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This weekend’s Sporting Life 10K will close Yonge Street. And it’s a 10K with a couple of huge numbers associated with it: a full-capacity 27,000 runners trying to raise $2.4 million for Camp Oochigeas. Besides a summer camp in Muskoka, it also provides comprehensive programming at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. The ‘Sporting Life 10K’ kicks off in several waves Sunday, May 12 between about 8 and 8:40 a.m. at Yonge Street and Roselawn Avenue to Fort York Boulevard. Participants must finish within 100 minutes. For more detailed details, visit http://run.sportinglife10k. ca

Mirror available at local libraries The City Centre Mirror can now be found at your local library! “The library is a hub of the community. The City Centre Mirror is a great resource for the community and we’re pleased to make it available to library users,” said Marg Middleton, general manager of Mertroland Media Toronto. This is the first endeavour in a growing relationship with the Toronto Public Library, said Middleton. “We have such common goals of serving the neighbourhoods in Toronto, it’s a natural relationship,” she said. The City Centre Mirror publishes every Thursday.

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Half-pipe: Joey Kippax displays his half-pipe skills at the DunBat skatepark on Saturday.

Agency challenges diverted money JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com A new report by Social Planning Toronto is asking both the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to take steps to ensure

money earmarked for some of the city’s most vulnerable students is spent as intended. The report, dubbed Triple Threat to Equity: Changing Priorities for Toronto Schools, suggests money given to the TDSB by the ministry through

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Bike advocate wants mayor to ride down ‘death alley’ JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com

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After being struck by vehicles three times while biking in Toronto, Little Italy resident Candice Anderson is offering up a challenge to Mayor Rob Ford. Anderson is hoping to collect 1,000 signatures, which she will present to Ford in challenging him to take a leisurely bike ride through downtown Toronto’s hectic streets. The avid cyclist is looking for the mayor to accompany her on a ride down University Avenue from Queen’s Park to Nathan Phillips Square, a short, downhill trek. “I call University Avenue ‘death alley’ because it’s just insane,” she said. “It’s a typical north-south route where there aren’t bike lanes.” Anderson has been in a collision when a passenger opened a car door on University Avenue, was struck from behind on another occasion and had her bike pinned between a pole and a truck that was backing up. “I’ve been lucky that I haven’t been seriously hurt,” she said. “When I got doored, it was scary

because the top of the door aligned directly so the pointy part of the door is right at heart level.” Anderson was prompted to action given Ford’s car-friendly stance. She noted the city already has a dearth of bike lanes and removing more would be detrimental to the city’s fabric. “There are 900,000 cyclists in the city and the mayor has to support them,” she said. She knows the frustration felt by motorists as she is a member of a car-sharing company. She also takes the TTC and walks to get around the city, but biking remains her preferred form of transportation despite the inherent dangers. “You get out in the nice weather, get some exercise – it’s much better than being stuck in traffic,” she said. While Anderson has yet to reach her target of 1,000 signatures – she passed 700 on May 6 – she is optimistic she will attain her goal and is hopeful Ford will take on the challenge once a large number of Torontonians urge him to hop on

I’ve been lucky that I haven’t been seriously hurt. When I got doored, it was scary... – Candice Anderson

a bike. She is heartened by comments the mayor made in 2009 during city discussions over the Jarvis Street streetscape improvements. While he referred to cyclists as a “pain in the ass,” he also acknowledged that if he lived downtown, he would “be with the cyclists.” “I believe he’s a hands-on guy, so I think if he experiences what it’s like (to bike downtown) it might change his mind about bike lanes,” Anderson said. The cycling advocate would also like to see the mayor rent a Bixi bike for the ride to reinforce the importance of the bike rental service in the community.

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Rosedale Park hosts annual Mayfair this weekend Event will kick off with sneak preview Friday night JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com

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Children ride a roller coaster during the 2012 Mayfair Picnic in Rosedale Park. This year’s event kicks off with a sneak preview Friday.

The world will descend on Rosedale Park this weekend as Mayfair makes its triumphant return. Mayfair has been a staple in the Moore Park and Rosedale communities for generations, starting out as a small community festival in 1946. It became an annual event and has since grown to welcome former members of the community and those from across the city and beyond. In recent years, it has become a fundraiser for Mooredale House, an organization that offers programming to the community. Mayfair has a different theme each year, with this year’s theme being Mayfair Around the World. Costumes, decorations and food will be on hand to represent various cultures, a fitting theme for a diverse city such as Toronto. “We’ll have decorations around that will turn it into a bit of a World Fair,” said Mooredale general manager Marjorie Booth.

