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Tom Samson was a “beloved” teacher at Swansea Public School for the past eight years, remembered by colleagues as a gentleman and practical joker with an infectious smile. Samson died following a cycling accident at the corner of Davenport Road and Lansdowne Avenue early last Friday. He was 35. He leaves behind his wife and two children, seven and almost five. The Grade 2 teacher, “a caring and valued member” of the Swansea P.S. team, was an avid chess player and coach, said Principal Karen Ridley. “Many of his students will remember being soundly beaten by him,” she wrote in a letter to parents. He coached the boys’ basketball

team and led the Swansea Sharks to several victories. “He will be remembered as a dedicated staff member, who over the years made so Tom Samson many strong connections with those he encountered,” Ridley said. “Tom will be missed greatly by our entire school community.” A memorial, comprised of countless pictures, flowers and cards as well as a book of condolences, is set up in Samson’s honour in the front foyer of the school. Ridley recalled her friend and colleague as a funny guy, who was >>>SWANSEA, page 5

‘Very sad situation’ for mayor: councillor Mayor Rob Ford’s ousting from the city’s top job has caught centralwest area councillors, including Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette and Davenport Councillor Cesar Palacio off guard. “I’m shocked at the decision. I didn’t think this would be the decision,” revealed Doucette to The Villager Monday morning, mere minutes after a provincial judge’s

ruling was handed down. Ford was found guilty of violating the Municipal Confl ict of Interest Act and has been ordered from office at this point in time. Doucette wasn’t sure quite what the full impact of the ruling would bring, but she called the outcome “sad.” “I think it’s a very sad situation for the mayor of this city. To have >>>NEED, page 16

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Cavalcade of lights festive fun: Clockwise from right, Eve Lounsbury, 6, and Hannah Whiteson, 6, sip hot chocolate during the Cavalcade of Lights event at the Alex Ling Fountain at Bloor and Jane streets last Wednesday night. The annual event, which featured a tree-lighting ceremony, carolling and visit from Santa, was hosted by the Bloor West Village BIA; Dr. Karen Kress conducts Humberside C.I. students as they play festive music in anticipation of Santa’s arrival; Jack Rossetti, 5, shares a moment with Santa Claus; Clare Lounsbury, 5, sits on Santa’s lap at the Cavalcade of Lights event. Photos/NANCY PAIVA

City plan looks at fencing in off-leash area in Rennie Park LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com A To r o n t o Pa r k s a n d Recreation department’s plan to fence and formally designate an off-leash area in Rennie Park was met with mixed reviews at a town hall meeting earlier this month. The enclosed off-leash area will encompass 3,500 square metres of land southwest of Swansea Public School’s sports field and adjoining parking lot. The proposed off-leash area is basically the existing space dog owners have already been using for the past seven years, said Carol Cormier, manager of parks standards and innovation. Presently, the school’s land and adjoining field is a popular spot for sports teams as well as tobogganers and pedestrians. Area residents say it remains unfenced and

a safe and successful neighbourhood facility. Robert Gregoire and his wife live on St. Olave’s Road, 12 metres west of the proposed enclosed off-leash area. Having owned dogs themselves, the couple said that since 2005, they have strived to make the unfenced field and park work. “We and virtually all the other dog walkers at Swansea field feel the status quo of no enclosed off-leash area, but with improvements for lighting, landscape buffers, signage and ‘poop-n-scoop’ provisions would do well to accommodate almost everyone,” Gregoire said, adding that ongoing and continued “policing” by dog owners and walkers themselves between 5:30 a.m. throughout the day and evening would remain key to its success. But the Parks and Recreation department was asked to look

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Matt Szott takes Tequila, his teacup Yorkie, for a walk in Rennie Park Tuesday.

into fencing the leash-free area after the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) reported students were tracking dog feces into the school, Cormier said. Cormier said at the Nov. 5 meeting, residents raised a

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near the Humber River, he said. “It adjoins private property, which will be affected,” said Merivale. “My garden and others backing onto the park include access gates put in when the area was established in the 1950s, which may be fenced off by this changed use of public parkland currently available to all.” It’s the status quo Merivale said he’s happy with. New signage will indicate where dogs can run freely. According to ParkdaleHigh Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, signs don’t currently exist at the park. “No one knew where the TDSB field ended and where the Rennie Park off-leash area started,” she said. As for the leash-free zone at Sir Casimir Park, “we hope to have it open before end of year,” said Doucette.

