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DRUM & DANCE: The Afro-Caribbean Drum and Dance Theatre performs Saturday during the Island Soul Festival at the Harbourfront Centre celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Historic site may soon house library JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com The City of Toronto is taking steps to return the site of Canada’s first Parliament buildings back into the public realm. A motion by councillor Pam McConnell was passed at the July council meeting to expropriate the last parcels of land that made up the

historic site. The grounds, located between Parliament and Berkeley streets just south of Front Street, are currently home to a car wash and a car rental agency. The plan now is to turn the lands into a regional library that will replace the existing St. Lawrence Library, which is due for an overhaul but limited in its current location. “The current branch of the St.

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Lawrence Library was scheduled for expansion within the next 10 years,” McConnell said.“Its current location, on the main floor of a Toronto Community Housing (TCH) building on Front Street, is too small and with no room to expand. The new regional branch, which will service the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, the Distillery District, West Don Lands and East Bayfront, will be located

on the First Parliament Site.” The councillor added the new branch will include artefacts and exhibits highlighting the site’s rich history. McConnell said the move to secure the land came about more than 15 years ago. “Back then, a local heritage expert, Rollo Myers, came to me to say that >>>CANADA’S, page 6

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Thanks to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s free Performing Arts Camp, some 150 kids get to enjoy the arts each summer. This year’s campers will show off what they learned at the Rosedale Heights School of the Arts when the camp holds its annual year-end performance. Timeless – Fostering Imagination for the Next Generation is a showcase of dance, music, spoken word and other art forms created largely by camp participants aged seven to 14. “It’s the story of a couple of kids who are stuck in a time machine and they go to different decades,” said CYC camp coordinator Monique Cain. “They travel around and experience dances from the different times, songs and drama.” Cain said the show will highlight the talents of youngsters in the Cabbagetown, St. James Town and Regent Park communities as well as a few from outside of the downtown core. “These kids have gotten a chance to get professional experience from instructors and really get to learn a lot of techniques for dance, drama, vocals and songwriting,” she said. “The camp also has day trips where they can enjoy things like swimming and trampoline classes, which are really cool.” The performing arts camp is one of several summer initiatives the CYC holds each year to give local youngsters a chance to hone skills >>>MONEY, page 8

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Arts camp annual performance Aug. 16

ISLAND SOUL

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DRUM & DANCE: The Afro-Caribbean Drum and Dance Theatre performs Saturday during the Island Soul Festival at the Harbourfront Centre celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Historic site may soon house library JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com The City of Toronto is taking steps to return the site of Canada’s first Parliament buildings back into the public realm. A motion by councillor Pam McConnell was passed at the July council meeting to expropriate the last parcels of land that made up the

historic site. The grounds, located between Parliament and Berkeley streets just south of Front Street, are currently home to a car wash and a car rental agency. The plan now is to turn the lands into a regional library that will replace the existing St. Lawrence Library, which is due for an overhaul but limited in its current location. “The current branch of the St.

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Lawrence Library was scheduled for expansion within the next 10 years,” McConnell said.“Its current location, on the main floor of a Toronto Community Housing (TCH) building on Front Street, is too small and with no room to expand. The new regional branch, which will service the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, the Distillery District, West Don Lands and East Bayfront, will be located

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Thanks to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s free Performing Arts Camp, some 150 kids get to enjoy the arts each summer. This year’s campers will show off what they learned at the Rosedale Heights School of the Arts when the camp holds its annual year-end performance. Timeless – Fostering Imagination for the Next Generation is a showcase of dance, music, spoken word and other art forms created largely by camp participants aged seven to 14. “It’s the story of a couple of kids who are stuck in a time machine and they go to different decades,” said CYC camp coordinator Monique Cain. “They travel around and experience dances from the different times, songs and drama.” Cain said the show will highlight the talents of youngsters in the Cabbagetown, St. James Town and Regent Park communities as well as a few from outside of the downtown core. “These kids have gotten a chance to get professional experience from instructors and really get to learn a lot of techniques for dance, drama, vocals and songwriting,” she said. “The camp also has day trips where they can enjoy things like swimming and trampoline classes, which are really cool.” The performing arts camp is one of several summer initiatives the CYC holds each year to give local youngsters a chance to hone skills >>>MONEY, page 8

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Mount Sinai gives birth to its new Mother and Baby Unit First stage of an ongoing five-year capital redevelopment project JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com With an eye to improving care for mothers and newborn babies, Mount Sinai Hospital is in the midst of a massive upgrade to its women’s and infants’ care areas. The new David and Stacey Cynamon Mother and Baby Unit marks the first stage of an ongoing, five-year capital redevelopment project that has seen six newly built floors added atop the hospital. The Mother and Baby Unit, where mothers and babies will stay following delivery, was designed in collaboration with those for whom comfort, care and convenience is most important – new families. “During the design process, we invited families to participate and join a design team that included clinicians, doctors, nurses, social workers and midwives,” said Julie Tagi of Mount Sinai. “They influenced everything from the positions of the beds to the colour palette. We had a very family-centred approach.” The end result will ensure better care for mothers and babies, she said. 7,000 births With some 7,000 births taking place at the hospital each year, some 1,600 of which are high-risk pregnancies requiring special care, the hospital had to upgrade its services. The Mother and Baby Unit includes 40 patient rooms, 26 of which are private. Importantly, the unit has two rooms for bariatric patients – mothers who have mobility problems – and two that have been set up to accommodate dialysis. “Normally, the mom would have had to go to Toronto General or to another facility to get dialysis treat-

