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More than 400 people are expected to take part in a Remembrance Day ceremony in East York on Monday, Nov. 11. The parade begins at East York Collegiate Institute at 10:30 a.m. and proceeds south on Coxwell Avenue to the East York Civic Centre (850 Coxwell Ave.) A Remembrance Day service begins at 10:45 a.m.in the civic centre’s gardens, site of the East York cenotaph. As part of the service, Royal Canadian Navy retired seaman Jack Aldred will read the poem In Flanders Fields and the First Light Scout Band will sing Remember Them Well. A flypast over the ceremony will be performed by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Ring reminds MP of veteran grandfather ANDREW PALAMARCHUK apalamarchuk@insidetoronto.com Craig Scott has a daily reminder of his grandfather’s service and sacrifice during the First World War. For the past 15 years, the

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FUN AT THE BRICK WORKS: Above, Jane Drouin-Thompson gets her face painted at Evergreen Brick Works Sunday during a celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Centre above, Max Nilsson makes a craft during the event. Right, Mario Munoz performs. Far right, Emma Gonzzales makes tacos during the celebration. Staff photos/NICK PERRY

All-female cast in The Taming of the Shrew HILARY CATON eym@insidetoronto.com

Jacqui Burke, the creator of Jaybird Productions, wanted to put a twist on a classic and did so by directing an all-female cast for one of Shakespeare’s most popular play’s The Taming of the Shrew. “I was interested in exploring the power issues in the play divorced of gender,” said Burke. “Focusing on how the two genders are so much alike as opposed to emphasising on what are small differences.” The cast will hit the stage Nov. 14 at 1803 Danforth Ave. and will run until Nov 29. Jaybird Productions’ first play was David Mamet’s Oleanna. The Taming of the Shrew is the second community theatre

production since its inception three years ago. Wr i t t e n b y W i l l i a m Shakespeare, this comedic and controversial story tells the tale of one woman Katherine, the “shrew,” who is courted and eventually tamed into an obedient bride by Petruchio through various tactics, while her sister Bianca’s suitors engage in a competition for her affection and hand in marriage. The idea to work with an all-female cast was brewing in the back of Burke’s mind for at least a decade, she said. And with the creation of her production company, she just thought it was time to push the boundaries of community theatre. “I had to justify in my own mind starting my own company because there’s a lot of

community theatre out there and they’re doing fine work. But I was bumping into this problem with community theatres that were not doing certain shows or when they did it had to be in a classic reserved way,” said Burke. “There are some projects that I wanted to get done that weren’t and I thought: I’ll make this company and quietly do these projects, one a year that I’ve always wanted to do.” She held an information night and many women were interested in trying their hand at some roles that were always reserved for men. According to Burke, since word has gotten out about the play she’s gotten some kickback from theatre goers who have been calling the production “the lesbian show.”

“Yeah we’re going to have two women kissing, fine. But the intention is not to do ‘the lesbian show.’” said Burke.“It’s disappointing to hear that.” Community support But Burke has received support from community theatre lovers, too, for the message she’s putting out by doing a play like this. It’s about showing people that if given the opportunity “women can do riveting, funny and exceptional theatre,” she said. One of those lucky women is Marissa King, in the lead male role of Petruchio. “I was really intrigued first of all by being able to play all these great roles because with Shakespeare there are always few roles for women. There’s

a big role and maid number two,” said King. “I just liked her concept of the idea to get rid of the gender issue and just make it about these relationships and I thought: This sounds like an adventure....so why not get on board?” She admits that initially she wondered how this play was going to work with just women, but soon discovered to drop the gender labels and start focusing on the relationships at play. According to King, the play is without a doubt looked at from a feminist lens and tries to turn the play on its end. “I think the original that everybody thinks of, is very much about a man taming a woman and him saying, I’m the better gender and you have to obey me,” said

King. “What we’ve chosen to do is not about that. It comes at it from a different angle. It’s more about coming together as a couple and as equals. The message is more about working together rather than one dominating over the other.” Working with an all-female cast has been a warm and welcoming experience, King said. “There’s a different energy in the room, when there are no men around.” Burke also feels there is more support with a female cast. “These are extremely talented women bringing their best game and it’s been very rewarding,” said Burke.

