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JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Youth in Regent Park are leading the charge to have the popular Block-O-Rama street festival return to the neighbourhood. The street festival was a mainstay in the community, bringing local residents together for an annual celebration, but it had disappeared from Regent Park’s summer event schedule in recent years. “Block-O-Rama’s been around since the late 80s, but it went on a little bit of a hiatus during the revitalization of Regent Park,” said Farid Jalil of Artscape. “Last year, a group of youth from the neighbourhood decided they wanted to bring it back.” Despite its hiatus, Block-ORama remains the largest annual event held in the downtown community by Regent Park residents, for Regent Park residents. “It brings a lot of people out,” Jalil said. “Last year, we estimate we had about 700 to 800 people come out over the course of the day and we hope this year is at least that big or bigger.” The youth organizing the event, known as the Daniels Spectrum Youth Sub-Committee, took the reins and have since been canvassing the community looking for ideas on how to ensure the party met the wants >>>own, page 10

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Aniqah Rahman helps paint a mural at 200 Wellesley St. E. The mural is expected to be the tallest in Toronto.

St. James Town gets tallest mural in city JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Work is underway to paint the tallest mural in Toronto – and possibly the world – right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Led by youth from the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) initiative and the St. James Town Community Corner,

the mural will depict a phoenix rising up the side of a 32-storey Toronto Community Housing building at 200 Wellesley St. E. “It came out of a year-long program that STEPS facilitated in St. James Town, engaging with youth to find ways to use art to solve problems in the community,” said STEPS Director Alexis Kane-Speer. “It’s a way

to get young kids involved and engaged in their local environment.” About 40 kids and teens took part in the STEPS program, with the younger kids offering input and the teens taking the lead on painting the lower portion of the mural. The higher portion will be painted by professional muralists for safety reasons. “We can’t go up to the top

because we don’t have a license for that,” said STEPS participant Ameerah Rashid, 18. The mural will help beautify the dense downtown area, which is currently dominated by drab skyscrapers. Kane-Speer said the project will help identify the downtown neighbourhood as a more vibrant community. “St. James Town is lacking >>>phoenix, page 5


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Adrienne Kress’ book is not a typical romance novel JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Having built her career on writing action/adventure novels for young adults, award-winning author and downtown Toronto resident Adrienne Kress’ latest work is a departure from the norm. Kress’ new novel, Outcast, is a romance of sorts, though it still showcases the writer’s flair for the unusual. Outcast tells the tale of 16-year-old Riley Carver, who lives in a town in the deep south where “angels” appear every year and abduct people. Riley’s best friend and almost boyfriend had been abducted the year before. “Every year, these angels come around and the town decides this is a good thing, but Riley’s not so keen,” Kress said. “The seventh year the angels come around and she sees one in her backyard, she

decides to shoot it and then tie it up in the shed.” Upon being shot, the angel, Gabe, takes on the appearance of a normal human. When Gabe awakes, he thinks it’s 1956 and the two join forces to figure out exactly what’s happening in the town. “I’ve always quite enjoyed romance and romantic movies, but this isn’t a typical romance novel,” Kress said. “It’s still fundamentally about friendship. I think friendship gets a bad rap in mass media.” Kress’ earlier novels also placed a strong emphasis on friendship as a driving force. Her acclaimed steampunk young adult novel, The Friday Society, featured three young women who bring their talents together to solve a murder. “There’s not much about female friendship out there and (The Friday Society) is a situation with three strong women who over-

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come some differences and become friends in order to accomplish something they couldn’t on their own,” Kress said. “It’s like a steampunk Charlie’s Angels without the Charlie.” Kress’ first novel, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, was named a “Post Potter Pick” in the New York Post and won the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award in the U.K. Her followup novel,

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Downtown resident Adrienne Kress released her latest book earlier this month.

Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate, was nominated for multiple awards and has been optioned as a film.

