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Fresh, new look for the paper You may have noticed a fresh look on top of your City Centre Mirror today. It’s part of our affirmation that community comes first. In the past, you may have noticed the key word in our flag – or masthead as we call it – was The Mirror. Now, the key word is City Centre. As well, you’ll note the colourful nature of the flag. “But the newspaper’s flag – or masthead – is only that, a graphic presentation. What really counts is the job we do covering the neighbourhoods of your community,” said Editor-in-Chief Peter Haggert. As always, we invite your feedback. You can reach us by calling our newsroom at 416-493-4400 or email to ccm@insidetoronto.com

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QUEEN’S PARK RALLY: Izzy Creighton, 4, left, and her sister Cassie, 7, make posters Wednesday during a rally at Queen’s Park held by local residents in an effort to stop the province from selling 11 Wellesley St. W. to a development firm.

Residents rally over Wellesley St. land JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Angry over the news that the province seems intent on selling a prime piece of land in the heart of their community to developers, residents in the Yonge and Wellesley streets area rallied at Queen’s Park last Wednesday. Dozens of protesters of all stripes came out to call for the two-acre parcel of land at 11 Wellesley St. W. to be turned into a public park. The residents, who were joined

by members of the Occupy Toronto movement, lamented a lack of green space in their downtown community and the provincial government’s apparent hurry to sell the land without allowing the city to place a proper bid on it. “What we’re simply saying is what’s the indecent rush?” said Peter Linnett of the Bay Cloverhill Community Association (BCCA). “Hold off for a couple of months so city staff can look at this extremely valuable piece of land and see what’s best.”

Linnett said residents from the area have sent petitions and hundreds of letters to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli asking them to allow a park to be created on the land, to no avail. “They’ve made it clear they couldn’t care less about what we want,” he said at the rally. He added the community has heard rumours the province is debating between a few proposals from developers. Building condos on the land, he said, would be a

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huge loss for the community, which is already saturated with highrise buildings and suffers from a massive lack of green space. “The government’s argument is that they’ve got a budget deficit,” he said. “They’re trying to come up with an easy fix, which is very nice for them but the residents in central Toronto are going to be the poorer for it.” BCCA president Norman Waite noted that “downtown Toronto has >>>COMMUNITY, page 2

New French grade school home to 150 students JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com With a growing demand for French language education, Toronto’s newest French elementary school has opened just north of the Christie Pits community. Ecole du Sacre-Coeur, which is currently home to about 150 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6, opened its doors in time for the new school year, taking over for the much smaller Ecole du Sacre-Coeur in the Bloor and Sherbourne streets area. The Catholic elementary school’s move was a matter of necessity said trustee Claude-Reno D’Aigle. “The school at Sherbourne and Bloor was small – very small,” he >>>GROWING, page 5

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Community claims they were not consulted over plan >>>from page 1 one of the lowest allocations of park space per capita in Canada.” He pointed out that 11 Wellesley St. W. was the only remaining site where a goodsized public park could be created for residents. “Look at that huge wall of condominiums that encircles that 11 Wellesley site,” he said. Kathryn Holden of the BCCA concurred, saying the area has already been built up more than enough. “I see our community as a community out of balance,” she said. “In the 10 years I’ve lived in this community, I’ve seen many, many condos rise out of the concrete.” Ian Flett, legal counsel for the residents, said the community was not properly consulted on the decision to sell the land, which has lain vacant since the early 1990s. “It’s really unfortunate that Infrastructure Ontario has

not consulted the community before they started with their plan to sell,” he said. “We’re saying this area’s so developed, the last thing it needs is more condominiums.” Flett added the group has filed a request with the Ministry of the Environment to review the environmental assessment done on the land for over two months. Councillor Kristyn WongTam joined the protesters for the rally to show her support for the plan to turn the land into a park. She noted that, in the early 1990s, the province called for the land to become public space. Wong-Tam pointed out the community is one of the densest in Canada, having already surpassed the province’s population growth targets 20 years ahead of time. She pointed out the provincial government was on the hook for some $180 million after the cancellation of a Mississauga gas plant

