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HOLIDAY ANTICIPATION: Students at Blessed Trinity Catholic School form a maple leaf while singing O Canada Thursday to celebrate the end of the school year and Canada Day. Approximately 140 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 7 participated in the event.


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Settlement reached on size of Amexon project But OMB hearing continuing over financial contribution to community services

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community Festival on Fridays in July wCultura Mel Lastman Square, at 5100 Yonge St., will host Cultura Festival July 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 11 p.m. Now in its fourth season, Cultura is a free Friday weekly Fridaynight festival in July celebrating music, art, food and film. Cultura features unique performers and artists, international street food vendors, interactive art installations and evening film screenings. Mel Lastman Square is at 5100 Yonge. St. For information, visit http://


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band music kicks off serenade series wBig The sounds from Big City Big Band will fill Mel Lastman Square Sunday, July 7 as part of Sunday Serenades. The free concert will take place at 5100 Yonge St. from

7:30 to 9 p.m. The Big City Big Band is a 17-member group that performs an extensive repertoire of swing and big band jazz music. The concerts continue weekly until Aug. 18. For information, visit www. serenades/2013/ at Don Mills hosts summer fun wShops The Shops at Don Mills has put together a jam-packed summer line-up. The shopping centre at Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue is offering miniature train rides, dancing, live music, yoga and more. For more information about events at the centre, visit www. One of the highlights of the summer season will be free weekly trail runs on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Meet at Salomon at 10 Aggie Hogg Gdns. and head out for a run through the Don Valley trails led by the Salomon flight crew and store team. Call 416-384-1661 for more information.

seeks Liberal nod in Willowdale wCho Entrepreneur and community advocate Sonny Cho is seeking the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Willowdale. “I have spent my career developing business opportunities. Now, I want to help the Willowdale community foster innovation and create new and better job opportunities,” he said in a statement. “With the recent increase of high-rise condominiums and influx of young professionals, Willowdale has enormous potential to become an employment hub for youth and new immigrants alike.” Cho is on the board of Ontario Place Corporation, playing a role in the redevelopment of the waterfront attraction. He has worked as a business development consultant for public, private and non-profit organizations, including Centennial College and Kia Motors. The next federal election is set for 2015. CNIB camp needs wvolunteers

You can help blind and partially-sighted kids make some

happy summer memories by volunteering at the CNIB’s camp the week of July 8 to 12. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or have experience with children and have graduated a babysitting course. Volunteers will be working with campers aged six to nine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On July 8 and 12, the camp needs seven or eight volunteers. July 9, 10 and 11 are outing days, meaning 12 to 14 volunteers are needed. If you are interested, email Leslie Deane, coordinator of volunteer services, at leslie.deane@ English classes for immigrants wFree

If you are an immigrant with a history in certain career sectors, Seneca College is offering you free English classes. You qualify if you work in the area of accounting and finance, business entrepreneurship, technology, early childhood education or child and youth worker. The classes help newcomers learn the communication and cultural skills they need to get a job. The courses will run Monday evenings and on Saturdays

from Sept. 21 to Jan. 11. For more information, visit or email Gibson House: summer fun from bygone age wNorth York’s historic Gibson House is offering visitors the chance to slow down and enjoy the best of what the summer has to offer from a bygone age, On Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning July 4 and carrying through August, you can go back in time more than a century and a half. Join in a game of croquet, relax on the porch, chat with neighbours and friends, drop by the community quilt group to see what members are creating and even join in if you wish and walk through the house and enjoy its history. Children can explore the Discovery Gallery. Everyone can participate in games on the lawn. Activities will vary every week and staff welcome your suggestions. Admission is pay what you wish. Gibson House is at 5172 Yonge St. north of the North York Centre subway station. For more information, phone 416-395-7432.

