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North York’s Ryan Hawken’s chances of being crowned the winner of YTV’s The Next Star have become brighter as the singer has made it to the final Top 6. The 15-year-old Lawrence Avenue and DVP resident competed against 4,000 hopefuls to land a Top 12 spot following nationwide auditions. The Next Star, which premiered its fifth season July 16, narrowed the field down to six on Aug. 6. From there, the judging panel, made up of Juno Award-winning singer Keshia Chante, record label executive Mark Spicoluk and country musician Tara >>>NORTH >>>NORTH NORTH,, page 3 >>>NORTH,

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CULTURAL REFLECTIONS: Alecksandar Panev, left, his daughter Maryann Panev and wife Mary Du enjoy the Mel Lastman Square reflecting pool during the Cultura Festival on Friday. Tomorrow is the final evening for the free celebration or the arts.

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Daniel Nestor awarded honourary degree from York U. FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Canada’s most decorated tennis player was awarded an Honourary

Doctor of Laws degree at York University Tuesday. With his parents, wife and daughter looking on, Daniel Nestor received the degree inside York’s Life

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Nestor,” Shoukri said. “We are here to celebrate you and welcome you as a new member of the York University family with a doctorate in law.” >>>TENNIS, page 5

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Ryan Hawken still shining on ‘The Next Star’

CULTURA IN THE SQUARE

North York’s Ryan Hawken’s chances of being crowned the winner of YTV’s The Next Star have become brighter as the singer has made it to the final Top 6. The 15-year-old Lawrence Avenue and DVP resident competed against 4,000 hopefuls to land a Top 12 spot following nationwide auditions. The Next Star, which premiered its fifth season July 16, narrowed the field down to six on Aug. 6. From there, the judging panel, made up of Juno Award-winning singer Keshia Chante, record label executive Mark Spicoluk and country musician Tara >>>NORTH, page 3

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CULTURAL REFLECTIONS: Alecksandar Panev, left, his daughter Maryann Panev and wife Mary Du enjoy the Mel Lastman Square reflecting pool during the Cultura Festival on Friday. Tomorrow is the final evening for the free celebration or the arts.

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Daniel Nestor awarded honourary degree from York U. FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Canada’s most decorated tennis player was awarded an Honourary

Doctor of Laws degree at York University Tuesday. With his parents, wife and daughter looking on, Daniel Nestor received the degree inside York’s Life

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Lawrence Park Scoring out, fun in for Driftwood in Kine Kids program C.I. student ties campers Kinesiology for top marks students head camp based on being active

Sean Goldhar earns grade average of 99.7 per cent

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FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Though only 18, Sean Goldhar already possesses a maturity and strong sense of self well beyond his years. The North York resident’s love of asking questions and making sure he thoroughly understands his assigned work helped him tie for the top average in the Toronto District School Board this year, earning an astonishing 99.7 per cent. “I was surprised I did that well,” said Sean, who tied with Martingrove Collegiate Institute’s Run Ze Cao for first place. “I worked really hard. I spend a lot of time studying, making sure I understand the concepts. It’s a lot easier to excel at something you love. I love school, I love reading and learning.” The Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute student scored 100 per cent in chemistry, biology, physics, vectors and calculus, and functions. His lowest mark was 98 per cent in English. School isn’t his only passion. Sean played Junior A hockey and hopes to make the Varsity Blues team at the University of Toronto, where he will be a student come fall. He hopes to major in biology. A musician, Sean is a pianist and was also on his school’s athletic council, and helped organize charity events such as the Terry Fox Run and Movember. “For me, it’s a lot about balance,” said Sean, who is doing cancer

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Lawrence Park Collegiate’s Sean Goldhar is one of two Toronto District School Board students to achieve a graduating average of 99.7 per cent.

research this summer at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. And finding that balance was something his parents instilled in him from a young age. His father, Dr. Steven Goldhar, stressed the importance of both academics and athletics to his son and his twin sister, Laura, a promising tennis player. “But school came first,” said Steven, who received the highest mark at Newtonbrook Secondary School at the end of high school. “(Sean) is very well-rounded.” Sean’s mother, Barbara, agrees. “(Sean) is the kindest, nicest person,” said Barbara, a physiotherapist. “He never gave us one moment of grief. I’m very proud of him and it’s nice to see his hard work being acknowledged. Everything he does, he does to the best of his ability.”

