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Time for rejoicing at Joyce Public School School wins $15,000 worth of technology for its students and teachers HILARY CATON The teachers of Joyce Public School in North York take technology and learning very seriously. “Times have changed, we’re trying to give them as many experiences as possible now, so that they’re able to use technology in fluid ways and in multiple ways,” said Andrew Schmitt, the school’s teacher librarian. Schmitt was the driving force behind the school’s participation in the fifth annual Mindshare Leaning 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge. Joyce P.S. ended up winning the Central Canada division. “It was the most collaborative project I’ve ever been in,” said Schmitt. “All of us at Joyce are thrilled.” For beating out 29 schools in their division, Joyce P.S. won $15,000 worth of technology for students and teachers. According to Schmitt, it’s not just physical equipment like a laptop or a handful of SMART Response interactive tools. It’s also in the form of online subscriptions to software and programs for teachers to use to stay up to date on the latest teaching tools. Their winning video, which was shot by the students themselves and took

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Joyce Public School staff and students as well as Mindshare Learning president Robert Martellacci gather in front of some of the $15,000 worth of technology the school won in the fifth annual Mindshare Leaning 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge.

about a month to create from start to finish, incorporated all the elements that make Joyce P.S. unique, including the use of at least three different languages to convey the different connections technology creates not only in their classroom but their community as well. It also demonstrated how students use technology in every subject from math to French. “Their video was truly a great example of learning, leading and teaching in the

digital age,” said Tim Gard, one of the co-ordinating judges in an email to the Mirror.

It was the most collaborative project I’ve ever been in. All of us at Joyce are thrilled. Andrew Schmitt

“Their video scored top marks in the International Society for Technology in

Education’s (ISTE) education technology standards that are recognized and adopted worldwide.” The students of Joyce P.S. are so hands on with technology that the presentation in the school gym, to congratulate the students and teachers on the win, was set up and run by the students in a special needs class. For special needs assistant Brian Chandrapal, it’s important for him to get the class involved, especially in front of the other kids to

encourage them to be more hands on with the technology available to them. Chandrapal has been at Joyce P.S, for more than 10 years and has seen the shift in attitudes and comfort levels towards technology first hand with students as well as teachers. “They’re fearless and they’re willing to just jump in and ask ‘how do I do this?’” said Chandrapal. “As opposed to kids 10 to 12 years ago who would have asked ‘what if I break it?’ And that was the sentiment from teachers as well.” Technology as a tool for learning is heavily integrated into the education of the students who attend Joyce P.S. and with the additional prizes won through this video challenge, the “culture of innovation” as Chandrapal calls it, will only continue to grow. “I think there’s so much more that we have yet to discover with teacher collaborations and the new technologies that are just on the horizon,” said Chandrapal. “There’s so much more we need to look for, I don’t think we’ve done everything yet. But with the prizes that we won we have the tools to get there.”


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police briefs


Police post YouTube video of vehicles

Toronto police have released a video of two vehicles of interest in connection with a fatal shooting outside a North York club. The video is posted on

YouTube. Thuan Nguyen, 25, also known as Tony, was found suffering from gunshot wounds at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 24 in the rear parking lot of club VYVY Restaurant and Lounge. Police believe he had

been in the club prior to his death. Access the video online at http://youtu. be/7BT6j3mJavU



