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With the Jarvis Street bike lanes slated to be removed within days, Cycle Toronto has emerged with a new study indicating the lanes are catching on with cyclists. The group, formerly known as the Toronto Cyclists Union, positioned cameras overlooking Jarvis Street south of Isabella Street, and counted the number of cyclists per day. The research, conducted by Cycle Toronto member John Taranu, was informal – he used his brother’s apartment window, videotaping the bike lanes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 2, and only counted southbound cyclists. Taranu found 1,000 southbound cars were using the road during morning rush hour, between 8 and 9 a.m., and 100 southbound bicycles were using the bike lanes. Taranu argued that effectively increased the road capacity by 10 per cent. “The whole point of this was to show some numbers they were lacking,” said Taranu. “The whole point was to show that disregarding all the rhetoric flying around, there were people using it. It would continue to increase year after year; you can’t judge Hwy. 407 by its first year, it takes time for usages to develop.” Toronto Council voted in 2011 to remove the Jarvis bike lanes, which were installed in 2010 under former Mayor David Miller. The lanes had become an issue in the 2010 mayor’s race. Council tried to re-open the matter to reverse the decision at its September meeting, but could not obtain the required two-thirds vote to do so. Council cannot revisit the matter for another year.

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Photographer snaps Holocaust survivors JUSTIN SKINNER When midtown Toronto photographer Yuri Dojc crossed paths with a Holocaust survivor in 1997, it set in motion a project that has earned him acclaim around the world. The Slovakian-born Dojc’s The Last Folio, which has been exhibited in venues around the world, depicts pieces of his native country’s Jewish past. “I met (the Holocaust survivor) at my father’s funeral and she was just a remarkable woman,” Dojc recalled. “I was totally fascinated by her and her story and I started photographing survivors.” To get a better sense of the struggles faced by Slovakian Jews, he returned to Slovakia and came across an abandoned school. What he saw there opened his eyes. “There was a school full of children’s books, and those were the only objects that were left,” he said. “The beauty in the decay of those books was unbelievable to me.” Through his travels, Dojc met his share of remarkable men and women, some of whom were born

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during the days of the AustroHungarian Empire. He spoke of one young man who was conscripted into military service during the early days of the Second World War whose story sounds, as Dojc himself put it “like a James Bond story.”

“Somebody was checking his background and found out his mother was Jewish,” Dojc said. “The guy who found that out was Jewish too and said ‘let’s escape together’ so they did and they became spies.”

That young man went on to meet his first wife when she was returning home from Auschwitz on a train, later separating from her when he joined the French Foreign Legion and the CIA. Years later, he and his first wife were able to reconnect. “He called her and asked ‘would you like to meet me’ and she said ‘I’m fat,’” Dojc said. “He said ‘I’m fat, too.’ You can watch movies, but you can’t get a script like this.” A documentary on Dojc’s work in Slovakia is currently in production, while his photos have been shown in various locations in North America and abroad. While Dojc himself was born after the Second World War, he was still born in a communist country and lived there until coming to Canada

as a political refugee in 1969. “My father said ‘if you want to live here you can, but if you want freedom, you should go to Canada,’” he said. Now, Dojc, has been named the artist-in-residence for Holocaust Education Week, which runs from Nov. 1 to 8. “Unfortunately, it takes a lot of time and space to show (The Last Folio), but I’ll be giving a speech about the project and showing a trailer for the documentary and some stills from the project,” he said. His lecture, which will take place at the Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Ave., at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, is one of many events taking place over the course of Holocaust Education Week. Some of his works will also be immortalized in a permanent memorial exhibition at the congregation. For more information about Holocaust Education Week and the various events that will take place during the week, visit www.

