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25TH ANNUAL GOOD NEIGHBOURS COMMUNITY DAY BROOKVILLE SPRING FAIR RECIPE: SALT CURED MAPLE SALMON

Q&A PROFILE:

BRIAN PENMAN RUN FOR MILTON SPRING FARM CRAFT SHOW PET ADOPTION: SAY HELLO TO CLEO SCHOOL LIFE MILTON STREET FESTIVAL

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25TH ANNUAL

MILTON GOOD NEIGHBOURS

COMMUNITY DAY

The rains held off for the 25th Annual Good Neighbours Day on May 6th. Over 850 volunteers came to help for the day starting at Town Hall where there were T-Shirts, gloves and bags to pick up as well as coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits. The Rotary Club of Milton cooked a delicious breakfast of bacon on a bun or tomato and cucumber on a bun. Mayor Krantz and MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris congratulated Len Lee for starting Good Neighbours Day 25 years ago and Alex Wellstead for organizing the day. Everyone sang Happy Birthday Good Neighbours. Thanks to everyone, Milton looks amazing!

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01: Cheri & Mikaela with Jasmine. 02: Clark & Kelly. 03: Olivier Liam, Domenic & Ethan of the Milton Mets Baseball League. 04: Julian, Meme, Tammy & Liam. 05: D'Arcy & Kirsti. 06: Julie & Connor.

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01: Susan with Natalie & Kaitlyn. 02: Mayor Krantz with some of the young participants. 03: Bike up for Auction. 04: At the Milton Street Festival. 05: Kuldeep & Diwan. 06: Winner of the signed hockey stick.

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07: Brian Penman with MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris. 08: At the Milton Street Festival. 09: Tara, Olivia, Tovi & Dafydd. 10: Annika, Alexa & Sam. 11: Warming up before the Milton Run.

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CC TOP 5

TOP 5

ways to Rock

CANADA I50 THIS SUMMER

0I EXPLORE CANADA’S PARKS All National Historic Sites, National Parks and Marine Conservation Areas that are maintained by Parks Canada are FREE ADMISSION. Provincial Parks are not free. IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO, TRY THESE FOR FREE

BRUCE PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK

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Fort George or Queenston Heights (Historic Sites) Point Pelee National Park (paddle the wetlands, watch birds) Bruce Peninsula National Park (hike, rent a yurt on Cyprus Lake) Georgian Bay Islands (boat tours, trail cycling, hiking)

02 DOORS OPEN ONTARIO Unique access to Historical, Architectural, Natural and Cultural Sites - many offering special activities, tours and exhibits. For participating venues, check www.doorsopenontario.on.ca LANDSCAPE OF NATIONS - NOTL

CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE

03 ROAD TRIP! ENJOY THE SCENERY DRIVE TO OTTAWA and visit the Canadian Museum of Nature. TRY THE ULTIMATE COURSE: Drive up the Bruce Peninsula, take the ferry across to Manitoulin Island and then drive back south through Sudbury and Muskoka or... vice versa. CROSS BORDERS by driving into Quebec or Manitoba. What province haven’t you explored?

04 HOW CANADIAN ARE YOU, EH? Take the Government of Canada’s Online Quiz that tests your retained knowledge after reading the “Discover Canada Guide” www.cic.gc.ca/english/games/how/index.asp

05 GET YOUR RED & WHITE ON! Every July 1st, the country embraces our collective RED & WHITE theme. If you want to go all the way - order Canada Sesquicentennial commemorative items at: www.canada150merchandise.ca

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COMMUNITY EVENTS June 17

Take a Ride for MacKids – Caring for Little Kidneys Campaign — in Cambridge • on.fb.me

JUNE

June 17

Fords in the Park • countryheritagepark.com

June 17-18

Food Truck Festival at Springridge Farm • springridgefarm.com

June 18

The Oakville Milton Flying Club Annual Model Aircraft Show • omfc.org

June 24

Milton Strawberry Festival • downtownmilton.com

June 25

Wheels – Benefitting The Darling Home for Kids • ridewithwheels.ca

July 1

Canada Day • miltoncanadaday.ca

July 1

Chudleigh’s Farm Opens for the Season

JULY

July 8-9

Dog Lovers Day • countryheritagepark.com

July 14

Milton Ribfest – Milton Fair Grounds • northernheatribseries.ca

July 14-16

Summer Fair & Farm Expo at Country Heritage Park • countryheritagepark.com

July 22-23

The Canadian Food Truck Festival at Spencer Smith Park Burlington

July 24-30

RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville

July 30

Golden Horseshoe Mustang Show • countryheritagepark.com

AUGUST

Every Saturday

Milton Farmers’ Market

August 13

Art in the Park • countryheritagepark.com

August 18

Georgetown Ribfest • northernheatribseries.ca

August 27

Northern Showdown Car and Truck Show • countryheritagepark.com

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BROOKVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL

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Saturday May 27th saw past and present students along with friends and family attend the Spring Fair. Unique t-shirts celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday were worn by many. There was everything from candy apples and cotton candy to hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, silent auction and door prizes to the very popular bouncy castles. The day was enjoyed by all.

