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Decision comes after four hours of heated debate at TCDSB meeting CYNTHIA REASON creason@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s Catholic trustees voted down a motion calling for the ban of gay-straight alliances (GSA) in separate schools after four hours of heated debate at the board’s Thursday night meeting. A throng of news cameras were on hand to capture the mixed reaction from the standing-room only crowd shortly after 11 p.m. as trustees of

the Toronto Catholic District School Board voted 7 to 4 against Scarborough Trustee Garry Tanuan’s motion to ban the peer support groups for students who identify as LGBTQ. “I’m happy that it didn’t pass,” said 17-year-old Erin Edghill, a member of the Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School GSA. “Still, it’s sad to see all these people who believe that having a GSA in a school is a ‘trojan horse’ to ulterior >>>MORE, page 16

Jamestown community centre to undergo major upgrades CYNTHIA REASON creason@insidetoronto.com Elmbank Community Centre is slated for an $800,000 rehabilitative facelift next year. The aging multi-purpose, multi-use facility in Jamestown is set to undergo a ‘state-ofgood repair rehabilitative project’, with the bulk of the work to be completed in 2014, said

Daniel McLaughlin, project manager capital construction with the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department. “With state-of-good-repair, there’s not a lot that’s really sexy about that part of the work, but it’s an important aspect of the work we’re doing – keeping the buildings in a decent or reasonable state of good repair,” >>>DESIGN, page 23

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HOSPICE BY ◗GolfSUPPORT GOLFING Wednesday, May 29 and support Etobicoke’s Dorothy Ley Hospice. The hospice hosts its 18th annual golf classic at Caledon Golf and Country Club, 2121 Olde Baseline Rd., tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $295 per individual or $1,180 for a foursome. Dorothy Ley Hospice is a volunteer-based community service organization offering care to people living with the challenges of a life-limiting illness or loss, offering services primarily in people’s homes, but also in hospital and care facilities. TULIP FESTIVAL ◗C hMIMICO HELD TODAY eck out the annual Mimico Tulip Festival today. T h i s y e a r ’s four-feet-tall fiberglass tulips will blossom from 4 to 7 p.m. on Royal York Road between Eva n s Ave n u e and Newcastle

Street. The Mimico Business Improvement Area project invites local school children to decorate the tulips, on display through summer’s end. The family fun festival offers free activities, including a rock climbing wall, jumpy castle, carnival games and prizes, face painting, cookie decorating, mask and button creating and entertainment. BOWLING GARAGE ◗NewLAWN SALE ON SATURDAY Toronto Lawn Bowling Club hosts a garage and bake sale Saturday, June 1. The 8 a.m. to noon sale takes place at the club, 153 Lakeshore Dr. at the bottom on Ninth Street. Call 416-231-8825 for details. LAKESHORE REUNION HELD ◗Tickets NEXT MONTH can still be purchased at the door for the Lakeshore re u n i o n o f M i m i c o a n d Alderwood high schools and New Toronto Secondary School June 8. All-years’ alumni are invited to the annual reunion starting at 5 p.m. at the Royal Canadian

Legion, 3850 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Donny Meekers’ 10-piece band plus three horns plays upstairs; The Bear Band plays downstairs. Tickets are $30 and include dinner and dance. Call 416-2554535 or email thomaskgayle@ hotmail.com ATTEND FARMERS MARKETS IN ETOBICOKE Head out to Montgomery’s Inn’s Farmers Market Wednesday, May 29. The weekly market is held Wednesdays at the inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue, from 2 to 6 p.m. It features local and organic produce, meats, cheese, preserves, baked goods, including fresh-baked bread from the inn’s wood-fired oven, and more. Sherway Gardens Farmers Market launched May 3 in the mall’s northeast parking lot nears Sears, 25 West Mall. Sherway’s weekly farmers market is held Fridays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through

Oct. 25. Stonegate Community Health Centre hosts its weekly farmers market Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. from June through October at Stonegate Plaza, 150 Berry Rd. OSLER HOLDS ANOTHER ◗William TELEPHONE TOWN HALL Osler Health System held its second telephone town hall Monday, May 27. Osler invited residents to call in to listen and ask questions to become better informed of their local health-care options. Osler operates both Etobicoke General and Brampton Civic hospitals. In December, Osler’s first telephone town hall drew 5,000 participants, 95 of whom asked healthcare questions. Look for a report on this latest Osler telephone town hall in an upcoming Guardian edition. SKATE THE SHORE NEXT ◗Enjoy WEEKEND a mid-spring inline skate along the waterfront trail. Mimico-By-The-Lake BIA

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North Kipling Junior Middle School students choose the winners for the annual children’s book awards While the award comes with a $6,000 prize, both winning authors of this year’s Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards said the real reward comes with the knowledge that the accolades came from those who matter most to them – the children for whom they began writing in the first place.