Clinton Street PS looks for past grads to celebrate 125 years JUSTIN SKINNER For 125 years, Clinton Street Public School has been helping youngsters meet their potential. The school, at 460 Manning Ave, will spend the next year marking the anniversary, culminating in a giant May 9, 2013 celebration. Some of Clinton Street’s many distinguished alumni helped kick off the year of festivities recently with a ‘human book’ event. Participants ranging from Canadian Civil Liberties Association founder Alan Borovoy to former councillor and TTC chair Howard Moscoe to the first Canadian professional female umpire Shanna Kook addressed a large crowd, sharing how their time at Clinton shaped their lives. Borovoy said his years at the school set him on his groundbreaking path. “I really had a questioning dis-

position,” he said. “I know some of that came from this school.” He recounted one teacher who railed against the English language itself, arguing in favour of phonetic spelling. He also recalled that, back in the 1940s, one of the school’s teachers was Jewish, which was almost unheard of in those days. “A Jewish teacher in the 1940s was probably almost as rare as dinosaurs,” he said. Borovoy added that even in those days, Clinton Street Public School fostered an inclusive atmosphere. He pointed out that after that teacher took a new position at King Edward Public School, “a number of teachers from Clinton made it a habit to go over to King Edward at lunchtime because they were afraid she would be isolated as the only Jew at King Edward.” Kook told the crowd her love of baseball was spawned at Clinton, where she and her classmates would play the sport before school, even if

it was pouring rain outside. She wound up joining the school baseball team and helped lead them to a championship in her final year. “It was a beautiful way to end my time at Clinton,” she said. She wound up umpiring at Christie Pits and, after a shortlived attempt at studying music in university, decided to quit and go to umpiring school instead. When she did not fare well in her first year at umpiring school, she became even more dedicated and returned to Clinton during the off-season to prepare further. “I remember coming to the field here in the winter, drawing a field in the snow and practicing my umpiring mechanics so I could be ready,” she said. In her second year at umpiring school, she finished in the Top 5 out of a class of 320 students and earned a two-year contract as a minor league baseball umpire.

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Principal Wendy Hughes noted the school has been hard at work trying to get in touch with alumni and former staff members in hopes of turning the spring ceremony into a big blowout. “One of the things this school has is a complete set of registration cards going back to 1888,” she said. “We have access to the names of

everyone who’s been in the school since then, but we don’t know how to contact a lot of them.” Hughes said even as the community surrounding it has changed over the years, the school has remained a constant in the neighbourhood. “We’ve been continually operating as a community school since 1888 and it has such a vibrant history,” she said. “There was a time during the First World War when there were waves of Eastern European immigrants coming and the school population was almost completely Jewish. Then this community became the first place of settlement in the ’50s and ’60s for Portuguese and Italian immigrants, so the student body changed again.” The school is looking to get in touch with as many alumni as possible and collecting photos and other memories. To contact the school regarding its anniversary, drop by the school, call 416-393-9155 or email

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he damage caused this week by Hurricane Sandy and its after-effects to both Toronto and the American Atlantic coast should stand as a reminder to all residents of the importance of emergency preparedness. Whether we think of it or not, these episodes can be huge factors in defining community attributes or identifying community needs. And, as we head into a storm season, it presents a perfect opportunity for community organizations of all sides to impact their neighbourhoods, and provide a great public service. Resident associations can take a leading role in making sure their community members are aware of the dangers they face due to high winds, heavy rains, snow or other forces of nature. The city should include those residents associations as a key part of emergency planning. One area of the city might our view be susceptible to flooding. Another area has the potential Neighbours for toppled trees. The potential problems are different for each helping neighbourhood – and emerneighbours gency preparedness can be defined by neighbourhood as well. Local organizations are an excellent way to get street-level information out to the people who need it. Most residents associations already have street captains assigned to hand out newsletters and collect membership dues. They could also be the first sources on what steps need to be taken to prepare for or deal with emergencies. The street captains will also know of residents who have special needs that might be impacted by such things as a power outage, and can be used as resource by emergency officials. Residents groups can also take a proactive role in dealing with areas of potential danger. For instance, they should be charged with stressing the importance of keeping trees healthy and creating a list of potentially dangerous trees. And it might provide a significant and appreciated way for organizations to raise their profile and importance in the neighbourhoods of Toronto. Residents associations, community centres and schools can all contribute to emergency planning. This week’s storm blew deadly through Toronto and across the region. All of Toronto’s official organizations, including police, fire, EMS and hydro crews, did a great job in preparing for this week’s bad weather associated with Sandy. We can make that even better by using the great amount of knowledge and power held by our owns resident associations.

