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BAILAO SAYS ‘NO’ TO CASINO IN CITY CORE Ward 18 councillor will vote against a casino in downtown BY KHRIS REARDON
CITY COUNCILLORS LOBBY FOR ELECTRIC TRAINS BY GLYN BOWERMAN
Adding to public demand for electric trains along Toronto’s railpath, six city councillors have signed a letter to Transportation Minister Glen Murray, calling for action. The April 2 letter comes roughly two years after council officially asked the Ministry to look for ways to implement electrification before the 2015 Pan-Am Games. Ward 18 councillor Ana Bailão was among the six signatories representing wards along the rail
path, and said the impetus for the letter stemmed from conversations with affected residents and previous council requests for electrification, as well as adding stops along the Union Pearson Express. “We just wanted to reinforce what was already voted on by the whole council,” said Bailão. Bailão said she is optimistic about the province’s 2017 goal for electrification, but wants to see a firm commitment. “We’re talking about 300,000 people that are going to be affected by this line,” Bailão said. “So
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they deserve an answer as soon as possible.” According to Metrolinx, in order to implement electrification, an environmental assessment (EA) studying the possible impact of the alternative to diesel must first be completed. Karen Pitre, Metrolinx’s project director for electrification, said the EA process has already begun. “We’re looking at the preliminary design for the electrification of the UP Express,” said Pitre. “As part of that, we’re doing the environmental assessment.” While there has been no of-
ficial notice of commencement, Pitre said Metrolinx has been planning for electrification since 2011. “It’s the first time we’ve looked at electrifying any type of railway,” said Pitre. “So there’s a lot of uncertainty that people want to make sure they understand as we go forward.” Is the 2017 electrification a hard deadline? Pitre said she hopes to have environmental approval for electrification by spring of next year, after which, the priority of the...
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A proposal to go forward with building a large casino complex in Toronto’s downtown core is set to be decided in city council next month after gaining approval from the executive committee. It is hoped that the proposed casino will get Toronto revenue it dearly needs and generate jobs. But Ana Bailão, City Councillor for Ward 18, is unwilling to roll the dice for a casino in Toronto’s downtown core, saying it’s just not right for a world-class city. “The reality is when you look at any major city in the world, you think of New York, Chicago, Paris, London,” said Bailao. “Do any of those have a major casino in their downtown core on their prime real estate land? No, that’s not what makes a great city.” Bailão held off on coming out as a definite “no” in the matter until after she’d seen the City Manager’s final report on the project but...
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SCHEIN LEADS PROJECT TO BUILD ‘MORE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY’ MPP Jonah Schein, along with Transition Toronto, held two meetings with local residents with hopes to gather input for the “Davenport 2030” project BY PAOLO SERPE
Davenport MPP Jonah Schein, along with Transition Toronto, held two community meetings last month to get a feel for the issues on residents’ minds. The Davenport 2030 project was conceived when Schein was speaking with some residents about various concerns they had. A parent-activist introduced him to a friend from Transition Toronto, an organization working on building a more sustainable city for the future. “We wanted to do something to hear from other community members about how we can build that more sustainable community,” he said. Schein is a strong believer in including the community in politics, as well as environmental justice. He said that it’s a challenge to remind people that politics aren’t just happening at City Hall or in Ottawa. It’s important to have constituents connecting with each other to understand how to improve their communities, and actively communicating those ideas with politicians. Thinking in the long-term, outside of election cycles, is key to developing and implementing ideas that will really benefit the community, Schein said. Schein added that residents want to get more involved with environmental sustainability, as well as having a keen interest in a sustainable food economy. Ideas discussed during the meetings included better utilization of schools by creating green spaces and gardens, and teaching children how to grow their own food. Transition Toronto will now compile CASINO from page 1 ...she’s been very open about her dissatisfaction with the idea of the casino in the public eye. She said she’s heard quite a few concerns from local residents about the kinds of problems that may come with a casino, such as a rise in crime or having a debilitating effect on local businesses. “There’s only so much purchase power that exists in the city of Toronto and there is a concern that if people are in this area, instead of going to one of the restaurants on Queen St. or something like that, they’re probably just going to go ‘oh why don’t we just go to the restaurants beside the casino and then go to the casino’. Then there would be more revenue loss for the businesses,” said Bailão. “The fact that it’s going to have an impact on small business,
the data from these meetings and make it available to the public, in order to make everyone aware of the conversations being had. In this way, community members who share similar concerns can better connect and discuss what they want moving forward. Schein said there are any number of possibilities that can come from these ideas, as the Davenport 2030
“We wanted to do something to hear from other community members about how we can build a more sustainable community.” Jonah Schein Davenport MPP
MPP Jonah Schein speaks with residents seeking their input on what they would like to see in Davenport in the future. Photo by Paolo Serpe
project is still in its infancy. “The first step is trying to imagine a kind of future you want,” Schein said. The project can go in many different directions, from residents coming together to help each other with their own issues, to community-wide ideas that would require more planning and organization. For Schein, it’s about clearing away the mystified feeling people can have towards politics and activism. It always comes down to people connecting, sharing ideas and coming together as a community.
