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SEPTEMBER 2012 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 8
COMMUNITY CALLED TO RUN RAILPATH Bringing Bloordale to its prized parkland to run for a good cause BY KEVIN C. SMITH
BLOORCOURT ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
For the second time ever a portion of Bloor St. was shut down for a day to make way for the Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair. On August 18 the Bloorcourt Business Improvement Area (BIA) Committee hosted the second annual event to give thousands of Torontonians a chance to celebrate the spirit and culture of Bloorcourt. “I thought we made a lot of great strides this year in terms of the improvement of the event,” said Gary Rideout, Vice-Chair of
the Bloorcourt BIA. “We focused on the arts and crafts which is really unique for [our BIA].” Over 60 arts and crafts vendors took to the street between Dufferin St. and Montrose Ave. which is up from the roughly 35 that took part last year. Rideout said the goal this year (and next) is to continue growth; something he expressed was clearly achieved. “For the sake of our BIA we had to expand the boundaries to [Montrose Ave.] to include our entire BIA,” said Rideout. The festival last year spanned from just Dufferin St. to Shaw Ave., a couple blocks short of
the BIA’s boundaries and while Rideout said it worked well for the inaugural event he said it was important to display all parts of the BIA to show the true identity of Bloorcourt. One of the main attractions in last year’s festival returned for an encore presentation. Fight!, a Toronto based professional wrestling league set up their stage once again at the corner of Bloor St. and Concord Ave. This time the event awarded the first annual “Bloorcourt Cup” to the winner of a multi-wrestler tournament. In a tough hard fought battle it was Psycho Mike taking the first crown.
“It’s been much better than last year…there were twice as many people [watching] which shows that [our sport] is growing,” said Ashley Sixx, founder of Fight!. While there were many “outside the neighbourhood” venders making their mark, Rideout still believes it’s important to include the businesses close to home. He said he was encouraged by the interest from local businesses noting that almost every restaurant participated in this year’s festival. “Unlike things like Taste of Danforth, we don’t want to bring in outside food vendors, we want the businesses in our BIA to make that food revenue,” said Rideout.
On September 30, various community partners will host the first ever Railpath Community Run on the West Toronto Railpath. Founded by community member Shazia McCormick, the Railpath Community Run is shaping up to be an exciting event for Bloordale and beyond. “I discovered [the railpath] pretty early on when we came to the area. One day I was running on it and thought ‘this would be a great spot for a running event.’ I put some feelers out ... and before I knew it, people wanted to get involved,” McCormick said. The event has also gained the support of the municipal, provincial and federal levels of local government. “The West Toronto Railpath Community Run is a great local initiative, conceived and planned by an enthusiastic group of residents for a worthy cause. It will...
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COMMUNITY MEMEBERS GATHER FOR AN OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES After a successful showing of Sterling Cinema Al Fresco, development company Castlepoint hopes to bring even more movies for next year’s showing
ent possibilities for development of the Sterling property,” John O’Keefe a managing partner at Castlepoint, the developers behind the event, said, “we came across the idea that there should be a centre, a courtyard, to engage the neighbourhood.” Inspired by a Mediterranean aesthetic, the people at Castlepoint, who purchased the property in 2007, hung piazza lights,
brought in beach sand and provided Adriatic seating for the free Amélie screening on July 29. Amidst the former Alcan Factory surroundings, one hundred and twenty Bloordale residents – ranging from octogenarians to small children – attended the film. Popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream were available for a nominal cost of 25 cents per item. To further support the development of the
neighbourhood, the concession profits were donated to local registered charity Green Here (http:// www.green.ca) whose mandate is to increase green space in the Davenport neighbourhood. When asked about the Al Fresco nights, Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão wrote, “I am very supportive of these movie nights as they bring the community together for family-friendly entertainment in
a unique outdoor setting.” Support for the movie nights is growing among neighbours. “Nothing says summer to me like watching movies out of doors!” local resident and writer Becky Blake said. “A blanket, the stars, some popcorn and a screen ... this is a classic summer evening. I love having an outdoor venue in my community.” The second Al Fresco night on August 12 featured The Straight Story, played to a smaller crowd due to poor weather conditions. Upcoming shows include The Big Night on September 9 and, as a way to engage families post backto-school, Jurassic Park on September 23, both at 8:30 p.m. Costs for the Al Fresco nights roll in at about $2,500 per show with three to four Castlepoint staff working the venue. Castlepoint sees the investment as a more efficient way to divert a part of their marketing budget, all the while reinvesting in the Bloordale neighbourhood. They currently have a proposal plan with the City of Toronto to develop a subdivision including seven blocks ranging from two to 17 stories just down the road at 158 Sterling Rd. Next year Castlepoint hopes to expand to 12 movie nights starting in June 2013. The shows will continue to be free and accessible for all in the neighbourhood. Information about the movie nights are posted throughout small businesses in Bloordale as well as Councillor Bailão’s enewsletter, website, Twitter and facebook accounts.