Awards recognize artistic excellence in Canadian children’s literature CYNTHIA REASON creason@insidetoronto.com North Kipling Junior Middle School helped present this year’s annual Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards – the two winners of which were chosen by a jury of 10 of their own students. Established in 1976, the awards are named after two prominent Toronto independent booksellers – the Schwartz sisters – and recognize “artistic excellence in Canadian children’s literature” in two categories: children’s picture book and young adult/middle reader. UNIQUE ASPECT While the winners are nominated by a three-person awards committee comprised of a bookseller, a librarian and a children’s book reviewer, the truly unique aspect of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards is that the ultimate winners are chosen by the children they were written for – the children’s picture book award winner is selected by a panel of five grades 3 and 4 students, while the young adult/middle reader award is adjudicated by a panel of five seventh and eighth graders. Every year for the last 37 years, a different school has been chosen for the honour. Carolyn Gloude, an associate awards officer at the Ontario Arts Council, said

North Kipling JMS was chosen as this year’s book award hosts and jury pool because of the school’s “fabulous students” and “commitment to student leadership.” “This year’s student jurors were chosen for their cooperative attitude, strong opinion and love of reading,” she said, noting each of the 10 jurors was responsible for reading all five shortlisted books in their category. “The jurors had to write notes and have careful discussions about the books. They talked about what books made them laugh, what books made them cry and what books made them think. And they did a great job.” Grade 4 student Gandhrav Sharma, 9, said he and his fellow judges chose A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis (illustrations by Marie Lafrance) as the winner in the picture book category based on “which one made our emotions feel happy or sad, what the book meant to us and on the pictures and stuff.” YOUNG ADULT CATEGORY This year’s winner in the young adult category, meanwhile, is The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, by Susin Nielsen – a book chosen by Lisa Carnegie, 13, and her fellow Grade 7 and 8 judges. “It won because it was really true, and I think it would help other people and their problems, and it’s a really good book,” she said, noting she judged the five books in

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contention for the prize based on how they held her interest. “I liked it that it was down to earth, and I didn’t lose interest half way into the book.” North Kipling JMS librarian Doris Burrows lauded her students for all the hard work they put into reading, discuss-

ing and then deliberating on each of the five books they were tasked with reading, then coming to a consensus on a final winner in each category. “All of the books were very thought provoking, and I have to say the students blew me

away with their discussion and the whole adjudication process,” she said. “They put a lot of thought in, and had ideas and connections, and it surprised me when they decided on the winners, because they were all such amazing books.”

In a video message from Calgary, where’s she’s currently on a book tour, Nielsen said she was “thrilled beyond belief ” to have won the award. “I am particularly delighted, first of all, because it’s an award that is named after independent booksellers...and I’m also thrilled because it was you guys who voted for my book,” she said. “You’re my readers, so this award really means an awful lot to me.” On hand at North Kipling JMS to collect his award in person last week, Davis said he was likewise delighted. “It’s gotta be about the best thing because the kids pick it. I’m delighted and I’m surprised,” he said. “It’s a true honour. I sit in my office all by myself writing away, so how do I know how it’s going to be received? It goes out into the world and you just wait and see if kids like it.” Past winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award include Mordecai Richler’s classic Jacob TwoTwo Meets the Hooded Fang and Melanie Watts’ Scaredy Squirrel.

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This week’s Catch-22 is Wenxuan Ji, 25 T h i s w e e k’s C a t c h - 2 2 Tuesday most wanted is 25-year-old Wenxuan Ji. Ji is wanted by police in south Etobicoke’s 22 Division for failure to comply with undertaking given to officer in charge. Police explain the charge is given to the accused who fail to meet certain condi-

tions on their release. Offi cers are now asking the community for their assistance in finding the accused. Anyone who sees Ji is urged to call 911, while anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 22 Division at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at

416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Launched in February, Catch-22 Tuesday is a police program at 22 Division that publishes the name, picture and alleged crime of one of south Etobicoke’s most wanted. That information

is then broadcast over both traditional and new medias each week in the hope that someone in the community will recognize the accused and contact police with information about their whereabouts.

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pring has sprung: Flowers are blooming. Trees have started to bud. Birds are chirping. And communities across the city are cleaning up parks, and planting community gardens.

