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LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Santa’s “elves” were busy wrapping presents at North York General Hospital this week in advance of Jolly Old St. Nicholas’s visit to the pediatric floor Friday. Every year at this time, Santa hands out presents to young patients, whose faces light up when the big guy drops by their hospital bed for a visit. More than a dozen elves gathered Monday to wrap the gifts Santa is handing out tomorrow. Mary Trapani Hynes, a patient/family advisor, was happy she can help make the holidays cheerier for the youngsters, especially since she knows what it’s like to be hospital during the holidays. “I spent a Christmas in hospital as an adult so I know what it can be (like),” she said, adding it’s more difficult for children. “It’s different. You feel so lonely and alone, even though you have family with you. It’s not the same. You’re not around the Christmas tree with the family doing what you normally do.” As she wraps gifts, Hynes thinks of the kids who will be opening them. “I’m thinking some kid will feel just a little bit better that somebody has thought about them,” she said. Valeria Ndunga, a child and youth counsellor doing her internship on the pediatric floor, said the visit from Santa means a lot to the young patients. “It lights up their day,” she said. “Some of the kids can’t go home. They’re missi n g C h r i s t m a s, t h e y ’re

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missing a lot of the fun things they can do at home.” Ndunga had a big smile on her face thinking of the joy the presents will bring the children. “I think how happy they will be and who is this lucky boy or girl who will open this,” she said. “I love doing this. It’s fun. I’m so excited.” Four-year-old Malachai McKenzie was in the waiting room of a pediatric clinic Monday when he was given one of Santa’s presents early. When he realized the present, which had been marked for ages zero to five, was a little young for him, Malachai showed true holiday spirit by giving it to a toddler while an

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social service agencies, will join Santa as he visits children at the hospital Friday. Getting a present while in hospital makes the children’s stay a little nicer, Coteau said. “It is difficult for children and their families to spend the holidays in the hospital,” he said in a statement. “The toy drive is a great way to give back to the community and deliver some cheer to the kids, so that they can have a fun holiday season. I’m proud to support this worthy cause with North York General Hospital and the Toronto Fire Services – Station 116.”

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et 2014 be the year of definition for Toronto’s transit future. Circular discussion about transit options doesn’t ease gridlock. Insecure funding doesn’t build transit. Poor transportation doesn’t help us realize economic stability, let alone economic potential. And every day without a bona fide master plan agreed to by funders, builders and users is another day to fall behind an eager and competitive global marketplace. For the decisions made or not made today affect us for years to come – and hurt us as traffic gets increasingly problematic. You can’t build what you can’t fund. And nobody seems willing to accept responsibility for funding regional transportation plans. our view Back in May, Metrolinx, the provincial agency planning and Toronto must building transit improvements in Greater Toronto and Hamilton meet its full the Area (GTHA), estimated a $34-billion cost for priority projects. potential Funding methods suggested included a gas tax hike; increasing the HST in the GTHA by one per cent; hiking development charges to 15 per cent; and requiring commercial parking lot operators to pay a fee of 25 cents per space. Ann Golden, who chaired a provincial task force examining Metrolinx’s funding suggestions, has recommended to Premier Kathleen Wynne to either fund transit with a gas tax hike or a combination of a raised gas tax and HST hike. The thought of any tax hike is tough for many drivers – and politicians – to accept. Politicians who say they won’t support this tax, however, must offer their own credible solution for funding. We’ll repeat our great wish: Let’s see an ongoing and public meeting of representatives from all levels of government to meet and hash out a complete transit system and a complementary funding formula every level of government can live with. For this isn’t simply a Toronto problem. Canada does not succeed with a Golden Horseshoe weakened by transit woes. Ontario does not succeed when the manufacturing and population hub is staggered by lengthy commute and transport times. And Toronto does not reach full potential on a local or world stage if it develops a reputation as municipally dithering and indecisive in future planning.

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Texting in a Winter Wonderland

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he snow is falling, what are you doing? In Canada, it’s must-see viewing. Why are you cooped up inside, so preoccupied, texting in a winter wonderland?

You know why we love this season. The picturesque setting is the reason. How can you be glued to a screen, unaware of this scene, texting in a winter wonderland? In the meadow You can build a snowman, if you’d pretend your cell just can’t be found. You can also ride a sled or a toboggan. The world’s your oyster when there’s white stuff on the ground.

