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making waves: Daniel Louise Tamayo of Downsview Secondary School paddles his team’s boat in the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races at Bendale BTI Tuesday afternoon.

It’s not unusual for a teacher to read a Dr. Seuss book to her pupils after serving them milk and cookies. But for Grade 11 students? Teacher Milena Ivkovic uses any number of teaching methods to lift history off the page for her students at North York’s Newtonbrook Secondary School. So, if that means reading them a children’s book, participating in an annual Amnesty MILENA IVKOVIC International writing campaign for human rights, analyzing documents on social issues from different perspectives, taking field trips, inviting in guest speakers, playing games, acting out scenarios, encouraging students to dig deeper into their studies and urging them to make positive contributions to society in their daily >>>teacher, page 3

Downsview Park’s future ‘in limbo’: residents LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com After years of hashing out a truce for Downsview Park with the former board of directors, residents are fearful of what an abrupt change in direction imposed by the federal government means for the future of the park. “We don’t understand what this

means,” said Albert Krivickas, vicepresident of the Downsview Lands Community Voice Association Inc. (DLCVA). “We’re in limbo.” Last Thursday, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose announced management of the park, along with the Old Port of Montreal, is being handed to Canada Lands Company.

According to its website, Canada Lands “manages, redevelops and/ or sells strategic Government of Canada properties across Canada that are no longer required for program purposes. The company’s core values are innovation, value, legacy; the company continually strives to create projects that reflect these values.” Canada Lands is a self-financing

Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the federal government. Manon Lapensee, Canada Lands’ director of communications, said the organization is now conducting an internal operational review that is expected to be completed early in the new year. “From there, we will develop a transition plan,” she said, adding

Canada Lands has no idea yet what that will mean for the park’s future. “We don’t have any plan. We don’t have any preconceived notions of what may transpire. We really don’t know.” In the meantime, it is “business as usual” at the park, Lapensee said. York Centre MP Mark Adler said >>>MP, page 5

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Health minister learns first-hand Teacher inspires of diabetes program’s value students to fight for social justice I LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com

t’s not every day a patient gets a chance to have a heartto-heart chat with the province’s health minister about their medical care. But North York resident Malcolm Koss got that opportunity last Thursday when Health Minister Deb Matthews visited the Branson site of North York General Hospital to officially open the Centre for Complex Diabetes Care. On the third floor of Branson, on Finch Avenue, west of Bathurst Street, it is the only program in the Central Local Health Integration Network focusing on patients with complex diabetes. The Central LHIN oversees health-care planning for an area stretching from North York and the former city of York north to Lake Simcoe. Because the centre provides comprehensive care, patients have access to a nurse, nurse practitioner, dietician, social worker, pharmacist and chiropodist. Care is provided in collaboration with the patient’s family doctor or primary care provider. Koss, 64, has had diabetes for 30 years and lost his left leg below the knee due to complications of the disease. He told Matthews being in the program has made a huge difference in his life. “Before I came here, I had little or no control over my diabetes. These guys really worked hard with me,” said Koss, who has been in the program for more than two months. “Before this, there is nothing out there (to provide diabetics with comprehensive care). You’re on your own. For someone

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like me, it is invaluable. I was lost. I was sitting at home, not suicidal, not waiting to die...but I was too far gone. They (the team at the centre) have made me realize I have years left.” Koss was referred to the program by a cardiologist after he went to North York General suffering from fluid on his lungs. He is also experiencing problems with his right foot due to diabetes. “I’m an intelligent person but I wasn’t able to take care of myself and that takes a number on you,” he told Matthews. Before participating in the program, Koss had seen his family doctor about once every six months but gave up because he found the

occasional care wasn’t helping him manage his diabetes. He comes to the centre at Branson once a week. “It’s not just, ‘Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,’” he said. “They have really given me some important tools to get on with my life.” Not only does the program benefit patients but it will save OHIP millions of dollars, Koss predicted. Matthews said she is impressed with the care six centres for complex diabetes care across the province are providing. “This is an idea, we’re learning, that is making a real difference to people,” she said. “It’s so great to hear directly from you (Koss).” Providing better dia-

