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Wicksteed plan defererred to April meeting FANNIE SUNSHINE North York Community Council has deferred a proposal to build a big box retail complex in Leaside to its April 9 meeting. Ward 26 Don Valley West Councillor John Parker, who represents the area, told councillors at the Tuesday, Feb. 26, meeting that all those with interest in the development have agreed to put off final recommendation until April. The proposal at 70 and 80 Wicksteed Ave. and 99 Vanderhoof Ave. calls for a 15,669 square metre retail complex to be anchored by a 7,308 square metre store on

the second level and a series of smaller one and two-storey commercial buildings ranging in size from 468 square metres to 1,400 square metres and 487 parking spaces. LEASIDE UNITE Residents’ groups, including Leaside Unite, are concerned what the development will mean for the neighbourhood and requested the deferral to consider the staff report, consult with the community and potentially come to an amicable resolution with the developer. The meeting April 9 will be held inside the council chambers at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., at 1:30 p.m.

Voca Chorus concert slated for Saturday The Voca Chorus of Toronto, formerly known as the East York Choir, has its third annual Cabaret Evening slated for this Saturday night. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at the Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave. Parking is free. It’s not only great entertainment, but also serves as a fundraiser for the long-

running community choir led by artistic director Jenny Crober. The evening of fun, food and fundraising includes a silent auction with some of the items ranging from free vocal lessons to sports tickets to a week on the beach in the Bahamas. For more info, visit www.


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Special celebration opens Jack Layton Way DANIELLE MILLEY More than 300 people gathered on the site of the former Don Jail Sunday for the chance to be the first to walk along Jack Layton Way and to celebrate the man who represented the area as a city councillor and Member of Parliament. The unveiling of the re-named roadway on the soon-to-reopen Bridgepoint Health campus took place Feb. 24, a day before the street officially opened to traffic. A number of dignitaries were on hand to honour their former colleague and there were plenty of residents who had come from near and not so near to be a part of the special event. Beverley Thorpe doesn’t live in Layton’s former riding, but she knew she wanted to be at the event as soon as she heard about it. “Normally I wouldn’t do this on a Sunday, but I thought it was important,” she said. “It’s important that we recognize Jack with at least a minimum of a street named after him, and keep his vision alive.” Thorpe, in particular, liked Layton for his environmental policies so she thought the site near the Don River was fitting. “I love the fact that we are high up and next to the Don Valley,” she said. “It’s a good location.” Though Beach resident Karen Pierce was a Layton supporter it wasn’t her idea to stand outside for an hour on a snowy Sunday, her daughter Heather wanted to attend. “I missed the funeral so I wanted

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MP Olivia Chow makes her way down the newly named street Jack Layton Way after the dedication Sunday in the Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street area. The street was named after the late Jack Layton, Chow’s husband, who served as MP for Toronto-Danforth and leader of the federal NDP until his death in August of 2011.

to come,” the 23 year old said. She liked Layton’s charisma. “He seemed more real than other leaders.” Mom thought he was inspiring. “He was a good leader and accessible,” she said. “He really inspired followers.” It was also a family occasion for Gavin Leeb who brought his 11-yearold son Mitchell.

“We were very proud supporters of Jack and wanted to remember him, and this is a way to recognize his contribution to the community,” Leeb said. He said he brought Mitchell because he wanted him to learn how people are recognized for making a difference. The two were part of the large crowd who walked with friends, family, strollers and dogs

Farmhouse property changes considered A new owner of a heritage-listed Leaside home is letting the community know about proposed changes to the property. Elgie Farmhouse, the prominent red brick farmhouse at 262 Bessborough Dr., is listed, but not fully designated, under the Ontario Heritage Act. The property’s new owner is proposing to remove the house’s north and south wings, which were added after it was originally built, and restore the front and sides of the building. Relocate home The owner also plans to relocate the home near the front of the property, and sever the current lot into three, with the farmhouse occupying the middle lot and a new house built on each remaining lot. The new lots would be approximately 30 feet wide and would conform to applicable bylaws.

east along Jack Layton Way. Before the crowd took a stroll from the new Bridgepoint to Broadview Avenue, many spoke about Layton including his widow, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow. “We thank city council and Paula Fletcher for naming this street Jack Layton Way. It is very fitting that what was here was a menacing jail that’s been transformed into a place

Coxwell trunk sewer bypass now operating DAVID NICKLE

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Changes to the property of the Elgie Farmhouse property, at 262 Bessborough Dr., are being considered.

