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Leaside’s oldest home, the Thomas G. Elgie House, is a step closer to becoming a heritage property but the owner will not be allowed to relocate the farmhouse on the lot. Councillors approved designating the house at 262 Bessborough Dr. under the Ontario Heritage Act at the most recent meeting of North York Community Council. The issue will be considered by city council on Nov. 13. However, councillors rejected a plea from owner Matthew Garnet, vice-president of development with Renaissance Fine Homes, which would have permitted him to move the house built about 1898 to the front of the property, southeast of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue. Garnet, who supports the heritage designation, argued moving the house would create more of a backyard. “I’m not talking about moving it down the street,” he said. “I am supporting the designation. I’m just asking about one small attribute.” The city should be flexible when it comes to designating heritage properties to encour>>>PROPOSAL, page 8

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Simply Abstract art on Friday wshow East York artist Renata Dusk will present her show Simply Abstract - Colour of My Soul this Friday. Ten per cent of the proceeds will go to Toronto Animal Services. The exhibit runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Core Realty Group, 747 Queen St. E., near Broadview Avenue. For more info on Dusk and her artwork, please visit www. abstractdusk.com Rail Garden party on Saturday The Rail Garden on Woodfield Road is hosting an end-of-season party this Saturday, and local residents are invited. According to www.facebook. com/TheRailGarden, the party begins at 11 a.m. and goes until the last person leaves. People are asked to bring their favourite pot luck dish as well as dishes and drinks. In addition to food there will be a cleanup party and bonfire. The Rail Garden is at 446 Woodfield Rd. at the base of Monarch Park, adjacent to the rail line.

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Hop on your bike and put on a tweed jacket and learn about the history of Ward 32 this Saturday. Participants can meet from 2 to 4 p.m. at Grinder Coffee, 126 Main St. for the first Ward 32 Historical Tweed Bike Ride featuring Gene Domagala, the Bard in the Park Thespians, and 32 Spokes Local Cycling Club. York Farmers Market wEast

The East York Farmers Market takes place Tuesdays at the East York Civic Centre from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs until Nov. 5. The East York Civic Centre is located at 850 Coxwell Ave. Online auction slated wNellies

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. Visit www.nellies.org for details.

Arts Festival (MAFCAF) will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the new underground theatre space at 798 Danforth Ave. (at Pape Avenue), called The Downstage. Focusing on horror, sci-fi, fantasy and pop culture theme, the festival is billed as an opportunity for local artists, creators, writers and directors to exhibit and sell their original work to the community. Visit www.facebook. com/MAFCAF for more.

Humane Society seeks wool donations Residents can help keep cats and kittens warm this fall and winter. Toronto Humane Society is looking for donations of wool so volunteer knitters can make blankets. People with knitted worsted o r c h u n k y, washable or synthetic/ nylon blend blend wool can drop it off at the 11 River St. shelter Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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With love from marathon TORCH PASS: The Mayor of Marathon, Greece, Iordanis Louizos, left, and Consul General of Greece in Toronto Dimitris Azemopoulos present the Marathon flame to kick-off the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Thursday at Alexander the Great Parkette. At left, attendants of the marathon flame perform during the presentation. Photos/MIKE POCHWAT

East York author, artist talks about Clay and Katie HILARY CATON eym@insidetoronto.com Anna Narday, an resident of East York, has been battling multiple sclerosis (MS) for 17 years, but that couldn’t snuff out her need for creative expression as an artist. Six years ago she added the title of author to her repertoire with the creation of the children’s book Clay and Katie, and has recently released her 12th story in the series. “Some days it gets to be hard,” said Narday of dealing with MS. “But I keep going.” Before she was diagnosed, Narday said her symptoms felt like she was coming down with the flu, but knew something was seriously wrong when she began to lose her sight in her left eye. “It just kind of went into these shadows and it got darker and darker,” said Narday. “It was pretty brutal, I was in (the) hospital for six days getting high dosages of steroids to bring the vision back.” The disease was found in her brain and recently in her spine, showing signs that it’s moving. But Narday remains positive, saying that she hasn’t been diagnosed with secondary or progressive MS, just

relapsing or remitting MS. “Symptoms come and go and the symptoms and episodes can change any time,” said Narday, who tries not to think about that possibility too much. “Life is short, you have to enjoy every day to the fullest and do what you can with it.” Her temporary vision loss and her diagnosis hindered her ability to paint. Knowing she didn’t want to take any more steroids or medications, she decided to take the path of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and she never looked back.

