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Mooredale U-12 soccer team in running for $125,000 prize JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Having made impressive improvements on the field in recent years, the Mooredale under-12 boys soccer team are now looking to make improvements to a field. The team is one of 14 teams across Canada currently in the running for a $125,000 Team of the Week prize that would go toward refurbishing

their soccer pitch. Should the Mooredale Lightning Gold win the prize, it would be another impressive step in a remarkable turnaround for a club that has gone from not having a rep team to becoming one of the country’s best youth soccer organizations. Amazingly, they have achieved much of their success without a true home field. “We’ve been using Downsview a

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due for an upgrade. “The University of Toronto’s definitely motivated to rejuvenate their spaces, and with the Pan Am Games coming up, the timing’s perfect,” Berry said. “The only other space that would work for us would be Rosedale Park, but the ratepayers like that as a (community) park.” The BMO competition is open to Internet votes, with Mooredale look>>>SOCCER, page 7

The Downtown Yonge BIA is inviting guests to celebrate a stretch of the iconic downtown street with a month of widened sidewalks, increased patio and seating space and more. Celebrate Yonge will see Yonge Street reduced to two lanes of traffi c between Queen and Gerrard streets, with temporary planters installed as barriers to staunch the flow of traffic and create a more pedestrian-friendly zone. The initiative, which will run from Friday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 16, comes at the right time of the year, according to Downtown Yonge BIA spokesperson Abigail Gamble. “We know there’s always incredible pedestrian traffic in this area,” she said. “We have vehicle and pedestrian counters down here and this is the busiest time of year for pedestrian traffic.” Gamble said with Ryerson students returning, the CNE opening and the Toronto International Film Festival taking place, along with other local events, more people are venturing to the downtown core. Celebrate Yonge aims to give visitors plenty of reasons to stay there. “We have 11 themed zones that build on the businesses in the area,” Gamble said. “We’ll have more licensed patio space downtown, public seating, street entertainers and life-sized games like chess and Connect Four.” She added that many individual businesses will offer programming >>>EVENT, page 6

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A tale of two cities, and a fundraising bike trip JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Roughly 40 brave bikers took off on a 576-kilometre trek on Aug. 8 to raise funds for The Hospital for Sick Children and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The cyclists were taking part in the CIBC 401 Bike Challenge, the eighth edition of an annual event that has raised more than $80,000 for SickKids and some $230,000 overall. Gene Piccoli, who founded the event, was touched by the way the event has grown in the few short years since he first came up with the idea. “We’re 38 riders and it’s really hard to believe it was eight of us in 2005,” he said. “But I never once underestimated the ability to grow this ride because cycling...is an exploding sport.” The event came about when Piccoli wanted to do something to raise funds for cancer research after his wife was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since then, he has been joined by others who were willing to take on the challenge, some of whom have been touched by cancer themselves. “Roger Skira is riding for his son who was diagnosed (with acute myeloid leukemia) at 11 months,” Piccoli said. “Rob Callard was diag-

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The Hospital for Sick Children’s ambassador Nicole Waddell, centre, helps send off CIBC 401 Bike Challenge participants on their trek to Montreal to benefit the hospital.

nosed with an incurable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Rob’s convinced cycling changed his life and helped him; he feels he’s here today because of this wonderful sport.” Funds raised from the ride are split between SickKids’ and the Montreal