Though Outcast marks the author’s first real brush with romantic writing, it still bears Kress’ typical humour,

quirkiness and penchant for the slightly bizarre. In addition to writing, Kress works as an actor and director, having performed in various productions with Summerworks, the Fringe Festival and Summerstock. “If I had my druthers, I’d be doing Shakespeare all day, every day on stage, but I love writing and I would hate to have to give up (acting or writing),” she said. Her life downtown works well with her dual careers. “I can have rehearsals from 9 to 5 and then my evenings free to write, but when I’m not busy I like that everything’s right at my fingertips,” she said. “I’m very close to Riverdale Farm, so I like to pop over and hang out with the animals.” Outcast is available at book stores in paperback.

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York University professor Sampa Bhadra helps uncover origins of life

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Toronto researcher has played a key role in research that could help uncover the origins of life, the universe and everything. Sampa Bhadra, a York University physics professor who lives in the Bloor and Shaw streets area, was part of a 400-person team that studied the behaviour of neutrinos and proved that muon neutrinos can transform into electron neutrinos, which could go a long way toward uncovering why matter, and not antimatter, has formed the basic building block for the universe. “Neutrinos were formed as part of the big bang and they’re the most abundant particle in the universe,” Bhadra said. “With the big bang, matter and antimat-

ter were created equally, so this discovery could help us see why matter has won out over time.” Bhadra was the project leader of the team responsible for monitoring readings from an Optical Transition Radiation device, which measured the proton beams used to produce the neutrinos and ensured the experiment was conducted safely. For the experiment, dubbed T2K, muon neutrinos were created in a particle accelerator in Tokai, Japan, and then fired to Kamioka, Japan, some 300 kilometres away. Researchers found that, upon reaching Kamioka, many of the muon neutrinos had transformed into electron neutrinos. The findings demonstrate the prevailing theory that neutrinos can change from one form to another.

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Sampa Bhadra is part of a research team that has made a breakthrough that could help uncover how the universe came into being.

“We have a number of neutrinos coming to Earth from the sun and those should be electron neutrinos, but when (scientists) calculated how many elec-

tron neutrinos we see on Earth, that number was less than it should be,” Bhadra said. “The theory was that on the way to Earth, those

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electron neutrinos transformed into muon and tau neutrinos.” As particles go, relatively little is known about neutrinos. The big bang produced quarks, electrons and neutrinos and while the first two have been studied, neutrinos were more elusive. “They interact very, very feebly so it’s hard to get them to leave a signature,” Bhadra said. “One of the biggest discoveries of the past 20 years was just finding out that neutrinos have mass.” The T2K research team will replicate their experiment with anti-muon neutrinos to determine whether they exhibit the same transformational properties. If not, it could unlock information on how the universe as we know it

came to be. “We’ll look for differences and hopefully that will shed light on how we even came about with matter winning out over anti-matter,” Bhadra said. That work is expected to take place next year, and depending on the findings of that experiment, it could go a long way toward uncovering the secrets behind creation. “Don’t we want to know as human beings how we came to be?” Bhadra said. The York professor was not the only Toronto connection to the research. The OTR device was built largely at the University of Toronto and York PhD graduate Vyacheslav Galymov and research associate Mark Hartz from U of T were also among the key contributors to the findings. The team’s findings were unveiled last week at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics in Stockholm.

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Former budget chief ponders running for mayor The electoral battleground that was formerly known as Scarborough could become very interesting in 2014. Scratch that. It’s already interesting, now that Mayor Rob Ford has managed to gather enough votes to support building subway tunnels east and north from Kennedy station, a move that at once degrades the reach of rapid transit in Scarborough and feeds the local appetite for heavy-duty infrastructure improvements. Scarborough voters’ good will on this matter could well send Ford’s damaged mayoralty into a second term, scandals be damned. What it’s on the verge of becoming is titanically interesting. David Soknacki, a former budget chief under mayor David Miller and a former councillor from Scarborough’s east end, is considering adding his name to the growing list of high-profile candi-

david nickle the city dates for the next mayor of Toronto. Of all of them – Karen Stintz, John Tory, Olivia Chow – he’s got the lowest profile. Smaller ideas Since stepping away from council in 2006, Soknacki’s been spending his time heading up Parc Downsview Park, writing a column for this newspaper and tending his spice manufacturing and exporting business, Ecom Food Industries. But should Soknacki choose to run, Ford will be in for a fight – at least in Scarborough. Soknacki and Ford have certain similarities. Both are business owners – although unlike Ford, who inherited his share of Deco Labels from his late father, Soknacki started his