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I am not excusing Mayor Rob Ford for his stupid actions that resulted in a single judge making the decision to have him turfed from office, but there are numerous others who have committed questionable acts who are still walking the floors of city hall. For example, what about the various city officials and councillors involved in the questionable city housing purchases for hundreds of thousands of dollars? And a single judge turfs our mayor for the sum of $3,150. Something stinks to high heaven. W.D. Adamson

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oronto council reached the halfway point of its mandate in spectacular fashion this week. Monday’s decision by Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland ordering Mayor Rob Ford be removed from office due to his violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act will take effect Dec. 10. The judge gave council 14 days from Monday to deal with his ruling. That possible date of removal comes just three days after council reaches the twoyear anniversary of its four-year term. The situation on Ford is constantly changing. Council was examining its legal options at this week’s meeting. At the moment, it appears council has the choice of either appointing a caretaker mayor for the remaining two our view years of this term or calling for a mayoral by-election. City solicitor Anna Kinastowski said Councillors it’s going to be a long process, must still focus much of it dependent on other court rulings, which could stay on community Ford’s removal or keep him in office if he wins his appeal. If or when the time comes for council to make a decision on replacing Ford, we strongly favour the appointment route. Calling a by-election will cost an estimated $7 million. It will also likely cause a mess of a domino effect as councillors abandon their wards to run for mayor. And that’s the last thing Toronto needs, distracted councillors furthering their own political careers during a by-election while ignoring the needs of the wards they were elected to represent in 2010. As our stories in today’s paper on council at the halfway point show, councillors must fully focus on the important work of representing their communities. This has to remain their priority. We also ask that the appointee be from Ford’s side of the political spectrum. He was elected on a mandate of fiscal responsibility and concern for taxpayers, and that should be respected. The halfway point of a council’s mandate is an artificial line for council members to reflect on what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong during the first two years of office. Unfortunately, this time it’s a harder line in the sand. It’s a re-set point for every civic politician and every civic official. There are no longer any rookie councillors – everyone has two years of experience. Understand that the pure pleasure and advantage of local politics is in moving forward carrying the interests of your constituency beyond an agenda of a perceived political left or right vision. Understand your best chance for re-election is to focus on the constituency. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Villager is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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Ford situation leads to council paralysis “Rob Ford did this to Rob Ford.” No truer words were spoken about our third (amalgamated city) mayor, than the sound-bite-ready quip from lawyer Clayton Ruby, who led the legal challenge to Mayor Rob Ford’s legitimacy to hold the office to which he was elected two years ago. Ford is facing what can only be counted as a disgrace: ordered removed from office not by voters or his own life-choices, but a court of law, for violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. There will be an appeal of the decision by Justice Charles Hackland. Perhaps the mayor will prevail on appeal and be able to remain in office. But in the course of getting there, he will hear the verdict in the libel lawsuit from the owner of the Boardwalk

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Cafe. And before the end of the year, the result of a compliance audit on his election expenses will be released. Depending on how that goes, he could well be faced with removal from office a second time, as well as a second restriction on when next he can run for election. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of other situations he’s been connected to including the displacing of commuters to bring buses to ferry the high school football team he coaches back to their school and engaging senior city staff regarding repairs

to the road outside his family’s business. Ford has already surrendered the moral authority to lead the city. The courts are now in the process of taking legal authority from him. Some have suggested the punishment meted out by Hackland – and prescribed in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act – outstrips the nature of the crime. Hackland admitted as much in his decision: that Ford’s decision to speak on his own behalf, when faced with a report demanding he repay $3,150 in donations to his football charity, wasn’t a matter of corruption, and the violation of the act was merely technical. But Ford is by all accounts a wealthy man. The injury he suffers in losing his job is paltry compared to the injury the city suffers in the wake of that.

Council is a fragile body at the best of times. The huge uncertainty Ford’s potential departure creates could throw it entirely off the rails. Toronto council will need to pass a budget, which, one would hope, would reflect the complex will of the electorate. It will have to deal with the continued implementation of a transportation plan. It will have to decide what to do about revenue sources like the land transfer tax. One might argue Ford’s presence has been of diminishing relevance to all of this, as council has chosen its own route. But the instability over the next few months will all but guarantee a level of legislative paralysis Toronto hasn’t seen since the early days of amalgamation. To paraphrase Ruby: Rob Ford did this to us.