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Planning better roundtables


he city’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, hosted the first in a series of roundtables Feb. 26 where residents could speak to her, and 12 city building experts, about the city’s future. our view What a brilliant idea, especially when City Hall often feels like More locations a place where residents are not heard. well worth the The city is facing many chaladditional cost lenges – chief among them, transit. However, there are many others on the horizon as we move toward building a truly world-class city with an ever-increasing population. Those very challenges should be seen as great opportunities, and Keesmaat’s roundtables will, hopefully, help harness them. The first roundtable discussed the concept of designing and creating public spaces, in the hope of enhancing the public realm. The roundtable discussed partnerships between the city and its agencies, private developers, and BIAs. This morning, the topic was ‘The Resilient City’ – a discussion on how to achieve a vibrant, strong and resilient city. As things change – demographics, environment degradation, income, access to healthy food, infrastructure, etc. – how does a city stay resilient? But all praise aside, there is a glaring issue: these roundtables take place at City Hall between 9 a.m. and noon – which limits this process from the get-go. Most people work during those hours. If the city is truly interested in public engagement, the roundtables should be open to more Torontonians by having one session during the day, another one at night – and perhaps across the city. It is this point that is most important when considering the April 2 topic: ‘The Next Generation Suburbs’. Discussing the suburbs during the day at City Hall seems short-sighted. And, the idea of calling anywhere other than the old city of Toronto a ‘suburb’ also breeds a disconnect across the city. It definitely doesn’t ‘build’ a common direction. Every neighbourhood has its own unique needs. The needs of north Etobicoke are not the same as central North York or south Scarborough. They are definitely not the same as those of downtown Toronto. We realize opening the roundtables may be more costly, but this is a cost well worth absorbing in order to engage the entire city – especially if the promise of these roundtables is to produce, according to the city’s website, a “series of actions that will identify immediate steps and set the stage for future initiatives.”

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Snap away: Every picture tells a story


ou called me, Boss?” I asked, as I knocked on the door of the head honcho of The Mirror himself, none other than Samuel Metroland III. “Come on in, Jamie. But before we begin, now how many times have I told you not to refer to me as Boss?” “About a gazillion, I guess. My apologies.” “You know how much I hate formalities. So let’s make a pact, OK? None of this silly Boss stuff, anymore. From now on, please just call me Mr. Metroland III.” “Will do, Boss.” “Uh, uh, uh.” “Oops. I mean, will do, Mr. Metroland III.” “Much better. Now let’s get down to the purpose of this little meeting. Did you bring your new column photo with you as we discussed?” “I most certainly did. I have it right here in my briefcase. I was kind of

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY curious, though. Was there a problem with the old one?” “Oh, heavens no. It was a tad out of date, that’s all.” “And just how tad are we talking, may I ask?” “Well, let’s just say it looked like it was taken back when the Leafs won the Stanley Cup and leave it at that.”

Well, let’s just say it looked like it was taken back when the Leafs won the Stanley Cup and leave it at that.

“Come on now. Don’t you think you’re exaggerating? You know very well the Leafs haven’t won the

Cup since 1967.” “Actually Jamie, I was talking about the ’42 Leafs.” “Very funny, Boss.” “Uh, uh, uh.” “I mean, very funny, Mr. Metroland III.” “Perfect. Anyhow, let me just have a quick peak at the new photo so I can authorize it and you can get back to work.” “Voila.” “Now that’s more like it. Unlike the last version, this photo looks like it could have been taken today.” “Very funny, Boss. You know very well it was taken today. You’re the one who booked the appointment.” “Uh, uh, uh.” “I mean, very funny, Mr. Metroland III.” “Hmmm. Now, that’s odd. On closer inspection, as good as this photo looks, something seems to be missing that was part and parcel of your previous one.”

“Are you sure?” “Positive. Something that the other image had in abundance is definitely lacking. Hold on. Let me check my notes. Maybe that will provide the answer. Ah ha, of course. Now I’ve got it. It’s your hair. It’s disappeared. And I have nobody but myself to blame for that omission. I specifically told you all I wanted was a headshot only. So, as per my instructions, you made it a point not to include that long, flowing mane of yours this time. Sorry. My bad.” “Very funny, Boss.” “Uh, uh, uh. Remember our deal.” “I mean, very funny, Mr. Metroland III. Darn, I keep forgetting.” “Not to worry. You’ll get the hang of it eventually.” 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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Seneca students on anTi-fraud campaign

Seniors can learn how to protect themselves from fraud, thanks to Seneca College’s graphic design advanced diploma program. Students created posters and other material for this year’s official Fraud Prevention Month campaign, unveiled at Toronto police headquarters on Feb. 28. The campaign, called “Fraud, Know It, Before It Knows You!”, teaches seniors, their loved ones and caregivers how to avoid being swindled.


call FOR young Sherlock Holmes

If you have a young detective looking to do some sleuthing over March Break, Black Creek Pioneer Village has the program for you. The historic North York village is hosting the Mystery of Sherlock Holmes and the Clock

Maker, where participants can search for clues and crack secret codes, take part in a detective workshop, enjoy a horsedrawn wagon ride, watch a puppet show, enjoy tea time and more. The event runs at 11 a.m. on the weekends of March 9-10 and 16-17 and at 10 a.m. on weekdays from March 11 to 15. Regular admission rates apply. See for more information.


