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Regent Park residents lived through displacement and the transformation of their neighbourhood. Last weekend, they were invited to enjoy a special multimedia show recapping the community’s long history and the changes it has undergone.
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Dubbed The Journey, the show featured professional musicians, actors and spoken word performers both from within Regent Park and from outside the community, with youth from the neighbourhood also taking part. It was based on a number of songs conceived by Mitchell Cohen, president of the Daniels >>>INPUT, page 13
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WINTER MAGIC: An aerialist performs aboard The Dream Engine’s Heliosphere during the Illuminite holiday lights event at Yonge-Dundas Square recently. The Downtown Yonge BIA’s Winter Magic events came to a close this week, but the area is still filled with festive fun.
A small group of hardy midtown Toronto residents took to the streets despite brisk weather and biting wind recently to hear about preliminary plans for improving their community’s public realm. The walk, facilitated by former Jane’s Walk executive director Jane Farrow, featured
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a look at some of the potential sites where green space needed to be preserved or improved. Gerardo Paez and Marc Ryan of design studio Public Work, who are crafting a study of the area with community consultation, spoke of possibilities throughout the area. “You could create a green line like Cumberland Park (in Yorkville),” Paez said. “It’s a way >>>DESIGN, page 10
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straight groups. She said the facility would ideally serve as a destination for major international sporting events and would feature more than just sports areas. “It’s important to create it with a community centre aspect or some community space and retail,” she said. “It would be a place where people could go play or they could go and have a bite to eat and watch a soccer game.” Public consultation While specifics have yet to be determined – the plan still needs city approval and must go through a public consultation process – Lawless said the plan does not currently include a pool. “There are a number of pools within the surrounding areas,” she said. “We need to do a full scan of the facilities that are in that area or are going to be in that area and see what needs there are.”
Eddie Coleman, president of the Toronto Spartans Volleyball League – Canada’s largest LGBT sports organization – said his group and many others of its ilk would welcome a facility catering to LGBT sports leagues. ‘Discomfort for some’ “We always try to find a safe environment for people,” he said. “Right now, we use schools and in a lot of cases, we’re not the only permit holders on a given night. Depending on who we’re sharing the space with, it can cause discomfort for some.” Coleman added an increased comfort level would be especially welcome for members of the LGBT community who are just coming out of the closet. “It’s hard enough on their own without feeling that other people are looking at you,” he said. The 519 has already secured a large donation from an anonymous donor and will be undertaking a capital campaign once the process is further along.
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JUSTIN SKINNER email@example.com While his music has made its biggest splash south of the border, midtown resident and rapper Aspektz’s music has a definite Toronto flavour. The artist (given name Chad S. Morgan), who lives in the Yonge and Eglinton area, is set to drop his fourth album and first full-length effort, Academic Probation 3, which shows his growth as an artist. “This album’s definitely a more cohesive effort than the other ones,” he said. I’ve been working on “Sonically, crafting a sound that t h e r e ’s a theme to it. can be attributed to I ’v e b e e n the (hip hop) scene and working on crafting a culture in Toronto. sound that – Aspektz can be attributed to the (hip hop) scene and culture in Toronto.” He said his tunes, which make use of catchy drum and bass beats, are reminiscent of “the vibe you get rolling through the city on any given weekend – the party vibe of the city.” His local roots shine through, with his track ‘In the TDot’ reaching number three on U.S. college radio. Other Aspektz tracks released over the years, ‘Swivel’, ‘Snowday’ and ‘Gametime’ have also hit the top five, while a fifth track, ‘I Love Your Style’, recently slipped into the top 10. ‘In the TDot’ also made waves overseas, having been used in the popular video game DJMax Technika. “That game sold platinum over there, so I’m trying to focus on a few markets right now,” he said. “The next market I want to hit is in Europe.” Aspektz said the Toronto scene is thriving even beyond international superstar Drake and a few other breakout artists thanks to a newfound determination on the part of local rappers to nurture the city’s own distinct sound. “Toronto’s really drawing the eyes and the attention of the (music) industry because there are people working to build it up and create a sort of infrastructure that the hip hop scene in Canada has lacked for a long time,” he said.