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Brothers’ cycling trek for Alzheimer’s honours beloved grandfather LISA QUEEN


n Tuesday morning, North York brothers Soojeong and Soohyung Choe will visit the grave of their grandfather in Richmond Hill before climbing on their bicycles to begin a 4,500-kilometre trek to Vancouver to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. In January 2011, their beloved grandfather, Sangmoo Choe, died at the age of 83 of the fatal brain disease, which has no known cause or cure. Watching their grandfather, a great story-teller who was an acupuncturist for about half a century, suffer and die from Alzheimer’s within two years of diagnosis was devastating for the family, Soohyung said. “It hurt more when he had Alzheimer’s (than when he died). To me, he was mentally dead already. He wasn’t the same person,” the 18-year-old said. His older brother Soojeong, 19, agreed. “He got mood swings. The worst part was when he forgot our names. That killed me,” said Soojeong, who just completed his first year in biomedical sciences at the University of Western Ontario and hopes to go to medical school. While their grandfather was loved by the whole family, he and Soojeong shared a special bond that came from sharing a bedroom as the boy grew up. The family moved from Korea and then Hong Kong, where the brothers were born, to Toronto about 13 years ago and they settled

Left (staff photo Dan Pearce) Soojeong Choe, 19, left, and his brother Soohyung, 18, are cycling across Canada beginning today to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Alzheimer’s claimed the life of grandfather Sangmoo Choe (above, with Soojeong).

in the area of Lawrence Avenue and Leslie Street. But with a family of seven, including their parents and two sisters, there weren’t enough bedrooms to go around. Soojeong and his grandfather became roommates, with Sangmoo routinely having to scoop his grandson off the floor when the boy tumbled from bed during the night. “It (making my grandfather and I roommates) was the coolest decision my parents made,” said Soojeong, who said his grandfather over-indulged him with food. When his grandfather was placed in a nursing home as the Alzheimer’s progressed, Soojeong would often jog five kilometres to the facility because

he wanted to see him so badly. After his grandfather died, Soojeong started an Alzheimer’s club at his high school, York Mills Collegiate Institute. Soohyung took it over when his brother left for university. Soojeong and Soohyung, who is headed this fall to Western for engineering, held eight events and raised about $2,000, which they donated to the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto. They are continuing their efforts after high school. For example, Soojeong raised $4,000 cycling from London, England to Paris, France last summer and this spring founded the Alzheimer’s Bike Campaign and the brothers have organized various fundraising and awareness events.

Now, they are turning their attention to their cross-Canada cycling campaign. They will cycle about 170 kilometres a day, with their dad accompanying them in the family car. The brothers hope to raise $20,000 for Alzheimer’s research. Travel, food and gas expenses are an additional $13,000. They have raised about $10,000 so far. They stress that they are grateful to many people who have helped them along the way, including Robin Wang, Justin Chan, Ramez Haider and companies ZM Cycle and Fitness and KindHuman. Soohyung acknowledges his brother was initially more enthusiastic about the trip, but said he’s now really looking forward to it.


He’s excited about visiting a statue of Terry Fox in Thunder Bay but admits he’s apprehensive about cycling through the Rockies. His older brother can barely contain his excitement. “It makes me feel so good,” he said. “Personally, I could die happy if I could finish this trip.” Soohyung believes their grandfather would be pleased they are dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s, particularly in his name. “I think he would be proud of us because we’re doing a good cause,” he said.


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School zones may warrant 30 km/h speed limits: Carroll It’s not unusual for residents to ask councillors to reduce speed limits on residential streets, especially in school areas. But Don Valley East Councillor Shelley Carroll suggested it may be time to take a different approach after the latest request came before North York community council on June 18. Councillors agreed to the community’s request to reduce the speed limit on Churchill Avenue between Abbotsford Road and Beecroft Road to 40 km/h, down from the existing 50 km/h. Churchill, southeast of Finch Avenue and Senlac Road, runs alongside Churchill Public School and near Willowdale Middle School. Councillors also agreed to put in an all-way stop at Horsham Avenue and Claywood Road behind the public school. But Carroll said it may be time to consider following the lead of other jurisdictions and reducing speed limits in school zones to 30 km/h. If speed limits are 40 km/h, motorists routinely drive as quickly as 48 km/h, which means the city may still have to install other traffic calming measures, she said. Speed limits of 30 km/h would mean drivers would drive slower than the desired 40 km/h and would save the city money on other controls, Carroll suggested. Measures such as speed bumps impede emergency vehicles, she added.


