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Images are part of Toronto photographer’s project AARON D’ANDREA adandrea@metroland.com Britney Spears has become a regular at the Bloor Mini Mart in Bloorcourt Village. She’s been seen smiling at the side of the building since the beginning of February - in fact, several celebrities like Justin Bieber and Sandra Bullock have also been spotted in the area. "It’s great," Simon Hong, manager of the Bloor Mini Mart, told The Bloor West Villager. "This one is good." There’s a catch though they haven’t been seen in the area in person, but headshots of their wax figures fill some of empty billboard space in and around Bloorcourt.

The photos of their respective wax figures are part of Toronto photographer Peter Andrew Lusztyk’s "Uncanny Valley" project. Lusztyk, 34, who lives in the Junction Triangle, travelled to Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas in July 2016 with his assistant to capture the images. "I kind of sparked this idea that maybe it would be interesting to shoot celebrities without actually ever meeting them," Lusztyk told The Villager. "I had an idea of how I wanted to light it and wanted to sort of trick people and make them appear as lifelike as possible so they thought they were actually looking at the real thing." Bullock has found a home at Foto Grocery on Ossington Avenue near Hallam Street. An employee at the store, who didn’t want her named published, told The Villager she wasn’t even aware

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Toronto photographer Peter Andrew Lusztyk has filled Bloorcourt, and other west-end nieghbourhoods empty billboards with portraits of celebrities wax figures. The pictures have been turning heads in the neighbourhoods, but have also proven to be very popular as Andrew said some of his work has been stolen. Bullock was on the side of the building. She has since become

an attraction on Instagram with people trying to get a shot with her.

"I thought it would be neat to introduce them into the public’s daily visual

environment forcefully, and these advertisement boards are normally empty ... I had one print of Evel Knievel up in the studio and I sort of realized that it’s almost the same size," Lusztyk said. "I kept finding these boards everywhere, and so we printed I think five or six more, but this time we printed them exactly the size . the response has been tremendous." The portraits have become so popular, Lusztyk said they have been disappearing but he’s not upset about it. "It’s inevitable," he said. "You can’t put something out in the public sphere and expect it to last forever." Furthermore, Hong said someone graphiti-ed over the Spears picture, but somebody later came to clean it.Looking forward, Lusztyk said he is hoping to expand the project and shoot at other wax museums.

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us," she said. "We were able to welcome a lot of groups into the space." Since the move, the company has found it hard to find an affordable studio, and has been discussing with colleagues across the city to find a new home. "We’re extremely active at looking at other options," she said. "We’ve been speaking with other theatre organizations over the past three months that are in the same boat, we’re examining different space sharing models and that might be a solution, but we don’t know if that’s practical." Clay and Paper Theatre is also looking at partnering with community-based groups to house a new studio, and will be creating a GoFundMe page to help with its situation, Anderson said. For more information about the fundraising event, visit: www.facebook.com/ events/1405862692820290/.

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David Anderson is the founding artistic director of the Clay and Paper Theatre. The company will be hosting a fundraising event on Feb. 18.

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The Clay and Paper Theatre is facing a crisis, its directors say. The long-standing notfor-profit arts company is finding it tough to find affordable and sustainable rental spaces in Toronto due to the surging market. As a result, the company has been spending up to 60 per cent of its basic operating funds on rent, Tamara Romanchuk, the theatre’s co-artistic director, told The Bloor West Villager. "In dollar figures, that’s $16,000 less that we have for our signature community events," she said. "We are struggling to keep our heads afloat right now." On Saturday, Feb. 18,

Clay and Paper Theatre is hosting a fundraising event, The Big Smooch, at its studio at 300 Campbell Ave., near Dupont Street and Symington Avenue in the Junction Triangle. However, the money raised will go toward supporting the theatre’s programing, David Anderson, the company’s founder, said. "The reason why we do this (put on shows) is so that we can bring people together in public space," he said. "That’s our big focus." Clay and Paper Theatre was founded in 1994, and occupied space at Dufferin Grove Park. The theatre produces plays, pageants and parades within the community. It was located at 35 Strachan Ave. for the past five years, Romanchuk said, before being given notice to leave last year due to a condo development. "It became home, and it became a home not just for