and she loved the toy too. That’s when she started exploring the idea of taking Clay to a literary level and began thinking about sending him on some adventures. “So I started writing a book... and I made up a friend for Clay, a little girl Katie,” said Narday. “So they became best friends and the book became Katie Play Hide and Seek.” for children

paint brush She did this for 10 years and within that time she was able to pick up a paint brush and continue her passion and even found a new path for her creativity. It was in 2007 that the idea of Clay came to Narday when she was playing fetch with her German Sheppard. She was wearing red plaid pajama’s and as she tried to take the ball from her she ended up ripping part of her pajama sleeve. “I ripped that piece off, wrapped it around her ball and kept playing,” said Narday.

Anna Narday is the creator of Clay and Katie.

It wasn’t until she sat down, postplaying session, and started fiddling around with the piece of fabric that the idea sparked. She started sewing on eyes, legs, arms and ears until this character named Clay was born. She began hiding him around parts of her house for her dog to find and even took it over to a neighbour’s house whose young daughter to see

According to Narday, this first book is for children around the age of two, when they’re starting to learn colours and are able to point and identify certain objects. And, of course, it involves finding Clay, who hides in different rooms of the house in the book. In addition to the writing for the books she is responsible for the illustrations. “I wanted to keep them very simple very vibrant colours because I found a lot of illustrations to be not child friendly,” said Narday. “Kids at that young, they’re attracted to bright, vibrant colors and simple drawings.” Every book, said Narday, has an educational aspect to it. She wanted to make sure the children who read

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them are also learning and able to use their imagination to figure out what Clay is exactly because he looks like he could be just about anything. “Nowadays kids don’t have much time to think about, or create their own thing through their imagination. Everything is already presented in full form to them,” said Narday. “So here’s a doll, Clay, that can be anything you want.” She’s done a few school tours around the Greater Toronto Area talking to children about Clay and Katie and encourages the children to allow the character to be anything they want him to be. She’s now 12 books into the series for kids ages two to eight and plans to continue with the books once she’s finished showing her paintings at different galleries. But as for Clay and Katie, Narday is hoping to branch out from books and into their very own cartoon series in the future. “That’s my dream and I’m not going to give up on it.”

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eadership is an important skill to acquire in life. However, many people, in particular youngsters in at-risk neighbourhoods do not have as many opportunities to gain those important skills. Thankfully the charitable organization Kids Now has taken up the challenge, offering an afterschool program where youth in grades 7 and 8 can empower themselves and gain confidence. Youth volunteer for the 12-week program and are paired with mentors who help drive home the importance of self-esteem, setting goals, communication, conflict resolution, and stress management. All skills are rooted in making the right choices in our view life, staying in school, and taking part in extra-curricuAfter-school lar activities and volunteerin the community. initiative benefits ingThe last point, though no entire community more special than the others, is one that speaks to how a strong community is created – by everyone being an active part of that community, which helps make that community a better place to live, work, and enjoy life. Kids Now mentors come from all walks of life including corporate employees, university students, and even former Kids Now participants. Kids Now is a chance for corporations, companies, Torontonians and even politicians to become mentors to youth. This is something that would not only help the lives of youth, but create a community, a city where people believe in themselves, which leads to believing in their city and the neighbourhoods they call home. The Kids Now program flourished in several schools in Toronto, in particular St. Luigi Catholic School where students raised funds for Meagan’s Walk, as well as supported a village in Kenya and ran a food and clothing drive to help the less fortunate. It is obvious that giving youth the right skills – leadership being just one – they will take up a challenge and become better citizens. It is now time for mentors of various stripes to help mould even more youth to become all they can be.

