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Delilah attended Christ Church Deer Park Sunday afternoon for the church’s blessing of the animals service. The annual service takes place near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and celebrates the diversity of God’s creations. See page 16 for more photos.
How will the Eglinton Crosstown LRT service improve community life? That’s the topic of an upcoming panel discussion presented by The City Centre Mirror in partnership with the Toronto Public Library. Amid all the debate about our transit system, one project is actually being built. In seven years the Eglinton Crosstown LRT will run from Black Creek Drive in the west to Kennedy Station in the east. Join us for a discussion on how the big dig on Eglinton Avenue can become a catalyst
for community life. Tonight’s session, featuring a panel and discussion on how to capitalize on the opportunity, is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Northern District library at 40 Orchard View Blvd. “This is not a session about the bones of what’s being built... above ground, below ground, or the cost of the project,” said City Centre Mirror Editor-in-chief Peter Haggert.“This is not an official city meeting, this is a chance for residents to explore how enhanced transportation can help build a strong community.
“We’d like to explore just how this transportation system can increase the health and vibrancy of our community – but we need your input. We do hope you attend.” The ideas expressed at this meeting will form the basis of future coverage in the newspaper and will spark further exploration of how community life can benefit. A similar session will be held at Mount Dennis Public Library, Oct. 17.
Please turn to page 17 to read our coverage of the Scarborough public session held last week.
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Dr. Emily Stowe Way wHonouring The founder of Women’s College Hospital has received a posthumous tribute with a street leading to the hospital site named in her honour. A portion of Elizabeth Street downtown has officially been renamed Dr. Emily Stowe Way. Stowe was the first woman to practice medicine in Canada, and she led the charge to start Women’s College Hospital in 1883. raising money for Dress for Success A one-day pop-up salon at Yonge and Bloor will offer free hair styling. Professionals will use Unilever Canada products to style hair, and visitors can make use of a self-styling station. The event will raise funds for Dress for Success, which provides career support to low-income women. It will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
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United Way Toronto always has a long climb to reach its fundraising goals. The organization is asking Torontonians to take a long climb of their own to help out. The Enbridge CN Tower Climb for United Way will take place Thursday, Oct. 17, Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20. For more information or to register, visit www.unitedwaytoronto.com/climbforunitedway
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Cuban film and culture will take to the screen when CineCuba comes to the Royal Theatre next month. The event features films, exhibits, forums and more with an eye to the Cuban arts and culture scene. CineCuba will take place from Friday, Nov. 1 through Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Royal, 608 College St. For more information, visit www.cinecuba.ca Times Toronto is looking for its king wMedieval
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Count your steps – and raise money – for bone and joint health. Until Oct. 20, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation encourages people to participate in Hip Hip Hooray. Participants will receive a pedometer and will be counting their steps to raise funds to support those facing bone and joint surgery as a result of arthritis, osteoporosis and injury. Call 1-800-461-3639, ext. 7 or visit www.hiphiphooray.com Call 1-800-461-3639, ext 4 for the Ortho Connect program through the foundation.
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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche At left, Dorothy Hwang gets a closer look at Chinese artist/ activist Ai Weiweiâ€™s Forever Bicycles sculpture at Nathan Phillips Square during Nuit Blanche Saturday evening. Left bottom, people walked by a mural displayed in front of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Below, the installation A Day at The Beach at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District is performed. The piece involved a muslim couple, Azad Imanirad, left, and Anahita Loghmanifar dressed in traditional clothing having tea, with non-muslim couple Samantha Hanson Waterhouse and John Anthony McEwen wearing swimwear and drinking alcohol. The quartet engaged in conversation with each other in an effort to encourage people to look beyond our cultural differences. Bottom, visitors take in Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamataâ€™s Garden Tower next to the the Metropolitan United Church. Several projects have been extended, including Forever Bicycles. Visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca for more.