Children’s Hospital’s hematology/ oncology divisions. Lorena Cook, whose daughter Sarah’s own battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma inspired the founding of the Sarah Cook Fund, said the annual bike ride has already made a difference in the fight against childhood

cancers. With the funds raised, she said, “we are able to ensure every child from Toronto to Montreal will be able to be better treated.” The cyclists took to the streets early on Aug. 8 and arrived in Montreal on Friday, Aug. 10. SickKids patient

ambassador Nicole Waddell, 14, sent the riders off with an inspirational message. After speaking of her own treatment and recovery from a brain tumour, she reminded the riders that even the roughest and most thankless parts of the trek would help children. “It might be a bumpy ride, but the destination is worth the travel,” she said. SickKids neuro-oncologist Dr. Eric Bouffet added the money raised by the ride has helped both hospitals and the joint research ventures on which they have embarked with one another. “Research is really at the heart of our activities here and we couldn’t do this without your support,” he told the riders. Before departing on the journey, Piccoli said the riders would draw inspiration from one another and from the young people who have been – or will be – diagnosed with cancer who will benefit from the funds raised. He called both the children struggling with cancer and the team of riders who joined the CIBC 401 Bike Challenge ‘heroes’. “Where there is life, there is hope, and where there is hope, there are heroes,” he said. For more information on the ride, or to make a donation, visit www.401bikechallenge.ca

Christie Pits resident raising funds for November Haiti trip JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Christie Pits area resident Barbara MacGibbon has long wanted to donate her time to a Habitat for Humanity project. With a little help from her friends, this year she plans on doing just that. MacGibbon is raising funds to take a trip to Haiti this November, joining some 600 others in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in their efforts to rebuild homes destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. She noted she had wanted to go down to Haiti right after the earthquake but felt her French wasn’t good enough.

“They needed people who could jump right in,” she said. She was also disappointed when she missed the chance to join similar Carter Work Project expeditions in the past because she heard about them after the volunteer spaces had already been filled. “This year, I heard about it before the fact and wrote immediately to the head office in Atlanta,” she said. “They said there are limited spaces because of the conditions in Haiti, so I told them ‘I’m waving my hand here! Pick me! Pick me!’” To take part in the project, MacGibbon must pay for her own airfare and make a donation. To help defray those costs, she is reaching out to her contacts and has organized a fundraising evening.

‘Last year, they built 100 earthquake-resistant houses and this year, we’re hoping to build 100 more.’ ~ Barbara MacGibbon “Not having $5,000 of my own that I can give, I’m doing what I can to raise as much as I can,” she said. “The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project do such great work. Last year, they built 100 earthquakeresistant houses and this year, we’re hoping to build 100 more.” The volunteers will build the

houses in Leogane, considered to be the quake’s epicentre. When the earthquake struck in 2010, roughly 90 per cent of the buildings in the area were seriously damaged or completely destroyed. The trip to Haiti will mark another achievement in an eventful 2012 for MacGibbon. This spring, the 61-year-old earned a masters degree in education. “Now that I’m at this stage of my life, I’m finding I can do more than I thought,” she said. “I always make donations (to Habitat for Humanity) when I can, but I’m really excited to go on my first trip as a builder.” While she has already made inroads into her fundraising goal, MacGibbon hopes a fundraising evening and raffle taking place from

5 p.m. onwards Thursday, Aug. 23 at N’Awlins (299 King St. W.) helps push her far closer to her target. Yard sales “I hope it will put me well over 50 per cent of my goal, maybe even close to 60 per cent,” she said. “I may be having some yard sales in the fall to make up the rest.” The event will include a raffle with prizes such as a three-day canoe trip, one-year memberships to the Bloor Cinema, gift cards and more. Tickets to the event are $20, with raffle tickets an additional $5 each. For tickets or information, or to find out other ways to donate, email MacGibbon at barbara.macgibbon@ unb.ca

