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Holly Tea WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. John’s Anglican Church, West Toronto, 288 Humberside Ave. CONTACT: Rev. Samantha Caravan, 416-7632393, pastor@sjwt.ca COST: Free This annual Holly Tea features handmade crafts, baked goods, preserves and other one-of-a-kind items. Lunch room available for a fee. Free admission.

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Christmas in the Park WHEN: 12 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr CONTACT: clodge@toronto.ca COST: Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/ Children $4.42 (plus tax). Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Email the lodge to find out addtional dates for Christmas in the Park. Healey Willan Singers presents “Follow the Star”

WHEN: 3 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Church of St. Martin in-the-Fields, 151 Glenlake Ave. CONTACT: Ron Ka Ming Cheung, 416-519-0528, www.healeywillansingers.com, healeywillansingers@yahoo.ca COST: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students Get into the spirit of the Christmas season by listening to beautiful choral music written for women’s choir. Ron Ka Ming Cheung, artistic director, John Stephenson, accompanist. Tickets can be reserved online or can be purchased at the door (cash only please) Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd. CONTACT: Patricia Campbell, 416-767-6729, dickenstickets@gmail.com COST: $25 In its seventh year, Runnymede United Church hosts the dramatic reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ in support of The Stop Community Food Centre. Performers include Ramin Karimloo and Lisa Horner, performing in Les Miserables, in company with CBC Sr. Correspondent Susan Ormiston, Pia Bouman, As It Happens’ Jeff Douglas, and actor Fiona

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w Saturday, Dec. 7

20th Annual Christmas Bazaar WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Cecilia Church, 161 Annette St. CONTACT: 416-769-8163 COST: Free Shop for Christmas with more than 20 unique vendors. Take home some fresh-baked goods. Enjoy free coffee and tea. There will be a craft table for the kids. Buy raffle tickets to win a new Playstation 4. Santa will be there for pictures. Christmas Bake Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St. CONTACT: Walter Brewer, 416-767-2689, runnymedepc@bellnet.ca COST: Free Enjoy and purchase baked goods.

w Sunday, Dec. 8

Junction Jam: Christmas Vespers with Robi Botos and Friends WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: St.

John’s Anglican Church, West Toronto, 288 Humberside Ave. CONTACT: Rev. Samantha Caravan, 416-7632393, pastor@sjwt.ca COST: Free Junction Jam is evening prayer wrapped in excellent music. Some of Toronto’s finest musicians join us as we consider the mystery of our life and world through music and prayer. This week: Christmas vespers with Robi Botos, piano; Brian Barlow, drums; Scott Alexander, bass; and vocalist Barbra Lica. Freewill offering.

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Community Christmas Carol Service WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Runnymede Community Church, 60 Colbeck St. CONTACT: Runnymede Community Church, 416-767-1401, www.runnymedechurch.org, info@ runnymedechurch.org COST: Free Traditional Christmas carols by candlelight. Enjoy the Christmas story, hot apple cider and treats.

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VANTAGE POINT: At left, little Abbey Robertson looks at the Christmas tree from the decorated staircase at Grenadier Retirement Residence’s Christmas Bazaar on Sunday. Above, Claudia McLean (right) and her mom Helga work on their handcrafted knit wear.

Dog park closing due to complaints Noise, misuse cause city to pull the plug on Rennie Park LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com The Rennie Park off-leash dog area is set to close. Ever since Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department proposed to formally designate and fence an off-leash area in the park in November last year, the plan has been met with mixed reviews by local residents. The enclosed off-leash area encompasses 3,500 square metres of land southwest of Swansea Public School’s sports field and adjoining parking lot, a space dog owners had already been using for as long as seven years, according to the city. Following careful consideration and meetings with the community regarding the off-leash area and

repeated attempts to resolve issues, the Parks, Forestry and Recreation department announced Monday the off-leash area would be closed by Dec. 6. “There have been conflicting park use issues that community members, users of the adjacent (Toronto District School Board) lands and area residents have clearly expressed and which we have been unable to resolve,” said Jim Hart, general manager, in a letter to the community. “Ongoing complaints have been received about dogs off-leash outside the off-leash area and outside of the posted hours of operation and dog owners not complying with the requirement to stoop and scoop resulting in concerns of school children coming into contact with dogs off-leash and with dog feces.” Several options to resolve the issues were explored by staff, Hart said. These included additional fencing, tree and shrub planting to delineate the area as well as remov-

ing the commercial dog-walker designation and posting the Code of Conduct, hours of operation and map of the off-leash area. Staff considered the relocation of the off-leash area to another part of