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betes care is a priority for the government as more Ontarians are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, associated with inactivity and obesity. “We know the path is up, not down. We need to work on that,” Matthews said. “We need to provide excellent care for people with diabetes.” North York General president, Dr. Tim Rutledge, said the diabetes centre plays into the hospital’s goal of providing patients with integrated, multi-disciplinary health care. The program was also praised by the centre’s director, Anna Tupis, and Dr. David Kaplan, the Central LHIN’s primary care lead and diabetes lead.

>>>from page 1 Grade 11 genocide and crimes lives, she doesn’t hesitate to against humanity course. use them. The focus is on Canadian “I’m hoping, overall, they “upstanders.” think this is a wonderful learn“It is somebody who stands ing experience,” said Ivkovic, up to injustice and works to make a difference in the lives an East York resident on sabof others,” Ivkovic said. batical this year. “I want them to be inspired The focus is on an organizato work for human rights and tion that lobbied the Canadian social justice. I’m not a textgovernment to allow Armenian book teacher. I’m not a person orphans to immigrate to who says, ‘Read the book Canada in the early 1920s. and answer Ivkovic’s stuthe questions.’ dents have also That’s boring.” studied other Next Monday, Canadians who Ivkovic, have stood up to along with six injustice, including retired Gen. other teachRomeo Dallaire, ers including who tried to stop Scott Masters of North York’s the genocide Crestwood in Rwanda in the 1990s, and Preparatory College, will Robert Petit, a lawyer who led each be pre– Milena Ivkovic the investigasented with a 2012 Governor tion and prosGeneral’s History Award for ecution against top Khmer Excellence in Teaching by Gov. Rouge leaders who committed Gen. David Johnston. atrocities in Cambodia in the Deborah Morrison, presilate 1970s. dent of Canada’s History “The hope is to get kids to Society, said the awards recogconnect with them, not just nize the teachers’ exceptional see them as some guy who abilities to make history come made a difference,” Ivkovic alive for their students. said. “We all win if the next gen“These are real stories, eration of Canadians has a Canadian stories.” better understanding and a She wants her students to greater interest in our past be inspired by upstanders because they had a great hisso they make a difference in tory teacher,” she said in a their own communities, even if statement. that is something as simple as Ivkovic is thrilled to win the coming to the aid of someone award. “I was beside myself needing assistance on a city (when I found out), beside bus. myself,” she said. Ivkovic often takes her “I spent the whole day lead from her students to saying ‘I cannot believe that.’ determine which subjects Absolutely thrilled. I still can’t they study and how best to believe it. Literally, I’m over approach the issue. the moon and I haven’t even “The kids decide what they want to do (or) if they don’t gotten there yet.” want to do anything at all. I put Ivkovic has created a project for the locally developed the ball in their court.”

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A number of things – and they form a balancing act between delivery of services and exhibiting fiscal responsibility. our view Budgets are complex documents and when discussions Take time to opened last week, some heated disagreements took place on the weigh in on floor of an already-polarized city city budget council. But balance is in order and we offer the following suggestions to help guide the process: • Councillors must continue to engage with their constituents on what are priorities in their communities. This is true whether the issue is sports arena fees, community policing, or support for a neighbourhood festival. Local representation is the very essence of the system that’s in place. Our communities and neighbourhoods are the city’s building blocks. But they are unique and those ward-level exchanges need to be taking place to truly reflect the city’s needs. • On the council floor there must be acknowledgement and careful consideration of all revenue tools, including property tax. While a sharp eye on expenditures is expected, it’s not realistic to dedicate oneself to one side of the ledger when trying to balance a budget. As impressive a feat as reducing expenditures in last year’s budget was, it’s not a sustainable practice for Toronto council. Tax increases are never popular (the budget currently proposes a modest 1.95 per cent jump) but they are among a limited set of tools available when one searches for solutions for revenue. • Finally, there must be a sense of direction from the budget. Once approved in January, the budget must demonstrate progress toward getting the city back on a more sustainable footing financially. The days of relying on provincial bailouts are long gone. The previous year’s budget was a positive step forward. This upcoming budget must continue on that path. Budgets are a balancing act. It’s about identifying priorities and delivering cost-effective services. Unfortunately, it’s also about understanding that we can’t afford everything we may want in this city – especially if we are unwilling to pay for it. Next week, public hearings are scheduled on the budget. We encourage you to make it out to Toronto City Hall to offer your input or to contact your local councillor. The executive committee and council will approve the final budget in January. newsroom

