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With hopes for a compromise dashed, a controversial proposed condo building on Yonge Street north of York Mills Road is headed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) next Monday. Last September, North York councillors voted against the building, then proposed to be 12 storeys, at 4155 Yonge at the southeast corner of William Carson Crescent. Planning staff argued the development would cut into an adjacent treed valley ridge, which is regulated by the city’s ravine and natural features protection bylaw, while the building would be significantly taller than surrounding buildings. Still, the city, residents and developer Ire-Yonge Developers Inc. hoped they could reach a settlement. But even subsequent mediation between the opposing sides >>>CONDO, page 2

Cherokee residents shocked by terrorism suspect arrest ANDREW PALAMARCHUK apalamarchuk@insidetoronto.com A dark SUV with tinted windows gave residents of Cherokee Boulevard the first inkling that something was wrong. Never would they believe that the mystery vehicle was linked to a terrorism investigation. Longtime neighbourhood resident Soteris Antoniou said

the SUV was parked on his street since the summer. “We thought maybe it was a private detective...We knew he was watching somebody but we didn’t know who,” he said, noting he never imagined “they would be watching an Al Qaeda suspect.” Resident Eric Larmond said some were concerned about the SUV so at one point someone

approached it. “And the guy flashed his badge and said, ‘I’m a police officer,’ so we were aware that something must be going on somewhere but where or who we didn’t know.” On Monday, the RCMP arrested two men and charged them with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack on a VIA passenger train. The plot allegedly had ties to Al Qaeda.

One accused, 35-year-old Raed Jaser, lived on Cherokee Boulevard near Victoria Park and Finch avenues in North York. The other, 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier, lived in Montreal. The investigation, dubbed Project Smooth, was conducted by the RCMP with help from the FBI. >>>ARRESTS, page 2

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Arrests shock neighbours >>>from page 1 Antoniou said he was stunned to see numerous RCMP vehicles on his street just after 2 p.m. Monday. “I asked them, ‘What’s going on?’ But they said, ‘You’ll see it on the news.’” When Larmond saw the “crowd of police and news media outside” his home, he wondered if there had been a murder or a drug bust on the street. Antoniou said news of the arrests came as a shock to the normally quiet neighbourhood. “I’m glad the police found out about this before any damage was done,” he added. Larmond said he too couldn’t believe the news. “Terrorists? This close to me? I was shocked. Anyway, I don’t know the guy, I’ve never seen

Combined police forces investigate Monday at a house on Cherokee Boulevard, where one of the two terror suspects arrested on Monday lived.

him.” Larmond noted he now feels safer. “The threat is over,” he said. “We have to thank the police because they took care of things.” The RCMP said while it

believed the two accused “had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passenger or infrastructure.”

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>>>from page 1 failed to reach common ground. Ire-Developers did agree to reduce the size of the building from 12 storeys containing 172 residential units to 10 storeys containing 140 units. The ground floor would contain retail stores and the development would include an underground parking garage. Jason Pantalone, IreYonge’s director of land acquisition and development, said his company feels it has no choice but to go to the OMB after offering to make a number of concessions. “Our only option is to see what happens at the OMB hearing Monday,” he said. “It’s been three years. We’ve tried to make every concession possible and work with all parties, but at some point we have to move forward.” But the Yonge Ridge Homeowners’ Association, which has the support of other neighbourhood ratepayers’ groups and condo corporations in opposing the project, believes the developer hasn’t compromised enough. President Doug Farley and vice-president Trevor Jones said the community wants to protect the valley ridge, atop which stands the 200-year-old St. John’s York

Yonge Ridge Homeowners’ Association president Doug Farley, left, and vice-president Trevor Jones get together Wednesday at 4155 Yonge St., just north of York Mills, the site of a proposed building whose future will be debated at a meeting of the Ontario Municipal Board on April 29. Staff photo/Lisa Queen

Mills Anglican Church, one of Toronto’s oldest and most iconic churches. Other developers in the area have respected the valley ridge by constructing buildings of reasonable heights while Ire-Yonge’s “egregious” building on a “postage-sized property” would tower over the area, Farley said. The 10 storeys don’t even take into account additional height to accommodate mechanical equipment on the roof, he added. The community has supported past developments that fit in with the neighbourhood, but this project would damage the valley ridge and overshadow surrounding buildings, Farley said. “I’m not concerned about standard NIMBY (not in my backyard) stuff, but we

look at this stuff and it is not appropriate for the neighbourhood,” he said. Residents would support a building of about six storeys on the site, Jones said. At last September’s community council meeting, Ire-Developers’ lawyer Kim Kovar, with Aird and Berlis law firm, argued there are already existing retaining walls built into the valley ridge. Her client simply wants to link them together, she said. Kovar also dismissed concerns about the height of the building, saying it would be at least 145 metres away from neighbours. There are condo buildings in the area closer to neighbours, she said.

