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Wilfred Robinson from Mooredale Lightning is in a race for the ball with Ajax FC goaltender Kevon Grant during action last Saturday from the under-13 division of the Robbie International Soccer Tournament at Highview Park in Scarborough. Mooredale went on to win the game 2-0.
Waterfront Toronto’s newest public park opened up just in time for the Canada Day weekend. Corktown Common, at the foot of Bayview Avenue in the West Don Lands, opened its gates Friday and while the weather on opening day was uncooperative, the weekend itself provided park-goers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the large green space. With rolling hills and walkways leading to a rest area, splash pad and playground, the park offers an oasis in the rapidly developing Canary District area. “We’ve opened what we call the dry side of the park and the wet side is still under construction,” said James Roche, Waterfront Toronto director of parks, design and construction. “The dry side’s been done for the past year or so but it’s just been growing since then and
the wet side should be done by the end of the year.” Though the dry side – so named as the remainder of the park will serve as storm water drainage and will feature running water – is open, there are a few elements that have yet to be implemented. When completed, the park will include a kitchenette and barbecue table as well as an external fireplace for winter programming. ‘Positive feedback’ “Right now, with what we have there, we’ve gotten positive feedback and we think that will grow once the whole park is up and running,” Roche said. Having a wet side and a dry side fits well with the existing use of land on the site. Corktown Common was built atop a flood protection landform that protects the area east of the park from flooding during major storms. The park offers grassy hills, >>>green, page 5
Mad Pride Week expands for its 20th anniversary ERIN HATFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org Historically, Mad Pride Toronto festival has been closely associated with the west end of the downtown and Parkdale in particular, but this year
it’s hard to miss that the listing of Mad Pride events has migrated, largely, to the east end of Toronto’s downtown. Jeremiah Bach, with the Mad Pride Toronto Organizing Committee, said the shift is simply a case of spreading the
annual event out across the city and not an exodus from the west end. “There have always been psychiatric survivors all over the City of Toronto whether it is Regent Park, St. James Town or any place between and we
are looking to recognize that,” Bach said. “There are many communities of psychiatric survivors and mad people across the city so we wanted to give them a voice and a chance to participate.” Mad Pride, A Celebration
of Madness, is an annual weeklong festival that is about remembering and participating in mad history, challenging discrimination, advocating for rights, affirming mad identities, developing and empowering >>>MAD, page 10
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In 1999, the Toronto Port Authority, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport, was formed with the mandate to operate as a self-sufficient business. By law, we are self-financing and do not receive any money from the government. In fact, we contribute millions of dollars to city, provincial and federal coffers every year.
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Fringe theatre festival celebrating 25 years Money given back to artists could top $6-million mark this year JUSTIN SKINNER email@example.com The Toronto Fringe Festival has come a long way from its inception as a grassroots event started by the Toronto theatre community 25 years ago to its current status as one of the world’s biggest and most renowned independent theatre festivals. The Fringe began as a means of giving stage time to individuals and ensembles that had a hard time making a go of it in the city back in the late 1980s. “What people found was that venues were too expensive (to rent) and it was difficult to get marketing,” said Toronto Fringe Festival founding producer and longtime Annex resident Gregory Nixon. “I was part of a small, but extremely talented group of theatre professionals in the city including Don McKellar, Daniel Brooks and Tracy Wright and we thought ‘maybe Toronto needs a Fringe festival.’” He noted Toronto’s theatre community was typically limited to larger-scale productions and the kind of play Fringe-goers have come to know and love over the ensuing
25 years was not given the light of day. “There was a real sense that there wasn’t enough dramaturgy; that you can’t put (a play) on until it’s absolutely ready,” Nixon said. “People thought it was dangerous to have shows go up without being worked on a lot.” The festival got its start in part due to the generosity of the Poor Alex Theatre, which opened its doors to Fringe performers without knowing whether such a festival would bring in the crowds. The partnership worked out well for both the theatre and the performers. “When you rent a theatre for a production, it usually stays dark 80 per cent of the time,” Nixon said. “When you rent a theatre for a festival like the Fringe, you can keep it open, so it tends to be a very efficient way to do theatre.” It also benefited by featuring popular clown duo Mump and Smoot, which gave the festival instant cachet. The first Fringe was run on a shoestring budget of $25,000, virtually inconceivable considering the number of productions staged.