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Small, local efforts can make a big impact miles away Stories of crime, tragedy and hate often dominate the headlines and while it’s our job to accurately report on these events, the effect of its continual presence on readers is not lost on us. That’s why this week we’re sharing a story across all our newspapers. Inspired by the efforts of residents in Etobicoke, it serves as a shining example of the good that exists in this world - and how seemingly small, local initiatives can make the greatest difference in the lives of others living thousands of miles away. Those are the stories worth celebrating. Local hockey families donated gently used hockey gear to a collection by Rotary Clubs of Etobicoke and Palgrave, destined for First Nations youth in six northern Ontario reserves. Only in its second year, the drive netted 25 times more equipment than the first - a whopping 40,000 pounds of gear, thanks to the generosity of parents and kids here in Toronto. Our reporter Cynthia Reason covered those initial efforts and was extended a special invitation to see the story through to its conclusion. She traveled with Rotary representatives and Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes to one of the reserves at Sandy Lake where 16 skids of hockey equipment was delivered to eagerly awaiting children. The detail that completed the experience? The Stanley Cup came too. Described as a ’historic first’ by Chief Bart Meekis, the Cup’s arrival in the remote community served as a reminder to local youth that opportunity exists for them, to "be all you can be." And certainly, receiving hockey pads, helmets, skates, sticks and jerseys helped fuel local hockey dreams. Something that may have seemed out of reach is now possible for these kids, thanks to the generosity of Toronto residents. It was also made possible by one Sandy Lake teacher who connected with Rotary to facilitate the donation. So we share this story to warm hearts. We share it to demonstrate how a small initiative can have a big, lasting impact in the lives of others. Those children will not forget the day the Stanley Cup arrived in their community, along with hockey equipment they couldn’t have afforded otherwise. These are the kinds of efforts we like to celebrate when they come across our news desks, because Toronto’s got more than its share of bad news. The good is also there, but sometimes it needs a little help getting up into the spotlight.

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Toronto’s immigrants learn their working rights When Pragosh Antonipillai was young, he and his cousins worked well over 40 hours a week at Tim Hortons.They didn’t get overtime, and didn’t ask. They worked 12 or 24 hours at a stretch when their downtown Toronto stores were short-handed. "We would sleep on sugar bags in the back because that’s what we thought it means to be a good worker," Antonipillai recalls. For a first-generation Tamil-Canadian, this was normal, even expected, he says. Antonipillai’s parents were proud; at 15 and 16 he was making more than his dad as a Canadian Tire cashier. But working 30 hours a week while in high school tired him out. "People would assume I’m just this terrible stu-

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says, so parents thought, "you were working or you were in trouble." Antonipillai and Selvarajah say Toronto employers still "pit" recent immigrants who won’t insist on their rights against other Canadians. They know immigrant women, in particular, "have less resources to fight back," adds Antonipillai, who argues 90 per cent Toronto’s kitchen staff are Tamil for the same reason. Selvarajah meets seniors working in Tamil stores for $5 an hour, under the table, looking on their employers as friends. He tells them standing up for yourself, "isn’t a betrayal, it’s actually the right thing to do." Reach Mike Adler at madler@insidetoronto.com

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professional setting it’s been used to support clients for some time, and I thought it would be fabulous to provide that comfort to our clients," McMurrich told The Bloor West Villager. "We decided to pursue training her to a higher standard as a trauma dog."Dandy has been trained to stay with her handler at all times, and to provide comfort to clients by lying at their feet, hugging them, allowing them to pet her and more, McMurrich said."It’s a normalizing mechanism, so they’ll be able to focus on things that need to be done," she said. "Dandy is being used to reduce clients’ anxiety and stress levels."Meagan Phelps, Dandy’s handler, told The Villager she has been working with Dandy since October."She’s a great dog," she said. "She’s really smart."In addition to helping clients across Toronto, Dandy has been given a room, dubbed "Dandy’s Of-

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Dandy, a trauma dog, recently completed her training and will be helping victims of trauma for the Victim Services Toronto’s new program. fice," at 11 Division near Davenport and Old Weston roads.She will use the office, which has a kennel, to get some quiet time and rest in between calls.She will also be trained to work

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Two busloads of children from Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School braved the -34C weather to greet the arrival of the Stanley Cup at Sandy Lake First Nation air field. The banner they’re holding, written in Oji-Cree, reads ‘Welcome to Sandy Lake. Thank you for bringing the Stanley Cup’.

