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Jahanzeb Zazai has come up with a simple solution to the gun violence plaguing his community – a coat of colourful paint to brighten Jamestown up and drive the bad guys out. “The neighbourhood is dull. I want to see it become colourful – vivid colours like yellow, green, blue, purple. Outside it’s dark, it’s dirty, you don’t want to live here – why not make it colourful?” asked the 15-yearold West Humber Collegiate Institute student. “Once the bad guys see it’s colourful and that there’s kids here, they won’t want to live here anymore. ’Cause they want to hide in the dark, they don’t want to live in the colour.” in response to shooting Jahanzeb was just one of about 50 Jamestown residents and representatives from local social service agencies to attend a Toronto Community Housing (TCH) hosted community safety meeting at Greenholme Junior Middle School Wednesday night, in response to the nearby shooting death of 15-year-old Jarvis Montaque last month. Jarvis was gunned down at close range in what police >>>FOLLOW-UP, page 9

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International women’s Day: Drummers from the STOPP African Dance Troupe entertain onlookers during one of two events marking International Women's Day this past Friday, hosted by the Rexdale Women's Centre at Albion Mall. See more photos from the event on page 15.

Police arrest 10 people in crime spree Shot fired at Thistletown CI student, as violence of robberies escalated CYNTHIA REASON Police have arrested 10 suspects in connection with Thursday’s

s h o o t i n g a t T h i s t l e t ow n Collegiate Institute – marking the end of what is being called a two-month spree of increasingly violent west-end

robberies. Staff Insp. Mike Earl of the Toronto Police Holdup Squad said at a press conference at 23 Division Friday that charges

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ichard “The Charity Crusader” Graves recently received yet another medallion to add to the everexpanding collection of nearly 600 that currently adorn the walls of his West Mall apartment – The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The spry, 79-year-old runner received the award last month from Etobicoke Centre MP Ted Opitz in recognition of his ongoing campaign to raise money for various charities through the Annual Richard Graves Charity Challenge Run-a-Thon. Each year since Graves turned 71, he has hand-picked a worthy charity – Etobicoke-based Reach for the Rainbow, Variety Village, March of Dimes, Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Make-AWish Foundation are among his


Seventy-nine-year-old Richard Graves is dedicating all of his fundraising from races this season to Etobicoke’s Reach for the Rainbow.

favourites – and then embarked to run in 10 races during the May-to-September running season, raising money in that charity’s name. “I’ve had a great life running. I’ve been all over this country, and even in Europe and the United States running, so I got to a point when I turned 71 and I said to myself: ‘I’ve got lots out of it, so it would be nice to help others with the abilities I have with my feet,’” he said, noting

that over the course of eight years, he’s raised nearly $30,000 for charity. “I choose the smaller charities because they don’t get the money to work with that the bigger ones do.” The recipient of Graves’ 2013 Charity Challenge Run-a-thon will be Reach for the Rainbow – an Etobicoke-based charity that benefits children living with disabilities by providing them with integrated camp and recreational opportunities.

This isn’t the first time Graves has raised money for Reach for the Rainbow; they were also the recipients of his 2011 Charity Challenge Run-a-Thon. Calling him a “marvel,” Jennifer Jeynes, manager of communications for Reach for the Rainbow, said supporters like Graves play a vital role for the organization by “nourishing” what they can do to increase inclusion and opportunity for their young campers. “Richard Graves is awe-inspiring to us,” she said back in 2011. “We work with individuals that every day have difficulties maintaining and doing what they need to do, so when you meet an individual who has dedicated his life to not just his own health, but to embracing the needs of others, it’s inspirational on so many levels.” In order to keep in top form, Graves – who will celebrate his 80th birthday in June – still runs four times a week year-round, clocking at least 32 to 40 kilometres weekly. And he hasn’t let his age, nor his arthritis slow him down... much. “I’m still out there four times a week, but time-wise, I’ve slowed down a bit,” he said. “The old body isn’t what it used to be. Back when I was in my early 50s, I could do a 10K run in

SOYAT honours young people with awards The Etobicoke-based Somali Youth Association of Toronto (SOYAT) recently honoured 14 young people at their Youth Recognition Awards. Held late last month at Forum Banquet Hall, the annual awards gala recognizes Somali-Canadian youth for their achievements in a variety of categories – ranging from academic and athletic excellence, to community contributions, to “recognizing students who have prevailed over substantial barriers to achieve their goals and in doing

so have set an example for the entire community.” “The Annual Youth Recognition Awards seeks to motivate and inspire youth by profiling and celebrating the accomplishments of individuals who have achieved great heights or overcome numerous obstacles,” SOYAT officials said in a statement. This year’s winners are as follows:


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Award recipients ◗ Female Athletic Achievement Award – Nafisa Mohamed ◗ Male Athletic Achievement Award – Mohamed Osman and Liban Hassan ◗ Senior Male Academic Achievement Award – Mohamud Wehelie and Abdi Aidid ◗ Junior Male Academic Award – Hanad Adan ◗ Junior Female Academic Achievement Award – Nasib Abokar

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36 minutes. Now it takes me 57 minutes. I have physical problems, but I try not to let them bother me...when I’m racing I just block it out.” The evidence of Graves’ running success is evident on first glance of The West Mall apartment he shares with Daphne, his wife of 43 years – nearly every wall is adorned with a trophy, plaque or medallion earned throughout Graves’ long and esteemed running career. In fact, it takes Daphne a full day to polish each and every one of them. One of the most prized among Graves’ accolades is his most recent – the Jubilee medal. Created to commemorate the Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary on the throne last year, the Jubilee medal honors significant achievements by Canadians and was bestowed upon 60,000 people across the country over the course of 2012 – Graves just got his a little late. “I was just happy to get it,” he said with a laugh, noting that he was nominated for the honour by one of his neighbours. “When it got to the end of the year, I thought maybe they’d run out of them.”


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Man tries to lure child off TTC bus Police in south Etobicoke issued a public safety alert following an incident in which a man attempted to lure a five-year-old boy off a TTC bus with him on March 1. The man is described as white and clean cut, approximately 70 years old, 5’10” tall, 170 pounds, with short, dark grey hair combed to the right, blue eyes, bushy black eyebrows, and a long, thin, wrinkled face and forehead, possibly missing several upper and lower teeth. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200.

