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Cycle on the Coldest Day of the Year While winter weather may make many Toronto cyclists think about tossing their bikes in storage and hanging up their helmets for the season, Cycle Toronto is inviting everyone to take part in the Coldest Day of the Year Ride. The annual ride urges Torontonians to take to the streets on their bikes to celebrate and encourage winter cycling. While the weather may not always co-operate, typical Toronto winter days are marked more by cold temperatures than by inclement snow or icy conditions. Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) has included a set of winter riding and gear tips on its website, www.cycleto.ca, and is inviting cyclists to support the organization by buying a pair of Cycle Toronto socks. The organization is also encouraging those who do not own a bicycle to take a BIXI bike out for a free spin for the ride. The Coldest Day of the Year Ride will depart from the corner of Armoury and Chestnut streets, right behind city hall at noon Wednesday, Jan. 30. Anyone looking to reserve a BIXI bike is asked to make a reservation by emailing siva.v@cycleto.ca by Friday, Jan. 25.

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Students from Oasis Alternative Secondary School’s Arts and Social Change program and Grade 6 students from Ogden Junior Public School stand outside the school Tuesday with the new school sign they created.

Graduating students leave their mark JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com In an example of what can happen when schools work together, Ogden Junior Public School has unveiled a new school sign that allowed some of its graduating students to leave their mark. The sign, which the downtown school’s Grade 6 students created with help from high school stu-

dents at nearby Oasis Alternative Secondary School, spells out “Ogden” in blue and yellow letters formed out of the shapes of the students’ bodies. “It’s based on Keith Haring’s style of art and the students also created a documentary of the process,” said Ogden Junior Public School teacher Richard Ng. “It’s a legacy they’ll be leaving behind as they move on to middle school.”

The new sign allows Ogden to spruce up its plain red brick exterior and brings a little life to an area in dire need of a splash of colour. “This was a way for the students to take action themselves,” Ng said. “We don’t even have a safe, functioning playground at the school and there’s no green space whatsoever around here so this was a way to put our school on the map.” The project came about through

a partnership with Oasis Alternative, a downtown high school that helps at-risk teens who have left the traditional school system reintegrate and complete their education. Oasis offers a Triangle Program for LGBT youth, the social entrepreneurship-based Oasis Skateboard Factory and the Arts and Social Change Program. The Ogden sign came about with >>>oasis, page 6

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After Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned his post Oct. 15, the Ontario Liberal Party announced a leadership convention, taking place this weekend, Jan. 25-27, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Of the six remaining candidates - Toronto Centre MPP, Glen Murray, recently bowed out of the race - three are from Toronto. The Mirror posed questions to each of the city’s candidates.

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n We need to expand our transit system and invest in infrastructure to make that a reality. In my Prescription for a Healthy Economy, I call for a strengthened regional transit authority. This new regional authority will have dedicated revenue streams that will be a mix of public and private funding, and will allow municipal transit systems like the TTC to focus on operations and improving customer service.

n I made it clear earlier on in the campaign that I believed a negotiated agreement was possible. But going forward, I believe that the new Premier must make it a top priority to rebuild our education alliance. That means sitting down with teachers’ representatives as soon as possible, and turning our energy in partnership with them to improving the process by which we get to agreements – because it’s become clear over the past few months that the current process is not working.

n My values as Premier will be the same values that have motivated me throughout my career. First, that Ontarians deserve access to opportunity and prosperity. Second, that we have to work together to achieve that goal. And third, that no one gets left behind. To deliver on these values will take leadership – and throughout my career I have shown that I am good at building consensus, collaborating with my colleagues to get results, and that I am a good listener. These are qualities our next Premier must have.

n I have experience both inside and outside of politics – experience that has helped me bring new ideas and fresh leadership to this race. I am the MPP for St. Paul’s, and I’ve served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration as well as Minister of Children and Youth Services. Outside of politics, I am a medical doctor and a public health specialist. I spent more than a decade working as a humanitarian in some of the world’s most difficult conflict zones providing medical care to children and their families, which led me to co-found War Child Canada with my wife, Dr. Samantha Nutt.

