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Sunnyside Avenue. I spent a lot of time in High Park,” Lima recalled. “As a kid, I played lane way hockey on Ossington Avenue.” Although these stories are not autobiographical, the characters participate in activities that Lima did, such as going to the EX and playing the midway games and playing hockey on Grenadier LISA RAINFORD Pond. The freelance writer is proud lrainford@insidetoronto.com of the fact that he has sold 10,000 As many a parent has told his or copies of his 11 self-published her child, ‘Think before you speak,’ books. The average books sold for a author Paul Lima applies a simiself-published author is 250, he said. lar philosophy to his craft: ‘Think For as long as three-plus decades, Lima has been a professional before you write.’ It’s wisdom he imparts on his writer, business-writing trainer students through the University and teacher at U of T. Several of his of Toronto’s continuing educabooks are used by colleges and unition courses and a versities while his strategy he applies non-fiction books in his own work, include, ‘Harness that has amassed the Business 10 self-published Writing Process,’ non-fiction books ‘Fundamentals and one recently of Wr iting,’ released collec‘Copywriting That tion of short stoWorks,’ and ‘How ries in six years. to Write a Non“Never star t Fiction Book in 60 Days,’ among writing with a others. When he blank page,” he began teaching, advises. “Create he found he had an outline and write from outline difficulty finding point to outline appropriate textpoint; chapter to Paul Lima books for business chapter. Who’s going and freelance writing to do what? How are obstacles going and so he decided he’d write his to be overcome?” own. The Roncesvalles Village-area “I’ll sell a few books a semester,” resident began writing fiction and Lima said. “I’ll save students a few poetry at the age of 14. Publishing bucks while generating a little bit a collection of short stories at the of income.” age of 59 was a childhood dream He says the key to writing textcome true, Lima said. books so prolifically is a clearly defined topic. “Focus on that topic so you’re coming of age stories conveying the information that Inspired by his childhood, growthe reader who bought the book ing up in Little Italy and living in the is expecting,” he said. High Park area, he said his book is Lima says he is able to do a lot comprised of coming of age stories of writing during his downtime, – even though the main characters like the holiday season and during in each story are of different ages. the summer. One of the stories called ‘Winter Most of his books are available of Whimsy’ is about a boy and his in print or as Kindles, ePubs or PDFs. dog and much of it takes place in High Park. To learn more about the author and “I grew up at College (Street) and his books, visit www.paullima.com/ Ossington (Avenue) and moved to books

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he holiday break presents a welcome opportunity for us to relax and spend time with loved ones. And you needn’t feel restricted to the confines of your home. If you’re looking to share in an experience, start a new family tradition or explore a new neighbourhood, Toronto is simply a great place to be. When it comes to finding things to do in the city at this time of year, there are a lot of options. Our feature on page 12 lists a number of events in Toronto’s communities taking place over the coming days. There’s a wide array of choices for those looking to add a fresh experience to this year’s holiday season and make it a truly special time. For example, if the goal is to get our view outside and get a bit of exercise, there are skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing options. See Toronto skating For those more adventurous, as a tourist there’s the 34th Annual Hair of the Dog run and walk in the Beach this winter area on New Year’s Day. If you’re more interested in the spectator side of things in athletics, Toronto also has several high-calibre hockey tournaments to take in. The immediate post-Christmas period has several tourneys on tap including the Toronto Marlboros International Holiday Classic from Dec. 26 to 30. Hosted at the Canlan arenas in Etobicoke and North York as well as North York’s Chesswood Arenas, the AAA tournament features top teams from the minor bantam, bantam and minor midget divisions. If you’re looking to be entertained, there are several family-friendly activities including theatrical productions and visits to museums and other city attractions including the CN Tower, the Ontario Science Centre and Fort York to consider. This time is also a chance to get to know a new area of the city a little better. Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods make up a diverse, vibrant city, with unique experiences to be discovered in each of them. Consider adding a new experience to your holiday time this year. n You can find more Toronto events at our online community calendar at insidetoronto.com. Additionally, if you have an event and wish to submit it to us, visit bit.ly/torontocalendar for instructions and helpful suggestions for posting.

