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Veteran honoured for lifetime of service to Canada 3 From China to North York: teams compare notes on seniors care 5
Sunday Serenades capped off with jazz orchestra
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UNWINDING BY THE WATER: Stephanie Johnson relaxes at the fountains at Mel Lastman Square yesterday.
developed to recognize the individuals, groups and businesses that make our communities better places to live. Our focus is the grassroots organizations, the average Joe or Jill – people who do great things but don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Now’s their time to shine! Previous winners included the executive director of a
not-for-profit art group, a star basketball player-turned community mentor in Jane-Finch, a grassroots organization helping young mothers, a longtime public school volunteer and the president of a local sports club. We’re appealing to our readers to help us find this year’s Urban Heroes. Go online to submit nominations from the North York community. Individuals, groups
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The Toronto Jazz Orchestra will hit the stage at North York’s Mel Lastman Square on Sunday, wrapping up this summer’s season of Sunday Serenades. The orchestra is an 18-piece band made up of graduates of Toronto’s top university and college jazz programs. The musicians will perform big band classics and contemporary compositions. The free concert will take place at Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., north of Sheppard Avenue, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday Serenades, which began July 8, is a summer series of concerts featuring big band, swing and jazz acts.
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Mirror looking to honour urban heroes Everyone knows someone who goes above and beyond for their community, for their neighbours, their friends and family or for a cause. It’s time to celebrate those people who make a difference here at home by nominating them for an Urban Hero Award! The North York Mirror and Toronto Community News are proud to announce the launch of the 2nd Urban Hero Awards,
and businesses can be nominated in any of six categories: Arts and Culture, Community, Education, Environment, Health and Sciences, and Sports. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 12. Please visit www.urbanheroes. ca to access the nomination form and learn more about the awards program, the rules and categories.
A Turkish cooking show will be held next Tuesday in North York as part of Anatolian Cultural Week. The event will take place at 777 Supertest Rd., near Alness Street and Finch Avenue, at 6 p.m. For information, email info@ torontoturkishfestival.org or call 416-269-7670. Additionally, the Toronto Turkish Festival takes place Friday, Aug. 24 from 11a.m. to 7 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square and Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Yonge Dundas Square.
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Veteran honoured for a lifetime of service Latest duty is ticket distribution for Warriors’ Day parade tomorrow LISA QUEEN firstname.lastname@example.org From May to August every year, the phone at Leonard Pelletier’s North York house barely stops ringing. With the help of his wife of almost 55 years, Evelyn, the spry and charming 89-year-old Pelletier turns his living room into a ticket distribution centre for the Warriors’ Day parade at the Canadian National Exhibition. The couple fields requests and mails out 25,000 tickets granting free access to the CNE grounds the day of the parade to veterans and their immediate families. The parade, which this year takes place Saturday, remembers and honours members of Canada’s armed forces and veterans, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Pelletier has been in charge of distributing the tickets for the last seven years. A veteran of the Second World War and an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for more than 40 years, Pelletier is also a life member of the Warriors’ Day parade council and served as council secretary for more than 20 years. He was honoured last month for his lifetime of service. Pelletier was one of 20 Ontario residents presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation by Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney at a ceremony in London, Ont. July 30. sacrifices and contributions “Today, our government is proud to recognize a number of outstanding individuals who devote their lives to honouring the sacrifices and contributions of our nation’s heroes,” Blaney said in a statement the day of the ceremony. “These are men and women who, through their selfless dedication, have had a positive impact on the lives of veterans and in celebrating
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Second World War veteran Leonard Pelletier is the recipient of a commendation from Veterans Affairs.
