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TAMARA SHEPHARD tshephard@insidetoronto.com A career as a drywaller could be in the stars next year for two young people from a priority neighbourhood in north Etobicoke after being chosen for a two-day introductory course recently. Toronto police 23 Division Supt. Ron Taverner approached Hugh Laird, executive director of the Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario, with the idea to refer young people to the course to learn what it takes to become a drywaller. The course is the second phase of a program called Cool Tool Schools, which originated in August with Toronto police officers from Taverner’s division teaching children ages five to 11 from the same neighbourhood basic home repairs such as patching drywall holes, replacing door knobs and re-installing broken stairway handles. The drywaller course enrolled teens, as well as people in their mid20s to early 30s considering a second career for two days. “It’s just a really good feeling when you do it,” Laird said, noting his first project with at-risk youth enrolled so-called squeegee kids who lived under the Gardiner Expressway in a course with an opportunity to apprentice as drywallers. “As a good corporate citizen, I think we have an obligation to do that. We’re looking for good, qualified people. If you can save a couple kids here and there, it’s worth it.” >>>EARNING, page 8

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Down the hill: Jingru (rear) along with little sister Jingyang enjoy going down the tobaggan hill with dad Wei at Centennial Park during their Christmas holiday break.

Etobicoke hospital welcomes first baby of 2013 Anika Sadanandan born seven pounds, two ounces at 1:07 a.m. on New Year’s Day TAMARA SHEPHARD tshephard@insidetoronto.com It’s always an occasion — even more than most — when Lisa Rema gives birth. Due Christmas Day, Rema and her husband Anil Sadanandan headed to Etobicoke General Hospital after

she went into labour around 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Ten hours later, Anika became Etobicoke’s first baby of 2013. “(Lisa) thought she could make it 12:01, but she couldn’t,” a stillexuberant Anil said Wednesday, laughing. “Everyone was excited about this case. Everyone came in

the room at midnight. At 1:07 a.m., she came out.” Born a quiet seven pounds, two ounces, little Anika’s name means kindness in Malayalam. Her parents immigrated to Canada from India 12 years ago. The family headed to their Etobicoke home with their latest

bundle of joy on Wednesday afternoon. Older sister, Kajal, 6, couldn’t keep her eyes off her baby sister. Kajal’s name translated means eyelashes. Kajal, too was a holiday baby. She was born on Canada Day. >>>PARENTS, page 15

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Daily Bread’s holiday drive comes up short Food bank still needs 500,000 pounds of food, or $200K to reach goal Torontonians are urged to continue their generous holiday giving to help stock the shelves for winter for the more than 1 million visits to Greater Toronto food banks. Daily Bread Food Bank needs 500,000 more pounds of food, or an additional $200,000 to purchase food, to reach its holiday drive goal of 1,000,000 pounds of food. More

donations are needed to stock shelves through to spring. Those visits reflect an 18 per cent increase since pre-recession 2008, the food bank’s Who’s Hungry 2012 report indicates. Some 32 per cent of food bank clients are children. The same percentage of adults have given up food in order to pay rent, the report indicates.

An original financial goal to raise $1.5 million could rise to $1.7 million due to the food donation shortfall, officials said. Daily Bread does not receive United Way funding. “We’re also looking to raise $1.5 million and we’re now at just over a million dollars. What has me the most concerned is how behind in food donations we are. They’re trickling in,

items include baby food and formula, peanut butter, canned fruit, powdered or canned milk, rice, lentils, vegetables, canned fish or meat. Nearly 600 volunteers sorted donated food at Daily Bread’s New Toronto Street south Etobicoke warehouse on Boxing Day and Dec. 27. Daily Bread serves people who rely on food banks through 170 member agencies’ neighbourhood food banks and meal programs.

but we need a lot more to make sure our shelves are full this winter,” Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread executive director said in a statement just before Christmas. Financial donations can be made online at dailybread.ca or by calling 416-203-0050. Food donations can be dropped off at any fire hall, Loblaws, No Frills or Valu-mart. Most needed

