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Three companies have now been invited to submit a proposal to design, build and finance a new patient care tower at East York’s Michael Garron Hospital. EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, PCL Partnership, and Walsh Toronto East Health Partners were selected based on their design and conSubmitted photo struction capability, experience, and the financial Sarah Downey is the new executive officer for capacity to deliver a proToronto East General Hospital, starting April 1, ject of this size and com2015. plexity. Expected to achieve a The work will also inThe teams will have LEED Silver certification volve replacing the oldest about six months to prefor design excellence and beds in the medical/surgipare their submissions for sustainability, the project cal and rehabilitation this first phase. is being delivered using units, replacing the menOnce received, InfraIO’s Alternative Financtal health in-patient units structure Ontario and ing and Procurement for adult and child/youth MGH, which is a division model. care, consolidating ambuof the Toronto East Health "This is the next step in latory care and ambulatoNetwork, will evaluate our transformation of ry procedures, creating them and select the succommunity care for east two levels cessful bidToronto residents and beof underder. yond," said Sarah Downey, ground The com- ’This is the next MGH’s president and parking pany selected CEO, in a Feb. 3 release. and a new for the job will step in our "We at Michael Garron main enbe announced transformation trance, and Hospital are inspired by in November the passionate belief that a accommo2017. Con- of community healthy community is a dating othstruction is strong community. Mier adminisset to begin in care for east chael Garron Hospital’s trative and early 2018. Toronto redeveloped campus will support The rebe designed as a welcomservices quest for the residents and ing and supportive space needed to qualifications that promotes health and support the process for beyond.’ wellness." clinical serthis project, Downey also said the vices. which will in- Sarah Downey, redevelopment would help Further, volve the con- MGH president and CEO support the hospital’s misthe job will struction of a sion of delivering exemalso innew eight-stoplary care, develop innoclude renovating approxirey patient care tower and vative partnerships and mately 100,000 square feet a three-story podium, mentor the next generaof select areas within the started in June of 2016. It tion of health care providexisting hospital. will also include demolers. In the end, the redevelishing some existing "Together we are buildopment project aims to imwings and renovating the ing for a healthier commuprove the delivery of effiexisting hospital at the nity, helping people to live cient, accessible, and connecting points. to their full potential high-quality patient care, In total, approximately mentally, spiritually, while replacing some of 50,000 square feet of the physically, and socially," the hospital’s oldest spachospital will be redevelshe said. es. oped.


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Jane Merkley, executive vice-president, patient care, quality and chief nurse executive at Sinai Health System, gives a tour of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. FRONT PAGE PHOTO (courtesy photo): Cynthia Persaud (right) is the primary caregiver for her sister Rayana, who has Down Syndrome, early stage dementia, and other health issues. WoodGreen Community Services, which is set to benefit directly from funding from The Change Foundation, is helping empower and support Persaud and her sibling. aimed at supporting caregivers. During the tour, Merkley pointed to a number of modifications already being considered at the Riverdale hospital, including the creation of a centre for caregiver support. Dr. Gary Newton, Sinai Health System’s president and CEO, said Cultivating Change: The Caregiver Friendly Hospital and Community Hub is part of a bigger effort to engage with patients through their illness and onto recovery. By partnering with complementary organizations and using existing resources available, he said everyone can benefit. "A rehabilitation hospital is the place to start," he said, adding the idea is to

make good use of the time patients are in care to educate, train, prepare and empower their caregivers. Newton pointed to a similar, but even more hands-on initiative, at Sinai’s neo-natal unit. "It’s all about making the overall system better," he said. WoodGreen Community Services offers a number of programs and services that help clients who rely on caregivers, and is excited about the possibilities for the future with this new partnership, said the organization’s president, Anne Babcock. "We’re working to build a community where caregivers can thrive," she said,

noting this involves better communication, better understanding of needs and expectations, and education. Babcock said it is essential all partners work together in a co-ordinated effort to provide unified care for patients, and WoodGreen’s role is to help deliver that community support. Cultivating Change: The Caregiver Friendly Hospital and Community Hub is part of The Change Foundation’s $9-million Changing CARE initiative, which supports four health care partnerships between family caregivers, patients and clients, providers and health care organizations in Ontario.