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Mayor Rob Ford has done nothing but cry and shout ‘I want it my way.’ All he has done is waste time and money. Stop focusing on changing transit agreements that were in place. Ford has wasted two years of construction time. Transit is a major economic ingredient and surface transit is a good way to open those stores that sit unused. Passengers on subways see blank walls whereas on the surface you see places to shop, eat and be entertained. Economic development is not an underground thing. Another area that Ford must focus on is that there is no left, right or centre in city governance. Councillors should be working together for the good of the city. Glenn Kitchen

Toronto casino both beneficial and detrimental Toronto’s City Manager Joe Pennachetti has upped the ante on the question of whether to allow a casino in Toronto’s borders this week. In a report to Mayor Rob Ford’s Executive Committee, which meets next week, Pennachetti indicates serious economic benefits to both Toronto as a whole, and more critically, the City of Toronto’s hungry coffers. As a whole, a big casino would create some jobs, and also threaten some jobs – particularly at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke – but on balance, create more than it destroyed. And with the right deal, Pennachetti said a large casino resort could all but eliminate the city’s structural deficit. If it’s located at the Canadian National Exhibition, and the Ontario


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Lottery and Gaming Corporation agrees to give Toronto a sweeter deal than other host municipalities, then it could bring in up to $200 million a year. And that is the range of Toronto’s structural deficit, which is to say the difference between what it costs to run the city we want and the conservative estimate of how much money the city can actually collect each year. It’s a compelling argument to raise, given that the city, less than a generation ago, rejected the idea of hosting a casino in a proper

referendum. Will it be enough, to bring the tables and the slot machines to Toronto? It’s tough to say. But one thing for sure is that Pennachetti has framed for Toronto councillors the most interesting kind of moral argument: one with no right solution. Because he’s right: if Toronto bargains and extracts a gold-plated deal with the Ontario government, gambling revenues can deliver to Toronto a balanced budget. That would mean city services residents value could be sustainably funded, transit could expand as needed. City budget debates could be something other than the triage exercises they’ve become. And yet... that money will be coming from a tainted source: the pockets

and savings and mortgages of people who cannot resist the temptation of those tables, those slots. Casinos do best with the gamblers whose addiction causes them to give up their whole financial lives. It’s a choice that past and present provincial governments have already made, as they’ve built casinos in 24 communities around the province over the past few decades. Those revenues have become part of the bedrock of the Ontario government, and no government has dared look back. Toronto could dip into that pool as well. A great many Torontonians would benefit. A comparatively few number of Torontonians would suffer catastrophic loss. It’s a tough question – a moral question. One way or another, it’s a gamble.

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U.S. parties mine for Toronto votes JUSTIN SKINNER While much of Canada will be watching raptly on Tuesday, Nov. 6 as U.S. voters decide whether Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney will lead their country for the next four years, some Canadians have more at stake in the election than others. For dual citizens and expats, particularly the members of Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad, the election will hold extra importance. Democrats Abroad Canada committee chair Allenna Leonard and Republicans Abroad Canada chair Mark Feigenbaum have been hard at work trying to urge people to turn in their ballots. “Our major effort is just to get out the vote,” Leonard said. “We have members from all 50 states so we’re making calls to members from all 50 states.” Feigenbaum noted even though the Democrats have traditionally gotten more of the youth vote, he and his organization are more interested in seeing people of all stripes ensure their vote is counted. “I like to encourage people, even if they prefer the Democrats, to exercise their right to vote,” he said. “It seems strange to me that some of the people who are the most vocal and critical of the government are the same people who don’t exercise

