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STAYING FIT: Dakota Tran-Burton, 8, warms up recently at the Bloor Street Fitness boxing gym as part of BADGE, Boxers Against Drugs and Guns Everywhere. The non-profit youth after-school program is offered three days a week to encourage fitness and confidence. See more photos from the gym on page 16.

Railpath run to support The Stop LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com Baptism by fire. That’s how Shazia McCormick describes organizing her first-ever charity event, the inaugural Railpath

Community Run on the West Toronto Railpath. “I’ve learned a lot,” she quipped to The Villager last Wednesday. It wasn’t long after McCormick and her husband moved to the Carleton Village area that she dis-

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covered the linear park that stretches just over two kilometres between Cariboo Avenue to Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue to south of Bloor Street West. The railpath winds its way >>>EVENT, page 14 @BWVillager

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Just the facts: Within the boundaries of the Bloor West Villager newspaper, 11 Division encompasses the neighbourhoods of Bloor West Village, the Junction, High Park, Swansea, Dufferin Grove, Roncesvalles Village, Wallace Emerson, Lambton, Baby Point and Pelham Park. During a conversation with the station’s top brass, The Villager

learned that auto thefts, burglaries – both residential and commercial – as well as violence and gangs are key issues that officers are focusing on as part of a summer initiative called “Project Heat Wave.” Part of 14 Division also covers this newspaper’s distribution area, which includes parts of Dufferin Grove and Wallace Emerson.

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STAYING FIT: Dakota Tran-Burton, 8, warms up recently at the Bloor Street Fitness boxing gym as part of BADGE, Boxers Against Drugs and Guns Everywhere. The non-profit youth after-school program is offered three days a week to encourage fitness and confidence. See more photos from the gym on page 16.

Railpath run to support The Stop LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com Baptism by fire. That’s how Shazia McCormick describes organizing her firstever charity event, the inaugural

Railpath Community Run on the West Toronto Railpath. “I’ve learned a lot,” she quipped to The Villager last Wednesday. It wasn’t long after McCormick and her husband moved to the Carleton Village area that she dis-

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covered the linear park that stretches just over two kilometres between Cariboo Avenue to Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue to south of Bloor Street West. The railpath winds its way along >>>EVENT, page 14 @BWVillager

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Just the facts: Within the boundaries of the Bloor West Villager newspaper, 11 Division encompasses the neighbourhoods of Bloor West Village, the Junction, High Park, Swansea, Dufferin Grove, Roncesvalles Village, Wallace Emerson, Lambton, Baby Point and Pelham Park. During a conversation with the station’s top brass, The Villager

learned that auto thefts, burglaries – both residential and commercial – as well as violence and gangs are key issues that officers are focusing on as part of a summer initiative called “Project Heat Wave.” Part of 14 Division also covers this newspaper’s distribution area, which includes parts of Dufferin Grove and Wallace Emerson.

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High Park’s symbol of peace to undergo makeover Fundraising goal of $15K set to improve Chartres Labyrinth in time for World Labyrinth Day LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com In the early 2000s, Bloor West Village area resident Anny Fyreagle fell ill with a brain spasm. To cope, she would walk the High Park Labyrinth a couple of times a week; the practice became therapeutic. “It’s a place for meditation. It’s a place where you go and calm your mind,” said Fyreagle of the single, non-branching path, which leads to a centre, located north of the Grenadier Restaurant. Labyrinths are especially effective in hospitals; they can be found in schools and churches, she said. “There’s one on a military base in the U.S. They’ve started putting them in prisons,” Fyreagle said during a visit to the High Park Labyrinth on Thursday, Aug. 16. “You’ve got to experience it to understand it.” Spearheaded by a woman by the name of Sylvia Senensky, the Chartres Labyrinth in High Park was originally created by a group of volunteers as a harmony project with Toronto’s parks and recreation department in 2001. In 2004, Fyreagle noticed the labyrinth’s paint had started to fade. When she got word from the city that no one was going to repaint

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it, Fyreagle took it upon herself to do the job. For 30 hours, she endured hot summer days to give the labyrinth new life. Since its inception, thousands of people have walked it whether it be

out of curiosity or contemplation or simply for fun. “Kids love this thing. It’s part of their park experience,” said Fyreagle. “This is a natural symbol, an ancient symbol. I’ve been working with the

