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workin’ overtime: St. Michael’s Buzzers’ netminder Adrian Ignagni (31) battles with Chris Aitcheson (9) of the North York Rangers in a provincial junior A semifinal series game on Saturday. Midtown-based St. Mike’s won the game 5-4 in triple overtime to take a 2-1 series lead with Ignagni turning away 86 of 90 shots. The series winner moves on to the league championship.

New funding aims to produce new leaders JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com New funding from the federal government is helping young women in the Alexandra Park communities get the training they need to become leaders

in their community. The two-year pilot project, dubbed Economic Empowerment for Young Women and run through the Scadding Court Community Centre, recently received more than $127,000 from the

Canadian government. It will pair the young women, aged 15 to 24, with professionals, connect them with politicians and not-for-profits and help them guide projects to improve the area. “Part of the reason it’s

happening here now is the Alexandra Park neighbourhood is very much in transition,” said Scadding Court Community Centre manager of development and community engagement Nikki Toten. >>>participants, page 5

For the fourth straight year, Christie Gardens seniors residence will host a Healthy Living Fair to help seniors gain information they need on vital services. Due to popular demand, however, the residence is taking the event outside of its own walls for the first time, setting up shop at Artscape Wychwood Barns. The Healthy Living Fair brings together organizations and vendors from Toronto Police and Toronto Fire Services to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to private practitioners to reach out to the seniors community. Coupled with live entertainment and demonstrations and free food sampling, the fair has quickly moved from a smallerscale event to one that draws people from all over. “It was something that was started because of the (Christie Gardens) residents themselves and when it first started, it was a way for (organizations) to tell seniors what they have to offer,” said Diana Sweatman of Christie Gardens. “It brings in a very wide group of seniors from outside the residence, so we had to move it to a bigger venue.” Sweatman noted residents in >>>FREE, page 10


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Few tickets remain for wA few Starlight gala tickets remain for the star-studded Starlight Children’s Foundation Gala, which will take place at the Fairmont Royal York on Saturday, April 6. The 18th annual such event will be hosted by Anwar Knight and will be attended by more than two dozen local television celebrities including Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den, Ennis Esmer of the Listener, Rick Campanelli of ET Canada and others. Proceeds from the gala will go toward helping children with serious illnesses or life threatening injuries feel the joy of being kids. For more information on the gala or to buy tickets, visit www.starlightmatters.com Festival nominations now open wForsythia

The Cabbagetown Residents Association is looking for nominations as they prepare to crown a king, queen and marshal for its annual Forsythia Festival. The annual even takes place every May in Wellesley Park and serves as an official welcome to spring. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, May 5. The king, queen and marshal will serve honourary roles during the parade and festival itself. Anyone looking to nominate a friend or neighbour is asked to send an email to shannongrimm@hotmail.com along with a brief note outlining the reasons that person would befit the role by Friday, April 19. 451 game draws on Bradbury novel wKTR

In celebration of Toronto Public Library’s One Book, Fahrenheit 451, the Hand Eye Society is inviting the public to join the literary resistance. The society has created a game, KTR 451, which is part audio drama and part scavenger hunt and draws upon characters and themes from Ray Bradbury’s classic novel. Created by science fiction author and Hand Eye Society executive director Jim Munroe, KTR 451 will offer three challenges a week, culminating in a live event at the Toronto Reference Library on April 22. To join the first mission, call 647931-1585. Walk gets new presenting sponsor wMeagan's

Colliers International has upped its commitment to Meagan’s Walk, taking over as the annual walk’s presenting sponsor. Colliers has long supported Meagan’s Walk and the commercial real estate ser-

vices company will help bring in more funds to support pediatric brain tumour research in Canada. Started by Denise Bebenek in memory of her daughter Meagan, the walk has raised more than $2.7 million for the cause since it started 11 years ago. This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, May 11. wants UofT campus kept green wpetition

