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Councillors defer decision on Mimico secondary plan
CodeRedTO promotes transit talk
Toronto transit advocacy group CodeRedTO hosts a series of public meetings across Toronto on transit expansion and funding this month and next. The open house-style meeting in Etobicoke will be held at Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave. on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Area councillors, MPPs, MPs and Metrolinx representatives are among CodeRedTO’s invited guests.
New city director planning to report back to June 18 meeting TAMARA SHEPHARD firstname.lastname@example.org Mimico-By-The-Lake residents largely like its height and density caps. Developers do not. Etobicoke and York councillors heard nearly four hours of residents’ and apartment building owners’ comments and suggestions Tuesday night on city planners’ Mimico-ByThe-Lake Secondary Plan, a policy framework to guide revitalization of the lakefront neighbourhood over the next 20 years.
In the end, Etobicoke York Community Council voted unanimously to support a motion by area Councillor Mark Grimes to defer a decision on the secondary plan to give Neil Cresswell, new director of community planning with the Etobicoke York district, an opportunity to respond to the public comments. Cresswell will report back to community council’s June 18 meeting. Grimes initiated what is known as the “Mimico 20/20”
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TDSB hosts workshop for parents at Richview CI The Toronto District School Board’s Parent and Community Engagement Office will host an Understanding Middle and Secondary School Program Options this spring. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richview
Collegiate Institute library, 1738 Islington Ave. To register, call 416-3973529 or email outreach@tdsb. on.ca Interpretation and childminding (for kids aged 2 1/2 to 12) is available upon request.
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GOLF SEASON: Serge Celebre was jumping for joy as the City of Toronto officially opened its golf courses for the 2013 season. Celebre was playing a round at Humber Valley Golf Club in Etobicoke with pals John Friend, and Mario Ruggiero. City of Toronto golf courses in Etobicoke also includes one at Scarlett Woods at Eglinton Avenue West and Jane Street.
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Residents will hear the facts on transit expansion projects, light rail and its impact and future funding for better transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA). The meeting will be split between conversation and residents’ questions and presentations by local councillors and Metrolinx representatives. “The conversation about transit expansion has changed,” CodeRedTO executive director Joe Drew said in a statement. “Dedicated funding from new revenue tools and smart ideas from many sources are showing how seriously residents and businesses are taking our infrastructure needs.”
CodeRedTO is a volunteer-led transit advocacy group based on the principle of better decisions through better information.
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Etobicoke-Lakeshore Trustee Pamela G ough hosts a w a rd f o r u m o n L e a r n i n g Exceptionalities Tuesday, April 23 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Seventh Street Junior School, 101 Seventh St. Aimed at parents of students up to Grade 5, the forum covers how students with learning exceptionalities are identified, including the LD-gifted combination, and how they can be supported at home and at school. RSVP to Debbie Wagdin at Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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food movement with a regular biweekly stop at Stonegate Community Health Centre (CHC) in the Park LawnBerry roads area of south Etobicoke. FoodShare delivers its Good Food Boxes of seasonal fruits and vegetables ordered biweekly by area residents. Stonegate CHC receives a free box for every 10 boxes ordered, which it donates to a client or
Music, 2848 Bloor St. W., will host its Summer Music Open House on Friday, April 19 from 1 to 8 p.m. The event will feature studio tours, complimentary summery refreshments, information and e a r l y- b i rd d i s c o u n t e d registration for Kingsway’s summer programs – including Suzuki/Traditional Strings Camp (ages four to 10), Chamber Music Camp (featuring strings and piano), the Into the Woods Musical Theatre Camp (for youth seniors centre hosts and teens), Early Childhood euchre tournament Musicianship (for ages one to The Horner Avenue Seniors three), the Triple-Threat Arts Centre, 320 Horner Ave., Discovery Camp (for ages four will host a Euchre to eight), Music Theory classes, Tournament on and private lessons in piano, Saturday, April voice, strings, winds, guitar, and 20 starting at 1 Slug Information: Lastman’s Bad Boy drums. p.m. Project : March WK2 FP Ad more information,Adgo Sizeto : 5.145 in xThe 5.714cost in of entry For Client : Lastman’s Bad Boy Publication : Brampton/Mississauga is $10 per team of www.kingswayconservatory.ca File Name : BB_Etobicoke_Tsr Apr 16 Insertion Date :two, Apr 16, and 2013 includes or call 416-234-0121. refreshments and prizes. ward forum on learnAnyone wishing to participate is asked to contact Penny ing exceptionalities
pick out your prom wWindfall dress at windfall Basics, 29 Connell Crt. Unit 3, will hold its annual Prom Dress Sale this year on April 27 and May 4. The Saturday sales, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature hundreds of designer dresses from Badgley Mischka, Jenny Yoo, Mori Lee, Alfred Sung and other sought-after designers – all at just $25. All proceeds support Windfall’s job training programs. stonegate, foodshare wFoodShare offer quality produce continues its good
local family in need, Graham said. Customers may order boxes by filling out a Good Food Box form at Stonegate Community Health Centre, 150 Berry Rd. or by calling 416-231-7070. Cash only. Bring your own bags. Boxes must be picked up at the centre. health fair held at wLongfree long branch church Branch Baptist Church will host a free two-hour Community Health Fair this month. The event will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in the church gymnasium, located at 3381 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (at the corner of 28th Street). Resources at the fair will help assist families to eat healthier, know where to ask for help when managing health care for all age groups, and know more about the local community organizations. Fa m i l i e s a r e w e l c o m e . Giveaways for children are available. Drinks are provided.