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he next chapter of Toronto’s Strong Neighbourhood Strategy is about to be written and the city needs your input. The project saw the creation of 13 priority neighbourhoods – “hot spots of high need and low infrastructure” – and over eight years worked with the province and the United Way to try to improve the lives of residents through targeted investment. The program is now being re-evaluated and new Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIAs) designations may be in the works. A host of public meetings are being held across the city this month to help shape the program’s future. In particular, city staff want your ideas on criteria used to select NIAs, what goals should be established, and how the city should track its success. We’ve always touted the importance of local engagement and this instance is no our view exception. If you live in one of the currently designated areas or live in an area you believe needs Residents’ concentrated investment, your input needed input will be the most valuable. It’s your experience that will help for strategy answer some of the most critical questions. For instance, are the previously designated priority neighbourhoods ready to stand on their own? It’s not clear yet whether any of these areas will remain on the NIA list. Community hubs, drop-in centres, youth programming and partnerships have been established, but is that enough to ensure self-sustainability? Residents need to speak up about the results they’ve seen – or not seen – at the grassroots level. As well, the groups that have been involved in transforming these neighbourhoods need to declare whether they feel they can continue their work on their own. If it happens that these neighbourhoods do remain on the list, it’ll beg the question as to why. The city should be transparent in explaining why certain communities may still need focused help, even after eight years of investment. Would that be evidence of a failure? A need to modify expectations? Redistribute funding? Besides garnering opinion and experiential data from the people the program is meant to help, the city also needs to learn from lessons of the past. Without a critical self-evaluation of the project’s previous eight years, the story of Toronto’s Strong Neighbourhoods will be a short one with an ending that disappoints. Have your say. Visit www.toronto.ca/neighbourhoods to learn how.
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When it’s weird, Toronto tops Austin One thing that Mayor Rob Ford’s trip to Austin should have confirmed to our Lone Star cousins last week: when it comes to keeping a town weird, the musicallyinclined Texans are a few steps behind Toronto. No doubt, as the mayor left the city limits with his entourage of music-industry leaders and councillors, Austin breathed a sigh of relief. Because when they say “Keep Austin Weird,” they mean a nice kind of weird. Toronto and the saga of Mayor Rob Ford has reached a level of weird that is rather more terrifying. News broke just before he left town for Austin that a close friend of Mayor Ford, Sandro Lisi, was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana. The mayor addressed the matter at a news conference at a filling station near his home, in which he described Lisi as “a good guy” and a friend, before heading off to the airport.
david nickle the city While the mayor was gone, a story came out suggesting Toronto police have been following Mayor Ford and his associates using a leased Cessna. His brother, Doug Ford, told a Toronto Sun columnist that he had spoken to two Toronto police superintendents, who’d confirmed that there was aerial surveillance going on. Doug Ford then recanted the next day and suspected that the mayor’s enemies were behind it all. I worry about commenting on all this in a column filed early, for fear that something even weirder turns up in the interim. Because that’s how things have been going for the Ford brothers. This time last year, the mayor’s biggest problems were football, looming conflict of interest charges, and issues of reading while
driving, and all that seemed weird enough. Now, it’s substance abuse allegations, alleged family connections to the west-end drug trade, and that alleged video where the mayor was seen appearing to smoke crack cocaine. Men photographed with the mayor have been stabbed and murdered. Weirder still are the many among us who believe that all of this is simply a conspiracy of downtown elite, police and big media, to bring down a Conservative, millionaire mayor who is at the core, just an average guy. It’s hard to imagine a trade mission from the delusional Wonderland that Toronto has become, exciting anything in its hosts beyond a desire to back away slowly without making any sudden movements. With weirdos like us, you can’t be too careful.
David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column runs every Thursday; Council Notes every Monday online.
Canadian author would be a great asset To the editor: Two talented female authors are running in the Toronto-Centre byelection for the NDP and the Liberals. I think an author who has the skill to articulate the Canadian narrative with the keen eye and wit of a Margaret Atwood would be an asset to all Canadians. Toronto-Centre has the opportunity to use its powerful and precedent-setting character, with this byelection, to engage Canada into a substantive conversation. Beth Taurozzi
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New agency aims to help Toronto’s homeless First event is set for April 13, 2014 JUSTIN SKINNER email@example.com With Toronto’s homeless population growing at an alarming rate, a new local agency is looking to help ensure those living on the streets have access to the programs they need. Homeless Connect Toronto, a branch of the North America-wide Project Homeless Connect initiative, is looking for partners, sponsors and service providers in anticipation of its first semiannual event. The event will bring together service providers in a variety of fields, from housing and employment support to health care to clothing to haircuts.
