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See what’s happening in Etobicoke. Mark your calendars / 18

TRANSIT More GO trains for Lakeshore service / 15

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INSIDE Alleged Boston bombers’ aunt who lives in Etobicoke speaks to reporters / 3

PHOTOS Dancing for a good cause at Father Serra school.

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Ward forum on TDSB budget set for May 16


A ward forum on the Toronto District School Board budget for the upcoming academic year will be held mid-May. The forum takes place on Thursday, May 16 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Sir Adam Beck Junior School, 544 Horner Ave. A premeeting of school council chairs and co-chairs takes place at 6 p.m. Child-minding and snacks will be provided. RSVP to Debbie Wagdin at debbie. TO NATURE IN YOUR HOME WITH LEAF ◗BACK

Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) is calling on Torontonians to help increase the city’s bird habitats. The organization is offering Native Garden Kits for songbirds, which contain an assortment of perennials and shrubs ranging from wild bergamot to serviceberry shrubs. LEAF already offers Native Garden Kits for butterflies, shaded yards or driveway strips. The organization is also currently booking spring consultations for its backyard tree planting program.


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PARK CLEANUP: Volunteers with Friends of Sam Smith Park participate in the group’s10th annual park cleanup on Sunday. Here, Alec Roy is all ready to get down to business of beautifying the park. See more photos of the park cleanup, including the mayor’s event on page 10.

Schools recognized for exemplary practices Toronto Catholic District School board holds 14th annual awards event CYNTHIA REASON Six Etobicoke schools will be recognized by Toronto’s

Catholic board for their “exemplary” practices at a special award ceremony tonight. The 14th annual Toronto Catholic District School Board

(TCDSB) Exemplary Practice Awards – which will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre, 80 Sheppard Ave. E. – celebrate the “innova-





tive and unique” initiatives and projects undertaken at each school to enhance students’ learning experiences. >>>HOLY ANGELS, page 20

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LAWN BOWLING SEASON ◗Want ROLLS OUT IN ETOBICOKE to know more about lawn bowling? Come out to the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling’s open house on Thursday, May 2 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the club on the east side of Islington Avenue, south of Dundas Street West. Enter via Tom Riley Park. Free coaching and light refreshments provided. The club holds its opening day of the season on Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the club. Contact Dave Osborne at 416259-4078. DELVE INTO VOLUN◗AreYOUTH TEER OPPORTUNITIES you a youth who wants to volunteer? The City Youth Council of Toronto hosts a volunteer fair on Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Toronto City Hall as part of Global Youth Service Day. The first-ever service day in Canada will celebrate youth volunteer efforts across the city. H a b i t a t f o r Hu m a n i t y, Jane’s Walk and the Toronto

International Film Festival, among other organizations, will be on hand to talk to potential youth volunteers. Come out and learn how to fill the 40 community service hours students need to graduate. Contact Mary Zhu at mary. or Solomon Christiansen at for more information. GOLF CLUB CELEBRATES ◗Learn 90TH ANNIVERSARY more about Islington Golf Club and its storied history at its 90th anniversary celebration open house this Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Golf enthusiasts may tour the 45 Riverbank Dr. faciland ity, meet the staff sample some of the cuisine from executive chef William Tucker. Golf pro Phil Kavanagh will conduct a complimentary Spring Swing Clinic at the practice facil-

ity. RSVP at islingtongolfclub. com EDUCATION MINISTRY OFFERS $1,000 GRANTS School councils can apply for grants from the Ontario Ministry of Education worth up to $1,000. The goal of the Parents Reaching Out grants is to increase parent and family involvement in support of student achievement and well being. Deadline is May 21. For more information, visit the Ministry of Education website at or contact Michelle Munroe at the TDSB Parent Involvement Advisory Office at michelle.munroe@

CARP ETOBICOKE TO HOST ◗CARP SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS Etobicoke will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Islington Golf Club, 45 Riverbank Dr. Special guest speakers this month include Don Harron

(a.k.a Charlie Farquharson) on his latest book entitled My Double Life and a presentation by St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s Dr. David Tal on Innovations in Geriatric Care. FLEA MARKET HELD AT ◗Kingsway-Lambton KINGSWAY-LAMBTON United Church, 85 The Kingsway, will host its 49th Annual Flea Market on Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The rain or shine event will feature antiques, jewelry, china, linens, art, books, music, clothing, white elephant, barbecue, bake sale and more. All proceeds will benefit more than 20 charitable organizations. For more information, go to or call 416-239-7967.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY ◗Etobicoke HOSTS SPEAKER NIGHT Historical Society hosts a speaker night on Thursday, April 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. The evening’s special guest speaker will be Ken Purvis discussing The Battle of York, which took place on April 27, 1813. Admission and parking are free. For more information, go to or call 416-621-6006. CHURCH HOSTS BIDS’ ◗Humber N BITES EVENT Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., will host Bids ’n Bites, a spring bridge and lunch gathering on Thursday, April 25 from noon until 3 p.m. The event will include fancy sandwiches and homemade sweets, a silent auction, door prizes and an afternoon of card playing. Tickets are $25 and available at 416-767-1289. All proceeds go to charity.