North Yorker makes it to top 6 >>>from page 1 Oram, will help mentor the finalists before a winner is crowned during the live finale at Canada’s Wonderland Sunday, Sept. 23. Hosted by Degrassi: The Next Generation actor Adamo Ruggiero, The Next Star was open to contestants aged 15 and under. While only one will ultimately take the crown, each of the Top 6 singing hopefuls will record an

original song, which will be available on iTunes, and also star in their own music video. Viewers can cast votes for their favourite finalist via text message or by visiting YTV.com. The winner will take home the coveted title, along with a prize package which includes two songs to be released on Sony Music Canada and a $5,000 spending spree at Sears.

In this version of capture the flag, two teams of children have to steal three balls from a hula hoop placed at opposite ends of the gym at North York’s Driftwood Community Centre. Steven Jawahir, 11, and Melissa Thadal, 10, are among the youngsters darting back and forth trying to grab balls and defend their team’s hula hoop. They deke around other players, most of whom are involved in the game, although there are a few who are playing to the beat of their own drums. Dan-Dyllan Mugisha, 12, isn’t enamoured with this game. He joins in but his heart doesn’t seem to be in it. He would have been happier playing one of the many other games taking place at the community centre in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue neighbourhood every weekday afternoon this summer. At first glance, the scene could be taken from countless summer day camps taking place at community centres and schools across Toronto. But, in fact, about 70 campers between the ages of seven and 12 are part of a program called Kine Kids created by Angelo Belcastro, chair of York University’s School of Kinesiology. Developed in conjunction with colleagues from the University of New Brunswick, the program gets youngsters involved in fun active play guided by some of Belcastro’s kinesiology students. While all children can take part in the program, Kine Kids was developed to appeal to youngsters who are unaccustomed to activity and may be overweight or suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes. It is also geared at pre-teen children who are reaching an age when many youngsters begin to bail on physical activity. “Rather than having them drop out, we’re using Kine Kids to keep them active longer,” Belcastro said. The program is needed because Active Healthy Kids Canada has given Canadian children a failing grade in active play and leisure on its 2012 report card, Belcastro pointed out.

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Dan-Dyllan Mugisha, 12, eludes being touched during a game at Driftwood Community Centre Monday as part of the Kine Kids program. Kine Kids is a program run by York University to provide active play for children. The program in Driftwood is the first time it has been tried in a community environment.

Although Kine Kids has been used in a university setting for the last five years, the program in Driftwood marks the first time it has been tried in a community environment, Belcastro said. The participants undergo a number of tests including having their blood pressure, body fat, biological maturity, muscle strength, aerobic power and self-confidence measured. While they are playing, the children wear a device called an accelerometer to measure their activity levels. Kine Kids is designed to get children involved in fun, non-competitive, active games rather than in team sports, Belcastro said. For kids who are inactive or selfconscious about their athletic ability, team sports can actually act as a deterrent to physical activity, he said. “To be involved in play, kids today are programmed to sport or organized behaviour. But aspects

are problematic. Not everybody is skilled,” Belcastro said. “We don’t keep score (in Kine Kids). All you have to do is run with a smile on your face. You can do that, can’t you?” If Steven, Melissa and Dan-Dyllan are any indication, Kine Kids is a success. “I have good thoughts (about the program). I don’t think it’s going to get boring,” Steven said, adding there are times when he can be a bit of a couch potato. “I would say it is a fun place. You can do lots of stuff here and make friends. I like getting up to play games.” Melissa is thrilled with the program, happily describing how her mom signed her up after seeing flyers for the program. A fan of dodgeball and other activities, Melissa likes the fact the accelerometers are keeping track of her activity levels. “I’m more like an active kid. I love to play and have fun. I love to be respectful,” she said.