compared to the benefits that it could give us in terms of money, I don’t really think there is a net benefit at the end of the day” But saying no to the casino also means saying “no” to thousands of jobs, something Bailao is well aware of. However she said there are better opportunities for economic growth in Toronto. “We need things that are going to help the city as a whole. For example, investments in transportation is actually what we need, we’re losing 6 billion dollars a year in congestion in the GTA,” said Bailão. “If we can have investments that can create jobs, that can help the productivity, that’s a win-win situation in my opinion. That’s the kind of investment our city needs.” Bailão seems nothing if not determined to defeat the motion next month for a casino in downtown Toronto.
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BLOOR ST W RIPE FOR UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION OVER SUMMER Due to the City’s plan to facelift a large portion of Bloor St., construction will be alive and well on the strip between Lansdowne Ave. and Bathurst St. BY RAQUELLE COLLINS
Summer is just around the corner, which means construction season is on it’s way too. Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão said there will be two phases of construction on Bloor St.. The first phase will be starting in June from Lansdowne Ave. to Montrose Ave., and the second phase will be from Montrose Ave. to Bathurst St.. While it was originally thought construction, at least from Dufferin St. to Lansdowne Ave., may be finished in time for the upcoming Big on Bloor festival, a few roadblocks - including the possibility of an environmental assessment due to rising costs of the project - are standing in the way. “The construction will last the whole summer and will be done block by block to make it easier on businesses and tenants,” she said. The plan is to make a “streetscape” by installing big tree planters and trenches,
repairing sidewalks and resurfacing the road. Bailão said all the utility work, such as water repair, has been done already to ensure a smooth process. Road construction can wreak havoc on local businesses. Jelena Pticek, co-owner of Freedom Clothing Collective is prepared for the possible short-term effect. “In retail you’re never really prepared for any kind of change in sales, but we’re relying on our regular customers and working around social media to keep people coming back,” Pticek said. Sansook Lee, owner of the convenience store, Stop’N Shop for almost 30 years, said when there is construction, she notices a decline in sales but she feels she can’t do anything about it. “There is a decline in customers because they can’t park outside or even walk by,” Lee said. Although construction hurts local businesses, they are usually informed well in advance and the construction brings longterm benefits.
Construction pylons, as seen here, will be a familiar sight on Bloor St. W. this summer. Photo by Raquelle Collins
TRAINS from page 1 ...project must be decided, and funding for construction and operation must be put into place. The Clean Train Coalition, which advocates electrification, is encouraging Metrolinx to speed-up the process, spokesperson Bob Ciccarelli said. “It’s really just a case of getting the political will to ensure that there’s a starting date,” Ciccarelli said. “Right now we don’t have that starting date. We have some promises around the earliest it could be finished by.” “If they don’t say when they’re going to start, then that earliest date just keeps sliding forward.” Pitre said the process is more complicated than people think. “People laugh when I say it’s complicated, but it is exceptionally complicated,” said Pitre. Pitre said Metrolinx is working on an
agreement with Hydro One, to supply power for the line, and property must be located to house the substation. Agreements among companies using the rail path must also be reached. “There’s a lot of technicalities that we need to sort of have in place,” Pitre said. In the meantime, the line is set to run 18 diesel trains – retrofitted with Tier 4 emission-reducing technology – in time for the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am games, something Transportation Minister Murray said, in an e-mail to the Bloordale Times, will benefit residents. “The UP Express will help boost economic growth across the region by creating jobs, easing traffic congestion, and will be a critical enabler of economic growth for businesses,” the e-mail reads. Bailão’s executive assistant, Braden Root-McCaig, said the letter, which includes signatures from councillors across the political spectrum, has yet to receive an official response.