‘We got a lot of input from patients that they wanted it to be more family oriented and more like a home environment.’ ~ Julie Tagi, Mount Sinai. ment,” Tagi said. “We needed to bring those things together, because when a mother has complications, once the baby comes out, the mom doesn’t stop having those needs.” Bathrooms in the bariatric rooms feature graded, non-slip draining floors and barrier-free showers, meaning moms no longer have to step into a tub to get clean. “It’s not exactly optimal for patients, especially those with mobility problems or who have just had a difficult birth, to have to step in and out of the tub,” Tagi said. The rooms wrap around the hospital, ensuring patients get natural light. Mothers can also control the lighting in their rooms from their beds and watch TV or surf the Internet on maneuverable screens that overhang the beds. Each room includes a reclining chair that can be used either by mothers to breastfeed their babies or by partners who are staying overnight. “We had one dad who said, ‘I think I’ve hit the chair lottery because this was the most comfortable sleep I’ve ever had,’” Tagi said. The entire ward is also far quieter than it was before, and includes a family lounge where families and friends can relax, bring and prepare their own food and decompress. “We got a lot of input from patients that they wanted it to be more family oriented and more like

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One of the new rooms, complete with en suite bathroom, at Mount Sinai’s new David and Stacey Cynamon Mother and Baby Unit.

a home environment,” Tagi said. The Mother and Baby Unit includes pressure isolation rooms to help prevent the spread of contagious illnesses and, in the event of a pandemic, the unit can be separated to cater to exposed and non-exposed patients. Pull cords in each bed will alert

medical staff if a patient needs care, and doctors and nurses can access the rooms quicker thanks to decentralized care stations throughout the unit. Mount Sinai is continuing with its redevelopment, with acute care facilities for the elderly next in line to be upgraded.

City Centre Mirror an official media sponsor for Pan Am Games The City Centre Mirror, as a member of the Metroland Media Group, is now the official print and online media sponsor of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. “The 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our wonderful city – so it’s only natural the media who cover the neighbourhoods of Toronto be involved,” said Mirror Publisher Ian Proudfoot, Metroland Central’s regional vice-president. Metroland Media Group joins the Star Media Group (which includes the Toronto Star and Metro English newspapers across Canada) as official print and online media supplier to the games. The Pan American Games will draw 10,000 athletes from 41 countries, holding 48 sports events in venues throughout the Golden Horseshoe. The 2015 Pan American Games will be held July 10 to 26, followed by the Parapan American Games, Aug. 7 to 14. The Games are held every four years. For information about the games, visit www.Toronto2015. org “Star Media group and Metroland Media Group are the very definition of engaged, community-rooted media,” said Ian Troop, CEO of TO2015, the Games’ organizing body. “Their market leadership, their prominence and above all their profound commitment to community-building makes them an ideal partner for an ambitious project like Toronto 2015,” he said. “It is an honour to be media sponsors for these Games” said Ian Oliver, Metroland’s president. “We will strive to deliver news relating to the 2015 Games that readers in all of the communities that we serve can use,” he said. Metroland Media Group has more than 100 community and daily newspapers in print and online, as well as websites including flyerland.ca, localwork.ca, wheels.ca and goldbook.ca The City Centre Mirror is one of community newspapers published by Toronto Community News.

