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and Pedestrian Committee meeting wCycling The North York Cycling and Pedestrian Committee will meet Thursday, April 18 at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., from 7 to 9 p.m. The free meeting, to be held in Committee Room 1 and open to all ages, will focus on Bike Month May 27 to June 30 and other cycling and pedestrian issues of local and city-wide importance. For information, email ronhart@sympatico. ca Circus gala raises w$450,000 for Starlight

There was a circus atmosphere at the annual gala for North York’s Starlight Children’s Foundation this month. More than 700 guests munched on cotton candy, popcorn and chocolate as they were entertained by fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, strong men and a bearded lady at the 18th annual gala at the Fairmont Royal York on April 6. The event raised $450,000,

which will provide wishes for children with serious illnesses and life-altering injuries. The foundation is at 200 Consumers Rd., southeast of Hwy. 404 and Sheppard Avenue. Karaoke Night at Chaminade College It’s Karaoke night at Chaminade College School. The night of fun and prizes will take place Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to help the Angel Foundation of Learning, a program that helps support student nutrition programs for under privileged students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Snacks will be provided.

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Elementary school students have raised $6,000 from a dance-athon for a ship-based medical organization. The ‘Pot of Gold’ danceathon, held March 22 at

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School on Bedford Park Avenue, saw proceeds go to Mercy Ship, a non-government ship-based medical organization providing free primary medical care, relief aid and community support to impoverished people. Each student was encouraged to earn $10 through a random act of kindness performed for family and friends, such as brushing snow off cars or helping someone with groceries. Students surpassed their fundraising goal by $1,000. Mercy Ships Canada national director Tim Maloney was scheduled to visit the school Wednesday, April 10 for a cheque presentation and talk. U. names athletes of the year wYork York University Lions track and field athletes David McKay and Cynthia Appiah were named the male and female athletes of the year, respectively, at the 45th annual Interuniversity Sport Banquet on April 4. A graduate of Etobicoke’s Don Bosco, Appiah closed out her university career in

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The theme was “Why Chartered Accountants Rule the World of Business”. Other finalists received $200. a tree at Downsview Park wPlant

Downsview Park hosts a family tree planting day Sunday, April 21. The free event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at 1-35 Carl Hall Rd., in the Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue area, where some 2,000 trees will be planted. Participants are asked to meet in the parking lot at the base of 70 Canuck Ave. One tree will be planted by each person or family while trees last. Shovels and tools will be provided and staff will be available for assistance. No registration is required. For information, email info@downsviewpark.ca or call 416-952-2222.

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NDP’s auto insurance crusade comes to North York Party seeking 15 per cent cut in auto insurance premiums in budget LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Complaining that residents in an area of northwest North York pay the highest auto insurance rates in Canada, NDP leader Andrea Horwath took her campaign to force the provincial government to cut premiums by 15 per cent in the spring budget to a bakery near Finch Avenue and Keele Street. Residents in the postal codes of M3N and M3J, which run from Steeles to Sheppard avenues and from Hwy. 400 to Dufferin Street, pay higher premiums than any community in the country, she said at the Nino D’Aversa Bakery last Thursday. Some lunchtime customers told her they were paying as much as $400 a month, she added. “The reason we’re in this neighbourhood is because this neighbourhood has the highest auto insurance rates in the entire country,” Horwath told The Mirror. “The insurance industry really doesn’t have a good answer for us in terms of why the rates are so high here.

Every time we try to get to the bottom of it, the insurance industry talks about fraud. Somehow, that is their excuse for creating a system of rates that is not equitable around the province.” What’s more, Ontario drivers pay higher premiums than drivers in any other province, Horwath said. Pete Karageorgos, manager of consumer and industry relations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, accused Horwath of “playing politics in North York and in all of Ontario.”

The reason we’re in this neighbourhood is because this neighbourhood has the highest auto insurance rates in the entire country. – Andrea Horwath

He disputed Horwath’s claims that drivers in the M3N and M3J area codes pay the highest premiums in Canada, saying there is, for example, an area of Brampton with higher

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Provincial New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath, left, and York West NDP candidate hopeful Tom Rakocevic chat with Patricia Clarke at Nino D’Aversa Bakery Thursday.

rates. Premiums are based on claims insurance companies pay out and those North York neighbourhoods are receiving payouts higher than they are contributing and higher than the provincial average, he said. For example, from 2009 to 2011, drivers in M3J paid $51 million in premiums but $58 million was paid by insurance companies in claims costs to the area, Karageorgos said. The average payout on a claim in Ontario is $1,400, 36 per cent less than the average

$2,200 claim paid out in the M3J area code. In the M3N area code, drivers paid $65.4 million in insurance premiums from 2009 to 2011 but the area received $142.2 million in claims, Karageorgos said. The average M3N claims payout was $38,000 from 2009 to 2011, almost three times the $12,800 provincial average, he added. He called Horwath’s statement that the insurance industry blames fraud as the sole reason for higher premiums in certain communities

