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Ambitious goal met in Regent Park Daniels Spectrum, an arts and cultural centre, met its ambitious $10 million fundraising target thanks to an impressive $350,000 collected at a special event. Under One Roof, hosted by the Artscape Foundation and the Daniels Corporation, helped the new arts and cultural centre in Regent Park meet its goal. Funds raised will go toward capital and programming needs at Daniels Spectrum. Under One Roof featured performances by award-winning blues, jazz and gospel singer Jackie Richardson, Juno-nominated actor/ singer Sterling Jarvis and more. The show also included songs composed by Daniels Corporation President Mitchell Cohen. The songs will be available for purchase, with funds raised going toward future programming at Daniels Spectrum, at www.giveagiftgetasong.com Photo/MIKE POCHWAT

ELF: Nina Cvijic, 3, works on an elf hat during the Santa’s Workshop crafts event held Sunday at Queen’s Quay Terminal.

Youth centre celebrates successful reno JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com With the $1.4 million renovation of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s (CYC) Lancaster Street location in the books, staff, supporters and local youth assembled last Thursday to celebrate the upgrades. The centre, which provides sports, arts and after-school programming for children and teens in

the Cabbagetown, St. James Town, Regent Park and surrounding areas, now boasts a refurbished gymnasium and upgraded facilities to better serve the community. Calling the centre “the heart and soul of Cabbagetown,” Councillor Pam McConnell noted the facility has been a mainstay in the lives of children in the downtown core for generations. “(The programming) has been

going on for years and years and years,” she said. “It went on so long, in fact, that we had to change the floors (in the gym).” The evening honoured winners and top fundraisers from the annual Blair’s Run, which takes place during the Cabbagetown Festival in September, and top CYC supporters at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Neighbourhood Challenge. It also provided an opportunity

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for CYC Executive Director Spiros Papathanasakis to recognize the contributions made by longtime board member John McFadyen. “John McFadyen is the absolute model to me of what it is to be a good citizen,” Papathanasakis said. “He stood up for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre for a long, long time.” The refurbishment was funded through roughly $300,000 each from >>>youth, page 7

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Friends rally around comatose fire victim JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Weeks after a fire at the home of 27-year-old actor Prince Amponsah nearly killed him and forced doctors to place him in a medically induced coma, friends are rallying to ensure he has something to wake up to. Amponsah was asleep in his apartment at 410 Queen St. W. when an electrical fire broke out in his room in the early morning Nov. 12. His roommate, Brent Anderson, happened to wake up and notice smoke, at which point he awoke the others living in the building before making his escape. When the building’s residents reached the ground,

they realized Amponsah was not with them. Another roommate, Pawel Tosiek, ran into the burning building and was able to make his way through the black smoke and drag Amponsah to safety. While Amponsah is fortunate to have survived, he has been in a medically induced coma ever since, suffering from second and third degree burns over most of his body. Due to infection, doctors have had to remove his right forearm and much of his left hand. “We started up a fundraiser so he wouldn’t have to worry about finding a job when he woke up,” said Ruth Tecla, one of Amponsah’s friends. “Now we’re looking to raise more than that.”

Amponsah, a theatre graduate from George Brown College, was working as an actor and had appeared in Born Yesterday and Brief Encounters at the Shaw Festival. “He also worked part time to help support his family,” Tecla said. T h e f i re m a rk e d t h e second piece of tragic news for Amponsah’s family in a few short weeks. Two weeks earlier, his stepfather died. “It’s such a hard time for his family,” Tecla said. “We’ve been trying to keep in touch with his sister, but it’s hard because she’s consumed with grief.” Anthony Walker, another of Amponsah’s friends, started an online fundrais-

ing page (www.indiegogo. com/princeamponsah) to give people a chance to offer their support. Within a couple of days, the amount of money donated shot past the $15,000 mark. “As soon as I heard the news, I asked what I could do,” Walker said. “The biggest thing I’d ever organized was parties.” Walker and other friends of Amponsah’s made a video outlining what happened the night of the fire to help promote the cause, which has garnered support from friends, loved ones, acquaintances and strangers who were touched by Amponsah’s story. The video is posted on the fundraising page. A trust has also been set

up at TD Canada Trust under account No. 1704-6693005 to raise additional funds. Both Tecla and Walker noted the support has been touching, but hardly surprising given their friend’s personality. “Prince is a one of a kind character and his energy is unmatched,” Walker said. “He has such a presence and he’s a really unique kind of generous giver.” Tecla said Amponsah was both sweet to those who knew him and outgoing and friendly to those who didn’t. “He always left a good impression; there’s not a bad thing you could say about him,” she said. “Everybody who meets him has positive vibes.”

