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Swimmer Kim Lumsdon hopes to take back old title


LISA RAINFORD Long distance swimmer Kim Lumsdon wants her title back. In 2006, when she was 49 years old, she briefly held the record for the oldest woman to swim across Lake Ontario – until rival Colleen Shields swiped it right out from under her only a few days later, crossing the lake – not only at five years older, but by nine hours and 18 minutes faster. “I’m trying to reclaim the record after several years,” Lumsdon, now 56, told The Guardian last week. “I had to wait seven years (Shields’ birthday is in October, Lumsdon’s is in February).” Lumsdon is allowing herself between 30 and 40 hours to swim the approximately 51-kilometre distance from Niagara on the-Lake to Marilyn Bell Park, just west of Exhibition Place. Situated in the heart of the Western Beaches, the park is named for the famed swimmer who accomplished the same feat at 16 years of age, in 1957, the same year Lumsdon was born. She’s aiming to start July 26. A solid year in training, the life-long Mimico resident and >>>LUMSDON, page 10

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LONG WEEKEND: Enjoying ribs at Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park over the Canada Day long weekend are (from left) Audrey, Nini, and Anna. The event featured food, music, vendors, and a fairground. For more photos from the event, see page 13.

Helping end violence against girls, women TAMARA SHEPHARD Young women and girls in north Etobicoke, as well as local agen-

cies offering violence-prevention resources, will soon be tapped to identify and fill gaps in violence prevention services for girls and young women.

Last week, the Canadian government announced $175,000 to fund a two-year Community MicroSkills Development Centre project that will reach out to

girls and young women in high school, young single mothers and expectant mothers in north Etobicoke, and to local service >>>PROJECT, page 10



Indian village makes connection to digital world Etobicoke lawyer’s run with the bulls in Pamplona helped raise $6K for technology project CYNTHIA REASON When most daredevils decide to take their chances with the bulls of Pamplona, their only goal is to escape unscathed – Etobicoke lawyer Mark Johnson set his sights higher. The part-time clothes designer ran not once, but twice with the bulls last summer during Pamplona’s annual San Fermin Festival as a unique way to raise funds for the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC). The nearly $6,000 Johnson raised as a result helped renovate and equip a Digital Library in the impoverished town of Kalvilai in southern India. Thanks to Johnson’s brave run, the facility is now fully functioning – complete with five computers with Internet access and a printer; educational CDs on various subjects and other audio/visual aids; a power generator to mitigate power outages; and a computer instructor and 15 trained students to monitor and provide basic maintenance to the electronic equipment in the Digital Library. To the 241 children of Kalvilai who will make use of the new Digital Library, a message from Johnson placed on a plaque just outside the mint green building’s entrance reads: “To the sons and daughters of Kalvilai, Through these doors you will find knowledge, truth and

freedom. For in this small building lies the world – and it’s yours.” “There’s a lot more in that building than just five computers,” Johnson added in an interview with The Guardian. “The way the world works now, inside that building the entire world is at their fingertips – and it’s theirs now.” While Johnson hasn’t yet made the trip to Kalvilai to see the library for himself, he has seen pictures from the Digital Library’s recent opening and said he’s “delighted” with the results. “I was just so excited to see the photographs, particularly of the girls sitting at the computers. That really made it all worthwhile,” he said. “It’s nice to know that in a very small little way, hopefully this will improve the lives of some people – young girls and boys – on the other side of the world. It’s almost bizarre to think about that as I sit in my office in Toronto.” For 10-year-old Kalvilai student Anitha, the town’s new Digital Library has become a regular hang out. For at least an hour each day after school – and most of the days on weekends – Anitha and her friends attend computer class at the library. “It is very useful to supplement my education,” she told CCFC officials. “I use self-learning CDs available in the library to learn my subjects. I also learn drawing and painting.”

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Children from the remote village of Kalvilai, India work on computers in their new Digital Library, which was made possible by local lawyer Mark Johnson and the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.