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fter reluctantly admitting that a lifetime of playing hockey yearround had finally caught up with him, my buddy Mario finally broke down and hobbled in to see a sports doctor last week for a much needed examination. Alas, I’m afraid the news was not good. For Mario, that is. For me? It couldn’t have worked out better. I got a column out of it. Doc: “OK, Mario, now be a good boy and hop up on the table with your feet dangling over, will ya?” Mario: “So, whaddya think, Doc?” Doc: “You call that a hop? My grandmother is in her late 90s and she moves better than that.” Mario: “You’re pulling my leg, right?” Doc: “Actually, I haven’t started yet. And I’m going to be pulling it left, too. Now, let’s get this show on the road. How does your knee feel if I twist it like this?”

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Mario: “I think the tears rolling down my cheeks should give you a clue.” Doc: “They do. Much obliged. Now how does it feel when I rotate it like that?” Mario: “I think the moaning and groaning says it all.” Doc: “It does. Thanks. And if I yank on it like so? How does that grab you?” Mario: “I think that loud shriek sums it up.” Doc: “Excellent. The examination’s done. Now, relax for a bit and then I’m gonna have my assistant put a little ice on the area and then I’ll be right back and we‘ll do a little shiatsu.” Mario: “I didn’t know you practiced shiatsu.”

Doc: “I have been for some time now. I learned it while I was in the East.” Mario: “When did you go to Japan?” Doc: “I meant Halifax. I went to a clinic at Dalhousie University two summers ago.” Mario: “How do I get myself into these things?” Doc: “I played in a celebrity tennis tournament while I was there.” Later that morning ... Doc: “Sidney Crosby’s accountant was my doubles partner.” Later that afternoon ... Doc: “We were creamed in the semifinals by Anne Murray and her podiatrist.” Later that night ... Doc: “OK. Enough with the schtick. We’ll just rub a little of this herbal ointment on there, tape it with a tensor bandage and now the piece de resistance, we’ll put on this monster brace, roughly the size of the CN Tower. Now, how’s that feel?”

Mario: “Outside of the excruciating pain? Let’s just say I’m in agony and leave it at that.” Doc: “Wonderful. So what do you say you give the old baby a test drive?” Mario: “Yeah, right. I can barely move in this gigantic contraption.” Doc: “You’ll get the hang of it. Everybody does eventually. Now give it a go.” Mario: “Whew. One lap of the room and I think I need to lie down.” Doc: “Beautiful. I told you could do it. You’re like an old pro already. Now with that out of the way, be a good lad and why don’t you just scamper back up on the table again – and let’s have a look at your BAD knee.” n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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>>>from page 1 he understands the community’s concerns, but said the new management model is simply an administrative decision to bring Downsview Park, the Old Port of Montreal and Canada Lands under one organization to create better accountability and efficiency, “Change creates uncertainty but there’s no reason for that at this point. No decisions will be made without input from the community,” he said, adding he is organizing a community meeting in January. “Nothing will move forward unless everyone around the table is satisfied.” The new management model doesn’t necessarily mean significant changes to the park, Adler said. “I can’t imagine there will be radical change in terms of what was envisioned under the previous governance model,” he said. “I don’t think much will change, other than the names and faces of the new board.” But Krivickas said he is “frustrated and exhausted” Canada Lands is taking over after years of negotiations with the park’s former board of directors. Earlier this year, the federal gov-