To change the design of the lot, at least one mature tree would be removed, and a number of new trees planted. A rezoning application for the property has not yet been filed with the city.

Don Valley West Councillor John Parker suggested an information meeting be held is for the benefit of interested community members, That meeting was scheduled to be held last night (after The Mirror’s deadline)

where there is healing and lots of love. That is so much the Jack Layton way,” she said. The event was also the opportunity for people to remember the principles and values Layton believed in and championed. People wore buttons in support of equality, healthcare, education, child care, arts, transit and the environment. City council decided last summer to name the Toronto Ferry Terminal after Layton, who died in August 2011, but Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher said renaming the street after the former NDP leader was a way for Riverdale to honour him. “This is our community’s tribute to Jack,” she said. Fletcher said the location was the right place for a combination of reasons – Layton was instrumental in seeing the Don Jail refurbished into the new Bridgepoint Health; he was one of the first to champion cleaning the Don River; it’s in the heart of Riverdale; and it’s at the entry into East Chinatown. “You put all that together and it just felt like Jack,” said Fletcher. Chow and Fletcher were joined by councillors Mary Fragedakis, Janet Davis, and Pam McConnell; MPPs Rosario Marchese (TrinitySpadina) and MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Danforth); Layton’s successor MP Craig Scott; Beaches-East York MPP Michael Prue and MP Matthew Kellway; MP Peggy Nash; and former MPP Marilyn Churley. Layton’s children councillor Mike Layton and Sarah Campbell, as well as his two granddaughters were on hand for the celebration.

Toronto homeowners can flush more easily now, in the knowledge that their wastewater will make it safely to Ashbridges Bay, now that the city has put the new Coxwell sanitary trunk sewer bypass into service. The sewer was originally built in the late 1950s — but in 2008, a routine assessment of the sewer found that it was badly damaged and could rupture along a 60 metre section near Coxwell Boulevard and O’Connor Drive. That was made more serious, as it was the only sewer carrying the wastewater from about 750,000 residents in the central part of Toronto, across the Don River and through East York, Riverdale and Leslieville

to Ashbridges Bay. City engineers determined the best solution was to build a bypass around the damaged section. Huge construction project The massive construction project began in 2010. The city used a tunnel boring machine that entered the ground in Taylor Massey Creek Park and exited at the northwest corner of Coxwell Avenue and O’Connor Drive. The project was a challenge in a variety of ways. The city had to decommission a sewage pump house in a residential neighbourhood at Coxwell and O’Connor, and had to connect the bypass pipe to the existing, working sewer.

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s commuting woes continue across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), it’s time for everyone who has a stake in moving people around to come together and start talking about solutions beyond spending billions of dollars to build new rapid transit lines in the coming decades. We need to start thinking of alternatives, ones that can be quickly implemented and will see an immediate impact on not only the ways in which we move people around the GTHA, but also the cost of doing it. In the case of the TTC, it can be as simple as altering the times we use the system for our daily commute. Former TTC chair Adam Giambrone said a huge amount of costs the TTC incurs for rush-hour service could be our view saved if riders could spread out the times they commute. Take time to The TTC is in “a perpetual budget crisis” in which it is share your essentially penalized by higher costs linked to its increases in commute ideas ridership during rush hours. Shifting commute times by as little as 30 minutes could alleviate some of those costs, and it’s a solution many businesses seem willing to offer their employees. Also, some foresight into future planning can lessen demands on the public transit system and also help lower operating costs. Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat is championing plans for greater intensification of the city’s major streets, with more multi-use buildings of six to seven storeys, which would feature residential, retail and office units all within the same structures. It seems like such a simple concept: get people living closer to where they work so they can avoid longer commutes. But we have to build it before they will come, and right now that’s the opposite of the way land development and planning works in the GTHA. Our roads and transit are full of people riding packed buses or driving long distances to industrial areas far from residential communities. The same goes for downtown congestion as thousands rush in and out of the core each weekday, jamming an already congested subway system and major roads. We need to come up with some new and better ideas. Our feature in today’s paper, Intelligent Transit, looks at some of these proposals, and we hope it encourages readers to come up some of their own ideas. What are your smart commute ideas? Email them to newsroom

