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with a special ceremony last Friday. The event also served as an opportunity to rededicate the school’s war memorial, which stands in the lobby and recognizes those students from the school who have gone on to serve in the Canadian military. Along with placards listing

the names of those who have served, the memorial boasts a sculpture, The Protector, by sculptor Alfred Howell. Lou Wise, who studied aviation at Central Tech along with his closest friend en route to a career with the military, addressed the crowd at the ceremony. “We both knew when we

were in elementary school we wanted to get into aviation,” he said. “We got into the aviation course at Central Tech from 1937 to 1939.” His graduation coincided with the breakout of the Second World War, with Canada declaring war on Germany on Sept. 7, 1939. He enlisted in the air force >>>WAR, page 2


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War hero Lt.-Col. William Barker remembered on Nov. 11 JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Though he remains the most decorated military serviceman in Canadian history, few today know the story of Lt.Col. William Barker. Barker, who fellow First World War ace Billy Bishop called “the deadliest air fighter who ever lived,” is tucked away in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Mausoleum in a small room marked “Smith” after the maiden name of his wife. For years, he was all but forgotten in the cemetery until a monument was erected in his honour on Sept. 22, 2011. Now, the Royal Canadian Air Force is making a point to recognize the war hero with a yearly Remembrance Day ceremony outside the mausoleum where he is buried. “He was flying along once (in the First World War) and he saw a German plane,” said RCAF 400 Squadron Honourary Colonel John Wright. “He didn’t know it at the time, but there were 16 other planes behind him. He took them on and took out four of them, but in the

fight he was shot three times, including one that took off his entire left elbow.” Barker managed to crash land his plane and survived. That battle was but one of many in which he took part, and he was credited with taking out 50 enemy aircraft throughout that war. On Christmas Day in 1917, he and another pilot took part in a raid on a German airfield, strafing the hangar and downing four German planes before dropping a placard reading “Happy Christmas” onto enemy soil. That story was retold by Ernest Hemingway in the short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Barker earned plenty of accolades for his efforts, including the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the Military Cross and several others. He married Billy Bishop’s cousin, Jean Kilbourn Smith, though their marriage was frowned upon by Smith’s father. “Her father, being very rich was very upset that his daughter would take up with someone who he saw as beneath

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Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force 16 Wing (Borden) participate in the Remembrance Day ceremony held Monday morning at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

her,” Wright said. “He said to his daughter ‘you’ll not see him for a year and if you still want to marry him then, OK.’ He tried to arrange for her to meet all manner of suitors, but after a year, she said ‘I still want to marry him.’” They were married on

Grace Church on-the-Hill in Forest Hill. Barker died in 1930 while test piloting a plane in Ottawa. The plane crashed into the Ottawa River and he was killed instantly. His funeral was fitting for such a decorated service-

man. “They took the casket from Spadina and St. Clair and marched it up through Forest Hill to (Mount Pleasant Cemetery),” Wright said. “It’s still the largest state funeral in Toronto, with 50,000 people attending.”

Given his celebrity at the time, it seems amazing Barker was all but forgotten for so long, tucked into a section of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Mausoleum that did not even bear his name until a plaque was installed on the door two years ago. “There are two real reasons for that,” Wright said. “His father-in-law decided he didn’t want anything to do with him, and his own family ended up out in B.C.” Members of RCAF 16 Wing Borden attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at the mausoleum on Monday, honouring not only Barker, but all those who have served in Canadian war efforts. “Over the years, Canada’s military has been known for its fighting spirit,” said Air Command Academy Sgt. Adam Bainbridge at the ceremony. “Not a spirit of conflict, but of overcoming adversity and seeing things through to the end.” “As the years pass, we must not forget their efforts, for it is their efforts that ensured our future as free people.”