Show us evidence, says Etobicoke aunt of Boston bombing suspects TAMARA SHEPHARD The Etobicoke aunt of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects is demanding American authorities provide evidence of their guilt. “I am a lawyer and there are four of us in the family,” Maret Tsarnaev told reporters last Friday at her south Etobicoke home. “I can’t lightly accept this kind of accusations without supporting evidence. Forgive me, but I cannot. “Could it be staged? I have to question everything. That’s my nature.” Tsarnaev reported she had contacted the FBI, but had not spoken with an agent. Boston-area residents celebrated in relief and came together in prayer over the weekend after a tense and tumultuous week that began with the Boston Marathon bombings ended in the arrest and hospitalization of the lone surviving bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. On Friday, nearly one million Boston and area residents heeded Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s warning Friday to “stay inside” with “doors locked” as hundreds of police officers, SWAT teams and U.S. military hunted the surviving bombing suspect door-do-door in a 20-block area of Watertown, a Boston suburb. The largest manhunt in U.S. history followed a violent night in which Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, 26, died in a firefight with

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Media is parked outside the Lake Shore Boulevard apartment building of Maret Tsarnaev, the aunt of the two men accused of setting off two homemade bombs at the Boston marathon.

police, Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier was killed and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police officer Richard Donohue Jr. was wounded in a shootout with the marathon bombing suspects. Police arrested the younger Tsarnaev in a second shootout and takedown Friday night after a resident called 911 to report seeing Tsarnaev bleeding, hiding under a tarp in his boat parked in his backyard. The break in the case came minutes after residents were told it was safe to return to the streets. On Monday, Tsarnaev remained

in serious, but stable condition in hospital under heavy guard reportedly still unable to speak with FBI investigators after surgery for a gunshot wound to his throat. Three people were killed and more than 170 injured, most with blast and schrapnel injuries to their legs, as they stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon a week ago Monday afternoon when two bombs exploded. The blasts killed Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester and injured his mother and sister. It also killed Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington and Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu. The Tsarnaev brothers’ aunt said

the men’s parents immigrated with Dzhokhar to the U.S. as refugees in 2002. The older brother, Tamerlan, and the suspects’ two sisters came to the U.S. in 2003. She had not spoken to either of her nephews in about five years, she said. An online search of the men revealed some information on Tamerlan: “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them,” a caption beneath a photo of Tamerlan reads, reportedly taken by photographer Johannes Hirn as he trained at Boston’s Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center. The Tsarnaev brothers’ distraught uncle Ruslan Tsarni told reporters Friday morning outside his Maryland home the family is from Makhachkala, a city in Dagestan near war-torn Chechnya. The brothers lived together in Cambridge, outside of Boston. Tsarni said he is “ashamed” of his nephews, whom he has not seen since 2005. If they are responsible for the Boston bombings, it would shame their family, as well as Chechnya, he said. “Being losers — hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it’s a fraud, it’s a fake,” Tsarni said when asked by reporters what could have provoked the attack. ~With files from Torstar News Service

Public’s help wanted in capturing Catch-22 suspect Toronto police are asking the public’s help in locating David George Kerr. Kerr, 33, of Toronto is wanted on sexual assault, assault and threaten death and is this week’s featured Catch-22 suspect. Police urge anyone who sees Kerr to call 911. Anyone with informa-

tion about Kerr’s whereabouts is also urged to contact 22 Division police at Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Launched in February, Catch-22 Tuesday is a new police program

in 22 Division that sees the name, picture, and alleged crime of one of south Etobicoke’s most wanted broadcast over both traditional and new medias each week in the hope that someone in the community will recognize them and contact police with information about their whereabouts.

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Hospital moves town hall meeting to May 27 The date of William Osler Health System’s upcoming telephone town hall has changed. The hour-long call to inform residents of health care options in their area has changed to Monday, May 27. O s l e r re p resentatives will be joined by representatives from Central West Community Care Access, Central West Local Health Integration Network, William Osler Headwaters Health Care President and CEO Centre and Matt Anderson. Region of Peel Health Services on the call. Participants will gain insight into how the local health-care system can work to meet their needs. Callers are encouraged to share their healthcare questions. The discussion will help families understand the specialized health care offerings in the area, and will explain how and when to contact each one. Last December, Osler’s first telephone town hall drew 5,000 participants, 95 of whom asked health care questions. “A number of callers were trying to understand the different types of services in the community. Many people don’t know there are community health centres and community support services out there,” Osler President and CEO Matt Anderson said in an interview. To register for the May telephone town hall, email teletownhall@ with your phone number.


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The opportunity of Global Youth Service Day T his Saturday’s Global Youth Service Day event is a great opportunity for Toronto youth to learn more about volunteering and how they can help their city and themselves. Celebrated in more than 100 countries, and with Michelle Obama as its honorary chair, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) was established in 1988 as a way for children and youth to come together to address issues of global and local importance to them. Set for the Members Lounge of Toronto City Hall from 1 to 5 p.m., the event will be the first time GYSD has been marked in Canada. It’s being hosted by the City Youth Council of Toronto (CYCTO). The council helps youth help their communities, influence public policy and our view learn about how our city’s municipal government works. Several service Youngsters can learn more GYSD and Toronto’s youth organizations about council at the event or by going to to be on hand and respectively. At Toronto’s event, at which all youngsters interested in volunteering are welcome to attend, a number of service organizations will be on hand, including Habitat for Humanity Toronto, the Toronto International Film Festival and Jane’s Walk. These organizations obviously believe they can benefit from the enthusiasm, energy and availability of young volunteers. Young people who find an organization to help will also gain in the many ways that volunteers do, such as a sense of appreciation for helping others and making their community better. Toronto’s GYSD, though, should not just be about what local organizations need and the benefits of volunteering. It should also be about ideas. Encouraging young people to get involved in the community helps us all. And it especially helps when those young volunteers are not just carrying boxes, but also are identifying the issues of concern in their neighbourhoods and working to find solutions. We can learn from some of the examples of other GYSD projects around the world. In Buffalo, New York, some 1,000 youngsters are involved in recycling projects to help their city’s environment. We’re looking forward to seeing Toronto’s young people become more involved in their communities through this Saturday’s GYSD.