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ews from Toronto Public Health that two people in the city have tested positive for probable West Nile virus should serve as a warning for all residents. Now is the time to stop and think about protective measures regarding the disease that is spread by infected mosquitoes. There’s no need for panic; just remember some simple steps we can all take to limit both our personal risk of exposure and that of our neighbours. The best way to protect yourself is to limit exposure. Be especially our view aware at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Use Everyone can mosquito repellent, cover up help control with long sleeves and pants, and wear light coloured clothes in mosquito areas where there are mosquitoes. population Residents can also protect their home’s indoors by making sure all holes in window and door screens are repaired. Also, Toronto Public Health reminds residents that checking properties and limiting areas that mosquitoes can use as breeding grounds helps keep the numbers down. In particular, residents are asked to remove standing water from their properties, especially water that has gathered in plant pots, buckets and other items. On a larger scale, the city is also doing its part by having larvicide put into catch basins in order to help reduce the mosquito population. This year’s hot spring and summer have raised the risk level of West Nile virus in Toronto, and the city’s public health department said the two probable diagnoses last week mark the earliest appearance of the virus in humans since it first arrived in Toronto in 2002. An 80-year-old man, who has been hospitalized, and a 32-year-old woman recovering at home have been found with the probable diagnosis. Public health did not say what part of the city they are from. West Nile virus is a potentially deadly disease originally carried by birds who passed it on to mosquitoes after being bitten. People exposed to the virus can show a number of symptoms including fever, rash, neck pain, confusion, severe headaches and sensitivity to light. In serious cases, it can cause inflammation of the brain. However, the risk of infection is still considered low, according to Toronto Public Health, with less than one per cent of people becoming seriously ill and 80 per cent of people bitten by an infected mosquito do not become ill at all. That should not lead to complacency, though. Working together, we can all limit our exposure to this virus. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Mirror is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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To the editor: I would like to suggest a solution to improve the staffing levels in Toronto’s police department. I have to wonder why I see fully equipped officers standing around the many dozens of construction sites across the city watching a work crew digging a hole. What is the ultimate cost to the taxpayers of Toronto? If these men and women have all of this extra time off so that they can work these hours plus their regular shift, perhaps the regular shift could be increased to allow them to focus on essential police work. So I have to ask, is the City of Toronto squandering this valuable resource by assigning its officers to this duty? Is this another way for our cash-strapped city to generate income for the city treasury by having the contractor pay for security? Or is this once again part of the dance between the city and its unionized employees? Chris Belfontaine

Walking your way to your Summer Olympic dreams

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’ve enjoyed the Summer Olympics immensely. The only frustration is the five-hour time difference between Toronto and London. The majority of my TV viewing is at night, so that means most of what I see is on tape. Already knowing the results takes some of the fun out of it. That’s where viewing ingenuity comes into play. There is a way to catch the Olympics when you’d rather be out soaking up the rays. Every convenience store seems to have a TV and the Games have been blaring away inside since the opening ceremonies. So I tailor my morning strolls around them. Every mile or so, I just pop in for an update. On the civic holiday, Monday, the timing worked out perfectly. Gymnastics is one of my favourite Olympic events and in the first store I entered, the men’s rings was just beginning. The lady behind the counter was riv-

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eted to her set, smiling away as she looked on and then suddenly let out a groan. “What happened?” I asked. “Good form, great execution, but he didn’t stick the landing,” she sighed. Oh, well. It happens. I bid her adieu and 20 minutes later checked out another store that also had on the men’s rings. The guy working there was gazing excitedly at his TV and then shook his head. “Good form, great execution, but he didn’t stick the landing,” he lamented. Too bad. I continued my journey and in the subsequent store the women’s uneven bars was now centre