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ith the impacts of the change back to daylight saving time and the anticipated increase of cars and pedestrians on the streets due to March Break, Toronto police have launched a safety campaign this week. The March Break - March Safe Pedestrian Campaign will run through to Sunday. Though already planned, this week’s campaign has been made all the more meaningful by the death of five-year-old Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger on Cliffside Drive in Scarborough. Kayleigh died instantly last Thursday after being struck by a garbage truck while she was crossing the road with other children while on her way home from school. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the incident. Her death has touched all Torontonians: drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The consequences are most often tragic and devastating. Sadly, this past weekend did not get much better on our streets. On Sunday, a cyclist suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a car on Bloor Street West, and a North York man sufour view fered broken legs after he was struck by a vehicle. Police launch Part of the police’s message this week is that safety is everyone’s March safety responsibility, and using caution in all circumstances is the best campaign approach while on the roads. Part of the campaign will include increased enforcement of traffic violations committed by drivers, cyclists or pedestrians that threaten safety. Parking officers will also be out dealing with vehicles parked in ways that might impact safety. Police will also be paying extra attention to unsafe behaviour in intersections, at crosswalks and by pedestrians crossing streets mid-block. This week’s campaign comes on the heels of a Toronto Police and GO Transit campaign urging pedestrians to Do the Bright Thing and make themselves more visible to drivers. Const. Hugh Smith pointed out that pedestrians taking actions to protect themselves was not a case of blaming them for being hit by vehicles. We believe everyone using our roads has an equal share of responsibility when it comes to the safety of others and themselves. Drivers must always be keenly aware of the surroundings, following the traffic laws at intersections and not speeding, while pedestrians and cyclists need to improve their visibility and be vigilant. Together we can hopefully avoid more tragedies.

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Moving clocks up a wonderful idea


o, now that the clocks have been moved forward an hour, how are you enjoying seeing daylight rather than darkness in the early evening? I took a leisurely stroll around my neighbourhood Sunday night to gauge the reaction around here. And the verdict? I’d have to say that the majority gave it a resounding two thumbs up. But to be honest, it was far from a unanimous response. There were plenty of other views as well. For example, for a significant number the verdict was two paws up. In just as many cases, it was two wings up. For others, it was two ears up. Still others, it was two eyebrows up. And I came across plenty of bushy tails up as well. No doubt about it, the trend was definitely up all around.

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY Topping the list of those celebrating the much-welcomed extra hour of daylight without doubt were the birds in the area that were chirping an extremely catchy little tune. They were carrying on as if they had been anointed to herald in the

The neighbours were out in huge numbers walking around and engaging in coversation or gleefully tending to gardening matters.

clock change. If they indeed had been singled out, I couldn’t think of a more fitting choice for the honour.

Equally excited were the squirrels racing around on the grass. They were even friskier than usual, which is saying something for this exuberant bunch. Normally the squirrels in this neck of the woods forage for scraps on fast food wrappers at this time, but they seemed to be just playing on Sunday. Dinner could wait this evening. They preferred to soak up the atmosphere. They had plenty of company. The kids on spring break were zipping around. Joggers and cyclists, too. The people walking their dogs all had an extra bounce in their steps that they don’t usually have when they go out when it’s dark. Which was a good thing, considering their pets were champing at the bit tugging on their leashes to get in on this daylight action. And not to be outdone were a couple of raccoons that typically aren’t visible when it’s sunny.

They were spotted peeking out from behind a nearby garbage can uncharacteristically curious about what all the hubbub was about. The regulars who work on Sundays and tend to have gloomy looks on their faces when they come home at this hour were delighted to be greeted by sunlight as they seemed to skip along the sidewalk. And the neighbours were out in huge numbers walking around engaging in conversation or gleefully tending to gardening matters. In short, the proverbial good time was being had by all. The moral of this story? Though it was just one night, it’s evident that this daylight saving investment yields plenty of interest. And you can take that to the bank.


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To the editor: The gridlock in Toronto is getting worse every year. Our streets are plugged, which, by some estimates, is costing the local economy $6 billion a year. To add LRTs would be insane and only make things worse. The obvious answer is to build subways to take the load off above-ground roads. The subways that were built in the ’50s and ’60s have served us well and are still doing it now and will do it in future. Subways will be paid by taxpayers, either federal, provincial or municipal or a combination of these, and the savings that removing gridlock will save. I don’t remember who paid the bills in the ’50s and ’60s, but maybe

we should find out. If LRTs are imposed they will increase the problem. Decision-makers should come to their senses and look for long-term solutions. I would prefer a regional plan that combines subways and GO trains that would serve the Toronto and Hamilton region under one authority. So let’s get busy and produce a proposal that solves our public transport problem once and for all. All large cities have regional public transport systems and all of them have subways, which have served them well. S. Suurmann


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There are other ways to fight congestion To the editor: Re: ‘Smarter commuting could save TTC money,’ Special Report, Feb. 28. Your recent Special Report concerning one of the most pressing challenges we face in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region – automobile traffic congestion – highlights the need to manage travel demand as well as build more transit. Unfortunately, decisionmakers seem to promote and embrace only infrastructure expansion schemes that require billions of dollars as solutions to our traffic woes. We can’t discount the fact an increasing population and economic growth will require more buses, tracks and trains. However, a more sophisticated response is now needed that also considers the users of the transit systems – why, when and where they use it, and the opportunity through mar-

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Offering flexible commutes could also reduce riders’ stress, improve productivity of employees RAHUL GUPTA As traffic gridlock worsens, commuters are facing the stark choice of paying more to realize the completion of new transit systems or watch commute times in the GTHA (Greater Toronto Hamilton Area) continue to balloon to unimaginable levels. Throughout February, residents have had the chance to participate in roundtables, Courtesy photo consultations and discussions, to evaluate transit plans that Former TTC board chair Adam Giambrone estimates that if one to two per cent of those peakpromise to reverse the tide time riders could alter their commute times by just 30 minutes, it would save the TTC approxof congestion and usher in a imately $10 million in new service costs. new future for transportation load without adding any options – one that won’t come into work at its location near achieved a higher rate of cheap. the busy intersection of Yonge retention for its employees service.� Even if they are funded, Street and Eglinton Avenue who are keen to stay in a posiGiambrone believes the such massive infrastructure made for a more productive tion which affords them the TTC could save on the need undertakings will cost tens of and less distracted workflexibility in how they work. for providing more peak or billions of dollars and will take force. “I think we have come a rush hour service if riders were decades to complete. “What we find is long way, but it’s one thing able to shift their commute Meanwhile residents, people are more proto have a policy and another times by as small an amount no matter their choice ductive when they don’t to live and breathe it every as either 30 minutes earlier of transportation, have a long commute day,� Samatas said. or later. remain stuck in trafand are not exhausted,� Offering a flexible com“We’re in a perpetual budget fic patterns promised said Samatas. “We don’t mute would not only improve crisis,� said Giambrone, who Inside only to worsen. want our employees an employee’s productivity is now a media commentator. Toronto getting up at 5 a.m. so but it would also benefit the “And one thing in the mix of With new transit for Toronto and area far they can spend three cash-strapped TTC, said the things to consider is shifting off into the future and existhours on a nail-biting comformer chair of the transit the burden from the peak ing transportation networks mute.� agency recently. hours.� straining to deal with record Flexible commutes are The TTC’s continuing He estimates it costs the dilemma, according to Adam TTC around $6 million for ridership, new ideas on how proving more attractive to Giambrone, is it is attracting every one per cent growth in to deal with the situation are professional women with record ridership numbers, but ridership. emerging. families, who must juggle much of that travel is coming In 2012 the TTC reported Businesses, especially, are their children’s needs with looking to find ways for a the demands of their profesduring the peak hours. 514 million annual rides and is smarter commute for their sion, said Samatas. “Peak times are the most anticipating around 528 milemployees. Or in some cases, lion by the end of 2013. they are eliminating the comGiambrone estimated that mute completely by granting if one to two per cent of those What we find is people are more productive when employees more flexibility in peak-time riders could alter they don’t have a long commute and are not deciding when – and where – their commute times by just exhausted. they work. 30 minutes, it would save the Local staffing and recruiting TTC approximately $10 mil– Sarah Samatas, Poly Placements firm Poly Placements allows lion in new service costs. head of human resources its workforce of around 50 He suggested the TTC people flexible start and leave should consider a “twotimes, as well as the ability “Women are looking for difficult time to add service,� pronged� awareness camto telecommute for one or flexibility, but they also want he said. “You have to potenpaign to educate riders and two days per work week, said to be challenged by their job,� tially buy new vehicles and employers and called on the the placement agency’s head said Samatas. “It’s hard to drop hire more people just for city and province to review of human resources. Sarah off your kid at daycare or those times. If you could get their current policies on comSamatas said the company school when you have to be at those people to adjust their mutes. realized giving employees a meeting by nine o’clock.� commutes, you would have Giambrone said when options on when they come capacity to handle service She said the company has he headed the TTC board