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Collectors’ Corner

EARTH HOUR AT Downsview United

Downsview United Church, 2822 Keele St., will celebrate Earth Hour Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. Attendees of the event are asked to bring a pot luck dish and enough plates, cups and cutlery for their group. Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), with Toronto joining in 2009.

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VINTAGE SHOW: Collectors look through boxes of post cards at the annual Vintage Post Card Show recently at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

During Earth Hour, people are asked to turn off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to in a symbolic call to politicians to stop climate change. For details about the

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Requiem at Glenview presbyterian

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six on six The Mirror sits down with a prominent member of the community and asks six questions. We feature their answers on page 6.

This week: Rueben Devlin, Humber River Hospital president Subject: The progress of the new hospital

health care goes high tech by Lisa Queen


Why are you building the new Humber River Hospital?

The changing dynamic of health care was quickly rendering our existing physical plant unsustainable for future hospital care delivery. Inpatient bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible; the emergency rooms and ICU are undersized for the patient load we’re currently seeing, never mind future growth; building infrastructure is worn out and not adaptable to new technologies. It isn’t the facility our community needs and


deserves. This changing dynamic cannot be accommodated by the facilities of yesterday. So I asked my team: Where is hospital care going? What will it look like in 20 years, 30 years? What role would technology play in patient comfort and care? And I challenged them to design that building – the acute care hospital that would still be on the leading edge 30 years from now.

Where are things currently with the construction?

Construction is progressing on schedule for our fall of 2015 opening. The construction team is currently doing the concrete forming for the eighth floor. On March 21 we will do the last concrete pour on the six-floor podium section of the building. Topping off for the 14-story patient tower is scheduled for late August. Inside the building, wall partitions are


Humber River Hospital under construction in this submitted photo.

going up on the lower levels, and the main heating and ventilation duct work is being placed. The air handling units have been installed: these are the units that provide 100 per cent fresh air throughout the building at all times. If you drive by you can see how the work is going, or go online to our website (www. and check out our live webcam.

How are you making sure the project integrates into the surrounding community?

We are building a hospital that will be welcoming, not just for patients and families, but for our neighbours. Our community piazza will be a great place on a summer morning to grab a coffee, read a newspaper or watch the kids play on the terraced lawns. There’s biking and walking trails on site for everyone. For the neighbourhood kids we’re refurbishing the Ridge Park playground next

door. There will be public art throughout the campus. One of our three guiding design principles is “green”. The campus will feature lots of greenery and gardens, and we’re greening the entire hospital stretch of Wilson Avenue. It will be a great place to visit even if you’re not a patient or here to see one. Everyone’s welcome.


What has been the biggest challenge so far?

The biggest challenge is for the hospital, design team and contractors to stay true to our vision as we move forward. We’re pushing the envelope to create something that’s never been done in North America, and exists in only a very few places in the world: a fully digital hospital. There’s no template for what we are doing, this is pioneering hospital design and construction.


What does the hospital do to communicate updates to the surrounding community?

Our work in keeping the community informed started years ago, when we first put forward our vision for the future of Humber River Hospital. Since then we’ve participated in well over 100 community meetings related to our redevelopment. Some hosted by the hospital; others by community groups; and still others involved elected representatives and community partners, plus the required


The level of detail involved in monitoring the construction of a state-of-the-art acute care hospital that will be significantly larger than Yorkdale Mall is enormous. Our redevelopment team, our clinical and operational planning team, our design compliance firm and Infrastructure Ontario have all done an amazing job keeping patients and families at the centre of all planning decisions.

public meetings held as part of the City of Toronto official planning process. We try to keep our community constantly updated with open houses at the hospital and ongoing attendance at community meetings. Project lead Barb Collins publishes a blog on our website with the latest information. Our website has an entire section dedicated to the project, and we’re always happy to talk to the local newspapers.