own business. Both are Progressive Conservatives, and both came to council with ideas to reform the place – although in this case, Soknacki’s ideas were smaller than Ford’s notion of stopping a gravy train. It was enough for Soknacki to push a motion to end nepotistic hiring in councillors’ offices. Both have ideas about transit in Scarborough. But while both agree it needs to be improved, beyond that their divergence could not be more pronounced. Ford, in case anyone missed it, is a subway man. Soknacki has been a consistent supporter of light rail. Ford is working on ways to pay for the subway. Soknacki is supporting a plan that is already financed by the provincial government. So if it goes ahead, there will be a spectacle of two candidates: both wealthy and Conservative; one from

Etobicoke who shows his love for Scarborough with the promise of a subway; another who shows his love for Scarborough by living there, and promising the old light rail plan. Toronto is of course larger than Scarborough. But if Ford wants to win a second term, he can’t afford to lose what amounts to nearly a third of the entire city. Facing Chow or Stintz or even Tory, Ford’s support in Scarborough is strong. Facing an opponent with hometown bona fides and a strong argument against the chimeric promise of an unfunded subway line, the mayor could be in real trouble. Even if Soknacki can’t persuade the rest of the city to put him over the top on election day, the damage his candidacy can do to the mayor’s base could be enough to topple him.

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Painted Bell utility boxes will bring art and colour to neighbourhood

Phoenix symbolizes rebirth of 200 Wellesley >>>from page 1 a lot of colour and there are a lot of tall, grey buildings,” she said. “There’s a lack of public art down here, so we thought ‘Why don’t we do something really big down here and take advantage of all those tall buildings.’” The project came about following months of consultation, both among the youth participants and the public as a whole. Public forums and meetings helped the youth choose the direction they wished to take with the mural. “We thought it would be really cool to get a symbol of rebirth,” Rashid said. The image of a phoenix rising from the ashes is particularly fitting given the trials and hardships faced by the residents of 200 Wellesley St. E., who were displaced – many of them for months – after a fire broke out in September 2010, causing more than $1 million in damage. Despite the problems

faced, the community banded together and residents were able to weather the incident. “We talked to people and got a lot of different stories and experiences of the neighbourhood,” Kane-Speer said. “We think (the phoenix) will show the strength of St. James Town and help break down some of the stigma that faces this community.” W h e n c o m p l e t e, t h e mural will be the tallest in the city, and Kane-Speer said the group has approached Guinness World Records to see if they can claim the title of the tallest in the world. “We’ve looked into it and we definitely haven’t been able to find anything taller,” she said. Work on the mural began Tuesday after rain forced the painters to delay the project’s start by a day. The painters plan to work through the summer and have the mural done by September.

JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com S t . J a m e s To w n a n d Cabbagetown are getting a makeover with Bell utility boxes throughout the downtown neighbourhoods being spruced up and decorated with murals. Facilitated through the Neighbourhood Arts Network, the Bell Boxes Murals Project resulted in eight utility boxes throughout the area given colourful designs and images by artists, with local residents and those with ties to the community given precedence. The Seeds of Hope Foundation provided sponsorships for participating artists. While the painting was supposed to begin in earnest on Saturday, rain hindered the progress of most of the artists. Mural painter Jim Bravo was one of a few who was unde-

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terred, painting on a utility box that received some protection from a nearby tree. “It’s definitely a good project, because (utility boxes) aren’t great to look at,” he said. “This will make them look nicer and bring a little bit of art and colour to the neighbourhood.” While Bravo doesn’t live in St. James Town, he has ties to the area. He painted a large mural in St. James Town Park and is set to paint another outside Sherbourne subway station later this year.

The artists were tasked with getting the utility boxes painted over the weekend, though the weather made that a daunting task. “We have two days to complete it, and so two six-hour days is what I’m hoping will be necessary here,” said Bravo. While the other artists left their sites due to the rain on Saturday afternoon, those walking through the neighbourhood certainly enjoyed the idea that the utility boxes would be home to public art.