Renowned comedian Sandra Shamas and Fringe founding producer (and Annex resident) Gregory Nixon.
While the first year in particular had its challenges in ensuring everything went off without a hitch, Nixon noted the rewards were well worth the effort. “When I look back now, I only remember the fun stuff; I don’t remember the hunger and the frustration,” he said. As was the case in those early days, today’s Fringe follows two strict rules. The lineup is not curated, with all performers and troupes who apply given an equal chance at a slot in the festival, and the box office take goes entirely to the performers.
“The name’s now trademarked, so anyone can start up a Fringe festival, but they have to follow those two rules if they want to use the Fringe name,” Nixon said. These days, the Toronto Fringe Festival has become a huge phenomenon, bringing performers from around the world to showcase their talents – a far cry from the days when the festival’s schedule was printed on a one-page foldout. Nixon, who moved downtown after living in the Annex area for years, said his former community is an ideal home for the Fringe. “It started there because we got the Poor Alex for free, but it’s the perfect neighbourhood for the Fringe to be in,” he said. “There’s a really good vibe in the neighbourhood, and it seems like (the festival’s) natural home.” This year’s Fringe – the 25th in Toronto’s history – promises to be the biggest yet, with 148 shows spread across 35 venues. Current Managing Director Kathryn Westoll said it has expanded beyond its previous boundaries in honour of its anniversary. “This year, our furthest site-specific (production) is on Yonge Street, where we usually stop at University Avenue, and west we’re going past Christie Street,” she said. Westoll noted the Fringe Club, a pop-up space behind Honest Ed’s,
will also offer an unprecedented array of events, from concerts to discussions to plays. “We’ll have a concert each weekend day and we’ll also have our tent talks, which bring out people in the industry and audience members to discuss issues to do with theatre, from ‘please don’t start a theatre company’ to ‘thinking outside the black box’ to how theatre is transforming health care and the business of being artists,” she said. There will also be a Fringe party at the Tranzac Club on Thursday, July 11 geared to alumni, but open to everyone, and an underground dance party in the Honest Ed’s parking lot on Saturday. Westoll said this year should see the Toronto Fringe hit an impressive milestone. “We average around 58,000 tickets sold each year now and this year, we’re hoping to return $450,000 to the (theatre) companies,” said the Christie Pits area resident. “That means that after this Fringe, we’ll have returned more than $6 million to artists.” The Toronto Fringe Festival started yesterday and runs through to Sunday at various venues in and around the Annex.
For details or a full schedule of productions, visit www.fringe toronto.com
Hip hop band releases second full-length album JUSTIN SKINNER firstname.lastname@example.org Toronto rap group Notes to Self may not have been on the scene for long, but the foursome has already managed to make waves. Consisting of Wychwood Barns area resident Roshin (Patrick Crosby), Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West area resident Bronze One (Matthew Bronson) along with Swamp Donkey (Matt Crosby) and DJ Dopey (Jon Santiago), Notes to Self released their second album, Target Market [Recoil] in June. The album marks the second full-length release for the group, coming on the tails of 2009’s A Shot in the Dark. “Your first record always seems like it takes your entire life to put out – you have 20 years to make that album,” Bronze One said. “This one sat around for a while and we sort of thought of it as a free tape for fans, but when we decided to
Matthew Bronson, above, and Patrick Crosby (photo by Loni Schik) are half of the hip hop band Notes to Self.
really record and release it, it came together in a short time.” Notes to Self have been working together in some form or other for years, starting out as a three-piece before DJ Dopey joined up a few years into their run. “I’m the younger brother of Swamp Donkey and he started rapping when he was 15 and I was 13,” Roshin said.