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very year we don the crimson poppy to honour our veterans for their service and sacrifice. We donate to the Royal Canadian Legion so that they may continue to support them. We reflect upon their contribution to our country with ceremonies on Nov. 11 and a moment of silence. Unfortunately for many, that’s the extent of their personal commitment to the occasion. What else can one do? The answer is much more – especially today with the aid of social media and online tools. In fact, it’s become so easy to learn, spread awareness of our history and share the stories of our veterans that the question becomes, why wouldn’t you do more? For starters, visit bit.ly/174PWqT where we list local Remembrance Day our view services, veteran stories and where we’ll have photo gallerWe can do so ies of those ceremonies as they much to share happen. If you know a veteran or veteran stories someone who’s currently in service, post their photo to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EastYorkMirror so that we can honour them in our online community. While on Facebook, head over to the Canada Remembers page at www.facebook.com/ CanadaRemembers to find a variety of unique ways to remember our veterans and to see links to fascinating articles like ‘Tales of Animals in War’. View and share some of the 106 Canadian Army Newsreels being released on YouTube by the War Amps at www.youtube.com/warampsofcanada. The more than 20 hours of footage were filmed and produced by the Canadian Army Film Unit and document our troops in action on the front lines in some of the Second World War’s major events, like the invasion of Sicily and D-Day. Get the kids involved and have them write an online message (bit.ly/1a5dv6g) to our soldiers who are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Help grow a permanent record of the veteran experience by getting in touch with The Memory Project if you know a veteran who may be willing to have his or her story recorded and their memorabilia digitized: www.thememoryproject.com Tap into any of these resources and help to create a lasting impression of some of our finest citizens. After all they’ve done, that’s the least they deserve.

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uring this past week’s turmoil over Mayor Rob Ford’s various apologies and confessions, I felt terribly old-fashioned. Yes, politicians obfuscate and bend the truth, but rarely do they outright lie in the manner that our mayor has regarding the crack allegations of the past months. Worse, when caught, he did not do the honourable thing and step down, or at least take a leave of absence. That is where I feel oldfashioned; when you are caught doing a dishonourable thing, you do the honourable thing. This is where I have been feeling slightly old-fashioned watching this whole sordid mess unfold. The world that I grew up in once had values and standards that stood outside of one’s self. They were social values that most people agreed with as being the proper way to live.

These values were reflected in the way that people were expected to behave, not just in our laws, but in society in general. If you take a look at any service club, any organization, even just a group of friends, you will see that certain values are commonly shared. important value If there is a single most important value that is held at the top of all social values, it is honesty. This is particularly true for a position of leadership. Yes, from time to time the wrong people get into positions of power, but there are generally ways of dealing with those mistakes. The reality is that simply saying “I am sorry” is not enough and certainly does not wipe the slate clean. It is only the beginning of a long path of rehabilitation for the person who must prove their trustworthiness.

joe cooper watchdog To me, Mayor Ford appears to have simply gone through the motions of an apology. He really does not seem to understand the extent of the damage that he has done to his personal reputation. his role Likewise he does not appear to understand his role as mayor as it is defined under the City of Toronto Act. His role is to bring city council to a consensus, not battle with it, and to represent all interests found there. In the state that he is now, having been caught in a lie and exposed, how can his word be trusted? A moral or mature person would understand this and step down or at

least step back and let others perform their duties. Ford, at this point, can still be the symbolic mayor, but certainly his authority over council is finished. The problem is he does not appear to understand this reality. Until he does we are going to see months of wasted time in petty debates and deepening public confusion. There is no dishonour in being an honourable person and stepping down when one is in over one’s head. There is dishonour in holding on to a role that one has exhausted through mismanagement and bad decisions. It is time for Mayor Ford to honour his role and either take a leave of absence or step down now. 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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Distilling Nature WHEN: Opening reception today from 1 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd. CONTACT: Chinkok Tan, 416-698-9687, chin@chinkoktan.com COST: Free; Free parking Distinguished Canadian artist Chinkok Tan presents his latest work Distilling The Beauty Of The Natural World. Show runs Nov. 6 to 14. Jane Austen dressmaking workshop and English cream tea WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. WHERE: St Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: Karen Millyard, www.JaneAustenDancing.ca COST: $30 Hands-on workshop will take you step-by-step through the process of making a beautifully fitted bodice. English cream tea served. Registration required for 10 spots. Colborne Lodge visits Pape/Danforth Branch WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: PapeDanforth Public Library, 701 Pape Ave. CONTACT: Pape Danforth Public Library, 416-393-7727, COST: Free Games and toys from more than 150 years ago. Share your favourite riddle and listen to a stories. Program suit-