“hogwash.” While fraud is definitely a concern, other reasons for high premiums in certain areas include the severity of injuries and people making claims for more expensive vehicles, Karageorgos said. The insurance industry also wants premiums reduced but Karageorgos said the NDP has simply floated the politically appealing idea without offering any plan for achieving it. Senior Rosario Damico signed Horwath’s petition demanding the Liberal government cut insurance rates by 15 per cent in the spring budget. “I signed the petition because it (auto insurance) costs a lot of money, especially to my daughter. She spends $3,000 to $4,000 a year. It’s ridiculous,” he told The Mirror. “Lots of places (in) Canada, they pay less. Why do we have to pay more? To make the auto insurance companies rich.” Damico then entertained Horwath and other diners with a rousing rendition of the Italian song O Sole Mio. York West Councillor Anthony Perruzza’s assistant, Tom Rakocevic, who is seeking the NDP nomination for the provincial riding of York West on April 23, said high

auto insurance premiums is a significant issue for many residents in the community. While Liberal Finance Minister Charles Sousa has said drivers can expect relief on auto insurance rates in the spring budget, Horwath said it remains to be seen if premiums will be reduced by 15 per cent. Not everyone at the bakery wanted to talk about insurance premiums. Customer Patricia Clarke said she was impressed with Horwath but wished she wasn’t leading the NDP because she believes former premier Bob Rae “burned” the party’s chances in Ontario. “I have a bad taste in my mouth, as far as the NDP and Liberals are concerned,” she told The Mirror. “I said (to Hor wath) ‘Why don’t you become a Conservative and we get rid of (PC leader Tim) Hudak?’ He has an arrogance about him.” Don Corsetti, who works in construction, said he is more concerned about creating jobs and getting factories going again than reducing auto insurance rates.

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York West councillor Mammoliti stops by executive committee meeting DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti joins colleague Mary Fragedakis at an executive committee meeting on Monday.

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti stopped by Toronto’s executive committee Monday, less than a week after he was released from St. Michael’s Hospital following life-saving brain surgery. The Ward 7 city councillor came by for just a few minutes — to greet his colleagues and encourage them to support plans for a casino

in Toronto. “I can only stay for about five minutes but you know why I’m here,” said Mammoliti at the meeting. Outside, the recovering city councillor told reporters that even problem gamblers would be better off with a casino nearby – because it would make it easier for the city to track them and help them. “I say this to you, we can’t ignore individuals that do

have gambling addictions,” said Mammoliti. “They do exist and they are there now. And sometimes if you implement the right process in a casino, a procedure in a casino, you actually bring your addicts closer to you, and you know who they are, and they’re easy to help that way,” said Mammoliti. Mammoliti, who has become known for his outrageous comments, said he believed that the city could

receive between $400 million and $500 million from a casino. The city manager’s report on casinos is less ambitious – it suggests that the city shouldn’t accept a downtown casino resort for anything less than $100 million, and should receive half of the province’s take on the casino if it goes over and above that. Mammoliti was warmly greeted by his colleagues at the executive committee

meeting. Trinity Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan, normally an opponent, rose to suggest that the committee recognize Mammoliti when he came in. And Mayor Rob Ford came over and gave Mammoliti a hug, as did executive committee member Michael Thompson.

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Semi Annual Stamp Auction WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Herbert H Carnegie Centennial Centre, 580 Finch Ave. West CONTACT: Mike Turk, 905-731-8380, evatnyps@yahoo. com, http://sites.google.com/site/ northyorkphilatelicsociety COST: Free The auction will be held in the Skaters Lounge Room. TTC accessible, ample free parking. Tap Dance Classes at Goulding WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Goulding Community Centre, 45 Goulding Ave. CONTACT: Marilyn Huziak, 905-989-2423, huziak@ bellnet.ca COST: $84 for 12 weeks / $9 drop-in 6:30-7:30 (beginner), 7:30-8:30 (intermediate), year-round. Digestive Health WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Edithvale C.C. - Art Studio A, 131 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Elana, 416-6601444, info@executivexercise.com COST: $10 If you have some or all of the following symptoms: frequent bloating; feeling full quickly; frequent gas; food taking a long time to digest... then this seminar is sure to help you to get your digestion back. (This is not a substitute for medical treatment for relatable diseases/ conditions)

North York Historical Society Program WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street CONTACT: Geoff Geduld, 416-222-3485, ge_gedul@alumni. concordia.ca COST: Free Featuring Catherine Fleming McKenty, author of Polly of Bridgewater Farm, An Unknown Irish Story. All welcome.