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jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY And later on, you’ll perspire. It’s something exercise tends to inspire. It’s a pretty safe bet no one works up a sweat, texting in a winter wonderland. In the meadow you can also build a snow-woman. There can never be enough of those around. You can lie down an make an angel right beside her. Texting ain’t the only game in town. The snow is falling, what are you doing? In Canada, it’s must-see viewing. Why are you cooped up inside,

The snow is beckoning, don’t ignore it. The landscape’s inviting you can explore it. Make no mistake, it’s time for a break from texting in a winter wonderland. ... So, get off you duff, you’ve had more than enough texting in a winter wonderland. texting in a winter wonderland. texting ... in a winter ... wonderlaaaaaand. 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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Pay tribute to memories of Zivcic, Mandela with good works To the editor: As the world says farewell to Nelson Mandela, we must appreciate he overcame racism only to face ageism by those who will capitalize from his contributions with selfinterest. Mandela’s message was simple: Listen, and then talk. I am sad upon hearing of the news of Mandela’s passing; this void must now be filled with compassion, not rhetoric. As Toronto says farewell to a local hero police officer John Zivcic, and Mandela, let us honour their memory with good works that are founded on mutual respect. Beth Taurozzi

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Holiday Bake Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1 Brookhaven Dr. CONTACT: Frieda Kanaris, 416566-5742, stsconstantineandhelenevents@gmail.com COST: Free Homebaked Christmas cookies, baklava, spanikopita and much more. Also happening Sunday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www. northyorkmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto. Downsview Public Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Diana, 416-3955720, doprograms@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Performance by Tino@Vivo on the acoustic guitar. Call, email or drop in to register.

Soli and Rob Joy and Their Friends ‘The Bug Buddies��� WHEN: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Amesbury Park Library, 1565 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Elsa, 416-395-5420, elsapoon@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Soli and Rob’s interactive concert for all ages. First come, first served.

Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL Hockey WHEN: 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. WHERE: Chesswood Arena (Rink 1), 4000 Chesswood Dr. CONTACT: 416-6308114, torontojracanadiens.pointstreaksites.com, jrcanadiensmedia@ gmail.com COST: $5 to $10 Toronto Jr. Canadiens vs. the Whitby Fury.

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‘There Is Power In The Blood’ WHEN: 5 p.m. to midnight WHERE: Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd. CONTACT: 647-931-1753, info@graceforlife.ca COST: Gospel concert $25 / dinner and concert $50

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Funny Magic Show: Incredibrent WHEN: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Amesbury Park Library, 1565 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: Elsa, 416-395-5420, elsapoon@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Join us for some laughs at this fastpaced interactive magic show for all ages.Drop in, first come, first served.

Intergenerational Christmas Story Service WHEN: 5 p.m. WHERE: Willowdale Christian Reformed Church, 70 Hilda Ave. CONTACT: Joel Kok, 416-2217829, joel.kok@willowdalecrc.com COST: Free Stories, art and songs for all ages.

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Family Christmas Eve Service WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Parkwoods United Church, 85 Parkwoods Village Dr. CONTACT: 416-447-5519, www.parkwoodsunitedchurch.ca, office@parkwoodsunitedchurch.ca COST: Free-will offering

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check-up This week: Lansing-Westgate

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Lansing-Westgate: Population (2011): 14,620

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Languages Russian is the most common non-official language in Lansing-Westgate. In the 2011 census, 5.3 per cent of residents listed Russian as their Mother Tongue, and 4.0 per cent listed Russian as their Home Language.

Top 10 Mother Tongues

Top 10 Home Languages

1. English 2. Russian 3. Persian (Farsi) 4. Korean 5. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 6. Chinese (not otherwise specified) 7. Spanish 8. Mandarin 9. Cantonese 10. Romanian

1. English 2. Russian 3. Persian (Farsi) 4. Korean 5. Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 6. Chinese (not otherwise specified) 7. Mandarin 8. Spanish 9. Cantonese 10. Arabic

City context A comparison of a neighbourhood statistic with its Toronto equivalent

POPULATION GROWTH 2001-2011 The neighbourhood’s population growth of 24.4 per cent over the last 10 years is among the highest percentage increases in the entire city. By contrast, the City of Toronto’s population grew 5.4 per cent between 2001 and 2011.

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Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people in Lansing-Westgate who are between the ages of 15 and 24 increased by 48.7 per cent.

After a significant amount of population growth between 2001 and 2006, the neighbourhood grew much more slowly between 2006 and 2011: by just 1.2 per cent.

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The overall population in LansingWestgate has increased by 24.4 per cent between 2001 and 2011, with the majority of that growth taking place between 2001 and 2006.