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Best Japanese films to hit silver screen LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com

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hile TIFF movies are the hottest movie tickets in town every year, the second annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival may not be far behind. Last year, more than 4,000 people attended 12 screenings of top Japanese movies at the inaugural TorontoJFF at North York’s Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Four of the 12 movies were sold out. “It was way more successful than we ever could have anticipated,” the centre’s executive director, James Heron, said. He’s hoping even more people will scoop up tickets when they go on sale May 1. In just one year, TorontoJFF has become the second largest Japanese film festival in North America, behind New York’s Japan Cuts, Heron said. “Everybody seeing these (films) has fallen in love with this festival. We’re really pleased,” he said. This year, the festival is partnering with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Hot Docs and the Reel Asian International Film Festival, Heron said. The Canadian premiere of Tenchi - The Samurai Astronomer will open this

w ‘The Kirishima Thing,’ winner of the Japanese Academy Awards for best film, best director and most popular film of the year; w ‘Ruroni Kenshin,’ a mega-hit, samurai action/romance; w ‘The Floating Castle,’ nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards, including best picture; w ‘The Reunion,’ a heartbreaking drama about the aftermath of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011; w ‘Key of Life,’ winner of the Japanese Academy Award for best screenplay; w ‘Fly with the Gold,’ featuring an all-star cast.

The poster for the Japanese Film Festival, which runs June 13 to 28 in North York.

year’s festival, which runs from June 13 to 28. The movie comes from director Yojiro Takita, whose film, Departures, won the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 2009 Academy Awards. The festival will include many North American and Canadian premieres.

“The important thing is the festival’s representation of the Japanese people and what their tastes are and what is recognized by audiences and critics in Japan,” Heron said, adding every film is subtitled. “Japanese-Canadians will bring their friends and

say ‘This is Japanese film today’.” The festival attracts a wide variety of audiences, Heron said. “You get everyone from seniors to cinephiles, who want to see classic films, to young people who want to see anime and pop culture stuff,” he said. For generations, Japanese culture has attracted attention from beyond the country’s borders, Heron said. “Japan, when I was a kid, everyone was fascinated by traditional Japan – martial arts and geishas and sushi. There has always been an interest,” he said. “It’s a culture that seems to resonate with everybody.” The Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2001 pushed Japanese culture even more to the forefront of people’s consciousness,

Heron said. “People were interested in Japan’s reaction. You tended to see order. You saw people helping each other. You saw selfsacrifice. In other parts of the world (during a crisis), there was panic. The Japanese seem to take it in stride,” he said. “Japanese culture is very much based on a collectivist idea and everyone contributing to the good of the group.” TorontoJFF is the perfect way for people to sample different aspects of Japanese life, Heron said. “I think it is a chance for people to see (that) if you want to learn about a culture, a very good window into the culture is that culture’s entertainment,” he said “Japan is appealing to everybody.”

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North York apartment dwellers rally to help food bank FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com T h e G r e a t e r To r o n t o Apartment Association (GTAA) held its one day Spring Hope Food Drive Tuesday, April 23, which saw 1,000 buildings participating in the 13th annual initiative. Some 220 North York apartment buildings participated, with all donations from those sites benefitting North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB). Other food bank recipients in the Greater Toronto Area are Daily Bread Food Bank and The Mississauga Food

We go door to door with a shopping cart in the buildings that registered and collect donations. – Daryl Chong

