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Councillor hopes for compromise on Eastdale plan RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Beaches-East York councillor Janet Davis is confident a compromise can be reached on a proposed highrise development behind 90 Eastdale Ave. before the matter goes before the Ontario Municipal Board next month. The plan by developer Preston Group to build a 22-storey condo tower at the location, near Main Street and Lumsden Avenue, has met with resistance from the both the city

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and nearby community. After its most recent application was rejected by city staff, Preston filed an appeal with the OMB. But a “hybrid” counter-proposal endorsed by city council in October which would see the project shifted north to the corner of Eastdale and Lumsden could avoid the need to go to the OMB, said Davis. She said the city was working on a settlement with Preston to avoid the scheduled >>>OMB, page 5

Police seek suspect in sex assault near Broadview and Mortimer Police are looking for a suspect after a knifewielding man sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in East York. Police said the teen was walking in the Broadview and Mortimer avenues area when a man asked her for a light around 9 p.m. on Monday. As the girl approached the man, he pulled her into a nearby laneway, threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her. He was last seen walking south on Broadview. The suspect is white, about 40 years old, six-feet to 6’1” tall with facial stubble. He wore dark baggy sweatpants, a button-up shirt and a dark jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call the sex crimes unit at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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Police are looking for two men in connection with a weekend shooting at an East York building that seriously injured a 19-yearold man. Emergency crews were called to 500 Dawes Rd. for a shooting just after 2 p.m. Sunday. The victim, shot in the abdomen, was taken to hospital with serious but non-lifethreatening injuries. Police spoke with witnesses and reviewed security camera video as part of the investigation. The two suspects ran off after the gunfire. They are white, in their mid-20s with short light-coloured hair and average builds. One had tattoos on his left forearm. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-5406 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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A day of remembrance LEST WE FORGET: Right, Queen’s York Rangers Army Cadet Brandon Teo stands guard at the East York Cenotaph during Remembrance Day observances at the East York Civic Centre. At right centre, A crowd gathers for the ceremony. At bottom right, members of the Canadian Forces march in the parade to the East York Civic Centre. Below, the Toronto Black Watch Pipes and Drums lead the parade. At bottom, Lincoln and Welland Regiment Sgt. John Mitchell (ret.) salutes during the service. For more photos from the ceremony, visit us online at http://www.insidetoronto.com/ eastyork-toronto-on-photogallery/

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coalition of municipal and business groups working to put the pressure on the federal government to come up with a national funding plan to deal with growing transit and infrastructure needs has made it clear that cities such as Toronto can’t wait much longer. The Municipal Infrastructure Forum was created by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) just over a year ago and is made our view up of representatives of municipal governments, business, chambers of commerce and other groups such Leadership as the Insurance Board of Canada needed from and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. local MPs At a press conference in Toronto, speakers such as Toronto Board of Trade CEO Carol Wilding, FCM president Karen Leibovici and Robert Tremblay, from the Insurance Board of Canada, talked about the toll aging infrastructure systems are taking on the city. “Our overstretched networks are becoming a major barrier to our growing economy,” Wilding said. “Toronto’s problems of gridlock and poor transit connectivity are among the worst of any major urban centre in the world.” Tremblay also offered a warning about how Toronto would fare if it had been hit by a storm similar to what New York City had to deal with when super storm Sandy recently hit, and it wasn’t a pretty picture. He said Toronto’s water and sewer systems are “underdesigned” and not built to withstand instances of extreme weather. “That’s what the real challenge is, making sure our infrastructure can withstand the new climatic realities,” Tremblay said. Missing from this equation, however, is clear direction from the federal government. What’s needed is guaranteed, long-term funding that recognizes the importance of these needs. These are investments in our future the federal government must take the lead on. Provincial and municipal governments also have a huge role to play, but the leadership starts with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Toronto residents should be asking their MPs, especially those who are members of the Conservative government, where they stand and what they are going to do. A sewer and water system that can’t deal with major storms puts our safety at risk. Congested roads and a public transit system that’s decades out of date puts our jobs and economic future at risk. Toronto’s MPs must address these issues and start showing some political leadership. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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To the editor: Remembrance Day has come and gone. We give thanks to those who fought in the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, Afghanistan and peace keeping for our rights and freedom. We honour them and remember those who gave the supreme sacrifice by wearing a red poppy. But the fight for our rights and freedom did not start with the Boer War. In 1812, Canadian volunteers and British soldiers joined forces to fight an invading army. After the battle of Lundy’s Lane, it was noticed by the locals that red geraniums were growing over the battlefield. When the War of 1812 ended, citizens started to wear red geraniums to honour those who fought and to remember the ones who gave their lives. In 2013, let us bring back the tradition of wearing a red geranium. Robert Heath