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ack during the mid1960s my father, John Cooper, was the president of the Danforth Businessman’s Association. One of the most controversial issues that he took on in that role was the extension of the Bloor subway to Woodbine Avenue. He predicted, as it turned out correctly, that the subway would drain customers away from the area. Frankly, many people, including local business owners didn’t see it at that time. The Woodbine-Danforth area was one of the most prosperous and popular shopping areas in Toronto. Why would people leave when they had shopping in their own back yard, they said. Much to their surprise and shock, people did stop shopping in the area and it went into a decline. It has taken more than 40 years for the corner to

recover and this should stand as a warning to Scarborough. Toronto Council has approved an extension of the Bloor Line and its existence seems to be purely political. The reality is that the Toronto Transit Commission came to find that subways were simply too expensive to build back in the 1980s. faster Yes, people may like them as they appear to be faster and carry more people. However, they are expensive to maintain and do not pay for themselves due to their high over-head in off-peak hours. Subways make sense in cities like New York where they are used all the time, not just at rush hour. Some sections of Toronto’s subway system are practically empty during parts of the day,

joe cooper watchdog which makes no sense at all. This is where the use of less expensive LRTs (which are not street cars) would make more sense. Yet we persist in having this political mindset that refuses to look at facts and would rather gamble the entire future of the subway system on four stations. Yes, that’s what it’s boiling down to. A completely mediocre subway system that’s underfunded and poorly maintained all because of politics. Meanwhile above ground we may well be seeing the same deterioration of communities because subways draw people away rather than bring them in. It took a long time before people re-discovered that there was much to be found by shopping in their own

neighbourhoods. Be careful what you wish for Scarborough; you may end up getting more than you bargained for. Likewise politicians; you may gain some votes and a photo opportunity, but everyone in Toronto is going to be paying for those four subway stations. When our local TTC services start deteriorating I hope you will have an explanation as to why you can’t fix them without raising taxes even more. All in all, it’s going to be a high price to pay for a short stub of a subway line. The downtown relief line would have made far more sense for far more people. However, that’s what you get when you put politics ahead of real planning. A perpetual mess that serves nobody’s interests but some politicians it seems. 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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Sandra Bussin considers running for her former city council seat DANIELA PITEO eym@insidetoronto.com Will she or won’t she? Former councillor Sandra Bussin is contemplating a return to municipal politics. When she decides, she will be running against Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. The last election saw Bussin lose her seat in a landslide vote to McMahon, but she said it may be time to return. “I was the most visible and senior member of council. I was the one to beat,” Bussin said. “When you are in that role, you are the one the people will want to topple.” But recently she has been urged to run because individuals have expressed a lack of leadership at city hall. She appears ready to take on Mayor Rob Ford’s agenda and a return to her old post. “I see him as a lone wolf,” said Bussin of Ford. “I think there is a need for someone to challenge him, which hasn’t happened much in the last term. “I think at the moment there seems to be a nervousness of taking him on, personally I don’t get it.” Bussin isn’t a stranger to challenge and as a former speaker, she said she can work with anyone. “I’m not really interested

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Former Ward 32 city councillor Sandra Bussin with her dog Oreo outside the Beaches library.

in party politics, never have been, because I really think you have to work with people to get the results you want.” While councillor for Ward 32, Bussin spearheaded projects that are still a point of pride in the area, she said. The Beaches library was a renovation project Bussin fought for. “It wasn’t on the list (of capital projects), but I kept plugging away at it saying it needed help and it takes votes on council. You can’t do anything single-handedly,”

Bussin said. There isn’t one particular issue that might incite Bussin to officially run, but the current transit issue in the city is a vital concern. “The transit portfolio is absolutely critical to the vitality of the city,” Bussin said. “We are losing economically due to the fact we can’t get where we want to go.” Bussin is well aware transit is an area of contention with many residents across the city, as is development, but she isn’t one to shy away from a difficult situation. According to Bussin, compromise and balance must be established between the community and council. As a realtor and longtime resident, she knows the area well. “I grew up in this community, my parents before me, and I raised my family here. It’s where I’ve known a lot of personal and professional enjoyment. I’ve done many things for the community and I’d like to continue,” said Bussin. “I think there are a lot of things that can be done and I haven’t seen much change over the last three and a half years.”