World Labyrinth Organization. We’ve seen it in cave paintings and in manuscripts. We can’t tell when they began. They’re all over the world and they’re part of history.” Almost a decade has passed since

the High Park Labyrinth’s repainting and the years have taken their toll. The concrete needs to be replaced. The seating area will be re-designed. “The renovation will include a fresh new labyrinth that will be built to stand the test of time and rugged Canadian weather,” said Fyreagle. It is Fyreagle’s mission to give it new life through a fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $15,000 for a new and improved labyrinth in time for World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 4, 2013. According to City of Toronto Archives, the concrete circle where the labyrinth is painted was the original site for the High Park Restaurant, which was built in the 1920s. In 1956, a fire levelled the building leaving only foundation stones and concrete. A new restaurant, now known as The Grenadier, was built just south of the old one in 1959. Until the labyrinth’s creation in 2001, the area was a designated picnic space. The renovation includes a new design created by Lisa Moriarty of the World Labyrinth Society. The new labyrinth will be wheelchair accessible as well. If you would like to make a donation, visit torontoparksandtrees.org/labyrinth or visit www. facebook.com/highparklabyrinth for more information.

Emerging artists showcase their work Junction author to read Fifth annual art excerpts from new book show features sculptors, painters

The fifth annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show and Sale returns to the Sunnyside Pavilion Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23. The three-day fine art event features more than 80 emerging and established artists from sculptors to painters and photographers. Artists will occupy the ground floor and upper level of the pavilion providing visitors an opportunity to meet the artists, purchase fine art and stroll inside one of the city’s architectural gems. There will be art

installations and live music performances, said one of the organizers, artist Ania Biczysko, an area resident who immigrated from Poland two decades ago and settled not far from the lake shore. This is an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work to people with a strong interest in the arts and to collectors looking to purchase pieces of a variety of different styles, according to Biczysko. “We would like to invite people to participate in creating a large-scale painting – everyone can participate in this. Artists will supervise,” she said. The event is free and open to the public. All sales are commissionfree. There are three awards up for grabs. The first place juried art show

winner receives $1,000 in prize money – selected by a qualified committee of gallery owners and recognized art critics, said Biczysko. There is also a People’s Choice Award worth $500. “The location is amazing. It’s the most affordable show in the city,” said Biczysko. The show will include children’s art workshops on a drop-in basis. Proceeds from a small art auction will go towards Freeing the Human Spirit, a Canadian charity that brings hope, healing and rehabilitation to prisoners through meditation and yoga. The show takes place Friday, Sept. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m., Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.artinitiatives.ca

BOOK SIGNING To promote her debut novel, In the Fool’s Footsteps, Junction-based author Karen Hoffman is holding a reading and book signing at Pandemonium Books & Discs on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. Hoffman will be reading excerpts from the novel and signing books. “It’s always nice to have the opportunity to meet readers,” Hoffman said in a statement. “I’m proud of this book and so pleased to be able to share it in person.” Hoffman finished the book a number of years ago, but didn’t ini-

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tially do anything with it. At the urging of a friend, she decided to take the plunge and self-publish. Hoffman has been chronicling her sojourn into this new world on her blog, www. prosperocious.wordpress.com The book itself begins in 1928 when a teenage runaway drops her diary on the steps of Union Station in Toronto. Over the course of 76 years, the journal is passed around and added to by more than 20 characters. Then Kal Winters, the narrator, finds it in a used bookstore and sets out to trace its path, hoping to learn the secret of Clara’s identity. Pandemonium Books & Discs is located at 2920 Dundas St. W.

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Community must take ownership in crime prevention When it comes to making our neighbourhoods safer, community interaction is critical for police. But what happens next is just as important, whether it’s building on the success of a particular program or increased access and visibility into a community to build rich, trusting relationships. In a special feature on policing in the nine communities we serve, Toronto Community News spoke to people and organizations directly involved in neighbourhood programs and initiatives. Earlier this summer, after the horrific Danzig Street shooting, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair had announced mandatory overtime for officers this summer in an effort to restore a sense of safety in city neighbourhoods. The summer safety initiative, which runs until Sept. 6, has an extra 329 officers on city streets each day. The increased visibility manifests itself in different ways depending on the community and the types of crime that need to be addressed. For example, there’s an increased foot patrol in the Beach, a ramped-up police presence on the subway system in East York, and more officers for 14 Division’s anti-gang initiative, Project Post. But law enforcement is more than about solving crimes that have been committed. There is a proactive element, too. The building of effective mutual relationships between law enforcement and residents is a wise investment. “There is a sustainability component we are trying to address,” notes 12 Division Supt. Mark Saunders, whose area includes much of the former city of York. “The only way to do this successfully is through community relationships.” Breaking down barriers of distrust, increasing youth participation in community initiatives and establishing a healthy two-way discussion between law enforcement and residents are all part of the solution to safer communities. Once the summer safety project wraps up, there must be a review of the various initiatives across the city to assess their respective impacts. Then there is the opportunity to build on programs which appear to have traction, as well as the opportunity to apply knowledge gleaned from one area of the city to another. “We can’t police the community on our own. We can’t solve all the problems on our own, we need the community’s input, we need their assistance and their consent to be in their community,” says 14 Division Supt. Mario Di Tommaso. It’s acknowledgements like these that help pave the way. It’s up to the community to respond in kind.