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dropped by my old stomping grounds at Dick Duff Arena recently to catch some hockey and on the way in was almost bowled over by a father and son scurrying by. Dad was lugging the two goalie sticks, pads and hockey bag of his 10-year-old who was carrying only a cellphone. They made a dash for the dressing room. But the door was blocked by a burly man who had coach written all over him – and on the top left corner of his jacket, too. Coach: “Well, well. Look who finally decided to grace us with their presence.” Father: “Uh, I can explain, Coach...” Coach: “If you don’t mind Dad, I was talking to Junior. Now Junior, my watch clearly says 4:30 and your designated arrival time for a five o’clock game is four o’clock, as you well know. Now, what did I tell you about being late?” So n : “D o n’t b e l a t e,

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Coach.” Coach: “Could you speak up a tad? The acoustics for lame excuses are awful in this arena. I’ve been meaning to bring that to the attention of management. “ Son: “DON’T BE LATE. Coach.” Father: “Really, I can explain, Coach...” Coach: “If you don’t mind Dad, I was talking to Junior. Now Junior, over the years how many times do you figure I’ve told you not to be late?” Son: “About a gazillion times, Coach. Give or take a bajillion.” Coach: “Interesting. Yet, you’re still late. And what happens when you’re late?” Son: “You let down the

team, Coach. You let down yourself, Coach. You let down the coach, Coach.” Coach: “Is that it?” Son: “Nope. You also let down the game, Coach. You let down the country, Coach. You let down mankind, Coach. You let down the universe Coach. And you let down the great beyond too, Coach.” Coach: “Not that drivel, Junior. I meant the important stuff, the consequences. What are the repercussions if one is late?” Son: “100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 pull-ups and...” Father: “A hundred pushups, sit-ups and pull-ups? Come on, he’s only 10.” Coach: “I hate to break it to you, Dad, they’re for you, not him. Last I checked you were the one piloting the SUV that brought him here late.” Son: “But Coach ...” Coach: “I was talking to Senior, Junior. Any time you’re ready, Dad.” Son: “But Coooooach...” Coach: “Oh, alright. What

is it, Junior?” Son: “You left out the best part – the 100 wind sprints. Forward and backward. You interrupted before I could finish. How could you forget them? You’re getting soft in your old age, Coach. You know what happens when you get soft?” Coach: “Yeah, yeah. I know, I know, I know. You let down the team, yourself, the coach, the game, mankind, and the universe.” Son: “Apparently you don’t know. You left out the great beyond. Talk about rookie mistakes. Shame on you, Coach. Don’t let it happen again. Now, step on it Dad. I’ve got a game to play. And put a little more oomph into it, will ya? Everybody’s counting on you. And I do mean EVERYBODY. You don’t dare mess with the great beyond, big guy.” n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much.

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>>>from page 1 OMB hearing scheduled in Toronto on Dec. 3. “The parties are working hard,” said Davis. “I am optimistic that we will be successful in getting an agreement that will provide a much more appropriate development for this site.” The compromise would see Preston Group swap its lands to the south at Secord Avenue with the city, which would use the location to construct a public park. In exchange, the city would give the Preston Group its lands to the north for the condominium, where a parkette currently exists. “The rationale for the counter-proposal was to put the building in a more appropriate location where it wouldn’t require as much transition to the residential

neighbourhood,” said Davis. Since it was first introduced in 2008, the project has been met with opposition from the local community, concerned that another highrise development will result in more traffic congestion and overburden enrollment at nearby Secord Public School. Davis said a working group made of residents, community members and the developer was formed to come up with further improvements for the area, which would include building a community garden, improving bike paths and walkways and replacing the outdoor swimming pool at 2 Secord Ave. Michael Goldberg, a planner for Preston Group could not be reached for comment on this story.