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LOCAL ARTIST TAKES SOCIAL APPROACH IN CREATING ART IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD BY MICHAEL OSEI
Local artist Claude Wittmann searches for answers on how to make art more sociable in the Bloordale community. Claude Wittmann has lived in the Bloordale neighbourhood for 21 years. Her dream is to turn her
art into a social practice. “I want my art to be local. I think that any resident can find his or her own place in a relationship with something that is artistic,” Wittmann said. To do so, Wittmann has turned her attention to the residents of Bloordale. “My first impulse was to write
a letter that could be published in the paper. I would basically just ask people what resonates with them, what they think of art, and whether art can be a social practice,” Wittmann said. Wittmann has made several attempts to make art more sociable. One day she dressed up in a white sheet on the west side of St. Cla-
rens Ave. at Bloor St.. She placed a radio on the other side of the street and spoke through it. After a couple hours a man approached her and shouted expletives at her in confusion. “I was so happy. It was a real reaction,” Wittmann said. She explained that it was frustrating to have someone try to understand what she was doing in a respectful and deep level On another occasion, she visited the Western General Hospital at Bathurst and Dundas streets. She
told a man who was sitting beside her in the lounge that she was an artist and that she wanted to help someone for a short amount of time. She said she asked the man if he had any ideas. Wittmann said the man was pleased and said that he didn’t have any ideas but her intentions were good enough. Wittmann said residents of Bloordale can give her suggestions or perspectives on how art can be more sociable by contacting her by email at clowittmann@ gmail.com
PERTH PUBLIC SCHOOL SLATED FOR POSSIBLE FRENCH IMMERSION BY KELLY KHIZAKIA
Junction Triangle community members hold another meeting for a potential French Immersion program in local schools. According to the Junction Triangle’s website, there are 17 families who are interested in sending their children to a French Immersion program and have been redirected to Rawlinson Community School.
“It was a positive meeting. The TDSB looks forward to establishing the grade four French Immersion program at Perth.” Maria Rodrigues Ward 9 School Trustee The Junction Triangle’s website also went on to say that Rawlinson is a good school with respect to their French Immersion program, but is “50 minutes away by bus and is not a part of the local community.”
In an e-mail proposed by Matt Forrest directed to Perth Avenue Junior Public School’s school trustee, Maria Rodrigues, he notes that the community needs a French Immersion program starting in September of this year, as well as a French Immersion Centre for the area. In an April 23 meeting in Perth gymnasium, parents and local community members addressed the lack of French programs at the school. Rodrigues was hopeful for the future. “The TDSB is looking into establishing a grade 4-6 French Immersion program at Perth,” she said. Rodrigues also said the school board is looking into the possibility of French options starting from Senior Kindergarten and grades onward in Ward 9. The students already registered in the Senior Kindergarten French program at Rawlinson would continue to be enrolled there. “It was a positive meeting,” Rodrigues said, “The TDSB looks forward to establishing the grade four French Immersion program at Perth.” There are currently no meetings set for the coming weeks.