The kids love it so we stick with what we know they love... – Marjorie Booth

While the theme differs from year to year, most of the events that make up Mayfair remain the same, with various rides, games, activities, food and drink on hand. The rides are switched up from year to year, though Booth said the festival will include its usual four rides for young children and four rides for older children. “The kids love it so we stick with what we know they love,” she said. Last year, the event brought an estimated 12,000 to Rosedale Park and organizers hope this year’s event sees a similar grand turnout. A new addition this year will make the festival more accessible than ever to those looking to get there by bike. “Cycle Toronto is offering bike

valet service and Evergreen Brick Works will host a bike safety area,” Booth said. Following in the footsteps of last year’s Mayfair, the event will kick off with a sneak preview night on Friday, May 10. Starting at 5 p.m., the rides will be operating, the beer garden will be open and there will be a special re-gifting silent auction. On Saturday, Mayfair gets into full swing with parades kicking off the festivities. Kids and families will walk to Rosedale Park from Moorevale Park starting at 8:20 a.m. and from Whitney Park starting at 8:30 a.m. Upon arriving at Rosedale Park at 9 a.m., revelers will be able to enjoy snacks, games, rides, face painting, live music, bingo and more. Kids will also be able to participate in track and field events throughout the day. Mayfair will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 10 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. For more details on the festival, visit www.mooredale.org/events/mayfair

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he Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is inviting road users again to name the province’s worst roads in its annual campaign launched this month. We want to hear from you too – which road in your neighbourhood deserves being named the worst? It can be a stretch of road strewn with potholes as Dufferin Street is known to have – and not surprisingly received the people’s choice award as being the worst in the province in last year’s CAA campaign. Maybe it’s poorly marked lanes or a bottleneck that constantly results in slow and excess traffic. Community input is important to help prioritize road our view construction work especially in the city where day-to-day driving takes a major toll on the road Email us with infrastructure. worst road The country’s largest auto club suggested the provincial govern- suggestions ment establish a dedicated fund for road work to be paid through provincial gas tax revenues. The province currently reaps $2.3 billion annually through its excise tax, stated CAA spokesperson Faye Lyons. More will be necessary for the continual upkeep of roads to help lessen gridlock and subsequently improve economic productivity. We encourage all residents to provide feedback on how to tackle this issue. Several ideas are already out there that warrant further discussion such as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s recent announcement during the provincial budget this past week that new tolls to use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes could raise money for transit construction. Metrolinx has also recently recommended revenue tools for transit infrastructure improvement such as introducing parking space levies and a dedicated portion of sales tax on consumer goods, which will be debated by Toronto council later this month. In the meantime, the money that is already earmarked for road improvement work should be spent on areas of the city that need it the most. Let us know which roads in your neighbourhood are seemingly neglected and need more attention by emailing us at letters@insidetoronto.com To learn more about the CAA campaign, visit www. caaworstroads.com and make your selection for the province’s worst road. Results are expected to be revealed next month.

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City needs to look at tourist-friendly projects In a little over a week, Toronto council will finally get a chance to make the call on a downtown casino. It’s a good bet council won’t be voting yes to a casino in the core of the city. Opposition is not unanimous, but decisive, and it seems unlikely the provincial government will sweeten the pot of Toronto’s hosting fee to sway enough to make a difference. And so, no casino, at least not downtown. The debate, once that final vote happens, will be over. Or will it? It may be true that Toronto doesn’t need or want a casino, but that’s not to say Toronto doesn’t need, or really want, more infrastructure to promote tourism and jobs and investments. Currently, the city’s core is developing effectively as a mass of tall condominium towers filled with tiny apartments. In the midst of those, Toronto does have assets: museums and galleries and sports venues and even a certain amount of convention space. But if the city wants to

david nickle the city encourage visitors beyond the parents of 20-something condo dwellers in Liberty Village, it’s got to do something. Once the casino is out of the way, it would behoove our leadership to start thinking about that. As City Manager Joe Pennachetti noted in his report outlining the benefits of a casino, Toronto needs more convention and trade show space near the downtown if it’s to be competitive with other destinations. A casino, Pennachetti said, would be an easy way to kickstart that development. That sounds like a mission statement. Council should, if they reject that casino plan, start looking at other ways to redevelop downtown properties in such a way as to draw visitors. Building a giant new convention centre with nothing but property tax and

