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Movie honours Leaside’s centennial

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Celebrating Canada Day in East York

Tara Hatherly thatherly@insidetoronto.com Leaside is getting a starring role in its own film. In honour of Leaside’s 100th anniversary, two local residents are documenting the former town’s history and centennial year in a movie, titled 100 Years Inside Leaside. The documentary, a series of 10 vignettes, looks at some of the people, places and events that shaped Leaside’s character during the last century. “We’ve got some great stories,” said Anthony Regan, who is producing the film alongside Barry Samuel, under the name Leaside Centennial Productions. “It’s quite fascinating. It’s >>>FILM, page 15

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THEY LOVE A PARADE: Anthony, left, and Doreen Gomes take in the East York Canada Day parade on Monday from the comfort of their decorated porch. For more photos from Canada Day in East York, please see page 3.

Layers of Leaside exhibit opens at Todmorden Mills Leaside’s centennial celebrations continue, with the premiere today of a video slide show documenting Leaside’s past 100 years. The slide show, Leaside - Then and Now, premieres during the opening reception of The Layers of Leaside Exhibit at Todmorden

Mills Heritage Site. The reception takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. Along with the slide show, the Papermill Gallery exhibit features the Leaside 100th anniversary tableau display, Layers

of Leaside, which premiered earlier this year at the Leaside Public Library. Unique character The display delves into Leaside’s history, documenting the different layers that helped

define Leaside’s unique character, while also showcasing the former town as it is today, using text, maps and photos. The exhibit runs until Sunday, July 14. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, and from noon to 5

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p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission and parking are both free. The Town of Leaside was officially born May 7, 1913, with a population of 43 people.

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In 1999, the Toronto Port Authority, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport, was formed with the mandate to operate as a self-sufficient business. By law, we are self-financing and do not receive any money from the government. In fact, we contribute millions of dollars to city, provincial and federal coffers every year.

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Canada Day celebrations in East York

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A girl blow bubbles in the park during East York Canada Day celebrations in Stan Wadlow Park on Monday.

Children wave Canadian flags from the curbside during the East York Canada Day parade on Monday.

Members of the Souls of Steel Orchestra perform during East York Canada Day celebrations in Stan Wadlow Park.

Members of the Ulsten Accordion Band march along the route of the East York Canada Day parade.

At right, Savannah and Liam Piegon scoot down the slide with their father Robert during East York Canada Day celebrations in Stan Wadlow Park. At left, Shih Tzus Gigi and Lola have the perfect spot to watch the East York Canada Day parade.

Charlie Steadman, 5, tries his luck at the ball toss game during East York Canada Day celebrations in Stan Wadlow Park.

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ata released last week from Statistics Canada confirmed what most commuters in the Greater Toronto Area already know – we have the longest commute times in the country. Our average travel time of 32.8 minutes to work (one way) is the longest in Canada’s urban regions, according to the data. That makes us more than seven minutes longer than the national average. Something else to think about while sitting on the bus, train or in your cars: our commuting time is now among the longest in North America – topped only by New York City with 34.7 minutes and Washington D.C. with 33.8 minutes, according to Statistics Canada. The data came from the National Household Survey conducted in 2011 by StatsCan. The reality, though, is that the commute is much longer for many Greater Toronto Area residents. This is not something we should be proud of. It’s a condemnation of past governments and their poor planning. our view We can’t wait much longer for better road systems, better develStatsCan opment and improved public numbers paint transit systems. The StatsCan numbers are sombre picture consistent with the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s stats on Toronto’s average two-way commute time of 66 minutes. The cost of the time we’re spending travelling is not only impacting businesses and their productivity; it’s taking a huge toll on the commuters themselves. According the TRBOT’s A Green Light To Moving the Toronto Region: Paying for Public Transportation Expansion, congestion is costing the Toronto region $6 billion in lost productivity annually. “No surprise then, that irrespective of who’s measuring, or how, the results are consistent: the Toronto Region’s problems of gridlock are amongst the worst of any major urban centre in the world and getting worse by the day; a fact the region’s weary commuters know all too well as they try to navigate through our congested roads and packed transit systems,” said TRBOT president and CEO Carol Wilding in the Green Light report. It can’t go on. Hopefully, these latest numbers from StatsCan can be used to make politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal levels understand that transportation investment is critical to the economic and social success of Canada’s largest city. Those very politicians can expect it to be a key election issue, and one on which local voters will be looking for real answers and action.