“It was one of those things where you just copy your big brother. We were working with Bronze One who was a producer and a rapper and things took off from there.” While Roshin is the youngest of the group – “there’s still a bit of a little brother vibe with me and the other guys,” he said – he is hardly an add-on to the group. “It was originally myself and
Swamp who met through mutual friends and started making music, but we never took it seriously until Roshin started to get serious about it. He was such a young talent, he made Swamp and I want to take it more seriously.” While the group’s sound is its own, the songs offer hints at its influ-
ences, from De La Soul to Dilated Peoples. The rappers’ versatility and lyricism have earned them rave reviews from critics and fans alike, with Target Market [Recoil] premiering at No. 5 on EARSHOT!s national hip hop/rap charts and the video for the album’s first single, Recoil [Crimson] premiered on the MTV Canada website last month. The band had success early on, being featured in Toronto rapper Abdominal’s T-Ode, a song that finished second in a competition to come up with a Toronto anthem for the city’s 175th anniversary. “That was pretty surreal for us just coming up to get to work with Abdominal,” Roshin said. “We entered and figured even coming in the Top 10 would be amazing but to make it to No. 2 and be rap, we didn’t expect that.”
More on the band at www.notestoself.net
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ata released last week from Statistics Canada confirmed what most commuters in the Greater Toronto Area already know – we have the longest commute times in the country. Our average travel time of 32.8 minutes to work (one way) is the longest in Canada’s urban regions, according to the data. That makes us more than seven minutes longer than the national average. Something else to think about while sitting on the bus, train or in your cars: our commuting time is now among the longest in North America – topped only by New York City with 34.7 minutes and Washington D.C. with 33.8 minutes, according to Statistics Canada. The data came from the National Household Survey conducted in 2011 by StatsCan. The reality, though, is that the commute is much longer for many Greater Toronto Area residents. This is not something we should be proud of. It’s a conour view demnation of past governments and their poor planning. We can’t StatsCan wait much longer for better road numbers paint systems, better development and improved public transit systems. sombre picture The StatsCan numbers are consistent with the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s stats on Toronto’s average two-way commute time of 66 minutes. The cost of the time we’re spending travelling is not only impacting businesses and their productivity; it’s taking a huge toll on the commuters themselves. According to the TRBOT’s A Green Light To Moving the Toronto Region: Paying for Public Transportation Expansion, congestion is costing the Toronto region $6 billion in lost productivity annually. “No surprise then, that irrespective of who’s measuring, or how, the results are consistent: the Toronto Region’s problems of gridlock are amongst the worst of any major urban centre in the world and getting worse by the day; a fact the region’s weary commuters know all too well as they try to navigate through our congested roads and packed transit systems,” said TRBOT President and CEO Carol Wilding in the Green Light report. It can’t go on. Hopefully, these latest numbers from StatsCan can be used to make politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal levels understand that transportation investment is critical to the economic and social success of Canada’s largest city. Those very politicians can expect it to be a key election issue, and one on which local voters will be looking for real answers and action.
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Interesting possibilities in municipal election Mayor Rob Ford isn’t the only one thinking about the next municipal election in 2014. Radio host John Tory’s thinking about it, word is that TTC Chair Karen Stintz is building a team and New Democrat MP and former councillor Olivia Chow is aimed that way, too. It’s all an invitation to start up a game of fantasy politics post-haste, scour the polls and start picking winners and losers. That’s all good fun. But it puts aside a more vital question: just exactly what the next Mayor of Toronto will be left to work with once the ballots are cast and the winner’s chosen, and what that individual will be able to do with it? Ford has repeatedly maintained it’s been his job to reduce the size and cost of government. He claims that he has so far saved taxpayers a billion dollars. The claim’s not entirely accurate – he’s included both the removal of the vehicle registration tax and the increase of user fees, but it is wrong to say the
david nickle the city mayor hasn’t done taxpayers a good turn, contracting out garbage collection and taming unions and cutting councillors’ budgets. If he’s not re-elected for all that, however, he will also have done his successor a good turn. For two years running now, the Ford administration has operated under a strict policy of sliding three-quarters of prior year surpluses into the city’s capital budget and holding back the rest for unanticipated liabilities. This year, that surplus amounts in total to $248 million. So $186 million will be going to pay cash for the sorts of projects that in the past the city has funded through debt. Last year, the surplus was higher: $292 million. This 75-25 policy is a child of the Ford administration but happily midwived by the city’s finance staff. Keeping debt levels low makes for
far more manageable books and more predictable revenue streams. It also limits city council’s ability to make in-year operating changes, and allows Ford to continue the business of shrinking government in terms of the services it provides. What it does for a future mayor is another thing entirely. By sending surpluses to reduce debt, what the Ford administration has done is create borrowing room for an ambitious mayor to embark on a much more ambitious capital program going forward. Shelley Carroll, the former budget chief under former mayor David Miller and a sometime-mayoral-hopeful herself, wonders what might be done with the Gardiner Expressway going forward. Many things become possible for a city-building mayor riding in on the heels of a mayor whose major ambition was to put a hold on ambitious projects.