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Family and friends of Tom Samson, 35, take his casket from the memorial service at Wychwood Barns on Tuesday.

Swansea school council set up trust fund for Samson family >>>from page 1 quick to smile. A practical joker, he’d arrive in the school office with an “applause metre” and “laugh box,” she said. “Our students and staff are understandably upset by what happened. Toronto District School Board staff has been at the school to offer support and counselling and will remain for as long as they are needed,” Ridley said. The devoted husband and father had a knack for sharing his love of life – particularly his smile – with everyone he met. “Tom was the real deal: a gentleman, a joker, a thinker, an athlete, a conversationalist,” said colleague Christopher Higgins. “Sometimes he would just put a thought-provoking book or a CD in my box. He was very considerate that way. On Halloween, you had to see what he was wearing. He made bow ties cool. He had an infectious smile, took every chance to share a laugh and always had time for his friends. Tom was loved by all who knew him.” Swansea P.S. council chair Karey Heard recalled Samson’s Halloween costume, too. He had the kids in stitches dressed up “Gangnam Style” as South

Korean rap sensation PSY. “He was just one of those lovely people. You’d see him at school and he always asked how you were because he was genuinely interested. He cared,” she said. “It’s such a loss for Swansea. He was the teacher you’d give the kids who needed extra attention to. We called him the ‘Kid Whisperer.’” Teachers from Parkdale P.S. offered to take over classes at Swansea so its staff could attend the celebration of Samson’s life Tuesday at the Artscape Wychwood Barns. A private burial followed the public celebration. “The school rented a bus because everyone wanted to go. The community has really come together. We’re all pitching in,” Heard said. As many as 30 families have banded together to make and deliver food to Samson’s family. Pa r k d a l e - H i g h Pa r k Councillor Sarah Doucette was a member of Swansea Public School’s parent council when Samson came to the school. She recalled working on an outdoor seating project with Samson. “Because he was a chess master, we put a chess rock

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in the kindergarten garden,” said Doucette, whose kids attended the Windermere Avenue school. “He was very kind and caring; one of the few male kindergarten teachers Swansea has had,” she said. “He had a real rapport with students, particularly the rambunctious boys. He had a way of encouraging them to learn. He was loved by everyone.” Samson was tall so people – literally – looked up to him in all ways, Doucette said. “Swansea is absolutely in shock,” she said. The Swansea School Council has set up a trust fund for the Samson family. The account is at the Bank of Montreal at Windermere Avenue and Bloor Street West. The transit No. is 0367, the account No. is 8980907. Parents can also drop off cheques at the school office made payable to “SSC – Tom Samson Memorial Fund.” To honour Tom’s love of reading and his dedication to helping young readers, the family is asking for donations to the Toronto Public Library Foundation. Visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/support-us/ tpl-foundation

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There is a consensus among central west-area councillors – both veteran and rookie: the first two years of council since Mayor Rob Ford’s election have flown by. Dec. 7 will officially mark two years since Ford’s inauguration. Since then, Parkdale-High Park and Davenport councillors’ schedules have remained jam-packed. Each say they are pleased and proud of all they have accomplished – and learned, but remain focused on continuing the work they’ve started. For Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette and Davenport Councillor Ana Bailão, both first-time councillors, there’s been a learning curve of sorts. “It’s been interesting, fascinating – an amazing learning experience and 99.9 per cent positive,” Doucette said. The Ward 13 councillor said she has been able to carry on the work she began as a parent and community activist, but in her new role has had the backing of municipal government. “We’ve kept pools and libraries open and built playgrounds – it’s what I always did, but now I’ve got city hall behind me.” From the onset of her election, Doucette wanted to host a ward council, which she achieved in doing by bringing together Business Improvement Areas (BIA), ratepayers, resident and tenant associations. Doucette has found it “really successful” to have a “roaming” constituency office. She meets with residents at various locations including Runnymede and Annette Street libraries, the Swansea Town Hall and Lambton House. “It tells people these places exist, it’s helping these places become known,” she said. Doucette can take credit for leading the charge in keeping the beloved High Park Zoo open and rebuilding the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, whose castle turret was ravaged by fire. “More than 800 people came out on the day of the (community) rebuild. It was great fun,” she said. Doucette is eagerly anticipating the opening of the BMX skills park slated for the corner of The Queensway and Ellis Avenue – “it’ll get kids off the couch and outside. All you need is a bike and a helmet,” she said. From planning public parks and streetscapes, to community leaders who work with the city and developers, Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks counts the