Future development needs to be linked to transit plans RAHUL GUPTA A senior Toronto architect applauds Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat’s call for mid-level development projects with strong links to public transit. But David Butterworth said he wants to see Keesmaat and the city planning department settle various planning “ambiguities� regarding the building of six- to eight-storey buildings along major avenues in the city. “If Jennifer is really suggesting this then she’s got to allow some flexibility and freedom within the mid-rise guidelines,� said Butterworth, a senior designer for firm Kirkor Architects and Planners. Speaking this month, Butterworth said the type of European-style development Keesmaat envisions for Toronto could create new creative opportunities for designers. He said such planning would facilitate the transformation of certain suburban neighbourhoods into local “satellite cores,� walkable urban areas with opportunities for office and retail space and connected via public between 2006 and 2010, the TTC had planned to run an advertising campaign encouraging flexible commute times. The campaign, however, never ended up launching. Chris Upfold, TTC chief of customer service, acknowledged some benefits in a campaign to encourage shifting commute times to off-peak periods. But he balked at the prospect of getting the TTC to

transit to the downtown core. Building with transit in mind would, according to Butterworth, ease pressure on the Toronto and region’s transit systems, which, presently, is dealing with overcrowding and traffic congestion. Keesmaat has frequently stated her support of a lowrise future for Toronto that could handle the growing city’s needs without raising the ire of local communities concerned about condominium towers changing the landscape of the neighbourhood. At a recent speech at the at the Toronto Board of Trade, Keesmaat encouraged shifting focus from single-family residences to higher density mixedgrowth housing, particularly outside of the downtown core. Butterworth said developers might be interested in building mid-level buildings in areas near major transit connections but only if they can make it work financially. “Why is anyone going to knock down a two- or threestorey building just to build six?� he said. ~ with files from David Nickle approach employers. “I think we can do something to help our customers understand what their options are, and where it might be busier. But aiming a campaign at employers is not a TTC issue,� said Upfold. Instead, he said the TTC would likely focus on benefits to customers, who could then inform their employers about the benefits of altering their commute times.

keting and incentives to influence this demand and operate the transit system we have today more efficiently. The former TTC chair offers up an idea used elsewhere by other transit agencies and the telecommunication industry and energy and water utilities having been practising demand-side management and implementing “peakuse shaving� measures for decades. Probably the most telling aspect of the article that reinforces the dominant

paradigm – we can build our way out of the problem – comes from the TTC chief of customer service who acknowledges there’s some merit to attempt to shift commute times, but balks at the idea of the TTC approaching employers to better understand how to make that happen. What’s curious is that our energy (electrical and gas) utilities do just that – work with energy users (large and small) to better understand their use needs and offer them incentives and support to change, for example, the time of day they consume the most energy. The purpose of a person’s trip during peak hours on a public transit system is typically to get to work or school. Further, employers and schools rely on public transit to function efficiently and economically so workers and students can arrive at their destination safely and on time. Given the overcrowding on trains and

buses today, it might be useful for the TTC to revisit their stance concerning demand management and carry out their own research and studies to determine what might be possible here in Toronto. To kick off the effort, the TTC and other transit agencies in Greater Toronto should consider collaborating with Smart Commute organizations that already exist and work with employers and their employees. The program is something that Metrolinx and the municipalities already help fund, operate and administer. They help employers and commuters, explore different commute choices like carpooling, cycling and transit. Their goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making the commute less expensive and more enjoyable. For details, visit www.smartcommute. ca/en/home Lorenzo Mele

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Community response critical to improve public safety Residents issued a call-to-action to assume responsibility for safety in the neighbourhood TAMARA SHEPHARD

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arvis Montaque, a “quiet, kind and loving” teen who attended church and steered clear of trouble, lost his life a month ago to a man with a gun. He was the third 15-yearold gunned down on Toronto streets in just one month. Just before 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, Jarvis was hanging out with friends on a paved walkway outside his Jamestown home. A man police describe as black wearing black clothing walked up to the group and shot Jarvis. Police called it a targeted shooting. Yet Jarvis knew no trouble, police reported. Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner, unit commander of the neighbourhood’s 23 Division, urged the community to come forward to talk with his officers and homicide investigators to solve Jarvis’s murder, and to stanch the bloodletting of young men that has stained too many north Etobicoke streets. Police need information, leads, witnesses. “We don’t have a motive. There is absolutely no indication Jarvis was involved in anything untoward. (His murder) would appear to be a random act,” Taverner said Friday of the homicide investigation into Jarvis’s murder. crime stoppers campaign Ten days ago, Crime Stoppers sped up the launch of its latest campaign, “You Stay Anonymous, Crime Doesn’t” at Taverner’s north Etobicoke police station, a response to the spate of murders of the three 15-year-olds. “Someone knows what happened here. Someone knows and is able to provide us with helpful information, whether that’s naming the shooter, talking to us about motives. We’re confident of that,” Taverner said. Taverner issued residents a call-to-action to keep their neighbourhoods safe. Speak out against the violence. Act against the violence by calling police with information about unlaw-

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Fatima Fillipi of the Rexdale Women’s Centre stands in the Rexdale Community Hub, which houses 11 agencies offering integrated health, legal, employment and social services for Etobicoke residents. .