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The scene earlier this week on the east side of Keele Street south of Sheppard Avenue.

ernment did not renew the board members’ terms or appoint new members, leaving watchers wondering if the federal government had a new direction for Downsview Park up its sleeve. Canada Lands had been responsible for Downsview Park in the early 1990s before it was handed off to the Downsview Park board. Krivickas said he found the

Downsview Park board far more responsive to community concerns than Canada Lands. DLCVA agreed, saying the association is anxious decisions about the park will now be imposed from Ottawa. “ The Downsview Lands Community Voice Association has had dozens of meetings with the Downsview Park executive and we

have a good relationship with them. The executive always make an effort to reach out to our community and take our concerns and suggestions into consideration,” the association said in a statement. “The board consisted of people who live in our area. Our concern is that decisions made by Canada Lands Co. are made in Ottawa, not for and by the community.” The former board was focused primarily on building a national park even though it agreed development was necessary to make the park self-sufficient. “We hope that a national park will remain the priority with Canada Lands Co. So much work has gone into this. It would be a shame to see it all go to waste,” the association said. York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri has long been furious that the original dream of a national park for Downsview Park turned into half the lands being developed. If the government was unsatisfied with that, as handing the management of the park over to Canada Lands suggests, Augimeri is fearful what the future for the park may hold. “Who knows what to think? Who

knows what’s behind the prime minister’s intentions or Rona Ambrose’s intentions? Neither one has ever made their vision clear,” she said. “I just think they don’t care.” David Soknacki, Downsview Park’s former chair, said the government’s decision signals a change in the management structure of the park. “It means that the governance has changed from our organization that had its mandate for creating an urban national park to an organization that has as its mandate the creation of...the management of real estate to maximize the return to the Government of Canada, which is a different perspective,” he said. Soknacki said his board was proud of its accomplishments to create a national urban park that balanced the need for economic viability with environment and social responsibility. He did not know what the new direction will mean for the park. “I’m not going to interpret somebody else’s mandate,” he said. “I think it’s fair to say we have an immense sense of accomplishment. We set the bar very high and look forward to seeing how they improve on what we have achieved.”

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Police seize more toys taken from Salvation Army LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Toronto police have discovered more toys allegedly stolen from the Salvation Army’s warehouse, this time from locations in North York and Scarborough. Last Thursday, police seized 122 storage bins containing $24,000 worth of toys from 51 Orfus Rd., west of Dufferin Street and at 2300 Lawrence Ave., east of Birchmount Road. Meanwhile, investigators are asking businesses that have purchased toys from Northern Sales Group in the past to contact police

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at 416-808-3300 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416222-TIPS (416-222-8477) or online at www.222tips.com Earlier that week, police had linked Northern Sales Group to the alleged theft of $2 million worth of toys and other items over two years from the Salvation Army’s North York warehouse and distribution centre at 150 Railside Rd., southeast of Lawrence Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway. Also earlier that week, police charged the former executive director of the warehouse, David Rennie, with theft, possession of property obtained by crime and trafficking

Police seeking multiple witnesses in shooting of Ajax man in North York

Police have released security camera images of two men wanted in a poppy donation box theft investigation. A number of poppy donation boxes were stolen from various retail outlets in the Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue area between Nov. 5 and 7, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477. People can also leave at online at www.222tips.com

Police are looking to speak with up to 10 people who may have witnessed the shooting death of an Ajax man in North York Sunday. Police said the victim was shot inside an apartment at 2887 Keele St., north of Wilson Avenue, around 7 a.m. The apartment had been operating as an illegal after-hours establishment, police said.