A. Chinnadurai, treasurer of Kalvilai’s village development committee, told CCFC the new Digital Library is a “blessing” for children just like little Anitha. “It is a very good project for our village children and adolescent youths, who normally have to travel a lot to reach the nearest computer centre located at Meignanpuram,” he said of the three-kilometre trek to a neighbouring town the children used to have to make to gain access to a computer. “It is risky to send girls over and above 10 years of age to such distant places. This library is very close to our children...and it is safer for them.” Last year, CCFC CEO Mark

As You Like It performed on outdoor stages this summer The Humber River Shakespeare Company will soon be heading out on its Sixth Annual Outdoor Sh a k e s p e a re To u r, b r i n g i n g Shakespeare’s As You Like It to various outdoor stages from July 9 to Aug. 4. In this “enchanting and witty” comedy, a well-matched pair of lovers seek refuge in the Forest of Arden, where only one complication prevents their love from flourishing – the lovesick Rosalind is disguised as a man. As she teaches Orlando how

to woo a woman, her frustration yields to high comedy in this tale of cross-dressing, mistaken identity, poetry, song, humor, and shrewd observations about love, marriage, fate, and human nature. pay-what-you-can As with previous years, unique heritage buildings and picturesque parks continue to act as natural play spaces for the Humber River Shakespeare Company. All performances of As You Like

It are open to the general public and are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $15. This year’s production is directed by the company’s artistic director, Kevin Hammond, who is just returning from the Stratford Festival where he was assistant director on Measure for Measure.


To learn more about the Humber River Shakespeare Co., it’s programs and its touring schedule, visit them online at

Lukowski told The Guardian that while the government of India in 2010 passed a landmark law making education a fundamental right for all children, many schools – especially in poor areas – are very short on supplies, so Johnson’s fundraising efforts will make a world of difference. “That’s just a great way to enhance children’s school experience, but more importantly encourage them to learn,” he said. “...When I go and visit children in communities, I can see their excitement for learning and their desire to be in school. Our job is to give them that opportunity, and then to maximize it. Mark’s effort is helping us do that.”

The running with the bulls fundraiser wasn’t the first time Johnson has given back through his sideline clothing label, Kovalum – he currently already supports the St. James Orphanage for Girls in Alleppey, India by donating 10 per cent of the label’s proceeds to that cause. As for his next daring fundraiser, Johnson said he’s still narrowing down his options. “Maybe I’ll be shot out of a cannon into some trees...or into a brick wall,” he laughed. “I’ll have to think about that one a little more.”


Find out more about the work of the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada at


Summer camps start this week

n Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. n Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd. (rain or shine, advance tickets available online) n Thursday, Aug. 1 at Etienne Brulé Park n Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. For full schedule of performances outside Etobicoke, go to

Explore your artistic side this summer with Lakeshore Arts’ theatre and photography camps. Subsidies – both full and partial – are available for the camps. n Theatre Camp for kids aged seven to 10 at Mimico Presbyterian Church, 119 Mimico Ave., from July 2 to 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care is not available). Cost is $195. n Photography Camp: From Pinhole to Digital for kids aged 11 to 14 at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute, 350 Kipling Ave., from July 8 to 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care is not available). Cost is $225. For more information or to download an application, go to www.