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Midtown resident Deborah Graham with her dance instructor, Arthur Baird. Graham’s book, Dance Me Beautiful, explores the new life she found in dance after her marriage ended.

When midtown Toronto resident Deborah Graham’s marriage ended, she found her life in disarray and, for a time, wound up just going through the motions. Rather than continuing to feel aimless, however, she decided to fulfill a long-standing dream and take up dance. Instead of simply becoming a new hobby, dance provided her with the basis for a nearcomplete transformation. “The feeling was one of the ground underneath me being simply gone,” she said. “After a year or so, I was still pretty sad. I felt like the life had gone out of me.” Compounding her woes, Graham had done dressage – essentially dancing on horseback – for much of her life. Shortly after her marriage to her high school sweetheart ended, her horse was retired. “Both those foundations were gone,” she said. When she saw Martin

Luther King, Jr.’s famous quote, “only in the darkness can you see the stars” at an Advent mass, she finally decided to make changes in her life. She went to a midtown dance studio to take up dance and felt hesitant at first, but was able to overcome her trepidation and went in. While she enjoyed the lessons, she continued to have second thoughts for a short while. “I felt kind of foolish, frivolous and not productive,” she said. “I thought, ‘little kids take dance lessons; grown-ups don’t take dance lessons.’” Soon, however, she learned to let go of the thoughts that were holding her back and embraced the world of dance. A lawyer by trade, Graham found dancing helped her connect with her feminine side, something that had been sorely lacking given her career in the homogenous world of law. “I had a feeling that I was coming to life again,” she said. “As I moved through dance,

I went through some of the tests – which I hated – and then through my first competition and on to performance. Each thing brought me new challenges.” The key for Graham was to stop worrying about outward impressions and allow her true self to come out. “To dance in a way that creates feeling for the people watching and for you, you have to find the part of you that is the rumba, the part of you that is the waltz,” she said. “The hardest for me was the tango because it’s such a passionate dance, you can’t be half-hearted about it.” Graham recently published a memoir, Dance Me Beautiful, which outlines her experiences with dance and how they helped lift her out of a particularly difficult time in her life. While the book depicts her own journey, she noted many who have read the book have told her they feel the same way whether their outlet comes through dancing, playing sports or other

pursuits. “I think it’s a more universal story than I’d thought,” she said. “Dance helped me to find all of me and that’s something that people can relate to.” She pointed out having a physical outlet was necessary for her to break the depression and sadness following her divorce. “It had to do something where my body was engaged in the process,” she said. “As a lawyer, I think all the time, but I couldn’t think my way through this.” Dance Me Beautiful was Graham’s first foray into writing, and she has already penned a children’s book, The Magic Comes Back, which follows the story of two cousins with a gift for magic. She is currently working on a follow-up to Dance Me Beautiful, with an eye to turn the book into a trilogy. Dance Me Beautiful is available at major online book sellers. For more info on how to purchase the book, visit www. dancemebeautiful.com

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his week, Toronto residents saw students from numerous high schools take to the streets to protest the loss of extra-curricular activities at their high schools as part of the continuing battle between the Ontario government and its public school teachers. Next week, however, the heat is really going to be turned up as a one-day strike by public elementary school teachers in Toronto is expected at some point before next Friday. The union representing the elementary school teachers, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), has been calling one-day strikes in school boards across the province since Monday. The ETFO is giving boards and our view parents, 72 hours notice of the impending strikes. Work together Perhaps by the end of this week or early next week, Toronto to ease pain of residents with children in the public system should know what teachers’ strike day the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will strike the elementary schools. The TDSB will close the doors of its schools with students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8. The board has sent home letters to parents encouraging them to start making alternate arrangements for their elementary school children now. For thousands of parents this is going to be a costly, complicated and stressful day. But by working together in our neighbourhoods and school communities, we can make it easier for those facing challenges. Communities in other boards have come up with some good ways of dealing with the strikes beyond taking the day off work or sending the kids to other family members. For instance, the City of Ottawa announced it would be extending its before and after-school programs on the day of the strike. We expect to see an announcement from the City of Toronto shortly that it will be doing the same. Also, other organizations are stepping up. In the case of Ottawa again, the Ottawa Senators said they’d offer a full-day hockey camp that day for kids aged five to 12. Hello, Toronto Maple Leafs – there’s a great idea. There are many other great ideas out there parents can start sharing with each other right now, so that those who are able to help with child care on strike day can do so while those who must go to work can also do so. newsroom