and noted the province was looking to sell three parcels of land at a value that would cover those costs. “Why is it this community has to pay the price for decisions made elsewhere?” she said at the rally. The councillor admitted the city could not hope to compete financially with bids from private developers, who would hope to turn a profit by building massive towers. Still, she hoped the province would listen to the community’s wishes and place the needs of residents ahead of dollar considerations. “This riding has consistently delivered Liberal votes for the Liberal party,” she said. “We don’t think they want to take us for granted. We need to remind them not to take us for granted.” Liberal MPP Glen Murray was unable to attend the rally, though he has spoken out in favour of turning the land into a public space in the past.

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Helping hand: St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School Grade 9 student Aaron Dalupang gets some help with his tie from his mother Christina as he sets off for his first day of school Tuesday near Parliament and Wellesley streets.

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redistribution of federal electoral boundaries based on the latest population figures could see several existing ridings in the city with different boundaries.

Ridings in the City Centre Mirror’s coverage area would be changed under this scenario, shrinking some while creating two new ridings. The boundary changes were

proposed by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario and would mean an increase of 15 ridings province-wide. Public meetings to discuss the

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proposed changes will take place in October and November this fall. Below and at right are maps of the current and proposed boundaries of each of the four ridings.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXISTING RIDINGS TOronto Centre CURRENT

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Currently held by: Bob Rae (federal) and Glen Murray (provincial). Both are Liberal. New area: The riding would expand to University Avenue south of College Street and shrink from Moore Avenue to the north down to Wellesley Street and Rosedale Valley Road.

Trinity Spadina CURRENT

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Currently held by: Carolyn Bennet (federal) and Eric Hoskins (provincial). Both are Liberal. New area: The riding would shrink to an area bounded by Dufferin Street and Oakwood Avenue to the west and Avenue Road to the east. Its northern boundary would remain Eglinton Avenue, but the southern boundary would expand from its current location along the CP Rail tracks, stretching instead down to Bloor Street.

A redistribution of federal electoral boundaries based on the latest population figures would see several existing ridings carved up and the creation of a new Mount Pleasant riding. The new riding would be bounded roughly by Avenue Road to the west, Bayview Avenue to the east, Eglinton and Broadway avenues to the north and Wellesley Street and Rosedale Valley Road to the south.

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Currently held by: Olivia Chow (federal) and Rosario Marchese (provincial). Both are NDP. New area: The riding will shrink, losing the area north of Bloor to the rail line north of Dupont Street between Ossington Avenue and Avenue Road.

Currently held by: Joe Oliver, Conservative (federal); Mike Colle, Liberal (provincial) New area acquired: The land west of the railway tracks to Keele Street between Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 401 (previously part of York SouthWeston). Area ceded to another riding: The area bordered by Yonge Street, Avenue Road, Hwy. 401 and Lawrence Avenue (part of Toronto North).

* Renamed from Don Valley West Currently held by: John Carmichael, Conservative (federal), Kathleen Wynne, Liberal (provincial). New area acquired: The area bordered by Yonge Street, Avenue Road, Hwy. 401 and Lawrence Avenue (previously part of Eglinton-Lawrence) Area ceded to another riding: The area east of Leslie Street and the Don River (Don Valley East). A small portion to St. Paul’s in the Bayview-Eglinton area.