For more information, call 416-251-1525, go to www.longbranchbc.ca or email admin@ longbranchbc.ca gentle yoga session wEtobicoke starts for seniors Services for Seniors will host a free 10-week Gentle Yoga session for seniors starting this month. Open to seniors 55+, the sessions will take place every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon, April 30 to July 2, at the Village of Humber Heights, 2245 Lawrence Ave. W. To register, contact 416-2430127 ext. 271. skating wschool program receives $3,000 Etienne Brule Junior School recently received a special donation of $3,000 towards the school‘s skating program. Debra Demonte and Terry Simanek, directors of the Longest Yard Children’s Fund, presented a cheque to the school on March 28. The funds will go towards the purchase of helmets and skates for Etienne Brule’s skating program.
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Teen proves herself a triple-threat on the slopes, eyes national team Para-Alpine skier wins three gold in BC
national title A crowning achievement for Erin came at the Para-Alpine Canadian Championship in B.C. from March 28 to 31, where she scooped up a national title in the Giant Slalom, plus two Nor-Am titles by winning gold in both her Slalom and Giant Slalom races. “It feels really good. At the beginning of the season, there was this one girl on the national team in my category who I couldn’t beat,” she said of Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team member Alexandra Starker. “I was 15 seconds behind her at the
CYNTHIA REASON email@example.com Humber College has launched an internal investigation into an anonymous Facebook posting boasting about a sexual assault that has left the entire school community “abhorred.” According to the CBC, which quoted the posting before it was taken down, an anonymous male claimed on a Facebook page called Humber Epic Hookup Fails last week that he met an intoxicated female who “could barely walk” and brought her back to his house. He then detailed how he had sex with the girl, who took it “like a starfish”, then passed her on to his roommate, who he said received oral sex from the girl. “No verbal consent was needed,” the poster wrote, before detailing how he and his roommate kicked the victim out of their house after she vomited, leaving her naked on their driveway. Humber College spokesperson Andrew Leopold said the school was informed of the Facebook posting last Wednesday by a student who reported it to officials. “As soon as we saw it and read it and recognized what it was, we immediately contacted Facebook and requested that the page be taken down,” he said, noting that the post was in violation of Facebook’s community standards. “At the same time,
CYNTHIA REASON firstname.lastname@example.org Hot off of three gold-medal wins at the Sport Chek Para-Alpine Canadian Championships in Sun Peaks, BC last month, 16-year-old Erin Latimer of Etobicoke has now been named one of just seven prospects on the Canadian Para-Alpine Racing Team. A lifelong skier, the Richview Collegiate student was born with a congenital amputation of her right arm below the elbow. But it wasn’t until last year when she was recruited by a coach from an Ontario para ski team that Erin ever considered not racing against able-bodied competitors, as she has been doing since age seven as a racer with Craigleith Ski Club in Collingwood. “We had to persuade her to go,” said Erin’s dad, Ian Latimer. “She doesn’t look at things as a disability and she’s been skiing all her life at Craigleith. She figured, ‘why do I have to do anything different?’ But it’s actually been quite a good thing for her.” On the Canadian Para-Alpine Racing Team there are three categories of racers: visually impaired, sitting and standing. Erin races in the standing category.
Humber investigating claim on Facebook of alleged rape we notified Toronto police.” Const. Tony Vella confirmed this week that police are currently investigating the matter, but couldn’t comment on the specifics of that investigation. While Facebook took down the offending page late last Thursday night, Leopold said the situation is still being taken very seriously by Humber officials and that an internal investigation into the matter continues.
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‘number of questions’ “There are a number of questions still to answer at this point. What we’re trying to figure out is if it’s real – and if it is, did it, in fact, involve Humber students? And if it did, then who?” Leopold said. “And then, most importantly, if there’s a young lady – a survivor out there who might want help and support – we hope she comes forward. If she wants it, Humber College is ready to provide her with whatever support services, care or attention she needs. But at this point, we don’t know who she is or if she’s really out there.” This latest purported incident comes on the heels of a string of high-profile cases in both Canada and the United States in which young girls were allegedly sexually assaulted, then had photos of their assaults shared online.
Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS
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Sixteen-year-old Erin Latimer, a student at Richview Collegiate, is a ski racer and a prospect on the Canadian Para-Alpine Racing Team. Here, Erin wears the hardware she won at a recent meet in Sun Peaks, BC.
Catch-22: Brandon John McCue
beginning of the year, and now I was able to beat her.” Latimer was impressed to see the level in improvement in his daughter’s skills. “It was amazing to go to Sun Peaks and watch her compete like that. I couldn’t believe it, I was just hoping she’d come close to winning...but she went beyond that and won,” he said. “Once she wants something, she’s pretty determined. She’s put an awful lot of work into this, and the coaching at Craigleith has really
T h i s w e e k ’s Catch-22 Tuesday most wanted is 28-year-old Brandon John McCue. McCue, who is known to fre- Catch-22 seeks quent the south Brandon John Etobicoke area, McCue. is wanted on six counts of break and enter, two counts of attempted break and enter, and failure to
come a long way with her. Without them, she wouldn’t be where she is. They’ve done a fantastic job getting her ready.” Up next for Erin is another training camp in Banff, Alberta at the end of the month, plus a few potential national team training camps in Whistler, BC over the summer that she’s hopeful she’ll be invited to participate in.