Mayor Rob Ford has had a colourful first two years in office: starting from the moment he announced that Transit City was “dead,” then handed off the limelight in his swearing-in ceremony to a redbaiting Don Cherry. As he reaches the second anniversary of his mayoralty on Dec. 7, Ford’s political career in municipal politics could well be over. Superior Court Judge Charles Hackland has ordered Ford removed from office on Monday over a conflict of interest he failed to declare, when he asked council to forgive him having to pay $3,150 of money donated to a football charity. That matter was one of many black eyes Ford has inflicted on his own mayoralty. But what about policy? After two years in the mayor’s chair, what has Rob Ford done to change the face of Toronto? Initially, it seemed like he had accomplished quite a bit. He convinced Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Metrolinx to stop work on the Sheppard LRT and let the city attempt to build a subway there instead. He convinced Toronto council to scrap the $60 vehicle registration fee, and using surpluses left by the previous administration, froze property taxes in 2011. Toronto councillors’ office budgets were slashed in half. He convinced council to contract out garbage collection in the area west of Yonge Street. He and Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday were able to win major concessions from the city’s remaining unionized workers, with only a short public library strike. In the service of his promise to cut the “gravy” at city hall, he implemented a core services review, which enabled council and the public to decide what services the city should or should not be providing. These exercises found little to cut. The fallout from the process arguably led Toronto council to take a firmer hand with the mayor in 2012, which saw many of his promises undone. Council resurrected Transit City and turned around the 2012 budget to restore some key services. What’s to come? Well, if Ford is successful in appealing Hackland’s ruling, there are a couple of outstanding promises. Ford has promised to start cutting the land transfer tax on real estate transactions. And he is aiming at a 1.75 per cent property tax increase for 2013. And he has made it clear since the spring, when council shut down his subway dream: Rob Ford is already campaigning for re-election in 2014.

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Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette is pleased she was able to work with the community to keep the animals at the High Park Zoo. With the zoo running on donations for now, city council has to decide if it will reinstate funding to keep the zoo open in the long run.

work he has done to empower and ing an efficient end to the Dundas engage residents among his greatest Street West road re-construction as accomplishments. two early accomplishments. Perks said he will take up “It’s now looking really the challenge of ensuring good,” she said of the retail strip. “New shops are opening free universally accessible recreation across the city and up every month.” a closer ensuring a casino isn’t built in Bailão said she takes pride look Toronto. But further to that in her role in expanding the Inside Perks said he wants to be part West Toronto Railpath and Toronto in the creation of the planned of a group of Torontonians who work to elect a council in Toronto Media Arts Cluster, 2014 that will change the conversa38,000 square feet of space dedicated tion in the city. to media arts, including photography “One that is imagining Toronto and film. getting better again, instead of underBailão is working along with the mining the things that make this a Bloordale and Bloorcourt BIAs in the great city to live in,” he said. reconstruction of Dufferin Street, a When Perks took office in 2006 he major project that includes watersaid community leaders in Ward 14 main and sewer updates and road resurfacing. had an active suspicion and hostility towards the city. Now, half-way Bailão has worked hard to improve through his second term, Perks said several parks in Ward 18: Campbell people are engaged and working with Park’s wading pool underwent reconthe city to make Parkdale-High Park struction as well as its kitchen. a better place to live. “Now, we’re working on a visioning study for Wallace-Emerson Park,” “If I don’t ever win elected office again, I will be very proud of how she said. much work I have done to have Ward 18 is facing increased new people in Ward 14 take a leadership development for which Bailão says role in designing their own neighshe has always strived to include bourhood,” he said. local residents. Rookie councillor Bailão called “Change is coming and we have her first term so far in office “excitto manage it. We need to get the ing,” but admitted surprise by the community at the table. We are much polarization of council. stronger as a community,” said the “I love what I do. I feel really privicouncillor, who helped secure develleged to do what I do, but I believe opment funds for the expansion of a lot of issues are not left or right Perth/Dupont Library. they’re all about a consensus.” Like her fellow Davenport colBailão cited restoring Dundas West league, Ward 17 Councillor Cesar BIA’s retail parking spots and ensurPalacio has secured funding to