n Bringing back the Legislature as soon as possible so we can focus on moving forward with a plan for prosperity – and Toronto is at the heart of that plan. We need it to be globally competitive, providing cutting-edge workplace environments that are fully accessible through modern transit and infrastructure systems to attract the best industries. Global leadership means dealing with some of Ontario’s chronic infrastructure and transportation problems. • Resolving gridlock and alleviating commutes of up to 90 minutes – the longest commutes in North America • Dedicated revenue for congestion alleviation • Resolution on how decisions are made for long-term transportation planning purposes

n In my Peace Plan I have pledged not to use the powers in Bill 115 and to restore bargaining rights, negotiate agreements and, if necessary, renegotiate where needed to ensure fair outcomes. I believe that teachers and education workers well understand the fiscal constraint we are under and the government has previously always gone the extra mile to find ways to protect students and secure the best results for them. It is time for some enlightened flexibility from everyone to set the stage for future success.

n We need to transform government and bring business and labour to the table to work together on solving our biggest challenges. And if the Liberal Party is going to win back the confidence of Ontarians, we can’t just put a new face on the poster. The only way we will regain first the full confidence and enthusiasm of our members, and then that of the public at large, is to restore the balance of power between our leadership, our members and our elected representatives. I’ve put forward my plan for change and made a very public commitment as leader to be more accountable, more accessible. These changes will put us on the road to becoming the most democratic and responsive political party in North America.

n When I was 26 years old, I was involved in the start-up, management and growth of one of Canada’s largest non-for-profit organizations. Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank collected and distributed about $35 million worth of food every year. I enlisted public support, created understanding and awareness of the forces of poverty and motivated up to 20 per cent of the GTA households participating in our major food drives at any one given time. I’m someone who will roll up my sleeves and work with people to solve problems, and I won’t stop unless it’s done.

n The GTA needs smart, efficient transportation and infrastructure that works. I will build on record McGuinty Liberal investments in infrastructure and transportation. I will champion the prosperity of the GTA by supporting increased investment in our regional transportation network, while ensuring we have a plan to pay for it. I will also champion a fairer, more inclusive society. The moral argument for poverty reduction is clear, but the economic imperative is equally compelling. That’s why I’ll move forward with the next poverty reduction strategy and implement the social assistance review recommendations, over time.

n Just as I did as education minister, I will sit down with our education partners to strengthen the bargaining process at both the provincial and, importantly, the local levels. We need a sustainable model for wage negotiations, a structured dialogue with our partners in the broader public sector to create innovative models for engagement and negotiation. Continued improvements in our education system are only possible if we repair the relationship with our teachers and support staff. I’m glad Bill 115 will be repealed so we can focus on developing a sustainable process within the fiscal reality.

n I’m running because I believe so deeply in bringing people together, finding common ground to achieve real results. Whatever happens in this race, on Jan. 28 we’re going to find ourselves continuing to govern in a minority parliament. We need a leader with the skills and experience to unite Ontario Liberals and then find common ground with the Opposition. In this minority parliament, we all have a responsibility to work together to get things done. I’ll reach out to the PCs and NDP and work to create jobs, grow the economy and invest in public services.

n I’m a mother of three children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Claire. I grew up in Richmond Hill and have lived in north Toronto with my partner Jane for more than 25 years. I’m also a runner and I love to read! As a conflict mediation practitioner, I ran a small business for 10 years and taught mediation in schools across Ontario. I hold master’s degrees in linguistics and in adult education. I am a committed community volunteer, having taught English as a second language, and provided mediation services to several community organizations.