Write us The East York Mirror welcomes letters of 400 words or less. All submissions must include name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters. Copyright in letters remains with the author but the publisher and affiliates may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms. Letters can be sent to letters@insidetoronto.com, or mailed to The East York Mirror, 175 Gordon Baker Rd. Toronto, ON, M2H 0A2.

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uring the past few weeks Canada ­— and the world ­— have seen how residents of Calgary, Alberta have been hit by disaster. This is not the first time the area has experienced flooding, but despite this, thousands of people were caught unaware. We have the now iconic photo of Momo the cat and his owner paddling to safety after being caught by the flood water. Again, this was an area that has seen a flood before, but many people acted as if it was the first time it happened. East York and Toronto have had their own disasters, both historical and contemporary, but we have learned from them. My wife and I always have three days’ worth of food and water on hand and have spare batteries for radios and flashlights. In addition, we have cash money, all of our identification papers ready and even

joe cooper watchdog a have a set of inexpensive walkie-talkies to keep in touch if we became separated. To back that all up, I have electrical adaptors in the car that will allow us to charge up cell phones or other devices from the car battery. I also make sure the car is filled with gas and even have spare clothing, food and water stored in it. In addition both my wife and I have first responder medical training and first aid kits in the house and in the car. All of this preparedness came out of the lessons of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Great Ice Storm of 1998 and the great northeast power outage of 2003. The truth is that most people do not plan for emergencies and are

caught totally unprepared. We have had serious disasters take place in our own backyard, such as the transformer explosion on Secord Avenue in 2008; and the majority of people were simply not prepared. If you had only seconds to leave your home, would you be ready? Could you gather all your medications, credit cards and identification documents at a moments notice? Do you have a photo of a family member that you can show to emergency crews to help find them? Do you have copies of important documents or policy numbers to help you rebuild your life? If ATM or credit card machines were inoperable, would you still be able to purchase necessary items with cash? If you have pets do you have pet carriers ready, along with extra food for them? Yes, the City of Toronto

is compassionate and there is a social safety net available to help you and your neighbours in your time of need. However, as we have also seen in the past, the sheer numbers of those who are in need can quickly overwhelm caregivers and emergency personnel. The city has made available an excellent personal emergency preparedness check list and can direct you to organizations that can help you create your own personal emergency disaster plan. Call the city’s information line at 311 and have them direct you to the information you need in order to be in personal control if disaster strikes. You can be an asset to your community in a time of disaster or a liability and a burden. It’s up to you. Joe Cooper is a long-time East York resident and community activist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at eym@insidetoronto.com

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The East York Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday at the East York Civic Centre from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs until Nov. 5. The East York Civic Centre is located at 850 Coxwell Ave. Also, the Withrow Park Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park is located at 725 Logan Ave., south of Danforth Avenue.

Movies in the Park returns to Riverdale Park East this Sunday. This year’s lineup includes Top Gun July 7 at 9:15 p.m.; The Goonies July 21 at 9 p.m.; E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Aug. 4 at 8:45 p.m.; and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Aug. 18 at 8:30 p.m. People are encouraged to bring a picnic, and their friends and families to watch the PG-rated flicks. In addition to watching movies under the stars, the event acts as a fundraiser for local children’ s organizations, which this year include St. James Town, Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care and the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club. Proceeds from each movie screening are donated to the featured organization. Please visit www.moviesinthepark.wordpress.com for more information about the movies in the park. Riverdale Park is at 550 Broadview Ave.

Former Toronto Blue Jays player Frank Catalanotto will be at a book signing in East York next month. Catalanotto will sign copies of his book Heart & Hustle during a visit to a Parkview Hills home in East York on July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. . Copies of the book can be purchased for $25 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. Catalanotto played for the Blue Jays from 2003 to 2006. A New York resident, the book chronicles Catalanotto’s journey from Little League to Major League Baseball. Space is limited. To confirm attendance and for further details, please call 416-659-3870.

