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for all of our employees, we keep these private,” she said in a later email. As The Mirror reported last week, Bryck and senior vicepresident of operations Robert Singleton were among a number of staff in senior roles who were let go on March 5. Lapensee said the dismissals were part of governance changes needed to bring Downsview Park under Canada Lands’ wing after federal Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose put Canada Lands in charge of the park four months ago. “This was a structural internal change, part of the integration of Downsview Park into Canada Lands,” she said in her email. “CLC is continuing its review >>>CITIZENs’, page 5

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LRT meeting in Pleasantview A public meeting updating residents on the four light rail transit (LRT) projects, including the Sheppard East LRT, will be held Tuesday, March 26 at Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. Bruce McCuaig, president and CEO of Metrolinx, will give

a presentation on the projects, including construction schedules and service start dates. A question and answer session will also be held with McCuaig and Councillor Shelley Carroll.

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HELPING HANDS: Carol Pan, right, plays with her friend Sarina on the ice at the Oriole arena Sunday. The family skate time was hosted by Don Valley East MPP Michael Coteau. For more photos from this and other North York events, turn to page 13.

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WEB auction TO support women’s shelter The North York Women’s Shelter is auctioning off a lunch with auto parts giant Frank Stronach as part of its Hope Blooms campaign to raise $4.5 million for transitional housing for women and children who have escaped domestic violence. Stronach, the founder of Magna International and now a politician in the Austrian assembly, is one of several celebrities participating in the online auction on eBay from March 21 to 25. Bidders can also buy a backstage performance visit with singer Carly Rae Jepsen, lunch with football player Rick Foley, who was named the Grey Cup’s top Canadian, a walk-on role on the television show Murdoch Mysteries and more. For more information, visit www.luxuryandvintage.com

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Spring art show for Willowdale artists The Willowdale Group of Artists is holding a spring art show over two weeks beginning next month. The exhibit, with the theme of “painting out of the box,” will be held April 20 to May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. north of Sheppard Avenue.

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Gala to honour renowned conductor

Renowned Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who has led top orchestras and opera companies in North America and Europe, will be honoured by North York’s Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre next month. The fifth annual Sakura Gala will be held April 20 at the centre at 6 Garamond Ct., northeast of Eglinton Avenue and Don Mills Road. For more information, visit www. sakuragala.com/

sakura or call 416-249-0788.

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War of 1812 lecture at Ontario archives

You can get a first-hand look at War of 1812 material when Archives of Ontario curator and historian Ross Fair leads a discussion about the war using records pulled from the archives’ vaults. The Perceptions of 1812: Identity, Diversity, Memory lecture will be held Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the archives, located at York University at 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd. For more information, visit www.heritagetoronto.org/lectures or call 416-338-1339.

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Condoleeza Rice guest speaker at fundraiser

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will be the guest speaker at the annual fundraiser for North York’s Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. Organizers are hoping the Spirit of Hope Benefit will raise more than $2 million, which will be used for programs including Holocaust

education, the Tools for Tolerance program for teachers, students and police officers and leadership missions to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The fundraiser will be held June 13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information, visit www.spiritofhopebenefit.com or call 416-864-9735, ext. 22.

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The North York Rangers will be looking to get back on the winning track in their secondround Ontario Provincial Junior A best-of-seven series against the Buffalo Jr. Sabres Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at North York Centennial Arena, 580 Finch Ave. W. North York leads the second-round series 2-1, taking their first loss 5-4 in overtime in Buffalo on Saturday. North York opened the series with two wins: 4-2 at home and 5-1 in Buffalo. The series continues with game five in Buffalo Wednesday (and if necessary) game six in North York Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m Game seven would be in Buffalo Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

North York Aeros look to strike after split

The North York-based Toronto Aeros will look forward to a couple of home games in their best-of-five, second-round Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) series after splitting their first two in Stoney Creek. Toronto won 2-1 on March 17 after losing the opener 4-3 on March 16. Toronto now hosts the third game Thursday, March 21, 8 p.m. at Carnegie Centennial Arena, 580 Finch Ave. W., and the fourth game Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. at Seneca College Sports Centre, 1750 Finch Ave. E. A fifth game, if necessary, would be held Sunday, March