ful or suspicious activity. Report security concerns like insufficient lighting or broken security cameras to Toronto Community Housing, with whom police have a close working relationship, Taverner said. Attend community meetings and seek out access to city resources, urged Etobicoke North Councillor Vince Crisanti, who represents Jamestown. At a recent city-held meeting in the wake of Jarvis’s death, residents were outnumbered by community agency representatives by about 2:1, Crisanti reported. “ T h e re w a s a l o t o f resources there that evening to help families deal with issues. I find it discouraging that not more people came out,” Crisanti said. “As a city, we invest multi-million dollars to assist individuals, families, youth. How do we do better at reaching out?” Residents must also reach out to take back the safety of their community, Crisanti argued. “I understand there is fear

in the community. But the community needs to come out and not be afraid,” he said. “The police do a great job. But they cannot do it themselves. They need information.

has triggered a community response of outrage not typically seen. Last year, the Rexdale Community Hub of 11 agencies opened in a $14 million renovation

As a city, we invest multi-million dollars to assist individuals, families, youth. How do we do better at reaching out? Vincent Crisanti, Etobicoke North councillor

“There should be more fear about the fact the shooters are still out there,” Crisanti said of the murders of Suleiman Ali, 26, of Toronto and Warsame Ali, 26, of Vaughan shot to death around 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 18 in behind Jamestown townhouses. “A safer community is made by a strong community. There is a north Etobicoke directory of community services that lists services, agencies. Residents need also to take advantage of the new Rexdale Community Hub that assists families.” Fatima Filippi, executive director of Rexdale Women’s Centre, said Jarvis’s murder

of the former Father Henry Carr Secondary School on Panorama Court. “( Jarvis’s murder) has opened up the community; people are talking more openly against what’s happening,” Filippi said. community outreach Community outreach, like Jarvis’s vigil, are critical to calming community fears, quelling misinformation and triggering a call-to-action to residents to assume responsibility for safety in their neighbourhoods, Filippi said. “It’s important to give

people the right information where they feel safe and they understand everyone is responsible for safety, not just the police and not just the city,” Filippi said. “If you reach one or two people, maybe those people influence 10 other people and you cause that kind of change to happen. Outreach has a valuable role in the community. Residents can share their frustrations and also voice their support (for action).” Addressing larger, systemic issues like poverty and lack of access to employment sometimes related to violence requires more long-term work, Filippi suggested. “If a youth feels no sense of purpose or value in life, how do we address that?” she said. “That’s not a short-term fix. Mentorship can create that support base. We have all the United Way reports: “Vertical Poverty” and “Precarious Employment” that create either a sense of despair or an opportunity. How do we move to it being an opportunity? “I’m not sure what’s stopping us. It’s about self-esteem,

One year ago, the Rexdale Community Hub quietly opened in the renovated former Father Henry Carr Secondary School on Panorama Court of Kipling and Finch avenues. The city contributed $4.79 million, United Way $2.4 million, the feds and the province $2.73 million each to the project. Other partners gave $1 million. Albion Neighbourhood Services and Rexdale Community Health Centre are both co-lead agencies in the hub, which offers integrated health, social, legal, employment and cultural services. The other agencies that operate out of the hub are: w Rexdale Women’s Centre w Rexdale Community Legal Clinic w Community MicroSkills Development Centre w Toronto Employment Social Services w So m a l i Bu s i n e s s Development Centre w Dejinta Beesha w P r o Te c h M e d i a Centre w Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto w Delta Family Resource Centre To reach one of the agencies in the Rexdale Community Hub, call 416-741-3000.


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Employment open house at Humber Humber College hosts an employment open house later this month. Individuals with internationally trained credentials in health sciences and doctoral graduates in all disciplines are especially encouraged to attend. The employment open house runs on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Humber College north campus, student centre KX101, 205 Humber College Blvd. Free parking. Call 416-675-6622 ext. 5685 for more.


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156 Sixth St. Call 416-259-2659 or go to stmargaretsnewtoronto. ca for more information.


Theatre Etobicoke stages comedy Theatre Etobicoke presents Nobody’s Perfect – a fast-moving, laugh-outloud comedy by Simon Williams – at the Assembly Hall this month. Tickets for the show – which runs March 14, 15, 16, 22 and 13 at 8 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. – are $22 for adults and $19 for seniors aged 65+. The Assembly Hall is located at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. (at Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 416246-1889 or visit


Library now offers ‘buy’ option The Toronto Public Library has come up with a unique fundraising twist that offers visitors to its website the opportunity to buy

the book they’re looking for. When browsing for books, library customers will be able to select a ‘buy now’ option that will link them to Indigo’s website when there is a copy available to buy. The library will receive a portion of the sale price. As always, Toronto Public Library encourages Torontonians to borrow materials from its collection of more than 11 million items. Visit

Wellness Information Fair this month at the Etobicoke Civic Centre. The Thursday, March 21 fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 399 The West Mall and feature exhibits dedicated to seniors’ interests and concerns, presentations, fitness and yoga demos, health screenings and live music. A free light lunch and healthy snacks, giveaways and raffle prizes will also be included.



Woodworking classes set to begin Franklin Horner Community Centre’s Beginner Woodshop Classes start on Tuesday, March 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with each piece of equipment and each one’s basic operations. Course fee is $83, including a manual and work material. Go to the Franklin Horner Community Centre office at 432 Horner Ave. to register. Space is limited. For more information, call 416-2526822.


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Sell your ware at spring market Wesley Mimico United Church is putting a call out for vendors for its Spring Community Market. The market will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church at 2 Station Rd. The deadline for vendors is April 1. Email or call 416-2515811.


Superintendent confident shooter now in custody >>>from page 1 York regions since Jan. 8. “The escalation of violence continued as the robberies continued. These individuals were robbing mom and pop type convenience stores, gas stations, street robberies,” he said, noting that the suspects would typically use a handgun or a shotgun – or both – during the robberies. “The violence escalated from one end, being quite passive in the initial robberies, to pistol whipping people, and then finally they fired a shot in the later the victim at the school.” school lockdown Thistletown CI went into lockdown for three hours shortly after noon on Thursday after reports that four male suspects wearing masks entered the school, pulled a gun, and stole the cellphones of two 14-year-old female students. The suspects also allegedly ran after a male student as he fled the school, firing a shot

at him – and missing – in the school parking lot, before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. As of Friday afternoon, police had executed, or were still executing, a total of 11 search warrants in the city’s west end. Earl didn’t rule out more arrests or search warrants in connection with the case. That said, 23 Division Supt. Ron Taverner said he was confident police had Thursday’s shooter in custody. “The whole city was outraged at such behaviour...but certainly the quick arrests have alleviated some of the fears in the community, fears in the school. Being confident that we have the shooter under arrest is very important to alleviating those fears,” he said. While the 10 suspects were scheduled to appear in court Saturday, police said their names and ages will not be released until all 11 warrants are complete.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

Follow-up meeting planned to discuss next steps believe was a targeted shooting on a paved walkway just outside his Jamestown home on the night of Sunday, Feb. 17. No arrests have been made in his murder – the third in a month-long string of shootings at TCH complexes that claimed three young lives. “My neighbours are dying,” said Jahanzeb, who was sitting in his living room that night, just a few doors down from Jarvis’ house, when he was startled by the screams of a crying woman just outside his window. “What about my father? He goes to work late – how do I know he won’t be harmed next? “I came here tonight because I want to help the community. I live in the community and I want to see it grow.” And he isn’t the only one. Among those in attendance at the meeting, hosted by TCH’s Weston Rexdale Unit Manager Abdul Warsame, w e re Et o b i c o k e No r t h Councillor Vincent Crisanti, Lisa Kostakis from Albion Neighbourhood Services,