“They’re eyesores, so turning them into something nice to look at will make this (neighbourhood) a lot nicer,” said resident Ben Strong. “We’ll see how they turn out, but anything’s nicer than just a boring metal box.” The project is part of a wider initiative that will see about 30 utility boxes in downtown Toronto beautified over the course of the summer. Similar projects will be carried out in Regent Park and the St. Lawrence Market communities later this year. Tours of the St. James Town and Cabbagetown paintings were similarly hampered by the rain, but walking tours of utility box paintings in Regent Park and the St. Lawrence Market communities are slated to take place Aug. 17 & 18 and Aug. 24 & 25, respectively.

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Island Soul WHEN: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. CONTACT: A Linton, 416-973-4000 Island Soul celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean.

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Toronto History Lecture WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd. CONTACT: Paul, 416-392-5561, www. torontofamilyhistory.org COST: Free The 2013 Toronto History Lecture, titled “Mary Mink: The Making of a Myth”, will explore the line between historical fact and historical fiction. James Mink was a successful Black businessman in Toronto in the 1840s and 1850s. In a 1990s movie, Mink arranges for a white man to marry his daughter Mary and

then stages a daring rescue when her husband whisks her off to the American South and sells her into slavery. The movie is said to be “based on historical records”, but as Guylaine Petrin found out, records can lie. Reservation is required.

mssociety.ca COST: Free Young working professionals (20 to 40 years-old) with multiple sclerosis get together for information sharing and emotional and social support. Meeting location will be provided after registration.

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Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Awareness Day WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: YongeDundas Square CONTACT: Chris Farano, 416-656-2110 Demonstrations of Taoist Tai Chi arts

Young working professionals with MS self-help group WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Lawrence/Yonge area CONTACT: Lynn Laccohee, 416-967-3032, lynn.laccohee@

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Calypso STARS WHEN: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. CONTACT: A Linton, 416-973-4000 Calypso STARS is a oneday extravaganza of top Canadian calypso and soca singers, along with the U.K.’s 2012 Calypso Monarch, steelpan and traditional carnival mas’ characters.

Fortune Cooking WHEN: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. CONTACT: A Linton, 416-973-4000, COST: Free Fortune Cooking features the best dishes, restaurants, music, dance and artists from East Asia to Southeast/ South Asia. Come see what’s cooking in this influential continent.

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Clothing swap In Support of Horizons For Youth WHEN: noon to 4 p.m. WHERE: Arts Market, 846 College St. CONTACT: http://bit. ly/13aCZ00 COST: Free Update your wardrobe, be part of a sustainable movement and help support homeless or at risk youth by joining the Arts Market at Clothing Swap. Bring gently used clothing and swap them for new-to-you pieces. Pay what you can with proceeds going to the Horizons for Youth Foundation.

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Make Some Noise WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor St. W. Top indie improvisers will perform in different parts of the library, broadcasting wirelessly to the main lobby where audience members can create their own sound mix. The collected sound bites from these performances will then be reconstructed into a new composition.

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Dundas Street West/ Ossington Food Tour (Best of the West!) WHEN: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: Suzanne, suzanne@savourtoronto. com COST: $70 Discover the latest and greatest places for dining and drinking along Dundas West and Ossington.

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Crazy Cloth: A High Tech Trip into Toronto History and Culture WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave. Kids are invited to join this high-tech Heritage Toronto tour Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the labs at Ontario College of Art and Design, how the Great Fire of 1904 was started by a necktie and more. You’ll be using tablet computers on the go provided by the Textile Museum of Canada on this tour in and around Toronto’s Fashion District. Staring point will be revealed when registered. Cost, $10 or $8 for children 12 and under. Visit www.heritagetoronto.org

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ongoing Family Service Toronto Family Service Toronto, 355 Church St., south of Carleton, offers a number of courses, workshops and seminars for seniors and their caregivers. Visit www.familyservicetoronto.org; 416-595-9618. Eglinton Community Centre Eglinton Community centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E., offers a variety of unique courses and classes at various costs. Contact www.centraleglinton.com

