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Students at Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School are making a difference for other children in at-risk communities without dipping into their parents’ chequebooks. The school is holding its fourth annual Give One Book (GOB) Book Drive throughout May with students bringing in their used books in support of the Children’s Book Bank in Cabbagetown. “Most children get rid of their old books and it’s a mys-

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environment day wWard Saturday 20 will host its annual

Environment Day Saturday. Residents can drop off electronics, household hazardous waste and other gently used items, pick up leaf compost and purchase green bins, backyard composters and more. The event will take place at Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toronto police’s 53 wToronto Division open house police 53 Division’s

annual Open House takes place at its headquarters at 75 Eglinton Ave. W. Saturday. The event will include a community barbecue, kids’ games, a bike rally, mounted officers on horseback and more. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. plant sale Saturday and Sunday wSpring

Michael Erdman and the Cantemus Singers are holding their annual spring plant sale this weekend in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Regent Park. The event takes place Saturday

and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 14 Lyall Ave. Visit www. cantemus.ca or call 416-578-6602.

has a shortage of umpires for adult slow pitch and baseball games from May to October. New or experienced umpires 18 and older are needed for high school and evening adult games. Training is provided and umpires are paid once they are qualified. Email ontario_umpires@sympatico.ca or call 905-791-0280 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Sharon, Lois and Bram wBeloved to perform children’s entertainers

Sharon, Lois & Bram will be on hand to perform when a midtown playground is officially named in their honour. The city approved naming the playground, in June Rowlands Park, for the trio by last year. The naming ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Photography Festival is getting set to take over local galleries throughout May. The festival features an array of photographs, featuring works from some of the best Canadian and international artists. Visit http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com

Industrial Designers of Ontario hosts a design expo featuring the works of OCAD, Humber and Carleton students Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St. The Rocket Show features transportation concepts, healthcare innovations, consumer products and more.

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help those with mobility issues, while Women on Weights teaches women to use free weights safely. Some existing classes have new times. Visit www.ymcagta.org/en/ files/PDF/hfr_program_schedules/central/jan2014new.pdf Park Film wTheRegent Festival Regent Park Film Festival,

a free, multi-cultural film fest based out of downtown Toronto, has opened the door for submissions. The festival showcases films to engage children and pre-teens, films created by youth up to 26 years of age and general works largely focused on cultural identity and unity. For more information, visit http://regentparkfilmfestival. com/festival/2014-submit-yourfilm/ Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart wBecel

The Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart takes place June 1 and offers 25- and 50-kilometre routes that start and finish at Exhibition

Place. Visit www.rideforheart.ca for details and to register. for Wildlife in wJoinWalk Toronto in the Canadian Wildlife

Federation’s (CWF) Walk for Wildlife, a national campaign that encourages Canadians to experience the wildlife and natural spaces in their areas. This year’s goal is to raise awareness and funds for species at risk such as the burrowing owl. Until May 22, visit www.walkforwildlife.ca to register, collect pledges, log your walk and show your support. Massive Cabbagetown wWith South yard sale May 24 many residents getting

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JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com First-time author Massoud Abbasi’s debut novel Seeker of Horizons may be fiction, but it pulls no punches in reflecting some of the horrors he and his family faced as they made their way from Iran to Turkish refugee camps to Canada. Abbasi, a King and Bathurst streets resident and former Bay Street finance professional, decided to pen his book following the death of his father in February, 2013. “It was the only way I was finally able to actually cope with my father’s passing,” Abbasi said. “I ended up leaving my job on Bay Street, first to take care of the things related to his passing and then after a while, going to Europe for a month.” During that time, Abbasi admits he was in a terrible mindset, relying on heavy drinking and even drug use to drown the feelings he had over his father’s death. “I made my way back to Toronto and still wasn’t focused on my work or the company I had started (events company the Omega Group,)” he said. “The only thing that helped me was writing. That became cathartic for me.”

Success for this book, to me, would be having people come up to me and say ‘I was also abused as a kid’ or ‘I was also sexually abused.’ I’m hoping that sharing my story, as a kid will draw out other people’s stories. – Massoud Abbasi

Left, author Massoud Abbasi. Author Abbasi’s debut novel Seeker of Horizons.