To read the full story about Erin Latimer, visit our website at www. etobicokeguardian.com
comply with recognizance. Officers from 22 Division are now asking the community for their assistance in finding the accused. Anyone who sees McCue is urged to call 911, while anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 22 Division at 416-8082200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com For more information on the Catch22 Tuesday program, follow 22 Division on Facebook or @the22news on Twitter
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Don’t keep cards close on casino
esterday Mayor Rob Ford rolled snake eyes – twice. First, it was the only day for public deputations on the controversial report by city manager Joe Pennachetti on the pros and cons of building a casino in Toronto. Second, it marked another attempt to stifle debate with Ford limiting deputations to three minutes from the customary five. This is not the time to limit discussion on a topic of such great importance to Torontonians. Deciding to build a casino in Toronto is not a NIMBY issue, not solely an economic issue and not a societal issue. It is all of these, and limiting debate is a bad play on the part of the mayor and his executive committee. The very tenet of Pennachetti’s report is to weigh the pros and cons of building a casino in the city. A casino will not solve the city’s ills, but limiting deputations our view will never highlight the pros or the cons. With more than 200 Issue needs people registered to speak, it’s more debate, apparent Torontonians have something to say. not less Ford has limited debate on issues before – the service-cuts deputations from 2011 were cut to two minutes per deputation. Issues that attract an increase in public interest need more debate – not less. To lessen presentation time is also to lessen a speaker’s ability to state their case – whatever that may be. And on a contentious issue like this – however painful it may be to those listening – it’s even more important for those making deputations to have the ability to state their case. Many speakers will be against a casino in the downtown core. But there are also voices who support a casino – like representatives from Woodbine racetrack, who are open to expanding their facilities in north Etobicoke. Unfortunately, a location downtown – Exhibition Place or the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – seems ideal for those willing to build a casino. Councillors and the mayor were elected to do the will of the people. Unfortunately, this is not what’s happening here. It would appear those in North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough don’t mind building a casino in downtown Toronto – they are the mayor’s base, not those who live downtown. It’s unfortunate this debate is another failed attempt by the Ford administration to hear from the public on a topic that has polarized the city.
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City staff plays strong hand with casino report
n their advice on whether Toronto ought to host a casino, Toronto city staff have played their cards very well. They understand that Toronto is a desirable casino location to Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) executives because of the $1.2 billion annually that gamblers are expected to spend in the facility. In addition, our city is attractive to Queen’s Park because of the $20 million or so in tax revenues forecast over the construction period. Both these figures are substantially larger than if a casino were located elsewhere. They also understand that at present the city is limited to a gain of under $20 million in property taxes. As a result, the benefit of a casino for the city depends on what council can negotiate. In an attempt to offset the huge financial disparity, OLG said it would be willing to offer more than the usual two to five per cent share
david soknacki beyond the headlines of revenue. It talked about the extras a casino would bring: a larger convention space, new jobs, plus the revitalization that such an entertainment complex would provide. Not enough, said Toronto’s city manager, whose report dissects each point to determine how to get the best deal. That is why city staff recommend a larger convention floor, less parking, a smaller gaming area, all to be in compliance to city policies, plus a ‘social contract’ for problem gambling. Most importantly, they propose equal revenue sharing with OLG, with a minimum of $100 million annually. It is a term that is unprecedented, necessary, yet risky for the city’s partners. A jump from the typically low rates of revenue sharing
to an even division of the spoils is clearly the maximum for which Toronto could ask. In terms of council’s politics splitting the revenue was necessary, if only to bring a few critical votes along. Already, those opposing the casino say they have 30 of council’s 45 votes. These demands are just on the edge of reasonableness, so that councillors know that it is the best Toronto can achieve. At the same time it is clear that Toronto’s proposal will cause the OLG problems with its other casino hosts, and Premier Kathleen Wynne will have other areas in the province clamoring for parity. It is no secret that OLG offers other facility hosts considerably less. In an early attempt to build interest, OLG executives estimated Toronto’s hosting fee to be in the $50 million to $100 million range, but did not provide a formula. Even that announcement
caused an uproar as every municipality already with a gambling facility wanted an increase. The premier could only respond by declaring that OLG must provide one hosting formula across the province. How the OLG and premier deal with Toronto’s steeper demands, from the richest market in the province, becomes their problem if council approves the report. City staff have turned a doubtful proposition into proposals so aggressive that they merit consideration. They point out that bringing a minimum $100 million per year to Toronto, plus 10,000 jobs, plus compliance to city regulations will be a significant accomplishment. City staff were correct to play their hand strongly. The game now turns to Council, the OLG and premier. David Soknacki is a former City of Toronto councillor and budget chief. Contact him at www.soknacki.com
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High usage and solid funding is what really supports a subway To the editor: Yes, subways are a good way to move lots of people without interfering with surface traffic. But if funds are limited (and they always seem to be), then surface rapid transit is better than no rapid transit. And subways not only cost more to build, they cost more to operate and are cost effective only if use is high enough. Shortly after the Sheppard
subway opened, there was talk of shutting it down because of the higher operating costs. That didn’t happen, and taxpayers continued to subsidize its operation (more than the cost of operating buses on the route). That may have changed since then, but it is an issue when planning other rapid transit lines. P. Reid
Let teachers decide if they want to teach extracurriculars, or not To the editor: One wonders these days who really is in charge when it comes to who is responsible for extracurricular activities in schools – teachers or any other person in any working capacity. If my work schedule is, for example, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. then that is by law, my term of employment and if the employer wants me to work any additional time then it would by law have to be by mutual
agreement, case closed. Anything else is no business of judges, lawyers or union affiliation. It is my decision along with my employers mutual decision. W.D. Adamson
