason’s presentation, Anna Hill, Outreach Coordinator for Park People spoke about Park People’s initiative and how it can help optimize park development. Park People is an organization that encourages park volunteer groups. The Park People organization, according to their website, believe
“Toronto is on the verge of a park renaissance” and Hill feels community involvement is essential to guarantee success moving forward. “A park group is a good opportunity to get the community talking about their parks,” said Hill. Out of 16 listed parks in Ward 18, only six currently have a parks group, but Hill ensured starting
one is trouble-free. The first step is to visit Park People’s website, which can be found at http://www. parkpeople.ca. After the presentations, community members in attendance broke into groups to voice their suggestions about how to improve their neighbourhood parks. Discussion was broken into categories including sports, art, community en-
gagement, greenery and finances. Bailão reported on her website a long list of suggestions were collected and will be taken into serious consideration upon any park upgrades in the future. For more information about the summit or how you can get involved, visit http://www.anabailao. ca/2012/05/community-parkssummit-notes/
Adam Popper walk coordinator and host
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This cal aspect of a caring and cohesive While I recognize that the TCHC faces a stronger vision for Letters from your political representatives Whether it is the beautifully 506 Carleton, 29 Dufferin, 505 now closely examining this matter. Street shops, the beautiful lighting service. In each reducfrom Especially with will continu affordable housing. The need for case safe, these would result in overbunching. $250 million to be injected wrapped in theriders arms of Dupont arethese among the population The Queen ing Street caris is a further society,along andDundas provides dignity toaffordable thepackages growing backlog, the sale buildings future. 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News KENT REUNION, from page 1 ...and saw the teachers in a wholedifferent light.” Pauline - “and they got to see us in the same light.” Truman Phillip attended during 1991 and1992 and said he will never forget playing on the basketball teams. “We ended up going to the finals thefirst year I was here, but we came just short. I think we lost toCarleton Village. The next year we went to the finals again and won.So that was nice. It was all nice-- going to the mall, playingstreet-fighter at the 7-11’s, the mountain dew Slurpees.” Wendy West went to Kent in 1978 and1979, Donna West was there 1972 and 1973 and Cindy was there during1973 and 1974. Wendy - “I remember my graduationdress – it was just so ugly, horrible – I can’t believe I woreit” Donna - “My favourite teacher was Mr.Donny and I had him for grade 8 in homeroom. He was really nice andgenuine.” Cindy - “I remember going across thestreet to ‘Local’ for fries and gravy, but now it’s gone.”
Shah Syed attended the school in 2005and 2006 and remembers how he got back at a bully. “One time we were playing outside and my friend got injured by abully. I ended up fake-crying to get him into trouble.” Michelle Gagne and Stephanie Munsattended the school in 1985 and 1986 and recall the last day Michelle - “The last day of school,everybody took an afternoon off and there was a massive shaving creamfight at the back of the school. There were cans upon cans of shavingcream. Everybody was covered in it- it stunk, but it was a nice,sunny day.” Marcia and Hayden Degannes attended theschool in 1978 and 1979. They weren’t planning on coming to thereunion, but were just driving by when they noticed the festivities.The two met each other at Kent and have been married happily since. Hayden - “We’ve been married for 25 years now and have two girls.It all happened right here.” Yasin Farizanali attended Kent in 1997and 1998. He recalls the hard times growing up at Kent. “I was picked on a lot and now
thatmy antagonists haven’t come back for me to laugh at sucks. I am veryheartbroken about this whole situation.” Effi Kapoulis taught at the schoolsince 1990 and said there are many reasons why she stayed at Kent forso long. “The students at this school havebeen spectacular. Just good kids overall, even the kids who liked tocause trouble weren’t bad- they were just mischievous. Every yearthere was just something special about the graduating class. Thisyear is one of the best years – the attendance, the marks... forus, as staff, knowing that this is out last graduating class isreally sad to see. We’re packing up now, we’re doing inventory –everything is being moved and relocated. It’s very sad.”
Captions clockwise: Claudio Abreu, The West’s (Wendy, Donna and Cindy), Shah Syed, Truman Phillips, Marcia and Hayden Degannes, current instructor, Effi Kapoulis and Yasin Farizanali. Photos By Gurpreet Ghag
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Almost every student attending Pauline Public School participated in the art fair with each completing a square foot drawing. Photos by Gurpreet Ghag
PAULINE PUBLIC SCHOOL HOLDS STUDENT ART FAIR BY GURPREET GHAG
On a sunny afternoon on May 4, children were running wild
throughout Pauline Public School beyond normal school hours as a “Square Foot” art show filled the gymnasium. There were 224 unique pieces
drawn by almost every student at the Pauline Ave. elementary school on display as a strings ensemble from Bloor Collegiate warmed up the gym with some light music.
It’s called a Square Foot art show because each piece of art is on a 12inch square canvas. Somewhere among the families looking over artwork and one of
the several sporadically occurring games of tag taking place on the gym floor, organizer Sheila Mulherm held her daughter Stella as she announced the event was a huge success. “Kids have been coming in all day and trying to find their pieces on the wall,” she said. “They’re so excited that they were in a real art show.” Mulherm, along with Ann Marino, the other half of the organizing team, came across the idea of a square foot art show from Awol Gallery, at 78 Ossington Ave., and thought it would be a great way to unite the parents and students of the school and celebrate the creativity in its walls. Marino said the event was solely for the kids Pauline. “We want our kids to see the school as a community rather than an institution,” she said. Besides the art displays, there was also a silent auction of art donated from the community, a variety of snacks to taste, and a draw for a crayola art pack with proceeds going towards extra curricular activities in the school.