Bank. “We do this every year in April,” said Daryl Chong, president of the GTAA. “We go door to door with a shopping cart in the buildings that registered and collect donations. The drive lasts a few hours in the evening and it’s throughout the GTA. Next

year we are going national.” Last year, 139,000 pounds of food was collected, and while a goal is never set, Chong said the aim is to meet and succeed the previous year’s total. “The food banks send their trucks to pick up the food and should be completed by Friday,” he said. As for why the drive is always held in April, he said it’s to help with donations during the spring/summer lull. “Essentially we help to keep shelves stocked for the summer,” Chong said. “We have Thanksgiving in the

autumn and Christmas in the winter, but from Easter on there is nothing to remind people.” Last year, NYHFB received 40,000 pounds of food from the GTAA drive, which Anette Chawla hopes will be matched or surpassed this year. “We are totally thrilled with the GTAA and being able to partner with them,” said Chawla, executive director of NYHFB. “We admire the GTAA, property managers, staff and people contributing to help address hunger and poverty. We have seen a 19 per cent increase in demand from the

year before and this is evident to us, people can’t afford basic needs. They have to choose between paying for rent and paying for food.” NYHFB fell short of its Spring Food Drive goal, which aimed to collect 60,000 pounds of food and $60,000 between March 14 and April 8. The monetary portion of the drive exceeded the goal, with $65,000 collected, but the food donation only raked in 56,000 pounds. Anyone wishing to organize a food drive can visit www. northyorkharvest.com or call 416-635-7771.

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Man charged with stunt driving on DVP Monday Police have charged a man with stunt driving after he was allegedly clocked at more than 160 km/h on the Don Valley Parkway at York Mills Road Monday. Police said a 2003 Audi A6 was being driven at 163 km/h in a 90-km zone around 3 a.m. A 24-year-old Mississauga man has been charged. His license has been suspended for seven days and his vehicle impounded for the same amount of time.

Publication note: themed edition May 2 SickKids believes in healthy happy children. It’s that simple. We do too. So next Thursday, you’ll see a North York Mirror that looks a little different. In support of the SickKids Foundation and its goals we’ll theme our newspaper to carry a significant number of stories about SickKids and other community programs which promote healthy happy children. The SickKids Foundation benefits Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children, one of Canada’s leading paediatric health-care institutions. The edition coincides with May’s SickKids Healthy and Happy month campaign. For more information visit healthyandhappy.com So watch for next Thursday’s SickKids themed edition of The North York Mirror, and, as always, let us know what you think!

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here’s an old joke that there are two seasons in Toronto: winter and road construction. Except, it’s no joke when roads are closed and streets are clogged with frustrated drivers and transit riders either crawling through traffic or tearing through residential streets looking for detours. Like the weather, road construction in Toronto cannot be avoided; it must be endured. While the road closures and traffic jams may make our blood boil, there is no alternative. The city has a limited window of good weather in which to do the work and given the toll winter takes on major roads such as the Don Valley and Gardiner expressways, it be done to keep the roads our view must safe. This year the City of Toronto will City offers spend $155 million to keep roads bridges in good repair and tools to avoid and improve the quality of streets in traffic tie-ups need. Major projects will include Keele Street between Falstaff and Arrowsmith avenues; and Leslie Street from York Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue. As usual, there will also be closures of the DVP and Gardiner for maintenance. With concerns about its safety mounting over the past few months, an additional $17 million has been earmarked for structural repairs and safety work on the Gardiner. Though it may cause traffic congestion, the city would be negligent not to do the work. What construction season in Toronto does not need to be, however, is a nightmare for road users. The city has lots of information on road work on its website. Ongoing and emergency construction updates can be found at www.toronto.ca/torontostreets Even more helpful for those trying to navigate the construction is the city’s new T.O. INview, which has info on all the work going on in the city on a ward-byward basis, and ways to avoid traffic tie ups. It can be accessed at www.toronto.ca/inview The site also lets residents weigh in on the works and get involved in planning and setting priorities. It’s easy to sit in your car leaning on the horn complaining about road construction, but as a form of civic engagement it’s useless. Do something good for yourself and your community instead, and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the city.

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atching the discussion on transit funding leaves the impression that it is all about getting someone else to pay. While versions of this unedifying spectacle probably have been around since democracy was born in ancient Athens, in the case of Toronto’s transit funding, our debate will lead provincial decision makers to the conclusion that Queen’s Park needs to dictate our funding and responsibilities. Although politicians swear they never pay attention to polls, the correlation is amazing between councillors’ positions and that of their constituents, as reported by the latest IpsosReid transportation survey. For example, almost 60 per cent of Scarborough and Etobicoke residents use the car as their primary means of transportation. These districts are the least supportive of highway tolls, a fuel tax or vehicle registration tax. Not coincidentally, these areas form the bedrock of