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North York site one of three Toronto Target locations opening today TARA HATHERLY thatherly@insidetoronto.com Target-mania is hitting Toronto, with three Target stores opening in the city this week, and another coming soon. East York, North York and Etobicoke will be the fi rst to welcome the American retailer. At 8 a.m. today, stores will open at East York Town Centre, 45 Overlea Blvd., Centrepoint Mall, 6600 Yonge St., and Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall. A t 8 a . m . T h u r s d a y, March 28, Target will open at Shoppers World Danforth, 3003 Danforth Ave. The four stores are

expected to be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The store openings follow the pilot opening of three stores earlier this month in Guelph, Milton and Fergus. “ Welcoming the first Canadian guests at our pilot stores was a great moment for all team members at Target,” said Tony Fisher, president of Target Canada. “We have learned quickly from the results of our pilot stores and are committed to delivering on Target’s ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ brand promise as we approach our grand

opening in early April.” The Toronto stores will join 17 others opening this month throughout southwestern Ontario. Target is using the stores’ soft openings for testing ahead of grand openings in early April that will officially announce the company’s Canadian arrival. Most of the stores will feature Starbucks outlets and in-store pharmacies. In total, Target plans to open 124 Canadian stores this year. The company is being tight-lipped about the store openings. In January 2011, Target officially announced it was spending almost $2 billion to purchase up to 220 Zellers

locations, effectively buying out the Canadian retailer. Target selected 189 locations, some of which were sold to Walmart Canada or other buyers, with the majority reopening as Target stores. Much publicity has surrounded Target’s Canadian expansion. The Minneapolisbased company operates 1,784 American stores, famous for selling affordable designer-label clothing collaborations and stylish products, along with everyday home and grocery items and more.

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North York volleyball tourney raises $800 Volleyball players raised about $800 for two worthy causes during a co-ed volleyball tournament on March 9. Created and organized by university students, funds raised at the Roofed tournament will go towards Bayan youth basketball programs and 1Focus, which this year is providing items to two youth shelters in the Greater Toronto Area. The tournament was held at the Dante Alighieri Academy Beatrice Campus at 55 Ameer Ave. southwest of Hwy. 401 and Bathurst Street.

Rotarians hosting post-budget meeting A post-budget breakfast will be held Friday, March 22 at the Donalda Club, 12 Bushbury Dr. The event, hosted by Rotary Clubs of Willowdale, North York and Don Mills, will get underway at 7:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast, followed by speakers at 8:05 a.m. A

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SIU PROBES SHOOTING DEATH

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating after a man died of gunshot wounds Sunday. Police said a man in his 20s was shot in the Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue area around 9 p.m. after police attended the area to make an arrest. The man was taken to Sunnybrook hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The SIU, a provincial agency, investigates incidents involving police where serious injuries, death or sexual assault occurs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-6221886 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1886.

Six co-ed volleyball teams played in a fundraiser tournament called Roofed with all proceeds going to support Bayan basketball club and 1Focus. The tournament was held at Dante Alighieri’s Beatrice Campus. The tournament was created to support youth sport participation and to help homeless youth in Toronto.

ASSAULT, ROBBERY OF TAXI DRIVER

Police have released security camera footage of a man wanted in the robbery of a taxi driver March 14. Police said a man got into a taxi in the Yonge Street and Harlandale Avenue area around 2:50 a.m. and wanted to be taken to the Addington and Burnett avenues area. The man then choked the driver and took his cellphone before fleeing westbound on Burnett Avenue by foot, police said.

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POLICE SEEKING SEX ASSAULT SUSPECT

Police are looking for a man after an eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while walking to school in North York Monday. Police said a man grabbed the girl, indicated he had a weapon and sexually assaulted her near Bramble Drive and Barrydale Crescent around 8:15 a.m. No weapon was seen. The suspect is white, 19 to 22 years old, 5’6” to 5’10” tall with a large nose, short black spiky hair and a thin build. He wore a plain black long-sleeved shirt, black silky pants and black shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the sex crimes unit at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers.

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Opera geared toward children Introduce your child to the opera through The Schoolyard Carmen, an age-appropriate adaptation of the famous Bizet opera, for ages four to 10. In this production by Shoestring Opera, Carmen is a feisty little girl who is new to Canada. She stands up for herself as she confronts the schoolyard bully in her new school and learns independence and acceptance in her new country. On stage Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge St., in The Madison Centre. Tickets are $14. Visit www.solarstage.on.ca or call 416-368-8031.

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Musketeers come to Solar Stage Also at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, children aged four and up can take in an interactive production of The Three Musketeers March 30 and 31. The DuffleBag Theatre show will be staged at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Solar Stage is at 4950 Yonge St., in The Madison Centre.