◗ Thursday, April 18

Eating Healthy for Adults & Older Adults WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Diana, 416-395-5720, doprograms@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Presented by Toronto Public Health, learn about the benefits of healthy eating. At this presentation you will learn about healthy meals, how many servings you should have, which grain products you should choose and about Canada’s food guide. Register by phone, email or by dropping in. Registration allows organizers to contact you if there are any program updates or cancellations. Meeting of The North York Cycling & Pedestrian Committee WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street CONTACT: Ron Hart, ronhart@

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Scrabble - North York Senior Games WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon WHERE: Earl Bales Park Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. CONTACT: Lynda Wise, 416-225-3535 lyndawise@yahoo.com COST: Free Come and participate in North York Senior Games’ Scrabble event. The goal is fun and meeting other seniors in your community. There is a bit of competition thrown in. CHECK OUT OUR complete online community calendar by visiting www.northyorkmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

sympatico.ca COST: Free Bike Month and other cycling and pedestrian issues of local and citywide importance will be discussed. Committee room 1. From Script to Panels: Bringing Your Graphic Story to Life WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Elizabeth, 416-395-5639, http://www. torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail. jsp?Entt=RDM126405 COST: Free This program explains the steps to turning scripts into graphic novels, including angles, visual representation, light and dark values and composition of panels. Please call 416-395-5639 to register for this free

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program. The Drowsy Chaperone comes to the York Woods Library Theatre! WHEN: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., each night until Saturday, plus Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. WHERE: York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Catherine Bertin, catherinebertin@hotmail.com COST: $23 The Tony Award winning Musical within a Comedy is coming. Get your Tickets fast by calling 416-221-3904.

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St. Simon School: Journey of the Witness to Faith Cross - Mass WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: St. Simon School, 20 Wallasey Ave. CONTACT: Anna Sottile, 416-300-3530,sottilea@

gmail.com COST: Free St. Simon School will be receiving the cross on Friday, April 19. A community mass in the school gym is planned to mark this special occasion. YOM HA’ATZMAUT (Israel Independence Day) ONEG SHABBAT WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: 18 Wynford Drive, main floor CONTACT: Roby Sadler, 416-385-3910, roby@ oraynu.org COST: Non-members welcome: $15 Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism invites you to attend a very timely program in honour of Israel’s 65th birthday: “The Case for Israeli-Palestinian Environmental Co-operation.” Guest speaker is Prof. Stuart Schoenfeld, Glendon College, York University. Kabbalat Shabbat program and Israeli treats precede the talk.

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On Thursday, Shoppers Drug Mart opened the doors to its brand new location at 3874 Bathurst St. The 10,000 square foot location offers an elevated level of service in health,beauty and convenience.Services and product selection have increased and now include exciting new cosmetic and fragrance brands, and the Fresh For You section which contains a large assortment of everyday food items like milk, eggs and bread. Customers can take advantage of the Canada Post Outlet, the Shoppers Photo Station as well as free consultations in the Pharmacy.

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Solar Stage presents Peter Rabbit Children aged three to 10 will enjoy an interactive musical play about the life of the well known rabbit and his friends. Peter Rabbit will take you into the interesting animal world of Beatrix Potter coloured by Solar Stage comic fun, music and audience participation. The play continues April 20, 21 and 27; showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Solar Stage Children’s Theatre is at 4950 Yonge St. in The Madison Centre. Tickets are $16. Visit www.solarstage. on.ca or call 416-368-8031. Toronto: String Delights wSinfonia

Masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Elgar will be performed in a superb program that highlights Sinfonia Toronto’s principal players. The per-

formance is set for 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the George Weston Recital Hall at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. Visit www.tocentre.com/ georgeweston/stringdelights for details. Laughing opens April 25 wEnter

Encore Entertainment’s next show is Enter Laughing, based on the semi-autobiographical book by Carl Reiner. It details a week in the life of David Kolowitz, a geeky, young Jewish delivery boy from the Bronx who has dreams of becoming an actor, who must contend with the Jewish guilt laid on by his mother, a few girlfriends too many, and the fact that he’s just not that great an actor. Enter Laughing is on stage in the Studio Theatre at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. Visit http:// www.encoreshows.com/ or www.tocentre.com/studio/ enterlaughing

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The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre presents One Million Yen Girl, a comedydrama about a young woman who has to choose between money, love and freedom. Suzuko is 21 years old when a trivial incident lands her in prison, leaving her with a criminal record and an enormous sense of shame. Returning to her own family and neighbourhood, the peering eyes of those around her strengthen her urge to start over. She decides that she must earn one million yen and sets off to find her tiny fortune in a series of small jobs. The movie had its world premiere at Cannes. The movie will be screened April 25 at 7 p.m. at the JCCC, 6 Garamond Ct. Admission is $8 for JCCC members, $10 for non-members. Call 416-441-2345 or visit www.jccc.on.ca/en/