After this age group’s number grew by 31.9 per cent between 2001 and 2006, the number of people in Lansing-Westgate that are between the ages of 25 and 64 grew just 2.9 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

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backs, landscaping, privacy and adjoining land uses. The study comes in response to concerns from the community about the changing face of Bayview, said Don Valley West Councillor Jaye Robinson, who proposed the study. Those concerns began in 2010 when the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) approved a 20-unit townhouse development at 2425 Bayview and eight townhouses at 2500 Bayview after both had been rejected by the city. “These decisions by the OMB have changed the planning context for Bayview, unfortunately,” Robinson said. The community’s concerns resurfaced in September when the city approved luxury townhouses at 6 Baytree Cr. near Bayview and York Mills Road despite an outcry from the community. Planning staff said there was little point opposing the project

because the OMB had already opened up Bayview to townhouse developments at 2425 and 2500 Bayview. Residents said they feel threatened by developers “circling like vultures” around their neighbourhood. Residents are very concerned about the heights of the developments, Nicholls said. Bayview has traditionally been home to two-storey houses but developers want three- and even four-storey townhouses with rooftop gardens that rob neighbours of their privacy, he said. “We really believe the city has to set some guidelines for what is a reasonable and a permissible development for that stretch of Bayview Avenue,” Nicholls said. “When you go one project at a time, you get the feeling it’s getting more extreme every time.” Development should probably be capped at three storeys

The city is launching a study of Bayview Avenue from Lawrence Avenue East to Hwy. 401

and there should be a transition buffer to protect neighbours, he said. The guidelines would also stop development creeping into established neighbourhoods, Robinson said. She held a community meet-

ing in early November and said the vast majority of residents want design guidelines for Bayview. Those opposed want to stop development, but that is not possible, Robinson said. “You can’t stop it but we’re going to try to manage it,” she said. “Developers are buying up houses along Bayview slowly with hopes of developing them. We simply have to have a plan in place.” Having the community come up with guidelines will hopefully convince developers not to propose outrageous projects, Robinson said. “Developers will play better in the sandbox or play ball when they know there is buy-in with the community,” she said.

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George S. Henry Academy Multicultural Council members serve food from around the world during the school’s Winter Festival on Tuesday.

sold for the community event went to Eva’s Place, a local charity that provides support for homeless youth. “We’re hoping to make this a tradition,” said Steinberg, adding she’s impressed with how well co-ordinated all the clubs have been in putting on the successful event. Nikhil Pasricha, student

council president, said the response from his fellow students has been great. “And we reached out to the community,” said Pasricha, noting members from each school club had a number of tickets to sell to their parents, local residents and community sponsors to visit and support the school. “It’s a good feeling.” Fellow student council member Subooh Javed added the fact that funds raised from the event are going to Eva’s Place was also rewarding with the issue of homeless youth being important to them. “It’s a local charity and we know where it’s going,” Javed said. “We really wanted to unite the community.” Both graduating high school students were excited about how the event turned out with more than 200 student volunteers involved. “Hopefully it’ll be even more successful next year,” Pasricha said.

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Deotto summed up the gratitude he feels towards the firefighters who spent three hours freeing him from a horrific crash at Steeles Avenue and Fenmar Drive Nov. 26. The Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue area resident, 80, stopped by Fire Station 411 on Toryork Drive yesterday to personally thank the emergency personnel who were on scene when a tractor trailer flipped onto his car as he was attempting to make a left turn. Six crews from Toronto Fire, along with firefighters from York Region, attended the scene. Remarkably, Deotto, who was airlifted to hospital, sustained only minor injuries, including a cracked sternum and a badly bruised elbow. Walking with a cane, a broad smile across his face, Deotto shook hands with his rescuers, noting words could not fully express the emotion he felt. “I will never forget you guys,” he said. “You guys are angels.” Deotto was heading to his brother’s house when the crash occurred. He remembers praying and calling out to his deceased nephew, believing he was near death. He then heard the cutting of

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glass and steel, realizing he was still alive and emergency crews were working to free him. “I cannot say thank you enough,” said the father of three and grandfather of four, noting Christmas will have an extra special meaning this year.