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The victim has been identified as Edwin Carpio, 30. Police believe there were six to 10 people present at the time of the shooting. None of them stayed on scene when police arrived. Investigators are asking those people, or anyone else with information, to call them at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

stolen goods. He will appear in court Jan. 4 at 1000 Finch Ave. W. at Dufferin Street. Also appearing at the same court house Jan. 4 will be a second suspect, Umaish Ramrattan, who faces charges of theft, possession of property obtained by crime and trafficking stolen goods. Last Thursday’s discovery of toys comes in addition to 26 skids of toys, school supplies, cleaning products and food allegedly donated to the Salvation Army that police seized the day before from a commercial warehouse in Brampton. In addition, on Nov. 23, police

found 150 skids of toys, cribs, strollers, food and personal care items allegedly donated to the Salvation Army. Some of the property was found at Northern Sales Group near Weston Road and Steeles Avenue while other items were discovered in a cold storage warehouse in Brampton, police said. A suspect allegedly controlled portions of shipments in the Salvation Army warehouse and re-directed some items through Northern Sales Group, which is a wholesale company, Det. Robert Strain said in a statement on Nov. 26.

Senior charged in sex assault North York’s 33 Division is investigating a sexual assault involving an elderly man and a young girl. Police said the accused taught piano at his house starting in 1996 and sexually assaulted a girl who was 8 years old at the time. Hassan Mehrpouya, 76, of Toronto, was arrested Nov. 29 and charged with sexual interference, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and

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dwin Sheon remembers it all too well. Fresh out of high school, not exactly sure of his career path, the Scarborough native wasn’t enjoying himself and chose to take some time off from studies at Toronto’s George Brown College. He attended Brebeuf College in North York where he earned volleyball MVP. Leaving his post-secondary education in limbo, it didn’t take Sheon long to realize there was a huge gap in his life that needed closure. “I wasn’t happy, just not doing what I wanted,” said Sheon. “I remember my parents were concerned that I seemed to forget about being focussed on a career and future. I just wanted to do something that, when I look back, I could be proud of my work.” Now 22 years old, Sheon admitted he has found his niche. Returning to the class-

room to complete his education, Sheon is not only studying building renovation technology, but – talented with his hands – the 5-foot-10 athlete is also one of the top college volleyball players in Ontario. “Talking with people, I saw the big picture – I needed my education,” he said. While Sheon said he always has an eager eye on improving skills, and would like to be just like popular Canadian contractor Mike Holmes, he is also the backbone of the Huskies men’s volleyball team that competes in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. The Huskies are off to a solid start as one of the top teams and Sheon, a left-side hitter and team captain, is having an all-star season. It might even be a personal best. Back in October, opening game of the season, Sheon sent a message early that he was ready for the competition. In a three-set sweep of Loyalist College of Belleville,

Sheon was the best player on the court and, watching him play, his passion for the sport is evident. But volleyball success also didn’t happen overnight. “I’m now more aware of my surroundings, more mature and focussed,” said Sheon, who played volleyball at Our Lady of Grace elementary school in Scarborough before shuffling off to Brebeuf College. In his classes, Sheon is initially constructing and also demolishing for academic grades. He’s putting together sheds, working on roofs and understanding how to drywall rooms. On the volleyball court, he wears “No. 1” on his jersey for a reason – he’s that good on his team. “I just strive to be the best on my team, but also looking to help my teammates, and that means more to me than statistics,” he said. “It’s also patience and knowing when to do the right thing. It doesn’t always work the way you want it to be, so you look for opportuni-

ties. Consistency is a key in sports and in life.” According to OCAA official statistics, Sheon hasn’t made an error in eight games. That bodes well for him and his teammates hoping to win a league championship for the first time since 1969. “He’s steady, consistent, very good – our best player and the team leader,” said Josh Nichol, head coach of the George Brown squad. “Having him on the team is like having another coach.” Nichol said Sheon had similarities to volleyball player Jeff Chung, a fourtime all-Canadian who played pro in Holland and Switzerland as well as helped coach Canada’s under-20 National Team in 2006. Dealing with accolades can be a challenge for any athlete – even Sheon. “It’s all nice, but I understand that to win, we have to play as a unit,” he said. “To be successful in life, you learn from things like that – and then keep getting better.”