Pick-up softball in Beach Hill The Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association (BHNA) invites residents to a game or two of pick-up softball. Beach Hill Pick-up Softball begins this Saturday at Fairmount Park, 1725 Gerrard St. E. It will continue every Saturday through the summer from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The league is for adults, but young adults 14 and older are also invited. People are encouraged to bring their own glove and bats. Balls and a bat will be provided. Contact Jason Gilman at softballbeachhill@gmail.com for an exact location.

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Residents are invited to help build one of four Lego mosaics at Yonge-Dundas Square next Tuesday, July 9. Similar to a paint-by-numbers system, Legoland’s team will be at the square from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with buckets of Lego bricks that people walking by will use to

build tiles that will be able to stick onto the “canvases” to create the entire picture. Once assembled, the mosaics will feature posters for the new 4D movie Legends of CHIMA in a bus shelter at the southwest corner of the square. There will be 110,592 bricks for the entire mosaic. Visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/toronto/holding wading pools now open wLocal

Residents are reminded that the City of Toronto’s wading pools are now open and will remain so until Sunday, Sept. 1. Locally, wading pools are located at Coleman, East Lynn, Fairmount, George Webster, Hideaway, Kempton Howard, Livingstone, Matty Eckler, Oakcrest, Phin, Stephenson, Topham and Withrow parks. Wading pool hours vary by location. For more information on city parks, please visit www.toronto. ca/parks Up Jazz runs helps out TEGH wTune

The Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run, which helps raise funds for Toronto East General Hospital,

is set for Sunday, July 28. Those wishing to participate need to know there is a cap on the number of runners allowed, and the roster is already about 80 per cent full, so early registration is suggested. The run has routes of five, 10 and 20 kilometres and goes from 7 a.m. to noon, starting at Kew Gardens. 2075 Queen St. E. Along with helping raise funds for the hospital, the run is also an official Tune Up Training Run for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. For registration details, visit www. canadarunningseries.com/jazz The run’s emphasis is on fun and fundraising for the hospital, so there is a ‘Sponsor Me’ component. To create a personal fundraising page please visit http://bit. ly/1azs0RT

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Family Storytime WHEN: 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: Riverdale Branch, 416-393-7720 COST: Free Stories, songs and rhymes for children aged one month to six years old and their parents or caregivers. Drop-in. Afternoon Teen Movie: Hobbit WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. CONTACT: 416-396-3975, COST: Free Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. Ages: 13-19. Rated: PG. 170 mins. Bingo at the Legion WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10, 1083 Pape Ave. CONTACT: 416-425-3070, COST: Free Jerry Stiff Band WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10, 1083 Pape Ave. CONTACT: 416-425-3070, COST: Free A mix of music that will make you

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Board Games! WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Danforth/Coxwell Branch Toronto Public Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: 416-393-7783 COST: Free Board games suitable for those aged 6 to 12 years.

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Charity Garage Sale and BBQ! WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: True Davidson Acres Home for the Aged, 200 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: Carly Wolf, 416-397-0364, cwolf@toronto.ca COST: Free Volunteer board is fundraising to build a deck and gazebo accessible to the residents and their families.

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Withrow Park Farmers’ Market WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Withrow Park, north-east end, 725 Logan Ave. CONTACT: http://www. withrowpark.ca, withrowpfm@gmail. com COST: Free The weekly with seasonal local produce, prepared foods and special market guests. Bring an old cookbook in good condition for the cookbook swap, some clothing to mend at the Repairathon. Bottles for Burgess - Bottle Drive WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE:

The Beer Store - (Donlands and O’Connor), 380 Donlands Ave. CONTACT: William Burgess Elementary School Grounds Committee, 416396-2490, http://wbparentcouncil. weebly.com/bringing-back-nature. html, williamburgessschool@gmail. com COST: Free Drop off your empties.