Abbasi’s mindset came partly out of guilt over his father’s death. The Abbasis had fled Iran in 1987 after his father, journalist Ali Abbasi, spent a year being tortured in Evin Prison for his political views and activism. They landed in a refugee camp in Turkey, where Massoud was subjected to sexual abuse by some people in the camp. While there, Ali made waves by shedding light on the injustices taking place in Iran. Following more than a year spent

in a refugee camp, the Abbasis made their way to Canada. Here, the family faced hardships of a different sort. Ali had been left partially blind and deaf due to the treatment he endured in prison and was unable to find work. Worse, he began lashing out at his loved ones. “My dad, because of his experiences, became so bitter and angry, he became a violent man,” the author said. Massoud added his father became abusive toward the rest of the family and finally decided he

had to intervene. “As the first boy in my family who was able to stand up to him, I finally realized what I had to do and I legally separated my parents,” Massoud said. “For the next nine years, I became my father’s legal guardian and I saw him become lonely, destitute and depressed. He went through a period where he smoked and drank a lot and when he passed, I felt incredibly guilty.” Despite the violence he perpetrated on his family later in life,

Ali’s activism and journalistic skills helped save the lives of countless people when he uncovered a plot that saw Iranian refugees living in Turkey returned to Iran, where they were tortured and often executed. “There’s a picture of him at the United Nations with a razor blade, threatening to kill himself if something wasn’t done,” Massoud said. While Seeker of Horizons is a fictional tale, it finds its basis in fact. Massoud noted he was wary of including certain details – including sexual abuse – in the book at first. “It’s a little worrisome for me to come out and say all this stuff, but I also wanted to share details,” he said. “Success for this book, to me, would be having people come up to me and say ‘I was also abused as a kid’ or ‘I was also sexually abused.’ I’m hoping that by sharing my story, it will draw out other people’s stories.” The book will be released at a special launch party at House of Moments Art Gallery and Lounge at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9 and will be available in digital and paperback versions, with a hardcover release slated for June.

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Tim ‘Glen Airy Glen Rocks’ Evans is organizing the Canadian Air Guitar Championships in July. Air Guitar Canada is starting up a fundraising campaign in support of Right To Play.

They may not know how to play guitar, but there’s no doubt the competitors in the resurgent Canadian Air Guitar Championships know how to rock. Air Guitar Canada is making a comeback this year following a fouryear lull, with 2007 national champion Tim “Glen Airy Glen Rocks” Evans leading the charge. Evans, who lives in the Little Italy area, decided the time was ripe to bring the competition back. The parent organization Air Guitar International has long stood for world peace with Evans noting “if you’re holding an air guitar, you can’t be holding a gun,” but now it’s aiming to stand for a lot more than that. Air Guitar Canada has added a charitable component to the contest, choosing international sports advocacy organization Right To Play as its benefactor. “It’s a fun property and an amazing event, but I don’t think many – if any – of the national competitions are fundraisers,” he said. “Right To Play is a child-focused, global charity and that’s what we wanted to focus on.”

At an air guitar contest, competitors let loose and unleash their inner rock stars. This year’s Toronto Regional Qualifier, slated to take place at Lee’s Palace July 10, already boasts an array of contestants who will swagger, strum and strut in a bid to take home the crown. Competitors include Sandy “Freakachu” Gibson, James “Thrustin’ Beaver” Dalzell and Carlos “Hansel the Mansel” Menguel. “We’re challenging others to join the ranks,” Evans said. “I hope people get the idea around it. We acknowledge air guitar is ridiculous, but it’s exceedingly entertaining to watch.” He added the organization is looking for new participants, emphasizing the joy of air guitar is in the bizarre characters the air guitarists come up with and the moves – choreographed or improvised – they flash on stage. “Like snowflakes, no two air guitarists will do things the same way,” he said. Top performers at the qualifier will go on to the national championships at the Mod Club July 31. In addition to its push for competitors, Air Guitar Canada started a 35-day fundraising drive at the start

of May in hopes of raising cash to fund the two competitions, pay the winner’s way to Finland for the world championships and make a sizable donation to Right To Play. “Through the entire thing – the fundraising campaign and ticket sales – we’re hoping to raise about $10,000,” Evans said. “The costs of running the two competitions, the venues, the marketing, the flight to Finland (for the winner) will cost around $5,000, so we’re hoping we can donate $5,000 to Right To Play.” Should the return of Air Guitar Canada prove as successful as Evans said he hopes, he aims to meet with other Air Guitar organizers from around the world in hopes of getting them to add a charitable angle to their own contests. “We’ll see in five years if Air Guitar International isn’t taking on a similar task (supporting charity),” Evans said. To donate to the organization’s online fundraising campaign, visit www.fwyc.ca/campaigns/air-guitarcanada

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Kelly’s handling of mayor’s job deserves praise He won’t return your phone call personally. He doesn’t worry about his office budget. And he shows up early. Sometimes, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly shows up very early. On Monday, he and Toronto Centre-Rosedale Councillor Kristyn WongTam hosted a 9 a.m. news conference to do something else that Mayor Rob Ford would never do: invite 200 LGBT couples to get married, for free, at Toronto’s Casa Loma. Now that Ford has left city hall to look after his personal problems, Kelly is the de-facto mayor. The leave of absence funnels to Kelly the few powers left to Ford after council voted to isolate him in November. Kelly represents Toronto at official functions, acts as the head of the government in emergencies and otherwise. And he continues in his role of attempting to elevate the discussion at

david nickle the city city hall, and restore dignity to the institution – a role in which Kelly has excelled. Shout-out I take the time to point this out because the longtime Scarborough councillor really deserves the shout-out. These past 12 months have seen the city dragged through the mud – from the moment that crack video started making the rounds, or maybe a short while before, when gossip about Ford’s substance troubles found their way from backrooms to front pages. Kelly stepped into the role of deputy mayor in the midst of it, taking over from Doug Holyday after he made his way to Queen’s Park. Kelly did so gamely – knowing there was trouble