improve both the Dufferin/St. Clair and Silverthorn libraries. He has launched an environmental initiative to increase green space and the tree canopy across his ward. “We created three new parks – Percy Cummins next to 11 Division, Northcliffe Parkette and Davenport Village, which will open next year,” he said, adding improvements have been made to several other parks. Palacio is proud to support social events including the ever popular street parties put on by local residents. On the subject of transportation, Palacio said he is proud of his role in leading the initiative to make the TTC an essential service. He has played a key role in ensuring an environmental assessment is conducted for St. Clair West between Old Weston Road and Keele Street. “That area is a nightmare. There’s so much traffic congestion,” said Palacio, adding that public consultation meetings for the assessment will begin early next year. Palacio was the architect of the Davenport Road and Rogers Road bike lanes in his ward and worked alongside Bailão to expand the West Toronto Railpath. He has done everything in his power to ensure a healthy social infrastructure, ensuring that school nutrition programs were available in schools throughout Ward 17, Palacio said. “I’m passionate about what I do. I don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I’ll find a way to get things done,” he said. ~ with files from Erin Hatfield


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From bleak to hotel chic in five steps Holidays mean house guests, and if your spare room has turned into a storage room this is the perfect time to update it into a chic guest room with a relaxing hotel feel. Design expert Sharon Grech, shares five tips: Two options when choosing a bed: Rather than using your child’s outgrown bunk bed in the guest room, one option is to invest in a comfortable mattress for the ultimate hotel look and feel. A pull out couch or trundle bed offers a comfy full-sized bed for sleeping, with a dual purpose as a lounge for the rest of the year. Layers and textures add warmth to a room, so plenty of blankets and pillows are a must. Keep them nearby in a closet, a pretty basket or drape a cozy throw over the bed for visual interest. Light up the room with warmth. Lighting is key to creating an inviting, warm retreat and can dramatically alter the mood of a room. The insider secret to achieving that hotel feel is varying shades and washes of light. The effect is achieved with lamps positioned near the bed for night time reading and dimmers on overhead lights. Of course, having a few scented candles nearby instantly makes the room warm and inviting. Create a striking backdrop with paint. There are two ways to colour the room for comfort. A monochromatic colour scheme of soft grey

Cover your bases before you paint

and accented with cool lavenders or warm yellows. However a dramatic focal wall creates an impact and adds drama and depth to the room. Try a trendy teal for an elegant statement. Maximize corner space: the corners are typically wasted spaces in any room. Maximize these overlooked areas by creating a pocket space with a small table and chair for a work station, or a reading corner and private spot to retire before bed.

Find a spot for a sleek silver tray with some sparkling water, a bowl of fruit or fresh flowers as a thoughtful and unexpected touch. Final touches: fluffy white towels, a bathrobe and a fully stocked bathroom brings hospitality home for your guests. Create a spa like feel in the bathroom by pairing soft, neutral colours that complement each other such as mauves and greys.

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You’ve decided to makeover a room in your home with a fresh coat of paint. You’ve selected a colour, purchased the paint and cleared your weekend plans. So you’re all set to start painting, right? Wrong. Paint isn’t usually the culprit of a bad paint job. But cutting corners while prepping a space is. Follow these few simple steps before you start painting and you’ll have a finished room that looks like it was painted by a professional. • Remove obstacles. Take down picture frames, wall décor, removable fixtures and the nails holding them up. Don’t forget about electrical, light and phone switch covers. Clear furniture out. Anything you cannot remove can be placed in the centre of the room and covered with plastic or drop cloths. • Inspect the wall. Any loose paint, holes or cracks should be fixed before priming and especially before painting. • Eliminate grime. After surface repairs have been made, the wall needs to be cleaned. Use a good grease-cutting de-

tergent to remove unwanted material and residue from the surface. • Protect your floor. Use plastic or fabric drop cloths to protect your floor while you’re painting. Even if you’re an experienced painter, it’s better to take the extra step than end up with a damaged floor. To keep everything in its place, the double sided drop cloth tape is a useful little tool. The dual adhesive secures drop cloths on both sides, preventing slipping and shifting. • Use quality tools. The quality of the applicators is going to affect the final finish of your room. Invest in a set of durable brushes and roller covers that will last longer and perform better over an extended period of time, saving you money and time. Always remember to pay close attention to the pre-painting process. As tempting as it may be to simply roll on a fresh coat of paint, doing a little prep work can go a long way.