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Midtown Toronto rapper Aspektz drops his latest album, Academic Probation 3, on the world Dec. 10.
The tunes rely on classic drum and bass beats and samples from collaborators such as Triple A (who produced Aspektz’s upcoming album,) Bangladesh and Rich Kidd. He loves the midtown community he calls home. “It’s a youthful place where I can draw a lot of inspiration,” he said. “Most of what Toronto has to offer, you can find up at Yonge and Eglinton. There’s a lot of young people in the area.” Academic Probation 3 will be released Dec. 10 on the rapper’s own True Thorobredz label.
For more information on the Aspektz or listen to some of his tracks visit www.aspektz.com
The boy who wouldn’t grow up is making a pit stop at Casa Loma as part of the historic castle’s holiday programming. Peter Pan, starring ballet dancer and Kensington Market area resident Jeremy Nasmith in the title role, draws inspiration from J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. The original story’s Edwardian tones fit perfectly with its castle setting. “The performance isn’t based on the Disney movie; we’ve gone back to the old book,” Nasmith said of the piece, which is being staged by Hit and Run Productions. “It’s nice to have an anachronistic staging so audiences can see how theatre was enjoyed at the time when (Peter Pan) first came out.” The staging includes narration by Tinkerbell, portrayed by aerialist Jamie Holmes, followed by dance numbers and a choreographed fight scene. As a veteran of the dance scene, Nasmith helped choreograph the battle between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. “I have some experience with that so I got to work on that aspect of it,” he said. “As for flying, it’s through dance (steps) and a few lifts where I lift Wendy to show that she’s flying.” While many elements of the story will be familiar to modern audiences, some elements will add a new twist to a story they thought they knew. “We tried to keep the sound tech and the dancing based on tradition to give people watching the show a sense of time travel, especially in Casa Loma, where it feels like you’re in a different time,” Nasmith said. “I’m not against modern or contemporary work, but I’m a big proponent of presenting (shows) the way they were meant to be presented.” Nasmith is a veteran of the ballet scene, joining Opera Atelier as a boy soprano at the age of 10. He started dancing at 14 and joined the National Ballet of Canada after high school. In recent years, he has performed various shows but has avoided joining established companies, preferring instead to choose his roles, do freelance work as a choreographer and teach ballet both in Canada and in Japan, from where his wife hails.
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“After freelancing and traveling for my career, being locked into a company felt like it would be a step backwards for me,” he said. While his career takes him on the road, Nasmith has called Kensington Market home for the past 15 years. “The shopping’s fantastic – you can get vintage clothing, organic produce and Chinatown’s right there,” he said. “I can bike or take the TTC anywhere and it’s close to the National Ballet at Queen’s Quay and Spadina or the Elgin Theatre where I do a lot of work.” The staging of Peter Pan is but one of a variety of holiday events hosted by Casa Loma. The venue will also host carolers, visits from Santa Claus and other family events throughout the month of December.