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n today’s City Centre Mirrror and on our website at www.citycentremirror.com, you’ll find the start of a multi-week feature all about youth suicide. It’s unusual we devote such space to a social problem. The fact is, this is a critical social issue and a problem that deserves public attention. The series is appearing in Metroland newspapers throughout Ontario and is the result of the work of a variety of reporters across the province, aided by the thoughts of experts on the subject, who helped shape the stories and the focus of our efforts. We think if you are a parent you should take the time to read the feature. Far too often, parents are surprised by a suicide. We hope that by providing this information, we will have provided an opportunity to reverse our view that possibility for young people in our community. Our aim is to In this series, we hope to give you an idea just how large a problem have fewer youth suicide is, help identify trends a youth’s life to watch for that can families left in lead to suicidal thoughts, provide a list of resources where one can behind find help or more information and – most of all – to help our community’s parents and youth understand there is hope. There is a bright future for all youth. And it sometimes takes a community to help youth understand what the future holds. We sincerely hope one legacy of this project is to inform parents and give them the power and support needed to identify and help a youth in trouble. There’s a legacy for the media, too, here. Reporting on individual suicide has always been an informal taboo. But as those involved with the project thought about it, we all realized we’ve been touched by suicide in our personal lives. Suicide is more prevalent than sometimes we’d like to believe. And that makes it an issue worth bringing front-of-mind as a necessity for community discussion. Nov. 23 is International Survivors of Suicide Day – a day to recognize the families left behind. This feature series envelops that day and we hope we’re able to present a toolbox of opportunity, so ultimately there are fewer families left behind, and more youth leading wonderful, adventurous and unexpectedly full lives.

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Minnan-Wong must consider risks of running for mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong has been around the block. I know this because he got his start on North York council shortly after I got my start covering city politics, in the early 1990s. He wasn’t elected, initially; North York Council appointed him to fill the seat left vacant with the passing of former councillor Barry Burton. Unlike other candidates for the appointment, Minnan-Wong would not promise to stay out of the next election. Why should he? he argued. If he did a good job in the remaining months of the term, he’d like to be re-elected. It was refreshing candor. North York council was at that time filled with councillors who’d lied about their intentions after taking appointments and become fixtures. Minnan-Wong, a young and committed Progressive Conservative operative, at least wore his ambition on his sleeve. I had to hand it

david nickle the city to him. A couple decades later, a somewhat more cautious Minnan-Wong edges toward committing to a mayoralty run. Faceoff A longtime member of Mayor Rob Ford’s cabinetlike executive committee, he started this week at loggerheads with the mayor over his crack-smoking, hard-drinking lifestyle. Between the time I write this and the time you read this, the two will have faced off on the floor of Toronto council. But Tuesday, MinnanWong made it clear he is seriously considering a more serious faceoff: namely, taking on Ford and others in the 2014 election for the mayoralty. It’s a serious consid-

eration. In early polls, Minnan-Wong’s not been much of a factor. The fantasy-football mayor’s race has been dominated by Olivia Chow, Ford, Karen Stintz and John Tory. With ex-Scarborough councillor David Soknacki already having declared his interest along with Ford and Stintz, the rightof-centre ballot is already crowded. If Tory decides to run, it’ll be a crowded pack, running against what so far seems to be a more disciplined ticket on the left, supporting Chow. If Minnan-Wong runs and loses, it will mean at least a pause in a long political career, and possibly the end of it. And it could mean having contributed to a left-of-centre Chow mayoralty – a continuation of the Miller administration that Minnan-Wong so consistently opposed. On the other hand, the timing has never been

better for Minnan-Wong. Stintz has made bigger headlines chairing the TTC, but Minnan-Wong has been working hard on the city’s public works and infrastructure committee on smaller issues. He’s killed bike lanes – on Jarvis and in Scarborough – and pioneered others including the new separated lanes on Sherbourne. He’s on record as at least trying to get ahead of the problems with the Gardiner Expressway. And while he’s been a loyal soldier for the mayor for most of three years, he’s taken his step away at a time that even many of Ford’s supporters would see as appropriate. All that gives MinnanWong a shot at being mayor. The question he’s got to ask is whether that shot is worth putting at risk pretty much everything else.

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Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2013 WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane CONTACT: www. vanaqua.org/chowdown, oceanwise@ vanaqua.org COST: $50 Join Canada’s growing sustainable seafood movement as 13 of Toronto’s top chefs go head-to-head for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Taste delectable, original, ocean-friendly seafood chowders paired with beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.citycentremirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your neighbourhood as well as events from across Toronto. Reel Awareness Film Festival WHEN: noon WHERE: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. CONTACT: Amnesty International Toronto, Elena Dumitru, 416-363-9933, ext. 333, www.aito.ca/reelawarenes COST: $10 online or at the door The festival features a collection of inspiring, heartbreaking and often enraging documentary films from around the world.