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Leafs’ playoff appearance will have familiar, grizzled look


he NHL Stanley Cup playoffs begin next week and though it has been nine years since the Toronto Maple Leafs last qualified for the postseason, as this little ditty explains, one expects that they’ll look like they belong in short order. I Ain’t Shaving, Till We Bring Stanley Home Like the heroes of last year. And the legends before them. There’s a ritual we all go through Before the playoff games begin. We chuck our razors in the trash. And on the mirror we write in foam: “I ain’t shaving, till we bring Stanley home.” It’s not some silly superstition. Its power is tried and true. When you get your playoff

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY game face on, There’s nothing you can’t do. And one look at the stubble around you Is enough to get you in the zone. I ain’t shaving, till we bring Stanley home. My kids don’t recognize me. My wife, she thinks I’m hot. The rookies up and down the bench Wish they could grow what I got. And one look at the stubble around you Is enough to get you in the zone. I ain’t shaving, till we bring Stanley home. And though you’d swear that I play for ZZ Top When May rolls into June.

And when I drop by the local retirement home I look like the oldest dude in the room. And one look at the stubble around you Is enough to get you in the zone. I ain’t shaving, till we bring Stanley home. So, like my father before me. And his father before him. There’s a ritual we all go through Before the playoff games begin. We chuck our razors in the trash. And on the mirror we write in foam: “I ain’t shaving, till we bring Stanley home.” I ain’t shaving, till we bring Stanley home. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. Contact him at


Wasted money could have funded transit To the editor: Re: ‘Paying the price for underfunding transit,’ The City, April 18. Columnist David Nickle seems to ignore the fact that over the past 20 years, many millions of dollars have been wasted by the city that could have gone toward transit. There has been huge overspending in the past within the TTC – overruns on the St. Clair line as just one example. It is sensible and honest to do as Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong suggests: give the taxpayers some idea of the projected costs. Because of many years of mismanagement at city hall, the answers are much more complex than Nickle implies. The current Executive Committee and former budget chief deserve gratitude from the beleaguered Toronto taxpayers. Anne Robinson

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Spring cleaning If Toronto can have a dedicated streetcar brings about kind line, Scarborough can have its subway gesture from stranger To the editor: I am cleaning out my house – a sort of “spring cleaning” of several decades. This past week I had my recycling bin filled to the brim and five more large recycling bags at the curb in front of my house. The bags had not been picked up yet and there were several household items leaning against my tree on the front lawn. Around dinner time, my doorbell rang and when I went to the door a kindly gentlemen was on my porch with several things in his arms. I thought he was trying to sell me something and I was trying to think of a nice way to let him down without hurting his feelings. The man explained to me that he noticed all of the wonderful things that were on my

front lawn and thanked me for allowing him to peruse and take certain items from my lawn and from my recycling bin. He wanted to thank me with some gifts: a pair of household/garden kitchen shears, a large glass sapphire and a tour book of Toronto. I was so amazed and very touched by this incredible kindness. Say what you like about Toronto, but there are some wonderful people who live here and I am proud to call this city “my Toronto.” Jacqui Tucker

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To the editor: Regarding the recent talks on transit funding in Toronto, TTC Chair Karen Stintz is quoted as saying “I support building the downtown relief line and we need money to do it. We need a dedicated source of revenue...”. I have to wonder why the construction of the downtown relief line didn’t become an issue until well after the chaos caused by last year’s transit vote had settled down. I remember those on council telling us there wasn’t any money for more subways in Toronto so it was impossible to extend the existing lines

‘street car’ line along three major streets in Scarborough supposed to reduce traffic congestion? vote for subway

It is time for the councillors who represent the people of Scarborough to stand up for their constituents and vote for a proper rapid transit solution that helps all of us. If money can be found for a new subway line that will run exclusively downtown, it can be found for an extension out here first. All of our council-

in Afghanistan. The savings will help pay the $10 million needed for panda bear rental. Perhaps in the future,

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lors, including the three that voted against the wish of the majority, need to finally vote for us as a block and say no to these idiotic new ideas. They can no longer barter away the quality of transit service that is due to the people of Scarborough. Why not let Metrolinx pay for the Downtown Relief Line and let them run one of their super-fabulous LRTs down middle of those streets? It might help the cyclists to stay dry. Chris Belfontaine

Pandas take on more importance than military To the editor: I think it’s good the federal government is considering pay cuts to our military personnel serving combat duty

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into Scarborough. It amazes me to see such determination by those same members of council to find ways to build this new subway line that will further serve the needs of those poor under-served transit users living in the inner city. They also want to install showers for all of the sweaty cyclists parking at city hall. Apparently this brilliant idea is to be funded as part of the transit initiative to reduce congestion on the roads. I have to ask how is running a double-tracked