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Councillor McMahon to run for second term DANIELA PITEO eym@insidetoronto.com Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon said she is staying true to her word. At the onset of her 2010 campaign for municipal office, she declared she would run twice. “I committed to two terms when I ran the first time,” McMahon said. “I love my job. I like helping the community and empowering residents to get together and form community groups.” McMahon is intent on reaching out to as many residents as she can to become active members of the community. “I have a goal to create a “friends of” group for every park in our ward and we are well on our way,” McMahon

Ward 32 Councillor MaryMargaret McMahon.

said. Ward 32 is currently in the midst of many construction and revitalization projects McMahon said she would like to see through to completion. She said work needs to be done across the city. “I keep pushing for better transit citywide and urban agriculture.”

The Beach visioning study and urban design guidelines are a point of pride for the councillor who said she, her staff and the community worked arduously to get off the ground. “We worked hard to create guidelines that would create Queen Street,” McMahon said. In the 2010 election, McMahon enjoyed a landslide victory, defeating incumbent councillor Sandra Bussin, who she may battle again at the polls in 2014. McMahon said she has felt the strong support from the community and hopes it carries forward into the next election. “May the best woman win.”

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Prestigious grant given to doctor at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare Collaboratory scientists focus research on stroke patients with multiple health conditions DANIELA PITEO bsrm@insidetoronto.com A stroke rehabilitation and multimorbidity project has garnered the attention of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). The CIHR has presented their prestigious Knowledge Synthesis Grant to Dr. Michelle Nelson of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. The collaboratory scientist has focused her research on stroke patients with multiple health conditions to ensure they are receiving the best possible care. The $50,000 grant will enable Nelson and her team to define best rehabilitation processes for patients with numerous medical conditions. “Eighty per cent of stroke patients have multiple chronic conditions,” said Nelson, a Riverdale resident. Multimorbidity – the co-existence of two or more long-term conditions – is often the norm in patients today, with stroke patients commonly suffering from hypertension, diabetes, arthritis or obesity.

According to Nelson, optimal rehabilitation in a patient cannot occur until it is understood how each condition affects the other. “When we do the gold standard of research, or the randomized control trial, we basically try to control all the variables that could interfere with our testing,” Nelson said. “Often, in randomized control trials, people who have co-morbid conditions or people who are elderly are often excluded.” This gold standard in research, Nelson said, is falling short because the testing does not reflect the average patient. “If you exclude the people who look like the ones we see everyday, then is the best possible research a match for the people we actually see?” Nelson said. “We need to do research with patients who look like the ones we actually see. “What we don’t know is if the research studies that other scientists did to develop those strategies were tested on patients who had a stroke, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis et cetera ...”

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Nelson feels it is a real conundrum – doing a good job because one is good at their job. “We want to create guidelines and tool kits so everyone has access to information to help them do their job,” Nelson said. “Our project will provide some of that so (clinicians) won’t have to do a one-off decision all the time, they will actually be able to trust the evidence we bring to them matches the people seen daily. You can use this to make decisions about patient care and how you want to treat (a person).” “This is a really practical project,” Nelson said. Nelson specifically joined the Bridgepoint team to research multimorbidity in stroke patients and this grant is the springboard for the research to develop. “It brought together our team – we have some of the best stroke researchers in Canada on our team,” Nelson said. “This grant is a big win for our team.”

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Colour-coded bus stop markings and a streamlined network map introduced in the last year could be removed in as little as two months. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said no decision has been made whether to preserve the designs currently seen along the 94 Wellesley bus route since being placed there on a pilot basis in February. Ross suggested some elements of the designs could be incorporated into a proposed system-wide wayfinding strategy, which was to be unveiled to the public at the TTC’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday. Hard truths about transit report An advisory panel tasked by Premier Kathleen Wynne to look at a list of transit revenue tools proposed by Metrolinx released its first of three planned reports this week. On Monday, the 13-member panel published Hard Truths about Transit, which dispels what it calls oft-mentioned transit “misconceptions,” such as the notion subways are the

