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UNDER THE PARACHUTE: Cooper Zajacz, 3, helps give Kalina Crane, 1, a hug with her big sister Danica Carne, 2, under the parachute during the Family Day event held at Monarch Park Stadium on Family Day.

Police safety alert issued in Thorncliffe Park ANDREW PALAMARCHUK Police have issued a public safety alert about a man who has been exposing himself in the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood. Police said the man exposed

himself to a 17-year-old girl on the morning of Feb. 10. The same man exposed himself to a 55-year-old woman on the evening of Feb. 11 and then exposed himself to a 23-yearold woman on the morning of Feb. 13. “Each time, the man smiled

at the females,” police said in a news release. DESCRIPTION The suspect is in his late 20s or early 30s, 5’7” to 5’8” tall, a medium to heavy build, dark eyes and possibly an overbite.

He wore a dark winter coat, beige/tan pants, dark boots and black gloves. Anyone with information is asked to call 53 Division at 416-808-5300.


Those with information can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477

Moving a church and food bank is no easy task, even if it’s just across the street. Late last year, St. Monica’s Anglican Church at 1324 Gerrard St. E., just east of Greenwood Avenue, was forced to vacate its longtime home in a Little India-area storefront after a significant rent increase made staying there impossible. Nearly two months later, the local church/food bank remains homeless. “We tried to negotiate a new lease for a significant amount of time,” said St. Monica’s rector Rev. Nola Crewe, explaining when leases come up for renewal, landlords are free to charge “as much as the market will bear.” In the case of St. Monica’s, that amount was almost double the $2,100 they were paying each month. “We had tried negotiating for a long time and I’m sure they were as frustrated with us as we were with them,” said Crewe, adding in hindsight St. Monica’s had seen better days. “The space left a lot to be desired,” she said, pointing out that 1,800-square-foot storefront space did not have a wheelchair accessible washroom. >>> CLIENTS, page 11

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community the tale of Mary mink wtelling The Riverdale Historical Society (RHS) is celebrating Black History month by hosting a presentation on the story of Mary Mink, the daughter of successful 19th century black businessman, James Mink Thursday at 6 p.m. Mary Mink was reportedly sold into slavery in the southern United States by her white husband then rescued by her father. Genealogists, author and librarian Guylaine Petrin will be the special guest. Cost $5 or free for RHS members. Visit www.riverdalehistoricalsociety. com brewery holds open house wNew

Community members are invited to an open house this Saturday at the future home of the baseball-themed Left Field Brewery. Located in a 100-year-old building that once housed a brick factory at 36 Wagstaff Dr., near Greenwood Avenue, between Gerrard Street East and Danforth Avenue, the craft brewery is currently an empty warehouse. Renovations to transform the 6,000-square-foot space into a state-of-the art beer-making facility have begun.

The brewery’s owners, area residents Mark and Mandie Murphy, will be on hand to chat with those in attendance. The couple is aiming to open Left Field Brewery in early 2015. The open house runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Visit www.leftfieldbrewery. ca for more info. Maple Leafs to skate at Greenwood Park wToronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs will hold a team practice at the newly covered rink at Greenwood Park this Friday. All are welcome to come down, wear their Leafs jersey and cheer on the team. Hosted by The Toronto Maple Leafs, the MLSE Foundation and SportChek, the practice will run from 10 to 11 a.m. The event also includes a special Leafs Fan Zone area. People can also stick around afterward for public skating. Greenwood Park is at Gerrard Street East at Alton Avenue.

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Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., is holding a self-defence course for women Sunday and Sunday, March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Taught by instructor Marilyn Walsh, the course costs $30. Participants must register in advance. Call Evonne Hossack at 416-69-1113, ext. 222.

Toronto police are warning the public about ways to avoid being the victim of lottery scams. Part of an ongoing campaign, 55 Division police are advising people to be wary when they receive a phone call informing them they’ve won a sweepstakes or a lottery prize. In many cases, the person on the other end of the line will ask “winners” to send money upfront to pay for the taxes on the winnings before they receive the prize money. Prize money is never awarded. “This is just one of the many different fraudulent scams that can cost you money, waste your valuable time and cause you embarrassment,” said police in a release. Police warn residents not send money via wire transfer unless you are absolutely sure who will be receiving it; take the time to verify information; and resist pressure tactics. Anyone with questions or concerns, should call 55 Division at 416-808-5500.