...it is my determination that Rennie Park is no longer suitable for an off-leash area. – Jim Hart, Parks, Forestry and Recreation GM

the park as well. Charles Merivale, a St. Olaves Road resident who lives adjacent to the Rennie Park off-leash area, says he has nothing against dogs, however, the constant barking has woke him up well before 6 a.m. almost every morning. “After seeing the constant use – and misuse – of the Swansea Public School playing fields at all hours, I think it was the only conclusion

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that could be reached,” Merivale told The Villager. “If all owners controlled their dogs’ barking and picked up after them, there would be a better argument for maintaining the arrangement,” he said. According to the city’s ‘People, Dogs and Parks Off-Leash Policy,’ the designation of an off-leash area may be cancelled in the event that conflicts between park users cannot be resolved; when there is repeated, on-going non-compliance with the Code of Conduct for off-leash area use and if the park is no longer suited for an off-leash area. “In addition, the proximity of the off-leash area to residential properties has resulted in many noise complaints due to barking dogs. In consideration of these factors, it is my determination that Rennie Park is no longer suitable for an off-leash area,” Hart said.

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he increasing demand for the necessary funds for ice time is a serious, ongoing challenge in Toronto. In this month’s feature, we look at the rising cost of ice time in the city. With Toronto facing its own budget limitations, funds are scarce for new capital projects such as indoor arenas, which would help meet additional needs. Newer facilities, such as the Buckingham Arena complex at Downsview Park, tend to be built and operated by the private sector – and that ice time is even more costly. But we are seeing municipal funds going toward smaller, outdoor projects. The good news is that there is growth in the city’s free outdoor ice offerings – the latest being the $3.4 million facility at Greenwood and Dundas streets, which opened last weekend. Last year, a new outdoor rink opened at Cedarvale Park in York. Renovations for a twin outdoor our view pad at Dieppe Park in East York are nearly complete. So what Outdoor rinks needs to be done? Access to recreation is a a priority for smart community investment. Of potential concern is a communities recent survey conducted of 1,011 Canadian parents by Ipsos Reid on behalf of RBC, which showed 60 per cent of respondents named ‘cost of equipment and instruction’ as a top barrier to learning how to skate, while 46 per cent named ‘access of ice’ as another top barrier. In order to ensure optimal access, we encourage the continued development, funding and maintenance of these outdoor projects in neighbourhoods. As for the thornier issue of indoor ice it’s a contentious issue, one that sees alternating pressure on user fees and property tax hikes to help pay the bills. Budget deliberations kicked off this week and councillors are grappling with the cost pressures of a multi-billion dollar budget, where they are tasked with finding efficiencies, maintaining existing service levels and dedicating money for new projects such as the Scarborough subway – all while keeping any tax increase to a minimum. It’s a tall order. In one respect, indoor ice time is no different than other public services such as transit. We will get what we pay for and what we deem to be a priority.

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ayor Rob Ford may have been politically neutered by his colleagues on Toronto council, but on Monday, he was anxious to prove that he’s no gelding. That was when city staff unveiled their proposed 2014 operating and capital budgets. These are enormously complex documents, but here are some of the basics: property taxes will go up 2.5 per cent for homeowners – and that figure includes a 0.5 per cent special levy to pay for a subway in Scarborough. The Land Transfer Tax, estimated to bring in $335 million, will stay at the same rate as it was in 2013. Now these are not the basics as Mayor Ford had explained them. He has been dining out these past 11 months on a promise of a tax increase of no more than 1.75 per cent in 2014, and a 10 per cent cut to the Land Transfer Tax. When Toronto council

david nickle the city approved the idea of a 0.5 per cent property tax levy to pay for nearly a billion dollars in city costs for the Scarborough subway, Ford said that amount would be rolled into the 1.75 per cent increase. No one agreed with the mayor on this strategy except his brother, Councillor Doug Ford. But that didn’t stop Mayor Ford and the rhetorical bulldozer he brought to budget committee. The budget, he said, was an example of what happens when you take mayoral powers away from a guy like him. Joe Pennachetti, the city manager, had told Ford that it would be possible to cut the Land Transfer Tax and deliver a 1.75 per cent property tax increase, subway included. The

It was a bravura performance, ably supported by Doug Ford. It, of course, had little to do with the facts.