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ow well do you recycle? Do you ensure everything that should go into your green bin makes it in there? The merits of public and private garbage collection systems in Toronto will continue to be debated. It’s a debate that was renewed last week when the residential portion of the city from Yonge Street to the Humber River officially switched to a private system of collection. This now means about half of the city – west of Yonge – has privatized collection (Etobicoke has had its residential waste collected privately since before amalgamation). The remainder of the city continues to have its residential waste collected by city employees. But let’s think beyond the our view method of collection. Let’s think about what we, as residents, are Take time to doing. review your Residents must use this time as an opportunity to embrace better habits of their own when garbage habits they put out their waste for collection. We must ask ourselves: Are we doing all we can? Doing all we can means ensuring residential waste is properly diverted into garbage, recycling and green bins. This may mean taking a bit of sorting time beforehand. Refer to your waste collection calendar or use the Waste Wizard online tool to get more information if you’re unsure about what goes where. Accessing information is straightforward; it’s not hard. According to figures from the City of Toronto, our recycling has a 20 per cent contamination rate (referring to items that can’t be recycled). Reducing that number is a meaningful and achievable goal. Ultimately, waste that’s properly sorted before collection means more efficient collection. That’s ultimately better for the taxpayer. That’s the benefit. As for the public versus private collection debate, let it continue. Will cost-saving success experienced by this program merit expansion? Will the dire warnings of worsening service be correct? Maybe further adjustments to Toronto’s garbage collection system won’t even be deemed necessary. Regardless of that outcome, there are manageable tasks we as residents can do now. The first week wasn’t perfect for the new service provider, as reports of delays surfaced. As much as one would like the smoothest of transitions in a service as important as waste collection, sometimes that’s not always possible – particularly in a large city. A core component of elected representation is ensuring efficient and effective delivery of services. Constituents can do their part by ensuring as little of Toronto’s waste as possible goes to landfill. 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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We are concerned to learn that cutbacks the provincial government is making to doctors’ compensation threaten the viability of pediatricians’ practices in our community. Our pediatrician recently provided an outstanding example of why we need local doctors caring for our children. In May, our second child was born. A communication mix-up at the hospital had our son discharged before a blood test for jaundice was done. Two days after he left the hospital, we took him to see our pediatrician. She was suspicious something had been missed and ordered a blood test. At 11 p.m. she called us twice to warn us our son was in danger and we had to take him to the hospital. Our local pediatrician saved our son from brain damage or death. When kids’ health is an issue, voters have long memories. Protect local pediatricians by telling your MPP to reverse the cutbacks that threaten their offices. Nicholas and Katherine Manning

Reader suggests we talk about sychronizing traffic lights Everybody talks about gridlock, but those in charge are obviously not interested in the extra work it may need. Years ago I contacted my councillor about synchronizing traffic lights on major routes in the GTA. He referred the matter to one of the fellows in charge for our district. That’s where it died. Considering the City of Hamilton introduced this system many years ago, why are our people

ignoring the possibility of moving traffic just a little faster? In Hamilton it is possible to drive from one end of the city to the other without ever having to stop at a traffic light, while driving at the proper speed limit. Just consider the amount of pollution we can avoid by not forcing all vehicles to a continuous stop and go. How much pollution does a single truck emit in this system? And how much less

expensive is this suggestion, compared to building subways? There is no guarantee drivers will switch to subways and the big trucks will still have to deliver their loads. The word “synchronizing” has recently appeared when we talk about gridlock, but has the possibility actually been discussed seriously? Please lend your support to this idea whose time

came long ago. Let’s get the people in charge of traffic lights moving by putting pressure on them. If Hamilton can do it, so can Toronto. And if it requires more one-way streets, so be it. An additional benefit will be to discourage speeders and save gasoline. Or is big gas actually supporting a system that increases their sales? Herb Kucera

Minimize labour market inequities to help stem poverty in communities It’s disheartening to learn funding for many of the youth programs in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods is running out. While these programs are important, they are only the first step and more needs to be done to stem poverty in

priority neighbourhoods. There have been many media reports and academic studies that have documented the difficulties of young people entering the labour market. This literature shows the situation is considerably more dire for racialized

graduates. The most effective way of eliminating poverty is to tackle its root causes: underemployment, unemployment and lower average pay for marginalized communities. Numerous studies have shown that marginalized

communities have lower employment and participation rates and are compensated less for their labour. By minimizing labour market inequities, we can reduce poverty and its associated effects. Richard Sunichura