stage. The man operating the cash register was cheering away as I walked in and then he threw up his hands. “Good form, great execution, but she didn’t stick the landing,” he moaned. Hmm. Not sticking the landing appeared to be contagious. So I crossed the street to try and change my luck. Women’s uneven bars was on in the next store, too. As I came in, the cashier was just turning her back to the screen in dismay. “Great form, great execution, but she didn’t stick the landing,” she moaned. I decided to walk the last four miles non-stop, drop in to the convenience store around the corner from my place, catch the men’s vault and then call it a morning. As I was about to step inside, the store owner came out from behind the counter mumbling, “Good form, great execution, but he didn’t stick the landing.” I was feeling like a real

jinx at this point, so I told her I had to go. At that moment two kids racing each other on skateboards came heading straight at me. I nimbly sidestepped the first, twisted gracefully to avoid the next, cartwheeled over a poodle and did a somersault onto the top of a recycling bin. “Unbelievable form, fantastic execution and you really, really stuck the landing,” the store owner shouted, then hugged me and handed me a bouquet. A crowd that had gathered applauded wildly. The kids on the skateboards and the poodle serenaded me with O Canada. And Stephen Harper and Justin Bieber sent me Tweets as I waved and blew kisses to all. n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico.ca

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>>>from page 1 Born in Serbia in the former Yugoslavia, Nestor immigrated to Canada when he was four with his parents, Anna and Roy, and older brother, Alex. The family settled in North York and Nestor attended Earl Haig Secondary School before becoming a professional athlete. “Being a professional tennis player, I never thought this day would come,” Nestor laughed of his honourary degree, adding he used to use York’s training facilities to better his game. “It’s a great day.” A world champion and 2000 Olympic gold medalist, the 39-year-old was awarded the Order of Canada in 2010 for his contributions to the sport of tennis, and his community and charitable activities. A competitor at every Olympic Games since 1996, including 2012, Nestor is Canada’s first Wimbledon champion, having won the doubles title in both 2008 and 2009. Nestor has won 79 men’s

MICHAEL COTEAU, MPP Don Valley East

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York University president Mamdouh Shoukri, right, and university secretary Harriet Lewis confer an Honourary Doctor of Law degree upon tennis pro and Canadian Olympian Daniel Nestor during a ceremony Tuesday at the school.

doubles titles and eight Grand Slam men’s double titles. “It’s unique for a tennis player to get a degree like this,” Nestor told reporters following the convocation. “I’ve spent a lot of time here. The university has given me a lot.” Admitting he was a “little bit embarrassed” by the attention, Nestor joked his wife, Natasha, was jealous he was

handed a degree while she had to work for hers. Asked how he thought Canada was faring at the Summer Games, Nestor remained optimistic the country could claim more hardware. “I think we’re doing pretty well,” he said. “There is a chance to win a few more medals.”

Please join us with your family, friends, and the Don Valley East community for a fun-filled afternoon featuring a BBQ, bouncy castles, a rock climbing wall, and face painting! Please contact our office if you wish to perform or volunteer at our picnic. We would love to have your participation!

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Movie food prices lead to death threat charges A man has been charged with threatening death stemming from a concession stand purchase at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre cinemas Sunday. Police said a man became upset at the food price and uttered a threat at the two employees serving him. Andre Blais, 51, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening death and two counts of criminal harassment. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416808-3200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-2228477.

n Image released of locker room loiterer Police hope to identify a potential sex offender after releasing security camera images to the media. Police said a man entered a condo on Ridelle Avenue near Marlee Avenue and loitered in

the area of a women’s locker room July 12 and 18. “The man was seen entering the locker room and remained there for a period of time,” police said in a news release. Building tenants and management saw the man and directed him to leave. Police want to speak to anyone who can identify the man, whom they are calling a potential sex offender and a person of interest. Anyone with A s u s p e c t w a s info can caught on camera c a l l 1 3 after a man was Division seen loitering in a a t 4 1 6 - locker room area. 808-1300 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222TIPS (8477).

n Sketch released of stabbing suspect Police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in a May 25 stabbing at Jane Street and A sketch of the Lawrence alleged attacker in a May stabAvenue. bing. Police said the suspect and the victim got on a TTC bus at Bloor and Jane streets at 4:15 p.m. The two got off the northbound bus at Lawrence at 4:53 p.m. The suspect then came up to the victim from behind, stabbed him in the back and fled. The suspect is 5’10” tall, 170 to 180 pounds with a dark complexion. He wore metalframed prescription glasses, a beige short-sleeved shirt and blue pants, possibly jeans.