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Sunday Afternoon Euchre WHEN: 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. CONTACT: Jim Farrell, 416-425-1714, rcl22.com, beansterman@yahoo.ca COST: $7

Volunteers Needed for Community Advisory Council & Patient Experience Panels Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) recognizes that input from our diverse community helps us deliver high-quality care. We are seeking volunteers who live or work in our community to join one of the following: Community Advisory Council

Pre-school Craft and Activity Hour WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: Riverdale Branch, 416-393-7720 COST: Free Come dressed for messy fun! Drop-in. How to Hand-Raise Monarch Butterflies WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Danforth/Coxwell Branch Toronto Public Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: 416-393-7783 COST: Free Kellie Scott gives a demonstration and detailed instructions on how to find, identify and hand-raise Monarch butterflies which are considered a “species at risk.” Children must be accompanied by an adult. For children ages 6 to 12 years. Registration is required. Call 416-393-7783.

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Castlemoon Theatre Presents the Snail and the Whale WHEN: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview

Ave. CONTACT: Riverdale Branch, 416-393-7720 COST: Free Travel across the wide and wonderful sea with a tiny snail and a humpback whale. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson. Registration is required. Family Movie Thursdays WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Danforth/Coxwell Branch Toronto Public Library, 1675 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: 416-393-7783 COST: Free July 11 - The Lorax (G); July 18: Hotel Transylvania (G); July 25: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (G); Aug. 1 - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG); Aug. 8 - A Bug’s Life (G); Aug. 15 - Wreck it Ralph (G)

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Karma Park Yoga WHEN: today at 10 a.m. and tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Riverdale Park East Rink, 550 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: Trixie, 416-466-8152 COST: Free, Donations accepted. Karma Park Yoga for Nellie’s Shelter takes place July 13 at 10 to 11 a.m. at Riverdale Park, at the south end off Broadview Ave. between Bridgepoint Hospital and the large statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. On July 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Jimmie Simpson Park at the north end off Alton Avenue, next to the skating arena. Bring a mat. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

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A man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of an East York woman. Police, fire and EMS were called to the eighth floor of an apartment building at 1000 Broadview Ave. for a medical emergency at 11:38 p.m. June 26.

“When we got there, we found a 27-year-old with a stab wound,” Toronto Police spokesman Const. Victor Kwong said. “She had no vital signs. She was taken to hospital and pronounced (dead). And one suspect was arrested and taken into custody from the scene.” Rebecca Ransome died of a stab wound to the chest, an autopsy found. David Braithwaite, a long-

time resident of the 19th floor, said he was socializing with neighbours outside the building when emergency vehicles arrived. “We saw about five cop cars, an ambulance, a fire engine,” he said. “We thought maybe somebody elderly had passed away in the building.” A s h o r t t i m e l a t e r, Braithwaite saw the victim on a stretcher. “They’re obvi-

ously giving her CPR, trying to resuscitate her,” he said. Then Braithwaite saw a man in handcuffs being escorted out of the building. “It’s a pretty horrible thing to see to be honest,” he said. “It happened very fast. I’d say all in about 15 or 20 minutes.” Braithwaite said the building has a large senior citizen population and is normally very quiet. Charged is 26-year-old Kyle

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A man has been arrested in connection with a sex assault Thursday in the Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street area. Police allege a man forced his way into the home of a woman and sexually assaulted

her while armed with a knife. A young girl in the same home was then sexually assaulted. Some of the woman’s belongings were also stolen. Police don’t believe this was a random crime. Elric Benjamin MacArthur, 46, was arrested in Hamilton on June 28. He is facing charges including sexual assault with a weapon, sexual interference, forcible confinement, and robbery.

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TOAST TO BIKE LANE: Rena Ginsberg, left, Jim Loukides, Beaches-East York Councillor Janet Davis and Randy Tsomis join the celebration of the official opening of the new Dawes Road bike lane recently by sharing a sparkling white grape juice toast.

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CANADA DAY RIBFEST IN EAST YORK: Steven Mastoras, left, shows off his work at the barbecue during the Toronto East Rotary Club’s fifth annual Ribfest at Whistler’s Grille on Canada Day. Proceeds from the event will benefit a number of inititatives supported by the Toronto East Rotary Club.

