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SOIL TESTING TO TAKE PLACE AT GE HITACHI public remains concerned about uranium processing plant BY KHRIS REARDON
BIG ON BLOOR FESTIVAL SET TO RETURN TO BLOORDALE BY ASHLEY COWELL
Bloor St. will be blocking off traffic for a big event again this year. The BIG on Bloor Festival has been taking place on Bloor St. W. since 2008, originally between Lansdowne and Montrose avenues, but recently the festival has been happening between Lansdowne Ave. and Dufferin St. Dougal Bichan, director of the BIG on Bloor Festival, says 50 to 60 thousand people attended the festival last year, with people coming from the Toronto area, communities across Canada and even some visitors from different countries. “Every year we have had differ-
ent focuses where some years we have been focusing on arts and arts appreciation, other years we have focused on children’s activities,” Sid Bruyn, festival coordinator said. This year, the focus comes from three groups collaborating to create an event that tackles sustainability concerns while getting the entire community involved in a creative project. Rotem Yaniv, volunteer at Project for Humanity, started up the idea of PULP: Reclaimed Materials Art and Design, a nonprofit organization that takes resources that can be reused in designs for community places that need them. He says PULP, Open Streets and Project for Humanity are all teaming up for the Cardyard event, where anyone can
sign up and create a masterpiece sculpture or design out of cardboard tubes. “We are using cardboard tubes and we are getting them from carpet factories, from fabric stores and carpet stores,” Yaniv said, mentioning one place in particular donating several hundred tubes already and continuing to save them specifically for the event.
People of all ages can participate, making this truly a community event to get involved in. Sculptures will be created in the couple days before the festival and on the Saturday, they will be on display at the Kent Public School tennis courts, just off of Dufferin St.. see BIG ON BLOOR page 2
Soil testing to be done around GE Hitachi Uranium Processing plant meant to quell fears but some community members but locals claim it isn’t going far enough. The uranium processing plant on Lansdowne Ave. near Dupont St. has been a source of ire for the small community since November when concerned citizens raised awareness of the plant’s operations of processing uranium pellets from dioxide powder. Previously, the doings of the plant was mainly unknown by the community. When the story hit, community members flooded their local representatives with their concerns. “The company has been less than transparent and in the past we haven’t had the kind of representation that people deserve,” said Jonah Schein, MPP Davenport. “I think people expect...
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INSIDE WARD 18 TO SEE NEW BIA AT COLLEGE AND DUFFERIN After a landslide vote, Ward 18 gets its seventh BIA
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NEW SHOP “POPS UP” WHERE CAPTAIN’S TREASURE ONCE RESTED BY MELISSA MILLERSON
After the departure of Captain’s Treasures late last year, 1185 Bloor St. W. underwent a drastic makeover and is back on the market. In the meantime, since this past May, Denial Pop Up shop has made the address its temporary home, and features a modern mix of art, clothing and accessories. Key players in this collaborative shop include area apparel company Big Dice Clothing DLR and D3N!@L art. Big Dice has been offering full collections of t-shirts since 2005, using clothing as the way to channel their message. “We wanted to put out our ideas, and we think t-shirts were the medium to best put our art out there,” said Big Dice cofounder Bill Vastis. T-shirts feature a variety of original artwork and photographic screen prints, with a specific “Toronto Collection”, which shows off photos of notable graffiti seen within the area. Currently this is one of the primary places their shirts will be sold while the website e-store is under construction. D3N!@L, or Denial, art dominates the vertical landscape within the shop. Artist Daniel Bombardier, who hails from the Windsor area, has been gaining recognition throughout the GTA since 2000, most notably in 2011 when he collaborated with local graffiti artist Deadboy on Rob Ford graffiti art, which was featured on Now Magazine’s cover around the same time. Denial’s signature design plays homage to the retro pop art of the 1950s, but with the added edginess of contemporary street style. His pieces often convey messages that speak to today, “poking fun” at modern advertising, media and political messages seen in the twenty-first century. But Denial has a softer side, with some stunning pieces that reflect beauty in the world around us, including a couple of specific Toronto pieces. Denial also has BIG ON BLOOR from page 1 This Card-yard event maintains the creative theme of the festival. BIG on Bloor is known for having smaller, more local vendors and a very vibrant array of art and music. An emphasis is made on family events, including face painting, bouncy castles and t-shirt designing. Another feature will be the Community Hero Awards, being presented by the three levels of government to any person who organizes things to better the community on a volunteer basis. Although the festival takes place in the Bloordale community, everyone