The goal is to develop stronger local supports, program and resources that help improve communication, assessment, recognition, and education, and in turn inspire changes to how health care organizations, providers and family caregivers work together in the province’s health system. Cathy Fooks, president and CEO of The Change Foundation, said it received 73 applications under the Changing CARE program. A dozen were shortlisted, and four were selected to receive the funding. They include: Improving CARE Together at St. Joseph’s London Parkwood Institute; Connecting the Dots ...

Smoothing Transitions for family caregivers at Stratford General Hospital; Embrace at Cornwall Community Hospital; and Cultivating Change: The Caregiver Friendly Hospital and Community Hub. "This one rally struck our interest because of the combination of the acute setting at Mount Sinai, the rehab focus at Bridgepoint, then the community service aspect at WoodGreen," she said. Fooks said The Change Foundation strongly supports the concept of providing patients with continuum of care so they get and stay well, and that care- givers feels supported and empowered.

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Caregivers who visit their loved ones at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Riverdale are no longer being seen as visitors. As a result of a new partnership between Sinai Health System and WoodGreen Community Services, with the help of $2.3 million in funding from The Change Foundation, family caregivers are now viewed as key partners in a patient’s care team from the hospital to the community. This caregiver experience redesign is at the core of the new Cultivating Change: The Caregiver Friendly Hospital and Community Hub, which was launched Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Riverdale hospital for people with complex chronic disease and disability. Together with caregivers, Sinai Health and WoodGreen Community Services will be developing solutions that matter and work best for them. "Our goal is really to create a system of care that better responds to the changing needs of patients and families," Jane Merkley, executive vice-president of patient care, quality and chief nurse at Sinai Health System, said at the launch event. She said different models of care are being tested to come up with innovative health solutions. She said one way they feel patients are better served is by viewing their caregivers as partners, identifying their needs, and connecting them with resources. "Caregivers are vital health care team members. This (initiative) will change the caregiver experience and will really improve patient care," she said shortly before offering a short tour of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

About six months ago, Cynthia Persaud became the primary caregiver for her 51-year-old sister Rayana, who has Down syndrome, early stage dementia, and other health issues.Persaud said WoodGreen Community Services, which is set to benefit directly from the funding from The Change Foundation, is the reason why she’s been able to stay above water during this challenging time."WoodGreen is my survival kit," she shared."I felt lost before they stepped in to offer supports. It changed both of our lives drastically."And while it may be an ongoing process, Persaud said she no longer feels alone and knows WoodGreen is there to help her every step of the way."The service they provide is just amazing," she smiled. Carol Ann Alloway, co-founder of the organization Family Caregivers Voice, expressed her gratitude to The Change Foundation for recognizing the challenges and needs of caregivers, and the importance of giving caregivers a stronger voice in the care of their loved ones.For the last seven years, Alloway has cared for her husband Bill, who underwent an ankle replacement that was expected to have a recovery time of just three months. Nine surgeries later, Alloway’s husband is now doing much better.She said having more tools, knowledge, skills and support would have made this time much easier.