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oronto residents will be impacted in a number of ways if proposed changes are made to federal riding boundaries within the city. The changes usually come about every 10 years to reflect shifts in population and ensure each riding serves an approximately equal number of voters across a particular province. What that means for Toronto is an increase from the current 23 ridings (one of which crossed the municipal border of Toronto our view and Durham Region) to 25 ridings, all of which would be New boundaries contained within Toronto. The boundary changes mean more will see Canada’s Parliament increase in size by 30 seats to power in Toronto 338. Fifteen of those proposed seats are in Ontario, which means the provincial Legislature will increase by that number as well. Torontonians need to be aware, though, that these changes reflect the continuing growth taking place in the 905 regions surrounding our city. While Toronto essentially gains two seats, the 905 will see an increase of nine. The Hamilton and Barrie areas also each gain a new seat. Federally and provincially, the gain to Toronto’s influence is tiny – but combined with our neighbours in the 905, the Greater Toronto Area’s power has grown substantially. This is hugely important for our city in areas such as transit and economic development. What is needed is a willingness for federal and provincial representatives to work together for the good of the entire GTA, not just the communities that elected them. Also of interest for Toronto residents is the impact the changes could have on Toronto Council. Redistribution would create a scenario in which Toronto Council could increase from 44 members to 50. Whether that will happen ultimately lies with the province, but the justification is there based on the number of proposed ridings. What is most needed now is feedback from Torontonians. Residents in southeast Scarborough must surely be pleased that they will not have to share their MP and MPP with Pickering; and North York residents should feel they will have a stronger voice with the addition of another riding – Don Valley North. North Toronto residents should also feel an increase in their voting power with redistribution creating a Mount Pleasant riding. Public hearings on the plans are set for Nov. 14 at the North York Civic Centre and Nov. 15 at Metro Hall. Also, contact your MP and share your views. For more on the plans, visit www.redecoupagefederal-redistribution.ca 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

To the editor: If you are going to a garage sale, don’t steal from the people who are hosting it. I have had jewelry stolen at my garage sale and we are getting to a point where we are not going to have them any more if people are going to steal from us. Ask to purchase the item for less or don’t buy it, but don’t steal from a garage sale. People are trying to make a bit of cash with their stuff they are already getting rid of at a great price. You wouldn’t lie us to go to your garage sale or house and steal your stuff, so don’t do it to others. If you are that hard up for something, go on welfare. Remember, it is still a crime stealing from a garage sale. Police can be involved. Dorothy Hicks

Chicago’s waterfront a prime example for Toronto’s port lands I t was about a year ago this week, that Doug Ford started talking about Ferris wheels and monorails and gigantic shopping malls for Toronto’s port lands. It didn’t go well for him or that plan — but a year later, after having spent a few days in the Etobicoke North Councillor’s favourite town, Chicago, I can see how he got worked up about it. Chicago is world-famous for many things — the deepness of its pizza, its intricate history of crime and corruption, its fantastic architecture — but for a visitor staying in a downtown hotel, I have to say: nothing beats its waterfront. Jogging and biking trails wend up the river and along the waterfront for miles. There are marinas and parks and an aquarium. There is even a giant Ferris wheel, and yes, the view from the top of it is spectacular. Councillor Ford’s family

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business takes him to Chicago frequently; and it’s not hard to see how flitting between that place and the rust-belt splendour of much of Toronto’s waterfront could make a fellow impatient. Next week, Doug’s brother Mayor Rob Ford will be looking at the plan that emerged from the wreckage of the dream of quick commercialization of the port lands. Council asked for it last year — a revised plan to see exactly what the city and the development industry could do to actually make something of its waterfront. It’s not a job for the impatient. While there’s great

potential for development in the port lands — there are a total of 900 acres of land ripe for the picking — very little can be developed without some very major infrastructure. In total, the consultants hired on to look at the area estimated it will take $1.9 billion in infrastructure improvement to make the lands worth anything in terms of development. When asked, developers said even if the city sold them the whole thing for $1, they wouldn’t be able to build. As local councillor Paula Fletcher pointed out Tuesday, even Ford’s Ferris wheel wouldn’t have held its ground without $61 million in flood control work. Building anywhere in the port lands is going to take a long view. The $1.9 billion is only addressing development north of the shipping channel; the lands to the south of the channel are either leased to businesses that are likely to be