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Transit problems could be solved with tax dollars from corporations To the editor: It is with increasing alarm that I listen to Metrolinx, Premier Kathleen Wynne and others talk about new “revenue tools” to fund transit. A number of new taxes, as well as rate increases to existing taxes, are being proposed. Increasing the gas tax is one of them. This tax was put in place specifically to fund transportation infrastructure. Through this tax, Ontario drivers already pay 24.7 cents per each litre of gas. Not only that, but when HST was introduced in Ontario in 2010, government ended up with an annual windfall of millions of dollars in additional gas tax revenue. Last year the gas tax generated almost $4 billion. Where has all this money gone? The tolls on 400-series highways is another revenue tool being proposed. The timing is all wrong here. Toronto and Brampton drivers are already struggling with high cost of car repairs, 407 tolls, record high gasoline prices as well
as highest car insurance rates in Canada. Many are barely able to afford to keep their vehicles on the road. Any additional tolls will cause undue hardship to many families in this area. Also, a lot of people with minimum wage jobs may find that increased transportation costs will make it too expensive for them to travel to their jobs and may decide not to work. This may further slow down our already slow and sputtering economic recovery. Increases in sales and property taxes as well as an increase to TTC fares will put further brakes on our economy by decreasing disposable incomes and thus demand. What I find really puzzling is that almost without exception all of these new taxes are regressive and it is the working people who will bear the heaviest burden of paying for new transit. Is that fair? And while everyone will be affected, has anyone considered
the impact of these new taxes on “the working poor”, retired people and others on fixed incomes? Why aren’t we talking about a new corporate or business tax? After all, a reduction in gridlock will benefit businesses by lowering their transportation costs. Should an increase in a corporate tax rate not be considered? Canadian corporations already enjoy the lowest tax rates among the Group of Seven countries. And according to both Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada’s Mark Carney, Canadian corporations are currently sitting on a hoard of $500 billion in “dead money”, which they are loath to invest. Should we not be asking them to make a contribution? Wynne thinks the current Metrolinx plan is a good way to fix Toronto transit gridlock. I think that in its present form, it is a good way to get booted out of office in the next election. Michael Poliacik
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William Osler Health System hosts its second telephone town hall on May 23 to inform residents of health care service options available in their area. Representatives from Central West Community Care Access, Central West Local Health Integration Network, Headwaters Health Care Centre and Region of Peel Health Services will also participate in the hour-long call. This week, The Guardian speaks with Matt Anderson, president and CEO of William Osler Health System which includes Etobicoke General Hospital, to get the details. by Tamara Shephard
Are there certain medical conditions for which you would encourage people to seek medical attention somewhere other than the ER?
During our last town hall (in December), I learned about some of the services that are available in our communities, particularly from the CCAC (Community Care Access Centre) and the region. Even if they don’t provide the service
We do a 30,000 household random call. We also have various ways for people to sign up. We’ll advertise in newspapers, on our website, via Twitter. People can
How does the telephone town hall work? contact us in advance of the event to provide us with their information so that they’re included in that 30,000 list that we then use to call out that evening.
How important is it that residents understand they shouldn’t automatically go to the ER when they need medical care?
First of all, I want to emphasize that if anybody feels they’re in a serious, lifethreatening situation, the first thing they should do is call 911. If they are ever in doubt, they’re not sure what is going on with them and they’re very concerned, please come to the emergency department. The last thing we want to do is have people who are in distress second guessing themselves. The folks we’re more trying to reach out to are the folks who generally are pretty confident they’re not in a serious medical situation, but they do need short-term, semi-immediate attention. An example is we often get people coming in to the ERs who are mostly coming for a confirmation rather than coming for a new diagnosis. A classic example is somebody has got a young child who has been complaining about earaches. It has been going on about a week. They’re pretty sure it’s just an ear infection, but they’re not 100 per cent sure. It has reached the point where they’re a little concerned about
Services to expand with new EGH wing
it, so they’re coming in to the ER to get a confirmation that indeed it is an ear infection. Those are the ones where we’re saying, ‘there are other places people could go, such as urgent care centres, walk-in centres, family health teams.’ Those would be more appropriate for them. A lot gets said in the media about the cost of people coming in to the emergency room. Really for us, this is not a message about cost. The emergency room is a very expensive place from a provincial funding perspective. But it’s really about, ‘if you come in to our emergency room and you’re not all that ill, in an emergency room it’s not about who got their first, second and third. It’s about who is the sickest. ‘So now you’re in line with people with very serious health issues and they’re going to be treated first. You tend to end up waiting around longer than you would if you went to an urgent care centre or walk-in clinic where you’re in line with people with equal illness to you.’
Etobicoke General Hospital will begin the procurement process in approximately a year to build a long-planned new four-storey wing and expand its health services.
Hospital officials estimate the hospital’s redevelopment cost at $200- to $250 million, EGH President Matthew Anderson said. The hospital’s thenrenovated emergency
Bridging the Gap. If we have a patient who is being discharged from our hospital and the specialist at the hospital is concerned at all about the discharge, if the patient is particularly frail or has a particular medical need that needs to be addressed in a short period of time, we’ve established a program where we can phone the GP. It allows the GP and the hos-
pital doctor to spend some time talking about the discharge and what is going to be going on with that patient. Otherwise, without that, they don’t even know their patient necessarily was admitted to our hospital let alone that they had been discharged with perhaps a very specialized medical regimen that they need to follow and they need quick followup.
How could specialist clinics at your hospital help to direct patients from your ER who aren’t in an emergency medical situation?
A great scenario described to us by our GP is they’re seeing a patient on a Friday at 4 p.m. The patient is doing OK, but they can see that they’re starting to deteriorate. The GP is a little concerned about waiting until Monday or Tuesday for this person to get some kind of consultation or a
who are struggling with a mental illness or an addiction. In Etobicoke, we’ve got some very good programs. Our community health centres are simply outstanding. We’ve got a great one in Malton and another one in Rexdale.
What strategies are you using to involve more family physicians in providing more linkages between your hospitals and family doctors?