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Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway and Scarborough Southwest MP Dan Harris, will host an International Mother Language Day ceremony tonight at 7 p.m. at Crescent Town Public School, 4 Massey Dr. The cultural celebration features music from a children’s choir, a collaborative Bengali community singing group and dance as well as a candle lighting ceremony, laying of wreaths and flowers and traditional songs. The event’s special guests will include Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow, Toronto-Danforth MP Craig Scott and Scarborough Rouge-River MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan. Light Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

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Brick Works Family Day WINTER FUN: Above left, families enjoy skating in the sunshine during the Family Day event held at the Evergreen Brick Works on Monday. Above right, Alexis Barankin, 5, left, and sister Olivia, 2, attempt to blow bubbles with pipe cleaner forms. Left, Isabel Ho-Ertina, 5, gets a hockey stick signed by two time gold and one silver Olympic medal winner Vicky Sunohara with the Canadian women’s hockey team. Right, Richelle Johnston and daughter Sidney, 2, get some hot soup.

Book tells story of Bowmore student’s first year JOANNA LAVOIE What could have been their worst nightmare has turned into one of the most blessed experiences for East York’s Stergiou family. In May 2012, the family of five moved to the Topham Park neighbourhood near St. Clair Avenue East and O’Connor Drive with the plan their youngest child, Hercules, would start kindergarten at the nearby Selwyn Elementary School. However, their little boy, who has a common form of cerebral palsy called spastic dysplasia, wasn’t able to get around properly at Selwyn and other options had to be considered. “We were very surprised all schools weren’t accessible. It was a really big wake-up call


East York’s Hercules Stergiou is the subject of a book by Bowmore Road public school principal Thelma Sambrook.

for us,” said Hercules’ mother, Kristina Stergiou, during a recent interview. After much consultation and several sleepless nights, the Stergious were referred to Bowmore Road Junior and

Senior Public School near Gerrard Street and Coxwell Avenue, the east end’s hub school for children with special mobility needs. Even then, there were still some challenges as Bowmore

is outside the Stergious’ community requiring Hercules to take a bus to and from school. It also meant he wouldn’t live just down the street from his new friends and classmates In 2012, Bowmore also didn’t offer full-day kindergarten and there was no space at the school’s daycare for Hercules. In the end, Kristina left her job to drive her son back and forth to school and spend time with him before he went off to school full-time. She’s since returned to work but is able to drop him off in the morning. Eldest daughter, Desi, picks her little brother up from school and together with sister, Alli, 15, they spend time with ‘Herc’ until mom and dad get home from work. “Bowmore has been absolutely phenomenal,” said

Kristina, crediting the amazing support they’ve received from the staff and teachers at the east-end school, notably educational assistant Rosa DesChamps and teacher Erin Kalogris. “(Herc) is doing fantastic and the school has just given him the support to continue to grow and push forward.” Like the Stergiou family, Bowmore’s principal Thelma Sambrook, remembers the nervousness she felt when she sent her now-teenage son, David, 14, and daughter, Ashley, 18, off to school for the first time and how happy she was when they settled in and flourished. The positive experience with Hercules, who is now in Grade 1, inspired Sambrook to put together a colourful picture book called All About Me – Hercules: My Year in

Kindergarten. Pa t r i c k Mu r t a u g h , a physical education teacher at Bowmore, snapped the photos for the project, while Sambrook assembled it and wrote the text in the summer. Published by the Toronto District School Board, All About Me – Hercules: My Year in Kindergarten was launched this month at the school. “My inspiration for writing the book came from being in the eyes of a parent. This was a labour of love for me,” Sambrook said of the book, which aims to portray the spirited boy as any other child, just one who happens to have some mobility challenges.