A new petition is urging Torontonians to convince the University of Toronto to keep its back campus green. The campus, located at the northeast corner of St. George Street and Hoskin Avenue, is slated to see its grass field replaced by synthetic turf. The synthetic field will be used as a venue in the 2015 Pan Am Games and will then become a high-performance training centre for field hockey athletes. The petition notes that by converting the field to turf, it will eliminate public use of the space, pose health risks and add to urban warming. To learn more about the movement, visit www.keepbackcampusgreen.ca Brown College breaks ground on green building wGeorge

George Brown College is ramping up its educational facilities to help students keep on top of the burgeoning green and smart building market. The college will break ground on Friday morning on a new site that will be used to conduct fullscale applied research technology development alongside local businesses and train students in advanced construction systems, green energy and computerenabled, efficient buildings. The new site will be located on George Brown’s Casa Loma campus. NOMINATE A CAREGIVER FOR AWARDS wNATIONAL

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MuchMusic regular Eddie Della Siepe at charity comedy cabaret

Midtown resident said he was the class clown in high school – but not at York U JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com

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ursuing his lifelong love of comedy has given midtown resident Eddie Della Siepe an opportunity to help those less fortunate. Della Siepe, a regular on MuchMusic’s Jury Duty, Video on Trial and Love Court, will be performing alongside a bevy of other comics at Raising the Roof’s 16th Annual Comedy Cabaret. Raise the Roof The event will raise funds for Raising the Roof’s national Child and Family Homelessness Initiative. Della Siepe has wanted to ply his trade on the comedy stage since he was a child and finally took the plunge at an open mic

night in his teens. “When I was 17, I went to an open mic night at Yuk Yuk’s and I got booed off the stage,” he recalled. “I didn’t expect it to be so difficult because I was always the funniest kid in school.” Despite the early setback, he continued to attend amateur nights, though he limited his participation to sitting in the audience for the next couple of years. Finally, a friend convinced him to perform again and he fared far better than his first goround. “I wasn’t great, but I didn’t bomb,” he said. Della Siepe said the comedy business is all about learning to deal with failure, even with his current success. Every time he feels he

I didn’t expect it to be so difficult because I was always the funniest kid in school.

has the game mastered, he said, he has a show that reminds him that everyone struggles at times.

Eddie Della Siepe, a regular on MuchMusic’s Jury Duty, Video on Trial and Love Court, will be performing alongside other comics at Raising the Roof’s 16th Annual Comedy Cabaret.

going my way?’” he said. His act is personal and relatable, based often on real-life incidents and delivered in an earnest, down-to-earth way. That, he said, gives him a certain amount of creative license when it comes to pushing the envelope. “I feel like I get away with a lot because I’ve kind of got this class clown mentality,” he said. The Raising the Roof Comedy Cabaret gala will take place at the Second City, 51 Mercer St., at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. The pre-show reception starts at 6:45 p.m.

sociology degree has been helpful in his chosen line of work.

For tickets, call or email Paula Patryluk of Raising the Roof at 416-481-1838 or paula@raisingtheroof.org

sociology While the comedian always figured he would make his mark performing stand-up, he studied sociology at York University. His time there differed greatly from his high school days, when he was the class clown. “In high school, I was a really social guy and everyone thought I was going to get into something comedic,” he said. “In university, if you joked around, you were wasting people’s time. People would look at you like ‘I paid $50,000 to be here. I don’t care what the teacher looks like.’” Despite his career trajectory, Della Siepe joked his

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Photo book highlights some of Toronto’s hidden world of graffiti Author and photographer Kathy Toth is former student at Northern Secondary School JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Photographer Kathy Toth has had her share of experience with the world of graffiti, having both captured it extensively on film and painted it herself for a brief period in the late 1990s. Now, the midtown resident is releasing a photo book highlighting some of the hidden spaces throughout the city where graffiti can still be found. The book, titled Hidden Toronto, provides a glimpse of Toronto’s cityscape that often remains unseen to most eyes, focusing on bridges, alleyways, rooftops and drainage areas. “Graffiti’s always been sort of hidden away,” she said. “There’s the Queen (Street) alleys which everyone knows about, but there are a lot of areas that people don’t know about, especially in Scarborough and out in the west end.”