We’ve established a primary care planning table where we’ve invited about 20 physicians, practising GPs (general practitioners) from all the areas around our LHIN — Rexdale, Malton and north Etobicoke — to advise us and work with us on what would be meaningful things we can do to increase the connection points between the GPs and the specialists. There’s a project we call
directly, they tend to know of other services in the area. Another area we see a lot in our emergency room where we would definitely like to see people taking advantage of community services where possible are supports for people
test done. However, Friday at 4 p.m. most of the communitybased resources are closing up. So the only thing the GP can do to feel safe is to literally refer the patient to our emergency room. This goes back to the issue of appropriate utilization of the emergency room.
We’re looking at our statistics now in terms of how often does that happen, what types of referrals are occurring and could the hospital set up some kind of clinic situation where you could actually have scheduled that and the person does not have to wait in the emergency room.
What is your hope for the telephone town halls?
What we really like about the telephone town hall is from the comfort of their own home, people can hear about what’s
department and its Critical Care and Intensive Care Units will move to the new 217,000 square foot building, which will also house its fracture clinic, maternity and newborn care,
happening at the hospital and ask questions. We can’t answer all the questions during the call.
day surgery, inpatient dialysis services, ambulatory clinics and new outpatient oncology facility. Expanded services will include specialized physiotherapy and occupational
therapy services for seniors, as well as improved access to outpatient clinics and services, including mental health services.
But every single question we receive, we provide the answer afterwards on our website. (www.williamoslerhc.on.ca)
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Dr. Oleg Klipitch and Etobicoke’s Ukrainian community reﬂect on the leadership, friendship, and compassionate guidance of Father Bogdan Mironovich When Liliana Prykhodko lost her dearest friend not long ago, her world fell apart and she struggled to adjust to life without her friend. “My world was shattered, and my faith declined with the unfair death of a beautiful, happy, young mom of two. I found myself constantly looking for answers to the question ‘where is God, how can He possibly allow this to happen?’” Often, people in such sorrowful situations find it hard to know who to turn to for help - but Prykhodko had the benefit of knowing exactly who could lead her through this crisis, local spiritual leader Father Bogdan Mironovich. “Father Bogdan visited us, and right away he sensed something was wrong. With his strong and confident beliefs in the highest Christian values, he slowly, drop by drop, restored my faith,” says Prykhodko. This is a sentiment shared by many in western GTA’s Ukrainian Orthodox community. People young and old, from all walks of life, rely and depend on the guidance, advice, and strength of Father Bogdan. “In our religion and culture, we say thank you to the people who made an impact in our lives, especially before Easter,” says Dr. Oleg Klipitch, a longtime friend of Father Bogdan’s.“He is turning 50 this year, and I would like to say congratulations for his 50th birthday, and for his accomplishments. He is very unique and very gifted to say the least. He helps so many people in different ways - inspiring them, understanding them, and giving them advice.“ “Whenever I have problems or concerns where I need someone to listen and give advice, Father Bogdan provides time and prayers,” adds Dr. Olena Klipitch. “He has the ability through his faith to understand and gives me advice which brings peace, comfort and strength.” Father Bogdan has been serving the
area for five years, and has quickly become an indispensable part of the community’s spiritual fabric. He is also a highly educated man, having attended two theology schools in Russia, and one here in Canada. “My initial intention wasn’t to become a priest, but to make myself more familiar with the official teachings of the church,” says Father Bogdan. “I studied for eight years, and worked with street kids, at-risk people, and prisoners. After that, I received an invitation from the Holy Spirit Seminary Director in Ottawa, and I studied in the seminary at the University of Ottawa.” After finishing seminary school, Father Bogdan worked with credit unions, while at the same time working as a Deacon. He built a successful career in finance, but felt something was missing from his life. “I recognized one day that I was rejecting the call of God. I just realized it was my destiny – I am a priest. I needed to take care of the church. So I submitted my resignation from the credit union.” Father Bogdan was welcomed into the community with open arms, and is a crucial source of spiritual guidance for the entire congregation - even with hard-toreach teenagers. “I asked him to talk to my teenage daughter – she was having some distractions,” says Dr. Klipitch. “He can find a way to speak with teenagers, with little kids, with elderly people, and with people my age. He has a unique ability to find common ground.” Prykhodko agrees, adding that Father Bogdan goes out of his way to reach out to the community’s youth. “My older daughter Viktoriya, like every teenager, is going through a youth maximalist phase, but she was just recently saying that Father Bogdan is very honest and wise. She always carries the Rosary that Father Bogdan brought her from Jerusalem,”
says Prykhodko.“My young friend Mariana Doubas even named her newborn son in the honor of Father Bogdan.” “No other pastor has influenced me or has had such an impact on my family’s spiritual development as Father Bogdan has in the last couple of years,from the emotional service during our wedding to the loving tears of true happiness during our son’s Baptism,”says Doubas. Father Bogdan is renowned for supporting his congregation through stressful times, and goes above and beyond in every aspect of his priesthood - whether it’s making house calls and lending a supportive ear, or helping the congregation’s older ladies churn out hundreds of perogies overnight. “He even came and blessed our office,” says Dr. Klipitch. “In our culture, we have priests bless the place you work. Him doing it had special meaning for me.” “Father Bogdan has come many times to pray for the clinic and pharmacy. He is a patient at the clinic but he is a friend first,” says pharmacist Maher Shaker. The community is unanimous in its support for this man who has had such a positive effect on their personal, professional, and spiritual lives. “A country should know it’s own heroes. I’d love for our community to know a little more about Father Bogdan, and appreciate his work a little bit more. Occasionally, a simple thank you means so much,” says Dr. Klipitch. “In my humble opinion, the people make all the difference.,” says Father Bogdan.“It beings a tear to my eye that people have such an opinion of me.“ “For five years as a priest, in this community, I’ve learned that inside every heart is a beautiful shining star. I love them, I love their families, and love their children. I just try to do my best.”