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CC RECIPE

ENJOY A TRULY

CANADIAN MEAL CANADA I50 TO CELEBRATE

Canada's 150th birthday is a time to celebrate all things Canadian. Being Canadian brings on thoughts of salmon swimming upstream to spawn, peameal bacon sizzling in a pan, beavertails on Ottawa's Rideau Canal, and tapping maple trees for fresh syrup when the cold winter starts to break. Sifto is celebrating its 150th anniversary along with Canada's milestone birthday. Sifto commissioned leading Canadian gastro chef Mike Shedden to create a perfect Canadian dish of salt-cured maple Canadian Atlantic salmon. This dish is best served cold on top of a dill crème fraîche with fried capers on French bread.

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DIRECTIONS

MAPLE SALMON

Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl until completely combined.

SALT CURED

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Serves: 25 1oz slices

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Lay salmon skin side down on a baking sheet with half of remaining cure underneath.

• 1 kg Atlantic Salmon, skin on • 1 kg Sifto Table Salt • 1/2 kg Granulated Sugar • 2 Oranges, zested • 250 g Cracked and Roasted Black Pepper • 1/4 cup Smoked Paprika • 3/4 cup Real Maple Syrup Best served on French bread with dill crème fraîche and fried capers.

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Mix in maple syrup to remaining cure and coat exposed salmon in wet cure. STE P 05

Wrap tightly in cellophane and leave in refrigerator for three days. STE P 06

Flip salmon once every 24 hours for best results. STE P 07

Once salmon is cured, rinse cure off well and slice salmon thinly and on a slight bias. www.newscanada.com

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Profile: Brian Penman

COMMUNITY

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NAME: Brian Penman BIRTHPLACE: Toronto NICKNAME: You don’t want to know. WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: On the Niagara Escarpment in Milton. CAREER: Educator, Politico and Chairman of just too many Boards. GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS: Where was I when it happened? FAMILY/PETS: I don’t see any. 1. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION? Completing the $30 million campaign for the expansion of the Milton District Hospital and in addition my 50 years with wife Heather, our two boys and our two grandchildren.

2. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN? “To thine own self be true”.

3. IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? X-Ray vision, but I would use it selectively.

4. WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? In Milton it means Our Little United Nations.

5. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?

7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? All the epic films of David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago and The Bridge on the River Kwai. As a child, I cried watching Bambi.

I coached competitive soccer for 12 years and at age 19, I had my pilot's licence, bought an airplane and flew it to Fort Lauderdale, Nassau and Cuba. I also collected beer mugs from every university I attended! Currently I have 4 mugs.

8. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

6. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Used to be Portugal but now it is on our front porch.

The father of my very first girlfriend.

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Brian Penman – Chair & Vice Chair of Milton Hydro (current), Chair of Conservation Halton for 15 years & Director for 30 years (past), Chair of Milton Meals on Wheels for 40 years (current), Milton Municipal Councillor for 36 consecutive years (past), Secondary School educator for 35 years (past), MDHF Chair (current).

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Most humerous things except Seinfeld.

9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT? 10. IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? Too often ignored is the responsibility to VOTE at all levels of government! It is a privilege. Exercise this privilege wisely … Otherwise, like playing cards, you could get Trumped. CC


BRIAN PENMAN

Heather and Brian Penman.

Brad Grant, a significant colleague on the Milton Hospital campaign poses with Brian.

TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOURSELF! I grew up on a farm picking apples and ploughing with a horse.

Dr. Nick Cuberovic, a driving force in the Milton Hospital campaign with Brian.

Another driving force in the campaign, Brad has a laugh with Brian!

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May 14th - Mother's Day, was extra special for the people taking place in the second annual Run for Milton. Participants could choose between a 5k or 1k run at Milton’s wonderful Velodrome in support of Milton District Hospital Foundation. Based on the crowd participation and enthusiasm the event was fun and exciting for all.

01: Avery, Courtney & Mark. 02: Emma, Bridget, Cory, Michael, Michael, Josh, Erin & Amanda. 03: Joseph & Sandra. 04: The Mocan Family. 05: Rashda, Amtul & Humaira. 06: Mohmmad Qureshi, Councillor Mike Cluett & Mayor Gord Krantz with a member of the Ahmadiyya Community.

