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HITTING THE ICE: Above, Jennifer Hopkins ties her son Wen Wong’s skate laces at Greenwood Park skating rink Saturday evening. With the end of March Break on the weekend, the city’s outdoor rinks are now closed for the season. The good news is that today is the first day of spring, and winter has officially come to an end. Left, Victoria Hermenegildo, right, Rachael Madigan and Kylin Daniel glide together for a final winter’s skate outside at Greenwood Park. Photos/PETER C. MCCUSKER

Neighbours work to ‘Ditch The Dust’ at Greenwood Dog Park JOANNA LAVOIE jlavoie@insidetoronto.com The days of foul-smelling dust storms may soon come to an end at Greenwood Park’s off-leash area as a group of dog-loving neighbours are raising funds to replace the local dog park’s problematic granite sand surface. In the spring of 2012, five concerned area residents – Stacey Grieve, Kelly Manis, Katie Reid, Rob Bright and Diane Walton – got together to discuss their concerns about the crushed granite (sand) surface at the Greenwood Dog Park. The group, called the Greenwood Dog Park Association (GDPA), met on two occasions and decided to survey park users about what could be done to better the dog park for everyone. More than 100 people completed the survey. “It was apparent (the surface dust and odour) was a big issue and we wanted everyone to enjoy the park,” said Reid, a certified professional

dog trainer/walker who often frequents the park. “(The surface) was just overly dusty in the warm, drier months. Talking to people, it was obvious the ground cover was a problem.” Reid said those surveyed also expressed concerns about the granite sand scratching the corneas of their dogs’ eyes and their pets ingesting fine particles when playing fetch. Area homeowners along Dundas Street East and Alton Avenue were also unhappy about dust getting into their homes from the dog park as well as the “atrocious” smell. The volunteer group then contacted the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department and Councillor Paula Fletcher to discuss their concerns. In September, they submitted a proposal to the city to move forward on resurfacing the off-leash dog area at Greenwood Park. Mark Hawkins, general supervisor of parks for Toronto East York, said he’s seen granite sand used as the

ground cover for several dog parks across the city. “We’ve never found any issues with it,” he said during a recent interview. However, in the case of the Greenwood dog park, Hawkins said “a lot” of complaints from residents have come in, specifically about the dust there this past summer during a period of extreme heat and little to no rainfall. “We did overnight irrigation at Greenwood (Park) last summer, but it dried out again by the afternoon,” he explained, adding the parks department increased its irrigation there to two 10-minute periods at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., which seemed to mitigate the dust and odour problem. “It’s pretty open out there and it gets windy.” Hawkins said he’s not opposed to removing the gravel sand at Greenwood Park and replacing it with pea gravel. “We’ve used pea gravel at a

number of dog parks and it’s been quite effective. It’s not a bad idea and it works,” he said. The parks department, which Hawkins said would store and reuse the granite sand from Greenwood Park, has agreed to support the community’s efforts with a $20,000 in-kind donation for labour and materials. The community must raise an additional $30,000 to complete the project, which he said wouldn’t likely move forward until 2015. Fletcher said she’s “very supportive” of the residents’ efforts to replace the current gravel sand surface at the Greenwood Dog Park with pea gravel. “The dog folks believe (the pea gravel) surface is the best... Once funding is attained, we can move forward.” Anyone interested in making an online donation to the ‘Ditch the Dust’ - Greenwood Dog Park Resurfacing Campaign can visit www.donationaid.com/greenwooddog-park. Corporate sponsors are also welcome to get in touch. All

donations of more than $10 will receive a charitable tax receipt from the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, which is helping the Greenwood Dog Park Association collect and manage donations. For more information, visit the Greenwood Doggie Park Facebook group at http://on.fb. me/1kvcmfu Comedy for a Cause: Canine Edition, a fundraising event for the Greenwood Doggie Park’s ‘Ditch the Dust’ campaign, is set to take place Tuesday, April 1 at The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The comedy showcase will feature Canadian comics Peter Anthony, Steve Dylan, Casey Corbin and Michelle Shaughnessy. Local dog walker Kelly Manis is set to serve as the host and emcee for the evening, which will also include a raffle draw featuring prizes from several local retailers.

