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LITERATURE FEST: Children and their parents have a laugh during the Applefun Puppetry show Saturday at the Bookbash Canadian Children’s Literature Festival held at the Northern District Branch Library.

Gardiner construction puts drivers in a jam DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Motorists hoping to avoid a highway traffic jam because of lane reductions on the Gardiner Expressway took their congestion to west-end arterial roads Monday morning. T h e c o m m u t e r t ra f f i c

descended on Queen Street West, Dundas Street West and even Bloor Street from 6 a.m. to about noon on April 28, as the city kicked off what will be more than a year of work to maintain the aging elevated highway in safe repair. “It took me twice as long to get to work as it normally

does,” said Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks, who was heading in to Toronto City Hall from his home in his west-end ward. “When the province downloaded this highway, they didn’t give us the money to deal with this and we’re scrambling – we’re a little bit behind. It’s going to

be a rough season.” City transportation officials are monitoring the early days of what will be a long summer and fall of traffic delays and detours. On April 26 and 27, the city shut down the Gardiner Expressway to prepare the three >>>CITY, page 12

Members of the media had the chance on Tuesday to travel far below Eglinton Avenue West to get a first-hand look at tunnel construction for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The tour was organized by Metrolinx, which is coordinating the building of the $5.3-billion light rail project connecting opposite ends of Eglinton, between Mount Dennis and Kennedy Station. The line includes the construction of two planned west and east tunnels from Black Creek Drive to Yonge Street and then from Yonge Street to Laird Drive. The tunnel machines must also be re-deployed once they reach Allen Road to continue digging east. Work on the underground portion of the Crosstown – which makes up 11 kilometres of the LRT’s total route – is virtually identical to subway tunnel construction, said project engineer Gary Kramer, representing the construction consortium Crosstown Transit Constructors (CTC). “The only thing that’s different is the Crosstown’s tunnel diameter is a little bigger, half a metre, than a subway tunnel,” he said. >>>MOST, page 11


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May 10 cleanup part of ‘visionary action’ plan

JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com While plenty of work is being done at both the City and the grassroots level to make improvements to the Regent Park and St. James Town communities, a dedicated group of local youngsters is taking matters into their own hand. Youth United in Visionary Action (YUVA), a group to 12 to 14-year-olds from the area, has been coming up with ways to make the east side of downtown safer and cleaner. Different offshoots of YUVA cover the Regent Park, St. James Town and Riverside communities downtown. YUVA came about through a partnership with World Vision and the Yonge Street Mission. Together, the youth have come up with community action plans designed to target specific problems in their neighbourhoods. “Both organizations (World Vision and the Yonge Street Mission) were looking for ways to help young people develop leadership skills and get involved in community

There are problems with drugs and gangs, and I want to help get streetlights in the neighbourhood. –Teodora Cernuschi, 13

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development,” said YUVA manager Natasha Armstrong. “The youth in our sessions learn what makes a community a healthy place and then find ways to make the changes they want to see.” Activities have included a trip to the Holocaust Education Centre, community mapping exercises, visits to City Hall and Parliament Hill and more. The youth have

even prepared community action plans which they have presented to local politicians, including councillor Pam McConnell and MPP Glen Murray. “The action plans are based solely on the youths’ perspectives in their community,” Armstrong said. “They’ve identified problems such as bullying, littering, community safety, gang violence and

inequality in sports for girls in Regent Park.” In the past, the collective has also worked to combat cultural stereotypes and speak out against violence against women. YUVA is particularly beneficial in the dense communities given that both Regent Park and St. James Town provide temptations that could lead kids away from

the right path. “A lot of kids in these communities make smart choices, but they’re exposed to a lot,” Armstrong said. “They’ve seen or heard of youth getting shot and passing away, they’ve seen drug deals.” Teodora Cernuschi, 13, joined YUVA in hopes of improving safety in her St. James Town community. “I really wanted my community to be better,” she said. “There are problems with drugs and gangs, and I want to help get streetlights in the neighbourhood.” Fellow YUVA member Nikita Andrade, 12, has learned leadership skills through her involvement with the program. Like Teodora, she wants to see better lighting in the community and is hoping to see more security

