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An East York woman is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her newborn. The infant’s body hasn’t been found. The investigation began after North York General Hospital called police last Thursday regarding a woman who had recently given birth but the baby was unaccounted for. Police had followed up on leads suggesting the baby had been left in a clothing donation bin. RCMP contacted RCMP from Surrey, B.C. assisted in the investigation. “Following up on a lead regarding the distribution of items from a local clothing donation bank, the RCMP were contacted and requested to search a shipping container that had been sent from Toronto to Surrey,” police said in a news release. “The investigation in Surrey, B.C. is now concluded. The investigation is ongoing as >>>BODY, page 17

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Holy Name Catholic School’s 100th birthday celebration LOOKING BACK: At right, Jo-Anne Wilson and her daughter, Song look at some historical artifacts at the Holy Name Catholic School 100th birthday celebrations on Saturday afternoon. Above, former students look at class pictures during the anniversary celebration.

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East York teens earn green journalist honours Tara Hatherly thatherly@insidetoronto.com Two East York teenagers took top spots in a national media contest, earning them each the title of Canada’s Next Green Journalist. Seventeen-year-old Lovely Juson won for her article, “Disposable coffee cups; the plastic bags of tomorrow,” while 16-year-old Kristin Rodrigo won first place for her photography. Lovely and Kristin both attend Grade 11 at St. Joseph’s College School. Along with winning first place in her category, Kristin’s photo, which shows a discarded coffee cup nestled in a tree trunk, also won the competition’s people’s choice

award. Lovely’s article focuses on how much waste disposable coffee cups contribute to Canadian landfills annually, and how people can avoid using the cups. Environmental Defence Canada’s Next Green Journalist, an environmental journalism competition run by Environmental Defence and sponsored by the Wrigley Company Foundation, offers prizes in three categories: ages 11 to 14, 15 to 18, and 19 to 21. Along with articles and photos about litter and waste management, the competition also honours videos. “How we are impacting

East Yorkers Lovely Juson, left, and Kristin Rodrigo were recently named Canada’s Next Green Journalist for their work at St. Joseph’s College School.

our environment today will affect our youth tomorrow,” said Stephanie Kohls from Environmental Defence Canada. “Through Canada’s Next Green Journalist, we are

encouraging Canadian youth to think about litter, a local environmental issue, and what they and their friends and family can do to make a difference.”

For taking top honours in the competition, Lovely earned a new laptop computer, and $500 to be used for an environmental initiative at her school. Kristin earned a new DSLR camera for winning, along with $500 to also be used for an environmental initiative at her school. For winning the peoples’ choice category, Kristin also scored a $100 Best Buy gift card. Compete internationally Both young women will now move on to compete internationally, along with six other Canadian youths, at the Young Reporters for the Environment competition, where they could win

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n today’s newspaper we’ve presented the 11 funding tools Metrolinx was considering as ways to find $34 billion to fund the first part of the Big Move project in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). There’s been plenty of debate about these tools, how transit expansion should be paid for and who will pay. Ultimately, all roads lead to the Province of Ontario when it comes to these questions. Metrolinx, the provincial agency tasked with building and financing the Big Move transit expansion, has recommended four of the 11 revenue tools in a report which will go to the province and affected municipalities by this Saturday. You can find which four Metrolinx said no to; which three it listed as supplemental measures; and the four it passed on to the province in our exclusive look on pages 8 and 9. Other playour view ers with a stake in the Big Move, including the City of Toronto, CivicAction and the Toronto What are Region Board of Trade, have their you willing own positions on the funding tools; also reflected in our report. to accept? The Big Move is a huge project with many spurs of transit growth, and multiple jurisdictions with competing priorities. However, we are all part of the same transit/traffic mess, and it’s hurting our economy right now in long commute times and increased business costs. We’ll all pay the price for not getting the Big Move right. The onus is on taxpayers to understand the situation and its impact. It’s your tax money that will potentially fund transit upgrades. It’s easy to just say no to taxes, but then you have to be able to offer other sources of funding and be part of the solution. We hope our report will let readers better understand some of the ways in which Metrolinx thought the Big Move could be funded, and how those funding tools would work. Take a look at them and then let your local MPP know what you think, and what you would be willing to accept and pay. It is the province that will decide which revenue tools to implement, and right now we have a relatively unstable minority government situation. Hopefully, the importance of better transit will trump politics when making these decisions.

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here is a big myth that is being promoted by the right wing of Toronto and Ontario about our city. There are many forms of this myth, but what it comes down to is that democracy does not work in municipal politics. What we need, we are told, is a strong-armed approach with one common voice to get things done without wasting money. Without question I have placed most of the focus of my column over the past 14 years countering this myth. I wish I had more time to simply cover the day-to-day events that take place in East York, North Riverdale, Leaside and other communities this newspaper covers. In fact I would like to welcome the opportunity to focus on “ordinary” events. Still, the current battle that is now taking place at city hall is one that everyone in Toronto should be

joe cooper watchdog paying attention to. The issues that have been emerging during these past few weeks are important ones, and are far from being strictly local in nature. What has undoubtedly emerged, as the single most important issue during these past few weeks is the role that political parties are now playing in the election of municipal candidates. Plain and simple, thanks to amalgamation, the days are now over when a politically independent individual could represent the members of his or her community on their local council. Today it is simply too difficult and expensive for one person to campaign effectively in a ward unless they are independently wealthy

or have a lot of well to do friends to help them out. Given the strong possibility that in the next municipal election the pressure to cut the number of wards in half to 22 will increase, along with the official involvement of political parties, will put more pressure on candidates to become officially partisan. The only thing keeping that from happening is a very old provincial law. The last time anyone openly declared their political affiliation municipally was in 1942 when the old CCF put forward slate of candidates. The argument has always been that the people, not the political parties, should be the real bosses of the politicians. In post-amalgamated Toronto, that point of view about keeping the involvement of political parties out of municipal politics is losing ground rapidly. Worse yet, we are seeing