david soknacki beyond the headlines Ford Nation. Residents in Toronto’s core have very different ways of getting around. A surprising 18 per cent report they move mainly by walking, and six per cent by bike. These figures are at least three times higher than most of Toronto’s suburbs. Almost half of downtowners describe their primary means of transportation to be public transit, while only one quarter use the car. These differences are even more remarkable when one compares them to travel patterns outside of Toronto. So it is not surprising that downtown residents and their councillors advocate prioritizing public transit, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure through payments made mostly by motorists. Nor is it startling that motorists, mostly suburbanites, are not enthusiastic about paying more for

someone else’s mode of transport. Downtowners and suburbanites only come together when they find someone else to pay – for example through development charges – or when they agree that they are overburdened by income or property taxes. Complicating matters are tax policies that no longer connect revenues with services. Purchase an average car for $25,000, for example, and your $3,250 in HST goes to the federal and provincial governments. Ditto for the amounts you pay for insurance and repair. Fill up the tank with 60 litres at $1.22 per litre, and about onethird of your total goes in taxes, $10.40 to the federal government, and $13.94 to the province. Nothing goes directly to the municipalities. As a result, motorists do pay for the privilege of driving. It’s just that they don’t pay motoring taxes to municipalities. Neither the

federal nor provincial governments wish to give any but a small portion of those taxes to municipalities. But city dwellers look mostly to council to address their road and transit needs. As everyone looks for someone else to pay, moving around in our cities has become a problem. Since Toronto Council will not decide on how to finance transit, and has shown itself unable to articulate a vision on transit, the provincial government, through its transit agency Metrolinx, has no choice but to step in. While it is human nature to want someone else to pay, and self-preservation to let someone else take the responsibility, the need to have our transit and transportation system fixed by Queen’s Park will not go down in history as one of our great moments.

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Seeking community feedback in Downsview What activities would you like to see at your local community centre? If you live in Downsview, York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri and city recreation staff want to hear from you.

They are holding a community meeting Sat. April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Grandravine Community Centre at 23 Grandravine Dr. near Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue.

You can also learn about the recreation service plan, the Fun Guide and program registration, the Welcome Policy, how to apply for permits, priority centres and youth drop-ins.

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Markham firefighters attend at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in the intersection of Don Mills Road and Steeles Avenue on Wednesday.

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A woman suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash at Don Mills Road and Steeles Avenue Wednesday.

Police said the woman, around 40 years old, was unconscious when emergency crews arrived. She was taken to Sunnybrook hospital for emergency treatment. “The accident took place

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STEPPING UP FOR CUMMER LODGE: On Earth Day, the Rotary Club of North York presented $1,000 to Cummer Lodge Long Term Care Facility, a large city-run residence in Willowdale.   The facility has a big garden area which over the years has fallen into disrepair as there is no paid staff or funds to maintain it.  Rotary decided to participate in the “Cummer Community Garden Project” and donate towards the planting of trees and plants. 


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Keele, Finch feel subway growing pains FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com

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arge cranes tower over cars and pedestrians as vehicles and people slowly snake their way around the Keele Street and Finch Avenue intersection. Pedestr ians appear unfazed by the alternative routes and cars are still able to access plazas around the gaping hole on Keele Street, which will eventually house a subway line, albeit from altered paths. “The good comes with the bad,” said resident Alma Hyde, standing in the parking lot of Centennial Plaza at the a northwest closer look corner. “A subway Inside is good for the Toronto area, but the construction is bad. No one likes it, but you need to pay a price now for what will be needed later. It was frustrating at first (to get around) but you get used to it.” The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) project will provide an extension for the existing Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system across the municipal boundary between the City of Toronto and York Region, marking the first time a TTC rapid transit line will cross the city boundary. Of the 8.6-kilometre extension, 6.2 kilometres will be located in Toronto from Downsview to Steeles West stations. The remaining 2.4 kilometres will be in York Region from Steeles West to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations. Trains will run every four minutes. The six stations to run along the extension are: w Sheppard West, on Downsview Park lands at Sheppard Avenue and Keele Street, adjacent to the Barrie GO line w Finch West, at the corner of Keele Street and Finch Avenue w York University, on the Steeles Avenue and Keele Street campus w Steeles West, at North West Gate and Steeles Avenue, east of Jane Street

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Keele Street looking south from Finch Avenue.

w Hwy. 407, at Jane Street w Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, near Hwy. 7, west of Jane Street. Downsview station, which is already in use, will be the furthest southern station stop along the line, with a new tunnel built to connect the extension to the TTC Wilson yard. The estimated cost of this project is $2.6 billion. “All stations are under construction right now,” said Joanna Kervin, director for the TYSSE project. “Each one is in various stages of construction. All tunneling in Toronto is complete, the last machine came out at Downsview station in March.” The subway, which broke ground with the Wilson Yard connection in November 2009, is still on track to be open in the fall of 2016, she said. “The one that’s certainly the most affected (by traffic woes) is Keele and Finch,” Kervin said, adding the Steeles West and York University stations are offroad and don’t affect the main flow of traffic.