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How furious would you be if your employer came to you one day and told you the benefits you negotiated at the time of your employment were no longer afforded to you and your colleagues? Better yet, imagine how much your blood would boil if they told you your right to fight this decision was taken away as well. Finally, think about the extra hours you put in that are not appreciated, but you understand the importance of putting in the extra hours to make the company and/or your clients more successful. Now that I have your attention, if reading this has got you thinking that someone must have lost their mind if they tried to pull this at your job, then maybe we should collectively be more supportive of the teachers in Ontario. Without teachers helping us all along the way, we might not have accomplished the successes we have. Danion Beckford

Budget battle a mere shadow of last year’s fight What a difference a year makes. Last year, the operating and capital budget was a battleground between left and right, downtown and inner suburbs, Margaret Atwood and Etobicoke North Councillor Doug Ford. The budget committee wrestled with hotbutton issues such as the closure of city zoos and the denuding of public libraries. It was enough of a fight that Toronto council finally took part of it away from the budget committee and Mayor Rob Ford, and set the stage for a dramatic power shift in which council wrestled pretty much everything away from the mayor. Mayor Ford and his supporters warned that in this year’s budget, council and the city would have to go through the war all over

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again. As it’s turned out, that’s not so much the case. The 2013 operating and capital budgets are definitely still a thing of the Ford administration. The budget will see tax dollars invested in road repairs to unprecedented levels – driven even higher by the need to repair and rehabilitate the crumbling Gardiner Expressway – covering roads in cash rather than borrowed money. To help fund that, there will be some cuts to fire, police and ambulance, and projects near and dear to the hearts of downtowners and the left wing on council

– such as arts funding – aren’t getting the attention they might have under another mayor. But generally, this is a budget that doesn’t take many risks. There is no attempt to remove the land transfer tax. The budget doesn’t pretend to freeze property taxes. It doesn’t make an attack on downtown services particularly, just as it doesn’t reward suburban communities, especially. It does make a significant and potentially damaging change to the way the city funds repairs, using cash instead of borrowing – but that is a serious doubleentry accounting problem, and not an especially significant political problem. It shouldn’t surprise that the Ford administration is taking it easy on this one, or at least playing things a little more slyly. Last year,

Mayor Ford could still point to a strong electoral mandate as a basis to push hard on an agenda that was both aggressive and divisive. That mandate is still there in theory. But the mayor and the agenda are walking dead in these weeks before Christmas, as the budget committee wraps up its deliberations. They’ve been a sullen affair; budget committee chair Mike Del Grande presided over public deputations early this week, underneath the projection of a growing spreadsheet on which he costed every single thing Torontonians asked for in their three minutes. But again, that’s nothing compared to the marathon meetings Mayor Ford held last year. Spreadsheets have nothing on sleep deprivation. And from the look of things, 2013 has nothing on 2012.

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“Messiah” Ontario Philharmonic & Amadeus Choir WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. CONTACT: Bonnie Booth, 416443-9737; www.ontario.phil.ca COST: $25 to $45 A great way to get in the spirit of the holiday season as you experience the glorious sounds of this choral marvel.

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Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. CONTACT: Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/skateculture COST: Free Be sure to take advantage of Harbourfront Centre’s free all-ages programming during Winterfest until Dec. 16 (weekends only) for free fun family activities including concerts, film screenings, a scavenger hunt, activities, storytelling, and a holiday marketplace as well as ice-skating activities on Toronto’s favourite outdoor rink.

Family Service Toronto WHEN: various times WHERE: Family Service Association of Toronto, 355 Church St. CONTACT: www.familyservicetoronto.org, 416595-9618 Family Service Toronto, 355 Church St. south of Carleton, offers a number of courses, workshops and seminars for seniors and their caregivers.

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christmas at the distillery Carollers congregate: Left, carollers take part in an attempt to break the world record for most carollers singing in one place in the Distillery District Saturday evening. While more than 7000 people did take part, the existing record of 15,111 carollers was not broken. Below and bottom, carollers do their part to break the record.