increasing calls for a true American-style strong mayor system. Hopefully the events surrounding current Mayor Rob Ford shows the folly of that idea. When you go to vote in 2014, remember that in the new City of Toronto it is the homeowners, not the business community, who will carry the major brunt of any tax increases that we will be seeing. Ask yourself; where is my tax dollar going? Is it remaining in the community, be it East York’s or the city in whole, or is it going towards the support of commercial interests such as casinos or airports. Then ask yourself carefully who will be the best person to protect the best interests of East York at city council – be it councillor or mayor- and vote for them. 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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PARK P.S. FUN FAIR SLATED ◗THORNCLIFFE Thorncliffe Park Public School hosts its fourth annual fun fair this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Presented by the Thorncliffe Park School Council, the event features reptile, magic, juggling and mad science shows, along with a science expo and cultural bazaar. Guests can also enjoy inflatable rides, face painting, henna art, food booths and more, including a lucky draw. Admission to the fun fair at 80 Thorncliffe Park Dr. is free, with nominal charges for some activities. In the event of rain Saturday, the event will take place Sunday, June 2, instead. For more information, visit www.tpsac.ca. SCHOOL HOSTS FAMILY FEST ◗GLEDHILL

East York residents are invited to Gledhill Public School’s Family Fest tomorrow. The event runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the school, 2 Gledhill Ave., The Family Fest features more than 25 games and activities, including bouncy castles, a petting zoo and pony rides.

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There will also be a barbecue and other foods. Proceeds go to supporting school programs. OF LEASIDE TOUR PLANNED ◗GARDENS

The Magical Gardens of Leaside Tour is slated for Saturday, June 22. Hosted by the Leaside Garden Society, the tour features a crosssection of garden spaces including a variety of trees, flowers, vegetables and herbs. Special garden features such as a koi pond with waterfall, a “unique” Irish shed, a pergola, garden art, and a “Japanese stroll garden” are among some of the highlights on this year’s tour. Tour times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passports for the tour, which include the addresses of the participating gardens and a map, are $10. They can be purchased at a number of local businesses. For more info and a list of locations where tickets can be purchased, please visit www. leasidegardensociety.org or call 416-481-8919.

Singers, dancers, gymnasts and more are invited to register now for the third annual South Asia’s Got Talent, taking place June 6 at Gerrard India Bazaar. People must register for the talent show, which takes place as part of the Festival of South Asia, then participate in a live audition June 2 before performing for the South Asia’s Got Talent show June 6 from 8 to 10 p.m. The grand prize winners will receive $1,000 cash and the title of South Asia’s Got Talent winner and more. Visit www.southasiasgottalent. com to register. CITY OFFERS PET MICROCHIPS LOCALLY Toronto Animal Services will be offering mobile microchipping for pets this summer. Locally, the ‘chip truck’will be at Stan Wadlow Park on Saturday, June 8, lot in the parking across from the pool, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for the microchip and a

pet licence is $25 for cats and $35 for dogs. For more information on the city’s microchipping service, please visit www.toronto.ca/ animalservices. OF DIMES FUNDRAISER SLATED ◗MARCH

Canadian celebrity Alan Thicke is headlining a fundraising dinner next month for East York-based March of Dimes Canada. The charitable organization, at 10 Overlea Blvd. southwest of Eglinton Avenue and Don Mills Road, provides services for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers across Canada. Thicke will entertain guests at the Ability and Beyond Gala, presented by Bell, on June 13 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre on Front Street. Funds from the gala will support Peers Fostering Hope, an initiative of Stroke Recovery Canada, which sends stroke survivors into hospitals to visit patients who have recently had a stroke. For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.ca/gala ANGELS CANCER FUNDRAISER ◗LINDSAY’S

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A musicians’ trade show and guitar swap meet is set for Saturday, June 8, in East York. The event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1083 Pape Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are expected to be more than 40 vendors at the event with a multitude of vintage, rare, new and custom built guitars, and other musical gear. For more information on the trade show, please email Tundra Music at epicentre@tundramusic. com

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GLEDHILL FAMILY FEST WHEN: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Gledhill Junior Public School, 2 Gledhill Ave. CONTACT: Karen Benner, 647-968-4934, kbenner@rogers.com COST: Free Takes place in the schoolyard with more than 25 games and activities, including bouncy castles, pony rides, petting zoo, marketplace, music, shiatsu massage, barbecue and more.

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Trip to the Highland Games in Georgetown WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10, 1083 Pape Ave. CONTACT: 416-425-3070 COST: $20 bus plus park entry fee Highland dancing, pipes and drums, athletic competitions. No need to worry about driving because we’ve arranged a bus to take us there and back.

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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.

Jam Session WHEN: 8 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 11, 9 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: J. Haden, 416-264-6466, bjhaden@rogers.com COST: Free Play an instrument ,dance or sing along

Draaisma, 647-203-4199, draaismam@yahoo.ca COST: Free Copeland Avenue is holding its annual street sale.

Hirut Hoot Comedy Night WHEN: 9 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine, 2050 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: Kevin MacDonald, hiruthoot@gmail.com COST: $5 Monthly show features multicultural performers, headliners and rising stars.

PARKING LOT SALE WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: St. Luke’s Church, 904 Coxwell Ave. CONTACT: Lisa, 416-421-6878, www. stluke.ca, st.luke@ca.inter.net COST: Free Furniture, housewares, decor items, jewellry and vendors.