‘We (at Democrats Abroad) really think the closer the U.S. health care system gets to Canada’s the better off (Americans) will be.’ ~ Democrats Abroad Canada chair Allenna Leonard that right.” Both Leonard and Feigenbaum have reasons for supporting their candidate of choice. Naturally, the hot-button issue of health care was front-of-mind for both. Leonard said Obama’s plan to implement universal health care will provide huge benefits to all Americans, and most notably the most vulnerable. “We (at Democrats Abroad) really think the closer the U.S. health care system gets to Canada’s the better off (Americans) will be,” she said. “Governor Romney wants to dial things back to the 1950s and allow employers to determine what health care they’ll give to people.” Feigenbaum, however, disagreed with Leonard’s assessment. While he noted both sides are spouting rhetoric that muddies the issue, he said a Canadian-style health care system would be less

than ideal. “Some people see Canada as this great bastion of health care, but I’ve seen examples where it definitely doesn’t provide that great health care,” he said. “It’s not this panacea that some people make it out to be.” Feigenbaum noted, as a crossborder tax lawyer, he is concerned over tax implications for Americans living abroad. “For U.S. citizens living in Canada, as long as the U.S. tax rates are lower than Canada’s, we don’t pay extra taxes,” he said. For Leonard, social and environmental issues rank higher on the scale. She said the Republican side has a large number of climate change deniers whereas Barack Obama is more aware of environmental issues. “(The Republicans) are more interested in getting every last dollar out of the resource sector than protecting people from environmental damage,” she said. Leonard added women’s issues also prompt her to stick to her staunchly Democratic leanings. “The Democratic Party has led the way with respect to the role of women, supporting things like the Lilly Ledbetter (Fair Pay) Act that was an important anti-sex-discrimination act,” she said. While Leonard said the human rights examples set by the U.S. will

‘Some people see Canada as this great bastion of health care, but I’ve seen examples where it definitely doesn’t provide that great health care.’ ~ Republicans Abroad Canada chair Mark Feigenbaum naturally have a positive impact on Canada, Feigenbaum said a stronger U.S. economy – which he believes Republican candidate Mitt Romney will deliver – will also provide benefits north of the 49th parallel. “Canadians fare better when the economy’s better in the U.S.,” he said. “When the U.S. has a stronger economy, they’re much stronger trade partners and that helps Canada.” With politics sometimes boiling down to a popularity contest in the minds of some voters, both Feigenbaum and Leonard suggested their candidates would make good choices for voters. “I’ve been reading all sorts of things where people are trying to discredit Mitt Romney, but I’ve met him and he’s actually a very, very nice person,” Feigenbaum said. Leonard noted, according to the polls, many Americans disagree.

“(Obama’s) likeability factor has been higher than Governor Romney’s for a while,” she said. Both Leonard and Feigenbaum expect the Nov. 6 election to be hotlycontested to the end. Leonard, who grew up in Pennsylvania, decried newly implemented voter ID laws that could see many shut out at the polls. “Republican efforts at voter suppression have been a big issue,” she said. “You need a driver’s license or passport to vote in Pennsylvania and a lot of people in the cities don’t have those.” Feigenbaum said he will be curious to see what happens in the many swing states, particularly in Florida, which has seen its number of electoral college votes increased from 22 to 29. “I’ve seen a lot of math done with President Obama winning and a lot of math done with Governor Romney winning,” he said. “I think it’s going to be amazing to watch.” Both Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad will host election night parties on the night of the election. The local chapter of Democrats Abroad (www.democratsabroad. org) will meet at the Dominion Ballroom, 123 Queen St. W., starting at 7 p.m. Republicans Abroad Canada ( will meet at the Harbour Sports Grille, 10 Yonge St., starting at 7:30 p.m.