municipal debt might not be a good idea. But finding ways to create incentives for that sort of development would be a good use of, say, the city’s economic development committee’s time. Toronto could look at how well it promotes its existing convention space and see if there’s a way to maximize it. It could look at its public spaces, and see if there’s anything that can be done to improve them beyond making them welcoming, and making them mesmerizing. In the past, Toronto’s done well for tourism fueled by a relatively open border, a low Canadian dollar and a thriving theatre scene. The dollar’s too high, border crossing is a pain and the theatre scene isn’t what it used to be. A casino wouldn’t, by itself, have made up for all that. A concerted, positive effort based on consensus, investment and genuine civic pride, though... that might be just the thing.

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TTC bike racks a waste of money, reader writes The installation of bicycle racks at the front of TTC buses is a total waste of taxpayers’ money. Just look around and see how many bicycles are carried on those racks on any given day. Bus ornaments The buses are for carrying passengers and bicycles are for people to ride. The TTC always cry out for more funding from taxpayers, yet they can waste millions to install such ornaments on the buses. I suggest that TTC Chair Karen Stintz try to sell the racks to a scrap dealer so she can recover some of the money. Kenneth Singh

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Rosedale has its share of art aficionados. Now the community is set to host its own art fair. The Rosedale Main Street BIA will host the inaugural Rosedale Art Fair with pieces from emerging OCAD artists and professionals from throughout the GTA displayed at a variety of local retailers. The two-day event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.rosedalemainstreet.ca Comic Arts Festival at library wToronto

Celebrate the art of comics during The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). Presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art, the week-long celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators, which began May 1, culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair, May 11 and 12, featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world at the Toronto Reference Library,

789 Yonge St. Hours for the exhibit and fair are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.torontocomics.com for details. Take your pants off for cancer fundraiser Members of Toronto’s business community will show off their skivvies at the Pants Off for Prostate Cancer fundraiser. The gala event will invite guests to check their pants at the door and enjoy a country club-themed party to benefit Prostate Cancer Canada. Pants Off for Prostate Cancer takes place at the Berkeley Church, 315 Queen St. E., at 8 p.m. May 15. Visit www.takeyourpantsoff.ca

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partnered with the Canadian Space Agency to create the NFB Space School, which offers youngsters a front-row seat to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s mission on the International Space Station. The school has launched two modules showcasing Hadfield’s training regimen and interactive videos and quizzes. Later modules will focus on astronomy, history and astrobiology. Visit http://spaceschool.nfb. ca days with councillor Layton wcompost

With the gardening season underway, residents in Ward 19 are invited to pick up compost at a series of Compost Days hosted by councillor Mike Layton. The Compost Days kicked off on Saturday, May 4 at Christie Pits. Further events will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Senhor Santo Christo Catholic School at 30 Humbert St.; at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19 at Fred Hamilton Park; at noon on Saturday, May 25 in Stanley Park; and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Dewson Street Junior Public School, 65 Concord Ave.

Layton’s office will provide compost, gloves and garbage and recycling bags. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels. Ceol Kids’ fans help set list wdetermine

Toronto musical ensemble Ceol Kids has taken a novel approach to fundraising, giving the audience a chance to sponsor their set list. The group gives audience members a chance to bid online to determine which popular songs will be played at their show. The fundraising technique has proven effective – voters spent more than $4,000 nominating songs for this year’s concert, with the top 25 songs making the cut. Voting has closed for the show, which takes place on Friday, May 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the El Mocambo. Tickets are still available for the show, which will feature songs ranging from Stompin’ Tom

Connors’ Sudbury Saturday Night to Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice to the theme from The Muppet Show. For more information on the show or to buy tickets, visit www. ceolkids.com hosts Science Rendezvous wRyerson

Yonge-Dundas Square will be home to a bevy of famSaturday ily-oriented sciencethemed events a s Ry e r s o n University hosts its Science Rendezvous at the downtown venue on Saturday, May 11. Daily Planet co-host Dan Riskin will emcee a series of shows, including a fire show, a liquid nitrogen show and Ryerson Theatre School’s Dance of Science. An interactive Physics Circus will allow visitors to experience levitating superconductors, vacuums, electrical phenomena and more while there will also be robot battles duking it out in a variety of competitions. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. For a full schedule of events, visit www.ryerson.ca/sciencerendezvous

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Young Working Professionals with MS selfhelp group WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Lawrence/ Yonge area CONTACT: Lynn Laccohee, 416-9673032 COST: Free Young working professionals with multiple sclerosis get together for information sharing and social support. Registration required. Meeting location will be provided after registration.