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f we were to wipe off almost four years of dust from our crystal ball, the smoke would reveal a possible provincial election this spring. With that, comes uncertainty and, potentially, the province’s (and with it Toronto’s) transit file getting derailed – again. If we are to take Metrolinx at its word, the provincial transit agency has put everything on the table when it comes to transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). At its recent meeting, a long list of options was presented by staff, which will then get whittled down following consultations with the public and elected officials. More consultations? More waiting. And what feels like more of the same, which our view amounts to very little. Cynicism aside, Torontonians should attend Project any and all meetings when it comes to transit solutions. We deadlines need voices at the table. As many have to be met voices as we can muster. With some projects now underway – the Eglinton Crosstown LRT; the Scarborough subway was given the green light – and Metrolinx committed to a share of the subway relief line within 15 years, we have a shot at being part of the discussion. And according to Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, the plans are not limited to one major project, but likely a series of improvements in the short, mid- and longterm. However, there needs to be a maximum time allotment for dealing with a project. No more open-ended deadlines. Projects take years – sometimes decades – to complete; so too much lag in decision-making is foolish. Each day we consult, every week we wait for another meeting, the longer it will take to actually finalize a transit solution for the GTHA. If Metrolinx is to embark on another series of consultations – the first round kicking off in March – we should be there to voice our ideas. With an initial short list of recommendations to be presented to the Metrolinx board in June, and a final list by winter, things will hopefully become focused. But when these projects will be completed is not so definite. A change in governments should not lead to changes to these approved projects. Deadlines have to be met. Decisions have to stick.


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ince we seem to be facing a provincial election this spring, a theme that will be coming up will be the keeping of political promises. Fingers will be pointed, political records of accomplishment examined, fighting words exchanged and promises made and broken before we have voted. The reality is that no politician is legally obliged to honour a campaign promise and it is equally true that this is actually a very good thing for the successful operation of any level of government. While always being an implicit point of political practice since before Confederation, it was best articulated by the Ontario Superior Court back in 2004. The Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation was attempting to enforce a promise made in writing by Dalton McGinty back when he formed the provincial government. The promise was

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there were to be no new taxes with out a provincial referendum. In rejecting the application, Justice Paul Rouleau clearly stated that the courts will not enforce such promises and that the only remedy is for the public to vote out the offenders in the following election. All three official political parties have now been in power some time during the past 30 years and in each instance have broken election promises. Bob Rae failed to implement his promised government-run auto insurance program. Mike Harris not only failed in his promise to rein in the deficit; he left us $5.6 billion in the hole. After that, Ernie Eaves failed to keep his promise to fix the problems Harris had created and then

McGinty tried to make the same promise about Eaves and ended up doing no better than his predecessor. What a wonderful world it would be if politicians would actually keep their promises? But economic and political realities generally makes that impossible. Frankly, the promises that worry me are not the big ones made at election time, but the smaller ones said with less notice. After gaining power, Harris promised to leave municipalities alone as he saw no need for reform at that level of government as everything was working just fine. Soon after we had then Minister of Municipal Affairs Al Leach promising Mayor Michael Prue that no matter what happened during amalgamation, East York would be wiped off the political landscape. Of all of the promises made by provincial politicians during the past 10

years, it often seems that the one regarding East York was one of the best kept. Clearly, we need a new social contract with our politicians regarding their obligations towards us, and our right to receive political and economic policies that might actually benefit our communities, province and country. We do have a mechanism to accomplish that. It’s called democracy. But at some point in the recent past, our politicians seem to have lost faith in that political philosophy. The question that needs asking is: what changes do the people of Ontario really want to see take place in the political process? The actual answer must come from the people themselves, not from political elites and the spindoctors they employ. Joe Cooper is a long-time East York resident and community activist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at


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Resources, flexibility needed for seniors Del Grande exceeded our expectations To the editor: One of the trends in seniors’ care is a push toward helping people stay in their homes as long as possible. I am sure the majority of people would agree that in most situations, this is the preferred option. An unintended consequence of this shift in healthcare policy is that those moving to long-term care are often older and frailer. In terms of physical conditions, homes may provide such treatments as G-tube feeds, IV medications, oxygen therapy or peritoneal dialysis. Data shows that 40.1 per cent of residents have six or more formal diagnoses such as emphysema/COPD, arteriosclerotic heart disease or renal failure and that this group is growing at 7.9 per cent each year. At any given time, 38.5 per cent of residents are experiencing a flare up of a medical condition and 8.0 per cent of residents’ conditions are unstable. Traditionally, people moved into long-term care due to physical conditions.