“gravy train” – that 2010 shibboleth that helped make Councillor Ford into Mayor Ford — is up and running again, he said, just days after council had so cruelly and undemocratically stripped him of his powers. Et tu, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. It was a bravura performance, ably supported by Doug Ford. It, of course, had little to do with the facts. City Manager Pennachetti was quick to say he had never told the mayor that cutting the Land Transfer Tax was possible. Chief Financial Officer Rob Rossini pointed out later that the 0.5 per

cent subway levy could not be rolled into the property tax increase for other services, because council had twice directed that no monies dedicated to other services be transferred to the subway. As an aside, the Ford brothers’ assertion they’ve saved $1 billion over the term is also bogus. In terms of actual cuts to city spending, the number is closer to $350 million. The city manager would put the savings just shy of $800 million, by factoring things like better-than-expected performance of city bonds and favourable labour agreements. But cuts in spending? $350 million. So this is how it’s going to be for the rest of the term: untruths, half-truths, and innuendo, bundled up in rhetorical flourishes from three years ago.

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Junction Seniors Gathering WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Pascal’s Baguette and Bagels, 2904 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: Eleanor Batchelder, 647-235-0843, www.junctionra.ca/ junction-seniors, eob62@yahoo.com COST: Free The group meets at a local coffee shop for conversation, as a social network of neighbours. Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. , Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas St. W. and Friday afternoons at the above location. Everyone welcome.

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High Park Through The Ages WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: High Park, 1873 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: ajalberti@gmail.com COST: Free Local history buff Dave Berndorff leads a walking tour of sites in the park which show the history of its development. Meet at the benches across from the Grenadier Restaurant.

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TSA tinyART SALE WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Toronto School of Art, 980 Dufferin St., second floor CONTACT: Renee Castonguay, 416-504-7910, info@ tsa-art.com COST: Free

TSA Artists present unique and intimate small-scale artworks including: painting, mixed media, collage and assemblage, fibers and more. Seniors Taoist Tai Chi – Intermediate WHEN: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. WHERE: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavina Ave CONTACT: Swansea Area Seniors Association, 416-392-1953, swanseaareaseniors@gmail.com COST: $45 for fall session Weekly one hour tai chi sessions are good for balance, memory, co-ordination and circulation. Meditation for Daily Life WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. CONTACT: Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada, 416-762-8033, info@ kadampa.ca COST: $10/class $40/ five classes Healing ourself and others from within. These classes offer simple, practical methods to improve the quality of our life and develop inner peace. Each class consists of two guided meditations to let go of negativity. No pre-registration is required.

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Seniors Art Class - Multi-Media WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavina Ave. CONTACT: Swansea Area Seniors Association, 416-392-1953, swanseaar-

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Friday Afternoons at the Movies WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Jane/ Dundas Library, 620 Jane St. CONTACT: Kara Miley, 416-394-1014, kmiley@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Christmas with the Kranks will be screened. The movie is open to adults. The next showing is Dec. 20 and will feature the movie Love Actually. Film starts at 2:30pm. easeniors@gmail.com COST: $30 per month Instructor guided weekly sessions let you sketch, paint and choose your medium in watercolours, acrylics or pastels. Discover your talent.

team of Early Childhood Educators will have different activities set up each week creating the perfect social setting for moms and kids. Line Dancing for Seniors WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon. WHERE: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavina Ave. CONTACT: Swansea Area Seniors Association, 416-392-1953, swanseaareaseniors@gmail.com COST: $46 for 15 sessions Weekly one-hour sessions provide good exercise and lots of fun. No partner needed. Beginners welcome.