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There was a buzz in the arctic air at Sandy Lake First Nation last Tuesday that not even the -34C polar chill could numb – word had it that Lord Stanley was about to land in town. On the local radio station, Chief Bart Meekis issued an urgent plea for all 3,500 residents of the remote northern Ontario reserve to “Let’s all get to the airport now and show our hapToronto piness!” At Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School, students put the last-minute

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touches on a colourful banner written in their native Oji-Cree, welcoming the Stanley Cup and its contingent of carriers from Etobicoke. And at the landing site itself, dozens of pick-up trucks and school buses packed with excited hockey fans of all ages ringed the airstrip in anxious anticipation of the Holy Grail of hockey’s arrival. “The gravity of it all didn’t really hit me until we were landing in Sandy Lake and I looked out the window and saw the whole community out there in the cold waiting for us,” said Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes, who used his connections at the Hockey Hall of Fame to arrange the

Cup’s visit to coincide with the delivery of 5,500 pounds of Rotary-donated hockey equipment to Sandy Lake – even successfully outbidding Justin Trudeau for the honour.  As the charter flight carrying Grimes, Rotary representatives, a documentary film crew from Etobicoke-based Fifth Ground Entertainment, and the official “Keeper of the Cup” Howie Borrow touched down, the subzero temperatures seemingly melted away on a wave of enthusiasm that drove a flood of excited bodies from the warmth of their vehicles and onto the airfield – Chief Meekis one of the first among them. OContinued on page 15


Rotary-led equipment drive prompted visit OContinued from page 14 “To actually see it here in Sandy Lake, it brings so much hope and so much joy to my community. That the Stanley Cup would come to a remote place like this, it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of it,” Meekis said shortly after parading the Cup around Sandy Lake on the back of his pick-up truck, trailed by an escort of 16 flag-waving, skidoo-driving members of the Sandy Lake Canadian Rangers. While Lord Stanley’s 22-hour stay in Sandy Lake was widely celebrated as a “historic first”, Meekis pledged it most certainly won’t mark the Cup’s last long voyage to the remote fly-in community nearly 1,500 kms northwest of Toronto. “It will be back up here again in 2020, but next time it will be one of our young hockey players bringing it north as a Stanley Cup champion – hopefully with the Canadiens,” the Montreal fan said with a determined grin. “To us, the Stanley Cup promotes education, it promotes discipline, and it also promotes that you can be all you can be – and that’s something our kids need to see.” While the Cup’s arrival provided plenty of incentive to young hockey players in Sandy Lake to strive for NHL greatness, the accompanying delivery of 16 skids of gently used hockey gear collected by the Rotary Clubs of Etobicoke and Palgrave – and

shipped free-of-charge courtesy Wasaya Airways and the Grimes’ brothers Etobicoke-based logistics company, MGA International – brought with it the means with which to fulfill a hockey dream that, for many, would’ve otherwise been out of reach. Freight costs to communities like Sandy Lake, which are only accessible by land via ice roads for a few short weeks in the winter, drive the price of even the most basic of goods up at least threefold. In a community where even a 24-case of no-name bottled water sells for $27.79, that means the price of already-costly hockey equipment becomes prohibitively expensive for most families. “A lot of our youth want to get on the ice, but can’t afford the skates, which is sad because people here go hard for hockey – they absolutely love it,” said Jenn Elwell, the now “super famous” teacher who arranged the hockey donation with Rotary Etobicoke’s Laura Latham after stumbling upon a story about the club’s hockey drive on Facebook. “So for me, seeing my kids walk out of the gym today with skates in their hands and big smiles on their faces just melted my heart. It was so beautiful, because I know how much it

means to them.” Pittsburgh Penguins superfan Derek Monias, 13, not only walked away from the distribution event at Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School last week with a hockey bag stuffed with new gear, he was also able to cross a key item off his bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to see the Stanley Cup in person and now I have. It’s every hockey player’s dream to one day achieve winning it,” he said with a shy smile. “This day, we all feel happy. The people that brought the Cup here have put a smile on everybody’s faces here in Sandy Lake and made them feel good inside.”

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MISSION TO SANDY LAKE 2017

Above right; Hundreds of Sandy Lake First Nations residents braved the -34C weather to greet Howie Borrow, Keeper of the Stanley Cup, and of course Lord Stanley himself at the Sandy Lake air field. Right; a young hockey player gets fitted for new blades while, below, members of the Sandy Lake First Nations hockey team tried out of some their near gear donated by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke during a pick-up hockey game at the local arena. Cynthia Reason photos

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Kia’s new Customer Friendly Pricing includes delivery and destination fees, dealer admin. fee up to $399 and all mandatory government levies. Prices do not include licensing or applicable taxes.