needed there for awhile. The northern development is going to take a colossal buy-in from the developers and some public-sector involvement too. It could literally take generations to see the whole thing built out. That’s not necessarily a discouraging thing; Chicago’s waterfront today is after all the culmination of a plan more than a century old, using land given for public use along the lake. The battles for a public waterfront were mostly fought in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, just as Toronto’s battles were waged in the late 20th century and continue in the 21st. Which is to say, we’ll get there eventually. There is precedent. 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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>>>from page 1 said. “We were getting more and more students and had to find a bigger school.” The new school moves into the former Essex Public School on Essex Street. As a regional school, it will serve students throughout southern Toronto, with most of the school’s populace being bused in from outside the immediate area. “I would say about 90 per cent of our students are bused in,” said school superintendent Nicole Bradley. Ecole du Sacre-Coeur’s opening coincides with the opening of Ecole secondaire Saint-Frere-Andre at 330 Lansdowne St. While there is definite demand for French education in the Annex area, the French language schools have strict enrolment guidelines. “To be automatically admitted, (students) have to be Canadian and at least one of their parents have to be able to speak French or have to have attended French school in Canada,” Bradley said.

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Ecole du Sacre-Coeur opens its doors Tuesdsay for the new school year.

Some students could be admitted through an admissions committee if their parents show they have a strong knowledge of French. The rules make sense, given instruction at the school takes place completely in French. “Everything is taught in French – we don’t speak another language in our classes,” D’Aigle said. Eventually, Ecole du SacreCoeur will be home to upwards of 350 students. “We’re one of the lucky (school) boards that are growing in Ontario,” Bradley said.

In addition to classes, the school offers daycare for toddlers and pre-school children from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We now have toddlers and we never had toddlers before,” said the school’s daycare director Julie Meta. “We have a permit for 76 (children) and we have about 55 now so there is still some space.” The two-storey school is also completely wheelchair accessible. For more information on the school, including details on registering a student, visit www.csdccs.edu.on.ca

Cabbagetowners are getting ready to celebrate their community with the downtown neighbourhood’s annual festival coming up this weekend. The Cabbagetown Festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 9, with a series of events designed to appeal to all tastes. While the festival has continued to grow in past years, this year the focus will shift somewhat, with one beloved tradition taking a one-year hiatus. “Unfortunately, we’re not having the parade this year, but we’re beefing up in other areas with more artistic vendors,” said Cabbagetown BIA coordinator Krissa Valiente, adding given the new makeup of the BIA, it would have been unrealistic to host the parade in addition to the many other festival draws. The Cabbagetown Festival starts with One Night in Cabbagetown, a tour of some the community’s finest pubs

and restaurants. For $10, guests will be able to sample fare at any four of the nine participating restaurants. “There are some great local hangouts down here, so One Night in Cabbagetown gets people out to restaurants they don’t normally go to,” Valiente said. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival returns to the Winchester Street Theatre yet again. The homegrown festival has expanded over the past 20-plus years, when the program included a batch of locally-made films to its current incarnation, where it receives submissions from around the world. The Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Sale also kicks off on Sept. 7 and runs through the weekend in Riverdale Park. C o m e Sa t u rd a y a n d Sunday, the festival is in full swing, with street vendors, buskers and live entertainment. “This year, we have a growing kids’ corner with lots of entertainment, games and activities for kids,” Valiente said.

The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre will run free dance classes outside their building at 509 Parliament and will perform flash mob-style performances throughout Saturday afternoon. Saturday will also see the annual Blair’s Run, a fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre that kicks off at Carlton and Parliament streets at 9:15 a.m. “We have a lot of the usual traditions from the festival and we’re bringing in some big acts like the Toronto AllStar Big Band, Samba Squad and Dr. Draw to go along with our great local musicians,” Valiente said. Other weekend attractions include a harvest festival in Riverdale Park, performances by the Cabbagetown Theatre Company, walking tours of the historic neighbourhood and more. For more information on the Cabbagetown Festival, including times and dates for many of the events taking place over the four days, visit http://www.cabbagetownfestival.org

