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With the Friends for Life Bike Rally marking its 15th anniversary this year, organizers are taking some time to reflect on its impact and those who have helped make it a success. An art exhibit at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is showcasing a series of photos and artifacts from throughout the ride’s history, paying tribute to the riders and volunteers who have been responsible for raising more than $10 million for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA). The Friends for Life Bike Rally sees devoted cyclists ride from Toronto to Montreal over the course of six grueling days. “The ride started in 1999 and, as with so many things, it was done out of necessity,” said Robert Tomas of PWA. “Toronto People With AIDS was established in 1987, and in 1999 we found ourselves with a (funding) shortfall. A couple of our members – Danny Nashman and David Linton – got a few friends together and started the ride.” In its first year, a small group of 25 riders raised more than $44,000 for PWA, a number that has grown in leaps and bounds >>>FUNDS, page 12

CSI: March Break

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the cookie caper: Jenny Zhang, left, Maryalice Gaetano, Sonja Ross, Melanie Hawie, and Alexandra Li work on solving the mystery of the missing cookies in the crime scene investigation workshop during the Jr DEEP March Break program at the University of Toronto Monday afternoon.

Turning Ward 19 into a park JUSTIN SKINNER If all goes according to plan, the whole of Ward 19 could become Canada’s first “Homegrown National Park.” The ambitious plan is being headed by the David Suzuki Foundation, which is partnering

with a number of other community organizations working toward making the city greener. It calls for a major greening of an urban corridor and involves organizations such as Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), the Toronto and Region Conservation

Authority, Not Far from the Tree, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and others. Together, they are looking to ensure as much of the ward as possible is converted into usable green space, which has been shown to improve the health and quality of life of local residents, reduce stress and crime

and offer other benefits. “It all started with an idea from American author Richard Louv, who talks about how the links between children with ADD, ADHD and obesity and a lack of organized time outdoors,” said Jode Roberts of the David Suzuki Foundation. >>>corridor, page 6

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New LHIN board member to champion accessibility JUSTIN SKINNER With the Toronto Central LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) looking to improve access to health care, newly appointed board member Cynthia Pay’s experience will certainly be an asset. Pay, who has called Little Italy home for more than 25 years, was added to the board earlier this year, and will bring years of experience in helping ensure marginalized people get the support they need. “The board’s role is to make sure the LHINs are accountable and make sure they meet the needs of the communities they serve,” Pay said. “A lot of people do have issues with access (to health care) and the LHIN is now doing a lot of work in terms of language accessibility.” Pay, who studied law at the University of Toronto, has been filling a similar role at Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) for the past 15 years. That organization ensures low-income families and individuals and others who might otherwise have difficulty getting legal help are not shut out. “We offer legal aid and a teaching

many had withdrawn or rejected their claims out of fear of repercussions due to changes to immigration laws. Pay, whose father hails from China, also spent time as president of the Chinese Canadian National Council and director of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, fighting for human rights throughout the Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, battling the Chinese head tax and speaking out when there was a rash of assaults on ChineseCanadian anglers. ‘Huge backlash’


Cynthia Pay was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Toronto Central LHIN. Pay has been with Parkdale Community Legal Services for the past 15 years.

clinic to serve low-income people,” she said. “It can be hard for a lot of people on social assistance or who are getting disability benefits and people

with mental health issues.” PCLS was instrumental last year in ensuring members of the Roma community got the help they needed with refugee claims. At the time,

“There was a huge backlash during the SARS outbreak against Asian-Canadians,” she said. “At one point, we heard that during refugee hearings, everyone there was wearing masks.” Her previous experience with those organizations, as well as with the National Anti-Racism Council of Canada and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, where she focused on issues related to violence against women, will come in handy with the LHIN. “The board has a good mix of

skills,” she said. “I have more of a community background, but there are others who have more of a policy background and some have expertise in finances.” Pay said she hopes to bring her same focus on accessibility to the LHIN, a particular challenge in the diverse downtown Toronto area. “I’m impressed with how committed the LHIN is to the issue of accessibility,” she said. “I think my experience will definitely help make sure more people have access.” The board is also tasked with making the health-care system more efficient and finding better ways to work with those with complex health needs. “There’s a small percentage of people who need a lot of the resources in the health-care system and we need to find a way to serve them better for both their sake and the health-care system’s sake,” she said. Pay is one of seven people on the board for the Toronto Central LHIN. Toronto Central LHIN covers an area that stretches from Islington Avenue east to Warden Street; and from Lake Ontario north to Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 401