What a wonderful way to beautify the community and bring neighbours together with a common goal of making their little part of a big city look great. When a group of like-minded people come together to help make their communities a more beautiful place to live, work and play, the entire city should take note – not just those benefitting from the beauty on their street or neighbourhood. Community gardens like the ones located in Etobicoke’s Bell our view Manor Park, Scarborough’s Community R.O.S.E. Garden, Learn more or community garden initialike the annual North about where tives, York Great Front Gardens Awards, which honour resiyou live dents and organizations that turn their front yards into gardening works of art, all work to help better what makes Toronto such a great place – community. And there are many more gardens and groups across the city, not just those listed above. You can find people planting flowers, plants, and vegetables across the city. These groups, whether organized in an official capacity or just a handful of likeminded neighbours, help elevate the spirit of all Torontonians. A well-loved street, park or community garden can make quick friends of people just enjoying the beauty. And community spirit is infectious, leading more and more people to take ownership of their little part of the city. You see it everywhere. Getting people out and about not only helps build connections between people, but it improves the safety of a community as well. Beautiful places for people to sit, brings people out at night, taking the night back from more nefarious members of our communities. ‘Friends of...’ this park or that park are popping up everywhere. People are taking pride in their neighbourhoods, and community gardens are a great start. Here’s a challenge: find something uniquely horticultural about your neighbourhood, like a native plant species. Maybe even some critters you don’t want hanging around and how best to naturally keep them away from your vegetables. The more you know about your community, the more you will love it.

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jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY Jamie: “Technology can’t compare to you, big guy. Sculpt away, to your little heart’s content.” ... 10 minutes later. Moe: “On bread, bun or a bagel?” Jamie: “Always a tough choice, but I’m leaning toward bread, today.” Moe: “Rye, white, or pumpernickel?” Jamie: “Gotta be rye, Moe.” ... 10 minutes later. “Moe: “You fancy some mustard with that?” Jamie: “Who doesn’t? Lather it on, please.” Pickle on the side Moe: “Regular, honey, sweet or spicy?” Jamie: “The spicier the better.” ... 10 minutes later.

Moe: “Dill pickle on the side?” Jamie: “Wouldn’t be corned beef without it, now would it?” Moe: “Old dill or new dill?” Jamie: “The older the better.” ... 10 minutes later. Moe: “French fries, home fries or hash browns?” ... 10 minutes later. Moe: “Regular coke, diet coke or cherry coke? ... 10 minutes later Ways to pay Moe: “We’re done. Now, how are you gonna pay? Mastercard, Visa or American Express?” Jamie: “Vis... Oops. Where did the time go? It’s already 1 p.m.. Gotta hightail it back to the office or else I’ll be in hot water, Moe. Sorry. Better cancel my order - AGAIN. That makes it an even 500 times

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There are benefits A great city is built on leadership to Porter expansion

My point? We need more competition for flights and lower fares, especially in Canada. If Porter expands, more jobs will be created, and will further benefit Toronto’s economy. Before we rush to deny Porter’s expansion, let’s all do the research and number crunching, and listen to everyone’s take on the matter. Then, only then, do we make the final decision. Albert Przylucki Michael Power student

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important things to talk about than Mayor Rob Ford’s possible use of crack. If he did, was anyone harmed? Was it legal for someone to secretly use a cellphone and then try to benefit financially by selling the video? It seems the person trying to sell the so-called evidence is himself a criminal. The press should start hounding him instead of our mayor. Ford still has many supporters in the GTA. Please leave him alone.

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What many people fear is that once Porter is allowed to expand, other (dirtier, and noisier) jets will be allowed to fly in and out of Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport, however, that won’t be the case. The Toronto Port Authority (TPA), for over 30 years, has made it clear that only aircraft which comply with the TPA’s noise limits (such as Porter’s proposed CSeries aircraft) are allowed to be operated out of the airport.

We could build this city and create jobs with integrity and self-respect if we had leadership that didn’t just look for the easy way out. Simply bellowing “No more taxes”, just isn’t enough, and doesn’t cut it with me and most Torontonians. I don’t mind paying tax if I know the monies are being used wisely, efficiently and to make this a better city to live in and get around.

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Who does Stonegate Community Health Centre serve? Stonegate Community Health Centre serves mostly the immediate community of 75 low-rise apartment buildings that are approximately 50 years old. Most people who come to Stonegate Community Health Centre walk here. There is quite a high incidence of poverty in the community: 38 per cent of children live in poverty

and 28 per cent of families live in poverty. More than 56 per cent of the population in the neighbourhood are individuals and families new to Canada (2006 Census Canada data). A lot of people land in this neighbourhood when they come to Canada, then become established in other areas of Toronto or Mississauga.

What is the country of origin of many of your clients? A lot of people are surprised to learn of the range of services available here and at no cost to them. Often, that is very different from the country they’re coming from, including a large population from the former Soviet Union. We have a lot of talent in our staff, who

speak many different languages. We also have a lot of clients from Spanish-speaking countries in central and south America. Recently, we’ve had an influx of people from the Czech Republic and Hungary. Since we don’t have staff who speak those languages, we use interpretation services.

