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LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com A task force of local residents whose mission is to transform the former 11 Division police station into a community hub, received a $56,000 cash injection from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The funds will help the Junction Commons Project pay for a feasibility study, already underway, said member Lynn Bishop at an event this month to announce the grant. The announcement brought together members of the project, local residents, partner Silver Circle – West Toronto Services for Seniors and local politicians from all levels of government, including Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, MPP Cheri DiNovo and MP Peggy Nash as well as Davenport MPP Jonah Schein. “I’m looking forward to the grand opening of this new community hub in September of 2015, four years after the police vacated the building,” Doucette said on Nov. 8. “I’ve been very impressed with the outreach to the community and (the Junction Commons Project’s) wonderful vision.” DiNovo said she was “delighted” to have been able to help secure the Trillium grant. In 2011, 11 Division moved from 209 Mavety St. to new digs on Davenport Road. Last year, a group of residents seized the opportunity to speak to the local community about its needs and interests for a community space. The goal is to create a “sustainable, community-based, inclusive space for Junction residents to gather” in the two-storey, 25,000 square-foot building that is approximately 60 years old. The Junction Commons Project, said Bishop, would not have been possible without the city’s support, which included keeping the building from being sold. She also credited community partner, the

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Members of the Junction Commons Project, a task force of local residents working to transform the former 11 Division police station into a community hub, gather with local politicians, Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, MPP Cheri DiNovo and MP Peggy Nash, along with Davenport MPP Jonah Schein in front of the old station on Mavety Street for the announcement of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.

What this shows is, a group of engaged community members who really know what’s best for their community. – Peggy Nash, MP Parkdale-High Park

West Toronto Senior Services. “The partnership with the West Toronto Seniors Services made it all possible because they have charitable status,” Bishop explained. Area resident Peter Thoma, of urban Metrics Inc., will lead the feasibility study. As part of the study, he and the Junction Commons Project has been hosting a series of public charrettes to gather input. The first one was held at Annette library on Nov. 7. Out of that brainstorming session, several ideas surfaced,

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n today’s Bloor West Villager and on our website at www.thevillager.ca, you’ll find the start of a multiweek feature all about youth suicide. It’s unusual we devote such space to a social problem. The fact is, this is a critical social issue and a problem that deserves public attention. The series is appearing in Metroland newspapers throughout Ontario and is the result of the work of a variety of reporters across the province, aided by the thoughts of experts on the subject, who helped shape the stories and the focus of our efforts. We think if you are a parent you should take the time to read the feature. Far too often, parents are surprised by an unexpected suicide. We hope that by providing this information, we our view will have provided an opportuto reverse that possibility Aim is to have nity for young people in our comfewer families munity. In this series, we hope to left behind give you an idea just how large a problem youth suicide is, help identify trends in a youth’s life to watch for that can lead to suicidal thoughts, provide a list of resources where one can find help or more information – and most of all to help our community’s parents and youth understand there is hope. There is a bright future for all youth. And it sometimes takes a community to help youth understand what the future holds. We sincerely hope one legacy of this project is to inform parents and give them the power and support needed to identify and help a youth in trouble. There’s a legacy for the media too here. Reporting on individual suicide has always been an informal taboo. But as those involved with the project thought about it, we all realized we’ve been touched by suicide in our personal lives. Suicide is more prevalent than sometimes we’d like to believe. And that makes it an issue worth bringing front-of-mind as a necessity for community discussion. This Nov. 23 is International Survivors of Suicide Day – a day to recognize the families left behind. This feature series envelops that day and we hope we’re able to present a toolbox of opportunity, so ultimately there are fewer families left behind, and more youth leading wonderful, adventurous and sometimes unexpectedly full lives.

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enzil Minnan-Wong has been around the block. I know this because he got his start on North York council shortly after I got my start covering city politics, in the early 1990s. He wasn’t elected, initially; North York council appointed him to fill the seat left vacant with the passing of former councillor Barry Burton. Unlike other candidates for the appointment, Minnan-Wong would not promise to stay out of the next election. Why should he? he argued. If he did a good job in the remaining months of the term, he’d like to be reelected. It was refreshing candor. North York council was at that time filled with councillors who’d lied about their intentions after taking appointments and become fixtures. Minnan-Wong, a young

david nickle the city and committed Progressive Conservative operative, at least wore his ambition on his sleeve. I had to hand it to him. A couple decades later, a somewhat more cautious Minnan-Wong edges toward committing to a mayoralty run. A longtime member of Mayor Rob Ford’s cabinetlike executive committee, he started this week at loggerheads with the mayor over his crack-smoking, hard-drinking lifestyle. On Tuesday, Minnan-Wong made it clear he is seriously considering a more serious face off: namely, taking on Ford and others in the 2014 election for the mayoralty. It’s a serious consideration. In early polls, Minnan-Wong’s not been much of a factor. The

fantasy-football mayor’s race has been dominated by Olivia Chow, Ford, Karen Stintz and John Tory. With ex-Scarborough councillor David Soknacki already having declared his interest along with Ford and Stintz, the right-of-centre ballot is already crowded. If Tory decides to run, it’ll be a crowded pack, running against what so far seems to be a more disciplined ticket on the left, supporting Chow. If Minnan-Wong runs and loses, it will mean at least a pause in a long political career, and possibly the end of it. And it could mean having contributed to a left-of-centre Chow mayoralty – a continuation of the Miller administration that Minnan-Wong so consistently opposed. On the other hand, the timing has never been better for Minnan-Wong. Stintz has made bigger

headlines chairing the TTC, but Minnan-Wong has been working hard on the city’s public works and infrastructure committee on smaller issues. He’s killed bike lanes – on Jarvis and in Scarborough – and pioneered others including the new separated lanes on Sherbourne. He’s on record as at least trying to get ahead of the problems with the Gardiner Expressway. And while he’s been a loyal soldier for the mayor for most of three years, he’s taken his step away at a time that even many of Ford’s supporters would see as appropriate. All that gives MinnanWong a shot at being mayor. The question he’s got to ask is whether that shot is worth putting at risk pretty much everything else.