a full line of clothing, also available in the shop. The collaboration between Vastis and Bombardier started with a mutual friend/relative, cousin of Vastis, whose family currently owns the address. “[My cousin] has known Denial for quite some time. Our work esthetically works together. It’s been a good match,’ said Vastis. While the address is up for sale, Denial Pop Up will be in business, although it is uncertain when the next business will move in. Currently the store is open from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, although the days of operation may expand to include Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. “We may be here Just a few pieces of art Denial has to offer at 1185 Bloor St. W.. Photo by Melissa Millerson through the summer. Maybe the fall. That’s why we called it a ‘pop up’,” Vastis said. Vastis has enjoyed working in the neighbourhood, and plans on hosting some events, similar to their opening back in the spring. “The neighbourhood is definitely up and coming. The people are a good mix. We’re thinking about doing a monthly kind of jam, with food trucks and a DJ,” Vastis noted. Also available for sale in the shop are tables and cufflinks by industrial designer Ian Vandenberg, as well as fashion sunglasses by Key Eyewear Australia. For more information or to book an appointment, contact Bill Vastis at 647228-3423 or email at bigshot@bigdicedlr. com
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who is able to attend are encouraged to come out and enjoy what the neighbourhood has to offer. Some stores on Bloor St. will take their business to the street, having the space in front of their building set up to show off their work or trade, and outdoor patios may also be set up. Bruyn said this can be to a store’s advantage to be on the street during the festival while others may not take a spot. Outside vendors also pop up on the street for $175, which is considerably less than other bigger or more corporate festivals. More information about the festival and the Card-yard event can be found on their Facebook page or http://www. bigonbloor.com/festival
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SEVENTH BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA SELECTED IN WARD 18 The College and Dufferin streets area has now been dubbed a “business improvement area” after a very one-sided city vote took place in late June BY MELISSA MILLERSON
It looks like another BIA is on its way in Ward 18. On June 27, polling for the proposed College-Dufferin BIA (Business Improvement Area) closed, with votes 51-2 in favour of the establishment of a new partnership between area business owners and the City of Toronto. This will be the seventh BIA within the ward’s boundaries, preceded by Bloordale Village in 1976, Bloorcourt Village in 1979, Dovercourt Village in 1984, College Promenade in 2005, Dundas West in 2006, and Little Portugal in 2007. While everything seems to be coming together now, this new BIA certainly did not develop overnight, as explained by business owner and steering committee member, Luke Martin. “The whole process started around March 2012. There were a lot of hoops to jump through. A handful of general meet-
ings,” he said. The process included the establishment of the steering committee, who currently includes Martin, as well as Edward Lau, Paul Monahan, and Leo Pereira, who all have business ties to the area. In December 2012, City Council voted in favour to open the poll for the proposed BIA, allowing the steering committee to canvas area business owners and commercial landlords for 60 days, which began on April 29. “[Pereira] has been here for a long time. He tried to do this in the mid-90s, but it never got as far as we have now,” Martin said, adding “he instigated the talks with the City. From there on, we went full force.” The new BIA will cover just over one kilometer of College St., from Dundas St. W. to Rusholme Rd.. Benefits of the new BIA will possibly include streetscape, façade and mural projects, as well as signage and overall branding of the neighbourhood, much like what we are currently seeing in other area BIAs. While the area boasts a heavy mix of
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Portuguese and Vietnamese cultures, this BIA will focus more on establishing its own roots. “[The College-Dufferin] BIA will be less of a celebration of a specific culture, and more of a celebration of the entire College West strip,” said Martin. “People who go to the Dufferin Mall, in five years will also go to College West,” he predicted. The next steps to take place include the nomination of an official committee board, as well as establishing and passSOIL TESTING