Eric Hoskins MPP, St. Paul’s

Gerard Kennedy Former MPP & MP Parkdale-High Park

Kathleen Wynne MPP, Don Valley West

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s Toronto grapples with its first significant cold snap of the season, we all must take the proper precautions to stay warm but be ready to lend a hand to those who may need it. It’s during these cold stretches where strong community bonds are most valuable – making people aware of what services are available, protecting against safety risks and providing that sense of belonging to those at risk of feeling isolated. There’s a lot we can be doing. The city issued its first Extreme Cold Weather Alert of 2013 Monday. These alerts are called when Environment Canada predicts a coming overnight temperature of -15 C or lower without wind chill. The alert also triggers additional homeless services in the city. Getting people someplace our view warm is crucial. If you wish to help, there are opportunities to Help each volunteer your time and donate goods which can be put to good other during use. Visit www.volunteertoronto. ca to review what opportunities this cold snap are out there. Call 311 if you see someone you think needs street outreach assistance. While the issue of homelessness may not be readily apparent in your own neighbourood, there are community-building tasks you can undertake during these times that have a significant impact. Cold weather means less outdoor interaction with our neighbours – especially those with mobility challenges. There’s nothing stopping you from paying a visit to a neighbour to check in on them and have a chat. It may be snow shovelling that’s needed or keeping walkways and stairs salted to prevent ice build-up. Interaction is an important building block of a community. Community-building exercises don’t need to take huge numbers of people and hours of planning to be successful. There’s always something we can do. Even a short conversation can help you to get getting to know your neighbours a little better and forge a stronger community bond. While some temperature relief is expected early next week and this cold snap will relent, these are prudent steps to follow. Winter is far from over, but even when the season changes getting to know the people we share a common bond with can lead to a healthier and happier community. Ultimately, at a time when interaction with our neighbours is limited by the cold temperatures, now is when we need to ensure we’re looking out for each other. newsroom

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Re: ‘Time to cap the number of terms a politician is in office: reader writes,’ Jan. 17. I agree with W.D. Adamson’s call for a time cap on a politician’s terms of office, but for a different reason. Basic to a healthy democracy is an informed and experienced citizenry. Since holding political office is an integral part of educating members of a democracy, political office should be shared as much as is reasonably possible. Given that politicians are prone to develop a sense of entitlement to their public office, they clearly need legislative help to make them see when it is time to give someone else a chance to serve and learn. Albert Pietersma

Del Grande’s decision a bitter cap to budget process Mike Del Grande’s abbreviated tenure as Mayor Rob Ford’s first budget chief will almost certainly not be remembered the way the councillor would wish it. Del Grande quit the job last week, providing a bitter cap to council’s chaotic debate of the 2013 operating and capital budget. He went in with a chip on his shoulder, warning councillors he would likely quit the job if they made even a change to the budget he and Ford’s executive committee presented. That in itself was an unreasonable ultimatum; to ask Toronto’s divided council to leave his budget alone. If that were the only provocation, his resignation could reasonably be dismissed as a childish snit. But Del Grande’s pride sustained deeper wounds, when Ford tore a hole in

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his budget, first voting for a motion by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti to eliminate the budget’s two per cent property tax and, when that failed, voting to add $3.1 million to the firefighters’ budget. Del Grande had spent the past few months standing firm against firefighters’ demands. He had every reason to believe the mayor had his back. Who could blame him for resigning, when that turned out not to be the case, and in fact he had always been on his own? The reality, of course, is that Del Grande

was always on his own as budget chief – often by his own design. Where past budget chiefs had divided work on the budget among their committee members, Del Grande took on much of it himself. He was often sharp with deputants, who came to complain about the cuts his budgets would impose on various programs. Earlier on, he would dig in his heels on these matters and leave it to council to sort it out. Toward the end, it was clear he took the job of balancing the city’s financial needs against its social and infrastructure needs seriously. In 2012, when the public came to depute, Del Grande grilled each one about what they wanted, and how much it would cost. The list he kept posted during the meeting seemed at first like the

kind of object lesson you’d use to teach a spendthrift teenager about household budgeting. When it came time to wrap up the budget, Del Grande emerged with a proposal to raise property taxes a hair and restore funding to various areas of need, raised convincingly enough by deputants. It was a significant gesture, but not significant enough for the needs of council or the political needs of the mayor. In the end, it is not likely enough to solidify the story of Del Grande’s time chairing the budget committee as one of a balanced, thoughtful financial architect committed to rational budgeting for the good of all, as he might have wished. To do that would have taken the one thing he determined last week he didn’t have: time.

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It’s Happening Human Library Day in Toronto WHEN: 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Torontonians are invited to engage with human “books” from various backgrounds and occupations. Visit http:// humanlibrary.org The East End Writers’ Group WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: World’s Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward St. CONTACT: brianhenry@sympatico.ca COST: $44 in advance or $48 This workshop will introduce you to telling true stories and will show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Conductors’ Symposium Concert WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. CONTACT: Kimber Jonah, www.tmchoir. org/media/release_01082013.cfm A free Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert.

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Scaredy Squirrel Fun Night WHEN: 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. WHERE: Yorkville Library, 22 Yorkville Ave. Scaredy Squirrel is afraid to leave his tree and has the wildest emergency kit imaginable. Join the library as staff reads and acts out this nutty story of leaving the nest with props and puppets

during the celebration of Family Literacy Day. Register in branch or call 416-3937660.