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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: Roberta,

Copeland Avenue Street Sale WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Copeland Avenue CONTACT: Muriel

Fun in the Sun: Library Book Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Drive CONTACT: 416-396-3975, COST: Free Bring a bag and take home new treasures during the annual event.

http://www.withrowpark.ca, withrowpfm@gmail.com COST: Free Weekly market returns with seasonal local produce, prepared foods and special market guests. Bring an old cookbook for the cookbook swap, clothing to mend at the Repairathon, or a bike that needs some free TLC. Community Environment Day WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: East York Memorial Arena, 888 Cosburn Ave. CONTACT: Councillor Janet Davis, 416-392-4035 COST: Free Learn how to compost and recycle, tune up your bike and learn what community organizations are doing to beautify our ward.

Riverdale Art Walk WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Jimmie Simpson Park, 756 Queen St. E. CONTACT: Angela Lane, 416-4650302, www.artistsnetwork.ca/raw, angela@artistsnetwork.ca COST: Free A two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in retail spaces, artists studios and Jimmie Simpson Park. Celtic Tide WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: Kate Spencer, 647-964-9289, www. vocachorus.ca/concerts, kate.anne. spencer@gmail.com COST: Free Our performance will feature the stunning Celtic Mass for the Sea, commissioned by the CBC in 1988, and composed by the legendary East Coast musician, Scott Macmillan, with libretto by Jennyfer Brickenden.

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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 Outdoor Guided Walk WHEN: 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd. CONTACT: Elizabeth Gallacher, 416-396-2819 COST: $5.31; $3 and $2 Discover the flowering plants in our wildflower preserve.

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Heritage Group WHEN: 1 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Presteign-Woodbine United Church, 2538 St. Clair Ave. E. CONTACT: Office Administrator, 416-755-8352 COST: $7 Afternoon of history, fact and fiction. Soup lunch is provided. Bring your own sandwich. Thursday Night Ride WHEN: 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: East York Community Centre, 1081-1/2 Pape Ave. CONTACT: www.29bikes.ca/, info@29bikes.ca COST: Free A 90-minute social ride series starting from the East York Community Centre. Join Ward 29 Bikes on a casual group ride to Taylor Creek Park and Warden Woods. Includes some walkings.

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n the midst of the political apocalypse unfolding here at Toronto City Hall, it’s nice to see that things aren’t collapsing everywhere when it comes to the governance of our city. On Monday, Metrolinx released its preferred revenue tools — yes, also known as fees and taxes — to pay for transit expansion in Toronto and the surrounding communities. The revenue tools preferred are a one per cent hike in the HST, a five-centper litre gas tax, a 25 cent commercial parking levy and a 15 per cent increase in development charges. Metrolinx also recommended tolls on HOV lanes, parking fees at transit stations and a land value capture tax as supplemental tools for funding. The total cost for the average household would be $477 a year, according to Metrolinx’s calculations. More for big families. All of this was too rich

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along political, regional and grudge lines... In its current state, it’s never been less fit to govern this city. As Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday has pointed out, the business of the city goes on as it collapses. And that’s true, inasmuch as Toronto is 90 per cent a service delivery organization and as long as it’s financially sound and retains a professional bureaucracy, the city itself will work. But that crucial 10 per cent, which involves moving an agenda forward and crafting policy — looking at the city we’ll have five years as opposed to dealing with the one we’ve got — is beyond Toronto. Fortunately, the most crucial policy question of this term — how to fund and build better transportation — has been taken from council and given to an unelected body. Under ordinary circumstances, that would be alarming.

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special report: big move, big money The following are 11 proposals considered by Metrolinx to help fund regional transit expansion as well as views of the organizations that have weighed in on the recommendations. By Rahul Gupta

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PARKING SPACE LEVY

ing space would net $350 million per year.

How it works: Per space levy charged daily to operators of paid and unpaid commercial parking lots as well as at transit stations. Annual projected revenue for the Big Move: A daily charge of $0.25 per park-

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EMPLOYER PAYROLL TAX How it works: Regular deduction paid by Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) employers each pay period in form of flat tax or a percentage of total gross salaries. Annual projected revenue for the Big Move: 0.5 per cent tax would raise between $630 to $730 million. Pros for implementation: w High revenue potential and minimal implementation costs. Cons against implementation: w Could discourage job creation. w Doesn’t impact congestion.

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Pros for implementation: w Stable, long-term funding since parking spots are unlikely to be removed over time. w Easy to implement. w Encourages smarter land-use planning.

Examples where it is used: Oregon raised more than $200 million in 2010 for the Portland area TriMet transit service through an estimated 0.69 per cent payroll tax. Also used in New York City and Paris, France.

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HIGH OCCUPANCY TOLL (HOT) LANE How it works: Low occupancy drivers pay a user fee to access High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV ) lanes normally reserved for vehicles transporting three or more people. Annual projected revenue for the Big Move: A toll of 30 cents per kilometre would bring in anywhere from $25 to $45 million by 2014 and up to $250 million after 2017 if additional HOT lanes are constructed on the 400 series highways as planned.

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Examples where it is used: Widely used in places like Vancouver, Montreal, parts of Europe and Australia.

LAND VALUE CAPTURE (LVC) How it works: Fee charged to property owners, including developers and home buyers, to capture a property value increase resulting from proximity to a public transit connection or project.

Pros for implementation: w Encourages less fuel consumption over time. w Reduces total car trips and improves travel times over the long term. w Minimal administrative costs since taxing mechanism already in place. Cons against implementation: w Could significantly increase costs for transporting goods and services resulting in higher prices for con-

Pros for implementation: w Voluntary usage, which means many road users would not have to pay more. Cons against implementation: w Capital construction costs required to convert existing HOV lanes to allow for tolling. w Potentially unaffordable for lower-income drivers. Examples where it is used: HOT lanes exist or are planned in just about every U.S. state dating back to the 1970s.

