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Have your Kelsey’s dinner served by a Toronto Argonaut on April 7 and sponsor the longstanding former chair of the Etobicoke MS Walk in this year’s walk in May. Nadine Bertola, 51, was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis at age 26 after years of inexplicable tingling in her hands. After 12 years as chair of the Etobicoke MS Walk, she recently retired. On April 7, Toronto Argonauts Jeff Johnson and two other Argos will be celebrity servers at Kelsey’s on Dixon Road west of Martin Grove Road. Kelsey’s management will donate 10 per cent of sales from 4 to 7 p.m. to Bertola’s team, The Winpak Walkers. Johnson has been the honorary chair of the Etobicoke MS Walk for many years. The 2013 Etobicoke MS Walk takes place on Sunday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic School, 45 Cloverhill Rd. in The Queensway-Park Lawn Road area. MS is most often diagnosed in young adults, 15 to 40, but can affect children as young as two years old. MS is three times more prominent in Canada than in any other country. Currently, MS affects nearly 70,000 Canadians, women at three times the rate of men. Every day, three Canadians are diagnosed with MS, the society reports.

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CONSERVATORY FUNDRAISER: Visitors to Centennial Park Conservatory enjoyed a special treat by Friends of The Conservatory as they presented Flowers and Music as a fundraiser. Kendall Hupp (left) and Marinda Tran, flutists at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music, played as the event held lucky draws and served refreshments.

Basketeers founder YMCA woman of distinction CYNTHIA REASON creason@insidetoronto.com Etobicoke’s Cheryl Stoneburgh has been named one of the Y W C A’s 2 0 1 3 Wo m e n o f Distinction for her work as founder of the Basketeers – a

3,500-volunteer strong group that provides holiday care baskets for abused women in the shelter system. A recent recipient of both a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and an Etobicoke Guardian Urban Hero Award,

Stoneburgh is now set to be honoured with the YWCA’s award for Volunteerism at a May 2 ceremony. Sarah Blackstock, YWCA’s director of advocacy and communications, said Stoneburgh’s award is not only in recognition

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BASICS OF BABYSITTING WITH RED CROSS ◗LEARN Bloorlea Middle School, 4050 Bloor St. W., will host a full-day Red Cross babysitting course on Saturday, April 6. Aimed at students aged 10 to 15, the course teaches the basics of babysitting, how to start a babysitting business and resume development. Students will receive a certificate upon completion. To register, contact the Red Cross at torontofirstaid@redcross.ca or 416480-0195 ext. 2309. CARTOONING CLASS SET FOR LAKESHORE ARTS ◗KIDS

Lakeshore Arts, 2422 Lake Shore Blvd. W., will run a Cartooning Class for Kids (aged nine to 12) from April 8 to June 3. The eight-week class, led by Molly Grundy, will be held every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids will be taught illustration techniques and will create their own cartoons. Registration is $100; subsidies available. Contact Bebhinn Jennings at bebhinn@lakeshorearts.ca SEEKERS SET OUT FOR EMPLOYMENT AT JOB FAIR ◗JOB

Job seekers are invited to the ASQ Annual Job Fair on April 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The annual employment event, which will take place at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 5515 Eglinton Ave. W., will offer participants the opportunity to meet potential employers and recruiting companies and to network with professionals representing the manufacturing, service, health care, education and other industries.

A four-course roast beef meal at 12:30 p.m. will be followed by a classical music concert by Trio Bravo at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in the centre’s office for $20. For more information, call 416-252-6822.

PAT RICE DISPLAYS PAINTINGS AT GALLERY ◗ARTIST

The paintings of Pat Rice will take over the Smith Zone Gallery at Lakeshore Arts from April 12 to May 9 – with an artists reception on Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lakeshore Arts is located at 2422 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. PAMELA GOUGH HOSTS GIFTED WORKSHOP ◗TRUSTEE

Trustee Pamela Gough will host a Learning Exceptionalities 101 workshop on Tuesday, April 23 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Seventh Street JS, 101 Seventh St. Parent participants will learn how students with learning exceptionalities are identified, including the LD-gifted combination, and how they can be supported in their learning both at home and at school. ART SHOW MARKS 20TH YEAR IN COMMUNITY ◗JURIED

Lakeshore Arts presents Through the Eyes of the Artist at the Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Dr., from April 19 to May 16. More than 50 artists will be celebrated at this year’s 20th annual juried art show, featuring works in various media. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

YOUR HEALTH OPTIONS A NEW TWIST ON THE OLD AT WELLNESS FAIR GAME OF EUCHRE ◗EXPLORE ◗LEARN I s l i n g t o n Un i t e d C h u r c h , 2 5 Burnhamthorpe Rd. (near Dundas Street West), will host a Community Wellness event on Tuesday, April 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. All are invited to come out and learn about Tai Chi, meditation, natural remedies, dental advice, energy healing, nutritious food choices, joint health, community health services and financial wellness. ROAST BEEF DINNER AT FRANKLIN HORNER ◗ENJOY

Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave., will host a Trio Bravo Concert and Roast Beef Feast on Wednesday, April 17.

Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave., begins its new SixHanded Euchre program on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. All are invited to come play an old game with a new twist every Thursday evening in the centre’s seniors lounge. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost is $2 for members, $3 for nonmembers. FIVE HUNDRED PIECES OF

◗ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE

Kingsway-Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway, hosts its 16th Annual Art Show and Sale on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet 32 artists and choose from more than 500 pieces of original art work at this fundraiser for Toronto charities. Admission is $10. For more information go to www.kingswaylambton.ca/ art_show.html or call 416-234-8224.