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Village losing local shopping feel To the editor: Re: ‘Chapters closes the book on its Bloor West location,’ News, Nov. 7 So another page in the book of the changes in Bloor West comes with the closing of Chapters, for the usual reason: lease and rental fees have gone up. Over the past 10 years, I have watched good homespun businesses

fall by the wayside. Phil’s Bootery used to keep my daughter’s feet warm and comfortable. The Clothes Pony was my go-to spot for stylish good-quality clothing. Now, I understand both these store closed because of changes in their personal life, but nothing viable has really replaced them. One of the reasons I loved living

Don’t forget about women on Remembrance Day To the editor: Re: Steve Nease’s Remembrance Day cartoon that says ‘For our Freedom. For your Sacrifice. Thank you,’ Nov. 7. It’s a nice cartoon of the red poppy and a male soldier placed on each petal. However, please remember that women were also heavily involved in the war. Women served in many positions in direct support of military efforts. Military women were excluded from combat positions, but that didn’t keep some from being in harm’s way – nurses in or near combat zones or on ships, for instance. And some

in this area was the fact that I could find all that I needed within my neighbourhood without the hassle of going to a mall or downtown Now with the closing of the only bookstore in the vicinity, I guess I will be circling the parking lots of the shopping mall more often. Mandy Croning

Ford’s off-duty antics may serve taxpayers better

were killed. Many women became nurses, or used their nursing expertise, in the war effort. Some became Red Cross nurses. Others served in military nursing units. About 74,000 women served in the American Army and Navy Nurse Corps in the Second World War. Women also served in other military branches, often in traditional “women’s work” - secretarial duties or cleaning. So please be fair, and equality for all men and women.

To the editor: If Mayor Rob Ford’s off-duty antics are the only price we have to pay to save Toronto taxpayers a million or two dollars, it’s a bargain. Driven now by the need for redemption, Ford is likely to deliver even greater service to Torontonians in the ensuing year of his term of office. Let’s not hastily expel a proven winner. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water.

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Ford supporters have lost their moral compass: reader To the editor: Re: ‘Mayor’s alleged addictions don’t cost taxpayers money, reader says,’ Letters, Nov. 7. R. Javier’s letter shows why Mayor Rob Ford continues to have such a large support. The only thing that matters to so many people is the amount of cash they are expected to pony up. As long taxes don’t go up, they are happy. They are taxpayers, not citizens. They all have lost their moral compass and accept behaviour from

Ford I doubt they would allow from their own families or friends. The deceit, the drugs, the alleged association with known criminals, public drunkenness are all public declarations of moral bankruptcy. Ford doesn’t have any honour. The apologies have no substance and mean nothing. Apparently the only thing that matters to many of the inhabitants of Toronto is their money. Michael Hofstetter

Mayor has lost public’s trust To the editor: My objection to Mayor Rob Ford isn’t whether he’s a drunkard or a dope addict, although these are hardly sterling qualities. My concern is the visits by the police to his residence, consorting with alleged criminals, shocking videos of an obviously disturbed individual, surveillance tapes of clandestine meetings with an alleged drug dealer and lengthy phone calls with the same man. There are other episodes of

irrational behaviour, too numerous to count. Why would anyone sympathize with such distorted behaviour? Sympathy is not what Ford needs, nor a stressful job either as mayor. It is quite simple – the man is unfit both mentally and physically; he cannot be trusted to make rational decisions for the City of Toronto. He should resign and leave with what little dignity he has left. Kathleen Matthews

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Residents still oppose Grenadier Square condo plan Neighbour calls changes to original plan ‘minor’ LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com Height and density still remain sticking points for the dozens of residents who attended an open house to view the amendments to a condominium proposal for 51-77 Quebec Ave. and 40-66 High Park Ave. Community members congregated around architectural drawings of the revised proposal for the Grenadier Square condominium complex while city planning staff and representatives for the developer, GWL Realty Advisors Inc., were on hand to answer questions in the auditorium of Western Technical Commercial School, last Thursday. “The concessions the developer has made are minor,” said Marc Senderowitz, a Glenlake Avenue resident. The original application proposed to demolish two existing blocks of townhouses,

containing 16 rental units, to construct two new 31-storey residential apartment buildings and a two-storey amenity building. At an initial public consultation meeting in May, the couple hundred people who attended balked at the size of the proposal. Since then, a working group comprised of local residents and the developer was established to identify possible solutions to the community’s initial concerns regarding height, density, massing, building type, setbacks, separation distances, wind and shadow impacts, light, view and privacy, among others. The developer, who has yet to formally submit a new application to the city, is proposing 26 storeys instead of 31; 558 units instead of 610 with an increase of family units from 14 to 28 and an original tower configuration of slab-like to point tower,

which will produce a slimmer shadow impact. Meanwhile, an additional 10 trees will be retained and additional improvements to the existing streetscape will be made. “We want two mid-rise buildings, eight to nine storeys in height. We feel it would be more appropriate,” Senderowitz said. “We recognize that (Toronto’s) Official Plan allows for growth and intensification. The question is, what’s the appropriate level for the area?” Senderowitz is a member of the High Park Coalition, comprised of area homeowners and renters who oppose the application. “We’re an informal, committed group working with a goal to mount an effective challenge,” Senderowitz said. Since its inception about six months ago, the group has gathered almost 3,000 signatures and more than

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Two 26-storey towers are proposed for 51-77 Quebec Ave. and 40-66 High Park Ave. Residents were invited to attend an open house where they were able to view this concept drawing, along with others, and share their views on the proposed development.