How does Stonegate CHC define “health”? What is your service philosophy? We define health in a very broad way. It’s not about health care, but about health, the well-being of the person, the family and the community. Being fully engaged in the community, we believe in giving the community all the tools necessary to help people maintain healthy activities by offering a circle of support. Often, we see people who arrived in the country just a week ago. Often, they come to us through our Early Years’ program that is easy to drop in to after being

encouraged by another woman. From that point, we introduce them to our full range of services, including medical services, counselling, housing and settlement services, programs for prenatal and Early Years through to programs for school-aged children, women’s programs (including selfexpression, a weekly Wednesday lunch, learn and network session) and seniors programs (health and wellness seminars, fitness classes, and social clubs for both Englishand Polish-speaking seniors).

What are some unique features of Stonegate’s community food programs? Our food program is something special. We’ve identified issues of food security in this community. Our food program has many different facets. People often learn about it through our weekly farmers’ market held from June until late

October. It’s more than fresh produce. It’s a community gathering with music, entertainment, physical activities, health promotion activities, a barbecue. An example would be a nurse taking people’s blood pressure and talking to people about how

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Bev Leaver, executive director of Stonegate Community Health Centre, shows off the new Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic at 150 Berry Rd. Opening May 29, the clinic will offer free dental care to children and adults living in poverty, paid for by the province. People can call 311 to see if they qualify.

diet affects hypertension. Some people are not able to afford the food in our farmers’ market so we have a voucher program. We give people (vouchers), either we or the local food bank identify as (being) in need. When our vendors see people using a voucher, they’re very generous with the fruits and vegetables they give clients. We also have the most busy Good Food Box program in the city.

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What is your focus in the coming year?

We’ll focus on childhood obesity. Our clinical staff and our dietician staff are working on children’s programs. We’ll look at the federal government’s Healthy Kids strategy to develop programs directed at children and families. Obesity is the leading cause of many, many chronic conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes in children.

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In partnership with Foodshare Toronto, the community orders a Good Food Box of fresh fruits and vegetables. The boxes are delivered every other week. When we order more than 10 boxes, we receive one free box that we give to a family in need we identify. It’s definitely growing and continues to grow. During last year’s holiday campaign, we gave more than 300 Good Food Boxes to more than 300 families in need.

One in three Canadian children is now obese. The five- to 11-year-old males have the greatest incidents of weight of concern. There is also the social stigma attached to that (which) affects children in school in social situations. We’re seeing a growing incidence of childhood obesity here. So, we’re organizing programs to work with the whole family.

Tell us about your new dental clinic.

Our new dental clinic is an Ontario government Healthy Smiles clinic with Toronto Public Health dental staff, and includes two dental chairs, full-time dental hygienists, a dental assistant and clerk. It opens on May 29. We’ll see as many as 20 people every day. All the services are free, but are only available to low-income people on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program or people who are referred by other public health programs in partnership with Toronto Public Health. It will offer a full range of services from root canals, the works, as well as full preventative care. It still does not address the needs of the working poor population who have no benefits who often don’t access dental care unless they have a crisis because they cannot afford it.

A lot of folks are working without full dental benefits. We still aren’t able to offer service to them. The government needs to change the policy going forward, so we hope to build on the services we can offer. People can call 311 to qualify. If they are eligible, they receive a card. There is also a health promotion component involved where a dental hygienist will be able to go into schools to talk with children about good dental hygiene and care. At St. Joseph’s Health Centre they see more than 9,000 emergency dental visits every year. If we can work on preventative care, we can impact that. Otherwise, people can end up with life-threatening illnesses.

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Mayor’s press secretary, policy advisor resign Doug Ford denies DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Mayor Rob Ford’s two media handlers have left his office, reportedly having resigned from their jobs Monday afternoon. Gone are Press Secretary George Christopoulos and Special AssistantCommunications Isaac Ransom. Sunny Petrujkic, who has served as Mayor Ford’s Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Council Affairs, will serve as the acting press secretary. The change in staffing was confirmed by a three-line statement from the mayor’s office. The statement reads: “Effective immediately, George Christopoulos and Isaac Ransom are no longer employed in the Office of the Mayor. The Mayor thanks both George and Isaac for their valuable contributions and wishes them the best in their future endeavours. Sunny Petrujkic will be the interim

Press Secretary until further notice.” Following the statement, Mayor Ford spoke briefly with reporters. He said he only learned of the departures at noon. “I want to inform you that George Christopoulos and Isaac Ransom have decided to go down a different avenue,” he said. “I was informed of this approximately 12 noon today. I wish them the best in their future endeavours. I want to thank them for working hard.” Christopoulos and Ransom’s departures mark the second and third senior staff member to leave Mayor Ford’s office since allegations emerged that he was filmed smoking crack cocaine by a drug dealer in Etobicoke. Last week, Mayor Ford fired his chief of staff Mark Towhey, following Ford’s dismissal as coach of the Don Bosco Eagles. Ford wouldn’t speak to the details of any of the depar-

tures. “I don’t want to get into personnel issues – I never get into personnel issues,” he said.