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...more from local industry and provincial and federal regulators and from the government and form politicians.” The processing plant has been in operation for nearly 50 years and most passing the facility might not even think that uranium pellets are being manufactured there. The potential for community health impacts from emissions has many residents up in arms about the kind of oversight being given to the plant and why it’s been kept such a secret. “My reaction was very similar to people within our community which is very surprised to hear that that was going on. My confidence and the confidence of the people within the community has been undermined because of the lack of transparency and the lack of openness around this issue,” said Schein. “We took steps immediately to contact the company, to speak with folks there, to get a tour of it, to make sure people got access to good information. We organized public meeting for people to share their concerns to get information to get informed but we also have been in touch with a federal regulator and the federal government around this and also with the provincial ministry of the environment as well.” Schein and Andrew Cash MP for Davenport banded together to get some answers on the matter of the uranium processing plant and seek third party testing around the plant to see if the emissions from the Lansdowne Ave. facility posed a threat to public health by writing a letter to the Ministry of the Environment to conduct soil testing. However, groups concerned about the plant don’t think that goes far enough. A group of anti-nuclear activists concerned about the plants emissions believe that there should be air and water testing to coincide with the soil testing in order to really know what emissions are being breathed in by residents. Zach “NoCameco” Ruiter started the
ing a budget, which according to Martin, is likely to take place by mid-October 2013. An official name is also to be determined. To see official poll results and information, go to http://www.toronto.ca/polling/ bia-collegedufferin.htm For more information on getting involved, you can contact Luke Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the BIA Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/ProposedC ollegeDufferinBIA campaign to get the plant shut down and went door-to-door in November last year to warn residents of the activities going on in their proverbial backyards. Since then, the movement has banded together with the Idle No More movement in a protest which blocked the CP railway back in February and they are operating their own informational page about the processing plant on Blogspot. com. “It comes down to, how we are opposing it. And I salute Andrew Cash for asked for a public hearing and I also think it’s great that Jonah Schein asked for soil testing which is helpful but it’s not enough,” said Ruiter. “The next step is to demand more testing and they’ll look at you like you’re stupid when you say that you want comprehensive continuous real time testing available simultaneously to the results, instantaneously.” Ruiter said that GE Hitachi has been trying to scrub away some of the problem areas for emissions clean by replacing soil in the time it’s taken to get the testing underway. “Why is it unreasonable to ask for comprehensive testing? Why did Toronto Public Health Barbara Lachapelle say that the tests would reassure residents? And why did Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley say this is to reassure residents? It’s not reassuring because residents can see soil testing alone in inadequate so it’s very suspicious language coming from the government.” Ruiter’s argument is that uranium emissions get into the soil by the air so, in light of that, he said they should test the emissions coming from the smokestacks at the plant. Lachapelle, environment officer in Toronto said the uranium emissions coming from the plant in 2011 were at 2.3 to 2.5 parts per million, a level which are normal levels. She also said the highest emissions that were recorded were in the plant’s stack at 15 parts per million, however she says those don’t travel very far.
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LOCAL FILM ENTHUSIAST OFFERS POSITIVE REVIEW FOR HIT MOVIE ‘THIS IS THE END’ BY JESSICA BERRY
The Review: Running time 107 minutes (translation 1 hour and 47 minutes) Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rhianna, Mar-
tin Starr, Paul Rudd, and Channing Tatum Writers/Directors: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan A very hilarious and self-examining Apocalyptic story that begins with Jay Baruchel visiting his good friend and fellow Canadian, Seth Rogan, in L.A. for the week. Upon landing, Seth tells Baruchel that they were invited to Franco’s house warming party later that
night. Jay proceeds to express his true hatred for all of Seth Rogan’s friends, including James Franco and Jonah Hill. Against his better judgment, Baruchel agrees to go with Rogan to Franco’s house; and that’s when all hell breaks loose. James Franco is astonishinly funny as himself; playing up to his ridiculous and notorious odd behavior, and as a result steals the show with his Franco-ness.