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Watercolour exhibit reception March 28 A public reception is set for a solo exhibit of original watercolours by Marilena IsacescuCarlea at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery on March 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibit – Bella Italia in Watercolor – continues to April 1 at the gallery in the Columbus Centre, Atrium A, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream on stage Theatre @ York presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 22 to 28 at the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. Director Alison Humphrey will use motion-capture technology to weave 3D computer animation and special effects into this production, adding to the lighthearted fantasy of the play. The preview is Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. with opening

night Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $17 regular run, $12 students and seniors, and $5 for previews. Call the box office at 416-736-5888. Visit http://theatre.finearts. yorku.ca/performance/theatre-york/

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join the resa’s pieces singers ensemble Resa’s Pieces Singers is reregistering for a six-week session beginning Monday, April 8, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at York Mills Collegiate, 490 York Mills Rd. Those interested can complete a form available at www. resaspieces.org; a payment of $60 is required. Resa’s Pieces was formed in 2000 by Resa Kochberg, whose dream was to form a concert band for adults to rediscover playing wind instruments. The original 18-member band has evolved into a group of more than 50 “pieces.” For details on the new ensemble, contact choir master Robert Graham at singers@resaspieces.org On & Off the Wall runs every other week in the North York Mirror. To get your local arts event listed, email the details to nym@insidetoronto.com

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Glass artwork by Dan Dailey to fill North York gallery The Sandra Ainsley Gallery will host an exhibit of glass artist Dan Dailey’s work April 6 to June 1 at 100 Sunrise Ave., Unit 50. A Sunday brunch and artist talk will be held April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The American artist, who has spent the past 40 years focused on his craft, will exhibit his work in Canada for the first time since 1992. His work has been recognized at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute and has been represented in more than 50 museum and public galleries in Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan. Dailey is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art, where he founded the glass program in 1974, and has taught at numer-

Dan Dailey will exhibit artwork from his Individual series April 5 to June 1 at Sandra Ainsley Gallery. Above is one such piece, titled ‘Brilliant.’

Institute of Technology and Southeastern Massachusetts University. The exhibit will include 33 pieces for sale, including 24 glass creations; 11 sculptures from his Individuals series; two pieces from his Circus Vase series; five works from his Scenes series; and six illuminated sculptures, along with nine works from his 3-D drawing series. Pieces range in price from $12,000 to $95,000. Dailey’s wife, Linda MacNeil, will be showing a collection of her contemporary jewelry at the gallery April 9 to June 1. Sandra Ainsley Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.

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Citizens’ group to meet with park’s senior vice-president March 25 >>>from page 1 and analysis. The company is well known for its consultative processes in all of its work across Canada; we will very soon begin our outreach to stakeholders to initiate a dialogue.” Some members of t h e D ow n s v i e w L a n d s Community Voice Association will meet March 25 with David Anselmi, senior-vice president of development and sustainability, DLCVA vice-president Albert Krivickas said. Anselmi is one of the Downsview Park senior executives not let go earlier this month. While Krivickas welcomes the meeting with him, he wants to discuss the future of Downsview Park with the senior team of Canada Lands. “We want the big boys,” he said. The DLCVA had trouble communicating with Canada Lands when it managed the

park in the 1990s before a board of directors was appointed, Krivickas said. The contracts of board members were not renewed last year in advance of Canada Lands taking over operations. Meanwhile, DLCVA members fear the dismissal of the top executives could spell a major shift in the operation of the park, Krivickas said. “We’re disappointed with the management switch-over or takeover. We have a lot of questions, lot of questions,” he said. “We have concerns with the (potential) selling of land. We just don’t know. What’s their ideas? What are they thinking? What are they planning? They (the federal government) don’t like the previous regime for some reason.” Canada Lands’ mandate is to manage, redevelop and/or sell government properties no longer needed.

As it stands now, 50 per cent of Downsview Park is to be preserved as public space. The other half is being developed because the park must be financially selfsustaining. The DLCVA spent years negotiating a truce for the park with the former board and senior brass, and now don’t know what the future holds in store, Krivickas said. “You meet with people for years and you think you have an understanding and now what?” he said. “It’s hard. You are trying to do something good for the community, a great area of Toronto, and now you start over again. It’s a shock. You try to do good and you get slapped in the face. What’s going on?”

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Chan holds on for third straight world championship The short version of how North York native Patrick Chan won his third straight world championship title last week was just that – short. He aced the short program, reclaiming his world record score in the event. And a good thing, too, as his follow-up long program on March 15 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario was uncharacteristically spotty.

He started out landing two quads, but then nearly got tripped up by trips. His final combined mark (267.78), however, was just enough to retain his lead. Nothing went wrong in the March 13 short program that earned him his world record 98.37 points, a full seven points ahead of second-place finisher Denis Ten of Kazakhstan (91.37). In an interview on the

Skate Canada website, Chan, who attended North York’s Ecole Secondaire EtienneBrule, was philosophical: “It wasn’t easy, but I’ll take a win and put it in my back pocket and really learn from it for next season.” Next season, of course, is the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics where Chan, still only 22, will be looking to earn his first Olympic medal.