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Cons against implementation: w Low annual revenue potential. w Administration costs unclear due to a lack of details on how it would work. w Unpopular among majority of polled residents.

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Pros for implementation: w Can capture property value increases from public and privately held land.

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Annual projected revenue for the Big Move: Five cent per litre tax would raise up to $330 million per year.

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Annual projected revenue for the Big Move: LVC fees could produce $20 million in dedicated revenue, though the cost of implementation is unclear at the moment.

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How it works: Regional consumption surcharge in the form of a flat tax for every litre of gas purchased or as a percentage of the base price.

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Cons against implementation: w Lot owners can transfer the cost of the levy to users. w Unlikely to improve traffic congestion. w Levy would be enforced even if the spot remains empty during peak hours.

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sumers. Examples where it is used: Vancouver’s TransLink receives around $120 million yearly through a 17 cents per litre fuel surcharge. Maryland’s Democratic governor Martin O’Malley recently signed off on a $650 million investment in public transit paid for by the state’s gas tax.

REGIONAL SALES TAX How it works: Percentage increase within GTHA of existing tax rate to fund transit projects. Annual projected revenue for the Big Move: A one per cent increase would generate around $1.3 billion for the region and more than $500 million to Toronto. Pros for implementation: w High revenue potential with capacity to rise as economy grows. w Can be adopted quickly.

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Cons against implementation: w Unpopular with polled residents who feel they’re over-taxed; would cost average Toronto household an estimated $600 more per year. w Would affect low-income residents more adversely. Examples where it is used: Los Angeles County’s Measure R instituted a 0.5 per cent tax increase over 30 years to build subways.

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HIGHWAY TOLL How it works: Same as HOV tolling, with exception everyone must pay for lane

usage, usually based on a fee per kilometre. Would be implemented on all 400 series highways and major roadways. Annual projected revenue for The Big Move: A toll of 10 cents per kilometre could generate up to $1.5 billion by 2021 without taking into account construction costs. Pros for implementation: w Major long term revenue potential

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TRANSIT FARES INCREASE

How it works: Raising fares of all GTHA transit agencies including the TTC to raise money for transit construction. Annual projected revenue for The Big Move: A 15 cent raise would raise around $50 million.

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Pros for implementation: w Would make transit riders solely responsible for funding expansion since they would likely benefit the most. Cons against implementation: w A fare hike would negatively affect ridership and prompt many to

DEVELOPMENT CHARGE

since all road users would have to pay. w Could reduce traffic congestion, especially if there are alternative modes of travel. Cons against implementation: w Significant capital and administrative costs required. w Would encourage people to live closer to urban areas, which would be a disadvantage for suburban employment. Examples where it is used: Like HOV lanes, tolled highways are used

return to their cars. w Low revenue potential that could be better used for operation of existing service. w Fare hike would have to be uniform across GTHA. For the TTC, the least subsidized transit provider in North America, that would mean even more reliance on the farebox. w Would adversely affect fixedincome riders like seniors.

charges are already collected by municipalities. w Could encourage “smart” development by offering incentives for building near existing transit.

Annual projected revenue for The Big Move: 15 per cent increase across the GTHA would generate $100 million/year.

Cons against implementation: w May require a legislative amendment to provincial Development Charges Act. w Developers would likely pass cost onto home buyers.

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How it works: An incremental increase tied to transit funding of existing property tax rates for residents and organizations. Annual projected revenue for The Big Move: Raising current rates by just over five per cent could yield in 2014 anywhere from $480-670 million in dedicated revenue. Pros for implementation: w Easy to implement as tax collection mechanism is already used by every municipality and the province.

w Stable, long term growth prospects. Cons against implementation: w Municipalities already rely on property tax revenues to fund many services. w Regressive nature of property tax would disproportionately affect lowincome home owners and renters. w Residents would object to doubledipping by province which already uses property taxes to pay for education costs. Examples where it is used: Vancouver’s TransLink and London, Ont. have funded transit projects through property tax hikes.

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VEHICLE KILOMETRES TRAVELLED (VKT) FEE

How it works: All vehicles in a designated area would have to pay a charge for every kilometre travelled. Distance would be measured via GPS devices installed in cars or odometer readings. Annual projected revenue for The Big Move: Charging three cents per kilometre would net for transit construction around $1.6 billion. Pros for implementation: w Extremely high revenue potential with the ability to rise significantly in the long term. w Would reduce congestion and impact driver behaviour especially if different pricing rates are adopted to account for peak travel times. Cons against implementation: w Expensive to implement

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Examples where it is used: The city of Toronto used surplus fare revenues collected during the Second World War to pay for its first subway line, Yonge, which opened in 1954.

How it works: One-time charge on real estate developers levied by municipalities to recover public capital costs from the private sector.

Pros for implementation: w Easy to implement as development

PROPERTY TAX

worldwide to fund transit and road infrastructure. Locally, Hwy. 407, which is leased by a private consortium, has charged tolls per kilometre travelled since its inception in 1997.

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Examples where it is used: Used to fund part of city’s share of Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension and Sheppard-Yonge subway construction.

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w Legislative changes would be required from both the province and municipalities to allow for VKT tolls. w Drivers would have to assume entire costs even though they may not necessarily benefit from better public transit. Examples where it is used: Denmark and the Netherlands have plans to impose a VKT fee within the next three years. New Zealand motorists also pay a set charge for every 1,000 kilometres travelled.

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Sources: KPMG/AECOM funding tool profiles report for Metrolinx; Toronto Region Board of Trade, City of Toronto, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Pembina Institute, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Fraser Institute.