“We’ve been planning this for two years now and we’re collaborating with various agencies to get it going,” said Homeless Connect Toronto coordinator Melody Li. “It’s sort of a one-stop shop for a lot of the services (homeless and underhoused people) need.” Having a variety of services under one roof will certainly make things more accessible for those in need of support, who must often travel between appointments. “The homeless guests are asked to decide what their top four needs are,” Li said. “It’s not just about housing, food and clothing. It’s really about working with the individual as a whole person with a variety of needs.” Homeless Connect Toronto plans to hold events twice a year. In addition to providing valuable services and support for those living on the streets, the events bring together various social service agencies, fostering a greater spirit of
Dental care and grooming being delivered during a Homeless Connect Edmonton event is the model for Homeless Connect Toronto. The local group is just starting and aims to bridge the gap between the homeless and the service providers who serve them.
collaboration as they work to support Toronto’s homeless and underhoused. “We want to connect the dots for agencies as well as for the people who use the services,” Li said. The initiative also aims to raise awareness of homeless issues and garner additional support from the corporate
world. While the first Homeless Connect Toronto event is not slated to take place until Sunday, April 13, 2014, the organization is looking to enlist support from as many corners as possible. It has already garnered the support of the Centre for Social Innovation and is seeking out
additional social service agencies and service providers, volunteers, corporate sponsors and champions. “We have quite a few agencies on board, we have dentists and haircutting professionals, but we’re always looking for more,” Li said. The April 13 event will take place at the Harbourfront
Community Centre, and Homeless Connect Toronto will reach out to the homeless through the drop-in and shelter network to get the word out to those who will benefit most. Li acknowledges that, while the community centre will allow for anywhere from 500 to 700 guests at a time, it is still not enough to serve everyone in need. “They just released the results from the latest Street Needs Assessment and (the number of homeless in Toronto) has risen five per cent since the last one they did in 2009,” she said. Homeless Connect Toronto is also looking to raise funds through an online competition, with the public invited to vote in support of the initiative. Voting will run through Oct. 14 at www.avivacommunityfund. org/ideas/acf17303 For more information on the organization or to get involved, visit www.hctoronto.org/
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Little Bird, will also perform music and tell a story about Thanksgiving, after which children will be encouraged to create their own thank you cards. Artist Elizabeth Gosse will showcase her It’s Your City project with canvasses depicting kids’ conceptions of their ideal city. There will also be standard Harbourfront Centre activities such as canoe and paddleboat
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Scottish Dancing for Beginners WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Ave. CONTACT: Glenna MacDonald, 416-763-0073, glenna.macdonald@
sympatico.ca COST: $100 for 10 weeks An introductory class for adults who would like to learn the pleasure and fun of Scottish dancing. No previous experience necessary. No partner or kilt required. Come make new friends.
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TDSB - Essential Skills Upgrading Information Sessions Tuesdays WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: Bickford Community Centre, 777 Bloor St. W.
w Saturday, Oct. 12 Thanksgiving/autumnthemed cupcake decorating WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace CONTACT: 647-725-1822 COST: Children $20, youth (14 to 17), senior $23, adults $29 Join in for a special session with cake decorators from Le Dolci where your child will learn from top pastry chefs how to properly use a piping bag and create a magical autumn themed cupcake.
Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of families with their cemetery and funeral pre-planning needs. So when you’re ready to talk, we’re here to listen. March Against Monsanto Toronto WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St. W. CONTACT: Jennifer Berman Diaz, 647-980-4686, www.facebook.com/ events/556507851059248 The global call to action is aimed at informing the public, calling into question long-term health and environmental effects of genetically modified foods. Speakers and performances.
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Archery WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace CONTACT: 647-725-0707, manderson@casaloma. org COST: $42.50 plus HST, Includes admission to Casa Loma Adults can join the NCCP trained archery coach,
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looking ahead YES! You Can - Jewish organ and tissue donation WHEN: 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord St. Contrary to common belief, Judaism permits organ and tissue donation. Learn about it at a special presentation hosted by various rabbis who will discuss the Jewish law around organ and tissue donation. Dr. Jeff Zaltzman, chief medical officer, Trillium will answer questions. Register at beadonor.ca or ncjwc-ts.org.