Perth Public School’s schoolyard (seen here) could soon be populated, in part, by French Immersion students in the future. Photo by Justin Millerson
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COUNCILLOR ANA BAILÃO
Dear Neighbours, When I was elected to City Council two years ago, it is because of a common vision for our neighbourhood; a vision of keeping taxes responsible so that we can afford to live in this City, keeping our city services strong and dependable, being responsive to the needs of
residents and small-businesses and dedication to improving our local community spaces. Over the past two years, City Hall has been a dynamic environment. I therefore wished to take this opportunity to personally update you on our record over the past two years at City Hall. Across three budgets that City Council approved over the last two years, we have succeeded in keeping the average annual property tax increase at 1.5%. This has been achieved while keeping the important City services on which we rely well-funded. I strongly believe that a strong city is a compassionate city, which works as a community to help residents flourish. I refuse to allow our city’s need to reduce spending relieve us of our need to invest in necessary programs, such as affordable housing. In this spirit, I convened a group of PrivateSector experts to discuss ways of creating affordable housing in Toronto without government funding. This roundtable submitted a report that was approved by Council, and which would create nearly 8,000 affordable homes and create over 13,000 well-paying construction jobs in the process. These are the
kinds of innovative ideas that keep our city and our economy strong. As a councillor, I made it my central focus to ensure that residents are engaged, involved, and informed about the many city issues that affect them. I have worked hard to ensure that residents are responded to and their issues are resolved quickly. In two years, I have held nearly 100 public meetings on issues ranging from casinos to planning applications to park design studies. I have held annual events, such as my Easter egg hunt, skating party, environment day and public BBQ to raise money for community projects, as well as maintaining weekly community office hours. With so much community involvement, I am very excited about the many positive changes coming to our neighbourhood; such as the Carlton and Susan Tibaldi park upgrades taking place this summer, the first recent installation of the first permanent BMX ramp system in Toronto at Wallace Emerson Park, and the safety improvements at numerous intersections including new signal lights and cross-walks. With regard to roads, I have prioritized numerous street resurfacing projects and cham-
MP ANDREW CASH 416-654-8048 It used to be that when you started your working career you could work the same job until you retired, usually with a workplace pension. Today’s reality of work has fundamentally changed, yet our policies, especially Employment Insurance and Pensions, remain stuck in the past. Nearly 50% of Torontonians can’t find permanent, full-time jobs that provide benefits and job-security. I hear about this all the time in our community because so many work part-time, on contract, freelance or are self-employed. These are the new Urban Workers. We are a city of web designers and roofers, artists and consultants, office cleaners and waiters, service-sector workers and contract professors. We
all face the same issues. The Harper Conservatives have failed to address the needs of people in this precarious labour situation. While the Conservatives focus on job –killing austerity cuts, corporate tax cuts, big-polluter handouts and tax hikes on the middle-class, working families in Toronto are struggling to make ends meet. Increased financial burdens on working families means that we are able to save even less for our retirements or for when we are out of work. The implications of this are huge for those without access to EI or a workplace pension. The Conservatives need to start taking the needs of Urban Workers seriously. I’m proud to announce that this spring I will introduce a bill in the House of Commons that lays out measures to protect, among others, those who have no pension, those who have never been able to qualify for EI, and those who are working unpaid internships. I hope you can join me and Davenport’s Member of Provincial Parliament Jonah Schein at the launch of our Urban Worker campaign to find out more about this bill and to share your experiences as an Urban Worker! The launch event will be held at the Common at 1028 Bloor Street West at 7:00pm on Thursday May, 23rd. There will be music from great local musicians and refreshments. Hope to see you there! For more information about the problems facing Urban Workers or any other issue, contact my office at 416-654-8048 or email@example.com
MPP JONAH SCHEIN 416-535-3158 Did you know that if you are a tenant living in one of Toronto’s many newer buildings, you may not be protected by the rent control guidelines in the Residential Tenancies Act? If you rent an apartment building that was built after November 1991, or an apartment that was not a residential property before 1991, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise. If you are in this situation, the current laws in Ontario allow your landlord to arbitrarily raise your rent by any amount. This issue was brought to my attention by residents in our community. They are
pioned the streetscaping of Dundas Street where road replacement, new sidewalks, additional trees, benches and greenspace have made a dramatic improvement for pedestrians and businesses. I will likewise be taking this same approach with the upcoming streetscaping of Bloor Street and Dufferin Street – key corridors for our community. Among the projects already underway is the 2nd phase of the West Toronto Railpath south of Queen Street and the expansion of the Perth-Dupont library. I am very pleased to have already secured over $1 million in funding for the library project and, in close cooperation with community members, I will continue to move this initiative forward. I am also proud of my role in securing affordable space for artists in our community. As part of a negotiation with the developer at 2-6 Lisgar Street, 35,000 sq/ft is being provided for The Toronto Media Arts Cluster. Thank you again to all the residents who have contacted my office and participated in my many meetings and events. I look forward to continuing to work hard on your behalf and with your support to make our community a wonderful place to live, work and play. among the hundreds of tenants in Davenport who live in newer buildings and factory conversions that are not protected by rent control laws. Some of these residents are seeing their rents arbitrarily increased, and in some cases by arbitrarily large sums - far beyond what is allowed for other tenants. Some landlords could use this as a way to force out tenants who request simple maintenance repairs. Obviously this has very serious consequences for tenants when their rent increases drastically from one month to the next. But this loophole in tenant protection is inflating rents across the city and so it also has an impact right across Toronto. Toronto is already an incredibly expensive city to live in and skyrocketing rental costs are creating a city where too many people are living on the edge, are being pushed out of our city, or are falling into poverty. Fixing this simple loophole in the law will help protect tenants and help make housing a bit more affordable for thousands of Ontarians. This government should take immediate action to close this loophole and start taking further action to protect Ontarians from poverty. As a first step, I am going to be hosting a meeting in my office on St. Clair to hear from residents renting in newer buildings about their experiences with this loophole, and to talk about what we can do to make sure that all tenants are protected. Please join me on May 6th, at 6:30pm, in my office at 1674 St. Clair Ave. West. You can call my office at 416 535 3158.