minute break. The first wave is for experienced runners looking to gain a personal best rank, while the second group is intended for participants just seeking to enjoy a jog or stroll along the Railpath. McCormick said the organizers wanted to ensure the two groups ran separately for space and safety reasons. “We figured it would allow multiple demographics [to participate]. An opportunity to rack up a lot of kms for serious runners, or the opportunity to have a leisurely stroll for just a few kilometers for those that just want to explore the space,” she said.
The registration fee is $20, with proceeds going towards The Stop Community Food Centre at 1884 Davenport Rd. (http://www.thestop.org). The Stop is a community food centre seeking to increase access to healthy sustainable food in Bloordale. McCormick described The Stop as a “staple in the community.” “Seeing the great sustainable work that they do just resonated with me personally,” she said. All participants will receive a shoe tag medal, refreshments and will be eligible for prizes from a wide list of community partners, including GO Transit passes to
Niagara Falls and gift certificates for local businesses like the Farmhouse Tavern, The Westerly Kitchen, Grateful Head salon, and Gurts. “We also have the unique prizes of ‘Coffee with the Davenport MP Andrew Cash’ and ... ‘Davenport MPP Jonah Schein,’” McCormick said, reflecting the enthusiasm of Bloordale’s political representatives. The Railpath Run is a great opportunity for people from within the community and around the city to come out and celebrate one of Toronto’s most unique public spaces. The West Toronto Railpath was inaugurated in 2009 and
runs along a former industrial rail line from Cariboo Ave. just north of Dupont to Dundas St. W., with plans to expand the path in the near future. It was recently awarded the 2012 National Urban Design Award and has quickly become a fixture of the community. The Railpath Run will be held on September 30. While the organizers encourage registration as early as possible, registration will be open until the day of the event, with the possibility of limited onsite registration. For more information, go to http://www.railpathcommunityrun.wordpress.com
An outdoor theatre (similar to the one seen above) is now presenting Sterling Cinema Al Fresco on Sterling Rd.. Photo courtesy Creative Commons
BY MARY B. VALENCIA
Listen up Bloordale! Harbourfront and Yonge & Dundas Square aren’t the only venues showcasing free summer screenings. This July, the inaugural “Sterling Cinema Al Fresco” movie nights premiered at 181 Sterling Rd. just southwest of Bloor St. and Lansdowne Ave.. “As we were thinking of differRAILPATH RUN from page 1 ...bring hundreds of people to one of the city’s newest and best recreational spaces,” Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão, who plans to attend the event, said via e-mail. The run takes a unique time trial approach. Instead of participants competing for the finish line, they will seek to complete as many laps of the 2.1 km railpath as they can within a fixed span. In order to allow both experienced runners as well as amateurs, joggers and walkers to participate, the run will take part in two 45 minute “waves” separated by a 30
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TORONTO MURAL ARTIST FINDING SUCCESS AFTER WORK IN COMMUNITY After playing a large part in creating the mural at Dundas and Dupont St., North Etobicoke resident Jay Stewart is finding her footing as a recognized artist in Toronto BY AMBER DAUGHERTY
Jay Stewart is a not-too-familiar name in the city of Toronto, but that’s slowly changing. The emerging artist was one of the leaders in redesigning the murals at Dupont and Dundas St. and she is now becoming a leader in her own North Etobicoke community, showing female youth that art is a viable option – no matter your gender or what part of the city you’re from. “It’s nice to see a role model within your gender doing something that you wouldn’t usually see,” Stewart says about the graffiti she’s exceptionally skilled at creating. Though it’s traditionally a male-dominated art form, she’s proven many times that women are just as capable of doing it well. The 25-year-old was born in Jamaica and moved to Toronto when she was only four. She grew up by Woodbine Mall, spending her time looking for ways to use the creativity she’s always felt was a part of her. “Here in Etobicoke there really wasn’t anything for me to do,” she says. “Being an artist myself, there wasn’t anything graffiti-wise; there’s just a couple things like basketball or arts and craft. There’s nothing too interesting or different here – that’s what I find frustrating.” But perhaps someday soon that won’t be the case. Stewart is work-