300 Lonsdale Rd. CONTACT: 416-2560510, www.uppercanadachoristers. org COST: $25; $20 advance; free for children/high school students Laurie Evan Fraser conducts songs that stir the soul, and songs of peace and inspiration in the Upper Canada Choristers’ 19th spring concert.

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Toronto Cat Rescue Adoptathon WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Pet Uno, 675 College St. CONTACT: Alison F., 416-538-8592 Adoption fee will be $175 for kittens under six months, $100 for cats older than six months and $250 if adopting two kittens. Bells on Yonge WHEN: 12:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Duplex Parkette (east end), 2906 Yonge St CONTACT: kbrown@idirect.ca Bells on Yonge is a community bike ride to promote a safe cycling route in the Yonge corridor. There will be a police escort to Queen’s Park where riders will meet with Bells on Bloor and others for camaraderie. More at www.bellsonyonge.ca

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Annual vocal arts festival at Harbourfront May 9 to 12 JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com More than 600 performers are warming up their voices as they get set to perform in the upcoming SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. The festival brings together a cappella performers from around the world. After a successful first go-round in 2012, organizers are hoping this year’s event is even bigger and better. “Last year, there were 65 events in three days and this year there are close to 100 events over four days,” said SING! co-manager Pat Silver. The concept of a cappella singing may evoke images of barbershop quartets, but SING!’s lineup promises far more variety, with a wide array of local acts offering up a diverse selection of genres. “There’s everything from pop to classical, gospel, barbershop, beat boxing and jazz,” Silver said. “A lot

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of the acts are local but they sing styles from all over the world.” While SING!’s primary goal is to provide entertainment, it has educational components as well, including a full day of events of middle school and high school students and weekend workshops con-

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an artist, I love the art. Books are like an art delivery system for kids.” While Hartt-Sussman’s books cater to kids, they draw from her own experience. The Nana series follows the main character as he must learn to share the affections of his grandmother, who is getting remarried. “It was based on the idea of my own mother getting remarried,” she said. “My son, who was three at the time, said ‘nanas don’t get married.’” While Hartt-Sussman had to deal with her own conflicted emotions when her mother started dating again, she did not want to write about a child who was angry over his own mother’s return to the world of love. “I thought it would be sillier with a grandchild,” the author said.

The first two titles, Nana’s Getting Married and Here Comes Hortense! have been nominated for various awards, while the third installment in the series, Nana’s Summer Surprise, was released in April. The Noni series, meanwhile, started out with Noni Says No, which teaches the importance of standing up to peer pressure. The second book in the series, Noni is Nervous, is slated to be released in July. “Noni is pretty universal – she’s just a jittery kid,” HarttSussman said. “Every kid has the jitters, but not every kid is a nervous wreck.” The author will read selections from her Noni series on May 28 to Grade 1 and 2 students at Parkdale’s Holy Family Catholic School. The reading will be part of a First

Book Canada event, which will help get books into the hands of children in need. “I love talking to kids and when I do, I ask them ‘who here doesn’t feel they have a story to tell?’” she said. “Some kids will always put up their hands, but I ask them what makes my story any more important than theirs. If you’re breathing, what you did today could be a story.” Hartt-Sussman’s career as a children’s author came following a series of other ventures. She started out in advertising before moving to Los Angeles, where she took a position with the Hollywood Reporter. From there, she jumped to E! Entertainment Television’s The Gossip Show. She moved back to Toronto with her husband Peter and sons Scotty and Jack seven years ago, renting a home in Forest Hill before finally settling in Rosedale. “I love this area,” she said. “It’s known as a fancy area, but in some of the suburbs, you see one massive house after

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another. Here, you see apartments here, a big house there, a smaller house there…” When not writing, HarttSussman loves doing yoga and she and her husband keep busy with their boys, aged 15 and 11. “One of them’s into sports and one is really into theatre,

so we’re always on the go with hockey, baseball, basketball on the one hand and Mirvish, acting, singing and dancing on the other,” she said. Hartt-Sussman’s books are available at major bookstores. For more info visit www.heatherhartt.com