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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic WHEN: 5 to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland St. CONTACT: Kelly Newell, 416-928-3553, ext. 27 COST: Free

The annual musical community event in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) offers a 15-minute performance by the Rosedale Day School Choir, followed by Sarah Slean with Strings performance and the official “Flick the Switch” lighting ceremony. Free cookies and hot apple cider. Holly Berry Christmas Fair WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Clement’s Anglican

Church, 70 St. Clements Ave. CONTACT: Susan Colacitti, 416-483-6664, www.stclements-church.org Christmas gifts, decorations, baking, quilt raffle, silent auction, collectibles and treasures, books, clothing boutique, children’s fair, Santa. Corn-husk Dollmaking Workshop WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Tollkeepers Cottage Museum, 750 Davenport Rd. CONTACT: www. tollkeeperscottage.ca COST: $10 All materials supplied, a tour of museum included. Suitable for pre-teens and adults. A Celebration of Sisterhood WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. WHERE: One King West Hotel & Residence, 1 King St. W. COST: $100 You are invited to help break the silence and end the stigma and taboo surrounding child sexual abuse. Proceeds to Break the Silence Campaign. Buy your tickets at https:// sistertalkgroup.eventbrite.ca/ Illuminite WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: YongeDundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. CONTACT: Downtown Yonge BIA, www.wintermagic.ca Features home-grown and international talents. The evening will end with the lighting of the 52,000 LED tree and other light installations

around the neighborhood. .Songs of Dowland for his 450th Birthday WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. CONTACT: www.musiciansinordinary.ca COST: $25; $20 students and seniors The Musicians In Ordinary open their 13th season by celebrating John Dowland (1563-1626).

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Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. CONTACT: http://immigrantsmallbizexpo.ca Immigrant women receive access to network with leading small business exhibitors and learn from experts in the industry. Gluten Free Garage: Part III WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Featuring 60 vendor, guest speakers, food trucks, children’s art studio open house and free food sampling.

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Minister Murray announces Eglinton Crosstown contract east of Yonge RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com O n t a r i o’s M i n i s t e r o f Transportation provided a spirited defence of light rail technology even as he opened the door – ever so slightly – to burying the entire Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. Transit Minister Glen Murray, who has referred to the Crosstown as a subway in the past since the majority

of its 19-kilometre route runs under Eglinton Avenue, was non-committal when asked by reporters whether the LRT would still run at street level into Scarborough as planned, saying Metrolinx would make the final call. “That will be a decision of Metrolinx, not mine,” said Murray. Murray was in north Toronto Tuesday morning to announce the awarding of a contract to

excavate 3.25 kilometres of tunnel for the Eglinton LRT project between Brentcliffe Road and Yonge Street. He seemed to suggest it was not a foregone conclusion the Crosstown will run at-grade east of Brentcliffe Road to Kennedy station. “We’re building a heck of a lot of kilometres and that plan hasn’t changed much,” he said. “To be completely inflexible would be ridiculous, but to

abandon the plan would also be ridiculous.” He said discussions were taking place with both Metrolinx and some MPPs on adding “flexibility” to the Crosstown route. Murray also confirmed media reports of costs arising from the cancellation of a maintenance and storage facility intended for light rail vehicles, which would have served the Scarborough LRT.

Without going into specifics, he said the decision to cancel the facility would only result in a “marginal” increase to the $85 million in penalties the city must already pay for opting to cancel the sevenstop LRT which would have run along the Scarborough RT corridor. L RT t e c h n o l o g y h a s long been controversial in Scarborough, with plenty of opposition from residents

worried the Crosstown will limit the ability for cars to make turns at various intersections along Eglinton Avenue East despite assurances to the contrary from Metrolinx. Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig said the available road space along Eglinton Avenue East won’t affect current car traffic as the Crosstown will run in dedicated transit lanes when it begins service in 2020.