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Edwin Sheon, now at George Brown, earned an MVP award while at North York’s Brebeuf College.


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The stage’s the thing for youth, theatre founders hope LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com They already share the same first name and call themselves “baby friends,” meaning they have been close since they were toddlers. Now, two North York teenagers are turning their attention to helping youth. Lauren Brown and Lauren Runnalls, both 17, are in the process of setting up the Regent Park Youth Theatre Program. They have been working on securing grants and funding, getting mentors for the program in place, setting up a website and focusing on dozens of other details, with

an eye to launching an annual summer theatre troupe next year. On Nov. 26, they held their first fundraiser called a Day of Gifting at a home in the Bayview-York Mills avenues area. The event included a jewelry sale, door prizes and musical performances by pianist John Agius, singer and songwriter Sarah Fisher and students from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts. Admission was the donation of a new, unwrapped gift for a teenager. Financial donations were also welcome. The Laurens figure they raised almost $400, and that doesn’t even include the 15

per cent from the sale of jewelry going to the theatre program. “It was our first fundraiser. I think it went well. It definitely was a learning experience,” said Runnalls, a student at Cardinal Carter. Brown, a student at Bishop Strachan School, agreed. “We had a great turnout, for what we were hoping for,” she said. “I think we were about 30 (people attending). It felt like a lot more than 30.” Brown first came up with the idea for the theatre program while talking to her mom, Sandra Brown, who is now the foundation president because the Grade 12 students

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Peggy Beaver, left, and Ronit Carzilay look over the jewelry for sale at The Day of Gifting event to raise money for nonprofit Regent Park Youth Theatre Nov. 26.

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Two North York projects have made it to the semi-finals in a competition where Canadian communities pitch ideas to create positive change. Participants submitted more than 1,500 ideas, which have already received almost two million votes. Now, you can get involved and vote for your favourite semi-finalist. The competition was created by insurance company Aviva Canada, which has donated $1 million to empower and support community initiatives across the country. The two North York projects are

the Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project - Let There Be Lights, and Best Buddies Don Mills Collegiate Institute. According to the competition’s website, the Valley Park crew says its lights, behind Valley Park Middle School and on adjacent unused hydro lands northwest of Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard, will attract more young people to play sports. “Vote for our night-time sports lighting and keep more youth active when our multi-sport cricket field opens next summer! Imagine how

many more kids we can reach if we can offer our programming into the night!” the website said. “Imagine gathering under the lights to watch matches, enjoy outdoor concerts and participate in community festivals! After two and a half years of planning and fundraising, phase one of the Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project is ready for construction and the field opens next summer!” The lights will set new ecological standards and serve the community’s 65,000 residents, who live in one of

the most populated and culturally diverse areas of North America, the website said. Meanwhile, the Best Buddies group is interested in making life better for young people with disabilities. “It is well documented that students with disabilities face many barriers and experience high levels of loneliness. Research shows that friendships have significant benefits on the emotional well-being of adolescents with disabilities,” the website said. The Best Buddies club, now in its

fifth year at Don Mills Collegiate, gives students with developmental and physical disabilities the chance to participate in different activities with a friend who can offer support and laughter. Do those projects sound worthy to you? Or do you think people in other Canadian communities may have come up with better ideas? Visit www.AvivaCommunityFund. org by Dec. 12 to vote for your favourite semi-finalist. Finalists will be announced Dec. 17 and winners will be named Jan. 29.