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t’s been a good year, 2013 has, for the profile of municipal journalism. That goes without saying – the Ford follies have put city hall reporters in a class akin to reality TV hosts – but it needs saying that it has been a terrible year for municipal governance, civic engagement, and community in this city. It started out bad enough. Since 2010, it’s become clear that a large number of residents of Toronto’s suburban communities have come to hate those who live closer to the downtown core, and for a large number of downtowners, the feeling seems mutual. It’s a particularly unhealthy tribalism we’ve caught ourselves in – a tribalism that’s stoked and been stoked by Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug. When the year began, with Mayor Ford successfully challenging a ruling to remove him from office for a conflict of interest, the

david nickle the city division simmered. When newspaper reports revealed that Ford had appeared in a video smoking crack cocaine and was prone to bouts of public drunkenness, his evolving denials poured gasoline on the fire. We in the media helped fuel that further, relentlessly seeking clarification from a mayor who refused to do so, camping outside his office and occasionally outside his home – allowing conspiracy theorists to posit that the media ‘elites’ were attempting to run the mayor out of office based on some kind of classbased agenda. We couldn’t have played it differently – as events transpired, it emerged that Mayor Ford was lying about nearly everything; that a video of him smoking crack cocaine did indeed exist and police were investigat-

The mayor’s behaviour and unthruthfulness was, to put it mildly, unprecedented and journalists who don’t chase that down, aren’t doing their job.

ing him, and on and on. The mayor’s behaviour and untruthfulness was, to put it mildly, unprecedented, and journalists who don’t chase that down, aren’t doing their job. But in doing our jobs – in shedding light, and posing questions, and persisting – yes, we helped make it worse. For much of 2013, as a colleague of mine observed recently, the news cycle has lived on the timetable of an angry drug user. And day in, day out, we’ve highlighted the grossest dysfunction of the communities in which we live. Some have taken to call-

ing it all a distraction, but I submit that it’s more an amplification, a distortion – not of the sins of our mayor, but the forces that are tearing the city apart. In the months and years to come, someone is going to have to fix that. Toronto council has taken the first steps in doing so, sidelining Mayor Ford and putting the agreeable face of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly at the head of council. The last year of the term has hopes of being sedate, conciliatory and friendly. At least, it will be as much of those things as one might expect in an election year. Ultimately, that is going to be Toronto’s test – not just of its leadership, but more importantly, its citizenry. We’ve got a city broken by anger, suspicion and paranoia and we’re going to have to get past that, if there’s to be any hope at all.

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Mommy & Baby Free Indoor Play WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Kidz360, 3431 Dundas St. W. Suite 200 CONTACT: Shannon, 647-351-9360, tmr@pinkbear.ca COST: Free Free indoor play space for the community every Wednesday morning. A team of Early Childhood Educators will have different activities set up each week creating the perfect social setting for moms and kids.

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Veg 101: Easy Steps to Eating Less Meat WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Runnymede Public Library, 2178 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: highpark@veg.ca COST: Free Interested in making healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate food choices? The Toronto Vegetarian Association will give you some tips and tools for going vegetarian or reducing your consumption of animal products, and answer all those commonly asked questions like: where do I get my protein and what’s a quick meal I can pull together on a work night? Free vegan snacks. TACT: Eleanor Batchelder, 647-235-0843, junctionra.ca, info@junctionra.ca COST: Free The Junction Residents Association holds its bimonthly public meetin. All persons interested in the Junction area are welcome to come and give their ideas. Refreshments.

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Constituency Hours WHEN: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. CONTACT: Irmgard, 416-392-4072, councillor_doucette@ toronto.ca COST: Free Ward 13 city Councillor Sarah Doucette holds constituency hours regularly to meet with constituents in person.