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 Sacred Circle Dance WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Saturdays WHERE: Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: Joan Warren, 416-466-9292, ejoan.warren@gmail.com, Dance traditional and modern dances to a variety of world music. No experience or partner is needed and all dances are taught. Suggested donation of $8. Compassionate Friends Support Group Toronto Chapter WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month WHERE: Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. A support group for people who have lost a child. Compassionate Friends works like a 12-step program, although it is not actually a recovery program. Counsellors will sometimes join the meetings to provide more specific grief support. Free computer access POINT offers free computer and Internet access and free one-hour Internet-based classes. Call 416487-2427.

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Offer your feedback about the Beltline Trail JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Plans to improve the Beltline Trail across Toronto are heating up, with a pair of public meetings giving Torontonians a chance to look at the recommendations and make comments and recommendations. The first of the two meetings took place at St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church Tuesday, Dec. 4. The second one took place Dec. 5 at West Preparatory Junior Public School. A number of the major players driving the improvements spoke to those assembled to discuss the recommendations. “We want to make sure the public has input into the process both from the point of view that we appreciate their ideas and direction, and we want to make sure we haven’t missed anything,” said Garth Armour, City of Toronto supervisor of natural environment and community programs.

Areas being looked at include beefing up safety, improving the trail’s connectivity and wayfinding, optimizing the design and making the trail accessible. Armour noted resurfacing of the trail in some areas would help ensure users do not impact negatively on the vegetation throughout the trail. “In some locations, the trail’s 10, 12, 14 metres wide where people have walked off the path to avoid puddles,” he said. “We want it to be three to four metres, so we have to manage that use.” Armour noted trail safety is the top priority, with lighting the Upper Kay Gardner Beltline Trail – which runs north of Mount Pleasant Cemetery west to Allen Road – one of the recommendations made. The Ravine Beltline Trail running south of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, meanwhile, should not be lit according to recommendations made by landscape architects Victor Ford and

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Associates, as that could promote unwanted activity late at night. Armour said the improvements will be made over time, with urgent safety concerns addressed immediately and more aesthetic issues resolved as new funding comes available. “After the priority areas are determined and taken care of, we’ll keep incrementally making changes,” he said. Daniel Egan of the City of Toronto’s transportation

department said there are also concerns regarding road crossings. The improvements to the Beltline could include changes to the ways in which pedestrians and cyclists cross Bathurst Street, Avenue Road, Oriole Parkway, Moore Avenue and other streets along the way. “In most places, the (traffic) signals are a short distance away from where the trail comes out,” he said. “We could add signalized crossings, but we generally

People look at renderings of proposed upgrades to the beltline trail, during a public meeting held last week at St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church.

don’t like to have two signals too close together.” He noted, in most cases, there is ample opportunity for pedestrians and cyclists to walk a short distance to the nearest signal, but they rarely do. While Egan could not remember any incidents or near-incidents due to a lack of traffic lights at the crossings, he noted it was important to do everything possible to maximize safety.

“At the end of the day, cyclists and pedestrians want the whole thing to work,” he said. Amelia Bishop of Friends of the Beltline attended the meeting and said her group is eager to see the changes and how it impacts the wellused trail. While Friends of the Beltline works primarily to ensure the trail is kept clean and the greenery is maintained, she noted she would be open to seeing an expanded relationship. “Our main focus is on clean-ups and the ecological side, but if the city wanted to work together with us, I think we’d be open to that,” she said. An overview of the Beltline project, along with the recommendations, is available on the City of Toronto’s website at www.toronto.ca/beltline Community feedback will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 19. Those looking to offer input can email jdicema@toronto. ca or call 416-338-2830.


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Huge impact on former member >>>from page 1 the Ontario and federal governments, plus donations from the MLSE Team Up Foundation and the Jays Care Foundation along with other donations and fundraising initiatives. Lila Orbach, the widow of longtime CYC supporter Carl Orbach, said she was amazed at how far the centre had come since she and her late husband – who made a sizable bequest to the CYC – first laid eyes on it. “Our first memory of this place was (being asked to) raise money because the roof was leaking,” she said. “If (Carl) could be here now, he would see this and he wouldn’t believe it.” CYC alumnus Lindsay Marshall noted the centre had a huge impact on her as she was growing up.

