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The Regent Park Revitalization is about more than just new buildings, a reality that was brought home at a celebration of some of the training and employment initiatives that have come about. The event, which took place at Paintbox Bistro recently, highlighted the partnership between Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS), Dixon Hall, Paintbox and local colleges and universities and the impact that partnership has had on Regent Park residents. “ We have developed a network of community and corporate partners that are collectively and collaboratively working to build a strong and vibrant Regent Park,” said Charmaine Duller, director of TESS for Regent Park. Du l l e r p o i n t e d t o t h e Higher Learning Initiative, a partnership between TESS, the University of Toronto and the Daniels Corporation, that looks to meet the career needs of internationally trained professionals and the Mill Centre Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Program, which TESS runs together with Dixon Hall and Carpenters’ Union Local 27. “A number of Regent Park residents have been taking part in these two exciting education and training initiatives,” >>>PROGRAM, page 5


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pumpkin walk wCabbagetown Cabbagetown is set to host its inaugural pumpkin walk. The event, hosted by the Cabbagetown Residents Association, will see pumpkins lit up in Riverdale Park West from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. The city will dispose of the pumpkins following the event. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. Royal returns wThe

From Friday, Nov. 1. to Sunday, Nov. 10, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is back at Exhibition Place with the best in local food and animal entertainment. Started in 1922, the Royal is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. It is where Canadian and international breeders, growers and exhibitors are declared champions and where hundreds of thousands of attendees come to learn, compete and shop. For details and a schedule of events, visit http://royalfair.org on surviving Holocaust wFilms

Holocaust Education Week begins Sunday, Nov. 3 with One Story At A Time, a screening of films by authors whose memoirs of surviving the Holocaust have been made into films through The Azrieli Foundation’s Ho l o c a u s t Su r v i vo r Memoirs Program.

Opening night begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd., Exhibition Place. T h i s y e a r ’s Holocaust Education Week program focusses on the dynamic process that unites historical events with personal experiences. For details, visit holocausteducationweek. com. All programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

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The Royal Conservatory of Music and Hot Docs are coming together to celebrate music and film. Every Monday until Nov. 11, the organizations will showcase music documentaries with the help of special guest speakers. Shows will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Cinema.

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paying homage to ‘Myth Making: Zombies, War and the Ar t of Advertising’. Join in this series of participatory talks on topics that highlight how perspectives on movie m o n s t e r s, p i t c h i n g products and war have evolved from the 1920s to today. The series will take place at the museum o n Tu e s d a y, Nov. 5 (Vampires vs. Zombies), 12 (Masters of Spin) and 19 (War and Myth Making) from 7 to 9 p.m. For tickets or information, call 416-392-6910 or email spadina@toronto. ca Photographers needed to teach wyouth Central Neighbourhood House is looking for photography enthusiasts to teach youth the basics of taking photographs. Workshops will be held in order to prepare youth for a photography competition hosted by Central Neighbourhood House and the Cabbagetown South Residents Association.

When you donate or purchase items from Nellie’s Online Holiday Auction, which runs Nov 15 to Dec. 18, you are helping women and children who fled abuse. Visit www.nellies.org to learn what items are needed and how you can bid on them. Pick up is between Dec. 19 and 20. for dog water fountain wPush

A push is on to install a water fountain for dogs in the off-leash dog area of Cedarvale Park. The fountain would be installed in memor y of terrier breeder Terry Stokes. The plan would see the fountain installed next spring. Councillor Joe Mihevc has pledged to match all donations. For more information or to donate, visit https://torontoparksandtrees.org/cedarvale-dog-fountain


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Scopify app gives visitors insight into 15 pieces at ROM JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com