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for the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne. The recommended revenue tools are increasing the HST in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by one per cent; hiking development charges to 15 per cent; imposing a five cent gas tax; and requiring commercial parking lot operators to pay a fee of 25 cents per space. The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, which has long called for revenue tools to fund a regional strategy urged the province to accept Metrolinx’s recommendations. “It’s been decades in the waiting, and the time has come for governments to invest in a dramatically better way to move people and goods across the Toronto region,” said group chair John Tory. “Let’s make our dream of a connected regional transportation network a reality.” The Pembina Institute

Several pro-transit funding groups want the provincial government to act quickly on Metrolinx’s final recommendations for new dedicated transit taxes and fees. The provincial transit planning agency released its longawaited Investment Strategy this week which it will present to the province and municipalities by Saturday, June 1. Metrolinx’s said the recommendations for four main revenue generating tools is enough to bring in the necessary $2 billion per year required to complete the Big Move transit plan’s first phase of priority projects within 15 years. During a special meeting on Monday, May 27, Metrolinx’s board of directors voted to unanimously endorse the report, which contains a number of recommendations

also reacted positively to the report. “We are particularly happy to see that Metrolinx’s proposal includes a mobility tax credit to address income equity, and also a dedicated transportation trust fund to ensure that new revenues go exclusively to the Big Move,” said the environmental research group’s Ontario director Cherise Burda. The Toronto Region Board of Trade, which made its own revenue tool recommendations earlier in the year, said the province should be quick to adopt the recommendations. “We urge the provincial government to move quickly in advancing the report to the public through planned consultations. We will be looking for a clear timetable to legislatively approve a final investment strategy by the fall.” said board president Carol Wilding. TTC chair Karen Stintz,

who attended the release of the Metrolinx report at Toronto Reference Library on Monday, said she supported three of the recommended revenue tools but was concerned by the impact of a parking levy on Toronto region business owners. “Adding the fourth tool of a parking tax will tip the scales of simply taking too much from our economy,” said Stintz in a statement posted on her personal blog. “It is also the least attractive of the proposed tools because it will have a negative impact on small business in the suburbs and the shopping malls outside the city core.” Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray said the province would evaluate Metrolinx’s recommendations Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. For more transit news, follow him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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East Side Players stage Over the River and Through the Woods MARIA TZAVARAS eym@insidetoronto.com If you are born to an immigrant family, whose grandparents or parents arrived with their cultural individualities in tow, East Side Players’ final show of the season, Over the River and Through the Woods, is one you will want to see. But even if you aren’t one such offspring, this funny and heartwarming story is sure to remind you of your own family, each of which have their own narrative and memories as rich and individual as the story told in this play. Written by Joe DiPietro and inspired by his own grandparents, this story is simplistic but powerful, and centres around a larger-than-life Italian family including Nick (Matthew Domville), who at 29 still has Sunday dinner with his grandparents in Hoboken, New Jersey. But this week, Sunday comes early for Nick who arrives on Thursday to grandpa Frank and grandma Aida’s (Daryn DeWalt, Sheila Russell) house to tell them, and grandpa Nunzio and grandma Emma (George Bertwell, Jane Hunter), he may be moving to Seattle for work. For Nicky, as they affectionately call him, this news is met with devastation as both his parents and sister have already moved away from the family fold, and also disapproval because why on earth would you want to leave your family for career advancement? Frank explains early on, and often, that

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family is the most important thing in the world. Work is for supporting family and both he and Nunzio worked for decades doing so with jobs, not careers. While they did this, the women of the house created a loving home, using food to bring the family together. So the always talking, always eating grandparents decide they must convince Nicky to stay, and their big attempt involves inviting Caitlin (Alison Dowling), a lovely girl over for dinner in the hopes a love match is made and he will stay. She is gracious in the midst of the blatant set-up, complete with embarrassing questions and repeated offers of veal despite being a vegetarian. But a funny thing happens; while Nicky is mortified, she is endeared by his grandparents and to top it all off, he actually likes Caitlin. Nicky’s conflict of what to do is a thread throughout this show, because while he was raised in this world where family is everything, he’s a young man who longs to find his own happiness, reflecting the values of today’s world of success first, family second. Domville plays Nick with humour and a quiet resolve that, if you come from this type of family, you will completely relate to. But regardless of your family’s cultural background, the strength in this show is how relatable it is. The fierce love and disappointment you are doomed to create regardless of your choices, is something you will recognize and appreciate. Convincing and realistic performances are given by all the “grandparents.” You will love them and their love for each other. From their mannerisms, enthusiasm and reactions, there are both laugh-out-loud moments as well as touching scenes of recollections of the past. Over the River and Through the Woods runs until June 8, 8 p.m. at the Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Rd. Tickets are $22. Call 416-4250917 or visit eastsideplayers.ca

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Premier Kathleen Wynne at the launch of Make it Local in East York yesterday.

Premier gets cooking in East York TARA HATHERLY thatherly@insidetoronto.com Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Toronto’s Danforth Child Care Centre yesterday morning to help launch Make it Local, a set of 12 healthy, locally-sourced and kidapproved recipes for city-run child care centres. The Don Valley West MPP, who is also the Minister of Food and Agriculture, tried her hand at one of the recipes while there; making Baba

Ghanoush with the help of local children. “I want our young people to grow up eating nutritious, local food,” said Wynne. “The Greenbelt Fund, the City of Toronto and the provincial government have worked together to get more Ontario-grown food in Toronto’s child care centres with simple, healthy recipes that are helping us build awareness and support local farmers.” All of the recipes use at

least 50 per cent locallysourced ingredients. The recipes, tasted and approved by more than 400 Toronto children, were created by the city’s environment and energy office and Toronto Children’s Services. Toronto’s local food procurement policy, adopted in 2011, inspired the new recipes, which will also be made available to Toronto residents to encourage everyone in the city to eat locally-sourced and healthy foods.