Jay Stewart has high hopes, big dreams, and talent that will take her far. Photo by Amber Daugherty
ing with an independent group called Soul Image that’s attempting to bring graffiti and mural work from the downtown core into places that don’t normally see that kind of activity, like North Etobicoke. Besides working with Soul Image, Stewart is working with another group called SKETCH, a group that creates art opportunities for at risk, homeless or streetinvolved youth. Currently, Stewart is one of the three female lead artists for a new mural on the outside
wall of a karate studio. The studio is entirely female-run, so it seems obvious that it would be an all-female group of artists painting outside, including girls aged 12-16. “It’s kind of like a first time group and very innovative and it’s doing the same thing I’m doing,” she says,“empowering the youth in the neighbourhood and showing them there’s something else to do besides illegal work or just not doing anything at all. [We’re] trying to be positive and creative.”
NUIT BLANCHE TO LAND IN BLOORDALE BY MELISSA MILLERSON
Friday, September 29 will be a sleepless night in the city once again as Toronto participates in the seventh annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. From 7:03 p.m. to sunrise, the city comes to life in celebration of contemporary art, which includes four destinations right in Bloordale. -The Virtual Metropolis by Mike Parsons Robert Kananaj Gallery 1267 Bloor Street West http://www.heyapathy-comicsart.com/cg-art.html A familiar face to Bloordale, Toronto-based award winning artist Mike Parsons combines his special-
ties of ink drawing and stop animation to create a virtual environment. Like a video game, you take control of your world as you explore its imaginary surroundings, including cityscapes, factory districts and war zones. -Nests by Shannon Partridge Bloor Street West from Dufferin Street to Lansdowne Avenue http://www.shannonpartridge. com A bit of a treasure hunt, Nests is an installation of 50 hand-crafted and illuminated nest sculptures among the trees along Bloor Street. Toronto-based artist Shannon Partridge will use pipe cleaners to create art and awareness of the species each nest relates to. Pick up a map of the
locations when you arrive, along with an information guide of each species, and be both enchanted and informed while you tour the heart of Bloordale. -The Ghost Jungle by Adrienne Amato & Rogério Nunes Dufferin Grove Park 875 Dufferin Street http://www.theghostjungle. blogspot.com This collaboration between Brazilian animator Rogério Nunes and Canadian filmmaker Adrienne Amato will use video and audio projection to create a rainforest setting among the trees of Duffein Grove Park. Animation of the different Amazonic creatures along with the sounds found in the jungle will cre-
Stewart’s work can be seen in the community where Dupont and Dundas St. meet Photo by Justin Millerson
Stewart says she’s been making art her whole life, though not having a place to express it or try it out meant she stayed in her shell longer than she should have. But once she looked outside her own neighbourhood for work and began confidently tackling projects, graffiti spiralled into murals, which moved naturally into graphic design, web design and motion graphics. Now, Stewart is studying Graphic Web Design at George Brown College with hopes
ate an environment that plays upon the senses, while giving the viewers a chance to reflect upon nature. -Futurespaces by Jason Harvey & Cait MacIntosh Dupont Projects 1444 Dupont Street http://www.jasonharvey.biz/index.html Through 2D and 3D art, Toronto artists will create micro-environments that look at the state of current surroundings and explore the anticipated future of the world as we know it. For more information on the entire event, go to: http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca
to someday go to New York City and find a career in motion graphics in the film industry - and she’s well on her way to achieving that dream. In the meantime, she’s busy with community groups, inspiring a younger generation to strive for their dreams - even if they seem a little outside of their field. “It’s about seeing your role models – people who grew up with you – seeing them do something different, then they’ll take on to it.”