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Gardiner Expressway East Public Meeting WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-479-0662. How Regular People Should Play the Stock Market WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: http:// playthestockmarket.eventbrite. ca/, bobkgone@ gmail.com COST: Free Session gives participants the easy-to-use basics you need to analyze and trade stocks. Cookies.
Family Service Toronto Family Service Toronto, 355 Church St. south of Carleton, offers a number of courses, workshops and seminars for seniors and their caregivers. Visit www.familyservicetoronto.org; 416595-9618. Eglinton Community Centre Eglinton Community centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. E., offers a variety of unique courses and classes at various costs. Contact www.centraleglinton.com
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CONTACT: Isabel Li, 416-393 COST: Free Are you interested in upgrading your reading, writing, math and digital technology skills? TDSB offers free upgrading for adults who want to improve their essential skills. Call to reserve Heritage Toronto Awards & William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: Rachel Ostep, 416-3380682, www.heritagetoronto.org COST: Tickets starting at $15 The evening begins with the exclusive Nominees’ Reception and ends with a post-reception for all in attendance.
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Sacred Circle The group dances 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. The group meets at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Contact Joan Warren at 416-466-9292 or email@example.com
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TTC formally introduces new fleet of articulated buses rahul gupta firstname.lastname@example.org The TTC has introduced the first of its new fleet of articulated buses. The new 60-foot “artic” seats 77 and can hold a maximum of 112 passengers, which represents a 45 per cent increase in capacity compared to the regular fleet of 40-foot buses. It is also fully accessible with a ramp and offers threedoor boarding. The Nova-manufactured buses also have a built-in safety feature to cap turning speeds automatically. The articulated buses will first be deployed on the 7 Bathurst route during peak-travel times as of December 2013, followed by 29 Dufferin in the New Year, said TTC CEO Andy Byford. “We will roll the buses out one-by-one by the end of year first onto Bathurst and 29 Dufferin, and then some more of our busiest streets, and I think customers will notice the difference,” said Byford last Thursday at the
resents a reduction in the in her native Ottawa. number of buses currently The vehicles are also widely on the route, which will mean used in New York City and longer wait times. TTC serMontreal among other comvice planning manager Bill parable cities. Donovan said it was necessary Ashe said people unsure to run less of the articulated how the vehicles will withbuses due to their immense stand wintry conditions size. needn’t be con“We’ll increase cerned. Be a part of the service depend“Ottawa is a discussion. Visit ing on passenger lot colder than this story on our demand,” said website and share Toronto in the Donovan. winter, and I’ve your thoughts in As part of only been on the comments Thursday’s event, one articulated section. members of the bus that broke media were able to down,” said Ashe bit.ly/15TmR6h board the bus for who lives in the a short ride from Annex. “And really Hillcrest to Bathurst Station. it wasn’t a big issue.” TTC driving instructor Besides Bathurst and Dufferin, the articulated buses Mike Franklin, who trains new bus operators, said the are scheduled for deployment artic handled smoothly “like on five additional bus routes a Cadillac” compared to a in 2014. They are 36 Finch regular 40-foot bus. West, 63 Ossington, 6 Bay, On the Bathurst bus plat85 Sheppard East and the 53 form, passenger Rosalind Steeles Express. A total of 153 artics were Ashe was also impressed ordered by the TTC and all with the vehicle. She said as a non-driver she enjoyed of them are expected to be in taking artics numerous times service by January 2015.
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The TTC invited media to take a ride last Thursday on one of its new articulating buses at its Hillcrest facility. The 60-foot vehicles will have 45 per cent more capacity than the regular bus fleet and will begin service along the 7 Bathurst route in December.