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Six-year-old receives magical gift to Disney World CYNTHIA REASON creason@insidetoronto.com

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ittle Azhara Choun stepped bravely in front of nearly 100 well-wishers, stood up tall, waved her magical Tinkerbell wand in the air and, in her loudest voice, wished for a trip to Disney World. A mere seconds later – poof! – the team at Courtesy Chevrolet granted the six-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient’s dream come true, presenting her with three tickets to the most magical place on earth. “I was very happy,” Azhara, all dressed in green tulle, said after learning that Courtesy Chevrolet is sending her, her mom Sothea, and her aunt Raksmay to Florida to visit all of her favourite princesses. “I want to go to Disney World because I want to meet Tinkerbell. I like her the best.” Now a beaming first grader at David Hornell Junior School, Azhara’s young life has been one riddled with medical issues. Suffering complications from birth, she spent the first two years of her life in the hospital, said her mom

Courtesy Chevrolet staff unite to help grant youngster’s dream vacation

Sothea Choun. “She ended up having a multi-visceral transplant, which means she now has three new organs – her small intestine, her liver and her pancreas,” Choun said. “It was life threatening. The first two years of her life were basically spent in the hospital, and then we’ve been in and out ever since. But in the last year we haven’t been admitted, so this is the best year it’s ever been for us.” While Azhara will likely need additional transplants in the future and will have to continue taking her medication for the rest of her life, Sothea said her daughter has been given a second chance at life. And that’s a chance Courtesy Chevrolet, in partnership with the Make-AWish Foundation, hope to help Azhara make the most of by making her Disney dream come true. While the dealership, located at 1635 The Queensway, has donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation – an organization that grants the wishes

I want to go to Disney World because I want to meet Tinkerbell. I like her the best.

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Azhara Choun is off to Disney World thanks to Courtesy Chevrolet’s staff and customers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The staff at The Queensway dealership held a party for Azhara and her family last week.

of children with serious medical conditions – before, this time around the Courtesy Chevrolet team decided to adopt little Azhara’s wish. What that means is that they’ve committed to raising the entire $10,000 cost of her trip to Disney World.

To do so, they are donating $25 per test drive, and $10 to $20 per service work order (depending on the cost) written in March and April. So far, they’ve raised $4,000 toward their goal of $10,000. “All of the staff have

Councillors ask for old Etobicoke cycling bylaw be taken off the books DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com An old bylaw that requires cyclists to ride single-file on streets regardless of traffic conditions will be repealed if council goes along with a unanimous recommendation from the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. The bylaw preventing cyclists from riding side by side was a hand-medown from the former city of Etobicoke after amalgamation. Earlier this year, Eglinton-Lawrence Councillor Karen Stintz asked council to look at simply repealing the law after a group of cyclists

in her ward were charged last summer for riding in a group. “Although this bylaw is redundant and not necessary, it is in fact being enforced,” said Stintz, urging the committee to forego any further study of the matter and simply end the bylaw, which is nearly unique to Toronto. Jared Kolb of Cycle Toronto told the committee the original idea of the bylaw was to prevent cyclists from obstructing traffic. But he said the Highway Traffic Act already prevents cyclists from unlawfully blocking traffic. “Most Canadian cities do not have this kind of bylaw, as having one is not necessary

for the safety of road users,” he said. Cyclist Anthony Humphries said it’s reasonable for cyclists to ride side by side when the road is clear. “When we ride we want to ride in the company of someone, the only way to communicate with the people we ride with is to ride side by side,” Humphries said. “And when I ride with my daughter or wife, I will be riding side by side partly because I want to protect my wife and daughter. With this bylaw in place, people will continue to ride side by side because we are social creatures.” Don Valley West Councillor John Parker agreed the bylaw

should be scraped. “We know that the influence of Etobicoke on city hall is universally and profoundly positive, but this harkens back to the day when you couldn’t do anything in Etobicoke – there was a bylaw against what any other living human being would do,” Parker said. “What should have happened when there was a rationalization of bylaws is this should have been set to one side and Etobicoke should have been asked to join the same century as the rest of us.”

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gotten right behind this fundraiser,” Diane Parsons, Courtesy Chevrolet’s general sales manager, said on Thursday. “Everybody’s just ecstatic. Quite often when you give donations to various charities, you never really see what you might have done. Today, we get an opportunity to see who we’re helping – and we just think it is the coolest thing to see the face of our fundraiser.” The Courtesy Chevrolet team got the chance to meet little Azhara on Thursday, at a special Tinkerbell-themed party they threw in her honour. Upon Azhara’s arrival, she was whisked away into a back office to change into a Tinkerbell costume, then led out into the dealership’s showroom – which had been transformed into Pixie Hollow for the occasion – to

be greeted by the entire Courtesy Chevrolet team. There, Service Manager John Renzone – the “champion” of the whole fundraiser – revealed to Azhara they were going to make her dream of going to Disney World come true. “We wanted to get you here so we can give you a surprise,” Renzone explained to a bewildered Azhara “Now, this wand you have here is magical...I want you to hold it up in the air, and say ‘I want to go to Disney World!’” Azhara happily obliged, and with that, Renzone unzipped Azhara’s brand new Tinkerbell suitcase and pulled out the tickets to Disney World. “Disney World has always been somewhere Azhara’s wanted to go. She’s a big fan of the Disney Channel,” confessed a tearful Choun, as her daughter sat nearby eating Tinkerbell cake. “This is honestly a dream come true for her. I’m so thankful.”