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Offer Ends Feb 27th

Offer(s) available on select new 2016/2017 models through participating dealers to qualified retail customers who take delivery from February 16 to 27, 2017. Dealers may sell or lease for less. Some conditions apply. See dealer for complete details. Vehicles shown may include optional accessories and upgrades available at extra cost. All offers are subject to change without notice. All pricing and payments include delivery and destination fees up to $1,740, $10 OMVIC fee, $29 tire fee, and $100 A/C charge (where applicable). Excludes other taxes, paint charges ($200, where applicable), licensing, PPSA, registration, insurance, variable dealer administration fees, fuel-fill charges up to $100, and down payment (if applicable and unless otherwise specified). Other lease and financing options also available. §The $750 AutoShow Bonus can be used towards the purchase or lease of any new 2016 Optima (non-hybrid models), 2017 Optima Hybrid, 2016 Forte Koup, 2017 Forte Koup, 2016 Forte5, 2017 Forte5, 2017 Forte Sedan, 2017 Sportage and 2017 Sorento models. This offer is combinable with all other Kia offers. Discount will be deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. Some restrictions apply, please see dealer for full details. Offer valid ONLY IN ONTARIO from February 16 to 27, 2017. This offer is available only at participating dealers and is subject to change without notice. ΦRepresentative Financing Example: Financing offer available on approved credit (OAC), on a new 2017 Sorento 2.4L LX FWD (SR75AH)/2017 Sorento 2.4L LX AWD (SR75BH) with a selling price of $28,324/$30,024 is based on a total number of 364 weekly payments of $76/$81 for 84 months at 0.9% with $1,595 down. Offer includes $1,250/$750 loan credit and $0/$1,000 All-Wheel Drive Bonus†. *Cash Purchase Price for the new 2016 Optima LX AT (OP741G) is $19,644 and includes $5,000 cash discount and $750 AutoShow Bonus §. Cash discounts available on the cash purchase of select 2016 models only vary by model and trim and are deducted from the negotiated selling price before taxes. Some conditions apply. See your Kia dealer for complete details. †Up to $1,000 All-Wheel Drive Bonus amounts are offered on select new, in-stock 2017 Sorento and Sportage models and are deducted from the negotiated cash purchase, finance or lease price before taxes. Offer available from February 1 to 28, 2017 only while quantities last. Amounts vary by trim and model. Offer may be combined with other offers. Certain conditions apply. See your dealer for complete details. ≠Representative Leasing Example: Lease offer available on approved credit (OAC), on the 2017 Forte LX MT (F0541H)/2017 Forte LX+ AT (F0743H)/2017 Sportage LX FWD (SP751H)/2017 Sportage LX AWD (SP752H)/2017 Sorento 2.4L AWD (SR75BH) with a selling price of $17,094/$21,694/$26,774/$29,074/$31,774 is based on a total number of 169/169/208/208/156 weekly payments of $39/$49/$65/$68/$86 for 39/39/48/48/36 months at 0%/0%/2.9%/2.9%/0% with $0 security deposit, $499/$499/$1,595/$1,595/$0 down payment and first payment due at lease inception. Offer includes $0/$0/$0/$1,000/$1,000 All-Wheel Drive Bonus† and $2,020/$2,500/$500/$0/$500 lease credit. Total lease obligation is $6,559/$8,301/$13,512/$14,0 59/$13,454 with the option to purchase at the end of the term for $8,016/$10,394/$13,368/$14,808/$16,820. Lease has 16,000 km/yr allowance (other packages available and $0.12/km for excess kilometres). ‡Model shown Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for 2017 Sportage SX Turbo AWD (SP757H)/2017 Forte SX AT (FO747H)/2017 Sorento SX Turbo AWD (SR75IH)/2016 Optima SX Turbo AT (OP746G) is $39,595/$27,295/$42,495/$35,195.The 2016 Sportage received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among small SUVs in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study. 2016 study based on 80,157 total responses, evaluating 245 models, and measures the opinions of new 2016 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com. ΩCompatible smartphone required. Data rates may apply, please check with your wireless service provider. Google, Google Play, Google Maps, and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc. Google Maps ©2016 Google. The Bluetooth® wordmark and logo are registered trademarks and are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). #When properly equipped. Do not exceed any weight ratings and follow all towing instructions in your Owner’s Manual. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of printing. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Kia is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.


The Bloor West Villager, February 16, 2017