cameras installed on neighbourhood buildings. She also said litter is a major concern. The group is creating a music video based on a reworked version of the song ‘Cups’ from the movie Pitch Perfect to help promote its anti-littering message. Y U VA m e m b e r s a r e also working with the St. James Town Youth Council, Community Corner and St. Andrew’s Church to organize a clean-up to help tidy up the area. “Right now, we’re looking at covering Bleecker Street in St. James Town,” said YUVA member Charmagne Narciso, 12. “Being in this program has taught me to be smarter in my community and smarter about littering.” The clean-up is open to anyone in the community who would like to help out. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 10, and participants are asked to meet at 225 Wellesley Street East.

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Unique canoe fundraiser sends kids to camp JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com The streets along the lakeshore will be home to an unusual sight later this month when a group of intrepid paddlers portage their way through a portion of the city. The portagers will be doing so – and paddling along the shoreline – to raise funds to send underprivileged kids to camp as part of the annual Canoe Heads for Kids event. “The first year we did it (in 2007), there were eight of us who did a 20-kilometre paddle and a 20-kilometre portage along the waterfront,” said Willie Macrae, who started the event with his friend Stuart Snyder. “We learned that if we wanted to improve our numbers, we had to make it a little less daunting, so now it’s a 7 1/2-kilometre portage and a 7 1/2-kilometre paddle.” Funds from the event go to

the Amici Camping Charity, which helps to ensure camp experiences are open to all. Macrae himself attended summer camp for years as a boy and wanted every kid to have access to that kind of experience. “It was certainly a formative experience and it taught me the values of friendship and hard work,” he said. “(Canoe Heads) was a good way to give back and introduce a bit of wilderness into the city, and it was hopefully something that would gain a bit of notoriety.” Calvin Miller, who attended Camp Kilcoo for five years thanks to an Amici sponsorship, said he would not have been able to attend summer camp without the charity’s support. He had gone camping with his family as a young boy, but summer camp was a particularly special place. “Camp had such a pro-

Canoe Heads for Kids, a group of former campers, will take on a 15 kilometre paddle and portage through Toronto’s downtown to raise funds for Amici Camping Charity. Staff file photo/IAN KELSO

found experience on me,” he said. “I met people there who are friends of mine to this day.” Miller, who grew up near Regent Park before moving to a co-op a bit further east, said camp gave him a place to enjoy the great outdoors. “I was able to escape the city to someplace that always felt safe and where I had a lot of good role models around,” he said. Now a financial advisor,

Miller’s experience at camp was such that he now sits on Amici’s young professional council. Amici executive director Kate Horton noted that her organization works to partner kids whose families would not be able to send them to camp with camps that fit their interests. The kids are referred to Amici by other community organizations and typically spend three to five years in the program, giving them a

chance to gain valuable leadership skills. “It’s important for them to be able to return to camp every year, meet up with the same friends, gain self-confidence, independence and leadership skills like teamwork, cooperation, resiliency and the ability to take smart risks,” Horton said. The Canoe Heads for Kids paddle and portage will see participants gather at the Harbourfront Canoe &

Kayak Centre at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. From there, they will portage west along Queen’s Quay and along the Martin Goodman Trail to Sir Casimir Gzowski Park. Then, they will paddle back to Harbourfront to take part in post-event celebrations. For more information on Amici or Canoe Heads for Kids, visit www.amicicharity. org or http://canoeheadsforkids. wordpress.com