TO in TRANSIT only worthwhile transportation infrastructure investment. The panel, which includes Mayor Rob Ford’s former subway funding plan architect Gordon Chong, must report back to Wynne in December with final recommendations. To read the report, go to www.transitpanel.ca Minister to hear noise wall concerns A campaign organized by the Junction Triangle Rail Committee has paid off after Transportation Minister Glen Murray reportedly agreed to hear the group’s concerns over a planned series of noise wall barriers. As reported last week by The East York Mirror, the group called on its supporters to continuously phone Murray’s office demanding a face-toface meeting to discuss an alternative to the noise wall designs proposed by Metrolinx for the GO Georgetown rail

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A public education campaign will launch across the TTC next year to encourage riders to offer up their seats to expectant mothers. The TTC will place advisory decals aboard all vehicles in support of the measure, which Ross said comes as a result of provincial accessibility requirements and not – as has been reported by some media outlets – a strategy to improve rider etiquette. Also planned is the future installation of blue seat inserts on all TTC vehicles designating priority seating.

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Proposal to move building on site denied by community council >>>from page 1 age more people to preserve them, Garnet said. However, councillors rejected Garnet’s bid, siding instead with Heritage Preservation Services, the Leaside Property Owners’ Association and some residents. The farmhouse’s historical attributes include its placement, setback and orientation on the property, a report from Preservation Services said. “As a 19th century farmhouse within Leaside, the Thomas G. Elgie House has stood in place

as the community grew up around it, and its atypical presence has long contributed to the distinction and beauty of the neighbourhood,” the report added. The farmhouse established its importance long before other development existed in the area, the property owners’ association said in a letter. “It sat on a vantage point overlooking the picturesque Walmsley Brook, the heart of the 200-acre Elgie Estate, which stretched south and east from Bayview and Eglinton for half a century,” the letter said. “Since then, streets have been laid out and lands have been subdivided but the Elgie farmhouse remains as a testament to those earlier times.” While the two-and-a-half-storey farmhouse, which once belonged to farmer and realtor Thomas G. Elgie, is already on the city’s inventory of heritage properties, a designation under provincial legislation would provide more protection, Preservation Danforth Salon Services said. 3104 Danforth Ave. 416-698-7080 The heritage designation would only apply to the original farmhouse, Beaches Salon not to the north and south wings 1001 Kingston Road added later. 647-350-8946 (TWIN) The north and south wings will be removed and new homes built on each lot.

The Thomas G. Elgie House in a photo from the 1940s. Located on Bessborough Drive, it is Leaside’s oldest house. Photo/COURTESY

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City Councillor Ward 31 Beaches-East York

What is Happening in the Ravine? Monday November 4, 2013, at 7:00PM Presteign-Woodbine United Church 16 Presteign Avenue

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Driver Refresher Course WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Community Care East York, 840 Coxwell Ave., Suite 303 CONTACT: Corinne Willis, 416-645-6000 ext. 5239, ccey@ woodgreen.org COST: 35.00 Three hour classroom course designed to help older drivers pass the driver renewel test. This is facillitated by Canadian Pro Drivers. Inc. Monster Scavenger Hunt WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Dr. CONTACT: 416-396-3975 COST: Free Costumes welcome. Halloween treats for participants. Ages 3 to 15.

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6th Toronto Scout Group Community Euchre WHEN: 7:15 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: 6thtorontoscouts@gmail.com COST: $6 Eurchre, prizes and refreshments.

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Art Show WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: St. Columba & All Hallows Church, 2723 St. Clair Ave. E. CONTACT: yvette, 416-698-2508, yvette_carrington@

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Complimentary Chair Exercise WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. WHERE: Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Rd. CONTACT: Eric Daw, 416-450-0892, theomnifitt@gmail. com COST: Call to register A one hour class focusing on balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and posture. Facilitated by a qualified older adult specialist. 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.

yahoo.ca COST: Free display of artwork with Christmas tea party and Christmas sale items. Halloween Hauntings: Ghost Stories WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd. CONTACT: 416-396-2819, todmorden@ toronto.ca COST: adult $20; senior/ Youth/Child $15 Candlelit homes are the perfect setting for tales of terror told by skilled storytellers. Mulled cider and refreshments included. Advanced ticket purchase required. Suitable for children aged 8 and up; children must