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Bring back five cent bag charge I was dismayed to read about Mayor Rob Ford’s rant against the five cent charge for plastic bags, which wind up in the ocean and killing creatures such as whales. Such short sightedness by our leaders is inexcusable. These bags are but a small part of the problem, but one of the easiest to solve. Try to get rid of what else we find in our grocery stores; bread, milk, fruits, all enclosed in plastic. Not only should the five cent charge be obligatory, the complete banning of them, as was done earlier, should be reinstituted. A public campaign to encourage ‘bring your own bag’ would also be money well spent. Stella Kryzanowski
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Firefighters getting fit for charity JUSTIN SKINNER email@example.com Residents in Regent Park and the surrounding area can rest a little easier knowing members of their local fire department will be in great shape to help out should disaster strike. A group of firefighters at Fire Hall 325, near Dundas Street East and Parliament Street, are taking part in a grueling summer-long workout routine as part of fundraising efforts for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The team is using the Beachbody Insanity workout and joining in the Firefighter Challenge, which pits different fire halls across Toronto against one another. “It was offered to all the fire halls and I volunteered a bunch of guys,” said Jason Emond, Fire Hall 325 team captain. The workout uses max interval training, which Emond said suits firefighters perfectly. “You go from zero (activity)
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to a maximum workout and then back to zero,” he said. “That’s basically our job here. You’re waiting for a call, then you get one and you have to be fully ready as soon as you get that call.” The workout focuses on the legs and core, which also works well for firefighters.
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“Sometimes, you have to go up 10 flights of stairs carrying all your gear and by the time you get there, you can be exhausted,” Emond said. “The problem is, once you climb those 10 flights of stairs, that’s when the job really starts.” While schedules and duties often prevent Fire Hall 325’s Beachbody participants from working out together, they are able to do the workout on their own time. Because the 60-day program does not require specialized equipment, Emond said he often works out at home along with his wife. Being able to do the workout at home has also helped in that Emond and the other participants are able to work their way through it without being interrupted. “It can be hard because you can be halfway through a workout and then get sucked out on a call,” he said. Even early on in the twomonth program, Emond said he has noticed a marked improvement to his stamina
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and fitness level. Fire Hall 325 is competing with a few other Toronto fire halls both in terms of getting as fit as they can and in terms of how much they can raise for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The charity was selected as heart disease is the leading cause of death among firefighters. Each of the participating fire halls will raise a minimum of $500 in pledges for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, with the Toronto Professional Firefighters Association kicking in an additional $1,000. Beachbody will match the donations raised by the fire halls in hopes of raising $10,000 for Heart and Stroke through the Firefighter Challenge, with the funds going toward placing two Automated External Defibrillators in a community centre or hockey arena.
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The rest area at newly opened Corktown Commons. Staff photo/ JUSTIN SKINNER
Green space welcomed >>>from page 1 paths leading over and around a naturalized marsh area and a wide selection of native plants. It boasts more than 700 trees and thousands of shrubs, ensuring it is secluded from the busy downtown core and appealing to both wildlife and wildlife lovers. It will encompass River Square across the street, which will serve as prime event space for public gatherings, farmer’s markets and the like. “This area was a commercial, industrial area but as part of the Waterfront Toronto redevelopment, we’re dedicated to making about 20 per cent of the land green space and this park is an anchor for that,” Roche said.
The need for green space in the area was certainly not lost on residents who dropped by the park on Canada Day. Alex Devine brought his bike down to Corktown Common and said he was impressed with the 7.3-hectare space. “I live pretty close by and there’s just nothing like this down in this part of the city,” he said. “You kind of feel like you’re outside the city in parts of this park.” Fellow park visitor Liz Gaskin said it’s a quiet place to sit and read a book or you can walk around. Corktown Common will remain open until September when it will be closed to finish the wet portion of the park.