100 letters against the proposal. “I’m still scratching my head on how you can come in and propose 31 storeys on a piece of land that houses eight townhouses,” said resident Jean Cormier, also a coalition member. The proposed towers are the type of buildings one encounters in a downtown environment, Senderowitz said. “I moved to High Park because I didn’t want to live in downtown Toronto,” Cormier said. “Everyone who lives in this area is absolutely distraught. This will dramatically change the character of the area.” The High Park Coalition is hiring its own planning consultant and making its own submission to the city outlining its concerns. “It’s important to be proactive,” Senderowitz said. For further details, visit www. grenadiersquareredevelopment.com or www.highparkcoalition.ca

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Hippo School craft fair. The community event offers something for the whole family. There will be games for kids and hot lunch and coffee. The craft fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 729 St. Clair Ave. W.

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Toronto Polish Film Festival WHEN: 7:15 to 11 p.m. (continues until Sunday) WHERE: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. CONTACT: Aleksandra Beer, 416-2557266, www.ekran.ca, aleksandra@ ekran.ca COST: $15 Celebrate the greatest achievements of Polish filmmakers. Visit the website for film titles and screening times.

w Saturday, Nov.16

St. Pius X Christmas Bazaar and Craft Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: St. Pius Parish, 2305 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: St. Pius X Church, 416767-1859, marydifranceso@gmail. com COST: Free Annual Christmas bazaar and craft sale featuring , handmade items, gift baskets, baked goods, tombola and café. St. Olave’s Christmas Craft Show WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. CONTACT: 416-7695686, stolaves@stolaves.ca COST: $2 per adult, children under 12 free Find unique handmade holiday gifts from over 20 artisans, along with book fair, festive entertainment, treats and coffee house.

EHP’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Market WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: EmmanuelHoward Park United Church, 214 Wright Ave. CONTACT: 416-536-1755, hwrdprk@bellnet.ca COST: $2 Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church hosts its second annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Market. More than 70 vendors showcasing their unique handmade items. Baby, It’s Cold Outside! WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: Baby Point Gates Business Improvement Area (BIA), 280 Jane Street CONTACT: 647-861-2066, www. babypointgates.ca Baby Point Gates Business Improvement Area (BIA) hosts its all-day open house event. Visit website for specific events and times.

CONTACT: 416-766-7265, www.villageoflove.org/firstgrader COST: $15 in advance/$20 at the door Based on a true story. They told him he was too poor and too old to go to school, but 84-year-old ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter and internment camp survivor cannot be stopped. All proceeds will be used to educate children in Kibera, a slum in Kenya.

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Art in the Park WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: High Park, 1873 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: ajalberti@gmail.com Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Basil AIZeri helps view and understand some of the art and sculptural installations in High Park. Meet at the benches across from the Grenadier Restaurant. The First Grader WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.

Mindfulness Group for Children & Families WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Story Planet, 1165 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: info@mindfulfamilies.ca COST: $100 for family of three This four-week program, will introduce child-friendly mindfulness practices to children and their families that they can then practice together at home. Continues until Dec. 9.

w Tuesday, Nov. 19

Ten Steps to Crafting a Novel

WHEN: 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. WHERE: High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles Ave. CONTACT: 416-3937671 COST: Free Author Bianca Lakoseljac will explain her systematic approach to novelwriting. She will discuss how and where to find inspiration, how to develop characters, and other hints on making your prose click. Reduce Power Struggles with Your Children WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (tonight and Nov. 26) WHERE: Runnymede Community Church, 60 Colbeck St. CONTACT: 416-255-8969, www. parenteducationnetwork.ca, parentednet@rogers.com COST: $40 You will learn: how to use reflective listening to create a safe and trusting atmosphere; how to gain co-operation from your children through routines and chores and how to teach your children important life skills that will empower them to make their own decision.

w Wednesday, Nov. 20

West Bend Community Association WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Indian Road Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Road Cres. CONTACT: 647478-8457, info@thewestbend.ca West Bend Community Association hosts its monthly residents meeting. New members welcome.

Your Immune System WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Jane/ Dundas Library, 620 Jane St. CONTACT: Kara Miley, 416-394-1085 COST: Free Natural development of a healthy immune system requires frequent exposure to bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Overly hygienic practices comes as a detriment to the development of the immune system and studies have shown that people subject to an excessively clean lifestyle are much more likely to develop complications with their immune system.

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Drop Everything and Sing! WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: 193 High Park Ave. CONTACT: 647-3438412, highparksingalong@gmail.com COST: $2 per session Nourish your mind, body and soul at these popular sing-a-longs led by a retired music teacher. No talent, experience or long-term commitment necessary.

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Crisis in Philippines a ‘humanitarian disaster’ >>>from page 1 most needy first: women and children, the elderly and the sick.” In touch with one of the ShelterBox teams in the Philippines, Noseworthy said so much infrastructure has been destroyed, including its airport. If people don’t get clean water and shelter within three days of a disaster, they’ll die, according to the United Nations, Noseworthy pointed out. “This is leading up to be a real humanitarian disaster,” he told The Villager. “This is a big logistical challenge. Some islands haven’t gotten any communication. People are not getting food, water or shelter. It’s a pretty desperate situation.” The typhoon is similar in scale to the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, Noseworthy said. Torontonians can help by donating to ShelterBox Canada. “This is big. It’s going to get bigger. There are close to a million people displaced and we still haven’t gotten to some islands. We’re going to be there for a while,” he said. ShelterBox Response Teams are deployed for an average period of two weeks. They work 12 to 14-hour days.

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Left, ShelterBox Chair Ron Noseworthy and, at right, some of the damage caused to a costal village in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan struck.

The Government of Canada has committed to matching donations made to charitable organizations, such as ShelterBox, in support of relief efforts in communities affected

Noseworthy credited ShelterBox, which is run primarily by volunteers, for its efficient organization. “Most of our donations go to the boxes and supplies,” he stressed.

by Typhoon Haiyan. To make a donation or for more information, visit www.shelterboxcanada.org or call toll-free 1-855875-4661.