Breaking the Cycle’s Gary Newman, as well as representatives from 23 Division, Toronto Public Health and the city’s Crisis Response Team. brainstorm ideas The purpose of the meeting, Warsame said, was to discuss and brainstorm ideas for ways to support the local TCH community at a time when 30 to 50 per cent of the crime in the area is happening in their backyards. “I hope that will diminish if we get together and come up with a plan,” he said. “We as an agency, or as civil servants, cannot provide a guarantee of a crimeless environment, but we do have the talent and the resources to actually implement some changes.” To those ends, Crisanti proposed a three-pronged focus: programs to assist families as a whole deal with crisis situations; better systems for reaching out to the truly vulnerable; and ensuring that the city becomes a better landlord, enforcing zero toler-

ance rules when it comes to criminal activity. For Newman, who works with high-risk, gang-involved young people through his work at Breaking the Cycle, the main goal is getting those youth to dream again. But with every young life claimed as a victim of gun violence, his job just gets that much more difficult – it’s hard to have dreams when you’re living a nightmare. “Every single time another young person is gone, to them it’s like they lost 10 more. And it piles up, and it piles up and it piles up,” he said. “As we sit down here and try to come up with solutions, they’re not sleeping. They’re not eating. And they can’t think of anything else, except for the fact that they might be next.” inclusive culture In order to reach those kids, Newman said they community needs to start asking how they can create a culture that’s inclusive and enriching to young people – “some kind

of engagement where young people feel like ‘I have a reason to take care of my brother, I have a reason to take care of my sister, and I have a reason to wake up in the morning and walk to school with a smile on my face.’” Jahanzeb and supporters of his colourful campaign believe the answer to that question may lie in a can of paint. “I think we’re all in agreement this is a wonderful vision – let’s get that colour out there,” Kostakis said at the end of Wednesday’s meeting, calling for a follow-up gathering of interested parties to discuss next steps – such as the formation of partnerships with youth painters and mural artists, TCH, Toronto police, local schools, and social service agencies, as well as securing sponsorships from local BIAs, hardware stores, and banks to help fund the project. “I think there’s a lot of possibility here. It’s exciting.”


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Dolphins score gold at tournament The Etobicoke Dolphins Novice “A” hockey team brought home gold from the 2013 Burlington Barracudas Spring Break Tournament over the weekend (March 8-10). After coming in second overall in the round robin (beating the Oakville Hornets and Mississauga Chiefs, tying the Waterloo Ravens and losing to the hometown Burlington Barracudas), the girls advanced to the gold medal game against Oakville. Star player Mckenna Van Gelder, who’s racked up an impressive 73 goals this season, added five goals to that tally during the Burlington tournament – including two in the gold medal game. The Dolphin’s won gold over the Hornets with a score of 2-1. Over the course of the tournament, other goals were scored by Ella Chiarelli (3), Meg Arzuman (1), and Riley Morgan (1). “The girls played their hearts out this tournament. They never gave up and were determined to win that elusive

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The Etobicoke Dolphins Novice “A” team is Ahalya Julien-Medeiros, Alana Tymochko, Anika Joensen, Ella Chiarelli, Emily Ancimer, Emma Fulawka, Kaelen Parker, Maya Menezes, Mckenna Van Gelder, Meg Arzuman, Nicole Melo, Olivia Valentini, Paige Allen, Rebecca Morrison, Rheanna Swanson, Riley Morgan. Head Coaches Marty Parker and Derek Allen. Assistant Coaches Danny Menezes and Maggie Licata. Trainers Danica Morrison and Tanya Delapenha (not pictured). Team Manager Alda Menezes (not pictured).

gold medal,” said Mckenna’s mom Shannon Van Gelder, noting that the Dolphin’s previously this season won silver

at the Oshawa Lady Generals Fall Classic and bronze at the Waterloo Ravens Fall Challenge Cup.

For the sports schedule of house league games in Etobicoke this coming week, turn to page 17.


St. Mike’s wins 4A title over crosstown rival Father Henry Carr The battle of Toronto at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) 4A boys basketball championships was won by St. Michael’s College, a midtown private Catholic School. They won the gold medal game, Wednesday, March 6, at St. Clair College in Windsor, in overtime, 47-38 over Father Henry Carr, a Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) school from Etobicoke. St. Mike’s, who were topseeded, outpointed their second-seeded Toronto rivals 9-0 in the extra frame. Father Carr overcame a

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six-point deficit at the end of three quarters to send the teams into overtime tied at 38. Top scorers for St. Mike’s were Simon Polan-Couillard with 12 and Nelson Kaputo with 10. Top scorers for Father Henry Carr were Christian Hewitt 13 and Dillon Brooks 12. Both teams went into the championship game with perfect 4-0 records in the tournament. For Father Henry Carr, they improve the colour of their OFSAA medals after earning bronze last season.

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Derrick Sutton, 36, is this week’s Catch-22 Tuesday most wanted. Sutton, who is known to frequent the Lake Shore Boulevard West area of Etobicoke, is wanted on a charge of theft under $5,000 and two counts of failure to comply with probation. South Etobicoke’s 22 Division is now asking the community for its assistance in finding Sutton. Anyone who sees the accused is urged to call 911, while anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 22 Division at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips. com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Launched last month, Catch-22 Tuesday is a new police program in 22 Division that publishes the name, picture, and alleged crime of one of south Etobicoke’s most wanted and broadcasts them over both traditional

Police have identified the man killed during an alleged domestic dispute in north Etobicoke this week as 49-yearold Kamanlall Singh. Emergency 911 dispatchers received several frantic calls from a Toronto Community Housing townhouse complex at 4 Arbordell Rd. last Wednesday morning shortly after 8 a.m. When police arrived on the

lights out bang up day: Toronto Hydro workers survey a damaged hydro pole and get ready to replace it after an alleged impaired driver, driving a BMW (below) drove into the pole on Martingrove Road just south of Rathburn Road early Saturday, cutting power to the homes in the area for several hours.