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CYC performing arts program group Block Party dance at the Dec. 6, 2012 Cabbagetown Youth Centre celebration.

and experience new things with the people who meant the most to me,” she said. “My whole childhood lies within the walls of these buildings and it will always be a second home to me no matter where I go and no matter where I end up.” Toronto Centre MP Bob Rae also spoke at the event, lauding the CYC, its staff and supporters, for their work in ensuring children growing up in the downtown core had a positive outlet.

Dance classes Marshall recalled being essentially talked into joining dance classes at the centre and, despite feeling awkward at first, quickly growing to love it and the opportunities it presented. “Dance class gave me the opportunity to travel to different cities

He congratulated the centre on its successful renovation campaign. ‘Transformation’ “To have seen the transformation of this building and the renovation of this building is a wonderful thing, but it’s nowhere near as wonderful as it is to hear the stories and testimonials of the people who have, over the years, benefited from this building,” he said

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Native Women’s Resource Centre earns a City of Toronto award JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com For the past 25 years, the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT) has provided a safe meeting place where First Nations women in the city could come together to gain much-needed support and celebrate their heritage. Now, with a much wider-reaching mandate, the downtown organization has earned some recognition from the City of Toronto, earning the 2012 City of Toronto Aboriginal Affairs Award. The centre, on Gerrard Street East in the downtown core, caters to the needs of Aboriginal women, offering emergency services such as help for women seeking temporary shelter or looking to secure permanent housing. It also offers cultural resources, life skills training and youth programming. “We have programs to help women leave the streets or get out of domestic violence situations,” said Crystal Melin, NWRCT executive director. “We also have life-enhancing programs teaching

basic literacy, math and computer skills.” The centre offers parenting programs dealing with pre-natal and post-natal care, healthy eating and group support, employment and educational assistance and more. As the organization’s presence has grown in the community, so too has the demand for the services it provides. ‘GROWING NEED’ “There’s a growing need, especially with our housing program,” Melin said. Because the centre caters specifically to the needs of First Nations women, the staff is all-female, adding a level of comfort, particularly to those who are fleeing violence. “A lot of Aboriginal women escape domestic violence only to go to a mixed Aboriginal resource centre and run into their in-laws or run into other people who might make them feel threatened,” Melin said. “Our job is to provide a safe space.” From a cultural standpoint, the

centre offers Ojibway language classes, Aboriginal storytelling, full moon ceremonies, traditional beading classes, knowledge on traditional healing, hand-drumming classes and more. Every year the centre also holds the Sisters in Spirit vigil in Allan Gardens. The vigil honours Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been killed across Canada. Melin noted larger charitable organizations are often top-of-mind when it comes time for people to donate, but smaller organizations such as the NWRCT tend to slip under the radar. While the City of Toronto Aboriginal Affairs Award does not come with any money attached, it has already helped the NWRCT come up with funding for these programs. “Our cultural programming isn’t funded,” Melin said. “We got the award at a really nice ceremony on Dec. 5 and we got a few online donations the very next morning.” For more information on the centre and the services it provides, visit www.nwrct.ca

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Jarvis Collegiate dancers Olga Andrenyuk, left, and Gretta Musheghyan perform during the Toronto District School Board’s Dare2Dance Final Challenge at the Toronto Centre for The Arts’ George Weston Recital Hall on Wednesday.

St. Paul’s could use some help St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church is asking residents to pitch in to help those in need both at home and abroad this Christmas. The downtown church is looking for volunteers to pitch in and help serve meals to those who would otherwise go hungry Christmas Day. Volunteers will hand out lunches

at the church, at 227 Bloor St. E., from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. On a more global scale, St. Paul’s Bloor Street is looking for donations to support the Jacaranda Farm project in Nigeria. For info on both programs, visit www.stpaulsbloor.org/adventask or 416-961-8116.