Amnesty executive guest speaker at human rights fair on March 24 Amnesty Canada SecretaryGeneral Alex Neve will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada (THRAC) in North York Sunday, March 24. The event will also feature a banquet and a human

rights fair, with displays from THRAC, Amnesty, KAIROS, the John Howard Society, Canadian Friends of Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and the Uyghur Canadian Society. Tickets for the event,

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Political will needed for transit funding It’s hard to argue with Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT) President Carol Wilding who said the time for debating how to pay for transit expansion is over. However, providing funding recommendations like those in the TRBOT’s discussion paper, A Green Light To Moving The Toronto Region, doesn’t make funding a reality. Four revenue tools are recommended: a one per cent regional sales tax; a $1 per parking space levy; a 10 cent per litre regional fuel tax; and a road toll for highoccupancy lanes charged at 30 cents per kilometre for single drivers who wish to use the lanes. All revenue raised (nearly $5 billion annually) is to be earmarked for transit expanGreat. That amount is our view sion. more than double the $2 billion Metrolinx says is needed each year Board of Trade for the $50-billion Big Move plan. The numbers are impressive. suggests These are all worthy recommendarevenue tools tions – but it all comes down to the increased taxation of people and the willingness of levels of government to impose such taxes. We’re a far cry from any government having that courage and, despite the board’s assurances, from understanding what the public would accept. The Board of Trade discounted using devices such as property tax hikes to fund transportation, citing them as revenue sources for municipal governments – and always under consideration to increase to keep municipalities afloat. Whether in the form of a straight-out tax, a levy, or toll the end result is the same – money comes from the pockets of residents. We have said many times that we will get the kind of transit we pay for. Very true. The ambitious recommendations are what is needed. After all the region is losing $6 billion in productivity annually. While the TRBOT suggests upward of 50 per cent of people would be willing to swallow taxes to fund transportation it’s never that easy to evaluate acceptance. We do know this. You can’t tweak today’s revenue generation and come up with an answer that would raise the required capital to build the system and to maintain the operation. This paper offers dramatic new income sources to be considered. But is there a political will to carry any of these recommendations forward?

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threw my back out last week due to some heavy lifting and I’m still walking a little gingerly today. I’d like to say the injury happened carrying a massive Boston Bruin defenceman on my back the entire length of the ice en route to depositing an overtime game-winner. But alas, it was nothing quite that glamorous. I got it from lugging around what just might be the largest key chain in captivity in my right back pocket. I’m talking enough precious metal to keep a silver mine in the black until the next millennium. The embarrassing thing is that outside of the two keys on it that I actually use, the rest haven’t been in a keyhole since seemingly the first millennium. Take the key to our quaint family cottage up north, for example. We sold that place ages ago.

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY And the guy who bought it from us immediately tore it down and built a solar home. That key opens nothing. Yet, here it remains. Next to that one is the key to a bike lock. A lock that was stolen, along with the bike, back when I was in university, I do recall. Still, I can’t seem to part with it for some reason. And those are but two of my collection of inoperable, outmoded keys. My key chain is a veritable who‘s who of what‘s this. Such as the key to our snowmobile, long since sent to the scrap heap. How I even ended up with that one I have no idea. I wasn’t allowed to drive it, for heaven’s sake. The key right next to it has me scratching my

head even more. It’s for the shed. Which shed? I couldn’t tell you. We never had a shed. In fact, I don’t recall ever even being in a shed in my life. That doesn’t stop me from toting it around, mind you. I just like saying shed. And I like having a key to a shed even more. I also have one key on the chain that is a complete mystery to me. What’s more, on the face, it distinctly says: “Not to be copied,” yet I have four more just like it, all in different colours and arranged in a neat little row. For what it’s worth, I made the original key the captain of the four duplicates. And that’s just for starters. I have a plethora of other obsolescent keys too numerous to mention in a column, but I will leave you with my absolute favourite: the key to my

trusty guitar case. The guy who sold me the guitar told me to never lock the case. He said he didn‘t know why they even made guitar cases with locks in the first place. So he advised all his customers to throw away the key upon purchase, lest they lock the case one day by mistake and accidentally misplace the key. I didn’t take his warning to heart, of course. You know me, I just can‘t bring myself to part with any keys. So I keep it right here in its cosy little spot on the chain, snug as bug on a rug with all the others. And the irony of it all? Somewhere along the line, I lost the case. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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To the editor: Re: ‘GO to introduce quiet zones on some trains starting Monday’, News, Feb. 7. East Don Trail Environmental I agree strongly Assessment Study with Notice of Commencement & Public Event designating the upper coach of most GO trains as special Quiet Zones. As of Feb. 11, the transit service started to designate the upper coach on most GO trains as Quiet Zones. Passengers will be discouraged from speaking loudly while on the train and be asked to turn sound off on all electronics. Employees on GO Transit will not be the ones to ask for silence, rather the passengers on GO Transit will do so in a polite manner. Designating the upper coach on GO trains as Quiet Zones makes the commute more peaceful for those traveling on the trains. The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. Toronto thrives on your great ideas and actions. We invite you to get involved.