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t may be an obvious point to say our children are our future, but it’s one that bears repeating so that we do what’s necessary to ensure the youth of today are prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. Just this week, two opportunities came to light for organizations and businesses to play an influential role in the lives of our city’s youth. In helping remove obstacles to success, and providing critical work experience, we can create positive connections to a city they may one day help define. Though it’s December, it’s already time to think about summer job opportunities. Giving a student a summer job is a great way to get them on the road to one day contributing to our city’s economic growth and stability. They need a solid foundation of work experience to build upon. Local who want to open that our view companies door for them can do so with the of a Canada Summer Jobs Students need help grant – but they need to apply now. solid work The federal government makes foundation it easy to create new positions for summer students, with non-profit organizations eligible for up to 100 per cent coverage of the minimum hourly wage and private companies eligible for up to 50 per cent of the same wage. Be the difference in a student’s life that gets them closer to achieving their full potential. It’s an unforgiving job market, so any work experience and mentoring opportunities your company can offer may be the one thing that secures them gainful employment after they have finished their education. The Ontario Trillium Foundation also recently announced a $5 million/year grants program to give community organizations the power to improve outcomes for youth facing multiple barriers to economic and social well-being. Called the Youth Opportunities Fund, it will provide grants to grassroots, youth-led and community-based organizations to create programs that will engage and benefit young people aged 12 to 25 who are marginalized, who are at-risk or in trouble with the law, have experience in child welfare services, come from a low-income situation, and/or have dropped out of school. Equal opportunity, regardless of background or socio-economic circumstance, is the least our city’s youth deserve. The application deadline for both programs is in January. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/IpuDdD and http://bit.ly/X68xZ
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Rob Ford’s ‘outsider’ game is getting old
n Tuesday morning, Mayor Ford arrived – late – for the kickoff of the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive. It was OK, though; the only people kept waiting were a few television cameras and reporters, some city staff and the city manager. In other years, there were children at the launch, and the mayor would crouch down and chat with them as they played with toys. This time, a city spokesperson said protocol staff made the call to not have children because of “scheduling” issues – it was awfully close to lunchtime – and because of the crush of cameras. If anyone was concerned about the lesson sent, having small children photographed with an admitted illegal drug user...well, no one was saying. About an hour later, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly emerged from a meeting with Ontario Premier
david nickle the city Kathleen Wynne, where they spoke about matters of transit and housing and other topics of mutual interest. Mayor Ford was not invited, an omission which Wynne explained succinctly: “I’m meeting with the deputy mayor because he is the representative of Toronto City Council.” It’s hard to argue otherwise. Mayor Ford and his brother Doug characterized council’s startling repudiation of the mayor as a “coup d’etat.” It’s not quite that – the mayor’s still the mayor, after all, and the only tank that has moved at city hall is a fish tank, from the deputy mayor’s office to the mayor’s. But it is in real terms a vote of non-confidence, as councillors have
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taken back all the powers that were theirs to give. The mayor and his brother do not appear keen to regain that confidence. Doug Ford spent the first part of the week in budget committee continuing to embellish last week’s allegation that city staff have conspired with a rogue council, to primp up the 2014 budget with wasteful spending and unnecessary tax increases. As for Mayor Ford – in addition to showing up late to one of the few events that are within his more limited purview, he’s so
far snubbed any attempts by Deputy Mayor Kelly to meet and discuss the way forward in the new order of things. Immediately following the non-confidence vote, this strategy might have seemed a winning one. Ford won in 2010 as council’s ultimate outsider, so now that he’s been thrown out, why not play the outsider again? It’s starting to become clear, however, that that game is already a little old. There is a fine line between an outsider and a truant, a critic and a vandal, an aggrieved suburban hero and a child in a tantrum. The Fords are crossing that line; while council, for the first time in three years really, has freed itself to behave like the mature level of government that Torontonians might at one time have expected.
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Holiday Gift Fair WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E. CONTACT: Nancy Lyon, 416-392-0511, www.centraleglinton.com COST: Free Think globally, shop locally for unique crafts, snowflake cafe, holiday treasures, silent auction, door prizes, bake table and more. Free admission.
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A Canadian Christmas Celebrating the Season WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. CONTACT: 647-466-7673, www.orianachoir.com COST: $25; senior $20; student $10 ORIANA presents its first concert of the season on a Sunday afternoon. This entire concert features music written exclusively by Canadian composers and arrangers.
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WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Grace Church on-theHill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. CONTACT: 416-256-0510 COST: $20 advance, $25 at door, children/high school students free Laurie Evan Fraser conducts the musical fable The Reluctant Dragon & other works by John Rutter, and directs the choir’s accomplished Latin ensemble, Cantemos, in music from Spain and Latin America featured on its new Christmas CD.