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NEIGHBOURHOOD BEEKEEPER BUILDS HIS HIVE IN BLOORDALE BY NICOLE CAMPEA
A beekeeper from Toronto has just opened up his first retail store. Located at 1340 Bloor St. W., The Bee Shop offers a wide variety of bee-related products such as beeswax candles, honey, creams, soaps and more. Owner and manager of the shop Oliver Couto is not only a businessman, but also an instructor in the beekeeping course at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. Couto said that the process of opening up the store was fairly simple. “We opened up on March 17,” he said. “We brought in some stock, painted the shop, and put up some art work.” Getting the products was easy, because
Couto’s father owns a home store located in Etobicoke that carries all the products sold in the shop. “I’ve been selling bee products for about six years now and have been a beekeeper for about ten,” Couto said. “My father owns the business and it was just about time we thought about opening up a retail outlet. We have a home store, so it’s just kind of an extension of that.” They’re not looking to open up any more shops, because they are content with the two they have at the moment. With only just over a month since the grand opening, the shop is doing very well, and already has a customer favourite product. “The most popular item in the store is honey. Then we have the soaps, creams,
beeswax candles. It’s all pure and natural. Some organic, too.” He said the honey sticks are a favourite for children that visit the shop with their parents and families. Couto said to be careful when shopping at local grocery stores for organic and allnatural honey, because a lot can be blended and mixed with other honey products. “I’ve seen organic honey at Costco,” Couto said. “But when reading the label it says it’s a blend of different honeys from different countries so you have to further research stuff like that to verify.” No need to research the products at The Bee Shop. All products are all natural, pure and organic. “We’re looking to bring in more products like plants, and seeds,” Couto said.
The Bee Shop is still fairly new, so there’s lots of time to add new and different products to their stock. For more information, log onto their website at http://www.thebeeshop.net
THE FARM NEXT DOOR LOOKING TO GROW BUSINESS BY JULIA GRABOWSKA
Fresh, new food options have been around in the city of Toronto for a while now. Organic options and farmer’s markets are available to the public, but one could suggest that large grocery store chains are still out-competing them. The good news is local grown food supporters and farmers aren’t backing down. The Farm Next Door is a relatively new idea that from co-founders Jason Hirsch and Steve Reiss, two McGill graduates from Toronto. The team also consists of three farmers and three apprentices. Hirsch said that The Farm Next Door is looking forward to expanding the team
as time passes. The overall idea of The Farm Next Door is to provide fresh food, grown in the local neighbourhood. The gardens that provide the food are located in west-end backyards and business rooftops. Hirsch said that the importance of supporting locally-grown food is key due to the unsuccessful functioning of the industrial food system. “We believe that it is impoverishing farmers, and providing food that is not healthy for us, and doesn’t taste good. We see that it is bad for our ecological future, and disconnects us from each other and from nature,” he said. Hirsch also adds that the idea of
Assorted vegetables grown with the Dragon Alley Community Garden. Photos courtesy Sophia Ilyniak
“local” also improves one’s overall state of mind. “When we know that food is growing in our backyard or our neighbour’s backyard, we know that we are very physically interdependent with the natural world. It’s psychologically healing,” he said. All food is grown organically in the gardens, meaning absolutely no pesticides or chemicals are used. “Beyond not just using poison, we are going to actively build the health of our soil, because healthy soil makes healthy plants, which makes healthy food,” Hirsch said. In the coming summer, The Farm Next Door will be introducing the box program. “We’re going to be starting to de-
liver a fresh box of food to the door. It’s going to include our neighbourhood produce, and whatever we don’t grow will come from regional farmers… also organically produced meat, cheese, eggs, fish, bread and chocolate,” Hirsch said. The box program will allow shoppers to customize exactly what groceries they want through an online order form on the website, and payments will be made through PayPal. The convenient box program is planned to kick off in June. If you have a gardening space to offer The Farm Next Door or are interested in ordering fresh, local grown food, visit http://www.thefarmnextdoor.ca for more details and contact information.