The City ofToronto andToronto & Region Conservation (TRCA) are hosting a public event to introduce you to the East DonTrail Environmental Assessment (EA) study.The event will be a drop-in open house for viewing study materials and one-on-one discussions with members of the project team. We invite you to attend this event to learn more about the work completed to date, key challenges and opportunities, and ways the community can participate in the study.

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We would like to hear from you Public consultation is an important part of this study. We are asking for your input to inform the East DonTrail EA study.Topics to discuss include:  How and where you are utilizing the East Don valley lands  Key areas of interest  Challenges, opportunities, and other concerns

 How we can engage the community and provide opportunities for participation You are invited to learn more and to share your insights and opinions at any time. For more information, please contact: Maogosha Pyjor Tel: 416-338-2850 Public Consultation Coordinator Fax: 416-392-2974 City of Toronto TTY: 416-397-0831 Metro Hall, 19th Fl. E-mail: mpyjor@toronto.ca 55 John St. Visit: toronto.ca/involved/projects Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Issue Date: January 31, 2013

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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GO to introduce quiet zones on some trains starting Monday RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com It’s about to get a whole lot quieter on GO trains. Beginning Feb. 11, the transit service is designating the upper coach of most trains running on the Barrie line as special Quiet Zones, for passengers seeking solitude from noisy commutes.

In the specially marked areas, passengers will be asked to refrain from engaging in noisy conversations as well as to mute electronics like cellphones, tablets and laptops. While GO Transit employees will not enforce the silence standards, riders are encouraged to politely ask someone making noise to tone it down

or head to another part of the train. The new zones will be in place on every trip on the line leaving or heading to Union Station, save the 7:22 a.m. southbound trip and a northbound trip leaving Union at 5:35 p.m. For more information about the new quiet zones, visit www.gotransit.com

Travelling far distances can be quite irritating with many people talking around you. Having the Quiet Zones on Go trains will help reduce the amount of traffic on the street because it will encourage more people to take the trains. Also, by taking the GO train, it will benefit the environment because there will be fewer emissions in the air because less cars will be on the roads. GO Train Quiet Zones can be highly effective to those passengers looking to avoid a noisy commute. Daniella Einhorn

Toronto has fallen behind in its subway building To the editor: Re: ‘On gridlock: Sensible transit solution means a regional plan with subways and GO trains’, Letters, March 12. I totally agree with letter writer S. Suurmann’s comments in your March 12 edition. Decades ago, council decided we couldn’t afford subways, but we’ll always be told that, as the gridlock worsens, and in reality will always worsen.

We will never be able to ‘afford’ it, and we’ll be able to ‘afford it’ even less in the future. As Mayor Rob Ford foresaw, it should be done as quickly as possible, even if everyone has to somehow contribute and get it done, including wealthy corporations. Modernized and efficiently better-run cities such as Chicago, London, England, are so far ahead

of Toronto in urban planning (and sadly also in their preservation of their history and architecture) that it is embarrassing for one of Canada’s largest cities. Toronto has fallen behind as a functional and attractive thriving metropolis in many areas. Decades ago people should have been able to get off an airplane and taken a ‘subway’ to Union

Station and vice versa. We have gotten nowhere because our city council does not have foresight, wastes time and money having unproductive meetings and promotes costly Band-Aid solutions that will just get worse. The suggestion of adding surface transit has no common sense. Better late than never to do it right. J. Smith

Save money and aggravation; stop sidewalk plows To the editor: Mayor Rob Ford and city councillors, listen up. An easy way to save money is to stop the needless sidewalk snowplows. Each year their passes create havoc with gouged and uprooted sections of grass, lifted curbs, interlocking bricks and chunks of driveways and ruined hedges and shrubs at the

edge of the sidewalks. Most people shovel the sidewalks before the plow comes by and then they have to do it again because the huge tires on the plow hits the snow banks and deposit it on the sidewalk. If left as is, it becomes a frozen dangerous mass for people to trip or slip on. These plows leave a huge mess and create

more work for the homeowner. I know everyone can’t shovel their sidewalks, but when we have large snow falls like we have had recently, neighbours help each other out with their snow blowers or shovels. That’s what neighbourhoods do. I have a cedar hedge that is more than 40 years old. Each year the plows

take a toll on it, ripping off branches and leaving gaping holes. It takes years and years for these holes to fill in, if they ever do. These past two snow falls have been hard on the trees just with the weight of the snow. City of Toronto, save money, stop the sidewalk plows. A. Welch