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ews from Toronto Public Health that two people in the city have tested positive for probable West Nile virus should serve as a warning for all residents. Now is the time to stop and think about protective measures regarding the disease that is spread by infected mosquitoes. There’s no need for panic; just remember some simple steps we can all take to limit both our personal risk of exposure and that of our neighbours. The best way to protect yourself is to limit exposure. Be especially our view aware at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Use Everyone can mosquito repellent, cover up help control with long sleeves and pants, and wear light coloured clothes in mosquito areas where there are mosquitoes. population Residents can also protect their home’s indoors by making sure all holes in window and door screens are repaired. Also, Toronto Public Health reminds residents that checking properties and limiting areas that mosquitoes can use as breeding grounds helps keep the numbers down. In particular, residents are asked to remove standing water from their properties, especially water that has gathered in plant pots, buckets and other items. On a larger scale, the city is also doing its part by having larvicide put into catch basins in order to help reduce the mosquito population. This year’s hot spring and summer have raised the risk level of West Nile virus in Toronto, and the city’s public health department said the two probable diagnoses last week mark the earliest appearance of the virus in humans since it first arrived in Toronto in 2002. An 80-year-old man, who has been hospitalized, and a 32-year-old woman recovering at home have been found with the probable diagnosis. Public health did not say what part of the city they are from. West Nile virus is a potentially deadly disease originally carried by birds who passed it on to mosquitoes after being bitten. People exposed to the virus can show a number of symptoms including fever, rash, neck pain, confusion, severe headaches and sensitivity to light. In serious cases, it can cause inflammation of the brain. However, the risk of infection is still considered low, according to Toronto Public Health, with less than one per cent of people becoming seriously ill and 80 per cent of people bitten by an infected mosquito do not become ill at all. That should not lead to complacency, though. Working together, we can all limit our exposure to this virus. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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To the editor: Despicable. At all levels of government, the right wing in this country is mounting a concerted effort to demoralize working people and their unions simply to please their friends on Bay Street. It’s not enough they sit idly by and watch what is left of the middle class erode before their eyes. They are vehement in their ideology to put unfettered control of the workplace back in the hands of the country’s employers. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Conservative leader Tim Hudak, Mayor Rob Ford and others are badly underestimating working Canadians. It’s true, as it relates to most things political, that we are a passive society, however, try stripping away a worker’s hard-earned wages, pension and benefits and all hell will break loose. Canadian workers won’t let that happen. Roland Kiehne, president, Canadian Auto Workers Local 112

Mayor Ford enjoying a good summer, so far

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ayor Rob Ford finished off July with what can only be described as a series of bravura performances. It really started mid-July, as the mayor danced on the stage with ebullient young women at the launch of the latest iteration of Caribana. Later in the month, he traded quips with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, as the two movie stars descended upon the Hockey Hall of Fame to promote their new movie. Later that same week, he risked life, limb and dignity ascending a set of monkey bars in the new Underpass Park, bouncing up and down while delighted neighbourhood children chanted “Go Mayor, Go Mayor.” It was goofy. It could have gone all to pieces. The mayor could have fallen and really hurt himself; he could have ripped his trousers; he could, in the style of London Mayor Boris Johnston, have

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simply gotten stuck. But you know what? If it had all gone to pieces, the mayor would have left Torontonians with a really joyful reminder of just what it is we expect from a mayor in this town: that being, someone who isn’t afraid to get down in the dirt and be seen having a good time with his constituents. Mel Lastman, Toronto’s first mayor, was all about the goofball moments. His office both at Toronto City Hall and when he was Mayor of North York, at the civic centre, was filled with five-and-dime novelties and practical jokes that he’d pull out to amuse – and sometimes bemuse – visitors.

Lastman had his bad moments, certainly, but his good moments were just a joy. For Ford, there have been too few joyful moments, at least publicly. When things have gotten goofy, Ford has more often played an uncomfortable straight man who responded with anger and fear rather than good humour to the surprises life in the city tossed his way. There is, of course, no time like the summer to start doing this sort of thing. Ford has had some setbacks legislatively; Toronto Council has for the moment seized the agenda from him in the middle of his term. But council is in recess – there are no meetings until the fall – and there is no one to stop the mayor from actually going out and engaging with his citizenry, in a context beyond dealing with one-on-one grievances. The mayor has focussed

on grievance; arguably, it was a sense of grievance with city government that got Ford elected in the first place. And Ford has made no secret of his belief that the biggest problem with his city is the city. In expressing that belief, Ford has made a point of snubbing key sectors of the city: the arts community, the GLBT community, even the people developing the waterfront; when the Waterfront Park celebrated its groundbreaking earlier in the term, Ford was nowhere to be found. It’s good to see him rethinking his absent-father approach to leadership in this town now. Because at some point, even the sternest dad sits down with his kids and plays. n David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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Complete Works of Shakespeare in 97 minutes JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Considering William Shakespeare’s prolific nature, it would seem natural it would take a cast of hundreds to perform his entire oeuvre. Three intrepid actors will tackle the bard’s catalogue on their own when they present the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Casa Loma. The play, a whirlwind 97-minute romp through Shakespeare’s 37 full-length plays, is being staged by the Classical Theatre Project and will star midtown Toronto resident Matty Drappel, Annex resident Jeff Hanson and Parkdale resident Kevin Ritchie. The trio of actors will barrel through Shakespeare’s works at a breakneck pace, each tackling several key roles and whipping through myriad costume changes. “When I was a kid, I went on an exchange program with my high school to London and I saw some guys bust out this show,” Drappel said. “I was blown away.” While he loved the idea of tackling the challenging show,

Drappel admitted it can be draining. From the opening 15 minutes that cover Romeo and Juliet to the middle portion in which some plays are given one or two lines of dialogue to a relatively lengthy treatment of Hamlet to close the show, the three actors have little time to catch their breath. Drappel, who hosts the Rogers Cable show Late Night with Matty D and is also appearing on the Score’s Drafted, said the show is ideal for both aficionados of the bard’s work and those unfamiliar with his plays. “If you know Shakespeare well, you’re dying (of laughter) through the whole thing,” he said. Hanson said the three actors had to get up to speed quickly to learn the lines and get the comedic timing down pat, but pointed out they managed to find a rapport quickly. “We were all surprised at how smoothly it went when we were trying to learn the lines,” he said. “When we’re telling jokes, we work off each other well.” He added the biggest challenge now is simply keeping things straight, particularly when the cast is rifling through