As a means of expression for youth and members of the counter-culture, graffiti can be a polarizing force. While some decry it as pure vandalism, others appreciate it as art. “I’ve always liked the art form myself,” Toth said. “The characters and the letters – a lot of people can’t read the abstract work.” Hidden Toronto came about through Toth’s own passion for the art and for urban exploration. She began photographing graffiti in 1994, meaning that some of the images in the book – both the art and, in some cases, the buildings themselves – no longer exist. The photographer was careful not to point out specifically where the graffiti she captured is actually located in the city. “I didn’t want to add to the foot traffic and have people come in and ruin the work,” she said.

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This photo is the front cover to Kathy Toth’s book of photography, Hidden Toronto, which highlights some of the hidden spaces throughout the city where graffiti can still be found.

“A lot of people who are into urban exploration are viciously against graffiti.” The attitude among many

that graffiti is an eyesore does not make sense to Toth. She notes many of the more established graffiti art-

ists are extremely talented in their own right, and many are commissioned to paint legal street art. As for the non-commissioned, illegal work, Toth believes those who call for its eradication are quite often complaining about nothing of real consequence. “Who really cares what’s under a bridge?” she said. “Most people will never see it.” Toth’s own experience with graffiti opened her eyes to the scene. She noted it is predominantly a male-dominated field, with women kept to the fringes. When she was painting graffiti, she was one of two women she knew of who were involved in the practice. “I think there’s an element of risk that makes it appeal more to young men,” she said. “But more than that, women aren’t really supported when they get into

it. Women who get into graffiti are always considered a groupie or they’re (a male graffiti artist’s) girlfriend.” Because of her personal experience, however, Toth was able to speak to her contacts to let them know she was planning to publish a book, and some of the younger artists even pointed her to new locations where graffiti is cropping up in the city. While Toth has lived in midtown all her life – she attended Northern Secondary School with some time spent in an immersive art program at Wexford Collegiate – she noted that there are parts of the area that she finds bland. “Everything around here looks like a golf course,” she said. “You don’t have the insanity of downtown, but it’s kind of artificial.”

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City lacks maturity to do what’s needed When Toronto council shut down Mayor Rob Ford’s move to kill surface light rail transit and replace it with a single subway along Sheppard Avenue, it may have seemed to some that this was a modal war: that council simply didn’t want to build subways, preferred light rail transit and didn’t love the former municipality of Scarborough as much as Ford did. What it really was about, though, was money. The Scarborough subway plan Ford put forward came with a promise of unrealistic levels of private sector financing and without a sense of how the city would actually pay to operate the new line. It was really in answer to this, that in the months following the defeat of the mayor’s plan, councillors tried to discuss financing options. It didn’t get very far. Councillors came forward with ideas – parking levies, a complicated business

david nickle the city dubbed “CVA (Current Value Assessment) uplift” – and their colleagues unceremoniously shot them down. It’s the way things go at city hall these days, and one reason why things that one might think are crucial to the future of the city don’t go very far here. That’s why it’s a lucky thing, in retrospect, that former premier Dalton McGuinty thought to take responsibility for transit planning and financing away from Toronto politicians, and hand it off to Metrolinx, the province’s arms-length public transit body. On Tuesday, Metrolinx released the initial foray into what will be a major, and necessary, public debate into how it might fund transit expansion in the Greater Toronto Area, in the form of a list of taxes,

fees and other revenue tools. They are all politically risky, the sorts of things that municipal councils are loathe to approve. They are also, necessarily, regional in scope, recognizing the fundamental truth that the subway along Yonge serves people who live outside Toronto as much as it does Torontonians. The subsidy should come from everyone. It takes a government that is both large and mature to extract that subsidy. Could Toronto do it? We’re certainly big. But as to maturity? Ford provided an eloquent demonstration Tuesday, when asked what he thought of the of revenue tools. He made a retching sound. Then he started talking about casinos again. Hopefully Metrolinx and the Liberal government will prove themselves more up to the job.