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n hour of darkness. That’s what the annual Earth Hour event calls for, this year on Saturday, March 29 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, the event encourages residents and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of support for the planet. It is a worldwide event, which, according to organizers, has participation from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 154 countries worldwide. But the concept isn’t front of mind for all Torontonians. In the city last year, according to Toronto Hydro, there was a seven per cent reduction in energy use. In 2009, the city a 15 per cent reducour view experienced tion in energy use. So what’s hapConservation pening? For symbolism to have strength, there needs to be measurable needs to be momentum. There has to be front-of-mind growth. If there isn’t, the impact of the overall message – however powerful it may be – is blunted. One way of ensuring that momentum takes place is seeing new and interesting ways of integrating the event into community life. We’re encouraged, for example, that some pockets of the community build a neighbourhood gathering around Earth Hour. Last year, there was an outdoor concert in Roncesvalles Village. This year, in Etobicoke, there’s a concert at Islington United Church celebrating the 20th anniversary of the church’s organ. In North York, the Yonge-Sheppard neighbourhood will once again have its annual Earth Hour community walk. It’s a fine idea to consider joining a local Earth Hour event. So, too, is using our creativity to come up with our own localized Earth Hour events. Either way, you have people getting together, united in a common cause. Everyone can appreciate the environmental and cost benefits of saving energy. It’s great that Earth Hour can help bring that message to the forefront. Ideally, respect for the environment and energy conservation is a constant, front-of-mind proposition – not just for one hour in a year. For some, Earth Hour is a place to start. For others it’s one simple activity in an ever-mindful drive to preserve the environment.

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ne of the things that I find most disheartening about politics is the use of disinformation during elections. Normally, I would speak in generalities but there is one piece of disinformation that has particularly galled me that I would like to see cleared up for good. This is the smear against mayoralty candidate Olivia Chow and her late husband Jack Layton that has been floating around needlessly for years. The smear goes like this; Layton and Chow lived in public housing and paid next to nothing for a big apartment despite having a huge income and deprived needy people of much needed accommodation. The reality of the situation is much more telling about those who have attacked Layton and Chow than anything that either need have been ashamed of or felt guilty about. Between 1985 and 1990 Layton and Chow lived in

joe cooper watchdog an $800 a month apartment in the Hazelburn Co-operative Homes of Toronto. A co-operative is owned and managed by their members, has an elected board of directors, has their financial statements audited by the government, and are nonprofit. To live in a co-op you have to apply to the board of directors, be approved, give all your financial information, and pay according to your income. An agreed upon number of apartments are reserved for needy people and are government subsidized, but Layton and Chow were not living in one of those apartments. The government subsidy for some apartments that is talked about comes from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

(CMHC). This organization provides the mortgage for the property and subsidizes the rent for the low-income units. The entire purpose of a co-op is to be a mixture of incomes under one roof, which is socially healthier as it helps to prevent the creation of poverty ghettos. The Hazelburn Co-operative had no restrictions on the level of income someone could have to live there and again the co-op knew exactly how much Layton and Chow were earning. As a result, Layton and Chow were paying full “market value” for their apartment and voluntarily increased their rent by an additional $325 per month before the “scandal” broke. The scandal itself was contrived by right-wing city councillors, media and citizens who were opposed to Layton and Chow’s “socialist” values and did so to publicly embarrass them.

The entire incident was investigated by a retired judge, who found absolutely no conflict of interest or wrong doing on the part of Layton and Chow. Even before the so-called scandal broke, Layton and Chow had been looking for a home to buy downtown. When they moved out the right-wing media again distorted the event to make it look as if they were leaving the co-op because they had done something wrong. The reality was that they had finally found a suitable home in downtown’s Chinatown that could accommodate Chow’s mother’s need for ethnic food and companionship. So when the debates begin, ignore this red-herring non-issue and focus on important topics that need to be discussed. 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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A taxing question from the fringe Mayoral races are a long haul in Toronto – and that leaves plenty of room for little epiphanies. On Monday, one of those showed up to file papers at city hall – Ari Goldkind, a 40-yearold criminal defence lawyer. He made some headlines saying that he has a nose for B.S. and referring to the current mayor as Sideshow Rob. If past experience is any indication, an ambitious but untested outsider like Goldkind will go exactly nowhere in this race. He is a fringe candidate. But it’s rude not to ask what ideas even a fringe candidate brings to the table, and so that’s what I did. He started out sounding a bit like David Soknacki and Olivia Chow, advocating a return to the LRT in Scarborough over the council-approved subway. And then he kind of sounded like Soknacki on the land transfer tax, but it turned out I’d misunderstood when I thought he said that exemptions to the tax should go to more lower-priced houses and purchasers of homes worth more than $1.1 million should