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Small, local efforts can make a big impact miles away Stories of crime, tragedy and hate often dominate the headlines and while it’s our job to accurately report on these events, the effect of its continual presence on readers is not lost on us. That’s why this week we’re sharing a story across all our newspapers. Inspired by the efforts of residents in Etobicoke, it serves as a shining example of the good that exists in this world - and how seemingly small, local initiatives can make the greatest difference in the lives of others living thousands of miles away. Those are the stories worth celebrating. Local hockey families donated gently used hockey gear to a collection by Rotary Clubs of Etobicoke and Palgrave, destined for First Nations youth in six northern Ontario reserves. Only in its second year, the drive netted 25 times more equipment than the first - a whopping 40,000 pounds of gear, thanks to the generosity of parents and kids here in Toronto. Our reporter Cynthia Reason covered those initial efforts and was extended a special invitation to see the story through to its conclusion. She traveled with Rotary representatives and Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes to one of the reserves at Sandy Lake where 16 skids of hockey equipment was delivered to eagerly awaiting children. The detail that completed the experience? The Stanley Cup came too. Described as a ’historic first’ by Chief Bart Meekis, the Cup’s arrival in the remote community served as a reminder to local youth that opportunity exists for them, to "be all you can be." And certainly, receiving hockey pads, helmets, skates, sticks and jerseys helped fuel local hockey dreams. Something that may have seemed out of reach is now possible for these kids, thanks to the generosity of Toronto residents. It was also made possible by one Sandy Lake teacher who connected with Rotary to facilitate the donation. So we share this story to warm hearts. We share it to demonstrate how a small initiative can have a big, lasting impact in the lives of others. Those children will not forget the day the Stanley Cup arrived in their community, along with hockey equipment they couldn’t have afforded otherwise. These are the kinds of efforts we like to celebrate when they come across our news desks, because Toronto’s got more than its share of bad news. The good is also there, but sometimes it needs a little help getting up into the spotlight.

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Toronto’s immigrants learn their working rights When Pragosh Antonipillai was young, he and his cousins worked well over 40 hours a week at Tim Hortons.They didn’t get overtime, and didn’t ask. They worked 12 or 24 hours at a stretch when their downtown Toronto stores were short-handed. "We would sleep on sugar bags in the back because that’s what we thought it means to be a good worker," Antonipillai recalls. For a first-generation Tamil-Canadian, this was normal, even expected, he says. Antonipillai’s parents were proud; at 15 and 16 he was making more than his dad as a Canadian Tire cashier. But working 30 hours a week while in high school tired him out. "People would assume I’m just this terrible stu-

MIKE ADLER Edges of Toronto dent," says Antonipillai, who now volunteers with Tamil employees in Greater Toronto, including youth going through what he once did. His small group is a "diversity network" for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, which also has volunteers from the Filipino, Chinese, Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean communities.

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The networks formed because unions weren’t getting into ethnic communities, and people from these ethnicities could sidestep communication barriers and suspicions, says Ram Selvarajah, a member of the Tamil network. Concerns about New Canadians working in Toronto are well-founded: in a 2013 survey 20 per cent of Mandarin-speaking recent immigrants here weren’t paid minimum wage, and only half received paid public holidays. "The myth immigrants are brought up to believe is you work 80 hours," says Selvarajah, adding young Tamils arriving here in the 1990s felt extra pressure to work. There were Tamil gangs in Toronto then, Selvarajah

says, so parents thought, "you were working or you were in trouble." Antonipillai and Selvarajah say Toronto employers still "pit" recent immigrants who won’t insist on their rights against other Canadians. They know immigrant women, in particular, "have less resources to fight back," adds Antonipillai, who argues 90 per cent Toronto’s kitchen staff are Tamil for the same reason. Selvarajah meets seniors working in Tamil stores for $5 an hour, under the table, looking on their employers as friends. He tells them standing up for yourself, "isn’t a betrayal, it’s actually the right thing to do." Reach Mike Adler at madler@insidetoronto.com

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l FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Carnival of Spice Presents A Journey Through Dance WHEN: 10 a.m. - 10 a.m. WHERE: Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview Ave., Toronto CONTACT: Riverdale Branch An energetic performance that will highlight African, Caribbean and Hip Hop culture through dance, signature costume pieces and props. Laugh Out Loud in Leaside WHEN: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. WHERE: Leaside Memorial Community

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l SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Old Postcard Show WHEN: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto CONTACT: Win Boyd, info@torontopostcardclub.com COST: $5.00 Forty tables of vintage postcards for sale from Canada, the U.S.A. and the rest of the world. Tom Allen and Co. WHEN: 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. WHERE: Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., Toronto CONTACT: 416-6996091, www.kruc.ca COST: $30 Tom Allen & Company concert explores the period of the 20s and 30s with stories, wit, and music by gifted local performing artists!