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The City of Toronto is studying different ways to address deteriorating road conditions, traffic problems, pedestrian safety, drainage problems and basement flooding in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood. Measures that improve storm water quality and reduce storm runoff will also be incorporated.The map in this Notice shows the Lawrence Park Neighbourhood Study Area.

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JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com As winter approaches, downtown Toronto is getting into the holiday spirit. The Bloor-Yorkville BIA is getting set to ring in the season when its annual Holiday Magic festivities return this weekend, while the Downtown Yonge BIA is similarly celebrating with the return of Winter Magic. Holiday Magic will kick off as always with a special lighting ceremony in the Village of Yorkdale Park, complete with live performances, on Saturday. “It starts at 5 p.m. with a performance from the Rosedale Day School Choir and then we’ll have a performance from Sarah Slean following that up,” said Bloor-Yorkville BIA executive director Briar de Lange. “This year, we’ll be raising funds for (AIDS research organization) CANFAR. It will be voluntary, so people can make a donation.” Whole Foods will provide cookies and hot apple cider for guests at the event, which typically draws upwards of 1,000 people. While the performances, including stilt walkers, are a major draw, the event’s highlight is always the lighting ceremony itself, which kicks off a full season of celebrations. Businesses throughout Yorkville will decorate their windows with lights and animated displays as part of the

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This Saturday, Nov. 16 Downtown Yonge BIA is set, once again, to ‘Illuminite’ Yonge-Dundas Square.

Holiday Magic celebrations. The Gardiner Museum, meanwhile, will once again host its 12 Trees of Christmas event, which will see a dozen trees designed by leading designers and put on display before being donated to various charities. “ We wanted to draw more attention to that this year because the Gardiner Museum’s a great venue, but it gets overlooked a bit being right by the ROM,” de Lange said. Saturday will see the return of the Toronto Santa Speedo Run, in which hardy participants will brave the cold and run the city streets in red bathing suits to raise funds for the Hospital for Sick Children. Further south, the Downtown Yonge BIA’s Winter Magic event will also herald the start of the holiday season with Illuminite festivities taking place in YongeDundas Square from 6 to 8

p.m. on Saturday. That event will feature dance, music and aerial performances and the lighting of the Yonge-Dundas Square tree. Buskers will also take to the streets in the downtown Yonge area from Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 1, while stores in the area will decorate their windows for Window Wonderland, which also runs through Dec. 1. Winter Magic’s Kidzfest will feature rides, games and children’s activities in Yonge-Dundas Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Though both Winter Magic and Holiday Magic ring in the holiday season, the businesses in the area stand to benefit from the festivities. “It’s a way to remind people we’re here for all their holiday shopping needs,” de Lange said.

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Downtown residents’ film ‘Emma’ inspired by young cancer survivor JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Downtown Toronto resident Simon Paluck will always look back fondly on a friendship that opened his eyes to a whole new world. Paluck, who is in his fourth year at Ryerson University, befriended a girl in high school and was stunned and devastated to learn that she was battling cancer.

His forthcoming film, Emma, which he wrote, serves as an homage to that friend while highlighting that a diagnosis does not necessarily mean it’s impossible to enjoy life. “I was really close with this one friend and seeing what she went through, I saw a lot of things I wasn’t aware of,” he said. “You would think (living as a teen with cancer) would be dark and dreary all

the time, but it wasn’t.” One of the things he learned was that childhood cancer does not equate to isolation. He noted his friend had connected with others who were going through similar ordeals both close to home and well outside the city. “It’s so interwoven, the childhood cancer world – it seems like everyone knows everyone,” he said, noting

his friend who had been diagnosed with cancer had become fast friends with a girl from Tennessee through Twitter and Skype. Emma is a fictionalized story that follows 17-yearold Jayson, who is battling depression. He joins the school newspaper and is told to write an exposé on schoolmate Emma and her rumoured pregnancy only to discover that instead of being

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Small Business Expo Centre Typhoon for Sunday byelection debates Haiyan survivors wset wToronto whelp The Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo, organized by Canadian Small Business Women, will offer female newcomers to Canada professional tips on starting up and marketing, among other elements. The event takes place at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Visit http://immigrantsmallbizexpo.ca