30-plus plays during the show’s snappy middle portion. “Matty asked me how many costume changes I have and I said ‘probably 20-something,’” he said. “I have to be careful not to come out half in one costume and half in another.” While the actors play various characters, they each have their own persona that remains fairly constant throughout the play. Drappel plays the intellectual one, Hanson plays the dumb one and Ritchie plays the smart one. It helps that all three are familiar with the bard’s work, having all worked with the Classical Theatre Project (CTP) before. The downtown Toronto-based theatre company caters Shakespeare’s play to a younger crowd, helping familiarize students with the classic works. The group will perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) under the evening sky on Casa Loma’s Garden Terrace. Shows will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 15 and 29 with shows at 7 and 9;30 p.m. For tickets or information, call 416-915-6750 or visit www. completeworksabridged. com

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Canada’s first Parliament buildings, 1798 to 1813 >>>from page 1 he was certain that this site was the location of the First Parliament Buildings,” she said in an email. “Investigation from an archaeologist confirmed this. One of the last motions approved by Toronto City Council before amalgamation was to secure the lands into public hands.” The lands housed the country’s first Parliament buildings from 1798 to 1813. The buildings were burned down by American forces on April 27, 1813, after which they were rebuilt on the site and remained there until 1824. The lands have since been home to the District Jail, the Midland Railway Roundhouse and the Consumers Gas complex. “There are layers of the history of the city on that site,” Myers said. “There are a lot of stories to tell about that site. There’s a lot there that tells the very history of the city.” McConnell said some of the land that housed the country’s first Parliament buildings are owned by the provincial government, while the lots to be expropriated – 271 Front

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A rendering of the proposed new St. Lawrence Library, which would be built on land City Council will try to expropriate.

Street East and 25 Berkeley Street – are privately owned by developers. fewer restrictions “After years of trying to find a deal that they could agree to, I think that they wanted to develop but saw a lengthy and costly battle on the lands they owned and were more welcome to an exchange that would give them lands with fewer restrictions and objections,” she said. Council’s decision to approve ex propr iation includes the authority to

exchange plots of land, with the landowner taking over the site of a Toronto Public Library sorting station at 281 Front Street East. That sorting station will move to Scarborough. “The library people saw that 12,000 people would be moving in and wanted to make sure distribution wouldn’t be impeded by the intensification of the site,” Myers said. “A local architect, Michael Kirkland, came up with an ingenious idea and said, ‘there’s the budget, there’s a good location, so why don’t we push (the develop-

ment) across the street and get the (Parliament building) land?’” With the site of the country’s first Parliament buildings soon to come into the city’s possession, questions remain as to how to recognize the site and its history. There is a plaque nearby, but Myers and McConnell agree more should be done to make note of the area. Lots of input “You wouldn’t want to make a fake building there,” Myers said, adding that the entire process to date has included input from local groups and stakeholders over the past 15 years. McConnell said she plans to form a working group with community members and City of Toronto staff over the coming months to come up with a way of commemorating the history of the lands. “This is very similar to the process we went through for the revitalization of the North St. Lawrence Market, and it is a very exciting and dynamic exercise,” she said.

Garbage deal promises savings DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Homeowners west of Yonge Street have seen the last of city-employed garbage collection as of this week, as Toronto’s contract with Green For Life kicks in. The plan to contract out garbage collection was approved by Toronto Council at the behest of Mayor Rob Ford in 2011, but only takes effect this week. At the time of the approval, the city was constrained by collective agreements with CUPE Local 416 and so was only able to contract out about a quarter of the city’s garbage collection — between Yonge Street and the Humber River. Etobicoke had been contracted out since before amalgamation. City workers continue to collect garbage in the east end. “I’m excited about what’s going on,” said Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the city’s public works and infrastructure committee. “This is great for a number of reasons. The number one reason is we’re going to save

over $10 million a year – and over the life of the contract, if we exercise our extensions, that will be savings to the taxpayers of over $100 million.” Minnan-Wong told a Tuesday morning news conference that the city will be concentrating on making sure that GFL provides a high-level of customer service before moving on to privatize the rest of the city’s garbage collection. ‘sad day, bad day’ CUPE Local 416 President Mark Ferguson said the beginning of the new contract was “a sad day for residents of the City of Toronto and a sad day for working people across the city.” He said, “It’s a bad day for residents because it’s a day where collectively we’ve lost control and oversight of a critical public service. “It’s a sad day for workers because it represents yet another step toward lower wages, less security and less dignity for working people.”


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Lawrence Park Collegiate’s Sean Goldhar is one of two Toronto District School Board students to achieve a graduating average of 99.7%.