Government matching donations Torontonians interested in helping Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on Friday, are asked to make a monetary donation, which will be matched by the Canadian government. For every dollar donated to registered Canadian charities until Dec. 9, the government will donate $1 to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Ty p h o o n H a i y a n h i t t h e Philippines Nov. 8, setting off landslides and knocking out power, affecting about 9.5 million people. Haiyan then made landfall in Vietnam and Laos Nov. 10. In addition to matching donations by Canadians, the federal government provided $5 million in support to organizations to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan to be used for emergency relief such as shelter, food and water. That is in addition to the $30,000 the government donated to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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distinguished design team selected, we are moving forward to re-imagine and revitalize the Ontario Place site,” Michael Chan, minister of tourism, culture and sport said in a press release. “I encourage people across the province to offer their ideas so that together, with our partners

and design team, we can best meet the public’s needs and support long-term revitalization of the waterfront.” The province is inviting residents to contribute their ideas and vision for the park and trail online or at one of four public meetings, the first of which is scheduled for Wednesday,

Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Ontario Place is owned by the province and governed by a board of directors. It opened in 1971 and was shut down in February 2012, with the exception of the marina, The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre and Echo Beach, Atlantis Pavilion and the parking lots. In June of 2013 the province

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Shoppers Shop locally, BIA encourages residents moving in >>>from page 1 glowing reviews for the community that the store has been a part of for 15 years. “It’s a great store that’s served the neighbourhood incredibly well,” Drew McGowen told The Villager in an earlier interview. “We’re at the end of our lease and the landlord can get far, far more money than we are able to pay.” Chapters must vacate the premises by March 31, 2014. Asked whether he believed commercial rent in Bloor West Village has become exorbitant, Ling said it’s a matter of supply and demand – “we have no control. Some landlords you can talk to, some you can’t.” Ling – a landlord himself – says his philosophy is to charge a moderate rent to entice a responsible and longterm tenant. Persuading people to shop

locally has been an ongoing initiative for the Bloor West Village BIA. In fact, a Toronto BIA campaign, currently underway, has been endorsed by Premier Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and PC Leader Tim Hudak, among others. The campaign culminates in a ‘Shop the Neighbourhood Day,’ (www.shoptheneighbourhood.ca) Saturday, Nov. 30 – the start of the holiday season and busiest shopping period of the year. With Chapters gone, Bloor West Village will no longer have any book stores, acknowledged Ling. Travel agencies and video stores are gone. The face of retail is changing as business moves online, he said. However, Ling is still a big believer in oneon-one customer service. For more information on the Shop the Neighbourhood campaign, visit www.bloorwestvillage.ca

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Shoppers Drug Mart has confirmed it will be relocating from its spot at Windermere Avenue and Bloor Street West into the Chapters Indigo space in the summer of 2014. The new store will offer a “beautyBOUTIQUE” along with other enhancements that have yet to be confirmed. “ We look for ward to offering our customers and patients an enhanced level of the everyday health, beauty and convenience products and services they have come to trust,” said spokesperson Lana Gogas. Shoppers assured it will be retaining all of the existing historical features, interior and exterior, including the stage and interior walls. Pa r k d a l e - H i g h Pa r k Councillor Sarah Doucette said she is consulting with the city’s preservation services on the file. – Lisa Rainford

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Sinister plot takes over the stage in Murder Mistaken Performances continue at the Village Playhouse until Nov. 30 MARIA TZAVARAS contactus@insidetoronto.com When we think of a gold digger, what generally comes to mind is an attractive young woman who has chosen the affections of a much older and wealthy man. However, in The Village Players latest show, Murder Mistaken a murder-mystery thriller by Janet Green, our gold digger is a handsome young man who has found himself a wealthy older wife in a union that’s based on deception, money and greed. The story takes place in 1950s England, in the beautifully constructed sitting room of Monica Bare (Laine Williams), who is obviously wracked with a combination of ailments and blind affection for her much younger husband, Edward (Josh Mott). The interaction between the two borders on creepy as they refer to one another in the third person and

Monica affectionately calls him Teddy and her “boy.” The relationship is based on companionship and her wealth, while Monnie, as he calls her, is blissfully unaware or chooses to be this way. Her lawyer Philip (Bil Antoniou) clearly doesn’t like or trust Edward. Monnie has summoned Philip, or Phip, as she calls him, to change her will, ensuring her precious husband receives her vast fortune instead of her estranged sister Dora, who lives in Australia. Not knowing of Monnie’s plans, and without giving it away, let’s just say she doesn’t make it long enough to change her will. Now a young widow, and without the fortune he wanted, Edward has to figure out what to do to keep his lifestyle, or more accurately, who he has to seduce next. An air of doom hovers in the atmosphere as we never know when or how Edward may make his move. This play is unique

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because it’s a different type of murder-mystery where the audience knows what’s going on, but it’s the rest of the characters who are left in the dark. However, the audience is left to guess how it will all turn out; will Edward commit murder to get what he wants, and if so who will

be his victim? Also, is there anyone among them who will figure out his true plan in time to stop him before things get out of control? There are a lot of tension-filled, darker moments given the plot and Edward’s diabolical character, but thankfully, the presence of simple and sweet Emmie (Kay Randewich),

Monnie’s maid, brings some levity to the show. Randewich effortlessly makes the audience laugh with some great one-liners. The show is a tad slow-going, especially in the first half, but the stage comes alive with the introductions of Freda (Lydia Kiselyk) and Charlotte (Kim Sprenger), who literally crashes into the Bare’s lives when she accidentally crashes her Jaguar into their gate. Despite the plot being somewhat thin, the characters in this show are intriguing, complex and well-portrayed by the cast. Mott is chilling and believable as the psychopathic and scheming Edward, while Kiselyk brings life to the stage with her spirited and candid portrayal of Freda. Sprenger’s amazing portrayal of Charlotte brings the show some much-needed plot twists and surprises, all culminating in an ending that will leave you feeling like you’ve been on a crazy yet tumultuous roller coaster ride. Murder Mistaken runs until Nov. 30, 8 p.m., at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. W. Tickets are $20 and be purchased by calling 416-767-7702 or by visiting www.villageplayers.net

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Charming 3 bedroom detached home with 3 garages. Living room boasts hi-efficiency custom fireplace, crown moulding and California shutters. Eat-in kitchen with an abundance of counter and cupboard space, convenient main floor mudroom and professionally finished lower level with combined 3-pce bath & laundry. Close to transit, major routes and shopping. Call the Margie “K” Team today. 8 Ford St.