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String of sexual assaults prompts hundreds to rally Action quickly organized through social networking JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com In the wake of a string of reported sexual assaults in the Bloor and Christie streets area, hundreds of concerned residents descended on Christie Pits Park Monday night to speak out against violence against women. The action brought out politicians including local councillor Mike Layton and MPPs Rosario Marchese, Cheri DiNovo and Jonah Schein, who joined some 300 men and women to call for an end to sexual assault and violence. Rally co-organizer Liz Brockest said she and her fellow organizers wanted to bring people together to show that sexual assault would not be tolerated. “I feel angry, but I feel incredibly empowered and amazed at the resistance people are showing,” she

said. “It shows people are conscious about the violence that takes place in our streets and our homes.” The rally came about quickly, with social networking linking the rally-goers and bringing them together in a matter of a few short days. “People have really come together because of how supportive this community is,” Brockest said. “The main message tonight is that everyone deserves to feel safe in our homes and in our streets.” Many in the crowd held up signs condemning sexual assault and carried those messages with them as the group marched through the area following a series of speeches. George Brown College professor and social activist Anna Willats said the turnout for the rally was heartening and called on those present to strive to put a stop to violence against women.

Some 300 men and women gathered at Christie Pits on Monday to call for an end to sexual assault and violence. The rally was organized in the wake of a string of reported sexual assaults in the Bloor and Christie streets area.

Liz Brockest, co-organizer of a rally calling for an end to sexual assault and violence, addresses the roughly 300 men and women, including several politicians, at Christie Pits.

“Any time you see a man oppress a woman...let’s have this many people out to say we refuse to accept this,” she said. “We refuse to uphold this rape culture we’re living in.” Willats called on Mayor Rob Ford and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to work to stop the culture of violence against women that continues. She noted the fight to stop such crimes was not

safely (in the streets) we will never have equality,” she said. “It’s not okay that men can walk through parks and we can’t. It’s not okay that men can dress suggestively and we can’t.” Layton said the assaults were appalling but noted that the Christie Pits community is tight-knit, saying the rally was just the latest sign that people in the area care for the safety of their neighbours. He said

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limited to the women who are subjected to violence. “We need men to be doing more to stop other men from doing and getting away with this crap,” she said. DiNovo noted she took part in a Take Back the Night march 45 years ago and pointed out that, despite the advances that have been made in women’s rights, sexual assault sets that battle back. “Until (women) can walk

he heard more complaints that residents in the area were frustrated and angry over the series of sexual assaults than he heard concerns over personal safety. “That’s the type of community we have down here,” he said. “People look out for one another here. People think ‘these are our streets, this is our neighbourhood.’” The rally was a response to 10 reported sexual assaults, eight of which happened in the immediate area and two of which occurred south of the area. In all 10 cases, women reported being approached from behind and sexually assaulted. Police believe the suspect in all 10 cases is the same individual. Police are still looking for the suspect, who has been described as a black male, 25 to 40 years of age, roughly 5’7” to six feet tall with a medium to stocky build. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-2228477.

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Zumba WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Central Eglinton Community Centre, 160 Eglinton Ave. East CONTACT: Nancy Lyon, 416 392 0511, www.centraleglinton.com, info@centraleglinton.com COST: $10.00 Get in shape with a party instead of a workout with Zumba, a Latin inspired dance/ fitness class. Classes at CECC on Wed and Thurs at 7:30 pm and Sat morning at 10:10 am. Sign up for the fall session at a discounted rate.