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Hub update with Michelle-Ann Hylton FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Opened in October, the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub, 5987 Bathurst St., offers community and medical services, such as counselling, employment services, seniors’ activities and youth groups,

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along with 7,000 square feet of community space. The hub is a partnership between Unison Health and Community Services and the Toronto District School Board. Capital funding comes from United Way Toronto, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and Ontario Ministry

of Health and Long-Term Care. Hub partners include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, Circle of Care, CUIAS (Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society), Family Service Toronto, JVS Toronto, Kababayan Community Centre

Multicultural Services, KCWA Family and Social Services, North York Community House, North York Women’s Centre (NYWC) and Toronto Public Health. While not all agencies have catchment areas, Unison’s is bounded by Steeles Avenue, Bathurst Street, St. Clair

Avenue and Keele Street. The North York Mirror sat down with MichelleAnn Hylton, satellite manager of the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub, to talk about the new, much-needed facility in the WestminsterBranson neighbourhood. We asked her six questions.

The hub has been open for a few months now. How is it going? We officially opened in October and have been fully operational since late January. It’s going very well. Unison and Downsview Legal Services moved in in January and we’ve seen quite a difference with the numbers coming in. We held our first community open house Feb. 21 and over 200 people attended. People were able to tour the building and access all our services.

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What services are being used most? Health, dental, legal and employment services. JVS hosted a job fair recently and the turnout was overwhelming. Counselling and settlement services have seen a steady flow.

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What is the ultimate goal for the hub? The Bathurst-Finch Hub is part of the United Way’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy. We provide access to community space for people looking to run programs and we provide access in a community where access is limited or not provided.

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Are people surprised to learn it’s located in one of the city’s 13 priority neighbourhoods? Residents might not like the naming, but they know what the issues facing the community are. The Bathurst-Finch community is very engaged. Pedestrian safety is a key issue. Employment is a major issue with newcomers in the area.

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Do you feel work needs to be done to explain what ‘priority’ means? The area has a lot of newcomers and employment is a big issue, poverty is a big issue. Priority doesn’t necessarily mean violence. Services have always been there, but they were spread out over the city. Now it’s all in one building.

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What does it mean for the community to have a place like the hub? There were always health services at Bathurst and Finch but not in a specific location. If people wanted everything in one location they would have to go to Lawrence and Allen. Downsview Legal Services was in the Wilson and Sheppard area. North York Community House was at Bathurst and Sheppard and now it’s at the hub. Now everything is under one roof. People are more aware of what’s available. People are coming to the building to see the dentist, doctor and counsellor. People appreciate the convenience of coming to one place. It speaks volumes of the work of agencies providing services to the community. If it’s not convenient or easy access people won’t go. The Bathurst-Finch Hub is comfortable. It’s the only one of eight hubs to be built from scratch. People who have seen it appreciate the care that has been taken. We have a steering committee for the community garden we launched back in October. We have programs addressing food security issues and we started a community kitchen. A resident group of veterans from (the former Soviet Union) use the space, and starting March 19 a yoga class will be offered. I used to manage the Jane Street Hub and it took months to see this type of volume. We also have an active community advisory panel.

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Iranian Fire Festival WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Mohammad Sheikholeslami, 416-887-7236, http://iranianfirefestival.com/, mohammad@ iranianfirefestival.com COST: Free The festival marks the arrival of spring and revival of nature. Special programs include Iranian music and Iranian dance performances, a Kids Zone, Iranian food, fireworks and much more.

MPP Michael Coteau’s Free Tax Clinic WHEN: 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Pleasant View Community Centre, 575 Van Horne Ave. CONTACT: Fiona Chan, 416-494-6856, www.michaelcoteau. onmpp.ca, mcoteau.mpp.on@liberal.ola.org COST: Free In order to be qualified to use the free tax clinic you must have an individual gross income under $25,000 or a family gross income under $30,000. The appointments are on a first-come first-served basis, and spots are limited. Call to register for an appointment and for more information.

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.

Growing Large African Violets WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. WHERE: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: Sayeh Beheshti, www.tavs.ca, info@tavs.ca COST: Free Guest speaker Paul Kroll will talk about gesneriads (cousins of African violets).

416-660-1444, emagen@executivexercise.com COST: $10 Registration required. North York Historical Society Program WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: Geoff Geduld, 416-2223485, ge_gedul@alumni.concordia. ca COST: Free Speaker Janis Philip, author of ‘The Silent Canoe’ talks about: How the

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Why Am I Not Losing Weight? WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Edithvale Community Centre, Art Studio B, 131 Finch Ave. W. CONTACT: Elana,

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Building Permits 101 WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. WHERE: Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St. CONTACT: Diana, 416-395-5720, doprograms@torontopubliclibrary.ca COST: Free Gabriele Guiducci of Geometra Design will talk about the prepatory work to consider before starting a build project. Call or email to register.