And when council put (Norm Kelly) in the sort-of-top-job, he managed to retain some grace even as he was clearly delighted to oblige.

with the mayor, and hoping to provide quiet counsel to the mayor and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, as the office unravelled. It was a thankless job, but Kelly had the good grace to appear grateful for it. And when council put him in the sort-of-top-job, he managed to retain some grace even as he was clearly delighted to oblige. He’s spent the past five months taking council’s pulse, nudging things along on issues he cares about, but otherwise taking a quesera-sera approach to matters of municipal policy. You would never run an

election campaign promising to be a mayor like Norm Kelly. But it is actually a good lesson for future mayors as they think about how to manage this city. Kelly’s geniality has led to a pretty productive council. It passed a decent budget, made a tough call on the future of the Billy Bishop Airport and generally conducted its business as well as one might hope. The next mayor might find him/herself needing some of Kelly’s low-key mojo. Because given the city’s financial constraints, it will be difficult to make a mark with more than one or two big, city-building projects and still manage the books. The virtues of modesty, inclusiveness and compromise might be the main of what our future leaders require.

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Arts Festival in Yorkville WHEN: various hours until May 18 WHERE: Hazelton Lanes, 55 Avenue Rd. CONTACT: Elaine Spencer, 416968-8680 COST: Free Twenty-seven artists from OCAD U present their work at the Hazelton Lanes Viewing Gallery. Second World War Victory Day Ceremony and Concert WHEN: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. CONTACT: www.jamespasternak.ca COST: Free Pay tribute to Second World War veterans and commemorate the anniversary of the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany.

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Sex Lives and Videotape WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella St. CONTACT: Cory Stewart, 416-963-9857 COST: Free Sex Lives and Videotape is the latest in a series of interactive community events exploring the diverse materiality of artifacts within the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

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WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon WHERE: Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. (Yonge and Lawrence) CONTACT: Ray McIlroy, , Ray.McIlroy@kaiserlachance. com COST: Free National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable garage sale in support of women’s shelters and ending family violence; also at 293 Eglinton Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Digifest - Intel Family Day WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Dr. CONTACT: www. torontodigifest.ca/2014/intelfamilyday COST: Free Digifest + Intel have partnered to feature a day of exhibits, playspaces, workshops, performances and more. Register for 3D Printing workshop, make your own robot and more.

Alzheimer’s 101 WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Alzheimer Society of Toronto, 20 Eglinton Ave. W. Suite 1600 CONTACT: imoffett@alzheimertoronto.org COST: Free This workshop is for family caregivers.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.citycentremirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your neighbourhood as well as events from across Toronto. WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. WHERE: Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E. CONTACT: Sherri, 416-392-0511, ext. 228 COST: $2 Join the party and improve your health through singing. Fridays.

WHEN: 8 to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow WHERE: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. CONTACT: Katie McMilian, 647-725-5064 COST: $20 to $25 Various productions.

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Turn the World Around – Songs of Hope and Rebellion WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe St. CONTACT: www.uppercanadachoristers.org COST: $25 The Upper Canada Choristers celebrate their 20th anniversary spring concert.

Carnival Of Dreams WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE: CRC at 40 Oak St. CONTACT: www.416community.com COST: $30 One of the best silent auctions in Toronto. Live auctioneers, door prizes, refresments. Tangled Art + Disability Presents: RUFF

Philosophical Chinese Calligraphy Workshop WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: New Acropolis Toronto, 2498 Yonge St. Suite 319 CONTACT: 416-5761703 COST: $40 to $45 Chinese brush writing and meditation.

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these books and call them their own. Studies show that when kids have their own books at home, they’re more likely to embrace reading and do better in school.” Kim Beatty of the Children’s Book Bank said drives such as the one taking place at Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School are the lifeblood of her organization. The book bank hands out roughly 250 books per

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Perks wants report after Green For Life safety rating downgraded DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Toronto Council could be getting out of its private garbage collection contract in the city’s west end, if a provincial decision to downgrade contractor Green For Life’s safety rating to conditional violates the contract with the company. Pa r k d a l e - H i g h Pa r k Councillor Gord Perks brought the motion to the Tuesday, May 6, council meeting, after GFL lost an appeal of a downgrading of its Commercial Vehicle Operators Rating to “conditional.” Early in this term of council, GFL won the contract to collect garbage in the city between Yonge Street and the Humber River. GFL gave the city a very low quotation for the contract, and city officials estimated that would save the city $10 million a year compared to using city workers. The company started work in August 2012

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