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COMMUNITY BBQ PROMPTS RESIDENTS TO REACH OUT TO PREMIER
A community barbeque titled “Mother’s Against Diesel Trains” resulted in several phone calls being made by community members to the Premier’s office to stop the installation of diesel trains; however no hard response has yet been given. Photo courtesy Creative Commons
BY KEVIN PUTMAN
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The Premier on Ontario, Dalton McGuinty received dozens of calls from Junction Triangle residents about electric trains on Thursday, August 30 as a result of the Mothers Against Diesel Potluck in Perth Square Park. Organized by the Junction Triangle Rail Committee, the neighbourhood event was upbeat and
animated by the presence of the loads of young children who came to see Hiccup the Clown. While people grazed the food table, residents took turns calling the Premier’s office to share their views about the massive diesel train expansion plan now under construction on the Georgetown South rail corridor. The corridor forms the western boundary of the Junction Triangle neighbourhood. Families
are concerned about increased diesel pollution in the community, which could be avoided with greener, quieter and cheaper-tooperate electric trains. No one actually got to speak to the Premier. Callers were told their comments would be noted and passed along. I was advised that there was no point in leaving my telephone number because the Premier does not return calls from residents.
The staff member who told me this also said the decision about electric trains was the decision of Metrolinx and that we should take the matter up with the Minister of Transportation. Recently, Metrolinx stated at a public meeting that electrification was out of their hands with the decision a question only of political will. Several attempts by organizers to erect a five metre “train
wall” out of air mattresses demonstrated the enormous height of the sound barriers Metrolinx plans to install along the entire 23 km rail corridor at the end of the diesel expansion project. The wall stood for several minutes on two occasions, to the shock of the assembled crowd. At nearly 16 feet, it stood taller than the lamppost nearby before collapsing in a mangled heap of air mattresses and Velcro.
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Letters from your political representatives COUNCILLOR ANA BAILÃO
As our City grows and expands, we are able to enjoy many exciting benefits of this change. Greater diversity, new businesses, increased activity in our neighbourhoods, and more people, interests and talents are all part of a developing city. It also comes with its challenges; among them, increased traffic volumes and street congestion. For these important issues to be met with positive solutions, it is critical that local residents be involved in the process. During my campaign and since my election, I spoke with many residents in the Junction Triangle area about traffic related issues. These issues, along with the proposed development at 362 Wallace Avenue,
highlighted the need for a comprehensive and community-based traffic strategy. To accomplish this, I organized a community meeting to develop ways of addressing these local traffic concerns. Beginning in October, 2011, residents and my office created the “Local Traffic Working Group”, which has been meeting periodically to create a traffic master plan focussed on addressing the traffic concerns that residents and City staff have been identifying in the area. The scope of this work includes the Georgetown Rail Corridor to the West, Lansdowne Avenue to the East, Dupont Street to the North and Bloor Street West, to the South. Staff from both the City’s Cycling and Infrastructure Department and Transportation Services Department have been involved in this process, and have been very appreciative of the ideas and feedback this residents’ group has been able to provide. Staff have also been able to provide insight into the discussion, answer questions and