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of her family members were professional musicians, her father, grandfather and other relatives were always singing and playing instruments. She moved to Canada to study English while in her early teens and it did not take long for her to embark on a singing career. “I loved dancing and I went to a salsa club here and asked the band if they wanted a singer,” she said. “They sent me to an audition for another band and I started singing.” Eventually, while singing with Latin band Pedras da Rua, she felt confident enough in her abilities to start singing her own material. Since that time, she has released two full-length albums, Vidas in 2007 and Luna Llena in 2009. The Venezuelan-born

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Seaton Village resident Eliana Cuevas and her daughter, Leila, who frequents St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club and who sings on ‘Antito’ one of the tracks on Eliana’s album, ‘Espejo’.

singer’s previous releases have earned her plaudits, including comparisons to Norah Jones and the title of “Canada’s emerging Latin music queen.”

While Cuevas and her five -piece ensemble attempted to stick close to their live sound on their previous recordings, Espejo is a more wide-open affair with some

20 musicians joining in for a richer, fuller sound. The album was produced by Cuevas’ husband, Jeremy Ledbetter, making Espejo a true family affair. The couple met while performing with different ensembles at a couple of shows and, while both are musically-minded, they did not collaborate on work until Cuevas’ current album. “We were keeping work and love separate, but after Leila was born we thought ‘okay, this is fine,’” she said. In addition to her own music, Cuevas has started up a project dubbed Poetry and Melody in which she invites poets to send her their work for her to put to music. She is adamant that those who send their work have it registered through

SOCAN or other, similar bodies, largely to protect their own interests. Should she record songs using submitted poems, she plans on splitting the proceeds 50-50 with the writers. The singer loves the Seaton Village community she, Ledbetter and Leila call home. “I love having Christie Pits and St. Alban’s (Boys and Girls Club) so near by,” she said. “It’s a beautiful neighbourhood with so much to do.” Cuevas will launch Espejo at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, with a special show starting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. For more information on her work, Poetry and Melody or her upcoming show, visit www.elianacuevas.com or www. facebook.com/elianacuevasmusic

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Boards dip into funding when they have trouble balancing budget of money but the (school) boards have a tendency not to use that money for the types of programs it should be used for,” said David Clandfield, former TDSB trustee and TDSB inner city advisory committee member. “When (boards) have trouble balancing their budget, they dip into this funding.” Part of the problem is that ministry gives boards latitude as to where the money is to be

spent. Clandfield said while the ministry’s own documentation gives the board “considerable latitude” in determining how the money is to be spent, he feels it should be clear the board should still use the money for programming for vulnerable students. “In 2011 to 2012, there was $128 million going in (to the TDSB through LOG funds) but only $40 million going out into the kinds of programs those

funds should go to,” he said. Social Planning Toronto Executive Director John Campey said children living in poverty and those for whom English is not a first language are falling further behind. A former teacher at Ryerson Elementary School, he noted funding was once plentiful for support programs. “When I first started there, it was right after amalgamation and there were all kinds

of supports,” he said. He left the school board for a spell, returning after five years and said he was “shocked at how much was lost.” Alejandra Bravo, who also sits on the TDSB’s Inner City Advisory Committee and works for Maytree, said by appropriating funds from programs designed to serve ESL students and those living in poverty, the board was further marginalizing those who

already may not feel they have a voice. “When we use the money for its intended purposes, we actually have amazing outcomes,” she said. “Denying (marginalized students) those entitlements actually creates an undue barrier to success.” Jarvis Collegiate Institute Student President Ya Chen Liu pointed out at her school, many students benefit from

special programming to help those at risk of being left behind in their education. The school serves a diverse population with many new Canadians, and Liu said LOG monies given to the TDSB should actually go toward students in need so they can “have hope to become a success in life.”