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Fall Bazaar At Westview Presbyterian WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Westview Presbyterian Church, 233 Westview Ave.CONTACT: Cathy Callon, 416-759-8531 COST: Free Featuring: Bake table, crafts, yard sale, books, accessories, lucky draw, silent auction, cafe will be serving breakfast and lunch.

Monday Night Drop In Darts WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. CONTACT: Jim Farrell, 416-425-1714, rcl22.com, beansterman@yahoo.ca COST: $5 Blind draw doubles darts. All skill levels welcome.

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able for families with children 5 years and older.Call to register. Landscape of the Late Romantics WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: Kerri McGonigle, 416-629-3716, www.academyconcertseries.com COST: $20 ($49 for 3) student/senior: $14 ($32 for 3) Journey through late 19th century France, Germany and Russia. Award winning musicians from Paris, Ingrid Schoenlaub and Sodi Braide. Open Rhodes Art Show & Sale WHEN: today and tomorrow from 1 to 7 p.m. at various homes on Rhodes

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East York Historical Society WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Drive CONTACT: Margaret McRae, 416-429-7821, www.eastyork.org/eyhs.html COST: Free George England has lived in the same home in East York for 88 years. Bring your stories and memorabilia and join the discussion.

Riverdale Horticultural Society WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Frankland Community Centre, 816 Logan Ave. CONTACT: ragbeck@rogers.com COST: Free Barbara Twiner from Sheridan Nurseries to speak about winter urns.

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Diabetes Information Session WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Rumsey Cardiac Centre, Toronto Rehab, 347 Rumsey Rd. CONTACT: Christine Henry, 416-597-3422 ext. 3724 COST: Free Topics: Assessing and monitoring your risk of developing diabetes. Featuring Dr. Michael Sarin, program physician and Dr. Paul Oh, medical director, cardiovascular prevention and rehab program.

Outdoor Club of East York WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart, 170 Memorial Park Ave. CONTACT: Lucy T. Perri, lucy.perri@ yahoo.com COST: Free Outdoor Club of East York will unveil its fall, winter 2014 calendar of events. Guest speaker will be presenting the latest equipment and clothing for X-Y skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Door prizes.

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MP reminded of sacrifices of those who served >>>from page 1 the greatest victories of the Great War: the breaching of Germany’s DrocourtQueant Line near Arras in northern France during the third battle of Arras which took place in late August and early September 1918. Martin’s leg was struck by

artillery fire. The Nova Scotia Highlanders fought in kilts and were dubbed by the Germans as the “ladies from hell.” Martin used his battle kilt as a tourniquet for the mangled leg, Scott said. “He laid in the mud for at

least one night before he was retrieved the next day and obviously sent back for medical care,” said Scott. Amputation He added that his grandfather underwent 14 operations related to his amputation

before he passed away in 1938. Martin’s ring was passed onto Scott 15 years ago, and he’s been wearing it since. “It constantly reminds me of how much we owe previous generations,” Scott said. “At the same time it reminds me of culturally how

much we take for granted... Many, many people sacrificed so that we could all continue and thrive, and my own story is just a microcosm of that,” he said.

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Ford has absented himself from role of Toronto’s mayor Toronto City Council is in disarray, and it will likely remain so for some time. That is the one thing that one can safely write, in a column that met a late Tuesday afternoon deadline: just a few hours after Mayor Rob Ford made his stunning admission – that he has indeed smoked crack cocaine – and a few minutes after his late-in-the-day news conference that he still means to be mayor. Things are moving quickly, and no doubt as this shows up in newspaper boxes and mail slots things will have no doubt developed. But this remains: the mayor has admitted to smoking crack cocaine, sometime last year, while in office. In doing so, regardless of whether he stays in his office, he has effectively absented himself from his role as mayor. Council won’t, and really shouldn’t, support him. Council is going to have to find a way to steer itself over the next year. At the next council meeting, council will take some steps toward doing that. Willowdale Councillor John Filion has brought forward a motion to temporarily strip