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Ontario Place exhibit now open at Urbanspace Gallery Guests invited to share their stories and photos on a special ‘memory wall’ LAURA BOOTH lbooth@insidetoronto.com

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pened to the public on May 22, 1971, Ontario Place was closed February of this year with plans for revitalization after over 40 years entertaining families from across the province, country and world. Curator Nathan Storring saw the current circumstances as an opportunity to explore the site’s beginnings in an exhibit titled, Your Ontario Place. “Well essentially, when Ontario Place was first closed earlier this year, we decided that we really wanted to put together an exhibition that reconstructed Ontario Place – how it was when it opened – because it’s changed so much over the years,” said Storring, 24. Adorning brick walls in the loftstyle wood-beamed Urbanspace Gallery (401 Richmond St.), are poster boards detailing the original site’s main attractions and the creators behind them – those who Storring describes as, longforgotten heroes in a period of optimism. “So I think that these people, these sort of protagonists, these heroes, are really worth looking at again, and I’m really hoping that moving forward we’ll be able to find that same sort of talent and daring for Ontario Place again,” he said.

The exhibit holds the original architectural model of the grounds, designed by architect Eberhard Zeidler. Zeidler was also responsible for one of Storring’s favourite parts of the site, the Pods, or the rooms appearing to be suspended above the water. “They were actually designed to basically hold almost anything,” said Storring. “They’re huge spaces that can be sort of chopped up in various ways, you can have glass or steel on them, so they can have light or they can be complete darkness.” Other highlighted activities from the original site include the Children’s Village, the Forum, which was controversially replaced by the Molson Amphitheatre, and the Cinesphere, the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre. Also included in the site is a memory wall, inviting guests to share their stories and photos. One memory reads: “My wife and I went to the Forum with our 6 month old son to see B.B. King and he slept through the whole concert!” The exhibit runs until Sept. 29 and is open to the public at no charge. It is located on the first floor of 401 Richmond St. in the Urbanspace Gallery, which is open Monday to Saturday from 9 to 7 p.m. For more information visit www. urbanspacegallery.ca

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ON DISPLAY: Top left, Nathan Storring saw the current circumstances surrounding Ontario Place as an opportunity to explore the site’s beginnings in an exhibit titled Your Ontario Place which runs until Sept. 29 on the first floor of 401 Richmond St. in the Urbanspace Gallery and is open to the public at no charge. Visitors at the opening reception check out the exhibit.

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ON THE RUN: University of Toronto Varsity Blues’ quarterback Richard Quittenton (2) turns the corner past Wilfred Laurier University’s Alex Brouwers (60) during Ontario University Athletics football action Monday at the Varsity Centre. The Blues opened with an impressive 19-0 win and are back at Varsity Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15, hosting the Windsor Lancers.

St. Michael’s Buzzers open up at home Friday night The St. Michael’s Buzzers open up their Ontario Junior A hockey season Friday night, hosting the North York-based

Toronto Junior Canadiens. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s College, 1515 Bathurst St.

The other two Toronto teams are North York Rangers and the Etobicoke-based Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

Ryerson University celebrated the official opening of its new Mattamy Athletic Centre in the repurposed old Maple Leaf Gardens last month. But this week will mark its grand opening with actual teams suiting up and fans in the stands. The grand opening week, running Sept. 6 to 9, kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6 with a women’s volleyball game at 2 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m. Friday will feature the Ryerson student parade from the Ryerson Quad (33 Gerrard Street East) to Yonge Street and the Mattamy Athletic Centre at 50 Carlton St. Saturday features the opening ceremonies and Ryerson Rams men’s hockey game at 7 p.m. Also on tap throughout the week are women’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball. As well, a community skate open to the public will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m. The centre has become the new home to the Ryerson Rams and features a multipurpose court for basketball and volleyball with retractable seating for more than 1,000; a fitness centre; studios; high-performance gym; and a full sized ice rink with seating for 2,620. The official opening on Aug. 13 included Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper drops the ceremonial puck during the unveiling ceremony earlier this summer for Ryerson university’s new Mattamy Athletic Centre.