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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 water-themed 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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Kultura Filipino Arts Festival WHEN: various times WHERE: Kensington Market, 167 Augusta Ave. CONTACT: www.kapisancentre.com A celebration of all things Filipino, KULTURA will showcase emerging and established Filipino-Canadian artists in visual arts, theatre, film, live music, spoken word and cuisine. The festival’s grand finale event, ADOBO Masters Cook-off + KULTURA Live! on Aug. 26 will be the first cultural food event at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie

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CELEBRATION: Above, Jagbier Phogat, left, and his wife perform the Haryanvi dance at YongeDundas Square during India Day Festival events Saturday. Left, youth members of Nritya Kala Mandir perform the flag dance.

St. Various fundraising and donation drives will also take place all throughout KULTURA festival days to benefit the victims and survivors. One hundred percent of funds raised will be donated to charity.

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Scotiabank BuskerFest WHEN: various times, Aug. 23 to 26 WHERE: St. Lawrence Market, Front Street from Jarvis to Yonge Scotiabank BuskerFest supports Epilepsy Toronto. Named for the fifth time as one of Ontario’s Top 100 festivals and events by Festivals and Events Ontario, Scotiabank BuskerFest promises four days and nights of spectacular

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

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Mindy Stricke takes a closer look at the work of artist Lisa Pijuan-Nomura during the last year’s Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Street Fair held on Bloor Street, between Shaw and Ossington streets.

Two outdoor stages will serve as venues for entertainers of all stripes, while one of last year’s most popular draws – a live amateur wrestling match – will return for Year 2. Visitors will be able to

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“Last year, we closed from Montrose to Dovercourt so this year we’re going to be that much bigger,” she said. “We had vendors who sold out of stuff last year and this year and I think now that people know what to expect, we’ll see even more people out.” The street fair came about as a way to reignite interest in the Bloorcourt area. What was once a run-down stretch of one of Toronto’s largest streets has been slowly turning around, and Yee noted the BIA wanted to reintroduce people to the area. “This neighbourhood’s been changing the last few years,” she said. “We want to bring people to the community and to the street to see the new stores and businesses we have here.” The Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Street Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. For more information, visit www.bloorcourt.com

Event came about after considerable consultation >>>from page 1 and interactive activities. “The Delta Chelsea Hotel is opening up a market garden off of Yonge Street just south of Gerrard,” she said, citing but one example. “It will be a ‘get away from it all’ place with live music.” Gamble added the event came together after considerable community consultation, ensuring that local stakeholders were all invested in the initiative. Councillor Kristyn WongTam said the plan was unanimously supported by city council and given the go-ahead by the city’s transportation, economic development and waste management departments. If it is successful, she said, it could become a new way of drawing attention to city streets. “We’ve never programmed streets in this fashion before,” she said. “We’re going to look at the impacts to businesses and the impacts to traffic.” Wong-Tam noted, how-

ever, the stretch of Yonge Street actually operates at roughly one-third capacity, with about 500 cars passing through in a hour. While the four-lane stretch of road will be reduced to two lanes for the month, delays along that portion of Yonge are almost always caused by construction or trucks that are offloading illegally. “Right now, people stop where they’re not supposed to stop,” she said. We’ve reprogrammed Yonge Street to allow for proper loading and bus drop-offs.” The councillor added she is excited to see the installation of 150 professionally designed planters, designed by landscape architects. Celebrate Yonge has benefited from sponsorship, with the BIA getting much of the labour and materials donated. “It’s not costing the city anything because the BIA has solicited some big sponsors,” Wong-Tam said.