“I NEEDTO DO AS MUCH AS I CAN, BECAUSE I FEEL I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PRIEST 20 YEARS AGO. MY BROTHERS HAVE BEEN ONTHE FRONT LINE FOR 20YEARS. IT’STIMETOWORK HARD, LIVE HARD, AND PRAY HARD – AND DO ITWITH A SMILE.” - FATHER BOGDAN MIRONOVICH
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Firefighter Storytime WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: Humberwood Library, 850 Humberwood Blvd. CONTACT: 416-394-5210, email@example.com COST: Free A visit from a Toronto firefighter who will share some favourite stories. A Luncheon Invitation WHEN: 12:30 to 2:28 p.m. WHERE: Canadiana Banquet Hall, 5230 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: Joyce, 905-278-9003, joyced1931@rogers. com COST: $22 Special feature cake decorating, speaker and soloist. Three choices for lunch. Sponsored by Toronto/ Etobicoke Christian Women’s Club. Reservations a must.
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Extreme Planets WHEN: 7 to 8:15 p.m. WHERE: Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave. CONTACT: 416-394-5120 COST: Free A guided exploration of some of the strangest planets in our galaxy, from giant fireballs to water worlds, with Lisa Esteves.
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Gigantic Flea Market WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: KingswayLambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway CONTACT: 416-234-8224, www.kingswaylambton.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org COST: Free Quality items including books, clothing, jewelry, art, toys, linens, china, silverware, sports and camping gear, luggage, bake sale and barbecue.
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Summer Music Open House WHEN: 1 to 8 p.m. WHERE: The Kingsway Conservatory of Music, 2848 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: 416234-0121 COST: Free This summer-themed open house promises studio tours, summery refreshments, information and early-bird discounted registration for summer programs for all ages. Lakeshore Village Community Dinner WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. WHERE: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 156 Sixth St. CONTACT: Rev. Mark Gladding, 416-259-2659, stmargaretschurch@ bellnet.ca COST: pay-what-you-can Join us for fresh, home-cooked food, live music and good company.
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WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 210, 110 Jutland Rd. CONTACT: Bill Muir, 416-231-2021 COST: $9.50 Hollywood themed dinner with music and dancing. Optional dress up as your favourite movie star.
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Scout Bottle Drive WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Alderwood United Church, 44 Delma Dr. CONTACT: Eric, 647-388-3616, email@example.com COST: Free Drop off refundable bottles in support of the 19th Lakeshore Scout Group Bottle Drive to raise funds for camping and activities. Writers and Editors Network WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Canadiana Restaurant, 5230 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: Anna Stitsky, 905-
272-1478, breakfasts@wenetwork. ca COST: $15 members, $20 nonmembers Guest speaker Carl Liberman has written and co-produced several plays during the ‘80’s cabaret scene in Toronto. He founded the literary department at The Characters Talent Agency, the largest in Canada, and has overseen its growth from zero billings to over $20 million nationally. Carl also represents top directors, producers, A-list cinematographers and internationally renowned production designers.
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Mimico Waterfront Cleanup Day WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Amos Waites Park, 2445 Lake Shore Blvd. W. CONTACT: COST: Free Join your friends and neighbours to cleanup the Mimico Waterfront. Garbage bags and gloves provided. Branch Out Theatre WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Humberwood Library, 850 Humberwood Blvd. CONTACT: Grazyna Grochot, 416-394-5210, firstname.lastname@example.org COST: Free Branch Out Theatre is an interac-
tive style of theatre that encourages the audience to become the actors. Participants will learn this form of theatre and perform plays that tackle important social issues such as censorship, bullying or peer pressure. Ages eight-13. Etobicoke Philharmonic Chamber Players WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. CONTACT 416-2330279, email@example.com COST: Adults $20; students $10; Under 12 free The Etobicoke Philharmonic Chamber Players perform a variety of chamber music selections in solo and ensemble configurations, with winds, strings and piano. Food Bank donation appreciated.