the incredible achievements of our veterans.” Robert Thomas, a member of the Warriors’ Day council, nominated Pelletier for the award. Grateful to his friend, Pelletier is thrilled with the award. “I’m very grateful for it because it means all the work you have done, you have enjoyed doing, it’s like the icing on the cake and to think someone thought enough of me to nominate me, that impressed me,” he said. “I’m grateful that Veterans Affairs recognizes what people do. Not just service people but civilians.” Sitting in his living room in the area of Steeles Avenue and Don Mills Road, Pelletier last week reflected on his long life. He comes by his longevity honestly. His mother, Mildred, died just two months shy of her 99th birthday in 1982. His brother, Alfred, died about two years ago at the age of 88 and his sister, Lillian, died about four years ago at the age of 86. Pelletier and his twin brother, Bernard, are still going strong. In fact, Bernard just left for a family holiday in France. Born and raised in the area of
Broadview Avenue and Queen Street in downtown Toronto, Pelletier and his siblings barely knew their father, William, who had been gassed while serving in the First World War. When Pelletier was five, his father was admitted permanently to hospital suffering from mental illness. He would die there many years later. That left his mother alone to raise four children, all born in less than three years. “She was a wonderful woman. She instilled so much love in us, we just pass it on. I love everybody,” Pelletier said. During the Second World War, Pelletier’s brother Alfred joined the navy and Bernard joined the army, becoming a D-Day Dodger, a nickname for Allied soldiers serving in Italy. Pelletier also enlisted, but not without encountering some hurdles. He tried the air force first but was rejected for ear problems. Then he tried the navy but they were inundated with recruits, so he joined the army instead. “I used to kid they (the army) would take anybody,” Pelletier laughed. After enlisting on Nov. 5, 1942, he went to England with hopes of joining
Bernard in the infantry. But three weeks later, his appendix burst, landing him in hospital followed by two months of rehabilitation. When he was released, he fired a weapon and damaged his ear. “They said ‘Pte. Pelletier, you’re not going anywhere (in combat),’” he said. Not sick enough to be sent back to Canada, Pelletier instead performed administrative duties. “I never saw combat, as opposed to my twin who wouldn’t talk about it for years and now you can’t shut him up,” Pelletier joked. “I was upset I couldn’t be with (serve with) my twin, more than anything.” Life became busy for Pelletier when he returned home after the war. He initially lived with his mother to help care for her. One day, a neighbour from a couple of streets over and her daughter, Evelyn, walked Pelletier’s mother home from bingo. He was hooked. “The first time I saw Evelyn I thought, ‘What a cute thing,’” he said, noting she was trying to look older with her hair up and wearing
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Canadarm should come to Toronto and Ottawa
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Our police budget must be discussed in communities
ike a broken record, the loop that is the Toronto Police Service budget is coming around again. Wednesday’s police board meeting has raised the budget spectre once again. Reaction – on both sides – sounds very much like it did last year. The debate between city hall and the police service around how much money it takes to protect the City of Toronto comes up every year. This time, Police Chief Bill Blair has warned there could be layoffs; and the city’s budget chief, Councillor Mike Del Grande, is musing about an indeour view pendent study justifying the about-5,600 officers currently Give residents employed. Wrangling between politia say on where cians and police does nothing to solve the issues faced by dollars are spent communities affected by violence, gangs, guns and drugs. All it does, if anything at all, is create Band-Aid solutions without speaking with those most affected by the problems. Given the spate of gun violence in Toronto recently, we suggest police budgets should not be discussed solely by politicians and police. The conversation must be in the community first. Councillors should seek to engage directly with their constituents on this issue specifically. Only that way will a truer picture emerge of the local impact of the resources currently being applied. Those conversations will generate a pathway for future resource application. The Danzig Street shooting has spurred politicians to hold community forums and town halls. Leaders in the Scarborough community shaken by the violence have also taken up the mantle as well. But the reality is these forums, although very beneficial, go nowhere without continued and consistent interaction between the community and the police. In a perfect world, money would be no object. With civic budget restraint already reflected in communities across the city, how the money spent on the police budget should be scrutinized – just like any other department’s. Frank discussions are needed. The result may be that we find out certain areas of the city may need less of a police presence than others. The result may be that officers need to be re-deployed to other neighbourhoods. Perhaps more initiatives are needed – like the school resource officer program where the community gets to the know police officers. Regardless, police interaction with the community should be more direct and compassionate – and efficient. Giving the community a say will provide a better picture over where those dollars should be spent. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom
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To the editor: An iconic piece of Canadian space hardware, the Canadarm from the orbiter Endeavour, has left the Kennedy Space Center and is back home. Proud workers at MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in Brampton, west of Toronto, are in the process of sanitizing and refurbishing the arm. Once that is complete, the Canadarm will go on display at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec. Why there? Why not in one of Canada’s two main aerospace museums in Toronto and Ottawa? How many citizens will actually visit this incredible piece of Canadian history? This globally recognized technological marvel deserves national attention in a venue accessible to all Canadians. Roland Kiehne, president CAW Local 112
Some thoughts about the coming fall T