Residents can hear from the candidates in the upcoming Toronto Centre federal byelection at a series of upcoming debates. Debates will be held at St. Michael’s College from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16; Jarvis Collegiate Institute from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20; and Rosedale United Church from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Torontonians interested in helping Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines Friday, Nov. 8, are asked to make a monetary donation, which will be matched by the Canadian government. For every dollar donated to registered Canadian charities until Dec. 9, the government will donate $1 to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

Visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ chrts-gvng/lstngs/menueng.html for a list of registered charities. Design team for Ontario Place park The design team that will help transform Ontario Place into an urban park and waterfront trail has been chosen. LANDinc, in partnership with West 8, will design the new green space at the east island.

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Authors will speak on food security, health, women’s issues and other concerns at Leftwords Festival of Books and Ideas. The free event will also feature deals by Canadian book publishers, booksellers and magazines. Leftwords will take place at Oakham House, 55 Gould Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.

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There’s another way out By Laurie Watt and Janis Ramsay

The first instalment of our series sheds light on the serious issue of youth suicide and its prevalence, in the hope that awareness can aid suicide prevention

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renda Markus waited for her s o n ’s b o d y temperature to drop before she was able to leave him. “ ( Pe o p l e ) t r i e d getting me out of the room, and I wouldn’t leave until he went cold. As soon as I took my hand off his chest, I said ‘OK, he’s cold.’ I lifted my hand and said ‘I accept.’ That was it. You can’t do anything more about death.” Her son was Alex Clarke, an 18-year-old who loved the outdoors, who committed suicide June 11 leaving behind his mom, sister, a girlfriend, many relatives, lots of friends and a job. The death of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Kari and Ken Smith can understand the devastation suicide can

cause. When their 17-yearold son, Cody, failed to show up at the breakfast table one February morning, the couple realized something was amiss and went upstairs to investigate. “My husband went up fi rst and I heard him screaming ‘no, no, no’ and then I remember screaming so loud and for so long,” Kari said. The reason why still torments the Smiths. “He was very strong willed. We thought he had a great future. He talked about this future. I had no idea he couldn’t help himself. Why couldn’t he come to us? “He was our everything!” These parents are not alone in their anguish.

Each week, three Ontario teens end their lives, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) reports. CMHO has represented and supported the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario since 1972. Its core membership consists of more than 80 community-based children’s mental health centres that serve some 150,000 children and their families annually. Nationwide, there are 10 teens who kill themselves weekly and, for each one, there may be another 200 who attempt suicide, according to University of Ottawa research. In 2012, Kids’ Help Phone reported six per cent of the 5,000 calls received each week – which amounts to 300 calls – were related to suicide. Those considering suicide, youth affected by a suicide in their school or community, and those worried

about a friend, for example, would afflict many youth who commit be included in these statistics. suicide. In 2009 – the most recent year for “Although life is full of possibiliwhich Statistics Canada has data ties in your teen years, it’s also full on suicide – 474 people between of difficult choices and transitions,” ages 15 and 24 died Floyd explained. by suicide. “It can be troubleAnd those numNATIONWIDE, there some. “They’re trying bers, said CMHO are 10 teens who kill to find their way or President Gordon Floyd, aren’t accuthemselves weekly, place in their social rate. and strucand for each one, there circles “There’s a fair bit tures, and navigate may be another 200 what can be difficult of cleaning up of the data before it’s who attempt suicide, waters. “The whole prore p o r t e d ,” Fl oyd according to University cess turns out well explained. “It’s because of the of Ottawa research. for most of us, but shame (of suicide). it’s still a very diffiFor young people, cult one and causes apart from car accidents, suicide a huge amount of anxiety and that is the leading cause of death.” can cross the line to depression and CMHO research shows one in 10 feelings of hopelessness.” students in Grades 7 to 12 reported Feelings of being underprivihaving seriously considered suileged or inadequate in some way cide. can also lead to these deaths. Just weeks ago, Avery Parker “Often depression and suicide lost a peer, a popular student, who occur in circumstances many killed herself. times should be considered happy. Now a youth facilitator at New Very often the onset of those kids’ Path Youth and Family Services in mental health problems happens Orillia, Parker said she hopes to because the individual involved help others like the student, who feels they’re not experiencing the kind of happiness or excitement struggled with depression. Mental issues and depression >>>page 15