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esterday Mayor Rob Ford rolled snake eyes – twice. First, it was the only day for public deputations on the controversial report by city manager Joe Pennachetti on the pros and cons of building a casino in Toronto. Second, it marked another attempt to stifle debate with Ford limiting deputations to three minutes from the customary five. This is not the time to limit discussion on a topic of such great importance to Torontonians. Deciding to build a casino in Toronto is not a NIMBY issue, not solely an economic issue and not a societal issue. It is all of these, and limiting debate is a bad play on the part of the mayor and his executive committee. The very tenet of Pennachetti’s report is to weigh the pros and cons of building a casino in the city. A casino will not solve the city’s our view ills, but limiting deputations will never highlight the pros or the With more than 200 people Issue needs cons. registered to speak, it’s apparent more debate, Torontonians have something to say. not less Ford has limited debate on issues before – the service-cuts deputations from 2011 were cut to two minutes per deputation. Issues that attract an increase in public interest need more debate – not less. To lessen presentation time is also to lessen a speaker’s ability to state their case – whatever that may be. And on a contentious issue like this – however painful it may be to those listening – it’s even more important for those making deputations to have the ability to state their case. Many speakers will be against a casino in the downtown core. But there are also voices who support a casino – like representatives from Woodbine racetrack, who are open to expanding their facilities in north Etobicoke. Unfortunately, a location downtown – Exhibition Place or the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – seems ideal for those willing to build a casino. Councillors and the mayor were elected to do the will of the people. Unfortunately, this is not what’s happening here. It would appear those in North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough don’t mind building a casino in downtown Toronto – they are the mayor’s base, not those who live downtown. It’s unfortunate this debate is another failed attempt by the Ford administration to hear from the public on a topic that has polarized the city.

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f it’s true that you are what you eat, then it’s safe to say I am definitely not a vegetable. I can’t remember the last time I had one. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but if you want to keep me away, you can substitute that juicy apple with just about any vegetable. Take brussels sprouts, for example. I can’t stand them. Same goes for cabbage. I don’t care for eggplant or beets, either. I’ve never tried any of them, mind you. They just all look like I won’t like them. I’ve got a special knack for not liking vegetables that I’ve never sampled. I like to think of it as an acquired taste, developed over years of not tasting. I also hate cauliflower, which I‘ve never eaten either. Hot or cold. (For those keeping score at home, I hate hot cauliflower more than I hate

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY cold cauliflower, for reasons obvious only to me.) And if you offer me some rhubarb? I’ll pass, thanks. I break out into hives just thinking about them. My friends find this odd because not only have I never eaten rhubarb, I don’t even know what it looks like. In fact, I wouldn’t recognize rhubarb if it hit me over the head with a rutabaga. I would recognize the rutabaga however, which I despise even more, even though I‘ve never had one of them either. Let’s see, what am I leaving out? Oh yeah, Swiss chard. Whatever that is. That just sounds like I won’t like it. And don’t even ask me about spinach. Not only do I not like to see spinach on my plate, I don‘t like to see it on any-

body else’s plate either. I’m not just talking about the dinner table, either. I don’t even like to see it in the same area code as I am. You know I’ve moved three times over the years because of spinach? Oh, I could go on and on, but space is limited, so I will leave you with my absolute worst favourite vegetable of all: asparagus. It really gives me the creeps.

You know I’ve moved three times over the years because of spinach?

Though my dislike for all the others may appear to be irrational, I come by my contempt for asparagus honestly. It all goes back to my childhood. You see, when I was a kid, I had a friend who told me if he didn’t eat all of his asparagus at dinner, his

mother would hide it in his favourite breakfast cereal the next morning. Can you believe that? Being tricked into eating something as scary looking as asparagus? By his own mom, no less? It gave me nightmares, I tell ya. Mind you, I never bothered to ask him how she could camouflage a big, long, green thing in a bowl of white milk. Or what’s even more ridiculous, how he could possibly mistake it for a tiny flake. What can I say? He was three years older than me, so I just took his word for it. Kids, right? Oh, by the way, I still look for asparagus in my Cocoa Puffs today – just to be on the safe side. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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No money, no subways, says reader To the editor: Yes, subways are a good way to move lots of people without interfering with surface traffic. But if funds are limited (and they always seem to be), then surface rapid transit is better than no rapid transit. And subways not only cost more to build, they cost more to operate and are cost effective only if use is high enough. Shortly after the Sheppard subway opened, there was talk of shutting it down because of the higher operating costs. That didn’t happen, and taxpayers continued to subsidize its operation (more than the cost of operating buses on the route). That may have changed since then, but it is an issue when planning other rapid transit lines. P. Reid

Alarmed about revenue tools To the editor: It is with increasing alarm that I listen to Metrolinx, Premier Kathleen Wynne and others talk about new “revenue tools” to fund transit. Increasing the gas tax is one of them. This tax was put in place specifically to fund transportation infrastructure. Through this tax, Ontario drivers already pay 24.7 cents per each litre of gas. Not only that, but when HST was introduced in Ontario in 2010, government ended up with an annual windfall of millions of dollars in additional gas tax revenue. Last year the gas tax generated almost $4 billion. Where has all this money gone? As for tolls on 400-series highways, the timing is all wrong here. Toronto and Brampton drivers are already struggling with high cost of car repairs, 407 tolls, record high gasoline prices as well as highest car insurance rates