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Guts are needed to get the transit T.O. needs The only thing Toronto needs to get good transit is guts. Guts to say we had a plan called Transit City. Guts to say we are fed up with the bickering on council and we have a plan get it done. Guts to say we need funding now. Guts to say we are going to pay for it ourselves. Guts to say we have wasted enough time and too much money to start again. Most importantly guts to dream and see it come to reality. If you have guts to spare please send them to your local councillor. Glenn Kitchen

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Nikki Toten, right, manager of development and community engagement at Scadding Court Community Centre, with participants in the centre’s Economic Empowerment for Young Women program. The program recently received more than $127,000 in funding from the federal government.

Participants to be mentored by empowered women >>>from page 1 “A few blocks of dead space will be transformed and we want these young women to have a voice.” The project started out with a strict focus on economic empowerment and, while that remains a key tenet of the program, it will also lead to the participating young women gaining valuable leadership skills. “When I first came into the program, I wanted to learn about women’s empowerment in general,” said participant Zeenat Afghan. “There still isn’t gender equality and the work forces are still not equal (in terms of salary).” Afghan noted the program breaks down other barriers, demystifying the concepts of feminism and female empowerment.” Fellow participant Tomiko Ferguson agreed women are traditionally underpaid and underrepresented in upper

We’re learning about women as leaders in a lot of fields, including politics and the corporate world. ~ Participant Zeenat Afghan

management levels in a disturbing number of fields. “We’re learning about women as leaders in a lot of fields, including politics and the corporate world,” she said. “The numbers haven’t changed as much as they should.” ‘See what’s possible’ That could change with the experience young women in the program are gaining. By meeting with women in positions of power, participants will not only gain mentorship, but also see what is possible. From there, they will

use what they learn as a springboard to improve the Alexandra Park community and surrounding area. “The women are leading a needs assessment in the community,” Toten said. “They’re going to get into project development and come up with projects they really think will address the needs they’re finding.” While the project is in its fledgling stages, its teaching will also allow participants to share what they learn with other young women in the community. “Right now, we’re being trained, but we’ll be going out and informing other women once we’re prepared,” said participant Thusika Kanagachandran. The project will run until early 2015

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Take Back Parliament: Is Proportional Representation the Way? WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. CONTACT: Pat McGrail, 647-7248530 COST: Free Learn about each party’s position on proportional representation, what it is, what they are doing to promote it. Speakers include Peggy Nash (NDP), Carolyn Bennett (Liberal Party), Jim Harris (Green Party). Gala of Light WHEN: 7 p.m. to midnight WHERE: The Fifth Social Club, 225 Richmond St. W. CONTACT: swright@ streethaven.com COST: Tickets are $100 www.streethaven.myevent.com Gala of Light raises awareness for marginalized women in downtown Toronto.

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MomThrive Conference 2013 WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay St. CONTACT: www. momthrive. com/registration

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The Future of the Book WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. CONTACT: Holly, 416-944-1101 Obsolescence or rebirth? Two proponents of public access to literature debate what new technologies signal for the book, and consider what else might be under transformation as the centuries-old form loses the weight of its physical pages and covers.

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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. MomThrive is North America’s first conference just for moms.

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Cadence concert for Regent Park WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: First Unitarian Church, 175 St. Clair Ave. W. CONTACT: http://cadenceconcert. eventbrite.com/ COST: $40 Renowned a cappella jazz quartet Cadence hosts a concert for Regent Park School of Music.