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SPRING FARM CRAFT SHOW

Country Heritage Park was lively on May 6th and 7th when over 120 of Canada’s most talented artists and crafters gathered together for the amazing Spring Farm Craft Show. There was something for everyone, from fashion and art to furnishings and stained glass.

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PET ADOPTION

say hello to CLEO Gorgeous and affectionate, Cleo has had a very difficult life. She was abandoned and found lying cold and alone on her side, slowly dying from starvation and dehydration. Now recovered physically, Cleo is still wary of loud noises, strange objects and surprises. At four years old, she desperately wants to be a lap cat but still needs to be

approached calmly. Cleo loves to curl up with her foster mom and ask for chin and belly rubs. Her favourite toys are the ping pong ball and feather wand toy! She would do well in a home as the only cat or with other gentle cats and no dogs. If you think you have that special home please email info@teamcatrescue.ca

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GET INVOLVED #PEEL2017

Meet Special Olympics athlete Abbas Syed. Sport has changed his life. He is a competitive swimmer and sport keeps him focused and helps him lead a healthy lifestyle.

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School Life CRAIG KIELBURGER

SECONDARY SCHOOL CKSS has been as busy as always. The year is rapidly coming to a close – can you believe summer is almost here? Our soccer teams shone in May. They started training in February and played in 4 tournaments before being the last public school senior team

CKSS CHOIR For their strong performance, hard work, and dedication, they received an invitation to compete at MusicFest Canada “The Nationals” in Niagara Falls on May 18. Here they are rocking out before heading on to the bus.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT CKSS: The softball and baseball teams are heading to the end of their seasons. Best of luck to them!

to be eliminated in the Tier 1 playoffs, meaning they won 2nd place in

May 25

Drama Banquet

their division.

June 1

Music Banquet

Graduating players: David Blackburn, Nico Casalinuovo, Matt Evans,

June 14

EQAO Grade 9 Math Exam

Brooks, William Ozigbo, Dean Abouelalla, Abdallah Al Baity, Aziz Al

June 28

Prom

Sanaa, Quess Dayle-McPherson, Matt Novakovic, Pablo Picazo. The pic

June 29

Commencement

below is of a tactical session the boys participated in at the University

June 30 PA Day

Dimos Louizos, Greyson Hirani, Parsa Pravin-Nejad, Mo Hafezi, Jonathan

of Western Ontario.

Have a wonderful summer!!

GARY ALLAN

HIGH SCHOOL Gary Allan High School has locations in Milton, Halton Hills, Oakville and Burlington. We provide the opportunity for students of all ages to complete credits towards the achievement of their high school diploma, for post-secondary preparation or to upgrade their skills for the workplace. As we approach the end of the school year our adult and adolescent students are working feverishly to complete their self-paced Business, English, Science, Math and Social Sciences courses. Students and staff are anticipating a fantastic celebration at our North Graduation and Awards Ceremony, here in Milton on Thursday June 29th, while the On May 10 the student council hosted our 1st ever Spring Fling. Our

South Graduation will be held on Wednesday June 28th in Burlington.

students had a blast at the bouncy castles, BBQ and fun events throughout

In our Alternative programs this month, students visited Ripley’s Aquarium

the day. School spirit was seen (and heard!) all over CK!

in Toronto. They enjoyed a fun-filled day packed with learning experiences. Students are now focussing on powering through their courses in hopes of

On May 17 CKSS hosted Halton’s annual “Life Matters” event. The day is

completing as many courses as possible before the end of the school year.

filled with workshops by over 40 different presenters talking about and

Pre-registration is open for our Adult Program for the 2017-2018 school

encouraging positive ways to deal with stress and anxiety and to talk about

year. Adult students interested in working towards the completion of their

mental health issues in our schools. The event is sponsored by Halton

diploma, preparation for post-secondary or just upgrading their skills can

Police and many generous donors. Our local MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris

contact the site to schedule an appointment to register for September at

joined us for the morning.

905-878-2244. Adolescents interested in one of our alternative programs should contact their guidance department regarding a referral. More information about our programs, and upcoming events can be found on our school’s website www.garyallan.ca or Facebook: https:// www.facebook.com/GaryAllanSchool. Follow us on Twitter: https:// twitter.com/garyallanschool

UPCOMING EVENTS JUNE 22 – 28 EXAMS JUNE 29

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North Graduation (Milton Learning Centre)


MILTON DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL

HOME OF THE MUSTANGS PROM 2017

GRADE 9 CAREER DAYS

The graduating class dressed in their finest and stepped out in style.