Bullying can take a toll on kids who lack confidence >>>from page 14 others are,” Floyd said. “It’s a sense of falling behind and feeling excluded from the hopefulness others seem to feel.” Bullying can shake those who have a low self image more profoundly, triggering an attempt to end their lives. “One-in-four kids in Ontario has been bullied in the past year. Most kids are able to deal with it and move on, but some kids are vulnerable because they don’t have the confidence and skills to take it in stride or bounce back,” Floyd said. There is hope. The key for parents is to raise a resilient child, who can cope with the bumps and bruises along the way, and grow into a resilient adult who can deal with the stresses of working in uncertain times, he said. Many mental health issues emerge before age 20. Ontario acknowledged this two years ago with a $257-million mental health strategy for children, which aims to address the long waiting lists by bolstering not only community supports but linking mental health nurses with schools. The earlier an individual can get help, the better chances he will acquire the tools he needs to be resilient enough to cope with his struggles. “Suicide is the end point for people whose mental health needs were not appropriately addressed,” Floyd said. “We have to get over the squeamishness about raising the possibility there’s a mental health issue at play and have the very focused deliberate outreach to the person who is struggling, to give them an opportunity to talk and give us the opportunity to connect them with the help they need.”

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other and daughter ribs were poking out. exchanged loving looks Then she cut herself and told her as they spoke of a journey mother – and planned her death. they’ve made together. It was the day after Mother’s There have been tears, and relaDay. tionships dismantled and rebuilt. For her mother, it was the culToday, there’s a sparkle in 15-yearmination of what she describes as old Maddie Johnson’s eyes, but it painful, hurtful, hellish months of momentarily disappears as she questioning herself as a mother and pauses, before tellwondering where ing a story she agreed she went wrong. to share. She dropped everyIt takes courage, thing and drove to the gashes are only school to pick up her six months old. daughter. They cried “My mom was together in the truck for two hours. texting me and I It was then Maddie If you’ve have a story to d o n’t re m e m b e r what she said but it said she knew her share or have an opinion really p---ed me off parents loved her. on our series, and I told her I cut “It was a good please tell us: myself, and if I didn’t trigger in a sense letters@insidetoronto.com get help that night I’d because it made her kill myself,” she said. angry enough to say “I was planning on going home that this is what I did and I need help,” night and taking my pocket knife I her mother said. had and stabbing myself.” If her mom hadn’t sent the text Maddie (not her real name) said that made her so angry, she said she lost herself in Grade 8, when she’d probably be dead now. Instead, the boys teased her about being she agreed to see a counsellor that fat and looking weird. It climaxed evening, and together they began in January of Grade 9 when a friend the journey back to life. turned on her and vicious rumours It was a difficult path as her began circulating through social brother and father struggled to media when she broke up with her understand her emotions and boyfriend. why she planned to take her life, She would lock herself in her while her mother constantly worroom when she came home from ried about how far she could trust school, and barely ate. She became Maddie and whether she could leave anemic and started fainting. In five her alone. months, she lost 15 pounds and her “Always having the doubt in

your mind, will she do it again?” her mother said. “Did I say the right words? I didn’t want to set her off again.” There have been many tears within the family as the relationships begin to rebuild. Maddie is now laughing and talking with her brother instead of fighting with him, doing homework with her dad and hiking and doing photography with her mom. The family has put a lot of effort into spending time together and keeping communication open. “Listen to what your children are saying and always be there to support them,” Maddie’s mother said. “Hang in there, there is light at the end of the tunnel and if you can get through it together things will turn out.” Maddie has pruned her Facebook friends from more than 300 to 92, most of them relatives, and has changed her phone number. She changed schools in September, and once again loves waking up for classes. She is working to become a peer tutor at school, where one of the things she will be trained to do is help other students who are facing grief or suicidal thoughts. “No one should ever be afraid to need help,” she said. “People may judge you, but once you get help you’ll be able to ignore judgment. There is definitely life after.” - By Jennifer Bowman