he arrival of rainy days of the type we have not seen for far too long appears to have heralded a change of season. Since then there has been a shift in the weather and you can almost smell a hint of fall in the air. The days are getting cooler, the air conditioners are being turned off, and covers are definitely returning for comfortable nighttime sleeping. There are also signs of the upcoming political changes taking place this fall. Along with the days becoming shorter and the leaves falling from the trees, we will soon be seeing politicians returning to their various levels of government. While most people are still in relaxed summer mode, there is a definite grumpiness amongst politicians who have been
frustrated with the polarized state of politics. It will be interesting to see whether that feeling of discontent will translate into reaching some sort of compromise or more talk of elections. At this point nobody wants to talk about elections as the economy is still too fragile to see a big change in government at any level. Likewise, it is apparent the people of Ontario are not willing to have conservatives in power at both the federal and provincial levels of government. The real issue everyone is watching is whether the global economic changes
taking place will have repercussions in Canada. At this time the economic market is acting more like a pinball machine where the economy is bouncing off one crisis after another in an almost random manner. When stock market conditions change this quickly, all predictive financial indicators simply stop working. All we can do now is to wait and see where the market settles and if all goes well, the landing will be relatively soft. Unfortunately, economists are trying to decide which “R” word to use for the next fiscal quarter: recovery or recession. By September we may be facing some very important questions regarding trends in employment, economic growth and property values for the next year. No matter the rhetoric that will be flung about by
different political parties, the only real issue for most people will be either keeping the job they have, or finding one. Let’s see how the province fares as we pass through this unsettled time with two decades of cutbacks in government services behind us. More cuts may appeal to those ideologically inclined to see such policies as improvements. However, they have not translated into either jobs or prosperity in either Toronto or the province. Maybe it’s time to start considering a policy of properly investing in the economy through a reformed taxation system where everyone pays their fair share without exception. n Joe Cooper is a longtime Toronto resident and community activist. Contact him at nym@insidetoronto. com
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LISA QUEEN email@example.com Score one for the depth of Canadian programming for seniors, but score another for the generosity of Chinese government funding. A delegation of managers of Chinese seniors’ centres and officials from the North York Seniors Centre compared notes about the approaches their two countries take to providing programs and services for the elderly during a visit to the centre near Finch Avenue and Yonge Street Monday. The Chinese delegation visited England and is now in Canada to bring home recommendations to improve services in China, Gu Hanping, president of the Bureau of Retired Veterans Cadres of Jiangsu Province, told The North York Mirror through an interpreter. The North York centre, with a third of its membership of Chinese back-
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A delegation from China, seated at right, visits the North York Seniors Centre on Monday.
ground, is the only one in Canada the team is visiting, she added. “The government of China is working very hard to take care of seniors. They want to do a better job,” she said. “They sent the delegation to England and Canada to learn management skills and to apply these activities and skills to Chinese seniors’ centres to make life better for Chinese seniors.” Like Canada and other governments faced with an aging population, China is
concerned about improving the lifestyles of its seniors, Hanping said. The delegation was impressed with the range of programs offered at the North York centre and also with its multicultural influences, she said. The team also liked the enthusiasm centre workers demonstrate in their interactions with seniors, she said. However, after hearing about the centre’s fundraising initiatives, Hanping said her government covers the costs of services
and activities for Chinese seniors. After the age of 60, seniors get a card that entitles them to free recreational programs and public transportation. They get additional funding when they reach 70, 80 and 90 years of age, Hanping said. Linda Rataj, the North
York centre’s director of organizational development, said the centre was pleased to welcome the delegation. “We’re very honoured to be able to host this team that has come over because we have quite a few, a large Asian population in this area. Quite a few (of our) programs
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Choose your words carefully Study reveals five best and worst words commonly used in real estate listings According to research done by a professor at the University of Guelph, real estate ad phrasing has a strong effect on the sales price and a home's time on market.
WORST WORDS Here are the worst phrases a seller could use in the sale of their home: • Motivated: While you might expect a word like “motivated” to indicate that the homeowner is willing to negotiate on price, it seems this word has the opposite effect. It makes sense for the seller to focus more on the listing and less on describing themselves personally. • Must sell: Unfortunately, the use of “must sell” implies that the home seller is desperate and that there must be something wrong with the place. This, in turn, leaves the home for sale on the market for longer than it would otherwise be. This term could convey that there is something wrong with the home or that it was overvalued to begin with. • Good value: Sellers often try to list their homes using the phrase 'good value’, which should be avoided. To a potential buyer, this phrase trans-
lates to 'not much to look at but a bargain for the price'.” • Starter home: When a potential home buyer sees the words “starter home” on a listing, they immediately imagine a tiny home made for 1.5 people. It indicates that the property is small and economical for first time home buyers. The pitfall of saying “starter home” would be that you are only appealing to a certain portion of buyers instead of the whole market. Add the square footage of the home in the listing rather than using those words which have a negative connotation. • Freshly painted You've invested a couple hundred dollars to paint your home and prepare it for sale and you think it looks pretty darn good. If you put the promise of a house as 'freshly painted,' potential homebuyers might wonder if that's the only thing that has recently been revamped.