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CYNTHIA REASON How does Etobicoke’s Humber Valley Village neighbourhood define community engagement? When it comes to the fight for the “heart” of their community – Humbertown Plaza – what that term has translated into over the past two years has been: a “Save Humbertown” lawn sign campaign that has reached 2,350 households; two overflowing community meetings that drew more than 1,500 residents late last year; tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket spent towards an alternative design for the site; a flier campaign set to reach more than 7,000 households in the coming days; and more than 100 volunteers who have mobilized to make it all happen. “There is a very strong feeling of ownership and attachment to this neighbourhood by the people that live in it, and people have participated on various levels,” said Niels Christensen, president of the Humber Valley Village Residents Association (HVVRA). “From coming out to the community meetings last year at Martingrove Collegiate, where we had 1,500 people attend two meetings – which, I was told by people more knowledgeable than I am, was an unprecedented turnout for a community – to helping us put up lawn signs, deliver fliers, fundraise, and organize meetings. The support has been overwhelming.” That “unprecedented” groundswell of support – which has necessitated the relocation of next month’s statutory public meeting on the Humbertown issue to a 3,200-seat venue to accommodate its many supporters – has come as little surprise to Gloria Lindsay Luby, who characterized Humber Valley Village residents as “very intelligent, very engaged and very knowledgeable”. Back in 1988 when the longtime Etobicoke Centre councillor was still a newbie on the old City of Etobicoke council, she witnessed firsthand the

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◗ TIMELINE First Capital Realty submits its first Humbertown application to the city

review of the First Capital’s Humbertown application by an already-formed working group consisting of First Capital, city planners, and representatives from six area resident associations.

◗ May 15, 2012

◗ Sept. 6, 2012

◗ Jan. 26, 2012

EYCC passed a motion calling for a “comprehensive”

First Capital submitted a revised and somewhat down-

sized Humbertown application to the city.

◗ Sept. 11, 2012

A community consultation meeting about the Humbertown redevelopment at Martingrove Collegiate draws close to 1,000 people – 300 of whom are turned away due to overcrowding.

backlash of opposition to a proposal to add just a second storey to a mere portion of the Humbertown Plaza site. “It was like the end of the world,” she recalled laughing. So she knew what was coming when word of First Capital Realty’s original proposal to build five 11- to 21-storey residential towers on the Humbertown site at 270 The Kingsway first came to light nearly two years ago. “This is much, much bigger – it’s too big, too dense, too tall. This proposal offers too many challenges to say that it’s going to be great for the community,” she said.

I have no idea how long the meeting is going to go, but given this community, I suggest you bring your sleeping bag. – Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby

Now revised and downsized, the current First Capital Realty proposal – which was put forth to the city in December – has seen the number of residential towers scaled back to three, and their heights reduced to 12, 10 and eight storeys, First Capital’s VP of Development Jodi Shpigel told The Guardian in an interview last month. Those “significant” revisions, Shpigel added, came about in part due to resident feedback received over the course of several community, working group and city staff meetings the company has participated in over the last year. But it’s still not enough of a compromise, argues the 1,200member strong HVVRA. Back in February, Christensen unveiled HVVRA members the association’s alternate design plans for Humbertown’s redevelopment, which were drawn up with the help of Weiss Architecture and Urbanism

A second community consultation meeting is held Oct. 18 for those turned away from the first meeting.

◗ Nov. 3, 2012

HVVRA hosts two vision meetings to discuss its alternate design plans. The HVVRA then submits its communityapproved, principles-based

and funded by the association. The design limits heights in the development to six storeys in keeping with the city’s guidelines for midrise buildings along avenues, features five buildings, and incorporates residential condominiums and townhouses on the 10-acre site. The HVVRA and its supporters are hoping to make councillors aware of that alternate design on May 14 at a special statutory public meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council, which has been relocated to Church on the Queensway – a venue with seating for 3,200 people and parking for 600 cars – in order to accommodate what is expected to be a yet another unprecedented turnout of Humbertown supporters. In a flier set to be delivered to more than 7,000 households, the HVVRA is urging everyone in the neighbourhood and beyond to come out to the meeting at 3 p.m. on May 14 to have their voice heard before councillors vote on the issue. “It is critical that YOU attend this important meeting to let councillors know that this is NOT the kind of design that we want for Humbertown,” the flier reads. That sentiment was echoed by Christensen this week: “I can’t stress enough the importance of this meeting. This is the last opportunity for this neighbourhood to speak to the decision makers, the elected officials who represent us in this matter, and it’s absolutely vital that people come to this meeting.” Lindsay Luby, meanwhile, said she’s confident Humber Valley Village residents will come out in droves to protect the character of their community. “The people who live in Humber Valley love their community,” she said, noting that she’s certain that many and more of those residents will come out to depute at May 14 meeting. “I have no idea how long the meeting is going to go, but given this community, I suggest you bring your sleeping bag.”

vision to the city on Nov. 20.

the public.

◗ Dec. 18, 2012

EYCC statutory public meeting and council vote at Church on the Queensway at 3 p.m.

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◗ April 30, 2013

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◗ May 14, 2013

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DANCING FOR A CAUSE: Students and staff at Father Serra Catholic School held their 10th annual Dance-a-Thon for the Lymphoma Society. Clockwise from top, students and staff form a congo line during the dance-a-thon; Frances twirls under the arm of her dance partner, Luna while Princesses Vanessa (blue and gold dress) and Anna take to the floor. The school hopes to raise a record-breaking $15,000 in this year’s event, in memory of Ian Macdonald a former student who died of leukemia in 2004.