New SickKids fundraiser will culminate in ‘camp day’ JUSTIN SKINNER Even though the ground was covered in snow, children at SickKids hospital managed to enjoy a day of camp fun to kick off a new fundraising event for the hospital. The camp day event served as the official launch for the Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure, a fundraising walk through the streets of downtown Toronto that will also have a camp theme. “It’s a 20-kilometre adventure walk, but it’s challenge-by-choice, so it’s up to you how far you walk,” said Amy Milne, SickKids Foundation director of events. “There’s a campsite every couple of kilometres with food, drinks, rest rooms and camplike activities. You could learn a new camp song, learn to tie a new knot, play ‘duck, duck, goose’ or test your body, mind and spirit in other ways.” The event will begin and end at Fort York, where meals will be served and participants can take part in a variety of fun activities. “It’s a chance for everyone to be a kid for a day,” Milne said. “It’s an event for kids where people can actually bring their kids.”

SickKids ambassador Ty Hamilton, whose brother Zack was treated for congenital health issues at SickKids until his death two years ago, said he is eager to take part in the Great Camp Adventure with a group called Zack’s Dream Team. Nice doctors “The doctors there were very nice to him and played with him when he was very sad because of his surgeries,” Hamilton said. “We want to raise a lot of money for them.” While the Great Camp Adventure will not take place until September, the hospital is hoping to get the word out early to ensure a lot of participation. As this is the first event of this scale organized by SickKids itself, Milne said the key is to get the word out. “We’re very lucky to have huge support already and we’re looking to raise as much money as possible,” she said. “The money raised will go to the Possibilities Fund where it’ll go to the areas (at the hospital) with the highest needs.”


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SickKids ambassadors gather around a campfire during the recent launch of Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure, a new fundraising initiative by the Hospital for Sick Children.

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ith the impacts of the change back to daylight saving time and the anticipated increase of cars and pedestrians on the streets due to March Break, Toronto police have launched a safety campaign this week. The March Break - March Safe Pedestrian Campaign will run through to this Sunday. Though already planned, this week’s campaign has been made all the more meaningful by the death of fiveyear-old Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger on Cliffside Drive in Scarborough. Kayleigh died instantly last Thursday after being struck by a garbage truck while she was crossing the road with other children while on her way home from school. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the incident. Her death has touched all Torontonians: drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The consequences of these incidents are most often tragic and devastating. Sadly, this past weekend did not get much better on our streets. On Sunday, a cyclist suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a car on Bloor Street West, and a North York man suffered broken legs after he was struck by a vehicle. Part of the police’s message this week is that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and using caution in all circumstances is the best approach while on the roads. Part of the campaign will include increased enforcement of traffic violations committed by drivers, cyclists or pedestrians that threaten safety. Parking officers will also be out dealing with vehicles parked in ways that might impact saftey. Police will also be paying extra attention to unsafe behaviour at intersections, crosswalks and by pedestrians crossing streets mid-block. This week’s campaign comes on the heels of a Toronto Police and GO Transit campaign urging pedestrians to Do the Bright Thing and make themselves more visible to drivers. Const. Hugh Smith pointed out that pedestrians taking actions to protect themselves was not a case of blaming them for being hit by vehicles. “So we’re just saying to be alert, be aware and be responsible for your movement.” We believe everyone using our roads has an equal share of responsibility when it comes to the safety of others and themselves. Drivers must always be keenly aware of the surroundings, following the traffic laws at intersections and not speeding, while pedestrians and cyclists need to improve their visibility and be vigilant. Together we can hopefully avoid more tragedies.