Festival of South Asia slated Residents are invited to the annual TD Festival of South Asia this weekend in the Gerrard India Bazaar. The annual event features two-days of non-stop entertainment including steelpan, Bollywood dancers, Bengali

dances, learn to dance programs reflecting Indian, Afghani, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan cultures as well as the third annual South Asia’s Got Talent show for Toronto-based youth. Visitors can experience

foods from more than 20 restaurants and priced from $1 to $6. The TD Festival of South Asia runs from noon to 11 p.m. between Greenwood and Coxwell avenues. Visit www.festivalofsouthasia.com for more info.

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Plagued by the injury bug this year in their inaugural season in the Ontario Youth Soccer League, the under-18 boys East York Dragans weren’t sure what to expect this year at The Robbie International Soccer Tournament. What they ended up with was the championship of the prestigious 47th annual version of the tournament. East York beat Markham Lightning 1-0 in the title game. David Christie notched East York’s goal, while the shutout went to Aris Efstathiadis. The Dragans, 4-3-1 so far with four games remaining in their league season, opened the tourney Saturday with a demoralizing 3-0 loss to Unionville-Milliken. The team hastily reversed their fortunes however with

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an 8-0 win over the Lasalle Stompers. In their final opening round game Sunday, the Dragans beat the Brampton Blast 1-0. The win qualifed East York for a semifinal match against Kitchener Spirit which they won 4-0. CORE GROUP The Dragans have a core group of players that have been together since age 10. It’s the first time since 2008 that an East York team has won a Robbie title, when the under-11 East York United FC won it. League vice president and Dragans team manager, Miguel de Sousa, is thrilled the team will recall their rep soccer days on a winning note – at least from a tournament perspective. The complete team will be

parting ways after the league season, noted de Sousa, with many moving on to play the game at the university level. “We entered the tournament with a number of players nursing injuries from the start of the season,” said head coach Bert Lobo, pointing out the injuries were due mainly to high school soccer games. Even though there were a couple of extra players available for the championship final, there were only nine players that were injury free, he said. “The players are skilled and work as a team, so their lack of numbers actually helped as they were forced to play with more intensity and attention to their part of each game.” The first game against Unionville was a bit of a setback, he said. However, the players

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responded by putting the loss behind them. The team would not allow another goal for the rest of the tournament. IMPORTANT WIN “Yes, I was concerned. It can be a very negative aspect,” said the coach. “The players realized that they had to adhere to my game plan...following strategy was key to our having any success at all.” Lobo said winning The Robbie was a great way to cap the league soccer careers of many of the players. “The championship win was important as The Robbie is considered a major, worldrenowned event.”

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ob Ford isn’t the only one thinking about the next municipal election in 2014. Radio host John Tory’s thinking about it, word is that TTC Chair Karen Stintz is building a team and New Democrat MPP and former councillor Olivia Chow is aimed that way too. It’s all an invitation to

start up a game of fantasy politics post-haste, scour the polls and start picking winners and losers. ballots That’s all good fun. But it puts aside a more vital question: just exactly what the next Mayor of Toronto will be left to work with,

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The Great Camp Adventure is an up to 20 kilometre challenge-by-choice adventure walk that will take place on September 28 through the streets of downtown Toronto (starting and ending at Fort York) to benefit SickKids. Designed with the whole family in mind, babies in strollers, toddlers and tots, teenagers, moms, dad, grandparents and other family members will participate in ultimate camp adventures along the way making lasting memories of shared family fun. Register today at www.campforkeeps.com or call 416-4-4KEEPS.