50 Crang Ave. Cash Cow! Estate Sale. Huge raised bungalow at St Clair & Oakwood. 3 car park. 5 units. Huge owner unit. 3 addresses. Live /rent. Make $$$. 3 fireplaces. Solid house. Needs some sprucing but great value. Open House Sat & Sun 2-4 by Appointment. $879k.

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Incredible luxury condo, great location close to Vaughan Mills shopping centre,Canada’sWonderland,restaurants, and all conveniences. Fabulous gated community, 24hr concierge, Fantastic facilities, spacious 2 bdrm condo, stainless steel appl.Granite countertop,gleaming ceramic & hardwood flrs thru-out. A must see for $589,900!!

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THE ESSEX 2 Tridel built fabulous corner suite 2+1 bedroom, open concept living & dining rm, W/O to balcony fabulous kitchen, granite countertop, breakfast bar, master bedroom with ensuite & walk-in closet, amazing amenities, steps to subway Bloor line/ Kipling Station only $379,900!!

Large 3 bedroom home in the picturesque town of Lefroy, just North of Bradford. Renovated eatin kitchen, W/O to deck, spacious open concept living & dining room, laminate floors thru-out, large private fenced lot, steps to Killarney Beach, and Lake must be seen for only $349,900!!

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Fantastic Old Town Newmarket location, spacious 1,500 sq ftTownhouse,open concept living and dining room,eatin kitchen, stunning Ravine and River views, large master bedroom with ensuite and W/I closet, finished basement and many extras included, located just steps to The Historic Town and all conveniences for only $239,900!!

Detached 3+1bdrm brick home on a quiet crescent, in demand location, updated modern kitchen, open concept living & dining room. Separate entrance to finished basement, gorgeous backyard retreat, huge tiered deck, hot tub, interlock, garage and much more for only $399,900!!

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Renovated 2 bedroom condo great location, fabulous south view of the city, overlooking Ravine. New Kitchen with granite countertop, reno’d bathroom, open concept living and dining rm, parquet flrs, freshly painted and many extras included, great central location close to all amenities for only $168,000!!

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room. Pocket door and hardwood floors. Great bay windows and wide staircase. A third floor deck to enjoy the treetops. Unique raised front garden and beautiful trees add to the lovely curb appeal of this home. As for location, it’s a short walk to just about everything High Park and Roncesvalles offers. There is a vacant basement apartment with its own separate entrance. New electrical panel and partial new wiring. Call for

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Provincial transit funding welcomed The provincial government released its fall economic statement last week and indicated it will create a new investment fund to benefit infrastructure such as public transit. Count the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance among groups showing support for the initiative. The advocacy group said it was encouraged

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A provincial monitoring board is set to undertake a full review of Metrolinx’s operations. The Standing Committee on Government Agencies chaired by Scarborough Southwest Liberal MPP Lorenzo Berardinetti reports directly to the provincial Legislature on improving the performance of government departments such as Metrolinx. It’s calling for written submissions from residents in support or against the transit planning agency. To participate, send a written submission to the Committee Clerk, Room 1405, Whitney Block/ Bureau 1405, Queen’s Park,

M7A 1A2. Phone submissions can be made to 416325-3515. Gardiner Expressway criteria list The study team examining options for the future configuration of the elevated sections of the Gardiner Expressway released an extensive list of criteria it will use to make its final recommendations for the roadway. Made up of city and Waterfront Toronto planners, the Gardiner East team is completing a provincial environmental assessment to determine if the elevated portion of the Gardiner should be replaced, maintained, renovated or removed entirely in the future. It will choose a single option to present to city council for future approval. The list of criteria is available online at www.gardinereast.ca.

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Toronto Public Health launches WALK CYCLE MOVE campaign RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Is there a street in your neighbourhood which could use a bike lane or walking path? Toronto Public Health (TPH) wants to know. The city’s health author-

ity recently launched WALK CYCLE MOVE, a series of public consultations taking place throughout Toronto. The first meeting was held Nov. 5, at the North York Civic Centre, and more meetings are planned over the next few months.

The purpose of the meetings is to gain feedback from residents on how to improve local road infrastructure to benefit active transportation; walking, cycling and other modes of travel requiring sustained physical exertion.

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Participants will also be able to provide input through localized online surveys. “We’re just trying to find out what would make it easier for the public to walk and cycle, any suggestions they might have we can take to the city,” said TPH manager Carol Mee. “We’re trying to identify the barriers that are preventing more people from taking part in active transportation.” The initiative ties public health with urban planning in an effort to identify how to best to get Toronto’s sedentary population to make more use of active transportation, by first identifying and later on improving local roads. TPH is not the first city agency to tackle the task of re-configuring the city’s roadways. Both the planning department and transportation services are working on mobility studies designed at alleviating congestion

and strengthening public transit. But the difference with this campaign, according to Mee, is looking at infrastructure improvement based on the health benefits they can derive. “We’re looking at it from a health perspective, how to encourage more people to be active to improve their health over all,” she said. Forty per cent of adults and 22 per cent of children are considered obese or overweight according to a 2012 TPH report on active transportation, and less than half of the city is getting the required amount of physical exercise recommended by Canadian health guidelines. While it’s easy to make a case for the myriad health benefits gained from increasing opportunities for active transportation – reducing blood pressure and decreasing the chances of stroke or heart disease among them – Mee acknowledged the real battle will involve convincing city council to

We’re just trying to find out what would make it easier for the public to walk and cycle, any suggestions they have we can take to the city. –Carol Mee, TPH manager

fund future infrastructure improvements. “It takes a long time to make changes and there has to be budget for it,” she said. Mee said TPH will work collaboratively with the department of transportation services on identifying the streets to be improved and determining how much money it will cost. Three more public consultations are planned for Scarborough, Black Creek and the Annex for the campaign, which runs into the New Year.