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Don’t bet on casino debate, info coming slowly As we all struggle to pull our minds from the gutter of (alleged) sleaze, bad behaviour and public lewdness that emerged last week at and around city hall, it’s worth remembering Toronto council has a major policy debate on its plate this spring: whether to host a casino. Right now, the debate is alleged, too. It was to have occurred in the coming weeks, once staff delivered a final report to the executive committee and then to council. It will be a bit later than that, we learned Friday; the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has been slow in providing the necessary information to make a rational decision on the matter. The best current information we have on the benefits of a casino comes in the form of a hard-sell pitch from MGM Resorts International and Cadillac Fairview to turn much of Exhibition Place into a giant resort and gambling complex.

david nickle the city The casino would bring 10,000 jobs, they say – good paying jobs with an average income of $60,000. It would revitalize the city’s waterfront around Exhibition Place and Ontario Place with new foot bridges, and spur massive transit improvements to and from the site. And on the subject of admission to what is left of the Canadian National Exhibition...the casino would have it covered, for the next 10 years and maybe even longer. Of course, none of that’s set in stone – or even in a remotely binding document. Like all the best pitches, the MGM-Cadillac Fairview proposition gives plenty of impetus for an irrational decision. Right now, the rationalism is all on the “no” side. The city’s medical officer of health has weighed in

with a report indicating the adverse effects of a casino on gambling addicts would outweigh any benefits in terms of employment and economic stimulus. Developers in the downtown have joined small businesses there in arguing a casino is the last thing the city needs from an economic stimulus point of view. And that report from staff hanging in the air still hasn’t been able to pin down what kind of annual hosting fee Toronto might expect, which is the final demonstrable public benefit that might tip the balance, if it’s large enough. Whenever that report comes out, there will be the question facing council: is a certain amount of suffering among a demographic of addicts and their family worth it? It’s a moral question, and fundamentally an ugly one. Answer it badly...and that gutter beckons.


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T.O. needs regional transit plan The gridlock in Toronto is getting worse. Gridlock, by some estimates, costs the local economy $6 billion a year. To add LRTs would make things worse. The obvious answer is to build subways to take the load of above-ground roads. Subways will be paid by taxpayers – either federal, provincial or municipal - or a combination of these and the savings that removing gridlock will save. Decision-makers should come to their senses and look for long-term solutions. I would prefer a regional plan that combines subways and GO trains that would serve Toronto and Hamilton region under one authority. All large cities have regional public transport systems. S. Suurmann

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Used book sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today until Saturday WHERE: Toronto Reference Library - Beeton Auditorium, 789 Yonge St. CONTACT: Winnie Williams, 416-397-5948 There are more than 10,000 items selling over three days. 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 Young working professionals (20 to 40 years-old) with multiple sclerosis get together for information sharing and emotional and social support. Meeting location will be provided after registration. March Break at Casa Loma WHEN: various times WHERE: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace CONTACT: 647-725-1826 Casa Loma has various March Break programming. Contact for details.

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The 5K brings together former patients, staff, runners and walkers from all backgrounds to raise money for St. John’s Rehab patients.

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Scottish Country Beginner Classes WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Ave.

Go green with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday. The parade kicks off at Bloor at St. George streets at noon March 17, travelling east along Bloor, south down Yonge and west along Queen, ending up at Nathan’s Phillips Square. The funfilled Irish-themed parade takes place rain or shine and is expected to run for about 90 minutes WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St. CONTACT: Ron Cheung, 416-519-0528, www.voiceschoir. com COST: $20 adults, $15 students/ seniors Voices, a 20-voice mixed chamber choir based in Toronto, will present a choral concert featuring music of the Lenten season.

CONTACT: Sue Anne Brice, 416-2665423 This is the last class for the season.

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Shakesbeer WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. CONTACT: COST: $35 This “pop-up” theatre tavern harkens the informality of Elizabethan theatergoing audience. Plus there’s beer. Participating brewers to be announced. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged will be performed in 87 minutes.

w Sunday, March 17

The 2013 St. John’s Rehab Foundation five-km Run/Walk WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12 noon WHERE: Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. CONTACT: 416-224-6945, www.stjohnsrehab. com/foundation COST: $35 registration fee; if you raise $150 plus, the fee is waived

w Saturday, March 16

Voices Chamber Choir presents: “Light in Darkness”

TeamHD runs in Achilles St. Patrick’s Day run WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. CONTACT: COST: $40 Help the group raise funds to support the Huntington Society of Canada.