School isn’t his only passion. Sean played Junior A hockey and hopes to make the Varsity Blues team at the University of Toronto, where he will be a student come fall. He hopes to major in biology. A musician, Sean is a pianist and was also on his school’s athletic council, and helped organize charity

events such as the Terry Fox Run and Movember. “For me, it’s a lot about balance,” said Sean, who is doing cancer research this summer at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. And finding that balance was something his parents instilled in him from a young age. His father, Dr. Steven Goldhar, stressed the importance of both academics and athletics to his son and his twin sister, Laura, a promising tennis player. “But school came first,” said Steven, who received the highest mark at Newtonbrook Secondary School at the end of high school. “(Sean) is very well-rounded.” Sean’s mother, Barbara, agrees. “(Sean) is the kindest, nicest person,” said Barbara, a physiotherapist. “He never gave us one moment of grief. I’m very proud of him and it’s nice to see his hard work being acknowledged. Everything he does, he does to the best of his ability.”

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Money raised goes back into program >>>from page 1 and expend their energy in positive ways. The centre also hosts sports camps, a computer camp, junior playgroups and more. “It’s part of (the CYC’s) goal to make sure young people around here have something to do that’s educational and helps them develop skills,” Cain said. For 13-year-old downtown Toronto resident Tracy Mandiantu, the camp was a unique and amazing experience.

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Taoist Tai Chi International Awareness Day WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square, 2 Dundas St. E. CONTACT: Chris Farano, 416-6562110, taoist.org, ttcsawarenessday@ gmail.com COST: Free Demonstrations of Taoist internal arts by more than 1,000 members from Toronto and around the world, greetings from distinguished guests, a discussion of the importance of dual cultivation of body and mind for good health, a dragon dance and a parade at 11:30 a.m.

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Hike and Prayer WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: High Park Station CONTACT: Kelly Bourke, 416467-2645, faithconnections@csj-to.ca, www.faithconnections.ca Faith Connections invites young adults for a Saturday morning hike ‘celebrating imagination’ in High Park, ending at the Grenadier Café.

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Joe Harawira: Maori Storyteller WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Spadina Road Library, 10 Spadina Rd. CONTACT: 416-393-7666 COST: Free Joe Harawira has taken his Maori storytelling and oratory to indigenous and storytelling festivals around the world. Come experience this extraordinary storyteller from New Zealand.

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The Complete Works of Shakespeare [Abridged] WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace CONTACT: Tatiana Doroslovac, 416-915-6750, www.completeworksabridged.com, boxoffice@thectp.ca COST: $49 Adult, $39 Senior/Student The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), once West End London’s longest- running comedy, continues an exclusive engagement at Toronto’s one-and-only castle. For three nights only this August, the Classical Theatre Project (CTP) partners with Casa Loma to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged on the garden terrace at dusk. Second of three performances. Final performance Aug. 29.

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International Influences: Inspiring Ideas for Trees in Public Space WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Rooms 308 and 309 CONTACT: Jessica Piskorowski, 416413-9244, www.yourleaf.org, jessica@ yourleaf.org COST: Free Explore the traditions and histories of planting trees in gardens, parks and urban open spaces around the world, and learn how these practices shape our ideas about green space in Toronto. Sail-in Cinema WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Sugar Beach,

25 Dockside Dr. CONTACT: Toronto Port Authority, 416-863-2075, communications@torontoport.com, www. sailincinema.com COST: Free The Toronto Port Authority will be holding the second annual Sail-In Cinema, a floating movie experience, today, Friday and Saturday. For three nights, the festival will feature waterthemed movies shown under the open skies. Projected onto a two-sided screen in Toronto’s harbour, movies can be watched from Sugar Beach or from boats in the harbour. Go online to reserve tickets. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.), doors open at 7 p.m.