This is a huge stepping stone – I have a young staff, but I’m not going to hold anyone back from moving on to future endeavours. – Rob Ford

“It’s maybe better for them to answer that. I just want to thank them for their work. I always told everyone who’s ever worked with me be it at Deco Labels or at City Hall. This is a huge stepping stone — I have a young staff, but I’m not going to hold anyone back from moving on to future endeavours.” He also announced he will be hiring Amin Massoudi, currently the executive assistant to his brother Doug Ford, to work in his office.

Ford also briefly addressed reports a senior staff member had spoken to homicide investigators, allegedly offering a tip about the possible murder of the person who had recorded the alleged video. Police say investigators had spoken to someone in the mayor’s office, but not on a murder investigation. “I have no idea what the police are investigating,” said Mayor Ford. He also apologized to reporters for referring to them as “a bunch of maggots” on his Sunday, May 26, radio show. “First I want to apologize to each and every one of you about a derogatory comment I made on my radio show especially to the media,” said Ford. “I sincerely apologize to each and every one of you, I know you’ve got a job to do. I know it bothered me a lot. I know we agree and disagree on various issues.”

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allegation that he sold hashish in ‘80s DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto City Councillor Doug Ford vehemently denied allegations he sold hashish through a network of drug dealers at an Etobicoke strip plaza in the 1980s. “I was not a dealer of hash in the 1980s,” said Ford, responding to allegations in a Saturday, May 25 Globe and Mail newspaper article, which cited 10 unnamed sources, who said Ford and his elder brother Randy Ford were involved in the drug trade in their youth. The article said Doug Ford allegedly supplied large amounts of hashish to dealers in a non-violent, well-run operation. None of the sources would allow themselves to be identified in the article. Doug Ford made the denial

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LEASHES BY THE LAKE The Etobicoke Humane Society and the Mimico By The Lake BIA host a dog walkathon

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The award-winning choir, Young Voices Toronto, formerly known as the High Park Choirs, invites people on a musical journey on Sunday, June 2. The choir, founded in 1986, which

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◗DISPLAY AT SHERWAY Gallery in the Garden: Nature as Muse, is an art exhibit at Sherway Gardens which highlights the work of artist Tonya Hart. The underlying theme of the exhibition is nature as a source of inspiration, manipulation and transformation. The exhibit is on display in the corridor at door three, until June 14, at Sherway Gardens, located at 25 The West Mall, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.sherwaygardens.ca or email galleryinthegarden@ gmail.com for more information.

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Given the rather astounding turns that events at Toronto City Hall have taken in the past week, it’s probably impossible to set an accurate agenda for this coming week. But business does go on, even for embattled Mayor Rob Ford. Today, his executive committee meets – at a meeting that if he’d had his way, would have included a late-in-themonth debate on transit revenue tools. But city council seized that issue and dealt with it at its May meeting.

david nickle the agenda advantages to incumbents, or particular parties. The consultant is expected to provide an unbiased set of recommendations. on slate at executive meeting wDinner

Dinner is also on the menu at executive committee – in particular, a proposal to add a dinner break to council’s marathon meetings. Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie said that the city should set a halfhour break between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. As matters stand, council’s afternoon/evening session runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. without a break. Ainslie argues that the Employment Standards Act requires employees to have a meal break after five hours at work.

Reshaping of city wards discussed The executive committee will be debating the shape of city councillors’ 44 wards – or at least a process for reshaping them. Staff are recommending that the city hire a consultant to review new ward boundaries, based on changing demographics. The process of setting boundaries is always politiBike safety motion cally fraught – if politicians considered get too deeply involved, the result can be gerrymanderA motion from Toronto ing in such a way that gives ads Centre-Rosedale CouncillorKanetix brand – CAR (Metroland

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city Kristyn Wong-Tam will also be up at executive committee, to ask that the province require vehicles to leave one meter of space when passing cyclists. The matter is strictly speaking out of the purview of council – the Ministry of Transportation must approve the change, amending the Highway Traffic Act and revising the Ontario Driver’s Handbook.But council can make the request, if executive committee recommends that it do so. examines absenteeism wcommittee

Tomorrow the city’s audit committee will look at a plan to study staff absenteeism. The study will be conducted in the Auditor General’s Continuous Controls system for monitoring various city expenses. The program was initiated in 2011, initially looking at employee overtime and mileage reimbursements. The auditor general began examining staff absences in January of 2013. David Nickle is the Guardian’s city hall reporter. His column runs every Tuesday.