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Mix It Up WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: One King West Hotel & Residence, 1 King St. W. CONTACT: www.onefamilyfund.ca COST: $45 advance, $50 door One Family Fund hosts its second annual Mix It Up event, which includes a silent auction that benefits the victims of terror in Israel.

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Coldest Day Bike Ride WHEN: noon WHERE: behind city hall

at Armoury and Chestnut streets The event is supported by the City of Toronto and BIXI Toronto. Visit cycleto.ca/ event/2013/01/03/coldest-day-year-ride Eat Well, Age Better health seminar WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. CONTACT: Answerline, 416-393-7131 Learn how to improve your health using diet, vitamins and nutritional supplements to protect your eyes, heart, brain and bones.

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The Art of Julia Hacker WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Wychwood Barns Gallery, 76 Wychwood

Ave. CONTACT: Julia Hacker, 647-9995130, http://www.artjuliahacker.com A new collection of vibrant and whimsical paintings by Russian born, contemporary mixed media artist Julia Hacker who explores several directions.

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Auditions for the VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: Susan Suchard, 416788-8482, info@vivayouthsingers.com COST: $25 Choral organization offers a musical experience to all ages from four to young adults.

Lawrence Park Neighbourhood Investigation of Basement Flooding (Area 20) & Road Improvement Study Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Notice of Study Commencement conditions, traffic, pedestrian safety, drainage problems and basement flooding in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood. Measures that improve storm water quality and reduce storm runoff will also be incorporated. The map in this Notice shows the Lawrence Park Neighbourhood Study Area and the Basement Flooding Area 20 boundaries. The Process The study is being planned under the requirements set out in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) document dated October 2000, amended in 2011.The MCEA process provides members of the public and interest groups with opportunities to provide input at key stages of the study.The study will define the problem, consider and evaluate alternative solutions, assess impacts of the preferred solutions, and identify measures to lessen any adverse impacts.

Background Like many established neighbourhoods inToronto, the infrastructure – roads, storm and sanitary sewers – in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood needs improvement.Traffic and pedestrian safety issues exist and road drainage systems are unable to convey stormwater effectively. Historically, part of the Lawrence Park neighbourhood has also experienced issues with basement flooding during heavy rainfalls. Basement Flooding Area 20, within the Lawrence Park neighbourhood is one of 34 areas inToronto included in the “Basement Flooding Work Plan”, approved by City Council to address basement flooding across the City. The Study The City ofToronto has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to address issues relating to deteriorating road

Public Consultation You are encouraged to complete and return the enclosed questionnaire in order to provide us with background information on the study area and help us further understand your key concerns. The results of this questionnaire will be presented at the first Public Information Centre (PIC) which is tentatively scheduled for late Spring 2013. Notification of all PICs will be advertised in the local community newspaper and notices mailed to all interested stakeholders. We would like to hear from you Public consultation is an important part of this study. If you have any questions or comments or would like to be placed on the study mailing list, please contact: Kate Kusiak Tel: 416-392-2962 Senior Public Consultation Fax: 416-392-2974 Coordinator TTY: 416-338-0889 Public Consultation Unit E-mail: kkusiak@toronto.ca Visit: toronto.ca/involved/projects City of Toronto Metro Hall, 19th Fl. Issue Date: January 17, 2013 55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

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Oasis students made a impact on Ogden students >>>from page 1 help from the latter and additional support from Right to Play. “We do a lot of projectbased learning here and what we do in the Arts and Social Change Program goes out into the public, which makes a big difference in keeping our students engaged,” said Oasis Alternative art teacher Lauren Hortie. “For a lot of

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was like working with someone from outer space,” she said. Ng said the project, which ran off and on for roughly two weeks, also helped the younger students learn to work with older kids. Ogden held a special ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the installation of the new sign, complete with an airing of the documentary.

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Councillor Matlow wants report on Belt Line Trail road crossings than forcing drivers to stop at a crossing only to have to stop at an intersection a short while later. While the city has placed a priority on improving the Belt Line Trail, looking at crossings has only been one element staffers have looked at. Much of the focus has been on improving the trail itself, with the public weighing in on ways to protect the surrounding area from harm from trail users, installing lighting in certain areas and other elements. “I wanted to make (crossings) more of a priority so I decided to bring a motion to council to get it done,” Matlow said. Matlow’s request for a report from transportation staff on the matter was adopted at Tuesday’s Toronto and East York Community Council meeting. Staff have been asked to submit the report in time for the March meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council.