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West Bend Community Association WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Indian Road Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Road Cress CONTACT: 647-478-8457, info@ thewestbend.ca COST: Free West Bend Community Association (east of Keele and north of Bloor to CPR tracks) monthly residents meeting. New members welcome.

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French Immersion Parent Information Evening WHEN: 7 p.m. to WHERE: James Culnan Catholic School, 605 Willard Avenue CONTACT: James Culnan Catholic School, 416-393-5325 COST: Free French Immersion parent information night.

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Sunday Service and Pot Luck Supper WHEN: 4:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Chad’s Anglican Church (High Park), 260 High Park Ave. CONTACT: 416-889-8248, , info@stchads.ca COST: Free Sunday church service, contemporary music, followed by a pot luck supper.

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Kindergarten registration begins in the new year Both Toronto’s public and Catholic school boards will begin registration for kindergarten in the new year. Toronto Catholic District School Board Toronto’s Catholic school

board invites new families with children born in 2010 to register for full-day kindergarten starting on Wednesday, Jan. 8. To expedite the application process, starting on Jan. 8, parents will be able to com-

plete their application online at http://soar.tcdsb.org, and follow up with a visit to the school to present the correct documentation which you’ll find at bit.ly/18ZzOLf For more information, call 416-222-8282, ext. 5314.

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gible to enroll in junior kindergarten come September 2014, while all those who will be five are eligible for senior kindergarten. To register, simply find your local school by going to www.tdsb.on.ca/FindYour/

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K eep busy over the holiday break Find something that suits you, with this listing of family-friendly activities

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he holidays are coming to an end, but there’s still plenty to do in the community and across the city. No need to stay at home! Here are our suggestions on things to do with the family.

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ROM for the Holidays, Toys, Games and Gatherings Play games from various cultures and 130 years of Canada’s favourite pastimes, scavenger hunt and more at the Royal Ontario Museum until Jan. 5 and included with admission. Various times. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park www.rom.on.ca Centennial Park Conservatory Christmas Flower Show Centennial Park Conservatory Christmas Flower Show takes place until Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd. Call Scott Nisbet, 416-392-1417, www.toronto.ca/parks/ conservatories

Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Visit bit.ly/1buVxL6 Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes Families of all ages will enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail, featuring many of Disney’s Princesses and Heroes various dates and times until Dec. 29. Cost ranges from $10 to $19. Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way. Visit www.avcommunications.ca/disneyonice Peter Pan Join Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and their old nemesis Captain Hook as they use music, dance and drama to tell selected parts of this classic Edwardian tale filled with humour and adventure at various times and dates until Dec. 29. Free with regular admission. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace www.casaloma.org/events.index.gk

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell come to Casa Loma.

FIND MORE EVENTS ONLINE! Learn how to access our calendar, view events across the city and post your own. Go to bit.ly/ torontocalendar

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Christmas by Lamplight Black Creek Pioneer Village comes alive with music, food and activities from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Various prices. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. Visit www.blackcreek.ca Family snowshoeing Learn how snowshoes were made, who used them and the varieties during this day of family snowshoeing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost, $8 per person with snowshoes and $10 per person with snowshoe rental. The family rate was $28 per family of four with snowshoes. Humber Arboretum, 205 Humber College Blvd. Visit www.humberarboretum.on.ca/ events

w December 31 The Christmas Flower Show at Centennial Park Conservatory.

Christmas in the Park You are invited to Christmas in the Park at Colborne Lodge from noon to 4 p.m. until Jan. 5. Tour Colborne House and celebrate a Victorian Christmas. Various costs. Colborne Lodge at High Park, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. Email clodge@ toronto.ca The Nutcracker Presented by The National Ballet of Canada, The Nutcracker is set in 19thcentury Russia and takes audiences through the glittering world of the Snow Queen to the splendour of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s palace at various times and dates and prices until Jan. 4. Four Season Centre for the Performing