Firefighter Mike Sayers was part of the trench support truck and rescue team that responded to the call. Armed with heavy lumber and lifting equipment, he helped take the car apart in six- to eight-inch pieces. “I’ve never seen anyone trapped

that bad,” said Sayers, a 22-year firefighter. “We were aware he was conscious and breathing. The only complaint (Deotto) had was he was cold. He wanted to walk away.” Deotto’s cousin, Jack Cossarini, said he heard of the crash on the news but didn’t realize his relative was involved until the following day. “My dad called and said it was his cousin, and I said, Is he alive? He’s a tough nut,” he said. “It’s a nice ending. A lot of accidents don’t get a happy ending.” Perhaps the most touching moment of the reunion was when Deotto met Marc Saberton, the firefighter who held his hand for two-and-a-half hours while crews worked to free him. “All I could see was his hand,” Saberton said. “We talked about his family, his grandkids, where he was from. Anything to distract him. I was trying to make him feel a little relaxed. We don’t get a chance to meet the people we help usually. I’m glad I helped him through it.”

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North York ice dancer Piper Gilles is one step closer to the 2014 Olympics after becoming a Canadian citizen at a ceremony in Scarborough Tuesday. “It’s just a very happy moment now,” she said just before the citizenship cer-

emony on Tuesday. “It’s cool to call me actually Canadian now.” Gilles, 21, skates with partner Paul Poirier, who resides in Unionville. They train with the Scarboro Figure Skating Club at Centennial Recreation Centre on Ellesmere Road. Being a Canadian citizen allows Gilles to be eligible to represent Canada at the 2014

Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. “It would be really cool to compete at the Olympics. I mean he (Poirier) has already done it before,” Gilles said. “It’s everyone’s dream to be able to get to that point...so hopefully we’ll be able to get there.” Gilles was born in Illinois and lived in Colorado. However, she has deep roots

in Canada: her mom, grandmother and great grandmother are all Canadian citizens. “I somehow found my way back. The roots kept calling me back,” Gilles said. Gilles moved to North York two-and-a-half years ago to train with Poirier. They were silver medalists at the 2013 national skating championships.

“We knew obviously that the citizenship was going to be an obstacle and that it would be something that we would have to overcome,” Poirier said. “At the same time we knew in terms of skating it was the right match and those additional difficulties were worth it.” Gilles was among 99 people who took the oath of citizen-

ship during the hour-long ceremony, which was attended by federal sports minister Bal Gosal. “It feels surreal. I feel like I need to keep pinching myself,” Gilles said of her new citizenship.

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TDSB: next step is to ensure money spent ‘in a responsible and accountable manner’ Clark Kim ckim@insidetoronto.com

The two motions that passed directed Quan to work with Ministry of oronto District Education staff with regard School Board to the BPS compensa(TDSB) trustees tion restraint as well as to unanimously approved review trustee expenses for a motion at the regular the current term of office board meeting last week and address any ineligible for education director expenses with individual Donna Quan to review trustees. the findings of “The Toronto Be a part of the a forensic audit District School released earlier Board has in fact discussion. Visit in the week. been very proacthis story on our The audit website and share tive,” said Chris conducted by Bolton, board your thoughts in Ernst & Young chair, noting the the comments reported TDSB TDSB is just one section. senior staff of many school received more boards across  bit.ly/1dkWQeX than $1 million the province in pay raises despite a that is in a similar situaprovincial wage freeze for tion in regards to the BPS the broader public sector compensation restraint (BPS). issue. “So it’s much bigger Other findings in the than us.” audit reported about 30 But Bolton assured per cent of selected trustee the next steps will be to expense claims were work on ensuring every identified as potentially dollar the board receives is ineligible. “spent in a responsible and

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Nurse dedicates honour to Filipino community LISA QUEEN lqueen@insidetoronto.com Calling his award humbling and a great honour, North York General Hospital intensive care nurse Edsel Mutia dedicated the prize to citizens of his native Philippines hit hard this year by natural disasters. “It (the award) means so much to us, to me as a Filipino and a representative of the Filipino community in Toronto to uplift the spirit of most Filipinos. We all know Filipinos back home affected by the calamity,” he told The Mirror moments before being presented with the award from the Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (CARE). It is expected the Philippines will take years recovering from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in early November, which left thousands dead. Just a couple of weeks earlier, the country was hit by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. At the presentation at North York General late last month, Mutia said he hopes his award brings some joy to the Filipino community.