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To the editor: If you are going to a garage sale, don’t steal from the people who are hosting it. They work hard to get it all set up. I have had jewelry stolen at my garage sale and we are getting to a point where we are not going to have them any more if people are going to steal from us. Ask to purchase the item for less or don’t buy it, but don’t steal from a garage sale. People are trying to make a bit of cash with their stuff they are already getting rid of at a great price. You wouldn’t lie us to go to your garage sale or house and steal your stuff, so don’t do it to others. If you are that hard up for something, go on welfare. Remember, it is still a crime stealing from a garage sale. Police can be involved. Dorothy Hicks

Anything could happen as mayor takes stand

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t might be premature to start speculating on the next two years in this city’s life, given the drama set to unfold next week at the University Avenue courthouse. Mayor Rob Ford will be on a witness stand, testifying in his own defence against a complaint that he violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when he spoke on the floor of council asking that he not be required to pay back about $3,100 in donations to his football charity made last term. Questioning him will be high-profile lawyer Clayton Ruby. Anything might happen. Given the inflexibility of the penalty for violating the act — the minimum sentence is removal from office – it’s not unreasonable to ask what would the rest of 2012, 2013 and much of 2014 look like at

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city hall, if Justice Charles Hackland finds Ford guilty of knowingly violating the act and throws him out of office in the next month or two? Under those extraordinary circumstances, council will have some options. The City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Elections Act allow council to hold a byelection to fill a vacancy, or fill the office by appointment. Should council choose the more costly option of a byelection, and the sentence be the minimum, Ford would be free to run again. And given that the

matter in court next week concerns his charity work, he would stand an excellent chance of winning. The fact that every councillor harbouring mayoralty ambitions would be tempted to run as well — losers could, in a byelection, still return to their seat on council — a mid-term re-election for Ford in the midst of a field crowded with challengers would be an excellent bet. But council might also choose to appoint a caretaker mayor to see the term through to the next general election. There are advantages: it is cheaper, and far less disruptive to the flow of work at city hall. And there are disadvantages: Toronto would, for two years, have a mayor no one voted for but 44 councillors. There would be a strong argument to hand the

job to the Deputy Mayor, Doug Holyday. He would be in a position to deliver something approaching the agenda that Ford’s supporters voted for. But there would be an argument as well to install a more neutral figure, given that for the past calendar year, Toronto Council has essentially usurped that agenda in favour of the agendas its members see themselves as having been elected on. Whichever way it goes it’s unlikely that the decisions coming out of city hall would be much different than they have been. The mayor, whoever he or she might be, is after all only one vote. n David Nickle is The Villager’s city hall reporter. His column appears Thursdays. Contact him at dnickle@ insidetoronto.com

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Dalton McGuinty asked to attend town hall meeting RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Premier Dalton McGuinty alone has the power to authorize the electrification of a diesel air rail link (ARL), says a coalition of west-end Toronto politicians. A group of 13 politicians from the municipal, provincial and federal levels has written the premier asking him to attend a town hall meeting before Sept. 7 to listen the concerns of residents living along the GO Georgetown South rail corridor who are worried about health risks associated with the increase of diesel train fumes when the ARL opens in 2015. At that time, 140 GO train shuttles will run along the new route, travelling from Union to Pearson in 25-minute trips. “If your provincial government had listened when our communities first raised concerns, the ARL

could have been easily electrified by now,” reads the letter, which was penned by Davenport MPP Jonah Schein of the NDP, the party’s urban transportation critic. “This is clearly a question of political will and you have yet to demonstrate that the electrification of the ARL is a government priority.” Despite recent comments from Metrolinx president Bruce McCuaig that electrification can be completed by 2017, but no earlier, Davenport NDP MP Andrew Cash said he’s skeptical of the timeline since no funding has been attached to the project as of yet. “Metrolinx can enact decisions, but it doesn’t get to make them,” Cash said of the transit planning agency tasked by the McGuinty Liberals to complete construction of the ARL. In a letter responding to an inquiry by York South-Weston Liberal MPP Laura Albanese, McCuaig estimated in August the preliminary cost of electrification to be around S440million for about 25-kilometres of track. But federal MP Mike Sullivan questions that figure. Sullivan said the conversion of the