TTC’s Hillcrest facility, 1138 Bathurst St. “This is a truly exciting day, I don’t normally get excited about buses but that is one
beautiful piece of equipment.” Accompanying Byford during the event was TTC chair Karen Stintz and Deputy
Mayor Norm Kelly. Fifteen buses will service the Bathurst route initially during mid-day and evening peak travel times. That rep-
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Prince’s Charities Canada drops in on Daniels Spectrum JUSTIN SKINNER email@example.com Arts organizations in Daniels Spectrum could get a boost thanks to the local arm of a program initiated by Prince Charles. Prince’s Charities Canada brought a number of business and community leaders together on Oct. 3 to visit both Daniels Spectrum and SKETCH, a community arts program that is currently building a new hub in the Artscape building on Shaw St. While many business leaders are asked to dip into their bank accounts to help not-for-profit organizations such as the ones housed in Daniels Spectrum, the Prince’s Charities Seeing is Believing tour looks for a more meaningful contribution. The tour brings them onsite to get a first-hand look at the work certain organizations do, watching those organizations as they offer services, training and programming. They also interact not only with the leaders of the notfor-profit and community organizations but with those in the community who use those organizations. ‘Challenge them’ “When you just ask for money, you get a cheque but the business leaders aren’t really a bigger part of the solution,” said Prince’s Charities Canada spokesperson Matthew Rowe. “The money’s nice, but we want to challenge them to action.” Following each Seeing is Believing tour, the participating Toronto business and community leaders are asked to put their minds to the task and use their own talents to help come up with new ways for local not-for-profits and community organizations to operate. “With so many organizations, they’re so committed
Members of the Collective of Black Artists (COBA), a tenant organization of the Daniels Spectrum, perform during the opening ceremony in 2012.
to their art, they get bogged down with the day-to-day and don’t have time to think about partnerships or opportunities,” Rowe said. He pointed to Seeing is Believing participants’ time with Daniels Spectrum tenant COBA (Collective of Black Artists) as one example of the ways in which an outside voice can give organizations new direction. “COBA’s one of the premier organizations in the country when it comes to dance, so one of the CEOs asked whether they’d even talked to the National Ballet to create a partnership where they could showcase their
different styles,” Rowe said. “(COBA) said ‘do you think they’d be interested?’ It hadn’t crossed their minds.” By getting a first-hand look at the programs, participating business and community leaders can also look at their own contacts and networks with an eye to forging or facilitating partnerships. Following the tour, Seeing is Believing participants held a closed-door meeting to discuss the ways in which they can contribute to the success of the organizations they visited.
More on arts organizations at Daniels Spectrum visit regentparkarts.ca
New multi-faith group aiming to contribute to Regent Park revitalization
Faith in Regent Park inaugural event set for Nov. 2 at the Citadel JUSTIN SKINNER firstname.lastname@example.org With the Regent Park revitalization still underway, a group of residents in the community are looking to bridge the gaps between the neighbourhood’s many religious backgrounds, bringing those from different faiths together to find solutions. The Faith in Regent Park, a new organization, will look at solutions to issues such as housing, poverty, youth issues, aboriginal concerns and gender issues. “We’re looking to spread the net to people of all faiths and religions, though you don’t have to be a member of a faith community to participate,” said Kevin Moore of the Faith in Regent Park. “We’ll be talking about issues that concern everyone, but many of faith traditionally take
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on some of the issues in working groups and we’ll be able to work toward actionable items,” Moore said. “Not that we expect we’re going to solve every problem, but we’re taking that first step, bringing people together to identify specific issues in our community.” The event will include speakers from Toronto Urban Native Ministries and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, plus live dance by performers from Coleman-Lemieux Dance Studios. With Regent Park a remarkably diverse community, the organization will also help to foster more understanding between the various religions and cultures that make up
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the neighbourhood’s populace. “One of the things we really want to come out of this is for the people of Regent Park to get together to talk to each other, get to know their neighbours and take away some of the fear and misunderstanding that sometimes comes between people,” Moore said. The event will be free of charge, but the Faith in Regent Park is hoping participants will bring a non-perishable food item or make a donation to support a local food bank. The Faith in Regent Park’s inaugural event will take place at the Citadel, 304 Parliament St., from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information on the group, visit www.faithinregentpark.ca, or email Kevin Moore at email@example.com
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Left, Central Technical School’s Hermon Ogbamichael, foreground, comes close to getting a boot in the face from Malvern Collegiate’s Kristian Hockett during high school senior boys’ tier 1 soccer play at Central Tech on Monday. Right, Central Technical School’s Robel Tegel, right, and Malvern Collegiate’s Jack Johnstone leap for a head ball during the game. Malvern went on to win the game 4-0.