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LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Two political heavyweights, including one from a rival party, have thrown their support behind St. Paul’s MPP Eric Hoskins’ leadership bid for the Ontario Liberal party. Former Liberal prime minister John Turner and Roy McMurtry, former chief justice of Ontario and former attorney general and solicitor general under Progressive Conservative governments, said Wednesday they are endorsing Hoskins. “Eric Hoskins represents important generational change for the Ontario Liberal Party,” Turner said in a statement. “He is a leader who brings experience, not just from his time as a cabinet minister, but also from his career outside of politics, where he has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to public service and to bettering the lives of others.” Hoskins, who stepped down as minister of children and youth services to run for the leadership under the party’s rules, is the cofounder and former president of War Child Canada dedicated to helping children in war-torn areas around the world, a doctor, a public health specialist, a Rhodes scholar and an officer of the

‘Eric Hoskins represents important generational change for the Ontario Liberal Party.’ ~ former PM John Turner Order of Canada. McMurtry said he first met Hoskins 25 years ago when he was a Rhodes scholar. “Since then, I have followed his impressive career with great interest and my respect for him has only grown stronger,” he said. “We need more people like Eric Hoskins in politics. He is one of the most conscientious people I know and he will make an outstanding premier.” n Liberals will choose their new leader, who automatically becomes premier, at a convention being held at Maple Leaf Gardens from Jan. 25 to 27. Candidates include Hoskins, Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray, f o r m e r Pa r k d a l e - H i g h Park MPP Gerard Kennedy, Mississauga MPPs Charles Sousa and Harinder Takhar and former Windsor MPP Sandra Pupatello.

Health minister supports Wynne LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Of the seven candidates running for the Ontario Liberal leadership, Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne has the best qualities to represent the party and Ontarians, Health Minister Deb Matthews says. “She’s a woman of great intelligence, great passion, great determination,” Matthews told The Mirror at an event at North York General Hospital’s Branson site last Wednesday. “She listens first and then she acts. Above all, she shares my values. Liberal values, capital L, small L.” Securing the support of the health minister, a former president of the party and the sister-in-law of former premier David Peterson, is a major endorsement for Wynne, seen as a front-runner in the race. Earlier in Ingersoll, the site of a leadership debate, Wynne named Matthews as her cocampaign chair. Former Windsor MPP Sandra Pupatello is seen as the choice of the party establishment, securing support from several political heavyweights such as Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.

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Olympic committee promises funding for our Pan-Am competitors JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com

Canada is throwing down the gauntlet when it comes to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is devoting $2.6 million of an earlier four-year, $100 million commitment to high-performance sport in the country to ensuring Canada gets to send its top athletes to the Games.

For many of the country’s amateur athletes, funding is often lacking, meaning any time spent competing can leave them in the lurch financially. The funding announcement, which was made Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, will allow athletes to focus more on competition and less on worrying whether they can afford to travel or take the time off work to take part in the Games.

“Canada will truly be able to put our best team forward on the field of play,” said COC President Marcel Aubut. “Every athlete who can compete, will compete.” That, Aubut said, will lead to a contingent of more than 1,000 Canadian athletes in the various Pan Am and Para Pan games. TO2015 CEO Ian Troop noted the overall funding commitment will have an impact that will last long after the Pan Am Games have

ended, as high-performance sporting facilities being built will ensure athletes have outstanding training spaces for generations to come. Troop said the $2.6 million commitment made Wednesday will make a huge difference in Canada’s showing at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Olympians Donna Vakalis and Jason Burnett – both from Toronto – also spoke of the importance of funding. Vakalis, who competed in modern

pentathlon at the London 2012 Games, said there is something special about competing on home soil. “This support will amplify that special magic,” she said. Burnett, an Olympic silver medalwinning trampolinist, said it’s an enormous boost to Canadian athletes. “High-level competition is incredibly stressful just on its own without having to worry about the financial complications that come along with it,” he said.

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But Blair said the budget instructions will mean a reduced complement of officers. By not approving new hiring, he said the service will be down 326 officers by the end of the year. And he said the requirement to find the additional money means a graduating class of 80 recruits might not be able to be placed. Keeping city safe Blair said laying off police officers is something he can’t do without board approval. But he made it clear the cuts would have an impact. “When the board and the city make a decision my responsibility is to then go and implement that decision and do the best to keep my city safe with the resources that are available, and that’s what I’ll do.” The board voted unanimously on the package after hearing about a dozen deputations from people begging them to keep police strength up in order to maintain community policing programs. The board members, led

by Chair Alok Mukherjee, said the budget would effectively maintain that. “It is my belief, quite strong belief, that it is possible to maintain the communitybased model of policing that we have heard so much about from deputations this evening, and that it is possible to do so at a cost that is also affordable,” he said. Use surplus Vice-chair Michael Thompson said the chief could find the money out of this year’s projected surplus, which, as it has in other years, is anticipated to come in at $8 million. “That means that there’s $8 million that’s available. “From the $8 million we simply want to hold back $6.7 million.” The budget proposal will also cut $1.4 million from premium pay, and save $6 million through a freeze in hiring and promotions. In all, the motion flatlines the police budget. Blair’s earlier proposal had called for a two per cent increase.