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BLOORDALE AXE THROWING LEAGUE BECOMING A CITY-WIDE HIT BY MELISSA MILLERSON
What started as some fun at the cottage back in 2006, the Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL), tucked away in Bloordale’s own backyard on 213 Sterling Rd. is rapidly becoming one of Toronto’s hottest alternative sports organizations. “It really was a happy accident”, said founder Matt Wilson, who started throwing into trees with some friends, and then moved to throwing at makeshift targets constructed from some scrap wood and duct tape. Quickly the first organized season commenced in Wilson’s west-end Toronto backyard with just a handful of members. Despite the barbaric undertones of the sport, people of all ages, genders and backgrounds come out weekly to compete. Rules and scoring are quite simple. In short,
players want to hit the bullseye for five points, every time. A perfect match is 75 points. Players get two points for a match win, one point for a tie. Tie breakers are determined by the intimidating “big axe”. Comprehensive stats are recorded and maintained for each 32-player division, with each season running eight weeks for regular and playoff matches. Just like most other sports, each player has their own stance, delivery, as well as their own axe, which contributes to interesting and competitive matchups each week. And just like most sports, players can be out on the disabled list for several weeks, reporting injuries ranging from muscle strains to blisters. Luckily, according to veteran member Jari, axe throwing is actually really safe, adding that “no major injuries have ever occurred.” For years, the BATL added members through word of mouth.
Many members reported starting out this way, like one member whose “friend of a friend was doing it” or another one who said, “my employee was booking off every Tuesday night, so I came to check it out.” But that all changed a couple years ago, when coverage began to explode throughout the city, gaining attention from pretty much everyone, now including the Toronto Star, Breakfast Television and Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet. Going into its seventh year, the league has 128 active members and a waiting list of approximately 100 names. With that kind of growth, moving to a larger facility was crucial, and so the BATL and its motley crew moved to Sterling Rd. back in 2011, expanding to four league nights, running from Sunday to Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday, the facility is open for private axe
throwing events, like birthday celebrations, work socials and bachelor/bachelorette parties. A second location is currently being considered in the near future.
“June 1, if everything goes to plan”, said Wilson, who hopes to stay close to its present home base. This will allow the BATL to expand to over 250 members. Renata Antoniuk, a petite administrative assistant who is attending law school this fall, has recently joined the waiting list after hearing about the league from a friend, and throws for practice at the end of league nights. “It’s an unconventional hobby, but I will definitely be coming out again,” she said. For more information, please visit http://www.batl. ca, or drop by the back of the warehouse on any league night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
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FASHION ART COMES ALIVE IN BLOORDALE AT ANNUAL EVENT BY MELISSA MILLERSON
For the past two years, the neighbourhood has played host to Fashion Art Toronto’s |FAT|Arts & Fashion Week, an annual presentation of contemporary art through a combination of 50 fashion runway shows, fashion films, photography, and art installations. Fashion Art Toronto (FAT), started by Ryerson Fashion alum Vanja Vasic back in 2005 as an avenue to bring local designers and artists together, has grown into a major Toronto event and is a springboard for new, cuttingedge designers and artists to gain exposure, all while focusing more on the art and less on the commercialism of fashion. “This is not Toronto Fashion Week,” Vasic told the Toronto Star on April 23. “It’s different than any fashion week in the world. We want to tell a story through fashion. It’s a way to engage the public