w Monday, March 18

Screen for Life ColonCancerCheck Photo Booth WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W. CONTACT: Laura McDonald, 416298-2626, laura.mcdonald@gtaobsp. ca COST: Free Residents can learn about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and get their photo taken, while they “Make the Pledge” to get screened or pass on life-saving information to their loved ones.

w Tuesday, March 19

Midtown Women’s MS Self-Help Group WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Bay/ Yorkville area CONTACT: Lynn Lac-

cohee, 416-967-3032 COST: Free Women with multiple sclerosis get together for support, encouragement and information. Registration is required. The meeting location will be provided after women register for this session.

w Wednesday, March 20

AUTHORS: Crime Showcase WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. CONTACT: 416-973-4000 COST: $10/free for supporters, students and youth For those who love a good thrill and a suspenseful read, Authors at Harbourfront Centre presents a Crime Showcase. Each author will have a chance to read from their book and participate in a round table discussion.

w Thursday, March 21

Author and Publisher Panel presented by Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. CONTACT: Sharon A. Crawford, html, Toronto Book Award (2012) winner Andrew J. Borkowski (Copernicus Avenue) and his publisher Marc Cote of Cormorant Books talk about how an author gets a publisher and what happens afterward.

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Corridor will follow path of Garrison Creek >>>from page 1 “The idea is, less screen time and more green time.” The corridor will run along the former path of Garrison Creek, one of the city’s lost rivers which ran from the Humewood area down to the harbourfront, and will entail everything from tree planting to enhancing flora in yards to improving alleyways and parkettes. Most importantly, the initiative will put the power in the hands of community members, with locals invited to apply to become a Neighbourhood Park Ranger. “They’ll be champions for green action, going out and talking to people face-to-face about what can be done in the community,” Roberts said. “It could be as simple as greening their front yard or backyard to fixing up the parkette by their home to a ward-wide project.” The Neighbourhood Park Rangers will also be responsible for hosting events and meetings, organizing tree plantings and more. The David Suzuki Foundation approached councillor Mike Layton based on parks such as Christie Pits and Trinity Bellwoods being located in his ward. Layton was instantly enthusiastic about the project. “I told them about the work I was involved in with our incredible local parks groups in other parks within the Garrison Creek watershed which could support their efforts,” he wrote in an email. “Once they understood that we had a great network of community groups and active residents, their decision to choose ward 19 was natural.” Layton added that the community has long been involved in improving the ward and pointed out that the Garrison Creek path also lent itself to a project of this nature. The community has been involved in similar initiatives for many years and lots of people are keen to build a connection between our public green spaces, our


Jasper Roberts is ready to take part in the March 10 Lost River Walk, which aimed to teach participants about a new project for greening Toronto’s former Garrison Creek watershed.

We’ve chosen the footprint of Ward 19 to start but we’re hoping it will grow from there.

~ Jode Roberts, Suzuki Foundation

homes and our community groups,” he wrote. “There are beautiful bridges, great parks and a historical heritage that can be built upon.” LEAF executive director Janet McKay said her organization will work extensively with property owners to green their own properties through tree plantings and native plant kits. “We can help them choose which kind of tree would be best for their property and where to plant it based on how much light it will need, the size of the tree and soil type,” she said. LEAF is known throughout Toronto for its work in helping to increase and improve the green canopy with native plant species. McKay noted the partner-

ship with the David Suzuki Foundation came about naturally given the scope of the Homegrown National Park initiative and the work LEAF is already doing. McKay added that LEAF has not yet set targets in terms of how many trees they hope to plant or how many yards they hope to green, but pointed out she sees great potential for the Homegrown National Park concept. Roberts said that, if the initiative takes hold in Ward 19, it could be rolled out elsewhere across the city and beyond. “We’ve chosen the footprint of Ward 19 to start but we’re hoping it will grow from there,” he said. Those interested in becoming a Neighbourhood Park Ranger can apply up until Monday, March 18. Selected applicants will undergo an intensive training program in early April. For more information or to apply to be part of the Homegrown National Park project, visit