link from diesel to electric should be far cheaper, citing the recent decision by British infrastructure agency Network Rail to agree to electrify a 300-kilometre stretch of railway from London to Swansea, Wales for two billion pounds, which works out to close to CDN$11 million per kilometre, nearly $7 million less than the Metrolinx plan. Adding the cost of electrification to the already-burgeoning bill for the ARL makes no sense for a government that has made public overtures it needs to get its fiscal house in order, said Sullivan, also a member of the NDP. “There’s already an awful, awful amount of money in this link,” said Sullivan Monday, Aug. 20. “It does beg the question why the Ontario government is taking this approach.” Until his election in 2011, Sullivan had been co-chair of the Clean Train Coalition, which recently launched a legal action against Metrolinx. He said he estimated the price of the ARL to be well more than a billion dollars if electrification costs are added. He said he was basing his calculations on infrastructure upgrades along the Georgetown South rail

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corridor as well as the cost to convert 18 diesel trains to electric, at a cost of $1 million per train car. Sullivan said he was worried the final budget for the ARL will end up costing more than the Pan Am Games, which have a price tag of $1.4 billion. Another critic of the ARL said he has attempted to locate the final cost of the project with little success. Rod Jackson is a Progressive Conservative MPP representing Barrie. He said he fears ARL construction costs are “well over budget.” Jackson, who is the PCs’ designated critic for the Pan Am Games, said he’s contacted Metrolinx directly and not received an answer adequate enough to satisfy his concerns. “My staff and I have been looking for a timeline, a budget line, anything at all, and it’s been a challenge.” While his party hasn’t adopted a clear stance on electrification, Jackson said it’s a worthwhile debate to have and called on the Liberals to be more clear about the costs associated with it and the rest of the construction related to the ARL. “People will understand if the project is over budget, but they want the process to be transpar-

ent,” Jackson said. Attempts to reach the premier’s office were unsuccessful.

Politicians who signed The following politicians signed a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty requesting a meeting for electrification of the Air Rail Link: Jonah Schein, MPP Davenport Andrew Cash, MP Davenport Mike Layton, Councillor Ward 19 Cheri Di Novo, MPP ParkdaleHigh Park Peggy Nash, MP Parkdale-High Park Mike Sullivan, MP York SouthWeston Sarah Doucette, Councillor Ward 13 Rosario Marchese, MPP TrinitySpadina Olivia Chow, MP Trinity-Spadina Gord Perks, Councillor Ward 14 Frances Nunziata, Councillor Ward 11 Adam Vaughan, Councillor Ward 20 Ana Bailao, Councillor Ward 18

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Junction Farmers’ Market WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Junction Farmers Market, Green P Lot, 385 Pacific Ave. (Medland Entrance) CONTACT: Sharlene Rankin, 647-270-7903, junctionfarmersmarket@yahoo.ca, www. junctionmarket.ca The Junction Farmers’ Market provides local, sustainably produced fresh foods. Products include: fruits, veggies, meats and prepared foods. Volunteers needed.

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Euchre WHEN: 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. CONTACT: Swansea Area Seniors’ Association, 416-3921953, www.swanseatownhall.ca/ tenants-sasa.htm#sasa Weekly game of Euchre. West Toronto Lawn Bowling

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Easy ways to boost home value Though the housing market might not be booming, there are still buyers out there looking for a place to call their own. Some potential sellers might prefer a patient approach to selling their homes, choosing to do so when the market rebounds and homes regain some of their lost value. Other sellers might not have a choice and must make due with selling in a lackluster market. Regardless of which category you're in, there are easy ways to boost your home's value. Making minor changes to a home can add to your asking price, whether you're putting your home on the market this week or waiting for the market to rebound. The following tasks might not take much effort, but they pay dividends.

An appealing lawn is still a great way to catch a prospective buyer's eye. When a home boasts a lush lawn and wellmanicured trees, it's hard to ignore that For Sale sign out front. If landscaping has proven an Achilles' heel in the past, make an effort to take better care of your property in the months ahead. It doesn't take long for even the most neglected lawn to rebound from disrepair. By the time you feel confident to put that for sale sign out front, you might just be putting it up in a lush lawn no buyer can resist.