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investigate the objects in a way,” said David Oppenheim of Kensington Communications. “It’s a way for people to look at the objects in a different way.” The Scopify app, which is available free of charge for iPhone and Android phones, covers a variety of artifacts throughout the ROM’s many galleries, from dinosaurs to minerals to ancient cultures. “We tried to give visitors a good cross-section of the different areas of interest,” Oppenheim said. Once a visitor has scopified five items, it opens a series of educational games to enhance the learning experience even further. The idea for the app came about when Kensington was filming the TV series Museum Secrets. Following filming at the ROM, Kensington’s team spoke with museum staff about creating an app to highlight and enhance

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the ROM experience. Kensington’s developers worked closely with museum staff to select items that would lend themselves to Scopify’s various features and to

come up with the information provided. In some cases, the Scopify features offer users a look at the work done by the ROM’s curatorial staff. “We helped them narrow

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and refine the scopes and some of them got changed and new ones were added,” said ROM interpretive planner Courtney Murfin. “For some of the features, our curators said ‘Hey, we do this. This is a great way to show what we do.’” Murfin added that Scopify has already earned positive reviews from users. While the app was just released recently, she said she always sees people using it when looking at exhibits. “What we love about it is that it’s giving (visitors) an experience they can’t have in the gallery but it doesn’t detract attention from the exhibit,” she said.

“People will X-ray the cat mummy, look at the neckbones on their phone and then look at the exhibit to see where those bones are in the exhibit.” While ScopifyROM is still in its early days, both Oppenheim and Murfin said they are hopeful it will be expanded to feature more artifacts in the ROM galleries. Oppenheim said Kensington Communications is also looking at potentially expanding the project to other museums, cultural institutions and other landmarks. “We’re looking at Scopify as a brand that could be used in a lot of cultural institutions, including ones that are outside,” he said. “You could Scopify statues or even national parks.” To learn more about the various scopes or to download the free app, visit www. scopify.com

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Karen Stintz aims for centre-right vote Karen Stintz’s early arrival in the 2014 mayor’s race can’t be a surprise to anyone. The councillor from Eglinton-Lawrence has been not-so-quietly organizing a campaign for months, and not-quietlyat-all taking control of the kind of major policy matters – specifically, transportation – you’d expect the current mayor to do. She might have continued that course for a few more months. But with popular conservative talk show host and former Progressive Conservative leader John Tory mulling a run, Stintz had to up her game early and decisively – if for no other purpose than securing some fundraising real estate before the rush in early 2014. In this, declaring early is a good strategy. However, an early declaration for a candidate also invites early assessments, and so it is with Stintz.

david nickle the city Out of the gate, Stintz is attempting to paint herself as a fiscal conservative similar to Mayor Rob Ford in that respect, but... well, completely opposite in everything else. Well and good, but political branding is only partly self-portraiture, and Stintz will have to deal with matters beyond her control. Stintz owes a large part of her public profile to the work she’s done on the public transit file as chair of the Toronto Transit Commission. In the latter part of the term, she’s worked to improve customer service, and she’s been a central figure in the subway-LRT debate. There are problems, though. On the latter point, Stintz has been all over the map – starting the term supporting light rail over

subways and helping to halt Ford’s plan to replace the Sheppard light rail line with an unfunded subway. Shortly after that, she came forward with her One City transit plan – tenuously funded, with a politically unpalatable property tax premium – that included a different Scarborough subway. Council balked, and Stintz left the chamber with egg on her face. Finally, Stintz delivered a subway to Scarborough – funding of which is also tenuous, with federal money tied to a Sheppardstyle public-private partnership arrangement and a boatload of new debt. For all her journeyman work, Ford wasted little time in taking credit. On the customer service question... well, Stintz also helped Ford deliver his first flatline budget by agreeing to service standard rollbacks on the TTC. In that way, one might argue that Stintz created

the very problem she’s now working to solve. With all that, she still remains a formidable challenger to Ford, in the fight for the essential centreright vote. On Monday, the mayor conceded the election would be “a bloodbath,” because his opponents would no doubt go after him on matters of character, associations, truancy and other “personal matters.” The mayor is no doubt correct on this count. His behaviour and comportment have assured all those things will be central questions in his re-election bid. And Stintz, while certainly haunted by controversies and mis-steps of her own, has shown herself to be an active and at-times effective leader on council. In these early days of next year’s fight, that isn’t a bad start.