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A crash course in Crashed Ice JUSTIN SKINNER As a relative newcomer to the Red Bull Crashed Ice scene, downtown Toronto resident Brent Laur is doing his best to keep his feet under him. Laur joined the Crashed Ice tour, which sees competitors skating down a twisting, turning, icy course, after years of trying to get in through a lottery system. In his first race, in Niagara Falls in December, he managed to make it through to the elimination round, and fared equally well in a later event. The longtime hockey player and personal trainer is now hoping to break into the Top 32 in an upcoming Crashed Ice event in Quebec City. “I’ve always wanted to do it since it came to Canada and I was so excited when I finally got in,” he said. “It’s definitely something different, going from being a hockey player and skating on flat ice to skating on a course with big drops

and hills.” As much as he had been looking forward to his first race, once he was at the starting gates, he admitted to wondering just what he had gotten himself into. “I’ve never had anxiety like that on skates,” he said. “It was just pure adrenaline on the way down.” TRAINING REGIMEN The 30-year-old, who lives in the condo-heavy CityPlace area right downtown, has managed to make his mark in his short time in the sport thanks to a training regimen that includes inline skating at skate parks, his own strength and conditioning program and lending an ear. “I try to get as much information as I can from the guys who have been around and doing this for a while,” he said. “The athletes are all really open about helping others, so it’s a great environment.”


Laur’s fitness program helps him hone his balance and boost his strength, key elements when whipping down icy slopes at speed upwards of 60 kilometres per hour on a pair of narrow blades. “Once you have the balance, the strength and the speed, then it’s more or less just nerves,” he said. While Laur has not spent as much time on the Crashed Ice tour as many of the veteran skaters – he did not make the trip to Lausanne, Switzerland, for a race this month, for instance – he hopes to ramp up his participation. “I just turned 30, so I’m kind of in the twilight of my Red Bull career already, competing with other guys who are in their early 20s or mid-20s,” he said. “But I’m planning next year to make the tour. Brent Laur will compete in the upcoming Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Quebec City Saturday, March 16


OFSAA gold St. Michael’s College School proved to the best high school hoops team in the province last week. In an all-Toronto battle last Wednesday at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) 4A hoops championships in Windsor, the Bathurst Street school had to go to overtime to defeat crosstown rival Father Henry Carr from Etobicoke 47-38. St. Mike’s, who were topseeded, outpointed their second-seeded Toronto rivals 9-0 in the extra frame.


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news for their own health but also do not want to be put in a situation where they are stigmatized. “Part of it is Canada’s inexcusable illegalization of HIV transmission,” Tomas said.

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Current Friends for Life Bike Rally co-chair Tim Ledger said the ride’s 15th year marked an ideal time to look back and reflect on its past. “We’ve looked at every five

years as a milestone and had a large 10 year anniversary commemoration so for 15 years, we wanted to do as much as possible to commemorate that,” he said. While the ride itself will not take place until the end of July and the start of August this year, Ledger said the goal is to get the word out early in hopes of getting more participants. “Most of our riders come to us through friends and word of mouth,” he said. “We’re building awareness as far out as possible.” The commemorative exhibit, dubbed The Reason & the Ride – 15 Years of the Friends for Life Bike Rally, will include photos, posters, jerseys, videos and other memorabilia from the first 15 years of the ride. The Reason & the Ride – 15 Years of Friends for Life Bike Ride will be on display at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street, through April 11.




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Hundreds attended the Eglinton Connects workshops and consultations in February seeking feedback on the future of Eglinton Avenue. Approximately 500 residents sounded off on plans for the avenue which will house the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit line. Residents viewed preliminary station and stop designs for the Crosstown, which will run both underground and at street level on Eglinton. Another series of workshops is planned for late May. Check out www.toronto. ca/eglinton


Presto fare card marks milestone Presto celebrated a milestone recently when it was announced the electronic fare card has reached 500,000 users in the Greater Toronto region. More than 80 per cent of GO Transit riders already use the service, a number that is anticipated to increase now that GO has phased out monthly passes.

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Maximum City summer camp Maximum City, the awardwinning urban education program is accepting applications for its two-week summer camp at the University of Toronto. The program strives to educate high school and middle school students about city issues including transit. The cost for the program, which runs from July 8 to 19, is $650 and financial assistance is available. Deadline to apply is late April. To download an application visit


Pearson LINK train to close temporarily Pearson International Airport announced its terminal train service will halt service as of March 19. The LINK train normally travels between Terminal 1

and 3 as well as the Sheraton Gateway Hotel and Viscount Road parking facility. It will be replaced by a shuttle bus. The closure is due to construction related to the UnionPearson air rail link, expected to be completed by 2015.