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emembering last year’s floods and ice storm may not be on the top of Torontonians’ list of fun activities this month, but the city wants to hear from you about what it should be doing to help residents in future weather emergencies. The ice storm of late December and the flooding after a massive rain storm in July saw our city hit with two unprecedented weather incidents that knocked out power, caused environmental damage and millions of dollars in property damage. The massive thunderstorm of July 8 hit Toronto hard and fast. Rain hammered down in a line across much of the west and central parts of the city, causing power stations to flood and shut down, the subway line to close, roads to turn into small rivers and basements to flood. In the Don Valley, stranded GO train passengers had to be rescued by boats as water our view seeped into the train cars. The ice storm wreaked Residents need similar havoc; knocking out power for days (in some cases to plan for weeks) as tree branches toppled emergencies under the weight of the ice and brought down power lines across Toronto. Hydro crews from across the province worked for days straight to restore power, and the city estimated some 20 per cent of Toronto’s tree canopy was destroyed. In some parts of the city, the damage was estimated as high as 50 per cent of tree canopy lost. They were both huge incidents impacting hundreds of thousands of people and highlighting the need for all residents to take some basic emergency preparedness steps including stocking of food, candles and cash in case of similar incidents. It also showed how important it is for residents to keep an eye out for neighbours in need and offer help. This month, residents can weigh in on how the city did in responding to these weather emergencies and what it might do better in the future. Meetings are set for May 12 at the Scarborough Civic Centre; May 13 at Toronto City Hall; May 14 at the North York Civic Centre; and May 15 at the Etobicoke Civic Centre. All meetings go from 6 to 9 p.m. Residents who can’t attend the meetings can share their input by going to the city’s website at www. toronto.ca/weatherprooftoronto A report on how the city dealt with the storms will go to the city’s executive committee July 2.

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ne thing that everyone seems to agree on in this mayoral election: transportation, and public transit, is a defining issue. Well, let me be the heretic in the room for a moment, and suggest that may not in fact be the case. I come by my heresy honestly, after having heard two candidates – front-runner Olivia Chow and trailing hopeful Karen Stintz – articulate as clearly as anyone yet has, how they’ll pay for the multibillion dollar downtown relief subway line. Now, the downtown relief line has come up more than a couple of times in mayoral debates and announcements. No one is opposed to it (although Rob Ford puts it at the bottom of his list of priorities). Also, nobody quite knows how to pay for it. Stintz got things rolling early on the morning of April 29, outlining a

david nickle the city 15-year plan to raise $1.6 billion. She’d do that for the most part by diverting revenue from parking tickets and parking lots into a special transportation fund, and also charging an extra $3 levy on certain downtown Green P parking garages. In the afternoon, Chow had a simpler plan. She’d cancel the Scarborough subway and the tax levy council approved to fund it, and having secured financing from the federal and provincial governments, institute a new tax levy to pay for TTC repairs and upgrades, and the downtown relief line – or rather, to pay for the $1 billion the city would borrow to fund the city’s share of those things. Both plans are forward looking, and could probably work. One raises

some taxes more than some would like, one cuts some services and sells off assets more than some would like. Neither can really deliver the transit that Toronto needs on their own. Chow made that point most forcefully when she spoke to the Toronto Region Board of Trade. She pointed out that Toronto receives just eight cents of the dollar its residents pay in taxes federally and provincially. And she points out that it’s not sustainable to expect Toronto residents to fund all or even most of the needs of an urban centre by itself. She’s right, but doesn’t go far enough. The reality is that Torontonians could fund rather more of the things that are needed, through the relatively low property taxes we pay now, and through additional taxes that might be imposed by future governments. Since amalgamation,

Torontonians have been trained to flinch from tax increases or new taxes to the point of self-destruction, even as we’ve grown to expect good customer service and reliable infrastructure. We’ve been taught to avoid drawing a connection between those things – taxes, and services – to the point that we’ll send our elected leadership to work with an impossible task, and elect the ones who’ll most gleefully lie about their ability to complete it. And that is the real defining question in the 2014 election: will voters finally show the maturity and intelligence it takes to pay for the things we all need, and turn away from comfortable lies and halfmeasures. Will we collectively find the credibility we need to ask our fellow Canadians to do the same?

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Funny women from Toronto and beyond will take the stage when the first annual SheDot Festival hits Comedy Bar. T h e f e s t i va l w a s t h e brainchild of Toronto comic Martha O’Neill, who came up with the idea during a cottage weekend she held for female comics. Looking out at the talent in front of her, she felt the time was ripe to start a festival that celebrates women on the comedy scene. “A part of it (came from) my own frustration with where things were going and the amount of hustling you have to do to get anywhere in comedy – to get a spot at a festival or a week in a club,” she said. “I thought ‘well then, I’m just going to have my own festival.” She enlisted the help of some of her fellow comics to help organize. The grassroots festival will feature a wide array of acts from Canada and the U.S., divided up into specific shows. “We have a clean show – ShePG – and a dir ty show, which we’ve called SheUnleashed,” O’Neill said.