MP ANDREW CASH 416-654-8048 This week my New Democrat colleagues and I are gathering in St John’s to discuss our plans and priorities for the upcoming Parliamentary session. Everything we do in Ottawa this year will be guided by one thing: standing up for the hardworking people that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have ignored. This means fighting for the things that folks in Toronto care about. Seniors, young families and new immigrants in our great city who can’t find decent places to live because housing prices are out of control. We need a national affordable housing strategy. The NDP is going to fight for this. Harper’s unnecessary raising of the age of eligibility for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 mean that our seniors, who already struggle to make ends meet, will be able to afford even less. We’re going to work towards real solutions for our seniors, like increasing the GIS and improving CPP. We plan to stand up for immigrants and refugees who face continued attacks from the Harper Conservatives, through mean-spirited legislation like Bill C-31 - which limits refugee applications from certain countries and threatens to detain new refugees for up to a year – or the cancellation of the Interim Federal Health Program, which denies refugees basic health care services. We will continue to fight against these attacks on immigrants and refugees. Toronto residents have a dire need for improved public transit, yet Stephen Harper refuses to provide municipalities with the necessary funds to meet their transit demands. Over 60 mayors, city councils and municipal organizations from across the country have endorsed our plan for a National Transit Strategy. We will work to make this plan a reality in the coming months. We’ll work with the provinces to secure the necessary funding to build a stable, effective health care system. Stephen Harper plans to cut billions of dollars from our national health care system in the coming years. Universal, portable, accessible and public health care is a cornerstone of Canadian society, and we will do everything in our power to preserve it. These are just a few of the things we will focus on in Parliament over the next year. I promise that we will never stop fighting for the things that you care about. Please feel free to share your concerns with me by calling my office at 416-654-8048 or emailing andrew. email@example.com.
MPP JONAH SCHEIN 416-535-3158 Born to a family of teachers, I have always felt that September was like the start of the new year, a time of new beginnings, a time to sharpen our pencils and get to work. I’d like to wish all the students, teachers, and families in Davenport a happy new school year. As you may be aware, this summer, the McGuinty Government recalled the legislature early to debate the “Putting Students First Act.” While the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals will support this bill, the government’s approach has been widely panned as unconstitutional and could potentially cost Ontarians hundreds of millions of
make note of resident concerns. Over the next few months, Staff will work together with the newly established Working Group in order to finalize these area traffic improvements. Once a master traffic plan is developed, the Local Traffic Working Group will hold a further public meeting to present this plan to the local community for consideration and comment – after which I will submit the final plan to Community Council for approval. Projects like the Junction Triangle Traffic Management Committee are too rarely seen in Toronto and have enormous benefits. Such an opportunity engages and informs residents, saves City Staff time and resources, and often results in a much more agreeable outcome for everyone. As I promised during my campaign, I will continue to make every effort to involve residents in the city decisions that affect us all. Any residents wishing to participate on the Working Group is invited to contact Michael Vieira at firstname.lastname@example.org
dollars if appealed to the Supreme Court. This approach has been needlessly harmful to classroom morale, and it was a blatantly partisan (but ultimately unsuccessful) attempt by the government to manufacture a crisis in education and win a by-election in Kitchener-Waterloo. Contrary to government spin, teachers did not threaten to disrupt the school year. In fact, they indicated a willingness to accept a two year pay freeze. Our NDP caucus, Ontario teachers and school boards have all criticized the government’s bullying approach. The government had eight months to negotiate a settlement with teachers, but instead chose to recklessly put children in the middle of their political games. This bill needlessly scapegoats hard working teachers for a political “win” and diverts attention from the real education issues we face. The government has tried to frame this issue as a choice between bargaining and full-day kindergarten, but this is clearly a false choice. We can make the investments in our schools that truly put kids first, we can have full-day kindergarten, and we can have a fair and respectful bargaining process. Most teachers spent the last weeks of August getting ready for the new school year and, as expected, are now in their classrooms focused on their students and ready to teach. We need this government to stop putting their own partisan needs first and to focus instead on delivering for the people of this province.