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Gingerbread Make And Bake Kids Kids four and older can make traditional gingerbread cookies while touring Fort York Dec. 27 to 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost, regular admission. Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd. Call 416-392-6907 to register. Earth Rangers’ Holiday Show Take in the Earth Ranger’s Bring Back the Wild Holiday Show, a 20-minute multi-media presentation that introduce animal lovers to the planet’s most amazing creatures Dec. 27 to Jan. 5 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. with a meet and greet at 2 and 4 p.m. Regular admission. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Contact Chris Clapinson at 416-7045293, cclapinson@earthrangers.com

Toddler Playtime Toddlers are invited to play game and participate in activities such as parachuting, obstacle races and soccer games from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost, $3 to $6 per child. Monarch Park Stadium, 1 Hanson St. Call Alicia Lashley, 647-267-9904, www.monarchparkstadium.com and alicia@monarchparkstadium.com

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New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dip for Habitat for Humanity Take a dip in the lake and help build homes for families in need at noon. Donation. Sunnyside Beach at Lake Shore Boulevard West at Parkside Drive Visit torontopolarbear.com.

Skating

n Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., outdoor rink is open until March,

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Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. but closed Christmas and Boxing Day. Weather permitting. Call ahead at 416-596-7670 for updates. Skate rentals and sharpening is $5 each. Visit ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/recreation/skating n Harbourfront’s The Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Q. W., the artificially cooled outdoor rink, is also open. There are rentals, change rooms and skate sharpening. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre. com n For a complete City of Toronto arenas and rink in your neighbourhood, visit bit.ly/18X9dRG

Tobogganing

(Suggestions from Villager staff) n Shawnee Park, 81 Shawnee Circle at Victoria Park and Finch avenues This is a park with a small hill, which is good for younger kids. n The ‘Sugar Bowl’, 3900 Danforth Ave. across from Variety Village. It really is shaped like a bowl so there is no danger of sliding onto the road. And it’s not too steep or too long, so perfect for younger kids. n Hill behind Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave. n Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute, 550 Markham Rd. n Cedarvale Park, 443 Arlington Ave. n ‘Murder’ Hill at Graydon Hall, 185 Graydon Hall Dr. just east of Don Mills. n Dallington Park at Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street. n Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W. at Christie Street

n Riverdale Park at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street n Greenwood Park, 1041 Gerrard St. E. What is your favourite tobogganing spot? Email letters@insidetoronto.com

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n Centennial Park offers a ski and snowboard school, snowboard and downhill rentals, helmet rentals, T-bar, carpet lift, night skiing and snack bar. The facilities are open, weather permitting, mid-December until mid-March and the hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at various prices. Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd. Call 416-394-8754 n Earl Bales Park Earl Bales Park offers snowboard and downhill rentals, helmet rentals, ski and snowboard school, snowmaking, four-passenger chair lift, rope tow, night skiing, snack bar and a fireplace opening, weather permitting, Dec. 14, and closing March 16. Open various days and times at costs. 4169 Bathurst St., one light south of Sheppard Avenue West inside Earl Bales Park. Call 416-395-7931.

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of the site plan and will not seek to increase the height or density in the future. NDI will address privacy concerns with respect to the condominium building next door at 2000 Bloor St. W. and amenity space. NDI has agreed to compensate the residents association $20,000 for professional solutions provided by its steering committee. - Lisa Rainford

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Stintz to leave TTC chair post by Feb. 22 Ka re n St i n t z o f f i c i a l l y announced she will step down from her position as chair of the TTC board in February. Stintz, who intends to run in the 2014 mayoral election, made the announcement at last week’s TTC board meeting. She will leave the chair’s seat as of Feb. 22, 2014, but will remain on the board. She has already endorsed fellow board member Josh Colle as her replacement. Maria Augimeri, a longtime TTC commissioner, is also considered a contender for the position. City council will vote on Stintz’s replacement at its Feb. 19 session. TTC raises funds for United Way The TTC raised almost $860,000 in 2013 for its annual campaign to benefit the United Way. The commission’s employees organized weekly $1 pizza sales at subway stations over the year. They also contributed to the campaign through payroll deductions as well

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