I know some business owners have complained about what’s going on, but I think in the end everyone will be pleased. The whole city should be full of subways.

“You can’t build under the road without impact. In 2010 we extended two city streets, Tangiers and Murray Ross Parkway, to help alleviate traffic. To a lesser extent, Steeles has been affected as well. We are building a deck to put on the road and the southern portion is being built now.” As for what residents, businesses and commuters can expect in coming months, Kervin said not a lot will change in the Keele Street and Finch Avenue area. “It’s pretty stable,” she said. “No major changes there. There might be short closures, but by and large this is how it will remain in effect for the next couple years.” Congestion should ease around the Steeles West station area thanks to a new deck expected to be com-

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pleted this summer, Kervin said, adding minor construction issues are expected at other locations, but nothing major. “It had to happen somewhere, and that somewhere is here,” said resident Maia Ying. “You can still access businesses and traffic is slower, but I don’t think it’s been too disruptive. When the subway is up and running no one will remember the construction, like how it was at Yonge and Sheppard (for the Sheppard subway line).” Corianne Vault agreed, although she did believe businesses were suffering because of the construction. “It will be good in the long run, but bad for the short term,” said the Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue resident, who stopped by Centennial Plaza to run

errands. “I know some business owners have complained about what’s going on, but I think in the end everyone will be pleased. The whole city should be full of subways as far as I’m concerned.” The Mirror attempted to speak with business operators near the intersection but none were willing to comment on the record. Construction and traffic concerns raised by affected businesses have been dealt with by liaison officers, who meet regularly to discuss issues, Kervin said. “We have provided alternative access points and we have done quite a lot of work with businesses,” she said. “We provide a construction newsletter to 20,000 households and we have a lot of information on our website, all up-to-date information we provide the community.” A 24-hour, seven-day-aweek construction info line is 1-800-223-6192. Email questions to tysse@ttc.ca

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Funding city’s infrastructure a necessity How do you repair and maintain $10 billion worth of city infrastructure despite a sizeable funding gap? That’s the question the city’s Transportation Services department struggles to answer. Under Director Stephen Buckley, the department is responsible for Toronto’s 5,300 kilometres of roadway, 7,100 kilometres of sidewalks, 500 bridges and 600 pedestrian crossings. The department also oversees around 400 kilometres in bike lanes and paths, 2,200 traffic signals and an estimated one million traffic signs. It issues around 100,000 permits in a given year. Despite widespread agreement that well-maintained infrastructure is critical to Toronto’s continued growth Buckley, said convincing is required on the part of elected officials. It would likely take at least $500 million per year just to adequately maintain Toronto’s road and transportation infrastructure over the next quarter century. In 2013, the transportation department’s entire budget was just under $330 million. A funding deficit persists despite escalating traffic gridlock and congestion, which has ended up costing the city billions in lost productivity, said Councillor John Parker, who said the city can prosper through investing in infrastructure and better public transit. For the construction projects underway, a further challenge is convincing people to tolerate months of inconvenience. B e a c h e s - E a s t Yo r k Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon said city agencies can do a better job on selling the benefits of repairs to the local community. “Get that message and story out there that, yes, it’s going to be a lot of pain, but there will be a big gain at the end and we’ll have a much more beautiful street,” McMahon said. – Rahul Gupta


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Ancaster digs in Left, student teacher Lisa Brdar joins volunteers and the school community on Saturday to help build a garden at Ancaster Public School. Right, Ashley Ulate, 7, joins in with the volunteers. Below, Bombardier Aerospace employees Eric Hansen, left, and Debra Teelucksingh pitch in to get the garden off the ground. Photos/MANNY RODRIGUES For more photos from the North York community, visit us online at bit.ly/ northyork_galleries