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Teen found with stab wounds An 18-year-old man is in hospital recovering from emergency surgery after being found suffering a “severe� stab wound in Mimico on Friday evening. Const. Victor Kwong said witnesses reported that they were driving around in the Lake Shore Boulevard West and Mimico Avenue area Friday evening at around 6:23 p.m. when they pulled over to check on the man, whom they

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scene, they found Singh with obvious injuries and “vital signs absent,� said Const. Victor Kwong. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Eustache Economou, 39, and Helena Margaret Gonsalves, 50, both of Toronto, have each been charged with second degree murder in connection with Singh’s death. – Cynthia Reason

described as “kind of pale and unsteady on his feet.� The victim was transported to hospital for treatment, where it was discovered that he had suffered a stab wound, “and had to go into emergency surgery because it was severe,� Kwong said. Police are still unsure of where the crime scene is located, or the circumstances that led up to the stabbing. – Cynthia Reason

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MGM casino plans include free admission to the Ex DAVID NICKLE An MGM casino at the Canadian National Exhibition would include a 19-storey resort hotel, a revitalized waterfront and an enhanced BMO stadium – and if that’s not enough – could underwrite everyone’s admission to the Ex for the next decade. That was the gist of the pitch MGM and Cadillac Fairview have been making to city councillors, and now made to the public. MGM Resorts International senior vice president Alan Feldman and Cadillac Fairview executive vice president Wayne Barwise showed media sketches and models last Wednesday they said weren’t precisely a proposal, but more a “tool for having a discussion” on how a casino resort might fit into the CNE grounds. The resort would build a hotel and retail complex on the parking lots where the CNE midway is set up during the summer and build the single-storey, 250,000 square

foot casino toward the western end of the site. The midway, meanwhile, would be relocated to parkland south of Lake Shore Boulevard – joined to the CNE grounds by two new bridges – and most of the parking would be moved underground. “We wanted to make sure that all of the activities that are dear to Torontonians can be accommodated,“ said Feldman. “One: the CNE; two: the Royal Winter Fair; three: the boat show. We want to make sure there’s room to hold a boat show. So the question was how do we accommodate all the activities that exist at exhibition place today?” Barwise, meanwhile, said the redevelopment would comprise far more in the way of assets than just the casino, which only comprises eight per cent of the site. “Sixty five to 70 per cent of MGM’s revenue now comes from non-gaming activity,” he said. “It’s the entertainment, the restaurants and the retail. This is what’s interesting to Cadillac Fairview in all of this.

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MGM and Cadillac Fairview’s vision for Exhibition Place provides dramatic enhancements to the surrounding green space, respecting existing heritage buildings on and surrounding the site and improvement to existing traffic flow.

Here there is a great opportunity to city build. Ontario Place is functionally obsolete, Exhibition Place is economically unsustainable. You need a catalyst in order to revitalize this part of the city.” The pair said the site would bring 10,000 “new sustainable careers” with an average

salary of $60,000 and 5,000 construction jobs during development. They also said the project would include revitalizing waterfront trails, and would provide a permanent home for Cirque du Soleil. And they would create underground parking, with ramps off Lake Shore Boulevard, to ease traffic. They also said the site could be accessed by increased GO Transit service. And the deal would involve under wr iting revenues that would otherwise go to Exhibition Place from the annual CNE fair, including, said Feldman, the possibility of covering the cost of the gate, effectively making the CNE free of charge for at least a decade.

They also pointed out the CNE already has casino gambling, what they called a “permanent” casino on the site. MGM are one of several proponents who are lobbying councillors to approve becoming a willing host for a casino in Toronto. Council will be making a final decision on that matter in April, and the city has been engaged in public consultations over the past several months. Mayor Rob Ford has come out in favour of a casino, but support beyond the mayor’s office on council is uncertain. Mike Layton, who represents the part of TrinitySpadina containing Exhibition Place, wasn’t allowed into the

news conference. He scoffed at the idea being put forward, particularly the notion the casino’s eight per cent footprint makes it insignificant. “It’s a big site,” said Layton of the CNE. “It could be only one per cent of an even bigger site. It’s still going to generate 5,000 car trips an hour, still draw money out of the local economy and local businesses. It’s still going to create twice as many gambling addicts.” Layton pointed out the casino on the site is a charity casino, operated by the CNE for 18 days a year. “It’s not a permanent site and it’s not a casino by their standards,” said Layton. “They want to put banks of slot machines there that will take money out of people’s pockets.” Brian Ashton, President of the Canadian National Exhibition, said the proposal had numerous problems when it came to dealing with the CNE. He said ten years of an open gate underwritten by MGM would actually be detrimental to the annual fair, because it would make it impossible to control crowds, and he said moving the midway would be a problem. “I don’t think these people really understand what the CNE is,” said Ashton, saying spreading the CNE too far apart would dilute the experience.


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celebration of song and dance: Members of the STOPP African Dance Troupe from Albion Collegiate perform during the International Women's Day event at Albion Mall Friday, hosted by the Rexdale Women's Centre. The event featured exhibits, performances and networking opportunities. A second celebration was held at the Rexdale Women's Centre. Right, Seneca College students, (left to right), Karen Alexander, DeShawn Lett, and Martha Segovia, hang a quilt leading up to last Friday’s celebration. Staff photos/IAN KELSO

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Drive-In Indoor Movie WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. CONTACT: 416-394-5240 COST: Free No need to worry about rain or snow at this drive-in. Build-your-own-car contest that will pit you against other movie-goers for a chance to win a prize. Enjoy a newly released feature film. Ages 10 and up. Register in branch or call 416-394-5240.

CARP Etobicoke Meeting WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Sheridan Nurseries, 2069 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. CONTACT: COST: Free CARP Etobicoke presents ‘Spring Gardening - Herbs, Planters, Indoor and Outdoor’.

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Queen of Versailles – Point of View Doc Series WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. CONTACT: Todd Buhrows, 416-394-5247, COST: Free The Queen of Versailles is a characterdriven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.

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Non GMO Healthy Kids, Smart Choices WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. CONTACT: Todd Buhrows, 416-394-5247, COST: Free Meet 13-year-old community advocate, Rachel Parent as she talks

Pain Management – The Natural Way WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Eatonville Library, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd. CONTACT: Peggy Ho, 416-394-5270 COST: Free Discover safe and effective ways of alleviating pain and reducing or

St. Patrick’s Luncheon 55+ WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. WHERE: Islington Seniors’ Centre, 4968 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: 416-231-3431, COST: $15 until March 7, $17.50 after March 7 Lunch, Irish singing, dancing and comedy.

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about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how you can select healthy food for you and your family. Ages five and up. Registration required. The Beatles and the Gospels WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, 61 West Deane Park Dr. CONTACT: Tuula Van Gaasbeek, 416-859-5588, COST: Free Did you know that each of the Gospels matches one of the Beatles? Rev. Dr. Matt Anderson leads participants through music, history, rock and roll and theology to find out which matches which.

w Saturday, March 16 Royal Tea Party

WHEN: 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. WHERE: Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. CONTACT: 416-394-5240, COST: Free Calling all Princesses and Princes ages four and up. Enjoy a royal storytime of fanciful fairytales, learn royal etiquette, make a magical craft and have a tea party. Pick up your invitation at the Children’s Information Desk. Costumes or formal attire are encouraged.

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Did You Ever Work In The UK? WHEN: 2 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Dr. CONTACT: Stuart Keir, 416-253-6402, info@britishpension. com COST: Free Information meeting for new rules for new British pensioners. St Patrick’s Dance WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 286, 11 Irwin Rd. CONTACT: 416-741-5660, COST: $15 Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a beef and Irish stew dinner and music. Space limited.