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dds are that should the time come that council has a choice on what to do about a vacant mayor’s office, they’ll choose to hold a byelection. Certainly, that’s what councillors who have been asked about it have said. And certainly Mayor Rob Ford, facing eviction from office, has said he’d be happy to put his name forward in one. But as the past two years have shown us, anything can happen with this council. And with a price tag of $7 million, it’s by no means a certainty that a majority of councillors will vote to spend that money on a byelection and not to bolster some cash-starved programs in the 2013 operating budget. As tempting as saving cash with an appointment might be, councillors should resist. Even if Ford’s personal behaviour wasn’t precipitating the event, at this point the city can only benefit from a quick and official

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DAVID NICKLE consultation with the voters. In 2010, Ford was elected with a powerful mandate, from an electorate who in the main were interested in a more conservative approach to municipal government. They believed Ford when as a long-serving city councillor he said the city government was bloated with what he called gravy, and they voted for him on the assumption he would be able to extract that gravy without meaningfully affecting services. What Toronto got was something very different. Ford appears to have been wrong about the gravy; there’s not very much at all as it turns out. Also, he

couldn’t deliver a subway without significant public investment and the support of council, and both of those were absent. Torontonians voted, then, for an agenda that turned out to be chimeric. And an appointment of an interim mayor that either attempts to continue that imaginary agenda, or one from the left that repudiates it, would amount to a rejection of the popular will of Toronto voters. A byelection, as costly as it is, is essential for the short- and long-term health of this city. If Torontonians want to continue with some measure of Ford’s conservative agenda at city hall as they supported, they ought to have the opportunity to say so. If they want to change direction mid-term, having lost their taste for it in the past two years, they ought to be able to say that, too. ■ David Nickle is The Mirror’s City Hall columnist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com The bag ban is off — at least for now. Toronto Council voted overwhelmingly to put the brakes on a new bylaw that was to have banned reusable plastic bags in Toronto retailers as of Jan. 1 next year. The bylaw had been approved back in the summer, when Willowdale Councillor David Shiner moved an amendment to a motion by Mayor Rob Ford to end the mandatory plastic bag fee imposed by the previous administration. Both the old fee, and Shiner’s amendment, were intended to curb the use of plastic bags and keep them out of both landfills and the environment. Since then, the snap decision had retailers and the plastics industry up in arms, and the city was facing two lawsuits over the bylaw, which had no public consultation. On Nov. 28, council had before it the final draft of the bylaw — which ordinarily would be a routine matter. But in light of the legal challenges, council voted on a confidential set of recommendations which amount to the cancellation of the bag fee. “I think the public will be very

pleased with this,” said public works and infrastructure committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong. After the vote, Minnan-Wong said the city had given instructions to staff to go to industry groups with an offer. “My suspicion is that they will be quite satisfied with the decision that council has made and the instruction we’ve given to our lawyers.” Industry representatives at the meeting were pleased. “We’re very happy council made the right decision today on behalf of all Torontonians,” said Joe Hruska of the Canadian Plastic Bag Association. “It will save thousands of jobs. It’s a confidential report so we don’t know what’s in there. But the best we can tell right now is the bag ban is not enacted.” But the same couldn’t be said for environmentalists. “This is a bad decision for the environment; this is a bad decision for Torontonians,” said Emily Alfred with the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Council also approved a motion to study other ways to curb the use of plastic bags. That report will come forward to the public works and infrastructure committee in June of 2013.

Carroll interested in running for mayor if byelection called DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com

Don Valley East Councillor Shelley Carroll says she’ll run against Rob Ford if there’s a byelection to replace him – becoming the first of several anticipated candidates to announce they would throw their hats in the ring. “If there’s a vote for a by-election then my vote is ‘yes’, and I’m declaring that I think I could do a damn sight better job of bringing this city together than Rob Ford can,” Carroll said last Friday. “He, in fact, has come to power by very, very energetically working to keep this city torn apart. And it will destroy us. And it has to end.” Carroll made the announcement the morning after a particularly fractious and uncivil debate the previous evening. Mayor Ford had accused Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan of “shaking down” a developer of a site at Queen Street and University Avenue for $1 million in Section 37 money, in return for his support of a development which city planning staff didn’t support.