With time dementia and other mental health conditions have become more of a contributing factor. Today, six out of 10 residents have some form of dementia and 38.8 per cent a psychiatric diagnosis. These trends only compound the risk of aggressive behaviors which are pegged at 46 per cent. While there have been some small steps to address the matter of aggressive behavior like the Psychogeriatric Outreach Teams and Behavior Supports Ontario, much more is needed. The Association of Non Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, which represents most not-for-profit homes, has laid out some concrete steps that will go a long way to reducing the type of incidents that have been highlighted in the media. Some of their recommendations include: n The Ministry of Health and Long-term care fund in-home expertise models, to ensure a core level of behavior care expertise in all homes. n Regulations be revised to

enable homes, based on reasonable criteria, to redirect admission of residents, and the right to transfer existing residents, deemed to pose a significant risk to other residents and staff due to aggressive behavior to a designated unit. n Provide access to the appropriate training and education programs for all care staff on a regular and recurring basis. n In light of the growth in overall resident acuity and other related costs a 1.5 per cent increase in base funding. Nisbet Lodge is a faithbased long-term care home that has served the seniors of east Toronto and their families for more than 40 years. We strongly support these recommendations. Homes are more than willing to play a key role in an evolving healthcare environment, however, we need the resources and flexibility to do so. Those we serve, deserve nothing less. Glen Moorhouse, CEO, Nisbet Lodge

In my career as a journalist, I’ve only made two politicians angry enough to put me on their do-not-return-calls black list. The first was former mayor Mel Lastman. The second was Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Mike Del Grande. In 2004, a year after he was first elected, he took me on a preChristmas tour of his ward and made some comments about the changing demographics there: specifically, that white people were moving out as Chinese people were moving in. I recorded them on an oldfashioned magnetic tape, and reported them, accurately. They showed up in print over Christmas. By New Year’s Eve, commentators from outlets across the country were saying the worst things about Del Grande. And that was it for us. For the next 10 years, Del Grande would not return phone calls, speak with me or even acknowledge my presence – with rare exceptions, usually when I’d written something that made him angry enough to warrant a tongue-

david nickle the city lashing. On the weekend, he made it known that he won’t be seeking re-election. Here was a councillor who has spent a career throwing up his arms in frustration and anger at his critics and his colleagues – and at the same time, accomplished many of the things I think he hoped to see happen after he was first elected. Del Grande came to City Hall in 2003 with an accounting background, and he believed fervently that he was a person to sort out Toronto’s fiscal woes. But it wasn’t until Rob Ford was elected mayor in 2010 (Del Grande was among the first to support him), when Del Grande was rewarded with the job he first eyed in 2003: Toronto’s budget chief. And no one can deny: he worked that job hard. Possibly a little too hard, given the toll it took on his health. Unlike other budget chiefs,

he took on the lion’s share of the work himself – trying to fit the camel-sized realities of the cost of government through Ford’s needle-sized expectations of the price. Deputations might have been put off by Del Grande’s gruff manner of questioning. But he did use the answers to put forward moderate compromises. And it almost worked. But Del Grande quit the job in 2013, when council voted to add just a little more spending against his wishes. As far as he was concerned, he felt “vilified.” At this year’s budget meeting he railed, quite accurately, against the lack of civility, and elsewhere has criticized, again quite accurately, the moral decline that Ford has brought to the office of mayor. Now, I hope he doesn’t think too poorly of the place he feels used him so badly. It may not have lived up to his expectations – but he has exceeded so many of ours.


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East York Garden Club Meeting WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale Ave. CONTACT: COST: Free Christine Moore talks about lavender. Cracking the Teenage Code WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Danforth Collegiate Institute School, 800 Greenwood CONTACT: Alisa Metcalfe, 416-699-5030 COST: Free Michael Eisen talks about building communication with your teen.

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TCDSB Staff Production: Surprise! WHEN: Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School, 49 Felstead Ave. CONTACT: 416-222-8282 Ext. 2787 COST: $20; For tickets visit

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Getting Your Memoir off the Ground WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Hugh’s Books and The Studio at Hugh’s, 2861 St. Clair Ave. E. CONTACT: Sharon A. Crawford, 416-750-0860, COST: $75 at the door Sharon A. Crawford, who conducts

w Friday, March 7

March Mania in the Valley WHEN: March 7 to 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Rd. CONTACT: 416-3962819, COST: Adult $5.31; youth/senior $3; child $2 Drop in to explore our historic homes and sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth. Learn about life in 19th-century Toronto. Create a take-home craft. Tour the wildflower preserve.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.east Read weeks of listings from your East York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

memoir writing workshops for the Toronto Public Library, will teach this one-day expanded workshop on memoir writing. Hablas español? An interactive Storytime WHEN: 2 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: PapeDanforth Public Library, 701 Pape Ave. CONTACT: Pape Danforth Public Library, 416-393-7727 COST: Free For Anglophones and Spanish speakers. With guest presenter. For ages three to seven years old. Register.