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Just Write +55 WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Islington Seniors’ Centre, 4968 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: 416-231-3431, COST:

$38/four weeks This unique creative writing program for people who are looking for the spark to get started. In a relaxed and supportive class, you will experience short and varied writing activities to prompt and stimulate your ideas and imagination. Bring pen, pencil and paper. Retirement Planning WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Eatonville Library, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd. CONTACT: Peggy Ho, 416-394-5270, COST: Free How will taxes affect my retirement income? What’s the difference between taxation RRSP and unsheltered savings? What are the options for converting retirement savings to retirement income? Certified financial planners discuss these questions and more. Register in advance.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12 ◗ Eventscape vs. Fox Travel (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 7 p.m.) ◗ Play It Again Sports vs. Sanremo Bakery (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 8:15 p.m.) QUEENSWAY CANADIENS




SUNDAY, MARCH 17 ◗ Thorncrest Ford vs. Superior Auto Collision (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 7:30 a.m.) ◗ McDonald’s Islington vs. Kipling Queensway Mall (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 8:25 a.m.) QUEENSWAY CANADIENS


QUEENSWAY CANADIENS TYKE DIVISION SUNDAY, MARCH 17 ◗ Children’s Dental vs. The Rec Room (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 11:20 a.m.) ◗ Reel Stars vs. Kevin Kane Penguins (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 12:15 p.m.)

Faustina Hockey teams Cal Matrix (blue) and Play it Again Sports (red) took to the ice in a Tyke Division game. Here, Richard Plitz (blue) tries to reach the puck in front of the Play It Again Sports goaltender and defenceman during their game they lost 4-0.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 ◗ Playoff 4th team vs. Bantam Playoff 3rd team (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 6 p.m.) ◗ Playoff 2nd team vs. Bantam Playoff 1st team (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 7 p.m.)

ATOM DIVISION SUNDAY, MARCH 17 ◗ Atom Team Black vs. Atom Team Blue (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 9:25 a.m.) ◗ Atom Team Orange vs. Atom Team White (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 10:20 a.m.)


SUNDAY, MARCH 17 ◗ Kevin Kane-Royal Lepage vs. Canadian Scale (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 1:15 p.m.) ◗ Kassel’s Pharmacy vs. Hockey 101 (Mimico Arena, 31 Drummond St. 2:10 p.m.)

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Winnipeg vs. Ottawa (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 8:50 a.m.) ◗ Calgary vs. Philadelphia (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 9:40 a.m.) ETOBICOKE HOCKEY LEAGUE NOVICE DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Winnipeg vs. Ottawa (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 7 a.m.) ◗ Calgary vs. Philadelphia (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 7:50 a.m.) ETOBICOKE HOCKEY LEAGUE ATOM/PEEWEE DIVISION

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17 ◗ Winnipeg vs. Montreal (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 7 a.m.) ◗ Calgary vs Philadelphia (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 7:50 a.m.) ETOBICOKE HOCKEY LEAGUE PEEWEE/BANTAM DIVISION SUNDAY, MARCH 17 ◗ Winnipeg vs. Calgary (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 8:50 a.m.) ◗ Montreal vs. Philadelphia (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 9:40 a.m.)

ETOBICOKE HOCKEY LEAGUE MIDGET DIVISION FRIDAY, MARCH 15 ◗ Boston vs. Vancouver (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 6:55 p.m.) ◗Calgary vs. Philadelphia (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 7:55 p.m.) ◗ Detroit vs. Winnipeg (Pine Point Arena, 15 Grierson Rd., 8:55 p.m.) WEST MALL LIGHTNING TYKE DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Team 3 White vs. Team 4 Silver (Centennial

Arena Rink West, 56 Centennial Park Blvd., 7 a.m.) ◗ Team 1 Blue vs. Team 2 Red (Centennial Arena Rink West, 56 Centennial Park Blvd., 11:40 a.m.) HUMBER VALLEY HOCKEY TYKE DIVISION SATURDAY, MARCH 16 ◗ Roadrunners vs. Twisters (Long Branch Arena, 75 Arcadian Circle, 11:10 a.m.) ◗ Grizzlies vs. Tigers (Long Branch Arena, 75 ◗ Arcadian Circle, 12:05 p.m.) ◗ Dragons vs. Stingrays (Long Branch Arena,

75 Arcadian Circle, 1:10 p.m.) ◗ Cobras vs. Hawks (Long Branch Arena, 75 Arcadian Circle, 2:05 p.m.)


The Etobicoke Guardian publishes a community sports schedule every Tuesday. High school sports coverage will continue once games resume after the March Break.


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The founder of an Etobicoke-based pest control and landscaping business has been recognized for his ability to take his business to the next level. Sanjay Padrala, owner of BUGMAN Pest Control Landscaping Services and Trading Company, was one of two winners of Connect Legal Most Courtesy photo Promising Immigrant Etobicoke business owner Sanjay Padrala was one of Entrepreneur Award last two winners of Connect Legal’s Most Promising week. Immigrant Entrepreneur Award last week. He is picConnect Legal is a tured on life, with Connect Legal’s Marion Annau, and Toronto-based registered business owner Carolina Velez. charity formed to provide legal education and line for an eight-week 9:30 p.m. from April 17 assistance to low-resource business program at the to June 5. The program, immigrants who are Albion branch of the valued at $700 per particilaunching and growing Toronto Public Library has pant, costs $100 plus HST. independent businesses. been extended until March Applications will be Padrala was able to 28. Upon completion, reviewed on the viability of use the Connect Legal attendees will obtain a certhe idea and opportunity program to develop tificate from the Toronto for business growth. employment and customer Business Development To apply and for contacts Slug Lastman’s Bad Boy Centre and be eligible to more information, email As Information: a winner, Padrala apply for a small or call received $1,000 and Project : March WK2 FP Ad a busiAd Size : 5.145 business in x 5.714 in loan ranging from $5,000 416-345-9437. ness session. Client mentoring : Lastman’s Bad Boy Publication : Etobicoke File Name : BB_Etobicoke_Teaser March 12 to $30,000. Insertion Date : March 12, 2013 The Business in Brief column business inc. The program at runs every two weeks in The Etobicoke Guardian. Email program at Albion Albion would run every items to The application deadWednesday from 6:30 to



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Timeraiser event March 22 hopes to ‘raise’ 10,000 volunteer hours Several non-profit organizations taking part in event JUSTIN SKINNER Like many recent graduates, when Anil Patel left university he wanted to help out not-for-profits but had little disposable income with which to do so. What he and many of his peers had was lots of free time, which led Patel and some friends to start up Timeraiser. The event allows guests to bid volunteer hours to various local organizations. “We all found, coming out of university and living in Toronto, that it was sometimes easier to find a good job than it was to find a volunteer opportunity,” he said. “We got together and said why don’t we try to organize an evening with a bunch of important causes and rather than having people bid money, which they have so little of coming out of school,

they could bid time.” The Corktown resident said the idea hit some hurdles. Some of the not-for-profits were understandably concerned that bidders might not meet their obligations. To that end, Patel and his friends decided to reward those who did with art from local artists. “We had credibility issues there at first, too, because artists are always asked to donate their art for free to various causes,” he said. corporate sponsors “We raised money through corporate sponsors and paid the artists market value for their work.” Patel said the ability to support local artists was part and parcel of the concept. “We really wanted to get behind the arts community

because so many artists are living below the poverty level,” he said. Over the past 10 years, Timeraiser has helped link thousands of people up with charities that coincide with their own interests and put more than $650,000 in the hands of artists. With 45 Timeraiser events already having taken place in 12 cities across Canada, Patel and the rest of the Timeraiser team hope the upcoming 10th anniversary event sets a new standard. Hopes are that the event, which will take place at Wychwood Barns at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, will bring in 10,000 volunteer hours for the 30 participating non-profits and invest $23,000 in the careers of artists.