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Toronto will benefit if it approves a city casino If Toronto could extract the right deal from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), revenues from a casino in downtown Toronto could permanently fill Toronto’s structural deficit. That was the word Monday from Toronto’s City Manager Joe Pennachetti, following the release of his report on the economic impact of a casino on Toronto’s economy. The report will be going to Mayor Rob Ford’s Executive Committee Nov. 5 and there will likely be public consultations before council finally deals with the question of whether to allow casino gambling – probably in February or March. F o r n o w, h o w e v e r, Pennachetti has laid out a case for a casino in Toronto so long as the OLG is willing to sweeten the pot with higherthan-usual hosting fees. “There are issues that council has to decide on related to social and health impacts,” said Pennachetti, speaking

with reporters Monday. “But if the hosting fees and the property tax revenues are anywhere near the potential of a change in formula, the fiscal benefits to the city would be significant enough to virtually solve our operating fiscal sustainability budget problem.” Whether the city can negotiate higher-than-usual fees with the OLG is an open question, but Pennachetti argues in his report that a full-scale entertainment complex in the right place could generate as much money as all of the other 24 gaming venues operated by the OLG combined. The OLG pays a hosting fee to those municipalities. Pennachetti is arguing that because of the amount of revenue OLG could expect from a Toronto casino, it should adjust its hosting fee accordingly — up to $168 million a year. “If a casino is located... outside Toronto, the city would have less ability to shape the development proposal and

would not participate in any revenue sharing,” the report reads. “Toronto residents and businesses would, however, still be subject to broader impacts associated with problem gambling, increased traffic and competition for discretionary entertainment expenditures.” The report hasn’t taken the fight out of some councillors. Works Committee Chair Denzil Minnan-Wong, a member of Mayor Rob Ford’s Executive Committee, said he opposed the idea of “a bigassed casino” in Toronto. Pa r k d a l e - H i g h Pa r k Councillor Gord Perks said raising revenues through a casino, “is to me the most reprehensible way. “A third of the money that comes from casinos comes from people with gambling addictions, who are literally losing the family’s house. I don’t want to solve the city’s problems that way.” – David Nickle

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Holocaust Education Week Opening Night 2012 WHEN: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park CONTACT: Jaymes Beatty, 416484-1132 ext. 8 COST: Free Renowned author Nathan Englander, who wrote the short story collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”, explores Jewish identity in the contemporary world and the perpetual shadow of the Holocaust. The annual Holocaust Education Week includes more than 100 different programs including exhibits, panel discussions, cultural performances, lectures and film screenings and survivor testimonials. Visit www.

Messy Church-An All Ages Event WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Manor Road United Church, 240 Manor Rd. E. CONTACT: E. Macdonald, 416-4830695, www.manorroadunitedchurch. com, COST: Donations welcome Kids (accompanied by a guardian) are invited the first Tuesday of every month for games, crafts, storytelling, brief interactive worship periods and a communal supper.

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COURSE - Coming in Waves: British and Irish Emigration to Canada WHEN: 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. CONTACT: Toronto Branch - Ontario Genealogical Society, COST: $66 ($60 for OGS members)

This course offers strategies for identifying and using such records effectively in genealogical research. The discussion of how and why people emigrated, and from where, at different points in time will include the period prior to 1865.

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Huntington Society of Canada National Conference WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Intercontinental Hotel Toronto Centre, 225 Front St. W. CONTACT: Devin Bonner, 1-800998-7398 COST: $90 to $220 This opportunity attracts medical professionals, families, people affected by Huntington disease and those living at risk. The Nov. 9 to 10 conference includes information seminars, guest speakers and social gatherings for conference attendees. Call for details about

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A Concert of Remembrance WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. CONTACT: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation and Christ Church Deer Park presents A Concert of Remembrance.

n Ongoing

Family Service Toronto WHEN: various times WHERE: Family Service Association of Toronto, 355 Church St. CONTACT:, 416-595-9618 Family Service Toronto, 355 Church St. south of Carleton, offers a number of courses, workshops and seminars for seniors and their caregivers.