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He’s quick, masked and armed. That’s how police describe the man who held up three TTC fare collectors at subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line. Last week, and again on Monday, Oct. 7, police released security camera images in the hopes of preventing him from striking again. The latest robbery happened Sunday night at Chester station. Staff Insp. Mike Earl of the holdup squad said a masked man approached the collector booth, “pointed a gun through the hole where the money is passed through” and demanded cash around 10:25 p.m. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money. Earl said the holdup lasted “a matter of seconds.” Police believe the same man is responsible for two similar gunpoint robberies:
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A dog day at church animal blessings: Left, Daisy, a 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier attended Christ Church Deer Park Sunday afternoon for the church’s blessing of the animals service. The annual service takes place near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and celebrates the diversity of God’s creations. Right, pets of congregation members wait for a blessing. Below, Reverend Kevin Robertson welcomes the congregation to the church.
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rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT month following the scrapping of two additional p l a n n e d s u bw a y s h u t downs. TTC CEO Andy Byford also confirmed last week a six-week closure between Eglinton and St. Clair stations on the Yonge line is under consideration in 2014 for track replacement. streetcar track wIt will work delayed take until next summer to complete extensive TTC streetcar track work along Queens Quay. Waterfront Toronto is co-ordinating a hundred million dollar renovation of Queens Quay, which includes the complete rebuild of the rail corridor between Lower Spadina Avenue to Bay Street as well as reconstruction of the Spadina streetcar loop used for re-routing 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina service. The work was expected to be done by March 2014, but
a delay in hydro infrastructure upgrading has pushed off completion to next July, which will coincide with plans for a partial re-opening of the new-look street. caa members are willing to pay C a n a d i a n Au t o m o b i l e Association (CAA) members are willing to pay more in taxes and user fees for transit – so long as there are demonstrable improvements to service. Results of a study announced this week also show 70 per cent of the 4,400 respondents took take part were unaware of proposed transit taxes or fees needed for the Metrolinx 25-year Big Move plan, which requires some $30 billion in additional funding to complete. The provincial government of Premier Kathleen Wynne recently created a task force to study the feasibility of including dedicated transit taxes in next spring’s provincial budget.
Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT
Eglinton Crosstown benefits discussed RAHUL GUPTA firstname.lastname@example.org At a public meeting last week, transit users voiced the hope the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit project will bring about better employment opportunities and stronger community ties. Organized by Metroland Media Toronto (publishers of The City Centre Mirror) and Toronto Public Library (TPL), the event held at Kennedy/ Eglinton Library gave residents the opportunity to discuss the $4.9 billion project currently under construction, which will eventually span 19-kilometres both under and along Eglinton Avenue when it is completed around 2020. Metrolinx is currently working on the Crosstown’s western alignment portion – tunnelling is well underway between Black Creek Drive and Allen Road – and construction will eventually start in the eastern portion where the line will travel at street level east of Laird Avenue to
How do you leverage development projects like this to create economic opportunity for local residents? – Victor Beausoleil
Kennedy station via a dedicated median lane. The decision to build the Crosstown at-grade into Scarborough has created concerns for residents worried the project will tear up their streets and create congestion. But the introduction of light rail into an area historically planned for the automobile also creates opportunities for community-building, said The Mirror’s editor-in-chief Peter Haggert. “This is a huge project across the city, but really it’s about the community and how a good transportation service can help grow it,” said Haggert, who also moderated a panel discussion during the meeting.
Local community activist Victor Beausoleil was part of the three-person panel which included social services worker Luanne Rayvals and Metroland Media Toronto’s city hall reporter David Nickle. Beausoleil said it was crucial to ensure the Crosstown creates jobs in Scarborough, particularly for chronically under-served youth. “How do you leverage development projects like this to create economic opportunity for local residents?” asked Beausoleil. “What’s important for me is having residents engaged and making sure developers hire youth to boost local employment development.” Additional Crosstown community meetings are planned for Thursday at Northern District Public Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., and Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Mount Dennis Public library, 1123 Weston Rd.
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