in Canada. Any additional tolls will cause undue hardship to many families. Also, a lot of people with minimum wage jobs may find that increased transportation costs will make it too expensive for them to travel to their jobs and may decide not to work. This may further slow down our already slow and sputtering economic recovery. Increases in sales and property taxes as well as an increase to TTC fares will put further brakes on our economy by decreasing disposable incomes and thus demand. What I find really puzzling is that almost without exception all of these new taxes are regressive and it is the working people who will bear the heaviest burden of paying for new transit. Is that fair? And while everyone will be affected, has anyone considered the impact of these new taxes on “the working poor”, retired people and others on

fixed incomes? Why aren’t we talking about a new corporate or business tax? After all, a reduction in gridlock will benefit businesses by lowering their transportation costs. Should an increase in a corporate tax rate not be considered? Canadian corporations already enjoy the lowest tax rates among the Group of Seven countries. And according to both Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada’s Mark Carney, Canadian corporations are currently sitting on a hoard of $500 billion in “dead money”, which they are loath to invest. Should we not be asking them to make a contribution? Wynne thinks the current Metrolinx plan is a good way to fix Toronto transit gridlock. I think that in its present form, it is a good way to get booted out of office in the next election. Michael Poliacik

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Casino debate: People are responsible for their own actions To the editor: Re: ‘Don’t bet on quick casino debate,’ The City, March 14. In David Nickle’s column, he refers to the city’s chief medical officer of health’s warning of the potential negative effects a casino would have on problem gamblers. The inference is we shouldn’t build a casino here. By that logic, we should

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3:22 p.m. A child in a mini school bus sticks his face out of the window as it makes a left turn southbound on Black Creek to make faces at the cars in the intersection. 3:27 p.m. Impatience is building. The horns are blaring the minute someone takes too long to accelerate at the light.

8:09 a.m. The TTC makes it impossible to miss the 52 Lawrence West and the 58 Malton buses travelling westbound on Lawrence: Two 52s and a 58 are just inches from each other.

3:34 p.m. Delivery truck making a left turn onto Lawrence going east honks multiple times at the car turning right.

8:10 a.m. Heavy flow of cars comes off the 401 heading southbound on Black Creek, many of them waiting as long as 10 minutes to make an eastbound left turn onto Lawrence.

3:35 to 4 p.m. Traffic has picked up and congestion has built up in all directions. The rain isn’t helping,

8:26 a.m. An elderly woman hustles to cross the street, bags in hand, on one side of Lawrence, while a teen takes her time to cross the street parallel to her on the opposite side.

8:39 a.m. One driver waiting to turn east on Lawrence, slowly backs up to get out of the intersection and thanks the driver behind her. 9 a.m. A truck filled with car parts and a car nestled upside down amid the pile slowly passes through the intersection. Cars stuck behind aren’t happy. Honking ensues. 9:11 a.m. A transport truck carrying pigs heads southbound on Black Creek. One pedestrian holds her nose as it passes. 9:41 a.m. Two police cars stop traffic with lights and sirens on to make a left turn westbound on Lawrence coming south from Black Creek Drive. 9:42 a.m. A white pick up truck in left turn lane headed north on Black Creek takes off at the green light and cuts off the car in the lane next to him. He’s changed his mind and the other car doesn’t even seem to notice. 10 a.m. Traffic has eased up a little on southbound Black Creek. Traffic stops at the first curve in the road as opposed to snaking around the second curve earlier. 10:24 a.m. A lone Canada goose slowly strides up to the intersection and stands in a puddle on the side-

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Transportation Services has named the intersection of Black Creek Drive and Lawrence Avenue West the 10th-worst location for congestion in the city. Reporter Hilary Caton spent last Tuesday observing the area from morning to evening rush hour. Staff photo, looking northwest, by Nick Perry

8:03 a.m. A eastbound cyclist speeds across Lawrence, and narrowly escapes getting hit by a car turning right on to Black Creek. The cyclist stares the driver down as he continues to ride to safety.

8:29 a.m. A steady stream of traffic fills the intersection, the sheer volume of cars coming off the 401/400 backs up until the last bend at the farthest end of Black Creek.

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4:01 p.m. An ambulance passes through the intersection stopping traffic headed west on Lawrence. 4:25 p.m. As the rain gets heavier, so does the congestion on all sides. walk and watches the traffic whiz by. 10:27 a.m. A man on a giant unicycle dressed in all black bikes down to the intersection sporting a white helmet. As he waits to cross he holds on to a pole for support. The goose looks up at the man and walks away from the puddle. The lights change and the man cycles across the intersection to the amazement of drivers. 10:32 a.m. A car making a left turn onto Lawrence misses the left turn light (because it lasts for a mere four seconds) and is too far into the intersection. The car decides to reverse, the light turns green and the car forgot it was still in reverse. It’s a good thing cars rarely turn there and none were waiting in that lane at the time. 10:59 a.m. Cars headed westbound on Lawrence begin to fill up the street. 11:03 a.m. Traffic begins to pick up on Black Creek in both directions. 11:06 a.m. An ice cream truck cruises through the intersection. Signs of spring? 11:11 a.m. Delivery trucks begin to flood the intersection in all directions. Looks like everyone is waiting on a package. 11:19 a.m. A TTC bus in training tries to make a right turn onto Lawrence and bumps the curb.