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New In Business
TASTE VIETNAMESE CULTURE A new restaurant looks to bring the culture of central Vietnam to Bloordale BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
In an effort to bring authentic Vietnamese culture to the streets of Toronto, co-restaurant owners Diem-Thuy Nguyen and Tam Nguyen opened up two new spots, one of which rests on the southern border of Bloordale. Pho Indochine, located on College St. just west of Dufferin St. (1144 College St.) opened up in late July, just one month after Tam and DiemThuy opened their first location in Cabbagetown. “We want to start something different that isn’t available in the market,” said Diem-Thuy Nguyen while sitting at one of her own restaurant tables. Both Nguyen’s want to bring the experience of central Vietnam to their customers and they are in high hopes that this will encourage the public to engage in a culture that exists on the other side of the world. As an interior designer, Diem-Thuy has decorated both locations to match the design and style of Vietnam, a key feature she hopes will attract business. Eventually the plan is to import authentic Vietnamese furniture and utensils to give the restaurant its final touch. In some sorts Pho Indochine was built by the
perfect marriage. Dating back 20 years ago, Diem-Thuy went to University to pursue an interior design career and along the way she met her current business partner Tam, who at that time already had years of business experience underneath his belt. Fast forward two decades and the idea of Pho Indochine was born. With the help from her Brother-In-Law, Diem-Thuy targeted her College St. location around the beginning of July after which she spent just 20 days completing renovations. “It was all very sudden,” said Diem-Thuy. Now that Pho Indochine has been open on College St. for roughly a month, she said she is happy to be nestled in such a diverse neighbourhood.
Opened just about a month and a half ago, Pho Indochine features a full, authentic Vietnamese menu with entrées averaging at about ten dollars. Photo by Justin Millerson
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People dye their hair. We paint our nails. Some people design their hair to show off their favourite sports team or band, so why shouldn’t dogs be allowed the same options? That’s what Diana Chuong of Dee’Tails Dog Grooming thought. A dog owner herself, Chuong has long thought about doing fun and creative things with her own pets. Her new salon located at 1264 Bloor St. W., opened June 7 of this year, is allowing people the option to see and try out some new ideas on their own animals. “I want to try and find different and unique styles,” Chuong says. “But a lot of people like their dogs looking like dogs, so not many people are very into the nail painting. They love looking at the pictures but they don’t personally want to do it to their dogs. A mohawk, that’s probably the most extreme that I’ve gone with haircuts here.” After a career in real estate and a brief stint in event marketing, Chuong’s lifelong love of dogs made her realize dog grooming was the career for her. “I’ve always thought about dog grooming since high school and I never actually pursued it until last year,” she said. Chuong attended B-Pro Dog Grooming Academy, one of the few schools recognized by the government, before opening her own salon. One thing she has to say about hanging out with dogs all day? It’s not easy. “A lot of people have this misconception that you go to dog grooming school
or you’re a dog groomer and all you do is play with dogs all day,” she said. “It was actually a lot more intense than I thought it would be.” But still, it has been worth it. She goes to work every day with her chihuahua and her miniature schnauzer and hopes for a lot of walk-ins - she’s still getting her name out in the community. Besides cutting dogs’ nails and washing them, Chuong also cleans out their ears, brushes them down, and of course, cuts and styles their fur. “I definitely love testing myself with different styles and different techniques,” she said, adding that there’s little she wouldn’t be interested in trying. However becoming someone who people trust enough with their pets is something that takes time, and Chuong realizes that. Already since opening about three months ago, she has customers who return often with their pets for a monthly or bi-monthly groom. And to get people through her doors, she’s offering ten per cent off her regular price to any new customer for their first time groom. Prices are fairly reasonable to begin with - toy breeds begin at $47, small to medium from $56-67, medium to large from $62-74 and large breeds go from $76-100. Adding something like a design on your dog’s leg costs as little as $10 depending on the size. And that’s not to mention her rewards program for customers – a stamp card will get you 15 per cent off on your fifth visit and 25 per cent off on your tenth. Chuong is passionate about animals and ensuring that people are happy with her services. She’s a dog lover who is also using this opportunity to educate people about how dogs should be properly groomed so their coats stay nice and continue to protect them. Though she has a long road ahead building up her clientele, Chuong is ready for the challenge. “It’s a lot of work, but it is rewarding in the end,” she said with a content smile.