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Taiwanese Canadian SickKids Charity Gala 2013 WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W. CONTACT: www.twncharity.com COST: Reg $80/ VIP $150

Youth soccer equipment drive, gear for eight to 18 years WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon today and April 14 WHERE: St. Michael’s College School, 1515 Bathurst St. CONTACT: Andrea Dawber, 416-535-4277, www.sanjaxxsoccer.com Youth soccer equipment drive for summer 2013 youth soccer program in priority neighbourhoods. Delivered at no cost by Sanjaxx Soccer. Equipment will go to youth participating in free soccer program

New Music 101 series - contemporary classical music (Program 1) WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416-393-7131, igeorgieva-kaluba@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Members of the Toronto New Music Alliance kick-off a four-part series of free interactive presentations that highlight new directions in music creation and performance: chamber and electronic music, sound art, video game composition, and interdisciplinary projects are just some of the areas being explored. Continues April 15, 22, May 6.

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Write to Heal: Genocide and Memoir WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Ryerson University Library, 350 Victoria St. CONTACT: www.azrielifoundation. org COST: Free “Write to Heal: Genocide and Memoir” is an event hosted by the Azrieli Foundation to honour

Holocaust Remembrance Day and Rwanda Genocide Memorial Day. It will explore the process of healing through writing and the power of personal testimony with survivor and academic speakers.

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Psychic Fair WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E. CONTACT: Nancy Lyon, 416-392-0511 COST: Free Palms read, tarot cards, fortunes told - all for fun. Beautiful Before & After: Celebrate Lives Transformed WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: First Canadian Place, 100 King St. W. CONTACT: www.transformingfaces. org/connect/events/gala2013 COST: Tickets are $75 each. A tax receipt will be issued for $40. Transforming Faces, a Toronto-based charity dedicated to closing the gap in cleft care for children in developing countries.

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Taiwanese Canadian SickKids Charity Gala gives back to the hospital JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Having lost the child she was caring for due to leukemia, Cindy Su knows full well the quality of care children receive at the Hospital for Sick Children. Now, Su and a number of her fellow Taiwanese Canadians, are looking to give back and help ensure the hospital can continue to provide top-of-the-line services

to children in need. Su’s godchild Iris was in and out of a pediatrician’s care for more than six months before being referred to SickKids. The care Iris received at the hospital urged Su to do what she could to support the work staff. “We took her (to SickKids) and they found out her problem and put her in intensive care right away,” Su said. “It’s very unfortunate she passed away before they found a

donor match, but I saw how SickKids was taking care of children and wanted to give back.” While Su had helped out with events some of her friends had hosted for the SickKids Foundation, she decided last fall to host an event of her own. Dubbed the Taiwanese Canadian SickKids Charity Gala, the event marks the first of its kind from the newly-formed Taiwanese

Canadian SickKids Charity Committee. Despite its name, the gala was not designed to appeal exclusively to the Taiwanese Canadian community. “It’s open to everyone,” Su said. “My own background is Taiwanese Canadian, but we want people from everywhere to come and see our culture.” The event will include a wide array of performances from artists as diverse as

Aboriginal Canadian singersongwriter She King, girl group Maiden China, Taiwanese Canadian musician Samantha Chang and others. “We have a lot of really great performers who we think will put on a great show,” Su said. The gala will include a three-course meal, a silent auction, a raffle and presentations to highlight the cause guests are supporting. The committee hopes

the event will raise $10,000 or more, with the money earmarked for the hospital’s highest-priority needs. The Taiwanese Canadian SickKids Charity Gala will take place at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W., on Saturday, April 6. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner taking place at 7 p.m.

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Budget chief Del Grande moves TTC chair surprised by Metrolinx motion to resume Gardiner EA transit fare increase proposal DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s budget chief Mike Del Grande moved a motion to resume the environmental assessment on the possible tear-down of the Gardiner Expressway. But that’s not to say that Del Grande, a longtime opponent of plans to tear down the Gardiner Expressway, has changed his tune. Del Grande said the environmental assessment, which was halted early in Mayor Rob Ford’s term, should be completed as a way to take some of the partisan bite out of the debate on the future of the elevated highway. “I’m all for a fair and reasonable review and an environmental assessment – I am,” said Del Grande, at Tuesday’s budget committee meeting to finish off the city’s 2013 budget before sending it to executive committee.