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START DATE: September 13, 2013 HOW TO APPLY Call or email: Rodica Lefter Phone: 416-247-7181 EXT 2342 Email: rlefter@microskills.ca www.microskills.ca The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is offered by MicroSkills in Partnership with Humber College and Landscape Ontario

General Help

General Help

Mortgages/Loans

Up to $400 CASH Daily

FUNDRAISER/ TEAM CAPTAIN Passionate about changing the world? donorworx is looking for enthusiastic fundraisers to join us on our upcoming campaigns in the GTA E & Oshawa. $17/hr; 15-25hrs a week. Come and help us make a difference! Apply online www.recruiting. donorworx.com

$$MONEY$$ CONSOLIDATE Debts Mortgages to 90% No income, Bad credit OK! Better Option Mortgage #10969 1-800-282-1169 www.mortgage ontario.com

FT & PT Outdoors Spring / Summer Work Hard working Guys'n gals! PropertyStarsJobs.com

Drivers DRIVERS WANTED AZ, DZ, 3 or 1 with airbrakes: Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects using non-destructive testing. Plus extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation and benefits pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 6 months at a time. Apply online at www.sperryrail.com under careers. Click here to apply, keyword: Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE. EOE

General Help HELP WANTED!!! $28.00/HOUR. Undercover Shoppers Needed To Judge Retail And Dining Establishments. Genuine Opportunity. PT/FT. Experience Not Required. If You Can Shop - You Are Qualified! www.MyShopper Jobs.com

HELP WANTED! Make $1000 weekly mailing brochures from home! No experience required. Start immediately! www.TheMailingHub.com TRAVEL WORK OPPORTUNITIES Hotel jobs in England. Work Italy, Spain or England Summer Camps. Childcare positions in Unites States, China, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, and Holland plus more. Teach in South Korea. Accommodations & Salary provided. Various Benefits. Apply: 902-422-1455 Email: scotiap@ ns.sympatico.ca

Real Estate Misc./Services CANCEL YOUR TIMESHARE. NO RISK program. STOP Mortgage & Maintenance Payments Today. 100% Money Back Guarantee. FREE Consultation. Call us NOW. We can Help! 1-888-356-5248

fax: 905

Legals

Legals

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS IN THE ESTATE OF GARRY WAYNE CHUBACK, deceased. All claims against the Estate of Garry Wayne Chuback, late of the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, who died on or about January 21, 2013, must be filed with the undersigned personal representative on or before the 18th day of June, 2013. Thereafter, the undersigned will distribute the assets of the Estate having regard only to the claims then filed. Dated: May 14, 2013. Tannis Elizabeth Chuback, by her solicitor, Louis Alexopoulos, 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1250, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z8. Articles for Sale (Misc.) HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best Price, Best Quality. All Shapes & Colors Available. Call 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper

Home Renovations CEILINGS repaired. Spray textures, plaster designs, stucco, drywall, paint. We fix them all! www.mrstucco.ca 416-242-8863

CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION. We can handle all your renovation needs. Additions, Basements, Painting, Plumbing, FloorSTEEL BUILDINGS/ ing, Electrical, etc. Call METAL BUILDINGS UP Chris 416-903-4120 TO 60% OFF! 30x40, 40x60, 50x80, 60x100, 80x100 sell for balance Waste Removal owed! Call: 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteel ALWAYS buildings.ca

Building Equipment/ Materials

CHEAPEST!

Legal Services

Adult Personals

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let your past limit your career plans! Since 1989 Confidential, Fast Affordable - A+ BBB Rating EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM Call for FREE INFO BOOKLET 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366) www.RemoveYour Record.com

LOCAL HOOKUPS BROWSE4FREE 1-888-628-6790 or #7878 Mobile

Astrology/Psychics

Cars for Sale

HOT LOCAL CHAT 1-877-290-0553 Mobile: #5015 Find Your Favourite CALL NOW 1-866-732-0070 1-888-544-0199 18+

TRUE PSYCHICS For Answers CALL NOW 24/7 Toll FREE 1-877-342-3032 Mobile: #4486 TOP CASH For Scrap www.truepsychics.ca Cars. Call 647-702-6501. We pay top cash for your junk car and we tow it away for free. Articles for Sale 647-702-6501

All Garbage Removal! Home/ Business. Fast Sameday! Free Estimates! Seniors Discounts. We do all Loading & Clean-ups! Lowest Prices. Call John: 416-457-2154 Seven days

PETER’S DEPENDABLE JUNK REMOVAL From home or business, including furniture/ appliances, construction waste. Quick & careful!

416-677-3818 Rock Bottom Rates!

Home Renovations HOT TUB (SPA) Covers Best Price, Best Quality. All shapes & Colours Available. Call 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper

www.insidetoronto.com

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Adjustments: Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of your ad. Please check your ad on the first insertion. For multiple insertions of the same ad, credit will be made only for the first insertion. Credit given for errors in connection with production on ads is limited to the printed space involved. Cancellations must be made by 2 p.m. one business day prior to publication date. Cancellations must be made by telephone. Do not fax or e-mail cancellations.