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Hydro poles being stored temporarily at school: TDSB A large stack of wooden hydro long to venture closer for a the bottom parking area polls piled on Swansea Public peek. because the company is School property won’t be “It took a minute and a half replacing hydro poles on local there long, according to the from when the bell rang until streets, according to a Toronto public school board. the kids ran up to take a look District School Board (TDSB) Durie Street resident Bill at them,” he told The Villager spokesperson. Wlidstone encountered the and expressed his concern The poles will only be there strange sight while out walkfor the student safety. “They for a week or two, assured the ing his dog Monday. TDSB’s Ryan Bird. were like a magnet.” On his way by the school on “They will be secured and Turns out, Toronto Hydro nearby Windermere Avenue, needed a place to store the fenced off,” Bird said. “I’m he came upon a truck, whose poles. They are situated in told they’re already being workers were unloading the FUTURE SHOP CORRECTION NOTICE hydro polls. As Best Buy CORRECTION NOTICE NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE FUTURE SHOP the bell rang NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE BEST BUY NOVEMBER 8 CORPORATE FLYER We would like to clarify in at the elemen- NOVEMBER 8 CORPORATE FLYER Please be advised the November 8 flyer, page 23, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant tar y school, that in the November 8 flyer, page 13, the TELUS Photo Camera - Black (WebCode: 10252125) will not be available in all colours advertised. Please be advised that this camera is ONLY Wlidstone said Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Smartphone (Web Code: available in white. it didn’t take 10269286) will not be available for purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers. the students

St. Olave’s new Christmas Craft Show to benefit Hunger Patrol Saturday, November 16, 10 am to 4 pm, St. Olave’s Anglican Church is holding a new event to raise funds and awareness for its mobile soup kitchen – known as the Hunger Patrol -- and other causes. The Christmas Craft Show and Coffee House features more than 25 craft vendors and artisans selling beautiful hand-crafted creations. Organizers have also produced a special soup cookbook, Soup’s On, a collection of 28 favourite soup recipes from members of the congregation, as well as from celebrity chefs Michael Smith, Julie Van Rosendaal and Fina Scroppo. The book will sell for $12 and proceeds will go directly to the Hunger Patrol. “The Hunger Patrol rolls out every Saturday night to serve soup made at the church by our volunteers,” says the Reverend David Burrows. “We need funds to ensure that the homeless are getting that meal. They really look forward to it, especially as the weather gets colder.” The first 100 customers of the Christmas Craft Show and Coffee House will also receive a St. Olave’s cloth bag with their toonie admission (children under 12 are free). Other highlights include: a book fair (CDs and DVDs as well), knitted goods, warm beverages and snacks and a children’s play area. Other money raised will go to LOFT Community Services (helping Seniors and Youth) and St. Michael’s Youth Conference.

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The first instalment of our series sheds light on the serious issue of youth suicide and its prevalence in the hope that awareness can aid suicide prevention

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renda Markus waited for her s o n ’s b o d y temperature to drop before she was able to leave him. “ ( Pe o p l e ) t r i e d getting me out of the room, and I wouldn’t leave until he went cold. As soon as I took my hand off his chest, I said ‘OK, he’s cold.’ I lifted my hand and said ‘I accept.’ That was it. You can’t do anything more about death.” Her son was Alex Clarke, an 18-year-old who loved the outdoors, who committed suicide June 11 leaving behind his mom, sister, a girlfriend, many relatives, lots of friends and a job. The death of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Kari and Ken Smith can understand the devastation suicide can

cause. When their 17-yearold son, Cody, failed to show up at the breakfast table one February morning, the couple realized something was amiss and went upstairs to investigate. “My husband went up fi rst and I heard him screaming ‘no, no, no’ and then I remember screaming so loud and for so long,” Kari said. The reason why still torments the Smiths. “He was very strong-willed. We thought he had a great future. He talked about this future. I had no idea he couldn’t help himself. Why couldn’t he come to us? “He was our everything!” These parents are not alone in their anguish.

Each week, three Ontario teens end their lives, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) reports. CMHO has represented and supported the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario since 1972. Its core membership consists of more than 80 community-based children’s mental health centres that serve some 150,000 children and their families annually. Nationwide, there are 10 teens who kill themselves weekly and, for each one, there may be another 200 who attempt suicide, according to University of Ottawa research. In 2012, Kids’ Help Phone reported six per cent of the 5,000 calls received each week – which amounts to 300 calls – were related to suicide. Those considering suicide, youth affected by a suicide in their school or community, and those worried

about a friend, for example, would are a theme for many youth who be included in these statistics. commit suicide. In 2009 – the most recent year for “Although life is full of possibiliwhich Statistics Canada has data ties in your teen years, it’s also full on suicide – 474 people between of difficult choices and transitions,” ages 15 and 24 died Floyd explained. by suicide. “It can be troubleAnd those numNATIONWIDE, there some. “They’re trying bers, said CMHO are 10 teens who kill to find their way or President Gordon Floyd, aren’t accuthemselves weekly, place in their social rate. and strucand for each one, there circles “There’s a fair bit tures, and navigate may be another 200 what can be difficult of cleaning up of the data before it’s who attempt suicide, waters. “The whole prore p o r t e d ,” Fl oyd according to University cess turns out well explained. “It’s because of the of Ottawa research. for most of us, but shame (of suicide). it’s still a very diffiFor young people, cult one and causes apart from car accidents, suicide a huge amount of anxiety and that is the leading cause of death.” can cross the line to depression and CMHO research shows one in 10 feelings of hopelessness.” students in grades 7 to 12 reported Feelings of being underprivihaving seriously considered suileged or inadequate in some way cide. can also lead to these deaths. Just weeks ago, Avery Parker “Often depression and suicide lost a peer, a popular student, who occur in circumstances many killed herself. times should be considered happy. Now a youth facilitator at New Very often the onset of those kids’ Path Youth and Family Services in mental health problems happen Orillia, Parker said she hopes to because the individual involved help others like the student, who feels they’re not experiencing the kind of happiness or excitement struggled with depression. Mental issues and depression >>>page 21