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o select a tree for your landscape is a big decision, one that you will live with for as long as you own your property. How many choices do we make that will affect us for such a long time span? Skimming over the city’s list of selected trees and randomly selecting one is not recommended. Do your research and examine what the tree will look like in all four seasons. There is more to a tree than green leaves or needles. Lots of trees display beautiful flowers in the spring, summer or fall. Flowering trees are wonderful even if they flower for just a few weeks. What does the tree look like in the winter? Is it an evergreen? Remember that winter is the longest season so look at evergreens as well as deciduous trees. Sometimes a tree will have unusual bark with textural interest or showy fruit or a unique branching pattern. four-season focus The easiest way to find out is to do a quick search on line or visit a nursery. The best tree choice will have interest in all four seasons, although sometimes this is challenging to find. Deciduous trees like Gleditsia triacanthos var inermis (honey locust) have smaller leaves creating a dappled light effect. This means some sunlight will shine through the tree canopy allowing a wider variety of annuals and/or perennials to grow underneath. The honey locust leaves also turn a vibrant yellow in the fall. urban survival Toronto is an urban environment and your selected tree will have to survive pollution, salt, extreme temperatures, strong winds, competition from other plants as well as urban infrastructure above and below ground. Some trees are better survivors of urban stresses than

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others. Landscape Ontario has created an informative website to find urban tolerant trees with photos and detailed descriptions. Ideally, you want to plant a tree that is disease- and pestresistant. Although very beautiful in every season Betula Papyrifera (paper birch) is subject to the leaf miner and borer so I rarely use it in my planting designs, although some of the newer cultivars are less susceptible. If the tree is not vulnerable to diseases, chances are you will have less maintenance in the future. The mature height is an important factor to consider when you are planting a tree. The tree will need room to grow so avoid planting it too close to your home or constricted areas with surrounding hard surfaces. space for canopy The canopy above will require space as well as the root system below. Some trees are long lived and some, like the paper birch, are short lived – about 60 years for an approximate time frame. The tree’s growth rate is usually categorized as slow, medium or fast but it can be influenced by environmental conditions like soil and sun. I will discuss some of the best trees for urban environments in my next article based on the four criteria of seasonal interest, urban tolerance, mature height and growth rate. n Marilyn Pomer is a landscape architect who writes about seasonal gardening. Her column appears every second Thursday. Contact her at marilyn@greenescape.ca

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to get down in the dirt and be seen having a good time with his constituents. Mel Lastman, Toronto’s first mayor, was all about the goofball moments. His office both at Toronto City Hall and when he was Mayor of North York, at the civic centre, was filled with five-and-dime novelties and practical jokes that he’d pull out to amuse – and sometimes bemuse – visitors. Lastman had his bad moments, certainly, but his good moments were a joy. For Ford, there have been too few joyful moments. When things have gotten goofy, he has more often played an uncomfortable straight man who responded with anger and fear. There is, of course, no time like the summer to start doing this sort of thing.

Ford has had some setbacks legislatively; Toronto Council has for the moment seized the agenda from him in the middle of his term. But council is in recess and there is no one to stop the mayor from actually going out and engaging with his citizenry. The mayor has focussed on grievance; arguably, it was a sense of grievance with city government that got Ford elected in the first place. Ford has made a point of snubbing key sectors of the city: the arts community, the GLBT community, even the people developing the waterfront; when the Waterfront Park celebrated its groundbreaking earlier in the term, Ford was nowhere to be found. It’s good to see him rethinking his absent-father approach to leadership in this town now. Because at some point, even the sternest dad sits down with his kids and plays. n David Nickle is The Mirror’s city hall reporter. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at dnickle@insidetoronto.com