BUILDER/ GENERAL CONTRACTORS RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL. Finished basements. Painting. Bathrooms. Ceramic tiles. Flat roofs. Leaking basements. Brick/chimney repairs. House additions 9 0 5 - 7 6 4 - 6 6 6 7 , 416-823-5120

CHEAPEST Garbage Bin Rental! House hold junk, reno waste, dirt. Fast, Friendly, Reliable. Demolition. Pool fill-ins. www.rapidwasteand disposal.com

416-984-0044

PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY

Articles Wanted

ANTIQUES

BIG YELLOW Dog Walking and Pet Services

Group walks, private walks, cat visits, in-home boarding and puppy training. Call Wayne 416-527-3090 www.bigyellowdogwalking.com Plumbing

EMERGENCY? Clogged drain, camera inspection Leaky pipes Reasonable price, 25 years experience Licensed/ Insured credit card accepted

Free estimate James Chen

647-519-9506 Garage Sales

MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 133 Woodycrest Ave. (Woodycrest/ Salmon)

Furniture, linen, garden, collectibles.

Multi Street Sale

0 ALL DECKS built in 1 day. Highest quality. Spring discount! Free design and estimates. Call Mike 416-738-7752 www.griffindecks.ca

Masonry & Concrete BRICK, BLOCK & NATURAL STONEWORK Chimneys, Tuck Pointing, Brick, Concrete Windowsills and Much More! For Free Estimate Call Peter: 647-333-0384 www. stardustconstruction .com

Brick, blocks, stonework, chimney’s, tusk pointing, porches, flagstone, window sills. All masonry work. For free estimates call Roman 416-684-4324 www.fadom constructioninc.com

Painting & Decorating

(1 - 3 blocks west of Coxwell and O’Connor)

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING painters at bargain prices! Summer special $100/ room. Quick, clean, reliable. Free estimates! Second to None Painting 905-265-7738

MULTI HOUSEHOLD ITEMS Saturday June 1st 8am-3pm 42 Barbara Cres.

East York

Coxwell/Oconnor

Cash for Older: Coins, Jewelry, Military, Watches, Toys, Barbies, Silver, Gold, Records, Guitars, Old Pens, Lighters & Old Advertising etc.

25 years experience. Richard & Janet 416-431-7180 416-566-7373

HOME RENOVATIONS KITCHENS, BATHROOMS. BASEMENTS, DECKS & FENCES, CUSTOM MILLWORK SMALL & LARGE REPAIRS FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION. 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE. LISCENCED & INSURED

Decks & Fences

Sat., June 1st, 8am-2pm

Milton, Judith, Durant, Plains, Lankin and Northridge

& Collectibles Wanted

HOME IMPROVEMENT Directory

Moving & Storage QUALITY MOVING Inc. 10ft’ - 26ft’ trucks. Short notice ok. Insured & bonded. $45/ hour. Licensed. Professional, reliable movers. 647-769-1879

Check Out:

Carpet & Upholstery CARPET UPHOLSTERY steam cleaning any 4 rooms, hallway and stairs $90. Sofa set $60. Extra rooms $20. Free deodorizing. 416-890-2894

Flooring & Carpeting HARDWOOD FLOOR sanding. Specializing in stain/ refinishing. Call for Free Estimate! Reasonable rates. Paul 416-330-1340 pager. MAINLY FLOORS Carpet, hardwood, tile from $1.39/sq.ft. installed. Free estimate in GTA. Spring deals!Call 416-873-8043 E: megafloors@live.com NESO FLOORING Carpet installation starting from $1.29/ sq.ft. Hardwood, laminate at low prices. 26 yrs experience. Free Estimates. Best Price! 647-400-8198

Landscaping, Lawn Care, Supplies CEDAR TREES for Privacy Hedging. 2- 8ft tall. Planting & delivery included. Hedge removal. 647-235-5644

Appliance Repairs/ Installation Professional Repairs of all brands of: Refrigeration, Stoves, Dishwashers, Washers, Dryers, Air Conditioning, & Heating. Free Estimates. Warranty, Credit cards accepted. Seniors discount. 416-616-0388

GARAGE LEANING? Ready to fall over?

Garages rebuilt at substantial savings over replacement (single/double) No Permit Required • No Tax Reassesment • No Set Back Issues Just a nice garage at the fraction of the cost of replacement. Of course we also do General Home Renovations

Call Peter: 416-554-3517

Reno House inc.

All residential renovations, Custom Woodworking Bathrooms Kitchens Basements Additions Plans – Permits - Written Guarantees Licensed-Insured-WSIB Call for all jobs, large and small.

416-254-2155 www.renohouse.ca

RENT-A-HUSBAND Home Improvement Services • Plumbing • Electrical • Drywall • Carpentry • Masonry • Basement Conversions

Complete Renovations

416-693-6169

he Handy C uple Plumbing / Electrical / Carpentry / Ceramic Tiling Painting (int. & ext.) / Drywall / Windows & Doors Bathrooms • Kitchens • Basements • Complete Renovations And All Home Repairs No job too BIG, no job too SMALL. Weare the Handy Couple, we do it ALL! Reasonable Rates... Free Estimates CALL JOANNE 416-714-0740 • joanritchie@live.com

CHIMNEYS

Bricks & Chimneys Repaired and rebuilt Bricks + mortar colour match House-front, pillars, bricks repaired or replaced Chris Jemmett Masonry

Tuckpointing 416-686-8095

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ELECTRICAL

LANDSCAPING, LAWN CARE, SUPPLIES

JORDAN D. ELECTRIC

MASTER ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR ECRA/ESA LIC 7004913 RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL • • • •

SERVICE UPGRADE 100, 200, 400 AMP KNOB & TUBE REMOVAL/REWIRING 24/7 TROUBLESHOOTING & REPAIRS SERVICE POT LIGHTS INSTALLATION

(416) 887-6819

jordanelectric@sympatico.ca

Lic.# 7003795

Since 1956 100 amp and 200 amp services. Rewire specialist. Clean and careful. No job too small. Residential Only

SPRING SPECIAL!