11:50 a.m. to noon. More motorcycles are seen going through the intersection as the weather heats up to a comfortable 10 degrees Celsius. 12:02 p.m. Cars honk at someone taking too long to turn left onto Lawrence. It’s lunchtime, people are hungry. 12:12 p.m. A man carrying a backpack that looks like it’s been around walks east towards Lawrence and stands at the island on Black Creek next to the left turn lane and pulls out a cardboard sign asking for spare change. 12:17 p.m. The man gets his first hand out from a gentleman in a white van, as he makes the left turn. The coordination was a sight to be seen. 12:20 p.m. A burgundy car is so far into the intersection that cars have to honk him out of the way. The man had no idea that he was blocking eastbound traffic. He reverses back into the left turn lane, so far back that his back wheel rests on the median. 12:25 p.m. Traffic begins to back up from the highway again on Black Creek. One pedestrian, Tisha Tran, 20, calls this intersection a “mini highway” thanks to the congestion and speed of cars speeding through the intersection. “I’m at this intersection twice a week, and it’s not the safest. It could do with some improvements, too, like a bus stop closer to the

intersection.” 1:42 p.m. Pedestrian Wolf Sass, 73, uses this intersection “almost every day.” “It gets busier and busier every year,” says Sass. An influx of cars comes southbound from the highway and begin to line up to make a left turn. “Isn’t it such a quiet intersection?” he asks sarcastically. 2:01 p.m. A total of five people wait at the intersection at once. The most seen at the intersection all day. 2:11 p.m. Lawrence is empty for about 10 seconds. 2:21 p.m. Lawrence is backed up cars until the next lights. What a difference 10 minutes makes. 2:26 p.m. Pedestrian Gorlee Thomas, 19, thinks this intersection is “ridiculously busy at times”. She doesn’t understand why pedestrians can’t go southbound on Black Creek Drive and why there isn’t a bus stop much closer to the plaza. “People shouldn’t have to make a circle and backtrack to get to the plaza.” 2:51 p.m. Traffic begins to pick up for the afternoon rush, particularly coming southbound off the highway. 3:05 p.m. Police put on flashers and sirens while waiting on Black Creek Drive to go through the light. An SUV making a right turn slows down and pulls over. The police speed by onto the highway.

4:39 p.m. With the rain continuing to pour traffic has slowed down and drivers are taking their time to accommodate the road conditions. 4:53 p.m. It’s unfortunate to be a pedestrian without an umbrella at this intersection. Many have to wait almost two minutes before they can cross. 5:09 p.m. A Toronto police car drives westbound on the eastbound lanes along with an ambulance to bypass the traffic. 5:10 p.m. Two more police cars turn onto Lawrence, headed east, sirens blaring, lights flashing. 5:17 to 5:24 p.m. Drivers are more cautious and thus more congestion builds and the intersection becomes clogged just long enough to make it difficult for some cars to make a left turn on Black Creek Drive. 5:40 p.m. The roads are mostly filled with cars and TTC buses as opposed to tractor trailers and delivery trucks just three hours earlier. 6 p.m. Cars get an extra 10 seconds to turn left onto Lawrence Avenue West, a total of 16 cars turn in the 30 seconds when the advanced green is available. What do you think needs to be done to alleviate the congestion in this area of North York? Email us at nym@ insidetoronto.com

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Louis Smith chips to the green Monday at Tam O’Shanter golf course. The City of Toronto has officially opened its municipally run golf courses for the season.

O’Shanter at Birchmount Road, north of Sheppard Avenue East. All courses are accessible by public transit, and offer programs for families, youth, adults and seniors. Each course has unique features and offers

instruction from Canadian Professional Golfers Association pros. Dentonia is an 18-hole par three/par 54 course and is perfect for a season warm-up round. Don Valley is a par 72 and is the oldest and most prestigious course with a

Howard Watson design. Humber Valley is a par 70. It challenges golfers with its combination of links and valley lands. Precision, accuracy and patience is needed especially on the last three holes. Scarlett Woods is a par 62 and is a popular course for both novice and expert golfers. Tam O’Shanter is a par 72, nestled along Highland Creek and considered a moderately difficult course complete with water hazards. For more information, or to book a tee time, call Dentonia at 416-392-2558, Don Valley at 416-3922465, Humber Valley at 416-392-2488, Scarlett Woods at 416-392-2484 and Tam O’Shanter at 416392-2547.