Playground safety Keep your kids injury-free in parks and playgrounds this Spring As the spring weather rolls in and the city’s skating rinks shut down for the season, Toronto’s playgrounds and parks become increasingly happening places to play. Outdoor activity is important - especially with today’s concerns about historically high childhood obesity rates. Children are encouraged to play outdoors to exert physical effort and promote health. Few things are more exciting to young children than the opportunity to swing and scale playground obstacles. But what if the outdoor play equipment poses significant safety risks? Playground injuries have become a considerable concern for parents and caregivers across the country. No one wants to prevent children from having fun, but it is essential to child safety playgrounds be well-maintained to ensure playtime does not end in injury. Improperly maintained equipment coupled with ineffective shock-absorbing surface material can increase a child’s risk of injury. Equipment associated with the most injuries include climbers (monkey bars), swings, slides and overhead ladders. Fractures remain the

most common playground injury, followed by contusions and abrasions. To keep children safe, there are certain precautions that should be taken whenever children are allowed to use playground equipment. It is up to adults, including parents and guardians, to ensure that play areas are safe and to use their judgement to restrict play if unsafe conditions are present. Here is a checklist for adults: l Always be sure adults are there to supervise. Adult supervision is needed wherever children are playing. In school settings, where there are a number of children out at recess, there should be an ample ratio of adults to children. Adults can observe potential hazards and intercede if children are misbehaving. Playgrounds that have rope activities should be avoided, as should putting children in clothing that has string ties. l All children should play on age-appropriate equipment. Due to developmental differences as children age, it is essential children play on equipment that correlates to their age groups to keep play safe and fun.

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Traversing the underground PATH system and visiting the launch site of the Scarborough Eglinton Crosstown LRT are just some of the transportation-flavoured offerings part of the upcoming Jane’s Walk festival and walking tours. The walking tours take place May 4 to 5. Visit www. for more info. TO HOLD TRANSIT WORKSHOPS ◗TEA

The Toronto Environmental Alliance is looking for participants for workshops aimed at improving transit advocacy. The group wants to train “transit ambassadors” willing to engage in community discussion and lobby on behalf of new funding for Metrolinx’s Big Move plan, which seeks to improve existing regional transit connections within the next 25 years. To register for the one-day workshop series taking place in May, email Rahul Gupta is The Guardian’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


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those of provincial transportation minister Glen Murray, who said earlier that day the premier wants some transit funding in place ahead of the 2014 budget, when the Metrolinx’s recommendations would likely be adopted. “The premier has indicated she would like to see some things happen in the nearer term,” said Murray at Transport Futures, a transportation conference. “She’s given an indication of the government’s commitment and that would be up to her as to what those are.” During her 15-minute speech to a capacity audience gathered at the Board of Trade, Wynne did not state a preference for the desired funding tools to pay for a wave

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Ontario PCs would take control of subways, expressways: Hudak MIKE ADLER A Progressive Conservative government would assume control of Greater Toronto’s subways, light rail lines, the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner and Allen expressways through the province’s Metrolinx transit agency, Tim Hudak says. ‘broken system’ Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is a “broken system” which cannot fix itself while 10 different authorities are in charge, including the TTC, Metrolinx and suburban

transit systems, the Ontario PC leader said at a Scarborough press conference recently. “We have too many back seat drivers in our system. It’s time the province took the wheel,” said Hudak, who appeared with local Tory candidates for Scarborough and Willowdale at an Agincourt community centre. As proposed in the party’s pre-election “white paper,” Paths to Prosperity, Metrolinx would eventually absorb not just the Gardiner, Allen and DVP – owned and operated by Toronto for decades – but the GTHA’s 400-series highways and “certain bus routes” as well. Transit boards such as

the TTC would remain to plan local bus and streetcar routes. Hudak said he respects the work done by Metrolinx and groups such as Toronto Region Board of Trade and Greater Toronto CivicAction to solve the region’s gridlock, but argued though a “brand new grand strategy” seems to appear “every six months,” nothing gets built. The party’s preference in Toronto is to build transit underground, Hudak said, but suggested he would only raise taxes or fees to fund such expansions as a last resort.


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Committee meets today wExecutive The agenda kicks off today with Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee and a full slate. The big items on the committee involve a report looking at suggesting new taxes and fees to pay for public transit expansion, which Ford has opposed, and another item looking at ways to bail out the sinking BIXI downtown bike rental program, which Ford has also publicly opposed. The mayor has not yet weighed in on a number of other items coming up, however. Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation plan The committee will be taking a look at the Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation plan, essentially approving the plan approved and recommended by the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee earlier this month. The multi-billion dollar project will be going ahead with some early repairs rejigged to allow the city



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The committee will be looking at a proposal to make city council records subject to freedom of information requests. Currently, councillors’ records are protected, which means their schedules, work emails and communications to lobbyists aren’t available to the public, in the way that the mayor’s is. The motion from Councillors Paula Fletcher and Sarah Doucette aims to change that. finance rules inquiry wCampaign

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month, Councillor Adam Vaughan filed an administrative inquiry about the way that campaign finance rules ought to be applied. Vaughan refers to recent rulings by the Campaign Compliance Audit Committee, and confusion about the rules for political spending and fundraising before a candidate was registered. Ford was spared prosecution by the committee earlier this month after it was found he’d fundraised and spent money prior to registering as a candidate in 2010. fair set for Saturday wVolunteer

Toronto’s Youth Council is coming to city hall Saturday with a volunteer fair. The fair will celebrate youth volunteer work from across the city and will connect youth with arts and social service organizations in the GTA. The event happens from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Members Lounge at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.