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Optimist Club has eyes on Runnymede Robotics team The Runnymede Collegiate Institute Robotics team received a leg up from the Optimist Club of Etobicoke. The club donated $5,000 to the Dundas Street West and Jane Street area high school to help students in their quest for gold at an upcoming First Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional competition. The students’ ultimate goal is to be invited to the world championships in St. Louis. The Runnymede Robotics team is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary and is grateful for the support from the local community and “dedicated mentors” who are assisting them in partici-

pating despite the ban on extracurricular activities by teachers, according to team coordinator Bob Poldon. volunteers T h e O p t i m i s t International organization is volunteers dedicated to providing a helping hand to youth with positive service projects in each community. The Etobicoke Optimists welcome anyone who would like to become a member by providing hope and positive vision to youth in their community. For further details, contact Barbara Holly at 416-3151099 or email Barbara: bholly@sympatico.ca

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he City of Toronto must present a cohesive vision for its transit future when it applies for federal government funding. Last week’s federal budget, which contains a bolstered Building Canada Fund, is potentially good news for cities eager to get much-needed infrastructure projects (including transit) in place to serve their residents. The extension of this program should be welcomed by municipalities. But in order to properly take advantage of the opportunity and grasp its fair share of the funds, Toronto must clearly identify what its priorities are for eligible projects. Reacting to the budget, TTC Chair Karen Stintz has said she is hopeful the funds will help make a downtown relief subway line (DRL) a reality – taking the burden of the crowded Yonge-University and Bloor-Danforth lines. The DRL project has already our view been identified by provincial transportation agency Metrolinx Feds could as a priority in its ‘next wave’ of offer funds for transit projects for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. In subway line fact, according to a Metrolinx document, one of the other next wave projects, extending the Yonge subway line north into Richmond Hill, is dependent on the DRL being built along with necessary “capacity improvements” at Bloor-Yonge station. Mayor Rob Ford, a day after Stintz made her comments, made it clear his preference is extending the Sheppard subway into Scarborough. He went so far as to say the DRL, while important, is not as important as a subway extension on Sheppard Avenue. Currently, a light-rail line is planned along Sheppard to extend from Don Mills Road to Morningside Avenue. This council term has seen some hard-fought battles already on this file. And Natural Resources Minister and Eglinton-Lawrence MP Joe Oliver, speaking at the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Friday, acknowledged the reality of ‘competing enthusiasms’ for the funds. ‘Competing enthusiasms’ aren’t necessarily a problem. It’s when a fractured vision of a city’s future emerges, one that keeps changing while little gets done in the meantime to actually get people in the city moving – whether they live in Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough or downtown. Ultimately, like it has previously, Toronto council will make the decision.

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hy is it that every time kids ask you to read them a bedtime story, they always seem to interrupt you every five seconds to correct you along the way? Even when it’s a story they’ve never heard before. I was babysitting last night for little Emily and by the end of the fairy tale, it sure felt like she was reading it to me. Jamie: “Once upon a time there was an invisible man named Elmer Oglethorpe.” Emily: “C’mon, Uncle Jamie. Are you kidding me?” Jamie: “What? Why can’t an invisible man be named Elmer Oglethorpe?” Emily: “His name is not the issue here. It’s the invisible part. How do we know he exists if nobody can see him?” Jamie: “It’s called poetic license, sweetie. You’ll learn about it when you’re a little older. Anyhow, the invisible man lived in an

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY invisible house. It was a beautiful bungalow that was dramatically increasing in value even though real estate prices generally remained flat and ...” Emily: “I hate to stop you again so soon, but you mean to tell me a guy who nobody could see, lived in a house nobody could see, either?” Jamie: “Uh, huh. In an invisible neighbourhood, like yours, but with invisible pollution so they had invisible blue boxes.” Emily: “Oh brother. And I gave up Wheel of Fortune for this.” Jamie: “Now where was I? Oh yeah, one morning the invisible man woke up and started putting on his invisible clothes.” Emily: “Clothes? Why didn’t he just walk around bare naked? Who’d know?” Jamie: “Just because he’s

invisible doesn’t make him impervious to the weather conditions. He has to dress appropriately, otherwise he’ll catch cold.” Emily: “And start sneezing through his invisible nose, right?” Jamie: “Bingo.” Emily: “Which he’ll wipe on his invisible sleeve, no doubt.” Jamie: “An invisible tissue would have been his preferred choice I’d hope, princess, but you’re getting the hang of it. Anyhow, after he got dressed, the invisible man headed off downtown to work.” Emily: “Give me a break. He has a job, too?” Jamie: “Whaddya expect? Everybody has to work.” Emily: “And let me guess, he has an invisible desk in an invisible office.” Jamie: “I thought you said you’d never heard this story before.” Emily: “I haven’t. I just took a wild shot in the dark.”

Jamie: “You sure you wouldn’t like to finish this for me?” Emily: “No, that’s OK, go on. It’s just that ...” Jamie: “Just what? Spit it out, cutie. What’s troubling you this time?” Emily: “I just don’t think an invisible man should have to work, that’s all.” Jamie: “And how would you suggest he take care of his rent, pray tell? Emily: “Easy. All he has to do is just give his landlord a blank cheque. Get it, Uncle Jamie? Invisible man ... blank cheque?” Jamie: “Yeah, I get it. You’re a regular Adam Sandler. The end. Good night.” Emily: “That’s it? No sequel?” Jamie: “Unfortunately, not. At this late hour, I’m afraid it’s invisible, too.” Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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Seniors Health & Wellness Fair WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave. CONTACT: Susan/ Navina, 416-252-6822, franklinhorner.navina@gmail.com COST: Free This free health fair featuring health, recreation and public service displays, snacks and lunch. Entertainment by storyteller Anna Kerz and stand up comic Charlie McCarthy. Pre-registration is required. Yoga Presentation & Demonstration WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Islington Seniors’ Centre, 4968 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: 416-2313431, islingtonseniors@bellnet.ca COST: Free Learn about three different yoga forms, chair, gentle Hatha and flow, and how very simple to more challenging moves can benefit your overall health. Light refreshments served. Summer Gardening at St. George’s-on-the-Hill WHEN: 3:30 p.m. WHERE: St. George’s on-the-Hill Anglican Church, 4600 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: Rosemary Kilpatrick, 416-746-1335,