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>>>from page 1 revitalization project in 2006. He urged residents to make some concessions or risk Mimico-By-The-Lake remaining unchanged for yet-more decades. The 1.6-kilometre study area, along a stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard West, is populated by decades-old midrise and lowrise apartment buildings, as well as a commercial retail strip dotted with for-lease signs. “Everyone wants revitalization, but there is confusion out there. There is fear. I’m the area councillor and I’m confused,” Grimes told a packed council chamber of residents. “But something has to give. There has to be some give and take. Not everyone is going to be happy. I’m trying to incent development. I don’t want to wait 30 years.” In February, Toronto council and the city’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat denounced Grimes’ plan to provide developers incentives to build housing on the Mimico shoreline with tax incentives, grants and a break on development charges and on community benefits monies. Grimes strongly disagrees. So do some apartment building owners who argued there is no financial incentives for them to either revitalize their buildings or redevelop them into condominiums. The secondary plan proposes structures built fronting
There has to be give and take. Not everyone is going to be happy. I’m trying to incent development. I don’t want to wait 30 years. – Councillor Mark Grimes
Lake Shore would be capped at 25 storeys; new buildings south of that would be midrise, with a maximum height of eight storeys, with lakefront tall buildings capped at 15 storeys. Longo Development, which owns the largest piece of property in the study area, proposes to replace 396 existing rental apartment units and to build five condominium towers on its 2521-2543 Lake Shore Blvd. W. site. Longo has not submitted revised applications to the city pending its review of the Mimico-By-The-Lake Secondary Plan. Craig Hunter, Longo Development’s planning consultant, said the height and density caps prescribed by the secondary plan would not incent his client to develop the property. City planner Matthew Premru defended the secondary plan, and said it addresses priorities identified by residents, followed a “fulsome” consultation process and uses
a strategic approach to provide for a range of revitalization options. Peter Shepherd, who’s lived in Mimico for two decades, lauded the plan. He sits on the Miles Road Residents Association, and on the steering committee of the Mimico Lakeshore Network (MLN), a coalition of 10 community groups that has advocated for sensitive redevelopment and the protection of rental housing in the Mimico 20/20 process. “We welcome the plan. We especially favour the strong wording in the public realm policies that will be a catalyst for quality redevelopment in the area. Thank you for affirming the city policy on rental replacement that recognizes residents in rental housing are most affected by the plan.” Ward 6 Community Action Team (CAT), a 400-member group that advocates for rental tenants in the area, also supports the plan. “We’re community builders who are not against intensification or redevelopment,” said Carolyn Macleod of CAT. “Mimico-By-The-Lake is one of the last communities that still affords affordable living close to transit, parks and schools.” ~With files from David Nickle
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Secondary School June 8. Alumni from all years are invited to the annual reunion starting at 5 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 3850 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Donny Meekers 10-piece band plus three horns plays upstairs; The Bear Band plays downstairs. Tickets are $30 and include dinner and dance. Call 416255-4535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CLASSICAL CONCERT AT FRANKLIN HORNER Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave., will host an Afternoon Classical Concert and luncheon on Wednesday, April 17 from noon until 3 p.m.
For $20, enjoy a delicious four-course roast beef luncheon followed by a performance by classical music ensemb l e Tr i o Bravo. For more information, email franklinhorner. susan@gmail. com or call 416-2526822.
EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH THE ARTS Join Youth Arts Movement. Lakeshore Arts presents its free arts drop-in for youth 13-18 bi-monthly at its 2422 Lake Shore Blvd. W. studio. Meet area youth and work with professional artists in many mediums, such as stop motion, spoken words and visual arts. Theatre improv on April 16 and zumba dance on April 30, both from 6:308:30 p.m. Pizza and TTC fare provided.
LEARN THE ART OF HAVE YOUR SAY ◗Lakeshore ◗ BUTTON MAKING ON ART FUNDING Arts celebrates There is a new source of its 20th anniversary with an art-inspired fundraiser. Make Your Mark encourages participants in button making, dance lessons, henna art, palm reading, paper pottery wheels, a silent auction and much more on April 20 at 7 p.m. at The Assembly Hall at Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard. Single tickets $75; two tickets $125; artists/art workers $50. Call 416-201-7093.
funding for Toronto’s arts and the city wants to know how they should spend it. This month, the City of Toronto is asking for public input on how to spend and measure the impact of the new arts and culture funding that became available from Third Party Sign Tax retroactive revenues. People can participate in an online survey until April 30 at http://fluidsurveys.
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PILOTS WIRELESS ACCESS ◗GO Transit users could soon have access to wireless internet service in Toronto GO stations, said a spokesperson for the regional transit agency. Mary Proc said a recently launched Wi-Fi pilot program will expand to eight train stations and three bus terminals within six months. While the exact sites remain undetermined, the final list will include at least one Toronto location. If the pilot proves successful, ad-sponsored Wi-Fi could be installed in 63 GO train stations within a year. GO is also working on providing secure Internet access on its vehicles. The service was introduced at Clarkson and Pickering stations in early April. STATION FEEDBACK SOUGHT ◗PAPE
The TTC wants to speed up Pape Station renovations and is asking for public feedback on an extended spring closure. To get the work completed by September, the TTC wants
����� ����� TO �� TRANSIT riders to weigh in on either closing the station for 12 days straight or over six consecutive weekends. Another option is keeping Pape open, but that will delay completion of the renovations until December. The station’s second exit construction, located east of Lipton Avenue, is also scheduled to be done by December. To complete an online survey, visit www.ttc.ca FUNDING POLL RESULTS ◗TRANSIT
Residents may slowly be warming towards supporting new transit funding, according to a poll commissioned by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. A total of 43 per cent of respondents support investing more in transit compared to 39 per cent who want current funding levels to stay the same. Also, 71 per cent of the 1,491 respondents polled by
Forum Research between March 28 and April 3 also say they are “fed up” with traffic congestion, while 39 per cent think residents should contribute more to regional transit costs. SEEKS FEEDBACK ON E-BICYCLES ◗CITY
The city wants to know from residents whether it should adjust current restrictions on e-bicycles to reflect a recent ruling by the province. Current bylaws strictly prohibit the use of the motorized two-wheel vehicles, which resemble scooters a well as pedal-assisted bicycles. They are not allowed on bike lanes or trails. But because the province recently amended the Ontario Highway Traffic Act to allow e-bikes on public roadways, the city wants feedback on whether it too should ease restrictions. An online survey is available at www.toronto.ca/ cycling. To leave a voicemail reply, call 416-338-1066. Rahul Gupta is The Guardian’s transit reporter. His column runs Tuesdays. Twitter @TOinTRANSIT
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SCHOOL REUNION FEATURES 10-PIECE BAND Get your tickets early for the Lakeshore reunion of Mimico and Alderwood high schools and New Toronto
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TUESDAY, APRIL 16 ◗ St. Patrick’s vs. Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School (Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School, 2170 Kipling Ave.)