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416 Community Support for Women Silent Auction Fundraiser WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Shamba Foundation, 48 Yonge St., Suite 1200 CONTACT: Michelle Johnson, 647-296-8430, www.416community.com COST: $30 416 Community Support for Women is a daytime drop-in program for women looking to gain or give support while coping with isolation, addiction and/or mental health issues and other difficulties. There will be a silent auction, raffle, 50/50 draw, fun photo booth, music and entertainment, food and drink.
Piano Fantasia WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: St George the Martyr, 197 John St N. CONTACT: Diane Huybers, 416-902-6789, www.thomasalexander.ca COST: $10 advance and $15 at the door Dutch-born “Shock-Pianist” Thomas Alexander will have you rethink (piano) music for a long time to come! While working his way from Bach to Rock, Mozart to Motown, Alexander leaves
you spellbound from A to Z.
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KidClicks Photo Walk for Kids WHEN: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. CONTACT: http://bit.ly/19HV2Mf, firstname.lastname@example.org Join KidClicks for a child-friendly photography venture around the city. A photo walk is a fun, novel way to explore the city with your little ones while learning how to take better photos of all the interesting things that cross your path.
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Complimentary chair exercise class WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Ave. CON-
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Picture Change WHEN: 11 a.m. WHERE: Royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay St. CONTACT: Brynn Campbell, 905-282-9074, www.photosensitive.com PhotoSensitive is producing a major new exhibition that will explore the ways in which photography has the power to bring about a change or make an impact.
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Ritmo y Color WHEN: July 5 to 7 WHERE: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. CONTACT: A Linton, 416-973-4000 Now in its ninth edition, Ritmo y Color showcases the cultural tapestry and vibrancy of today’s diverse Latin American communities.
The story of four people writing their own endings.
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Toronto Women’s Camera Club July meeting WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Blue Banana Market, 250 Augusta Ave. CONTACT: http://bit. ly/107D82F, COST: Free Learn from an experienced photography coach who will give a brief talk on the photography ‘focus’ for the day, and later explore the multicultural
showcase set for saturday wYouth Youth from UforChange will showcase the skills they learned while working with the downtown arts organization at the annual UforChange Vivacity show. The pay-what-you-can event will feature a display of film, fashion and theatre from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with Sunday also featuring live DJs from noon to 2 p.m. and an art gallery
Mad Pride Toronto 2013 WHEN: noon WHERE: Regent Park - Dundas Sackville Apartments, 246 Sackville St. CONTACT: www.madprideto.com COST: Free Mad Pride is an arts, culture and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors. All events are free and include an art exhibition, music, theatre, poetry, comedy, educational talks/workshops, food, barbecue, historical wall tour and more.
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opening from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the Sunday. All events will take place at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., and proceeds will support UforChange’s fall cycle. Christie Pits film festival has music theme Christie Pits Park will once again be home to outdoor screenings as the Christie Pits Film Festival returns for its third year. Organized by resident Emily Reid, this year’s festival will have a music theme, starting with That Thing You Do! Sunday. The following Sunday, Gimme Shelter will be
shown, followed by Buena Vista Social Club July 21 and The Last Waltz July 28. Screenings are free and will begin at 9 p.m. Visit www. christiepitsff.com BIA photo contest wWaterfront
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of their favourite waterfront experiences, with entries eligible to be exhibited in the My Waterfront Photo Exhibit this fall. The contest runs July 1 to 28. For more information, visit www.waterfrontbia.com/events. asp?opt=photo Queen Street road closure wTwo-week
Queen Street from University Avenue to just east of York Street in downtown Toronto will be closed to eastbound traffic until Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. for streetcar track reconstruction and road work. Westbound traffic will be
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 COST: Free Young working professionals (20 to 40 years-old) with multiple sclerosis get together for information sharing. Meeting location will be provided after registration. Faith, Fools and Fellowship WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. WHERE: 246 Sackville St. CONTACT: Alisa, outreach@ madprideto.com COST: Free A panel of peers making short presentations followed by open discussion.