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Duplicate Bridge lessons WHEN: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Horner Avenue Senior Centre, 320 Horner Ave. CONTACT: Penny DeCarlo, 416-394-6001, pdecarl@ toronto.ca COST: $48/10 weeks Call to register.

West Toronto Stamp Club WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Fairfield Seniors Centre, 80 Lothian Ave. CONTACT: Don Hedger, 416-621-9982, www.westtorontostampclub.com, don.hedger@gmail.com COST: Free Club presidents Frank Alusio takes the group through the evolution of Postal stationary, preprinted postage stamp printed on cards. shewhowhistles@gmail.com COST: Free Community summer gardeners are welcome to garden with the garden club of St. George’s-on-the-hill on Dundas St. West near Royal York Rd. Refreshments provided. We meet generally once a week in the summer in the evening to water and keep the church garden in good shape. Young Writers From the Edge WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Father John Redmond C.H.S., 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. CONTACT: Holly Tran, 4169441101, diasporadialogues. com, holly@diasporadialogues.com COST: Free S-tudents from Father John Redmond and Monsignor Percy Johnson and their mentors, present their stories, poetry and drama. CARP Etobicoke Meeting

WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Sheridan Nurseries - Burnhamthorpe, 2069 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. CONTACT: marnie_cooper@hotmail.com COST: Free CARP Etobicoke presents spring gardening: herbs, planters, indoor and outdoor. Suzuki Strings Info Night WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: The Kingsway Conservatory of Music, 2848 Bloor St. W. CONTACT: 416234-0121 COST: Free An ideal opportunity for parents to learn about the compelling ‘Talent Education’ philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki, and the violin and cello programs.

Movie Matinee 55+ WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Islington Seniors’ Centre, 4968 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: 416-231-3431, islingtonseniors@bellnet.ca COST: Free The Full Monty: six unemployed UK steel workers form a male striptease act. Maundy Thursday Potluck Dinner WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd. CONTACT: Donna McCorquodale, 416-252-0200, mccorquodaled@hotmail.com COST: Free Join the church family potluck dinner and communion to mark the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples in the Upper Room.

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Elton Lammie Concert WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 156 Sixth Street CONTACT: 416-256-2659,

stmargaretschurch@bellnet.ca COST: $20 Country-western, pop-opera and spiritual music.

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INSIGHT Series - Navigating the Healthcare System 55+ WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Islington Seniors’ Centre, 4968 Dundas St. W. CONTACT: 416-2313431, islingtonseniors@bellnet.ca COST: Free Gary Hepworth, chair of CARP Etobicoke and Islington Seniors’ Centre board member, will explain the different areas of our complex and changing healthcare system. Emphasis will be on understanding the transition from hospital to home.

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mimico 20/20 over the years

Mimico-By-The-Lake 20/20: A Revitalization Action Plan launched in 2006 to create a “perfect vision” for the lakefront community. Etobicoke York Community Council directed city planning staff in 2007 to facilitate a broad-based community consultation process. A workshop launched the consultation, followed by an open house, in which participating residents identified parks, recreation and the lakefront as a top priority followed by housing and built form of any new developments. On April 9, Mimico-By-The-Lake Secondary Plan will be unveiled at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall. at 7 p.m. Residents can address council by notifying the city clerk, attention: Rosemary MacKenzie, administrator Etobicoke York Community Council, at 416-394-2516 by April 8. Sept. 13, 2006 Etobicoke York Community Council directed city planning staff to report on next steps to advance “Mimico-By-The-Lake Project 20/20: A Perfect Vision for Our Community”. 2006 City planning staff report identified some of the opportunities, challenges and potential implementing mechanisms to secure revitalization of the Mimico-By-The-Lake apartment strip and surrounding area. It reiterated a desire to seek broad participation from all stakeholders through the process. Feb. 13, 2007 Etobicoke York Community Council directed city planning staff to facilitate a broad-based public consultation process to establish a vision and determine potential next steps toward Mimico-By-The-Lake Revitalization. June 16, 2007 More than 100 residents participated in a Mimico 20/20 community workshop. Feb. 25, 2008 More than 140 residents attended

an open house/information session held by city planners to encourage public discussion and feedback on next steps, including the preparation of an action plan terms of reference and the hiring of consultants. 2008 Respondents were asked to identify, in order, their top three rankings of the seven broad study priority areas. Residents ranked the priorities as follows: parks, recreation and waterfront; housing; land use/ built form; transportation; business/economic development; infrastructure/public realm and social services. Planning staff stressed all seven areas would be considered priorities. Summer 2008 The city hired Urban Strategies Inc. as its Mimico 20/20 consultants to complete the final vision-to-implementation phase of the project. April 6 to 9, 2009 More than 200 residents participated in a four-day charette hosted by Urban Strategies that offered more than 20 sessions, including roundtable discussions, workshops, guest speaker presentations, walking tours and hands-on design sessions.