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Sacred Circle Dance The group dances traditional and modern dances to a variety of world music. No experience or partner is needed and

Scion City Chase Toronto No. 2 WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. CONTACT: Ashley Gould Compete with your friends, find hidden challenges throughout the city and run five to 10 kilometres along the way. Register now at www.scioncitychase.ca

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Sail-In Cinema WHEN: 8:45 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr. CONTACT: cinema@torontoport.com COST: Free For three nights in August, people can watch movies on a twosided screen anchored to a barge on Lake Ontario.

all dances are taught. Suggested donation of $8. The group meets at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Contact Joan at 416-466-9292. Compassionate Friends Support A support group for people who have lost a child. Compassionate Friends is not a recovery program. Counsellors will sometimes join the meetings. The group meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave.

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Celebrating summer: Left, the Toronto Buddhist Church’s Mika Tamaki performs in traditional garb during the first annual Japanese Summer Festival held Sunday at YongeDundas Square. Below, members of Sakura-Mai perform at the festival. Right top, Beauty by Masayo’s Masayo Laing, left, makes up Katie Wootton as a traditional Geisha. Right, Coco Uchida, 2, and her mother Chie share some noodles.

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‘Own the Block’ the theme for Regent Park residents >>>from page 1 and needs of Regent Park residents. The sub-committee consists of about 20 teens and young adults from the Regent Park area. “We’ve been going around to see what people want to see and having meetings to find out what everyone wants,” said youth sub-committee member Brad Smart.

With a theme of “Own the Block,” this year’s event will include a $1 barbecue, a wide array of food vendors from the community, a fashion show, live musical performances, the Toronto Raptors Fan Zone and more. “Right now, we’re still gathering performers and vendors,” Smart said. “It won’t be a conventional show with the performers – they can get

up and just perform without everything being on a tight schedule.” There will also be games and activities for children, with prizes handed out throughout the event. This year’s Block-O-Rama will take place in the courtyard just south of Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., from 2 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

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A day of fun at the zoo for the entire family in support of the Herbie Fund at SickKids. From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can enjoy the Toronto Zoo and help raise funds to help children across the world receive life-saving medical care at SickKids that would otherwise be unavailable in their home countries. For more information please visit: www.herbiefund.com

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Team Up for SickKids will unite the South Asian community for a day of sports to raise funds for SickKids at the Ultra Sports Center in Scarborough. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $15 for participants and $5 for spectators. Teams will compete in soccer, basketball or volleyball throughout the day and prizes will be awarded. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/TeamUpForSickKidsSportsEvent For a complete list of all events and to register your own event, visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com/events @sickkids

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Pushing for food trucks in parks DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Hungry visitors will be able to grab a quick meal at five city parks this summer, as Toronto embarks on a pilot project to measure the effect of allowing food trucks to do business on city property. Currently, food trucks aren’t allowed on city property. They can set up in private parking lots, or pay fees to do business at designated public events. But parks, rights-of-way and boulevards are offlimits. Eglinton-Lawrence Councillor Josh Colle has been pushing for a relaxation of the bylaw throughout the year as a member of the city’s Food Policy Council. Initially, Colle said he just wanted to see the bylaws relaxed. But he said city bureaucrats were unable to make the change wholesale, so the pilot project is a first step. The project will see five parks open to licensed food trucks: Woodbine Park,

The parks we’ve chosen we’ve tried to pick ones with high foot traffic. – Josh Colle