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Wynne won’t say if additional transit funding in budget Rahul Gupta rgupta@insidetoronto.com Premier Kathleen Wynne is not committing to additional transit funding in the next provincial budget. Speaking with reporters Friday morning, Wynne voiced a strong commitment to expanding public transit. During a 30-minute conference call, Wynne re-iterated her intention to pay for new transit projects through one or more of the dedicated taxes or fees suggested by provincial agency Metrolinx for the Big Move transit expansion plan in the Greather Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). While she hailed the “historic” level of transit funding announced by the Liberals, more than $16 billion in guaranteed money since Dalton McGuinty was first elected in 2003, Wynne would not say whether additional transit funding will be a part of the first, and potentially last, budget for her minority gov-

ernment. “I’m not going to pre-empt the Metrolinx strategy or our budget. The reason we’re having this conversation this morning is my commitment to building transit is rock solid,” said Wynne. Wynne also declined to confirm recent comments from provincial transportation minister Glen Murray indicating a funding commitment could be in place in advance of the Metrolinx report to be delivered to the province in June on how to fund the Big Move. “I know minister Murray is very enthusiastic about getting going on the continuation of building transit,” she said. “My fear is we’ve got a lot of projects in the works and lots of plans. I want to make sure as we complete the projects already under way and we have a plan for funding the next round of projects.”

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COPS FOR CANCER: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair shaves the head of Deputy Chief Mike Federico at Yorkdale Shopping Centre during the Cops for Cancer fund raising event Saturday afternoon.

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Healthy donations encouraged >>>from page 1 “There is an alarming rise of unstable jobs in the city and many people are being forced to make a choice between paying rent and buying food,” Chawla previously said. “As a result, we have seen a staggering 19 per cent increase in food bank use across our network since last year. Nearly half of the people using the food bank have young children. Since many school mealprograms close over the summer holidays, let us ensure a nutritious and healthy food supply.” NYHFB is encouraging healthy donations, such as canned fish, dried beans and whole grains as well as cooking oil.

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Author impressed with students’ insights >>>from page 1 easily to the young people who have grown up with it and something the elderly woman is taking tentative steps in learning. In many ways, the students of Crestwood Preparatory College and Holocaust survivor Zuzana Sermer are worlds apart. But an innovative social media project bridged the gap between them this spring. Students from Crestwood, near York Mills Road and the Don Valley Parkway, joined students from Barrie, Ontario; Lloydminster, Alberta; Warren, Manitoba; and Gander, Newfoundland in a project called the Twitter Book Club. A “first-of-its-kind” social media initiative of the Azrieli Foundation, which supports a number of Jewish programs, the club saw students tweeting each other as they read Sermer’s book called Survival Kit. “I told them it’s like doing a book report one tweet at a time,” Scott Masters, the head

of social studies at Crestwood, said last month just before the students embarked on the initiative. Late last month, after the students had completed the project, they had a chance to Skype with Sermer, they in the classroom and she at the Azrieli offices. Skyping with the author on the heels of tweeting about her book with other students across the country was a great learning experience for the Crestwood students, Masters said. “The Skype session was a great opportunity for the kids to meet and interact with Zuzana first-hand. To read her story and then be able to meet her is pretty remarkable,” he said. “I think this whole experience is a great introduction to the classroom of the future. It’s here already.” Although Sermer didn’t have a firm grasp on all the aspects of the Twitter Book Club, she was thrilled her book was the first to be chosen for

the initiative. “I’m elated,” the 88-year-old woman said last week while sitting in the living room of her condo near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. “I’m quite proud I could be part of it. I admire the new technology very much. It is useful.” She was impressed with the insight of the students. “Their questions were so smart. Everyone was so informed and knew what I felt,” said Sermer, who began using the computer about five years ago for reading emails and newspapers online. “This is a different generation who takes part in things. These are serious children. I hope they will continue with this (the Twitter Book Club). The lives of survivors are all different. This is a matter of learning.” Survival Kit is Sermer’s moving and daring autobiography about surviving the Holocaust with her fiance and future husband, Arthur Sermer, in Nazi-occupied

Czechoslovakia and Hungary during the Second World War. She was 15 when the war started, about the age of the students in the Twitter Book Club. “I ask, ‘Why did so many perish (during the Holocaust) and I survived?’ I call it a miracle,” Sermer said.

We are human beings, all of us. What happened was inhuman. – Zuzana Sermer

“People say it was good luck. I say good luck is going to Loblaws and everything is on sale 50 per cent. But to go through the war, it is more than luck.” Sermer, who came to Canada 44 years ago, began writing her book many years ago, picking up the project and putting it away again over time.

She was too busy working in an accounts payable department and raising her four children to devote more time to writing. But when her husband died 10 years ago, the grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of five re-dedicated herself to the book, which was published by Azrieli. Sermer has not always found Canadians to be interested in the Holocaust, a trend she sees changing in the younger generation. She wonders if that change is happening because survivors are more willing now to share their personal stories, where older Canadians perhaps had to rely on drier textbooks for their information. It’s a trend Sermer supports, stressing we cannot forget the atrocities of the past. “I hope people are learning. We don’t want it to happen again. We are human beings, all of us. What happened was inhuman,” she said. “By saying and spreading our words, it will be helpful.”