Exercises for Seniors WHEN: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, Toronto, 2445 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: Olena, 416-763-4982, toroffice@ ucss.info COST: Free Exercises are conducted under the guidance of a professional trainer.

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Babyn Borscht WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. WHERE: Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, Toronto, 2445 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: Olena, 416-763-4982, toroffice@ ucss.info COST: $5 Traditional Ukrainian dinner. Includes Borscht with garlic bread, perogies,

Mommy & Baby Free Indoor Play WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Kidz360, 3431 Dundas St. W. Suite 200 CONTACT: Shannon, 647-3519360, tmr@pinkbear.ca COST: Free Free indoor play space for the community every Wednesday morning. A

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SONGS AND SANTA: (Clockwise from above) Santa greets children during the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area’s (BIA) annual Cavalcade of Lights event at the Alex Ling Fountain this month; Members of the Humberside Collegiate choir perform during the event; Festive lights illuminate the scene while Elves Doris and Nikolis Muth, along with their dog Kira, join in on the celebrations.

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GO Transit announced it is suspending some train service this weekend to accommodate a city project to replace the dilapidated Dufferin Street bridge. Beginning late on Saturday night, GO train service will stop along the Lakeshore West corridor and will not resume until Monday morning at 5

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Online shopping site opens store downtown A growing online shopping destination is going old school, opening a pop-up store in Toronto’s fashion district. Shop.ca, one of Canada’s top online shopping sites, has opened a store at 363 King St. W. (King Street West and Peter Street) in Toronto.

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Avoid medication errors at home Recently, a report prepared for the Ontario government received a lot of attention for its conclusion that medication errors in hospitals are putting people in serious danger. But this is eclipsed by a more silent killer: medication errors in the home. In fact, problems with medication account for 1 in 7 emergency admissions of people aged 65 years and over, according to government of Ontario information. That wasn’t surprising to me. The average senior’s home can be a very dangerous place. It is quite common for a person to be taking from six to 15 different medications, including prescriptions, over-thecounter remedies, herbals and supplements. Many people have several doctors for different conditions, resulting in multiple active prescribers. Labeling on prescription containers is often difficult to read and many pills look alike, or have similar sounding names. Pharmacies may also change the brand of medication, resulting in changes in tablet appearance or name on the label. In addition, many older adults have physical limitations, such as limited vision, limited hearing, or impaired cognitive function. Medication devices (such as inhalers) can be challenging to use properly. Add to this the fact that many patients take non-traditional supplements (e.g. St. John’s wort, devil’s claw) that can interact with their prescription medications, reducing their effectiveness or causing dangerous side effects. To make these difficulties more serious, many seniors living at home have a difficult

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time accessing conventional pharmacist services and advice in the community. I lead a team of pharmacists at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) designed to help these seniors by counseling them and their caregivers right in their homes, advising clients how to avoid hazards, and giving them specific advice on their medications. At Toronto Central CCAC, pharmacists are part of a highly integrated team that includes clients, family caregivers, doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, community pharmacists, social workers, therapists and personal support workers. My role also includes col-

laborating with the client’s prescriber(s) about potential medication side effects, interactions, and the long term medication care plan. With their sometimes overwhelming case loads, the doctors we work with are very appreciative of the information and support we provide. As the senior population climbs, and the use of medication continues to grow, we all need to do our part to make safe medication practices part of the home care culture everywhere in Canada To learn more about Toronto Central CCAC services, call 416-506-9888.

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Something we need to talk about Part three of the series shares one family’s story to highlight the need for discussion

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ulie Robbins was bubbly, athletic, popular and known for helping others. But she suffered from depression. “We always did treat it as an illness,” said her mother Elaine. “I encouraged Julie to speak freely of it because it was an illness.” Despite medication, counselling and support from her family, Julie lost her battle with depression while at university, shortly after she turned 21. Tana Nash, president of the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention, encourages everyone to discuss mental illness and thoughts of suicide. “It’s OK to talk to somebody,” Nash said. “Break down the myth that asking about it will plant the