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Private garbage collection begins for parts of North York DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Homeowners west of Yonge Street have seen the last of cityemployed garbage collection as of this week, as Toronto’s contract with Green For Life kicks in. The plan to contract out garbage collection was approved by Toronto Council at the behest of Mayor Rob Ford in 2011, but only takes effect this week. At the time of the approval, the city was constrained by collective agreements with CUPE Local 416 and so was only able to contract out about a quarter of the city’s garbage collection — between Yonge Street and the Humber River. Etobicoke had been contracted out since before amalgamation. City workers continue to collect garbage in the east end. “This is great for a number of reasons. The number one reason is we’re going to save over $10 million a year – and over the life of the contract, if we exercise our extensions, that will be savings to the taxpayers of over $100 million,” said Denzil Minnan-Wong,

chair of the city’s public works and infrastructure committee. Minnan-Wong told a Tuesday news conference that the city will be concentrating on making sure that GFL provides a high level of customer service before moving on to privatize the rest of the city’s garbage collection. “I think what the public wants to see is they want to see customer service excellence and value for money,” said Minnan-Wong. “There are going to be some instances where it makes sense and you’re going to find council opposing that for ideological grounds....So what we need to do is we need to make the case to council where it makes sense to move forward with more contracted out services, not simply in waste collection but across the board.” That is consistent with a promise that Ford made on his and his brother’s radio show, that despite having made changes to the collective agreement that would allow full contracting out, the final stages won’t likely be implemented until after the 2014 municipal election.

City staff will be monitoring collection of solid waste across the west end. GFL is currently the only private company collecting residential garbage under city contracts. After signing with the city, GFL finalized its acquisition of Turtle Island Recycling, which had the contract to collect garbage in Etobicoke. CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson said the beginning of the new contract was a sad day in Toronto. “It’s a bad day for residents because it’s a day where collectively we’ve lost control and oversight of a critical public service. It’s a sad day for workers because it represents yet another step toward lower wages, less security and less dignity for working people.” The union has established a hotline for residents with concerns or complaints about garbage collection in the area. “Residents who observe shoddy service, the mixing of waste streams or dangerous driver activity can contact 1-866-419-2227,” he said. Residents can also call the city’s 311 service to talk to solid waste staff.

Two city residents diagnosed with probable West Nile virus DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com Two people have been diagnosed as probably having contracted West Nile virus, marking what Toronto Public Health officials say is the second-earliest appearance of the potentially deadly disease in humans since it arrived in Toronto in 2002. “In the course of our investigation we know that these individuals first experienced symptoms around the middle of July and that is the second earliest that we’ve seen,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Toronto’s associate medical officer of health. “In 2002 people did have symptoms earlier, but in other years this would be early.” The two individuals are a 32-year-old woman with probable West Nile virus, who is recovering at home, and an 80-year-old man who has been hospitalized. Officials wouldn’t say what part of the city the two are

from, and Shapiro said the risk of contracting the disease from mosquito bites is equal in all parts of Toronto. The disease originally came to Toronto carried by birds, which passed the virus to mosquitoes after having been bitten. Since the arrival of West Nile virus, Toronto Public Health has been practising a surveillance program that includes putting larvicide in pools where mosquitoes have been known to breed. As well, Toronto Public Health traps and tests mosquitoes. In July, Toronto Public Health reported that several batches of mosquitoes had tested positive. Toronto Public Health is still confirming that the two human cases are in fact instances of West Nile virus, which can manifest with a variety of symptoms. In more serious cases, it creates an inflammation of the brain, and in other cases it manifests with a fever, a rash, neck pain, confusion, severe headaches

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Pest control technician Gary Hazelton shows an insecticide with methoprene last week, part of the City of Toronto’s effort to control West Nile virus this summer. The chemical attacks mosquito larvae, so they starve before they can grow wings. People are urged to empty standing water, put screens in windows, and try to prevent bites from dusk to dawn with bug spray or by covering up.

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