Roundhouse Park, Canoe Landing, Sherbourne Commons and Allan Gardens. “The parks we’ve chosen... we’ve tried to pick ones with high foot traffic,” said Colle. “One is the Roundhouse Park outside the (Rogers Centre). That should give you a feel of what it should be like. Part of it is to help out these entrepreneurs, really it would be difficult to do another summer season. But more importantly it’s to let everyone have a taste of it. Let’s see that the trucks do well, and hope that for people who have concerns, some of those may be allayed in terms of impact on traditional restaurants.” In the past, concerns have

been raised that food trucks will swoop into neighbourhoods and harm the business of brick-and-mortar restaurants whose owners have made significant investments in the community. Colle said he doesn’t believe that will happen. “I was recently in Vancouver, and saw them in parks, on boulevards,” he said. “I remember one up against the railings of a patio of a restaurant. And the patio was packed and the food truck did okay business. We have to not be quite so timid.” Colle said eventually he’d like to see food trucks permitted on designated spots along boulevards. “I’ve got neighbourhoods in my ward where having one would help the existing businesses, because there’s no activity, or more extremely, there’s no food,” he said. “We can’t even bring in a produce truck because that would be against the bylaw.”

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Agave plant breaks through roof at Allan Gardens JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Visitors to Allan Gardens this summer have been treated to an unusual sight – the top of an agave plant poking out through the roof of the downtown conservatory. The plant bloomed this spring, the first and only time it will do so before it dies. Its growth spurt is typical of agave plants – the species experiences a spike toward the end of its life cycle and then dies – and caused the staff at Allan Gardens to make special arrangements to accommodate it. “It’s been growing for years and then it takes just a few months for it to develop its flower spike,” said Allan Gardens Supt. Curtis Evoy.

“It uses up all its energy for the spike, so it’s dying now. It takes all this plant’s energy to produce this kind of growth.” Starting to die The spike happened so suddenly, a City of Toronto glazer had to come out and cut a small half moon-shaped hole in the conservatory’s roof to allow the plant to continue to grow. The hole will be repaired once the plant dies, likely within weeks. “It’s already started to deflate – it’s shrinking,” Evoy said. “Once it dies, we’ll have to cut it down and fix the roof.” Evoy said experts have estimated for the plant’s

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An agave plant pokes through the roof of the Allan Gardens greenhouse.

chance to catch a blooming agave at Allan Gardens, provided they’re willing to wait around a few decades. “We have what we call a pup growing at the base of this one, so once this one’s cut down, we’ll still have one,”

Evoy said. “There’s no way of knowing how long it will take to bloom, but it won’t be for a long time.”

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TTC eyeing GO rail corridors TTC votes not to integrate The TTC will study using existing GO rail corridors for a proposed subway route. A motion approved by the TTC board asks staff to collaborate with provincial transit planning body Metrolinx on examining the suitability of running a future Downtown Relief Line (DRL) along the Georgetown and Lakeshore East tracks. Metrolinx has placed the construction of a relief line as a priority for its Big Move transit network, and has pledged to build the DRL within 15 years if the project is funded. Station art winner wUnion

A Belgian studio has won a public art competition to develop a commemorative art installation for Union Station. Brussels-based LAb[au] was chosen by a five-person selection panel for the right to design and install a multimedia art piece in honour of the city’s first parks body the

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT Walks and Gardens Trust. The studio’s winning idea fLUX focuses on themes of human motion and flow and will appear permanently on the station’s passenger concourse underneath Front Street. The piece is expected to be completed by mid-2014. streetcar testing continues wNew

Members of the media had the chance to take a trip on the new TTC streetcar recently. A testing model of the new low-floor vehicle made its maiden daylight voyage from the TTC’s Hillcrest facility, located at 1138 Bathurst St., to Bathurst Station. If testing is completed on schedule, the streetcars will be in service next year on multiple routes including Bathurst, though it will likely

take until 2019 before all 204 of the new cars ordered from Bombardier are in operation. station closure back on wPape

Pape Station will close for an extended amount of time after all. The station was scheduled to shut down for 12 straight days in June to speed up ongoing renovations, but the plan was shelved when contracted ceramic tile workers walked off the job as part of a province-wide labour action by the Brick and Allied Craft Union. Now that the strike is settled, the TTC says it will instead shutter the station from Aug. 19 to 30 during which time both bus and subway service will bypass Pape. For details about the closure, visit www.ttc.ca Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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sequent plan was placed on hold pending the outcome of the casino debate. “It was hard to move forward because if you had a casino it would be something and if you didn’t it would be something else,” Young said. The strategic plan would focus on 2014 to 2016 and would set broad plans as well as specific initiatives.

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