along with many of the project partners including Galen G. Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw Companies Limited, and naming donor Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes. ‘SHARED VISION’ “Today (Aug. 13) celebrates a tremendous partnership and shared vision, which has resulted in the spectacular rebirth of a building that will be a centre for excellence and a lively community hub in the heart of our city,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, in a press release. “It is with great pride that all five partners – Ryerson University, our students, Loblaw Companies Limited, the Canadian government

and entrepreneur Peter Gilgan – share a dreamrealized as we light the rink for the first time today.” The project involved the revitalization and conversion of part of Maple Leaf Gardens to a new, multi-functional athletic and recreational centre located on the upper floors. The project reclaimed 220,000 square feet (approximately 20,000 square metres) of space, more than doubling the amount of athletic and recreational facilities on Ryerson’s campus. The new facility is primarily for Ryerson students, but will also be accessible to the community. The ground floor features a Loblaws, which has been open since last November.


Councillor Matlow wants to redevelop derelict Yonge and Eglinton bus terminal RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com St. Paul’s councillor Josh Matlow wants the TTC to help support his idea for redeveloping a midtown bus terminal long derelict. Sprawling eastward along the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, the 8,732-squaremetre site is closed off to the public via a chain-link fence, since it was closed for good by the TTC back in 2004, and that’s not acceptable said Matlow. He wants a two-phase solution for the dormant site, culminating in a public gathering spot to open at the same time as the EglintonScarborough Crosstown LRT line, scheduled to begin operating in 2020. In the meantime, Matlow wants the terminal grounds, which are slated to serve as a staging area for construction of the Crosstown, to undergo immediate “aesthetic improvements” – and he wants the TTC to help pay for it. “The TTC shouldn’t wait for the Crosstown to be completed before it starts looking at ways to improve

the area,” said Matlow Aug. 23. “We need to have a plan, and we need to be proactive.” He estimates it would cost $70,000 for immediate beautification of the periphery of the former bus terminal, which will include planting of trees, installing new benches and adding signs and billboards promoting the Crosstown project. Matlow said he has had positive discussions on the idea with top TTC brass, including chair Karen Stintz and CEO Andy Byford as well as the city’s planning department. But Stintz, reached at her office at city hall Aug. 23, said the idea of a public square for the area is inconsistent with current city zoning plans, which call for high-density development. “He (Matlow) may have some sort of vision for the area, but that is inconsistent with the priorities of the city,” said Stintz, who represents EglintonLawrence on City Council. She said the TTC might have some interest paying for improvements in advance of construction for the Crosstown, but only for the purpose of promoting LRT technology to be employed in the future.

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City councillor Josh Matlow wants the area around the derelict TTC bus terminal located at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue West to be transformed into a public square following the completion of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT.

“We would use the opportunity to promote the advantages of the new technologies, but I can’t say how much money that should cost,” she said. Matlow said he has advocated for action on the site for years, meeting with the TTC since he was first elected to council after the 2010 municipal election. He said the bus terminal, which was closed after 50 years because of the major deterioration of its concrete facade, has long been considered an

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Playlist project lists favs by subway station It’s been tough, but music mapmaker Meagan Perry has managed not to judge TTC subway riders by the contents of their iPods. Perry is the creator of The Stationary Groove Toronto Subway Playlist Project, an online interactive subway map which allows users to view and download playlists of the most popular songs, station by TTC station, based on Perry’s canvassing of transit commuters. For 120 hours, the equivalent of three full work weeks, the Leslieville resident traveled to every subway station on the Bloor-Danforth and Yonge-University-Spadina lines spending up to two hours approaching headphone-wearing commuters and asking them what they were listening to. To her surprise, the vast majority of people Perry approached were forthcoming, Top tracks/artists listened to by TTC subway riders according to www.StationaryGroove.com 1. Drake (30 songs) 2. Kanye West (13 songs) 3. Chris Brown (11 songs) 4. Rihanna + Adele (9 songs each) 5. Beyonce and Jay-Z (5 songs each) 6. Eminem and Lil Wayne (4 songs each) 7. City and Colour/Bob Marley/Pink/ Queen (3 songs each)

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