Eglinton Community Centre Eglinton Community centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E., offers a variety of unique courses and classes at various costs. Contact Sacred Circle Dance WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Saturdays WHERE: Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: Joan Warren, 416-4669292,, Dance traditional and modern dances to a variety of world music. No experience or partner is needed and all dances are taught. Suggested donation of $8.

n Friday, Nov. 2

Compassionate Friends Support Group Toronto Chapter WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month WHERE: Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. A support group for people who have lost a child. Compassionate Friends works like a 12-step program, although it is not actually a recovery program. Counsellors will sometimes join the meetings to provide more specific grief support.

n Saturday, Nov. 3

Learn to Dance Scottish-country style WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. until Nov. 29 WHERE: St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Ave. CONTACT: Sue Ann Bryce, 416-266-5423,, Cost $85 for 10 classes. Try the first class before paying. No partner or experience required. Bring soft-soled shoes.

North Toronto Group of Artists WHEN: 6 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Ave. CONTACT: Sharon Erlichman, COST: Free The North Toronto Group of Artists (NTGA) announces its annual Fall Fine Arts Show gala today; show Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. Phil Ochs Song Nigh: A Benefit for Common Thread Chorus WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: St. Simon’s Anglican Church, 525 Bloor St. E. CONTACT: Shazia Islam, 416-4105022, COST: Adults $25, seniors/students/ unwaged $15 A musical tribute to Phil Ochs hosted by Sonny Ochs with the event’s proceeds going to Common Thread Community Chorus of Toronto.

Free computer access POINT offers free computer and Internet access and free one-hour Internet-based classes. Call 416-487-2427.

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n Tuesday, Nov. 6

Older Lesbians Book Group WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. CONTACT: Eleanor Batchelder, 647235-0843 The group will be discussing the novel “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje. Light refreshments.

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Roots-based musicians can apply for bursary to help fund career Application shortfall extends deadline to Nov. 7 JUSTIN SKINNER As organizers of the Jim Fay Music Bursary, sometimes it can be hard to give away free money. The bursary, which was founded in honour of late Celtic musician Jim Fay, was created to help support struggling young musicians who do not have the money to pursue a career. While the bursary has been handed out in each of the past two years, Ian Newall, who chairs the bursary selection committee, said there was a noted shortfall of applicants this year. “For some reason, we’re having trouble finding someone to give the bursary to,” he said. While applications were originally due Thursday, Nov. 1, the selection committee has extended the deadline this year to Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winning applicant

could receive as much as $2,000. The award aims to help youth aged 16 to 24 who are just embarking on a musical career in folk, Celtic or rootsbased music. It was created specifically to aid those who most need the help. “It’s intended to help people who have musical interests but don’t have the money to pursue them,” Newall said. “It targets a group that can’t usually access or take advantage of bursary support.” To that end, recipients must have at some point used the services of an organization for homeless or at-risk youth, such as Covenant House or the Salvation Army. “We ask that they send in a letter of reference from a support worker, a guidance counselor or teacher,” Newall said. To be considered, applicants are also asked to send

in a video or audio clip of themselves performing. Once a winner is chosen, he or she should spend the money on a musical instrument or equipment or music studies or lessons. “We’re looking for somebody who is already a musician and just needs a hand getting started,” Newall said. The award was set up in honour of Fay, an Irish-born performer who was growing in popularity at various venues around Toronto when he died of a heart attack over the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend. Fay, who lived near Bloor Street West and Ossington Ave., left behind a wife and young son. Funds for the bursary are raised through the annual “Shine!” fundraising concert. For more information on the bursary, including how to apply, visit

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The detective said he believes the suspect is “going to ultimately be someone known in the area; he’s going to be someone with criminal antecedents.” While police do not have clear images of the suspect, it seems likely he walked with a limp on his left side. The videos were released on the Toronto Police Youtube channel ( user/Torontopolice) and police said they are hopeful the release of the footage will turn up more clues as to the suspect’s identity. Giroux said police have contacted Semret’s family, including four grown children living in Uganda. A trust fund has been set up in the victim’s name at CIBC and a fundraiser will be held at the Delta Chelsea’s Monarch Pub at 8 p.m. Friday.

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