“Then there are other shows like SheLBT, SheMom...we opened it up to sketch, improv and storytelling, too.” While the lineup consists of all women, O’Neill is not looking to make a statement through the SheDot Festival. She acknowledges some audience members still appear hesitant to give women in comedy their due, she hopes the upcoming festival will allow the women to prove themselves on their own merit, not under the label of “female comedian.” “Hopefully, having an allfemale festival will actually take gender out of it,” she said. “The comics won’t be judged against men, it will just be ‘are they funny or not?’” She has no doubt they are – the participating comics were selected by a panel and represent some of the best comedians around. Fe l l ow c o m i c A n n a Gustafson noted the festival will give her a chance to work with peers she has long admired, but never worked with. “There’s one woman in the festival I’ve known for almost 18 years, she’s a good friend, but I’ve never worked

with her,” she said. “A lot of (comedy clubs) won’t want to put more than one woman on the bill on a given night.” Like O’Neill, Gustafson is eager to see what the first-ever SheDot Festival brings. “It being our first time doing this, we don’t know what we don’t know, so we’ll be learning as we go along,” she said. “There’s a tremendous amount of talent out there, so it will be nice to bring that together in a positive way. It will be like another girls’ weekend.” In addition to the shows, the festival will include workshops and panels, most of which will be open to the public. It will conclude with a gala benefit show to raise funds in support of Toronto comedy veteran Jo-Anna Downey, who has been diagnosed with ALS. The gala will be hosted by Trish Stratus and will feature some of the Toronto comedy scene’s leading ladies. The SheDot Festival will run at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. from today through to Sunday.

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A supply train, top photo, waits to be filled Tuesday morning with construction materials just outside the Eglinton Crosstown LRT tunnel entrance fifty feet below Eglinton Avenue West near Black Creek Drive. Segments of precast tunnel rings, above left, wait to be transported as part of excavation work, while members of the media, above right, look on during a tour organized by Metrolinx of the finished stretch of tunnel for the Eglinton Avenue Crosstown LRT.

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>>>from page 1 Since being launched last year from Eglinton Avenue and Black Creek Drive, the two massive tunnel borer machines ( TBMs) which are known as “Dennis” and “Lea” have excavated around 10-15 metres of dirt per day some 20 metres below street level. Currently the two TBMs are nearing Caledonia Road. The estimated 80-metre long borer machines run all hours of the day for five days a week. Tunnelling, below Eglinton, between Black Creek and Laird Drive, is expected to be complete in about two and a half years. It’s estimated the total amount of dirt excavated could fill the area of the Air Canada Centre up to the height of the CN Tower. In addition to tunnelling, special precast concrete seg-

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OFF

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Sudoku (challenging)

| CITY CENTRE MIRROR | Thursday, May 1, 2014

YOUR Weekly Crossword

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last week’s answers

How to do it: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3 by 3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.

w See answers to this week’s

puzzles in next Thursday’s edition

Islington Nurseries

Group of Companies

Stone & Bulk Soil Yard

270 Evans Ave. • 416-231-2504 (South off the QEW and West off Islington Ave.)

TOTE BAGS OR BULK DELIVERY

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$

NOW ONLY PER TOTE BAG OF TRIPLE MIX SOIL

• Triple Mix Soil • Black Garden Soil or Mushroom Compost • Assorted Mulch • Aggregates • Sand

INCLUDES DELIVERY WITH THIS AD AND AT OUR STONEYARD LOCATION ONLY. (some delivery restrictions may apply) DOES NOT INCLUDE $20 DEPOSIT. SPECIAL EXPIRES MAY 15TH, 2014.

ORDER ONLINE THROUGH OUR STONEYARD AT WWW.ISLINGTONNURSERIES.COM


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Everything you need for perfect planters, pots & gardens, indoors & out!

BRING ON THE

HEAT!

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416-291-1270 Monday to Saturday 8am - 6pm Sunday 9am - 5pm

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