“I will dedicate this award to my fellow countrymen in the Philippines to lift their spirits after what happened from the recent calamities,” he said. The North York resident, who lives with his wife Tess and their sons Nathan, 7, and Liam, 3, in the area of Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street, thanked his supporters in Canada, including his family, CARE, his church family, North York General, co-workers and mentors. “I will also share this award with my fellow nurses in this hospital, most especially with the ICU nurses. Let’s continue to stand tall in giving the best of care to our patients and (their) family. Our job truly gives us the sense of purpose, which reminds us of the amazing impact we have as nurses.” Mutia, who worked as a nurse at a community hospital in the Philippines and as a charge nurse in an intensive care unit in Saudi Arabia before coming to Canada, is the third recipient of the award. It is presented annually to an internationally educated nurse who displays profession-

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North York General Hospital intensive care nurse Edsel Mutia is the 2013 recipient of the Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses’ Joan Lesmond Award.

alism, excellence in holistic care for patients, exceptional knowledge, teamwork, courage, resilience and passion. Mutia was nominated by his colleague, nurse Sharon

Fernandes. “Edsel is well-known for being a seasoned professional who has mentored many new nurses and nursing students to help develop and guide them,” she said in her nomination. The award, known as the Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award, is named in memory of Joan Lesmond, who championed the cause of internationally educated nursing and was renowned for her compassion and ability to connect with everyone she met. Hospital president Dr. Tim Rutledge knew Lesmond as the sister of a close friend. She died in August 2011. “She was an incredibly personable woman, absolutely connected one on one with everybody she met with. I know she was a very highly respected professional as well,” he said. “So, I’m incredibly proud to have one of our own receive this prestigious award.” For more on the Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, visit www. care4nurses.org

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Humber River Hospital president and CEO Dr. Rueben Devlin, seated, and hospital foundation president Heather Hurst show off the da Vinci surgical simulator at Yorkdale.

Vinci robotic surgery simulator, which helps train future surgeons, and will be one example of the innovations to be incorporated into the 656-bed hospital. Yorkdale committed to donate $1 to the hospital for every re-tweet on Twitter with the hashtag #YorkdaleGivesBack during the Giving Tuesday event.

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HOUSE FEATURED ON TV SHOW ◗O’CONNOR North York’s historic O’Connor House will be featured on an episode of the television show Structures on Rogers. The show pays tribute to Toronto’s history and architecture. The O’Connor House half-hour episode will air Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. on Rogers TV cable channel 10 in Toronto and channel 63 in Scarborough. CURLERS ADVANCE IN PLAYDOWNS ◗DONALDA

North York’s Donalda Club boasted winners last weekend in both men’s and women’s provincial curling championship playdowns. Hollie Nichol’s team won its regional competition at the

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A partnership between Toronto’s two largest food distribution charities and Canada’s largest wholesale fruit and produce terminal will provide important nutrition to thousands of Toronto residents who

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rely on food banks and meal programs. The collaboration to reduce the waste of healthy and nutritious food will see Ontario Food Terminal vendors donate skids of fresh fruits and vegetables to Etobicoke-based Daily Bread

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York University student Simona Flumian was selected this year as one of 15 post-secondary students across Canada to receive a CIBC Education Award for her hard work in helping raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Each recipient of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure Post Secondary Challenge received $2,500 to help pay for school expenses. Flumian raised $6,830 for the Schulich Charity Association at York University. For more information about the Post Secondary Challenge, visit www. runforthecure.com/psc

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Top, Northview Heights Secondary School’s Adam Clusadonte, left, clears the ball away from Runnymede Collegiate’s Liban Ali during high school north region indoor soccer action Tuesday afternoon at The Hangar in Downsview Park. Northview won the game 6-2. Centre, Jarvis Collegiate’s Bacet Bezig, left, and Westview Centennial Secondary School’s Efeso Santiago collide going for a head ball. Westview went on to win the game 3-2. Bottom, Etobicoke Collegiate’s Rastko Kojouic, left, keeps the ball away from Georges Vanier Secondary School’s Kushtov Lovs. Etobicoke went on to win the game 5-1. Photos/Jose Armando Villavona

home sweet homes Above, Jeff Hummel helps his son Mason decorate their gingerbread house while Will Hummel samples a treat at the Habitat for Humanity gingerbread build recently. At left, Will adds some more candy to his gingerbread house. Celebrating its 11th year, the gingerbread build has raised more than $270,000 since 2002, enough to build two Habitat homes for Toronto families living in need. The two-day event featured hot chocolate and treats, plus a visit from Santa at the Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Gingerbread Build Factory’ in North York. Habitat Toronto has built over 250 homes in the city to date. Staff photo/sDAN PEARCE