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to buy more big buses wTTC The TTC’s board of commissioners approved the purchase of 126 more articulated buses to run on high ridership routes, at its meeting last week. The 60-foot vehicles, which are also known as artics, have separate sections divided by a pivoting middle hinge and can hold up to 112 riders total. The high-passenger capacity makes them ideal for rush hour service, says the TTC. share program rates rise wBike

The popular bike share program Bixi is raising membership rates for 2013. Beginning this week, it will cost $97 plus tax to purchase a one-year membership, $41 for a monthly pass, to access Bixi’s 80 stations and 1,000 bicycles available year-round through the program. That’s an increase of two per cent. This is the first time costs have risen since its debut in Toronto two years ago. Bixi says the price hike is due to inflation and increased

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT operating costs. construction road closures wGO

West-end road closures are planned for two weekends in April due to GO Transit construction work. Beginning this Friday at 8 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m. Monday, April 8, Martin Grove Road will be closed to traffic between Bethridge Road and Vulcan Street. Then on Friday, April 19, Kipling Avenue will remain closed all weekend before re-opening 5 a.m. Monday, April 22. The closures are because of girder installation for rail bridges going up in the area as part of Metrolinx’s GO Georgetown South expansion project. power line work THIS MONTH wStreetcar

Also in April, the TTC will conduct night work on the overhead power lines at the Bingham streetcar loop. Though the TTC prom-

ises minimal noise from the construction to take place Monday to Friday between 1 and 6 a.m., residents living around Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue may hear beeping sounds coming from the hydraulic trucks during the work period. The work, which is part of upgrades required for the TTC’s new streetcars, is expected to last six weeks. funding open houses wTransit

CodeRedTO will hold a series of open houses across the city to weigh in on the question of funding transit expansion. The non-partisan group is asking residents to chime in on transit funding and other issues. City councillors and representatives from Metrolinx are expected to participate. The meetings take place during April and May beginning at Thorncliffe Public Library on April 13. For a full list of dates visit www.coderedto.com Rahul Gupta is The Villager’s transit reporter. His column runs every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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Board of Health calls for reduced TTC fares for low income earners RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com If not for having access to transportation, James Kilmartin believes he would never have gotten off the street. Speaking before the Toronto Board of Health Kilmartin, who was homeless until last year, called for TTC fares to be offered at a discounted rate to charitable groups and organizations to help more lowincome people like him. “These shelters are very important and when they have to turn someone down because they can’t give a token to someone who needs to get to an appointment it’s more stressful to the person on the street,” said Kilmartin who was speaking on behalf of the Fair Fare Coalition. Kilmartin was at city hall March 25 to speak in favour of recommendations by the city’s chief medical officer on incorporating fare affordability into

transportation planning. He said as a homeless person he was denied entry to the TTC for not having a token despite a badly infected foot. He called an ambulance. “ The conductor saw how bad shape I was in, but he wouldn’t let me on,” recounted Kilmartin during his five minute deputation to the board. Sheryl Lindsay of the coalition, which was launched by Sistering women’s shelter in response to the 2010 TTC fare hikes, said the high cost of transit plays a negative impact for people with no other means of transportation. She said the group collected feedback from more than 200 low-income individuals who receive social assistance, who highlighted the importance of transit for them. Despite paying $25,000 per year on TTC tokens to distribute to its clients, Lindsay said rising fares was limiting how much help Sistering could

offer. “We’re one of many organizations across the GTA trying to offset this high price of transit for individuals,” said Lindsay, Sistering’s executive director. A majority of the board approved a motion from chair Joe Mihevc to have the city’s community development committee work with the TTC on potentially reducing fares for low-income people, which was approved by a majority, but not all, of the board. One of the dissenting votes was cast by Gord Perks. The Parkdale-High Park city councillor said making the TTC provide discounted fares would mean potential cuts in service. “If the TTC takes money out of service to provide a free fare to someone else, the only way they can do that is to not run a bus somewhere else,” said Perks.

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