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Height, overall density reduced >>>from page 1 ciation managed to work out a settlement for the size of the project, Shiner told The Mirror. The settlement reduces the amount of residential development on the site by about a third, down to about 1,464 condo units in five buildings no more than 31 storeys high. When the project first came before community council in May 2012, Amexon wanted 2,098 residential units in six buildings ranging in height from 27 to 43 storeys. In April, that had been scaled back to five buildings ranging in height from 21 to 39 storeys. The settlement is good for the community, especially since the strongest argument being made by the city and residents was the amount of shadows the buildings would cast on neighbours, Shiner said. Also, the OMB has a tendency to favour developers,

he added. “The community usually gets shafted (at the OMB),” he said. While the settlement on the size of the project is good news, the OMB hearing continues as the city and the developer fight over the developer’s financial contribution to community services, Shiner said. An Amexon official involved in the negotiations, a lawyer who represented the developer at April’s community council meeting and a spokesperson for the Bayview Village Association could not be reached for comment. Although the residents’ association was willing to accept buildings up to 34 storeys, Shiner said he fought for the 31-storey cap because he believed that was more acceptable to the broader community. “I’ve been able to reduce the residential component by a third. That’s huge,” he said. The mediation also

marked an unusual arrangement between the city and the residents’ association, Shiner said. The association was worried about using the limited financial resources it had for an expert at the mediation sessions because if they had proven to be unsuccessful, the association would not have been able to afford to pay its expert to appear at the OMB hearing, he said. Because the city and residents were on the same side and it was in their interests to avoid a gruelling fiveweek hearing that would have included about 19 Amexon witnesses, the city agreed to contribute more than $10,000 towards the association’s expert during mediation, Shiner said. “It is quite unique but I’m a strong believer in community participation,” he said.


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TerraCycle program: no ifs, ands or butts North York’s TerraCycle is heading into year two of an ambitious program to recycle cigarette waste, described as the “most littered” item in the country. Known as the Cigarette Waste Brigade, the program, in partnership with Imperial Tobacco Canada, offers incentives in the form of donations to registered charities for each pound of cigarette waste collected. The program also makes plastic products from the cigarette waste. According to an announcement, filters and packaging are recycled into items such as plastic pallets, while ash, paper and tobacco are composted. In the first year of the program, more than five million cigarette filters were collected nation-wide. For more information, visit to: benefit plans for small business wHow

How do you go about getting a benefit plan for your small business? Some answers may be found at an Enterprise Toronto session hosted by the Toronto

paul futhey business in brief Region Board of Trade July 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3, 5100 Yonge St. Attendees will learn how to build a benefits plan, prioritize the needs of your Thursday b u s i n e s s a n d employees and ensure your plan is sustainable. Admission is free. Register online at, email or call 416-395-4716.


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for success wAccounting

A North Yorker is the new vicechair of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario. Edward Carter received his CGA designation in 1994 and his FCGA (a national award that recognizes members who provide exemplary service) in 2010. Carter is the manager of tax reporting at RBC Investor Services Trust.