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Bullying can take a toll on kids who lack confidence >>>from page 20 others are,” Floyd said. “It’s a sense of falling behind and feeling excluded from the hopefulness others seem to feel.” Bullying can shake those who have a low self-image more profoundly, triggering an attempt to end their lives. “One-in-four kids in Ontario has been bullied in the past year. Most kids are able to deal with it and move on, but some kids are vulnerable because they don’t have the confidence and skills to take it in stride or bounce back,” Floyd said. There is hope. The key for parents is to raise a resilient child, who can cope with the bumps and bruises along the way, and grow into a resilient adult who can deal with the stresses of working in uncertain times, he said. Many mental health issues emerge before age 20. Ontario acknowledged this two years ago with a $257-million mental health strategy for children, which aims to address the long waiting lists by bolstering not only community supports but linking mental health nurses with schools. The earlier an individual can get help, the better chances he will acquire the tools he needs to be resilient enough to cope with his struggles. “Suicide is the end point for people whose mental health needs were not appropriately addressed,” Floyd said. “We have to get over the squeamishness about raising the possibility there’s a mental health issue at play and have the very focused deliberate outreach to the person who is struggling, to give them an opportunity to talk and give us the opportunity to connect them with the help they need.”

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A journey towards hope Mother and daughter thankful for the anger-filled moment that finally forced them to hear one another

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other and daughter ribs were poking out. exchanged loving looks Then she cut herself and told her as they spoke of a journey mother – and planned her death. they’ve made together. It was the day after Mother’s There have been tears, and relaDay. tionships dismantled and rebuilt. For her mother, it was the culToday, there’s a sparkle in 15-yearmination of what she describes as old Maddie Johnson’s eyes, but it painful, hurtful, hellish months of momentarily disappears as she questioning herself as a mother and pauses, before tellwondering where ing a story she agreed she went wrong. to share. She dropped everyIt takes courage, thing and drove to the gashes are only school to pick up her six months old. daughter. They cried “My mom was together in the truck for two hours. texting me and I If you’ve got a story to It was then Maddie d o n’t re m e m b e r what she said but it said she knew her share or have an opinion really p---ed me off parents loved her. on our series, please tell us. and I told her I cut “It was a good Email contactus@insidetomyself, and if I didn’t trigger in a sense ronto.com get help that night I’d because it made her kill myself,” she said. angry enough to say “I was planning on going home that this is what I did and I need help,” night and taking my pocket knife I her mother said. had and stabbing myself.” If her mom hadn’t sent the text Maddie (not her real name) said that made her so angry, she said she lost herself in Grade 8, when she’d probably be dead now. Instead, the boys teased her about being she agreed to see a counsellor that fat and looking weird. It climaxed evening, and together they began in January of Grade 9 when a friend the journey back to life. turned on her and vicious rumours It was a difficult path as her began circulating through social brother and father struggled to media when she broke up with her understand her emotions and boyfriend. why she planned to take her life, She would lock herself in her while her mother constantly worroom when she came home from ried about how far she could trust school, and barely ate. She became Maddie and whether she could leave anemic and started fainting. In five her alone. months, she lost 15 pounds and her “Always having the doubt in

your mind, will she do it again?” her mother said. “Did I say the right words? I didn’t want to set her off again.” There have been many tears within the family as the relationships begin to rebuild. Maddie is now laughing and talking with her brother instead of fighting with him, doing homework with her dad and hiking and doing photography with her mom. The family has put a lot of effort into spending time together and keeping communication open. “Listen to what your children are saying and always be there to support them,” Maddie’s mother said. “Hang in there, there is light at the end of the tunnel and if you can get through it together things will turn out.” Maddie has pruned her Facebook friends from more than 300 to 92, most of them relatives, and has changed her phone number. She changed schools in September, and once again loves waking up for classes. She is working to become a peer tutor at school, where one of the things she will be trained to do is help other students who are facing grief or suicidal thoughts. “No one should ever be afraid to need help,” she said. “People may judge you, but once you get help you’ll be able to ignore judgment. There is definitely life after.” - By Jennifer Bowman

An ‘old soul’ gone much too soon The loved ones of Julie Robbins shared her story in the hopes that her lost life is never forgotten and can inspire the change needed to avoid further preventable deaths in Ontario.

of her athletic hobbies – basketball, soccer, skiing, water skiing, hiking, swimming and team sports at school, among others. But Julie also had a way with personal relationships. ulie Robbins was con“If there was a couple sidered a peacemaker other friends who were, among her many perhaps, having some friends. Julie Robbins challenging times with “I always say she had each other, Julie didn’t a way of helping people find their hesitate to try to mediate any rifts light, but had trouble finding her and she’d mediate discussions so own,” said Julie’s mother, Elaine. everyone would be happy,” Elaine said. “She was born old and wise. The popular young woman was one of those rare students who had She was an old soul.” both a gift for good grades and a But the death of a friend in her passion for sports. final year of high school hit her Her mom shared a lengthy list hard.