Oct. 13, 2009 City planners presented a report to Etobicoke York Community Council to introduce a proceedings report on the charette, and action-plan memo that recommended the necessary development framework. It was at this time planners announced the start of the final project implementation phase. Dec. 7, 2011 Residents packed John English Junior Middle School auditorium and embraced the concept, if not the vision, of their lakefront community’s revitalization at a community Mimico 20/20 status update meeting. Area Councillor Mark Grimes cautioned residents not to dig their heels in on specific issues. “There has got to be give and take...I think there is a great opportunity here to plan our village on our own and not let developers do it,” Grimes said. Harry Oussoren echoed the concerns of many at the meeting: “We want to make sure we don’t get a big wall of highrise on the Lakeshore. That is the big fear.” April 24, 2012 “This won’t be bulldoze, scrape and clean. It’s a more targeted

approach of incremental change over time and ongoing stability of (some) existing areas,” city planner Matthew Premru told some 100 residents as he retraced the Mimico 20/20 project at a community meeting. May 29, 2012 Senior city planner Kathryn Thom announced the city would undertake a Mimico-By-The-Lake Secondary Plan: “The best tool to revitalize an area is a Secondary Plan... (It) applies citywide policies in a local context that sets the framework for growth and change for up to 20 years.” June 5, 2012 City planners and Urban Strategies host a second Mimico 20/20 community workshop after registration quickly fills on the first. Dec. 6, 2012 City planners present residents with their emerging Mimico-By-The-Lake Secondary Plan. Their recommendations included restricting the heights of any future buildings in three bands of development: a maximum height of 25 storeys between Lake Shore Blvd. and the lake; maximum of eight storeys along the Lake

Shore Boulevard West main street and lakefront tall buildings to a maximum height of 15 storeys. Jan. 22, 2013 Some residents expressed shock after Etobicoke York Community Council passed a motion by local Councillor Mark Grimes to direct the city’s chief planner to incorporate development incentives into the draft Mimico-By-The-Lake Secondary Plan. The draft secondary plan “does not achieve the goal of community improvement” and it “does not encourage investment in the community or revitalization of the neighbourhood,” Grimes said. Feb. 20, 2013 Toronto City Council quashed Grimes’ plan to provide dramatic incentives for developers to build housing on the Mimico shoreline. “There really isn’t any reason to incent residential development in the city – particularly not on the waterfront,” Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat said. April 9, 2013 City planners present the MimicoBy-The-Lake Secondary Plan and its accompany report to Etobicoke York Community Council at 7 p.m.


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delivered Monday morning. Since the allegations came forward, Zoleta had been suspended with pay from the Toronto District Catholic School Board. Zoleta’s accuser – now an 18-year-old student who cannot be identified – had alleged that Zoleta touched his genitals, penetrated him with her finger and a ruler and got him to fondle her breasts, attempt intercourse and that they mutually performed oral sex. However, during North American Body Shop of the Year the trial the defence noted the teen never Proudly Serving mentioned fondling Etobicoke for over 40 years her, being penetrated by a ruler or that she performed oral sex in his statement to police in 2011. The teen, who testified behind a screen 395 Evans Avenue • 416-259-6344 blocking his view of

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Soccer registration now open As spring rolls in and the grass begins to grow it’s time to strap on the cleats and head to the soccer field. After being cooped up indoors many kids are ready to enjoy the fresh air. Organized soccer can not only provides exercise, it helps builds important life skills including confidence and team work. Registration for the 2013 outdoor house league for The Etobicoke Youth Soccer Club (EYSC) is now open. Boys and girls ages four up to 21 years old can participate in recreational soccer hosted on fields throughout neighbourhoods in the Etobicoke area. The EYSC offers an atmosphere where players, coaches and parents work together to provide the best possible soccer

learning environment to give players a chance to update their skills and level of play at the house and rep levels. Participants ages nine to 17 years old interested in joining the boys and girls rep leagues are encouraged to visit the websiteEtobicokeYouthSoccer.com for try out dates. The EYSC also hosts an All-Star team where chosen players from house league participate in tournaments throughout the season. Both house and rep leagues start after the May long week-

end. Registration forms are available online with up to date information about the leagues, all-star team and club events. Volunteers are always welcome. For coaching, managing and director positions please contact EYSC at 416-622-8726. For registration questions contact Sandy Latinovic at registrar@etobicokeyouthsoccer. com or call 416-358-0782. For more information look for EYSC on Facebook and Twitter or visit the office at 270 Galaxy Blvd.

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Stoneburgh founded organization to ‘support women in new beginnings’ >>>from page 1 said. “During the act of fleeing violence, you often leave everything behind – even your toothbrush. So Cheryl’s baskets are also a gesture of compassion and understanding to say to these women: ‘You’re not alone, we support you and we have faith in you.’” Stoneburgh’s fellow award winners at this year’s YWCA event will include: Amanda Da l e, e x e c u t i ve d i re c tor of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic; Denise LaBarge, a retired detective sergeant with the York Regional Police; Esther Linares, executive director of the F.R.E.S.H. Collective; Justice Gloria Epstein, of the Court of Appeal for Ontario; Mayo Moran, dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; and Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, clinician and scientist. For Stoneburgh, who founded the Basketeers in 2000 with the mandate “to support women in new beginnings,” being honoured amongst such esteemed women was a humbling and ‘inspiring’

experience. “Some of the ladies, I look at their credentials, and they’re just huge,” she said. “I think, to me, that’s just inspiring. It makes you want to do more because you’re in such great company...they’re just lovely and they’re kind, and the whole event is about inspiring women and girls, so how can you go wrong in such great company?” This past holiday season alone, Stoneburgh and her Basketeers volunteers were able to put together 1,437 baskets to support 40 women’s shelters in eight different cities – including to three YWCA shelters. To achieve those ends, Basketeer participants – whether they be individuals or groups – start with a laundry basket or other storage container, and then fill it full of items a woman starting a new life might need. Some participants choose a theme, buying all-kitchen or all-bedroom/bathroom items, each with an average cost of $150 to $200. A kitchen basket,