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Health & Wellness
CANCER PREVENTION AND FUNDRAISER HELD AT LOCAL THERAPY CLINIC
BY LISA DOWLLING
Here’s a quick question for you...what is the number one best treatment for cancer? Prevention! How do we prevent cancer? We
educate ourselves, make healthy and sustainable life choices, and manage our health. It can be overwhelming when we look at all of the things we need to do to create a healthier life. The best thing to do is to focus on one
area of our lives at a time. Finally, there is a non-profit organization that is focusing on raising funds for cancer prevention and awareness. The Cancer Prevention Challenge (CPC) is a fundraising initiative being hosted by WHEN which stands for Women’s Healthy Environments Network. For more information on this non profit and their objectives, please visit their website http://www. womenshealthyenvironments.ca/ cpc2012/ This is a small, volunteer run organization that is hosting events and raising awareness for preventative health care. For the CPC 2012, Life Acupuncture Bodywork is hosting Sunday Community Clinic on
ASK YOUR BLOORDALE NUTRITIONIST AND NATUROPATH DR. JENNIFER BAER BY DR. JENNIFER BAER
With record temperatures abounding this summer, staying hydrated is key! So, how much water do you need? Water is the primary component of our body fluids: aiding digestion, lubricating joints, protecting organs, maintaining temperature, circulating nutrients and oxygen, and eliminating waste and toxins. The body loses 6 – 12 cups of fluid per day, which must be replaced by water, herbal teas, or unsalted soups or broths to prevent dehydration. Avoid sweetened juices, sodas or beverages high in sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodium, caffeine, additives and preservatives. Some fluid replacement comes from watery foods, like non-starchy fruits and vegetables - a key component of any healthy diet! Guideline: body weight (in
pounds) divided by 2 times 75 per cent = number of ounces of fluid you require. Divide by 8 to get the number of 8 oz (1 cup/250 ml) servings of water you need daily. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, so for every caffeinated beverage you have, add an extra serving of water. Likewise, for every 15 – 30 minutes of vigorous exercise (enough to make you sweat), add an extra serving. While you’re at it … put down the plastic! BPA, a chemical compound found in many plastics, is a known carcinogen and hormone disruptor that leaches into food and beverages stored in plastic bags, bottles, and containers. Opt for glass, ceramic or stainless steel vessels. Finally, take note that a significant change in your level of thirst may be an indicator of an underlying health issue such as diabetes. Speak to your ND or MD about your concerns. This month’s recipe features a watery vegetable: the cucumber!
Cucumber Gazpacho with Cucumber-Mango Salsa (4 servings) 2 English cucumbers 1 cup mango, finely diced 1 tbsp shallot, finely diced 1/3 cup lime juice 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yoghurt 1/4 cup mint leaves 1 tbsp olive oil sea salt black pepper Salsa: Wash and dice 1/3 of one cucumber. Combine diced cucumber with mango, shallot, 1/4 cup of cilantro, 2 tbsp lime juice, sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Set aside. Wash, peel and cut remaining cucumber into rough chunks. In a food processor (or blender on low setting) pulse the remaining cucumber, 1/2 cup yoghurt, mint, and remaining lime juice and cilantro to purée. Season generously with freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt, then set to
September 16, September 30, and October 14 from 12-5pm This means that you can book a shiatsu or acupuncture treatment during these times at a reduced rate, and half of the proceeds go directly to CPC... please follow our fundraising page. On September 16 and October 14 we will offer acupuncture treatments for $40 On September 30 and October 14 we will offer shiatsu treatments for $20, $30 and $60 Life Acupuncture Bodywork Sunday Community Clinic is an initiative that we have working on since our opening in December 2011. The space has been offered, free of charge on Sundays for anyone who wishes to host an event or course with a slant towards health and accessibility. If you have an idea to present, or would like to volunteer your time to enable this process, please contact email@example.com. I think that most of us have had an experience with cancer at some point or another. The most dramatic experience I had personally was a few years ago when my MD found lumps on my
breast and sent me for a mammogram. I was terrified, and the test was horrific. When we got the results back, I was told that I had “abnormal cells” and when I asked what I could do, the doctor said “nothing just come back in six months and re-test.” In my books, that was not an answer. I do not sit and wait for sickness to manifest in my body, so I started receiving acupuncture and herbal treatment for that six months. I not only resolved a whole host of minor health issues, when I retested the cells were gone. Since then I have watched friends and family, one after the other become afflicted with a variety of forms of cancer from leukemia to skin cancer. We have no weapons against this disease, but nature contains so much powerful medicine we just need to empower ourselves with the understanding of how to use it. To book a time or to find out more information about this fundraiser or our community initiatives please email us at info@ lifeacupuncturebodywork.com or contact us by phone – (647) 786-7133. Our address is 800 Bloor St. W., between Ossington Ave. and Christie St.