The Christmas Story WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Sq. CONTACT: Susan Watson, 416-598-8979, www.holytrinitytoronto.org COST: Suggested donation: $20 adult, $5 child Professional musicians and a volunteer cast present this charming hour-long Nativity pageant. Upper Canada Choristers & Cantemos in Concert
Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s 11th annual Gingerbread Build WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Habitat Toronto Gingerbread Build Factory, 19 Waterman Ave. CONTACT: Sally, 416-7557353 COST: Free Help families in need build a home. Get involved by joining
Batik Art Collectif WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. CONTACT: Larry Freedlander, 416-981-6522 COST: Free Art show and sale. City Carol Sing - 2013 WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. CONTACT: E. Burns, 416-2411298, www. yorkminsterpark.com; www. christchurchdeerpark.org COST: Free The fifth annual City Carol Sing in collaboration with Citytv in support of food banks across Canada. Free admission. A collection will be taken for the Churches-
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Blessings ~ Mellow Singers Christmas Concert WHEN: 3 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. CONTACT: Teresa Tang, www.mellowsingers.com COST: $10 Program includes various works including a special appearance of Cat Bent and Colin Bent singing a Christmas vocal duo O Holy Night.
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Union Pearson Express Electrification Environmental Assessment Transit Project Assessment Study and Class Environmental Assessment Study
NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT Metrolinx is proposing to electrify the Union Pearson (UP) Express route beginning at the future UP Express Union Station in the City of Toronto and terminating at the future UP Express Pearson Station (Terminal 1, Toronto Pearson International Airport) in the City of Mississauga. The project involves the electrification of approximately 25 kilometres of track along the Union Station GO Rail Corridor and Kitchener GO Rail Corridor to Highway 427, where the route then follows the new UP Express spur line (under construction) into Toronto Pearson (see map below). The purpose of the project is to convert the UP Express route from diesel to electric power. Electrification of the UP Express is part of The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan which will dramatically improve how people move in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. Funding for the electrification is dependent on the Metrolinx Investment Strategy. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) PROCESS Metrolinx and Hydro One are carrying out a parallel EA process to satisfy both Metrolinx’s requirements under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) and Hydro One’s requirements under the Class EA for Minor Transmission Facilities (Class EA). The parallel EA process involves both EAs being completed simultaneously. The Environmental Project/ Study Report will be made available for public review and comment. THE PROJECT Electrification of the UP Express route will be achieved through a Traction Electrification System which will provide electricity to the trains by means of a Traction Power Distribution System (Metrolinx) and Traction Power Supply System (Hydro One). TRACTION POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM The proposed Traction Power Distribution System is an Overhead Contact System (OCS) comprised of a wiring system providing power to the trains. The wiring system will be suspended from a number of OCS structures (i.e. portals, cantilevers) placed along and over the track. The Traction Power Distribution System also includes two Paralleling Stations (PS) to boost the voltage along the UP Express route, as well as gantries which provide power to the OCS, and are located in the vicinity of each PS. A new electrified maintenance facility will need to be built to carry out maintenance on the new electric trains. The environmental impact of the Traction Power Distribution System components and electrified maintenance facility is being assessed under the Transit Project Assessment Process, in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08 – Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings.