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A fine day for a dip HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Members of Toronto Winter Swimming Club meet each Sunday at noon at Humber Bay Park for their weekly dip. The groups meets year round, no matter the weather. The polar bear and spirituality club provides an alternative health system that is based on the appreciation of nature, meditation and the belief that swimming in the lake boosts a person’s immune system. Staff photo/IAN KELSO

Family helps Flynn Foundation Politicians host continue acts of charitible giving New Year’s levees TAMARA SHEPHARD tshephard@insidetoronto.com The C. Dennis Flynn Foundation recently made its annual distributions to coincide with the holiday season and the late former Etobicoke mayor’s Dec. 17th birthday. Established during Flynn’s life, the foundation launched in 1984 to raise funds annually in support of families in crisis in Etobicoke. To date, it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help women’s and youth shelters. This year, the foundation donated $10,000 to six agencies: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter ($2,000), Women’s Habitat shelter ($2,000), Youth Without Shelter ($2,000), Covenant House ($2,000), Daily Bread Food Bank ($1,000) and Dorothy Ley Hospice ($1,000). The majority of funds is raised through the founda-

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From left to right, Mike Flynn, Pat Wilkinson, Frank Facto, Mary Flynn-Guglietti, David Flynn and Paul Flynn, raise a glass of green beer at the 20th annual C. Dennis Flynn St. Patrick’s Day charity luncheon at the Old Mill last March.

tion’s annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon held at The Old Mill Inn and Spa in Etobicoke. Flynn died in 2003. “As you can appreciate, it is very difficult to continue the foundation without the guidance and direction of my father; however, our family is determined to make every

effort to continue the good works of the foundation in the coming years,” foundation president Mary Flynn-Guglietti said in a statement. Flynn worked for more than 30 years in the Etobicoke community as a councillor for Kingsway-Humber, Metro Toronto Council chair,

Etobicoke mayor from 1972 to 1984, and sat on the boards of organizations including St. Joseph’s Health Centre. In 2001, Flynn was awarded the Order of Ontario for his distinguished record of public service. At age 17, Flynn joined the Toronto Scottish Regiment. He trained with the machine gun regiment in his first year of service, but eventually joined the parachute corps. Years ago, Flynn had said he reflected daily on the name of a man he never knew in the only interview he ever gave on his war experiences. Then a 21-year-old paratrooper in Germany on March 24, 1945, Flynn stopped a fellow Canadian soldier from shooting a medic. Moments later, the medic attended to him when a German mortar hit him in his right leg. Flynn credited the man with saving his life.

Join Etobicoke politicians for their annual New Year’s levees. Minister of Education and Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Laurel Broten hosts her levee on Jan. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 210, 110 Jutland Rd. west of Islington Avenue. Etobicoke Centre MPP Donna Cansfield holds her holiday levee and presentation of community awards on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Dr. north of Dundas Street West, west of The West Mall. Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP Bernard Trottier opened his office to constituents on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

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A 22-year-old Toronto man was charged with stunt driving early Wednesday morning after police clocked him going 187 kilometres an hour on the Gardiner Expressway

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in Etobicoke. According to police, an officer allegedly witnessed a 2008 Honda Civic driving at a high rate of speed eastbound on the Gardiner at Islington Avenue at around 1:41 a.m. A speed-measuring device used by the officer registered a speed of 187 km/h – nearly twice the speed limit in that 100 km/h zone. The 22-year-old male driver of the car was pulled over and has been charged with stunt driving (driving at rate of speed 50 km/h or more over speed limit) and speeding. The accused’s licence was suspended for seven days and his vehicle has been impounded for seven days under Bill 203, which came into effect on Sept. 30, 2007. In 2012, Toronto police issued 381 suspensions for speeding/stunt driving.