5 things to do this weekend l FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 38th Rhubarb Festival WHEN: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. WHERE: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., Toronto CONTACT: (416) 975-8555, http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb COST: Various prices Canada’s longest-running new works festival is a hotbed of experimentation. Feb. 15-26. Canadian International AutoShow WHEN: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto CONTACT: kjohnny@enterprisecanada.com, https:// www.autoshow.ca/ COST: Tickets The Canadian International AutoShow is the country’s largest consumer show - a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. Feb. 17-26.

l SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Family Fun Fest WHEN: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, Toronto CONTACT: info@familydayfest.ca, http:// www.familydayfest.ca/ COST: $8 child, youth; $25 adult Eighth annual indoor event with

rides, entertainment, food, games, inflatables, Feb. 18 to 20.

l MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Winter Stations 2017 WHEN: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. WHERE: The Beaches - From Woodbine to Victoria Park along the Water, East-end, Toronto CONTACT: info@winterstations.com, http:// winterstations.com/ The winners of the annual international design competition in will have their designs displayed for all to enjoy this winter.

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Join us February 21 to learn more about the Don Mills Crossing study and the Celestica development applications. This is a key city building moment for Don Mills and Eglinton. The City of Toronto’s Don Mills Crossing is examining ways to focus and shape anticipated growth around Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. The City is also reviewing development applications for 844 Don Mills Road, 1150 and 1155 Eglinton Avenue East (the “Celestica Lands”) within the Core Study Area for the Don Mills Crossing. The development applications propose a new mixed-use community of residential, office, commercial, retail and recreational uses along with new public streets and parks. The site’s redevelopment is proposed over a number of phases. For information on the Don Mills Crossing study and to sign up for our email updates please visit www.toronto.ca/donmillscrossing To review the preliminary report on the development applications type - PG17.8 Preliminary Report - in your favourite search engine. You may also contact John Andreevski, Senior Planner, City Planning Division. John.Andreevski@toronto.ca 416-395-7097 Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Be sure to let us know if you require assistance to participate. Attendant Care Services can be made available with some advance notice.

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This week marks another milestone for this column as it was 19 years ago, that I was first published in The East York Mirror. My first article was on how then Mayor Mel Lastman had been snubbed by the then provincial Conservative government, with only one representative showing up for a meeting he had called. My conclusion was that Queen’s Park, not the mayor, were the ones who were really running the new city of Toronto. Nineteen years later that’s still my opinion, given who really is in charge when it comes to making big decisions about the future of the city. The recent forced cancellation of the city’s decision to place tolls on the Gardener and DVP by the province certainly underscores that opinion. Still, it’s interesting to reflect on what it was like to produce a newspaper col-

JOE COOPER Watchdog umn over these past 19 years. I used to have to FAX the column into the paper as there was no email to speak of and certainly no online edition. I undertook to write using my knowledge and understanding of the issues of the day to provide opinions and ideas from a different perspective. The people of East York deserved to know that there were alternative points of view on the topic of amalgamation and it was not "a done deal" as we had been told. Today the topic of amal-

gamation remains controversial and still simmers below the surface of current municipal debates. Another important reason for writing my column was to ensure that the people of East York continued to have a voice in their local affairs to ensure that other voices didn’t drown them out. Some of those fears were justified as we did lose the East York Symphony Orchestra, but we didn’t lose East York Canada Day. The community has changed but it is my hope that my column can continue to make an important contribution by keeping people aware of the former borough’s unique identity and spirit. Joe Cooper is a longtime East York resident and community activist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at newsroom@insidetoronto.com

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Two busloads of children from Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School braved the -34C weather to greet the arrival of the Stanley Cup at Sandy Lake First Nation air field. The banner they’re holding, written in Oji-Cree, reads ‘Welcome to Sandy Lake. Thank you for bringing the Stanley Cup’.