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Citywide transit expansion won’t be a reality for nearly another decade, but for a couple of weeks, at least, Torontonians will get the opportunity to sample the shiny new vehicles that will transport them around in the future. For the duration of the Canadian National Exhibition, Metrolinx has installed a mockup of a light rail vehicle (LRV), 182 of which will even-
tually service the four Transit City LRT lines to be completed by 2021. The train, known as the Flexity Freedom, was manufactured by Bombardier and designed to operate above, below and at grade. Metrolinx bought the vehicles for $770 million in May 2010. The vehicles, which are being manufactured in Thunder Bay, are similar to LRVs in operation in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, according to a recent report published by Metrolinx, a regional plan-
ning transit agency. The vehicles have a low floor design, the report states, which provides better access for disabled passengers and provides flexibility for future surface expansion. According to a brochure published by Bombardier, the Flexity Freedom will also be able to withstand harsh winter conditions, can travel bidirectionally without having to loop and can be combined to form one train with up to four cars, with a top capacity of more than 30,000 passen-
gers per hour in both directions. The brochure also states the Freedom can reach a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour. The soonest the LRVs will begin operation is 2020, when three of the Transit City lines – the EglintonScarborough Crosstown, the Scarborough and Finch West LRT – are scheduled to be completed. The Sheppard East LRT line is expected to launch one year after. Follow @TOinTransit on Twitter
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A replica of Toronto’s new (Flexity Freedom) Light Rail Vehicles will be on display at the Canadian National Exhibition to Labour Day, Sept. 3.
Stream Restoration to Protect Infrastructure (West Humber River/ West Don River) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Notice of Study Commencement and Invitation for Public Input The City ofToronto has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to identify preferred methods for channel restoration where sanitary infrastructure is in direct contact with a watercourse and has created risks to the environment and public health & safety.The study focuses on two locations - one on the West Humber River and the other on the West Don River (see maps right).
The study will follow requirements set out in the Municipal Class EA document (amended 2007). It will define the problem(s), consider and evaluate alternative solutions, assess impacts of the proposed solutions, and identify measures to mitigate adverse impacts as per the Schedule B Process.
We would like to hear from you
Public consultation is an important part of this study. Public input and comments are welcomed and will be considered in the planning of this project. Comments for this phase of the study will be received until September 21, 2012. Subject to comments received and the receipt of necessary approvals, the City ofToronto intends to proceed with the planning, design and construction of this project, to be completed by March, 2013. To review and download information on this study, visit the project website at toronto.ca/involved/projects. If you would like to be placed on the study mailing list, please contact: Josie Franch Senior Public Consultation Coordinator City of Toronto Metro Hall 19th Fl., 55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2859 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-397-0831 Email: email@example.com Visit: toronto.ca/involved/projects
Issue Date: August 16, 2012 Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Notice of Study Completion The City ofToronto has completed a study under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify geomorphic (stream study) and aquatic habitat-based solutions to manage the impacts of historical channelization and excessive stormwater runoff in the stream channels of the Duncan Creek watershed.The study follows the stream geomorphic studies guidance document by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Following consultation withToronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), related City Divisions and the public, the following are the study’s key findings, accepted by the City. In-stream reconstruction of the channel is needed because stormwater management (SWM) measures will not mitigate channel erosion sufficiently. Updated estimates of potential benefits from, and refined locations for SWM measures, identified in the City’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan (2003), are provided. Priority channel projects include complete channel reconstruction of the section closest to German Mills Creek (Reach 1), and local channel rehabilitation improvements in the remainder of the Creek (Reaches 2 and 3), which will provide the opportunity for improved uses of the existing pedestrian trail system. Adaptive Management and Natural Channel Design (MNR 2003) will provide the foundation for project implementation, and long term channel management.