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reduced to a single lane for the duration of the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. In addition, York Street will be closed in both directions from Richmond Street to Queen Street during the same two-week period. Alternative eastbound routes for motorists include Adelaide Street, King Street and Dundas Street. Alternative northbound routes that could be considered are Bay Street and University Avenue. A complete list of road work is available www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/
Strength through association for Fort York area residents
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ERIN HATFIELD email@example.com Whether the issue is small, like the addition of a postal box or more garbage cans, or large, like improved transit and pedestrian access, neighbours in Toronto’s vertical community of Fort York are banding together to add weight to their voice. “One person saying it doesn’t carry much weight,” said Vicki Trottier, president of the new group. “But now we have a body to bring those concerns forward.” That group is the Fort York Neighbourhood Association (FYNA), which came together late last year. It is a community association open to all area residents, regardless of whether they own or rent, who want to connect with their neighbours, discuss issues and plan social events. “We aren’t just a bunch of buildings, we want to say hello to people when we are out on the street,” Trottier said. “We want a neighbourhood.” The borders of the association are basically a triangle roughly formed by Bathurst Street, Fort York Boulevard and Fleet Street. About 15,000 people already live in the area, which is relatively new with more than a dozen buildings, including those under construction. Trottier and her husband moved to the Fort York area three years ago, after living for more than 20 years just north of North Bay. They moved there because of its proximity to the downtown, and how close it is to the water and the area parks. “It is the best of everything if you ask me,” Trottier said.
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Vicki Trottier, president of the new Fort York Neighbourhood Association, stands in a park near the building where she has lived for the past three years. This new association aims to pull together residents from these buildings.
“We can walk for miles in parks, we ride our bikes for miles, but we also walk to theatres and restaurants.” They don’t have a large yard to care for and when they want to get out of town they can just leave and feel safe their condo will be OK. T h e re a re d ow n f a l l s though, Trottier explained. The proximity to neighbours can be a challenge. “Probably the biggest downfall is a dog in the condo because you can’t just open the back door and let them go,” Trottier said. “You have to take them out.” There can be some noise issues for the residents of Fort York, with Echo Beach and the Molson Amphitheatre as well as events like the Honda Indy and the air show during the Canadian National Exhibition. Perhaps the biggest issue facing the area, Trottier said, is there is no retail. There isn’t a coffee shop or a place to see neighbours, but that’s where the FYNA comes in, she said. The residents association
will help build that sense of community by planning social events as well as town hall and monthly executive meetings to discuss issues. A couple of those issues include a crosswalk on Fort York Boulevard and better and faster crossing on Lake Shore Boulevard. Trottier doesn’t take credit for the creation of the residents association. Instead, she said it was inspired by Dean Maher from the CityPlace Residents’ Association, who sent letters to the different condo boards encouraging them to start a residents association. “Maybe it is because I am from a small town, I’ve been involved in not-for-profits forever and I have this strange tendency to get involved,” she said. “I plan to live here for a long time,” she said. “I want a sense of community and neighbourhood and likeminded people.
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CELEBRATION: There was plenty of Canada Day action Monday, including this one at Queen’s Park. Above, Mr. Canada, Toros Djerdjeian, left, and Captain Canada Michael Litvack with his son Tol. At right, Samantha Mangano and her son Sebastian dance to the music.
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>>>from page 1 mad communities and having fun. Held from July 8 to 14, Mad Pride features a robust program of talks, book launches, parties, the everpopular Mad Pride Bed Push, which is a parade symbolizing mad people pushing out into the community. Mad Pride is organized by a diverse group of about 20 people from across the city who identify as mad or psychiatric survivors, individuals who either currently access mental health services or who consider themselves survivors of interventions by psychiatry, or who identify themselves as ex-patients. Last year, organizers started to plan events across the city and Bach said they had the highest attendance in the history of the event. This year, events are largely being held at Ryerson University, the Dundas/ Sackville Apartments, at 246 Sackville St., with a few of the flagship events staying in the west end, including the Mad Hatter Tea Party at
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the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Mad Pride Culture Night at the May Robinson Auditorium at West Lodge. With Mad Pride celebrating its 20th anniversary, the decision was made to alter the route of the Mad Pride Bed Push as homage to the first Mad Pride event. This year the parade will begin at the Parkdale Library, at 1303 Queen St. W., at 12:30 p.m. and it will make its way to Trinity Bellwoods Park where there will be a barbecue and party from 3 to 7 p.m. The roots of Mad Pride were planted in 1993 by West End Survivors under to moniker Psychiatric Survivor Pride Day. In 2003, Parkdale-based Friendly Spike Theatre Band took on a leadership role in planning the event and from 2003 to 2010 the
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