TRACTION POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM Electrification of the UP Express requires a connection to Ontario’s electrical system. It is proposed that the power be supplied from the existing 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that runs between Hydro One’s Claireville Transformer Station (located near Highway 407 and Highway 27 in the City of Vaughan) and Richview Transformer Station (located near Highway 401 and Highway 27 in the City of Toronto). Cables will deliver power to a new 230 kV Traction Power Substation (TPS). The TPS will convert the voltage from 230 kV, to 25 kV so that it can be used to power the electric trains. The Traction Power Supply system is subject to provincial Environmental Assessment Act approval in accordance with the Class EA for Minor Transmission Facilities. CONSULTATION Members of the public, agencies and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in the EA process by attending consultation opportunities or contacting the project team directly with information, comments or questions. Consultation opportunities are planned and will be advertised on the project websites, in local newspapers and via direct mail. A second round of joint Public Open Houses are planned for winter 2014 to present and seek feedback on both the TPAP (Metrolinx) and Class EA (Hydro One) project components. Consultation with the public, review agencies and First Nations and Métis communities is a key component to the UP Express Electrification EA. If you would like to submit a comment or question, or receive additional information related to the UP Express Electrification Project, please send an email to the project team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact: Karen Pitre Executive Director, Electrification Metrolinx-GO Transit 20 Bay Street, Suite 600 Toronto, ON M5J 2W3 tel: 416-874-5910 e-mail: email@example.com www.gotransit.com/electrification
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Design team showcases potential green space >>>from page 1 to start envisioning a whole new Eglinton.” Public Work foresees a Redpath Avenue that would be more friendly to the public north of Eglinton Avenue. As the only north-south road between Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant, the “closer to Eglinton, we’d like to see more retail activity,” Ryan said. “We could make it a more community-focused, intimate, bustling community hub.” Public Work sees an enhanced Redpath Avenue Parkette at Redpath and Erskine avenues. Currently, the green space there is fragmented, with walls, driveways and fences blocking off certain areas. “We’d like to assemble this into a really public space,” Ryan said at the Sunday, Nov. 24 walk. “We have one really great park (in the area) in Eglinton Park. This could be Redpath Park, and Redpath could be a really interesting neighbourhood-oriented north-south space.” The designers were also concerned with the amount of green space in the area – already at a premium – owned by private corporations. Ryan said while much of it is publicly accessible now, it is important to ensure it remains so. He cited the public square on the northwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton, which is being built on by property owner RioCan, as an example. Along Yonge, Public Work foresees wider street openings, leading to triangular squares of open space for local residents. “We’ve heard that the post office (at Montgomery Avenue) and (Orchard View) library are some of the main public assets in the neighbourhood,” he said. “We want to link this area up so when people are here, they can feel like they’re part of something larger – one district.” Another suggestion made by the design team would see Helendale Avenue closed off to vehicular traffic between Yonge Street and Duplex Avenue. The plan also calls for a redesign of Eglinton Park to add more community uses.
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Central Tech beaten in Bowl game BERT FAIBISH firstname.lastname@example.org Central Tech closed out last week’s nine-game high school football Bowl series on Friday with a 35-1 loss to Barrie’s St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School. The nine Bowl games, organized by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA), were held at Etobicoke’s Centennial Stadium from Tuesday to Friday. The remaining eight Bowl games featured three other local teams. E a r l i e r o n F r i d a y, Etobicoke’s Don Bosco defeated Stoney Creek’s Cardinal Newman 21-11. On Wednesday, Richview Collegiate, also from Etobicoke, defeated North Bay’s North Ferris SS while Upper Canada College from midtown lost 42-7 to Windsor’s W. F. Herman Secondary School. A new format this year, all participating teams won their respective league championships except for Richview Collegiate, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) finalists, who earned a berth as the ‘host’ entry (in order for their to be an even 18 teams for the nine Bowl games). Richview lost the TDSB final 56-36 to Central Tech. Much like two unfamiliar fighters in a fight’s opening round, the first quarter saw both teams attempt to sound one another out and didn’t
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Central Tech’s Samuel Francis plows past St Joan Arc players during OFSAA football finals on Friday at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke. Central Tech lost 35-1.
see the game’s first major until 4:24 into the second quarter, as St. Joan of Arc quarterback Adam Zussino found Jesse Alves from eight yards out for the touchdown to put the Knights up 7-1. St. Joan of Arc entered the halftime break with a 14-1 lead after a four-yard Zussino scramble that ended in the team’s second touchdown and never looked back. The smothering Knights’ defence held Central Tech’s speedsters to just 155 yards of net offence on the game, a far cry from last week’s 300plus rushing yards that the
Blues rolled up on Richview Collegiate. Despite a solid effort, the second half played out much like the first, with St. Joan of Arc scoring another 21 unanswered points en route to their first OFSAA football title. Zussino operated the Knights’ offence with the precision of a surgeon, passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns and leading his team in rushing with 66 yards and a score.