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FABULOUS VELLORE VILLAGE OPPORTUNITY!!

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Wonderful detached brick 2 storey full of charm and character. This home has been totally renovated, new electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall, nicely finished trim & hardwood thru-out! Finished basement with bar, new roof(2011), new windows(2011) furnace(2009) fully fenced yard with Gazebo, and many extras for only $499,000!!

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Live in downtown Toronto without compromising on space. Completely renovated, designer finishes thruout, this spacious 2 bdrm corner unit features gorgeous kitchen with Quartz countertop, gleaming hardwood, and many extras just steps to Subway, Dundas square, Eatons Centre, Hospitals, & all amenities.

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2012 CRUZE LS+ TORONTO AREA ONLY

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$638 DOWN PAYMENT. TAXES NOT INCLUDED. INCLUDES FREIGHT, PDI & LEVIES.

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• AIR CONDITIONING

• ABS WITH TRACTION CONTROL • 16-IN. WHEELS

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For the latest information, visit us at chevrolet.ca or drop by your local Chevrolet Dealer or call us at 1-800-GM-DRIVE. *Offer applies to the purchase of 2012 Chevrolet (Cruze LS+ R7B/Orlando LT R7A/Malibu LS R7B/Malibu LT Platinum Edition R7C). ‡0% purchase financing offered by GMCL for 84 months on 2012 Chevrolet (Cruze LS+ R7B/Sonic 5-door LS R7A). O.A.C by Ally/TD Auto Finance Services/Scotiabank. Rates from other lenders will vary. Example: $10,000 at 0%/1.2%/1.45% APR, monthly payment is $119.05/$124.18/$125.26 for 84/84/84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0/$431.12/$521.84, total obligation is $10,000/$10,431.12/$10,521.84. Down payment and/or trade may be required. Monthly/Bi-weekly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Monthly/Bi-weekly payments based on a purchase price of $18,738 with $638 down payment. ♦$4,500/$5,950/$8,000/$11,500 is a manufacturer to dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive) for 2012 Chevrolet (Orlando/Malibu/Traverse/Silverado 1500 Crew Cab) and is reflected in offers in this advertisement. Other cash credits available on most models. See dealer for details. ♦♦$1,500 is a manufacturer to dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive) for 2012 Chevrolet Cruze and is reflected in cash purchase offers in this advertisement. Such credit is available only for cash purchase and by selecting lease or finance offers, consumers are foregoing such credit which will result in higher effective interest rates. Other credits available on most models. See dealer for details. */‡/♦/♦♦Freight & PDI ($1,495/$1,495/$1,495/$1,495), registration, air and tire levies and OMVIC fees included.


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Recycle your 2006 model year or older vehicle and receive up to $ 3,000† towards the cash purchase, financing or leasing of an eligible 2012 or 2013 Chevrolet Silverado.

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VEHICLE PRICING IS NOW EASIER TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE ALL OUR PRICES INCLUDE FREIGHT, PDI AND MANDATORY GOVERNMENT LEVIES. Prices do not include applicable taxes and PPSA. Consumers may be required to pay up to $799 for Dealer fees.*** Insurance, licence, PPSA, dealer fees and applicable taxes not included. Offers apply as indicated to 2012 new or demonstrator models of the vehicle equipped as described. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ***Dealer trade may be required. ††2012 Orlando LTZ, MSRP with freight, PDI & levies $30,134. Dealers are free to set individual prices. †To qualify for GMCL’s Cash For Clunkers incentive, you must: (1) turn in a 2006 or older MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured in your name for the last 3 months (2) turn in a 2006 or older MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured under a small business name for the last 3 months. GMCL will provide eligible consumers with a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive) to be used towards the purchase/finance/lease of a new eligible 2012 or 2013 MY Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, or Chevrolet Avalanche delivered between October 2, 2012 and January 2, 2013. Incentive ranges from $1500 to $3,000, depending on model purchased. Incentive may not be combined with certain other offers. By participating in the Cash For Clunkers program you will not be eligible for any trade-in value for your vehicle. See your participating GM dealer for additional program conditions and details. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate program in whole or in part at any time without notice.