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To the editor: Re: ‘Seniors get snowed in by plows,’ Letters, Feb. 14. I a g re e w i t h G e o rg e Pornaras’s letter. I have been told the city agreed to only provide sidewalk plowing to East York residents because our streets are too narrow. What a joke. My street is as wide as any street in North York or Scarborough. In addition, every house on my street has a driveway. Thus, nobody parks on the street. Plows have clear access for plowing. I wonder what it costs for sidewalk plowing because I haven’t seen one in many years in our area. Are we paying taxes for a nonexisting service? I would much rather shovel my sidewalk and put the money toward lifting the blade on snowplows or have another smaller plow follow and clear out the bottom of my driveway. Kathleen Wilson

Peace theatre group involved in Coxwell mural project


ar too often we see the expression of youthful energy and creativity in a negative light because of the way it is presented to us in public. We see graffiti on walls and other public objects and immediately think of it as vandalism rather than for a need for an outlet of creative expression. Likewise, we hear too much about the negative side of young people’s experiences with the media attention given to guns and gangs. Some will come forward and say that the solution is more police, harsher sentences and bigger jails, plus instilling a fearful respect for the law in our youth. However, experience has shown that even if all of these things are in place those who commit these senseless acts of violence simply don’t think about the consequences when they are caught up in the moment.


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There is an alternative, and that is to teach our youth that there are constructive ways of overcoming violence, and to do so without preaching at them or threatening them. The way to do this is to allow them to discover these alternatives themselves through a real learning experience that conflict can be resolved through peaceful means. A tangible example of this approach can be found in the Children’s Peace Theatre, founded in 2000 by Robert Morgan. Located in the former Massey-Goulding Estate located on Dawes Rd. in East York, the organization works year round to

connect with youths through a variety of award-winning programs.Their primary goal is to teach children and youth that peace is possible and it is a collective responsibility that we develop a culture of peace. Theatre arts are used to teach children and youth how to work together towards such a goal through their own self discovery, rather than preaching a doctrine. This is done by engaging these young people in the creation of self-produced artistic productions that have an emphasis on of working together towards peaceful resolution of conflict. While the main emphasis has been upon the theatre, the group has undertaken a new project that will be of benefit to the entire East York community.This will be through the creation of a community based mural on the wooden hoardings that will surround the Coxwell subway station during its two-year renovation.

A group of young people will work with a professional artist and volunteers to create something that is of high quality and that they and the community can be truly proud of. The theme of the mural will be based on the history of the community that has surrounded the present Coxwell subway station. The effort is being sponsored by Toronto cultural services and the TTC as well as local councillors Janet Davis (Ward 31) and Mary Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29). The community is encouraged to help out as well by providing photographs or information about the area around the Danforth and Coxwell intersection. You can view their website at ww.childrenspeacetheatre. org or contacting Karen Emerson 416-752-1550. n Joe Cooper is a long-time East York resident and community activist. His column appears weekly. Contact him at

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Smarter commuting may ease transit pressure

Offering flexible commutes could also reduce riders’ stress, improve productivity of employees RAHUL GUPTA