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Cheryl Stoneburgh packs a basket with goods during a recent Basketeers campaign. Stoneburgh has been named a YMCA woman of distinction for her charitable work.

for example, might contain a kettle, a frying pan, some kitchen towels, dinnerware, dish detergent, etc., while a bed and bath basket might include sheets, towels, soaps, an alarm clock, a blanket, and a pillow. Over the last 13 years, the

Basketeers have sent out a total of 9,185 such baskets to women in shelters. That’s a feat Stoneburgh said she couldn’t have ever achieved without the help of her very dedicated volunteers. “This award really is for everyone involved. You can’t

do something like this without everyone getting on board,” she said. “That’s what I like about this award – that it’s for volunteerism.” Stoneburgh and the six other honourees will be recognized on May 2 at the 33rd Annual Women of Distinction Awards at the Metro Convention Centre. The awards, said Blackstock, are set up to accomplish several ends: to recognize the work that women in Toronto are doing to change the lives of women and girls; to inspire others to become involved in work to create change and to promote women’s equality and the well-being of women and girls; and to raise money for the YWCA. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with an Eat, Drink and Mingle event, where attendees are invited to Constitution Hall to enjoy a drink, network with peers, host clients, meet the Women of Distinction past and present, and discover new tastes courtesy of local celebrity chefs Trish Magwood, Christine Cushing

and Mairlyn Smith The awards themselves, hosted by CBC News’ Anne Marie Mediwake, begin at 7 p.m., followed by an after party at 8:30 p.m., where drinks and desserts will be served. “It’s a fabulous party where city builders from across the city – people who love their city and who are committed to building a more socially inclusive and just community – come together and celebrate these women and to inspire each other to continue doing work to achieve the quality and well-being for women and girls,” Blackstock said. “I think we live in a time when there’s a lot of cynicism that we can’t really change anything. This is a night where we recognize that when people have big hearts, good ideas and the courage to act on those convictions, that wonderful things can happen.” For more information about the YMCA and to buy tickets to this year’s Women of Distinction Awards, go to www.ywcatoronto.org

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TWO DECADES OF SPORT Left: Sports writer and inductee Louis Cauz gives the thumbs up to his bio and picture during The Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary celebration, dubbed the Winter Carnival, at the MasterCard Centre on Sunday. The day included a meet and greet with alumni and raffle prizes. Guests also had a chance to win a Paul Henderson jersey.

Below: Maple leaf legends (from left) Mark Napier, Dave Reid, Bill Derlago, and Dennis Maruk catch up on old times.

Right: Sandy Hawley, one of Canada’s greatest jockeys, is interview by Jim Bannon of the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame during its meet and greet event at the MasterCard Centre on Sunday.

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It’s a short week coming up at Toronto City Hall. There are no meetings Good Friday, and on Easter Monday, the lights go out – literally. This year as every year, the facilities people at City Hall have given fair warning that on Monday, April 1, Toronto City Hall will be powered-down and locked up for its annual electrical overhaul. That means everything from elevators to light bulbs will be off, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. It means a day away from the press gallery for city hall reporters – and a Monday morning candle-light scramble for any hard-working bureaucrats who fall asleep at their desks Sunday night trying to figure out the 2014 budget.

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INFRASTRUCTURE AN EXPECTED TOPIC FOR TTC

On Wednesday, the Toronto Transit Commission meets – for the first time since the federal budget. There’s nothing on the agenda referring to the potential for federal infrastructure money to flow into either a downtown relief subway line – as TTC Chair Karen Stintz suggested it should – or the Scarborough Relief Line, which is what city councillor Doug Ford called his brother Mayor Rob Ford’s Sheppard subway plan.

But it’s a good bet that the issue will re-emerge there one way or another.

MAMMOLITI AMONG ZOO PANDA GREETERS

It’s a good bet – or at least something to hope for – that in the next week, York West Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti will put out another news release like the one that came out Sunday, trumpeting his prescience as a former Toronto Zoo chair, in convincing Chinese authorities to send pandas to the Toronto Zoo. “It couldn’t be done,” he says in the news release headlined ‘Panda Perseverance Paid Off ’, “Panda-Man” Councillor Mammoliti says. The release pointed out that every mayor from Mel Lastman to Rob Ford and two Prime Ministers doubted him. “They all basically said I was wasting my time.” Nobody’s skeptical now. On Monday, Mammoliti greeted what he called the “furry diplomats” at a Fed-Ex facility in Mississauga.

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Toronto MPs Chow, Cash disappointed in budget RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Olivia Chow called this year’s federal budget a disappointment for Torontonians hoping for more of a commitment from the Harper government when it comes to infrastructure funding. Chow, the federal NDP’s transportation critic, welcomed the decision of the f e d e ra l g ove r n m e n t t o increase municipalities’ share of gas tax revenues, which had been called for by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). But the MP for TrinitySpadina accused the Conservatives of cutting funding over the long-term because much of the $53.5 billion earmarked for infrastructure over the next 10 years comes from existing

programs. “We have a new plan, but it’s the same old money,” said Chow of the budget on Friday. “But what’s really happened is infrastructure grants have been cut by a billion dollars per year. Chow, who has called on the federal government to introduce dedicated funding for transit, said the 2013 budget, which includes a $32 billion community improvement fund for roads, public transit and recreation centres, will mean Toronto will continue to have to vie with other municipalities fto get money for projects like the proposed downtown relief subway line (DRL). “Will the City of Toronto get money?” said Chow. “That’s hard to say without predictable funding.” Chow also declined to

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comment on criticism from TTC chair Karen Stintz – who called on the city to apply for the federal funds to help pay for the DRL – for not speaking up in favour of new revenue tools to fund transit following recent recommendations by the Toronto Region Board of Trade last week. Chow’s federal colleague Andrew Cash also declined comment on recent statements against potential new taxes for transit made by provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath. “I’m not going to weigh in on hypotheticals,” said the MP for the Davenport riding. “We’re focused on having a national transit strategy.