“All I’m saying is that looks like a shakedown,” Ford said in a heated exchange with Vaughan. “Call it what you want. That’s a problem. That is problematic, Councillor Vaughan, if you think that’s the right way to do business. It’s absolutely wrong.” Ford’s accusation caused a ruckus among councillors that ultimately led to the Deputy Speaker calling a recess, after Ford’s brother, Etobicoke Councillor Doug Ford, shouted, “We’ll whup your ass,” and move in a way that Carroll said she thought was physically threatening. Carroll, who has been contemplating a run for mayor in 2014 – as has Vaughan – called Ford’s actions “evil”, and said Torontonians needed to do everything they could to prevent Ford from being re-elected. “It was an evil thing to do,” said Carroll. Ford could be removed from office over a conflict of interest ruling. Yesterday, Ford’s lawyers obtained a stay of that decision so that an appeal might be heard Jan. 7. Last Friday, Hackland clarified the ruling to allow Ford to run in

any byelection, rather than wait it out until the 2014 election. Ford has said he will run in any by-election should it come to that – and Carroll said politicians looking to replace him need to come to an understanding.

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‘Ordinary Days’ musical anything but ordinary A

special treat comes to us from Angelwalk Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts where they are offering Ordinary Days, written by Adam Gwon. While you may not recognize the title or the author, this is an intimate and original musical that introduces an exhilarating new voice on the musical theatre scene. The excitement of the premiere was enriched by a bit of unexpected off-stage drama. The role of Claire was to have been played by Clara Scott. When she was taken out by a throat infection, Tess Benger stepped into the role with just one afternoon of preparation. Holding onto a script – just for security – she sailed through the performance with unshakable confidence, winning over the audience of industry members who rewarded her with a wholehearted ovation. Ordinary Days begins when Deb, a frenzied student, loses a book containing all of the notes for her graduate thesis. From this common everyday occurrence, Gwon spins out a cycle of 18 songs that enrich our

Justin Bott, left, and Connie Manfredi appear in the Adam Gwon musical, ‘Ordinary Days’, playing in the Toronto Centre for the Arts’ Studio Theatre through Dec. 9.

such as this, you appreciate the efforts of music director Paul De Gurse who keeps the band in proper balance with the singers so that none of the lyrics get missed. The orchestration, created specifically for this production by composer Joseph Aragon, includes a violin and cello which beautifully underscore the romance of the piece. Director Kayla Gordon allows the subtext to drives the narrative and the show builds steadily toward an unexpected and devastating climax. The title may be Ordinary Days but there is nothing ordinary about this unique, funny and touching original musical. Ordinary Days plays until Sunday, Dec. 9 in the studio Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. For tickets visit www.angelwalk.ca or call 1-855-985-2787.

onstage charm, tremendous voice and nearly flawless diction. Jay Davis offers a thoughtful and very well-sung performance as Jason, who is nervously contemplating moving in with his

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Front Row Centre Mark Andrew Lawrence understanding of four characters trying to forge a life in modern Manhattan. Gwon’s music captures the jumpy pulse of modern city life and he threads in textures that underscore the longing for fulfillment. When Warren, a sensitive young guy, finds Deb’s notebook he puts all of his effort into meeting her to return it and explore any romantic possibility that may develop. He even engineers a meeting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his Sort-of Fairy Tale is cut down by Deb’s brusque manner. Connie Manfredi plays the uptight Deb. Her powerful voice, sometimes at odds with the character’s underlying fears and insecurities, becomes almost childlike as she pleads with her professor for an extension. Playing Warren is Angelwalk regular Justin Bott, who continues to impress with his energy,

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