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The London Olympics are now history, and there were plenty of athletes from Toronto, or with extensive ties to the city, on the Canadian team. Here’s a brief snap-shot of how all our downtown and midtown athletes fared: Zsofia Balazs, 22 • 10K marathon (swimming): 18th, 2:01:17.8. “It was a really fast and tough race,” said Balazs in an interview on the Swimming Canada website. “I was feeling pretty comfortable early on the race and I wish I could have stayed like that for the whole race. But towards the last two laps, I really started hurting and I just didn’t have it in me to catch-up. Everyone just went all out from the start.” Despite finishing lower than expected, Balazs, who placed 33rd at the last two world championships, said she was pleased with her experience. She is the first Canadian to swim open water at the Olympic Games after it became an official event in 2008. “It’s a big achievement to race here,” she said. “It’s a first for me and first for Canada.” As a student at downtown’s Harbord Collegiate, she won a lot provincial high school swimming

medals including at least three gold medals in provincial sprint events in the 200m free (2005 and 2007) and in the 100m butterfly (in 2006). Donna Vakalis, 32 • modern pentathlon: 29th (4828 points). What’s next? Having completed her masters in architecture at the University of Toronto, Vakalis will kick off her PhD on the topic of assessing building projects for impacts on our health and on the environment. And she’s also got her foot in the door in the business world, having been retained as a consultant by Toronto landscape architecture firm of Janet Rosenburg and Associates. Vakalis has been a Toronto resident for almost 10 years, at various downtown locations within easy range of the U of T. Khetag Pliev, 28 • wrestling, 96kg: knocked out in the quarter-final round by eventual gold medalist Jacob Stephen Varner of the U.S. “I’m not very pleased with the result. Obviously with the next match I could’ve competed for a medal, but I’m still happy that I came and I am here,” said Pliev in an interview on the Canadian

Olympic Committee website. “I performed and the overall experience was great. It’s been a long road to get here and I am very proud to represent Canada.” Pliev won his opening round of 16 match over Javier Cortina Lacerra of Cuba. Four years ago, Pliev, who wrestles out of Team Impact club at Broadview and Danforth, was a homeless person sleeping on a bench in the southwest corner of Toronto’s Allan Gardens, and now as Canada’s freestyle wrestling champion in the 98-kilo class, he was clearly gunning for not just any medal in London – but gold. Born in Ossetia, Russia, he ultimately made Canada his permanent home in 2005, settling in Toronto. David Wright, 30 • sailing (laser class): finished in the top half – 23rd out of 49 competitors. He grew up in Montreal and Oakville, but has lived near the waterfront since 2004. He has been a member of Toronto’s Royal Canadian Yacht Club since 1998. n AND MORE: visit our website at www.insidetoronto.com for a complete round-up of all Toronto athletes.

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The Mooredale U-12 boys’ soccer team are in the running to win $125,000 for field upgrades from BMO.

Soccer team hopes to improve field >>>from page 1 ing to gain support. Berry noted the Mooredale squad faces a couple of obstacles in getting voters to vote for them. “First, Mooredale’s a fairly affluent area, so some people might think we don’t need the field, and second, we hadn’t lost a game in a year and a half so that might make people wonder how much we need a new field,” he said. He pointed out, however, that the team has some built-in advantages. The competition rates teams based on team pride, team spirit, community commitment and love of the game, and Berry started up the team’s Kids in Sports Foundation to help make sports

more accessible to at-risk children. The foundation has raised some $300,000 and is looking to collect enough funds to create an innercity soccer facility. “I think ours is a really compelling story,” he said. Berry also pointed out that, being located in Toronto, he hopes the team will gain more support than teams in rural areas, where there is a smaller voter base and where open space is far more plentiful. The online voting runs through Monday, Aug. 27, with everyone eligible to vote once per day. To vote for the team, visit http:// community.bmo.com/soccer/ soccer-team/mooredale-lightninggold-2000