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Stintz wants federal funds for DRL The renewed $47-billion federal infrastructure fund announced in last Thursday’s federal budget should set aside some money to help pay for a downtown relief subway line says Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stitnz. “I think we should have this money for the downtown relief line – it’s a priority,” Stintz told reporters after federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered this year’s federal budget. The budget included two significant transit-related

items: an indexing of the federal gas tax at two per cent a year starting in 2014, and a renewed federal infrastructure fund. Stintz welcomed both. The gas tax, she said, will help the TTC pay for ongoing state-of-good-repair infrastructure needs, and the infrastructure fund could be a major boost to transit expansion. When Stintz spoke with reporters, it was unclear precisely as to how the federal government would divide up the funds. But Stintz said

that presuming there to be an application process, Toronto should apply for at least a third of the cost of building the relief line – which would connect the Bloor-Danforth line to the downtown with a subway line extending from Pape Station through Riverdale and Leslieville to downtown Toronto. The line has been identified as a priority by Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission.

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Subban brothers turn attention to post-season Rexdale’s Subban brothers wrapped up spectacular regular seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls and both are hoping that momentum will carry into a winning post-season. Malcolm Subban is a highly touted goaltender, taken by the Boston Bruins in the first round (24th) of the 2012 draft. He lived up to that billing, finishing the regular season as the OHL’s top goaltender in both goals against average per game (2.14) as well as save percentage (.934). And so far in three postseason games against the Mississauga Steelheads, he’s only let in four goals while his team has scored 13. Belleville could only translate that into two wins, however, winning the first two games 8-1 and 4-1 while dropping the third game 2-1 in Mississauga on Sunday. The two teams hook up again for game four in Mississauga

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BIA’s Easter in the Kingsway Saturday Lots of Easter Bunnies will be hopping Saturday, March 30 as part of the annual Easter in the Kingsway event put on by the Kingsway Business Improvement Area (BIA). The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Bloor Street between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road. People are encouraged to bring their own cameras and have their pictures taken with a giant Easter Rabbit. Call 416-249-8243 for info.

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Want to know if and how being on Twitter can add value to your business? The Mompreneurs of Etobicoke and Mississauga are teaming up to provide an event March 27 at 17 Steps, 2241 Bloor St. W., that promises to reveal tips and tricks about the social media tool. The cost, which features guest speaker Bob Minhas, is $30 and includes appetizers. Email info@etobicokemompreneurs.com for more information.

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The Etobicoke-based Toronto Ribfest has been recognized as one of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario. Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) made the announcement earlier this month. Several Toronto events made the list, including the Canadian National Exhibition and the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival. This year’s Ribfest, organized by Rotary Etobicoke, runs from June 28 to July 1 at Centennial Park. Festivals and Events Ontario is a provincial, notfor-profit tourism association. Visit www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca

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The 2013 BIA National Conference is less than a month away – and local Business Improvement Areas won’t have far to travel. The conference will be held April 14 to 17 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre

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A Humber College project was among the finalists for a $20,000 prize in the Ontario Centres of Excellence Social Enterprise Competition. Sk y l i n e Fa r m s, f ro m Hu m b e r s t u d e n t s Ja k e Harding and Gustavo Macias, was one of 10 finalists in the competition, which took place March 21. Using hydroponics, the project grows produce on “under-utilized urban rooftops,” according to a release. While the Humber project wasn’t selected as one of the winners, it did make the top-10 from more than 40 entries from current students and recent graduates of Ontario colleges and universities. The Business in Brief column runs every two weeks in The Etobicoke Guardian. Email items to etg@insidetoronto.com

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Spring is here but it’s still cold so let’s have soup

Portuguese stone soup Carrot and cumin soup and beef stew This hearty country vegetable soup comes from Portugal’s Ribatejo province and is popular all over the country. The legend is that a beggar asked a poor couple for something to eat, and when they declared their cupboard bare, he started to make soup with stones. Upon asking if they had a carrot, then an onion and so on, until he finally got enough vegetables for soup. Now the kidney beans represent the stones. 3 onions, coarsely chopped 3 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced 4 potatoes and carrots, peeled and diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups thinly sliced cabbage 7 cups chicken broth 1 bay leaf 8 oz piece smoked ham 4 oz chunk chorizo (or other spicy sausage) 1 can (19 oz/540 ml) tomatoes, undrained 1 can (19 oz/540 ml) kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup elbow macaroni 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley alt and pepper

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In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onions and leeks for 10 minutes, stirring often. Stir in potatoes, carrots, garlic and cabbage. Add broth, bay leaf, ham and chorizo; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove ham and chorizo; dice and return to pot. Add tomatoes and kidney beans. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add macaroni; simmer until al dente, about 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. ~ Recipe, Foodland Ontario

Heat oil and margarine together in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots and leeks and saute until leeks begin to soften, about five minutes. Add garlic and saute for one minute until fragrant. Add cumin and crushed red pepper. Stir in chicken broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes. Puree soup in batches until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Soup can be refrigerated for up to four days or frozen.