What steps has the hospital taken to ensure any disruptions in the community are minimal?

We’re always ver y mindful of our neighbours, and try very hard to respect them and their daily lives. We know there will be some inconvenience from time to time and make every possible effort to mitigate any disruptions that may occur. Our neighbours understand In the long run it will be worth it. I think this is a good example: One morn-

ing last April we poured concrete for the raft slab of the foundation. It involved 100 construction workers and 375 concrete trucks working continuously for eight hours to spread over 3,000 cubic metres of concrete. By doing it on a Saturday we could stage the trucks and manage the work to such a degree that we did not receive a single complaint.


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contraflow bike lanes approved Davenport MPP Jonah Schein, who had been seeking clarification from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, said he received confirmation contraflow lanes are a go.

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free gas for smarter commuting Not-for-profit group Summerhill Impact is looking for Toronto participants for its vehicle measurement program and is hoping free gas is an incentive to sign up. Shuttle is a one-month program where people have their driving patterns monitored for the first two weeks. Following that, they are given an additional two weeks to reduce their driving amount by 10 per cent. Everyone who completes the program gets a free gas card. For details, contact www. Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


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photo exhibit at carrier gallery Fine art photography by Jack Gilbert will be on exhibit at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W.. Gilbert will donate the net proceeds from this show to Villa Charities and MakeA-Wish. The opening reception is Thursday, March 7, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the display continues to April 1. Visit

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Religious and Ethnic Conflict among Jews in Israel WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-4873281,, COST: Free

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Toronto Diabetes Group WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Anne Le-Quang, 416-4087145, COST: Free Group meets monthly to discuss the

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Young at Heart Club WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. WHERE: Church of the Incarnation, 15 Clairtrell Rd. CONTACT: Audrey Stratton, 416-223-1663, audrey.stratton@ COST: $45 Lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by Pianoman Paul. Music of the Jewish Diaspora for String Quartet WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Avenue CONTACT: 416-487-3281,, education@ COST: Free This program centres around the music of three episodes of recent Jewish history: The influence of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; music of Terezín; music by American composer Fredrick Kaufman.


Bridge and Euchre WHEN: Noon to 3:30 p.m. Fridays WHERE: Parkwoods United Church, 85 Parkwoods Village Dr. CONTACT: John, 416-447-2928; 416-496-8705 COST: Free

Bridge and euchre for those aged 50 and older. Weekly Bridge WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Mondays WHERE: Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Ave. CONTACT: Betty Jacobs, 416-223-0568, bettyjeanne. COST: $2, includes refreshments New players welcome. All levels of play accepted. Knitting for Charity WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays WHERE: Centennial Library, 578 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Zelda Pasternak, 416-395-5490,, EFTHoney@gmail. com COST: Free New knitters/crocheters welcome.

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Earl Haig Secondary School student plans on teaching career >>>from page 1 “I was so happy (to get the silver medal). I just wanted to qualify. It didn’t matter where I came.” Koski qualified for the same provincial championships last year, going in with a bronze medal from her division and ending up seventh overall. She clearly enjoys the energy of her routines. “My programs are really personalized to me, I love doing them,” she said, adding she made her dress for the competition. “I skate to Moves Like Jagger. It’s upbeat, the judges love it and it gets the audience into it.” She skates her interpretive event to music sung by internationally renowned French singer Edith Piaf, who died in 1963. Now 18, Koski has been

skating with the Scarboro Figure Skating Club since she was two years old. She is an instructor and volunteer with the club and also an instructor with the city’s parks and recreation department.

I just wanted to qualify. It didn’t matter where I came. Briar Koski

In addition to qualifying for the provincial championships the last two years, she also competed at the junior nationals in Calgary in 2009. Koski is retiring from the Scarborough club this year and hopes to compete in the future at the post-secondary level at the University Games.


North York’s Briar Koski.