and talk about other social, cultural and environmental issues. It’s not just to show clothes. Think about fashion in different ways. From April 23 to 27 this year, FAT transformed warehouse space at 213 Sterling Rd. into its own fashion rehab centre, with this year’s theme Fashion Therapy examining “aspects of the psyche which seek resolve through fashion….across five days of programming based on the sub-themes: Drama, Craving, Escape, Crisis & Euphoria,” as stated in the event’s official press release. FAT also brings in an international flavour to their events, this year partnering with the Mexican Tourism Board, with support from the Consulate General of Mexico Toronto. Intermixed with Canadian talent, Mexican culture was represented through a collection of fashion photography, film and runway presentations by designers and artists whose works have been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italy,
Nylon and Glamour magazines, among others. When asked if FAT will choose 213 Sterling Rd. for a third year,
Fertility: Naturopathic support for an increasingly challenged process The bees are buzzing, and green things are sprouting up everywhere. It’s incredible to get this reminder every year of the miraculous cycle of life. Spring is a time of blossoming and (re)birth. We can’t help but reflect on our own fertility at this time of year. Especially since infertility (defined as lack of conception after 12 months of trying to conceive) rates are climbing in Canada. Not surprisingly, one of the most significant factors is a delay in starting a family. Reasons for delay may be linked to career ambitions, financial limitations, or changing social norms – as our cultural definitions of marriage and family change. Unfortunately, a woman’s ovarian reserve and quality of eggs declines dramatically in the mid-30’s to early 40’s. Many healthcare providers
are urging women in their early to mid-30’s to consider their options sooner rather than later – as ART (assisted reproduction technology) is NOT a panacea. Aside from increasing age, there are many factors which can impede fertility in both men and women, including: obesity, heavy alcohol use (five or more drinks per occasion, monthly or more) and sexually transmitted infections (on the rise in 20 and 30-somethings). There have also been many studies implicating environmental factors on both egg and sperm quality & quantity. What can you do to support fertility naturally? Start with some basics: 1. Move towards a wholefood, plant-heavy diet. 2. Drink lots of water, limit caffeine (shown to have significant impact on fertility) and alcohol consumption. 3. Maintain a healthy weight, or work towards a 10% reduction if overweight or obese. 4. Reduce toxic load: reduce reliance on pharmaceutical and
the neighbourhood.” For more information on Fashion Art Toronto, go to http:// www.fashionarttoronto.ca.
Fashion Art Toronto showcased up and coming talent, including 50 fashion runway shows in Bloordale. Photo by Melissa Millerson
ASK YOUR BLOORDALE NUTRITIONIST AND NATUROPATH DR. JENNIFER BAER BY DR. JENNIFER BAER
Vasic replied via e-mail that they “are not certain that we will be using the [same] venue next year, but definitely would like to stay in
OTC drugs (with MD/ND support), switch to natural cleansers, take shoes off indoors, eat less meat and processed foods, work up a sweat regularly. 5. Think ahead: if you’re a woman in your early 30’s, make sure your period is regular (without oral contraceptives), take B12 & folate, and work on any existing health issues (diabetes, weight, PCOS, endometriosis, etc) before trying to conceive. 6. Get regular check-ups of your reproductive health, and use condoms. 7. For a more comprehensive approach that’s specific to you, meet with a Naturopathic Doctor to discuss options like herbs, antioxidants (i.e. CoQ10), acupuncture or other manual therapies. Jennifer Baer, RHN, ND is your local Naturopathic Doctor, trained chef and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She offers additional guidance
& resources on these topics at http://www.drjenniferbaer.com, and in her local private practice. Jennifer offers a five-part individualized Pre-Conception Pro-
gram™ for those interested in optimizing their health and taking a preventative approach to fertility, or those seeking support for fertility challenges.
Dr. Jennifer Baer, licensed nutritionist and naturopath.