david nickle the city pay more. What Goldkind actually wanted to see was the land transfer tax increased on million-dollar homes, and everybody else pay the same. That, along with higher property taxes, would pay for repairs and improvements of Toronto’s public housing. Goldkind may throw around words like B.S. pretty freely, but for him, and really only him, taxes are not a dirty word. After we spoke, it struck me: higher taxes shouldn’t be a de facto taboo, as they’ve become. Because while Goldkind might not have a hope at winning the election, if he actually pulled it off, his program of tax-andspend government would probably make life a lot better here and drive almost no one from their homes. Taxes are low in Toronto – lower than elsewhere – and yet services are slipping. According to this year’s Ombudsman’s Annual Report, even basic customer

service isn’t sustainable. As this year’s budget debate wrapped up, City Manager Joe Pennachetti said that property taxes will practically have to rise more dramatically in coming years than they have in the past, just to maintain status quo. Toronto is circling the drain. And yet, the collection of miserly landholders that make up Toronto will almost certainly shuffle out and cast their vote for one of five or so A-list mayoralty candidates with well-known resumes and no stomach for pitching the larger-scale tax hikes the city needs to pull out of its spin. Now, I can’t say that anybody should go to vote for the unknown criminal defence lawyer who just joined the long list of fringe mayoralty candidates. But maybe it’s time that we shook our heads, and stopped believing that we can have a great or even decent future, paying only a little more than we did in the past.

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Christopher Lombardo at 416-556-2380 or at getcampycentennail@gmail.com Suspect sought in store robbery A man is being sought following an armed robbery at an East York store. Police said a gunman wearing a disguise entered Dawes Dollar and Video at 387 Dawes Rd. at 9:55 p.m. on March 16. He jumped over the counter, knocking the shopkeeper to the ground, and stole coins and lottery tickets. The robber fled; the victim escaped injury. The suspect is about sixfeet tall with a thin build.

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Pollinator Gardens WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: Riverdale Branch, 416-3937720, COST: Free Get the latest buzz on creating a haven for pollinators from a Master Gardener. Toronto Master Gardeners are trained horticulturists, who volunteer their time to provide free advice for home gardeners. Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www.east yorkmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your East York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

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Draft 9.4 WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: draftreadings@gmail.com COST: $5 suggested donation For our second reading of the 2014 season the Draft Reading Series is back at the Black Swan Tavern with new work by: Laure Baudot, Anne Elizabeth Carson, Jann Everard, Daniel Karasik, Koom Kankesan and Heidi Reimer.

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More priority neighbourhoods to be designated under new plan DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s community development and recreation committee has approved a new way to designate priority neighbourhoods – one that will shift resources through communities across the city. The policy change must still be approved by Toronto Council when it meets in April. But if it goes ahead, it will mean that the total number will increase to 31 from the current 22. The new neighbourhoods are eligible for additional programs and capital funding based on a new metric, called a “Neighbourhood Equity Score.” It looks at various categories including unemployment levels, education level, voting rates, physical surroundings and health levels. The revision is the first major one since 2005, when the city instituted the priority neighbourhood system following a rash of shootings. Don Valley East Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong came to the Monday committee meeting skeptical about the new system. He pointed out that the designation of at-risk neighbourhoods for additional resources doesn’t have any way to measure the success of investments. “Previously or up until

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now there haven’t been any measurements and you can’t improve what you can’t measure,” he said. “We started this out on assumptions that weren’t incredibly clear at the time. This all started with the Jane Creba shooting. There was some hope that with this crime would go down. Well there’s no evidence that any of these investments have done anything to reduce crime.” Minnan-Wong, who is not a member of the committee, said he intended to make motions when the matter comes before council. Other councillors on the committee were more supportive of moving forward. “How can we fully track how many lives we saved?” said St. Paul’s Councillor Josh Matlow. “How many people can we put on paper saying how we’ve set them back on track? What we do know is that there

are a number of different investments that need to be made. We know we need to respect opportunities in communities.” Committee chair Anthony Perruzza, who represents the Jane-Finch community, took issue with the fact that the neighbourhood had scored so low, and was tarred with headlines labelling it the least liveable neighbourhood in Toronto. “Why some editor in some dark room somewhere would concoct such a headline based on this kind of a study, and say to everybody this is the worst place in the city (I don’t know),” said Perruzza. Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher, however, pointed out that many of the neighbourhoods – Jane-Finch included – were places with high concentrations of public housing that the province downloaded to the city. “It’s a no-brainer that many of the communities we’re talking about today are social housing communities,” said Fletcher. “We get pushback from people saying ‘we don’t want our communities labelled.’ Well the province did a really good job in making our communities label-able. If that’s a word.”

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