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ow that we’re already three days into 2013, a number of our readers may already be struggling with the New Year’s resolutions they made Tuesday morning. Don’t fear, however, as the City of Toronto’s Public Health department is available to offer you some help. “If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthier, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is here to support you throughout the year,” said Catherine Clarke, manager of healthy living, in a press release this week. That’s good, because healthy residents benefit the entire community in so many ways. People who feel better have more energy, and are able to our view be more involved and effective members of their workforce, their Public health families and their communities. A healthier population as a whole can help you also eases stresses and costs on reach goals our health care system. So often, well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions are quickly tossed aside because they are just too hard to accomplish and those who make them become discouraged. That’s where TPH is offering some specific help to local residents. For those who want to quit smoking, TPH has 1,000 free quit kits available for residents. The kits include sugarless gum, a stress ball, a toothbrush and other items to help those trying to quit smoking deal with their cravings. Those looking for some personal advice, can also call a TPH nurse at 416-338-7974. There’s more specific information on quitting smoking online at www.toronto.ca/health/smokefree/quittingsmoking There’s also help for those looking to get more exercise or improve their eating habits in 2013. TPH advises residents to eat healthy by cutting down on portion sizes, reading labels for calorie and sodium counts, and asking restaurant staff for nutritional information when ordering food. Many city restaurants already offer such information online. There are also TPH registered dieticians available to offer advice by calling 416-338-7600, and more info is online at www.toronto.ca/health/nutrition One of the best ways to start getting healthier is to get more exercise, and TPH says that’s as simple as just getting out into your neighbourhood and taking a walk. For inspiration, there’s a pedometer lending program offered through Toronto Public Libraries. More info at www.toronto.ca/health/walkintohealth Walking is easy and it’s also a great way to get to know your community better. We encourage all our readers to take that first step to better health in 2013. newsroom

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mid all the handwringing about vacant mayor’s offices and crumbling highways, one might be forgiven for missing one of the most reliable news stories of the winter months. Toronto is making a budget, and over the next few weeks, will be performing the final pieces of the ritual to make it complete. Late last year, the city’s budget committee finished their tinkering with the $9.4 billion budget. It was (and remains) a plan designed to attract a minimum of tinkering at council. Budget Chief Mike Del Grande moved at the end of the process to increase property taxes a sliver more than the original proposal had intended — they’re going up two per cent rather than 1.95 per cent — and allocated the $1.15 million to restore services in areas where citizens had made what he considered a good case. That didn’t happen last year, and when the budget proceeded to council, councillors tore it to pieces and rebuilt it – $15 million fatter – pulling money from reserves to do so. Del Grande doesn’t want to see that happen again this year;

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so much so that he’s vowed to quit if council does anything else with the plan he’s presented. Some of his colleagues have snickeringly suggested this might be an excellent way to find themselves a new budget chief. But really, the budget going forward will be difficult to make changes on. The budget cuts firefighter positions, and as a policy move council might reverse that. Similarly, the trimmed police service budget approved by the Toronto Police Services Board and scorned by Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair might get another look. Council could look at restoring money to child care, homeless shelters and other pieces of social infrastructure. And there are some on council, like Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks, who are concerned the city is paying too much cash for capital projects such as road

work, comparing the move to buying a house with all the money up front. The mayor (because he’s the kind of mayor he is) might, if still in office by the time the budget’s debated mid-January, take issue with that property tax hike. And on the matter of the Gardiner Expressway, the budget debate could take an off-ramp into a long discussion over whether it’s worth the $500 million the capital budget’s allocated over the next decade to repairs to the elevated highway, or to just go down the road the last council started on, to tear a large portion of it down. But is council going to come together, as it did around Eglinton-Lawrence Councillor Josh Colle last year, and actually change any of these things? Nobody ever made any money betting on peace at Toronto Council, and I won’t now. But it’s going to take a pretty significant effort by Ford opponents to get under the hood of the 2013 budget and make serious changes. n David Nickle is The Guardian’s city hall columnist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

To the editor: Re: ‘Unions paved the way for good working conditions,’ Letters, Dec. 27 I must disagree with Joy Taylor’s letter in support of unions. And before anyone wonders, yes, I spent several years in a union-based job. Whilst it is true that in the beginning, unions served the just and noble cause of protecting workers’ rights, this purpose has long since degenerated and been replaced by a bunch of greedy, inflexible, living-inthe-past union leaders, who are clinging to antiquated systems no longer viable in current economic realities. These leaders frequently use threats and bullying tactics to keep their members in line; want deals rooted in decades old financial climates, and endlessly resort to strikes, regardless of the offer on the table and what their members want. We hear countless stories in the media of actual union members who do not wish to strike and are quite happy, in most cases, with the more than fair salaries and benefits that they receive. The system is long since broken. Constant strikes disrupt our city and cost millions of dollars in taxpayers money. It’s time to try something new, such as using an independent arbitrator to settle negotiation stalemates, since neither government or union leaders seem capable of bargaining fairly. Neil Folkard