An announcement from the CGAO noted Carter’s “strong record of service to CGA Ontario and extensive experience in banking, taxation and community service.” According to the CGAO, there are 22,000 CGAs in Ontario, with 9,000 students working toward that designation. students make the grade wSchulich

Three Schulich students were among the Top 10 Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) performers in North America in May. MBA student Mudit Sharma (second), and BBA students Balpreet Singh (sixth) and Albert Huynh (eighth) formed the Schulich Top 10 contingent. The BAT is a global, standardized exam that measures business and finance aptitude. For more information on the BAT, visit bloomberginstitute. com


Paul Futhey is the managing editor of The North York Mirror. Business in Brief appears every two weeks. Email him at pfuthey@insidetoronto. com


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Feminist Book Discussion Group WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, Room 2, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Diane Meaghan, 416-509-5508, diane. COST: Free Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Today we will be discussing ‘Obasan’. Co-sponsored by the Older Women’s Network, and open to all women (even if you haven’t read the book yet). Refreshments.

Nature Walk with Sierra Club WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. (at Leslie) CONTACT: Sarah, COST: Free Join Sierra Club for a hike through Wilket Creek, Sunnybrook and Sherwood Parks. See the natural beauty Toronto has to offer. Please RSVP. Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting www. Read weeks of listings from your North York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

Dancing in the Town Square WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Rd. CONTACT: 416-447-6087, www. COST: Free Learn new steps and moves in Latin dance every Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m.

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Downsview Library: Go! Go! Thursdays WHEN: 2 to 2:45 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Children’s Librarian, 416395-5720, COST: Free Young children and preschoolers are invited to participate in Summer Reading Club programs that include stories, crafts and fun activities. Blow

bubbles, create a picture book, make puppets and more. For ages 2 to 6. Free limited tickets available 30 minutes before program starts.

A free, weekly Friday night festival in July that celebrates music, art, food and film.

Chair Exercise Class WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie St. CONTACT: Eric, 416-450-0892, COST: Free Class focuses on balance, co-ordination, strength, flexibility and posture. Facilitated by a qualified instructor.

North York Astros host Serbian White Eagles WHEN: 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Esther Shiner Stadium, 5720 Bathurst St. CONTACT:, COST: Adult (14 and over) $15; youth (3-13) $5

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Cultura Festival WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. WHERE: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Brian Liberty, , http://, COST: Free


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Back on Track: Healthy Living Workshops WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Unison Lawrence Heights site, 12 Flemington Rd. CONTACT: Hamda Mohamed, 416-787-1676, ext. 234,

Ward 34: Making Space for Culture Public Meeting WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd CONTACT: COST: Free The City of Toronto is holding wardbased meetings to assess community needs for affordable and sustainable cultural spaces. Residents can offer their input about their neighbourhood’s cultural infrastructure to help guide potential future investment. Examples include performance venues for music, theatre or dance, art galleries and studios, and rehearsal spaces.


Oh Dear Art Exhibition WHEN: July 2 to Aug. 26 WHERE: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: www.ohdearnorthyork., COST: Free North York Arts presents an exhibit curated by Paola Poletto, a North York resident and installation artist. Oh Dear will explore the past, present, and proposed future of North York through the work of artists of

several disciplines. Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market WHEN: Fridays, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: South Parking Lot, 1800 Sheppard Ave. E. CONTACT: William Blyleven, 905-317-3010, www., maplegreenhouses@bellnet. ca COST: Free Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market is open every Friday until Oct. 11. Community Quilt Group WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. every other Thursday WHERE: Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416395-7432, COST: Free A free social quilt group that meets every other Thursday to work on a group quilt project for the museum. No previous experience required.

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Action needed on transportation