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Catelli pasta has launched a unique family friendly cookbook, Gourmet Family Meals for Under $10, that features easy, gourmet pasta recipes from top chefs across the country including midtown resident Chef John Higgins of Toronto’s George Brown College Chef School. As part of a campaign called Help Us Feed the Hope, Catelli pasta will donate a serving of pasta to Toronto food banks for every serving purchased by Torontonians until the end of

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Show runs until May 5 at Todmorden Mills Maria Tzavaras nym@insidetoronto.com The Don Valley Art Club is celebrating its 65th anniversary and hosting its annual Spring Art Show and Sale to kick off the milestone. More than 70 artists will be exhibiting 140 paintings that are new, unique and original artworks said Vince Luong, exhibition co-ordinator for the show. “It’s an opportunity for us to share with the community all of the works we’ve created over the past year,” he said. Luong said paintings will be in several mediums, such as oil, acrylic, watercolour and guache, and in a range of styles including landscapes, portraits, abstracts and mixedmedia. “You will be amazed when you see the paintings because these are the works of over 70 artists who have all kinds of creative ideas and many years of experience,” he said. Historically, the Don Valley Art Club (DVAC) is one of the oldest clubs in the city, founded in 1948 by a group of artists who initially met in a public school and soon after, a clubhouse at the foot of Don Mills Road. From 1972 to 2000, the club moved to Todmorden Mills in East York, where they still host three exhibits each year. Today, many of their 170 members meet several times a week to participate in various painting sessions in their newest club

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“I always wanted to do shows and I always want to learn more about the art world so this is why it’s a great group to be involved in,” Luong said. Frank Pasian, a decade-long member of the group, paints what he calls 25-minute portraits in an interesting style that he teaches to the group at weekly classes. “It’s a very loose style and it’s reminiscent of people like Jackson Pollock or Anselm Kiefer,” Pasian said. The result, he said, is a freedom in creation, and a very physical painting style that he describes as expressionistic rather than the realistic copy of the person. “It’s the way I put the paint on the surface that’s important to me, it’s the brush strokes I create, it’s the forms; the tex-

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tures; that’s the painting to me more than the actual person I’m looking at,” Pasian said. Two of Pasian’s expressionistic portraits will be on display at the upcoming show, as well as two of Luong’s paintings. He said because it’s an anniversary event, instead of paintings being juried to get accepted in the show, they’re having a judge jury the works to decide the award winners like best original work and juror’s choice. “By doing it this way, we are trying to create a fun and lighthearted event where everyone who wants to participate can submit their paintings,” Luong said. The DVAC’s shows have been well-supported by both the community and local politicians who always attend their shows, and Luong said they hope everyone will come and enjoy some art and help them celebrate their 65th anniversary. The Don Valley Art Club’s Spring Show and Sale began yesterday and runs until May 5, noon to 4 p.m., at The Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Rd. Opening reception is April 28, 1 to 5 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Admission and parking are free. For more information call Todmorden at 416-3962819.

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ayor Rob Ford’s executive committee has put off talking about transit revenue tools for a month — literally the day after Metrolinx is to meet to talk about the GTA-wide revenue tools it will recommend to pay for the $50 billion Big Move transit expansion. The report that the committee voted to defer 6-4 was intended to provide input to that recommendation. City manager Joe Pennachetti had said the city should endorse a few

revenue tools, such as a parking levee, a regional sales tax and eventually road tolls and a re-introduced vehicle registration tax. Mayor Ford, however, made it clear he was having none of it. “I guarantee hell will freeze over before I support these taxes,” said Ford, who went on to cite provincial spending scandals such as the power plant cancellations, ORNG and e-Health. “Talk about legacies – that’s a complete disaster. Let’s get every level of government running efficiently,” before going to

taxpayers for more money. “People cannot afford the taxes,” he said. “We have to find alternative ways of doing this and implementing new taxes is not the way. This is completely ass-backward how we’re doing things.” Ford pointed out that it was also always possible that the Liberal minority government might collapse when it tabled its budget in early May – making the revenue tool debate moot. Ford made the comments in the midst of a spirited debate at the executive committee. Councillors Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson, Paul Ainslie and Peter Milczyn opposed the move to defer the matter. Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford

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voted with the mayor. “You know, I do understand that the issue of revenue tools is something we need to look at – I get that,” he said. “My concern was that this is something the province needs to be dealing with. They should make the decisions on what tools they want and come back to us. It seems to me we’re doing their heavy work.” The deferral puts the issue in a kind of legislative limbo for the next month. Council will need to muster