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Police offer $50,000 reward in brutal murder of Nighisti Semret Armed with new information, Toronto Police are once again seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down the man who killed Nighisti Semret and are now offering up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest. The 55-year-old Semret was stabbed to death in an alleyway off Ontario Street near Carlton and Parliament streets at roughly 7 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2012. She was returning home from her job at the Delta Chelsea Hotel when the attack took

place. A suspect in the case was captured on video but his face was obscured and none of the leads police were given resulted in an arrest. Now, police are looking to use DNA evidence to track down the killer. “Investigators believe the attacker injured himself or was injured during the attack,” said Toronto Police constable Wendy Drummond. According to police, the DNA of a male was found under Semret’s

fingernails, on Semret’s black canvas bag and blood found at the scene. Police believe the attacker may have cut himself with his own knife during the attack. The DNA samples all belong to the same individual. Police are now looking for a male who sustained unexplained injuries to his hand or arm around the time of the attack. “He potentially did not seek medical attention, but if he did, that would be valuable informa-

tion,” Drummond said. “The way the blood came off the suspect’s hand suggests the injury was more than minor.” Police have posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 or online at www. torontopolice.on.ca/rewards – Justin Skinner

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Male DNA was found on the canvass portion of the umbrella used by a citizen who confronted the offender in the murder of Nighisti Semret.

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City Youth Council provides grassroots lesson in democracy DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com They meet once a month in Toronto council chambers – debating matters of municipal import, from tax levels to grants to public transit and community services. They sit on committees that deal with public works, urban planning and even on community councils looking after local matters for their part of the city. And they’re all elected. But don’t confuse them with Toronto Council, with its partisan politics, controversial mayor and fishbowl media gallery. The City Youth Council of Toronto is learning how politics work on their own terms. “We take an educational form to it,” said Tyler Johnson, the founder of the youth council. “I work in education and I believe that the civics courses in school aren’t enough. They barely skim the topic of politics and they don’t talk about the intricacies of what actually happens at city hall – how it effects change.”

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Johnson founded the council following a stint as a part of the more venerable Toronto Youth Cabinet – a city-wide group of young people who work as an advocacy group for youth issues. The council is not the cabinet, and Johnson is careful to differentiate it. For one thing, the council is elected, in each of the 44 wards. “In the youth cabinet... there’s only a certain number of youth who are represented in that group... and they mostly come from the downtown core, as opposed to Etobicoke, Scarborough and North York,” he said. The councillors sit for twoyear terms, and the rules for running are simple: they’ve got to either live or attend school in the ward that they represent. As a result, they don’t have a full roster of councillors quite yet — there are 11 vacancies at present — and will be holding byelections. The biggest gap, said Johnson, is in Etobicoke. “We’ve done research in terms of how many youth are

in each ward, and Etobicoke has the lowest youth population in the city, so it’s been difficult to mobilize youth in that area,” he said. The purpose of the exercise is primarily educational – but there is an element of activism to the activity as well. During the last budget deliberations, youth councillors were a strong presence at the public hearings. And the group also come forward with motions based on ideas they’ve researched. Depending on the merits, those motions can make their way onto the council agenda. “There’s one motion going to council to ask for advertising space on the dasher boards in ice rinks,” said Johnson. “Currently there’s no advertising and the youth council said hey, let’s create some advertising on those.” The youth council recently sponsored a volunteer fair as part of Global Youth Services Day.

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The Toronto Financial District BIA wants public feedback on prospective designs for street pole “wraps.” The wrapping will protect street poles along Bay Street from graffiti and adhesives, says the BIA, which was formed in 2011. It’s asking the public to choose one of two patterns at its website www.torontofinancialdistrict.com. Respondents can also provide feedback on improving the designs. The new-look street poles are part of overall improvements to the area, including new banners, street furniture and sidewalk repairs, intended to give Bay Street a uniform look. Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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CAA wants residents to weigh in on the province’s worst roads Finch Avenue West among last year’s ‘winners’ RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com The country’s largest auto club wants dedicated gas tax revenue to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of Ontario’s crumbling road infrastructure. The Canadian Automobile Association, which launched its annual campaign to locate the worst roads in the province Wednesday morning at Queen’s Park, wants the Liberal government to establish a dedicated fund for road work to be paid through provincial gas tax revenues. In a press release, CAA spokesperson Faye Lyons said the province reaps $2.3 billion annually through its excise tax, which should be re-invested in

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Faye Lyons, CAA South Central Ontario spokesperson, launches the 10th annual Worst Roads campaign in front of Queen’s Park last week.

crumbling infrastructure. For the campaign, the CAA is once again inviting road users to weigh in on the worst roads in the province. Last year’s results placed five Toronto streets in the top 10, with pothole-strewn Dufferin Street receiving the dubious honour of worst

in the province. The other choices were Lawrence Avenue East, Finch Avenue West, Kingston Road and Bayview Avenue. Results are expected to be unveiled next month.

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LEXUS DOWNTOWN

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