ata released last week from Statistics Canada confirmed what most commuters in the Greater Toronto Area already know – we have the longest commute times in the country. Our average travel time of 32.8 minutes to work (one way) is the longest in Canada’s urban regions, according to the data. That makes us more than seven minutes longer than the national average. Something else to think about while sitting on the bus, train or in your cars: our commuting time is now among the longest in North America – topped only by New York City with 34.7 minutes and Washington D.C. with 33.8 minutes, according to Statistics Canada. The data came from the National Household Survey conducted in 2011 by StatsCan. The reality, though, is that the commute is much longer for many Greater Toronto Area residents. This is not something we should be proud of. It’s a conour view demnation of past governments and their poor planning. We can’t StatsCan wait much longer for better road numbers paint systems, better development and improved public transit systems. sombre picture The StatsCan numbers are consistent with the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s stats on Toronto’s average twoway commute time of 66 minutes. The cost of the time we’re spending travelling is not only impacting businesses and their productivity; it’s taking a huge toll on the commuters themselves. According the TRBOT’s A Green Light To Moving the Toronto Region: Paying for Public Transportation Expansion, congestion is costing the Toronto region $6 billion in lost productivity annually. “No surprise then, that irrespective of who’s measuring, or how, the results are consistent: the Toronto Region’s problems of gridlock are amongst the worst of any major urban centre in the world and getting worse by the day; a fact the region’s weary commuters know all too well as they try to navigate through our congested roads and packed transit systems,” said TRBOT President and CEO Carol Wilding in the Green Light report. It can’t go on. Hopefully, these latest numbers from StatsCan can be used to make politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal levels understand that transportation investment is critical to the economic and social success of Canada’s largest city. Those very politicians can expect it to be a key election issue, and one on which local voters will be looking for real answers and action.

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Tips on how to keep cool in this heat


an, it’s been hot lately. Couple the heat with a humidex that’s been higher than the CN Tower and even a walk in the park is no walk in the park right now. Heck, just sitting around and soaking up the rays can suck the energy right out of you. So what do you do in these oppressive conditions if you like to run outdoors, like I do? Toning it down a tad is always a good start and making sure to have plenty of scheduled pit stops along the way also helps. That’s my game plan, anyway. I’ll take you through one of my favourite Sunday morning summer jaunts. I start at the intersection of Heath Street and Spadina Avenue head south to St. Clair Avenue, turn right and make my way west. After I get the kinks out, I hit my first checkpoint, a popular

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY neighbourhood dessert stop: Nothing And I Mean Nothing But Ice Cream. I love their yummy flavours. Drew Berrymore, Cocoa Chanel, Cherry Seinfeld, to name but a few. I never partake in any of them in this heat, mind you. I just open the freezer door and stand next to it and enjoy the breeze. Ahhhhhh. The initial gust feels like the corner of Portage and Main on a Winnipeg winter morning. You can’t beat it on a scorchingly hot day. Suitably refreshed, I’m ready to continue. So I head north on Dufferin Street all the way to Eglinton and then take another schedule break, checkpoint two, Yes Frills, the top-of-the-line grocery chain. I head straight to aisle 12, the frozen orange

juice section. Oh yeahhhhhh. It’s just what the cooling doctor ordered. When you’re overheated, there’s nothing like being next to a row of Sixty Second Maid Orange Concentrate Without Pulp to send shivers up and down the spine. I just lean over the counter and feel the soothing draft rising from the shelf. I hold for 15 seconds, then step back. Then I repeat. If you’re thinking of taking a stab at it on your next run, try two sets of three to start. Moving right along, I head east on Eglinton toward Bathurst Street to checkpoint three, the wellknown summer hangout, You Olde Smoothie. You don’t have to order a smoothie to feel the benefits. Just looking at the poster on the sign out front for the house specialty, the Frozen Tundra, is enough. The mouth-watering

frothy blend of artificial milk, artificial juice, artificial ice and artificial flavouring is enough to give you real goose bumps. Sufficiently energized for the home stretch I work my way down Bathurst and stop at checkpoint four for a quick spritz from the air pump at The Gas Station Nearby. It doesn’t get much better than that. Then I head back to my place for the grand finale. There’s a sprinkler on the lawn next door set up by the new kids on the block which, as it turns out, is made to order for the old kids on the block in this kind of weather, too. Take it from one who knows. It really hits the spot. I can’t wait to do it all again next Sunday. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at