30 votes to introduce the matter onto the floor of council, because it won’t be in the executive committee report. That vote can either happen at the next scheduled meeting of council, May 7 and 8, or at a special meeting of council that a majority of 23 councillors can call giving 24 hours notice. Supporters of the report were working Wednesday morning to decide how to do that – but as of deadline were playing it close to the vest as to how that might happen. “We have enough votes to make a series of different decisions,” said TrinitySpadina Councillor Adam Vaughan. “We have several options and what we need to do is sit down with our col-

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He has a sweet, calm nature about him and is looking forward to a family that will love him forever and ensure his health needs are met. If you are interested in knowing more about Stanley, contact the rescue at adoptionstatus@pugalug. com or call 416-901-6854. You can visit the website at www.pugalug.com Amber is a three-year-old spayed female tabby cat who was given up to Peoples Animal Welfare Society when her senior owner was admitted into a nursing home and could no longer care for her. Amber has been declawed on all four paws, a practice the rescue does not support, but was done prior to her coming into their adoption centre. Amber is friendly and affectionate but may need time to warm up initially and trust new people. She has been used to a very quiet home. She is in excellent health, up to date on her vaccines and has tested negative for both feline AIDS and feline leukemia. Her ideal home would be with adults only, no children or other pets. If you are interested in knowing more about Amber, contact the rescue at kim@pawscanada.org or call 416-520-7995. You can visit the website at www. pawscanada.org

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Ford, on his Sunday radio show, suggested that “females” who wanted to get into politics should call him at home so he might explain how politics works to them over coffee... well, it was good for a laugh. Yes, it’s kind of old-fashioned to talk about women as “females,” and as some have pointed out, more than a little condescending to suggest that women might need to have politics explained to them. And asking women to call you at home to schedule a coffee date? The less said about that the better. I would never wish, however, that Ford had kept quiet, any more than I’d have found Lastman a better joke writer or got Miller farther away from that live microphone. The beauty of the gaffe is how revealing it is – how it

completes the warts-andall picture of our elected representatives. Lastman was, and is, that uncle who blurts politically incorrect things over dinner. Miller was, and is, a left-of-centre Torontonian with a disdain for police who dip toe in corruption. And Ford? Well, he’s got old-fashioned ideas on gender, and also is excited about the business of getting elected. It’s laudable enough, although not entirely a generous enthusiasm: Ford also understands the value of mentoring new politicians as a way of shoring up his vote on council. He doesn’t understand how we expect men to speak about women these days. But the mayor has had a very rough year or two, and has worn sins that climb considerably higher up the tree than this one.

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hey meet once a month in Toronto Council chambers – debating matters of municipal import, from tax levels to grants to public transit and community services. They sit on committees that deal with public works, urban planning and even on community councils looking after local matters for their part of the city. And they’re all elected. But don’t confuse them with Toronto Council, with its partisan politics, controversial mayor and fishbowl media gallery. The City Youth Council of Toronto is learning how

politics work on their own terms. “We take an educational form to it,” said Tyler Johnson, the founder of the youth council. “I work in education and I believe that the civics courses in school aren’t enough. They barely skim the topic of politics and they don’t talk about the intricacies of what actually happens at city hall – how it effects change.” Johnson founded the council following a stint as a part of the more venerable Toronto Youth Cabinet – a city-wide group of young people who work as an advocacy group for youth issues. The council is not the cabinet, and Johnson is careful to differentiate it. For one thing, the council is elected, in each of the 44 wards. “I felt there needed to be democratic and geographic representation of youth in Toronto,” he said. “In the youth cabinet...

there’s only a certain number of youth who are represented in that group... and they mostly come from the downtown core, as opposed to Etobicoke, Scarborough and North York.” The councillors sit for two-year terms, and the rules for running are simple:

I feel there needed to be democratic and geographic representation of youth in Toronto. – Tyler Johnson

they’ve got to either live or attend school in the ward that they represent. As a result, they don’t have a full roster of councillors quite yet — there are 11 vacancies at present — and will be holding byelections. The biggest gap, said Johnson, is in Etobicoke. “We’ve done research in terms of how many youth are in each ward, and