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ARSENAL TORONTO GALLERY AIMS TO BRING FRESH LOOK TO BLOORDALE Just a half month after Arsenal Montreal opened up in Quebec, Arsenal Toronto settles in Bloordale offering a unique space for art exhibitions
Arsenal Toronto calls an industrial building home with only a small web address (see above) to indentify itself. Photo by Amber Daugherty
BY AMBER DAUGHERTY
Arsenal Toronto sits across from a scrap metal yard, a stone’s throw away from where the street meets the West Toronto Railpath. At first glance, it looks nothing like your traditional gallery – it’s a box, an industrial unit, with two huge garage doors, the only identifying piece a small strip of text at the bottom of the door on the side of the building that says www.arsenaltoronto.com. The new gallery located at 45 Ernest Ave., has set up shop in Bloordale, looking unique amongst others in the neighbourhood. “We were looking for a large sort of warehouse or factory setting to really allow the artworks to breathe in them, [have] space around them, tall ceilings and good light,” said Jean-François Bélisle, art director of Arsenal Toronto. Arsenal opened a month and a half ago on the quiet street. Its sister gallery, Arsenal Montreal, opened just half a month before
that and the two carry some distinct similarities. “We really want them to be collaborative spaces where we invite different curators and different people from the art world to build the projects and exhibitions with us,” Bélisle said. This contemporary art gallery is set apart by that, but it also has a unique twist on how people interact with the art on display. “Corporate events and private events happen every day in Montreal and in Toronto in these big cities and people tend to be tired of the same setup all the time, when you show up to a dinner and you have an hour cocktail and then you have a two hour dinner,” Bélisle said. “Bringing the art world into this gives it a completely new flare and a new touch, especially for event organizers that want to put the emphasis on creativity.” So far, Arsenal Montreal has had a lot of success, hosting events such as fashion shows, gala evenings and gourmet dinners in the space. Bélisle said while they would like to do the same thing
in Toronto, they are not sure they have the resources for it. Montreal’s gallery includes an enormous catering kitchen, whereas the building on Ernest Ave. is a “pure exhibition space.” Bélisle has been art director with Arsenal for just over a year, but he has art experience that spans many years. He has run the AGAC – a contemporary art gallery association based in Montreal and a gallery in New York City. He has also worked for UNESCO
in Paris. Arsenal Toronto is something he is excited and very passionate about and said he is really looking forward to collaborating with other venues in the area. “We quickly came to the conclusion that the Junction was really interesting because there are other similar spaces that exist [there]. There’s a little hub of contemporary art places that have opened up in the last couple years and if it keeps on going like that then maybe we’ll have a true little
hub,” he said. The gallery is currently only open Fridays from 12 to 7 and Saturdays from 12 to 5. Bélisle said after the next couple of shows, they will hopefully have someone local running the space so it can be open longer. In the meantime, he said he is optimistic about the gallery. “We’re hoping for a great success and lots of good thrilling exhibitions and we’re going to put all our energy into that.”
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Daniel Faria Gallery
May 31 -July 21 , 2012 The Daniel Faria Gallery is proud to present Patterns of Emancipation, Shannon Bool’s first solo exhibition in Canada. Bool’s new work explores the need to obtain freedom from prescribed spaces. A continuation of Bool’s
previous work, the exhibition examines the visual identities of a culture or era (colours, ornaments, prints and patterns) and decontextualizes these visual codes until a new pattern or object emerges.
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Known for video installation, photography and sculpture, Los Angeles-based Canadian artist Jed Lind investigates technologies that highlight the way the natural and the manmade intersect, with particular reference to 1960s and 70s ideology. For his third exhibition at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Lind takes the dystopian novel Concrete Island
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(1974) by J.G. Ballard as the starting point for a new body of work. A modern Robinson Crusoe, Ballard’s protagonist crashes his Jaguar between the embankments of London’s converging freeways, finding himself stranded on a traffic island. Slowly, he is forced to dissemble his luxury car, fashioning the parts into means of survival, and tools for escape.
der The Silent Tornado (for Jack Goldstein). For the photograph Nimbus D’Aspremont, Berndnaut Smilde uses smoke, moisture and spot lighting to manufacture an indoor cloud that lives momentarily suspended in a surrealist wish fulfillment. John Massey’s photo series Twilight’s Last Gleaming is exemplary of his longstanding interest in enclosed spaces. Based on a scale model of an interior setting, the resulting image frames a situation of contained existence analogous to consciousness.
Pete Smith presents “Blind Carbon Copy” In his first solo exhibition with p|m Gallery, Smith projects an animation titled “Blind Carbon Copy” onto one of the gallery’s walls. In this piece, Smith remixes five years of his previous work: preliminary computer sketches as well as images of his paintings. The oil on canvas works in the font of the gallery are painterly representations of still images selected from that animation. These works negotiate the interstitial space
between the painterly and the graphic, the analogue and the digital, the human and the post-human. Pete Smith is an artist, critic and sometimes curator based in Southern Ontario. He has exhibited his work extensively since completing his BFA from York University in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. Paintings from the Blind Carbon Copy series is also included in the monumental, 12000 square foot exhibition of Toronto painting, 60 Painters.
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Taking its name from a piece of weather lore, the exhibition puts into conversation artworks that contend with atmospheric effects and environments— whether the austere solo living systems in Absalon’s Propositions d’habitation, or the abstraction of the sky into the printed page in Bruce Nauman’s LAAIR, or the reverie of a bubble in an infinite float in Cao Guimarães and Rivane Neuenschwander’s Inventory of small deaths (blow). A complete set of Jack Goldstein’s 45rpm sound effect recordings form an important context in the exhibition, including The Tornado, pressed to purple vinyl in order to signal the ominous sky of an impending storm. Jonathan Monk trains a 16mm camera on the very same Goldstein record, capturing it in the cyclone of its turntable play, yet suppressing the sound to ren-
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