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a homeowner who cared little about appearances and might begin to wonder if there are any additional areas that might have been neglected around the house. Stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and even new fixtures in the bathroom are aesthetically appealing and tend to excite buyers. Homeowners who aren't immediately putting their property up for sale can gradually upgrade their appliances to lessen some of the financial toll such purchases take.

Replace the carpet A clean carpet might make a world of difference to a home's inhabitants, but a new carpet will be more appealing to prospective buyers. Choose a neutral-toned carpet that will boast a more universal appeal.

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Paint the home A fresh coat of paint or new siding is always attractive to prospective buyers. If your home hasn't had a new coat of paint in awhile that might make buyers feel the home is musty or old. Many buyers judge a book by its cover, and sellers want their home's exterior to be as attractive as possible. Homeowners can also paint rooms inside the home to give it a fresh and welcoming feel.

Clean up A cluttered house will almost certainly repel buyers. Buyers want a home that's roomy and well kept, but clutter creates the opposite impression. Organize the closets to make them appear more roomy and clean up any areas that have become cluttered -- consider

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Food trucks visit CNE ERIN HATFIELD ehatfield@insidetoronto.com

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midst the lights and action of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), sitting on a bench enjoying lobster rolls, crab rolls, tacos and potato twisters, were three young professionals who said they would never normally attend the annual fair. Heidi Khoe, Michaela Frialde and Joan McLaughlin said they wouldn’t go to the CNE, but were drawn through the Princes’ Gates last Friday with one thing in mind – food. Aug. 24, 25 and 26 the CNE played host to one of the largest gathering of food trucks, dubbed Food Truck Frenzy. There were 17 trucks lined up along Princes’ Boulevard, just

inside the Princes’ Gates. There were gourmet cupcakes, lobster rolls, pulled pork, fancy sausages, many kinds of tacos and Mexican fries. David Bednar, general manager of the CNE, said these three women were exactly the target audience of the Food Truck Frenzy event. “Food Trucks are currently a hot trend, especially among their fans on the Internet, because they represent a new culinary experience,” Bednar said. “The CNE is all about new experiences, so our concessions coordinator initiated the experiment we created at the CNE from Aug. 24 to 26. It appears to have been a success in attracting young professionals to give the CNE a try.” Friday was the CNE

Owners of Stuft Gourmet Sausages, Lance Freelan, with David Orzakovski in the truck window, had their first day of business selling unique sauages at the CNE Food Truck Frenzy.

Food Truck Frenzy’s first day of business for Stuft Gourmet Sausages, operated by Parkdale residents David Orzakovski and Lance Freelan. “It started with the burger craze in Toronto and we thought burgers needed some competition,” Freelan said. “The natural competition really is the sausage.” Their unique sausages like Thai chicken, Spinach and Feta, and Apricot Dijon Minted Lamb, said the moniker ‘Frenzy’ was appropriate for the CNE event. Freelan said his

truck was incredibly busy all day on Friday and he was thrilled. Savera Hashmi, one of the proprietors of Pretty Sweet said food truck gatherings work well because in Toronto trucks are not permitted to just stop on public streets. Events like the Food Truck Frenzy offer a chance to move around to different parts of the city. Although the food trucks have moved on, food lovers can still stop by the CNE for EXcellunch. The cost of admission will be refunded for those who enter and exit between noon and 2 p.m.

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Top, Savera Hashmi of Pretty Sweet holds up one of her gourmet cupcakes at the CNE Food Truck Frenzy on Friday, Aug. 24. Above, from left, Joan McLaughlin, Michaela Friade and Heidi Khoe went to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) for the Food Truck Frenzy.


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Eleven Division police brass say prevention is key to safety

The following statistics provided by the Toronto Police Service list the number of shootings in police divisions between Aug. 23, 2011 and Aug. 23, 2012: • 11 Division – Last shooting May 10. Total of eight shootings over past 365 days. Over past three years, 21 shootings. Rank for shootings within city over past 365 days, ninth. • 14 Division – Last shooting July 15. Total of 11 shootings over past 365 days. Over past three years, 53 shootings. Rank for shootings within city over past 365 days, seventh.

LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com It has been about three months since 11 Division police has experienced a shooting within its boundaries. “Temporarily, we’ve been feeling pretty good and we hope the feeling lasts – the feeling comes from the fact that it has been about 100 days since the last shooting,” Supt. Peter Lennox told The Villager recently. “We had a pretty rough first quarter of the year.” Officers, however, do not feel complacent, Lennox stressed. Violence and gangs are one of a number of key issues the division is focusing on as part of a summer-long initiative called ‘Project Heat Wave.” To date, there’s been seven shooting occurrences within 11 Division – up from three last year. Most recently, a man in his 20s died from multiple gunshot wounds outside a townhouse complex in the Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road area on May 10. The homicide remains unsolved. Gangs are active in various parts of the city as well as parts of 11 Division, said Lennox. “This is a wonderful city in which bad things occasionally happen,” he said, acknowledging the July shooting on

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Eleven Division’s Det. Const. Rob Tajti, Supt. Peter Lennox and Det. Sgt. Mike Leone are pleased their division has not had a shooting in 100 days.

Danzig Street that killed two and wounded 24 people. Lennox wasn’t keen on focusing too intently on any one specific area because bad things happen in neighbourhoods with good reputations and “amazing” things happen in areas with bad reputations. “That said, there are areas that are statistically more in need of our services and other social services as well,” he said. When 11 Division moved into its new station on Davenport Road in September, its boundaries changed to encompass parts of 12 and 13 divisions. One of those neighbourhoods included Pelham Park Gardens in the Davenport Road and Osler

Street area. It’s a neighbourhood close to Det. Sgt. Mike Leone’s heart and one he’s familiar with, having begun his career at 12 Division over two decades ago. “Sadly enough, some of the same problems are still there,” said the detective. Pelham Park is one of four areas identified by 11 Division as being historically more dependent on police. The others include Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road, Windermere Avenue and The Queensway and Perth Avenue and Bloor Street West. “These are areas where we’ve seen repeated acts of what we identify as gang violence,” said Leone. “Our biggest challenge is communicating with the public.”

A man in his 20s was shot in the legs at Pelham Park in March, Leone recalled; another was gunned down at a townhouse complex on Dundas Street West, near Scarlett Road in May. “A shooting is obviously upsetting in any community – that both shootings took place during the day really shook people,” he said. “There were kids playing and families out.” The biggest challenge officers face is disrupting the drug trade. Those who are causing trouble in these neighbourhoods have a connection to them, yet don’t live there. Officers are addressing crime through targeted enforcement. They are working alongside property management

TAVIS formed in response to Summer of the Gun The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, better known as TAVIS, was formed in 2006 in response to a sharp spike in gun violence in the city the previous year. A total of 52 people were murdered by gunfire in 2005, many during the summer

months, thus 2005 became known as the Summer of the Gun. TAVIS, run by the Toronto Police Service, combats guns and gangs through two initiatives: • the summer neighbourhood initiative began in

2008; it involves teams of officers focussing on two or three high-crime neighbourhoods each summer (this summer the focus is on north Etobicoke and the Jane Street corridor); • the year-round rapid response unit has a total 72

officers; they go to trouble spots throughout the city as needed to increase police visibility and enforcement. On July 23, premier Dalton McGuinty announced the permanent funding of TAVIS.

teams and have permission to be on the premises of these townhouse complexes. The outdated design of theses housing complexes creates crime prevention barriers. In their day, a community courtyard was created in an effort to foster community development. Now, it has created an obstacle. “They are a wall from the outside that we can’t conveniently breach,” Det. Const. Rob Tajti, the division’s crime analyst, pointed out. “They give us a barrier we physically have to cross before we can intervene.” Meanwhile, that wall provides protection to those involved in an illicit trade, he said. Leone said fear and tolerance for crime a plagues these closer look neighbourhoods. The Inside is: Toronto attitude ‘We’re used to it, so we’re turning the other way.’ Officers are diligently working to earn people’s trust. Eleven Division works hard to maintain a healthy, open relationship with the people it serves. Supporting police in this task is the 11 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), “an amazing group of people,” says Lennox. The CPLC is comprised of local volunteers, neighbours, representatives of business organizations and ratepayers’ associations. “The more citizens and cops share information, which

can help prevent crime and apprehend criminals, the safer we all will be,” said CPLC past chair John Dixon. “The better citizens and cops know each other and the more each acts like it’s everyone’s responsibility to deal with actual or potential crime, the less of it we’ll suffer.” Lennox credits the CPLC for sharing the concerns of Junction business owners after 11 Division moved from Mavety Street to its current home on Davenport Road last fall. The retail strip initially experienced an increase in disorderly behaviour. Among other initiatives, more community response unit officers were deployed to the area, some on bicycles, and the situation has since improved. Auto thefts remain a huge nuisance in 11 Division, particularly in Green P lots, in Bloor West Village, in High Park, on the lake shore and at Dufferin Mall. “The thing we try to do is educate people. We want to make sure people are a harder target,” said Lennox. Despite inheriting 30 per cent more land mass when the station moved, car thefts have decreased as much as 60 per cent. Commercial break-ins tend to take place at night, a lot of times along main street retail strips. “It’s great to catch people, but it’s even better to prevent, Tajti said. “It’s substantially cheaper to prevent a crime than it is to solve it.” n Do you have a comment on the story? Email us at contactus@insidetoronto.com