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Anne Golden touts benefits of gas tax to raise transit funds Head of provincial transit panel speaks to Toronto Region Board of Trade RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Residents and businesses can choose to stomach proposed tax increases or face the consequences of paying more in increased congestion costs in the future, said the co-author of a report recommending how to best fund transit expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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Golden’s remarks were received warmly from the audience of business and transportation professionals eager to know more about the funding proposals. However, Martin Collier, the founder of Transport Futures, an industry-supported advocacy group that organizes events on transportation construction and funding, said raising the gas tax would not succeed in reducing congestion despite claims made to the contrary. “The gas tax is a very blunt instrument and it’s not going to reduce congestion,” said Collier. “There should be more consideration for emissions or carbon taxes which will actually reduce the amount of cars on the street.” But Robert Chant of Loblaw Companies said the report was fair, and he was especially happy to see no mention of commercial parking levies, dismissed by the panel as being too complicated and onerous on business to impose. “Not only is this report fair, it allows everyone to contribute and ramp up the speed to see results, which is extremely important.”

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sports schedule TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BOYS INDOOR SOCCER NORTH REGION/JUNIOR THURSDAY, DEC. 19 w Runnymede CI vs. George Harvey CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 w Earl Haig SS vs. Downsview SS (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w York Memorial CI vs. Runnymede CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) THURSDAY, JAN. 9 w Downsview SS vs. George Harvey CI (Hangar Field 3, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Northview Heights SS vs. William Lyon Mackenzie CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Westview Centennial SS vs. George S Henry Academy (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) NORTH REGION/SENIOR TUESDAY, JAN. 7 w Etobicoke CI vs. John Polanyi CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 w Earl Haig SS vs. Downsview SS (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) w York Memorial CI vs. Runnymede CI (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3:30 p.m.) THURSDAY, JAN. 9 w Downsview SS vs. Jarvis CI(Hangar Field 3, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 1 p.m.)

active@insidetoronto.com w Etobicoke CI vs. Newtonbrook SS (Hangar Field 4, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 2 p.m.) w Northview Heights SS vs. William Lyon Mackenzie CI (Hangar Field 1, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) w Silverthorn CI vs. Weston CI (Hangar Field 3, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) w Westview Centennial SS vs. George S Henry Academy (Hangar Field 2, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.) w York Mills CI vs. Georges Vanier SS (Hangar Field 4, 75 Carl Hall Rd., 3 p.m.)

ON THE MOVE Westview Centennial players recoveres the ball from a Jarvis Collegiate opponent, centre, during high school north region indoor soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at The Hangar in Downsview Park. Westview went on to win the game 3-2.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL NORTH REGION/JUNIOR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 w Don Mills CI vs. York Mills CI (York Mills CI, 490 York Mills Rd., 3 p.m.) w George S Henry Academy vs. Earl Haig SS (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 3 p.m.)

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UPCOMING GAME In Toronto District School Board boys basketball, north region, senior action, Emery CI takes on Northview Heights SS on Jan. 13 at 4:15 p.m.

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 w Downsview SS vs. CW Jefferys CI (CW Jefferys CI, 340 Sentinel Rd., 3 p.m.) w Emery CI vs. Northview Heights SS (Northview Heights SS, 550 Finch Ave. W., 3 p.m.) w William Lyon Mackenzie CI vs. John Polanyi CI (John Polanyi CI, 640 Lawrence Ave.,3 p.m.) NORTH REGION/SENIOR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 w Don Mills CI vs. York Mills CI (York Mills CI, 490 York Mills Rd., 3:30 p.m.) w George S Henry Academy vs. Earl Haig SS (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 3:30 p.m.) w Newtonbrook SS vs. Georges Vanier SS (Georges Vanier, 3000 Don Mills , 3:30 p.m.)

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 w Downsview SS vs. CW Jefferys CI (CW Jefferys CI, 340 Sentinel Rd., 3:30 p.m.) w Emery CI vs. Northview Heights SS (Northview Heights SS, 550 Finch Ave. W., 3:30 p.m.) w William Lyon Mackenzie CI vs. John Polanyi

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CI (John Polanyi CI, 640 Lawrence Ave. W., 3:30 p.m.) BOYS BASKETBALL NORTH REGION/SENIOR THURSDAY, DEC. 19 w Georges Vanier SS vs. Earl Haig SS (Earl

Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 1:30 p.m.) w John Polanyi CI vs. AY Jackson SS (AY Jackson SS, 50 Francine Dr., 1:30 p.m.) TUESDAY, JAN. 7 w AY Jackson SS vs. Earl Haig SS (Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Ave., 3:30 p.m.)

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