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There was a buzz in the arctic air at Sandy Lake First Nation last Tuesday that not even the -34C polar chill could numb – word had it that Lord Stanley was about to land in town. On the local radio station, Chief Bart Meekis issued an urgent plea for all 3,500 residents of the remote northern Ontario reserve to “Let’s all get to the airport now and show our hapToronto piness!” At Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School, students put the last-minute

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touches on a colourful banner written in their native Oji-Cree, welcoming the Stanley Cup and its contingent of carriers from Etobicoke. And at the landing site itself, dozens of pick-up trucks and school buses packed with excited hockey fans of all ages ringed the airstrip in anxious anticipation of the Holy Grail of hockey’s arrival. “The gravity of it all didn’t really hit me until we were landing in Sandy Lake and I looked out the window and saw the whole community out there in the cold waiting for us,” said Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes, who used his connections at the Hockey Hall of Fame to arrange the

Cup’s visit to coincide with the delivery of 5,500 pounds of Rotary-donated hockey equipment to Sandy Lake – even successfully outbidding Justin Trudeau for the honour.  As the charter flight carrying Grimes, Rotary representatives, a documentary film crew from Etobicoke-based Fifth Ground Entertainment, and the official “Keeper of the Cup” Howie Borrow touched down, the subzero temperatures seemingly melted away on a wave of enthusiasm that drove a flood of excited bodies from the warmth of their vehicles and onto the airfield – Chief Meekis one of the first among them. OContinued on page 11


Rotary-led equipment drive prompted visit OContinued from page 10 “To actually see it here in Sandy Lake, it brings so much hope and so much joy to my community. That the Stanley Cup would come to a remote place like this, it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of it,” Meekis said shortly after parading the Cup around Sandy Lake on the back of his pick-up truck, trailed by an escort of 16 flag-waving, skidoo-driving members of the Sandy Lake Canadian Rangers. While Lord Stanley’s 22-hour stay in Sandy Lake was widely celebrated as a “historic first”, Meekis pledged it most certainly won’t mark the Cup’s last long voyage to the remote fly-in community nearly 1,500 kms northwest of Toronto. “It will be back up here again in 2020, but next time it will be one of our young hockey players bringing it north as a Stanley Cup champion – hopefully with the Canadiens,” the Montreal fan said with a determined grin. “To us, the Stanley Cup promotes education, it promotes discipline, and it also promotes that you can be all you can be – and that’s something our kids need to see.” While the Cup’s arrival provided plenty of incentive to young hockey players in Sandy Lake to strive for NHL greatness, the accompanying delivery of 16 skids of gently used hockey gear collected by the Rotary Clubs of Etobicoke and Palgrave – and

shipped free-of-charge courtesy Wasaya Airways and the Grimes’ brothers Etobicoke-based logistics company, MGA International – brought with it the means with which to fulfill a hockey dream that, for many, would’ve otherwise been out of reach. Freight costs to communities like Sandy Lake, which are only accessible by land via ice roads for a few short weeks in the winter, drive the price of even the most basic of goods up at least threefold. In a community where even a 24-case of no-name bottled water sells for $27.79, that means the price of already-costly hockey equipment becomes prohibitively expensive for most families. “A lot of our youth want to get on the ice, but can’t afford the skates, which is sad because people here go hard for hockey – they absolutely love it,” said Jenn Elwell, the now “super famous” teacher who arranged the hockey donation with Rotary Etobicoke’s Laura Latham after stumbling upon a story about the club’s hockey drive on Facebook. “So for me, seeing my kids walk out of the gym today with skates in their hands and big smiles on their faces just melted my heart. It was so beautiful, because I know how much it

means to them.” Pittsburgh Penguins superfan Derek Monias, 13, not only walked away from the distribution event at Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School last week with a hockey bag stuffed with new gear, he was also able to cross a key item off his bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to see the Stanley Cup in person and now I have. It’s every hockey player’s dream to one day achieve winning it,” he said with a shy smile. “This day, we all feel happy. The people that brought the Cup here have put a smile on everybody’s faces here in Sandy Lake and made them feel good inside.”

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Above right; Hundreds of Sandy Lake First Nations residents braved the -34C weather to greet Howie Borrow, Keeper of the Stanley Cup, and of course Lord Stanley himself at the Sandy Lake air field. Right; a young hockey player gets fitted for new blades while, below, members of the Sandy Lake First Nations hockey team tried out of some their near gear donated by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke during a pick-up hockey game at the local arena. Cynthia Reason photos

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