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Bayer Inc.’s sustainability efforts recognized again CLARK KIM Bayer Inc. has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognized for its sustainability efforts for the fifth year in a row. The company, which is located at 77 Belfield Rd. in Etobicoke, earned the recognition with programs that include an ice chiller system, which provides cold air in the summer, a green roof which house over 10,000 square feet of plant life, and a program to improve sustainability of their products. Airport Marriott a Live Green finalist Marriott Toronto Airport at 901 Dixon Rd., is a finalist for a Live Green Toronto Award. Each department in the hotel participated in vari-


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Get a fresh new hair do while helping raise money for a good cause. Salon Allure Spa located at 3032 Bloor St. W. will be donating $5 to Meagan’s Walk for any hair service done on Saturday, May 11. The charity has contributed to more

than $2.7 million to brain tumour research at SickKids. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www. or call 416-239-3063. networking event wFundraiser/green

Earth Day Canada and To r o n t o G re e n Dr i n k s will host a fundraiser and green networking event on Wednesday, April 24 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the top of the CN Tower to celebrate Earth Day Canada’s 23rd birthday. Network with other environmentally-focused business leaders while enjoying the view of the city. Tickets cost $35. Visit http://cntower2013. to purchase tickets.


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Etobicoke: Then and Now WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave. CONTACT: James Murchison, 416394-5120, COST: Free This illustrated talk will focus on the rich history of the former Township of Etobicoke. Old photographs, dating from the 1850s to the 1950s, will each be followed by a picture taken in the same location today.

w Thursday, April 25

Passages from Banned Books for Adults WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Eatonville Library, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd. CONTACT: Peggy Ho, 416-3945270 COST: Free Performers and writers from Toronto’s comedy and storytelling scene read passages from banned books giving the audience a brief history of why they were banned, and their importance in our cultural history. Register in person or by phone.

w Friday, April 26

Free Counselling WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: The Village of Humber Heights, 2245 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Yvonne Ng, 416-243-0127,, COST: Free Etobicoke Services for Seniors holds a free, one-on-one confidential counselling session for individuals and family members coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Call to register. Messy Church Movie Night WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: St. Philip’s Parish Hall, 60 Dixon Rd. CONTACT: 416247-5181 COST: Free Pizza dinner followed by a movie for children of all ages. Especially for those who have attended or heard of Messy Church (Sunday school on Saturday.) Parents

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The church’s men’s group will prepare the pasta dinner.

w Thursday, May 2

Golden Voices, Celebrity Symphony Orchestra WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Centre for the Arts, Church on the Queensway, 1536 The Queensway CONTACT:, COST: $45 and $58; For group student tickets of 10 or more $20 The Celebrity Symphony Orchestra hosts an evening of voices from Poland, Ukraine and Canada. Soloists will be accompanied by 100-voices; Toronto Levada and Orion Choir.

Glad You’re Not Here: the Joy of Traveling Alone WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave. CONTACT: 416-394-5120 COST: Free Hear solo traveler Janice Waugh talk about her travel adventures and inspiration for her book The Solo Traveler’s Handbook. will meet together while the children watch the movie under proper supervision. Free and open to all.

w Saturday, April 27

Gigantic Flea Market WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Kingsway-Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway CONTACT: 416234-8224, www.kingswaylambton. ca, COST: Free Bargain prices on thousands of quality items including books, clothing for men, women and children, collectibles, jewelry, framed art, toys and games, linens, china, silverware, sports and camping gear, luggage, small appliances and furniture, along with bake sale and barbecue. Vendor Craft Event and Bake Sale WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal York Rd United Church, 851 Royal York Rd. CONTACT: herlihybull@ COST: Free Craft vendors and artisans will offer their unique gift items for sale. Home baking and snack bar. Free admission.For vendor tables contact Cost is $40. Free Community Health Fair WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: Long Branch Baptist Church, 3381 Lake Shore Blvd. W. CONTACT: 416-251-1525 COST: Free Various health organizations from the community will be in attendance to increase awareness of local community health services and resources;

motivate participants to make positive changes; encourage people to come and get help from the church’s various outreach programs. Springfest 2013 WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Kipling Acres, 2233 Kipling Ave. CONTACT: 416-392-2300 COST: Free Annual fundraising event organized by Kipling Acres Volunteers. Day features Pick-A-Prize, Take-A-Chance booth, boutiques, used books and games. Refreshments available. All proceeds benefit the residents. Spring Rummage Sale! WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 156 Sixth St. CONTACT: 416-259-2659, COST: Free The church community has cleaned out its closets, cupboards, drawers to offer treasures for the public at its annual sale. Alderwood Community Showcase WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave. CONTACT: Susan/Navina, 416-2526822, franklinhorner.navina@gmail. com COST: Free Featuring free demonstrations, displays, activities performances and cuisine by members of the Alderwood Community. Pasta Dinner WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Mimico Presbyterian Church, 119 Mimico Ave. CONTACT: Rob Howard, 416255-0213, COST: $12/adults; $6/children

“The Saturday night dance that was my turn to shine.”

2nd Annual Showcase of Stars WHEN: 7 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Richview United Church, 149 Wellesworth Dr. CONTACT: Lois Bowers, 416-621-0321 COST: $20/adults, $10/youth (to 18), free/under 11, $25 @ door Singers, instrumentalists, pianists and an ensemble showcased. Silent auction.

w Sunday, April 28

Spring Vendors Bazaar at Richview Reservoir WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Richview Reservoir, 59 Clement Rd. CONTACT: Karen Ewing, 647-2422381, www.embracemggp.blogspot. ca, COST: Free Vendors, 50/50 draw, bouncy castle. Weather permitting. Ukrainian Easter & Spring Bazaar WHEN: 12 to 3 p.m. WHERE: St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orhtodox Church, 3338 Lake Shore Blvd. W. CONTACT: Halyna, 416-255-7506, , COST: Free Easter bazaar featuring varenyky, borscht and kolbassa lunch. Sale of Paska Easter breads and homemade baking. Traditional Ukrainian foods such as cabbage rolls will be available for sale and also

pysanky (traditional Easter eggs). Chamber Sweets WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. CONTACT: www. COST: $5/door Presented by Long & McQuade Bloor New Horizons Band, Chamber Sweets is an afternoon of chamber music presented by small ensembles formed by members of the New Horizons Band program in Toronto.