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Project to focus on partnership development Lumsdon aiming to cross >>>from page 1 providers. MicroSkills is an Etobicoke-based non-profit organization that provides settlement, employment and self-employment services with a priority to the needs of youth, low-income women, visible minorities and immigrants. The community-based initiative, which identifies priority needs and existing best practices in violence prevention services already offered, will be adapted and modified to create a pilot with a focus on girls ages 12 to 19 who live north of Hwy. 401 in Etobicoke. It also aims to improve intervention processes and supports for young women who are at risk of or experiencing violence. “A lot of attention has been paid to violence in this neighbourhood, but not a lot of attention to violence against women and girls,” Jane Wilson, MicroSkills’ director of women’s services, said. “We’re seeing more refugees coming to Canada

to flee violence in their own countries. Women and girls and the chronic and perpetual exposure to violence is not an issue that gets a lot of attention so we’re happy to bring it forward with this project.” Each year in Canada, 40,000 domestic assault-related arrests are made – making up about 12 per cent of all violent crime in the country, the Canadian Women’s Fo u n d a t i o n r e p o r t e d . However, only 22 per cent of all incidents are reported to authorities. In 2011, a little more than 173,600 women ages 15 and older were victims of violent crime, Statistics Canada reported. That translates to 1,207 female victims for every 100,000 Canadian women. The project is supported under the Status of Women Canada’s recent call for proposals, entitled Working Together: Engaging Communities to End Violence Against Women and Girls. It sought proposals that focus on vulnerable communi-

ties. The United Way’s oftquoted Poverty by Postal Code report states the number of families in Etobicoke increased by only 6.6 per cent between 1981 and 2001, but the number of “poor” families grew by 70 per cent. 2001 Census Canada data reports poverty at nearly twice the national average at between 13 to 25.9 per cent in almost the entirety of Etobicoke north of Hwy. 401 and in south Etobicoke along the Lakeshore. The project’s first year will focus on partnership development, youth engagement and collaboration to identify gaps, priorities and opportunities, along with promising strategies that have been piloted within similar neighbourhoods. In the second year, project participants will implement and evaluate the violence prevention strategies that have been selected to respond to local priorities, and to engage the broader community in

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violence awareness and prevention activities. Initial consultations on the project has identified the need for: youth workers to be provided more training in violence prevention and for greater public awareness in the community of violence against women and the resources available for women in need. “The higher the profile, the more commonly understood the issue is, the safer people feel disclosing. They have the courage to say, ‘It’s happening to me. I need some help,’” Wilson said. “After two years, we’re hoping there is greater awareness in the community, and more girls and young women will better understand the issues around violence so that they are better equipped to take charge of the situation, understand healthy relationships, receive leadership training.”


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the lake starting July 26 >>>from page 1 only daughter of world-class swimmer Cliff Lumsdon (deemed Canada’s top athlete in 1949 with the Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy), is eager to get the momentous event started. With genetics on her side, Lumsdon says she’s ready for anything. Lake Ontario, she said, tends to be “wavy, windy and cold,” yet nothing she hasn’t faced before. For the last six hours of her 2006 swim, Lumsdon conquered a 54-degree water temperature, but challenges like this don’t phase her. “I love swimming in open water; I love the feeling; I love the accomplishment of doing it. It feels so good when it’s over,” said Lumsdon, whose first traversing of the lake took place at age 19 in 21 hours, 27 minutes. A n t o n i Tz a v e l a s , a n Ironman competitor, trains with Lumsdon. “Kim as a coach has always challenged me athletically.


She makes me work hard at every session, even if I am not feeling up to it,” Tzavelas said . Tzavelas will be providing a live Twitter feed during Lumsdon’s swim, which will be posted to her website ( Lumsdon is aiming to cross the lake starting on July 26 through to July 28, although back-up dates have been scheduled for Aug. 9 to 11.


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Celebrating Canada at centennial park ribfest

Photos by Ian Kelso FUN AT THE RIBFEST: Above, Cyrus Fattahi shows his Canadian pride at the Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park over the Canada Day long weekend. Below, David Chandless of Camp 31 cooks up some ribs. Bottom left, visitors line up for some of the many different ribs available. Left, visitors to the ribfest take a table and dig in. Above left, Etobicoke Guardian, Metroland Media Toronto, staffers Brian Watts and Claudine Ting help out at the Guardian’s children’s tent and hand out colouring books. Top left, Rock band Wnyl Candy performs on stage during the ribfest.

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