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be accompanied by an adult. Halloween Haunt - No Way Out! WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Binswood Ave. 1/2 block south of Cosburn Ave., 54 Virginia Ave CONTACT: Maureen, 416-951-5606, mballentine@bell.net COST: Free Runs: Oct. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 2 7 to 10 p.m. Donations accepted for Habitat for Humanity. Family Fun Night At Westview Presbyterian WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Westview Presbyterian Church, 233 Westview Avenue (just off Bermondsey)

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Firefighters with a Cause WHEN: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10, 1083 Pape Ave. CONTACT: 416-4253070, smokeyey@hotmail.com COST: $10 The Toronto Professional Firefighters Celtic Society with the Royal Canadian Legion are raising funds for Camp Bucko. This is a camp that hosts children from ages 7 to 17 who have been affected by fire. Halloween Dance WHEN: 7 to 11:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. CONTACT: Jim Farrell, 416-425-1714, RCL22.COM, jimb.farrell@yahoo.ca COST: Free Dress up for a night of live music with David Wildsmith. Everyone welcome.

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Draft 9.1 WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: Maria Meindl, draftreadings@gmail. com COST: Suggested $5 donation New work by: Becky Blake; Hardish Dhaliwal; Victoria Hetherington; Aga Maksimowska; Emily Pohl-Weary and Liz Worth.

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East End Writers’ Group Showcase WHEN: 6:15 to 8 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Dr. CONTACT: 416-396-3975, COST: Free Shane Joseph. Shane Joseph will lead a discussion on marketing your book.

Halloween Dance WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: anne.davis, 416-7593072, anne.davis@rogers.com COST: $15 Dance to Al Reilly’s Catalyst band.

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Poppy Funds also support donations to housing and care facilities and research directed to geriatric support community medical appl of meals on wheels; Transportation of Veterans for medical appoin rental housing for Veterans and their dependents in need; Supporti Ontario Charitable Foundation for medical equipment for the co Veterans and their dependents; Remembrance Literary and Poster C To support the army, navy league, air & sea cadets.

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266 Maple Leaf – Toronto 3591 Dundas Street West Toronto On M6S 2T1

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Real estate

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Maximize profits on your investment property Those who have already invested in real estate know how difficult it can be to maintain a property much less improve it, which should be high on an investor’s priority list. But improving a property does not have to involve a complete overhaul or any other dramatic changes. In fact, there are several

simple ways investors can improve their real estate investments and improve their chances of turning a large profit when they decide to sell a property.

Hire a property management firm Some real estate investors,

especially those new to the business who just purchased an investment and have little money to spare, shy away from hiring a property management firm. But such a company is worth the expense for investors with little time or know-how with regard to fixing a home. A property management

firm will ensure the building or units are kept in shape, and depending on your agreement with the company, may even take care of cleaning vacant apartments, readying them for showing and renting them to new tenants. Perhaps the biggest advantage to working with an effective property management firm is the likelihood that they will turn over the vacant apartment quickly, ensuring you aren’t losing money when tenants move out.

Carefully vet prospective tenants It’s understandable that investors want to get a building occupied as quickly as possible so they can use tenants’ rents to pay for the property. But bad tenants can cause damage to the property, and their behavior might encourage reliable fellow tenants to find a new living situation. When looking to fill a vacancy, establish a minimum income requirement for prospective tenants and ask applicants to produce proof of income and references from past landlords. This increases the chances you will find a respectful

tenant who’s fully capable of paying their rent on time.

Work quickly Few people want to rent forever, so expect significant turnover, especially if your investment property has multiple dwellings. If you aren’t working with a property management company, an easy way to maximize your profits on an investment property is to work quickly when turning apartments over after a tenant moves out. This includes painting and cleaning the apartment, and the

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process should go smoothly. A unit with just minor wear and tear should take one week or less to get ready to show to prospective tenants, and the unit should be vacant for only one month before new tenants move in. Anything longer and you’re losing money you don’t have to lose.