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>>>from page 1 she said. Dr. Mahbub Hasan, who benefited from the Higher Learning Initiative, spoke of his difficulties in landing a job when he first came to Canada from Bangladesh, and the stress and uncertainty it caused him. “Think of a person who used to work 12 hours a day almost, (who was) now unemployed,” he said. “The amount of support I received from (the program), that relieved my high blood pressure, that relieved my stress.”

Martin Blake of the Daniels Corporation pointed out a major component of the Regent Park Revitalization was to improve more than just the housing stock.

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Hasan is now working as a faculty member at Centennial College and is continuing his education at U of T. He is also planning on taking a return trip to Bangladesh to apply his new skills to the non-profit sector there. “I’m not limiting my skills only for sharing with my students and my community fellows, but also I’m accountable to my community when I started my journey,” he said. Mill Centre pre-apprenticeship Carpentry graduate Janelle Richards noted the program has been a valu-

The amount of support I received from (the program), that relieved my high blood pressure, that relieved my stress. – Dr. Mahbub Hasan

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Dr. Mahbub Hasan speaks about the benefits of the Regent Park Employment Centre during an event recognizing educational and employment initiatives in the community.

able step in breaking a cycle of deadend jobs. “I was not good at fixing things and I probably would have won Canada’s Worst Handyman,” she said. “When I met with representatives from Carpenters Local 27, Dixon Hall and Regent Park Employment Services, I realized there were so

many opportunities and there was so much support out there.” Fulfilling careers Richards and the other Mill Centre grads received their certificates at the ceremony, marking the next step on their road to fulfilling careers.

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Spadina Museum looking to Downton Abbey for clothing The period costumes worn by the cast of Downton Abby will be on display this spring at Spadina Museum if Toronto council signs a loan agreement. Toronto’s Economic Development Committee approved the deal with Cosprop Ltd. without debate Tuesday. A total of 21 costumes from the U.K. television series will be sent to the Spadina Museum. The museum has, since earlier this year, begun to capitalize on its similarity to the stately home occupied by the fictional upperclass British family the Crawleys, offering tours comparing the family to the Austins, who occupied the Spadina site. The display is intended to coincide with the airing of the fourth season of the television show on BBC and Vision TV. This will be the first time the costumes have been on display in Canada. The exhibit will last five weeks.

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Daytime Shakespeare Twelfth Night WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace CONTACT: 647-7251822 in advance COST: adults $31, students (14 to 17), senior $24.50 In addition to enjoying the Shakespeare production, you will also be able to enjoy a self-guided visit of Casa Loma, which is included in admission.

Halloween After-Hours Market Tour WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. CONTACT: www.stlawrencemarket.com/ events COST: $50 /person Join historian Bruce Bell for an after-hours tour and stories of Toronto’s famed (and haunted)

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Toronto Bead Society fair WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. CONTACT: www. torontobeadsociety.org/web/index.php/bead-fair3/2 COST: $7 for one day or $10 for two days Holiday gifts and everything you need to make beautiful jewelry, accessories and crafts.

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A Tribute to Alice Munro WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queens Quay W. CONTACT: 416-973-4000, www.readings.org COST: $25/$20 The IFOA pays tribute to Alice Munro, a Canadian literary icon.

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Station Design Update Meetings Rapid and reliable transit is coming to the centre of Toronto. The Crosstown will move Torontonians to work, school and play faster than ever before – reducing travel times and enhancing our economy and our environment. The Crosstown will run along Eglinton, with more than 10 kilometres underground, making transit travel up to 60 per cent faster than today. Metrolinx invites you to attend meetings for information on preliminary station and stop designs for the Eglinton Crosstown project. The first meeting will cover preliminary station and stop designs from Laird Drive to Wynford Drive, as well as information on the future construction of a tunnel boring machine launch shaft that will be located east of Brentcliffe Road.