An ‘old soul’ gone much too soon The loved ones of Julie Robbins shared her story in the hopes that her lost life is never forgotten and can inspire the change needed to avoid further preventable deaths in Ontario.

her athletic hobbies – basketball, soccer, skiing, water skiing, hiking, swimming and team sports at school, among others. But Julie also had a way with personal relationulie Robbins was conships. sidered a peacemaker “If there was a couple among her many other friends who were, friends. perhaps, having some “I always say she had a challenging times with way of helping people find Julie Robbins each other, Julie didn’t their light, but had trouble hesitate to try to mediate any finding her own,” said Julie’s mother, rifts and she’d mediate discussions Elaine. so everyone would be happy,” said The popular young woman was Elaine. “She was born old and wise. one of those rare students who had She was an old soul.” both a gift for good grades and a But the death of a friend in her passion for sports. final year of high school hit her Her mom shared a lengthy list of hard.

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Her mother said the trauma triggered Julie’s depression. Shortly after she started university, her depression overcame her and she took her own life by overdosing on pills. She was 21. “There wasn’t a lot of anger. There wasn’t a lot of second guessing and ‘what ifs.’ We tried not to do that to ourselves. There was just a lot of deep sorrow,” said Elaine. The pain of the loss remains with the family more than a decade later. “Her death was attached to Thanksgiving weekend, which seems a bit of an oxymoron to us now,” said Elaine. “We’ll always miss her.” – By Alison Brownlee

Resources for parents and teens CALL 911 if you are thinking of harming yourself or if someone you know is in imminent danger of harming themselves. Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention >> ospn.ca Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention >> suicideprevention.ca Hope and Healing After Suicide: A practical guide for people who have lost someone to suicide in Ontario >> www.camh.ca Kids Help Phone >> 1-800-668-6868 Lesbian gay bi transgender queer (LGBTQ) Youth Line >> 1-800-268-9688 Mind your Mind >> mindyourmind.ca A website for youth created by youth offering resources and tools to help manage stress, crisis and mental health problems Mobilizing Minds >> www.mobilizingminds.ca A mental health project led by young adults, community organizations and health professionals River of Life Program >> www.riveroflifeprogram.ca Online training about Aboriginal youth suicide Teen Mental Health >> www.teenmentalhealth.org Information about adolescent mental health, and to improve their lives The Trevor Project >> www.thetrevorproject.org Information about suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth Your Life Counts >> www.yourlifecounts.org Website for youth to share thoughts and get help with their problems

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FANNIE sunshine fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Surrounded by giant colourful floats, dozens of racks of costumes and smiling children of all ages, the Christmas season was officially launched last Tuesday inside St. Nicholas’ secret workshop with details of this year’s Santa Claus Parade. The 109th Santa Claus Parade, to be held Sunday, will feature more than 18 floats, hundreds of costumed participants and live bands. The parade will get going at Christie Pits on Bloor Street, east of Ossington Avenue, at 12:30 p.m. and head east to Avenue Road. It will then turn south before continuing east on Wellington Street before ending at St. Lawrence Market at Front and Jarvis streets. The 6.2-kilometre parade is expected to draw some 800,000 people along the route, Peter Beresford, president of the Santa Claus Parade, said during the launch inside the Weston Road and Wilson Avenue workshop. Some additions have been made to the parade this year. Runners can now lace up for the Holly Jolly Fun Run, a five-kilometre trek that will start at noon on parade day and follow the same route. The cost is $100 per participant, and runners will be provided with red toques and mittens, and are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Proceeds will go to supporting the parade, and charitable tax receipts will be issued. The run is limited to 2,000