Upgrade appliances While there may not be a yard to entice renters if you purchased an apartment complex, curb appeal can apply to an apartment’s interior. One of the more notable eyecatchers to prospective renters is updated appliances, especially since appliances may be the only items actually in the apartment when it is shown. Stainless steel appliances provide an instant upgrade over older appliances that may appear dated and are certain to make a strong first impression on prospective renters, many of whom would be willing to pay more in rent for a unit with update appliances.

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The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city.Toronto thrives on your great ideas and actions. We invite you to get involved.

Investigation of Flooding East York area O’Connor Drive & St Clair Ave. East (Study Area 1) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study Notice of Public Information Centre #2 Please join us at our second Public Information Centre to learn about the options considered and the recommended solutions to help reduce the risk of future basement and surface flooding in the study area.You will have an opportunity to view displays, speak one-onone with project staff, and tell us what you think about the recommended solutions. Dropin between 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the date and location noted below. We look forward to seeing you there. Details are as follows: Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:45 pm Location: Gordon A. Brown Elementary School Cafeteria at the main entrance 2800 St Clair Ave. E. (east of O’Connor Drive) Background The City ofToronto has historically experienced severe storms, which have caused recurrent surface and basement flooding. On August 19, 2005, the City experienced a severe storm that caused flooding of many residents’ homes, erosion in area ravines and watercourses, and damage to City roads, bridges, and sewers. In response, City Council approved the “Basement Flooding Work Plan” to undertake investigations to alleviate future flooding in 34 basement flooding areas, including Area 1. We would like to hear from you If you are unable to attend the Public Information Centre but would like to be provided with information or would like to be added to the study mailing list, please contact:

Mae Lee (Rigmea) Public Consultation Unit City of Toronto Metro Hall, 19th Fl. 55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Tel: 416-392-8210 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-338 0889 E-mail: rigmea_lee@toronto.ca Visit: toronto.ca/involved/projects Issue Date: October 17, 2013

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Riverdale churches topic of historical society event Local residents are invited to learn about the history of Riverdale churches during a meeting of the Riverdale Historical Society on Oct. 29. From Meeting Houses to Modernism: Riverdale Churches is hosted by Peter Richardson, an architect, a member of the Riverdale Historical Society and the author of the first definitive guide to Canada’s most beautiful and significant churches. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Bowling Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave. Cost, $5 or free to society members. Visit www.riverdalehistoricalsociety.com East End Arts seeks ideas from artists wWard 32 artists are invited to help develop new programs and events for East End Arts, a

Local Arts Service Organization (LASO) created to serve the east end of Toronto. The Blue-Sky programing brainstorm session takes place Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Balmy Beach Club on Beech Avenue. Some of the ideas the East End Arts group would Best Buy CORRECTION NOTICE like to expend on are: Artist pitch nights; marketing campaigns; brings arts to those with limited access NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE BEST BUY OCTOBER 18 CORPORATE FLYER In the October 18 flyer, page 8, the Samsung 60” / 65” 1080p 240Hz 3D Slim LED TVs (Web Code: and/or special interest groups and more. 10243916 / 10243917) were advertised with an incorrect price.The CORRECT prices For more information, please send an email to info@ are as follows: $2399.99, save $400 for the 60” and $2999.99, save $400 for the 65”. As well, the Dell Laptop with Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor (WebCode: eastendarts.ca with ideas or visit http://eastendarts. 10268761) advertised on page 12 is English ONLY.Also, shipments to select stores ca. have been delayed. Customers may request a raincheck if this product is not available for purchase. Please see a Product Specialist for details.