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The amazing thing about this film is that all of these stars allowed the writer/director tandem, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the freedom to mock and make fun of them, (remember these are extremely famous and wealthy actors) exposing flaws and inner demons for the sake of comedy. And boy do these guys play up to their preconceived personas. With the exception of Michael Cera, who has been given some of the funniest scenes in the entire movie, but I hope to God he is not actually the person he portrays in This Is The End, otherwise he should be checking into a
clinic that is named after a first lady pronto . Emma Watson (aka Hermione) also attracts a lot of attention with her very macho persona and sexy voice, adding a great deal of femininity and humor to a testosterone driven film. Watson is going to have a huge summer thanks to this film, and her highly anticipated Bling Ring set to come out on June 21st. This Is The End is a rare comedy thriller. Let’s just say this film will make you wet yourself twice; the first from laughing and the second from jumping out of your seat in terror. That’s the genius of the film; you just can’t predict either the comedy or the fright, so don’t even bother trying. The writing is flawless and just when you think the comedy cavalcade can’t get any funnier in steps Danny McBride with a line that takes the hilarity to the next level. My favorite part and only problem with the film revolves around Emma Watson’s scenes. Rogan and Goldberg never finish Watson’s journey during the Apocalypse (fans were convinced there would be something in the credits regarding this very point, but her story is never resolved). Every other character in This Is The End gets a full circle story, with the exception of Watson, who by far and away was a pivotal character in the film. This Is The End is going to give the world a much needed laugh. I haven’t laughed this hard since I watched Arrested Development Season 4 and Shooting Bigfoot. Conclusion: This Is The End is the comedy event of the summer, and a Pee Your Pants Guarantee (do not drink alcohol before this film).
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Letters from your political representatives COUNCILLOR ANA BAILÃO
Home Improvement grants and loans with “Toronto Renovates” Caring residents, thriving businesses and commitment to our community at City Hall have characterized Ward 18 during the past few years. We are seeing tremendous improvement throughout our area and there is certainly more on its way. As I continue working to improve Ward 18 as a whole, I also recognize that certain individuals are in need of assistance to make improvements within their homes. Assisting seniors and people with a disability to continue living in their homes is a priority for me, my office and it is also a priority of the City of Toronto. For these reasons, I am striving to help seniors and people with a disability gain access to forgivable loans and grants through the Toronto Renovates Program. The Toronto Renovates program offers federal/ provincial funding for lower-income seniors and people with a disability who wish to make health and safety repairs or accessibility modifications to their homes. Grants of up to $3,500 are available for home mod-
ifications to accommodate a disability or to make a home more accessible. Forgivable loans of up to $10,000 are available for essential home repairs and/or accessibility modifications. A grant and forgivable loan may be combined to a maximum of $10,000. Homeowners are eligible for both loan and grant funding. Tenants renting homes in private rental apartments are eligible for accessibility grants only. You may qualify for this program if you are 65 or over or disabled or both, if you have a low level of household income, and if the value of your home – as determined by your Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessment – is less than $514,531. If you, a family member or neighbour meets these basic requirements, then please contact my office for a more detailed assessment. Call 416-392-7012 during regular office hours from Monday to Friday, or stop by my community office hours at Dufferin Mall (next to the visitor information kiosk near the Wal-Mart entrance) every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. - 12p.m. I care deeply about our community and individual residents and for this reason I will continue working hard to ensure that no one, particularly among out community’s most vulnerable residents, is left out in the cold. Ana Bailão Toronto City Councillor Ward 18, Davenport
MP ANDREW CASH 416-654-8048 The end of June is a special time of year. By now, elementary schools across our great city are reaching the end of their classes and students are gearing up for a summer of fun and relaxation. For high school and university students, the reality is a little bit different; the beginning of summer means that the summer job hunt is already in full swing. Unfortunately, over the last several years the job market for youth has dried up, and many students struggle to find even meager part-time employment. For youth fighting to save up money for their university tuition, pay off their student debts, or even to just start building a financial foundation for their future, the inability to find employment can be devastating. This critical issue is nearing a breaking point. According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate for youth aged 15-24 is 13.6 per cent nearly double the average national rate of 7.1 per cent. The difficultly of our youth to find jobs is leaving them in a vicious cycle. Many posted jobs require that applicants have previous experience in order to be considered for hiring. But how can you gain experience if you can’t get hired for any jobs? Many employers are taking advantage of this and are increasingly offering young people unpaid internships. Young people are increasingly being forced to take these unpaid positions, often at very profitable and large companies, in the hope of gaining the experience they need to find paying jobs in their field. It is tantamount to being bribed with the possibility of a job in exchange for free labour. Indeed, too often unpaid internships are being misused while the current government turns a blind eye. The exploitation of our youth and government inaction is one of the many reasons why, along with our MPP Jonah Schein, I am developing an Urban Worker Strategy to begin to address some of these issues in order to make positive changes for Canadians who find themselves in precarious work situations. The government needs to take this issue seriously, crack down on exploitative unpaid internships, and take meaningful action to provide employment opportunities to youth in Toronto. For more information about the problems facing unpaid interns, the Urban Worker Strategy or any other issue, contact my office at 416-654-8048 or andrew.cash@parl. gc.ca.