An honour student in Grade 12 at Earl Haig Secondary School, she has already been accepted to York University’s Glendon College,

McMaster University, the University of Waterloo and Trent University and is waiting to hear from Concordia University. Koski plans on becoming a French teacher. The well-rounded young woman also has interests outside of skating. For example, she was a volunteer with a cat shelter, was a designer for her school fashion show last weekend and volunteers at Lester B. Pearson Elementary School in the Bayview-Cummer area. “I’m very creative,” she said. “I’m very friendly and love to have fun and get along with everyone.” The provincial figure skating championships are taking place March 23 and 24 in Fort Erie, Ontario.


Four North York rinks impacted by decision >>>from page 1 reversed a decision to close the ice surfaces just as the holiday was gearing up. On Feb. 22, parks and recreation general manager Jim Hart sent out a memo saying the rinks would close on March 10. “The division’s approved budget provides for a regular season that runs from Dec. 1, 2012 to Feb. 24, 2013. Weather permitting, 14 rinks will continue to operate for an extended season from Feb. 25 to March 10, 2013,” the memo said. “Although the outdoor rinks will not operate during March Break, leisure skating and shinny opportunities are available at indoor arenas across the city.” Willowdale Councillor John Filion saw the memo on Feb. 25, and at the Feb. 26 meeting of North York Community Council, persuaded councillors to request the rink at Mel Lastman

Square remain open during March Break. On Feb. 27, Hart agreed to keep 14 rinks across the city open during the holiday. Filion is thrilled with the quick action on the issue. “It’s a nice story. You get stories all the time of the city screwing up. “This time, it was about to screw up, but did a quick correction. I was glad to see a quick response and a thoughtful response. (Hart) said, ‘We can’t do it for one. We’ll do it for all’,” he said. “(The) memo comes out Monday, I make the motion Tuesday and by Wednesday, the problem is solved. “You hear so much about the dysfunctional city, it’s a nice story about how, sometimes, things work out pretty well.”


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We are greatly saddened by the passing of Sam Kotzer on We are greatly saddened by the passing March 3, 2013. He passed away of Sam Kotzer at on home. March Born 3, 2013. peacefully in He Toronto 1925, Sam loved Born passed away inpeacefully at home. people in and1925, loved Sam life. He began in Toronto loved people his career in the toy business asin the and loved life. He began his career a young and and toy business as a teenager young teenager accomplished accomplished manymany things things during his during his long career. Sam long career. Sam founded and created founded and created "Samko “Samko Warehouse” Toy Toy Warehouse" and and was was very very generous in giving to others. Sam was generous in giving to others. a larger always Samthan waslifeacharacter, larger than lifeready with character, a joke and a smile; could always readyhewith a win andThe a smile; he could your joke heart. Canadian toy win industry your heart. The Canadian toy him celebrated his success by inducting industry celebrated his success into the “Toy Hall of Fame” . He was a past by inducting him For intodecades, the "Toy Sam President of the CNE. Hall of at Fame". He was a pastothers volunteered the YMHA helping President of the CNE. For to stay healthy. He was a key supporter decades, Sam volunteered at of the Claus Parade and through theSanta YMHA helping others to the toy stay warehouse, healthy. Hedonated was a to keymany fundraisers thatofenabled many schools supporter the Santa Claus and organizations to raise funds for their Parade and through the toy causes. Sam wasdonated a supporter of Toronto warehouse, to many fundraisers that enabled many “toy Police and Firefighters through schools and will organizations to drives” . Big Sam be greatly missed raise funds for wife theirBetty; causes. by his loving family: children Samand wasWendy, a supporter of Toronto Michael Howie and Phyllis, Police and Firefighters through Sheryl and Paul, Eric and Terry; his "toy drives". Big Sam will be grandchildren, David,by Emma, greatly missed his Alex, lovingJake, Dylan, Jessica, and Andrew; family: wifeSean Betty; children and his siblings, Morris (theHowie late) and Doreen, Michael and Wendy, Evelyn and Sheryl Grace.and Funeral services Phyllis, Paul, Eric Tuesday. Benjamin’s Park Memorial and Call Terry; his grandchildren, David, Emma, Alex, Jake, Dylan, Chapel for details. Jessica, Sean and Andrew; and his siblings,Get MorrisNoticed. (the late) Doreen, Evelyn and Grace.


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