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t long last, the City those same rules when Beyond the headlines of Toronto found a applied to their constituchief planner. ents. Planning staff need Even though the job pays not accept responsibility about $200,000 per year, it for their recommendations. is not surprising the posiThose unhappy with an tion took so long to fill. For application or applicant david soknacki months the city has been can make unsubstantiated advertising, then inviting claims and apply political promising candidates for ers pretend that resolution pressure. The development interviews. What some saw, is beyond the city’s jurisdicindustry has learned their turned them off. tion, perhaps so that reform first two choices are either But there is more to the never happens. to pay up, or to appeal to vacancy story than worries Specifically, the problem the OMB. about the professional enviis reliance on the Ontario It is no wonder that the ronment and job security. Municipal Board (OMB) to chief planner position was And in that story is why the enforce the city’s own rules. vacant for months. ability of the chief planner In theory, planning rules Unlike her predecesmatters to all of us. should be understandsors, the new chief planner, The position looks after able to anyone with access Jennifer Keesmaat, comes three main functions. to the internet or library. from outside the organizaPerhaps simplest of all is the Practically, even simple and tion and just might take on challenging responsibility compliant projects can run the toughest challenges. for about 350 staff, plus the afoul of any neighbour with She may wish begin daunting task of ensura grudge or a councillor’s building independence by ing planning applications whim. On larger investregularly circulating her are processed in a timely ments, fees such like those staff. Bankers and auditors manner. Never an easy supposedly for community learned this lesson long ago. assignment, there must be benefits vary so widely, that Next comes the task additional stress because making budgets for them of convincing council to planning is often first in line is next to impossible. And allow larger projects to be when budgeters look for projects that are especially decided centrally. Although savings, yet last when the time sensitive can be hospopulists disagree, they city considers investment or tage to near endless deferhave been unable to prerecruitment. rals. vent the abuse of their own Next up the scale in difAccountability is made rules. To be fair, planning ficulty is the chief planner’s more difficult through the staff proposed this measure responsibility for transformcombination of a councilduring the administration of ing our city. We want beautilor’s unquestioned dominaformer mayor David Miller, ful but functional buildings, tion of his or her fief, plus but it was refused. attractive streetscapes that planning staff who may And finally comes the allow easy movement, and wish to be agreeable to a hardest task of all, which is an urban form that changes councillor with whom they to establish a procedure to with demographics, ecowill deal with for years, and review local planning applinomics and vision. Meeting who reviews their budgets cations fairly. the future requires a host of line by line. Although it sounds so skills, including resilience Having so much discrebasic, council and the planand self-confidence. Given tionary power centred in so ning department can only the high stakes and powerfew for too long is a cause re-establish their credibility ful interests, a measure of for temptation and a source by ensuring the rules counfinancial security is very of weakness. cil itself sets will be the crihelpful. teria by which applications Slug Information: Lastman’s Bad These Boy difficulties invite There is a third part of so many questionable pracare judged. Project July WK3 Ad Size : 5.145 in chief planner’s posithe job,: which is FP theAdneed tices, yet unfortunately suit in x 3.062The Client : Lastman’s Bad Boy Publication : Community to change the application so many. tion in Toronto is a tough approval Presently Blaming the Insertion OMB isDate easy.: Thursday, job, with opportunities and File Name :process. BB_Community_Teaser_SolidGold_Aug9 August 9 , 2012 it is so dysfunctional yet so Councillors support city risks lurking everywhere. self-serving, that stakeholdwide policies, yet oppose We wish her well.

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After some confusion by staff, the City of Toronto’s hardship fund is safe for now. It was reported recently that staff had killed the more than $1-million fund, despite a decision by councillors during the last budget debate to keep it going. Following a letter written by Beaches-East York Councillor Janet Davis and signed by 15 councillors, the fund has been revived. “They have reviewed the decision and between now and the next council meeting they’ll be maintaining the status quo,” Davis said. The fund is used to assist low income residents with medical expenses. There were 1,500 people receiving support from the fund – individuals not on social assistance so they were unable to receive support from that avenue. The fund was first identified to be cut during the KPMG service review, but councillors voted to keep it. During the 2012 budget process there was a motion

recommending it be funded for half the year (to the tune of $588,000) and that the city approach the province to take over the responsibility. That motion was amended by executive committee to say if the city wasn’t successful with the province it would fund the money from the operating budget to continue the fund. “I don’t think there was any ambiguity, but staff interpreted it as funding it for half the year and winding the project down,” Davis said. “That was not our intention or understanding.” Staff had moved 1,200 of the individuals receiving support from the hardship fund to other programs, which had left just 300 people to be identified on a case-bycase basis. The fund will now continue to offer support to those individuals and it will accept new people if they are eligible. The issue will go back to council in October for clarification. - Danielle Milley

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The Special Housing Working Group established to study the fate of more than 600 Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) standalone homes sought input from the public during a ‘Suggestions for Action’ event in July. “A lot of people agreed it’s very important that Toronto take a leadership role in starting to make this a priority issue for the provincial and federal governments,” said the working group’s chair, Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao. The working group will continue to explore innovative solutions and new partnerships to maintain as much affordable housing as possible. Bailao, who delivered a preliminary report to the city’s Affordable Housing Committee in May and throughout the summer, will prepare a draft report, circulate it and submit a final report to the executive committee on Sept. 10. ~ Lisa Rainford