seed.” Thoughts of suicide are less about wanting to die and more about feeling hopeless, and the fear and shame associated with those feelings can isolate and prevent someone from getting help. Asking a loved one whether they are considering suicide will not plant the idea, but create an opportunity to talk about other options, reduce risk and save lives. Nash said while a person considering suicide often won’t say so, subtle hints, such as crying, unkempt appearance, withdrawal, giving away possessions, declarations of hopelessness, despair, anger, numbness or sharing stories of traumatic experiences can be some of the invitations to talk. And if someone admits to considering suicide, listen with empathy and understanding, while offering to help find crisis intervention or

counselling resources to keep them safe. A person with thoughts of suicide should never be left alone. Nash, who has lost her grandmother and sister to suicide, said the majority of suicides are linked to mental health problems, and preventable. “It’s the 10th leading cause of death in Canada and we need to do something about it,” she said. “We are losing way too many people every year to a preventable death.” That prevention, she said, is everyone’s responsibility. “We need to work together to learn more as neighbours, co-workers and friends,” she said. Help can include medication, counselling, nutrition or sleep, as well as coping strategies or communication training. Nash admitted talking about emotions can be challenging because it opens up vulnerabilities. But mental illness is not like a broken arm, easily identified by others and fixed in a hospital emer-

gency department. “We have to learn how to talk about our emotions and communicate those feelings so we can get the better help we need,” she said.

After I hung up the phone, a light went on in my head and I said to my husband, ‘Oh my God, that was a goodbye phone call’. – Elaine Robbins

And preventing suicide can also prevent the enduring pain felt by the family or community left behind. “It’s heartache like no other kind of grief because of all the questions that come up and those feelings connected to losing someone,” Nash said. Julie’s mother, Elaine, said the death of a friend in her daughter’s final year at Gravenhurst High School triggered her depression.

Julie was taking medication and undergoing counselling by the time she enrolled in Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. She came home several times that September, including for her 21st birthday spent with family, friends and her boyfriend. She seemed to be managing. Ever ything changed by Thanksgiving. Julie told her mom she wanted to return home. She agreed to continue university through distance education courses. She left her parents on Thanksgiving Monday. Julie called her parents that evening and something about the conversation unsettled her mother. “After I hung up the phone, a light went on in my head and I said to my husband, ‘Oh, my God, that was a goodbye phone call,’” Elaine said. Her husband, Dave, then called Julie. It was too late. Julie ended up in hospital on life support because of an overdose. She suffered cardiac arrest and >>>REPRESSING, page 15


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Repressing emotions can inhibit the grieving process >>>from page 14 grief, a necessary part of the healhad too many drugs in her system ing process, aside. to recover. She died before her The secrecy that suicide is often mother was able to make it to her shrouded in makes it all the more difficult to cope with. bedside. “When we walked into the hospi“And if we keep things secret, tal, we didn’t know she was gone,” then they only fester,” Bechthold Elaine said. “We were informed said. “They are wounds that will when we arrived.” not heal.” Elaine, usually quick to tears, The grieving process related to slid down the corridor wall and suicide can also be very intense crouched into a ball. because of the trauma caused by She didn’t cry. the shock of the loss. “I was in shock,” Elaine said. Grief is a circular process, said She said her family experienced Bechthold, which can include a deep sorrow after Julie’s death. waves of guilt, fear, denial, anger, The family’s grief has subsided over despair, numbness, sadness and the past decade, but the pain will resolution for an indeterminate amount of time. always remain. Sh e e n c o u rThose grieving ages parents with need to reach out Embrace (grief), for help to get them children battling reach out and get the through it. depression to “People who get get them help, resources you need whether through stuck in grief, their to move through it. lives really do kind a family physician or counselling. You’re going to be a of stop,” she said. And for those “They’re stuck in stronger person on the grief process, in who have lost a the other side. bitterness or pain or child, she urges them to embrace sadness.” – Marie-Louise Bechthold, Meeting Place Centre for their emotions and And that grief can Healing and Growth talk. lead to other forms of “It’s very helpful depression and physito talk to someone who has walked cal harm, such as alcoholism, drug the road that you’re about to walk,” addiction or obesity, she said. she said. “Those addictions are really a Some days, the only way to slow form of suicide and they affect cope with the loss is to weep or everyone in a family as well.” scream. Grief though, in its many forms, cannot be rushed. “Go ahead and do it,” she said. “Feel whatever you’re feeling. “Human beings, particularly Don’t squash it and make yourNorth Americans, seem to, in our self sick.” very privileged state, think we Elaine said she heard and saw should not have to grieve. There Julie for a long time after her should be a pill or something that death. we can shortcut grief,” Bechthold “Some people thought I was said. “Unfortunately, there isn’t.” loony, but I didn’t care. I wasn’t No one fully heals by pushing going to extinguish her presence grief aside, she said. if I felt it because it meant a lot to “Embrace it, reach out and get the resources you need to move me,” she said. Marie-Louise Bechthold, executhrough it,” she said. tive director for the Meeting Place “You’re going to be a healthier, Centre for Healing and Growth in stronger person on the other Muskoka, said some try to push side.”