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Seniors take social media by storm LISA RAINFORD lrainford@insidetoronto.com At 89 years old, Shura Eadie could be looking at a second career in media. The Grenadier Retirement Home resident recently won a YouTube contest for her video ‘Cooking With Shura’. At just 2:40 minutes in length, her video garnered more than 680 views and was the winner of the Cyber-Seniors Corner Contest. The judges, including Erin Davis of 98.1 CHFI Radio and documentary filmmaker Gail Singer, called Eadie’s video, one of 20 submissions, “the most original and creative” and called its star “adorable, sweet, lively, fun and funny.” “What can I say except this is unbelievable. It’s just marvelous,” Eadie said as she accepted a bouquet of flowers and her cash prize. “It’s been a marvelous experience and such lovely people I’ve met.” For the past 10 months, Eadie has been one of about 30 seniors from the Grenadier and Christie Gardens Retirement

residences who was paired up with teens to learn how to use the Internet. CyberSeniors was the brainchild of sisters Kascha and Macaulee Cassaday, who created the program as a school project. They were inspired after witnessing their own grandparents’ lives transformed by cyber communication. Capturing their journey toward Internet savviness is a documentary film crew helmed by Brenda Rusnak. One of the goals of the documentary is to inspire young people to teach someone older, says Rusnak, whose eldest daughter Saffron is directing the film. “I feel privileged to have met everyone and then to be rewarded,” said Eadie. It’s an experience she said she’ll “treasure forever and ever.” Eadie’s 21-year-old counterpart Max Schellenberg told Eadie: “I owe you an awful lot. You’re the star.” Indeed, in her winning video, Eadie shares with her viewers how she “quite often” has her lunch. She confesses, “My micro-

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Shura Eadie, 89, and Max Schellenberg, 21, were the winners of the Cyber-Seniors Corner YouTube Video Contest. Eadie’s video, ‘Cooking With Shura,’ garnered almost 700 views on YouTube.

wave, I’m afraid of so I don’t use it at all.” Instead, to cook her favourite: corn on the cob, she relies on her coffee pot. “Sometimes, I cook hard boiled eggs in here too...” she shares. For a grilled cheese sandwich, Eadie demonstrates how she melts the cheese with a hot iron. “These are some ideas for your university dorm or retirement residence... Bon

Appetit,” she says in her video. In fact, it was Eadie’s cooking video that inspired Rusnak and her team to create the Cyber-Seniors Corner Contest. “You all rose to the challenge and this has become a very, very tight competition,” said Rusnak during the awards ceremony at Christie Gardens on July 31. “I hope you’ll continue to inspire other seniors to use YouTube.”

The videos were judged on their content, message, delivery and its social media success, said Master of Ceremonies Libby Znaimer, a journalist and host of the Zoomer Report, a special feature for the baby boom generation on all topics of interest on 96.3 FM. While first place was awarded to Eadie and Schellenberg, second place went to Annette Rapoport, 77, and her partner Kate Babkova, 24, whose video ‘77-Year-Old Annette Still Knows How To Have A Good Time’ garnered over 900 views on YouTube; third place went to Marion Kiddell aka “Rapping Granny Marion”, 93, and partner Hannia Cheng, 16, and their video ‘O.G. (Original Grandma) Teeth.’ “She really has inspired me,” said Cheng of Kiddell. “My grandparents live in Australia so I don’t really know them. Marion is like my grandma. She’s amazing.” To view all 20 videos, visit www.youtube.com/playlist?l ist=PL10B6D0A9E6445D32& feature=plcp

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Ontario Summer Games

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Thousands of volunteers behind Ontario Summer Games in T.O. ERIC HEINO active@insidetoronto.com Excitement is heating up for the thousands of volunteers, participants and sports fans eagerly awaiting today’s launch of the Ontario Summer Games (OSG). The opening ceremony of the bi-annual Olympic-style competition is 7 p.m. tonight at Varsity Stadium. Organizing committee chair Rahul Bhardwaj and his team began preparations for the Toronto event a few months after the completion of the 2010 games in Sudbury. The challenge is to take all that planning and make it a reality, he said. “It is truly remarkable what we have built with these games,” he said. “The organizing committee has been working for 18 months and now thousands of volunteers are also operating to help the games. So many people are civically engaged and want to be the best host to their province. They are doing an enormous amount of work right now.”