MPP JONAH SCHEIN 416-535-3158 I’m extra lucky to represent our riding of Davenport in the Provincial Legislature because so many people in our neighbourhoods are committed to doing great work to improve our communities. This collective, can-do spirit is evident in our vibrant neighbourhood associations, our online social networks, at local community gardens, community suppers, and free stores. More and more Davenport residents want to be part of building a better world. I recently worked with a group called Transition Toronto to host two local meetings to share ideas about how we want our neighbourhoods to look in the year 2030. At these sessions, local residents brainstormed a number of great ideas for immediate steps neighbourhoods can take to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels and build a healthier community. The most popular ideas included:
- Opening a new community garden - Creating seed libraries - Creating a shared root cellar - Organizing collective shopping schedules - Supporting carpooling at a local level - Holding clothing swaps - Starting a community free store - Creating a tool library, or tool sharing - Sharing other resources - Holding more community pot-luck dinners - Teaching each other/ skill exchanges, e.g., repair cafe In addition to these great ideas for grassroots initiatives, workshop participants asked that I continue to advocate for policy changes at Queen’s Park. Some of the priorities discussed included: -To create more food education for children and adults - Ensure that corporations pay their fair share to build public transit, cycling and walking infrastructure. - Work to support local food systems including responsible ownership of backyard chickens and bee hives -Planning and support for renewable energy alternatives and energy conservation -Inclusionary zoning to help keep neighbourhoods more diverse and affordable. Please get in touch if any of these ideas interest you, or if you’d like to take on any of these projects. I’m happy to hear from you and to connect you with volunteers from Transition Toronto. The folks from Transition Toronto have helped work with other groups in our city and are happy to meet with smaller groups of neighbours to discuss some of these options more fully. If you have a great idea, challenge, or success story, let me know about it. Let’s keep working together to improve Davenport.
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WORLD CLASS BIKES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON DUPONT With product ranging from roughly $400 to $100,000, new bike shop La Carrera Cycles carries some of the most expensive bicycles on the planet BY JOSHUA SHERMAN
In an unassuming Bloordale shop, there are bicycles for sale that are worth more than most cars. La Carrera Cycles (1611 Dupont St.) is a go-to source for those seeking the ultra-rare and exotic in the world of cycling, although you might not know it from the look of the shop’s stark white walls. While it has been at its current address only since April 1, La Carrera had already gained
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notoriety on Harbord St., where it was located from 2001 until 2011. “I was selling the most expensive bikes on the planet in a room that was 15 by 15 and people could not understand how an ex-bike messenger could sell some of these expensive bikes that… the most elite bike shops could not sell,” said owner Nadir Olivet, 46, of his company’s former storefront. After a two-year hiatus, Olivet—who aside from working as a bike courier has also been involved with vintage auto racing and motorcycle repairs—is now bringing those same exclusive offerings to his new Bloordale location. Bicycle prices at the shop range from $365 all the way up to $100,000. And with the highend merchandise, international clientele have been attracted, particularly in Asia and France, says Olivet. Among out-oftown customers are celebrities like rapper Kanye West and actor Robin Williams. Olivet’s rare rides have even attracted royalty. “A couple of the Saudi royal families own our bikes,” said Olivet. Asked what draws customers from around the world to his shop, Olivet said, “I did a couple projects with some very famous constructors and we’re the only ones selling that product in the world.” One such project was Look Ma No Breaks, a 2007 collaboration between the master bicycle frame builder Ernesto Colnago, and graffiti artists Futura and Stash.