Inspiring chef loved spending time in Muskoka elaborate dinners.” “That was happiness for him, to be able to create this great meal that he could eat, and that others could enjoy,” she said. Daniel also loved ne thing Daniel Muskoka. Originally Keane loved to from Milton, Keane said do was cook. the family spent every “He became a very summer and holiday Daniel Keane accomplished chef,” since 1999 at the cottage said his mom Lynn Keane. on Joe River, but for Daniel the She said growing up, her son had a cottage was sacred. lot of food allergies, and was limited “It was where he was most conin choices. tent,” she said. “As a result he became obsessed As a student in the summer of with the Food Network, and learned 2007, Daniel started a small business, how to create these wonderfully Cottage Concierge, in Muskoka.

The loved ones of Daniel Keane shared his story in the hopes that his lost life is never forgotten and can inspire the change needed to avoid further preventable deaths in Ontario.

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Daniel liked music and his love of the Tragically Hip rubbed off on his family. “We travelled all over the place to see them,” Keane said. The first time Keane saw the Hip was in Bala with Daniel. “It was incredible to experience this moment together,” she said. On April 28, 2009, Daniel committed suicide at the cottage. He was 23 years old. This summer, Keane had the opportunity to meet Hip lead singer Gord Downie, and she told him about Daniel. After his set they spoke again. He said: ‘Thank you for telling me about Daniel. I played harder because of him,’” she said.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Make sure to keep the discussion alive This concludes our three-part series on suicide among young people in Ontario. Our goal has been to provide some compelling case studies of youth in need, some signs for parents to watch for and some hope for the future of our youth. Simply put, we’ve learned through our discussions with experts, our discussions with parents of youth who have committed suicide, and others who have lived through the darkness and realize there is a bright future, and we hope you have too. We’ve learned that this topic kept in a closet will not be fixed. We’ve learned that there are many, many people and agencies poised to help

a troubled teen, a parent in need, or surviving family members who need to cope with a tragedy. We encourage you to keep the discussion alive. As parents, friends and mentors we encourage you to keep abreast of your teen’s activities and build deep relationships with those you love. In a perfect world we’d love to eradicate the stories of pain and see them replaced with stories of hope. Every time.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK If you have a story to share about youth suicide or an opinion on our series, please feel free to share it with us. Email contactus@ insidetoronto. com. Our newspaper is here to support you and our community and we value whatever feedback you are able to offer.

Prevention/Coping Resources 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 Toronto Distress Centres>> torontodistresscentre.com Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention >> suicideprevention.ca 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

River of Life Program

Lesbian gay bi transgender queer (LGBTQ) Youth Line 1-800-268-9688

>> www.riveroflifeprogram.ca Online training about Aboriginal youth suicide

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

Teen Mental Health >> www.teenmentalhealth.org Information about adolescent mental health to advance the understanding of mental illness and to improve 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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The chilling cost of Toronto’s ice time The city is just ‘barely’ meeting the demand for indoor rink time, but the cost of it is skyrocketing NORM NELSON nnelson@insidetoronto.com