w Monday, April 29

How to Stage Your Home for Resale WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Eatonville Library, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd. CONTACT: 416-394-5270 Learn from a professional interior deisgned Garna Tracy on how to properly stage your home for resale to maximum your return on investment; learn to downsize/declutter. Register in person or by phone. JobStart and LAMP WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. CONTACT: Todd Buhrows, 416-394-5247, COST: Free Two community organizations, JobStart and LAMP, will run programs for one evening at Brentwood Library. JobStart staff will discuss their Mentoring Partnership program. LAMP staff will discuss their Community Health Centers and the services available. Register in person or by phone.

get listed! The Etobicoke Guardian wants your community listings. Whether it’s a church knitting group or a music night or a non-profit group’s program for kids, The Guardian wants to know about it so others can attend. Sign up online at to submit your events (click the Sign Up link in the top right corner of the page).




CO-ED VOLLEYBALL WEST REGION THURSDAY, APRIL 25 w Silverthorn Collegiate Institute vs. George Harvey Collegiate Institute (George Harvey Collegiate Institute, 1700 Keele St., 3 p.m.) w North Albion Collegiate Institute vs. Richview Collegiate Institute (Richview Collegiate Institute, 1738 Islington Ave., 3 p.m.)

Chaminade College School’s Gryfon Malik Allen (13) smashes the ball past defending Mon. signor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School blockers Sean Brijmohan and Mangot Nijjar during TDCAA junior boys’ volleyball action at Chaminade Thursday afternoon. Chaminade went on to win the match 3-2 with set scores of 25-22, 19-25, 16-25, 25-21 and 15-13.

GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL DISTRICT REGION VARSITY THURSDAY, APRIL 25 w Etobicoke Collegiate Institute vs. Richview Collegiate (Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, 86 Montgomery Rd., 3:30 p.m.) w Silverthorn Collegiate Institute vs. Woburn Collegiate Institute (R.H. King Academy, 3800 St. Clair Ave. E., 4:15 p.m.)


BOYS SOCCER WEST REGION SENIOR TUESDAY, APRIL 23 w Weston Collegiate Institute vs. Thistletown Collegiate Institute (Thistletown Collegiate Institute, 20 Fordwich Cres. 3 p.m.) w North Albion Collegiate Institute vs. West Humber Collegiate Institute (West Humber Collegiate Institute, 1675 Martin Grove Rd., 3 p.m.) w Etobicoke Collegiate Institute vs. George Harvey Collegiate Institute (George Harvey Collegiate Institute, 1700 Keele St., 3 p.m.) THURSDAY, APRIL 25 w Thistletown Collegiate Institute vs. Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy (Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy, 15 Trehorne Dr., 3 p.m.) w West Humber Collegiate Institute vs. Kipling Collegiate Institute (Kipling Collegiate Institute, 380 The Westway, 3 p.m.) w Runnymede Collegiate Institute vs. Richview Collegiate Institute (Richview Collegiate Institute, 1738 Islington Ave., 3 p.m.) w Silverthorn Collegiate Institute vs. York Memorial Collegiate Institute (York Memorial Collegiate Institute, 2690 Eglinton Ave. W., 3 p.m.) w Martingrove Collegiate Institute vs. Weston Collegiate (Weston Collegiate Institute, 100 Pine St., 3:30 p.m.) FRIDAY, APRIL 26 w Vaughan Road Academy vs. Etobicoke Collegiate Institute (Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, 86 Montgomery Rd., 3 p.m.) w Silverthorn Collegiate Institute vs. Richview

UPCOMING GAME Lakeshore Collegiate Institute vs. Kipling Collegiate Institute in girls soccer, west region, varsity, tier 2 on Monday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m.

Collegiate Institute (Richview Collegiate Institute, 1738 Islington Ave., 3 p.m.) w Martingrove Collegiate Institute vs. Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy (Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy, 15 Trehorne Dr., 3:30 p.m.) MONDAY, APRIL 29 w Richview Collegiate Institute vs. Vaughan Road Academy (Vaughan Road Academy, 529 Vaughan Rd., 3:30 p.m.) w West Humber Collegiate Institute vs. Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy (Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy, 15 Trehorne Dr., 4:30 p.m.) w Runnymede Collegiate Institute vs. Silverthorn Collegiate Institute (Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, 291 Mill Rd., 4:30 p.m.) BOYS SOCCER WEST REGION JUNIOR TUESDAY, APRIL 23 w Weston Collegiate Institute vs. Thistletown Collegiate Institute (Thistletown Collegiate

Institute, 20 Fordwich Cres. 4:30 p.m.) w North Albion Collegiate Institute vs. West Humber Collegiate Institute (West Humber Collegiate Institute, 4:30 p.m.) THURSDAY, APRIL 25 w Thistletown Collegiate Institute vs. Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy (Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy, 15 Trehorne Dr., 4:30 p.m.) w West Humber Collegiate Institute vs. Kipling Collegiate Institute (Kipling Collegiate Institute, 380 The Westway, 4:30 p.m.) w Lakeshore Collegiate Institute vs. Richview Collegiate Institute (Richview Collegiate Institute, 1738 Islington Ave., 4:30 p.m.) w Silverthorn Collegiate Institute vs. York Memorial Collegiate Institute (York Memorial Collegiate Institute, 2690 Eglinton Ave. W., 4:30 p.m.) FRIDAY, APRIL 26 w Martingrove Collegiate Institute vs. Etobicoke Collegiate Institute (Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, 86 Montgomery Rd., 4:30 p.m.)