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The Poet’s Dinner Party WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Grano, 2035 Yonge St. CONTACT: Rebecca Fisseha, 416-944-1101, ext. 360 COST: $50 includes dinner, book and glass of prosecco Have dinner with some of Toronto’s most innovative poets and debate the merits of lyric poetry.

Wednesday, November 6th 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Noor Cultural Centre 123 Wynford Drive, North York

Thursday, November 7th 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Northern Secondary School 851 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto

Fran, 416-638-2716 The Medina Theatre Ensemble present a staged reading performance of Angel in the Night, an inspirational story of courage, compassion and heroism reinforcing the concept that one individual can make a difference and that ultimately love is stronger than hate.

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Visit the Crosstown Community Office at 1848 Eglinton Avenue West (at Dufferin)

Labour Market Challenge Facing Youth WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St. CONTACT: mmicallef@ socialplanningtoronto.org COST: Free Youth are experiencing unprecedented barriers to enter the workforce and are resorting to creative and sometimes unpaid outlets to get work.

Email: crosstown@metrolinx.com Tel: 416-782-8118 TTY: 1-800-387-3652 Web: www.thecrosstown.ca

Angel in the Night WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT:

The meetings will be open house format, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an opportunity to view displays and speak one-on-one with staff. We look forward to seeing you there.

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WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. CONTACT: www.antiqueshowscanada. com COST: $8 Show features collectibles, including railway and ocean liner items; land grants, mortgages and deeds; ’30s and ’40s fashion magazines; airline memorabilia, old magic books, farm equipment booklets, vintage paperbacks, movie posters, sporting material. Vintage postcards, scientific journals, comic books, magazines, old books. About Face: Celebrated Ontarians Then and Now WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Queen’s Park Main Legislative Building, Main Legislative Building CONTACT: 416-325-0061 COST: Free About Face: Celebrated Ontarians Then and Now is an exhibition of photographs showcasing the diversity of our province from the past 150 years including images that range from Alexander Graham Bell to Commander Chris Hadfield.

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Older Lesbians Book Group WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. CONTACT: Eleanor Batchelder, 647-2350843 COST: Free The group discusses “Carry the Onet,” a novel by Carol Anshaw. Light refreshments. Japanese-Canadians, Memory and Life after Internment WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St. CONTACT: 416-393-7746 Pamela Sugiman will explore the post-war history of Japanese-Canadians who had been interned during the Second World War.

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Taller buildings would target Bathurst’s bigger intersections >>>from page 1 in the community. “We’ve got all these properties along Bathurst and we’re trying to get ahead of the curve instead of just reacting to (developments,)” Vaughan said. “But apart from that, Bathurst Street isn’t doing as well as it could (in terms of its built form) and we want to make sure any change we have along the street builds on its strengths.” The councillors said the purpose of the study was to enhance the street while ensuring any new development did not threaten its character or the quality of life for those who live and work in the area. “Bathurst is made up of dis-

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Brent Raymond, of DTAH, speaks at a public meeting for the Bathurst Street Study.

tinct areas and we’re looking to put strong protections on the residential components of it while allowing some intensification at specific nodes in

the city,” Layton said. “The community has also been saying we need more parks and green spaces in the area so this study puts a focus

on that.” The study calls for varied heights along Bathurst Street, ranging from roughly 12 to 30 metres, with the taller portions coming where Bathurst is met by major streets. “We wanted taller height along Bathurst where it’s crossed by the east-west main streets and lower in between,” said Brent Raymond of DTAH, who devised the plan. “That’s consistent with what we heard from residents.” Raymond added that public consultations underscored the need for more green space and public realm, including the preservation of Mirvish Village. “What we heard loud and clear is that there is a need for park space along Bathurst,”