Etobicoke has the lowest youth population in the city, so it’s been difficult to mobilize youth in that area,” he said. “Our only outreach has been through the schools, and in the libraries and community centres.” The purpose of the exercise is primarily educational – but there is an element of activism to the activity as well. During the last budget deliberations, youth councillors were a strong presence at the public hearings. And the group also come forward with motions based on ideas they’ve researched. Depending on the merits, those motions can make their way onto the council agenda. “There’s one motion going to council to ask for advertising space on the dasher boards in ice rinks,” said Johnson. “Currently there’s no advertising and the youth council said hey, let’s create some advertising on those.” On Saturday, the youth

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Ward 11: Dagale Mohammed Ward 16: Mary Zhu Ward 23: Rishabh Kumar Ward 24: Theo Poenaru Ward 25: Amy Wang Ward 26: Jerry Wu Ward 33: Yuchen Li council will be at Toronto City Hall, sponsoring a volunteer fair as part of Global Youth Services Day. “It’s not massive, it’s really just 20 or more organizations that will be there this Saturday – TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), Habitat for Humanity and others, and those organizations will just promote volunteer opportunities,” he said. “In the future we might do something a little bigger.” The fair runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

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Toronto Police Services Board to meet next Monday The Toronto Police Services Board will be at Toronto City Hall Monday to consult with the public about matters of integrity, ethics and professional standards for police officers. The meeting is intended to hear general advice from the public about matters of ethics and integrity, not to hear complaints about individual police officers. The meeting will take place Monday at 4 p.m. at Toronto City Hall in the Council chambers, 100 Queen St. The Toronto Police Services Board is a sevenmember civilian body that oversees the Toronto Police Service, Canada’s largest municipal police service.

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the making of each. Ng loved poring over the old maps, but was frustrated over having to constantly visit the Toronto Reference Library to access them. Because the maps are in the public domain, he started a website, Historical Maps of Toronto, to give everyone access to the materials. “I originally just had a few maps I wanted to put online, but I kept adding one more map, one more map,” Ng said. The maps were initially created for a variety of purposes – topographical, military, real estate – meaning they each help shed a little more light on the city’s history. “What I found interesting was that the maps were subjective things,” Ng said. “They’re an abstraction of what was there at the time and they only show what was on the mapmakers’ minds.” The maps are categorized by era, with a focus on the establishment of the city from

The demolition of a 120-yearold building near Front and Bathurst streets helped spawn a labour of love for downtown resident Nathan Ng. Ng’s favourite climbing gym was housed inside the building, which was being torn down to make way for condos. He decided to research the history of the venerable building and, in so doing, came across a collection of Victorian-era maps of early Toronto. “I loved looking at the old maps because there was an artistic quality to things,” he said. “It’s like when you see old buildings with that fine architectural detail people don’t include today because it’s too expensive; the earlier maps have a certain craftsmanship to them.” The maps were handcrafted without the aid of aerial views, which underscores the work that went into

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Lake Ontario north to St. Clair Avenue. “In a lot of the earlier maps, you see just how small the city was,” Ng said. “Everything north of Queen Street was farmland or forest and all the historic lands south of Front Street were just lake before.” While some of the buildings on the later maps still exist today, they are the exception rather than the rule. Historical Maps of Toronto piqued the interest of historian Stephen Otto, with whom Ng teamed up to start a second website highlighting the history of Fort York and the lands around the since-

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buried Garrison Creek. That site, dubbed Fort York and Garrison Common Maps, showcases the old fort, the waterfront, the Exhibition Grounds and the surrounding area. “When you look at history through these maps, it’s a powerful way of storytelling,” Ng said. “(Fort York) has a fairly convoluted and twisty history when you look at that site and all the lands surrounding it.” The two sites are not intended as an authoritative history of Toronto – Ng admitted Toronto historians are likely familiar with the city’s past – but they serve as an entry point for those interested in the city’s past. “I hope they’re interesting for anyone who’s interested in the history of the city,” he said. Historical Maps of Toronto can be found online at www. oldtorontomaps.blogspot. ca while Fort York and Garrison Common Maps are at www.fort yorkmaps.blogspot.ca

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801 GRANDVIEW WAY

1043 WILLOWDALE AVE

293 MAPLEHURST AVE

112 NORTHWOOD DR

332 PARKVIEW AVE

187 SPRING GARDEN AVE

18 REVCOE DR

158 EMPRESS AVE

206 DUNFOREST AVE

SOLD SOLD

SOLD SOLD

SOLD SOLD SOLD

SOLD SOLD SOLD

cell # Experience The Difference

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD SOLD

SOLD SOLD 416-892-0188 OFFICE #

416-222-8600


April 25 East