david nickle the city the mayor of all his powers, seizing for council the ability to appoint an executive committee and deputy mayor. Denzil Minnan-Wong, the Don Valley East Councillor who has been one of Ford’s more effective lieutenants on that executive committee, is asking the mayor to simply leave and look after himself. There was also word Tuesday that the mayor’s brother Doug could be off the budget committee, after he demanded Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair’s resignation over the chief’s comments when he unveiled the existence of the video that appears to show Rob Ford smoking crack. That sets up an infrastructure that might allow council to control its own agenda. But the task will just be beginning. In a few weeks, council will have before it the 2014 operating budget to debate and pass. This is an area where a strong mayor either leads with a plan, or provides an idea to oppose.

Who will give voice to the vision for this budget? Karen Stintz? One of the other pretenders to the mayoralty next year? Now, almost certainly council will keep the city running, the tax rates reasonable and the services intact. But anyone who thinks it will be smooth need only look at the flailing debate over subways versus light rail versus other subways to abandon that idea. Council will also be making up its mind on the Billy Bishop Airport extension some time before the next election. Once again, some sort of decision will emerge – but it, like the budget, will emerge from chaos. If Ford were gone, then Norm Kelly, the avuncular councillor from ScarboroughAgincourt, could ably step in and guide matters, in the manner of Ford’s mandate. But as deputy to the crippled wreck that the Ford administration will have become, it will be difficult for him to do any better. Ford has left an awful, filthy mess for others to clean up.

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Vice-principal charged with obstructing police A vice-principal at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute has been charged with obstructing a peace officer. Police allege a student was named in outstanding warrants for arrest on Oct. 30. The vice-principal was

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The third annual Nellie’s Online Holiday Auction is a unique way to help women and children fleeing abuse, and it needs your help. With no end in sight for the growing need for shelter, Nellie’s must raise funds to ensure they can continue to offer help to those in need. People can begin viewing and bidding on items Nov. 15 to Dec. 18 at noon. Please visit www.nellies.org online for more information on the auction.

Leaside resident Coco Ma, a Royal Conservatory student, has been selected to participate in a Junior Music Camp in Munich, Germany this week through The Lang Lang International Music Foundation. She is one of only 12 children – and the only Canadian – chosen from 300 applicants from around the world. Ma and her family will have all expenses paid for the weeklong program where she will

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Davidson Acres bazaar slated wTrue True Davidson Acres Long Term Care hosts its Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bazaar will include a silent auction, craft sale, bake sale, raffles, entertainment and more. All proceeds will go to support the volunteer activities at the home and support resident programs. True Davidson Acres is located at 200 Dawes Rd. Businesses interested in making donations to the silent auction can contact cwolf@ toronto.ca hazards seminar at Brick Works wHome

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Ottawa’s loss is Toronto’s gain as a respected transit consultant left the capital’s transit agency to join the Eglinton Crosstown LRT planning team. “Super-consultant” Brian

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT Guest is credited for playing a major role in bringing Ottawa’s first O-Train light rail line into being back in the early-2000s, and working on the upcoming 13-stop Confederation LRT Line, set to begin running in the downtown core in 2017. His most recent task according to the Ottawa Citizen was penning a memo to city staff advising how to capitalize on “oddities” in federal and provincial legislation to secure more transit funding. wants danforth in pilot wMcMahon

A city councillor wants Danforth to be included in a forthcoming pilot program making it possible to access both GO Transit and the TTC using a single fare. B e a c h e s - E a s t Yo r k Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon wrote a letter to TTC chair Karen Stintz asking for Danforth GO station to be

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has memories of an alcoholrelated crash she responded to as a paramedic in the late 1980s that took the life of a child. Souranis stressed it’s a choice to drive impaired. “It’s a choice, and you are risking not only your own life but all those around you.”

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Nicholson said the devastation caused by drunk drivers stays with first responders. “I certainly saw some of those awful tragedies and when you finish dealing with the patient, then you’ve got the collateral damage of the family,” she said. “It’s horrific to watch them come into the hospital and realize that their loved one is gone.” Nicholson said she still

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