so only stormy weather need keep users off. In fact, the city just celebrated the hile the city of Toronto grand opening of its latest outdoor has managed to add very facility last weekend at Greenwood little indoor ice over the and Dundas streets in the east end. past few decades, private enterprise The $3.4 million facility is being seems to be filling the gap. billed as “Toronto’s first and only “We have enough outdoor covered rink ice, barely,” said John and skating path.” Gardner, Toronto’s Indoors, of course, longtime volunteer as Gardner observed, president of the the ice is definitely not free and he added, Gre a t e r To ro n t o “they keep jacking Hockey League TO CALL THEIR (GTHL). (it) three per cent a The league is basiyear. “ cally the umbrella For his huge group that means for organization for “municipal ice you’re b oy s’ h o c k e y i n talking approximately Toronto and some adjacent munici- What’s your experience been a mean average of $200 palities, with about an hour, a little bit with your family and ice 4 0 , 0 0 0 m e m b e r s times/fees in the city? Email more... split between house “It’s gone up trecontactus@ league, select and mendously. It’s getting insidetoronto.com competitive levels. ridiculous.” “(Membership) is Joe Mihevc, coundown a bit this year in both the cillor for Ward 21 (St. Paul’s West) house league and the GTHL (comagreed it’s a contentious issue. petitive) teams,” he said. “That’s the decision we have to What is going up, however, is the make in council. The current mayor cost to use the ice. (Rob Ford) has been averse in raisGardner said his league is defiing property taxes, but he has not nitely impacted by higher fees. been averse in raising user fees,” “You know I was once assured by Councillor Mihevc said. “So these parks and recreation that (Toronto) pendulums go back and forth a little was not going to go to user pay,” he bit. Now the pendulum has gone in said. “Well they sure as heck are the direction of user fees. going to user pay and they have “I think what you’re going to see been. And what they’re doing is raisin the next little while is pressure ing the price on kids’ hockey – and to say enough on the user fee side, the kids are primarily the biggest push over to the (property) tax side users – and the kids can’t vote, they and that way you can guarantee have no say in the situation.” better accessibility.” On the other hand, while the city Private rinks, of course, have to has been lagging with its indoor charge even more – “usually about ice, it does actually serve up plenty $100 more,” Gardner said. of ice at its outdoor pads for both “But there’s a reason for this,” pleasure skaters and shinny players he explained. “The problem is that – all for free and artificially chilled the city rinks don’t have to pay

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municipal taxes on their own rinks whereas the privately owned ones get charged the same as a motor parts company or a manufacturing company.” The other obvious difference is private rinks do, at the end of the day, have to make a profit. And arenas are not cheap to build or run. Buckingham Sports Properties, one of two major private players in Toronto (the other being Canlan Ice Sports), have quietly opened up the Buckingham Arena fourplex in the fall in the bustling new sports centre at Downsview Park. “The biggest investments have been from MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) in opening up

Lace up your skates in the Bloor West area INDOOR ICE ■ George Bell Arena (opened in 1961), 15 Ryding Ave. ■ Lambton Arena, 4100 Dundas St. W.

OUTDOOR ICE ■ Dufferin Grove rink, 875 Dufferin St. ■ Rennie Park rink, 1 Rennie Terrace. ■ Wallace Emerson rink, 1260 Dufferin St. ■ Campbell Park rink, 255 Campbell Ave.

■ Earlscourt Park rink, (double pad), 1367 St. Clair Ave. W. ■ High Park rink (double pad), 1873 Bloor St. W. For a complete list of indoor and outdoor ice rinks across the city, visit bit.ly/1jCccho

What (the city is) doing is raising the price on kids’ hockey... and the kids can’t vote, they have no say in the situation. – John Gardner, president, GTHL

the soccer academy for Toronto FC and our investment of opening up a four-rink hockey complex,” said John Cook, vice president of Buckingham, which already operates Chesswood Arenas in North York and Westwood Arenas in Etobicoke (four- and five-pad facilities, respectively). “...hopefully the city sees the value in our complexes because my largest expense, as John Gardner (mentioned), is probably taxes. We pay very high property taxes and at the end of the day we’re competing against the municipality selling the ice.” On the other hand, Cook said his company recognizes the contribution of public facilities, whether outdoor or indoor. “Those municipal rinks are the ones that are building the foundation for later-on years when the more competitive GTHL teams need facilities like ours, and then of course for adults to continue