Perceptions of 1812: Identity, Diversity, Memory WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd. CONTACT: 416-338-1339, http://heritagetoronto.org/lectures COST: Free Visit the new, state-of-the-art facilities to hear curator and historian Dr. Ross Fair discuss his selection of original, War of 1812 related materials. Registration is required. Reserve your seat at HeritageToronto.org/ lectures or call 416-338-1339. Using Ancient Texts to Understand Modern Israeli Society WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-4873281, www.templesinai.net, education@templesinai.net COST: Free

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Tot Shabbat with Applefun Puppetry WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-487-3281, www. templesinai.net, education@templesinai.net COST: $20 Register by Wednesday, March 20 at noon.

Temple Sinai Band at Kabbalalalat Shabbat WHEN: 7:15 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-4874161, www.templesinai.net, office@ templesinai.net COST: Free

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Writer in Residence Alissa York presents Sense of Place: Creating A Convincing World WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. CONTACT: 416-395-5639 COST: Free Call to register.

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In close in Downsview Ivan Bustrov takes a shot for the Stars as Martino Gemoli stretches out to make the save for the Leafs during Downsview Hockey Club atom division action at Downsview Arena Sunday afternoon. Gemoli achieved a shutout, with the Leafs winning 2-0

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UPCOMING GAMES The best-of-seven series against the Buffalo Jr. Sabres continues Tuesday with Game Four at North York Centennial Arena. Game Five is in Buffalo Wednesday.

downsview hockey club action shots and saves: At left, Trevor Salopek makes a save for the Stars as they face the Leafs in Downsview Hockey Club atom division action at Downsview Arena Sunday afternoon. At right, James MacIsaac takes a shot for the Leafs. The Leafs beat the Stars 2-0. Staff photos/Nick Perry

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ADULT CLUBS TACKLED BY COMMITTEE Tuesday is a busy one at City Hall, with both the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and Licensing and Standards Committee meeting. The Licensing and Standards Committee is looking at amendments to the Toronto Municipal Code when it comes to adult entertainment club regulations. Across the hall, the Public Works and Emergency Services has a full agenda. It’s looking at the city’s long-term waste management strategy, and why the city can’t quite reach its 70 per cent diversion strategy, how to manage construction disruption, the city’s response to the Feb. 8 snowfall and the city’s single file riding bylaw.

LOBBYING BYLAW COULD BE TIGHTENED Mayor Rob Ford’s Executive Committee comes back from March Break Wednesday to deal with the question of whether Toronto’s lobbying bylaw is tough enough. The Lobbyist Registrar is recommending lobbying be permitted during business hours only. Holders of public

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COUNCILLORS’ TERM LIMITS ON AGENDA The committee will be looking at other limits on politicians, too. The notice of motion from councillors Mary Margaret McMahon and Jaye Robinson that came to council last month to explore term limits for councillors is on the Executive Committee agenda. The two councillors argued at the time that establishing a term limit of three terms for a councillor would encourage more turnover, and therefore fresher ideas and less political deadlock on council. At the time, councillors were cool to the idea.

LAND TRANSFER TAX CAP DEFENDED Works Committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong and

Scarborough Southwest Councillor Michelle Berardinetti will be defending their notice of motion to put a cap on the Municipal Land Transfer Tax. This plan is different from Mayor Rob Ford’s plan to phase out the tax. Under the MinnanWong/Berardinetti proposal, the tax would continue, but if revenues went above a set limit – due to a red-hot real estate market or other factors – the city would not collect the additional amount.

COUNCIL TO HOLD MINI-MEETING On Thursday, Toronto Council meets for a special minimeeting just to deal with the February community council items: zoning approvals, historical designations, liquor licenses for public events. Embedded in those items is also a resolution to the debate over whether the high-end grocery store on Bay Street, Pusateri’s, ought be able to maintain a lay-by south of Yorkville Avenue, for their valet parking service.

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Board of Trade offers suggestions for funding The Big Move RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com