At Tapestry Retirement Communities, we make sure you have the freedom and support to do the things you love. Whether it’s dancing and staying fit, enjoying our great food or getting involved in the local community. Because it’s our belief that respecting your personal choices and independence will bring out the best in you. Call us today and see what kind of individualized programs we can offer to help keep your body, mind and spirit healthy, vibrant and young at heart. Dan and Sue Corcoran still dancing

w Silverthorn Collegiate Institute vs. Richview Collegiate Institute (Richview Collegiate Institute, 1738 Islington Ave., 4:30 p.m.) GIRLS SOCCER WEST REGION VARSITY TIER 1 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 w Silverthorn Collegiate Institute vs. Etobicoke Collegiate Institute (Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, 86 Montgomery Rd., 3:30 p.m.) w Etobicoke School of the Arts vs. Richview Collegiate Institute (Richview Collegiate Institute, 1738 Islington Ave., 3:30 p.m.) GIRLS SOCCER WEST REGION VARSITY TIER 2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 w Kipling Collegiate Institute vs. Thistletown Collegiate Institute (Thistletown Collegiate Institute, 20 Fordwich Cres. 3:30 p.m.) w Lakeshore Collegiate Institute vs. West Humber Collegiate Institute (West Humber Collegiate Institute, 1675 Martin Grove Rd., 3:30 p.m.) w North Albion Collegiate Institute vs. Weston

Collegiate Institute (Weston Collegiate Institute, 100 Pine St., 3:30 p.m.) MONDAY, APRIL 29 w Lakeshore Collegiate Institute vs. Kipling Collegiate Institute (Kipling Collegiate Institute, 380 The Westway, 3:30 p.m.) TDCAA BOYS VOLLEYBALL JUNIOR WEST DIVISION TUESDAY, APRIL 23 w Msgr. Percy Johnson vs. James Cardinal McGuigan (Msgr. Percy Johnson, 2170 Kipling Ave.) w Father Henry Carr vs. Father John Redmond (Father Henry Carr, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.) w Bishop Allen Academy vs. Archbishop Romero (Bishop Allen Academy, 721 Royal York Rd.) w Chaminade College vs. Michael Power/St. Joseph (Chaminade College, 490 Queen’s Dr.) THURSDAY, APRIL 25

w Chaminade College School vs. Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (Chaminade College School, 490 Queens Dr,) w Dante Alighieri Academy vs. Bishop Allen Academy (Dante Alighieri Academy, 60 Playfair Ave.) BOYS RUGBY JUNIOR THURSDAY, APRIL 25 w Bishop Allen Academy vs. Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School (Bishop Allen Academy, 721 Royal York Rd.)


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Holy Angels Catholic School’s bucket program wins award >>>from page 1 “These awards are just one way for us to recognize and truly celebrate the staff and school communities who are supporting our commitment to the belief that every school is a great school by responding to the diverse needs of the students in our schools,” Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues said in a statement. Among this year’s winners is Holy Angels Catholic School for its How Full is Your Bucket project, a positive-behaviour, character education program based on the award-winning book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children by Carol McCloud. “It’s about filling people’s buckets and by filling people’s buckets, you’re filling them with good things – compliments, doing good deeds that make them feel good about themselves and things like that,” explained Laurie Levay, principal at Holy Angels. “The theory behind it is, if you feel good about yourself, that per-

meates to everything that you do with other people.” Every day over the P.A. system, Holy Angels staff announce the names and good deeds of four or five students, then award those students with paper ‘droplets’ describing their acts of kindness for the whole school to see. The daily ‘bucket fillers’ are also rewarded with a treat, be it a special sticker, pencil or other trinket. major impact The bucket program, which was established at Holy Angels last year and headed up by teachers Antonette MiglioreMalowany and Antonette Borg-Estrela, has begun to make a major impact at the school, said Levay. “I’ve seen a huge difference in change of behaviours with the kids and just a lot more positive interactions and a lot less incidents to the office,” she said. “It’s been great.” Other local schools recognized with a TCDSB Exemplary

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How Full Is Your Bucket, a project at Holy Angels Catholic School in Etobicoke, was recognized with the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Exemplary Practice Award. Students filled out forms with good deeds and dropped it in the bucket, as shown by participating students from left to right, Matthew Tannous, Joseph Borromeo, Alexander Atter, Madison Melo, Christopher Salandra and Jessica Rego.

Practice Award include: w St. Eugene Catholic School for its production of Here Comes the Son, an original

liturgical musical that tells the story of Jesus through song. The show was produced by St. Eugene teacher Robert Gallo

and performed by students. w Father Henr y Carr Catholic Secondary School for its annual multicultural

festival, “an innovative celebration of local and global equity and inclusion.” w Father Serra Catholic School for its student leadership program, which is designed to empower students to make positive changes in both their own communities and the rest of the world. w St. Angela’s Catholic School for its efforts to build independence and comprehensive literacy utilizing a centre-based approach to reading for students in the middle grades. w Michael Power/St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School for its Navigating the Teenage Years – Love is Louder program, which focuses on mental health and bullying awareness. “These winning projects exemplify our TCDSB shared vision to transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action,” TCDSB Chair Ann Andrachuk said.


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