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More than 20 deputants weigh in on trustee’s motion >>>from page 1 motives, when it’s really a club to help us feel safe. The goal tonight for us was to get to keep our safe space – and we did.” Edghill and her classmates were just a few of the more than 20 deputants who took to the mic Thursday night to weigh in on Tanuan’s motion, which challenged Bill 13, The Accepting Schools Act – a piece of provincial legislation passed last June that states “neither the board nor principal shall refuse to allow a pupil to use the name gay-straight alliance or a similar name for an organization.” bill 13 In his motion, Tanuan argued that by enforcing Bill 13, “the provincial government is breaking the law by violating section 93 of the Constitution, which enshrines the denominational rights of Catholic schools.” “Gay-straight Alliance clubs promote a positive view of

homosexual activity, which undermines Catholic teaching on chastity and marriage,” Tanuan said. “The church’s solution to bullying is being ignored and church teaching is being undermined by these clubs.” Among those who spoke up in defence of Tanuan’s motion was former-nationalsportscaster-turned-religiousfreedoms-defender Damian Goddard, who was fired from his job as a Rogers Sportsnet anchor in May 2011, just one day after tweeting his support for ‘the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage.’ “The Catholic church is extremely clear on this topic of homosexuality. It can never be promoted,” he said in his address to trustees, representing the Marriage AntiDefamation Alliance. “...The question now remains, what is the purpose of a gay-straight alliance other than anything that would be to promote the homosexual lifestyle? “We stand for people who identify as gay. We stand

strong with them. But we do not stand for the promotion of that lifestyle.” Parent Iola Fortino, who ran unsuccessfully against Tanuan in last December’s byelection in Ward 8, took Goddard’s assessment of GSAs a step further, calling them corruptive: “Society has taught children, it’s teaching them now, that marriage can be between a man and a man, a woman and a woman...so this is no longer about bullying or anti-bullying. This is about corrupting our youth.” On the other side of the debate, teacher representatives from Toronto schools stood alongside those from groups such as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Queer Ontario, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to argue that GSAs are not out to promote homosexuality, but rather to provide a safe and accepting environment for students who identify as gay. “Homophobic bullying is rampant in our schools. You

just have to walk by a playground to hear someone described as a ‘fag’ or something described as being ‘so gay’. Our kids are different and that makes them targets,” said PFLAG’s Anne Creighton, noting that 70 per cent of LGBTQ kids say they don’t feel safe in our schools.

We’re progressing as a society, and one of the things we talk about is human rights and respect and dignity. – Sal Piccininni, TCDSB trustee

Teresa Kelly, a teacher at Bishop Marocco/Thomas Merton, also noted there is nothing to fear from GSAs. “As a Catholic teacher, I feel that (our Rainbow Club) provides a beautiful place that is safe, that is inclusive, and that protects vulnerable children,” she said. “...There is no political agenda here with GSAs. These are our very own

children. Look into the eyes of your own child. What is there to fear? Look at the kids who came up earlier this evening. What do you fear? They are our children.” Trustee Angela Kennedy (East York/Toronto) said she stood in support of the GSA ban motion in order to protect the board’s denominational rights under the Constitution. “We have the right to ensure that the tenets of our Catholic faith, our Catholic values, and our faith and morals are protected at all times. We, as leaders of this organization, have to show our students that this is very, very important,” she said. “If they want to call their clubs GSAs, well, maybe they should not be in the Catholic school board.” North York Trustee Sal Piccininni, on the other hand, said he had a big problem with Tanuan’s motion because he thinks it’s on “the wrong side of history.” “Bullying affects your whole

being. And having the courage to be who you are is something that we should respect and admire,” he said. “We’re progressing as a society, and one of the things we talk about is human rights and respect and dignity...(Banning GSAs) is not the Catholicism that this board taught me. This board taught me that Jesus accepts everybody.” In the end, trustees voted 7-4 against the proposed ban. In support of the ban were: Tanuan, Kennedy, John Del Grande (Scarborough/North York), and Patrizia Bottoni (North York). Voting against the ban were: Piccininni, Peter Jakovcic (Etobicoke), Ann Andrachuk (Etobicoke), Maria Rizzo (North York), Jo-Ann Davis (Toronto), Barbara Poplawski (Toronto) and Nancy Crawford (Scarborough). York Trustee Frank D’Amico was absent.

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employees will ratify the tentative agreement reached with the union and that we can continue to offer our customers the excellent experience they expect, without disruption,” Larry Flynn, OLG’s senior vice president of gaming, said in a statement on Monday.

PSAC workers have been fighting for greater work-life balance, job security, and improved compensation in this, their third attempt to negotiate an agreement – workers previously rejected two contracts offered by OLG.