In the past weeks all grade

The evening was perfect!

nine students experiences a wide range of 15 different career options over four days. These career days were run by Mr. Kokerus from Guidance/Co-op and were “for students to understand that everybody’s life path is not linear and that they learn through a multitude of experiences in life. The goal wasn’t to get students to look at just at these careers but through hearing the presenters’ life stories, to understand that they can choose their own pathway wherever that leads.” There were presentations from musicians, authors, entrepreneurs,

SENIOR CONCERT BAND WINS SILVER AT NATIONALS Students from the Senior Concert Band are to be congratulated for a wonderful performance at MusicFest Nationals in Niagara Falls. When the students performed at Regionals in February, they got a Gold Award. This means they played against a standard of excellence for the category which we were entered in. This is a huge feat; however, receiving Gold at regionals is certainly not on the same playing field as receiving any level of distinction at the National Level. The Mustangs are very proud to have won a Silver Award at the National Level this week. The kids truly worked very hard to make this their best performance. This has been a great year to return to music fest and they have learned a lot from all the professionals they have worked with this semester.

conservationists, police and military. Volunteer presenters shared what their careers entail on a day to day basis and what pathway brought them to that career, giving students a chance to think, and begin to plan what they might do with their lives one day. Several of the presenters shared their path that led them first to university and then to college to specialize. Some went through technical college programs and some didn’t attend postsecondary at all. Most of them ended up in careers they were not expecting and shared the need to be flexible on your path and be open to where life leads you.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE FINALS! At Halton Finals the Ultimate team went undefeated in pool play, won vs. OT in the quarters, lost in the semis to Loyola & won vs. Aldershot for

GHAC TRACK AND FIELD

3rd place out of 16 teams! They compete at GHAC all day this Friday May

Way to go Mustangs!! Everyone exhibited excellent sportsmanship and

26th. Top 5 teams at GHAC make South Region in Mississauga May 30th.

represented our school extremely well. All of the athletes supported and cheered for each other all day, rain or shine. Top 10 Finishes: McKenzie Spriel: midget girls’ long jump and girls’ triple jump Claire Smith: junior girls’ javelin Michael Vietri: midget boys’ 1500m Madison Lunshof: junior girls’ triple jump Hannah Smith: senior girls’ 3000m Chelsea Larkin: senior girls’ shot put Nicholas Loo: midget boys’ 200m Michael Vietri: midget boys’ 800m

UPCOMING EVENTS June 5 & 6 Report Card Pick Up

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DOWNTOWN MILTON STREET FESTIVAL

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What a perfect day June 3rd was for Milton’s annual Street Festival. The shinning sun brought thousands out to enjoy the great music and amazing food. The Kids Zone was a hit with bouncy castles, paddle boats and a reptile trailer full of animals for the kids to touch and look at.

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BOOK REVIEW

“REDDY” FOR THIS? INSIGHTFUL, HUMOROUS, DIVERSE

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BY PETA-GAYE NASH

oving to a new country, even one with a stellar reputation as Canada, is often not what immigrants expect. This is the main theme of Pratap Reddy’s debut collection of short stories Weather Permitting & Other Stories, published by Guernica Editions in 2016. This collection examines the lives of South Asian men and women who come to Canada for a better life only to experience the realities of winter, the difficulties of finding a job, and the changes and stressors that immigrating brings to their personal lives. “As an immigrant one must learn to not just eat but feast on humble pie.” Reddy is a talented, insightful writer who brings to life the contemporary landscape of our home: Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton, with astute descriptions. “...it snows for the first time. It starts off gently like a shower of jasmine petals but soon turns into an uproarious maelstrom... In the afternoon, the sky clears as if by magic and sunlight spills like molten gold on the landscape.” Set in the Greater Toronto Area with landmark features such as The Path, Square One, Bombay Bhel, this modern work captures our now, and Reddy’s characters are impossible to forget. They are vulnerable, sometimes misguided yet determined and strong as they struggle to find their place in a land vastly different from the one from which they came. Weather Permitting & Other Stories is

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at times, humourous: “When the airplane banked, Toronto’s sprawl swung into view and I had my first glimpse of the CN Tower, rising like an upended middle-finger.” One character, Kumar, known for giving unsolicited advice but is indecisive and can’t get his life together, tells another immigrant: “I advise you to take the road test in Burlington or St. Catherine’s you can get licenses faster there.” “What about Brampton?” I asked. “If I were you, I’d avoid it like the plague.”

As with many short stories, the denouement is sometimes ambiguous. I was left thinking, “not yet. I want to live in this character’s life longer.” But that tends to be the nature of literature and the short story. Reddy resolves this by weaving some of the characters into each other’s stories. They reappear as an old friend might in one’s life. The new Canadian literature is as diverse as its people. Reddy’s collection proves that good literature is easy to read and hard to put down. He uses common, everyday language with perception and insight. Reddy, who immigrated to Canada from India, is a writer to read and follow. As a child, he thought writers were magicians, the most wonderful artists. Weather Permitting & Other Stories is magical and a most wonderful and engaging read.


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