TAKING A FALL Queensway Canadiens’ netminder Joseph Di Como stops a shot by fallen Faustina Fury forward Olivia Minor during Last Gasp Tournament tyke east division action at Weston Lions Arena Saturday morning. Faustina went on to win the game 5-4.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 18 ◗ Bishop Allen vs. Chaminade College School (Chaminade College School, 490 Queens Dr.) TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BOYS VOLLEYBALL JUNIIOR
TUESDAY APRIL 16 ◗ St. Basil-the-Great College School vs. Father Henry Carr (St. Basil-the-Great College School, 20 Starview Lane) ◗ Michael Power/St. Joseph High School vs. Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School (Michael Power/St. Joseph High School, 105 Eringate Dr.) ◗ Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School vs. Chaminade College School (Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, 99 Humber Blvd.) ◗ Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School vs. Bishop Allen Academy (Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.) ◗ Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School vs. Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School (Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School, 21 Panorama Crt.)
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UPCOMING GAME In TDSB Girls Soccer West Region Varsity action Vaughan Road Academy vs. West Humber Collegiate at West Humber Collegiate, 1675 Martin Grove Rd., on Monday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 ◗ Bishop Allen Academy vs. Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) (Bishop Allen Academy, 721 Royal York Rd.) ◗ Chaminade College School vs. Monsignor
Percy Johnson Catholic High School (Chaminade College School, 490 Queens Dr.) ◗ Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School vs. Michael Power/St. Joseph High School (Father John Redmond Catholic
Secondary School, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.) ◗ Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School vs. Dante Alighieri Academy (Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, 99 Humber Blvd.)
TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD COED ULTIMATE FRISBEE-SOUTH REGION
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 ◗ Ursula Franklin Academy vs. Western Technical-Commercial School (location TBD, 4 p.m.)
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Anti-bullying day at Elmbank Junior Middle Academy PINK SHIRTS: Left, Grade 5 students at Elmbank Junior Middle Academy, from left, Niva Patel, Salma Abas, Phil Persaud, Justin Nichol, and Christopher Young show off their pink shirts donated by the Etobicoke Rotary for the school’s anti-bullying day last Wednesday. Special guests from the community hosted workshops all day, including representatives from the Toronto Police Service, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, Toronto Community Housing, Rex Pride and more.
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S T O P B U L LY I N G N O W: Clockwise from far right, Charmaine Beard, a youth m e n t o r w i t h To r o n t o Community Housing, takes questions from students at Elmbank Junior Middle Academy during Day of Pink; Olympic gold medal hurdler Mark McKoy spoke to the Elmbank students about how they can use hard work and goal setting to achieve their dreams; each of the 528 students at Elmbank Junior Middle Academy got a shirt from the Etobicoke Rotary Club for the school’s Day of Pink.
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Women in non-traditional jobs focus of roundtable at Humber Humber College played host last week to a roundtable discussion on women in nontraditional occupations. Women represent half of the Canadian workforce, but are under-represented in many occupations, including
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to start at the west end of the elevated highway in 2013. The repairs were spurred by incidents of falling concrete from the highway’s underside last summer – but are even more fundamental than that, dealing with replacing the decking on the highway. The east end of the highway has six years before its decking will need to be replaced, hence it will be last on the repair schedule – with interim repairs and patchwork taking place to ensure that it remains safe. The city is holding off on replacing that, because until council weighs in on the environmental assessment, it is unclear whether the highway will remain standing at all. Prior to Mayor Rob Ford’s election in 2010, the city and Waterfront Toronto had been proceeding with the environmental assessment, with an eye to tearing down the eastern portion of the highway. Following the election,
Minnan-Wong had spoken with Waterfront Toronto and told them the EA was no longer a priority. All work ceased on it. But during this year’s budget debate, council voted to resume the environmental assessment – a year after it had been stopped. The re-jigging of construction schedules for repairs to accommodate the EA are costing $19.4 million. Beaches-East York Councillor Janet Davis said that cost overrun was because of the delay. Don Valley West Councillor John Parker agreed. “For better or worse, we gave the order for an environmental assessment some years ago,” he said. “I thought it was moving along. I was looking forward to receiving its conclusions – I was disappointed. Those chickens will come home to roost in who knows how many ways but we’ve come into contact with one of them today.”
Seniors Strategy discussed wToronto Toronto has plans for the elderly — and tomorrow the city’s community development and recreation committee will get a look at the details. The Toronto Seniors Strategy takes into account the shift in demographics as the tail end of the baby boom ages into the grandparent boom. Toronto, like governments around the world, needs to retool the services it offers accordingly. The strategy is a plan to support older Toronto residents in their desire to stay “active, healthy, engaged and independent, in their own homes and living in communities of their own choosing.” Mr. Christie lands update On Monday, April 22, the city’s economic development committee will be talking about the Mr. Christie lands situation in south Etobicoke.
david nickle the city As reported last year, Mondelez Canada made a decision to close the Mr. Christie’s Bakery at 2150 Lake Shore Blvd. in hopes of redeveloping the land. The city, however, wants to maintain the site as employment land. Economic development staff will be reporting out on discussions they’ve had with Mondelez – which have not gone well. As such, say staff, establishing a working group is premature. pet licence renewals considered wOnline
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175 Gordon Baker Road, Toronto, Ontario M2H 0A2 www.insidetoronto.com | Circulation: 416 493 4400
ETOBICOKE (16 Garden Pl.) -Beautiful one bedroom available. Brand new kitchen, parking, gas included for 895/month. Call Helen at 416-253-6012 MARTINGROVE/ EGLINTON- 1 bedroom basement apt., no smoking/ pets. Suits single. May 1st. $650, cable, internet included. Parking negotiable. 647-463-7217 ISLINGTON/ 401. 1 & 2 bedroom in clean building. Close to TTC/ amenities. Laundry. May 1. $950. 416-746-9370 or 416-560-6182.
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