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ust in time for the 2014 municipal election, it looks like Toronto Council is going to be talking big bike lanes again. This week, Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee voted to re-start the environmental assessment of bike lanes along Bloor Street – a route that is both a practical goal and symbolic grail for Toronto cycling advocates. It should also send a shiver up the spine of any regular downtown bicycle commuter. Just about four years ago, cycling advocates convinced the council at the time to put bike lanes on Jarvis Street, and nearly got a separated bike lane pilot project on University Avenue too. The Jarvis bike lane was good for cyclists, but better for politicians willing to stir up anger over what they characterized as those cyclists’ sinister and overweening ambitions. There wasn’t much consensus in the 2010 mayoralty race, but nearly everyone agreed

david nickle the city that there was a war on, that war was against “the car,� and Jarvis Street was its battleground. And so it was that the new council voted to pull the lanes out and widen the road again, against the wishes of the local councillor and community. As an afterthought a year later, council ordered the city to stop studying that other big bike lane project along Bloor Street. And now, it is on the verge of starting up again, and from a transportation planning point of view, it makes a great deal of sense. The city is studying a bikeway along Dupont and Bloor. What happens there affects what happens on Bloor and vice versa. And it’s not for nothing that Bloor is such a grail for bike nuts. All the public transit along Bloor is below ground, which means

cyclists need contend neither with buses nor streetcar tracks, and it crosses many pedestrian- and bike-friendly communities already. It’s hard to see how pushing along with even an environmental assessment now will result in anything but a push-back from what has previously shown itself to be a powerful anti-bike sentiment in a large part of the electorate. This is not to say that bike commuters should despair and the city should shelve what is a good plan. A Bloor Street bike lane’s a good idea — just as it would be to extend the bike lanes back east along the Danforth. It would make the city safer, greener, and maybe even a bit more physically fit as commuters saw an option in biking. But wouldn’t it be nice if it didn’t also fuel the kind of divisive politicking that burned so bright in 2010?

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David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday.

Road Sweeping Operation Toronto & East York District Transportation Services is getting ready to perform sweeping operations on the streets of Toronto & East York this fall.The purpose of the sweeping is to collect leaves that fall, naturally, onto the street. All streets will be swept on two occasions.The operation will continue until November 29, 2013.The map shows the area where the sweeping operation will take place. Please do not rake leaves onto the roadway or sidewalks from your property. City by-law officers will be enforcing the City of Toronto by-law that relates to the use of streets and sidewalks. Raking leaves onto the roadway is a by-law offence and could result in charges being laid. It is an offence to store, place or dispose of material, including fallen leaves in such a way that it may enter onto a street by any means, including wind or water. In addition, raking, blowing, placing or dumping leaves onto City property (sidewalk, roadway, catch basins, etc.,) can create dangerous conditions, cause flooding on the roadways or on property or cause accidents. Here’s how to put leaves out for collection: Use reusable containers (any rigid open-top container such as a garbage can, bushel basket, green plastic yard waste bin– no lids) or kraft paper yard waste bags. Put leaves at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled yard waste collection day. Check your collection calendar for your yard waste collection schedule and more helpful hints. Sorry, no plastic bags: The City does not collect leaves and yard waste in clear plastic bags or Halloween-themed plastic bags. (If you use these decorative bags, please empty the contents into one of the approved containers listed above before placing out for collection. Ways to reduce the amount of leaves you put at the curb for collection: Feed leaves to your backyard composter now, plus stockpile leaves to add as dry material during the winter.

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Fall in Love adopt-a-cat program at city shelters Local residents are being encouraged to adopt-a-cat during the Fall in Love campaign. Adopt-a-cat for $25 plus the cost of a licence ($15, $7.50 for seniors). The campaign runs until Oct. 30 at all four of the City of Toronto’s animal shelter and its adoption partner locations.

Several strategies are used to stop the cycle of cat overpopulation in the city. They include: the trap, neuter, return program; the cat licensing program; the Chip Truck program and the adoption of cats from the shelters. In 2012, almost 3,350 cats found new homes. When people adopt a

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*0.5% finance rate available on 2013 Legacy 2.5i (DA2 BP). Dealers may sell or lease for less or may have to order or trade. Offers applicable on approved credit at participating dealers only. Lease based on a maximum of 20,000 km per year, with excess charged at $0.10/km. Leasing and financing programs available through Subaru Financial Services by TCCI. Other lease and finance rates and terms available; down payment or equivalent trade-in may be required. Vehicles shown solely for purposes of illustration, and may not be equipped exactly as shown. Offers available until October 31, 2013.


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