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WHEN: 3 to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Ave. CONTACT: 416-466-3142, www. COST: PWYC (suggested $5 per person) Storyteller Sarah Granskou entertains with music, puppets and songs and tales from her Norwegian heritage. For those aged five and older. Sunday Concert Series WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Westview Presbyterian Church, 233 Westview Ave. CONTACT: Cathy Callon,, COST: $10 per person Music of Mozart and Mendelssohn

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Heart Health WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Dr. CONTACT: 416-396-3975 COST: Free WoodGreen Community Services presents a session on cardiac health. Riverdale Historical Society WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: A. Davison, 416465-8516,, anne.davison@sympatico. ca COST: $5/free to RHS members Mary Mink: The Making of a Myth - a presentation by Guylaine Petrin, librarian and genealogist, who will explore the story of Mary Mink, the daughter of James Mink, a successful Black businessman in 19th Century Toronto.

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The Great Black North Anthology WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: Riverdale Branch, 416393-7720 COST: Free Canadian Poetry with Kevan Anthony Cameron, Andrea Thompson, Ian Keteku, and more...

Landscapes of Prayer WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Presteign-Woodbine United Church, 2538 St. Clair Ave. E. CONTACT: 416-755-8352 COST: $15 book purchase Join Reverend MacPherson for an eight-week guided prayer group explore the seven landscapes of prayer, both classic and modern.

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Heritage Group Presentations, Trips and Lunches WHEN: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Presteign-Woodbine United Church, 2538 St. Clair Ave. E. CONTACT: 416 755 8352 COST: $7 per session Presentations on the history and landscape of Ontario. One excursion per session is also available a theatrical performance or tour and lunch.

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2063 Danforth Ave. (Danforth/Woodbine)

(416) 693-8424

Thai and Malayian Cuisine APPETIZERS Thai Spring Roll (Pho Pia Phak) (2 per order) Samosa (2 per order)

$3.99 $2.99

Thai Cold Spring Roll (Pho Pia Sod) Shrimp Chips Crispy Tofu

$6.99 $4.99 $5.99

Thai Room’s Calamari (Pla Meuk Tod) Thai Room’s Chicken Wings Satay Skewers Tofu $4.99 Beef Chicken $5.99 Shrimp

$8.99 $8.99 $5.99 $6.99

Thai Room Vegetarian Appetizer Platter


Thai Room Appetizer Platter


SALADS Thai Room’s Mixed Greens Green Mango Salad (Yam Ma-Muang)

$6.99 $8.99

Malaysian Salad Chicken Salad (Lard Kai)

$8.99 $8.99

Spicy Beef Salad (Nuer Num Tok)


SOUPS Thai Room’s Lemon Soup (Tom Yam) Mushrooms $4.99 Vegetables Chicken $5.99 Shrimp Room’s Coconut Soup (Tom Yam Kha) Vegetables $5.49 Chicken Shrimp $7.99 Seafood Thai Room’s Hot and Sour Soup Vegetables $5.49 Chicken Shrimp $6.99 Seafood

$5.49 $6.99 $6.99 $7.99 $5.99

10% OFF PICK UP FREE DELIVERY 7 DAYS A WEEK *minimum order of $20 before taxes



Green Curry Shrimp (Keang Khiao Wan Goong) $12.99

Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango $5.99 Coconut Sticky Rice with Pineapple $5.99 Deep Fried Banana with Honey and Cashew Nuts $6.99

Red Curry Shrimp with Pineapple (Panang Goong) $12.99 Malay Curry Shrimp


Garlic Shrimp (Goong Kratiam)


Basil Shrimp Goong Phad Kraphow)


Basil Seafood (Phad Karapow Ta-Lay)