proving more attractive to professional women with families, who must juggle As traffic gridlock worsens, their children’s needs with commuters are facing the the demands of their professtark choice of paying more sion, said Samatas. to realize the completion of “Women are looking for new transit systems or watch flexibility but they also want commute times in the GTHA to be challenged by their job,” (Greater Toronto Hamilton said Samatas. “It’s hard to Area) continue to balloon to drop off your kid at daycare or unimaginable levels. school when you have to be at Throughout February, resia meeting by nine o’clock.” dents have had the chance to She said the company has participate in roundtables, achieved higher rate of retenconsultations and discussions, tion for its employees who to evaluate transit plans that are keen to stay in a position promise to reverse the tide of which affords them the flexcongestion and usher in a new ibility in how they work. The Staff photo/DAN pearce future for transportachallenge, she said, is tion options – one that for more businesses to Former TTC board chair Adam Giambrone estimated that if one to two per cent of those peak-time riders could alter their won’t come cheap. offer flexible work times commute times by just 30 minutes, it would save the TTC approximately $10 million in new service costs. Even if they are without sacrificing proa funded, such massive ductivity. closer look infrastructure under“I think we have crisis,” said Giambrone, who ing could be offering “incentakings will cost tens of is now a media commentator. tives” for travelling outside come a long way, but Inside billions of dollars and Toronto it’s one thing to have a “And one thing in the mix of of peak periods so that riders will take decades to policy and another to things to consider is shifting who choose to do so could complete. Meanwhile live and breathe it every the burden from the peak receive some form of fare RAHUL GUPTA region’s transit systems, residents, no matter their day,” Samatas said. hours.” discount. Offering a flexible commute He estimates it costs the “Your goal here is to which, presently, is dealchoice of transportation, ing with overcrowding and remain stuck in traffic patterns would not only improve an TTC around $6 million for age very specific travel,” said A senior Toronto architect promised only to worsen. employee’s productivity but every one per cent growth in traffic congestion. Giambrone. applauds Toronto’s chief Keesmaat has frequently With new transit for Toronto it would also benefit the cashridership. Chris Upfold, TTC chief of planner, Jennifer Keesmaat’s stated her support of a lowand area far off into the future strapped TTC, said the former In 2012 the TTC reported customer service, acknowlcall for mid-level developrise future for Toronto that and existing transportation chair of the transit agency 514 million annual rides and edged some benefits in a camment projects with strong could handle the growing networks straining to deal with recently. is anticipating around 528 milpaign to encourage shifting links to public transit. city’s needs without raising record ridership, new ideas on The TTC’s continuing lion by the end of 2013. commute times to off-peak But David Butterworth the ire of local communities how to deal with situation are dilemma, according to Adam Giambrone estimated that periods. said he wants to see concerned about condoemerging. Giambrone, is it is attracting if one to two per cent of those But he balked at the prosKeesmaat and the city planminium towers changing Businesses, especially, record ridership numbers, but peak-time riders could alter pect of getting the TTC to ning department settle varithe landscape of the neighare looking to find ways for much of that travel is coming their commute times by just 30 approach employers. ous planning “ambiguities” bourhood. a smarter commute for their during the peak hours. “I think we can do someminutes, it would save the TTC regarding the building of At a recent speech at the employees. Or in some cases, thing to help our customers six-to eight-storey buildat the Toronto Board of they are eliminating the comunderstand what their options ings along major avenues Trade, Keesmaat encourmute completely by granting are, and where it might be What we find is people are more productive when in the city. aged shifting focus from employees more flexibility in busier. But aiming a camthey don’t have a long commute and are not “If Jennifer is really deciding when - and where paign at employers is not a single-family residences exhausted. We don’t want our employees getting suggesting this then she’s TTC issue,” said Upfold. they work. to higher density mixedup at 5 a.m. so they can spend three hours on a got to allow some flexgrowth housing, particularly Local staffing and recruiting Instead, he said the TTC ibility and freedom within outside of the downtown would likely focus on benefits firm Poly Placements allows its nail-biting commute. the mid-rise guidelines,” core. workforce of around 50 people to customers, who could then – Sarah Samatas, Poly Placements said Butterworth, a senior flexible start and leave times, inform their employers about “We have a tremendous head of human resources designer for firm Kirkor as well as the ability to telethe benefits of altering their amount of capacity within Architects and Planners. the City of Toronto to commute for one or two days commute times. Speaking this month, redevelop our avenues as per work week, said the place“Peak times are the most approximately $10 million in “We could show that if you Butterworth said the type very livable urban places,” ment agency’s head of human difficult time to add service,” new service costs. get on a bus or subway at a of European-style developKeesmaat said. resources. Sarah Samatas He suggested the TTC certain time you’re going to he said. ment Keesmaat envisions Butterworth said devel“You have to potentially buy get a seat, for example.” said said the company realized should consider a “twofor Toronto could create opers might be interested in giving employees options on new vehicles and hire more Upfold. “Customers can then pronged” awareness camnew creative opportunities building mid-level buildings when they come into work people just for those times. paign to educate riders and go back to their employers for designers. in areas near major tranat its location near the busy If you could get those people employers and called on the and say: ‘Gosh wouldn’t it He said such planning sit connections but only intersection of Yonge Street to adjust their commutes, you city and province to review be great if I can make these would facilitate the transforand Eglinton Avenue made would have capacity to handle their current policies on comchanges.’ But we don’t have if they can make it work mation of certain suburban financially. for a more productive and less service load without adding mutes. plans in respect to influencing neighbourhoods into local “Why is anyone going distracted workforce. any service.” Giambrone said when employers.” “satellite cores,” walkable “What we find is people are Giambrone believes the While an advertising camto knock down a two- or he headed the TTC board urban areas with opportunithree-storey building just more productive when they TTC could save on the need between 2006 and 2010, the paign is possible in the future, ties for office and retail space to build six?” he said. “You don’t have a long commute for providing more peak or TTC had planned to run an Upfold said the TTC has no and connected via public and are not exhausted,” said rush hour service if riders were advertising campaign encourcurrent plans for one. really need to have make it transit to the downtown affordable to purchase the able to shift their commute aging flexible commute times. Samatas, however, encourSamatas. “We don’t want our core. Building with transit land and ensure there a reaemployees getting up a 5 a.m. times by as small an amount The campaign, however, never aged both the TTC and GO in mind would, according sonable return on it.” so they can spend three hours as either 30 minutes earlier ended up launching. Transit to educate ridership to Butterworth, ease preson a nail-biting commute.” or later. He said another way to about the benefits of shifting – with files from sure on the Toronto and Flexible commutes are “We’re in a perpetual budget encourage smarter commuttransit commutes. David Nickle