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French immersion information McGuinty touts locked-door nights to be held this month policy for elementary schools Six Etobicoke schools offering French programs The Toronto District School Board will hold a series of information nights for parents wishing to send their children to one of the six Etobicoke schools that offer Early French Immersion programs starting in senior kindergarten. Parents are invited to attend the following upcoming meetings in January: n Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Sir Adam Beck PS, 544 Horner Ave., 416-3947670

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LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Just days after a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at a school in Connecticut, Premier Dalton McGuinty was at a Toronto school to announce a lockeddoor policy for elementary schools in Ontario. “In the aftermath of that tragic event that unfolded in the U.S., I think there is an important question we have to ask ourselves. Are we taking all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of our kids at school?” McGuinty told a press conference in the library of St. Fidelis Catholic Elementary school in the area of Keele Street and Hwy. 401. The province will spend $10 million for elementary schools to install security devices such as video cameras and buzzers to let visitors in. All elementary schools in the province must have in

place by next September a locked-door policy that will mean doors to schools are locked while children are in class, McGuinty said. “Now, we can’t, neither would we attempt to, turn our elementary schools into fortresses. We are not going to brick up these windows. That would be unreasonable,” he said. “I think it (the locked door policy) is an appropriate and reasonable response in keeping with what weighs heavily on the minds of parents.” In 2005, the province provided similar $3 million in funding for elementary schools to install security measures if the front doors could not be seen from the office. About 850 schools took advantage of the program. There are about 4,000 elementary schools in Ontario and McGuinty said he now wants all of them to be eligible for funding. He was clearly moved to beef up security measures following

the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14. “What that event south of the border did was raise the question in our own minds as a government. Have we, in fact, taken all reasonable steps to protect the safety and wellbeing or our kids in school?” McGuinty said. Before the press conference, McGuinty visited teacher Luciana Di Nizio’s Grade 2 class, where he joined the children in making tinfoil Christmas tree ornaments. He asked the youngsters what they do to be nice during the year. “He l p m y s i s t e r g e t dressed,” one student said. “Help my mom,” said another. Student Mike Tesi then asked McGuinty if he has been naughty or nice this year. “Mostly nice. Depends who you ask,” a smiling McGuinty answered.

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>>>from page 1 David Semen, industry apprenticeship liaison with the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre in Woodbridge, Ont., taught the two-day course. The training centre trains apprentices in drywall acoustics, drywall finishing, exterior insulating finishing systems mechanic and hazardous materials. It is the largest training facility of its kind in North America, Semen said. “I didn’t expect all 14 students to return on the second day,” said Semen, a secondgeneration metal carpenter, whose career in the trade has spanned 23 years and includes construction on the then-SkyDome. “I was really impressed on the second day when the students came in, got their boots, took their tools out, teamed off and went to work. I didn’t have to motivate them. All of them were energetic, focused, really involved with the project.” The course culminated in the construction of a four-byfour-foot doghouse. The project required students to build a freestanding metal structure, install drywall, tape, learn how to read specs on a blueprint and use a measuring tape. At course’s end, nine students raised their hands when Semen asked if they’d consider a career in the drywall or taping trades. Interest in the building and construction trade, Grade 10