Salmon in Spicy Sauce


Salmon in Tamarind Sauce (Pla Jian)


Crispy Red Snapper in Spicy Sauce


Red Snapper in Tamarind Sauce


NOODLES Thai Room’s Famous Pad Thai (Thai Rice Noodles) Vegetables $9.99 Chicken $10.99 Beef $10.99 Shrimp $12.99 Seafood $12.99 Thai Room’s Signature (Chicken and Shrimp) $11.99 Curry Pad Thai Vegetables $10.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef Shrimp $13.99 Seafood $13.99 Oodles of Noodles Bean Curd $9.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef Lamb $12.99 Shrimp $12.99 Thai Spicy Noodles (Phad Kee Mao) Vegetables $9.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef Lamb $12.99 Shrimp $12.99 Seafood Thai Room’s Stir-Fried Glass Noodles (Phad Woon Sen) Vegetables Chicken and Shrimp

$9.99 $11.99

Rice Noodles Chicken and Seafood Topping



Deep Fried mango with Honey and Cashew Nuts $6.99 Ice Cream $3.99

Free Spring Rolls FOR ORDERS OVER $ 25 BEFORE TAX *Pick up and delivery only *Cannot be combined with any other specials or discounts

Free Chicken or Veggie Pad Thai FOR ORDERS OVER $ 40 BEFORE TAX *Pick up and delivery only *Cannot be combined with any other specials or discounts


$11.99 $11.99 $13.99

*Pick up and delivery only *Cannot be combined with any other specials or discounts

$5 OFF

DINE IN ONLY WITH PURCHASE OVER $20 *Must bring in coupon

$10 OFF


VEGETABLES Red or Green Curry Vegetales (Keang Puk)


Red or Green Curry lamb (Panang Gae) Malay Curry Lamb

$13.99 $14.99

Malay Curry Tofu with Vegetables


Mixed Vegetables (Phad Puk Ruam)


Ginger Lamb (Gae Phad Khing)


Thai Style Eggplant (Phad Ma-Khua)


Garlic and Pepper lamb


Sauteed Spinach


Basil Lamb


Basil Tofu (Kraphao Tofu)


Coconut Cashew Vegetables (Me D Ma-Muang Phad Pak)


Mango Tofu


Avocado-Peanut Stir-Fried


Tofu Goreng


Thai Room - Christie Pits

$10.99 $12.99 $10.99

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BEEF Beef with Vegetables Green Curry Beef (Keang Khiao Wan Nuer) Red Curry Beef with mango (Panang Nuer) Malay Curry Beef Beef in Oyster Sauce (Nuer Nam Mun Hoy) Basil Beef (Nuer Phad Kraphao) Crispy Beef Thai Beef Steak (Nuer yang)

CHICKEN (Fresh, white meat)

Chicken with vegetables Green Curry Chicken (Keang Khiao Wan Gai) Red Curry Chicken (Panang Gai) Golden Curry Chicken Malay Curry Chicken Cashew Nut Chicken (Gai Phad Med Ma-Muang) Ginger Chicken (Gai Phad Khing) Basil Chicken (Gai Phad Krapao) Mango Chicken Chicken with Peanut Sauce Thai Chili Chicken Marinated Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang) Thai Avocado Chicken Coconut mango Chcken

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RICE Thai Room’s Fried Rice (Khao Phad Gai) Vegetables $9.99 Chicken Beef $10.99 Shrimp Thai Room’s Signature (Chicken and Shrimp)

Thai Room’s Curry Fried Rice (Khao Phad Kraphao) Vegetables $10.99 Chicken $11.99 Beef $11.99 Shrimp $13.99 Thai Room’s Signature (Chicken and Shrimp)


Thai Room’s Royal Pineapple Fried Rice (Khao Phad Supard)


SIDE ORDERS Steamed Rice $1.99 - Brown Rice Coconut Rice $3.99 Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce Steamed Noodle $2.99 Roti Malay Bread (2 per order)

$2.99 $3.99 $3.99

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OPENING HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM - 10.30PM 810 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON M6G 1M3 171 East Liberty St., Unit 153, Toronto, ON M6K 3P6

Thai Room - Vaughan 1200 Highway7, Unit#2, Thornhill, ON L4J 0E1 (Intersection: Langstaff and Highway7)

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