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Rescued dog inspires opening of off-leash park LISA QUEEN Beaten, deprived of food and water and kept in a closet in a house of drug dealers, the dog was in terrible shape when Toronto police Const. Ashley Wolosinovsky took him home. But despite his ill-treatment, Oscar the pit bull was very sweetnatured. “This dog loved people. He was beaten, he was so malnourished and he still loved people,” she said. That demonstration of unconditional love prompted Wolosinovsky to put together Best Friends Forever, a program aimed at building relationships between police and at-risk youth, The program included students from Northview Heights Secondary School near Finch Avenue and Bathurst Street, William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute, near Sheppard Avenue and Allen Road, and Scarborough’s Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School walking and playing with dogs at Toronto Animal Service’s north shelter at 1300 Sheppard Ave., east of Keele Street. While at the shelter, the young

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Daniel Zephyr, 15, left, and Toronto Animal Services’ Robert Meerburg play with Gus in the new Lost and Found off-leash dog park at the Sheppard Avenue West Animal Services shelter.

people had a chance to get to know police officers on a first-name informal basis and talk about life experiences with volunteers at the shelter. “I wanted to show the kids unconditional love. I wanted to show them what it’s like to have something (the dogs) love you no matter what,” said

Wolosinovsky, who nursed Oscar back to health and gave him to a friend. When the students decided they wanted to create a shady place for the dogs, the idea for a new dog park at the shelter was born. On June 13, the new Lost and Found Park was officially opened. Created entirely from donations,

including $1,000 the Best Friends Forever students raised at a barbecue, the park features a grassy hill with a tunnel underneath, a rubberized walking path made of recycled tires and a play structure. Daniel Zephyr, a 15-year-old Grade 9 student at Northview, said he loves working with the dogs, walking them and teaching them tricks. “I never missed one day,” said Daniel, who described himself as an animal lover. Rather than a ribbon cutting, Davenport Councillor Cesar Palacio and Tom Rakocevic, assistant to York West Councillor Anthony Perruzza, broke a large dog biscuit in two to officially open the park. Designed by outdoor design and style expert Carson Arthur, who appears on a number of television shows, Lost and Found Park is the first off-leash dog park in Ward 8 and the seventh in North York, It will be used by dogs at the shelter waiting for adoption. The public can use the park from 6 to 8 a.m. and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.

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Three teens facing charges Three males face charges after a garage, a door and a car were defaced with hateful graffiti in the Bathurst Street and Hwy. 401 area. Police allege suspects entered a garage and defaced property inside with anti-Semitic symbols. On another occasion, a side door was defaced with anti-Semitic symbols. The trunk of a car was also defaced. One suspect also stole property from numerous vehicles, police allege. The incidents occurred between May 6 and June 16. Michael Spirka, 18, of Mississauga faces charges, including 11 counts of possessing property obtained by crime, 12 counts of theft, three counts of attempted theft and one count of possessing marijuana. Two 16-year-old boys who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act have been charged with three counts of mischief to property and one count of breaking and entering.


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As part of the North York Mirror’s Exclusive Look series, we are focusing on the organizations that make up the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub and the services they offer to the community. The Mirror sat down with Iris Fabbro, executive director of the North York Women’s Centre.


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Tell us about your organization and what it does. North York Women’s Centre (NYWC) helps women learn and grow through information and referral, day and evening programs, educational workshops, leadership development and volunteer opportunities. Programs are delivered in a supportive space where women can identify their needs, find resources, build skills,


My role is to ensure that women accessing NYWC services leave with the tools and self-confidence to achieve their goals. Their success is our success. And the results are far-reaching: research has shown that when you improve the quality of life of an individual woman, you also improve quality of life for her family and her community.

How does your organization fit in with the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub? North York Women’s Centre is a supporting partner in the hub. We are a resource for local women and community workers who serve

them, helping to address the many challenges women may face in moving forward with their lives.

What has the feedback been like from the local community since you opened the doors there? We’ve received a number of requests to contribute our women-specific service knowledge and resources to joint programs and local events at the hub. We are excited about working


together on collaborations that will increase the range of supports and opportunities that will make life better for women in Bathurst-Finch.