Road testing for new streetcars If you live near the TTC’s Hillcrest facility and are prepared to stay up late you might just catch a glance of the new streetcar. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said a testing version of the new Bombardier vehicle will make its debut on city streets in “the middle of the night”. While no date was given, media speculation suggests the test could happen as early as this month. The testing vehicle, which was manufactured in Thunder Bay, has been housed at Hillcrest, located at 1138 Bathurst St., since last year. The new vehicles are slated to roll out in late 2014.

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Toronto heading toward transit crisis: urban planner RAHUL GUPTA Like Moscow before it, Toronto will descend into a future of nightmarish gridlock and crippling congestion if it cannot address its transit problems, said a renowned urban planner last week. Larry Beasley’s stark warning during his keynote speech at a city-sponsored transit panel discussion at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts came despite having praise for Toronto’s good land use planning and strong transit ridership numbers. But the former chief planner for Vancouver, praised worldwide for helping to revitalize that city’s urban core, said Toronto is in the early stages of a planning crisis he termed the Moscow Syndrome. “When you get behind on planning and investment for transportation, Moscow

shows, it’s a vicious cycle,” said Beasley, who recently completed a planning study on the Russian city. “You get more and more behind and it gets harder to catch up.” Beasley – who was invited by chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat to speak and participate in a moderated panel that was part of its ongoing Feeling Congested? public transit consultations – said policy makers should heed the concerns of consumers and create a good travel experience they wouldn’t mind paying for. “Citizens have to be involved in transit planning and everyone needs to agree on the cost,” he said. But Keesmaat disagreed with Beasley’s contention planning should take place only at the regional level, pointing out the importance of local connections. Regional transit is about long lines moving people, she

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CANADA PROVINCE OF QUEBEC DISTRICT OF MONTREAL NO : 500-17-074874-127 SUPERIOR COURT MINTZ & PARTNERS LIMITED, acting as the administrative agent of the Capricorn Petroleum Trust, a legal person Petitioner v. YVES AUDET, acting as the trustee of the Capricorn Petroleum Trust and ERNIE KUNG, acting as the settlor of the Capricorn Petroleum Trust and 2540500 NOVA SCOTIA LIMITED, acting as the beneficiary of the Capricorn Petroleum Trust Respondents -andTHE CAPRICORN PETROLEUM TRUST, a trust Mis en cause NOTICE ORDER is given to ERNIE KUNG to appear at the courthouse located at 1 Notre-Dame Street East in Montreal, Quebec, 30 days following the publication of the present notice in the newspaper CITY CENTRE MIRROR. If the Respondent appears, the present MOTION TO DISCHARGE THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT AND TO WINDUP A TRUST, DETAILED AFFIDAVIT, NOTICE OF PRESENTATION, LIST OF EXHIBITS, EXHIBITS P-1 TO P-10 and NEW NOTICE OF PRESENTATION and NEW NOTICE OF PRESENTATION will be presented before the court on April 26, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., room 2.16, at the courthouse located at Montreal. Failure to appear within the time fixed could cause a judgment by default to be rendered against Ernie Kung without further notice as of the expiry of the time fixed. A copy of the document described herein above was deposited at the courthouse for the attention of ERNIE KUNG. Montréal, March 7, 2013 ELAINE CLOUTIER-NEVEU PRESENT DEPUTY CLERK


NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS ALL CLAIMS against the estate of Marlyn Joan Morrison, of Toronto, Ontario who died the 25th day of January, 2012, must be filed with the Estate Trustee on or before March 30th, 2013; thereafter, distribution of the assets of the said estate will occur having regard only to the claims then filed. DATED this 28th day of February, 2013. Francesca Panacci, Estate Trustee by her Solicitors MIDDLEBRO’ & STEVENS LLP 1030 2nd Avenue East, P.O. Box 100 Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K 5P1 Attn: John H. E. Middlebro’ 519-376-8730