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If you live near the TTC’s Hillcrest facility and are prepared to stay up late you might just catch a glance of the new streetcar. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said a testing version of the new Bombardier vehicle will make its debut on city streets in “the middle of the night”. While no date was given, media speculation suggests the test could happen as early as this month. The testing vehicle, which was manufactured in Thunder Bay, has been housed at Hillcrest, located at 1138 Bathurst St., since last year. The complete vehicle will begin service in late 2014.


Presto fare card marks milestone Presto celebrated a milestone recently when it was announced the electronic fare card has reached 500,000 users in the Greater Toronto region. More than 80 per cent of GO Transit riders already use the service, a number that is anticipated to increase now

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March 19. The LINK train normally travels between Terminal 1 and 3 as well as the Sheraton Gateway Hotel and Viscount Road parking facility. It will be replaced by a shuttle bus. The closure is due to construction related to the UnionPearson air rail link, expected to be completed by 2015.



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Maximum City summer camp Maximum City, the awardwinning urban education program is accepting applications for its two-week summer camp at the University of Toronto. The program strives to educate high school and middle school students about city issues including transit. The cost for the program, which runs from July 8 to 19, is $650 and financial assistance is available. Deadline to apply is late April. To download an application visit www.maximumcity. ca


Pearson LINK train to close temporarily Pearson International Airport announced its terminal train service will halt service as of

Eglinton Connects workshops end Hundreds attended the Eglinton Connects workshops and consultations in February seeking feedback on the future of Eglinton Avenue. Approximately 500 residents sounded off on plans for the avenue which will house the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit line. Residents viewed preliminary station and stop designs for the Crosstown, which will run both underground and at street level on Eglinton. Another series of workshops is planned for late May. Check out www.toronto. ca/eglinton Rahul Gupta is The Guardian’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


TTC’s customer charter promises improved service, reliability RAHUL GUPTA The TTC is promising a new customer charter will fuel immediate improvement in the transit provider’s record of service and reliability. Before media and commuters at Bloor subway station, CEO Andy Byford said the charter will make the TTC directly accountable for improving its quality of service in five major areas including service reliability, station and vehicle cleanliness and improved information updates. It lists 31 specific improvements to be met in 2013, from installing more station information screens to appointing station general managers tasked with bettering customer service standards. The charter also promises the TTC will post the performance of every bus and streetcar route each quarter.

Other charter commitments include a pilot program for wireless internet in both St. George and Bloor stations and a revamped easier to read TTC system map. Both are scheduled for the end of 2013. “This is further evidence of our determination to provide better customer service on the TTC,” said Byford, who helped implement similar customer charters while at Sydney, Australia’s Railcorp as well as the London Underground. ‘statement of intent’ “While this document won’t fix all our problems, to me it’s a statement of intent.” TTC chair Karen Stintz said the charter will also address rider safety issues and stressed security is not a major issue despite a recent stabbing at Davisville subway station. “We do have many measures to keep our customers

safe,” said Stintz, listing security cameras, the presence of transit enforcement officers and monitors in collection booths as examples. While the charter does not make any commitments to address rude rider behaviour, Stintz said the pledge to address other issues such as improving station cleanliness would lead to less “frustration” for riders. “The TTC has rightly been characterized as not meeting customer expectations,” she said. “I think as we demonstrate we are willing to do that, then I think our customers will respond in kind.” One charter promise took effect Friday, March 1, with revamped bus shelter maps and stop poles on the 94 Wellesley bus route as a pilot project starting.


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Clogged drain, camera inspection Leaky pipes Reasonable price, 25 years experience Licensed/ Insured credit card accepted

Free estimate James Chen

647-519-9506 Handy Person HANDY PERSON, Home Improvements, Electrical, & plumbing. Appliance installation. Painting. Upgrading bathrooms/ kitchens. Basement renovations. Landscaping. Floor heating. Call: 647-680-8750

Decks & Fences 0 ALL DECKS built in 1 day. Highest quality. Spring discount! Free design and estimates. Call Mike 416-738-7752 DECK DECKS, Decks, Only Decks, family business 25yrs. Experience, free estimates, photos, r e f e r e n c e s , w w w. a l p i n e d e c k . c o m 905-3338-0665

Moving & Storage APPLE MOVING and Storage. Residential/ office moving. Packing services. In business 30 years. Reliable & courteous. Insured & licensed. 416-533-4162


Garage Sales

ESTATE SALE! Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17th 8am-4pm 8 Graystone Gardens (Islington & Bloor)

60 years of collectibles. Antique to contemporary furniture, dining & kitchen suites, china, tools, Tag watch, fine art, 1965 Mercedes, 2001 Porche Boxster, so much more.

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Widdicombe Place

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Fax: 905-853-1765

53 Widdicombe Hill Blvd.

With breathtaking city & lake views. Close to shopping/TTC. Easy access to all highways. Hardwood, ceramic floors, A/C, 5 appliances, Concierge services. Indoor pool, sauna, tennis crt, whirlpool, Exercise facility, golf simulator.


416-247-5488 Apartments for Rent

Apartments for Rent

ETOBICOKE- 2 bedroom apartment for rent. 234 Albion Road. Available immediately. $1200. Appliances, laundry, parking. Please call 647-739-7410 or 416-721-7410

KIPLING/ WESTHUMBER: Amoro Drive: Spacious 1BR basement. Near TTC, bus routes. Available immediately. No pets/ smoking. $850 inclusive. 416-985-8641

EVANS/ WEST Mall. 1 DICKSON/ KIPLING- 1 bedroom +den $750+ bedroom basement. Ba- utilities. No pets. Nonsic cable/ utilities includ- smokers. 416-252-7266 ed. Close to amenities. No smoking/ pets. $675. 905-886-4882 or 905-859-4946.

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· 24 Hour Emergency Service · Plugged Drain Repair •Backflow Prevention · Service Specialist · Flat Rates · Fully Insured · No Extra Charge for Evening & Weekends

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