Preparations are ongoing with the bulk of the 2,500 athletes arriving in time for today’s opening ceremony. In addition to preparing 13 athlete villages and 20 sporting venues, organizers are busy ensuring proper food preparation, making transportation arrangements and managing the opening ceremony. Final preparations The athletes, meanwhile, are making final preparations for what is, for some, the highest level of competition of their lives. Every athlete approaches the competition differently, says Lana Perry. A former archery competitor, coach and current administrator with the OSG, Perry understands even the most stoic archers can get high strung, but have to focus on pre-games training. “Some younger athletes will actually taper their training off so they don’t hurt their muscles and some will amp it up to get more endurance.

A lot of what we do becomes mental training. It really differs depending on athletes,” said Perry. And even though everyone is coming from Ontario, the humidity and weather in Toronto can alter the functionality of equipment, Perry said. Restringing bows, tweaking rifle sights and double-checking bicycle tires can be the difference between standing on the podium and watching from the stands. There is a counterbalance to the stress of the OSG. Perry knows the teens involved aren’t here just to compete; they are also excited about the rich social experience of meeting like-minded athletes. “A lot of the time they come away having met some very great people,” said Perry. “Even just wandering around in the dormitory, they are wearing different uniforms and they get to know each other. Being teenagers, they are very social anyway.” For a full schedule of events, visit www.ontariosummergames.ca

Tonight’s opening ceremonies launch bi-annual Olympic-style competition Toronto athletes are competing in their own backyards at the Ontario Summer Games which run today through to Sunday. About 2,500 athletes from across the province will be competing in sports from rugby and sailing to fencing and softball. Nine sports are being held at 17 venues across Toronto. The Games are seen as a gateway to further national and international competition, acting as qualifiers for most of the sports featured during the event, said Crystal Peiris, a games consultant with Sport Alliance of Ontario, the organization in charge of running the Summer Games for the provincial government. “The Ontario Games are a stepping stone for athletes to competitions like the nationals and the Canada Games, for example,” Peiris said. The Games play a vital role in the long-term development of Ontario’s sports organizations and foster “unmatched”

life skills and values that an athlete wouldn’t necessarily pick up in a classroom, Peiris said. Blair McIntosh, a former director of Games for the Sport Alliance of Ontario and the director of sport for the 2015 Pan American Games, said the provincial Games teach “discipline, socialization, diversity, acknowledgement...it changes an athlete’s life.” ‘Great achievements’ “We have seen many of our athletes go from playground to (Olympic) podium and then go on after their athletic careers to accomplish great achievements in life,” said McIntosh, who has 28 years of amateur sport and multisport games experience. Fans can get tickets, which are available at each venue for $5. Tickets give people access to all venues for that day only. Pins are also available at each venue for $25, which gives holders access

to all venues for the entire competition days. Canoe/kayak is being held in Welland, cycling will take place in Albion Hills, skeet shooting is held in Oshawa, sporting rifle will take place in St. Catharines and the triathlon is in Brampton. Local venues Some local neighbourhood venues are: • The baseball U15 male competition is being held at Bond Park, 120 Bond Ave., in midtown as well as Wishing Well Park, at 1801 Pharmacy Ave., in Scarborough. Baseball preliminaries are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at both parks. The medal round will be held at Bond Park on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Swimming is being held at the U of T Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. The preliminaries are slated for 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday and the finals are set for 6 to 8 p.m. the same day.


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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

Leaside Library 165 McRae Dr. 416 396 3835

City Hall Library 100 Queen St. W. 416 393 7650

St Lawrence Library 171 Front St. E. 416 393 7655

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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