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DECEMBER 1– 31 : DE SARIO ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
This annual light display has attracted visitors from across the GTA for 14 years. The De Sario family began decorating their home in support of their daughter, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes as a child and treated at SickKids. The house is located at 165 Benjamin Boake Trail (Keele and Sheppard) in North York. The lights are turned on every evening around 5:30 p.m. and all donations support SickKids.
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he said. “If your subsidy is frozen for two years, it’s not a freeze, it’s a cut in real terms, and we’ve had to make do.” Under Byford’s direction the TTC has made steps to addressing its poor reputation for customer service in the last year with the introduction of a host of measures such as hiking cleanliness expectations, hiring managers to oversee stations and debuting service improvements such as station Wi-Fi access to be offered at both Bloor-Yonge and St. George stations starting in December. However, the entire transit system is over capacity and overcrowding exacerbated by frequent service delays continues to characterize the TTC experience. And with the fare hikes, which includes a $5.25 boost to the cost of a monthly
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This less than three km fun run is a festive opportunity to don red, green and white Speedos while running through the Yorkville neighbourhood. A limited quantity of Speedos will be provided onsite at the start of the race. The run will start and end at Hemmingway’s Restaurant, 142 Cumberland Street at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds raised from this event support the Toys & Games Fund at SickKids. For more information or to register, please visit www.torontosantaspeedorun.com/
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This inaugural fundraising event at the Rosehill Venue (Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue East) is a night of winter indulgence surrounded by a rustic and chic ambiance. The evening will consist of a fashion show, a raffle, special performances and dancing. Proceeds will support SickKids. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit http://winterdreams.edzin.com/#nav-header
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adult Metropass, riders will be paying more to use a service next year that is a strong source of daily frustration for many of them. The town hall inside the city council chamber was billed as an opportunity for riders to provide feedback or ask questions of Byford and TTC staff either in person or through social media. Tweets from the event using the hashtag #ttctownhall became a local trending topic on Twitter. A steady line of transit riders stepped up to the microphone, sometimes more than once, to offer their input. Some vented about TTC service, others suggested “free money” ideas such as posting ads all over station walls or ramping up enforcement of smoking and fare-evasion. Many of the criticisms stemmed from riders’ frustration with the worsening of service by streetcars and buses.
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Input from the community helped shape The Journey >>>from page 1 Corporation, the company that led the revitalization. “He’s been a basement musician and songwriter for a long time and I got involved because he needed someone to help get his songs out of the basement and ready for an audience,” said The Journey’s musical director Henry Heillig. “The whole show turned out incredibly well, but the nine songs started with him.” While the songs showcase the area’s revitalization in a largely positive light, input from the community helped shape the show as a whole. Spoken word artist Trevlyn Kennedy, one of the show’s narrators, noted she took part to show another side of the revitalization as someone who was displaced when older Toronto Community Housing apartments were being torn down to make way for newer buildings.
“I think it speaks a lot of truth, but one of the things that made me want to get involved was to get the truth of the community out,” she said. “The story was that the revitalization saved Regent Park and things are all fixed now, but as much as we gained some things, there are also things we lost.” Kennedy noted, as isolated as it was from the rest of the city before, Regent Park always had a strong sense of community that has not fully returned even after many of its original residents have moved back. “If you consider your community to be your support system, imagine that being destroyed,” she said. “I see hopes of it being restored, but it’s not back yet.” As a result, the show offered an at-times unflinching look at the community, from its negative reputation to some of the uncertainty felt by
residents. In addition to the musical and spoken word performances, The Journey included video and photo snippets detailing much of the community’s road from its inception through some lean years up to the present. “We even got National Film Board footage of Regent Park in the 1940s,” said The Journey artistic director Anne-Marie Woods. While the production itself was slated to be staged twice – once for donors who support youth programming at Daniels Spectrum and once for Regent Park residents – Heillig hopes it will be revived at some point. “We’ve done all the hard work with staging and working out the details,” he said. “I think it captures a lot of the community.”
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