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Let the harvest begin: fruit tree project picking begins DANIELLE MILLEY dmilley@insidetoronto.com

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n January 2008, Laura Reinsborough sat around her kitchen table with friends and strangers talking about the beginnings of an urban tree harvesting project for Toronto. She had no idea what she was getting herself into. Today, Not Far From The Tree (NFFTT) is in the middle of its fifth anniversary harvesting season with hundreds of volunteers descending on fruit trees right across the city harvesting everything from mulberries to cherries to apricots; apples and

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pears will soon be ready for the plucking. Reinsborough remains an integral part of the organization as its founder and co-ordinator – or the “fruit lady,” as she is routinely recognized as in her St. Clair Avenue and Christie Street neighbourhood. The time was right for the project: homeowners signed up their fruit trees, organizations came on board to benefit from the bounty, and the volunteers lined up to get into a pick. The accolades also started piling up, including an Environmental Award of Excellence from the City of Toronto, an Urban Leadership Award from the Canadian Urban Institute, and, most recently, a Green Toronto Award in the local food category. Reinsborough, herself, has been named a GreenHero, an Agent of Change by the Centre for Social Innovation, and last year she received a Women of the Earth Award from the Yves Rocher Foundation. “I feel really honoured to be a part of it. I feel really grateful to play the role I have in shaping it, to build and grow the project,” she said. “I also feel humbled because this is the work of so

RIPE FOR THE PICKING: Not Far From The Tree is in the middle of its fifth anniversary harvesting season with hundreds of volunteers descending on fruit trees across the city harvesting everything from mulberries to cherries to apricots. Apples and pears will soon be ready.

many people. It is the 1,200 people who volunteer, the 850 tree owners.” “It’s been embraced with open arms in Toronto.” NFFTT began in Ward 21 St. Paul’s in the summer of 2008. It has since grown to 14 wards across the city. The fruit harvesting program works by having homeowners register their tree

then volunteers arrive at a predetermined time for the pick and the fruits of their labour are divided into thirds with a share going to the homeowner, a share to the volunteers and a share to local social service organization, such as Wychwood Open Door. Kathy Biasi is the manager of this day-time drop-in centre that serves homeless and socially iso-

lated people. It’s been a partner since the beginning. The people served by Wychwood Open Door have limited funds to buy fresh food for themselves so the donation was welcome. “It was really nice because it came from the neighbourhood,” Biasi said. “They were being acknowledged by the neighbourhood.” As NFFTT expanded to other neighbourhoods it found partnerships with local service groups in each neighbourhood – 30 in total – so the fruit stays in the community. NFFTT continues to look for sustainable funding to expand the project, all while helping to mentor other programs in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Reinsborough said they are also working to find other ways for people to get involved since the demand for picks far exceeds the opportunities. “It’s a happy challenge to have,” she said. “This wouldn’t work without the volunteers, and the fact that so many people are excited about it is awesome.”


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In a perfect world, school and work hours would run concurrently. But the average school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 3:00 p.m., while the average work day lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As a result, parents must arrange for child care during those hours when school is out, but Mom and Dad are still at work. Today, roughly 80 per cent of families in North America have both parents working, and many find it is impossible to live on

one income. Dual-income families often have to make difficult choices about child care. If a mother returned to work shortly after giving birth, day care was probably arranged early on. As children grow and attend elementary school, traditional day care is usually not an option and parents have to make other arrangements. Some children are enrolled in care centers that watch children before school, bus them to school and then return in

the afternoon to pick up the children again. This is one of the more costly options in child care. However, it may be more educationally structured than the care programs provided at school. Students who participate in sports or academic clubs may have an arrangement to stay with a teacher, coach or club administrator until their parents are home from work. These programs vary depending on the region of the country and the particular

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school district. Personal finances also play a role in the type of care families can afford. When the decision is made, there are some questions parents should ask before enrollment. • What is the ratio of caregivers to students? • What is the cost of the program? • How are delayed opening days and early dismissal days handled? Holidays and breaks? • What happens if I arrive late?