Under the conditions of the proposed new, three-year contract, workers will be entitled to two lump sums of $600 each – one cheque upon ratification, the second on April 1, 2014 – plus a 1.95 per cent wage increase as of April 1, 2015. Also, part-time workers –

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and Bloor streets to Nathan Phillips Square where a pancake breakfast was served. Planned every day of Bike Month are various events including races, bike tours, seminars, group rides and repair workshops. For a full calendar, visit www.bikemonth2013.ca

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Local cycling groups celebrated the start of Bike Month which kicked off on Monday. The region-wide initiative is an undertaking of groups such as Cycle Toronto and Smart Commute, which is supported by Metrolinx, as well as other organizations who want more residents to rely on pedal power to get around the city. Bike Week began with Bike to Work Day which saw several groups take part in organized rides, including one from the intersection of Yonge

Work continues on a new streetcar right-of-way along Queens Quay. Construction crews continue to demolish the existing track corridor along the waterfront’s most prominent street between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane. They are expected to begin backfill and repaving work starting next week. Rahul Gupta is The Guardian’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @ TOinTRANSIT

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Author Reading; Aga Maksimowska WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Rd. CONTACT: 416-394-5250 COST: Free Take part in an evening of literature and inspiration with Aga Maksimowska, author of the awarded Canadian novel ‘Giant’.

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Time Of Our Lives WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Assembly Hall Theatre, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. CONTACT: 416-2340121 COST: Adults $7.50 Student/ Child $5 Join us for an original song, dance and drama production that follows the students of the fictional Chester Hill Collegiate as they prepare for their semi-formal. Time of Our Lives is presented by The Kingsway Conservatory of Music’s GLEE, musical theatre and drama emsemble.

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Spring Sale WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Mimico Presbyterian Church, 119 Mimico Ave. CONTACT: Mary Rock, 416-252-6555, mary.rock@rocketmail.com COST: Free

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Celebrating and Honouring Our Seniors WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre, 60 Richview Rd. CONTACT: Anna Do, 647-725-0844, ado@ stdemetrius.ca COST: Free Third annual ‘Celebrate and Honour Our Seniors’ event. An afternoon of information, education, entertainment and light refreshments. Admission is free. Call to reserve spot for education session. Rain or shine. Browse through books, attic treasures, buy lunch and pick up some plants. Lakeshore Lions Club Yard Sale WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: 403 Kipling Ave. Sale to benefit community service. Skate the Shore WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Mimico Square - Amos Waites Park, 2445 Lake Shore Blvd. W. CONTACT: Alison Juda, 416-452-5682, mimicobia@hotmail.com COST: $5 An inline skating event open to the public along the waterfront trail, starting in beautiful Mimico. Registration fee includes pancake breakfast, vendors, entertainment, demos, giveaways and more. Annual June Garage Sale

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Horner Avenue Seniors’ Centre, 320 Horner Ave. CONTACT: Penny DeCarlo, 416-394-6001, pdecarl@ toronto.ca COST: Free Treasures for sale. Vendor tables available to rent for $20. Taoist Tai Chi Open House WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: Taoist Tai Chi Society, 35 Chauncey Ave. CONTACT: 416-236-0720, etobicoke@taoist.org COST: Free Renovate your mind and body. Discover the health benefits of the internal arts of Taoist Tai Chi. Rosie’s 14th Annual Fun Fair WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Rosethorn Junior School, 2 Remington Dr. CONTACT: Ken Hodgson, kennyhodgson@live.ca COST: Wristbands $25 for access

to events The day includes carnival games, inflatable attractions and a barbecue. Goes rain or shine.

honour the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944 during the liberation of Normandy, France.

Martingrove Gardens Park Fun Day WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Martingrove Gardens Park, 31 Lavington Dr. CONTACT: Karen Ewing, 416-241-0035, martingrovegardens.webs.com, karen.embracemggp@gmail.com COST: Free Kick off parade from Wincott and The Westway at 11 a.m. Participants include Etobicoke Spectrum Baton Twirlers, Dream Tours Classic Car, Gazzola Classic Dump Truck, First Class Rickshaws and some celebrities. The parade ends at Martingrove Garden Park where vendors, food, shopping and carnival-style activities. Silent auction and raffle draw.

14th Annual Awards of Merit LAMP Community Health Centre WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE: LAMP Community Health Centre, 185 Fifth St. CONTACT: Jasmin Dooh, 416-252-6471, jasmind@lampchc. org COST: Free LAMP CHC’s 14th Annual Awards of Merit, honouring people, organizations, and businesses that have gone the extra mile to make a difference. The awards ceremony is kicked off with a barbecue and entertainment leading up to the awards ceremony.