What’s the difference between the location of the hub and other locations? Our research shows that violence prevention and response is a priority for this neighbourhood. Our focus in Bathurst-Finch will include programs that reduce individual women’s risk of violence, enhance community

What is your role in the organization? As executive director, my role is to ensure that NYWC is responsive to community needs and that our programs and services are effective in bringing about positive changes in women’s lives. Our tag line “Opening Doors for Women” is as appropriate today as when we first launched it in 1989. It reflects our focus on empowering women and building on their strengths.


share experience, and gain strengths in the company of other women. We have been serving women since 1989, responding to changing needs and working effectively with local leaders, volunteers, funders, community agencies and governments.


awareness and understanding of gender-based violence, and increase the capacity of all service providers to identify and effectively respond to women at risk in this highly diverse neighbourhood.

Guiding principles: promoting equity, equality and social economic justice for all women, and working within a framework and anti-oppression, anti-racism and feminism


Talk about your goals with specific reference to the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood. We are working towards a world where all doors are open to all women. The Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood has a high proportion of residents who are new to Canada and not aware of their rights and the options available

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rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT TTC will extend its late night bus service along Steeles Avenue East. The TTC normally runs late night buses along Steeles from Yonge Street to Middlefield Road in Scarborough. That route (353) will soon be extended beyond Middlefield on a trial basis between 1:30 and 5:30 a.m. seven days a week. The extended route will travel east to Markham Road which will create approximately 15 more rides every night in an industrial and commercial area, according to TTC staff, which found enough room in its current schedule to run the late night buses east on Steeles every 30 minutes. At a meeting last week, the TTC board, which includes local city councillor Raymond Cho, agreed to approve a pilot program for the extension, which begins Sunday, Aug. 4.

hosts transit party wThomson Former mayoral and provincial candidate Sarah Thomson has turned to advocacy of late, campaigning for more transit funding. This week, Thomson is planning a party in honour of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail line, which kicked off major construction recently. One massive tunnel borer machine was launched in early June from the Crosstown’s west launch site at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue West. On Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thomson, a magazine publisher, and her group the Toronto Transit Alliance are hosting ‘Moving Forward: Celebrating the Eglinton Crosstown Line’ at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St. The group has also invited Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig to speak at the event. For more info, visit www. Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


Downtown relief subway could get Metrolinx approval next year 15 years estimated for full build RAHUL GUPTA A Downtown Relief Line subway project for Toronto could be approved by the Metrolinx board as early as next year, the transit planning agency’s CEO said last Thursday. Though it will likely take 15 years to approve, design and fully build the Downtown Relief Line to ease congestion on the subway system, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig was confident the $7.4 billion undertaking – which will require funding through dedicated taxes and user fees – will receive Metrolinx’s stamp of approval by the third quarter of 2014. “We’re going to try to keep all the timelines we set out,” said McCuaig after a board meeting Thursday.

“People want to see a schedule, and that we’re meeting that schedule, so our objective is to hit the timelines we set for ourself.” A preliminary planning study needs to be completed which will examine specifics of the project. Coinciding with studies already underway by the TTC and the city, the Metrolinx work will expand the focus beyond Toronto and look at how the line might potentially be integrated regionally with GO Transit. McCuaig said Metrolinx would collaborate on the study with the city and TTC. “We need to get all that work done collaboratively and bring the outcomes to the board, TTC and city for a decision,” said McCuaig. During the public portion of the quarterly meeting,

Metrolinx’s board of directors received a series of updates on the progress of transit projects already under construction in Toronto. Those projects include the Union Pearson Express air rail link, the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail line and an extensive renovation of Union Station. The board also heard from GO’s president on the regional transit provider’s intention to run trains every 30 minutes on the Lakeshore corridor starting Saturday, June 29, which Gary McNeil called a “paradigm shift”. “Customers won’t have to look at their schedules, they’ll be able to get to a GO station and get their trains,” said McNeil. “It changes how you look at the service by moving toward a higher frequency.”