Stand out with Lavish Jewellery In the heart of Forrest Hill’s busiest shopping district, a custom jewellery boutique has recently emerged. With a growing collection of one-of-a-kind jewellery for both women and men, The Lavish Jewellery Boutique, located at 962 Eglinton Ave. W., features designers and hand made pieces selected by owner, Josie Cataldi. Her passion for fine and affordable jewellery has cultivated a unique collection to compliment your personal style. Pieces are made with high quality materials including gold, rose gold, rhodium, antique brass and antique silver plating, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and pearls. Whether you are getting married, heading to a holiday party or looking to add a beautiful piece to your jewellery collection, The Lavish Jewellery Boutique has unique pieces on display for purchase, or you can customize a piece to add to your jewellery box. Brides can choose from high quality jewelled head pieces and fascinators, made by Canadian designers with beautiful silks, pearls and crystals. Spar-

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City councillors thinking about running for mayor in a byelection next year should be made to resign their seats on council first, says Toronto’s budget chief Mike Del Grande. “I will put a motion saying morally, that people should step aside from their seats and put skin into the game,” said Del Grande. “That’s the honourable thing to do.” Del Grande told reporters he would bring the motion to council in the event Mayor Rob Ford is removed from office by the courts and council decides to fill the vacant seat by holding a byelection.

If the courts declare the mayor’s office vacant next year, Toronto Council could be faced with a very expensive choice in considering a byelection. According to the city’s budget chief Mike Del Grande, the cost of such a byelection could be as much as $14 million after events play out. “My responsibility is going to be to point out the realities of the budget. Everybody should factor in that concept,” said Del Grande. “There’s a cost of doing things.” The cost Del Grande floated following city clerk Uli Watkiss’ budget presentation was considerably higher than initial estimates that taxpayers would pay out $7 million for a city-

wide byelection to replace Mayor Rob Ford if his court appeal is unsuccessful. Watkiss pointed out the city would also be on the hook for campaign donation rebates, to the tune of an estimated $2 million. COSTLY And Del Grande said if it’s a city councillor that’s elected mayor, there could be an additional byelection the city will have to cover, prior to the regularly scheduled 2014 municipal election. Del Grande didn’t say whether he would support a byelection. “I’m just saying that when people talk it costs money. The talk is expensive. People better think and if that’s where we’re going you would have to make up that money.”

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Del Grande said theoretically a byelection could push up the property tax increase to 2.3 per cent from the projected 1.75 per cent. However, the pressure could be felt instead in the 2014 budget, if the city simply allocated money currently being squirrelled away for the 2014 general election. Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan, who is considering a run for mayor, said a byelection could cost taxpayers a great deal. “It’s why the reckless behaviour of asking lobbyists for money while they have business in front of council is such a poor, poor and terrible thing to do,” said Vaughan. “If the mayor had just simply followed the rules we wouldn’t have to have this debate about the rules.”

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SEVERAL COUNCILLORS Several city councillors are considering making a run in that byelection, including Don Valley East Councillor

‘What I find interesting about the Ford team is every time they come up to a problem they don’t understand, they try to change the rules or break the rules.’ ~ councillor Adam Vaughan Shelley Carroll, EglintonLawrence Councillor Karen Stintz, and Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan. Under current legislation, councillors seeking another seat in a byelection can continue serving in their current capacity throughout the campaign. It’s only once elected they must vacate their seat on council. Del Grande said councillors who are serious about being mayor should be pre-

pared to quit their jobs to do so. “Other wise it’s open season – you just come back (if you lose),” said Del Grande. ‘RESIGN AND RUN’ “If any member of council wants to run and they’re serious about running, then they should display it by saying what they’re prepared to do. They resign and run. That’s a serious proposition.” Adam Vaughan said he would abide by whatever the rules are at the time of any election. “I will abide by the rules,” he said. “What I find interesting about the Ford team is every time they come up to a problem they don’t understand, they try to change the rules or break the rules. “Just follow the rules, There are rules in place. Can we please just have an administration that follows the rules?”

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