blend until smooth while drizzling olive oil through the top of the food processor. Serve chilled. Top with salsa and a dollop of yoghurt. Nutrition (per 1 cup gazpacho + 2 tbsp salsa): 96 Calories, 4.5 g fat, 18 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fibre, 7.1 g sugar, 3.5 g protein Jennifer Baer, is your local Natu-
ropathic Doctor, trained chef and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She enthusiastically promotes wellness and prevention through a nutritious diet, positive attitude and active lifestyle. For more recipes and information about her training, programs and services, please visit: http://www.drjenniferbaer.com
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Daniel Faria Gallery
JULY 25 -SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 The Daniel Faria Gallery is proud to present “New Meditations”. This exhibition brings together four artists who, through contemporary investigations, seek to continue the conversation Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Mal-
evich began, and minimalist artists such as Josef Albers and Sol LeWitt developed further. The artists featured in the two month long exhibition are: Jose Davila, Jessica Eaton, Derek Liddington and Elizabeth Zvonar.
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pm Gallery will be presenting the work from three artists. Duncan MacDonald, Ursula Nistrup and Daniel Olson have teamed up to show their work collectively. MacDonald’s artworks take form in diverse media such as audio art, performance, video, music, installation and drawing – constantly exploring the corporeal sensorium and its commodification. Nistrup’s projects attempt to investigate issues
of perception and communication, through the use of acoustics, sound and light. Olson’s practice consists primarily of exploratory reactions to and manipulations of elements culled from a variety of sources: personal history, popular culture and daily life; the histories and technologies of art, film, photography and music; the fields of literature, philosophy, mathematics and language(s).
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 - OCTOBER 20 2012 Hapax Legomena Isabelle Cornaro, Julien Crépieux, Aurélien Froment, Mark Geffriaud, Cyrille Maillot, Benoît Maire, BenoîtMarie Moriceau, Bruno Persat, Chloé Quenum, Raphaël Zarka Curated by Yoann Gourmel and Élodie Royer Hapax Legomena gathers the work of ten artists of the same generation together for the first time in Canada. The exhibition draws its starting point from the process and narrative proposed by the artist and theoretician Hollis Frampton in his most celebrated film Hapax Legomena 1: (nostalgia). In the film, Frampton proposes a re-reading of his own work within an analytical
framework that mixes reminiscences, scripted narration and iconographic exercises. Similarly, this exhibition will be inscribed within the continuity of a theoretical and practical discussion initiated in 2006 amongst the curators and a constellation of artist peers. Their collaborations to date have taken the form of exhibitions, publications, conferences and performances. This exhibition will gather fragments of these past collaborations, traces and souvenirs of past exhibitions along with new productions. Hapax Legomena — designating a form occurring only once — will trace the index of this continued collaboration, balancing between past history and future possibilities.
SEPTEMBER 01 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Linda Heffernan entitled Plus 2, and Ester Pugliese entitled False Relations and Fractions. Plus 2 continues Heffernan’s exploration of the potential ramifications of extreme climate change and the opposing points of view that make a considered global response so challenging. The textured semiabstract paintings in this exhibit use satellite
views of major cities and snippets of media commentary as a jumping off point to depict the consequences of choosing to explore or ignore the search for a green economy. Heffernan is a Whitbybased artist exploring themes of consumer capitalism and bureaucracy in an ever more interconnected global economy. Pugliese is a Torontobased artist who has exhibited her work in Canada and England.
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