math and Grade 10 English and a good attitude is all that’s required to apply for an apprenticeship, Semen said. Semen invited COSTI Immigrant Services and JVS Toronto to partner on the program. COSTI now offers a test students can write in one day to gain their Grade 10 math and Grade 10 English equivalency. Drywall students attend trade school for eight weeks, then do paid work in the industry for 18 months before returning to school for another eight weeks to complete an advanced course. Drywall apprentices must work 5,400 hours to become certified, far fewer than the 7,200 hours required of wood carpenters or 10,000 hours to become an electrician, Semen said. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities pays half the cost of training, while contractors for whom the apprentice will work, who are members of Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario, pay the other 50 per cent of the cost, Laird said. Students working in the industry as drywallers earn $14.56 an hour, plus 10 per cent vacation pay, and pay $5.35 an hour into a pension. In all, contractors pay drywallers more than $27 per hour, Semen said. “You can make very good money,” Semen said. “It takes three years on average to finish this apprenticeship program

as long as the economy is good and their attitude is good. Earning $80,000 a year as a drywaller is easily achievable.” The average journeyman, a professionally certified drywaller, earns $75,000 a year, Laird said. “Some young kids are making more than $100,000 a year,” he said. “If they want to put the time in, the work is there.” Laird expressed enthusiasm that the new Ontario Ministry of Trades will be promoting the trades as a career to Canadian youth as part of its mandate. “It’s mind boggling to me that the national youth unemployment rate was 19 per cent last time I looked,” Laird said. “Meanwhile, some trades are bringing in foreign workers rather than looking at this large pool — 19 per cent unemployment among youth in one of the greatest countries in the world.” Laird and Semen expect to enrol more young people in the program in the future. “I fell back on tools and never looked back,” Semen said of his career. “I love the industry, what I do, that I get to be part of this at-risk youth program. You have students who say, ‘I never thought I could do this. I didn’t know I had the talent to do this. I was told I’m stupid in math. You’ve changed my life.’ “I feel quite blessed to be part of this.”


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Childhood friends of Andrew Olynyk joined his mother Daria, left, at St. Joseph's Health Centre pediatric wing, in the room named after the boy who passed away in 2009. Although the team only aimed to raise $2,500 during a fundraiser celebrating his life, the evening brought in over $10,000 for the hospital. Pictured are, back row left: Daria Olynyk, Lauren How, Teresa Haney, Natalia Lioutaia, Patricia Batten; and from left front: Kayla Sabharwal, Jacqui Sirois, Jenna Boccia, and Sam Day.

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No longer with his family and friends in body, 16-year-old Andrew Olynyk lives on in spirit in the new Just for Kids clinic at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. In mid-December, those closest to the teen gathered at the hospital to see for the first time “Pediatric Exam Room 1” and plaque named for the boy who was known for his empathy and for inspiring those around him. “Andrew is smiling,” said his mom, Daria, who had gathered at St. Joe’s new Our Lady of Mercy wing in which the kids’ clinic is located. “If it had been one of his friends who had passed away, Andrew would have been doing the same thing.” In October 2009, Andrew succumbed to hydrocephalus, a condition that causes a build-up of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling, and an inoperable brainstem tumour about two years after his diagnosis.

His death has left a hole in the lives of so many, especially his friends who first met Andrew in senior kindergarten at Rosethorn Jr. School near Rathburn Road and Kipling Avenue. Even though the group went its separate ways in Grade 6, all the kids stayed in touch. Jacqui Sirois, Jenna Boccia, Kayla Sabharwal, Lauren Howe, Teresa Haney, Sam Day, Patricia Batten and Natalia Lioutaia banded together to organize a fundraiser in memory of their dear friend. An Evening for Andrew took place at Earth Bloor West, located at Bloor West and Jane streets, on July 26. The red carpet, star-themed event featured several of Andrew’s performer friends, fellow classmates at the Etobicoke School of the Arts and fellow singers with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. It was decided the proceeds would go toward the Just For Kids clinic where Andrew was treated and cared for. The goal was to raise

$2,500, however, the event brought in $10,000. “I still can’t believe we raised $10,000. So many people knew Andrew and know his story and have some kind of connection to it,” said Sirois. “And, it seems everyone knows someone who’s been affected by cancer.” Sirois, Sabharwal and Boccia agreed that Andrew would be “thrilled” with the room and plaque in his honour. “He would be happy knowing he could be a part of helping people get the help they need,” said Sabharwal. Said Sirois, “He’d be smiling ear to ear.” Maria Dyck, president of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation praised the group for their “excellent support” of the hospital. “I heard it was such a great night. Everyone said it was a wonderful night,” she said. “It’s lovely that people want to do something in memory of their loved ones. You should be proud. We are so grateful.”