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Casa Loma steeped in ghostly stories A mysterious lady dressed in white is the most common sighting at historic castle

JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com From strange apparitions to spooky voices and unseen grabbing hands, Casa Loma has more than its share of ghost stories. Staff and guests at the historic castle have shared enough stories of seeing a mysterious lady dressed in white, hearing the mutters and sighs of a crotchety man near the stables or having other paranormal experiences that it has gained a reputation as a supernatural hotspot. The castle even offers ghost tours, led by Canada’s Most Haunted (CMH). “We’ve had stories going on in here since the 1930s when the Kiwanis Club took over the castle,” said Michelle Desrochers, CMH director and Casa Loma’s de facto paranormal rep. There have been plenty of Casa Loma ghost stories that pop up from time to time, such as the appearance of a man tending to the garden in the indoor conservatory or the sound of children’s voices when no children are around. A few stories, however, are reported time and again by different people. The most common sighting is the White Lady, who typically appeared on the second floor, but who has recently been seen in the basement. “The White Lady is someone we believe to be a maid who worked here in the early 1900s, around the time when about 60,000 people in Toronto died of influenza,” Desrochers said. “She’s been seen in a lot of places by guests or by cleaning or cafeteria staff as they’ve been cleaning up at the end of the day.” Some have also reported sightings of Sir Henry Pellatt, who originally commissioned the construction of Casa Loma, and his wife Lady Mary Pellatt, for whom he built the castle. Desrochers spoke of an outdoor function in the Casa Loma gardens where a young boy reported seeing a man standing at a second-floor window. “He told a staff member, who panicked because the second floor was supposed to be locked down,” Desrochers said. “She asked the boy to describe the man and the boy’s description matched Sir Henry, so she took the boy to look at photos and asked “Do you see the man here?” The boy pointed to the picture of Sir

A lot of mediums say they come back in what’s called a visitation state because they didn’t have the castle very long. – Michelle Desrochers

on the turnout at a sold-out haunted tour of the building on Sunday, Oct. 27, plenty of others harbour those same suspicions. “We haven’t been very successful with photographs or video, but we’ve had success with voice recordings,” Desrochers said. “Casa Loma has given up her voice. That’s one thing she’s done; she’s let us hear her.”

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Casa Loma is known for many a haunting tale. One spooky tale in particular is that of the white lady, who haunts the halls of Toronto’s century-old castle on the hill.

Henry and said ‘That’s him. Why is he so mad?’” A woman believed to be Lady Mary has also been spotted on the grounds, though Desrochers pointed out the notoriously private woman has proven elusive. At one point, the CMH team attempted to film her room, leaving a camera running there while they explored other parts of the castle. When the team returned to check the footage, the tape was gone. A Casa Loma staff member, who Desrochers said was skeptical the castle holds ghosts, had locked the door behind them before they left. “This was one of those older cameras where if you don’t insert the tape, it won’t run, so I know I put it in there and (the staff member) saw me put it in,” Desrochers said. “(The staff member) said ‘I locked down the room’ and I just looked at him and said ‘I got nothin’. The tape’s MIA to this day.” Desrochers then set up a different camera that stored footage on a hard

drive only to find that it shut itself off – or had been shut off – after 10 minutes. According to mediums who claim to have felt the presence of Sir Henry and Lady Mary, their spirits are not trapped there, instead choosing to be there after the Pellatts were ousted from Casa Loma after being unable to keep up with its costs. “A lot of mediums say they come back in what’s called a visitation state because they didn’t have the castle very long,” Desrochers said. The tunnel leading to the castle’s stables are where another of its most notorious ghosts is believed to roam. Many have reported feeling as though they had been grabbed or had their hair pulled in the tunnel. People have also reported hearing the spirit in the tunnel sighing gruffly and he has even been captured in recordings speaking and interacting with visitors. In one recording, he is heard mimicking a medium who said “Oh, he’s a horrible person” while trying