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participants. Also new is the addition of the SantaSnaps mobile photo app. Available for both IOS and Android, the app allows additions to pictures, such as adding red noses, mistletoe and elves. Like last year, Santa’s float will be equipped with a Santa Cam to capture the crowd as parade-goers watch Santa make his way through the streets. Snapshots will be posted on the Santa Claus Parade website – www.thesantaclausparade.ca – and available for print about one week after the parade. As of Nov. 1, some 65 Canadian Tire stores are participating in the Red Nose Drive across the GTA in support of its Jumpstart program, a national charitable program helping financially disadvantaged kids partici-

pate in organized sport and recreation. Half the proceeds from the noses will go to Jumpstart and the other half to the Santa Claus Parade. New floats will be part of the big day, including a gingerbread village, Smurfs and a float featuring Olympians and Paralympians heading to Sochi next year. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus appeared at the workshop, saying they looked forward to seeing all the children at this year’s parade, with Santa asking them to go easy on the cookies when he makes the rounds Christmas Eve. Eva Garaffa decided to participate after watching her sister take part in the past. Decked out in an elf baker costume, the nine year old said she’s not sure what she’s asking for this Christmas, but knows Santa always gives good presents. Santa facts

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Dedicated lounge will offer young women their own space >>>from page 1 girls’ self-confidence and self-esteem. “Having a separate space will allow the girls here to take part in group meetings and monthly reflection meetings where they can discuss issues they might not want to discuss in the larger shelter population,” Rivers said. Volunteer mentors will be brought in to provide guidance and serve as positive female role models for the young women at Covenant House, and the space will also provide physical fitness programming. The girls’ lounge will also offer self-care products for the young women. Watier has long supported Covenant House and was happy her fledgling foundation was able to fund the girls’ space. “It was so emotional when I went into that room because it’s a beautiful room that’s been beautifully decorated,” she said. “All the participants here in the house gave their opinions on what they wanted and it looks great.” Watier said that while she made her fortune in cosmetics, the girls’ lounge and This Is Me! program will move well beyond that. “It’s about helping these girls work on their self-esteem and become more self-confident – telling them we care

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about them,” she said. “We want to help them learn who they are. In many, many cases, they’ve been abused and mistreated, so we want them to discover they are unique.” Covenant House resident Marlene Ngoya-Kaeunvi said the new space is a welcome addition to the programs and features already offered by the downtown shelter.

“I think it’s a good idea to have programs just for females,” she said, adding that while there is more to the new lounge than self-care and beauty products, the fact that those are offered is an underrated aspect of the new space. “It’s difficult when you’re talking to other girls (outside the shelter) and they say ‘have you tried this new lipstick?’ and you can’t talk about it because you’re homeless and can’t afford it,” she said. The girls’ lounge opened Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE THAT DON’T W WAIT! Purchase a new Toyota this Friday or Saturday to get this great bonus offer.

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Hurry in this Friday and Saturday!

ON FRONT

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416-703-7700

Corner of FRONT & PORTLAND

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All-in price includes freight and fees (PDE, EHF, OMVIC fee and air condition tax, where applicable). HST, licensing, registration and insurance are extra. Dealer may sell for less. *All-in price of a new 2014 Corolla CE (Model BURCEMA)/2013 RAV4 FWD LE (Model ZFREVTA) is $17,549/$25,614. All-in price includes freight and fees (PDE, EHF, OMVIC fee and air condition tax, where applicable). HST, licensing, registration and insurance are extra. Dealer may sell for less. ‡2.9%/3.6% lease APR on a new 2014 Corolla CE (Model BURCEMA)/2013 RAV4 FWD LE (Model ZFREVTA) for 64/64 months, equals 128/128 semi-monthly payments of $93/$128 with a $750/$2,250 down payment or trade equivalent. First semi-monthly payment due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $12,561/$18,621. All-in lease includes freight and fees (PDE, EHF, OMVIC fee and air condition tax, where applicable). HST, licensing, registration and insurance are extra. Dealer may lease for less. Based on a maximum of 120,000KM/120,000KM. Additional KM charge of $0.07/$0.10 for excess kilometres, if applicable. ΩDealer Fees may be added and may be comprised of administration/documentation fees, VIN Etching, anti-theft products, cold weather packages or other fees. Offers are valid between November 1 and December 2, 2013, and are subject to change without notice. All rights are reserved. **2-Yr / 32,000 Km Scheduled Maintenance Package is offered for November 15 and 16th only with the purchase of a new vehicle from Toyota on Front. This offer may not be combined with any other offer. Conditions apply. Please contact Toyota on Front at 416-703-7700 for full details.


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