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Just before serving, stir in lime juice, drizzle with yogurt and garnish with lime zest and cilantro. Island-inspired beef stew 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 2 lb stewing beef cubes 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 garlic cloves, minced

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until sizzling hot. Brown meat in four batches. Set beef aside; sprinkle with flour. Add garlic, onion and gingerroot, cooking three to four minutes until just softened. Stir in broth, scraping up browned bits. Add beef, tomatoes, Worcestershire, paprika, sage, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, covered, for one hour until fork tender; remove cinnamon stick. Add raisins, olives and green pepper; cook 30 to 40 minutes longer until vegetables are tender.

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A slim majority of Toronto residents are against paying higher taxes dedicated to building new transit according to a poll taken last week. Forum Research found 52 per cent of respondents disapproved of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s recommendations last Monday to pay for transit expansion via revenue tools, or taxes. The poll surveyed 1,045 residents March 19. Not surprisingly, opposition for the revenue tools suggested by the Board of Trade, which includes a parking levy and a one per cent regional sales tax, is higher among supporters of Mayor Rob Ford – who is against using revenue tools to pay for transit.

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The city is looking to get input from residents on improving traffic congestion in the downtown core. Un l i k e t h e Fe e l i n g Congested citywide consultations, whose first phase

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TO in TRANSIT sought to gauge the public appetite for improving public transit longterm, the Downtown Transportation Operations Study wants to know how best to improve traffic gridlock now. A drop-in public consultation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, in the Metro Hall rotunda, located at 55 John St. An online survey is also available via www.toronto. ca

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Outreach group Cycle Toronto is holding its annual general meeting for members on March 27. At the meeting scheduled for the ground floor of the CSI Annex, at 720 Bathurst St., elections will be held to determine the group’s 2013 board of directors. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by a social at 9 p.m. To see the bios of the prospective candidates and get more information

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TTC's One book club turns up the heat

The TTC’s One Book Club returns in April to lead discussion of another classic novel, Fahrenheit 451. The popular discussion series which is a collaboration between the TTC and the Toronto Public Library, allows participants to exchange ideas about a chosen literary classic through social media. T h i s y e a r ’s b o o k i s Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Twitter users will be able to see their comments about the dystopian classic running across the TTC’s subway platform video screens operated by advertising firm Pattison Onestop from April 2 to 21. Each day readers will be asked to answer through Twitter a different question pertaining to the book. For more info visit the library’s website at www. torontopubliclibrary.ca Rahul Gupta is the Guardian’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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Make east-end subway, downtown relief line priorities: Doug Ford DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Federal infrastructure dollars shouldn’t go to pay for a downtown relief line without also flowing to build a subway in Scarborough, says Etobicoke North Councillor Doug Ford. “The people of Scarborough need to get some relief themselves,” said Ford last Friday. “They keep getting ignored and they need a subway.” Ford made the comments a day after Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz said that Toronto needs to apply for a piece of the $47 billion renewed infrastructure fund announced in Thursday’s federal budget, in order to build a downtown

relief subway line. That line would loop down from the Bloor-Danforth line to the downtown, in order to take pressure off the YongeUniversity line. Stintz said the line needs to be the number-one priority. Councillor Ford, meanwhile, said that his brother Mayor Rob Ford’s promise to bring a subway to Scarborough needs to be a part of the application too. Council last year rejected the Ford subway plan in favour of building light-rail lines along Sheppard and Eglinton Avenues. “We’re in favour of a downtown relief line but you cannot ignore the people of Scarborough,” said Councillor Ford. “Hopefully we can work

with the TTC. I’m confident that we can get a downtown relief line and a subway to Scarborough.” Mayor Ford’s reaction to the budget has so far come in the form of a two-sentence statement issued by his office late Thursday. “I’m happy to see that many of Toronto’s ideas are reflected in the budget and I look forward to working with the Federal Government to ensure Toronto benefits from these funding commitments,” the statement reads. “This is welcome news, as Toronto continues to make its own long-term investments in infrastructure that reduces gridlock, improves affordable housing and grows our economy.”


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and worth the risk. And in turn this can cause territorialization with other dogs. You often hear about coyotes biting dogs, they’re not trying to eat them, they’re asserting their dominance over a food source.” To help stop coyotes from entering residential neighbourhoods, including areas along the Humber River, the coalition is appealing to the City of Toronto to pass a coyote-feeding bylaw that would make it illegal to feed the animals, with fines of $5,000 to $25,000 for violators. Such bylaws have reduced coyotehuman interactions in Whitby, Hamilton and Niagara Falls, Kornelsen said. Reducing coyote attractants is another goal of the coalition. Kornelsen advised residents to secure garbage and remove fallen fruit and excess bird seed from lawns. The fruit and bird seed attracts rodents, which in turn attracts coyotes, she

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Some minor tweaking to Toronto’s policy around purchasing Fair Trade coffee, tea and sugar could mean “Fair Trade Town” status for the city. It wouldn’t be difficult for Toronto to obtain the designation, said Ward 19 Councillor Mike Layton. “The initiative wouldn’t cost the city much money and basically is a form of recognition, for the most part, for purchasing practices the city already employs,” Layton explained. Toronto must achieve a series of goals that include focussing on getting broad local support, increasing public education, mapping and increasing the availability of Fair Trade products. The recommendations to achieve fair trade town status was adopted at the Feb. 25 government management committee and will be considered by Council April 3.

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