to make contact. “There’s always the same tone to the voice,” Desrochers said. “That’s what’s known as an intelligent haunting – it’s not just the residual sound of doors slamming.” Once again, various mediums have reached similar conclusions, coming up with the same two names popping up for the man in the tunnel, though the CMH team simply refers to him jokingly as “Mr. Happy.” Desrochers said evidence points to the voice belonging to the ghost of a friend of Sir Henry’s who was hired to look after the Pellatts’ prizewinning horses. Whether or not Casa Loma is haunted – and even with the recordings and experiences her team has collected, Desrochers always wants to allow others to draw their own conclusions – it has certainly made a name for itself among ghost hunters. As for the CMH team, they certainly have their beliefs, and based

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Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz is in the 2014 mayor’s race. Stintz, who represents Eglinton-Lawrence on Toronto Council, brought her campaign team into the light on Sunday – in part, she admitted in an interview, to make it clear to potential supporters she’s a serious enough candidate to commit to, when other potential candidates are still making up their minds. “A big part of my coming out now is demonstrating to people that I have a team that’s committed to change in the city,” said Stintz Monday morning. “I have a campaign that is solid. We’re going to be very busy over the next couple of months putting together the final platform, but I want people to know we’re committed.” Stintz is in fact the third potential candidate to come forward with clear intent. Mayor Rob Ford has long made it clear he will seek a second term, and earlier this fall former councillor and David-Miller era budget chief David Soknacki also said he will be seeking the mayoralty. While candidates can’t begin fundraising or spending money until they register, on or after Jan. 2 2014, they’re not prohibited from talking about their bid. On Friday, the anniversary of the 2010 election, Mayor Ford conducted interviews on the radio and scrums highlighting his achievements, and test-driving the slogan “Ford More Years.” Soknacki, less known to voters, gave interviews highlighting his past accomplishments as Miller’s budget chief, and his support for light rail over subways. Stintz is better-known. She helped lead a push on

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council to first dismantle Mayor Ford’s plan to build a subway along Sheppard instead of light rail, and then along with Scarborough Centre Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker convinced council to build a subway to replace the Scarborough SRT line. She has voted as a fiscal conservative. Although a firm opponent of Mayor Ford, in the first year of the term, as TTC Chair she supported rolling back service levels on the Toronto Transit Commission in order to assist in a property tax freeze for 2011. Critics have pointed to both of these as signs that Stintz is inconsistent on transit, and willing to sacrifice service levels for small tax cuts. In supporting the subway, critics say she simply handed Mayor Ford a victory he hadn’t earned. Stintz said the service rollback was an attempt to find a balance that now needs correction. “I think it’s all a step-bystep process,” she said. “We tried certain things with respect to our service standards. Now we’re coming back. We have done everything we can in the organization, now it’s time to look at the city and say you need to help us.” As to the subway?

“I look at it as a victory for Scarborough,” said Stintz. “Scarborough residents and the city as a whole. “Through that debate we were able to build a consensus where it didn’t exist before. Now we have a plan that has transit reaching into all corners of the city. I view that as a success for the city, not an individual.” Stintz said she believes she can build on that consensus in the next term. “I think it all does come down to a direction, a vision for the city, and being able to work with council and get things done,” said Stintz. “I’ve demonstrated I can work with council. We’ve wrestled with big decisions and got them through. I see a lot of opportunities for the city and want to be the mayor that takes advantage of those opportunities.” While Stintz said that the platform is still under consideration, she said she would keep property tax increases to the rate of inflation and periodically review service levels. “Not so much with an eye to cutting, as figuring out how are we best fitting the needs of our residents,” she said. Her campaign co-managers are two Liberal organizers, former McGuinty aides Don Guy and Dave Gene, and conservatives Paul Brown and Bev Hammond are all on her team.

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