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Cleaning Up Our Waterways: The Don River and Central Waterfront Project Municipal Class Environmental Assessment - Notice of Study Completion The City ofToronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to advance the recommendations of the City’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan (approved by City Council in 2003) to capture and treat polluted stormwater and combined sewer overflows (CSO’s) that are discharged to the Don River and Central Waterfront. This will help to improve water quality and our environment. In addition, necessary upgrades have been identified to the City’s critical sanitary trunk sewer infrastructure within the study area to improve operations and service future growth. The study has defined the problems/opportunities, identified and evaluated alternatives, and determined a preferred solution and design in consultation with the City ofToronto, regulatory agencies, and the public.The City has accepted the consultant’s recommendations regarding the preferred solution and design, including the following project components: Sanitary Trunk Sewer System l A Lower Don/Coxwell BypassTunnel that will be used on a contingency basis as a bypass to the existing Coxwell SanitaryTrunk Sewer (STS) allowing for periodic maintenance and any necessary repairs of the Coxwell STS, l Four underground storage tanks for offline storage of peak sanitary flows where additional capacity is needed. l Upgrades to the NorthTorontoTreatment Plant (NTTP). Wet Weather Flow Collection and Storage System l Three integrated tunnels (Lower Don/Coxwell BypassTunnel,Taylor Massey CreekTunnel, and Inner HarbourTunnel) connected to an equivalent of 15 underground vertical storage shafts that will collect and store wet weather flows and convey these flows to a new wet weather flow treatment facility. l Three underground storage tanks for offline storage of wet weather flows from four remote outfall locations. Treatment of Collected Wet Weather Flow l A new wet weather treatment facility that will provide high-rate treatment of wet weather flows and will be located on future lakefill in the waterlot south of the existing Ashbridges BayTreatment Plant. l A new pumping station in Ashbridges Grove Park with forcemains connecting to the new wet weather flow treatment facility. l Retrofit of an existing CSO tank at the NorthTorontoTreatment Plant. Opportunities for Review The study was carried out following the requirements for Schedule ‘C’ projects under the Municipal Class EA. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been completed and placed on public record for a 45-day review period starting August 10, 2012 and ending September 24, 2012.The ESR will be available for review on the project website at www.toronto.ca/cleanwaterways and at the following locations: Beaches Library 2161 Queen St. E. 416 393 7703

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If you have any outstanding issues about this project, please address them to the City staff listed below and we will attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution. James Yacoumidis, Policy, Planning and Project Consultant City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 18th Fl., 55 John St., Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Tel: 416-392-8834 Fax: 416-338-2828 TTY: 416-397-0831 E-mail: cleanwaterways@toronto.ca or Visit: toronto.ca/cleanwaterways If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City ofToronto, a person or party may request that the Ontario Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments. The Minister must receive the request in writing by September 24, 2012 at the address below, and a copy must also be sent to the City contact. If no requests are received by September 24, 2012, the City may proceed with this project as outlined in the Environmental Study Report. The Honourable Jim Bradley Minister of the Environment 77 Wellesley St. W., Ferguson Block, 11th Fl., Toronto, ON M7A 2T5 Issue Date: August 2, 2012 Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.


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Honey Jam still helping female artists, showcase slated for Aug. 16 at Mod Club JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com With a background in social activism and an increasing sense of disgust over the way young women were being portrayed in music in the mid-1990s, downtown Toronto resident Ebonnie Rowe decided to take matters into her own hand. Rowe has made a name for herself with her Each One Teach One program, a mentoring program catered to young women. While working there, she was disturbed by the stories some of the girls told her. “It was back in the early 90s and gangsta rap was big,” she said. “Female mentees said they were being (demeaned) because of what was said in those songs.” To tackle that problem, Rowe started Honey Jam (www.honeyjam.com), a showcase designed to give female performers a chance to share their talents and help them find their way into the male-dominated music industry.

While she intended for the show to be a one-off, audience demand made it clear that Honey Jam was a muchneeded outlet for female performers. Its success spawned PhemPhat Entertainment Group, which supports and promotes women in music. Since its inaugural show in 1995, Honey Jam has helped launch the career of Nelly Furtado – who is now a sponsor – and served as a springboard for other young women such as Jully Black and jazz star Kellylee Evans. Performers are chosen from a nationwide audition process, with performers in a wide variety of genres selected. Rowe has taken to running PhemPhat year-round, and under her guidance, it has grown to include artist workshops covering everything from performance skills to entertainment law to publishing. The annual Honey Jam showcase both gives aspiring young female artists a chance to reach an audience

that includes music fans and industry bigwigs alike and supports YWCA programs. “I’ve always been a social activist type of person,” Rowe said. “I’m on a mission to make a difference in the world and entertainment is a way to reach a large number of people.” This year’s Honey Jam will boast a lineup that includes Shi Wisdom, who made waves for catching the attention of hip hop superstar Drake, and a variety of other talented young performers. “Some of the girls are very young and for some of them this is their first big performance,” Rowe said. “There’s a huge buzz around Shi Wisdom, but I’m always excited to see how all the girls do.” Honey Jam 2012 will take place at the Mod Club, 722 College St., on Thursday, Aug. 16. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 19-plus event are $20 in advance through www.ticketweb.ca and Play De Record or $25 at the door, with proceeds from the show going to the YWCA.

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own neighbourhood.” Let’s Move It! is the latest in a series of initiatives u n d e r t a k e n by S M A RT Development. In the past, the organization has worked to increase green space, beautify the community and improve safety, among other goals. While many of the organization’s initiatives have had tangible, lasting effects, the impact of Let’s Move It! will be less outwardly visible but no less important.

visitors will be able to join in for some of the acts. A children’s area will feature arts and crafts, face painting and henna tattoos, and local kids will be encouraged to help contribute to St. James Town’s beautification. Something for kids “We’re planning to set it up so the kids can paint garbage cans in the St. James Town Square area,” James said. “The garbage cans are old and don’t look very nice, so we want to get a base coat down on them and give kids a chance to make them look a lot better.” While volunteers will already be on hand to help with various events throughout the celebration, James said anyone looking to give some time to help out can do so by emailing Jamie@ smartdevelopment.ca Let’s Move It! will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. The event is free to all.