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Keep it simple, planners told by participants at first roundtable DAVID NICKLE Toronto’s new chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat will be sitting down for a serious talk about how to design a city that works for all Torontonians over the winter and spring. On Tuesday, Keesmaat got the Chief Planner’s Roundtable going with a talk about how best to design and build public spaces – from parkland and public squares to streetscapes. The roundtable discussion at city hall included presenta-

tions from civil servants, architects and urban designers. For Adam Nicklin of PUBLIC W O R K f o r Ur b a n D e s i g n & Landscape Architecture, the key to making public realms vibrant was simplicity. “We often try to stuff everything into the public space that we can find,” he said. “You want the skating rink, the biogarden – you want to cram everything into this space because another one might not come up.” Nicklin told the group that the

key was to interconnect sometimes smaller parcels of public space – and use the streetscape as well. “The simplest of public spaces are usually the best,” he said. “We usually overcomplicate them.” Nicklin was just one of a number of presenters and participants in the first session. Future sessions will deal with the transformation of the subways, and making the city more resilient. Keesmaat said that the roundtables will ultimately lead to an “action document” that will draw

together input from various city departments as well as the private sector. “I feel we’re bringing some of the best minds in the city around the table – we’re bringing private sector thinkers, industry leaders and a vareity of city divisions around the table,” she said. “My hope is that this will begin to build some consensus about what the challenges are we are trying to solve. The question isn’t only what to do, but how do you fund it and how do you operationalize it.”

Keesmaat said that at the end of the process she’ll compose an “action document” that will likely encompass a variety of action – from direction to staff, to matters that will require council approval, to possible tweeks to the city’s official plan. Upcoming roundtables include: March 5, the Resilient City; and April 2 meeting, Transforming the Suburbs. Members of the public interested in attending the roundtables are asked to RSVP at


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Northern Spirit Games at St. Patrick WINTER FUN: Above, Aiden Lane of St. Mary Catholic School, takes part in the Northern Spirit games at St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School Monday morning. At top right, Students compete in a tug-of-war during the event. At far right, Lyka Castillo of St. Margaret Catholic School has a ball at the games. At right, middle, students play the blanket toss game. And at right, below, students compete in a snowshoe race.

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Kristie Paille, top, Lydia Kiselyk and Tammie Van Dyk appear in the East Side Players’ production of Communicating Doors.

Again, that meeting is also met with apprehension, but watching these women band together to change their destinies is a crazy, intriguing journey that will keep you guessing and rooting for their success until the end. While the plot Best Buy CORRECTION NOTICE sounds complicated, NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE BEST BUY rest-assured it’s a FEBRUARY 22 CORPORATE FLYER Please be advised well written play, that this product: BlackBerry Curve 9320 (WebCode: the actors make it 10215198), advertised on the February 22 flyer, page understandable and 8, is only available on prepaid activation. Please see director, Marina store associate for details. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers. Leyderman, does a fantastic job making it clear. Also, the set, which is a beautifully furnished room with monogrammed furniture, decorative columns and floor-toceiling curtains, is the setting for each time zone the ladies travel to, so you’ll never have to guess where you are in the story. Van Dyk as Poopay is sweet and funny, and portrays Poopay’s

journey from vulnerable to brave hero, well. Kiselyk plays Ruella with amazing strength and conviction, and Paille as Jessica is great as the innocent wife turned fierce adversary. CONVINCING The men also don’t disappoint. Baker plays his role of Reece in a way that garners both sympathy and loathing, and Turley is both menacing and convincing as the jaded killer, Julian. The show has a unique and thought-provoking plot, and while first act is a bit slow-going, by the second act, the show is action-packed which all leads to a satisfying ending. Communicating Doors runs until March 9, 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 3, at The Papermill Theatre, Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. Tickets are $22 and $15 for students. Call 416-425-0917 or visit for tickets.