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Participate in the City’s 2013 Budget Process How City Council establishes the City’s budget and priorities directly affects the quality of life for every resident. The Operating Budget determines what programs and services the City will offer and how much the City will raise and spend within a year and in the immediate future. The Capital Budget and Plan provides funding for the facilities and infrastructure required to deliver those services. A Staff Recommended 2013 Tax Supported Operating Budget and 2013-2022 Capital Budget and Plan are now being considered by the Budget Committee for recommendation to the Mayor and his Executive Committee and then to City Council. If you want to make your views about the 2013 Budget known there are several ways to do so. 1. Make a public presentation to the Budget Committee at its Budget Hearing. 2013 Operating Budget and 2013-2022 Capital Budget and Plan Hearing: Budget Committee December 10, 2012 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West Please contact the Budget Committee at 416-338-5851 or 416-392-7445, or e-mail buc@toronto.ca no later than 4 p.m. on December 7, 2012 if you intend to make a public presentation. Please register to ensure that your name is placed on the speakers list. There will be a five-minute presentation time limit, unless the Committee decides otherwise. The Committee will hear speakers starting at 9:30 a.m. on December 10, 2012 and if necessary, the Committee will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on December 11, 2012 to hear remaining speakers on the speakers list.

Santa in the Junction WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: The Junction (along Dundas Street West at Keele Street) COST: Free Meet Santa and his elves, stroll through the Junction to discover interactive window displays, listen to Mrs. Claus read holiday tales, find unique gifts, all while enjoying some hot chocolate or other take-away treats presented by participating Junction businesses. CP Holiday Train WHEN: 5:30 p.m. WHERE: CP Lambton Yard, 750 Runnymede Rd. COST: Free The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its only Toronto stop in the Junction. The train will be travelling across the U.S. and Canada to help raise awareness in the fight against hunger and will be collecting non-perishable goods for the cause. Cantores Celestes ‘Sweet with Starlight’ WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd. CONTACT: Kelly Galbraith, 416236-1522, www.cantorescelestes. com, cantorescelestes@hotmail. com COST: $20 Jazz and classical Christmas

favourites with Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir, The Peter Togni Trio and director Kelly Galbraith and pianist Ellen Meyer.

■ Sunday, Dec. 2

Christmas Craft and Bake Sale WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: St. Vincent de Paul Church Hall, 263 Roncesvalles Ave. CONTACT: Stephanie Knott, 416-531-7897 COST: Free Mary, Mother of God School warmly invites you to join the Christmas sale. High Park Through The Ages WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: High Park, 1873 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: A.J Alberti, ajalberti@gmail.com COST: Free History buff Dave Berndorff leads a tour of some of the park’s most important historical sites. Meet at the benches across the road south of The Grenadier Restaurant. Friends of High Park Zoo Festive Day WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. WHERE: High Park, 1873 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: Diane Buckell, https:// torontoparksandtrees.org/ high-park-zoo, diane.buckell@ sympatico.ca COST: Free Friends of High Park Zoo will have a visit from Santa to check on his reindeer from 1 to 2 p.m. along with various activities on the

Grenadier deck from 1 to 5 p.m. 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, office@runnymedeunited.org COST: $25 In its sixth year, Runnymede United Church hosts the dramatic reading “A Christmas Carol” in support of The Stop Community Food Centre.

■ Wednesday, Dec. 5

Swansea Historical Society WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. CONTACT: Kathleen Krisciunas, 647-859-3901 COST: Free Dorothy Duncan speaks on ‘Feasting and Fasting: Canada’s Heritage Celebrations’. Visitors welcome. Light refreshments.

■ Thursday, Dec. 6

St. Pius X School Christmas Bazaar WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Pius X Catholic School, 71 Jane St. CONTACT: Wendy, 416-766-4666 Features crafters, games, baked goods, silent auction and raffle items. Funds raised will provide supplies, Christmas baskets for needy families and more.

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2. Submit a written presentation to: Budget Committee Toronto City Hall 100 Queen Street West 10th floor, WestTower Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Fax: 416-392-1879 E-mail: buc@toronto.ca 3. Send a letter or e-mail to your local City Councillor. For information on how to contact your City Councillor, please call 3-1-1. Toronto City Council will review and approve the final 2013 Operating Budget and 2013-2022 Capital Budget and Plan at the Council meeting on January 15-17, 2013. For more information about the City Budget and the 2013 Budget process please visit our website: www.toronto.ca/budget2013 or toronto.ca/council. Notice: If you write or make a presentation to the Budget Committee, we will collect and use your personal information in accordance with applicable laws. We also videotape meetings and make recordings publicly available on request. For more information about the collection and use of your personal information, please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/privacy.html

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Best Buy CORRECTION NOTICE

Best Buy CORRECTION NOTICE

NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE BEST BUY NOVEMBER 23 CORPORATE FLYER On page 23 of the November 23 flyer, the Samsung LN46E550 46” 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (WebCode: 10201530) was advertised with incorrect specifications. Please be advised that this TV is 46” LCD, not LED.

NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE BEST BUY NOVEMBER 23 CORPORATE FLYER On page 3 of the November 23 flyer, the Acer 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processor (V5-571P6627) (WebCode: 10223559) was advertised with an incorrect specification. Please be advised that the laptop features a 15.6” screen, NOT 17.3” as previously advertised. As well, on page 12, the Apple iPod touch 16GB (ME178C/A & ME179C/A) (WebCode: 10219768/10219769) is limited in quantity, with no rainchecks available. Customers may purchase item only until supplies last. Finally, on page 23, the Samsung LN46E550 46” 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (WebCode: 10201530) was advertised with incorrect specifications. Please be advised that this TV is 46” LCD, not LED.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers.

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Celebrate a Victorian Christmas Need to move forward with at Colborne Lodge this winter 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 Victorian Christmas. Enjoy a taste of a 19th-century Christmas treat and a glass of cider warmed over the wood stove, until Jan. 6. Tuesdays to Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m. Colbor ne Lodge is closed Mondays, Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. Visit www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events. htm#colborne for further details.

Best Buy CORRECTION NOTICE NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE BEST BUY NOVEMBER 23 CORPORATE FLYER We would like to clarify that the correct price for the Apple iPod touch 16GB (ME178C/A & ME179C/A) (WebCode: 10219768/10219769) advertised in the November 23 flyer, page 12, is $194.99 NOT $164.99, as previously advertised.

Now you can recycle more plastic stuff – like fruit and vegetable containers, clear takeout containers, molded bakery trays, plastic egg cartons, disposable plastic plates and cups, empty CD cases and more. So listen to Chuck and Vince and fill up your Blue Bin, not the landfill. Need a bigger Blue Bin? Call 311 to upsize it for free.

■ Support The Stop

Deciding what to get loved ones on your list for Christmas can either be a cheerful experience or a chore. The Stop Community Food Centre is hoping to make shopping this season enjoyable with its ‘Gifts That Matters campaign.’ The Stop is asking people to make a $25 donation toward a food hamper for a family in need on behalf of the special people on your list. The Stop will then send them a card letting them know of the gift. Runnymede United Church continues to support The Stop with proceeds from its annual reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’. This year’s event takes place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25. For tickets, call 416-767-6729. Find out how else you can help, visit www.thestop.org

important city issues: Palacio >>>from page 1 been taken to court for $3,000 – he could have quite easily paid it back,” said Doucette. As mayor and a councillor for a decade prior, Ford should have known better, she said. “He should have known he had a conflict of interest,” said the Ward 13 councillor. Palacio, who had yet to speak to Ford about his reaction to the ruling, said it was a sad day for the city. “I don’t know what he’s going to do. I don’t know if he’ll appeal to a higher level of the Ontario judicial system, but we need to focus and move forward with city business, with the issues that are important to Torontonians,” said Palacio.

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NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE FUTURE SHOP NOVEMBER 23 CORPORATE FLYER On the November 23 flyer, wrap page 7, the Black Weekend Online Sale time zone was incorrectly advertised. Please be advised that this sale on futureshop.ca starts on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at midnight PST.

NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE FUTURE SHOP NOVEMBER 23 CORPORATE FLYER On the November 23 flyer, page 6, this product: HP Laptop Featuring AMD E-300 Accelerated Processor (WebCode: 10225636) was advertised with an incorrect specification. Please be advised that the laptop features a 320GB Hard Drive, NOT 500GB as previously advertised.

NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE FUTURE SHOP NOVEMBER 23 CORPORATE FLYER Please be advised that Mad Men Season 5 Limited Edition and The Mentalist Season 3 (WebID: M2200252/M2191725), advertised in the November 23 flyer, page 21, were shown with the incorrect price of $9.99 each. The correct pricing of these products is $19.99 for Mad Men and $14.99 for The Mentalist.

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We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers.

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