One of only 38 of La Carrera’s Look Ma No Breaks production model track bikes featuring the artwork of graffiti artist Stash. Photo by Joshua Sherman
One of the prototypes, a road bike with a colourful, dotted design by Futura, carries a price tag of $100,000. More modestly priced, but no less impressive, is a $7,500 blue track bike decorated with an arrow motif by Stash, one of only 38 in existence. In all, a limited run of 80 bicycles were created for the project. Though the production numbers were small, the impact on Olivet’s business was anything but. Olivet says the trio of Colnago, Futura and Stash changed his life. “If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think as many international buyers would be looking for me, or celebrities, as I’ve had in the last few years.”
However, in spite of the famous clientele and top-of-the-line bicycles, Olivet insists La Carrera is for everyone. “If you only have an inexpensive bike, you get the same service as a bike that you’re bringing in that was just at the Tour de France,” he said, adding, “I don’t care, I just appreciate people coming to my business and I want to treat them the same way.” That indiscriminate customer service policy is at the very core of Olivet’s business and is part of the reason he opened La Carrera in the first place. “It was kind of like I wanted to show some of these people and these bike shops that the same
people that are bringing in $10 bikes eventually are going to come in and spend $10,000 on their dream bike,” he said. As for what plans Olivet has for the near future with La Carrera, he said, “I’m fed up with a lot of the things that are happening in Toronto, cycling wise. I’ve never wanted to be involved with governing bodies and sponsors, I’ve always done everything on my own. So all I can say is Toronto’s going to be surprised.” La Carrera Cycles is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For the summer months, the store will open on select Sundays.
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New In Business
BLOORDALE RESIDENT OFFERS SOMETHING NEW TO THE AREA BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
Paola Giavedoni, owner of the newly opened Candy Bar shop at 849 College St., remembers the days of walking to her local candy dispensary as a child, and remembers them well. “I grew up in Hamilton and it was on my way to our little grade school. It was called Crystal’s Candy Shop,” said Giavedoni. Crystal’s Candy Shop is no longer in existence, but at a time, for Giavedoni and many others, Crystal’s sold an assortment of candies and exotic chocolates. Giavedoni said she and several other candy-hungry children would stock there pockets full of what they loved most. “I remember that experience and I remember what candy I had, I remember the gum, I re-
member the cinnamon hearts and all these little candies that have a memory association.” Now, several years later, Giavedoni has given herself the opportunity to be the provider by opening the Candy Bar roughly four months ago. After working several years in photography, the 20-year Bloordale resident decided to take the plunge into the retail business world. She said she wanted to “be [her] own boss”. Before she started however, she wanted to be sure of her decision, so Giavedoni did a little research. “I was doing a little demographics study in the neighbourhood and noticed we didn’t have a really cool candy or chocolate shop, so I started looking around [for a place to open up the shop],” she said. Giavedoni first found an adequate place on College St.,
but continued her search on Dundas and Bloor streets. After surveying the Bloordale and the surrounding area, she found her way back to where she started her search. At 849 College St. “I landed here and it was amazing. The space is fantastic,” she said. Inside the shop, you will find an assortment of pick and mix candy and chocolate bins and what is called the “candy bar” which is fronted with a series of stools for sitting. And if you want a few samples, the Candy Bar can also provide. Giavedoni expressed the importance of esthetic value and she said that’s exactly what the customer will find in her shop. Using chocolates and candies from all over the world, Giavedoni also puts together a variety of different packages and displays, all to be explored by the candy-loving public.