Opportunities for Review
The study was carried out following the requirements for Schedule ‘B’ projects under the Municipal Class EA. A Project File Report has been completed and has been placed on public record for a 30-day review period starting August 17, 2012 ending September 28, 2012. It will be available for review at: Hillcrest Library 5801 Leslie St. (south of McNicoll Ave.) 416-395-5830
Bayview Village Mall Library 2901 Bayview Ave. (at Sheppard Ave. E.) 416-395-5460
If you have any outstanding issues about this project, please address them to the City staff listed below and we will attempt to seek a mutually acceptable resolution. Mae Lee (Rigmea) City of Toronto, Public Consultation Unit Metro Hall, 19th Fl., 55 John St., Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-392-8210 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-397-0831 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: toronto.ca/involved/projects
If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City ofToronto, a person or party may request that the Ontario Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments. The Minister must receive the request in writing by September 28, 2012 at the address below, and a copy must also be sent to the City contact. If no requests are received by September 28, 2012, the City may proceed with this project as outlined in the Project File Report. The Honourable Jim Bradley Minister of the Environment 77 Wellesley St. W. Ferguson Block, 11th Fl. Toronto, ON M7A 2T5
Issue Date: August 17, 2012 Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
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Rabbit and Bear Paws WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Concourse, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416-395-5535 COST: Free An interactive puppet performance presented by authorillustrator Chad Solomon. Participants help Chad retell the Anishinabe Creation teaching of Nanabozhoo and the Animals. Through the eyes of Rabbit and Bear Paws, hear the story of how Turtle Island came to be. Drop in, for ages five and up. Movies Under the Stars WHEN: 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Park, 1-35 Carl Hall Rd. CONTACT: 416-952-2222, email@example.com, www. downsviewpark.ca Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a free familyfriendly movie outdoors at dusk. There is an indoor rain location. Movie listings and details online. Weekly until Aug. 31.
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Sunday Serenades WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Stephanie Slaptsis, 416-395-7318, sslapts@ toronto.ca, www.toronto.ca/ special_events/sundays Dance the evening away to
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Babysitter Training WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Newcomer Services for Youth, 3424 Weston Rd. CONTACT: Linette Menezes, 416-395-2045 COST: Free A three-day course covering the responsibilities of a babysitter, safety tips for children of all ages, basic child care skills and what to do in case of an emergency. Registration required. Newcomer Seniors Program WHEN: 2:30 p.m. WHERE:
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Summer Reading Club Closing Party: A Handful of Stories WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Victoria Village Library, 184 Sloane
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Starting Your Own Business WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: JVS Toronto, 1280 Finch Ave. W., Suite 607 CONTACT: Helena, www.jvstoronto.org/, hmartins@ jvstoronto.org COST: Free Sonja M. Johnson, business services and programs co-ordinator from the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits Program, will talk about how their program can assist you with your business idea. Organic Farmers Marketplace WHEN: 3 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: http://torontobotanicalgarden. ca/ Weekly until Oct. 4.
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Summer of 69 Free Concert WHEN: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Rd. CONTACT: 416-4470618, www.shopsatdonmills.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org COST: Free Summer of 69 is a tribute to Bryan Adams.
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The North York Mirror wants your community listings. Whether it’s a church knitting group or a music night or a non-profit group’s program for kids, The Mirror wants to know about it so others can attend. Sign up online at events.insidetoronto. com to submit your events (click the Sign Up link in the top right corner of the page). Call 416-774-2256 if you have any questions.
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Missing girl, 12, found at Jane and Finch The girl who went missing in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue area July 16 was found in a home in the same area Wednesday evening. Dystani Heng, 12, was found
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Toronto police taking survey on crime trends Toronto police are looking for feedback from the public. An online poll on the police website seeks information on various policing issues. Questions will be posted
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Get above it all at the CNE Eight-minute Sky Ride reintroduced on a modest scale DANIELLE MILLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
or the first time in nearly two decades, visitors to the Canadian National Exhibition will be able to travel from point A to point B through the sky. The Sky Ride is a new 1,600-foot-long suspended ride that takes people from the Direct Energy Centre to the Better Living Centre, giving them an aerial view of the rides, games, BMO Field and Lake Ontario. David Bednar, general manager, said all annual events such as the CNE exist both in people’s memories, as well as in the present and one of the things people always ask is why the Alpine Way was removed. “It would be impossible to install a ride of that size and scope today, but we wanted something that would do a similar function so we’ve been talking with our partners for years,” he said. The result is the Sky Ride, which is an easy eight-minute glide across the CNE grounds from 42 feet up.
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Members of Quebec City’s D-Code Dancers enjoy the view from the new Sky Ride Wednesday.
jumps from the plane as a winged batman while she flies around him,” said Colleen Swider, manager of public affairs and media relations with the Canadian International Air Show. This will be Melissa and Rex Pemberton’s first time performing in Canada. Their performance will also feature Rex’s recovery from the lake by the naval members of H.M.C.S York. Food is always a big part of the CNE and for those looking for artery-clogging indulgences there will be plenty. “What would a CNE be without
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