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he TTC unveiled its newlook bus stop poles and maps for its bus shelters at its board meeting this week. While the physical poles will not be replaced, the new decals will give the objects a more consistent look as well as improved stop information, said Chris Upfold the TTC’s head of customer service, during a presentation to the board. The new designs which will be on display on a trial basis along the 94 Wellesley bus route beginning at the end of this week. The three types of poles presented employ colour-coded numbers for every route the stop serves. Special badges For example, regular routes are displayed within a black background. There are also special badges indicating if the route has any unique characteristics such as late night or express service. In addition, the newly designed poles display Next Bus arrival information for riders making use of the realtime vehicle prediction service.

‘On one hand they’re trying to be a local area way-finding map but they’re not showing anything besides street information.’ Steve Munro, transit watcher The designs also include the TTC logo which is not always identified on the estimated 3,000 stop poles currently in use. Following the meeting, Upfold said the decision to keep the existing infrastructure was made to help reduce the cost of the rebranding and to preserve the iconic look of the round “barrel-topped” poles, which suffered more from consistency than anything else. “They’re are a nice part of TTC infrastructure in terms of what our brand is,” said Upfold. “They’re unique and by keeping them we can save some money.” The chief failing of the current poles according to surveyed riders

The TTC has unveiled new-look bus stop poles and maps for its bus shelters. While the physical poles will not be replaced, the new decals will give the objects a more consistent look as well as improved stop information.

is they don’t display what route the stop serves, said Upfold. “That’s the most critical piece of information riders are looking for,” he said. Unlike current shelter maps, which contain the entire TTC system on one map, the new maps are customized to present information pertaining to local destinations

with less links to the transit system as a whole. There is also a colour-coded chart which shows route information and the times of day they serve. The full TTC subway map is also displayed as an inset. But that concerns transit watcher Steve Munro, who thinks the maps will prove more confusing despite

their cleaner presentation. “On one hand they’re trying to be a local area way-finding map but they’re not showing anything besides street information,” said Munro. “By discarding the general system map, they’re losing a lot of the context on the outer parts of routes.” He said the issue wouldn’t be as serious in neighbourhoods with less service but could prove a problem in more heavily populated areas such as the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue. “You’re better off keeping a route map that shows a larger part of the city,” said Munro. During the trial period the TTC will solicit feedback from riders, which Upfold expects to last for at least a few months. He said the TTC was also examining how to better and more cost efficiently display route map and schedule information currently contained inside “info posts” which are located at some bus stops. Upfold also said the TTC wants to expand from 50 the amount of stops containing Next Bus digital displays and is looking to have that cost incorporated in future capital budgets.

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Mystery and Crime Fiction Writing WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: S Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Dr. CONTACT: Janet Nanos, 416-396-3975, COST: Free Come and hear award-winning writers Rosemary McCracken and Steve Shrott read from their works and talk about mystery and crime writing. Rosemary and Steve are members of Sisters in Crime Toronto and Crime Writers of Canada. Income Tax Clinic 2013 WHEN: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Woodgreen Community Services - Danforth, 815 Danforth Ave., Suite 100 CONTACT: 416-645-6000, volunteer@ COST: Free WoodGreen Volunteer Services holds its annual clinic for marginalized communities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from until April 27 at the Danforth location. For: seniors, newcomers, students, unemployed and those with low income. Services available in various languages. Speak to staff if you have language needs. Book appointments now. Taking place on third floor.

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| THE MIRROR e | Thursday, February 28, 2013

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MEMBER OF THE DOWNTOWN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP *Pop a Balloon and Win provides a chance to win one prize including one of a range of coupons from $100 off up to $500 off or an iPad3 coupon or a Blackberry Z10 Smart Phone or a Bose Wave radio when you purchase a new 2013 RAV4 vehicle from Downtown Toyota on March 1st and 2nd, 2013 only. Prize delivery time subject to manufacturer inventory and availability. Warranty or hook-up fees for any prize are the responsibility of the manufacturer or purchaser. Cash substitute for prize based on dealership cost for prize item. **$25,860 drive-away price is for a new 2013 RAV4 FWD Base model and includes Delivery and Destination fees, dealer admin fees, levies, and all applicable charges (excluding HST). Price excludes registration, insurance, PPSA and license fees. Visit or call Downtown Toyota 416.465.5471 for complete details on all programs.

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