JULY 5-6: CANADIAN PINBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pinball players will come together in Toronto for two full days of gaming fun. The annual event will feature a variety of pinball machines as well as classic pins from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Participants of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to play. To register, visit http://cpc2013.topl.org/

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A night of entertainment, food and games at the Royal Canadian Legion in Scarborough. Tickets are $10 and proceeds from the event will support the Cancer Centre Fund at SickKids. The event opens at 5 p.m. and features a buffet dinner, live band, DJ, karaoke, door prizes and a silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact terrimiddleton@msn.com

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The 19th annual Heatwave Toronto Volleyball and Tournament is serving up great times and competitive matches in support of cancer research at SickKids and the new Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. The two-day tournament at Ashbridge’s Bay features co-ed beach volleyball (competitive and recreational) and great food, drinks, and prizes. For more information or to register, visit www.heatwaveevents.com

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included both the removal of the vehicle registration tax and the increase of user fees – but it is wrong to say the mayor hasn’t done taxpayers a good turn, contracting out garbage collection and taming unions and cutting councillors’ budgets. re-elected If he’s not re-elected for all that, however, he will also have done his successor a good turn. For two years running now, the Ford administration has operated under a strict policy of sliding three-quarters of prior year surpluses into the city’s capital budget and holding back the rest for unanticipated liabilities. This year, that surplus amounts in total to $248 million. So $186 million will be going to pay cash for the

david nickle the city sorts of projects that in the past the city has funded through debt. Last year, the surplus was higher: $292.7 million. This 75-25 policy is a child of the Ford administration but happily midwived by the city’s finance staff. Keeping debt levels low makes for far more manageable books and more predictable revenue streams. It also limits city council’s ability to make in-year operating changes, and allows Ford to continue the business of shrinking government in terms of the services it provides. What it does for a future mayor – one with more governmental ambition —– is another thing entirely.

By sending surpluses to reduce debt, what the Ford administration has done is create borrowing room for an ambitious mayor to embark on a much more ambitious capital program going forward. Gardiner Expressway Shelley Carroll, the former budget chief under former mayor David Miller and a sometime-mayoralhopeful herself, wonders what might be done with the Gardiner Expressway going forward. Many things become possible, for a city-building mayor riding in on the heels of a mayor whose major ambition was to put a hold on ambitious projects.

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Film tells story of Leaside and its first 100 years >>>from page 1 endlessly challenging, and rewarding, this project,” Regan added. “It’s really amazing. The more you get into it, the more you discover and find out. We’re finding out more and more about the community.” The pair are hoping to continue that momentum, by reaching out to Leasiders past and present.

and its residential and commercial development. The movie also showcases famous and influential Leasiders, and features interviews with family members of some of the area’s early residents. Celebrations

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Barry Samuels, left, and Anthony Regan get down to work on the production of their film about Leaside’s 100th anniversary.

because there’s all kinds of neat and weird things that went on, as you can imagine.” Email lea100productions@ gmail.com to get in touch with Regan and Samuel. Each of the movie’s 10

vignettes will be approximately five minutes long, and will be released separately through YouTube, before being compiled into a DVD. Part One: The Leas, is planned for release this summer, followed by Part

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Two: The House with Eight Sides, which tells how Leaside got its name. The film’s remaining parts will focus on Leaside’s prominent aviation, railway and industrial history, its significant wartime contributions,

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“We are welcoming people to reach out to us if they have something to share,” said Samuel. “If they have old pictures, if they have family ties, if there’s some kind of artifact that is sacred and otherwise unknown, then we would more than appreciate people getting in touch with us.” As Regan put it, “We’ve got the newspaper details, we want actual people who remember what that was all about to tell their story,

Many centennial celebrations will be documented in the film, along with some of the issues and events of Leaside’s 100th year. Looks at the construction and establishment of Leaside’s schools, places of worship and community arena, as well as Leaside’s Thorncliffe Park, will round out the film, including a look at the arena’s upcoming expansion. Regan and Samuel have been working on the film since August 2012, and will continue shooting footage throughout the year, finishing with New Year’s Eve celebrations. “We’re looking at 100 years

later. What has changed in 100 years, what’s still very much the same, and what’s gone on throughout the year,” said Regan. “There’s all these neat little bits and pieces that may slip between the cracks, so we’re trying to tell the story of them. Basically that’s this whole project in a nut shell. It’s for others, for the future.” A trailer for the film can be viewed online at www. youtube.ca. By releasing the film through YouTube, Regan and Samuel hope Leaside’s star will shine around the world. “We’d like it to go viral. We want to put it out globally, so people can have an appreciation for the very unique community that we have here,” said Samuel. “We think it’s a pretty special place that we want to share on a higher platform.”

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