AIR CONDITIONING & A/C CLEANING

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We Service All Makes & Models

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AND we do ALL Gas Piping Jobs & Duct Work (BBQ hook-ups, Stove Hook-ups, Dryers, Fireplaces, Pools, etc.)

Larry’s Air Care

Heating & Air Conditioning

416-706-9861

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PLUMBING

Auburn Plumbing Inc.

VICTORIA GARDENING

Metro Lic# P1538

Landscaping, sprinkler, clean up,

hedge pruning, weekly maintenance, lawn mowing, trimming

PAVING COMPANY

MASONRY & CONCRETE ABU BAKAR BUILDING RESTORATIONS Residential and Commercial Masonry Repairs, Concrete Work,

Interlocking, Brick Repairs, Tuck Pointing, Parging, Caulking, Waterproofing and More! Fully licensed & insured

PAINTING & DECORATING

english painter.ca

with over 30 years experience • Interior & Exterior • Senior Discount • Paper Hanging • Free Estimates #1 Readers Choice Diamond Award

416-422-3532

For all your plumbing needs

Asphalt Paving Free Estimates StreetPrint Bonded and Stamped and Insured Coloured Asphalt

Master Gardener John 647-766-7875

416-500-0304 • www.abubakarrestoration.ca •

HEATING & COOLING

CONCRETE & PAVING

Call (416) 743-6017 Email: anna@multiseal.net Website: www.multiseal.net

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R&Z PLUMBING & HEATING

CONTINENT PAINT & WALLPAPER 425 Donlands Ave. at O’Connor Dr.

Spring & Fall Clean-Ups • Lawn Mowing • Seeding & Sodding • Pruning • Garden Bed Maint • Fert & Aerate • Snow Removal

416.661.9393

Metro License #PH23521

TOM DAY PLUMBING & DRAINS

Diamond #1 Readers Choice Award Winner!

• All plumbing work • Faucets, toilets, sinks, etc. installed Backed up drains, blocked toilets, basement backups, external/internal drain excavating. • Video Camera Drain Inspection Damp Basement, Complete Waterproofing Service

• SIDING/FASCIA • EAVESTROUGH 24 HOURS • TUCKPOINTING EMERGENCY REPAIRS • VENTING • GUTTER GUARDS • ANIMAL REMOVAL

• SHINGLES • FLAT ROOFS • SKY LIGHTS • CHIMNEY’S • VALLEY’S • ANIMAL PROOFING 15% Senior’s Discount

ALL TYPES OF ROOF REPAIRS 647-857-5656

BEST PRICE ROOF REPAIRS • Emergency repairs • Shingles • Chimneys • Animal Removal/Preventions • Eavestrough Repairs • Ventilation • Skylights and much more

EAVESTROUGH CLEANING

$35

FROM FREE ESTIMATES ~ NO JOB TO SMALL

SENIORS DISCOUNTS SAME DAY SERVICE

• 35 Years Experience • Interior/Exterior Projects • In-store Colour Matching • Free Estimate & Competitive Rates

LICENCED AND INSURED

Get Noticed.

CALL 416-820-3634

GTA TREE SERVICE

Quick Service!!! • Experts in Removal of Dangerous Trees • Trimming, Pruning • Stump Removal • Ash Borer Treatment

• $2 million Liability + WSIB SPRING SAVINGS 10% OFF! Call Bobby 416-828-TREE (8733) www.GTAtree.com

ALLAN’S TREE SERVICE Professional Tree Service for over 25 years *Certified I.S.A. Arborist*

• Arborist Report • Tree Removal • Tree Pruning • Tree Disease & Insect Control • Tree Cabling • Stump Removal • Tree Planting

Free Estimates Call Allan: 647-286-3938

Jacob Tree Service

est. 1997

• Tree & Shrub Removals • Pruning • Planting Landscape Design • FREE ESTIMATES 24hr Emergency Service

(416) 417-TREE (8733)

Want to get your business noticed? Call 416-798-7284 to plan your advertising campaign today!

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YOUR Weekly Crossword

Sudoku (moderate)

How to do it: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column,

and every 3 by 3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.

last week’s answers

diversions

647-210-LAWN (5296)

Call: 416-425-4120 www.continentpaints.com

Master Lic.# 20557

www.idealplumbingdrain.com SASHA 416-371-7137 ALI 416-828-6611

ROOFING DUN-RITE REPAIRS

Replacement & Repairs Faucets, Sinks, Pipes, Drains Etc. Furnace, A/C, Water Heater, Gas 28 Years Experience • 24/7

LANDSCAPING, LAWN CARE, SUPPLIES Seniors Discounts

IDEAL PLUMBING

· 24 Hour Emergency Service · Plugged Drain Repair •Backflow Prevention · Service Specialist · Flat Rates · Fully Insured · No Extra Charge for Evening & Weekends

ROOFING

Metro License #PH15982 • MASTER PLUMBER

Free Estimates

Call for a FREE estimate (416) 738-0274

BEST RATES AND SERVICE IN TOWN

416-480-0622

SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE!

• New Work • Replacement, Repairs and Renovations - Faucets, Sinks & Toilets • High Pressure Flushing • Camera Inspection and Pipe Locating • Lead & Galvanized Piping • Plugged Drains & Backed-Up Sewers Quality and Service at Our Best

TREE/STUMP SERVICES

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BEACH HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION SPRING FLING FUN IN BEACH HILL: At top, Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association Spring Fling participants walk along Gerrard Street for a Tree Naming Ceremony on Saturday. At top left, Lauren Budnick loads up with blooms from the event. And at left, Rick Power, left, and Joan Durette dance to the sounds of The Lost Boys during at the Spring Fling event at the Naval Club on Gerrard Street.

Photos by Nancy Paiva

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