• What activities will take place? • Is there ample time for homework? • Are caregivers teachers or volunteers? • Are background checks conducted? • Is financial assistance available? • What is the turn-over rate of staff? • Is there a nurse available? • Who oversees the program? • Is busing available? • How are emergencies han-

dled? • How is poor behavior handled? • May I visit the program for a check-in? • With whom do Ispeak if I have a problem? • If my child is absent, do Ireceive a refund for that day? • How long is the waiting list? These are just some of the questions to ask, and parents are encouraged to come up with their own to find the best program for their children. – MS

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Event organized, sponsored by local community volunteers >>>from page 1 the abandoned railway beds that have been out of commission for more than four decades. Inspiration struck about a year ago as McCormick, an avid about a year ago as McCormick, an avid runner, made her way along the railpath. Never had an event like this been held on the path, she thought. The railpath community run is intended to bring the community together in a “wonderful” public space while raising funds for The Stop Community Food Centre. “The Stop not only serves the entire city, but specifically our area,” said McCormick. “The railpath almost ends at the Stop’s doorstep. What a great proximity. People in the neighbourhood that the railpath runs through rely on The Stop.” Organized and run by local community volunteers and sponsored by the commu-

nity, the event is unique in format. The railpath run will be a time trial rather than a set distance. Participants will loop the path as many times as they can within a 45-minute time period. “It’s a pretty narrow path,” explained McCormick. “It can get pretty crowded. We didn’t want accidents and we wanted to respect the vegetation along the path so we’ve broken it up into two waves.” The first will be a competitive r unners’ wave geared toward those seeking a personal-best time or for seasoned runners; the second is a more casual fun run/walk for participants of all abilities. Registration is now open for the Sept. 30 event. “ T h e Ru n n i n g Ro o m reached out to us and offered their site to us for registration,” said McCormick. Registration is $20. For those who register before

Sept. 7, they will receive a T-shirt. Participation shoetag medals will be awarded. Official chip timing will be provided to participants every one kilometre along the course. Prizes will be award for best times in the competitive wave and both waves will have draw prizes as well. A multitude of local b u s i n e s s e s h a ve c o m e forward and continue to come forward to donate prizes. Curbside Cycle has donated a single speed bike and Metrolinx has provided three GO Transit passes to Niagara Falls. An information table will be open from 8:30 to 9 a.m. followed by the event kick-off. The first wave of competitive runners begins at 9:15 a.m. Visit http://railpathcommunityrun.wordpress.com for further details or (quick link: bit.ly/railpathrunreg) to register for the run.

Toronto High Park FC advances to Ontario Cup soccer final on Sept. 15 ACTIVE A team from west Toronto is one of only two Toronto teams to advance to the Ontario Cup provincial soccer championships. Toronto High Park FC won their semifinal game last Saturday in Oshawa in the U-15, tier two boys division 2-1 over Niagara Falls Titans. The west-end club overcame an early 1-0 deficit with goals by Stephen Bell and Luke Caccamo at the 27th and 84th minute mark, respectively.

The Ontario Cup championships – which annually determines the best soccer teams in Ontario from U-12 age groups all the way up to men’s and women’s divisions – will be held at the Soccer Centre in Vaughan over Sept. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16. Toronto High Park will play their Ontario Cup final Sept. 15 against Brampton Blast who won their semifinal game 4-0 over the Richmond Hill Raiders. Toronto’s other victorious team from last weekend’s semifinal action was the North

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York Hearts 96 team. They won their semifinal game last Sunday, in Oshawa in the Under-16, tier one boys division over the Richmond Hill Raiders in nailbiting fashion – winning 5-3 on overtime penalty kicks after the two teams were scoreless throughout regulation and overtime. Five other Toronto teams were ousted in last weekend’s semifinals: * Toronto Mooredale Lightning Gold in U12 boys, tier one: lost a heartbreaker to Vaughan Battlecats. The two teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime, with Vaughan winning the overtime penalty shot shootout 4-2. * Royal York FC in U-16 boys, tier two: lost a heartbreaker to Mississauga O.K.D. 5-4 in overtime penalty kicks after the two teams were tied 0-0 after regulation and overtime. * North Toronto Nitros Green, in U-17 boys, tier one: lost 4-0 to Erin Mills Eagles. * Scarborough GS United, in the men’s division: lost 5-1 to AEK London FC. * Scarborough GS United, in the women’s division: lost 3-0 to Vaughan Azzurri.


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