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*Leasing offers available O.A.C. from Infiniti Financial Services based on a new 2013 Infiniti G37x AWD (G4XG73 /AA00/Luxury A7) with an annual lease rate of 1.9%. Monthly lease of $489 for a 48 month term. Down payment of $0 and first monthly payment required. Buy back is $18,898.50 at end of term. Total lease obligation is $23,585.56 plus HST. Cost to finance over term is $2,238.32. Model shown may be different from actual lease vehicle. Lease offers include Delivery and Destination of $1,995. Applicable license fees, insurance registration, PPSA and taxes are excluded. $0 security deposit required. 16,000 km per year allowance applies. Additional charge of $0.15/km applies after 16,000 km. Terms and conditions apply. Offer valid until April 1, 2013. Call 416 975 2623 or visit Infiniti Downtown for complete details

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PER MONTH FOR 48 MONTHS PL PLUS HST WITH $1,999 DOWN *Limited time lease offers available from Toyota Financial Services vices on approved credit. *All-in price of a new 2013 RAV4 FWD LE (Model ZFREVT ZFREVTA) A) is $25,615. All-in price includes freight and fees (PDE, EHF, EHF, OMVIC fee and air condition tax, where applicable). HST, HST licensing, registration and insurance are extra. 4.3% lease APR on a new 2013 RAV4 FWD LE (Model ZFREVTA) A) for 48 months, equals a monthly payment of $298 with a $1,999 down payment or trade equivalent. Residual R T lease obligation at lease term is $12,370.00. First monthly payment due at lease inception. Total is $16,164 including HST. All-in lease includes freight and fees (PDE, EHF, OMVIC fee and air condition tax, where applicable). HST, licensing, registration and insurance are extra. Based on a maximum of 80,000 KM. Additional KM charge of $0.10 for excess kilometres, if applicable. Terms and conditions apply. Call 416 703 7700 or visit Toyota on Front for complete details.

PER MONTH FOR 48 MONTHS PLUS HST WITH $1,285 DOWN * Lease offer is provided through Lexus Financial Services, on approved credit to qualified retail customers. The $499 per month for 48 months OAC plus HST is offered on a new 2013 ES350 base model. A down payment of $1,285 is required and annual security deposit is waived. Annual interest rate is 3.5% over 48 months with a residual value of $18,170.00 at the end of term. $2,016.00 is due at delivery which includes the down payment of $1285.00, first month lease payment of $499 and $232 HST. Maximum number of kilometres over lease term is 80,000. A $0.20/km excessive kilometer charge comes into effect after 80,000 km. Limited time offers only apply to retail customers at Lexus Downtown. Dealer order/trade may be required. Offers are subject to change without notice. Offers expire at March month’s end unless extended or revised. Call 416 603 9100 or visit Lexus Downtown for complete details.

* Lease offer available on new 2013 Sentra 1.8 S (C4LG53 AA00), manual transmission. 0.9% lease APR for a 60 month term. Monthly payment is $179 with $0 down payment or equivalent trade-in and includes freight and fees ($1,567) and no Security Deposit required. Lease based on a maximum of 20,000 km per year with excess charged at $0.10/km. Total lease obligation is $10,730. Terms and conditions apply. Offer valid between March 1st, 2013 and April 1st, 2013. Call 416 975 3800 or visit Nissan Downtown for complete details


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*Leasing offers available O.A.C. from Hyundai Financial Services based on a new 2013 Tucson L 5-spd Manual/2013 Sante Fe 2.4L FWD Auto with an annual lease rate of 2.99%/2.19%. Monthly lease of $288/$361 for a 60 month walk-away lease. Down payment of $0 and first monthly payment required. Total lease obligation is $17,280/$21,660. Models shown are different from actual lease vehicles. Lease offers include Delivery and Destination of $1,760/$1,760. Applicable license fees, insurance registration, PPSA and taxes are excluded. $0 security deposit required. 20,000 km per year allowance applies. Additional charge of $0.12 on all both models applies. Delivery and Destination charge includes freight, PDE dealer admin fees and a full tank of gas. Terms and conditions apply. Offers valid until April 1, 2013. **Starting prices are for base models and do not include Destination and Delivery, admin fees or any applicable taxes. Call 416 465 9000 or visit Downtown Hyundai for complete details.








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