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Her mother said the trauma triggered Julie’s depression. Shortly after she started university, her depression overcame her and she took her own life by overdosing on pills. She was 21. “There wasn’t a lot of anger. There wasn’t a lot of second guessing and ‘what ifs.’ We tried not to do that to ourselves. There was just a lot of deep sorrow,” Elaine said. The pain of the loss remains with the family more than a decade later. “Her death was attached to Thanksgiving weekend, which seems a bit of an oxymoron to us now,” Elaine said. “We’ll always miss her.” – By Alison Brownlee

Resources for parents and teens CALL 911 if you are thinking of harming yourself or if someone you know is in imminent danger of harming themselves. Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention >> ospn.ca Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention >> suicideprevention.ca Toronto Distress Centres>> torontodistresscentre.com Hope and Healing After Suicide: A practical guide for people who have lost someone to suicide in Ontario >> www.camh.ca Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Lesbian gay bi transgender queer (LGBTQ) Youth Line 1-800-2689688 Mind your Mind >> mindyourmind.ca A website for youth created by youth offering resources and tools to help manage stress, crisis and mental health problems Mobilizing Minds >> www.mobilizingminds.ca A mental health project led by young adults, community organizations and health professionals River of Life Program >> www.riveroflifeprogram.ca Online training about Aboriginal youth suicide Teen Mental Health >> www.teenmentalhealth.org Information about adolescent mental health and to improve their lives The Trevor Project >> www.thetrevorproject.org Information about suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth Your Life Counts >> www.yourlifecounts.org Website for youth to share thoughts and get help with their problems

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Grade 9 students test the waters at St. Joe’s Youth learn what it takes for a career in medicine during ‘Take Your Kids to Work Day’ LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com Julia Sliska wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps – so she took her first step by participating in St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s ‘Take Our Kids to Work Day.’ “My mom was a nurse,” said Julia as she worked on making a splint as part of a morning workshop at the hospital last Wednesday. Occupational therapist Antoinette Krakovsky, who works with patients who have suffered hand injuries, from broken thumbs or wrists to those who have lost a finger or damaged nerves, showed the Grade 9 students how to make different kinds of splints, first by cutting a pattern and then molding the warm plaster around the particular body part before strapping it on with Velcro. “You only have a certain amount of working time (before it cools),” she advised. As many as 40 students from

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Respiratory therapist Sarah Enriquez shows Grade 9 students how to insert a breathing tube during a workshop at St. Joseph's Health Centre during its ‘Take Our Kids to Work Day’, last Wednesday.

across the city whose parents or guardians work at St. Joe’s got a taste of the hospital’s many services from

occupational therapy to respiratory therapy to adolescent mental health and the ER as well as the public

affairs department, diagnostic imaging and volunteer services. Under the guidance of respiratory therapist Sarah Enriquez, students were shown how to insert a breathing tube, which teen Rhiannon Gershbach admitted was tricky. “I thought it was difficult. It takes a lot of experience,” said Rhiannon, whose mother works in triage, in the ER. Rhiannon was inspired to take part in the Take Our Kids to Work Day by her sister, who said she had a good experience. “I thought it’d be cool,” she said. “I want to be a physiotherapist.” What perhaps people don’t realize is that in addition to taking care of patients’ physical needs, it also cares for their emotional ones as well, said social worker Jamie McMillan, who works in the hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit. The unit is comprised of a classroom, bedrooms and activity room. Patients are admitted through the emergency

department and are assessed by a psychiatrist. They may be suicidal or suffered a drug overdose, explained Allan Brinkert, patient care manager, who spoke to the teens about bullying and depression. The 11th annual event links high school students with some of the hospital’s frontline health-care professionals in a day of learning and interactive presentations, said spokesperson Michelle Tadique. “Over the years, we’ve done a few different formats. We want the presentations to be interactive and hands-on,” she said. For teens who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, it’s a chance to find out what kind of education they need. The day, which began at 9 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m., was comprised of interactive sessions and a ‘day in the life of surgery.’ Take Our Kids to Work Day is a national event – with thousands of students and workplaces taking part.

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Its nickname is ‘The Canadian Mount Rushmore of Hockey’ given its size. More than 100-feet wide, the ‘Hockey Heritage Mural,’ situated at the intersection of Davenport and Caledonia roads, serves as a gateway to the community, west of Caledonia Park. A project spearheaded by the Davenport Arts Community, a non-profit organization that brings together the City of Toronto, corporate sponsors and an art form it has coined “murography,” the hockey mural process began in late July during a ‘public paint day,’ according to spokesperson Miranda McLean. Lead artist Marcello Pinero was motivated by a desire to bring an increased patriotism to Toronto. Unveiled during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony last month, the iconic mural honours national and local leg-

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his just in: the forecast for Sunday’s Toronto Santa Claus Parade. Be advised that an extremely large mass of floats is expected to appear out of the west on Bloor Street at Christie Pits at around 12:30 p.m. The accumulation will head due east to Avenue Road, at which point it will veer south down to Wellington Street, then work its way back east again all the way to the St. Lawrence Market on Front Street. Given the enormous size and colourful nature of the floats, their visibility will be 100 per cent throughout the festivities. Also expected in the outlook is widespread waving, smiling and occasional giggling from the many participants aboard. This activity will be accompanied by extended “Hi’s” from the performers to an audience that will be prevailingly appreciative. And a special advisory has been issued from

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY Parade Environment Canada for all those in attendance to try and guess who the celebrities are that are dressed up as clowns. There are reports that an isolated cold front is expected on the polar bears on the Zoo Float. There will be expected turbulence in the endlessly long lineups in the fast-food outlets along the route prior to the parade’s kickoff. This will be immediately followed by severe thunder and rumbling emanating from the late arrivals stuck way in the back of the crowds lining the sidewalks on the route. And there will be intermittent showers, courtesy of exuberant merrymakers who have forgotten they were holding hot coffee cups in their hands when the clapping for the floats begins. The good news is that the

expected light to moderate sightings of Rudolph red noses on kids in the audience will quickly brighten everyone’s outlook. In addition, every move during the afternoon will be accompanied by flurries of snapshots, intermittent tweets, scattered texts, assorted Facebook postings and a sprinkling of YouTube uploads and downloads. But of course, the most important prognostication is for the jolly old man of the hour himself, St. Nick. There are no surprises in that forecast, needless to say. It’s always the same. Santa Claus, as usual, will be sunny all day. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to beat the crowd and lock up a primo seat for the parade. In the words of the big guy himself. “Ho, ho, hope to see you all there.” Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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