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stationary or at your computer, but not operating a vehicle.” The demonstration was part of a press conference for the Missing Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign, o rg a n i ze d by t h e Ca n a d i a n Automobile Association (CAA), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the provincial ministry of transportation and a traffic safety coalition made up of various organizations formed to spread awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted, which was the cause of 53 deaths in Ontario last year. The four-week campaign, which begins officially this holiday weekend, highlights the important milestones of life like graduating high school or getting married that could be lost forever thanks to the careless actions of distracted drivers, who are 23 times more likely to suffer a serious automobile accident if texting, said Don Bell of the OPP. “If you drive while distracted you’re putting yourself, your passengers and members of the public

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at risk,” he said. Bell, chief superintendent of the OPP’s highway safety division, said the force investigated more than 7,500 collisions on provincial highways in 2011, all of which were caused by the “irresponsible” choices of drivers. He urged drivers to refrain from

any activities that averted their attention from the road, from brushing their hair or fiddling with the radio. “Even a moment’s distraction can be dangerous,” he said. Teresa Di Felice from the CAA said the Missing campaign was designed to focus on all drivers.

“It applies to everybody, every age group,” said Di Felice, director of government and media relations. “It’s about focusing on your own behaviours and what you can do to change them.” She said CAA was examining current enforcement of the ban on hand-held devices while driving, which was introduced by the Ontario government in 2009, but not prepared at this time to lobby for higher penalties. “We’re always open to discussing if there should be changes, but the issue is not easy to enforce,” she said. “Education is the first step in actually being able to reach people.” The current fine for using a hand-held device while driving is $155. Despite the slow speeds of the go-karts, driver Joanne Banfield said her heart was racing as she took part in the demonstration. “We’re in a controlled environment so the potential is low for injury,” said Banfield, a manager at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “On the road, we don’t often drive at 15 kilometres per hour. “People who are texting might, but they’re definitely not paying attention.”


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Bruce and Li fall just short of Olympic podium in badminton

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University of Toronto student Sarah Wells finished fourth to advance out of her qualifying heat in the women’s 400-metre hurdles at the London Olympics Sunday. She did not advance out of her semifinal heat.

The Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto on St. Clair Avenue West is where Alex Bruce first learned the sport of badminton as a nine year old, and it was likely home to her largest cheering section when she and pairs partner Michelle Li of Markham played for an Olympic bronze medal on Saturday. More than 30 fans turned out at the Deer Park club before dawn even broke to cheer on the Canadian team in the bronze medal match at the London Olympics. Unfortunately the cheers from her midtown Toronto home club – and from inside Wembley Arena – were not quite enough to propel the underdog pair on to the Olympic podium as they lost the bronze medal match to their Russian opponents Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova in straight sets, 21-9 and 21-10. The Canadian team had lost to the same Russian pair in

the preliminary round pool, 21-8, 21-10. “Definitely disappointing today we didn’t play our best. We didn’t have it today,” said Bruce, 22, in a post-match interview posted on the Canadian Olympic Committee website. “We did as much as we could with the chance we were given and we didn’t give up so I’m happy with our efforts overall.” The ‘chance’ Bruce was referring to was the Olympic badminton game-throwing controversy that saw four pairs disqualified for throwing games in order to achieve more favourable match-ups – including the two other teams (from China and Korea) in Bruce and Li’s pool. In fact, the pair thought their Olympics were finished after three rather lopsided losses in their preliminary pool, and they had reverted into sightseeing mode – that is, until they received a frantic phone

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Canada’s Alex Bruce, top, fires a shot over partner Michelle Li during semi-final badminton action against Reika Kakiiwa and Mizuki Fuji of Japan at the 2012 London Olympics on Aug. 2. Bruce and Li lost the match two sets to one.

call from their coach. “Our coach called us, saying to stand by, to stay in the hotel. ‘Some players got disqualified. You might be back in’,” said Bruce, in an earlier interview posted on the

Canadian Olympic Committee website. When the dust had settled from ‘shuttlecock-gate’, they were left with a 2-1 preliminary round record. Seemingly rejuvenated, they almost earned themselves a shot at the gold medal game, but dropped their semifinal match (21-12, 19-21, 21-13) to a Japanese pair, Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa, who are ranked in the top half dozen in the world. Half a decade ago, in 2007, while a student at midtown’s Bishop Strachan School, Bruce won a girls doubles provincial high school badminton title along with partner Jessica Lee. With the Olympic games now also on her resume, she does have one long-term goal definitely left on the list, as she indicated on the Badminton Canada website prior to heading to London: “Compete in the 2015 Pan Am Games in my hometown, Toronto.”

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