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Designing a laundry room When purchasing a home, buyers often focus on the kitchen space and how many bedrooms there are. The washer and dryer are usually relegated to a dark corner of the basement or garage, and homeowners simply accept their laundry lot. Having the laundry near the family action -- and paying attention to laundry room design -- can make the work of keeping clothes tidy that much easier. You need not sacrifice style for function in a laundry room. As with any other area of the house, impart design elements and make it a room in which you want to spend time.

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NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project Credit Valley Conservation and Region of Peel The Region of Peel and Credit Valley Conservation, with support from Toronto and Region Conservation and the City of Mississauga, are undertaking an environmental assessment to create a new natural waterfront park on the eastern Mississauga waterfront. The park will provide ecological habitat and enhanced public access to the lakeshore. The environmental assessment is in accordance with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Lakeview Waterfront Connection (LWC) Project is an element of the Inspiration Lakeview initiative that was initiated in 2010. THE PROCESS On December 5, 2012, the Minister of the Environment approved the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the LWC Project. The approved ToR and all project background information can be viewed on the project webpage: www.creditvalleyca.ca/lwc. The environmental assessment will be carried out according to the ToR and the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. Results will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment for review. When the environmental assessment is completed, the public and interested stakeholders will be informed when and where the environmental assessment can be reviewed.

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a cold supper follows from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the Ball from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Preregistration is required at www. janeaustendancing.com

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Robbie Burns/Scottish Heritage Day WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon WHERE: Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd. CONTACT: Donna McCorquodale, 416-252-0200 COST: Free Humber Valley United Church rings in the New Year with its second annual celebration of all things Scottish. Attend an inspirational worship service followed coffee hour. Don’t forget your tartan and tam. Carols for Twelfth Night: A Concert for Epiphany WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. CONTACT: 416-239-1131 COST: Free Enjoy a concert in celebration of Epiphany – the 12th day of Christmas – with both traditional and modern carols. Freewill offerings will be collected, with all proceeds going to support the Mabelle Food Program. Please bring a food bank donation.

n Monday, Jan. 7

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Introduction Class to Type 2 Diabetes WHEN: 1:30 to 4 p.m. WHERE: West Toronto Diabetes Education Program, 365 Evans Ave. CONTACT: 416-252-1928 COST: Free Come and learn the basics of Type 2 diabetes. Have questions that were not answered by your doctor? Feeling confused about what foods to eat, medication, exercise? Call to register. New Beginings Support Group WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Transfiguration Of Our Lord Church, 45 Ludstone Dr. CONTACT: Paula, 416-912-8314 COST: Free We are a faith-based support group for divorced, separated, or widowed people.

CONSULTATION Members of the public, agencies and interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the environmental assessment process by attending public meetings or contacting staff with information, comments or questions. FIRST PUBLIC MEETING - Tuesday January 22, 2013 Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, 1389 Cawthra Rd., Mississauga, ON, L5G 4L1. Open House............................................................................ 4:30 – 7 p.m. Presentation............................................................................ 7 – 7:45 p.m. Break-out groups and collective feedback.............................. 7:45 – 9 p.m. This and other public consultation opportunities will be advertised on the project webpage, in local newspapers and through the project mailing list. If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more and/or comment on the LWC Project, please visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/lwc on or after January 22, 2013. To be added to the project mailing list or if you have project-related questions, contact: Brooke Erickson, Resources Planner, Waterfront Toronto and Region Conservation - 70 Canuck Ave, Toronto ON, M3K 2C5 Phone: 416 661 6600 ext 5581, Email: berickson@trca.on.ca Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become a part of the public record files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

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Club. “We’re all so excited,” Sadanandan said of his second daughter’s birth. “We want to thank everyone at the hospital who were so co-operative and made this happen.” Anika was one of the first babies born in Toronto on Jan. 1.