The Candy Bar storefront at 849 College St.. Photo courtesy Paola Giavedoni
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Short Story ~ Health & Wellness
RESIDENT BRENT WELLS PRESENTS ‘SUBLIMATOR’ PART IV BY BRENT WELLS
“Sublimator” - Part IV From the case files of Yves Ducaut, Special Provincial Investigator: “Since arriving in A-------, I have been greeted with the utmost hospitality by its residents. My hosts, the Roxtons, cooked a delightful roast this evening, and the room they provided on the second floor of their farmhouse appears to be rich in all the expected comforts. The Warich property is where I spent much of my first day. I arrived this morning as officers piled pieces of the garbage machine into indiscriminate heaps. The first useful thing I did was tell them to be
less reckless with evidence – you shouldn’t toss around a murder weapon! But then, we have two dozen witnesses who can’t decide if what they saw was murder, suicide, or an accident. Such matters will be the concern – and primary focus – of the police. If we can assist each other in our parallel investigations, however, we surely will. We have a disappeared girl, who with all evidence before us today, we must declare dead. Thankfully, our suspect is in custody. He remains silent at this time. He has requested a transfer to another jail, citing abuse at the hands of the sheriff ’s officers. I had the opportunity to examine Mr. Errol Warich, in a superficial way, and it appears these claims hold no
water. I will attempt to speak with him tomorrow, as he remains the key to solving many of this investigation’s more remarkable features. For instance, there are the bizarre circumstances surrounding the victim’s mother. The elder Ms. Paton was found poisoned inside her home not two weeks ago. That itself remains an unsolved and very puzzling crime. The leading theory had been suicide, while others pointed to her missing dog as a sign of maleficence. Then, just two days before her burial, the body of Ms. Elena Paton itself vanished from the funeral home, strongly suggesting some meddling, to say the least. Everyone in town seems to have a story of something disap-
ASK YOUR BLOORDALE NUTRITIONIST AND NATUROPATH DR. JENNIFER BAER BY DR. JENNIFER BAER
The Obesity Myth
What do you think an obese person looks like? Do you imagine a 300-pound woman struggling down the grocery store aisle, or a 400-pound man at the drive-through window? If you do, you’re not alone. But you are wrong. The definition of obesity was established by the WHO, and is based on BMI (Body Mass Index), a measure of your weight relative to your height. A value of 25 indicates overweight, 30 or greater obesity. And so it is, that a visually average, slightly plump woman of 5’4” is actually medically obese at 176 lbs. Why is this important? There have been many criticisms of the BMI as an assessment tool – it’s not a perfect measure. For those with a lot of muscles mass or who are tall, it may overestimate obesity. However, for those shorter in stature, it may underestimate it! Regardless of its specificity or sensitivity, the BMI is important because of it’s use in all those studies correlating disease with obesity – think: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. I always want my patients to
start shifting their focus from an aesthetic goal, to a health and prevention one. For those who are obese, or overweight with 2 or more risk factors (see my website for a list and link to BMI calculator), even a small weight loss of 5-10% of your body weight, significantly lowers your risk for obesity-related diseases. Obesity is a complex, multifactorial condition. While individual dietary and lifestyle choices are obvious culprits, consider just a few studied factors shown to contribute: Gender & economic inequality: poverty and being female Trans-fats, alcohol & sugar alter biochemistry: favouring fat storage over expenditure Food science: designer “foods” trigger your “bliss point” signalling your brain to eat MORE Chemical exposure: fivefold incidence of obesity with highest levels of urinary BPA Light & temperature: exposure to air-conditioning and artificial lighting alters thermodynamics and sleep cycles – impacting the cascade of hormones which control our metabolism Stress: alters the production of cortisol, contributing to abdominal obesity and insulin resistance To combat obesity and prevent disease we first require a wakeup call about what obesity actu-
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pearing lately, be it dogs, cats, or a bag of groceries snatched out of a parked car, and it seems, inevitably, to connect to our suspect and the hole in his backyard. Mind you, what was found in that yard cannot at this time be appreciated. It may be a geological anomaly without parallel in the known world. The equipment and resources required to investigate further should begin arriving tomorrow afternoon, so that we may delve deeper, literally, into this mystery. It has been a long day of establishing basics, the concrete of what we know. But knowledge can be a tricky thing. I think of Chelsea Paton, the educated young woman home for her estranged mother’s funeral, and
thrust, seemingly by fate, into a deadly trap. Her childhood neighbour, Sam Roxton, whose home I now rest in, has claimed it was no suicide – Chelsea knew there was a hole beneath the ‘sublimator’, yet appeared to believe it could be not be dangerously deep. Of course, one can imagine what state of mind may have caused her to take the risk. But I shudder to think of Chelsea’s final few moments, when the trap door beneath her feet gave out and she fell, not for a few metres as she expected, but forever, through a great dark vein of the earth, that only widened as she fell deeper, until she could no longer sense its walls around her, and her screams found no echo.”