Danforth sex assault suspect sought Police are asking for the public’s help after a 32-year-old woman was sexually assaulted near Jones and Danforth avenues. Police report a male suspect assaulted the woman at about 9:48 p.m. on Nov. 7. The suspect

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never approached us with (a) formal proposal for our approval. The owner of the building has informed the City of Toronto about his plan to restore the defaced walls.” Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher said she’s asked city staff to do a complete investigation of all parties involved and to explore what permissions – verbal or written – were given for the public art project. “As I understand it, there was a sign off for the mural, but I’m now waiting to have that corroborated,” she said late Tuesday afternoon. Fletcher went on to express her disappointment that such a big project was halfway painted over after being completed. “It’s a very aggressive response,” she said. Fletcher said the ideal outcome would be to reinstate the mural at that site, and she intends to meet with all involved groups in the coming weeks. The Riverdale Hub had planned to celebrate the completion of the GerrardART Project last weekend, but had to contact the more than 75 people it had invited to the launch informing them “due to circumstances beyond our control” the event would be postponed. “These postponements are not indefinite and we hope to be in contact soon with the details of a new date and time on which this event will be held,” read an email. Otherwise, representatives from The Riverdale Hub did not wish to comment further on the issue.

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t’s been a traumatic week for cyclists in downtown Toronto. The city’s transportation department kicked off the week attempting to remove a pair of bike lanes on Jarvis Street. Members of the cycling community responded by doing their best to stop that work from taking place. The fight over the Jarvis bike lanes continues, an ugly echo of a very ugly election campaign in which the lanes themselves became a symbol of the very symbolic war on the car. For those on the “car” side of that war, their removal is a victory – the knocking down of the Berlin Bike Lane, as it were. Of course, in addition to its properties as a symbolic battlefield, the Jarvis Street bike lanes also had a practical application: they were a piece of a larger infrastructure that makes it safer for cyclists to travel north and south to the east of Yonge Street. And to that end, the proponents of removing the

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Kid’s Club at Leaside Presbyterian Church WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Ave. E. (north, west corner of Hanna) CONTACT: Phyllis Spence, 416-4220510, www.leasidepresbyterianchurch. ca, admin@leasidepresbyterianchurch. ca COST: $30 per child or $50/family PA Day Kid’s Club for children age JK to Grade 7. Crafts, music, activities, snacks and lunch provided. Cost: $30/child or $50/family (subsidies are available upon request). Community hours available for high school students.

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Live Music At The Branch WHEN: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. CONTACT: Jim Farrell, 416-425-1714, rcl22.com, jimb.farrell@ yahoo.ca COST: Free Bill Craig singer and raconteur extraordinaire. Bazaar WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Westview Presbyterian Church, 233 Westview Avenue (just off Bermondsey) CONTACT: Rev. Tim Purvis, 416-7598531, wvchurch.wordpress.com, westview@bellnet.ca COST: Free Yard sale, accessories, baked goods, crafts, lucky draw, silent auction, cafe, and more. Holly Berry Fair at St Luke’s

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Riverdale Community Arts and Letters Club WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Riverdale Public Library, 370 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: Riverdale Branch, 416-393-7720, www.torontopubliclibrary.ca, COST: Free Mark Osbaldeston, author of Unbuilt Toronto, will introduce his new book, Unbuilt Toronto 2. There will be presentation and book signing.

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The Gutter Ball WHEN: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. WHERE: Thorncliffe Bowlerama, 45 Overlea Blvd. CONTACT: GroupofFiveToronto@gmail. com COST: $25 cosmic 10 pin bowling Metropolitain Community Church sponsorship team is raising funds to sponsor refugees to Canada. The Group of Five is hosting the event with all proceeds going to the group sponsoring a LGBT refugess to come to Canada. RSVP.

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beverages and dessert. Family and friends welcome. Proceeds help church. People From the Sky WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: LucSculpture School & Studios, 663 Greenwood Ave. COST: $10 Storytelling and music event, People from the Sky, collects rare stories from all over the world. There will be stories of Japanese, Korean, Celtic, and Native Canadian. Music is a traditional string instrument from Japan, shamisen.

■ Saturday, Nov. 24

Live Music At The Branch WHEN: 7:30 to 11:29 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. CONTACT: Jim Farrell, 416-425-1714 COST: Free Bill Dickinson, “Single Country Act” Oldoies and new Bill sings them all.

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ment of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to release a new infrastructure funding plan by 2014 – to replace the existing $8.8-billion Building Canada plan – the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), which spearheaded the formation of MIF more than a year ago, wants to see money allocated as soon as next year’s federal budget, to be tabled by the spring. “Canada cannot afford to lose a construction season,” said Karen Leibovici, president of FCM. LONG-TERM PLAN “A new long-term plan is a oncein-a-generation opportunity to reverse the long decline in our local infrastructure and to keep Canada on the road to jobs and growth.” Robert Tremblay from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, who also spoke at the press conference, said damage incurred from the Sandy super storm which ravaged the U.S. east coast in late October caused around $20-billion in insurance claims. He warned a similar weather event touching down in Toronto

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