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The question of what to do with the runways at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will also be coming before the committee. There’s an interim report on the agenda that looks at the request by Porter Airlines to exempt them from the commercial jet ban – and increase the length of the runways.

david nickle the agenda Mayor Rob Ford has come out in favour of doing so, but staff are urging caution: simply lifting the ban for Porter’s jets could cause legal problems, and the runway extension could be prohibitively expensive. The final report will come in September. surplus for capital projects wBudget

The executive committee will also be looking at the report from budget committee recommending that the city’s $248 million surplus from 2012 go mostly into capital projects. Councillors have had a tough time debating the report in time to do anything else with that money, and the executive committee seems poised to go along with the recommendations.



Land transfer tax debate continues

The question of what to do about the municipal land transfer tax will come up at the Executive Committee but don’t expect it to stay there long. City Manager Joe Pennachetti is suggesting that the committee send his report straight to the budget committee, which will be better able to assess Ford’s promise to cut 10 per cent of the tax before the end of the term.

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The question of what to do with the financially-troubled BIXI Toronto bike rental service will be on the table too. It will also likely be behind closed doors. Staff have come up with a strategy to keep the program going in the downtown, but the recommendations themselves are confidential.


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SATURDAY, JULY 6 w Kingston Grenadiers vs. Metro Toronto Wildcats (Loyalist Vocational & Collegiate Institute, 11 a.m.) TORONTO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION MOSQUITO TUESDAY, JULY 2 w Stouffville Yankees vs. North Toronto A’s (Memorial Park, 2213 Dufferin St., 6:30 p.m.) MINOR PEEWEE Burnett Park, 7:30 p.m.)

MIDGET TUESDAY, JULY 2 w Richmond Hill Phoenix vs. North Toronto Knights (Sentinel Park, 315 Sentinel Rd., 8 p.m.) THURSDAY, JULY 4 w West Toronto Wildcats vs. North York Blues (Bond Park, 120 Bond Ave., 7:30 p.m.)


FRIDAY, JULY 5 w North York Blues vs. West Toronto Wildcats 2 (Keelesdale Park, 2801 Eglinton Ave. W., 7:30 p.m.)

In Toronto Baseball Association rookie division, Richmond Hill takes on the North York Blues at Bond Park 5 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.


BANTAM TUESDAY, JULY 2 w North York Blues vs. Vaughan Bantam (Concorde Regional 2, 8:30 p.m.)

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The North York Blues’ Mark Bernardi, right, is tagged out at home plate by the Etobicoke Rangers’ Justin Plut during Toronto Baseball Association bantam division action at Bond Park on Thursday evening. The Blues still went on to win the game 7-5.

MONDAY, JULY 8 w Aurora Jays vs. North Toronto A’s (Sentinel Park, 315 Sentinel Rd., 7:30 p.m.)

TUESDAY, JULY 2 w North York Blues vs. Newmarket Hawks 1 (Fairgrounds 1, 6:45 p.m.)



FRIDAY, JULY 5 w Richmond Hill Phoenix vs. North York Blues AA (Bond Park, 120 Bond Ave., 7:30 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JULY 7 w Team Ontario Bantam Girls vs. North Toronto Greensox (Talbot Park, 635 Eglinton Ave. E.,

3 p.m.) w North Toronto Greensox vs. Team Ontario Bantam Girls (Talbot Park, 635 Eglinton Ave. E., 5:30 p.m.) MINOR BANTAM FRIDAY, JULY 5 w Richmond Hill Phoenix vs. North Toronto Nationals (Eglinton North park, 200 Eglinton Ave. W., 6:30 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JULY 7 w North Toronto Nationals vs. Toronto Playgrounds (Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W., 7 p.m.) MONDAY, JULY 8 w North Toronto Nationals vs. Georgina Bulldogs (ROC #1, 7 p.m.)

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