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New In Business ~ Community Contributions
AFTER TWO YEARS OF PREPARATION THE GUILD OPENS UP SHOP BY HARRIET LUKE
Owner Mani Binelli waited two years before his restaurant was ready to open its doors. Photo by Harriet Luke
“Sublimator” - Part II Written by Brent Wells
“Sublimation,” explained Mr. Warich, “Is the transition of a solid substance into a gas. The most common example of this process is dry ice and water. The solid carbon dioxide sublimes into a gaseous state without an intermediary liquid phase.” The crowd was largely nonplussed by this information. It was nonetheless amazing to each spectator, as they took turns peering inside the machine, that the four garbage bags placed inside had vanished without leaving a trace. “You’re all wondering what happened to the garbage, no doubt,” said Mr. Warich with a wry smile. “Well, I told you earlier that the contents of the canister would eliminate the environmental concerns of trash disposal.” He walked over to the small steel canister that he had shown at the outset of his demonstration. He unscrewed the hose that tethered the canister to the machine, and held it up for all to see. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he proudly proclaimed, “The garbage dump of the future!” A confused murmur fell over the crowd as they speculated about Mr. Warich’s meaning. Was the garbage now inside this small gas canister? Was such a transformation possible? Meanwhile, all Chelsey Paton could think about was how incredibly erudite Mr. Warich was for a man who lived in a shack in the country. As the other townspeople passed around the canister, marvelling at the new possibilities before them, Chelsey’s gaze did not wander from the strange, satisfied expression on Mr. Warich’s face: and for the sake of sensing some clue of the reality before her, she held her eyes on the magician, not the trick. “I have been working for the better part of a decade to perfect the technology that is displayed before you
Two years in the making, The Guild has opened its doors. Once a flower shop, owner and chef Mani Binelli has transformed 1442 Dundas St. W. into a vibrant open space that can seat up to 97 hungry and thirsty mouths. Guests find themselves at tables made from a 120-year-old barn, or from the red doors of a horse’s stable. Customized county-style, beige and red linen napkins also line the tables along with mason jars full of earth, rocks and grass to complete the restaurant’s décor. The micro-brewed beers, unique cocktail list and pristine food presentation give The Guild a trendy flair, not to mention its original silver tiled ceiling. Binelli has created a comfortable and warm atmosphere and matched it with a sophisticated dining experience. “It needed an unbelievable amount of work, but the location immediately
today,” said Mr. Warich, who now had the crowd’s rapt attention. “What I have developed is a process to break down solid compounds with a combination of pressurization and temperature control, to convert and compress solids into the gas tank you now hold in your hands. Granted, the technology is still new, and largely untested. I have no doubt that my invention will very soon become the preferred garbage processing method throughout the developed world. But before we unveil has been created here to the world, I must be sure of the safety and viability of the machine’s process. Therefore, for the time being, I must ask that all of you keep today’s demonstration a secret.” “Come on Warich - you’ll win the Nobel Prize!” shouted one of the town’s councillors. “You’ve got to get this out there before anyone else!” Much of the crowd applauded and cried out in agreement. Chelsey Paton bit her tongue. “Now, I’m not doing this for any sort of recognition,” said Mr. Warich humbly, “And my primary goal above all is to ensure that this town’s needs are looked after first. Now, you all know about the old Emerson landfill, trash bursting out of every snake and badger hole what I propose is, all of you, bring your garbage to me, organic waste only I remind you, and for a nominal fee, I will take on all the county’s garbage, which will assist me in further developing the technolo-” “Stop!” screamed Chelsey suddenly, startling those standing around her, “Stop your lies, Warich! It’s clear what you’re after - ‘for a nominal fee’, sure - you’d rip off your friends and neighbours with your bunko contraption? The kind of sublimation you’re claiming is simply not possible.” Her outburst had surprised Mr. Warich, who took a moment to compose himself and answer her: “Impossible until now, yes.” “Impossible, impossible,” said Chelsey back. “And I’ll gladly prove it.”
sold it, said Binelli. “I said ‘this is it.’” Right away, Binelli got to work on peeling back the layers of drywall and plaster of the old retail space. “I found the brick wall behind it all that really stands out on its own,” he said. Everything in the restaurant has been reclaimed or reused in some way, from the tables to the coffee sacks that make up the chair’s cushion covers. Binelli said that the space itself inspired him to furnish the restaurant and its style just evolved along the way. “One thing just fell into another,” said Binelli. It may have taken two years to renovate the now former flower shop, but since they opened a month ago Binelli and his staff have hit the ground running. All of the produce brought into The Guild that goes into their “Canadiana” themed food, is purchased within 100 km of the restaurant.
“In the Summer and Spring obviously we have so much more to work with,” said Binelli. He is certainly excited about the upcoming season. Binelli admits that certain things can’t be bought locally but wants as much of his food to be locally purchased. Right now seasonal rhubarb and fiddleheads are popular in The Guild’s dishes, along with white fish and local rabbit. Prices range anywhere from seven dollars for a starter to 22 dollars for a main course and the restaurant is open Wednesday - Sunday (Saturday and Sunday for brunch). Binelli said he finally feels more settled and happy with the way things are running. The staff is certainly friendly and extremely knowledgeable of the food and wines offered. “I couldn’t do this without having the great staff that help to make it all happen,” said Binelli. “I’m the kind of person who wants things done a certain way and owning my own restaurant is a dream come true.”
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