playing hockey.” The city’s only recent success has been twinning Leaside Arena, which opened in the fall, and it was only completed after considerable community fundraising. Plans for a signature city fourplex on the east waterfront a few years ago, in which the four ice pads would have been ‘stacked’ on top of each other, almost got off the planning board, but was scratched at the last minute, denied funding in the 2011 budget debates. The city did take over the MasterCard Centre fourplex in south Etobicoke in 2011 after it proved too much for the Lakeshore Lions Club who opened it up in 2009 as a not-for-profit venture. “I’m not going to take anything away from the politicians, certainly at this stage of the game,” Gardner said. “But politicians have a great way of supporting hockey; they congratulate the leagues on what wonderful jobs they do, and then when it comes to promising to keeping costs from increasing or maybe reinvigorating some old facility, they do a great job...being ballet dancers. They dance and twist, but it doesn’t always get done.”

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WAREHOUSE ADMINISTRATOR for Nuevo in Toronto. Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm. 3 years experience in an administrative role in a warehouse preferred. Proficient with Microsoft Suite, excellent verbal and written communication skills. Full description:http://sn.im/ nuevocareers Send resume to: sa rifriedman@rogers.com

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JOB TITLE: Advertising Sales BUSINESS UNIT: Metroland York office

Sales Opportunities

Region-

Newmarket

THE COMPANY A subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, Metroland is one of Canada’s premier media companies. Metroland delivers upto-the-minute vital business and community information to millions of people across Ontario. We have grown significantly in recent years in terms of audience and advertisers and we’re continuing to invest heavily in developing best-in-class talent, products and technology to accelerate our growth in the media landscape and strengthen our connection to the community. For further information, please visit www.metroland.com. THE OPPORTUNITY We are looking for an energetic, driven and detail-oriented individual to work on our Advertising team and become involved in our commitments in the communities we serve. This position will report directly to the Advertising Manager. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES • Responsible for ongoing sales with both new and existing clients • Provide our valued customers with creative and effective advertising solutions and play a key role in the overall success of our organization • Prospect for new accounts including researching • Create proposals for prospective advertisers through compelling business cases • Assist in ad design, co-ordinate the execution of advertising programs and work within our MPE and Affinity systems • Attain or surpass sales targets • Address client concerns in a timely and professional manner • Ability to present a variety of opportunities to all clients, and to support all special initiatives • As part of this role, you will be required to handle credit card information. Metroland Media is a PCI compliant company and requires people in this role to take PCI training to handle cards in a safe and compliant manner WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR • Knowledge of Microsoft applications (MPE software experience an asset) • Superior customer service skills, creativity, and ability to be resourceful, expedient and work to deadlines • Ability to build and develop effective relationships within our team and with clients • Positive attitude, flexible nature and excellent communication skills • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dead-line oriented environment, with strong attention to detail • A proven history of achieving and surpassing sales targets, and unprecedented drive for results • Degree or diploma in marketing/ advertising, or equivalent work experience • Access to reliable vehicle WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU • Opportunity to be part of an exciting company at the cutting edge of the media industry • Work for a well-established and respected company that is connected to your communities • Competitive compensation plan and Group RSP • Be part of a company that is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment • We provide individualized career plans and extensive ongoing development opportunities • We’ve got your health in mind; you’ll receive a comprehensive benefits package and a generous vacation plan If working for a highly energized, competitive team is your ideal environment, please email your resume to mmartin@yrmg.com by December 6th, 2013. Thank you for your interest. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted

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Offers available at Global Wireless Solutions locations and end Dec 15, 2013, unless otherwise noted and are subject to change without notice. Taxes extra. 1 Up to $100 discount (not to exceed device purchase price) with new activation on any 2-yr plan having min. $70 monthly service fee (MSF). Device Savings Recovery Fee and/or Service Deactivation Fee (as applicable) apply in accordance with your service agreement. FLEXtab balance corresponds to the sum of the Device Savings Recovery Fee And the Additional Device Savings Recovery Fee. Where applicable, additional airtime, data, long distance, roaming options and taxes are extra and billed monthly. Š 2013 Rogers Communications.

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WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES.

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