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69th Annual D-Day Memorial Service WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Sanctuary Park Cemetery, 1570 Royal York Rd. CONTACT: legionbr31@ yahoo.com COST: Free The Royal Canadian Legion Branches 31, 46, 57, 266 and 286 invite the public to a memorial service to

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TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ 5 vs. 4 Playoff – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Sunnydale Park, 50 Amoro Dr., 12:30 p.m.) ◗ 5 vs. 4 Playoff – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Sunnydale Park, 50 Amoro Dr., 2:45 p.m.) THURSDAY MAY 30 ◗ Quarter-finals: 4/5 vs. #1 South – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Millwood Park, 222 Mill Rd., 12:30 p.m.) ◗ Quarter-finals: #3 vs. #2 North – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Keelesdale Park, 2801 Eglinton Ave. W., 12:30 p.m.) ◗ Quarter-finals: 4/5 vs. #1 North – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Millwood Park, 222 Mill Rd., 2:45 p.m.) ◗ Quarter-finals: #3 vs. #2 South – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Keelesdale Park, 2801 Eglinton Ave. W., 2:45 p.m.) BOYS BASEBALL – WEST REGION TIER 1

WEDNESDAY MAY 29 ◗ West Finals – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Millwood Park, 222 Mill Rd., 1 p.m.) BOYS LACROSSE – CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS REGION VARSITY TIER 1

WEDNESDAY MAY 29 ◗ Tier 1 Semifinal – Humberside Collegiate vs. Birchmount Park CI (Lakeshore CI, 350 Kipling Ave., 1:30 p.m.) ◗ Tier 1 CHAMPIONSHIP – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 29 ◗ Tier 2 Semifinal – RH King Academy vs. Lakeshore CI (Lakeshore CI, 350 Kipling Ave., 9:30 a.m.) ◗ Tier 2 Semifinal – Agincourt CI vs. Etobicoke CI (Lakeshore CI, 350 Kipling Ave., 10:30 a.m.)

Michael Power/St. Joseph Catholic School’s Gerrit Stuivenberg, left, pushes across the finish line to finish first in the junior boys 4X100 race at the Metro Regional Track and Field Championship at Centennial Park last Wednesday.

BOYS SOCCER CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNIOR

TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ Silverthorn CI vs. East York Ci (Cherry Beach - West, 275 Unwin Ave., 9 a.m.)

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In the Etobicoke Youth Soccer League boys U8, Spain vs. Italy at Richview Reservoir on Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ Jarvis CI vs. Silverthorn CI (Cherry Beach - West, 275 Unwin Ave., 1 p.m.) 4A BOYS SOCCER CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS SENIOR TIER 1

TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ North Albion CI vs. East York CI (Cherry Beach - West, 275 Unwin Ave., 3 p.m.) 1A/2A BOYS SOCCER CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS SENIOR TIER 1

TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ Ursula Franklin vs. Vaughan Road (Cherry Beach - East, 275 Unwin Ave., 11 a.m.)

3A GIRLS SOCCER CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS REGION VARSITY TIER 1

TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ Sir Oliver Mowat CI vs. Humberside CI (Cherry Beach - East, 275 Unwin Ave., 1 p.m.) TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ Leaside HS vs. David & Mary Thomson CI

(Cherry Beach - East, 275 Unwin Ave., 3 p.m.) GIRLS SOCCER EAST REGION VARSITY TIER 1

◗ City Championships – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (Cherry Beach - East, 275 Unwin Ave., 2:30 p.m.)

GIRLS SOCCER EAST REGION VARSITY TIER 2

TUESDAY MAY 28 ◗ Quarter-Final A – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (2:30 p.m.) ◗ Quarter-Final B – T.B.A. vs. T.B.A. (2:30 p.m.)

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Design firm to ‘flush out’ scope of renovation project

other repairs A list of other repairs slated for Elmbank, supplied by Councillor Vincent Crisanti’s office, include: barrier-free retrofits to public bathrooms to make them more accessible; buzzer for receptionist’s door; replace heating and cooling coils; replace all inte-

rior doors with steel doors; add eye wash station; replace flooring in gym storage room and main floor washrooms; replace countertops in upper and lower kitchens and basement washroom; replace cabinets in upper and lower kitchens; repaint ceilings and walls; replace thermostats; replace sump pumps; replace washroom partitions; replace motor in gym partition; replace existing manual basketball nets with new motorized ones; update fire safety plan; refurbish interior stairs; add site sign to building at Rampart Road and additional parking signs; replace fountain in interior hallway; lighting in gym on first floor with fluorescent and pot lights; other barrier-free upgrades as required.

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may be undertaken before the end of the year. No closures are expected, but there may be some temporary program relocations while the work is being completed. “Looking at the type of work, I don’t see them closing the facility,” McLaughlin said. “There may be restricted access to some areas, and we may potentially have to relocate some programs, but from what I see at the moment, a lot of the work will get done in the background.”

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>>>from page 1 he said. While the city has just engaged a design firm to ‘flush out’ the scope of the renovation project, McLaughlin said some of the general rehabilitation repairs likely to take place at Elmbank include work on: the exterior doors, windows, skylights, interior stair work, mechanical and electrical work, and flooring. “Eight hundred thousand dollars is allocated for the project, but we’re still in the discovery phases of exactly how detailed the scope of work needs to be there,” McLaughlin added. “The project is really still in the initial phases, so we’re unsure if the full $800,000 will be utilized.” While the bulk of the work is expected to be done in 2014, McLaughlin said there’s a chance some of the repairs

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