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NORTH YORK WIN: North York Knight Mark Guzenberg, right, can’t put the puck past the Leaside Flames’ goaltender during Last Gasp Tournament Tyke West Division action at We s t o n L i o n s A r e n a o n Saturday. North York went on to win the game 8-2.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 ◗ Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), vs. Dante Alighieri Academy (Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), 200 Wilmington Ave.) MONDAY APRIL 22 ◗ Brebeuf College vs. Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School (Brebeuf College, 211 Steeles Ave. E.) ◗ Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School vs. Senator O’Connor College School (Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, 100 Brimley Rd. S.) ◗ Francis Libermann Catholic High School vs. Ecole Etienne-Brule (Francis Libermann Catholic High School, 4640 Finch Ave. E.) ◗ St. Michael’s Choir School vs. Monsignor De Charbonnel High School (St. Michael’s Choir School, 67 Bond St.) ◗ Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) vs. Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School (Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), 200 Wilmington Ave.)

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UPCOMING Neil McNeil Catholic High School takes on Senator O’Connor College school at Senator O’Connor in male senior rugby action on Monday, April 22.

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Seniors Strategy discussed wToronto Toronto has plans for the elderly – and tomorrow the city’s community development and recreation committee will get a look at the details. The Toronto Seniors Strategy takes into account the shift in demographics as the tail end of the baby boom ages into the grandparent boom. Toronto, like governments around the world, needs to retool the services it offers accordingly. The strategy is a plan to support older Toronto residents in their desire to stay “active, healthy, engaged and independent, in their own homes and living in communities of their own choosing.” transit recommendations wHealthy

The committee will also be looking at two reports that have come through the Toronto Board of Health, looking into the public health implications of a robust public transit system. The board has recomm e n d e d t h e T TC l o o k at reducing fares for

david nickle the agenda Torontonians in need, after determining if there is a relationship between health of lower-income individuals and access to public transit. Christie lands update wMr.

On Monday, April 22, the city’s economic development committee will be talking about the Mr. Christie lands situation in south Etobicoke. As reported last year, Mondelez Canada made a decision to close the Mr. Christie’s Bakery at 2150 Lake Shore Blvd. in hopes of redeveloping the land. The city, however, wants to maintain the site as employment land. Economic development staff will be reporting on discussions they’ve had with Mondelez – which have not gone well. As such, say staff, establishing a working group is premature.

and standards committee will be looking at a plan for pet owners to be better able to renew pet licences online. The committee is looking at an information report that talks about e-Pet, Toronto Animal Services’ web-based service for pet owners. The website can handle both licence renewals, and donations to the city’s animal shelter system. The system is being enhanced to make that easier, at a cost of $50,000. As it’s already within the existing budget, not much is expected to change Thursday.

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On April 22, the city’s parks, forestry and recreation committee will be talking about getting a drink – of water – in parks facilities. Just over a year ago, the committee asked for an inventory of drinking water facilities in parks, and asked that the city set standards for drinking water in parks facilities. The report says the city can increase drinking water access within the existing budget.

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Ultra Luxurious custom built home in highly desirable and sitting on developed Cul-De -Sac between brand new multi-million $$$ Homes, 4+1 bdrm and 5 washrooms, Approx 5000 sqft incl L/L. Outstanding millwork exude luxury and elegance!

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Stunning custom built 4+2 luxury home in prestigious Bayview Village! Over looking green space (Back). Very special family home with charm. Best school Earl Haig. Walking distance to subway, Mall Library, close to 401!

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Spectacular Contemporary/ Modern Home. Custom Designed Master Piece. Nested On One Of The Neighbourhood Finest Street. An Unique Home In Great Location W/ The Finest Attention To Modern Details.

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Absolutely Stunning, Spectacular 5+2 Bdr, Custom Home On 62’ Lot W/3 Car Garage!! Excellent & Timeless Luxury W/Open Concept Layout. Approx 7500Sqft Of Living Area (Inc.L/L). Steps To Hollywood, Earl Haig & McKee Schools & TTC & 401.

117 WEDGEWOOD DR 24 BAYBERRY CRES • SAT/SUN 2-4

Executive Luxury townhome! Sheppard/ Bayview mins from Subway, 401, TTC, Loblaws, Bayview Village Mall. Featuring high ceiling, new hardwood flooring through-out. Excellent location, Earl Haig School!

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217 MCKEE AVE

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Absolutely Stunning, Spectacular Custom Blt Home On One Of Prestigious St Hollywood. Walking Distance To Yonge, Subway, Restaurants. Finish W/O Bsmt W Nany Quarter & 3Pc Ens & Sep Entrance. Excellent Location, Earl Haig School!

3022A BAYVIEW AVE

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56B WENTWORTH AVE • SUN 2-4

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Great Location, Unobstructed Large South East Corner 3 Bedroom Unit! Steps To Yonge St Subway, Ttc & Restaurants, Theater & Library. Steps To Earl Haig & Mckee Schools!

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274 BYNG AVE • SAT/SUN 2-4

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