It’s time to stop debating and get moving on paying for transit expansion, said the president of the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT) at a press conference Monday. Before an audience at the board’s downtown headquarters, including representatives from Metrolinx, Carol Wilding announced recommendations for the preferred revenue tools it claims will generate nearly $5 billion annually for transit building – more than double the $2 billion Metrolinx says is needed to pay for the bulk of its $50-billion Big Move plan “The debate is no longer if we need new revenue tools, but which ones,” Wilding said. “To succeed, all of us will have to contribute. All levels of government, the public and the private sector.” Compiled in a report released Monday, those

tools include a one per cent regional sales tax to generate up to $1.6 billion a year; a $1 per parking space levy also raising $1.6 billion annually; a 10 cent per litre regional fuel tax bringing in as much as $840 million; and a road toll for high-occupancy lanes charged at 30 cents per kilometre for single drivers who wish to use the lanes, which would generate a maximum of $45 million annually. All of the recommendations are dedicated specifically for transit. The report, titled A Green Light to Moving the Toronto Region: Paying for Public Transportation Expansion, was prepared by a special cabinet of 40 stakeholders and took three years to prepare. Government, business leaders, economics academics and public polling all contributed to its findings. The authors also looked at successful transit funding examples from across the

world and whittled down an initial list of revenue tools from 26 to four, Wilding said. She said the recommendations were chosen because they are fair, balanced and economically responsible. She warned annual congestion costs to the regional economy will balloon from $6 billion to $15 billion by 2031 due to population growth if the Big Move is not completed. Following the announcement, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig praised TRBOT’s recommendations, but remained coy as to whether the provincial transportation planning will incorporate them in its forthcoming funding investment strategy for the Big Move to be delivered to the sitting premier in June.

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Some 84 per cent of Torontonians who took part in a poll say they prefer the new TTC bus shelters to their boxy predecessors. That’s according to Astral Media, which redesigned and maintains the shelters as part of its 20-year street furniture contract with the city. The poll of 539 people wrapped up earlier this year, and the Montreal media company said those surveyed overwhelmingly prefered the updated designs, which include new park benches and garbage receptacles.

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clean train coalition meets The Clean Train Coalition will update the public on its ongoing court battle against Metrolinx to derail the Union Pearson Express air rail link. Legal counsel Saba Ahmad will discuss the progress of the coalition’s appeal of a recent Ontario court decision upholding Metrolinx’s plan to run diesel trains along the ARL at an event on Wednesday, March 20. CTC wants the line elec-

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT trified in time for the link’s 2015 opening. As part of the verdict the group was ordered to pay $30,000 in court costs to Metrolinx. The meeting takes place at Indian Road Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Road Cres., at 7 p.m. To register email info@thewestbend.ca

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more charges laid in attack A Toronto man faces more charges in connection with a violent incident at a transit station. On Feb 1, Cassim Cummings allegedly grabbed a man by the neck at Finch station and choked him before uttering threats. Cummings is also accused of an assault at North York Centre station Feb. 12. The new charges were announced when the 20-yearold appeared in court Mar. 12 for a bail hearing stemming from his arrest in late February for allegedly stabbing a man in the neck on a train near Davisville station.

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Commuter advocacy group TTCriders is holding a town hall on Wednesday, March 20, and has invited some of the transit commission’s top brass to take part. TTC CEO Andy Byford and chief customer officer Chris Upfold will respond directly to commuter feedback during Transit Talk at Metro Hall, 55 John St. To register for the free event, visit www.ttcriders.ca

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Looking for a career change? Metrolinx and the city’s department for employment and social services are cohosting a transit construction information session Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at COSTI Immigrant Services’ Weston office, at 35 King St. near Lawrence Avenue West and Weston Road. Attendees can learn about opportunities through GO Transit’s Georgetown South expansion. To register, call 416-397-0155. Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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TTC tests new light rail vehicle RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com Toronto’s new streetcar made its first journey on Toronto streets in the early hours of last Thursday. Only project team members were aboard the Bombardier-manufactured light rail vehicle (LRV) when it left the TTC’s Hillside facility, 1138 Bathurst St. around 4:30 a.m. and headed toward Bathurst Station and back. The trip took under an hour and during that time the crew successfully tested for a variety of factors including the near 100-foot vehicle’s ability to make tight turns, travel along an incline and maintain traction power, said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross. “We’re being extra careful,” said Ross who tweeted several pictures of the streetcar on its southward trip along Bathurst and entering the station. “The objective is to test the vehicle in the environment in which it is going to operate

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A prototype of the new TTC streetcar made its first trip on Toronto streets early Thursday morning. The 30-metre light rail vehicle traveled along Bathurst Street from the TTC’s Hillcrest facility to Bathurst station and back for testing purposes.

and not at the risk of hindering service if we run into a problem.” The trip was supposed to start earlier in the night but the streetcar’s engineers wanted to ensure it passed all “static testing” before heading out, which caused a brief delay, Ross said. “We don’t want to go out onto the street if we’re not confident we can do it successfully,” he said. A second, longer test was

planned for 2:30 a.m. last Friday, which saw the vehicle travel south from Hillcrest to the Exhibition Place loop. Ross said the plan is to see how the LRV runs in all conditions for longer times. Eventually, he said the vehicle will run for testing during daylight but did not specify when those tests would occur. If all goes well, the new TTC streetcars will begin service on the 510 Spadina line in 2014.


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