management. I also work with my patients on the mindfulness and behavioural component – a key to sustainable change. Naturopathic Doctors offer a holistic approach to weight management that is appropriate to such a complex issue. Jennifer Baer is a Naturopathic
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Dr. Jennifer Baer, licensed nutritionist and naturopath.
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Daniel Faria Gallery
188 St Helens Avenue
JUne 20 - July 27, 2013 Divided over the summer, Coupland’s new exhibition explores two ideas, one being the ascendance of a parallel cultural system in the Middle East. Recently, Coupland has participated in art events and publications related to the Dubai Art Fair and the Global Art Forum in Dubai and Qatar, exposing him to the vitality, energy and dynamism of a new cultural system only marginally interested in the Western model. As Coupland says, “The Emirates right now have energy the way Seattle did in 1993, and the way punk did in 1976. It is undeniably the future, with very little ongoing dialog with the West, which is fascinating.” Within the exhibition, is a series of recreated 9/11 images that are difficult to apprehend without the use of a smartphone camera. Coupland notes that smart phones with cameras didn’t exist on September 11, 2001, implying that this historical moment is the last to be under documented given the progress of smartphone technology today and it’s connection to the development of
obsessive patterns of documenting oneself, others and events. His 9/11 imagery is elusive. Viewers have the option to choose whether to see or to not see the imagery depending on their own personal psychological space and technological objects. The second idea explored in Coupland’s new work is a sense of atemporality; the defining sensation of the second decade of the 21st century. The advancement of new technologies has flattened time and space, creating the present where all previous eras of time can coexist without one particular period emerging as dominant. This new mode of perception is reflected in a body of paintings in which time travels between 1913 and 2013. Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso coexist with Roy Lichtenstein who coexists with Google and Facebook. These paintings are built of 21st century words and codes—luggage bar coding tags, industrial gray scales and other digital code systems— that might have baffled a viewer until recently, but which in this new context have an air of chilly futurity.
1518 Dundas Street West
July 20 – AUGUST 10, 2013 Perspectives on Experience, p|m Gallery, July 2013 Perspectives on Experience surveys an amalgamation of contemporary artwork. Bringing together a local group of artists, the exhibition explores the conceived notion that our world is comprised of a delicate and complex network, with a multitude of connections and webs that somehow link ideas, people, and events together. The exhibit is an overall investigation of the various methods of communication and their development between in-
dividuals, as well as within communities, and also globally—expressions of experiences from ideas to oral communication, writing, filmmaking, poetry, music, and finally, the World Wide Web. The artists in Perspectives on Experience share an interest in both the subtle and distinct interactions between human beings, as well as a fascination for one of the most multicultural metropolises in the world, Toronto—where countless perceptions and beliefs consistently clash and mingle.
JUNE 28- August 03, 2013 THE THICK OF IT Eric Cameron, Tammi Campbell, Monique Mouton, Lisa Muzzin, Sasha Pierce, Josh Thorpe, and John Baldessari Curated by: York Lethbridge 28 June 2013 - 3 August 2013 Opening Reception 28 June 2013 7pm Front and Back Galleries The Thick Of It brings together work by seven artists that balances process and the material concerns of painting, not as a discrete medium, but as a starting point with outcomes that blur disciplinary boundaries. Works here posit painting as a meditative or mundane activity, and painting as objects created with specific conceptual intentions or propositions. Context too is important, especially where the space of the gallery supports the work as an offering for contemplation. Instead of being apprehensive about disciplinary baggage, the artists represented here borrow from a range of painterly methods that yield diverse and intriguing products – distillates of studied experimentation.
1286 BLOOR Street West
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