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In the heart of Woodbridge quiet enclave, steps to Market Lane. Totally renovated open concept living room, gleaming hardwood flr, walkout to patio, formal dining, amazing custom kitchen granite countertop, stainless steel appliances, California shutters, potlights, finished basement, truly a masterpiece, must be seen only $499,900!!

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GEORGETOWN SOUTH PROJECT NOISE WALL COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE BACKGROUND The Georgetown South (GTS) Project rail expansion will help transform regional transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). As a key element of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan, The Big Move, it will help to reach the following goals: double public transit users, triple length of rapid transit, put transit within two kilometres of 75 per cent of population and reduce commuting times and greenhouse gas emissions. The infrastructure being constructed for the GTS Project will enable GO Transit to expand its rail service on the Kitchener, Milton and Barrie corridors and will accommodate the new Union Pearson Express service that will begin operating in 2015. As part of the project requirements, we have evaluated the noise impacts of future train operations and have identified locations where noise barriers will be needed to mitigate any increased sound levels. WHAT IS A NOISE BARRIER? Noise barriers are walls that are specifically designed to reduce the sound levels, in this case of trains operating in the Kitchener rail corridor. A full explanation of why we need this mitigation and where they will be located can be found in our Operational Noise and Vibration Mitigation Report, under the Environmental Monitoring section on our website at www.gotransit.com/gts. The report, which we released last fall, provides recommendations to address operational noise and vibration impacts from the GTS Project. We subsequently held six public meetings to present our recommendations. NOISE WALL COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES We are looking for community members who are interested in participating in one of the following nine community advisory committees that will help guide the design of the noise barriers in your neighbourhood. Each committee will function independently to provide input to the designers who will develop a form, shape and texture that will suitably reflect the different neighbourhoods. t t t t t

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Regent Park dance company offers free lessons to area youth JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com With after-school programming in downtown Toronto at a premium, Regent Park-based Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie is offering youngsters a chance to learn the nuances of dance. The downtown dance company is offering free classes three afternoons a week with a focus on contemporary dance Mondays, ballet Wednesdays and hip hop Fridays. The classes, each of which can accommodate up to 30 students, run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The courses are open to youngsters 10 to 14, though Lemieux said the company would welcome older high school students as well. “Personally, I’m really excited about this because there’s a real desire from kids to come and learn to dance,” said Laurence Lemieux, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie co-artistic director. “Our business is dance and we do that well. We know what a positive impact it can have on youth.” While the city has its share of dance classes, being able to afford a proper dance education can be difficult for many families. Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie’s location in the former Salvation Army Citadel building at 304 Parliament St. also makes it easily accessible for families in the downtown core. “I’m a working mom and I know when kids are little, you wonder what you can do with them from when school gets out until six,” Lemieux said. “I was lucky that my kids’ school had an after-school program, but I know not every school has that.” The company has held similar free dance classes in the past,

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with varying results. Lemieux said that while some classes were wellattended, others had few youngsters show up. “We’d like to have a solid number of kids for each class, but we have lots of room in the studio, so we’re able to accommodate up to 30,” she said. By offering classes in three different dance styles, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie gives youngsters a choice and a chance to find their favourite. In the past, Lemieux noted, kids in the Regent Park community tended to gravitate toward the hip hop classes, which were run by instructors from local dance company Gadfly. “Hip hop worked really well because I think it was less intimidating for the kids,” she said. “They could come in their normal clothes and dance to music they know.” While Lemieux is excited about the dance classes, she is also eager to begin a run as the lead dancer in her company’s remount of James Kudelka’s From the House of Mirth. The production, based on Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, follows the story of a young woman who has financial problems, but refuses to marry simply for the sake of financial security. From the House of Mirth blends music and dance, with four female dancers accompanied by four male opera singers and a five-piece orchestra. Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie’s free dance classes begin Monday, Jan. 28. Those interested in signing up are asked to register by calling 416-364-8011 by Friday, Jan. 25. From the House of Mirth will run Feb. 14 to 24 at the Citadel. For tickets or details, call the company or visit www.colemanlemieux.com


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