Wynn Christopher Laforet became Toronto’s first baby of 2013. He was born at exactly 12 a.m. at St. Michael’s Hospital to parents Jane Maggs and Casey Laforet. Each year, William Osler Health Systems’ hospitals, including Etobicoke General and Brampton Civic, delivers more than 7,500 babies.

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Parents wishing to register their children in kindergarten at one of the Catholic board’s 167 elementary schools in Toronto can do so starting on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Toronto Catholic D i s t r i c t S c h o o l B o a rd (TCDSB) invites new families with children born in 2009 to register for kindergarten. To accommodate parents’ schedules, the board will also host evening registration sessions during the week of Jan. 14. Parents are asked to phone their local Catholic school for specific dates and times. “Kindergarten is a time of wonder, awe and learning,” TCDSB board chair Ann Andrachuk said in a statement. The Full-Day Early Lear ning K indergar ten Program is set to be fully implemented in all TCDSB schools by 2015-2016. During its first year of implementation in 2010, the province funded 63 full-day

classrooms for 1,638 students in 28 schools across the TCDSB. Now in its third year of implementation, the board today offers the program in 199 classrooms, serving 5,714 students in 83 schools. “We are dedicated to nurturing our students spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally through a faith-based curriculum in a caring, Catholic environment,” TCDSB Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues said in a statement. specialized services The TCDSB also offers a number of specialized kindergarten services: the Kindergarten Intervention and Needs Program (KIND) is provided for students who are having difficulty adjusting to school and supports a child’s ability to follow classroom routines, develop social skills, and strengthen academic

abilities; the Kindergarten Language Program delivers intensive language and literacy support to students in Senior Kindergarten who have delayed oral language development. Parents or guardians wishing to register their kids at a TCDSB are required to bring the following documents to registration: the child’s birth certificate (Certificate of Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status); the child’s Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or other proof of Catholicity); the child’s Ontario Health Card and Immunization Record; proof of residency in Toronto. For more information, call 416-222-8282, ext. 5314 or go to www.tcdsb.org

Community Notices

PHYLLIS HURD Saturday, December 22, 2012 HAZEL STEER Wednesday, December 26, 2012 ANNA YACUK Friday, December 28, 2012 Chapel RUSSELL HAYLOCK Friday, December 28, 2012 EMILIJA (EMILY) JAKUS Saturday, December 29, 2012 Chapel JAMES COOKE Saturday, December 29, 2012 Chapel JULIKA MEZINI Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Chapel Exceeding Expectations For Over 90 Years

THERESA LOFTUS Mass Saturday, December 29, 2012 St. Leo’s Catholic Church

ALICE VON DER HEIDT Private Arrangements

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MARYANN MORTIMER Service Thursday, January 3, 2013 Wignall Chapel

DEVIN DUARTE Service Saturday, January 5, 2013 Mimico Chapel

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Maddie Hills, who was captain of the Martingrove Collegiate volleyball team, helped lead the team to the Toronto City Volleyball Championship last year. The 17-year-old will be playing for the College of Charleston Cougars on a full scholarship.

signed Maddie as the team’s first ever Canadian player earlier this month, College of Charleston Cougar volleyball coach Jason Kepner lauded her for her “high level of playing experience, speed, and a very competitive edge” as well as her “team-first mentality.” “Maddie is an extremely hard working middle that is always up fast in serve receive and transition,” Kepner said in a statement. GOOD INSTINCTS AS PLAYER “She does a great job of providing a consistent option for the setters and forces her opponent to worry about her at all times. She has good instincts and hands as a blocker which will really

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help her see playing time next fall.” As for Maddie, she’s just happy that she finally found the right fit – especially with a university ranked 45th out of the 330 schools in its division for women’s volleyball. “I’m really excited. I never thought this would happen,” she said, noting that she plans to study kinesiology. “I’ve been in the recruiting process for a couple of years and there were tons of schools that I was, like, ‘yeah I’m going to go here, I’m going to go there,’ but none of them ever really worked out. Then I got an email from (the College of Charleston) asking me to come visit for a weekend. “They flew me out there (in late October) and I loved it. All the girls on the team were amazing and I just loved everything about it. The coach offered me a spot the next weekend and I accepted it. It was really sudden.”

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